Event 18: $2,500 Seven Card Razz

Seven Perfect?

[user101598] • Level 21: 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante
Splitting pots isn't as easy as it seems.

Scott Fischman: {x-}{x-} / {2-}{3-}{a-}{q-} / {x-}
Don Zewin: {x-}{x-} / {3-}{a-}{5-}{j-} / {x-}

Zewin completed, and Fischman called. Zewin led out on fourth street, Fischman called, and both players knuckled on fifth. Zewin check-called bets on sixth and seventh, then announced, "seven perfect."

Fischman sighed, but when Zewin turned over {7-}{8-}{2-}, Barry Greenstein corrected him.

"That's not a seven perfect," he informed Zewin.

"Jesus," Fischman utttered, turning over {7-}{5-}{8-} for the same hand. "I almost mucked."

"Sorry," Zewin apologized. "You were always getting half of the pot, Scott."

"Not if I mucked," Fischman responded.

There was then an issue splitting the pot. There was an extra yellow T1,000 chip in the pot that couldn't be broken (the purple T500 chips were colored off) and no one knew who it should go to. In stud variants, even Razz, the extra chip goes to the player with the highest card (in Razz, aces are low). Half the table thought it should go to Fischman because he had a queen, which was the highest card dealt, but the other half thought it should go to Zewin because he had the {7-Spades}, which was the highest card of the two five-card hands.

"Just put the chip on the rail," Greenstein suggested. "We'll treat it like a replay in the NBA and wait for a TV timeout."

Eventually, two tournament directors got together and ruled that the chip would go to Zewin, because it goes to the highest card from the five-card hands.

Tags: Barry GreensteinDon ZewinScott Fischman