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SCOOP 2013: JKMatthews denies Horecki and “JC” to add SCOOP title to MM silverware in Event #38-L ($27 NL Omaha Hi/Lo)
SCOOP 38-L had everything the spectator might wish for in a final table – a dominating chip leader, known as JulianChrist no less; good humour, a Team PokerStars Pro and a winner adding SCOOP to MircoMillions silverware in the shape of JKMatthews, who took the title and a first prize of $ 10,100.16.
As during his MM56 victory, JKMatthews demonstrated the same style and panache that served him so well earlier in the year. His final table strategy seemed to be to let the others bash heads, while he waited for his moment. It worked, outlasting a field of 2,906 who had created a prize pool of $ 71,342.30, smashing the $ 40,000 guarantee.
Alas, it would not be a first SCOOP title for Team PokerStars Pro Marcin “Goral” Horecki, who would bust in fifth place, but not before securing top spot on the SCOOP “Low” leader board.
The Final table of SCOOP 38-L
Seat 1 – JulianChrist – 3,982,285
Seat 2 – JKMatthews, 1,821,804
Seat 3 – Gags30, 221,595
Seat 4 – bolovic, 1,912,562
Seat 5 – LebenIsSchön, 1,675,984
Seat 6 – yurasov, 1,600,169
Seat 7 – nickosz, 379,396
Seat 8 – Goral, 2,248,852
Seat 9 – Raininkiwi, 595,478
Of the final nine Horecki stood out most, his avatar was draped in the full battle dress of a Team PokerStars Pro and Supernova. Horecki is something of a specialist when it comes to low buy-in events – twice named Player of the Year in Micro Millions, and even winning one of the smallest side events on offer at the recent EPT Grand Final. This was his turf.
Team PokerStars Pro Marcin “Goral” Horecki in action on the EPT
The path to redemption, or at least a SCOOP watch, could be made only through the acceptance of JulianChrist, whose role was to cast judgement on the others as they moved all-in. He would call, usually ahead, sending them to a better place. At times JulianChrist was a superstar. Other times full of doubt. But with nine players left it was hard to see him not ascending to the esteemed height of SCOOP winner.
But then, SCOOP finals don’t always go according to plan.
Gags30would happily watch as others busted before him. First Raininkiwi in ninth place, and then nickosz in eighth, one of five players from the last ten to be busted by JulianChrist.
By this stage LebenIsSchön was establishing herself as the table comedienne, joking about TV time, and using emoticons as convenient emblems for certain situations. Horecki laughed politely but Gags30 didn’t understand the TV time joke, which may or may not have explained his decision to escape – or shove – on the next hand, a three way pot with Horecki and LebenIsSchön, who took the high and lo to send Gags30 out in seventh.
Yurasov stayed quiet during all of this, a silent threat given his record of big scores in big online events. The Belarusian seemed to have eternal life given his propensity to double-up. Although his longevity could have been down to the hi-low element, bringing with it a kind of one-step forward, two steps back format, with called all-ins usually split.
As yurasov rose from the dead, Horecki fought well with the short-stack with two unanswered shoves, then a big hand against bolovic, who would depart minutes later in sixth place, mustering only ace-high against JulianChrist’s two pairs.
Then Horecki departed in fifth. Having worked hard to get back into the game the Pole ran into big stack JulianChrist.
JulianChrist – 7214982
JKMatthews – 3616982
LebenIsSchön – 1516834
yurasov – 2181202
LebenIsSchön had a crack first, handed a lifeline by JulianChrist, accidentally doubling with an “Oops” hand, a queens and deuces high hand with a 7, 5, 3, 2, A low. Then yurasov stepped up in dignified silence to shove all-in, without reply. Then JKMatthews took a turn, getting his chips in on the flop against JulianChrist, turning the nut flush while JulianChrist took the low.
It was becoming an extended game of rock-paper-scissors for yurasov, whose opponent also turned up the same rock. It was a frustrating period as yurasov tried everything the all-in button allowed, even surviving a three-way shove that resulted in millions of chips going into the pot…
But LebenIsSchön fun was to end moments later when, with 600,000 already in the pot, JulianChrist shoved. LebenIsSchön, committed by now, called all-in, ultimately playing the set on the board against JulianChrist’s full house deuces over aces. LebenIsSchön managed to type “nh” before vanishing.
Up to now JulianChrist had been happy for the others to bear him gifts, gold in the case of LebenIsSchön and then yurasov, who finally caved in third place with nothing against JulianChrist’s nine-high straight. It meant heads up, and an almighty lead.
JulianChrist – 11.4 million
JKMatthews – 2.7million
JulianChrist suggested a deal. JKMatthews, looking at his own disadvantage, replied “seems unfair on you, I’d rather just play.” It looked a wise choice. JKMatthews pegged back JulianChrist and then took the lead, before JulianChrist wrestled it back again.
With things all square they talked numbers, albeit in a garbled way that an English Only rule can sometimes bring with it. As JulianChrist kept typing “DEAL CHIPS” (“hmmm?” replied JKMatthews), a Portuguese moderator arrived to smooth out the message. A minor stumbling block however, as both agreed to the numbers suggested. Play continued, with a battle cry of “I still want that watch!” from JKMatthews.
Two minutes after the restart, and a minute before the break, JKMatthews got the hand he needed.
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #38-L ($ 27 NL Omaha Hi/Lo) results
Prizepool: $ 71,342.30
Places paid: 378
1. JKMatthews (Australia), $ 10,100.16*
2. JulianChrist (Brazil), $ 9,592.26*
3. yurasov1990 (Belarus), $ 5,992.75
4. LebenIsSchön (Germany), $ 4,172.81
5. Goral (Poland), $ 3,103.39
6. bolovic (Switzerland), $ 2,389.96
7. Gags30 (Canada), $ 1,676.54
8. nickosz (Hungary), $ 1,034.46
9. Raininkiwi (New Zealand), $ 606.40
* denotes two-way deal
Some people need to know their limits.
Event #25 offered players three chances to get their short-handed fixed-limit Hold’em game on. The high version of the event featured a $ 2,100 buy-in and drew 131 entrants, obliterating the $ 75,000 guarantee by creating a $ 262,000 prize pool.
Jarcon86 came out on top and won $ 68,120.00. The even lasted just over 12 hours — a quarter of which was spent at the final table — and featured several big names. Team PokerStars Pro was represented by Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Theo Jorgensen. Team PokerStars Online was also in the field, with Randy “nanonoko” Lew and Richard “Tzen1″ Veenman representing the virtual red spade.
But only 18 players would cash this event and — of course — only six could make it to the…
Seat 1: OPTIMUS9RIME — 71,396
Seat 2: blanconegro — 110,594
Seat 3: StinkyToeFoo — 113,427
Seat 4: jama-dharma — 105,800
Seat 5: Jarcon86 — 113,459
Seat 6: Sasuke234 — 140,324
Stacks were fairly even when the final table started, but that couldn’t last forever. Half the players started to chip up and the other half slid.
No double SCOOP
jama-dharma was the only player remaining to own a SCOOP watch. jama-dharma won SCOOP #9-H ($ 2,100 Mixed Hold’em) back in 2010.
jama-dharma has skills in limit and even took the final table lead early on, chipping up to 145,000. Other players took notice:
Sasuke234: chip leader is limit pro
Sasuke234: we are all ***ed
But that’s when jama-dharma’s descent started. Limits were 2,500/5,000 and StinkyToeFoo raised from middle position. jama-dharma re-raised and StinkyToeFoo four-bet. jama-dharma called and the flop came [4d][10s][kh]. StinkyToeFoo bet and jama-dharma called, bringing a [jc] on the turn.
There was a round of checks and a [2h] on the river. StinkyToeFoo bet and jama-dharma called and mucked when StinkyToeFoo showed [ah][kd].
jama-dharma dropped to 126,050 and lost the lead to Sasuke234. jama-dharma then raised from the button and Sasuke234 called from the big blind, bringing an [ad][2d][as] flop. jama-dharma bet, Sasuke234 raised and jama-dharma called.
The turn was a [3c] and jama-dharma check-folded to Sasuke234′s bet. jama-dharma dipped below the six-figure and never crossed it again.
OPTIMUS9RIME was also losing a bit during this time:
jama-dharma led out, blanconegro called and the river was a [4d]. jama-dharma put out one last bet and blanconegro called, showing [jc][8d] and taking down the 40,000 pot. jama-dharma showed [jd][5d] and was left with 51,000.
jama-dharma then fell to Jarcon86.
Limits were up to 3,000/6,000 and Jarcon86 raised from under-the-gun. jama-dharma called from the big blind and the flop came [as][6c][10c]. Jarcon86 bet, jama-dharma raised and a [10h] came on the river when Jarcon86 called.
Jarcon86 called jama-dharma’s turn bet and the [qh] fell on the river. jama-dharma bet again and Jarcon86 raised to 12,000.
jama-dharma only had 5,300 behind and folded.
jama-dharma then folded his small blind and moved all-in for 3,800 on the button. Jarcon86 and Sasuke234 called from the blinds and checked down the [7d][8h][5h][7c][2s] board. Jarcon86 turned over [as][5c] and everyone else mucked.
jama-dharma became our first final table elimination and earned $ 11,790 for finishing 6th.
Sasuke234 was still the chip leader with 230,000 and StinkyToeFoo was in second with about 190,000. The elimination put Jarcon86 in a close third with 176,000.
blanconegro and OPTIMUS9RIME on the other hand were hanging in with about 30,000 apiece. Limits went up to 4,000/8,000 and blanconegro managed to score a double up.
blanconegro raised to 8,000 from under-the-gun and Sasuke234 re-raised from the small blind. blanconegro four-bet and Sasuke234 called, bringing a [3h][8h][5c] flop. Sasuke234 bet and blanconegro called all-in. blanconegro had [ad][6s] and was up against Sasuke234′s [ah][5h].
Sasuke234 had a pair and a flush draw, but the turn was a [js] and the river brought a [6d] to give blanconegro the bigger pair. blanconegro doubled up through Sasuke234, but then gave it all back a few hands later.
blanconegro raised from the cutoff and Sasuke234 called from the big blind. The flop came [6c][5d][8s] and Sasuke234 check-raised blanconegro’s bet. blanconegro re-raised and Sasuke234 four-bet, bringing a call and a [9d] on the turn. Sasuke234 bet and blanconegro called all-in with 1,396.
Sasuke turned over [qs][8d] while blanconegro showed [ac][js] for his tournament life. blanconegro was eliminated in 5th place and earned $ 17,030.00.
Jarcon86 dipped down to 65,000 with four players left and became the tournament shortstack. But that was before winning a massive pot:
OPTIMUS9RIME raised from the button and Jarcon86 called from the big blind. The flop came [6h][9h][10h] and Jarcon86 check-called OPTIMUS9RIME’s bet. Both players checked when the [kh] came on the turn and Jarcon96 bet the [as] on the river. OPTIMUS9RIME called and mucked when Jarcon86 showed [jh][10c]. OPTIMUS9RIME was down to 46,000 and lost a few more small pots.
OPTIMUS9RIME’s last hand started when Jarcon86 raised from the button and OPTIMUS9RIME called from the big blind. There was a [jc][6h][ah] flop and OPTIMUS9RIME check-raised Jarcon86. Jarcon86 re-raised and OPTIMUS9RIME four-bet to 16,000.
Jarcon86 called and OPTIMUS9RIME moved all-in for 4,292 when the [5s] came on the turn. Jarcon86 called and showed [ks][qh] to OPTIMUS9RIME’s [as][8s]. Jarcon86 was in need of a 10 and the river complied with a [10d].
OPTIMUS9RIME was eliminated in 4th place, a finish worth $ 22,270.00.
Down to two
Sasuke234 was still in the lead with 300,000 when we got three-handed. Jarcon86 started third with 164,000 to StinkyToeFoo’s 187,000 but our eventual champion took a few bites out of StinkyToeFoo’s stack.
Sasuke234 raised from the button, StinkyToeFoo re-raised from the small blind and Jarcon86 four-bet from the big. Sasuke234 folded and StinkyToeFoo called, bringing a [9d][4h][4c] flop. StinkyToeFoo called Jarcon86′s flop bet but folded to Jarcon96′s bet on the [4d] turn.
Jarcon86 took second place with 190,000 and StinkyToeFoo dipped to 167,000.
Then Jarcon86 raised to 8,000 from the button and StinkyToeFoo called. The flop came [ac][6d][4c] and StinkyToeFoo check-raised. Jarcon86 called and the [3s] came on the turn. StinkyToeFoo bet, Jarcon86 raised and StinkyToeFoo called, bringing a [3c] on the river. Jarcon86 bet again and StinkyToeFoo folded, leaving himself with 119,000.
StinkyToeFoo then dipped below 100,000 and lost nearly half his stack to Sasuke234.
Sasuke234 raised from the small blind and StinkyToeFoo called, bringing a [7d][7h][8h] flop. Sasuke234 bet and then three-bet after StinkyToeFoo raised. A [5d] came on the turn after a call and Sasuke234 bet another 8,000. StinkyToeFoo raised and Sasuke234 called, bringing a [js] on the river.
Sasuke234 check-called StinkyToeFoo’s river bet and turned over [6d][8c] to beat StinkyToeFoo’s [10c][6s].
StinkyToeFoo was down to 57,000 and lost even more to Sasuke234:
StinkyToeFoo raised to 8,000 from the button and both blinds called. The flop came [jc][9s][6d] and Jarcon86 bet. Sasuke234 called, StinkyToeFoo called all-in and the [10s] came on the turn. Both players checked and the river was an [8c].
Sasuke234 bet, Jarcon86 folded and StinkyToeFoo showed a set with [8s][8d]. But the rivered set couldn’t beat Sasuke234′s rivered straight with [qc][jd].
StinkyToeFoo was out in third and won $ 45,850.00.
Sasuke234 started the heads-up match in the lead with 446,618 to Jarcon86′s 177,851.
It would be a long uphill battle for Jarcon86, but the Finnish player eventually made it. Sasuke234 held the lead for a large portion of the heads-up match and then players were even for the other part. Jarcon86 took the final lead when we hit 6,000/12,000 limits.
Jarcon86 raised from the button and Sasuke234 called, bringing an [ad][5d][qc] flop. Jarcon86 bet, Sasuke234 raised and Jarcon86 called, bringing a [6s] on the turn.
Sasuke234 bet again and Jarcon86 raised. Sasuke234 threw in a re-raise and Jarcon86 called, bringing a [qs] on the river. Sasuke234 check-called Jarcon86′s final bet and mucked when Jarcon86 showed [qh][5c].
Jarcon took the lead with 350,000 to Sasuke234′s 300,000. Jarcon86 then continued to hack away at Sasuke234′s stack, bringing him below 200,000:
Sasuke234 raised to 12,000 and Jarcon86 called, bringing an [as][7s][7d] flop. Jarcon86 check-raised and Sasuke234 called. The turn was a [3d] and Sasuke234 bet. Jarcon86 raised and Sasuke234 called, bringing a [jc] on the river.
Jarcon86 bet again and Sasuke234 mucked when Jarcon86 showed [8c][7h]. Sasuke234 was now down to 97,000.
The limits went up to 8,000/16,000 and it was all over a few minutes later. Sasuke234 raised from the button and Jarcon86 called. Sasuke234 bet the [4c][ks][9c] flop and Jarcon86 called, bringing a [4s] on the turn.
Sasuke234 bet again and Jarcon86 raised, Sasuke234 re-raised and Jarcon86 four-bet to 64,000. Sasuke234 called all-in and turned over [kd][3s] to Jarcon86′s [qh][4h]. The river was a [7d] and the tournament was over. Sasuke234 won $ 45,850 for the runner-up finish while Jarcon86 wins the watch and $ 68,120.00.
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #25-H ($ 2,100 FLHE 6-Max) results:
Prize pool: $ 262,000
Places paid: 18
1. Jarcon86 (Finland) $ 68,120.00
2. Sasuke234 (Sweden) $ 45,850.00
3. StinkyToeFoo (Taiwan) $ 34,060.00
4. OPTIMUS9RIME (Germany) $ 22,270.00
5. blanconegro (Mexico) $ 17,030.00
6. jama-darma (Russia) $ 11,790.00
We’ve finished another SCOOP. There are still several more events including all three buy-ins of this year’s SCOOP Main Event. For satellites to that event and all remaining events — plus a leader board and results — check out the SCOOP homepage.
One of the newest games to hit the PokerStars lobby, Pot-Limit 5-Card Omaha is exactly like regular PLO, but with the bonus of an additional hole card. Hand values increase, redraws are vital, and the nuts, or something very close to them is most often the winning hand. This isn’t a game for the faint of heart and no one at this final table understood pressure more than brianm15. A Sunday Warm-Up champion who once made back-to-back Sunday Million final tables, brianm15 lost out on a SCOOP title last year in the $ 2,100 NLHE event, but took home over $ 211k for his runner-up finish. Tonight, brianm15 did one better and nabbed himself a SCOOP watch along with over $ 42,000.
658 adventurous SCOOPers gave Big O a whirl, their 1,155 rebuys and 499 add-ons resulting in a $ 231,200 prize pool. 84 places were paid with first place set to earn $ 42,772.00. Ten Red Spades joined the field, among them Nacho Barbero, Lex Veldhus, Eugene Katchalov, Marcel Luske and George Danzer, but when it came to making the money, they were all shut out.
With seven players remaining, brianm15 held a substantial chip lead with more than double the chips of his closest competitor. He padded that lead even further by delivering a one-out blow to cluelessiam on a [Ad][6s][9s][9c][8s] board, the river making him a nine-high straight flush vs. cluessiam’s full house. Left with 182,000, cluelessiam got the rest of his chips in on a [Qd][Td][3d][4h] board vs. brianm15. Cluelessiam turned up [Kc][Qc][Qs][6h][4d] for a set of queens, while brianm15 revealed [Jd][9d][9h][5s][2s] for a flopped queen-high flush. Cluelessiam didn’t boat up on the river, the [Ah] falling to end his run on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: EdoTK (204,968 in chips)
Seat 2: AceQuad (523,525 in chips)
Seat 3: NoTime2WaZT (967,566 in chips)
Seat 4: Andollini (619,774 in chips)
Seat 5: isinm2006 (991,151 in chips)
Seat 6: brianm15 (4,627,016 in chips)
Andollini eliminated in sixth place
Andollini couldn’t seem to get any traction at the final table. Down to 244,000 with the blinds up to 10,000/20,000, Andollini opened for 70,000 from UTG. NoTime2WaZTcalled from the big blind and they saw a [Kh][Js][3s] flop. NoTime2WaZT led out for 100,000 and Andollini called. NoTime2WaZT bet another 100,000 on the [Qc] turn and Andollini called all-in, revealing [As][Ac][9d][7c][2s] for a pair of aces and the nut flush draw. NoTime2WaZT had already made Broadway with [Ad][Kc][Tc][9c][4d]. Andollini needed a river spade to survive, but got the [2h] instead, and departed in sixth place.
brianm15 delivers a one-two punch
AceQuad was the next to fall. After brianm15 opened for 70,000, AceQuad three-bet shoved for 196,025 and brianm15 called.
AceQuad made aces up on the [Ts][5s][5h] flop, but the [3s] on the turn gave brianm15 a straight draw. He filled it on the river with the [2s] and AceQuad was out in fifth, earning $ 11,560.00 for his run.
Two hands later, EdoTK put his last 110,000 in before the flop, his [Ad][As][7c][6h][5h] up against brianm15′s [Kd][Kc][Jh][Th][Ts]. Although EdoTK made top set on the [Ah][9s][4h] flop, brianm15 turned a flush with the [8h]. EdoTK needed to pair the board on the river, but saw the [Qd] fall instead to send him home in fourth place.
Clock runs out on NoTime2WaZT
On the very next deal, brianm15 opened for a min-raise to 40,000 and isinm2006 called from the big blind. Both players checked the [Jd][Th][9c] flop and when the [Qh] came on the turn, isinm2006 check-called another 40,000. The river fell the [Tc] and isinm2006 checked a third time. Brianm15 bet 170,000, isinim2006 raised to 680,000 and brianm15 looked him up. Isinm2006 turned over [Kd][Qd][Qs][6h][6d] for the nut boat and raked in the 1.53 million pot, increasing his stack to 1.55 million.
At this point, brianm15 continued to hold a dominating chip lead with 4.42 million while NoTime2WaZT and isinm2006 held 1.8 and 1.7 million respectively. However, NoTime2WaZT took a huge blow when brianm15 turned sixes full, leaving him on only 153,000.
NoTime2WaZT [Ah][Jd][8h][5d][2h] (gutshot straight draw)
brianm15 [Kc][Js][6h][4c][4d] (two pair, kings and sixes)
Brianm15′s two pair held up, the turn and river falling the [3d] and the [3s] to end NoTime2WaZT’s run in third place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 5: isinm2006 (1,550,112 in chips)
Seat 6: brianm15 (6,383,888 in chips)
It took over ninety minutes before brianm15 and isinm2006 settled their heads-up match. With the blinds only 12,500/25,000, short stack isinim2006 had a very comfortable 62 big blinds and took his time picking apart brianm15′s stack. Holding [Ad][Kc][7h][4c][4d], isinm2006 called brianm15′s 2.65 million four-bet on a [Tc][4h][2c] flop. Isinm2006′s set of fours and king-high flush draw was up against [As][Td][9c][8c][3h] for top pair and a smaller flush draw. The [Ks] on the turn didn’t help brianm15 and Isinm2006 made his flush on the river, the [Qc] falling to send the 3.47 million pot his way.
Isinm2006 won back-to-back pots to take his stack up to 5.95 million, leaving brianm15 on less than 2 million. However, brianm15 doubled back up when he got the rest of his chips in on a [Td][7d][3h][5s] board, his [Qd][6d][4c][4h][3c] having turned a seven-high straight. Isinm2006′s set of threes did not improve and brianm15 doubled to 4.32 million.
Brianm15 and isinm2006 wrested the chip lead back and forth several times over the next hour. Isinm2006 crossed the 6 million mark only to have brianm15 double back up with a flush over flush. Isinm2006 ground his way back to a small chip lead with 4.31 million to brinam15′s 3.61 million, but brianm15 went on a mega-rush, winning eleven straight pots to chip up to 5.7 million.
After riding such a dominant chip lead at the final table only to see it slip away time and again heads-up, brianm15 finally closed out this match. Isinm2006 raised all-in on a [Js][6h][2s] flop and brianm15 called. Although isinm2006 turned an ace-high flush, brianm15 rivered quad sixes and locked up the win.
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #19-M ($ 109+R PL5-Card Omaha [6-Max]) results
Prizepool: $ 231,200
Places paid: 84
1. brianm15 (Costa Rica) $ 42,772.00
2. isinm2006 (Israel) $ 31,905.60
3. NoTime2WaZT (Norway) $ 23,698.00
4. EdoTK (Sweden) $ 16,184.00
5. AceQuad (Mexico) $ 11,560.00
6. Andollini (Norway) $ 6,936.00
There aren’t many forms of poker as pure as no-limit deuce-to-seven single draw. With two rounds of betting bookending the single draw, there’s a premium on knowing the value of your own hand and the tendencies of your opponents.
NL 2-7 Single Draw might be a bit slower than some of the other games on offer during SCOOP but that didn’t stop a decent crowd from showing up for Event #12-L. A total of 1,561 entrants put up the $ 27 entry, building a total prize pool worth $ 38,322.55 and leaving a $ 5,419.77 prize for the winner.
Team PokerStars Pro’s own George Danzer won the High version of this event tonight, and he actually made a run at this title as well. He eventually came up short in 38th place ($ 156.73), but it was an impressive run given the competition he was facing in that other tournament.
By 8:19 p.m. ET the blinds and antes were up to 10K/20K/5K and these seven players remained in contention:
Seat 1: FENOMENICO (877,930 in chips)
Seat 2: Philych_085 (2,568,399 in chips)
Seat 3: megabanny (617,992 in chips)
Seat 4: Tarzancev (829,661 in chips)
Seat 5: 24dpb (721,801 in chips)
Seat 6: Zenzor (1,044,390 in chips)
Seat 7: Zahed_May (1,144,827 in chips)
Even the short stacks weren’t in particular danger, suggesting that there would be quite a bit of play before anybody hit the rail. As it turned out that was exactly the case.
For the first 39 hands the seven finalists sparred with one another, with Canada’s Zenzor chipping up to 1.68M and both of the shortest stacks bleeding away. Finally, on hand 40, Portugal’s megabanny limped in from the small blind and Tarzancev of Russia moved all-in. megabanny made the call for 249K more and stood pat with [Jd] [7c] [3d] [4h] [5d], while Tarzancev drew one card and turned up [8c] [3s] [Th] [5c] [2d]. The Russian player’s ten-high was good and megabanny left in 7th place ($ 648.03).
The next big confrontation came on Hand 56, with the blinds and antes at 17.5K/35K/8.75K. Zenzor opened the betting for a minimum raise to 70K and the action folded around to Philych_085 in the big blind. The Belarussian player put in a three-bet to 192.5K, and Zenzor made the call. Philych drew two cards, while Zenzor stood pat. Philych_085 checked, Zenzor bet 89.5K, and Philych_085 check-raised to 560K. Zenzor made the call but mucked after Philych_085 turned up [5h] [6h] [7h] [2c] [8s] for an 8-7 low. That 1.575M-chip pot gave Philych_085 the lead and made the Belarussian player the first to cross the 3M mark.
Zenzor got most of those chips back 13 hands later after being dealt [6c] [5s] [2h] [7c] [4h] before the draw and standing pat on that 7-6 low. Fellow Canadian Zahed_May drew one card to an 8-7 low and called Zenzor’s all-in three-bet after the draw. The 1.5M-chip pot went to Zenzor and Zahed_May’s stack was cut in half to just under 700K.
Six hands later, after losing nearly 300K of those chips, Zahed_May moved all-in for 397K over the top of Zenzor’s opening min-raise to 80K. Philych_085 flat-called behind and stood pat after Zenzor got out of the way. Zahed_May drew one card and turned up [3s] [5c] [9h] [Kc] [2c]. The Canadian player couldn’t beat Philych_085′s ten-low with [2d] [4s] [9d] [Ts] [6h] and exited in 6th place ($ 862.64).
The pattern of long stretches between bustouts was broken just five hands later. Canada’s 24dpb opened the betting before the draw with an all-in move for 317K. Philych_085 drew one card, and 24dpb stood pat with [9d] [Td] [6h] [7c] [5h] for a T-9 low.Philych_085 caught a good card, though, turning over [8h] [7d] [4c] [Ts] [2h] for a T-8 winner. Just like that 24dpb was gone in 5th place ($ 1,150.44).
Tarzancev was now the shortest stack with just 702K on the 20K/40K/10K level. The Russian player managed to chip back up to 1.05M over the next 20 hands, just ahead of fellow Russian FENOMENICO‘s 1.02M. They clashed before the draw on Hand 100, with FENOMENICO raising to 101K, Tarzancev jamming, and FENOMENICO making the call with the tournament on the line. Both players stood pat; FENOMENICO turned up [8h] [4h] [9c] [5c] [Td] for a T-9 low, but Tarzancev’s [5s] [4c] [8c] [9h] [7c] for a 9-8 was just a little better. With that FENOMENICO was busted in 4th place ($ 1,651.31).
A three-handed marathon
That left the remaining three players stacked like so on the 25K/50K/12.5K level:
Seat 2: Philych_085 (3,933,666 in chips)
Seat 4: Tarzancev (2,126,411 in chips)
Seat 6: Zenzor (1,744,923 in chips)
Once again the remaining players found themselves in a spot where nobody was under undue pressure. With plenty of room to maneuver, they all settled in for another long stretch of poker without any eliminations. Within 35 hands their stacks had all leveled out to within just eight big blinds of each other. Tarzancev actually managed to pull away from the competition for a bit but came crashing back to the middle of the pack with this hand:
All of the action on the key hand came before the draw. Zenzor opened for a minimum raise to 160K, leaving 2.98M behind, and Philych_085 three-bet to 440K. Zenzor then re-raised to 880K, to which Philych_085 responded with an all-in bet of 3.42M. Zenzor called for 2.24M more – and both players stood pat. Philych_085 turned up [6h] [2d] [9s] [7d] [3h] for a 9-7 low, but Zenzor held [8s] [2c] [6c] [4s] [3s] for an 8-6.
Zenzor now held a prohibitive chip lead over both opponents with 6.93M to Tarzancev’s 1.11M and Philych_085′s 293K. Philych_085 managed to double up a few times, and the rest of the pots went to Zenzor until Hand #203. Tarzancev opened the betting on that hand by moving all-in for 300K before the draw. Zenzor called and both players discarded one; Tarzancev showed down [6d] [3c] [2d] [4h] [Jd] for a J-6 low, but Zenzor was better with [Td] [7s] [9h] [5c] [2h] for a T-9. With that Tarzancev was gone in 3rd place ($ 2,622.41).
With 7.16M chips to Philych_085′s 635K, it didn’t take long for Zenzor to end the tournament. Three hands later, on Hand 206, Zenzor moved all-in before the draw and Philych_085 made the call for 535K. Zenzor stood pat on [6s] [Jc] [8s] [5s] [2h] for a J-8 low. Philych_085 drew one card but came up short with [Tc] [6d] [4d] [Jd] [3d] for a J-T, bringing the proceedings to an end.
For finishing as the runner-up after a long and tough final table, Philych_085 took home $ 3,830.72 – the second-best score of the Belarussian player’s career. Zenzor, meanwhile, made up for a second-place finish back during TCOOP with $ 5,419.77, the champion’s watch, and entry into the annals of SCOOP winners.
SCOOP 2013 Event #12-L: $ 27 NL Single Draw 2-7
$ 38,322.55 prize pool
210 places paid
1st place: Zenzor (Canada) $ 5,419.77
2nd place: Philych_085 (Belarus) $ 3,830.72
3rd place: Tarzancev (Russia) $ 2,622.41
4th place: FENOMENICO (Russia) $ 1,651.31
5th place: 24dpb (Canada) $ 1,150.44
6th place: Zahed_May (Canada) $ 862.64
7th place: megabanny (Portugal) $ 648.03
In heads-up matches you cannot hide. You cannot take off a couple of hands for a break or sit out an orbit to potentially walk off a tilt-inducing losing hand like you could do at a full ring table. Heads-up matches are laborious nonstop confrontations and mental taxing because you’re constantly on the defensive or plotting your own counter-attack. You do not win a heads-up tournament by pure luck. Rather, it’s a combination of mental toughness and fortuitous cards from the poker gods. Heads-up success requires the patience of a Zen monk, the hyper-analytical mind of a chess player, and the fearlessness of a boxer. Russia’s KumariOy demonstrated all of those vital traits after besting a rigorous field in SCOOP Event #7-H.
2013 SCOOP Event #7-H $ 700 NL Heads-Up attracted 799 runners. They boosted the prize pool to $ 531,335 and only the top 128 players were paid out, with $ 80,354.20 set aside for the supreme heads-up champion.
Several familiar faces took a shot in this event including Team PokerStars Pros Chris Moneymaker, Joe Cada, Lex Veldhuis, Jake Cody, Nacho Barbero, Andre Akkari, Goerge Danzer, and Matthias De Meulder. A trio of Team PokerStars Online members — George “Jorj95″ Lind III, Tatiana ‘Mysters_Y’ Barausov and Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew — were also in the hunt for a SCOOP crown.
Team PokerStars Online George “Jorj95″ Lind III was the only notable to secure himself a cash. He easily won his fourth round and defeated UH Big Tex to advance to the Round of 64.
In round 5, Lind and $ kill Game grappled in one of the longest matches of the round. It was a back and forth exhilarating engagement for five rounds like a classic boxing match that would make the modest pugilist fan drool with envy. Lind had $ kill Game on the ropes for most of the fifth round and finally finished off his opponent. $ kill Game made a final stand with [As][4s] against Lind’s [Ks][8s], but Lind turned a King and rivered a King to win the pot with trip Kings. $ kill Game busted in 37th place and Lind advanced to the Round of 32.
In round 6, Lind coasted to victory in easy match and dispatched itSmin3z in less than two levels. On the final hand, Lind’s [Ad][Js] held up against itSmin3z’s [Ac][8c], and itSmin3z hit the road in 24th place. Lind stayed alive and advanced to the Sweet 16.
In round 7, Lind took on crissdepaiss and the match was a quickie. Lind took a devastating hit early on and lost most of his stack. Lind met his demise when his [Ah][9c] was run down by crissdepaiss’ [Ad][5s]. The board finished up [Ac][Js][5h][7c][Kc] and crissdepaiss won with two pair — Aces and fives. Lind was knocked out in 15th place which paid out $ 7,661.85.
THE ELITE EIGHT
We got down to eight players. The loser in the Elite Eight matches locked up $ 14,239.77, while the winners moved on to the Final Four.
cgswh1t3 (Canada) vs. nochtm (Bulgaria)
KumariOy (Russia) vs. crissdepaiss (Canada)
Andrel87 (Sweden) vs. mtvdeuem (Slovenia)
kurakasa (Ireland) vs. vic1316 (U.K.)
mtvdeuem eliminated in 8th place
High-stakes grinder mtvdeuem hit the bricks in eighth place after he busted in the first level. On the flop was [7h][5s], mtvdeuem jammed all-in with [Jc][6d] for open-ended straight draw and only Jack-high. Andrel87 check-called with [As][6s] and was ahead with Ace-high and the same open-ended straight draw. The turn was the [9d] and the river was the [Qc]. Neither cards helped mtvdeuem. Andrel87 dragged the pot with Ace-high and advanced to the Final Four. Meanwhile, mtvdeuem was knocked out, but collected $ 14,239.77 for an eighth-place finish.
crissdepaiss eliminated in 7th place
Another quick match that barely lasted a full level. KumariOy rivered a straight with [7d][6d] and beat out crissdepaiss’s [Td][7c] and a pair of tens. For seventh place, crissdepaiss earned $ 14,239.77. KumariOy moved onto the Final Four.
cgswh1t3 eliminated in 6th place
This match was decided in the third level, when cgswh1t3 took [Ac][7c] into battle against nochtm [Ah][Ks]. The board ran out [Jh][5d][9d][Qs][8h] and nochtm’s Big Slick held up. nochtm advanced to the Final Four, meanwhile cgswh1t3 took home $ 14,239.77 for sixth place.
vic1316 eliminated in 5th place
This matched lasted the longest of the four and spilled into the fourth level. After an hour-long battle, kurakasa finally took out vic1316. On a flop of [Th][7h][4s], vic1316 checked, kurakasa bet 300, vic1316 bumped it up to 700, kurakasa four-bet to 1,700, vic1316 five-bet to 3,800, kurakasa six-bet shoved for 5,760, and vic1316 called all-in. kurakasa tabled [As][Ac], which was way ahead of vic1316′s [Td][9d] and a meager pair of tens. The turn was the [Kc] and the river was [6h]. The U.K.’s vic1316 failed to improve and kurakasa’s Aces held up. For a fifth-place performance, vic1316 collected $ 14,239.77.
THE FINAL FOUR
The loser in the Final Four matches took home $ 25,562.52, while the two winners advanced to the finals.
Andrel87 (Sweden) vs. kurakasa (Ireland)
KumariOy (Russia) vs. nochtm (Bulgaria)
Andrel87 eliminated in 4th place
If you blinked, you might have missed this heads-up battle. Ireland’s kurakasa took a commanding lead from the get-go. Short-stacked Andrel87 moved it all-in preflop with [Qd][Jh] against kurakasa’s [Ah][Jd]. The flop was [Ks][Qs][8h] and Andrel87 seized the lead with a pair of Queens, but kurakasa picked up a Broadway draw. The turn was the [Tc] and kurakasa filled in a straight. The river was the [6s] and kurakasa won the pot to advance to the Finals. Sweden’s Andrel87 busted out in fourth place and won $ 25,562.52.
nochtm eliminated in 3rd place
Both Final Four matches went rather quick. In the opening levels, the longest match per level lasted in excess of 90 minutes or roughly six levels. This one barely lasted 16 minutes, when nochtm was knocked out during the second hand in Level II. Short-stacked nochtm made a final stand with [Ad][8s] but got ambushed by KumariOy’s [Ac][Ks]. The board ran out [Jc][5s][4d][6c][Kc]. On the turn, nochtm picked up an open-ended straight draw, but failed to improve on the river. KumariOy rivered a King for a pair of Kings and dodged a bullet when nochtm failed to fill in a straight draw. KumariOy survived and moved onto the Finals. Meanwhile, Bulgaria’s nochtm busted in third place, which paid out $ 25,562.52.
HEADS-UP: kurakasa (Ireland) vs. KumariOy (Russia)
Both players started with stacks worth 5,000. The levels were 15 minutes in length. When the two were seated at the “Final Table,” the tournament had reached its 12th hour. Although both players easily won their Final Four matches, both were mentally exhausted after a a half of day of head-to-head jousting.
This final match lasted 19 hands. Yes, only 19 hands. The most crucial hand of the tournament occurred on the 9th hand when KumariOy won a 3.6K pot with trip nines holding [Ts][9c] against rakasa’s [Qd][Jd]. Although rakasa had rivered a pair of Jacks, it was not good enough because KumariOy flopped a pair of nines and turned trips. After dragging that decisive pot, KumariOy had jumped out to a 3-1 lead. Ten hands later, it would be all over.
rakasa eliminated in 2nd place; KumariOy Wins SCOOP Event #7-H
On the final hand… kurakasa opened to 125, KumariOy bumped it to 400, and kurakasa called. The flop was [Jh][9c][5d]. KumariOy bet 400 and kurakasa called. The turn was the [7d]. KumariOy only bet 100 and kurakasa called. The river was the [Ts] and fireworks ensued when kurakasa bombed it all-in for 1,710. KumariOy check-called [Jc][Jd] for a set of Jacks. kurakasa only held [As][5s] for a paltry pair of fives. KumariOy won the pot and shipped the tournament.
Ireland’s kurakasa collected $ 51,130.36 for an impressive runner-up performance. Meanwhile, Russia’s KumariOy earned $ 80,354.20 for first place and also won a cool SCOOP champion’s watch.
Here is the final hand in the re-player:
Prize Pool: $ 531,335
Places Paid: 128
1. KumariOy (Russia) – $ 80,354.20
2. kurakasa (Ireland) – $ 51,130.36
3. nochtm (Bulgaria) – $ 25,562.52
4. Andrel87 (Sweden) – $ 25,562.52
5. vic1316 (U.K.) – $ 14,239.77
6. cgswh1t3 (Canada) – $ 14,239.77
7. crissdepaiss (Canada) – $ 14,239.77
8. mtvdeuem (Slovenia) – $ 14,239.77
To get your SCOOP fix, visit the SCOOP home page for a schedule of remaining events. Plus find out who is currently in the lead for Player of the Series and check out the nifty SCOOP stats page.
There is no overstating it. The 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker was simply amazing. It was history’s biggest online poker festival. It hosted more players than any PokerStars festival ever. It awarded more money than PokerStars has ever given out in a poker tournament series. Meanwhile, one player stood above them all as the clear and undeniable Player of the Series.
Shaun Deeb, the American expat living in Mexico, made SCOOP his personal playground for the past two weeks. Already a previous SCOOP champion, Deeb added four more titles in this series alone to become the all-time leading title-winner among all SCOOP players. Deeb played 115 of the 120 tournaments, cashed 27 times (more than anybody), made eight final tables (double his nearest opponent’s four final tables), and won $ 237,528 in tournament prizes. The performance earned him the overall Player of the Series title and the high buy-in Player of the Series championship. For his Herculean efforts, Deeb will win an 2013 EPT Grand Final package and 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package.
In all SCOOP awarded $ 65,332,179 in prizes and bounties over the two-week festival. Players from 156 countries put up 526,154 buy-ins, the biggest of any SCOOP in history. It was impressive by almost any measure.
Here are a few more superlatives from the past two weeks:
- Top 10 2012 SCOOP money-winners: GripDsNutz ($ 814,079.74), ministerborg ($ 781,325.94), sosickPL ($ 727,995.72), sp00led ($ 725,713.00), suarez_BG ($ 562,864.30), Isildur1 ($ 438,669.58), UrMySponsor ($ 415,226.76), Fiskin1 ($ 370,077.96), hustla16 ($ 348,084.57), raidalot ($ 341,057.70)
- 2012 multiple title winners: Shaun Deeb (4), bleu329 (2), Drew M Scott (2), Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom (2), joacowalter (2)
- Top 5 2012 winningest counties: Canada ($ 10,330,331.50), United Kingdom ($ 7,048,947.59), Germany ($ 5,721,034.06), Russia ($ 4,045,340.71), Sweden ($ 2,799,407.38)
- Most 2012 titles by country: Canada (20), United Kingdom (16), Germany (9), Sweden (9), Mexico (7)
- For all the numbers from this year’s SCOOP and previous festivals, see the SCOOP stats page.
If you missed anything over the past two weeks, we’ve been on top of all the action. You can look back at all the coverage in our special 2012 PokerStars SCOOP news section.
Thanks to everyone for making this the biggest and best SCOOP yet.
Another Sunday, another SCOOP tournament with a guarantee more than doubled by the players on PokerStars. This particular Sunday, it was time for Event 20-Low, $ 27 No-Limit Hold’em, and by Monday afternoon a new SCOOP winner, ArielBahia, had been made.
22,013 players signed up for Event 20-Low. That’s about three times as many as played the WSOP Main Event last year, the most popular live tournament on the annual tournament calendar. And while the $ 27 price point of Event 20-Low differs dramatically from the Main Event’s $ 10,000, the 1st-place prize of $ 55,048.04 in Event 20-Low makes for a more magnificent ROI than the Main Event’s $ 9 million by double. Besides – it’s far easier to come up with $ 27 than it is $ 10,000.
3,150 players made the money in Event 20-Low. Among them were two PokerStars Georges: Team Online player George “jorj95″ Lind (441st) and Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer (449th). Along with Team Online Player Randy “nanonoko” Lew, they were the only members of the Red Spade Brigade to crack the top 1,000 of the tournament.
Day 1 ended with johnster112 (11,745,702), yryryryr (8,655,326) and KortKongen (8,454,309) in the top three chip positions. johnster112 was eliminated in ¬¬ 14th place; the other two players both made the final table as 3rd and 4th in chips, respectively:
Seat 1: yryryryr (34305858 in chips)
Seat 2: 0nly4value (14273340 in chips)
Seat 3: TheUrsaraie (23594016 in chips)
Seat 4: Flowkid1 (34365768 in chips)
Seat 5: Sniper_Arnie (15441072 in chips)
Seat 6: KortKongen (28876905 in chips)
Seat 7: ElRupert (14809976 in chips)
Seat 8: kai183 (11540040 in chips)
Seat 9: ArielBahia (42923025 in chips)
Level 49: blinds 400k-800k, ante 100k
Average stack: 24,458,888
Take your places
When the first hand of the final table was dealt at 1:18pm, there were no previous *COOP winners left in the field. TheUrsaraie, Flowkid1 and ElRupert all had made previous *COOP final tables without notching the victory.
The first 25 minutes of the final table played out mainly as a pre-flop battle for chip position. Sniper_Arnie, among the short stacks to begin with, was not able to change that chip position. Down to about 9 million in chips, Sniper_Arnie shoved [ad][qh] from the blinds after Flowkid1, a big stack, opened for 2.5 million. Flowkid1 made a “math call” with [8h][5h] and got lucky by rivering trip 8s, [7c][ah][8s][4c][8d]. That river 8 made Sniper_Arnie the first casualty of the final table.
A few minutes later the other short stack was on the hot seat. With blinds at 600k-1200k, TheUrsaraie called all in from middle position for 8 million after 0nly4value opened to 10 million. TheUrsaraie had suffered some terrible luck in the run-up to the final table and didn’t fare any better here, taking [as][jd] up against 0nly4value’s [ah][ks]. Big Slick held up on a [5s][tc][2h][7d][qh] board.
Flowkid1 gave up the chip lead to KortKongen a short time later by opening pocket 10s, then calling a three-bet shove from KortKongon, who tabled king-queen. A king on the flop was enough for KortKongen to drag the pot. The two changed places in the counts, with KortKongen climbing to about 57 million and the chip lead, and Flowkid1 dropping to 31 million.
Meanwhile, 0nly4value’s stack plummeted, then crashed completely after this piece of bad luck against ElRupert:
After the 2pm break, limits were up to 700k-1400k when ElRupert and KortKongen played the biggest pot of the tournament to that point. KortKongen started things with a raise 2.8 million; ElRupert responded by three-betting to 6.1 million and driving all other players out of the hand. KortKongen called, then check-called another 5.1 million on a queen-high flop, [2c][qd][6s]. The turn fell [4s] and brought another check from KortKongen. This time, however, when ElRupert bet 8.1 million, KortKongen check-raised all in for 50 million. ElRupert called all in for 21.1 million with pocket kings, leaving KortKongen’s pair of queens, [ks][qs], drawing extremely thin. The [7h] river was a brick that secured an 84.2 million chip pot, and the chip lead, for ElRupert.
The good fortune of ElRupert was equaled by the dwindling stacks of Flowkid1 and kai183. Down to 5.5 million, kai183 tried to get through four players with [ks][2s]. Button player (and big stack) ArielBahis called with [as][4d]. Each player flopped a pair on the [2h][4s][6h] flop; neither improved with the [7d] turn or [qc] river. A pair of 4s was good enough to send kai183 to the rail in 6th place.
Flowkid1, the other short stack, fared better, getting two double-ups in quick succession. First pocket queens held against KortKongen’s ace-ten. Then jack-ten won a race against ElRupert’s pocket 9s. Pocket pairs didn’t treat ElRupert well a few hands later, either, when pocket aces lost to yryryryr’s pocket 5s after a 5 flopped. In a flurry of a few hands, the chips were evenly spread among four of the five players, with only ArielBahia way out in front with 88 million.
It took one hand to change all that. KortKongen returned the favor to Flowkid1, making pocket queens work against Flowkid1′s ace-rag. That loss left Flowkid1 with less than 100k in chips. A 5th-place elimination followed on the next hand, leaving Flowkid1 still looking for that first *COOP victory.
ElRupert also will have to find that first victory at another *COOP final table. It was bad luck when ElRupert ran pocket 10s right into the pocket aces of yryryryr, who had ElRupert covered by just a few million. An ace on the turn sealed ElRupert’s fate as the 4th-place finisher.
The bitter end
Down to three players, ArielBahia led with 93.1 million in chips. yryryryr was in 2nd place (68.0 million) and KortKongen barely trailed in 3rd place (58.9 million). Limits were up to 800k/1600k but nobody was in danger of being considered a “short” stack. That, however, did not stop KortKongen and yryryryr from playing a pot for 118 million chips, with all the money going in pre-flop:
The stacks stayed relatively unchanged until ArielBahia put an end to the tournament about ten minutes later. KortKongen min-raised the button to 4 million pre-flop. ArielBahia called, then checked an all-small flop of [2d][4h][5d]. KortKongen led out with a bet 3.95 million that ArielBahia raised to 8.65 million. The raise did not deter KortKongen from calling, then calling 9 million more on the [8d] turn and calling all in on the [7h] river. ArielBahia showed [ad][3d] for a flopped straight that turned the nut flush; both hands were good enough to beat KortKongen’s [2s][2h], a set of deuces.
It was another cooler of a hand, but I’m guessing that ArielBahia was fine with that. After all, that cooler ensured ArielBahia would be come the 2012 SCOOP Event 20-Low champion, and would win $ 55,000 and a Movado watch to boot.
2012 SCOOP Event 20-low, $ 27 NLHE results:
1st: ArielBahia ($ 55,048.04)
2nd: KurtKongen ($ 40,894.65)
3rd: yryryryr ($ 27,516.25)
4th: ElRupert ($ 22,013.00)
5th: Flowkid1 ($ 16,509.75)
6th: kai183 ($ 11,006.50)
7th: 0nly4value ($ 7,732.06)
8th: TheUrsaraie ($ 4,952.92)
9th: Sniper_Arnie ($ 3,301.95)
One whole week of SCOOP is in the books but there’s still another week to go. Check out all four leaderboards, as well as stats and the upcoming schedule of events, at the SCOOP home page.
After that 20 year old car finally broke down once last time after being pieced together by duct tape and twine it was time to take a brave trip down to the car dealership for a new set of wheels. “Have I got a deal for YOU!” exclaimed the man in the ratty tweed jacket that was popular around the time electricity was discovered. “See this lovely brand new BMW X-wing series, it is yours for just five dollars!”. Quite the deal you think, such a beautiful new car for five bucks? So you ask what is the catch? “Well… it does not run on regular gasoline, diesel, or electricity, you have to purchase these fuel chips that cost $ 1,000.00 to make it run after every trip around the block”.
Today’s 2012 SCOOP Event #14-L $ 7.50 Ante Up tournament had a similar feel to the hidden costs of the not-completely-honest automobile salesman. Blinds remain the same from Level 1 all the way until the championship watch is awarded. $ 5 small blind, $ 5 big blind. The catch is the antes increase to make it very lucrative to steal them, and also to force players to remain active at all times or face being anted out (versus the normal “blinded out”). 13,223 players made their way into this tournament yesterday for this two-day affair. And thanks to the large crowd, once again the PokerStars guarantee ($ 25,000.00) was an afterthought with $ 92,561.00 in the prize pool.
Team PokerStars Pros and Team Online would be shut out at the cashier’s window as Anders “Donald” Berg, Bryan Huang, Liv Boeree, George “Jorj95″ Lind, Andre Akkari, Marcin “Goral” Horecki, and Sigge “ClarkKent89″ Reichard all climbed in for a short ride but did not save enough chips for the antes to make the top 1,710 paid places.
Switzerland’s DeeKay8686, still holding a 10 point lead for the SCOOP Player of the Series-Low, was unable to pick up any points finishing in 6,846th place. Same for second place Chillolini (2,527th place), and third place Blackbeaty took the tournament off. Anders “Donald” Berg is threatening for another title tied for fourth place (but as mentioned did not make the money), but fellow players in fourth place evanski (6,282nd place) and naurits (DNP) also did not gain on the leaderboard for that PCA 2013 prize package and Player of the Series trophy.
The end of day one would end with 49 players remaining as the top ten below being led by OutschOo:
After two hours of the re-start only two tables remained in play as maximum123 led the way with the first eight figure chip stack followed closely by Chocoyote and redKameleon. Day one chip leader OutschOo would not remain after falling in 14th place ($ 277.68).
Se7enTr3y would take a nasty bad beat near the bubble. With the ante up to 90K, Se7enTr3y would shove from 1.65 million preflop and was called by Chocoyote’s [As][5s]. 3.8 million in the middle would get the British player right back into this tournament as Se7enTr3y flipped up the dominating [Jh][Ad]. The flop had a difference in opinion and laid out a wheel from Chocoyote [2h] [4d] [3d]. Despite the flush scare on the turned [9d] Se7enTr3y blanked on the river [Qs] finishing in 11th place. Showing that high stakes players are trying to grab every Player of the Series point and dollar from this tournament series, Se7enTr3y has long history of big final tables, most recently gracing the Super Tuesday final table in February and chopping it up for $ 58,467.48
After a 30 minute hand-for-hand wait, it would take a minor cooler before our final table was set. With the antes up to 125,000 chip leader CarltonRulz would raise it up to 233,333 getting called by cacha112 in the small blind. [9s][2s][Jh] on the flop got cacha112 to check as CarltonRulz set out 300,000 as cacha112 was not giving up this large pot and moved all-in for 2.19 million holding top pair [Ks][Jd] with a decent kicker. The decent kicker did not phase CarltonRulz’s flopped set of nines [9c][9h] making the call. [Kd] on the turn did open up four outs, but the [Th] on the river closed out the penultimate table and cacha112′s tournament in tenth place ($ 370.24) starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: elfeggg (10667727 in chips)
Seat 2: KeryaFadeev (5619968 in chips)
Seat 3: maximum123 (12914377 in chips)
Seat 4: redKameleon (3058297 in chips)
Seat 5: CarltonRulz (12604781 in chips)
Seat 6: PoLoTeN41kXX (3294300 in chips)
Seat 7: J_Marcos (3250255 in chips)
Seat 8: neonasl (9299808 in chips)
Seat 9: Chocoyote (5405487 in chips)
27 hours 30 minutes to get here… one minute to leave
On the final table’s third hand and antes still at 125,000 chips, Chocoyote with over five million tried to snag the 1.125 million sitting in the middle with a shove. However, two seats down was KeryaFadeev with a little bit bigger stack and pocket tens [Tc][Th]. The Russian would make the call as Chocoyote’s pocket eights [8c][8h] would melt quickly on the [Js] [Ts] [5d] [4s] [7c] board becoming the final table’s first casualty in ninth place ($ 555.36).
Plenty for the blinds, not so much for the antes
PoLoTeN41kXX would be UTG with the antes up to 150,000. Sitting on a stack of 1.34 million the Russian could afford over 2,000 orbits around the eight handed table. Ante up was about to let this tourney run until my daughter is ready to drive in 10 years and with the antes PoLoTeN41kXX could only afford to see nine more hands. [As][6d] seemed good enough to go with as PoLoTeN41kXX shoved. maximum123 in the small blind with pocket jacks [Jh][Jd] making the call. The [7c] [7s] [9h] [Qd] [2h] board gave no reason for alarm as the pocket jacks would take down PoLoTeN41kXX’s ace leaving the Russian in eighth place ($ 925.61).
Taking the chip lead back
KeryaFadeev would lose the chip to maximum123. But only briefly thanks to the 17.4 million pot in the video below:
It would be race situation as the antes remained at 150,000 and neonasl would lead off with a raise to 335,800 and KeryaFadeev three-bet to 1.52 million. Back around to neonasl holding pocket sevens [7s][7c] and a lot of confidence, he would shove for 8.1 million. KeryaFadeev could cover the bet, making the call with [Ah][Qh]. The nut-flush draw [3h] [8d] [Jh] would show itself on the flop but a different dagger came out on the turn. [Qs] paired up KeryaFadeev as the one-outer on the river [5s] would not hit and neonsal was down for good in seventh place ($ 1,851.22).
Unable to change numbers
Chameleons may be able to change colors, maybe even suits on a card, but redKameleon was not able to change a board to match his hand. With the antes up to 175,000 redKameleon would call a 196,700 raise by maximum123 as J_Marcos shoved for 5.45 million from the button. maximum123 quickly folded but redKameleon with a little less than two million pondered a call. Pocket treys [3c][3s] were left hoping for a race to claim the 5.5 million chip pot as redKameleon made the call. Pocket eights [8h][8d] was the exactly the type of hand redKameleon was trying to avoid as the flop quickly ended any hope of a miracle giving J_Marcos a set of eights and finishing with the boat [Tc] [8s] [Qd] [2c] [Qs] to give redKameleon some green in the form of sixth place money ($ 2,776.83).
As the antes moved up to 200,000 there was a very brief pause for chop discussions but the remaining five felt there was plenty of play left with a 13.1 million chip average so play continued. While four players enjoyed stacked over 10 million, elfeggg held on to just 4.1 million while calling a button raise from J_Marcos from the small blind. Both players checked the [Th][3c][As] flop. [9d] on the turn got both players excited as J_Marcos led out for 845,555 and elfeggg came back with a shove to 3.4 million. Top two [Ad][Td] made the call an easy one for J_Marcos as elfeggg’s tournament hopes leaned on an open ended straight draw [8d][Jd]. The [4s] river would ship the 8.8 million chips to J_Marcos as elfeggg received $ 3,702.44 in fifth place.
The gladiator maximum123 would go to war against KeryaFadeev just three hand after elfeggg wobbled off the table. Watch below as the two build up a 25.3 million chip pot:
After a 732,105 preflop raise by KeryaFadeev and a call by maximum123 the players would both check the [3h][2c][Qh] flop. [Jc] on the turn got KeryaFadeev to push out 1.37 million as maximum123 made the call. [Qd] river and KeryaFadeev tried again with a 2.5 million chip bet, but this time maximum123 pushed the max which was enough to put KeryaFadeev all-in. Thinking bluff, KeryaFadeev made the call with a pair of threes [Ks][3s], but maximum123 was doing anything but bluffing flipped up trip ladies, top kicker [Qs][Ac] for the 25.3 million chip pot and sending KeryaFadeev to the rail in fourth place ($ 4,628.05).
Over? Over. Done? Done.
A very quick chop chat between the remaining three and Team Online’s Andre “acoimbra” Coimbra hammered out the chip chop below leaving $ 500 and the champion’s SCOOP watch left to play for.
maximum123: $ 9,639.73
J_Marcos: $ 8,923.38
CarltonRulz: $ 8,539.82
Three handed play would last 40 minutes and threatened to go all-day. It was not for lack of aggression or any passive checkdowns, but rather no one making the kill shot to knock someone out. Until the antes moved up to 300,000 and maximum123 made a preflop raise to 350,777 and CarltonRulz made it 1.2 million. maximum123 made the call to see a [6h][9d][9c] flop as CarltonRulz led out for 1.13 million getting another call from maximum123. [8s] on the turn and CarltonRulz checked as maximum123 bet 1.63 million. Like a cougar waiting for prey, CarltonRulz lept out with a check-raise to 5.5 million as maximum123 again calmly made the call. [Th] river and CarltonRulz shoved for 12.7 million as maximum123 serenely called again, this time with more confidence flipping up the rivered straight [Jd][7d]. CarltonRulz tried hard to deter that straight from getting there by the flopped trips [9h][Qc] went into the muck ending the tournament in third place.
Reversal of fortune
The phrase “reversal of fortune” as a slightly different meaning in the world of competitive eating (we suggest not looking up “reversal of fortune and eating” on YouTube with a full stomach). But, while heads-up in a poker tournament it means overcoming your larger stacked opponent as J_Marcos would start with a 22.3 million to 43.7 disadvantage against maximum123 for the Event #14-L title.
Then over the course of a 10 minute heads-up battle J_Marcos would nip away at that lead. A 15 million chip pot, then four hands later an 8.5 million chip pot, then a 7.6 million chips pot thus grabbing a 37.3 million to 28.7 million chip lead going into the decisive hand.
With the antes up to 350,000 J_Marcos made a raise to 310,000 as maximum123 called to see the [2c][9s][7c] flop. maximum123 checked as J_Marcos followed through with a 875,000 chip bet. maximum123 mini-check raised, as J_Marcos ended all silliness with a shove that covered maximum123′s stack. Holding top pair [Jc][9d] maximum123 made the call and saw immediately the kicker problems that would end the tournament. J_Marcos showed [9h][Kh] for the same pair, higher kicker and successfully dodged the three-outer on the turn [3h] and river [4h] to claim the Event #14-L title!
$ 25,000 guarantee SCOOP 2012 Event #14-L $ 7.50 Ante Up results (05-12-12)
(* denotes part of three-way deal)
1. J_Marcos (Brazil) *$ 9,423.38
2. maximum123 (Norway) *$ 9,639.73
3. CarltonRulz (Australia) *$ 8,539.82
4. KeryaFadeev (Russia) $ 4,628.05
5. elfeggg (Russia) $ 3,702.44
6. redKameleon (Denmark) $ 2,776.83
7. neonasl (Lithuania) $ 1,851.22
8. PoLoTeN41kXX (Russia) $ 925.61
9. Chocoyote (Germany) $ 555.36
Never give up.
Parents say it. Coaches scream it. Teachers beg of it. You…probably don’t listen. Why would you? It’s a worn out old phrase that is hard to believe if you don’t see it in action.
Never give up.
That’s what they say. Keep trying. Don’t quit. Believe.
It’s easy to discount it all, especially in poker. Beaten to hell by a two-outer, left with ten percent of the average stack, it feels pretty good and cathartic to shove the rest of it in blind. What’s the use, right? It’s not like you have a chance at winning anyway.
Today, the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker entered its fifth day, and across the wide landscape of tournaments, we have witnessed a veritable orgy of lost causes. We’ve seen people throw the foundation of their stacks on sacrificial altars in such ways that it almost seems like they enjoy it. They are the poster children for the Give Up movement.
But, we have also seen glory. We have seen tenaciousness. We have seen such downright stubbornness that the mules on the nearby farm are expressing admiration.
Consider the story of Alex “blackbeaty” Kell, winner of the very first event of this year’s SCOOP. The tournament had barely begun when he lost 75% of his stack. It was the type of place your average player might just sigh and start looking for another tournament. Instead, Kell, a 21-year-old from northern Germany, stood his ground.
“i just tried to play my a-game,” he said.
He had some experience in this land of the short-stacks. Recently at EPT Berlin, he made it to Day 2, but with only 25,000 chips. Worse, when he got to the tournament room, he couldn’t find his table. After ten minutes of running around, he realized why. He was on the TV table with ElkY and Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom. The result: Kell eliminated Blom, left the TV table with 135,000, and finished in the money.
In the first SCOOP event, the result of his tenaciousness was a lucky double up that eventually propelled him to the SCOOP title. He has since cashed five more times and currently sits in fourth place on the Player of the Series leaderboard.
He didn’t give up and rallied for the $ 100,000 win and SCOOP title.
“I look back two years and I can’t belive the goals I’m hitting,” he said. “Working on what you love is something that not everyone can say they do, but fortunately I do. I’m just looking forward to improving my game and always looking up for higher targets.”
Annnnnd, they’re off! The 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker is underway.
Just yesterday, the Kentucky Derby, one of the world’s most prestigious horse racing events dominated the sports world. It lasted just around two minutes. Its purse was $ 2,180,000.
By comparison, just a couple of minutes ago, the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker kicked off. It will last for two weeks. Its overall purse is guaranteed to reach $ 30,000,000. I mean, nothing against the Kentucky Derby, but it’s not really that difficult to figure out which of these big events is more exciting. And I can almost guarantee none of the SCOOP players will be put down if they get injured.
The very first SCOOP event is now running with three different buy-ins and more than 15,000 people playing in early action. Registration is still open for that tournament and every other event over the next two weeks.
Here are some helpful links to guide you through SCOOP.
- SCOOP web page
- SCOOP schedule
- SCOOP Player of the Series information
- SCOOP history and statistics
- Join Lee Jones on the rail for SCOOP
- The PokerStars Blog will have wrap-ups of every SCOOP final table over the next couple of weeks. We’ll also be featuring select winners’ stories along the way. You could end up with your face on the front page if you play your cards right.