Every poker tournament features your plain old, generic "knockouts," from which all who survive -- not just the one doing the knocking -- benefit in some fashion. Then you have your "bounty" KO events where a little gets saved out of the prize pool as to be awarded as bounties, usually a small percentage of the entry fee, given to players each time they eliminate an opponent.
Then you have your "super knockout" tourneys, in which half of the prize pool gets set aside for bounties. In the case of SCOOP #9-H, that meant $1,025 of every player's $2,100 entry went to the bounty pool, with another $1,025 going to the regular prize pool.
In the end, 566 players joined this one, together building both $580,150 prize pool and a $580,150 bounty pool -- the $1,160,300 total obliterating the event's $400K guarantee. The top 63 finishers would divide the prize pool half of the loot, with the rest going to those scoring knockouts along the way. The winner stood to earn $110,228.61, plus that last bounty as well as his or her own, not to mention any others collected on the way to the title.
From 566 to 100
At the five-hour break just 224 players remained, with Paris Dedes leading followed by Rens02 and dean23price. Also still alive and representing Team PokerStars at that point were Team Pros Ana Marquez, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, and Pius Heinz, as well as George "Jorj95" Lind III and Anders "Donald" Berg of Team Online,
Eliminations continued to occur, with handsome $1,025 bounties collected with each one. Aku1206 grabbed Lind's bounty, knocking out Jorj95 in 221st. The numerically-named 44446 then picked up ElkY's, eliminating the latter in 197th. And upmaxH claimed Marquez' when she went out in 193rd. Later Pius Heinz fell in 101st, his bounty claimed by Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen, leaving only Berg to represent the home team with 100 players left.
From 100 to 9
Berg would successfully nurse a short stack all of the way into the cash, busting shortly in 60th for a $2,552.66 cash.
In his final hand, Berg would get the last of his stack in on a [Tc][9s][6d] flop with [Jc][Jh], but was up against Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick's [6s][6c]. Another ten on the turn made stevie444's set a full house, and a blank on the river sent Berg to the rail. That marked the second Team PokerStars Pro bounty collected by Chidwick who earlier eliminated Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder in 362nd.
Soon they reached the nine-hour mark, at which point exactly 50 players remained. upstrick77 led the way with just over 170,000, with Chidwick having pushed up into second position with nearly 163,000. David "Betudontbet" Emmons, spirox21, Naza114, Rens02, and Mike "SirWatts" Watson rounded out the 100,000-chip club.
Three hours later, 18 were left, led by David "Betudontbet" Evans, YrrsiNN, and upstrick77. Among those hitting the rail in the interim were Joćo "joaobarb" Barbosa (46th, $2,726.70), Tim "Tmay420" West (43rd, $2,900.75), James "jcamby33" Campbell (42nd, $2,900.75), Stefan "I'amSound" Huber (35th, $3,190.82), Alexis "J0hnny_Dr@m@" Zervos (33rd, $3,190.82), James "mig.com" Mackey (30th, $3,190.82), Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick (28th, $3,190.82), Grayson "gray31" Ramage (23rd, $3,480.90), Nicky "Cod Meharly" Evans (21st, $3,480.90), Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo (20th, $3,480.90), and Steve "gboro780" Gross (19th, $3,480.90), each of whom also picked up an extra $1,050 per each knockout they accumulated before busting.
It would take a little over an hour-and-a-half for the next nine to fall: Mikleler (18th), govshark2 (17th), and dean23price (16th) each earned $4,641.20; Rens02 (15th), hyahhoo (14th), and FlyingSumo (13th) took $5,801.50 apiece; and amfef (12th), leshark81 (11th), and agahol (10th) each saw $6,961.80 added to their PokerStars accounts.
The final table was set.
Seat 1: Big Huni -- 414,208
Seat 2: Betudontbet -- 77,608
Seat 3: sh4rk1e -- 189,761
Seat 4: SirWatts -- 304,561
Seat 5: rogI_MS -- 180,268
Seat 6: upstrick77 -- 743,331
Seat 7: YrrsiNN -- 226,080
Seat 8: Mr. Tim Caum -- 78,191
Seat 9: spirox21 -- 615,992
The final nine played a couple of orbits, then sh4rk1e became crippled after taking [Qc][Qd] up against David "Betudontbet" Evans' [Kc][Kh] and losing. sh4rk1e would double up once, but soon was reraising all in for 38,216 over an open by Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen, and while upstrick77 called, Hunichen folded.
sh4rk1e had [4d][4h] and was hoping to hold versus upstrick77's [Qh][Jd], but the board ran out [Jc][3s][Kd][Td][2s] to pair upstrick77 and send sh4rk1e out in ninth.
A while later the blinds were 3,000/6,000 when spirox21 opened to 12,000 from the cutoff, then Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen shoved all in for 146,983 from the button. The blinds got out, and spirox21 called, showing [6h][6s] to Big Huni's [As][Th]. The community cards came [2c][5h][Kh][3s][3c], and Hunichen's run had ended in eighth.
Next Mike "SirWatts" Watson opened for the minimum from UTG, raising to 12,000, then rogl_MS reraised to 24,000 from one seat over. It folded back around and Watson shoved, and rogl_MS called with the 201,324 he had left. Watson turned over [9d][9s], but rogl_MS had [As][Ad].
Then came the flop -- [3c][9c][8d]! A set for Watson, and after the [2c] turn and [3h] river, Watson had filled up and was collecting rogl_MS's bounty as the latter hit the rail in seventh.
A few orbits later Stefan "YrssiNN" Huber min-raised to 14,000 from middle position, then spirox21 reraised to 35,000 from the button. It folded back and Huber jammed for 111,226 total, and spirox21 called. Huber had [Ah][Kc] and needed to catch versus spirox21's [9s][9h]. The flop came [4s][3s][2d], giving YrrsiNN straight outs, but the turn was the [2s] and river the [6s], and Huber was out in sixth.
About 20 minutes later, the blinds were 3,500/7,000 when upstrick77 opened from the button for 14,000, then spirox21 reraised to 35,000 from the big blind. upstrick77 responded with an all-in shove for 319,804 total, and spirox21 called.
The board came [8s][Js][7c][7h][2d], meaning spirox21's tens held and upstrick had been eliminated in fifth.
With four left, spirox21 led with more than 1.35 million, with Watson in second with better than 744,000, followed by David "Betudontbet" Evans who had just over 563,000. Meanwhile, Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer was last with a little under 166,000.
As it happened, O'Dwyer would be the next to go. As they approached the 16-hour mark of the tournament, O'Dwyer raised to 16,800 from UTG and it folded to SirWatts who raised enough to put O'Dwyer all in. Mr. Tim Caum called his remaining 149,799, showing [Kc][Jh] to Watson's [Kh][Qc]. The board ran out [8d][Tc][8h][8s][2d], and O'Dwyer was out in fourth.
Play continued, and soon the blinds were 4,000/8,000 when David "Betudontbet" Evans opened for 16,000 from the button, Mike "SirWatts" Watson reraised to 40,000 from the small blind, and spirox21 folded. Evans responded with an all-in push for 308,977 total, and Watson called.
Evans had [As][Kh] and Watson [Tc][Ts], and they watched as the board came [5d][7h][4d][8s][4h], awarding the bounty to Watson and sending Evans railward in third place.
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Heads-up play began with SirWatts enjoying a small lead with 1,506,935 to spirox21's 1,323,065. During the first half-hour of their battle, spirox21 would gain the advantage, pushing out to nearly a 2-to-1 chip lead over Watson.
They continued their duel, and with the blinds up to 5,000/10,000 Watson raised to 25,000 from the button, spirox21 made it 70,000, Watson 140,000, and spirox21 called. The flop came [8s][Jc][Qh] and spirox21 checked. SirWatts bet 140,000, and his opponent called.
The turn then brought the [8c] and another check from spirox21. This time Watson bet 250,000, and when spirox21 check-raise shoved Watson called with his remaining chips, showing [Ac][Qc] for queens and eights. spirox21 had the same two pair with [Qs][Js], though with a worse kicker, and when the river came the [As] Watson suddenly had a commanding lead.
spirox21 was on the ropes, but would double up after that one when his [As][Qc] outdrew Watson's [6d][6h] to enable him to close the gap, and before long the pair were even once again.
The night wore on, and Watson pushed back out ahead to take a sizable lead. They reached the 18-hour break of the tourney, having been heads up for nearly the last two hours of that, at which point SirWatts had 1,769,210 to spirox21's 1,060,790.
After another 15 minutes, a hand suddenly arose in which spirox21 was all in on the flop and at risk of elimination. The board read [Js][3c][Ts], and when spirox21 reraised all in SirWatts called, showing [Qd][Jh] for top pair. spirox21 showed [Qh][9h] for an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the [5h], and Watson was one card away from the title.
Then came the river... the [8d]! spirox21 had survived, and now had a better than 3-to-1 chip lead. Take a look:
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About 10 hands after that spirox21 was still above 2 million when Watson opened with a min-raise to 32,000 and spirox21 reraised to 80,000. That prompted an all-in shove from SirWatts for 739,920 total, and spirox21 quickly called.
Watson had the edge preflop, but the [3s][Ks][9c] snatched that advantage away. The turn was the [3d] and river the [7h], and spirox21 had collected SirWatts' bounty and the SCOOP title!
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Congratulations to spirox21 for outlasting a tough field of 566 and more than 18 hours of poker -- including two-plus grueling hours versus a gritty SirWatts -- to claim SCOOP Event #9-H!
2012 SCOOP Event 9-High, $2,100 No-Limit Hold'em, Super Knockout:
1st: spirox21 ($110,228.61)
2nd: SirWatts ($81,221)
3rd: Betudontbet ($59,465.37)
4th: Mr. Tim Caum ($45,251.70)
5th: upstrick77 ($31,908.25)
6th: YrrsiNN ($24,656.37)
7th: rogl_MS ($18,854.87)
8th: Big Huni ($13,053.37)
9th: sh4rk1e ($9,630.49)
Still a week-and-a-half of SCOOPin' left! Check the schedule for the details.