Come close once, and you'll likely think about "what could have been" for a long time. What happens when you come close a second time? Former WCOOP final tablist tRaMp$d0PrAy may be contemplating that today after coming runner up to sandman201 in 2012 SCOOP Event 8-Medium, $109 No-Limit Hold'em.
It was another guarantee doubled in Event 8-Medium. PokerStars ensured a $300,000 prize pool, but registrations from 5,842 players nearly doubled that guarantee to $584,200. The scheduled 1st prize ballooned to more than $91,000, with 765 players receiving some portion of the prize pool.
Event 8 was a two-day affair, one of fifteen two-day events on this year's 40-event SCOOP schedule. SCOOP is not only about allowing participation for players of all bankrolls with the low, medium and high buy-ins for each event; it's also about giving players at each of those levels incredible structures.
Day 1 ended with 185 of the 5,842 players remaining after 25 levels of play. At that time, the top ten players in the chip counts were:
1st: CRACKTONY (468,024)
2nd: birs320 (444,983)
3rd: 00psiedaisy (442,104)
4th: micide (421,356)
5th: Rsiatat (415,243)
6th: Jermaine074 (402,367)
7th: mossified84 (399,572)
8th: gia111 (398,893)
9th: l@besti@ (396,701)
10th: Fairy verde (388,192)
Also still remaining was Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis, who would go on to finish 35th for $1,256.03. He was joined in the winners' circle by fellow Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin (217th, $315.46) and PokerStars Team Online players Shane "shaniac" Schleger (326th, $251.20) and Randy "nanonoko" Lew (511th, $204.47). Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki just missed out on the money. He was the stone bubble in Event 8-Medium, finishing in 766th place.
As for those Top 10 Day 1 chip stacks, well, a Top 10 Day 1 chip stack is no guarantee of a final table, as any live tournament player can attest. Each of the top three players busted well short of the final table. CRACKTONY finished 88th, birs320 finished 78th, and 00psiedaisy came 40th (though 00psiedaisy may have been sidetracked by making the final table of Event 9-Medium).
But three other Top 10 stacks were in the hunt as things started getting tight. mossified84 finished in 16th place; micide bubbled the final table and finished in 10th place when pocket 7s ran into pocket aces. But Rsiatat was one of the nine players seated at the final table.
The final table begins
Seat 1: Neva1987 (887085 in chips)
Seat 2: sandman201 (3510393 in chips)
Seat 3: marcosretard (3507261 in chips)
Seat 4: Rsiatat (1265915 in chips)
Seat 5: James "j_t_s80" Broom (3939479 in chips)
Seat 6: mendezbb (1714092 in chips)
Seat 7: diggidave (3641157 in chips)
Seat 8: tRaMp$d0PrAy (6998823 in chips)
Seat 9: FloweerBoy (3745795 in chips)
Level 46: blinds 25k-50k, ante 6250
Average stack: 2,434,166
All Rsiatat's work to make the final table, however, went for naught after just seven hands. On the 7th hand, sandman201 opened from middle position for the minimum raise to 120k (the level had just gone up). Rsiatat shoved for 1.15 million with ace-ten, but sandman201 snap-called with a dominating ace-king. The board blanked for both players, sending Rsiatat to the rail in 9th place.
Rsiatat's departure bumped Neva1987, the short stack, into 8th in the counts. One double up later, with Big Slick overtaking marcosretard's pocket 7s, and Neva1987 was out of the doghouse. That wouldn't be the only piece of misfortune for marcosretard, either. In the 35k-70k level, Neva1987 opened the button and was three-bet by sandman201 from the small blind. Holding ace-queen, marcosretard four-bet to 733k, leaving 1.8 million behind. sandman201 covered marcosretard and responded with a five-bet shove. marcosretard snap-called, but ace-queen was in very bad shape against sandman201's pocket aces. A flop of [th][jc][ts] gave marcosretard some outs to an inside straight draw, but it never materialized.
Neva1987's short-stack run ended in 7th place after an unkind river. The action was all pre-flop, with Neva1987 taking pocket jacks against FloweerBoy's [ah][kc]. It was all clear sailing for Neva1987 until the [kd] hit the river, KOing Neva1987.
With six players left and blinds up to 40k-80k, the short stack, James Broom (a player who has been around the EPT, APPT and ANZPT over the years), was looking for a pushing hand. Sitting in the small blind, and over a button raise, [ad][7d] must have looked good. But here's how it turned out:
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Down to five players, tRaMp$d0PrAy had a commanding lead, with more than 12 million of the 29 million chips in play. That lead only grew when FloweerBoy got jiggy with pocket 8s, 4-betting to 903k over an open by diggidave and a 3-bet by tRaMp$d0PrAy. tRaMp$d0PrAy was holding pocket aces and didn't slow down, five-betting to 1.46 million and then snap-calling FloweerBoy's shove for 4.4 million total. FloweerBoy's pocket 8s did not improve, sending FloweerBoy to the showers in 5th place.
tRaMp$d0PrAy must have been doing some clean living prior to Day 2 of Event 8-Medium, because the next elimination was as dirty as they come. There was no faulting either tRaMp$d0PrAy or mendezbb for the pre-flop raising war in which they engaged. mendezbb was never going to dump kings and, with a huge stack, tRaMp$d0PrAy was always going to play jacks fast. Even three clubs on board by the turn, [tc][7s][6c][ac], was no problem for mendezbb, who held the king of clubs. But the [js] river was a dirty, dirty out to make tRaMp$d0PrAy a set and send mendezbb to the rail.
The remaining three players -- tRaMp$d0PrAy (19.7 million), diggidave (5.3 million), and sandman201 (4.1 million) - paused to consider a deal. sandman201, as the short stack, said straight off the bat that an unmodified chip-chop deal was off the table. tRaMp$d0PrAy, as the big stack, was not impressed by the ICM numbers that would have resulted in $8,000 less for tRaMp$d0PrAy and said, "I'm not doing that. I'll split the difference."
The two shorter stacks were sticking to their guns and demanding ICM or nothing. "If you win, you'll get almost 1st-place money [after ICM and the champion set-aside," sandman201 pointed out.
"I said I will split the difference. Not doing ICM. I want 81k guaranteed." tRaMp$d0PrAy also held fast.
sandman201 was unwilling to contribute the $2,500 that tRaMp$d0PrAy wanted for a deal, but diggidave offered to kick it in. The adjusted payouts that they agreed to provided $81,000 for tRaMp$d0PrAy, $60,673.35 for diggidave, $59,971.25 for sandman201 and $6,000 for the champion. All agreed.
After the 3am break, with the deal in place, tRaMp$d0PrAy didn't let up. Turned trip 4s took a big bite out of sandman201's stack. But sandman201 doubled back with pocket 10s holding up all in pre-flop against tRaMp$d0PrAy's ace-king.
The two short stacks eventually squared off against each other, with diggidave taking the worst of it. Dave opened pre-flop for the minimum, then four-bet shoved over a re-raise from sandman201. sandman201, holding the pocket 10s again, quickly called and was a 2-to-1 favorite over diggidave's [ac][7d]. Tens held up a second time, sending diggidave to the rail in 3rd place. The tournament was heads up.
The lengthy heads-up battle
tRaMp$d0PrAy had more than a 2-to-1 chip lead to starts heads-up play. But a serious of aggressive raises on the 3rd hand backfired, as sandman201 shoved on tRaMp$d0PrAy and induced a fold, taking 3.1 million from tRaMp$d0PrAy's stack.
That's where the stacks stayed for a while - long enough for sandman201 to ask "Wanna make the blinds speed up if we're allowed?" Turns out that wasn't possible.
It was a long time before anything significant changed. When it did, it was a case of dueling pairs, with sandman201 coming out on top in a big way:
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That might have been the end of it, but tRaMp$d0PrAy kept battling and eventually doubled back, getting ace-jack to hold up all in pre-flop against ace-ten, then winning a huge pot with a turned top pair of jacks and inducing sandman201 to call off 3.7 million on the river.
Back and forth they went. Each time, the all in player found the winner. The chip lead passed between tRaMp$d0PrAy and sandman201 with neither able to close out the victory. Heads-up play had started at 3:13am; at 4:45am, sandman201 had a 3-to-1 chip lead but with blinds at "only" 150k-300k, tRaMp$d0PrAy still had 22 big blinds. tRaMp$d0PrAy had come close in the 2008 WCOOP, finishing 4th in Event 26. Would it be another close call or would tRaMp$d0PrAy pull out the victory?
At 4:51am we got the answer. Down to 3.8 million, tRaMp$d0PrAy open-shoved [ah][4s]. sandman201 snap-called with pocket tens and promptly flopped quads, ensuring that tRaMp$d0PrAy was drawing dead on the flop and locking up an impressive SCOOP victory.
2012 SCOOP Event 8-Medium, $109 NLHE results (including 3-way deal):
1st: sandman201 ($65,971.25)*
2nd: tRaMp$d0PrAy ($81,000.00)*
3rd: diggidave ($60,673.35)*
4th: mendezbb ($33,007.30)
5th: FloweerBoy ($24,828.50)
6th: James "j_t_s80" Broom ($18,986.50)
7th: Neva1987 ($13,144.50)
8th: marcosretard ($7,302.50)
9th: Rsiatat ($4,673.60)
Today is Day 4 of the 2012 SCOOP. There are still plenty of opportunities for you to grab your share of the millions in guaranteed prizes. Get stats, schedules and check out the leaderboards on the SCOOP homepage.
Put "super" in front of just about anything, and it is instantly awesome. Superman. Super Bowl. Super Mario. Super pancho.
So forgive us a little giddy excitement for 2012 SCOOP Event 9-Medium, $215 NLHE (Super Knockout). The premise was simple: $103 to the prize pool; $103 to the bounty pool; $9 to the house. Knock out just one player and you're basically freerolling the rest of the tournament. It's a super format that has proved super popular on PokerStars and one that generates super amounts of action.
PokerStars, in its pointy-hatted wisdom, set the prize pool guarantee for Event 9-Medium at $200,000. The players doubled that, as 3,913 registered, creating a prize pool and a bounty pool of $403,000 each. 495 players would be paid, with the winner scheduled to receive $63,279.94.
Pretty super, eh?
Team PokerStars did not have such a super time of it in Event 8-Medium. Only Charlotte "Sjlot" Van Brabander and Team Online player Shane "shaniac" Schleger made the money, and both were eliminated long before the tournament reached the last ten tables.
But there were a few players among the final nine who'd been there before - including a former SCOOP winner.
Seat 1: Eetu100 (1384918 in chips)
Seat 2: die linken (818518 in chips)
Seat 3: 00psiedaisy (2895340 in chips)
Seat 4: thehempy (2619985 in chips)
Seat 5: blujays888 (1968129 in chips)
Seat 6: SenoiPomidor (1747032 in chips)
Seat 7: Bigstar666 (3431761 in chips)
Seat 8: skrilla602 (2204277 in chips)
Seat 9: Cieva (2495040 in chips)
Level 37: blinds 17.5k-35k, ante 4375
Average stack: 2,173,888
Eetu100 was the player who'd won it all before during SCOOP, barreling to the championship of 2009 SCOOP Event 1, $5.50+R NLHE 6-max. Today would not turn out to be Eetu100's day, however.
Although die linken was the shortest player at the start of the final table, a stack of 21 big blinds still left die linken some options. The problem was that die linken seemed to be quite card dead and, as play continued into the 25k-50k level without a bustout, die linken was blinded down to less than 400k in chips. die linken finally picked up [ac][qs] in the small blind and shoved over an open-raise by blujays888. But die linken's short stack provided no fold equity, so when blujays888 called with [jh][9h] and paired 9s on the turn of a [kc][8h][6d][9d][4s] board, it was lights out for die linken in 9th place.
But what goes around comes around, someone once said. blujays888 didn't hold die linken's chips for long. In a hand against Cieva and holding pocket kings, blujays888 got Cieva all in on a 10-high flop. Cieva, however, had flopped a set of 10s and secured a double-up after two blanks came off.
Eetu100 was not as fortunate in a similar situation against thehempy and wound up busting in 8th place. Take a look:
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A few tough beats pushed thehempy down into short-stack land, with about 555k. Those chips went in the middle pre-flop by opening [ks][jd] all in from the button. Small blind player blujays888 notched another elimination and another super bounty by calling with [ah][7s] and pairing aces, [6h][qh][4h][as][js].
Ace-seven must have been the hand of the moment for the 50k-100k level. Bigstar666 opened with it from the button, then thought briefly before calling big blind Cieva's shove for 820k total. Cieva had deuces and was drawing thin after a flop of [ah][3c][7c] gave Bigstar666 two pair, aces and sevens. Some momentary hope for Cieva - the turn came [4h], giving Cieva some straight outs. The river [qd] dashed those hopes and ended Cieva's day in 6th place.
From there the table belonged to blujays888 for a long stretch. By the time the 3am break rolled around, blinds were up to 60k-120k and blujays888 had 8.2 million of the 20 million chips in play. 00psiedaisy, fresh off a 40th place finish in Event 8-Medium, sat in 2nd with 3.8 million, followed by SenoiPomidor, Bigstar666 and skrilla602.
And yet right after the break, SenoiPomidor jumped to the head of the class by getting pocket kings all in against blujays888's ace-queen. A king flopped, giving SenoiPomidor a set, which was more than enough against blujays888's ace-high after the river. With the big stack in hand, SenoiPomidor offered to deal. 00psiedaisy was not interested in a deal.
Despite being 3rd in chips at that point, 00psiedaisy was the next player eliminated. A series of hands went the wrong way until 00psiedaisy open-shoved [kd][qd] for 1.4 million in the 70k-140k level. blujays888, with [as][qs], made an easy call. A board of [qh][9c][5s][5d][2h] left 00psiedaisy out-pipped and the 5th place finisher.
The deal discussion re-surfaced, and the tournament even paused momentarily. But then someone cancelled the "discuss deal" option, and on the very next hand Bigstar666 was eliminated. An open-shove to 1.8 million with [qh][8h] didn't fare well when chip leader SenoiPomidor called with pocket jacks. There was only one heart and no queens on a board of [7s][4h][kd][2d][2s]. Bigstar666 retired tot the rail in 4th place.
The tournament paused - for real this time - to discuss a deal. Yet again, before any discussion could begin, someone canceled the "discuss deal" option. The third time was the charm.
If you've watched many final tables on PokerStars, you've seen lots of these negotiations. What you don't usually see is the big stack asking for more money than a chip-chop would provide. But that's what SenoiPomidor did.
"Yeah that won't work," said blujays888. "Let's resume."
"Play," skrilla602 agreed. And so play they did. It was only a few more hands before SenoiPomidor opened to 300k, then called skrilla602's three-bet shove for 2.6 million. SenoiPomidor's pocket 9s held against skrilla602's [ad][kh], even spiking an unnecessary 9 on the river to send skrilla602 out of the tournament as the 3rd-place finisher.
"Greedy skrilla," SenoiPomidor chided.
The tournament paused again for a deal. With the lead, SenoiPomidor's share of a deal was calculated as $54,963.68. blujays888 would get $51,471.82, and $4,000 would be left for the champion.
"55 and I agree," said SenoiPomidor. "Ok? Russia poor land."
blujays888 laughed and agreed.
The two battled late into the night, with stacks that were almost level for long stretches. blujays888 finally seized the momentum by turning an inside straight and getting SenoiPomidor to call a river re-raise to 3 million. That hand seemed to break SenoiPomidor, who began to shove with regularity. blujays888 felt [as][2d] was strong enough to try to pick off one of those shoves; SenoiPomidor showed [js][4s]. By the turn, the [5s] [3d] [7h] [9s] board gave SenoiPomidor all sorts of ways to win and stay in the game, but the [kc] was a big old brick. SenoiPomidor bowed out in 2nd place, leaving blujays888 as the champion of Event 9-Medium and earning blujays888 two more Super Knockout bounties - SenoiPomidor's and his own.
All in all, a super finish for blujays888.
2012 SCOOP Event 9-Medium, $215 NLHE (Super Knockout) results (including two-way deal):
1st: blujays888 ($55,435.50)*
2nd: SenoiPomidor ($55,000.00)*
3rd: skrilla602 ($33,250.71)
4th: Bigstar666 ($23,174.74)
5th: 00psiedaisy ($17,129.15)
6th: Cieva ($13,098.76)
7th: thehempy ($9,068.37)
8th: Eetu100 ($5,037.98)
9th: die linken ($3,224.31)
Today is Day 4 of the 2012 SCOOP. There are still plenty of opportunities for you to grab your share of the millions in guaranteed prizes. Get stats, schedules and check out the leaderboards on the SCOOP homepage.
Over the last few years, Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb has been a dominant force in PokerStars tournaments including a pair of WCOOP titles and a SCOOP PLO crown. The online phenom, who once retired at 24-years-old (only to un-retire a few months later), can now add another SCOOP title to his resume after a tumultuous, yet remarkable come-from-behind victory in Event #10-High $2,100 Stud.
The event attracted 64 runners. Only the top 8 places got a cut of the $128,000 prize pool, with $41,600 set aside for the champion.
A couple of familiar faces from Team PokerStars Online and Team PokerStars Pros were testing their Stud acumen, including George Danzer, George "Jorj95" Lind, Alex Kravchenko, Eugene Katchalov, Anders "Donald" Berg, Jason Mercier, and ElkY. Only two of them would cash in this event: George Lind (8th place) and George Danzer (4th place).
Shaun Deeb winning the EPT Kyiv High Roller event
Deeb jumped out to an auspicious start and quickly amassed a stack. He held chip lead for the first five hours of the tournament before the pack finally caught up to him.
With 10 players remaining, Deeb and George Danzer, George Lind were all skating on thin ice as the shortest stacks at the final two tables. With only eight spots available at the final table, two players were going to get stiff-armed and go home with nothing because only the final eight paid out.
With nine players remaining, action switched to hand-for-hand for both the money bubble and the final table bubble. Deeb was the shorty and despite having a target on his back, he managed to evade an elimination on the bubble. Deeb doubled up to a shade under 10k after winning a pot with a flush draw (that got there) against PearlJammer's two pair. Later that orbit, Deeb won a hand with an Ace-high flush, which crippled PearlJammer to under 1,700. A few hands later, PearlJammer bubbled out in 9th place. Rough spot. No one wants to be a Bubble Boy, especially after almost ten excruciating hours of Stud. PearlJammer missed the money and the final table by the narrowest margin.
Event 10-High $2,100 Stud - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: Andy McLEOD (82,281)
Seat 2: TheMuppet (30,757)
Seat 3: Speedpokah (56,244)
Seat 4: shaundeeb (22,904)
Seat 5: GVOZDIKA55 (82,084)
Seat 6: Pat Pezzin (28,184)
Seat 7: PokerStars Team Pro GeorgeDanzer (13,282)
Seat 8: Team PokerStars Online George "Jorj95" Lind (4,264)
Team Online George "Jorj95" Lind advanced to the final table with the slimmest of stacks, meanwhile Andy McLEOD held a slight lead over GVOZDIKA55.
LIKE A ROLLING STONE: George Lind eliminated in 8th place
George Lind made a valiant stand with his last 2,984 in chips with ([Tc][Ts])[5h]. By sixth street, Lind picked up an open-ended straight draw, but failed to improve. GVOZDIKA55 won the pot with a pair of Kings when his hand finished up with [Kc][7h][Ad][Qs][4s][Jh][Kh]. Lind was the first player to bust from the final table. He collected $5,120 for eighth place.
TOMBSTONE BLUES: Speedpokah eliminated in 7th place
GVOZDIKA55 had the bring in for 480, Speedpokah raised to 1,600 with [5d], but Deeb re-raised to 3,200 with the [Jd] showing. GVOZDIKA55 folded and Speedpokah called.
On fourth street, Speedpokah checked with (X-X)[5d][Qd], Deeb bet 1,600 with (X-X)[Jd][Th], and Speedpokah called.
On fifth street, Deeb bet 3,200 with (X-X)[Jd][Th][Qs]. Speedpokah held (X-X)[5d][Qd][2h] and decided to raise to 6,400. Deeb three-bet and Speedpokah capped it at 12,800. Deeb called.
On sixth street, Deeb's hand improved to (X-X)[Jd][Th][Qs][Jc]. He bet out 3,200. Speedpokah held (X-X)[5d][Qd][2h][7s] and responded with, "Jeez. GG." He then moved all-in for his last 1,552.
At showdown, Speedpokah lost with [Ad][Ac][5d][Qd][2h][7s][Tc] because his pair of Aces could not beat Deeb's King-high straight with [Ks][9d][Jd][Th][Qs][Jc][2s]. Speedpokah was knocked out in seventh place, collecting $5,760.
With six players remaining, GVOZDIKA55 held the lead with 89.5K in chips, but Andy McLEOD was hovering with 88K. Deeb chipped up to almost 50K. Pat Pezzin was bringing up the rear with 14.5K.
FROM A BUICK 6: Pat Pezzin eliminated in 6th place
When Deeb took his seat at the final table, he embarked on a vicious heater and almost took over the lead after winning 55K pot against GVOZDIKA55. Deeb won with two pair -- Aces and nines -- holding [Ad][As][5s][Jc][9s][Qc][9d] and chipped up to almost 99K. He'd secure the lead after he took out a short-stacked Pat Pezzin.
On 3rd street, Deeb was dealt [4d] and burdened with a 600 bring in. Pat Pezzin raised to 2,000 and Deeb called.
On 4th street, Pat Pezzin held (X-X)[5h][Ac] and bet 2,000. Deeb called with (X-X)[4d][Qd].
On 5th street, Pat Pezzin held (X-X)[5h][Ac][2h] and bet 4,000. Deeb raised to 8,000 with (X-X)[4d][Qd][6h]. Pezzin called all-in for his last 1,448.
Deeb ended up with [6c][5d][4d][Qd][6h][Tc][8s]. He whiffed on a diamond-flush draw but his pair of sixes were good enough to beat Pezzin's pair of fives with [Td][5c][5h][Ac][2h][3c][Kc]. Deeb won the pot and chipped up to 108K. Meanwhile, Pat Pezzin was dunzo, but he won $7,040 for sixth place.
With five remaining, Deeb held the lead with 108K. TheMuppet was in second with 99K. Andy McLEOD was last with 22.4K.
BALLAD OF A THIN MAN: GVOZDIKA55 eliminated in 5th place
Short-stacked GVOZDIKA55 found himself fighting for his tournament life in a back-alley multi-way brawl. Andy McLEOD picked up the [2c] on 3rd street and was saddled with the bring in for 600. TheMuppet called 600 with [9h]. GVOZDIKA55 raised to 2,000 with [Qd]. Andy McLEOD and TheMuppet both called.
On 4th street, GVOZDIKA55 held (X-X)[Qd][9s] and fired out 2,000. Andy McLEOD called with (X-X)[2c][7h]. TheMuppet raised to 4,000 with (X-X)[9h][2d]. GVOZDIKA55re-raised to 6,000. Andy McLEOD bailed. TheMuppet capped the betting at 8,000 and GVOZDIKA55 called. It was heads-up.
On 5th street, GVOZDIKA55 was all-in for his last 544. TheMuppet called. GVOZDIKA55 finished with [Jd][Qh][Qd][9s][Th][3h][Ac] for a pair of Queens. However, TheMuppet won the hand courtesy of two pair -- nines and deuces -- with [Jd][Qh][Qd][9s][Th][3h][Ac]. GVOZDIKA55 was knocked out in fifth place, but he won $9,600.
With four to go, Deeb sat like a tranquil Buddha in the top spot with 145K and the TheMuppet was second place with 125K. The two shorties were Andy McLEOD (29K) and GeorgeDanzer (19K).
HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED: George Danzer eliminated in 4th place
It was Andy McLEOD's turn to ride the momentum roller-coaster. Andy McLEOD seized the lead after winning a couple of pots off of Deeb, and then picking off George Danzer.
Danzer was short-stacked and made a stand on 4th street with a gutshot, but the Team Pro from Germany failed to improve. Danzer's [Tc][Js][9h][7s][Ts][2h][Kh] could only mount a final stand with a pair of tens. Andy McLEOD won the pot with two pair -- Jacks and treys. George Danzer hit the road in fourth place, which was good for a 12,800 payday.
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With three players remaining, TheMuppet held the lead with 128K, but Andy McLEOD was not far behind with 123K, and shaundeeb slipped into last place with 69K.
JUST LIKE THOM THUMB'S BLUES: Andy McLEOD eliminated in 3rd place
At the start of Level 21, Deeb had slipped to under 30K. Both TheMuppet and Andy McLEOD held similar sized stacks around 145K. McLEOD's stack got as high as 190K but that would be his peak. The bleeding began after he lost a substantial amount of his stack against Deeb. Andy McLEOD thought he was good with a pair of Kings, but Deeb was sitting on trip Aces and [As][Ah][3d][9c][Ac][6h][4s]. Deeb won the pot worth almost 83K.
A couple of hands later, Andy McLEOD's decline continued when he lost a pot worth over 91K to TheMuppet's full house -- [9h][Qh][9c][5h][6d][6h][6c]. Deeb mugged Andy McLEOD on the next hand as he sunk even lower.
McLEOD made a stand with his last 12,603 in chips. He was all-in on 4th street with (X-X)[Kc][7s] against TheMuppet's (X-X)[6d][5d]. Andy McLEOD finished up with two pair -- Kings and Jacks -- with [Td][Jd][Kc][7s][Jh][6h][Kd], but TheMuppet won the pot with a Seven-high straight holding [4c][4s][6d][5d][3d][Js][7c]. Andy McLEOD was knocked out in third place. The Aussie won $19,200 for his efforts.
After 11.5 hours of Studlicious play, Event #10-H was down to its final two players.
HEADS-UP:TheMuppet (United Kingdom) vs. shaundeeb (Mexico)
Seat 2: TheMuppet (184,904)
Seat 4: shaundeeb (135,096)
"You're in trouble," wrote Deeb in the chat. "I left a few gulps of my Orange Crush for HU."
The only thing standing in TheMuppet's way of a SCOOP title was the infamous Shaun Deeb and his ominous "Waffle Crush" avatar.
QUEEN JANE APPROXIMATELY
Deeb struck blood first winning an 80K pot with an Ace-high flush holding [Ts][2s][Td][Js][3s][4d][As]. Deeb surged to over 225K and even got as high as 264K, before TheMuppet staged a comeback, winning a 81K pot with trip fours. He rattled off wins in three out of the next four hands, including a 97.6K-sized pot when Deeb held [8s][4h][4d][2c][7h][6c][5c] for an eight-high straight, but TheMuppet countered Deeb with a Queen-high straight holding [9d][Qd][Td][6h][8d][Jh][8c].
The Muppet eventually seized the lead after winning a pot with Jacks and treys. He was ahead 184K to 135K.
Deeb regrouped and fireworks ensued. During a blitzkrieg-like attack, Deeb won 14 out of the next 15 hands, and reestablished himself as the leader with a 244K to 75K advantage.
TheMuppet was on the brink of busting out when he picked up quad deuces against Deeb's trips.
Check out the quads hand here in the replayer:RSS readers must click thru to view replayer
The quads gave TheMuppet a little jolt of energy, but it was too little, too late. He went on a mini-rush and got back into contention after winning an 82K pot with a Queen-high straight. But, Deeb launched a counter-attack and went on the offensive. He all of a sudden found himself up almost 3-1 in chips for the first time all game. TheMuppet was wounded and staggering on the ropes. Did Deeb have enough to finally knock him out as the tournament passed the 12.5 hour mark?
DESOLATION ROW: TheMuppet eliminated in 2nd place; Shaun Deeb crushes Stud field
After a crippling blow winning a 100K pot with trip Cowboys, Deeb improved his the lead 306K to 13K. He did everything in his power to deliver the fatal knockout, but he couldn't connect it.
After winning another hand to avoid elimination, Deeb didn't know what to say to TheMuppet. He typed, "I think that's 12 times. 10 of them I was ahead."
But I guess the 13th time is lucky, right? Short-stacked bombed it all-in on 5th street with (X-X)[Kd][9s][3s]. Deeb called with (X-X)[4d][Jd][Ks]. TheMuppet finished with nothing bit King-high after the board ran out [8c][Td][Kd][9s][3s][6h][4h]. TheMuppet fought a valiant effort and won $26,880 for a runner-up finish.
Congrats to Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb for slaying TheMuppet and winning his second career SCOOP crown. Deeb also won $41,600, which is enough cheddar to buy him all the Orange Crush, bananas, and fried fish he wants for the next year.
Check of the final hand in the snazzy replayer:RSS readers must click through to view the replayer
SCOOP Event #10-H $2,100 Stud - Final Table Results and Payouts:
1. Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb (Mexico) - $4,160
2. TheMuppet (United Kingdom) - $26,880
3. James "Andy McLEOD" Obst (Australia)- $19,200
4. Team PpkerStars Pro George Danzer (Germany) - $12,800
5. GVOZDIKA55 (Russia) - $9,600
6. Pat Pezzin (Canada) - $7,040
7. Speedpokah (Finland) - $5,760
8. George "Jorj95" Lind (Canada) - $5,120
For a complete schedule and satellite information for remaining events, visit the SCOOP home page. While you are there, don't forget to check out the statistic page and see who is sitting atop the leaderboard.
There are lots of incentives to knock out players during a tournament, but in knockout events, there's one more.
Every time a player was knocked out of today's event, another player got paid $13. A total of 18,757 registered for Event #9-L, that means a total of $243,841 was up for grabs in bounties.
But that wasn't the only money given out today -- aside from the bounties -- the regular prize pool was another $243,841.
The grand prize for this prize pool was $26,312.62. That means if you knocked out every single player in the tournament, you could win a total of $270,153.62.
Now that's a bargain.
But getting every bounty in a tournament is only really feasible if you're Boba Fett, or you're in a heads-up tournament with a two-player limit.
Today though, our champion was SilverSurfR1.
SilverSurfR1 didn't face an easy field either. After about 15 hours of knockout play; SilverSurfR1 bested a field of over 18,000, including a combination of 24 Team PokerStars Pros and Team PokerStars Online players.
Out of these 24 red spade players, only three managed to cash. The Team PokerStars player who made it the furthest was Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen. Petersen managed to finish in 1,058th place for $48.76.
ElkY and Ana Marquez were the other two Team PokerStars Pro to cash. ElkY finished in 1,456th for $36.57 while Marquez edged her way into the money in 1,962nd place. Her finish gave her a $26.82 -- excluding bounties and taxes.
THE DANGERS OF SURFING
SilverSurfR1 took a commanding lead during the final two tables. When there were only 12 players left, SilverSurfR1 had 19MM chips -- nearly 20 percent of all the chips in play.
ChrisTheDonk was the closest contender at that point, he had around 11MM.
SilverSurfR1 won the majority of his chips during a key double up.
Bruhxo raised to 400,000 from the button and SilverSurfR1 re-raised to 1,065,544 from the small blind.
The big blind folded and Bruhxo made it 2,145,555 to play. SilverSurfR1 moved all in for 7,367,886 and Bruhxo -- who had SilverSurfR1 covered -- made the call.
SilverSurfR1showed [jd][qh] and Bruhxo showed [js][jh].
The board ran [10s][qs][8d][ac][as] and SilverSurfR1 doubled up to 15MM, a dominating lead at the time.
SilverSurfR1 managed to build his stack up to 19MM before he wiped out.
SilverSurfR1 moved all in for 17,934,929 from the small blind and mgog358 -- who had about 8MM -- instantly called from the big blind.
mgog358 showed [ks][kd], a big favorite against SilverSurfR1's [10d][kh].
The board brought SIlverSurfR1 no help and mgog358 doubled up to 17MM, leaving SilverSurfR1 with 9MM.
KNOCKING OUT THE FINAL TABLE
Meanwhile, at the other table, another player would be working their way towards the final table chip lead.
With 11MM in chips and 125K/250K blinds with a 31,250 ante, delaney_kid raised to 500,000. Soccermom96 moved all in for 4.2MM and delaney_kid made the call.
delaney_kid showed a pair of tens and Soccermom96 turned over [ac][6h].
The board was devoid any aces, Soccermom96 was eliminated, and delaney_kid's stack grew to 16MM.
delaney_kid built his stack up to 17,886,080 when the final table hit.
Back on the other table, the tournament short stack, 19Alexandr85, moved all in for 1,678, 896.
Mondayafter re-shoved for 6,326,018 and everyone else got out of the way. 19Alexandr85 showed [ah][3c] and Mondayafter turned over [qd][qc].
The board came [2s][qs][9s][8c][9c] and 19Alexandr85 was eliminated in 10th place, earning $914.40 for his final table bubble.
THE FINAL KNOCKOUTS
With 19Alexandr85 gone, we had our final table set:
Seat 1 - ChrisTheDonK -- 7,529,277
Seat 2 - bayernconny -- 5,545,772
Seat 3 - SilverSurfR1 -- 10,248,832
Seat 4- Mondayafter -- 8,604,914
Seat 5 - RastyCZE -- 4,042,399
Seat 6 - mgog358 -- 16,497,194
Seat 7 - delaney_kid -- 17,886,080
Seat 8 - carnic777 -- 12,989,920
Seat 9 - acamrash -- 10,440,612
It wasn't long before we saw our first final table elimination.
With 200K/400K blinds and a 50K ante, SilverSurfR1 raised to 800,000. RastyCZE moved all in for just over 3MM, and SilverSurfR1 made the call.
SilverSurfR1 held [qh][6c] and was up against RastyCZE's [9s][9d].
The flop brought a [qd] and RastyCZE became our 9th place finisher. For RastyCZE's elimination, SilverSurfR1 won $13, and RastyCZE took home $1,463.04.
SilverSurfR1 would also be responsible for the next elimination, the very next hand.
ChrisTheDonk raised to 1.6MM and SilverSurfR1 re-raised to 3.2MM. ChrisTheDonk moved all in for 5,016,777 and SilverSurfR1 made the call.
SilverSurfR1 showed [qd][qh], but was dominated by ChrisTheDonk's [ks][kc].
The [2d][jd][ad][5s] fell in ChrisTheDonk's favor, but a [qc] came on the river and crushed ChrisTheDonk's hopes of a SCOOP watch.
ChrisTheDonk was eliminated in 8th place, earning $2,194.56. SilverSurfR1 -- on the other hand -- got the final table chip lead and another $13 bounty.
But that chip lead would go to someone else the following hand:RSS readers click through to see replay
mgog358 kept the chiplead until SilverSurfR1 knocked out another player.
SilverSurfR1 raised to 800K and Mondayafter moved all in for 6,292,414. SilverSurfR1 called and showed [ad][2d]. Mondayafter flipped over [kd][qs] and was going to need some help from the community cards.
The [ks][ah][6s][9h][js] board wasn't the help he was hoping for though.
Mondayafter earned $3,657.61 for his 7th place finish and SilverSurfR1's final table bounty earnings rose to $39.
Carnic777 would be the next player to face an all in.
delaney_kid moved all in for 26MM from the small blind and carnic777 called with his remaining 6MM.
carnic777 showed [ah][4s] and was ahead of delaney_kid's [kd][7d].
The board ran [6d][9d][as][2c][8c] and carnic777 became the first player of the final to survive a double up.
The next player to find himself all in wouldn't be so lucky:RSS readers click through to see replay
bayernconny was eliminated in 6th place and added $6,096.02 to his bankroll.
For the next few hands, carnic777, delaney_kid, mgog358 and SilverSurfR1 would float around the 20MM mark while acamrash struggled with about 7MM.
With 300K/600K blinds and a 75K ante, acamrash was looking for a double up. acamrash moved all in for 6MM from the small blind and SilverSurfR1 called from the big.
acamrash showed a pair of fives and SilverSurfR1 showed [kc][4h].
The [jh][8c][jd][9d] board seemed safe for acamrash until a [ks] flooded the river and knocked him out in 5th place. acamrash earned $8,534.43 for his finish while SilverSurfR1claimed another final table bounty.
This hand also put SilverSurfR1 in the lead with 31MM.
A lot of pre-flop raising and folding ensued before delaney_kid made a move from the button. With 400K/800K blinds and a 100K ante, delaney_kid raised to 1.6MM. carnic777 raised to 4MM from the small blind and delaney_kid moved all in for a total of 11.5MM.
carnic777 made the call and showed [qd][qs], delaney_kid turned over [as][jh].
The [2d][qh][8c][4s][4h] board gave carnic777 a full house and sent delaney_kid home in 4th place, a finish worth $10,972.
A FEW BAD HANDS
The final three players all had around 30MM when three-handed play started, but a few consecutive bad hands would drive mgog358 out of the tournament.
First, he was involved in a pre-flop battle with SilverSurfR1, he lost 4MM there.
The next hand, mgog358 raised to 3.2MM from the button and SilverSurfR1 called from the big blind.
The flop fell [8c][5h][7s] and SilverSurfR1 led out for 3.55MM. mgog358 made the call and a [jc] came on the turn.
SilverSurfR1 moved all in for his remaining 24MM. mgog358 folded and was left with 19MM.
The following hand, mgog358 would lose again, this time to carnic777:RSS readers click through to see replay
But the poker gods deemed that mgog358's hat trick of punishment wasn't enough. The following hand, SilverSurfR1 raised to 1.6MM and mgog358 moved all in for his remaining 12MM.
SilverSurfR1 showed a pair of threes and mgog358, who held [ah][9d], was flipping for his tournament life.
The board came [jc][4s][8h][10s][js] and mgog358 finished in 3rd place, earning $15,849.66.
SURFING TO THE TOP
SilverSurfR1 would start the heads up match with the lead, 51,282,448. carnic777 wouldn't be too far behind though, he'd start the match with 42,502,552.
But carnic777 would chip away at SilverSurfR1 and take the lead after winning one of the larger pots of the tournament.
With 500K/1MM blinds and a 125K ante, carnic777 raised to 2MM. SilverSurfR1 called and the flop came [10d][2s][7s].
Both players checked.
The turn was a [6h] and SilverSurfR1 led out for 2,125,000. carnic777 called and an [8d] fell on the river.
SilverSurfR1 led out again, this time for 6,375,000. carnic777 responded my moving all in and SilverSurfR1 folded, giving the 21,250,000 pot to carnic777.
SilverSurfR1 wouldn't get the lead back until he got a timely pocket pair.
SilverSurfR1 raised to 2MM and carnic777 moved all-in for 70MM. SilverSurfR1 called with an inferior stack, but a superior pair.
carnic777 showed [6d][6c] and was up against SilverSurfR1's [as][ah]. The aces prevailed and SilverSurfR1 doubled up to 47MM.
SilverSurfR1's lead would then grow even more:RSS readers click through to see replay
The tournament wouldn't last much longer after that.
SilverSurfR1 raised to 2MM and carnic777 moved all in for 28,120,104. SilverSurfR1 called and showed [ah][jc]. carnic777 showed [ad][3d], his final hand of the tournament.
The [qd][5d][5s] gave carnic777 a flush draw, but an [8h] came on the turn a [4c] fell on the river, eliminating him in 2nd place.
carnic777 took home $20,726.48 for his runner-up finish and SilverSurfR1 became the Event #09-L champion, winning $26,312.
Plus all his bounties.
2012 SCOOP Event 9-L, $27 NLHE Super Knockout results:
1st: SilverSurfR1 ($26,312.62)
2nd: carnic777 ($20,726.48)
3rd: mgog358 ($15,849.66)
4th: delaney_kid ($10,972.84)
5th: acamrash ($8,534.43)
6th: bayernconny ($6,096.03)
7th: Mondayafter ($3,657.61)
8th: ChrisTheDonk ($2,194.56)
9th: RastyCZE ($1,463.04)
Congratulations to SilverSurfR1 for his tournament win. There's still plenty of SCOOP action to go; check out the homepage for the schedule, leader board and everything else concerning the 2012 SCOOP.
In limit tournaments, the shortest stacks have a much rougher road to get back in the game than they would in big-bet games. There they can protect their hands and get their entire stacks in the middle whenever they pick up a hand worth making move over. But in the realm of the fixed limit, where you can see another card for just one bet and most losses don't sting too badly, the action favors the well-stacked.
The final table of this SCOOP event was no exception as the shortest-stacked players repeatedly found themselves facing an uphill battle - with a single exception. Despite beginning the final table just three big bets ahead of the table's shortest stack, stuck in the middle of a pack of five competitors who would need a big push just to have a chance at winning, one player was able to overcome the odds and join the roll of SCOOP winners.
Of course, before there can be a final table there must be lots of other tables of players who don't get to taste the glory of being there at the end - and in this event there were indeed lots of them. A total of 2,416 players paid up to take a seat at the table, smashing the $25,000 guarantee by building a $60,400 prize pool. For just over eight hours they fought to keep those seats, until, with stakes at 50K/100K, eight players were seated like so as the final table began at 11:03pm ET:
Seat 1: Ajoin5 (2384052 in chips)
Seat 2: 61_saint (1025693 in chips)
Seat 3: VinceVegaMFR (1019598 in chips)
Seat 4: Mt.Spewmore (578280 in chips)
Seat 5: HelKingPin (1163196 in chips)
Seat 6: fladnag11 (1281249 in chips)
Seat 7: staknchips83 (2538632 in chips)
Seat 8: Lee27015 (2089300 in chips)
The ball gets rolling
The United Kingdom's Mt.Spewmore started the final table with a pot won uncontested on fifth street, good enough to climb from 578K to 763K, but that's the only uptick that was in the cards for the final table's incoming short stack. After folding on fifth street in a pot against Lee27015, Mt.Spewmore was left with 278K and got to see a cheap fourth-street card on the next hand. Holding ([7d]-[Ks]) / [3s] [Qh] [3h] [5s], Mt.Spewmore got all-in against HelKingPin's ([4c]-[8c]) / [3c] [5c] [2h] [As]. The pair of treys was in the lead, but the [9c] on the river gave HelKingPin a nine-high club flush and sent Mt.Spewmore to the rail in 8th place ($604).
Oooooh, what a rush
From there Finland's HelKingPin caught a rush like most players dream about and rode it to a very comfortable chip lead over the course of the first seven orbits. No less than five pots worth more than 1 million chips were pushed to the Finn during that stretch, coming at the expense of Ajoin5, fladnag11, and staknchips83. The most significant of them led to the second bustout of the final table:
With that, 61_saint was out in 7th place ($1,208) and HelKingPin stacked up to just over 4.8 million chips, nearly two and a half times the stack of his nearest competitor.
Royale with cheese
The last remaining player with a stack of less than 1 million now was Brazil's VinceVegaMFR. Already riding a wave of success for 2012 with 15 wins here at PokerStars, including a $13,790 win in an $11 NLHE event last month and a $22,244 score just a few days ago in a $162 NLHE tournament, VinceVegaMFR was making his first SCOOP final table appearance. With stakes up to 80K/160K, though, the pressure was on for the Brazilian to find a way to chip up soon if he wanted to match his recent successes.
It looked like he had found it when he picked up a split pair of aces and Lee27015 raised in front of him; VinceVegaMFR reraised and Lee27015 continued to call his bets through sixth street, when he opted to raise holding for two pair. VinceVegaMFR's hand of ([Ac]-[3d]) / [Ad] [2d] [Qd] [6c] hadn't improved in strength, but he did hold a flush draw and plenty of two-pair outs to go with his pair of aces, so he got the rest of his chips in the middle. The [9h] on seventh street didn't improve his hand, though, so VinceVegaMFR was out in 6th place ($1,812).
None shall pass
With the biggest pay jump yet coming up for 5th place, HelKingPin was the clear leader of the group. But nobody was overly short-stacked. Austria's fladnag11 had been coasting along in a virtual tie for second place with two others, but that all changed after getting involved in a multiway pot with Ajoin5 and HelKingPin worth 3 million chips:
After that pot fladnag11's 901K stack was only worth four and a half big bets. Once again a short-stacked player was left with a big uphill climb to stay in the game. One 1.6M-chip pot at Ajoin5's expense with a pair of kings on seventh street helped to chip back up, but a missed flush draw three hands later left the Austrian player with just 531K. A few hands later, looking at a pair of threes and another flush draw by 5th street in another pot against Ajoin5, fladnag11 opted to go for it. By the river, though, the flush hadn't come home and Ajoin5 held two pair, jacks and tens. That sent fladnag11 out in 5th place ($3,020).
The latest player to fill the role of short stack, holding just 1.2 million chips with stakes at 100K/200K, was staknchips83, but that situation didn't last for long. After starting with a split pair of nines, he improved to three of a kind by fourth street. With Lee27015 holding ([Qc] [Jh]) / [Ac] [Jc] [6c] [Qs], the two players butted heads on sixth street and got the rest of staknchips83's stack in the middle. Lee27015 bricked, catching the [6d] on the river and shipping the 2.5-million-chip pot to the former shorty.
Behind the eight-ball now was Ajoin5, whose stack was worth just over 1.5 million. Almost immediately upon assuming the role of table shorty, the Belgian began trending downward. Most of the losses were small, but after dropping a 1.5-million-chip pot to HelKingPin, showing down (X-X) / [4s] [Kd] [Td] [3c] / (X) against the Finn's king-high club flush, Ajoin5 was down to 167K - less than one big bet. There was an opportunity to triple up on the next hand and managed to hit two pair by the river, but Lee27015's full house, tens full of aces, meant it was the end of the line for Ajoin5 in 4th place ($4,228).
Three, the magic number
Down to three players with stakes still at 100K/200K, the field was clearly stratified; in the lead was HelKingPin with 5.95M chips (30 big bets), followed by Lee27015 with 4.07M (20 big bets) and closed out by staknchips83 with 2.04M (10 big bets). The two shorter stacks closed in at first, but three multi-way pots put HelKingPin back into the lead - and he would stay there for the rest of the tournament.
Applying the relentless aggression his lead called for against two shorter stacks looking at a $1,500 pay jump for moving up one more spot, HelKingPin slowly moved up over the next 50 hands or so until his stack stood at 9.5M chips with the stakes up to 160K/320K. Neither staknchips83, with 1.67M, nor Lee27015, with 904K, could afford to sit back and wait; it was imperative for each to seize every opportunity to pick up chips.
So when staknchips83 picked up ([As]-[Ts]) / [4s] to start a hand where his opponents were showing the [3c] and the [5h], he naturally opted for a reraise of HelKingPin's bet. Lee27015 folded but HelKingPin came along and both players picked up a pair on fourth street: staknchips83 with the [Ac], and HelKingPin with the [Jh] to match up with his ([Jc]-[6c]) / [5h]. But on fifth street HelKingPin picked up the [6s], giving him two pair, so when staknchips83 got his last 1.16M chips in the middle he found himself drawing for his tournament life. Unable to improve on sixth or seventh, staknchips83 left the tournament in 3rd place ($5,716.25). It was the fourth big score of the year for the American ex-pat, who won both a $60K Guarantee $11 rebuy ($18,722) and The Bigger $22 ($16,469) as well as taking 3rd for $32,930 in the $109 Sunday Rebuy just a few weeks ago.
Not so fast
As heads-up play began with stakes of 160K/320K, HelKingPin held a significant advantage in the chip counts with 11.25M to Lee27015's 824K. In most cases that sort of advantage translates to a speedy victory, but that wouldn't be the case as Lee27015 proved to be a dogged heads-up player - and one with excellent timing, too.
Over the course of the next 55 hands, Lee27015 survived all-in confrontations five different times and won another pot that, if lost, would have crippled the UK player to a stack worth less than one big bet. Yet HelKingPin managed to keep his opponent from getting back to even and really turning the match into a dogfight, always managing to pull out a win in critical situations.
Finally, on Hand 56 of their battle, Lee27015 would lose an elimination hand despite starting out strong:
With that the tournament was complete. For a fine final table performance, including a hard-fought duel against an opponent with a significant chip advantage, Lee27015 earned $7,248 - a pretty good ROI on a $27 entry. And for catching a rush in the early going and playing it well enough to ride out the rough spots through the rest of the final table, HelKingPin earned the top prize of $10,268 and change.
SCOOP Event 10-L: $27 Seven-Card Stud
$25,000 guaranteed prize pool
2,416 entrants, $60,400 prize pool
304 places paid
1st place: HelKingPin (Finland) $10,268.55
2nd place: Lee27015 (United Kingdom) $7,248
3rd place: staknchips83 (Mexico) $5,716.25
4th place: Ajoin5 (Belgium) $4,228
5th place: fladnag11 (Austria) $3,020
6th place: VinceVegaMFR (Brazil) $1,812
7th place: 61_saint (Russia) $1,208
8th place: Mt.Spewmore (United Kingdom) $604
HelKingPin's SCOOP victory wasn't just a personal first. It was also the first win of this year's SCOOP, and just the sixth of all time, for the poker-loving nation of Finland. Pretty select company! Check out stats for both this year's SCOOP and the series all-time over at the SCOOP homepage.
Multiple poker titles. Doyle Brunson has a few. So does Johnny Chan and our own Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu and tonight more than one player was looking for multiple SCOOP titles as if they grew an extra limbs with a lack of timepieces on them. Tonight's 2012 SCOOP Event #10-Medium Stud would have several past winners looking to notch a second, third, or fourth major title here at PokerStars. But first they would need to defeat a field of 380 runners who put up $215 for a shot at a $14,630.00 first prize. And thanks to those 380 runners, the $25,000 guarantee was met in triplicates giving the tournament a huge $76,000.00 prize pool
Hood_Ace was not able to duplicate last year's feat by winning this tournament and final tabling the high version as well as we would crown a new champion tonight after Hood_Ace busted in 122nd place.
Near the money bubble Crisper (53rd place), who made the 2009 SCOOP Main Event-Medium final table (finishing third for $263,835) and WCOOP champ Shaun Deeb (51st place) would both finish just outside the money tonight.
Two Team PokerStars Pros and one Team Online member would safely finish in the top 48 money spots tonight. No stranger to finishing deep in a SCOOP tournament, Team Online and reigning SCOOP Player of the Series Anders "Donald" Berg would notch another cash already in the 2012 series after bubbling the final table from Event #6-L yesterday. With the stakes at 2,500/5,000 ante 500 Berg was down to just 9,848 chips decided to get it all in against tilion22 showing [Kc][Ad] on fourth against tilion22's [5s][7c]. Anders was looking for something to connect, anything to connect, but watched a missed wheel draw tumble out [5h] [2c] / [Kc] [Ad] [3h] [Qd] / [Td] as tilion22's split fives [5d] [9h] / [5s] [7c] [Qh] [3s] / [Kh] were good enough to take out Berg in 33rd place ($437.00).
Team Pro Chad Brown, whose major cashes have come in limit tournaments, was looking for another deep cash tonight but relyagarto8 decided to play the spoiler. With the bets up to 3K/6K ante 600, Brown was sitting on 22,230 chips and decided to go with split eights on fourth street against reylagarto8. Holding a pair as well, reylagarto8 watched the split kings turn into a king-high straight [Jd] [Kc] / [Kh] [8h] [Qc] [Tc] / [9d]. Overkill for knocking out the Team Pro as Chad would brick on a seventh street flush draw [8c] [5c] / [8s] [Jc] [Qs] [6c] / [4h] to finish in 32nd place ($513.00).
All that remained for the Red Spades was reigning MicroMillions champ Marcin "Goral" Horecki who is keeping up with his liking for low stakes tournaments by cashing in Event #4-L and Event #6-L. But, Marcin was looking for a cash in this middle stakes tournament with a little more heft tonight and unfortunately would fall soon after Berg and Brown in 26th place ($513.00).
Daniel "djk123" Kelly was back again trying to add a SCOOP watch to his three WCOOP bracelets but his run would be stopped with three tables remaining in 23rd place ($741.00).
Finland's Miegstroem was trying to make back-to-back Event #10-Medium final tables after finishing seventh in this event last year. However, the cards did not fall the Finn's way and Miegstroem would settle for $1,026.00 in 14th place.
Down to the final table bubble Ruxandescu ran into a rough hand late against GoneF1sh1ng where a sixth street two pair of fours and treys got rivered by GoneF1sh1ng's jacks up to take down a 136,000 chip pot and left Ruxandescu with just 9,749 chips. After one successful double up el_batong would send Ruxandescu out on the bubble (narrowly missing a second 2012 SCOOP final table after finishing runner up to Viktor "Isildur1" Blom's second SCOOP title) setting up the final table below:
Seat 1: cal42688 (391043 in chips)
Seat 2: YepImOnTilt (160363 in chips)
Seat 3: drkamikaze1 (245565 in chips)
Seat 4: Ryokan (46368 in chips)
Seat 5: GoneF1sh1ng (134582 in chips)
Seat 6: cyberkanguru (410262 in chips)
Seat 7: el_batong (368925 in chips)
Seat 8: DerRaeuber (142892 in chips)
Not second too soon
In the final table's second hand with the stakes at 8K/16K ante 1,600 GoneF1sh1ng decided to test the shorted stacked Ryokan by capping third street with an ace [Ad] showing to Ryokan's [Js]. Fourth street got the rest of Ryokan's chips in the middle exposing split jacks [Qh][Jh] / [Js] [9s] to GoneF1sh1ng's split aces [Ah][7s] / [Ad][8s]. GoneF1sh1ng would find the right hook for two pair [Tc] [7d] / [Qs] but Ryokan's hand failed to catch anything [5h][7c] / [6c] ending the night in eighth place ($1,710.00).
Holding the right bait
As the stakes moved up to 10K/20K ante 2K YepImOnTilt was left mumbling after holding just 13,363 chips after GoneF1sh1ng knocked him down to under a big bet. Deciding to wait no longer, YepImOnTilt would shove with an ace showing and getting calls by cal42688 and GoneF1sh1ng. Bet by GoneF1sh1ng and a call by cal42688 on fourth street, then afterbet and raise by cal42688 on sixth with a call by GoneF1sh1ng both players checked the river as cal42688 exposed an open ended straight draw and flush draw that missed but hit a pair of nines [Jd] [Td] / [2d] [8s] [6d] [9h] / [9s]. GoneF1sh1ng's split kings did not improve [5d] [Kh] / [Kc] [6s] [7h] [9d] / [2h]. But, no improvement was needed as YepImOnTilt mucked the hand giving GoneF1sh1ng another knockout , 168,363 chips, and reducing the table to six players after YepImOnTilt took home $2,090.00 in seventh place.
The robber gets picked on
DerRaeuber's name is close to the name of the German film "The Robber", was foiled on the attempt to pickpocket drkamikaze1 for a chance to get back into this tournament after falling to just 48,092 chips. Watch our film adaptation of "The Robber" below:
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All the chips would find their way into the middle after fourth street with drkamikaze1 showing pocket fours [4s] [4h] / [As] [8c] to DerRaeuber's wired nines [9h][9d] / [Jd][Qd]. But, then the dealer would not stop giving eights to the doctor. An eight on fifth and sixth gave drkamikaze1 a boat [8s] [8d] / [Td] which DerBaeuber could not match [Ts] [6s] / [5s] as "The Robber" took leave in sixth place ($2,850.00).
Third time not a charm
Main Event Passport? Check. WCOOP title? Check. Two SCOOP Watches Check. Third SCOOP Watch?
Not so fast.
cal42688 rung up not one but two SCOOP titles last year in under 24 hours and today would make a run at title number three. drkamikaze1 however was looking for another influx of chips and found it against cal42688. With the stakes up to 16K/32K ante 3,200 drkamikaze1 would get the multi-COOP champion to slide a huge 336,000 chip pot his way after notching fives full of deuces knocking cal42688 down to just 12,886 in chips. Two hands later, cal42688 would shove under a small bet showing the [Td] and face off against drkamikaze1 again showing a [Kd]. cal42688 would find two pair on his [8h] [5s] / [Td] [7s] [7c] [8s] / [Ad] board but drkamikaze1's rolled up kings [Kc] [Kh] / [Kd] [Qc] [4s] [4c] / [5d] were never threatened as cal42688 bowed out in fifth place ($3,990.00).
Hunter becomes the hunted
drkamikaze1 was responsible for the last two knockouts and after the foursome settled down to play the good doctor ran into some misfortune getting knocked down to 55,226 chips with the stakes at 20K/40K ante 4K. After drawing a [4d] drkamikaze1 would raise over el_batong's bring-in as GoneF1sh1ng three-bet with a [Kc]. drkamikaze1 ended the betting with a four-bet all-in as GoneF1sh1ng called.
Perfect start to a razz hand but drkamikaze1 could only notch a pair of aces [Ad [2d] / [4d] [3h] [Ac] [7s] / [Ts] as GoneF1sh1ng made a broadway straight by sixth [Th] [Jd] / [Kc] [6c] [Ah] [Qs] / [Qh] sinking drkamikaze1's plane in fourth place ($5,890.00). Don't feel too bad for drkamikaze1 as the Canadian already claimed a 2012 SCOOP watch in Event #4-L and bagging $9K in the process.
With the doctor on a call, the remaining three sat down just before the 11th hour of play to briefly discuss dividing up the remainder of the prize pool. However, el_batong was lagging a bit in chips and decided to gamble leaving the full $14,630.00 first prize on top of the SCOOP champion watch for now.
The big one gets away
So close to a major title. After playing for over 11 hours just two people separating you from the bracelet/watch/trophy/bricks of cash being hauled in by beautiful models and... crash. el_batong and cyberkanguru would go back and forth taking nearly all the pots for 15 minutes leaving GoneF1sh1ng gasping for air. Then with the stakes at 25K/50K ante 5K and down to 100,078 in chips GoneF1sh1ng would four-bet his [Jd] door card against el_batong's [Qs]. el_batong did have the split queens being represented and would improve to two pair [7d] [Qc] / [Qs] [3c] [Td] [7c] / [2h]. GoneF1sh1ng however was trawling for bass and came up with nary a nibble [Kd] [Ts] / [Jd] [5h] [7s] [2d] / [As] ending the tournament in third place ($8,170.00).
Guru sits on top of the chip mountain
Holding a 1,353,022 chip to 546,978 chip advantage, cyberkanguru would use that leverage to work el_batong down to nothing. A 19 minute heads-up battle that el_batong would roll the chip stack up to over 600K at one point after notching aces up for a 552,000 chip pot. But, that would be the high point as cyberkanguru would use the chip advantage to grind el_batong down to 68,978 in the final hand below:
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With the stakes at 30K/60K ante 6K el_batong had little choice but to shove with the [Th] on the door as cyberkanguru called with a [3c]. The little trey had a secret though... buried queens but those queens would get embedded in an unnecessary broadway straight [Qh] [Qd] / [3c] [Jh] [Ts] [Ad] / [Kc] which handly beat el_batong's queen-high [4s] [8d] / [Th] [Qc] [3h] [2s] / [6h] to claim the 2012 SCOOP Event #10-Medium title for $14,630.00!
$25,000.00 guarantee 2012 SCOOP Event #10-Medium Stud results (05-09-12):
1. cyberkanguru (Germany) $14,630.00
2. el_batong (Finland) $10,830.00
3. GoneF1sh1ng (Canada) $8,170.00
4. drkamikaze1 (Canada) $5,890.00
5. cal42688 (Mexico) $3,990.00
6. DerRaeuber (Austria) $2,850.00
7. YepImOnTilt (Mexico) $2,090.00
8. Ryokan (Ireland) $1,710.00
When at first you don't succeed try, try again. That is just what happened in the low version of the Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #8 as it took three attempts to secure a deal and 94 hands of heads-up play to get a winner. These players were determined to get what they wanted and it didn't matter who stood in their way they were going to eventually get it. It was MaTpacuk who was the most determined of the group eventually collected his first SCOOP bracelet along with $19,702.08.
The final event to get underway on the third day of the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker was Event #8-L. It was a No Limit Hold'em tournament with an $11 buy-in. The $100,000 guarantee was easily surpassed with 22,455 entrants. Here is a look at the numbers:
Prize pool: $224,550
Paid Players: 3,150
Day one of featured 32 levels that saw 22,179 of the starting 22,455 entrants make their exit. It was Team Online out performing Team PokerStars Pro with Team Online member George "Jorj95" Lind III getting the top honors with his 320th place finish. He was preceded by Team Online member Shane "shaniac" Schleger (413) and Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki (2,667).
By the time the 32 scheduled levels were completed for the day only 276 players remained, they were guaranteed $92.06. Leading the way at the end of the day was loco602. Here is a look at the top nine at the end of Day 1 with chip counts.
1st: loco602 - 1,808,680 (14)
2nd: txispa11 - 1,653,498 (123)
3rd: WhyAlways$Me? - 1,546,825 (102)
4th: -edin1ca- - 1,464,772 (79)
5th: 777masimo777 - 1,421,075
6th: AlexthePin - 1,162,540 (30)
7th: Gugas27 - 1,150,106 (26)
8th: djalminha - 1,109,834 (63)
9th: desbone13 - 1,044,055 (95)
Starting at level 33, 4,000/8,000 with 1,000 antes, the remaining 276 players worked their way to the final table. The 267 casualties along the way included eight of our top nine from Day 1. One of the last to fall was the end of day chip leader, loco602. He was eliminated in 14th place where he collected $651.19.
The only surviver from the top nine was 777masimo777 who finished Day 1 in fifth place. He slid into the final table in ninth place, 30,616,444 behind EFIDON90, the chip leader. Here is a look at how the final nine started the final table.
Seat 1: EFIDON90 (34,508,143 in chips)
Seat 2: campoy114 (13,074,914 in chips)
Seat 3: AKleiven77 (6,535,943 in chips)
Seat 4: Bydloman (9,378,782 in chips)
Seat 5: 777masimo777 (3,891,699 in chips)
Seat 6: MaTpacuk (13,624,955 in chips)
Seat 7: Lucky Buda89 (11,898,956 in chips)
Seat 8: ErvinBurrell (11,326,270 in chips)
Seat 9: Zebalhao (8,035,338 in chips)
Chip lead gets bigger:
The first elimination came on just the fourth hand of the final table. Sitting in the big blind AKleiven77 saw ErvinBurrell open in late position for a min-raise to 600,000 and a call from EFIDON90 in the big blind. Starting out the hand with just over 7 million and second from the bottom in the chip couts AKleiven77 moved all-in. ErvinBurrell folded while the EFIDON90 called. It was EFIDON90 who held the lead in the hand with [7s][7c] against the [6d][6h] held by AKleiven77. The [Ac][Qh][Jd] [Ah] [4h] board was a safe one for EFIDON90 who increased his chip lead eliminating AKleiven77 in ninth place to collect $1,347.30.
Next one out:
After attempting to discuss an eight-way deal the next elimination came when the short stack, Zebalhao, found [Qc][Qd] in his hand while sitting in the big blind. The hand started with Bydloman min-raising to 1,000,000. Zebalhao moved all-in for 7,225,338 and Bydloman called. Bydloman's [As][Js] was behind the Zebalhao's pocket queens. The [Kd][5d][3h] flop was safe for Zebalhao as was the [4c] turn, though it did bring an inside straight draw for Bydloman. The river was not so kind for Zebalhao as the [2s] fell giving Bydloman the straight and sending him out. Zebalhao collects $2,020.95 for his eighth place finish.
Another failed deal, another elimination:
Once again they tried to discuss a deal but it was veto'd and they continued to play. They played a few more hands and decided to discuss a deal once again. But before the tourney could get paused an all-in happened and it was called.
It was a classic aces versus jacks deal. Bydloman held [As][Ac] against the [Jc][Jd] of campoy114. The jacks never caught up on the [Kc][Tc][4h] [Qd] [6s] board sending campoy114 out the door in seventh to collect $3,154.92.
A Deal you say?
Since the players had agreed to discuss the deal once again before the last elimination the final six saw the numbers once again. It seems that the third time was the charm for the deal to get made as they all finally agreed to the numbers. Here is what the final deal looked like:
*$2,000 left to play for
Chips are moving:
Now that a deal was agreed to the final six players started moving chips around, with 777masimo777 and Lucky Buda89 getting double ups before the next elimination happened.
After ErvinBurrell opened EFIDON90 moved all-in and ErvinBurrell called for his tourney life. EFIDON90 showed [4c][4s] while ErvinBurrell held [Ac][Tc]. The [Kd][9c][3c] flop gave ErvinBurrell a bit more hope but the [9s] turn and [3h] river shut all those dreams down eliminating ErvinBurrell in sixth place collecting $8,395.76 thanks to the previous agreed upon deal.
It only took five hands for the next player to make their exit. It was Lucky Buda89 who ran out of luck when he got his chips in against MaTpacuk. MaTpacuk started the hand by opening to 1,260,000. He was called by Lucky Buda89, EFIDON90, and 777masimo777. The four saw the [Jd][6s][2s] flop. 777masimo777 was the first to act and he checked, MaTpacuk bet 4,400,550, Lucky Buda89 made it 8,801,100, EFIDON90 and 777masimi777 folded, MaTpacuk moved all-in, enough to cover Lucky Buda89 who called. The pairs cards were revealed with MaTpacuk holding [6c][6h] for the flopped set while Lucky Buda89 had [Js][Ts] for top pair and flush draw. The [Jh] brought trips for LuckyBuda89 but also improved MaTpacuk's hand to a full house. The [9d] river meant nothing for either players hands eliminating LuckyBuda89 in fifth place to collect $7,759.64 thanks to the deal.
And then there was three:
The next elimination did not come as fast but it was not long before Bydloman found himself all-in against EFIDON90. All the chips got into the middle and Bydloman showed [3s][3h] against the [As][7h] of EFIDON90. It didn't take long for EFIDON90 to move into the lead as he caught a pair of sevens on the [Qd][9h][7s] flop. The [Qc] turn gave each player a second pair and the [7d] river gave EFIDON90 an unneeded full house. Bydloman collects $16,086.21 for his fourth place effort thanks to the deal.
Down to two:
Three handed play lasted only four hands, three of which saw 777masimo777 move all-in. It was the third time that he moved all-in pre flop that got a call from EFIDON90. EFIDON90 showed [Kd][Jh] while 777masimo777 held the slight lead with [2h][2s]. EFIDON90 took the lead in the hand on the [Qd][Js][3d] flop with a pair of jacks. That lead was not released as the [6s] turn and [7d] river brought no help to 777masimo777 eliminating him in third place where he collected $7,112.57.
With both players holding just over 100 big blinds at the start of heads-up play both players started to work at each other to get the bracelet and $2,000 that was left over after the deal.
The two played 94 hands during their battle with MaTpacuk getting the lead and never looking back even though EFIDON90 kept the pressure on him. The final hand saw EDIDON90 move all-in and MaTpacuk call. MaTpacuk held [Qd][Qc] against EFIDON90's [Ks][Jc]. The [Tc][Td][2h] flop meant nothing to either player while the [Qh] turn gave MaTpacuk a full house which meant the end for this tournament. EFIDON90 collected $11,538.60 for second place. MaTpacuk gets the bracelet and $19,702.08.
Congrats to MaTpacuk on winning that shinny bracelet along with the $19,000 plus.
SCOOP Event #8 ($11 NL Hold'em, $100k GTD) Results (reflects deal):
1st: MaTpacuk - $19,702.08*
2nd: EFIDON90 - $11,538.60*
3rd: 777maismo777 - $7,112.57*
4th: Bydloman - $16,086.21*
5th: Lucky Buda89 - $7,759.64*
6th: ErvinBurrell - $8,395.76*
7th: campoy114 - $3,154.92
8th: Zebalhao - $2,020.95
9th: AKleiven77 - $1,347.30
*denotes a six-way deal
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