SCOOP 2014: fifaboys99 scores a golden goal in Event #43-L, $27 NLHE (8-max)

It's been said that all good things must come to an end. That goes for PokerStars tournament series just as much as it does a slice of your favorite pie, a much-needed vacation, or a performance by a favorite comedian. So it is that after two weeks of constant tournament action, the 2014 installment of SCOOP has run its course almost completely.

As of this writing only the three Main Events and two versions of Event #43, 8-max no-limit hold'em, remain in contest. The Low version of Event #43 has already crowned its winner, the Austrian player fifaboys99, who topped a massive field to earn a bankroll-changing prize, along with a first career SCOOP title.

Day 1 of Event #43-L kicked off at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The 20,950-player field was set with no late registration available, as was the $514,322.50 prize pool. First place was scheduled for $60,221.64 and play continued for 12 hours, well past the beginning of the payouts at 2,800th place.

Day 2 started 24 hours after the beginning of the tournament, with 42 players remaining and Sweden's Flanderson1 leading the way with 16.3M chips. That stack was worth 117 big blinds on the 70K/140K/17.5K level, just ahead of the 108 held by langace66 of Austria (15.2M) and 91 held by Norway's netrom84 (12.7M). After two and a half hours of play the blinds and antes had reached 500K/1M/125K and only langace66 remained from the top three to start the day. The Austrian was joined by these seven players at the final table:

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Seat 1: Joe "ender555" Ebanks (26,463,898 in chips)
Seat 2: uwombat (25,130,404 in chips)
Seat 3: jahs34 (8,519,090 in chips)
Seat 4: langace66 (76,919,223 in chips)
Seat 5: fifaboys99 (30,487,498 in chips)
Seat 6: Slyme1003 (18,064,554 in chips)
Seat 7: MacLucky (17,187,370 in chips)
Seat 8: Musikant (6,727,963 in chips)

Quiet, loud, quiet

jahs34 of Venezuela was in the big blind on Hand #4 when Germany's Musikant, working with the short stack, opened the betting in the cutoff by moving all-in for 4.7M. jahs34 called with K♥ Q♠ and had Musikant's Q♥ 5♦ dominated. The board ran out J♥ 8♦ Q♣ J♦ 7♠ and jahs87's kicker played, winning the 10.9M-chip pot and knocking out Musikant in 8th place ($2,314.45).

Past WCOOP bracelet winner Joe "ender555" Ebanks got in on the action on Hand #9, flopping top two pair with K♣ Q♥ and check-calling two bets by chip leader langace66. Both players checked the river of the J♦ K♥ Q♦ 9♣ 5♣ board and Ebanks took down the 17.8M-chip pot. Three hands later langace66 got those chips back with interest after being dealt A♦ K♠ and three-betting all-in over the top of Slyme1003's opening raise of 2M. Slyme1003 made the call with a dominated A♠ T♣ and picked up a gutshot straight draw by the turn of the 6♣ 8♦ 5♥ 7♥ board, but the 8♥ on the river gave langeace66 the 40.5M-chip pot and sent the German player out in 7th place ($3,600.25).

fifaboys99 won the next pot without contest on the turn of a J♠ 7♥ 2♥ T♠ board, but the next 16 pots in a row would all be won without seeing a single flop. Joe Ebanks broke that streak up on Hand #29 by three-betting over the top of fifaboys99's raise and continuing the action with a bet of 4.7M into 13.1M on the A♦ 9♠ T♣ flop. The next five pots went exactly like the 16 before that. Then came two big ones in a row.

Hand #35 opened with langace66 raising to 2.4M under the gun and Joe Ebanks calling on the button. Switzerland's uwombat shoved for 13.3M in the small blind, prompting a fold by langace66 and call from Ebanks with 8♠ 8♦. uwombat's A♦ K♠ connected with the Q♥ A♣ 7♠ flop and needed no help on the 2♦ turn or 5♥ river to win the 31.1M in the middle.

Hand #36 kicked off with an all-in bet of 15.2M by jahs34, who sat in the small blind with A♠ J♣. The player who could most afford to call and lose, langace66, was in the big blind with 4♣ 4♠ and matched jahs34's bet. The Venezuelan player, who had satellited in for less than $3, jumped into the lead with two pair on the J♦ A♥ 2♠ flop and stayed the with the 6♠ turn. But the 4♥ landed on the river, giving langace66 a set of fours and eliminating jahs34 in 6th place ($5,143.22).

Back to the old routine

The next 13 hands went by without a flop before Austria's MacLucky, who held 2♣ 2♠, opened the betting on Hand #50 by moving all-in for 13.4M in the cutoff. Joe Ebanks woke up with K♠ K♣ on the button and moved all-in over the top for 22.3M. That cleared out the players in the blinds and Ebanks caught top set on the K♦ Q♣ 8♣ flop. The 2♠ 2♣ left MacLucky drawing dead and the A♣ officially knocked the Austrian out in 5th place ($10,286.45).

Again the table went quiet, this time for seven hands before langace66 won a small 7M-chip pot with a begrudging bet on the turn. Another eight passed before Joe Ebanks opened for a minimum raise of 2.8M and uwombat jammed in the small blind for 21.4M. langace66 folded in the big blind and Ebanks, holding 9♣ 9♣, made the call, leaving just 120K in chips behind. uwombat was behind with A♣ K♥ but caught up on the J♦ 4♠ K♣ flop. The T♠ on the turn gave Ebanks just two outs, neither of which was the 7♠ that landed on the river. uwombat won the 44.9M chips in the pot and on the next hand Ebanks, forced all-in by the ante with 6♣ 4♣ against fifaboys99's J♣ T♦, fell in 4th place ($20,572.90).

A comeback three-handed

fifaboys99 was now the short stack at a three-handed table with 27.1M chips to uwombat's 43.1M and langace66's 138.6M. The Austrian player got to work on reversing that situation immediately, getting into a raising war before the flop of Hand #68 and ending up all-in with T♦ T♣. langace66 improbably had A♦ A♠, and the 2♦ Q♥ 2♣ Q♦ flop and turn looked sure to send fifaboys99 to the rail. But deliverance arrived in the form of the T♠ on the river, giving the Austrian player the 56.1M-chip pot. After winning the next three small pots in a row fifaboys99 was up to 69.5M, about 20 big blinds away from langace66's leading stack and 20.5M ahead of wombat.

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Only 10 of the next 14 hands went by without a flop, but continuation bets were good enough to win most of the rest, primarily by langace66, who used the chip lead to wear fifaboys99 back down to 37.8M. But then fifaboys99 doubled through the leader again, this time with 2♣ 2♦ against A♦ Q♥ for a 77.8M-chip pot. Two hands later they collided in the single largest pot of the entire tournament:

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That ace on the river cost langace66 the chip lead and left the Austrian with 13.2M chips. Facing 800K/1.6M/200K blinds and antes, the balance of those chips went in the middle two hands later with A♣ T♦ , called off after uwombat opened all-in from the small blind with K♥ 9♦. The board fell 6♥ J♦ K♦ 8♣ 8♦ and langace66 left in 3rd place ($30,859.35).

As heads-up play began uwombat faced an uphill battle:

Seat 2: uwombat (58,328,310 in chips)
Seat 5: fifaboys99 (151,171,690 in chips)

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The match would last just 12 hands. uwombat only won four of them, none worth more than 6.8M. Finally, on the 100th hand of the final table, fifaboys99 opened on the button for 3.2M. uwombat re-raised to 8.4M and then jammed for 44.7M after fifaboys99 made it four bets and 15.2M to go. The Austrian called with J♥ J♣ and had to dodge the three outs uwombat's A♠ 3♠ had left in the deck. The J♦ K♥ 7♥ flop erased those and left uwombat in need of running cards for a straight to stay alive. But the 9♦ turn and 9♥ river gave fifaboys99 a full house instead, bringing the tournament to a close.

Both of the heads-up finalists set new career-best marks with their prizes. uwombat's runner-up purse of $41,145.80 was $39,000 more than the Swiss player's previous best. And the $60,221.64 fifaboys99 pocketed was almost exactly $58,000 more than the Austrian's largest cash to date. Toss in the winner's watch and the right to be called a SCOOP champion forever after, and that's a nice way to close out the biggest Spring Championship of Online Poker to date.

SCOOP 43-L, $27 No-Limit Hold'em (8-max)
Entrants: 20,950
Prize pool: $514,322.50
Places paid: 2,800

1. fifaboys99 (Austria) $60,221.64
2. uwombat (Switzerland) $41,145.80
3. langace66 (Austria) $30,859.35
4. ender555 (United Kingdom) $20,572.90
5. MacLucky (Austria) $10,286.45
6. jahs34 (Venezuela) $5,143.22
7. Slyme1003 (Germany) $3,600.25
8. Musikant (Germany) $2,314.45

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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