SCOOP: toweliestar wipes up competition in $25,000 Heads-Up SCOOP event
It was the biggest thing anybody could do in poker all day. The buy-in was bigger than any poker event in the world this week. The competition was not surprisingly made up of 32 of the best players in the world. All of that was clear. Left unanswered was who would walk away with the title of the $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em SCOOP event.
The names in the event were what you'd expect: Negreanu, Minieri, Eastgate, ElkY, and Duthie. Only one of those people would advance to the money, however. At the start of the final four, all the players were guaranteed $120,000. The match-ups looked like this:
John Duthie vs. Dokosoko
toweliestar vs. mistakooll
To start his match, Duthie offered Dokosoko a $25,000 save, an offer the man from Norway refused in a split second. Duthie responded with a courteous good luck wish and then promptly flopped two pair, bet every street, and got calls each time. Within minutes of the start of his match, he was out to a nice little chip lead.
Across the virtual way, toweliestar rivered a set of nines in early action and got paid to the tune of a 3-1 chip lead. Towelistar finished off mistakooll in less than 20 minutes and sat back to see whether he would play Duthie or Dokosoko.
Meanwhile, Dokosoko was proving why he had no interest in a save. After falling behind to Duthie in the first 45 minutes of the match, Dokosoko ground out hand after hand until he finally had Duthie 3-1. Then it was the Team PokerStars Pro's turn to drive back. An hour and twenty minutes into the match, the stacks were again even.
Nearly two hours into the semi-final match, the stacks were nearly even. Duthie had a slight lead. Dokosoko raised all-in pre-flop with 5♦ 5♣ and got snap-called by Duthie and his Q♠ Q♥. The queens held and Duthie moved onto the finals.
At the start of final table play, toweliestar and the Team PokerStars Pro decided they had played hard enough to guarantee themselves some bigger cash than second place would pay. With $560,000 on the table, they decided to take $250,000 apiece and play for $60,000.
When the cards went in the air, Duthie worked himself up to a slight lead. It was fairly clear the players weren't going to simply dump the extra $60,000 in exchange for making an early night of it. Witness the following hand.
It was cagey play on both sides that made for some great guessing games on the rail. Later, Duthie told his opponent, "PS, I had a five."
A few minutes later, Duthie fell farther behind. It began when he came in for a raise to 180 and toweliestar re-popped it to 540. Duthie made the call and they saw a flop of 7♣ 2♥ A♠. Toweliestar checked and Duthie put out 720. Towliestar called. After that, they checked down the turn, 8♦, and river, 9♣. Toweliestar turned up J♣ J♥, good enough for the pot and a decent chip lead. Within a few hands, he had a 4-1 advantage on the Team Pro.
After that, Duthie couldn't regain his footing. Though he worked hard to get toweliestar to double him up, in the end, it went like this.
With that, the Team PokerStars Pro and creator of the European Poker Tour, John Duthie, finished in second place for his $250,000.
That left the championship for Germany's own toweliestar. He not only picked up the $310,000 for first place, but the coveted title of $25,000 Heads-Up SCOOP champion.
SCOOP Event #21 $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em
Results based on two-way deal
1. toweliestar (Germany) $310,000
2. John Duthie (United Kingdom) $250,000
3. Dokosoko (Norway) $120,000
4. mistakooll (United States) $120,000