SCOOP: AlexanderT takes top honors in Event #8-M, $320 NLHE

SCOOP logo.gif43 players rubbed the sleep out of their eyes this afternoon returning to the virtual felt twelve hours after they left it to play down to a champion in SCOOP's marathon, two-day Event #8-Medium. 6,274 players bought into this deep-stacked $320 NLHE event creating a massive prize pool of $1,882,200 with a $286,282.63 first place prize at stake. To get up to speed on all the Day 1 highlights, check out the SCOOP Event #8-Medium Day 1 recap.

Action resumed at 16:30 p.m. EDT and it took only a little over 2 1/2 hours to arrive at a final table. Miroborge earned the unenviable title of final table bubble boy, falling to KennyDav in tenth place. Here's a look at how the hand played out:

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Chip counts were as follows as the final table got underway:

Seat 1: AlexanderT (16,385,317 in chips)
Seat 2: frankpark9 (1,870,928 in chips)
Seat 3: bayoougieman (4,707,352 in chips)
Seat 4: KennyDav (5,358,765 in chips)
Seat 5: MKKMOO (7,703,971 in chips)
Seat 6: cuthbertt (3,348,794 in chips)
Seat 7: Craps4Dinner (8,874,060 in chips)
Seat 8: dselnick (7,741,573 in chips)
Seat 9: Mark018 (6,749,240 in chips)

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Short-stacked frankpark9 was the first to depart the final table. After he open-shoved for his remaining 1,485,928 from early position, cuthbertt re-shoved from middle position to isolate and the two showed down 3♦3♠ and K♥K♦ respectively, cuthbertt's cowboys holding up on the A♣7♥6♦J♦J♠ board to eliminate frankpark9 in 9th place. He took home $14,587.06 for his finish.

With the blinds up to 80,000/160,000/20,000, Mark018 was the final table's new short stack, with just over 20 big blinds remaining. Facing an opening raise to 374,238 from Craps4Dinner in the cutoff, Mark018 decided to make his move, pushing all in from the small blind for 3,204,985 with theA♣J♥. Unfortunately for him, Craps4Dinner had a real hand, snap-calling and rolling over Q♣Q♠. Craps4Dinner all but sealed the hand up on the flop, hitting top set when it came down Q♥T♦7♦. The turn was the 6♣, the river the 8♥ and Mark018 exited in 8th place, for a $22,586.41 return on his $320 investment.

Cuthbertt was crippled when he moved in over the top of bayoougieman's 456,789 opening raise and got called, his 9♥9♣ in bad shape against bayoougieman's Q♣Q♥. There was no help for cuthbertt on the T♣8♦4♦5♦7♦ board and he was left with less than one big blind when all was said and done. Craps4Dinner claimed the rest of his chips only two hands later, sending him to the rail in 7th place for a $41,408.41 take.

After cuthbertt's elimination, the six remaining players agreed to take a look at chip count chop numbers. At that point, AlexanderT was still the chip leader with 16.5 million, MKKMOO, Craps4Dinner and dselnick were all closely bunched together with between 10.5 and 11.7 million, bayoougieman held 7 million and KennyDav was the short stack with 5.3 million. Though bayoougieman, AlexanderT, Craps4Dinner, and dselnick all agreed to the deal, MKKMOO told his opponents that his backer wasn't keen on the numbers. Though MKKMOO began re-negotiating the payouts with AlexanderT, Craps4Dinner and dselnick, KennyDav put the brakes on all the deal talk when he declared that he wanted a number between third and fourth place money, despite being the shortest stack remaining. His request drew "LOLs" from his opponents and cards went back on the screen, after a full 30 minutes of failed negotiations.

When play resumed it was careful and even a bit passive, the chip counts hardly moving at all, with the exception of Craps4Dinner dipping from the 11.6 million he held during the deal negotiations down to the 8-9 million range and dselnick chipping up to 17 million. After dselnick took the chip lead he practically begged to discuss another deal and although the other four players expressed a desire to resume negotiations, KennyDav, still the short stack, continued to hold out. By now blinds were up to 150,000/300,000 with a 37,500 ante and KennyDav was below 5 million in chips.

For KennyDav, the decision to hold out didn't end up being a wise one. He got the rest of his chips in with 7♠7♣, open-shoving pre-flop and getting a call from MKKMOO with Q♥Q♦ MKKMOO flopped a set and turned quads, knocking KennyDav out in 6th place for a $60,230.41 payday.

"DEAL ANYONE?" asked dselnick as soon as KennyDav's avatar disappeared from the screen. However, before they could get everyone to agree to pause the tournament, Craps4Dinner went out in fifth place with a one-two punch. Bayoougieman shoved for 4,338,388 from early position and Craps4Dinner moved all in behind him for 7,814,010. The rest of the table got out of the way, Craps4Dinner turning up 9♠9♥ to bayoougieman's A♣T♠. The A♠5♦4♣ flop, however, paired up bayoougieman, leaving Craps4Dinner drawing only to the two remaining nines in the deck. The K♥ hit the turn, and the river fell the K♣, bayoougieman earning the 9.3 million pot with aces up.Craps4Dinner was left with 3.4 million in chips and two hands later, open-shoved from UTG, earning a call from MKKMOO. His 8♠9♦ could not improve against MKKMOO's A♣J♠ and he exited in fifth place for $79,052.41.

Immediately after Craps4Dinner's elimination, the tournament was paused so the chip count chop numbers could be re-run. After 20 minutes of negotiations and fine-tuning, the four remaining players arrived at a deal. The rest of the tournament would be played out for an additional $30,000, the title, and the Champion's Watch.

With the vast majority of the prize money settled up, our final four started gambling it up. AlexanderT took a huge coinflip against dselnick for nearly his entire stack, his 7♥7♠ holding against A♥K♠ to double him up. Take a look at how the hand played out:

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After that hand, dselnick was left with 4.7 million while AlexanderT took the chip lead with nearly 28 million.

Bayoougieman decided to make his move when AlexanderT opened for 800,000 and he looked up at the A♥J♦ on the screen. He moved all in for 10,254,046 perhaps in the hope of chasing him away, but AlexanderT called. Bayoo's A♥J♦ was dominated by AlexanderT's A♣Q♣, the chip leader making an ace-high flush on the T♠4♣2♣3♣7♥ board. With that, bayoougieman hit the rail in fourth place for a $148,490.80 payday while AlexanderT took a commanding chip lead with over 40.5 million, more than three times the stack of his closest competitor.

Short stacked dselnick did his best to mount a comeback, but couldn't get any traction. In his final hand, AlexanderT opened for a min-raise to 800,000, MKKMOO called from the small blind and dselnick called from the big. On the T♦6♦3♠ flop, MKKMOO checked, dselnick moved all in for 3.6 milllion, AlexanderT min-raised to isolate, and MKKMOO gave up his hand. Dselnick's 8♦9♥ was no match for AlexanderT's top pair with Q♥T♥ and with blanks falling on the turn and river, dselnick exited in third place for a tidy haul of $191,335.64.

As heads-up play commenced, AlexanderT held a better than 5-1 chip lead over MKKMOO:

Seat 1: AlexanderT (51,900,711 in chips)
Seat 5: MKKMOO (10,839,289 in chips)

After playing a few small pots, AlexanderT put MKKMOO away on the 13th hand of heads-up play. MKKMOO got his remaining 10.1 million in pre-flop with A♥5♠ only to have AlexanderT wake up to J♣J♠. The board ran out T♠8♦4♥Q♠7♠ and after two days of play, AlexanderT finally had all the chips in front of him, earning a coveted SCOOP title, $206,369.17, and a SCOOP Champion's Watch. For his runner-up finish, MKKMOO earned $204,931.56, no doubt delighting his backer.

Results for SCOOP Event #8-Medium, $320 NLHE

1. AlexanderT ($206,369.17)*
2. MKKMOO ($204,931.56)*
3. dselnick ($191,335.64)*
4. bayoougieman ($148,490.80)*
5. Craps4Dinner ($79,052.41)
6. KennyDAV ($60,230.41)
7. cuthbertt ($41,408.41)
8. Mark018 ($22,586.41)
9. frankpark9 ($14,587.06)

*= reflects a four-way deal that left aside $30,000 for the champion

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP