SCOOP: jakoon1985 defeats prior champions to take Event 17-H NLHE

SCOOP logo.gifAs the Spring Championship of Online Poker reaches its final days, players were looking to get their high stakes no-limit hold'em action in before the main event. Event 17 not only provided that NLHE game but allowed for one rebuy and one add-on to spice things up.

The $2,000 + $100 buy-in restricted the field to those who had substantial bankrolls and others who may have qualified through satellites, and the final number of entrants was 268. That pushed past the $1 million guarantee set up by PokerStars to create $1,408,000 prize pool. The final 27 players were set to get paid, and the first place prize was an impressive $302,720.00

As play began, many Team PokerStars Pros were in the field, including John Duthie, Ivan Demidov, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, Dario Minieri, Andre Akkari, Peter Eastgate, Leo Fernandez, and Vanessa Rousso. The last PokerStars representatives to leave before the money were Chad Brown, who finished in 112th place, and William Thorson, who left in 108th. But heading straight for the money was Hevad "RaiNKhAN" Khan, who seemed to gain momentum from his recent SCOOP victory in Event 14 and seemed determine to hit another final table.

It was well past the ten-hour mark when the money bubble burst, as sacker finally took leave of the tables in 28th place with nothing but memories, and made way for AMAK316 to become the first to cash in 27th place for $14,080.00. Play then continued for several hours as three tables turned to two, and the players at the final two tables desperately tried to hang in there to make the final table.

Ultimately, it came down to ZEMBALOUIE, who had been crippled several hands before. With less than 7,000 chips and finding the big blind at his position, ZEMBALOUIE was all-in against two other players, though the only one who made it to the final showdown was gibralter11. The hand played out in full as shown here, and left ZEMBALOUIE out in tenth place with a $24,640.00 bubble prize.

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The final began at just about the 13-hour mark with chip counts as follows:

Seat 1: t soprano (95,336 in chips)
Seat 2: < (133,083 in chips)
Seat 3: RaiNKhAN (301,311 in chips)
Seat 4: gibralter11 (359,185 in chips)
Seat 5: Allanon85 (125,692 in chips)
Seat 6: gator93 (227,886 in chips)
Seat 7: jakoon1985 (378,127 in chips)
Seat 8: $teveyMoney (207,952 in chips)
Seat 9: mendieta19 (157,428 in chips)

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gator93 already had a SCOOP win under his belt in Event 12 and was looking for another, as was one other opponent. RaiNKhAN was at his second final table of the SCOOP series, and he typed in the chat box as play got underway:

RaiNKhAN: TIME!@!!@!@

Surprisingly, it only took a few rounds to see the first elimination. With < holding on to the short stack, he made an initial raise, which garnered a call from gibralter11 to see a 7♥ A♠ 5♥ flop. The two checked to see the 4♥ turn, after which a few chips went into the pot from each player. But the T♠ on the river prompted an all-in bet from < with pocket fives, but gibralter11 quickly called with Q♥ J♥ and the turned flush. That sent < out in ninth place with $28,160.00.

And then play slowed again, and the 15-minute break made it seem even longer. But during this time, t soprano was getting short and looking at just over 64K in chips. That was cause enough for a preflop all-in from the big blind with K♦ J♣, and $teveyMoney called with pocket tens. The flop was good for t soprano when it came 2♥ 6♦ K♥, but the T♦ on the turn left t soprano with few outs. The Q♦ on the river eliminated t soprano in eighth place with $42,240.00.

The next to be low on chips and subsequently at risk was Allanon85, who made the preflop all-in move with pocket jacks, only to be called by $teveyMoney with pocket kings. The board ran out 4♥ 7♥ 4♣ 7♣ 6♦ to end Allanon85's run in seventh place, which was worth a solid $56,320.00 for making it that far.

Two hands in a row brought mixed emotions for gibralter11. First, the short stack moved all-in with pocket sixes against the pocket nines of mendieta19 but flopped 4-2-3 and turned a 5 to make the straight and double up. With some extra pet in gibralter11's step, he pushed again on the very next hand, this time with pocket kings on a 5♥ T♣ Q♥ flop but was called by jakoon1985 and Q♣ T♠ for two pair. The turn came a 3♣ and the river a 9♣ to end gibralter11's good run with $70,400.00 for the sixth place finish.

Moments later, mendieta19 was short after being crippled by the aforementioned hand with gibralter11 and pushed all-in with pocket eights from the big blind, but jakoon1985 was there to call with K♣ T♥. The board ran out 5♦ 9♦ 7♠ 2♦ T♠, and jakoon1985 rivered the pair of tens to knock mendieta19 out in fifth place with $84,480.00

Play sped up, and the thus-far cautious RaiNKhAN decided to call an all-in raise by gator93, who held A♦ J♦. RaiNKhAN had A♥ K♦, but the flush came for his opponent in dramatic fashion:

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Players went on a short scheduled break, and on the second hand after their return, RaiNKhAN made the all-in push with Q♥ 2♥ for his last 28,235 chips, but jakoon1985 called with Q♦ 6♦. The flop brought 2♠ 8♦ 7♥ and the deuce for Khan, but a 6♥ hit on the turn to give the advantage back to jakoon1985. The 7♣ on the river sealed the deal and sent Team PokerStars Pro Hevad Khan out of the tournament with a solid fourth place finish and $123,200.00 for it.

The final three players decided to look at some chip-chop numbers in case a deal could be made for the remainder of the prize money, but at first glance, it was apparent that there would be no deal. Play resumed.

Over the course of the next level of play, it was gator93 who took the worst beating as he couldn't seem to gain any sort of momentum. Finally, gator93 pushed preflop with A♠ T♦, and $teveyMoney called with K♠ Q♥. The board came K♦ J♣ 7♣ 2♥ 4♥, and gator93 was denied a second SCOOP win. gator93 settled for a third place finish and the $165,440.00 that went with it.

No sooner than heads-up action began than it was stopped for the two to discuss a deal. Per the chip-chop numbers, both players agreed to accept it. Even Hevad Khan chimed in to the chat box to irrelevantly but humorously agree to the chop. The payout numbers were as follows, with the exception of $20,000 left out for the eventual winner:

Seat 7: jakoon1985 (882,154 in chips) $246,881.13
Seat 8: $teveyMoney (1,103,846 in chips) $254,078.87

And with that, the heads-up battle commenced. It didn't take long for jakoon1985 to lose ground to his opponent, but with one pot worth over 450K, jakoon1985 brought the stacks back to near even.

Not letting up, jakoon1985 forged ahead to take a dominating lead over $teveyMoney, and that led to the last hand. It started with $teveyMoney making the initial raise and jakoon1985 calling to see the 9♦ 4♣ 5♦ flop. $teveyMoney bet out, but jakoon1985 check-raised, so $teveyMoney pushed all-in with A♦ K♣. jakoon1985 called and showed A♠ 9♥ for two pair. The last two cards came 7♦ and 5♣ to end the game and give $teveyMoney second place and $254,078.87.

That left jakoon1985 to claim the SCOOP title, champion's watch, and $266,881.13 in prize money. Congratulations!

SCOOP Event 17-High Final Table Results:

1st place: jakoon1985 ($266,881.13)*
2nd place: $teveyMoney ($254,078.87)*
3rd place: gator93 ($165,440.00)
4th place: RaiNKhAN ($123,200.00)
5th place: mendieta19 ($84,480.00)
6th place: gibralter11 ($70,400.00)
7th place: Allanon85 ($56,320.00)
8th place: t soprano ($42,240.00)
9th place: < ($28,160.00)

*reflects a two-way chop agreement

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Jen Newell
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