SCOOP: Ridemin`out rode it out and won Event 10-M $162 NLHE Heads-Up

SCOOP logo.gifIt's just you and me, buddy!

Okay, the poker players who came out for the medium stakes heads-up tournament probably didn't speak those words to each other as they came face to face for their matches, but it's all I had tonight. Work with me.

The Event 10 $162 buy-in event was capped at 2,048 players, and that is where it stood at start time. And that tally put the total prize pool up to $307,200.00, just past the $300K guarantee. The final 256 players were set to be paid, meaning that anyone who made it through three rounds of heads-up action would be in the money. That was not as easy as it sounded, however, for the majority of the players in the field today, as anything can happen to sway the results - a good or bad run of cards, one key hand that backfires, or simply a bad beat.

One player who knows that all too well is Tulkaz, who was the last to be knocked out in the pre-money round, and that 257th place finish was the bubble spot. Everyone else moving to the next round was in the money.

Quite a few Team PokerStars Pros came out for the heads-up fun today, including Gavin Griffin, Marcin Horecki, Johnny Lodden, Vanessa Rousso, Victor Ramdin, William Thorson, Peter Eastgate, and Ivan Demidov. Even Friend of PokerStars Darus Suharto made an effort in this event. But the only two to make it into the money were Chris "Money800" Moneymaker, who finished 207th, and JC Alvarado, who left the tournament in 91st place. But the field also included a number of the biggest names in online poker, including USCphildo, Timex, THAY3R, shaniac, SCTrojans, and apestyles. Brownstown19 came in looking for another victory after taking down Event 6, and westmenloAA did the same after his first day win in Event 1.

As the tournament played on, Round 9 found only eight players remaining, and they were paired up as follows:

Table 1: A BashVI vs. fropsch
Table 2: skilled_sox vs. Binbs-KGB
Table 3: zefir_max vs. Ridemin`out
Table 4: micide vs. MrRyanJr

The first to wrap from this group was Table 4, as micide took the initial lead and never let it go. Finally, the two tangled and went to see a flop of8♣ T♠ K♣, then more betting led to the 3♥ turn. A rash of betting and raising led MrRyanJr to believe he should move all-in with K♠ 3♦, good for two pair, but micide called with pocket kings, which meant he had the set. The 2♦ on the river did nothing but end the match and give MrRyanJr $8,448.00 for his eighth place finish.

Table 3 took a bit longer but finally resolved the battle as Ridemin`out had a significant chip lead over zefir_max. when Ridemin`out put his opponent to the test with a preflop all-in raise, zefir_max took the bait and called all-in with K♠ J♥. Ridemin`out was ahead with A♣ 9♠, and it stayed that way throughout the unveiling of the 7♥ 6♠ T♦ 4♦ A♥ board. That pushed zefir_max out in seventh place with $8,448.00.

There was a late turn of events on Table 1, as A BashVI was able to double through fropsch with trips over the two pair of fropsch to take the lead and change everything. On the very next hand, the two took some chips in to see the 2♦ A♦ T♣ flop, at which point, some raising led to fropsch moving all-in with {Ah] K♠ and top pair. But A BashVI called with A♠ T♠ and top two. The 6♠ on the turn and 9♣ on the river ended it and left fropsch with a sixth place finish and the $8,448.00 that went with it.

Soon after, Binbs-KGB and skilled_sox went into battle. The flop of 6♥ 6♣ K♦ brought more chips into the pot, as did the J♥ on the turn and the A♦ on the river. But it was the river that put skilled_sox all-in for his tournament life with 4♥ 2♥, and Binbs-KGB was happy to call with K♣ 6♠ and the full house. skilled_sox was thus eliminated in fifth place with $8,448.00 for the effort.

To see the replay of the hand that ended Round 9, check it out here:

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With that, Round 10 was on with the following matches:

Table 1: Binbs-KGB vs. A BashVI
Table 2: micide vs. Ridemin`out

Both tables played for nearly an hour before an elimination took place, and it came on Table 1. Binbx-KGB had been ground down to 1,384 chips and decided to push it pre-flop with A♣ 6♥, but he was up against the pocket sixes of A BashVI. The virtual dealer gave them a board of 3♦ 3♣ 8♣ 6♦ 4♣, and the full house certainly took the pot, kicking Binbs-KGB to the curb - errr, rail - in fourth place with $16,896.00.

Shortly thereafter, micide was in a somewhat desperate position with rapidly rising blinds and only little more than 2K in chips remaining. micide decided to push it preflop with K♥ 4♥, and Ridemin`out called with a solid A♣ K♣ hand. That took them to the board, which ran out J♦ 8♣ A♥ 5♣ K♦, and micide was relegated to third place and the $16,896 that went with it.

In keeping with tradition, the final heads-up match was started by giving each player 5,000 chips and putting them to work with 25/50 blinds in Round 11. With that, the following two were the last players standing to play for the SCOOP title:

Table 1: Ridemin`out vs. A BashVI

After only one hand, the two players decided to pause the tournament for deal talks. In the chat box, they quickly came to an agreement to split the money 50/50, with $36,936.00 for each player and the required $6,000.00 set aside for the eventual champion. It happened immediately, both agreed to it, and the game was set back in motion to play out. Now that, friends, is how friendly deals are done.

Despite the prize-chop agreement, play was very cautious through Level 1, though A BashVI began to creep up toward a 2-to-1 lead through the second level. But the third level brought a 2.5 million chip pot to Ridemin`out that took the stacks back to nearly even. When A BashVI took the lead again, Ridemin`out took a big chance and pushed all-in with A♦ 7♣, and A BashVI called with A♣ T♠. But the board brought a seven on the river to save Ridemin`out from elimination and double him up.

From there, Ridemin`out continued to chip away at his opponent, as shown here:

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Finally, A BashVI pushed his last 1,465 all-in with Q♥ T♠, only to be called by K♠ 8♣. The board cooperated with Ridemin`out's quest to end the tournament immediately when it came 9♦ 2♥ 6♦ 6♥ 8♠. That gave A BashVI second place and $36,936.00.

And for the hour of heads-up action and everything that led up to it, Ridemin`out was awarded the $42,936.00 first place prize, the champion's watch, and the coveted SCOOP title. Congratulations!

SCOOP Event 10-Medium Elite Eight:

1st place: Ridemin`out ($42,936.00)
2nd place: A BashVI ($39,936.00)
3rd place: micide ($16,896.00)
4th place: Binbs-KGB ($16,896.00)
5th place: skilled_sox ($8,448.00)
6th place: fropsch ($8,448.00)
7th place: zefir_max ($8,448.00)
8th place: MrRyanJr ($8,448.00)

With nearly a week left in the series, opportunities still abound for players to win seats through around-the-clock satellites. Visit the SCOOP page for all of the details, the leaderboard page to track your favorite players (or yourself), or the site for all of the event highlights.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP