SCOOP: Thx4UrM0ney grateful for victory in Event 04-M $162 NLHE 2XC turbo

SCOOP logo.gifWhen PokerStars puts the word "turbo" in the title, they are not messing around. The $150 + $12 buy-in NLHE 2x chance turbo, the medium buy-in option of Event 4 of this whirlwind Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), was literally over in about four and a half hours.

It was a non-stop flurry of action from the first hand to the last, with the rebuy period consisting of the 2,887 players taking advantage of 1,487 rebuys, and the rest of the tournament whizzing by like a money-laden freight train. Speaking of money, the $300K guarantee put up by PokerStars was thrown on the tracks and run over when the prize pool actually swelled to $656,100.00. Amazing.

That 2,887-player field soon (very soon) hit the money, at which point the elimination of rhin0man in 415th place made way for Ma-5 to cash in 414th and the rest of the player to finish in the cash. Among those who picked up a few extra dollars in this tournament were Team PokerStars Pros like Alex Gomes, who finished in 322nd place, Marcin Horecki in 106th, and Chad Brown in 55th. But the highest finishing Pro was the newly-signed Ivan Demidov, who made it to 28th place for a $1,574.65 finish.

In just about no time at all, the final table approached, at which point the elimination of Method999 in tenth place made way for the final nine to be seated at the final table.

The first knockout came when the short-stacked geirto pushed all-in preflop holding K♥ Q♠. Belabacsi called from the small blind with A♠ Q♣, and that dominating hand only got better with the 6♦ A♣ 3♣ on the flop. The 4♦ turn and 8♦ river sealed the deal, as shown in the hand replayer here, and geirto was eliminated in ninth place with $5,576.86.

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Without further ado, there was an eighth place finisher. The hand began with riverburn22 making the preflop shove for his short stack of 1,272,161 with A♠ J♠. The always aggressive BeLOWaBOVe was there with pocket nines to make the call, and the board ran out K♣ 3♥ 7♦ T♦ 3♠ to send riverburn22 out in eighth place with the $8,870.48 prize.

It didn't take long for BeLOWaBOVe to lose those chips he gained in the last elimination, along with a few extras, to sit on a stack of only 1,082,916. Those chips went all-in preflop just after he typed, "GG GL boys," almost knowing that his A♣ 7♥ wasn't going to hold up, though it looked good against Belabacsi's 5♠ 4♦ when the call was made. The flop of J♣ T♠ 8♠ was innocent enough, as was the T♦ on the turn, but the 5♦ on the river gave the pot to Belabacsi and gave BeLOWaBOVe a seventh place finish, along with $15,418.36.

The next on the list of short stacks was SOXFAN83, who decided to push it from the big blind after an initial raise from berdyfish. SOXFAN83 did it with 7♦ 4♦ but found himself up against the call of berdyfish holding pocket sevens. The board came 4♥ J♥ 6♦ 6♠ T♠, and SOXFAN83 was gone just that quickly in sixth place with $21,979.36.

That score didn't give berdyfish much room to move, though, and he soon found himself moving all-in preflop for his tournament life with A♠ 3♠. Thx4UrM0ney and his dominating stack called with pocket sixes, and the two watched the board run out in favor of that chip leader with Q♦ 6♠ 5♦ 2♠ Q♥. The full house sent berdyfish swimming away in fifth place with $28,540.36 as a consolation prize.

As the table plowed through and saw eliminations coming almost faster than railbirds could handle, woltas shoved all-in with J♥ 8♠, and Belabacsi called with the dominating A♦ J♠. The board brought nothing for the short stack when it came 6♣ 7♥ 3♣ 7♠ 4♣, and woltas was gone in moments with $37,725.76 for the effort.

Three-handed action didn't stay that way for long, as bowser125 made his all-in move right away with K♠ 6♣. Chip leader Thx4UrM0ney called with A♣ 4♣, and the board blanked for everyone with 9♠ 2♦ 3♣ T♦ J♦. bowser125 was suddenly gone in third place with $55,112.41.

Heads-up started with the following chip counts:

Seat 2: Belabacsi (4,797,480 in chips)
Seat 9: Thx4UrM0ney (17,072,520 in chips)

And it took only one hand. It began innocently enough with a cheap flop of 5♦ 3♣ 7♠, at which point Belabacsi checked. Thx4UrM0ney wasn't allowing him to get away so easily, though, and made a 4 million chip bet. Belabacsi responded with the all-in call holding 7♣ 2♥ for top pair, but Thx4UrM0ney showed 2♦ 4♣ for the wheel draw. The A♣ came on the turn to make that straight, and the 5♣ on the river ended it all, as the hand replayer shows:

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A quick end to a quick tournament left Belabacsi with $77,091.76 for second place, while Thx4UrM0ney took down a coveted SCOOP title, champion's watch, and $103,335.76 for four hour's work. Congratulations!

SCOOP Event 04-Medium Results:

1st place: Thx4UrM0ney ($103,335.76)
2nd place: Belabacsi ($77,091.76)
3rd place: bowser125 ($113,723.75)
4th place: woltas ($37,725.76)
5th place: berdyfish ($28,540.36)
6th place: SOXFAN83 ($21,979.36)
7th place: BeLOWaBOVe ($15,418.36)
8th place: riverburn22 ($8,870.48)
9th place: geirto ($5,576.86)

Another SCOOP tournament is in the history books, but many remain on the schedule, all of which have satellite opportunities for those seeking entries at a fraction of the buy-in. Visit the SCOOP page for all of the details, the leaderboard page to track your favorite players, or the site for all of the event highlights.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP