SCOOP: Victory in black and white, PandaTamer chews up field in Event #19-L $55 PLO win

scoop2009_thn.gifNearing the end of the Spring Championship of Online Poker series tonight was the last chance for players to gain some extra cash going into tomorrow's big Event $21 NLHE Heads-Up $270, $2,600, $25,500 tourneys or the $109, $1,050, or $10,300 Event #22 SCOOP Main Event (two day event). With $25,928.56 sitting at the final table for the champion of tonight's Event #19 PLO low buy-in, it could boost any player's bankroll enough tonight to take a shot at the even bigger tourneys tomorrow.

Players are still earning points for the following prizes that will be given out to the SCOOP Player of the Series:

  • 1st - Player of the Series trophy, 2009 WCOOP Main Event ticket, 2010 PCA prize package, 2010 EPT Monte Carlo prize package and a Special Edition PokerStars chip set
  • 2nd - 2009 WCOOP Main Event ticket, 2010 PCA prize package and a Special Edition PokerStars chip set
  • 3rd - 2009 WCOOP Main Event ticket and a Special Edition PokerStars chip set
Before tonight's action, get crunk of the USA had a slight 30 point lead on thehoffa of Sweden for that trophy and sizable tourney package stuffed inside.

3,303 players lined up their $55 entry fees for this tourney with 585 taking home at least a small dividend on their time invested and "only" needed nine hours to reach the big money sitting at the final table shown below after palim's A♠ 3♥ 2♠ A♣ faded chibbles' A♦ J♦ 3♣ K♣ on a the 6♠ J♣ 4♠ 8♣ 7♥ board to send chibbles home as the final table bubble boy in tenth ($990.91):

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Seat 1: chapz805 (2159618 in chips)
Seat 2: D.Scroggins (1846490 in chips)
Seat 3: HalfOfAKenny (352397 in chips)
Seat 4: badblood1 (5107369 in chips)
Seat 5: tautau4 (883216 in chips)
Seat 6: PandaTamer (2162163 in chips)
Seat 7: ringo19 (646783 in chips)
Seat 8: palim (2029292 in chips)
Seat 9: Mux-A-Lot (1327672 in chips)

badblood1 came into the final table as the huge chip leader having over 100 big bets to sling around as we started the night with blinds at 25,000/50,000. On the other end of the spectrum, HalfOfAKenny's short stack was able to get a much needed double up just six hands into the final table with 2♣ K♣ J♥ K♦ holding up against PandaTamer's 9♠ 9♦ Q♠ Q♣ on the 4♠ 7♣ 7♦ 6♥ 8♥ board for a one million chip pot.

After HalfOfAKenny's double up, the action slowed down considerably as most pots were taken preflop during the 30,000/60,000 blind level. No eliminations yet for the final nine and only tautau4 (488K), ringo19 (591K), and HalfOfAKenny (744K) were under a million chips as blinds moved up to 40,000/80,000.

tautau4 would manage a double up, but found trouble as he pot raised UTG to 280,000 of his 856K chips and only found a caller in badblood1 who was sitting in the big blind to see a flop of 3♦ 5♥ 2♦. Both checked the flop as the 2♣ showed up on the turn and badblood1 opted to check again and tautau4 sensed a chance to take the 600,000 chip pot with a push for his remaining 576,432 chips. Instead found an insta-call by badblood1 holding 2♥ 6♦ 9♥ 4♦ for the flopped straight, redraw to a straight flush, and turned trips for overkill. tautau4 turned over the cracked aces A♠ T♣ Q♣ A♣ and did not find a third one on the river K♣ thus took home ninth place money ($1,321.21).

tautau4's elimination got the action going as PandaTamer and "Sir" Mux-A-Lot would get their similar stacks into the middle after the flop of 6♠ Q♠ 7♦ to create a three million chip pot. Watch the hand play out below:

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With the turned flush, PandaTamer lept into second in chips as Mux-A-Lot was left with under three big bets which would go into the middle unsuccessfully the very next hand against his bane PandaTamer. Once again PandaTamer was successful in taking chips from Mux-A-Lot and ended his tournament life in eighth place ($2,064.38).

The floodgates of action seemed to have broken in the 50,000/100,000 blind level as ringo19 found himself UTG+2 with under six big bets and trying to get the rest of his chips into the middle with K♦ K♥ 4♥ 2♦ and made a pot sized raise. badblood1 still holding a huge chip lead with 6.7 million decided to take a gamble and re-raised from the big blind putting ringo19 all-in holding 3♦ 2♣ 8♠ J♣. The gamble worked out as more final table blood was spilt when the board came down 9♣ 3♥ 8♥ J♠ 7♠ and ringo19's number was up in seventh place ($3,715.88) as badblood1 raked in the 1.1 million chip pot.

Six hands later the adventures of HalfOfAKenny's short stack would come to an end at the hands of PandaTamer. Down to only 409,588 chips, HalfOfAKenny would shove those chips into the middle from the small blind facing an UTG raise from PandaTamer.

PandaTamer: T♦ A♠ 3♦ A♣
HalfOfAKenny: K♦ 6♦ 8♠ K♥

Both held great preflop hands, but PandaTamer's aces would hold up on the board of Q♠ T♥ 6♣ 7♥ 4♥ to show the whole Kenny to the door in sixth place ($5,367.38).

The blinds would increase to 60,000/120,000 but the tournament would go from five handed to heads-up in short order.

First, it was chapz805 and D.Scroggins getting their chips into the middle preflop and chapz805 getting a temporary reprieve from his short stack after taking down the 1.4 million chip pot with a wheel straight.

Instead of chapz805's short stack leaving, it would be palim taking a final bow in fifth place at the hands of PandaTamer. In a blind versus blind battle palim tried to use some force on an all-heart flop A♥ 3♥ 2♥ by betting out 600K from the big blind after PandaTamer checked. PandaTamer snapped the trap with his flopped flush 7♦ J♥ 5♥ J♠ by putting palim all-in for his remaining 269,292 chips. palim made the call with T♠ 8♦ A♠ Q♠ and had to hope for a miracle runner-runner boat, but the turned J♣ stopped all hopes and $7,018.88 was deposited into palim's PokerStars account for fifth place.

Seven hands later PandaTamer's determination to pass up badblood1's chip count got another boost as D.Scroggins' chips found their way into the middle against PandaTamer's kings 2♦ K♠ 6♦ K♥. A nice mid wrap hand for D.Scroggins T♠ 9♠ J♠ 8♥ hit the J♦ 8♦ 4♦ flop hard, overtaking the kings with top two and a re-draw to a straight. But, the turned 5♦ gave the bamboo eater a flush leaving D.Scroggins hopes on a jack or eight on the river. 3♥ hit the board instead and D.Scroggins' fourth place finish was set earning $9,496.13.

Maybe the Masters coverage on TV or the ShamWow was offering the first 100 callers free shipping got everyone excited as just four hands later our heads-up match was determined when chapz805 tried to get his kings K♣ 2♠ 8♠ K♦ past badblood1's suited nines J♦ 6♠ 9♦ 9♣. The kings went down hard and fast as badblood1 would flop a flush and have his opponent drawing dead by the turn on the 3♦ 8♦ 5♦ 4♥ A♥ board for the 2.1 milllion chip pot. chapz805's valiant run thru 3,300 players was rewarded with $13,624.88 in third place.

Here's the chip counts as PandaTamer and badblood1 started off heads-up play:

1. badblood1 (8683816 in chips)
2. PandaTamer (7831184 in chips)

PandaTamer and badblood1 would finally grab some air as they briefly discussed and agreed to an even chop of the remaining prize pool ($22,125.56) that left $1,000.00 and the SCOOP champion watch on the table to play for.

As brief as the chop talks were, so was the heads-up match. Just eight hands into confrontation with PandaTamer holding 9.1 million to badblood's 7.3 million chips and blinds at 80,000/160,000 they would get all those into the middle with the board showing 8♠ 6♦ 9♠ 2♣. Watch the hands flip over below:

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The flopped nut straight for PandaTamer was more than enough to claim tonight's SCOOP Event #19-low buy-in PLO champion's watch and $23,125.56! Although his two pair did not boat up, badblood1's runner-up check got a boost from the chop deal as he took home $22,125.56 in second.

Results for SCOOP Event #19-Low, $55 Pot Limit Omaha
(*prize money reflects two-way chop)

1. *PandaTamer $23,125.26
2. *badblood1 $22,125.26
3. chapz805 $13,624.88
4. D.Scroggins $9,496.13
5. palim $7,018.88
6. HalfOfAKenny $5,367.38
7. ringo19 $3,715.88
8. Mux-A-Lot $2,064.38
9. tautau4 $1,321.21

David Aydt
@PokerStars in SCOOP