SCOOP: Winner j.thaddeus scores $963,338 in Event 22-H $10,300 NLHE Main Event

SCOOP logo.gifWhen the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) was first announced to the poker community, players liked the idea. Besides the catchy name, the offerings of three buy-in levels to each tournament was more than appealing, as players at all levels of the game could find a way to make their bankrolls work for this series. Even those without sufficient money in their PokerStars accounts could find satellites for mere pennies on the dollar and win their way into a tournament whose results could change their poker worlds.

The first 21 events made for 63 tournaments and tens of millions of dollars in prize money. Players came out in droves, crushed guarantees, and walked away with sometimes life-changing money.

And that brought us to the Main Event. Event 22 offered three different buy-ins, this one being the high-stakes tournament with a $10,300 buy-in for the NLHE excitement. There were 502 players who entered the $5 million guarantee event, which pushed the prize pool just past that to a cool $5,020,000. That would be split according to the finishes of the final 54 players, though a sizeable portion - $963,338.00 - was reserved for the winner.

The first day of action consisted of 22 levels of play and resulted in the vast majority of the players taking leave of the tournament. And when it was over after 12 hours, xxjondxx led the 14-player field, though he was trailed by PearlJammer, j.thaddeus, Chowdahhead4, and actionDJ.

Day 2 began with Level 23, blinds of 2,500/5,000, and a 625 ante.

Action was to be had right away. j.thaddeus immediately took the chip lead from xxjondxx, and $teveyMoney doubled through Tecknowledgy, who then doubled through Moorman1. The double-ups were fast and furious for the first 30 minutes, but eventually, someone would lose one of those decisions. Magisterium was the first to lose the all-in, going down to j.thaddeus. MazeOrBowie then took out pokerjamers. Both players received $55,220 for their 14th and 13th finishes.

Tecknowledgy left soon after in 12th place, at the hands of actionDJ, and the day's original chipleader, xxjondxx, was eliminated in 11th place by the uber-aggressive j.thaddeus. And in only a few minutes of hand-for-hand play, BriDge2PaiN was eliminated by Chowdahhead4 in 10th place. All three of them received $65,260.

With that, the final table began with chip counts as follows:

Seat 1: teacuppoker (104,776 in chips)
Seat 2: j.thaddeus (1,150,492 in chips)
Seat 3: MazeOrBowie (243,940 in chips)
Seat 4: actionDJ (842,557 in chips)
Seat 5: ragen70 (808,362 in chips)
Seat 6: PearlJammer (676,174 in chips)
Seat 7: Moorman1 (93,688 in chips)
Seat 8: Chowdahhead4 (617,123 in chips)
Seat 9: $teveyMoney (482,888 in chips)

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The first to go from the final table was teacuppoker, who pushed all-in with A♥ 9♦ and was called by $teveyMoney and his 8♦ 7♦. But the board came J♥ 5♣ 8♥ 3♣ 7♣, and the two pair eliminated teacuppoker in ninth place with $83,332 in prize money.

And only moments later, Moorman1 seemed to be looking for an opportunity to double as he had done a few hands earlier. It was after the 3♠ J♦ K♠ flop and J♣ turn that $teveyMoney made the all-in raise, and Moorman1 called all-in for his tournament life holding A♠ 7♠. $teveyMoney showed A♦ T♦, and the river came the 4♦ to take away Moorman1's flush hopes. He finished the tournament in eighth place with $112,950.

It took a little time to see the demise of the next player, but after a big chip loss to PearlJammer, actionDJ was under 100K chips and had to move. He pushed all-in preflop with Q♣ J♣ versus the K♥ Q♥ of ragen70, and the cards fell 6♠ 4♦ 8♠ 8♥ 5♠ to allow ragen70's hand to stand up. actionDJ was ousted in seventh place with $163,150.

The six players remaining went back and forth for more than an hour and a half. Play turned extremely cautious, and no talks of a potential deal distracted anyone. There was money to be won, and all of them were aiming to take the top prize.

Finally, Chowdahhead4 got involved with j.thaddeus to see a K♥ Q♣ T♠ flop, at which point j.thaddeus made a bet that prompted Chowdahhead4 to come over the top all-in with pocket sixes. j.thaddeus couldn't call quickly enough with pocket kings. The A♠ on the turn and Q♥ on the river sent Chowdahhead4 out in sixth place with $213,350.

Play sped up somewhat when Chowdahhead4 broke the ice. Next up was the previously chipped up $teveyMoney who lost momentum through the last few levels of his tournament life. It was the T♣ Q♥ that prompted him to move all-in preflop against the dominating A♥ Q♠ hand of MazeOrBowie. The board ran out 6♦ 7♦ 8♠ Q♣ K♣, and $teveyMoney was gone in fifth place with $281,120.

A short time later, MazeOrBowie pushed for 625,347 for his tournament life with pocket sevens, but j.thaddeus found pocket queens with which to make the call. The board completely blanked with 4♦ 3♣ A♠ T♥ 5♣ to end MazeOrBowie's main event run in fourth place, which was worth a respectable $401,600.

Three-handed, PearlJammer and ragen70 were in serious trouble as j.thaddeus sat with over 4 million chips. The two shorter stacks were pushing all-in regularly but not finding j.thaddeus ready to play. Finally, PearlJammer risked just over 300K with pocket deuces, but j.thaddeus had pocket jacks...but PearlJammer flopped quads, which beat the full house of his opponent for a stunning double-up. Check it out here:

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But PearlJammer lost most of those chips when ragen70 was able to double through him shortly thereafter, and the rest of PearlJammer's stack went in with K♦ Q♥. ragen70 was there for the call with A♥ T♥, and the board produced nothing with 2♦ 5♥ J♣ 7♠ 3♦. And PearlJammer was gone in third place with $527,100.

Heads-up action began with the following chip counts:

j.thaddeus (3,879,797)
ragen70 (1,140,203)

It didn't take long before the short stack succumbed to the monster stack of j.thaddeus. ragen70 was aggressive during heads-up play and finally went to see a flop of 3♦ Q♣ 9♥. Both players check to see the A♣ on the turn. A bet from ragen70 and call from j.thaddeus brought the 6♣ on the river, which prompted a check-raise all-in from ragen70 with J♥ 6♦ and the rivered pair. But j.thaddeus called with T♣ 8♣ and the rivered flush to leave ragen70 out in second place with $715,350.

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And j.thaddeus claimed a hard-fought victory in the Event 22-High Main Event of the 2009 SCOOP! The cash reward was $963,338, the bonus prize was a SCOOP champion's watch, and the ultimate glory was in the title of SCOOP main event champion. Congratulations!

SCOOP Event 22-High Final Table Results:

1st place: j.thaddeus ($963,338)
2nd place: ragen70 ($715,350)
3rd place: PearlJammer ($527,100)
4th place: MazeOrBowie ($401,600)
5th place: $teveyMoney ($281,120)
6th place: Chowdahhead4 ($213,350)
7th place: actionDJ ($163,500)
8th place: Moorman1 ($112,950)
9th place: teacuppoker ($83,332)

As the 2009 SCOOP series becomes a memory, take a look at the leaderboard page for results your favorite players (or yourself) and the site for all of the event highlights.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP