SCOOP: bassman122 hooks a monster catch in Event #2-Low, $22 NLHE

SCOOP logo.gifMost of the rail was confused. According to the tournament lobby, action had started on May 2, 2010 at 17:00 EDT and had been running for over 24 hours. SCOOP being SCOOP and the size of the field notwithstanding, it was certainly a possibility. After all, Event #1-High had finished up only a few hours earlier, running 22 hours and two minutes start to finish.

"Tournament has been running for 24 hours? WTF?" wondered one railbird aloud.

He was soon corrected by a fellow spectator, who clued him in that the players had just come off a 12-hour break for sleep, food and little else. This was a two-day event, one of the few opportunities a year when low-limit punters can buy themselves multiple days on the virtual felt for only $22. An arena-sized field of 26,200 turned out yesterday afternoon and by the time play was halted at just after 5:00 a.m. EDT this morning, the field had been whittled to 23 survivors, each guaranteed at least a $786.00 return on their investment. The real money, however was up for grabs this afternoon, with over $47,000 going to the first-place finisher.

Cards went back on the screen at 5:00 p.m. and with two tables to go, the poker gods (or at least the PokerStars RNG) unleashed a wicked bad beat on Nick "gbmantis" Niergarth. Bassman122 was all-in with pocket jacks and gbmantis called with pocket aces, having him covered. However, bassman122 spiked a set on the river when the J♠ fell, doubling his stack to 17.2 million

Joshua "pbdrunks" Van Duyn couldn't resist rubbing a little salt in the wound. He confessed that he had folded a jack, revealing that Niergarth had been one-outed.

pbdrunks said, "not that u want to hear nick"
pbdrunks said, "but"
pbdrunks said, "you know what"
gbmantis said, "sigh"

BelowRail vaulted to the top of the pack after eliminating power2prut in 11th place. Power2prut opened for 2.5 million with Q♠8♠ after the action was folded to him in the small blind and BelowRail three-bet his 9♣9♦ to 6.26 million from the big blind. Power2prut went for the four-bet shove in an effort to get BelowRail off his hand, moving all-in for more than 35.1 million, but BelowRail made the call, creating a 70.9 million pot. The nines held and BelowRail moved into the chip lead as the tournament moved into hand-for-hand play.

The final table bubble burst with a three-way all-in that saw two players eliminated. Msamadeu went out in tenth place while Day 1 chip leader MOOSE86CCHS claimed ninth place money. Check out how the hand went down right here:

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With the blinds at 500,000/1,000,000/125,000 the final table began with eight players remaining. Here's how they stacked up as action got underway:

Seat 1: brodys1 (12,503,101 in chips)
Seat 3: ace19834321 (26,104,731 in chips)
Seat 4: pbdrunks (12,234,600 in chips)
Seat 5: FaulkDogg (14,405,542 in chips)
Seat 6: hackfest (64,709,009 in chips)
Seat 7: bassman122 (34,379,992 in chips)
Seat 8: BelowRail (80,810,060 in chips)
Seat 9: gbmantis (16,852,965 in chips)

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Pbdrunks was on the lower end of the chip spectrum when the final table started, but he scored an early double-up through big-stacked hackfest when his pocket queens held up against pocket nines. The 24 million pot took his stack out of the danger zone and left the other short stacks to do the shoving. Ace198334321 had about 20 big blinds when he made a stand with pocket jacks and got action from bassman122 with A♠Q♦. The all-undercard flop of 8♦2♣5♦ had to look good for him, but the 4♥ and the 3♣ fell on the turn and river, a runner-runner wheel for bassman122. Ace198334321 exited in eighth place on the wickedest of beats, collecting $3,930.

Brodys1 doubled his short stack, winning a coinflip against BelowRail with pocket nines vs. A♦T♦, but gave those chips right back a few hands later when he ran his pocket kings into BelowRail's pocket aces, exiting in seventh place. He took home a $5,240 payday while BelowRail retook chip lead with 89 million. Six players remained-- three big stacks (BelowRail, hackfest, and bassman122) and three short stacks (FaulkDogg, pbdrunks, gbmantis).

Gbmantis, he of the aces cracked by a one-outer, eventually moved his last 4.4 million in with A♣J♠ and got a call from hackfest holding 9♦9♠. Gbmantis could not improve on the 3♣6♥8♣7♦8♦ board and ended his run in sixth place for $7,860.

Pbdrunks was back on the short stack as play turned five-handed, but always seemed to find the right hand to go with when it was time to try and double up. He doubled back up to 26.2 million when his A♣J♣ held up against BelowRail's K♦J♠, then doubled again a short time later to 43.8 million with A♣9♣ against hackfest's Q♠T♦. Pdrunks was out of short-stack territory and could breathe a bit easier.

FaulkDogg was KOed in fifth place thanks to an ugly river card. After hackfest opened for 4.8 million from UTG, FaulkDogg moved all-in from the big blind for 18.8 million. Hackfest made the call, his A♥8♣ dominated by FaulkDogg's A♦K♣. FaulkDogg was safe on the Q♦T♥T♣ flop and the 4♦ turn, but the 8♦ hit the river, pairing hackfest's kicker to send him home with $13,100 in his pocket.

With the four remaining players relatively close in chips, pbdrunks decided it was time to make a move. BelowRail opened for 3.87 million from the small blind and pbdrunks three-bet to 11.1 million from the big blind. BelowRail came back with a four-bet to 22.8 million and pbdrunks decided to make his stand, shoving for 62.3 million. BelowRail insta-called, turning over K♥K♦ while pbdrunks needed a miracle with 8♥8♠. Pbdrunks couldn't improve on the 5♣6♥A♣Q♣Q♥ board and went out in fourth place, earning $18,340 for his two days' work.

As play went three-handed, BelowRail was the dominant chip leader with more than 123 million, but everything turned around in a flash on this hand when bassman122 rivered two pair against BelowRail and got paid the maximum:

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Hackfest was able to correctly sniff out weakness from BelowRail on this hand, but as we all know, in poker, a correct call doesn't always yield the right result. With the blinds up to 1,250,000/2,500,000/312,500, hackfest opened for 7.5 million from the button. Bassman122 folded his small blind and BelowRail moved all-in for 47.6 million from the big blind. Hackfest found a call, his A♣T♣ dominating BelowRail's Q♦T♦. A queen hit the flop, however, and hackfest could not catch up. BelowRail won the 97.5 million pot, taking more than two-thirds of hackfest's stack. Hackfest went out on third place on the very next hand after losing a race with pocket sixes against BelowRail's Q♣J♣. Again, it was a brutal river card spelling elimination-- the K♦9♥4♣ flop was safe for hackfest, but BelowRail hit his gutshot straight draw on the turn with the T♠. For his troubles, hackfest took home $23,580.

Here's a look at the chip counts as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 7: bassman122 (137,963,161 in chips)
Seat 8: BelowRail (124,036,839 in chips)

As the cards went in the air for heads-up play, bassman122 proposed a chop, but BelowRail wanted to play it out. Two hands later, he changed his mind even though not many chips had changed hands at that point. They agreed to an even chop of first and second place money and sat out, their blinds whipping back and forth as they awaited a moderator. Barry Greenstein popped into the chat box and congratulated both players on their accomplishments.

barryg1 said, "each of you will get 39797.80\"
BelowRail said, "nice"
barryg1 said, "nice work for a $22 tournament"

However, Greenstein unintentionally misspoke. According to the tournament rules, $10,000 needed to remain up for grabs outside of the chop. Greenstein quickly informed them of his mistake.

barryg1 said, "actually he figured it out wrong; it's a little less"
BelowRail said, "oh jeez here comes the juice"
barryg1 said, "and you have to play for something"
barryg1 said, "I was too busy playing to pay attention. sorry"
BelowRail said, "so what is going on?"
barryg1 said "the rules state that you can't split the whole thing"
barryg1 said "you can each get 34797 and play for 10k"

The players agreed to take $34,797 each and play for the remaining $10,000. The deal was closed and the tournament restarted.

On the second hand after the restart, it looked like this heads-up match might be over scarcely before it began. BelowRail picket up pocket aces and bassman122 hit top pair with K♦Q♣, all the money going in on the flop.

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BelowRail had an overwhelming chip lead at this point with 234.3 million to bassman122's 27.6 million, but bassman122 was able to double back up on next hand making a straight with 5♦6♥ against BelowRail's J♠9♦. Suddenly, bassman122 was back in this thing with 55.3 million in chips.

Heads-up play continued for another 25 minutes as bassman122 mounted a comeback, winning 10 of the next 15 hands to take his chip count back up to 77 million. He re-took the chip lead when he got all his money in before the flop with A♥K♠ against BelowRail's A♣T♣, increasing his stack to 154.3 million.

This hand, however was the game-changer, giving bassman122 the momentum he needed to finish off his opponent:

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It was all over three hands later. Bassman122 put the pressure on BelowRail, setting him all-in before the flop. With the blinds up to 2,000,000/4,000,000/500,000, BelowRail committed his last 30 million in chips with K♣8♦ and was ahead of bassman122's J♥7♥ before the flop, but the first three all but sealed his fate; bassman122 flopped trip jacks and rivered a full house, the board running out Q♦J♦J♣3♥Q♥ to give him the SCOOP title and the extra $10,000 for a total haul of $44,797. For his runner-up finish, BelowRail earned $34,797.

SCOOP Event #2-Low, $22 NLHE Results

1. bassman122 $44,797*
2. BelowRail $34,797*
3. hackfest $23,580
4. pbdrunks $18,340
5. FaulkDoff $13,100
6. gbmantis $7,860
7. brodys1 $5,240
8. ace198334321 $3,930
9. MOOSE86CCHS $2,620

*= reflects a two-way chip count deal that left $10,000 in play for first place

There's still plenty of time to get in on the SCOOP action. Check out the SCOOP page for more infomation and a complete schedule.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP