SCOOP: d3pp earns top billing over a cast of thousands in Event #37-Low, $22 NLHE

SCOOP logo.gifChad Brown is a man who knows a thing or two about longevity. He's played California card rooms and Vegas casinos, after the boom and many years before it. Brown drew hosting duties for the final table of SCOOP's final low buy-in no-limit hold'em event and as the nine remaining players condensed to one table, he congratulated them on side-stepping a massive minefield of players to make it this far.

ChadBrownPRO said: "congrats on making the final table"
ChadBrownPRO said: "i have a hard time with 200 players"
ChadBrownPRO said: "you made it with over 24000"

A 24,000-player tournament used to be record-breaking. 24,000 players used to give people pause. Now 24,000 players is just another Sunday on PokerStars, where all you need is $22 and a dream for a shot at earning the average American's annual salary in one night. To be precise, 24,417 players bought in to Event #37-Low, creating a $488,340 prize pool. 3,600 places were paid with first place set to earn $46,406.85. Nearly three dozen Team PokerStars Pros were in the field including Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Barry Greenstein, Vanessa Rousso, J.P. Kelly, Maria "maridu" Mayrinck, Hevad Khan and Jose "Nacho" Barbero. Seven Team Pros cashed: Randy "nanonoko" Lew (3,557th), Johannes Steindl (3,195th), Johannes Strassman (2,575th), Victor Ramdin (1,425th), Gavin Griffin (840th), Tae Joon Noh (811th), and Nichoel Peppe (206th).

The bubble burst on the final table just before 3:00 a.m. EDT, with the blinds at 250,000/500,000 and a 62,500 ante. Eke1988 limped in from the small blind and jmap823 checked his option. Eke1988 led out for 555,555 on the 9♠9♦7♦ flop and jmap823 called. The turn came the 6♦ and Eke1988 led again, this time for 1.25 million. Jmap823 came in for a raise to 4 million straight, and Eke1988 set him in for the rest of his chips, shoving for 23.9 million. Jmap823 called, committing his last 5.3 million to the pot. Jmap823 turned up 2♦3♦ for a small flush, but was already drawing dead against eke1988, who held K♦4♦ for the second-nut flush. The river was the 6♠ and eke1988 advanced to the final table, while jmap823 was eliminated in tenth place.

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Here's how everyone stacked up as the final table kicked off:

Seat 1: djvbasebal (39,579,138 in chips)
Seat 2: DaGuruZ (13,287,307 in chips)
Seat 3: titoköpek (37,842,480 in chips)
Seat 4: ASPoker8 (13,303,000 in chips)
Seat 5: sklu (16,312,329 in chips)
Seat 6: Clarkson7 (47,908,236 in chips)
Seat 7: d3pp (33,115,575 in chips)
Seat 8: Eke1988 (35,710,204 in chips)
Seat 9: Respek66 (7,111,731 in chips)

Short stack Respek66 picked up pocket aces at the perfect time and scored a key early double-up to take himself out of immediate danger. After eke1988 opened for 1,000,000 from under-the-gun, Respek66 moved all-in for 6.9 million and eke1988 looked him up with A♦K♦. The pocket rockets held on the K♣9♠5♠J♣2♥ board and Respek66 doubled to 15.1 million

Meanwhile, Clarkson7, who held the chip lead coming in to the final table, had his stack halved when d3pp flopped a set of deuces. Clarkson7 fired three bullets on the J♣3♣2♦8♠A♦ board and d3pp called him down the whole way, picking up a 40.3 million pot. Clarkson7 fell from 44 million to 25 million in chips on that hand.

About twenty minutes into the final table, DaGuruZ became the first casualty. Eke1988 opened for 1.2 million, djvbasebal flat-called on the button and DaGuruZ three-bet shoved for his last 16.7 million. Eke1988 folded but djvbasebal called. DaGuruZ's A♠8♠ did not improve against djvbasbals' A♦J♦ and he exited in ninth place, collecting $2.441.70.

Respek66 was able to double his stack again, his pocket queens holding up against titoköpek's A♦3♦ to take him up to 30.1 million. Eke1988 didn't fare as well, however, losing most of his stack to ASPoker8 when his T♣T♠ couldn't hold up against A♠K♥. A few minutes later he moved what was left of his stack in the middle with K♣T♦ and djvbasebal called on the button with A♦T♣. Eke1988 couldn't find a miracle on the Q♦5♥3♦7♠6♦ board and hit the rail in eighth place for a $4,150.89 score.

Onetime chip leader Clarkson7 was all the way down to 8.7 million with the blinds at 500,000/1,000,000 and made his move with A♦9♥, open-shoving before the flop. D3pp insta-called with pocket tens, and ended Clarkson7's SCOOP run in seventh place after the board ran out Q♥5♠3♥J♠J♦. He collected $6,104.25 for his finish, certainly not a bad ROI.

With six players remaining it was about time for Respek66 to go for another double-up. Oh, and double up he did, snapping off djvbasebal's pocket kings in dramatic fashion:

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As the blinds climbed to 600,000/1,200,000, both sklu and titoköpek were down to only around 4 million apiece. With no deal in place, it seemed to be a battle for fifth-place money between these two, as sklu passed his 1.2 million big blind, leaving him with only 2.7 million. Leave it to fate, the poker gods, whatever you want to call it, but just as we were scratching our heads over that move, sklu picked up pocket aces and doubled up against ASPoker8 on the very next hand. With a bit over 8 million, sklu could now try and wait out titoköpek--only he scored a double-up of his own a few orbits later, his pocket tens holding up against d3pp's A♠K♥.

Sklu's stack dwindled down to 1.8 million before he pulled the trigger, shoving with pocket deuces and earning calls from both djvbasebal and titoköpek. Djvbasebal's J♦4♦ turned two pair on the 8♦4♣7♥J♥A♣ board and sklu was out in sixth place, earning $8,790.12.

Respek66 was second in chips with 43.5 million behind d3pp's 120.4 million when he decided to make a big move. After opening for 3.2 million from UTG, Respek66 faced a 5 million three-bet from titoköpek. He tried to end the hand right there, shoving for his entire 43.3 million, but titoköpek made the call, creating a 70.1 million pot, by far the largest of the tournament thus far. Respek66 was in dire shape with 8♥8♣ against titoköpek's T♦T♠ and could not improve his hand, losing all but 9.7 million of his chips. The hand put titoköpek in a solid second place behind d3pp.

Five minutes later, it was all over for Respek66, who three-bet shoved for his last 6.9 million with A♣5♥ only to run into d3pp's K♣K♥. Respek66 couldn't crack cowboys twice, and he exited in fifth place, $13,185.18 richer.

Following Respek66's elimination, it took a grand total of only seven minutes for play to go from five-handed to heads-up. With the blinds up to 800,000/1,600,000/200,000, ASPoker8 open-shoved for 27.7 million from the cutoff and titoköpek called from the big blind, turning up T♥T♣ to ASPoker8's A♠4♠. ASPoker8 was drawing dead by the turn, the board running out K♣2♥K♠T♠J♠ to make titoköpek tens full and ASPoker8 a useless nut flush. For his fourth-place finish, he took home $17,580.24.

Djvbasebal bowed out in third on the very next hand when titoköpek flopped two pair against his top pair. His payday on that $22 investment? $21,975.30.

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Titoköpek held a 1.5-1 chip lead over d3pp as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 3: titoköpek (145,559,632 in chips)
Seat 7: d3pp (98,610,368 in chips)

Now, we're not ones to judge here at PokerStars Blog, but as heads-up play got underway, we started wondering what sort of crazy sauce titoköpek was on. Small-ball poker is apparently not in this man's vocabulary. Titoköpek was open-shoving for 148 million. He was three-bet shoving for nine figures over the top of d3pp's opening raises. In the few instances that he did allow a flop, he'd lead at the pot for a massive overbet. 7 million in the pot on the flop? He'd bet 16 million.

Then there was this pot. We're not sure if it was the crazy sauce or perhaps the most ill-timed typo ever, but with 8 million in the pot on the flop, titoköpek bet 62 million:

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After folding with nearly half his stack in the middle, titoköpek was down to 70.4 million while d3pp held 173.7 million. Still, he stuck with the same kamikaze strategy and managed to double up a few hands later after flopping a flush with the 4♦7♦ against d3pp's pocket jacks.

D3pp remained patient, waiting his opponent out as titoköpek continued to wield his stack like a billy club. Holding A♣9♠, d3pp opened for a min-raise to 4 million and titoköpek called with 7♥8♦. The flop came down A♠T♠5♦, d3pp flopping top pair. Titoköpek checked, and d3pp made a crafty check-behind. The turn was the 9♦, making d3pp aces up. He didn't even have to think about how to extract the maximum out of titoköpek because he made another massive overbet, moving all-in for more than 65.3 million. D3pp snap-called and had to fade a six or a ten on the river to end the tournament right there. It was the K♥ and after 15 hours and 47 minutes of play, d3pp was the last man standing.

Congratulations to d3pp for turning $22 into $46,406.85. For his runner-up finish, titoköpek earned $33,871.26.

SCOOP Event #37-Low, $22 NLHE Results

1. d3pp ($46,406.85)
2. titoköpek ($33,871.26)
3. djvbasebal ($21,975.30)
4. ASPoker8 ($17,580.24)
5. Respek66 ($13,185.18)
6. sklu ($8,790.12)
7. Clarkson7 ($6,104.25)
8. Eke1988 ($4,150.89)
9. DaGuruZ ($2,441.70)

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP