SCOOP: DaMurdera3 kills final table wins Event #14-Medium

scoop2009_thn.gifThe war is not won in one day, nor can a battle be won with one shot. Surely, if we poked around a book by Sun Tzu or another great general we'd find similar sayings. Limit Omaha 8 or Better takes time and more patience than most people have to spend on poker, which is why NLHE rules the day with its ability to shove your chips in at a moment's notice. Picking off opponents with timely fixed bets versus shoving stacks, and of course have a few draws come in. Tonight, we'll find those with the right mix of patience and aggression sitting at the final table of SCOOP Event #14's Limit Omaha 8 or Better final table.

$150,000 of the prize pool was guaranteed by PokerStars but not necessary since 429 players found the $530 buy-in manageable and created a $214,500.00 prize pool with $40,755.00 set aside for tonight's champion.

Team PokerStars pros JP Kelly (424th place), Juan Macerias (349th place), Pat Pezzin (332nd place), Chris Moneymaker (298th place), Greg Raymer (271st place), and Jason Mercier (155th place) all tried their luck tonight but failed to crack the top 63 places for payment at the cashier's window. A couple of Team PokerStars did however cash as this was the first time we've seen Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier's name with some dollar signs besides at in the 2010 SCOOP series taking 26th place tonight ($1,287.00).

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier: 26th place

After just eight and a half hours we were down to the final table bubble. With blinds sitting at 8K/16K Mungy sitting on 1.5 BB decided to make the most of it by raising from the small into the chip leader what is 7x6's big blind. what is 7x6 re-raised as Mungy threw in the rest of the chips while turning up A♣ 6♦ 9♦ Q♦ as what is 7x6 showed a pair of nines 3♥ Q♠ 9♣ 9♥. Mungy would flop a pair of sixes but improved no further on the 6♠ 3♦ K♣ J♥ 5♥ board sending the 36,936 chip pot to what is 7x6 while finishing on the bubble in tenth place ($2,574.00).

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Seat 1: what is 7x6 (457091 in chips)
Seat 2: kjust (201795 in chips)
Seat 3: DaMurdera3 (422366 in chips)
Seat 4: deannadd (149337 in chips)
Seat 5: plplaya (254843 in chips)
Seat 6: J. Steindl (219007 in chips)
Seat 7: culibrk1 (188684 in chips)
Seat 8: DAG55555 (36946 in chips)
Seat 9: Katja Thater (214931 in chips)

Two Team PokerStars pros Katja Thater and Johannes Steindl would be battling it out for the Event $14-M title this evening with known high stakes O8 player Elie "what is 7x6" Doft who took down SCOOP Event #15's 8-Game last year for $100,800.

It would not take long for our first causality of the final table as the blinds stood at 10K/20K and Dag55555 started the betting with a raise from early position, what is 7x6 called in the small blind, as kjust in the big blind made it three bets. DAG55555 and what is 7x6 called to see the 8♠ 6♣ 9♦ flop. what is 7x6 checked, kjust bet, DAG55555 called, what is 7x6 check-raised, kjust and DAG55555 called. 7♦ and what 7x6 led out as kjust called and DAG55555 raised for all-in for 24,436 and both players called. J♥ on the river and what is 7x6 bet again as kjust called turning over a nut low with aces A♠ 2♠ A♣ 4♠ and what is 7x6 had the eight high straight 6♥ 2♦ 7♠ 5♠. DAG55555 unable to snag either part of the pot was out of luck and out of chips in ninth place ($3,560.70).

Who dunnit? Katja Thater out in 8th place

Check out the video below of the unfortunate final hand of the German pro's tournament:

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Blinds at 16K/32K, Katja Thater would start the betting with a raise from middle position, getting three-bet by DaMurdera3, Thater capped as DaMurdera3 made the call. 7♠ K♣ A♣ flop and Thater raised DaMurdera3's bet all-in for 22,431 chips as DaMurdera3 made the call. 6♠ A♥ A♠ K♠ flopped set of aces for the German pro and J♥ T♣ A♦ 2♥ for DaMurdera3 which binked a queen on the turn Q♦ giving him broadway. 5♠ on the river avoided pairing the board and Team PokerStars pro Katja Thater was gone in eighth place ($4,826.25).


Katja Thater: 8th place

plplaya got played

Stakes were still at 16K/32K when plplaya and Team PokerStars Pro Steindl would cap preflop. 5♥ 9♠ 6♦ on the flop got Johannes to bet and plplaya to call all-in for 13,571 chips. 3♠ J♠ 4♦ J♥ for Steindl and A♥ 4♥ 5♦ Q♠ for plplaya with neither of them hitting much on the flop. J♦ on the turn gave Steindl a set of jacks to go with the open ended straight draw, and the K♠ closed out the night on plplaya who couldn't hit a low to chop the pot and was played out in seventh place ($6,971.25).

deannadd subtracted from final table

After playing six handed for awhile the stakes moved up to 20K/40K as deannadd raised from UTG + 1, culibrk1 and kjust in the big blind would make the call to see the 9♣ 8♦ 6♣ flop. culibrk1 led out as only deannadd called, same check-call on the 3♠ turn. The K♣ river brought another check-call this time deannadd was all in holding 8♣ 5♥ 4♣ 3♥ for a flush and a 8-6-5 low. Decent, but not good enough to stay in the tournament against culibrk1's nut-nut 2♠ 6♦ A♣ 2♣ as deannadd was left to count the $9,116.25 won in sixth place.

No justice

Stakes still at 20K/40K as what is 7x6 raised, kjust and DaMurdera3 called from the blinds to see the Q♥ 8♥ A♣ flop. kjust bet at the flop, DaMurdera3 called, what is 7x6 raised as the blinds called again. Q♦ on the turn and both the blinds check-called what is 7x6's bet. River 7♥ and kjust bet 12,337 all-in as DaMurdera3 called, what is 7x6 wasn't stopping and raised as DaMurdera3 called. Queens full for what is 7x6 3♥ A♠ Q♣ 3♦ , and a 8-7-4-2-A low for DaMurdera3 split the pot as kjust muck conceding his tournament life in fifth place ($11,797.50).

Steindl collects another win

In a blind vs. blind battle Steindl raised from the small blind getting called by culibrk1. 4♥ 4♠ 7♣ came out as Steindl followed-through but was raised and he made the call. 9♣ on the turn and Steindl check-raised culibrk1's bet as culibrk1 called the check-raise all-in for 31,267 more. J♦ A♣ T♠ A♥ showed aces for the Team PokerStars pro, who was behind the trip fours 4♦ J♥ K♦ K♥ of culibrk1. A dirty 8♦ fell on the river giving Steindl a jack high straight eliminating culibrk1 in fourth place ($16,731.00).

what is 7x6? Answer: $21,986.25

The high stakes online pro fell on hard times after pressing a few hands leaving himself with just 31,765 chips. With the stakes at 25K/50K those chips make their way into the middle preflop from the small blind as DaMurdera3 would make the call.

DaMurdera3: T♥ 3♥ 7♥ Q♠
what is 7x6: 9♦ J♦ 4♠ 8♣

Neither of them held much preflop, nor would they hold much after the A♣ 2♣ A♠ 2♠ K♦ completely missed both of them and DaMurdera3 would take the pot with just queen high sending what is 7x6 home in third place ($21,986.25)

Possible felony vs. Team PokerStars pro heads-up

DaMurdera3 (933119 in chips)
J. Steindl (1211881 in chips)

Steindl would start out heads-up play in the lead as the two would battle thru the 30K/60K stakes level until both had enough and decided to chop up the remaining prize pool (both receiving $33,892.50) leaving $3,000.00 to the winner.

DaMurdera3 would have the Team PokerStars pro on the rope several times only to have him find a way to stay alive. They would battle until the 50K/100K stakes level when the final scoop happened in the video below:

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Steindl's mid wrap hand 8♥ 7♦ 9♣ 6♦ did hit a pair on the flop, but the ace on the river J♣ J♠ 9♦ Q♣ A♥ connected with DaMurdera3's 2♦ 5♠ A♣ 2♣ shipping the last 510,096 chips to the Event #14-Medium champion who earned the extra $3K from the chop agreement ($36,892.50).


Johannes Steindl: 2nd Place

$150,000 Guarantee SCOOP Event #14-M Limit Omaha Eight or Better Results:
*denotes part of two-way deal
1. DaMurdera3 (las vegas) *$36,892.50
2. J. Steindl (Vienna) *$33,892.50
3. what is 7x6 (aventura) $21,986.25
4. culibrk1 (praha) $16,731.00
5. kjust (Cambridge) $11,797.50
6. deannadd (Long Beach) $9,116.25
7. plplaya (London) $6,971.25
8. Katja Thater (Hamburg) $4,826.25
9. DAG55555 (Saint Cloud) $3,560.70

David Aydt
@PokerStars in SCOOP