SCOOP: Dantes_11's chip inferno wins Event #1-Medium

scoop2009_thn.gifLast year's SCOOP started off with a 6-max NLHE tournament but allowed rebuys. That tourney was won by none other than Isaac "westmenloAA" Baron who hauled in $97,805.88 with his victory in the $55 medium buy-in event. This year the gambOOOOl rebuy cries would have to wait until tomorrow's Event #3, but the raise to a $215 buy-in made the prize pool swell compared to last year's event. The total prize pool for the 2009 event was $202,850.00; tonight we're giving that amount and more to just one player.

Not a bad improvement.

6,783 players decided to kick off this tournament series with Event #1 Medium buy-in which produced a $1,356,600.00 prize pool, gently telling PokerStars they were not on the hook for the $1 million guaranteed. Thanks to the sizable field, as mentioned above, we would be paying someone potentially $203,493.84 for taking down this tournament as 1,019 players would also take home some cash (just not as much). Among those who found something extra in their PokerStars bankrolls Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly 749th place ($366.28), Henrique Pinho 569th place ($420.54), Mandy "ROXY24" Thomas 493rd place ($447.67), Dusty "Leatherass9" Schmidt 106th place ($1,220.94). But, no Team PokerStars pros would crack the final table tonight as the last PokerStars pro remaining; Vadim Markushevski would bow out in 84th place ($1,763.58). Also, there would be no repeat champ tonight as Isaac Baron would just miss the cash in 4,265th place.

Fast forward to the 15th hour of the tournament with 11 left where the final table bubble developed several layers of stainless steel then in rapid fashion we would say good-bye to Tnx4urMoney (11th place $10,445.82), hlamberg (10th place $10,445.82), sjaak2afhaak (9th place $13,566.00), and meneerbeer (8th place $13,566.00).

Dro18 was sitting on a shortstack but managed to double-up once and despite the short-handed table the slow blinds gave for plenty of play. Holding pocket sevens 7♦7♠ against a 390K raise from Dantes_11, Dro18 would shove over the top for 4.2 million and get called. Dantes_11's pocket tens T♥T♠ were set to send Dro18 into the poker purgatory but the flop came out 7♣ Q♥ 5♠ giving Dro18 a set of sevens. 2♣ on the turn was felt by no one, but the elation from hitting a two-outer was felt by a second person at the table as the T♦ gave Dantes_11 a set of tens to form up our final table knocking out Dro18 in seventh place ($13,566.00).


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Seat 1: Revjot (11178942 in chips)
Seat 2: Dantes_11 (13237885 in chips)
Seat 3: Fohle140586 (11030084 in chips)
Seat 4: Ronando29 (15330299 in chips)
Seat 5: sebbau (7684261 in chips)
Seat 6: berryfilled (9368529 in chips
Kick start my heart (slash) final table

A few of the players expressed a desire to look at chop numbers, but before their nimble fingers could start discussing deals we had an all-in and a call. In only the third hand of the final table berryfilled popped a button raise to 350K with blinds at 70K/140K ante 17.5K and was re-raised by Revjot in the small blind to 875,101. After a few nano-seconds berryfilled rounded off the bet to 2.1 million. This time the Revjot wasted no time typing in a bet amount and shoved for 10.9 million and was called by berryfilled for less. Pocket aces A♥A♣ for Revjot and pocket queens Q♠Q♣ for berryfilled. Only one player would improve, and it was an unnecessary wheel for Revjot on the 3♦ 2♣ 7♥ 5♥ 4♠ board leaving berryfilled empty of tournament chips in sixth place ($20,349.00).

Fade away like a one-hit wonder.

No elimination but Fohle140586 makes the call and gets rewarded:


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After fading the open ended straight flush draw of Ronando29 holding 9♦8♦, Fohle140586 would take down the 14.5 million chip pot with just second pair 7♥Q♠ on the 3♠ T♦ 7♦ flop after facing a four-bet from Ronando29. The pair would hold and Fohle140586 got the double up while knocking Ronando29 down to 7.1 million.

Chop talks came up again as the blinds moved up to 100K/200K ante 25K, but a dissenter kept the eager customer service staff from assisting the players with a deal. Revjot continued to lead the table and got even stronger after this hand against Ronando29:


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Once again, Ronando29 found the chips in the middle holding a suited connecting hand 8♦J♦. But, unfortunately Revjot had one of those cards flipping up A♠J♥ for the dominate hand. No uber draw this time for Ronando29 as the K♥ T♠ 6♦ 3♠ K♣ board provided all the excitement of a late night accounting class and 12.7 million chips moved over to Revjot as Ronando29 picked fifth place cash ($33,915.00).

It's always fun when it happens to someone else.

You get excited about FINALLY getting dealt a big hand like sebbau's pocket queens Q♦Q♥ and even more excited that you're getting played back at like Fohle140586 with all the re-raises. But, deflated and defeated after going all-in just to see a bigger hand staring at you, like Fohle140586's pocket kings K♦K♥. The 8♠ T♥ 2♦ 3♣ 6♣ board played out as expected and sebbau was done in fourth place ($61,047.00).

Sometimes when you want more, you get less.

After more aborted attempts to cut a three-way deal, it was the chip leader Revjot who would find the once tall stack of chips reduced to nothing more than eight big blinds. With the blinds at 250K/500K ante 62,500 Revjot decided to take a stand with just four million chips by raising over the top all-in of Fohle140586's button raise. Holding 29 million in chips and only having to call 2.5 million more made the decision easier to call with pocket threes 3♣3♠. Revjot did indeed have two overcards for the coin flip A♠T♦ for the 8.8 million chip pot. Nothing remarkable came for either players as the board ran out 5♠ 9♥ 7♥ 9♠ K♣ to send Revjot home in third place ($101,745.00) as we moved to heads-up play.

Dantes_11 (34,105,924 in chips)
Fohle140586 (33,724,076 in chips)

The players would start nearly dead even in chips thus chop talks started immediately. But, Dantes_11 wanted more than Fohle140586 was willing to give besides the $20,000.00 left aside for the champion, and after five minutes of negotiations we would on to the 18th hours of play with the full $203,493.84 first place prize still on the table.

The two would play into the 300K/600K ante 75K blind level as Fohle140586 had Dantes_11 on the ropes 50 million to 17 million after a run of four big pots in a row. But, Dantes_11 would double-up on the very next hand after both players cautiously bet at the connecting board 3♣ 9♣ 7♣ 4♥. First, Dantes_11 checked on the turn, while Fohle140586 led out for 5.5 million and Dantes_11 check-raised all-in for 13.8 million total. Fohle140586 would make the call with top pair 5♦9♥ as Dantes_11 also had top pair, but the better kicker J♥9♠ which would hold on the A♣ river giving Dantes_11 the 34.2 million chip pot and we were back to a similar chip count when the two were discussing a deal.

After that pot, and ten hands later, Dantes_11 held a 40.4 to 27.3 million chip lead as they both decided it was time to gamble and shove their chips in preflop. Watch the final hand of Event 1-M play out below:

cautiously bet at the connecting board 3♣ 9♣ 7♣ 4♥. First, Dantes_11 checked, while Fohle140586 led out for 5.5 million and Dantes_11 check-raised all-in for 13.8 million total. Fohle140586 would make the call with top pair 5♦9♥ as Dantes_11 also had top pair, but the better kicker J♥9♠ which would hold on the A♣ river giving Dantes_11 the 34.2 million chip pot and we were back to a similar chip count when the two were discussing a deal.

After that pot, and ten hands later, Dantes_11 held a 40.4 to 27.3 million chip lead as they both decided it was time to gamble and shove their chips in preflop. Watch the final hand of Event 1-M play out below:


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Pocket sixes for Dantes_11 6♠6♦ and an eyebrow raising call for 25 million chips with 2♣T♥. Maybe it was the 18 hours of play finally catching up to our final pair but the board 8♦ J♣ K♣ 3♠ 9♦ stayed free of deuces and and tens as Dantes_11's pair of sixes turned into $203,493.84 for winning SCOOP Event #1-M!

Be sure to stop in tomorrow for Event #2's conclusion, and the start of Event #3 NLHE (w/rebuys), #4 (Badugi), and #5 (PLO Turbo 1 rebuy, 1 add-on).

SCOOP Event #1-Medium 6-Max No Limit Hold Em' Results:

1. Dantes_11 (Sandy) $203,493.84
2. Fohle140586 (Warngau) $142,443.00
3. Revjot (Stockholm) $101,745.00
4. sebbau (Bickenbach) $61,047.00
5. Ronando29 (QUIMPER) $33,915.00
6. berryfilled (portland) $20,349.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in SCOOP