SCOOP: decand can and does win the Event #18-Medium turbo all-in fest

scoop2009_thn.gifWhen poker players shout "GAMB0000000000L!" things that come to mind are, Pot Limit Omaha, Shortstacked No Limit Hold Em', and busted tournament players making their way to the Craps tables. Turbo tournaments by design are set up to finish quickly as was the case with Event #18's Medium buy in SCOOP event. With five minute blinds and 815 players putting forth the $215 buy-in this would be a blink and it's done affair right? And that was thought to be the case, but the players were playing Limit Hold Em'. No shoving for stacks, but rather the gracefulness of post-flop play would rule the day. Except the average stack had no more than four big bets and pushing a hand one bet at a time was the only way to stay ahead of the quickly increasing blinds.

The money bubble would take less than two hours to obtain as YourMother66 had a joke we're sure was funny about the woman who gave birth to you, but finished this evening on the money bubble in 118th place, as the remaining players were assured $326.00.

Team PokerStars pro Vanessa Rousso and Barry Greenstein got cozy at the same table close to the money bubble

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Barry and Vanessa trying to cross the cashier's line together

Barry would make it across the 117th place line (finishing in 67th place), but Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso was shut out at the cashier's window in 132nd place. She joined Lex "RaSZi" Veldhuis (724th place), Jose "nachobarbero" Igancio 704th place, Nichoel "NicP" Peppe 701st place, Randy "nanonoko" Lew 680th place, Andy "Kid Nebraska" Goetsch 669th place, Joep van den "Pappe_Ruk" Bijgaart 644th place, Greg DeBora 585th place, George Danzer, 577th place, Henrique Pinho 548th place, Victor Ramdin 505th place, Johannes Steindl 330th place, Dusty "Leatherass9" Schmidt 293rd place, A Van Nguyen 264th place, Anders "Donald" Berg 242nd place, Eric Assadourian 239th place, Bill Chen 215th place, and Jason Mercier 189th place.

Some Team PokerStars Pro did manage to cross the cashier's line from this sprint: Alvaro "VARICO" Ballesteros 100th place, Pat Pezzin (64th place $440.10), George "Jorj95" Lund (50th place $521.60), Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (45th place $586.80) and finally Sebastian Ruthenberg 26th place.


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Sebastian Ruthenburg: 26th place

If you have never caught the ending to a turbo tournament, it's fast and flippy. 15 minutes under three hours we would have our final nine tonight. With the blinds at 20K/40K in a blind versus blind battle Choron and decand would get their chips in preflop. Choron showed 6♦7♥ as big stacked decand had 3♣K♦. Neither player would latch on to the 5♣ A♥ 5♦ J♥ Q♥ board and Choron was eliminated in 10th place ($1,711.50).


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Seat 1: kleopl (406592 in chips)
Seat 2: KAOSPOKA (206728 in chips)
Seat 3: Ericb09 (318535 in chips)
Seat 4: slapnuts3 (89960 in chips)
Seat 5: Jarcon86 (866430 in chips)
Seat 6: decand (1342808 in chips)
Seat 7: berserk64 (2427 in chips)
Seat 8: cal_cruzin (591909 in chips)
Seat 9: Crisper (249611 in chips)

Warning high speeds ahead

On the final table's third hand we would bid adieu to our first player. With just 9,708 chips, berserk64 pushed from UTG as the table folded around to decand in the big blind who turned over 4♦T♣. berserk64 was slightly ahead holding a dry ace A♦2♥ but the flop would bring a four and berserk64 was no more after the Q♦ 9♣ 4♠ 2♦ 3♣ board hitting the rail in ninth place ($2,037.50). This added another final table SCOOP cash for berserk64 who took 4th place in the Event #6-Medium.

Felt like ripping off a band-aid

The very next hand with blinds at 25K/50K slapnuts3 tossed in under a small blind worth of chips preflop (24,960) from middle position as Jarcon86 raised to shut out the rest of the table and successful turning over J♦A♣. slapnuts3 did not have live cards turning over A♠8♥. Pair of sixes would appear on the K♦ 6♣ T♥ 6♠ 2♣ board but neither player would touch their kicker as slapnuts3 took the final painful blow in eighth place ($3,341.50).

Burnt to a Crisp(er)

One orbit later it was Crisper and KAOSPOKA flipping for a 288,456 chip pot, watch the results below:


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The jackace J♣A♣ of Crisper would defeat the pocket nines 9♦9♠ of KAOSPOKA and we were down to six with KAOSPOKA earning $4,955.20 in seventh place.

Seventh heaven

With the blinds at 30K/60K Ericb09 and Jarcon86 would toss the chips in preflop with Jarcon86's tournament life at stake with Q♣A♣. Ericb09 held the pair, sevens in this case 7♥7♣ to start the race. Nary an ace nor queen or a second club would touch the T♦ 2♣ 3♥ T♠ 6♠ board ending Jarcon86's night in 6th place ($6,585.20).

The house is too crowd small for two

Eight hands later with the blinds at 40K/80K it would be Crisper and Ericb09's turn to trade bets preflop until Crisper was all-in creating a 1,003,800 chip pot holding K♣8♣. Ericb09 would turn over the popular jackace J♦A♣ as both players managed to hit the 4♣ A♦ 8♠ A♠ 8♦ board hard. Eights full for Crisper and aces full for Ericb09, as the lesser boat had to take leave from Event #18 earning $8,215.20 in fifth place. In a replay of the 2009 SCOOP Main Event, Crisper was eliminated by his final table mate Ericb09 earning $263,835 in third place last year.

Ericb09 collects another stack

Watch below as Ericb09 takes out another player from this all-in fest:


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This time it was kleopl taking on the seemingly indestructible Ericb09 holding 8♥A♥. The freight train Ericb09 held J♠K♠ and quickly found a king on the flop K♣ 7♦ 6♥ 8♣ 9♠ to take out kleopl in fourth place ($11,817.50).

cal_cruzin goes off-road

Holding just 222,685 chips cal_cruzin would shove those chips in preflop as the blinds increased to 50K/100K and decand in the small blind forced the issue by raising leaving cal_cruzin only 22,685 chips behind. Doing the math cal_cruzin made the call holding a respectable A♦3♦ and was ahead of decand's Q♣8♣. decand wasted no time hitting the 3♠ 6♠ 8♦ flop for top pair and managed to dodge a second trey or ace on the 9♠ turn and 5♦ river. The road to third place for cal_cruzin was bumpy but $15,811.00 will smooth those pot holes out quickly.

decand is the man

While the tournament could have ended on the very next hand, our final two would actually take 14 hands to decide the last two spot left in the prize pool. Watch the final hand determine our champion below:


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The tournament race ended appropriately with a race. decand showed pocket fours 4♦4♣ as Ericb09 turned up Q♥K♦ as the two would get the majority of the chips in preflop. The sailboats would go down quickly as the queen on the door and the river Q♠ 7♦ A♥ 4♠ Q♦ ended Ericb09's night in second place ($21,190.00). This wasn't Ericb09's first major cash at SCOOP by far, he claimed a fourth place finish of the Medium main event won by JC Alvarado earning $183K in the process.

If you can think of an easier and quicker way to make $29,340.00 in a MTT we're all ears at the PokerStarsBlog, as decand took down SCOOP Event #18-Medium in just three hours, eight minutes. Congrats to all our fortunate winners this evening!

$100,000.00 Guarantee SCOOP Event #18-M Limit Hold Em' Turbo Results:
1. decand (Andover) $29,340.00
2. Ericb09 (West Hartford) $21,190.00
3. cal_cruzin (Woodstock) $15,811.00
4. kleopl (Wrocław) $11,817.50
5. Crisper (Buenos Aires) $8,215.20
6. Jarcon86 (Kuopio) $6,585.20
7. KAOSPOKA (Sulingen) $4,955.20
8. slapnuts3 (Hermeskeil) $3,341.50
9. berserk64 (Saint-Petersburg) $2,037.50

David Aydt
@PokerStars in SCOOP