SCOOP: Event #2-M thecooler992 chills chip lead till start of day 2
With 114 tournaments to play over the next two weeks, a two-day event might seem like hitting up a buffet before going over to your mother's place for dinner. But, poker players show time and time again their appetite for poker seems endless. Thus, tonight's Event #2-M with a $215 buy-in was just a appetizer for the two week long SCOOP tournament series but one that paid $280,000.00 to the winner thanks to PokerStars kicking in a couple of bucks (ok $73,600) to cover the $1 million guarantee when 9,632 signed up tonight.
The player's board was covered with PokerStars symbols next to their names like Andre Akkari, newly signed Pat Pezzin, and Peter De Korver but a only a few of the pros would sneak into the money tonight.
A little after seven hours into the tournament the players remaining tally starting ticking down from 1,445 (jiacstrap), 1,444 (RedOaxTx), 1,443 (BacarySagna), 1,442 (WarDekar), and the last person eliminated before the cashier's window opened, engantil, got nothing more than cheers from the 1,440 players who still had chips.
Near the bubble someone had asked Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein if he intended to tighten up and if he needed the 350. The always quotable pro noted that he didn't know you win 350 in this tournament. We're thinking Mr. Greenstein had the decimal point moving to the right a few spaces while commenting on the money. The correct amount was $320.00 which was the guaranteed amount for our remaining 1,440 players, including Barry (who ran pocket tens into aces taking home $500.00 in 750th place). The six figure cash would have to wait until later this week.
After the breaking of the bubble players starting exiting the tournament in bunches. Among those racing not coming back for day two but happy to grab a piece of the prize pool, Team PokerStars Online Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz in 1,398th place ($320.00) and Arnaud "frenchkiss" Mattern (1221th place $360.00). Bunches might be a too weak of a description as nearly 200 players busted out within 10 minutes of players being told they could receive cash despite having no tournament chips to continue.
While bouncing around the 137 tables still remaining we found a few stars sitting at Table 839:
That's two GoldStars (I3RdMaN and apalma2156), three Supernovas (Mammola, joachimpowa, and Speedukass, a Team PokerStars pro (Angel Guillen), and another Team PokerStars Online pro who is also a Supernova Elite (Randy "nanonoko" Lew).
After the VIPs broke that table we checked in with Team PokerStars Pro Florian Langmann to see the German pro sweating a three-bet that would have put him all-in during the 2K/4K ante 500 level 22. After counting down about 30 seconds he would make the call against fureton who held just 7♠A♠. Langmann's A♦T♥ was ahead and would stay that way across the heart encased board 3♥ K♥ J♥ K♦ 2♥ for a huge 180,284 chip pot, eliminating fureton in 652nd place ($540.00).
The lovely Vicky Coren was still going strong out on Table 938 with over 200,000 chips during Level 23 and blinds at 3K/6K ante 750 while fellow UK Team PokerStars pro Julian Thew was coming to the end of his day in 437th place ($640.00). She would slip to under 100,000 when Dantes_11 would raise it up to 15,500 as Coren typed "sleep" and continued "I sense it coming soon" right before shoving over the top for 94,120 chips and getting called by Dantes_11. Pocket queens Q♦Q♥ for the lady and pocket sevens 7♥7♦ for Dantes_11 (who ironically is heads-up in Event #1-M as we went to press) and after the 6♦ A♠ 5♠ 8♣ J♣ board showed no sevens, Vicky would have put up with the chance to win a six-figure prize just a little longer...
... six hands longer to be exact after shoving for 214,295 chip with big slick A♦K♣ and getting called by Supernova Elite TimStone (who was featured in an article here at the PokerStars Blog in January) holding pocket jacks J♠J♥. Neither ace nor a king would drop for the British pro on the 5♦ 9♦ 2♠ 9♣ 5♣ board and Coren was out in 315th place ($780.00).
Not going to bed anytime soon was Team PokerStars pro Thierry van den "BOKPOWER" Berg. The Dutch pro was going strong in Level 25 with blinds at 5K/10K ante 1K holding nearly 600,000 in chips with timely raises and re-raises while keeping his hole cards to himself. Florian Langmann would flirt with a top ten stack for levels 28 and 29 but some of those chips who bleed out, knocking him down to 800,000 chips as the players took their last break of the evening in level 30.
As we headed towards the overnight break, BOKPOWER found this hand to help give his chip stack a boost:
Pocket aces do hold once in a while and for Berg, it meant a stack of 1.2 million chips going into level 32 with blinds at 12.5K/25K ante 3,125.
While the level was good to one of the remaining Team PokerStars pros, it was the end of the tournament for the other. Langmann got into a raising war preflop with GAWA9 as both would find their sizable stacks in the middle preflop with GAWA9 covering the German pro. K♠A♠ for Florian and pocket eights for 8♦8♠ for a 1.82 million chip coin flip. The board 4♥ 9♥ 5♦ T♥ 8♣ remained spade-less and missed the overcards as well as Langmann would not reach the second day of this event finishing in 96th place ($1,800.00).
A break before the break.
There were some grumbling as the 75 players left were in the 13th and final hour of play got a five minute break due to the standard hourly break times. The players will retire for the morning/evening, catch some zzzz's and return back at 17:00 EST for level 34. Or some degenerates will probably hit up a few cash games just to stay poker sharp for the big cash waiting at the final table.
Three players took leave before the 11 hour break pairing our tourney down to 72 players. The chip leader, thecooler992, has already shown the ability to be in the right place at the right time by being dealt into the 40th billionth hand dealt here at PokerStars grabbing a cool $15,590.20 in the process. He'll need to make the final table to eclipse that score and have several big players in the path such as BodogAri, Ryan "g0fla" D'Angelo, and of course Team PokerStars Pro Thierry van den "BOKPOWER" Berg who will start in 34th place with 1.1 million in chips.