SCOOP: IG0tDibs dominated and claimed victory in Event #19-M

SCOOP logo 2010.gifWhat may have seemed like a standard no-limit hold'em fare in the midst of a busy SCOOP schedule was anything but. Event 19 offered players a special circumstance of big antes, meaning that antes kicked in from the very first level and continued to rise throughout the tournament with the blinds. Level 1 boasted of 25/50 blinds with a 10-chip ante, and Level 20 brought them to 1,250/2,500 blinds with a 500-chip ante. With that added incentive to play every hand, it made for an interesting tournament indeed.

Interesting and fairly speedy, one might say. As compared to some SCOOP events that took players, fans, and bloggers through the night and well into the next day, the medium version of Event 19 was moving right along as players on the East Coast of the U.S. hit 4:00am. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Event 19 (Medium) began on the afternoon of Sunday, May 9, with its $215 buy-in and substantial $750K guarantee. But that last number meant little when registration came to 4,501 players, which created a corresponding prize pool of $900,200. With big dollar signs flashing before their eyes, players moved forward for several hours, all looking to make it into the money, which only happened for 675 players. From there, the departed took away a profit for their efforts at the tables and the dwindling number of survivors aimed for that coveted final table. The last of the Team PokerStars Pros left standing was Johannes "J.Steindl" Steindl, who ultimately finished in 131st place.

As the final table did approach in the 15th hour of play, Pedrobar was eliminated in 11th place to put the last ten players directly in hand-for-hand play. And it took only moments to burst that bubble. Rflushlicous took the opportunity to move all-in from the small blind with A♥9♠, but blauwekimco woke up with pocket sevens in the big blind and called. The board came 7♠J♣Q♣K♣6♦, and the flopped set was more than enough to win and eliminate Rflushlicous in tenth place, which was worth $5,401.20.

IG0tDibs had dibs on final table chip lead

Just as Level 40 began, with blinds of 60,000/120,000 and a 28,000 ante, the final table was set and moved forward with all players anxious to keep going and Team PokerStars Pro Tom McEvoy hosting the action in the chat box. Players were seated with chip counts to kick it off as follows:

Seat 1: olladio (5,989,969 in chips)
Seat 2: blauwekimco (7,997,303 in chips)
Seat 3: 20shark (2,725,010 in chips)
Seat 4: moumaife84 (1,237,998 in chips)
Seat 5: IG0tDibs (10,475,449 in chips)
Seat 6: Radford999 (1,698,354 in chips)
Seat 7: Ose9 (2,878,428 in chips)
Seat 8: sandman201 (4,396,796 in chips)
Seat 9: toweliestar (7,610,693 in chips)

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It only took two hands for the first all-in and call of the table, and moumaife84 did it with pocket jacks, which held up to the A-K suited of Radford999. The latter was left with a less-than-attractive stack of chips, and the search for the double-up was on. Nine hands later, Radford999 found the opportunity to take a shot. Toweliestar made the initial raise, but Radford999 pushed all-in for his last 815,556 chips. Ose9 then reraised from the small blind all-in, which prompted toweliestar to fold out of the way. Radford999 showed A♥J♠, but Ose9 was quite a bit ahead with A♣K♥. The board came T♠9♦2♥9♠9♥, and Ose9's kicker was good enough to compliment the three nines. Ironically, Radford999, was eliminated by those nines and took home $7,201.60 for the ninth place finish.

Ose9 then had his own troubles. It started by getting involved with toweliestar and IG0tDibs going to see a flop of K♥2♦A♣. Ose9 was the first to bet, and toweliestar wanted no part of the action and folded. IG0tDibs, on the other hand, raised 10 million more to put Ose9 to the test. Ose9 called all-in for his tournament life with A♦8♥ for top pair, but IG0tDibs showed the A♥Q♠ for that same pair with a much better kicker. The T♠ on the turn and 4♣ on the river ended the hand - and the tournament - for Ose9, who finished in eighth place with $11,252.50.

Toweliestar looking for dibs

Sandman201 had a tough time gaining any momentum at the table, ultimately being chipped down to a stack of less than 1 million chips. The short stack took a chance by moving all-in with K♥6♦, but toweliestar was happy to call with T♣T♠. The virtual dealer delivered a board of 9♦J♥5♣Q♥6♥, and that river card was too little, too late. Sandman201 was ousted in seventh place with $29,256.50, while toweliestar jumped into contention for first place, battling for that spot with IG0tDibs.

Toweliestar did take a hit when olladio doubled through with A-Q over pocket sevens, but toweliestar remained near the top of the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, moumaife84 took a serious hit when 20shark doubled through with A-9 over A-K when a nine came on the flop. That left moumaefe84 with less than 100K in chips and the feeling of desperation that led to a push. On the next hand, Moumaife84 did it with T♣4♣ for the last 61,788 chips in his short stack, and blauwekimco checked the big blind with K♥9♠. The board came Q♦A♣5♥5♦K♣, and the kings and fives were enough to send moumaife84 packing with $29,256.50 for sixth place.

IG0tDibs got aggressive

The player that dominated much of the final table action, but it was during five-handed action that he took it a step further. No one was spared from the wrath of the super stack, which was evident from the aggressive play that garnered IG0tDibs a 9.4 million-chip pot from 20shark. But the biggest hand of the game was yet to come.

It played out dramatically, as 20shark opened for the 3,102,304-chip all-in move, IG0tDibs reraised, and toweliestar came over the top all-in for a total of 7,311,739. Little did the two know that IG0tDibs was prepared to call both players with A♣J♣, but that's what happened. Toweliestar actually had the best hand with A♠K♥, and 20shark was at risk with K♦7♥. But the flop came 9♣J♥4♠ to give IG0tDibs the pair of jacks. The 3♣ turn and 3♠ river didn't help the other players, and both were eliminated. Here it is in all of its glory:

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20shark was gone in fifth place with $38,258.50, and toweliestar, who won a 2009 SCOOP event for $310,000.00, followed in fourth place with $50,861.30.

Three-handed action lasted quite awhile as olladio and blauwekimco put up a fight against the monster chip stack of IG0tDibs. Olladio even doubled up in the process but couldn't seem to maintain a stack of more than 10 million chips.

However, when blauwekimco was ready to make his move, it was olladio with the call. Blauwekimco pushed with Q♦9♥ for his last 3,264,784 chips, and olladio called with K♣K♦. The board came 8♦4♥8♥T♦9♦, and that rivered nine couldn't help blauwekimco, who was on the way out the door with $74,266.50 for the third place finish.

Heads-up for dibs on the SCOOP title

The final two players got their battle underway at approximately 5:40am ET with the following chip counts:

Seat 1: olladio (13,267,709 in chips)
Seat 5: IG0tDibs (31,742,291 in chips)

And it only took ten hands to settle the match. Olladio carefully looked for the right spot to make that move, and the preflop action of the last hand saw olladio raise with J♥8♥. When IG0tDibs reraised to 12 million chips, olladio decided to call all-in. IG0tDibs showed A♥T♠, which only turned into a better hand on the 9♦T♦T♣ flop. Olladio did pick up the straight draw, but it failed to complete as the 2♥ appeared on the turn and the 4♦ finished it on the river. Olladio was out of the tournament in second place with $104,873.30.

One player was left standing. From the initial final table chip lead to the winner's circle, Abe "IG0tDibs" Naim earned his victory in Event 19-Medium in the 2010 SCOOP tournament series, for which he earned $141,225.59 to go with the prestigious title.

SCOOP Event 19-Medium (NLHE w/Big Antes) Results for 05/09/10:

1st place: IG0tDibs ($141,225.59)
2nd place: olladio ($104,873.30)
3rd place: blauwekimco ($74,266.50)
4th place: toweliestar ($50,861.30)
5th place: 20shark ($38,258.50)
6th place: moumaife84 ($29,256.50)
7th place: sandman201 ($20,254.50)
8th place: Ose9 ($11,252.50)
9th place: Radford999 ($7,201.60)

The Spring Championship of Online Poker is far from over, with numerous events still on the schedule and corresponding qualifiers to offer seats at a fraction of the price. Check out the SCOOP website for details and PokerStars.TV for series highlights.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP