SCOOP: midjat holds lead for the win, Akkari 5th in Main Event-Low

scoop2009_thn.gifIt would not take long for our final nine to be named, with sizable blinds and short-ish stack our final 17 from yesterday would play down to one in today's $109 SCOOP Main Event-Low.

Andre Akkari wasted no time in improving his chip position by doubling up on the game's second hand against pmahoney22 catching an unnecessary flush with AQo against pmahoney22's AJs for a 13.8 million chip pot. pmahoney22 would get several of those chips back with interest from 3615 who shoved after a three-bet from pmahoney22 for 7.5 million. After a few ticks pmahoney22 made the call with pocket jacks and was up against the big slick K♥A♣ of 3615. Nothing came down the 8♣ 4♦ T♥ 2♠ 2♣ board for 3615 and the player's final number was 16th place ($3,933.54).

Soon after StructureK and scarface_79 would fall quickly in 14th and 15th place both earning $5,564.52 for their two days of work. NotAble2Fold lived to the namesake after tangling with B18GsrR. After B18GsrR three-bet an early position raise from NotAble2Fold he would shove for 14.5 million holding J♦A♣ and was quickly called by B18GsrR's pocket queens Q♥Q♦. The 8♦ 7♠ 3♦ 3♣ T♥ board stayed ace-free and b18GsrR scooped up the huge 30 million chip pot, knocking out NotAble2Fold in 13th place ($5,564.52).

Some hands you just need to watch:


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A three way all in with iFROST barely covering 0120 and yuan for a sizable 20 million chip pot.

iFROST: Q♦Q♥
0120: K♦A♣
yuan: K♣K♠

yuan held the big lead pre flop and looked like a winner after the 4♣ 6♥ 9♥ flop. But, the hearts would not stop coming out as the 3♥ turn and 2♥ river matched up with the queen of hearts in iFROST's hand putting a deep freeze of 0120 and yuan's tournament in 11th and 12th place (both earning $7,195.50).

You just got VAMOOOOO'd

At the final table bubble short stacked LuckyWin017 tried to three-bet shove for 4.7 million over Akkari's preflop raise with pocket eights 8♠8♦. The Brazilian was well stocked to call holding pocket queens Q♣Q♥ and after the J♠ K♠ 3♣ K♣ A♦ board failed to turn the tide LuckyWin017 could not get lucky one more time and was out in tenth place ($7,195.50).


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Seat 1: pmahoney22 (28408804 in chips)
Seat 2: MikeTBH (8747304 in chips)
Seat 3: midjat (39643203 in chips)
Seat 4: Elpinto54 (2733926 in chips)
Seat 5: aakkari (16166309 in chips)
Seat 6: Quitti33 (21941934 in chips)
Seat 7: Grodindono (6997579 in chips)
Seat 8: B18GsrR (47406890 in chips)
Seat 9: iFROST (19834051 in chips)


It took a full day to go from 19,188 players to 17, and just 40 minutes to go from 17 to our final nine. Blinds would start out at a staggering 250K/500K ante 62.5K as it would take just three hands for our first competitor to fall. B18GsrR would raise to 1.3 million, midjat called from the button, as Elpinto54 with just over three big blinds would shove for about 500K more from the small blind. Both big stacked players would call to check down the 8♥ 5♦ 6♦ 4♣ 8♣ board. Epinto54's K♥Q♠ got B18GsrR to muck, but not midjat's A♣Q♣ which took the 6.8 million chip pot ending Elpinto54's day 2 adventure in ninth place ($11,512.80).

The definition of cold cards

iFROST's night went wrong in a hurry and might be Webster's new definition of "cold cards". The implosion started with calling a raise from Akkari in the big blind to see a flop of A♠ T♥ Q♥. After both traded bets resulting in Andre being all-in, iFROST flipped up 8♦A♥ for top pair as Akkari turned over the nuts K♦J♠. The straight would hold for a 43.7 million chip pot. Two hands later iFROST would get the chips in preflop against midjat holding pocket queens Q♥Q♠. Not iFROST's night has midjat held kings K♥K♣ which held on the J♣ A♣ 7♣ 8♠ J♦ board for another 41.3 million chip pot. After those iFROST still had nine million left but those went in on the very next hand against Akkari. A flip of Q♦A♦ for iFROST and pocket sevens 7♥7♦ for Akkari. iFROST's fortune seemed to change after a queen hit the turn, but the river card 4♥ 3♥ 6♣ Q♥ 5♦ gave the Team PokerStars pro a straight knocking out iFROST in eighth place ($17,269.20).

No need to slow down

Just three hands later with blinds at 500K/1MM ante 125K, MikeTBH would shove from middle position for 10.1 million, folded around to Quitti33 in the small blind who would re-raise to shut out the big blind holding big slick A♥K♦. MikeTBH's 5♦A♠ was in a big hole, too big to crawl out of after the 4♠ Q♠ 3♥ T♥ Q♥ board failed to produce a wheel or a five and MikeTBH was out in seventh place ($26,959.14).

Crowded house

Blinds move up again to 600K/1.2MM ante as the table folded to B18GsrR in the small blind who simply shoved into a short stacked pmahoney22 in the big blind. With just 9.8 million in chips pmahoney22 would make the call holding hopefully two live cards 8♥J♦. They were as B18GsrR held K♥T♦ as the 8♠ K♦ K♣ 5♠ 8♣ board gave both players a full house but B18GsrR's had a bigger bedroom thus took the 20.2 million chips and showed pmahoney22 to the front door in sixth place ($38,376.00).

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari finishes fifth

Watch the hand below as the Brazilian pro catches some bad luck on the flop against midjat:


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The queen on the flop allowed midjat to sneak his Q♣J♦ past the pocket jacks of Akkari J♣J♥ and the case jack failed to appear on the Q♥ 3♠ 2♠ A♠ 3♣ board sending the 56.6 million chip pot to midjat and Akkari to the showers in fifth place
($57,564.00).

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Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari 5th place


Slow play = Fourth place pay

The blinds would move up again to 800K/1.6MM ante 200K as Grodindono would lead out for 3.7 million from the small blind getting called by B18GsrR. Both would check at the A♥ Q♦ 7♥ flop but the 7♦ sparked some action. Grodindono checked as B18GsrR bet 3.5 million, and Grodindono woke up with a check-raise to 9.6 million. Not done and holding trip sevens 7♠T♥ B18GsrR shoved while covering Grodindono. With only 11.6 million behind Grodindono made the call holding the flopped top pair A♠8♥. The 6♣ river lacked the miracle ace and Grodindono lacked tournament chips to continue finishing in fourth place ($76,752.00).

Not a quitter

B18GsrR's stack fell on hard times and the once might stack was reduced to "just" 16 million chips with blinds now at 1MM/2MM ante 250K. The shortstack would shove from the button for the 16 million chips as both midjat and Quitti33 would call. After a 3♠ Q♥ K♣ flop, Quitti33 decided not to share with midjat and bet 17 million. midjat responded with a quick fold. Wise decision as Quitti33 turned up aces A♠A♥ which needed to fade two queens as B18GsrR turned over a bit of a cooler three-handed A♦Q♦. Trey on the turn 3♦ and a deuce on the river 2♣ sealed up the 48.9 million chip pot for Quitti33 starting up heads-up play with midjat. B18GsrR earned nearly six figures taking home $95,954.00 in third place.


The race for $191,892.59 begins:

Fairly even in chips as shown below, midjat and Quitti33 were determined to produce an all out winner this evening as no chop talks were agreed to as our final two would play until one receives the entire $191,892.59 first place prize.

midjat (109,675,516 in chips)
Quitti33 (82,204,484 in chips)

Straight to the winner's circle

The players would battle back and forth up to the 1.5MM/3MM ante 375K blind level when the big hand finally occurred. Watch midjat catch a little love on the river and get paid in the video below:


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7♥5♦ may not be much of a hand pre-flop but put some connecting cards on the 4♥ A♣ 8♥ 5♣ 6♦ board and they can overcome a premium hand like Quitti33's pocket tens T♦T♣. With the straight midjat finished where he started yesterday on top of the leaderboard, except this time it was worth $192,892.59 and a SCOOP championship watch. As the runner-up Quitti33 won't get the wrist bling but takes away a six-figure win ($142,586.02).

$1 Million Guarantee SCOOP Main Event-Low buy-in Results:
1. midjat (zurich) $191,892.59
2. Quitti33 (boynton beach) $142,586.02
3. B18GsrR (Westerville) $95,940.00
4. Grodindono (La Bastide L'Eveque) $76,752.00
5. Team Pokerstars Pro Andre "aakkari" Akkari (Sao Paulo) $57,564.00
6. pmahoney22 (Lakeland) $38,376.00
7. MikeTBH (Saint-Mandé) $28,959.14
8. iFROST (GREENVILLE) $17,269.20
9. Elpinto54 (Montigny Les Metz) $11,512.80

David Aydt
@PokerStars in SCOOP