SCOOP: MOOSE86CCHS leads Day 1 field in Event #2-Low, $22 NLHE

scoop2009_thn.gifLet's put this into perspective for a moment. The seating capacity of New York City's Madison Square Garden is just over 19,000. In a concert configuration, L.A.'s Staples Center can squeeze in 23,500. And neither of those venues could house the field from the second low buy-in event of SCOOP 2010, which drew 26,200 players. Event #2-Low was all about bang for your buck; the $22 buy-in gave players 10,000-chip starting stacks and generous 15-minute levels. The $524,000 prize pool sailed past the $500,000 guarantee, and 4,500 players took home a payday, with first place set to earn $47,160.

More than thirty members of Team PokerStars Pro turned out for this event: Barry Greenstein, Victor Ramdin, Frenchmen Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Arnaud Mattern, Brazilians Andre Akkari, Gualter Salles and Maridu Mayrinck, and 2009 EPT Grand Final champion Pieter de Korver. Seven went on to make the money including Grzegorz Mikielewicz (4,148th), Tae Joon Noh (3,033rd), de Korver (2,150th), Martin Hruby (1,863rd), George "Jorj95" Lind III (1,189th), and newly minted Team PokerStars Canada Pro Anh Van Nguyen (205th).

Jason Mercier made the deepest run among the Team PokerStars Pros, making the final eight tables. His downfall began when he lost half his stack when he got his money in before the flop holding pocket queens against jessicadawl's pocket sevens, but a seven hit the flop and the board paired on the turn to give his opponent a full house. His stack was decimated further when he called gmantis' three-bet shove only to find his A♠J♥ dominated by A♣K♣. Left with 655,866 with the blinds at 50,000/100,000 with a 12,500 ante, Mercier moved all-in from the small blind when the action folded around to him and mattwut1 made the call with the big blind. Mercier's J♠2♦ could not improve against Q♣9♥ and his long day on the felt drew to a close with a 71st place finish.

As the field narrowed to the 23 players who would survive Day 2, a familiar face rose toward the top of the leaderboard. Joshua "pbdrunks" Van Duyn has already won the $109 rebuy and the Nightly Seventy Grand this year, and on this hand, he won a key coinflip to eliminate nbsamo and increase his stack to 11 million.

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Another player who is no stranger to a massive field finished the night among the top ten in chips. Back in March 2007, power2prut topped a field of 6,964 to win the Sunday Million for a for $180,000 score. Power2prut was enjoying the chip lead in the closing levels of the evening, until brodys1 swooped in and took down the largest pot of the tournament at $10 million.

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As the final minutes of Day 1 ticked away, MOOSE86CCHS moved into the chip lead. After knocking out tolis_atlast in 26th place when his A♥9♦ flopped top pair against pocket sevens, he was able to force a fold from Below Rail in the penultimate hand of the evening, claiming nearly half his stack to end the day with over 23 million.

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Day 1 ended 12 hours and 50 minutes after it began, at the conclusion of Level 44. The 23 players remaining will reconvene Monday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. EDT to play down to a new SCOOP champion. Blinds will be 150,000/300,000 with a 37,500 ante, and the average stack is 11,391,304.

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The chip leader's table as play wrapped for the morning

Here's a look at the top ten in chips:

1. MOOSE86CCHS (23,084,051)
2. brodys1 (21,830,352)
3. msamadeu (18,224,535)
4. Nick "gbmantis" Niergarth (16,762,830)
5. Joshua "pbdrunks" Van Duyn (15,940,050)
6. jessicadawl (15,267,273)
7. Rooglemates (15,087,510)
8. gonnagetusir (14,636,248)
9. power2prut (14,100,352)
10. Robertdenuri (12,713,512)

Check back tomorrow for continuing coverage of this, and all of the 2010 SCOOP events. For more information and a full schedule, head over to the SCOOP page.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP