SCOOP: Skämmes schemes, slays Seiver for Event #35-High title ($25K HU)
Yesterday 32 players each ponied up $25,500 in this "High" version of Event #35, a two-day, heads-up, no-limit hold'em shootout featuring many of the poker world's elite. After three rounds and approximately seven hours of play, four players had made it through to today's matches -- SWEGIN, Skämmes, goatboy1, and Scott "gunning4you" Seiver. Read all about the action on Day 1 here, including reports on all 28 matches.
Each member of this fearsome foursome had guaranteed at least a $120,000 payday for making the semis, though each also wanted more. $200,000 awaited the player finishing second in this event, and $320,000 would go to the victor.
Semifinal #1: SWEGIN vs. Skämmes
On Saturday, SWEGIN defeated Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams, Yevgeniy "Jovial Gent" Timoshenko, and molswi47 (in just two hands) to make the semis. Meanwhile, Skämmes knocked out Alex "mistakooll" Keating, Sussie Smith, and WheresMyRoll to make the final four.
SWEGIN took an early lead, but at the 20-minute mark Skämmes grabbed the advantage after taking a 3,700-chip pot without a showdown, then another 1,940-chip one in the following hand. In the latter one, SWEGIN raised 3x to 180 from the small blind/button, and Skämmes called. The flop came 7♣A♠2♣, and Skämmes check-called SWEGIN's c-bet of 240. The turn was the 5♣, and again Skämmes check-called SWEGIN's bet, this time for 550. Both checked the 4♥ river, Skämmes showed A♦T♣ for aces, and SWEGIN mucked.
That put Skämmes up to 12,960 and SWEGIN down to 7,040. A few hands later they were nearing the end of Level 2 (30/60) when Skämmes was sitting with 14,810 to SWEGIN's 5,190. Skämmes opened with a raise to 150, SWEGIN made it 500 to go, and Skämmes called. The flop came 3♣J♦2♣. SWEGIN bet 650, and Skämmes called. The turn was the 8♥. Down to his last 4,040, SWEGIN pushed all in, and Skämmes made the call, showing 2♦2♠ for a set of ducks. SWEGIN had hopes of hitting his flush draw with 9♣4♣, but the river was the T♦, and Skämmes had swiftly made it to the finals.
Seminfinal #2: gunning4you vs. goatboy1
In the other bracket, Scott "gunning4you" Seiver bested PokerNoob999, Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton, and Mosheh to make the money, while goatboy1 took out Team PokerStars Pro Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu, gcnmoo, and Shawn "buck21" Buchanan to get there.
Seiver jumped out to a quick lead in this one, and increased his advantage by claiming a decent-sized pot about 15 minutes into the match near the end of Level 1. In that one, he and goatboy1 had made it to the river with the Seiver leading the betting on all streets and the board showing K♠T♠5♣7♦Q♥. With the pot 2,100, goatboy1 checked, and Seiver bet 1,475. goatboy1 thought a bit, then called, only to see gunning4you turn over J♠9♥ for a rivered straight.
After that one, Seiver was up to 13,795 to goatboy1's 6,205, but the latter battled back and as they began Level 3 (40/80) had pulled close to even with gunning4you. But Seiver resumed the business of hammering away at goatboy1, including a stretch of winning eight consecutive hands and 15 of 20.
Finally, about one hour into the match, gunning4you raised 3x to 240, goatboy1 reraised to 480, and Seiver called. The T♦Q♦9♠ then inspired fireworks -- goatboy1 bet 560, gunning4you raised to 1,720, goatboy1 shoved all in for 6,610, and Seiver called, showing 8♠J♣ for the flopped straight. goatboy1 had A♦K♦, though -- the nut flush draw and outs to a better straight -- but the turn and river brought a couple of ducks, and Seiver was in the finals.
Finals: gunning4you vs. Skämmes
As was the case in his semifinal match, Seiver again started the final versus Skämmes in an aggressive mode, and quickly assumed the advantage as the pair worked through the first level. To give an idea, there were 54 hands played in the first 20-minute level, with Seiver winning 36 of them -- exactly two out of every three. That translated to a better than 2-to-1 chip advantage as they began Level 2, with Seiver having 13,425 and Skämmes 6,575.
Indeed, it appeared Seiver may be running away with it, maintaining the pressure and the lead through Level 2. Then in Level 3 (blinds 40/80), a hand arose in which Seiver raised to 240 from the small blind/button, Skämmes reraised to 720, and Seiver called. The flop came 3♦T♠4♦, prompting a bet of 800 from Skämmes. Seiver suddenly raised all in, and Skämmes called with his last 7,480.
Skämmes showed his pocket pair of 9♦9♣, while Seiver held A♦8♦ for the nutflush draw. The turn was the J♥ and river the 7♣, and Skämmes had not only survived, but assumed the chip lead.
Now it was Skämmes's turn to apply pressure, and soon another big hand arose which again began with Seiver raising preflop to 240 with the button. This time Skämmes just called, and the flop came T♠5♥J♥. Skämmes checked, gunning4you bet 320, Skämmes check-raised to 880, and Seiver called. The turn was the 9♦. This time Skämmes bet 1,360, and Seiver called.
The river brought the J♦ and an all-in bet from Skämmes. Seiver considered a bit, then let it go.
Now Skämmes was up over 15,000, enjoying a more than 3-to-1 lead on gunning4you. Skämmes chipped further at Seiver's stack, then, with Seiver down to just 3,580, he raised to 240 from the small blind/button and Skämmes called. The flop came 3♣3♥6♦. Skämmes checked, gunning4you bet 320, and Skämmes called. The turn was the 5♣. Skämmes again checked, Seiver this time bet 750, and Skämmes check-raised all in. Seiver made the call, showing Q♠Q♦, but Skämmes had K♦K♠.
The river was the J♣, and Skämmes had completed the comeback to take the title.
SCOOP Event #35-High Heads-Up, No-Limit Hold'em Shootout:
1st place: Skämmes ($320,000)
2nd place: gunning4you ($200,000)
3rd place (tie): goatboy1 ($120,000)
3rd place (tie): SWEGIN ($120,000)
Congratulations to Skämmes, Event #35-H champion!
Lots going on today as the final events of this year's SCOOP begin. Check back here at the blog for all of the news, as well as the SCOOP site for more results and information.