SCOOP: Spoli4tor takes out the garbage in Event #20-Low two-day victory

scoop2009_thn.gifDespite the long battles of getting thru 21,463 players, our final 18 with TRAANKKA as the day one chip leader, would become just 11 after the first hour of play on day two of Event #20-Low two-day NLHE tournament.

Down to 12, pablos181 who was crippled by gamma21 in a classic flip (pocket 8's vs. AJo) for a 15.5 million chip pot. And with just 774,750 chips and blinds at 300K/600k ante 75K, pablos181 was all-in from the small blind the very next hand as PLZDUNCALL called the 99,750 extra from the big blind turning over pocket jacks J♠J♦ which were a little stronger then pablos181 was hoping for holding T♦3♠. The A♠ A♦ 8♥ 7♥ 8♦ board came out with no surprises as Team PokerStars pro John Duthie wished pablo181 a congrats on the 11th place finish ($1,875.00).

Nine minutes after the hourly break we would name our final nine. Big stacked from yesterday treytrey23 was not able to get anything going during day two. With the blinds still at 300K/600K ante 75K treytrey23 would push over the top of TRAANKKA's 1.8 million chip UTG raise, for 11.8 million total leaving TRAANKKA to a decision. Holding nearly 30 million before the hand started, TRAANKKA had treytrey23 covered and made the call with pocket sevens 7♦7♠ and treytrey23 turned over big slick K♥A♠ for the race and a 25 million chip pot. The all-red board 5♥ 8♥ Q♦ 4♦ Q♥ missed treytrey23 completely ending the night in tenth place ($1,875.00).

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Seat 1: Spoli4tor (24,453,981 in chips)
Seat 2: PRODIGYNEEBR (11,195,700 in chips)
Seat 3: grandslamsal (38,076,886 in chips)
Seat 4: TRAANKKA (43,053,789 in chips)
Seat 5: PLZDUNCALL (40,948,086 in chips)
Seat 6: mr.dex (14,222,704 in chips)
Seat 7: Chapalette (7,381,063 in chips)
Seat 8: 88diamond88 (21,223,175 in chips)
Seat 9: gamma21 (14,254,616 in chips)

Ninth place coming in, ninth place going out

Because of the massiveness of the field and 10,000 starting stacks only Chapalette came to the table lacking an eight figure stack, but those chips would be necessary to stay ahead of the equally sizable blinds which quickly moved up to 400K/800K ante 100K. After a few orbits it would be Chapalette having elimination after the blinds knock down the stack to just 531,063. While in the small blind 400K of those chips were obligated to the pot, so when Spoli4tor min raised from early position and called by grandslamsal, Chapalette was forced to add in the last 31,063 chips from the blinds. A flop of 3♠ 6♦ 9♥ got grandslamsal to exit stage left after Spoli4tor bet 2.4 million, and Chapalette turned over top pair 9♠T♣. Unfortunately, Spoli4tor could to a little better holding pocket kings K♦K♠. The player with the Canadian flag avatar would avoid the seven outs as a 5♥ and 3♥ came on the turn and river ending Chapalette's two-day adventure in ninth's place.

Diamonds are not forever

Shortly after Chaplette's exit
88diamond88 would catch some bad luck with big slick against the AQo of gamma21. All-in preflop with 88diamond88 covering, the flop would bring out two queens, and the four queen in the deck would make an appearance on the river Q♣ T♥ Q♥ 7♠ Q♠ for good measure shipping the 29 million chip pot to gamma21 and knocking 88diamond88 down to just over five million chips. Five hands later 88diamond88 would shove from middle position with 3.6 million chips left holding Q♥T♥. Folded to grandslamsal in the big blind the call was made with 6♠K♥. Both players had live cards and 88diamond88 would take the lead on the 9♣ 8♠ Q♠ flop. 9♠ on the turn helped no one but the dagger K♦ on the river send 88diamond88 off the final table in eighth place ($4,250.00).

Knocking out a four bagger for the win

In one of the largest pots of the tournament grandslamsal and PRODIGYNEEBR would shove the chips in preflop. Watch the 42 million chip pot play out in the below video:

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A race between PRODIGYNEEBR's pocket fours 4♣4♦ and grandslamsal's big slick A♠K♦ would decide this massive pot. A king on the door may things bleak for PRODIGYNEEBR, and nary a four nor club found on the turn and river K♣ 2♣ J♣ 9♠ 7♦ sent PRODIGYNEEBR out in seventh place ($6,250.00).

Under "B" for Busto

In a blind vs. blind battle as the blinds moved up to 600K/1.2MM ante 150K, mr. dex tried to look up blind stealing services by pushing from the small blind for 17.5 million holding K♣8♣. gamma21 covered and made the easiest call in poker holding pocket aces A♦A♥. mr. dex would flop a gutshot straight draw and river a pair, but was still unable to overcome the rockets of gamma21 on the J♣ Q♥ 9♦ 7♠ K♠ board and mr. dex will have an extra $9,000.00 in his directory thank to a sixth place finish.

Shortly after mr. dex's left the remaining five tried to broker a deal as John Duthie manually halted the tournament clock. After some language barriers were broken TRAANKKA announced "no deal" in the chat box and play moved on.

Canadian flag flies above the rest

Shortly after an hourly break and a rise in the blinds to 700K/1.4MM ante 175K we would have a massive preflop battle between Spoli4tor and PLZDUNCALL. PLZDUNCALL was hoping for namesake folds while pushing 25.4 million chips UTG holding ace-eight A♦8♠. gamma21 would fold but Spoli4tor covering the bet would not as 73 million chips were pushed into the middle. TRAANKKA in the big blind let several clicks tick off the time bank before folding what was said after the hand as pocket jacks. Those jacks would have been ahead of Spoli4tor's pocket tens T♠T♦ as the board came out with the other two jacks (we'll have to check the replay in a few days if TRAANKKA did fold quads), but no aces Q♣ J♥ J♣ 7♥ 6♣ were found as PLZDUNCALL was done in fifth place ($13,500.00).

TRAANKKA takes third

The Day one chip leader was looking good for most of the final table, but ran into Spoli4tor's hot streak and was down to 21.8 million chips going into a big hand with gamma21. Watch the 44 million cringe worthy flop come out for gamma21's dominate hand:

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Pocket eights 8♦8♠ of gamma21 led the pocket sixes 6♦6♣ of TRAANKKA until a conga line of clubs came out on the flop 2♣4♣3♣ give gamma21 straight and flush outs to go with two sixes. A♦ on the turned was not one of those outs and neither was the 7♦ river as TRAANKKA was excused from the table in fourth place ($18,000.00)

As the lone chop dissenter left the table, the players immediately moved on to discuss a deal with Mr. Duthie again playing the referee part. After some online stats flexing by grandslamsal we came to the below deal:

Spoli4tor: $36,500.92
grandslamsal: $30,000.00
gamma21: $28,179.08

grandslamsal strikes out

Shortly after the deal was set with $10,000.00 set aside for the champion we would have our first nine figure pot of the tournament. With the blinds at 800K/1.6MM ante 200K Spoli4tor would min raise from the button as grandslamsal called from the small blind and gamma21 folded. T♥ 6♦ 8♣ on the flop got grandslamsal to check as Spoli4tor followed through with the 4.8 million chip bet and was check-raised by grandslamsal to 12.5 million. Spoli4tor called the extra 7.7 million to see the 9♠ turn and grandslamsal led out for 24 million. A min-raise to 48 million was made by Spoli4tor and called for less by an all-in grandslamsal. Top pair top kicker for grandslamsal A♠T♦ and a turned two pair 9♥8♦ for Spoli4tor. The J♠ on the river sent grandslamsal back to the dugout earning $30,000.00 after the chop agreement and setting up heads-up play between Spoli4tor and gamma21.

I can name that SCOOP champion in just 4 hands

gamma21 faced a 35.2 million to 179.3 million chip deficit and it would not improve as just four hands into heads-up play, both players got premium hands and sent the chips into the middle preflop. Watch the final hand play out below:

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At this stage it was a sizable cooler for gamma21 to get pocket tens T♠T♣ and be facing a high pocket pair of queens Q♥Q♣ held by Spoli4tor for the final 72 million chips. The board flushed out five cards that did not have ten pips on them A♠ 5♣ 7♦ 4♠ 9♣ and Spoli4tor's SCOOP victory along with $46,500.92 is cash was won and not Spoli4tor's first brush with a big final table. This win will be added to the Sunday Million final table earnings from last year, taking 9th for $12K.

gamma21's runner-up check was a little less than grandslamsal's but $28,179.08 will be useful heading to the second week SCOOP for a few shots at the higher buy-in tourneys.

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$500,000 Guarantee SCOOP Event #20-L No Limit Hold Em' Two-Day Tournament Results
*denotes part of three-way deal
1. Spoli4tor (Tecklenburg) *$46,500.92
2. gamma21 (Calimesa) *$28,179.08
3. grandslamsal (Downers Grove) *$30,000.00
4. TRAANKKA (SAO LUIS) $18,000.00
5. PLZDUNCALL (San Rafael) $13,500.00
6. mr.dex (eggenstein) $9,000.00
7. PRODIGYNEEBR (Wiston) $6,250.00
8. 88diamond88 (hameln) $4,250.00
9. Chapalette (Sepmes) $2,500.00

David Aydt
@PokerStars in SCOOP