SCOOP: Tipsy stays alert enough to win marathon Event #8-Medium

scoop2009_thn.gifAfter two days of Badugi, 5-Card Draw, Pot Limit Omaha, 6-Max, and multi-day tournaments Event #8-medium buy-in brings back the standard No Limit Hold Em' format. No switching between limit and no-limit, no wild cards, and no bounties. Just receive two cards, place five in the middle and bet to your heart's content. 5,403 players would put down the $109 buy-in creating a prize pool of $540,300.00 that over doubled the $200,000.00 guarantee put up by PokerStars. Along with a structure that allowed for plenty of post-flop play.

Among the 810 players who cashed in the tournament. Peter "Nordberg" Feldman (789th place $151.28), Matt "All_in_at420" Stout (743rd place $156.68), Team PokerStars pros JP Kelly (735th place $156.68), Grzerorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz (614th place $172.89), and Tom McEvoy (414th place $205.31), and Asian Team PokerStars pro Tae Joon Noh (123rd place $459.25)


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JP Kelly: 735th place

But, one Team PokerStars Pro was standing tall during the 12th hour dinner break with 65 players remaining. Australian Grant Levy was sitting on a 3rd place stack during the 15 minute break and continued to keep that stack tidy thru the 15th hour with just two tables and 12 players remaining. And with just 17 minutes before the 16th hour of this marathon we would have our final table set. Ironically named railbiiird would open shove for 1.9 million with blinds at 60K/120k ante 15K from the cutoff as FUTBOLCHE from the small blind covered and made the call. A♥Q♦ for railbiiird and pocket kings K♥K♠ for FUTBOLCHE. The river did not deliver here an ace as the board put out 4♥ J♣ 4♦ 7♥ 9♦ to send railbiiird to his namesake in tenth place ($3,214.78) setting up the final table below:


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Seat 1: one-up man (4781034 in chips)
Seat 2: Tipsy (11267736 in chips)
Seat 3: binder673 (1431698 in chips)
Seat 4: FUTBOLCHE (11678833 in chips)
Seat 5: prenmelbs (1669443 in chips)
Seat 6: badplyr99 (7483386 in chips)
Seat 7: Jacks_h21 (3353970 in chips)
Seat 8: jomanda1963 (8630300 in chips)
Seat 9: Grant Levy (3733600 in chips)

Another final table for a Team PokerStars pro during SCOOP, as Grant Levy would carry the site's flag into this morning's final nine with a little more than 30BBs and blinds at 60K/120K ante 15K. Levy would go to work early calling the 1.3 million chip shove by binder673 in the table's fourth hand. Causally turning over pocket aces A♣A♦ to binder673's pocket nines 9♣9♦, the odds got worse for the shortstack's survival on the 8♦ A♠ T♠ flop as Grant hit his set, and binder673's fate was sealed by the 4♦ turn making the Q♣ river moot and closing the book on binder673 in ninth place ($4,322.40).


Warning: Big boats dead ahead.

After the blinds moved up to 70K/140K ante 17.5K, micro-stacked prenmelbs managed a small double up with pocket kings and shoved on an early position raise by the chip leader Tipsy to gain a 950K chip pot. But, just three hands after prenmelbs started the long road back to becoming solvent in the game, this hand occurred:


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Not a pretty way to exit as prenmelbs unfortunately hit the nut flush on the river holding A♠Q♠, as FUTBOLCHE with 8♥8♦ already wrapped up the hand by spiking eights full on the board showing J♠ J♦ 4♥ 8♠ 7♠. prenmelbs would receive a consolation prize package worth $6,753.75 in eighth place.

Fade away.

Blinds holding steady at 70K/140K ante 17.5K, Grant Levy would attempt to open min-raise from the button into the chip leader Tipsy's big blind that made the call. 8♦ 5♦ 2♣ on the flop as Tipsy checked to the Team PokerStar pro who would bet 542K. Check-raised by Tipsy to 1.5 million as Levy went into the tank. With just 1.7 million behind Grant would shove the rest into the middle with top pair J♠8♠ as Tipsy made the call with bottom pair and a flush draw J♦2♦. No pause for an exciting river as the 6♦ hit the turn and added yet another diamond on the river T♦ just in case the message wasn't clear enough. For Grant's efforts after 16 and half hours of play he received $12,156.75 for seventh place.

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Grant Levy: 7th place

Go Jacks err... no not those Jacks!

Five hands later as blinds rose to 80K/160K ante 20K, badplyr99 started the betting with the popular min-raise as Jacks_h21 on the immediate left shoved for 2.6 million total. The option wouldn't get back to badplyr99 just yet as one-up man decided to shove as well for 5.4 million. badplyr99 wasted no time in folding as Jacks_h21 turned up K♠8♦ for the steal attempt and one-up man showed pocket jacks J♣J♠. The king refused to come down on the T♠ 9♣ 9♦ 5♥ 6♥ board and with more irony today, Jacks_h21 was done in by jacks in sixth place ($17,559.75).

Mr. SOB! He trapped me!

Another five hands later we would have our fifth place finisher named. Watch jomanda1963 find the rivered two pair uninteresting in the video below:


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FUTBOLCHE allowed jomanda1963 to do the betting on the flop and turn after hitting a flopped set of eights as the turned board showing T♠ 8♣ 6♠ A♦ sealed jomanda1963's decision to push top pair as FUTBOLCHE took down the 12.7 million chip pot and assumed the chip lead from Tipsy. Fifth place and $22,962.75 was set aside for jomanda1963.

About 15 minutes after jomanda1963 took leave, badplyr99 finally spoke up in the chat to ask about a potential end to this tournament via chop, but the chat box stayed silent as it had since Grant Levy was bumped in seventh place. With rise in the blinds to 100K/200K ante 25K the four players would play on...

... until FUTBOLCHE found some cards under the big stack

Blinds still at 100K/200K ante 25K, FUTBOLCHE would raise to 490K from the cutoff as one-up man tried to take it down there with a shove for 5.2 million with pocket fours 4♠4♣. FUTBOLCHE had the cards again and quickly called with pocket queens Q♥Q♠. The A♠ 6♥ 7♠ 3♦ T♦ board remained sailboat free, also missing the gutshot straight draw on the river as one-up man was out of lives, finishing in fourth place ($30,526.95)


Jingle of money and sleep was getting stronger (for pause at least).

Five minutes of silence then the chat box opened up as all four agreed to at least look at the numbers. The PokerStars Host came out to present the chop numbers but since the dollar amounts did not include enough for the short-stacked badplyr99 and after mentioned smoke break for Tipsy and FUTBOLCHE the cards were in the air again.


Not a bad player, just ran out of chips

Shortly after the negotiations ceased so did badplyr99's tournament life. Blinds still at 100K/200K ante 25K and badplyr99's stack down to just 4.4 million compared to the 26 million held by Tipsy and 22.9 million for FUTBOLCHE, badplyr99 would shove from the button with J♦K♠. Tipsy with plenty of chips would make the call from the small blind holding pocket fours 4♥4♦. Fours didn't work out for one-up man but they won the race for Tipsy as the board laid out 3♠ 5♦ 8♠ 4♣ 6♣ a set for Tipsy and badplyr99 was anything but bad while taking third place money ($44,493.70).

Hour 17 and alls well!

Tipsy (31,353,475 in chips)
FUTBOLCHE (22,676,525 in chips)

Tipsy and FUTBOLCHE tried for a fleeting moment to come to deal but instead we would be ratcheting up the blinds to 125K/250K ante 31,250 as our final two are determined to name a winner and take sole possession of the $84,506.30 first prize.

Tipsy tilts the chips on the table in his stack's direction

After a 25 minute heads-up battle which found Tipsy slowly extracting chips from FUTBOLCHE to a 46.7 million to 7.2 million chip lead we had our final race of the night. Watch below as Tipsy's Q♦J♣ goes up against the pocket sixes 6♣6♠ of FUTBOLCHE for the Event #8-M SCOOP title:


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Queen on the flop was all Tipsy needed thru the 7♣ 4♥ Q♠ K♥ 7♥ to take down this nearly 19 hour epic tournament. Congrats to all our winners, and be sure to check out the SCOOP main page for all the up-to-date information on the tournament series.

$200,000 Guarantee SCOOP Event #8-M No Limit Hold Em' Results:

1. Tipsy (Aliso Viejo) $84,506.30
2. FUTBOLCHE (Buenos Aires) $62,944.95
3. badplyr99 (Fredericksburg) $44,493.70
4. one-up man (Catlin) $30,526.95
5. jomanda1963 (phuket) $22,962.75
6. Jacks_h21 (Trittau) $17,559.75
7. Grant Levy (Merlin) $12,156.75
8. prenmelbs (ipswich) $6,753.75
9. binder673 (Tucson) $4,322.40


David Aydt
@PokerStars in SCOOP