SCOOP: dean23price banks a win in Event #26-Medium ($109 NLHE turbo)

SCOOP logo.gifIf you have a short commute, it might take 16 minutes for you to drive to work in the morning. You might wait 16 minutes for the bus or a burger and fries at the diner. In a live tournament, it can take 16 minutes to play a single hand let alone a single orbit, but tonight, in 16 minutes and only 38 hands the nine final tablists in Event #26-Medium managed to play down to a new SCOOP champion. God bless turbo no-limit hold'em.

4,345 players put up $109 each for entry into this rapid-fire tournament, creating a $434,500 prize pool. 585 places paid, with first place set to earn $68,217.76. Team PokerStars was well represented by Team Pros Marcin Horecki, George Danzer, Henrique Pinho, Liv Boeree, Greg DeBora, Toni Judet, Jude Ainsworth, Pat Pezzin, Maxim Lykov, and Pieter De Korver while Anders "Donald" Berg, Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli, Vadim Markushevski, and Andre Coimbra flew the red spade for Team Online. Finishing in the money were Tyler "frosty0212" Frost (570th), Kristian "CharismA3" Martin, Juan Maceiras (109th) and Noah Boeken, who made it all the way to the final three tables before bowing out in 25th place.

Since he had only three big blinds left, it looked like dummypuppy would end up as the bubble boy, but those honors ended up going to atzektm when he called wolfeman99's small blind shove with A♥8♠ in the big blind. Wolfeman99 was behind with Q♦4♥, but hit middle pair on the K♠4♠2♦ flop. Atzektm couldn't find an ace, an eight or running straight cards, the turn and river falling the 9♣ and the 2♠ to eliminate him on the final table bubble.

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Thanks to that pot, wolfeman99 entered the final table as the chip leader. Here's how they stacked up:

Seat 1: wolfeman99 (7,938,198 in chips)
Seat 2: RunningAlone (5,900,390 in chips)
Seat 3: dummypuppy (1,380,612 in chips)
Seat 4: g0epr0 (5,350,753 in chips)
Seat 5: Macoquito (5,771,596 in chips)
Seat 6: Cleggalfish (2,590,774 in chips)
Seat 7: dean23price (4,293,750 in chips)
Seat 8: kidious23 (2,950,640 in chips)
Seat 9: titcar (7,273,287 in chips)

Dummypuppy may have survived the final table bubble, but he couldn't make it any further than ninth place. With the blinds up to 250,000/500,000, titcar moved all-in for 6.2 million from the cutoff and dummypuppy called off his last 580,612 from the big blind. Although dummypuppy had the best hand when the money went in, with A♥2♠ against 8♣9♥, an eight hit the flop, sending dummypuppy home with a $3,476 payday.

Two hands later, Cleggalfish got the rest of his chips in against g0epr0 with A♥8♦ against A♣J♥, but like titcar before him, flopped an eight to take down the pot and double to 7.7 million. On the next hand, titcar open-shoved for 7.9 million and dean23price called all in for 4.4 miilion from the big blind, his pocket jacks holding against A♥9♣. The 10.5 million pot gave dean23price the chip lead and he padded it even further one hand later when Cleggalfish shoved for 7.3 million from the button with K♣Q♣. Dean23price looked down at pocket kings in the small blind and re-shoved to isolate, chasing away kidious23. The kings were good on the 5♥3♥3♦A♦6♦ board and Cleggalfish departed in eighth place ($5,431.25), while dean23price chipped up to 18.8 million.

Titcar just couldn't control his trigger finger and a few minutes later, he open-shoved for just under 3 milliion from UTG+1 holding K♥6♦. RunningAlone woke up with A♣K♠ and reshoved behind him, the board running out 4♦9♣4♠8♣7♦ to eliminate titcar in seventh. He collected $9,776.25 for his efforts.

Dean23price ran into a bit of foul luck when he doubled up g0epr0. Although dean23price got his money in good with A♠Q♠ against A♦8♦, g0epr0 made an ace-high flush when the flop landed K♦J♦4♦. Dean23price's woes, however, were quite temporary as he picked up A♦K♠ on the very next hand and three-bet shoved over Macoquito's opening raise. Macoquito quickly called with pocket queens, but dean23price hit top pair on the A♣5♦3♦ flop. Macoquito couldn't manage a two-outer on the turn or river and exited in 6th place, $14,121.25 richer.

A few hands later, the action folded around to RunningAlone in the now-400,000 small blind. He called all-in for 397,981 with 6♠7♦, g0epr0 turning up 2♣8♣ in the big blind. Miraculously, the eight played on the K♥K♣J♣3♣5♠ board, leaving RunningAlone with $18,466.25 for fifth place.

On the next hand (seriously, the next hand), kidious23 bowed out in fourth place when his A♠5♠ did not improve against g0epr0's pocket queens after a preflop all-in. Three hands later, wolfeman99 staked his tournament life on a pocket pair of nines, calling all-in for 14.4 million after dean23price shoved 17.3 million from the button. This time dean23price's A♣7♥ was not the best hand, but sevens from heaven on the flop and turn gave him the 30 million-chip pot and the KO. Not all was lost for wolfeman99, though-- now he has $35,846.25 to spend on summer Phish tour.

Dean23price had a better than 3 to 1 advantage as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 4: g0epr0 (10,094,219 in chips)
Seat 7: dean23price (33,355,781 in chips)

It took all of seven hands for this match to be decided. The most significant pot was the first they played heads-up, dean23price getting some nice value on his pocket aces:

Five blind steals later, the final hand unfolded. Dean23price set g0epr0 all-in for his last 2.3 million and the Norwegian called, turning over A♥6♦. Dean23price needed some help with 5♣9♣, but once again, the poker gods obliged. Although the flop was a relatively innocuous Q♣T♠8♠, the 9♠ fell on the turn, pairing up dean23price. G0epr0 needed an ace on the river to survive, but the 6♠ appeared instead, sealing up the SCOOP win for dean23price.

This isn't the first time dean23price has found the winner's circle. Back in March 2010 he won the Super Tuesday for over $75,000 only two days after finishing second in the Sunday Million for a $205,000 score. Tonight he added another $68,217.76 to the till while runner-up g0epr0 earned $50,836.50.

SCOOP Event #26-Medium ($109 Turbo NLHE) results:
1. dean23price (United Kingdom) $68,217.76
2. g0epr0 (Norway) $50,836.50
3. wolfeman99 (Canada) $35,846.25
4. kidious23 (Ireland) $24,983.75
5. RunningAlone (Sweden) $18,466.25
6. Macoquito (Spain) $14,121.25
7. titcar (Hungary) $9,776.25
8. Cleggalfish (United Kingdom) $5,431.25
9. dummypuppy (Hungary) $3,476.00

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP