SCOOP: Domce dominates Event #34-H Pot Limit Omaha, mement_mori 4th
Call it "high rollers day" here at the SCOOP 2011 tournament series. Today those with the bankrolls or those who were lucky enough to weave through the satellite fields to earn their pricy tickets got an audience with the best of the best and some of the largest prize pools offered during SCOOP. No disrespect to tomorrow's Event #38 otherwise known as the Main Event, sporting guarantees of $750,000 for the $109 buy-in, $1.5 million for the $1,050 buy-in, and for the high-rollers $2.5 million guaranteed on their $10,300 buy-in. But, tonight's prize pools could set someone up for awhile.
Many of those that you will see in tomorrow's Main Event high buy-in are battling tonight's Event #34-H $5,200 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha 6-max event. 96 players plunked down the sizable stake to crush the $250,000.00 guarantee and create a $480,000.00 prize pool paying out the last two full tables with one player walking away with $130,800.00
The high buy-in of course attracted several of our Team PokerStars pros and Team Online members as Leo Fernandez and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom joined for a brief time in the early goings but could not get past the extended 120 minute late registration. They were joined by several players vying for the Player of the Series title including the leader Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn (69th place), ozenc 3rd in the standings (52nd place) James "Andy McLEOD" Obst 6th in the standings (59th place), and cal42688 9th in the standings (49th place).
Team PokerStars pros "Nacho" Barbero (56th place) and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (59th place) also could not get out of the starting gates along with PLO specialist Richard "CHUFTY" Ashby (42nd place) and last night's SCOOP Event #33-H 3rd place alexanderapau (44th place) and runner-up Team PokerStars pro JP Kelly (30th place).
Ville Wahlbeck (41st place) and Johnny Lodden (36th place) made it through half the field but still far off the 12 money spots. Benny "toweliestar" Spindler (28th place) final tabled Event #17-H PLO w-rebuys for $55K, Team Online member Jorge "twin-caracas" Arias would nurse a short stack for awhile, but his kings would succumb to LuckyGump's straight finishing in 23rd place, and EDWARDHOPPER looking to overtake joiso in the SCOOP Player of the Series would run a nut flush draw into barbara42's flopped straight that rode a re-draw into a full house to finish out of the money and points in 20th place.
Right before the 6th hour dinner break we would bid adieu to Team PokerStars Raymond Wu (sorry couldn't resist). With the blinds at 100/200 Raymond sitting on just 2,545 chips was able to get it in preflop against Eleint and caprioli who final tabled two the same event (Event #16-L and #16-M) getting a high wrap hand smushed between two flushes. Ten-high flush for caprioli and an ace-high flush for Eleint as the Taiwanese pro finished just out of the money in 17th place.
The difference between a car and air guitar
After a grueling hour long hand-for-hand bubble with 13 remaining on three tables, kimokh would go home with an empty pocket. The blinds sitting at 200/400 kand imokh on the short stack with 9,638 would get it in preflop against MrSmits. Suited kings K♦ T♣ 3♦ K♣ for kimokh hoping to dodge the double-suited hand of MrSmits 6♠ T♠ Q♣ A♣. 4♥ 6♥ 5♦ paired up the six for MrSmits but got rid any flush draw threats for kimokh, but the Q♠ handed two pair for MrSmits who would ride it to victory much like Shackleford did in the Preakness Stakes tonight as the J♣ fell helplessly on the river giving MrSmits the 19,676 chip pot and everyone left, including Team PokerStars pro Noah "Exclusive" Boeken was assured $12,000.
Team PokerStars Pro Noah "Exclusive" Boeken eliminated in 10th place
Another deep run, another missed final table. Boeken has remained positive via his Twitter after having some deep runs in the 2011 SCOOP series but tonight's tournament would end the same. With the blinds at 250/500 and Boeken sitting on a small stack after LFMagic found a call on a paired board with a straight after Boeken tried to bet him off it on the river, Noah would be all-in preflop six minutes later. Holding just 7,174 chips Boeken would trade bets with Draethen preflop and shoved for his remaining 3,424 chips after the 3♣ 7♦ 4♣ flop. A gutshot wheel draw and flush draw for Boeken T♣ A♦ J♦ 2♣ versus the top set of Draethen 7♠ A♠ 6♣ 7♥. The board would blank for both players showing a J♥ on the turn and 6♠ river ending Noah's night in 10th place ($12,000.00).
Sorry no chopi allowed
After another long hand-for-hand battle with a stiff $7,200.00 (and potentially $112,000.00) difference between 7th and the final table made for some lively play as our final seven jockeyed for position to that SCOOP championship watch sitting at the final table. With the blinds moving up to 400/800 chopi7 saw a spot to get all of his short-stacked 13,780 chips into the middle against LFmagic preflop. The spot however would mean cracking the suited aces 6♦ A♦ A♠ J♣ held by his nemesis. A double suited mid-wrap hand was as good as any 7♥ Q♥ T♠ J♠ but with an ace on the flop 3♦ Q♦ A♣ only a non-diamond king would save him on the turn and river. It was not meant to be as the 4♥ and 2♥ fell to ship the 28,760 chip pot to LFmagic and cut chopi7 from the tournament in seventh place ($18,000.00).
Seat 1: Draethen (56535 in chips)
Seat 2: zivziv (50080 in chips)
Seat 3: mement_mori (49613 in chips)
Seat 4: LFmagic (105945 in chips)
Seat 5: Domce (65652 in chips)
Seat 6: MrSmits (152175 in chips)
Ten bells and all is well, one hand later not so much
After ten hours of play our final six remained intact thanks to a timely river card for LFmagic who notched a straight flush versus zivziv's ace high flush to scoop a 50,162 chip pot to his tournament alive with the blinds at 600/1200. The first hand after the six came back from their five minute break zivziv went searching to find some chips after that unfortunate river card that knocked him down to 11,766 chips. Holding suited aces zivziv A♦ Q♠ 5♣ A♣ would put his tournament life on the line preflop versus Domce's double suited A♠ 3♠ 5♦ T♦. Trey on the flop and a ten binking on the turn would crack zivziv's aces 3♣ 9♥ Q♦ T♥ 4♦ giving the Israeli an quick ending to a long tournament in sixth place ($25,200.00).
An hour to lose one, three minutes to lose two
Our final table would last through an entire hour before finding one elimination but LFmagic found something he liked after the flop and went for it. With the blinds still at 600/1,200 LFmagic would open for a min-raise from the cutoff as Draethen re-raised to 7,800 from the big blind and LFmagic called leaving 44,806 chips behind. A semi-coordinated Q♣ 6♦ T♦ flop got Draethen to lead out for 10,840 as LFmagic shoved for his remaining chips holding 9♠ Q♥ J♥ K♦ a wrap straight and flush draw versus Draethen's aces with a gutshot Q♠ K♠ A♥ A♦. Draethen would dodge the minefield of outs to claim the 105,812 chip pot as LFmagic was out of pixie dust in fifth place ($33,600.00).
The foursome would draw the attention of our host this evening for brief chop talks but after the number were read, play would continue without any deal in place.
The defeat of mement_mori
Watch below as Domce would take mement_mori to scraps:
With the blinds moving up to 800/1,600 mement_mori would raise to 3,800 from the button as Domce three-bet to 11,200. mement_mori called to see A♥ K♣ 6♥ on the flop and faced a quick 16,000 c-bet. Never shy to put in a few chips, mement_mori would raise to 72,000 and Domce immediately called all-in holding a set with the nut flush redraw T♦ K♥ K♠ 3♥ dominating the top two of mement_mori 5♠ A♣ K♦ 3♦. No miracle two outer for the top tournament pro as Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen watched the 4♠ and J♥ fall to leave him with just 8,319 chips. Those leftovers were claimed by Domce two hands later as mement_mori would not overtake joiso tonight for the SCOOP Player of the Series lead finishing in fourth place ($45,600.00).
MrSmits goes to the cashier's window
Omaha is all about fading that draw, or completing it depending on which side of the coin you are on. Blind sitting at 1K/2K watch the below hand behind MrSmits and Draethen expound on this idea:
MrSmits: K♥ 7♦ 8♠ T♣
Draethen: Q♣ 8♣ T♠ 6♠
After calling a min-raise from Draethen on the button, MrSmits went for a 24,000 chip check-raise after the 2♠ 8♥ K♠ flop but Draethen liked his flush draw and a pair to set MrSmits all-in. Holding top two MrSmits called for his remaining 18,122. 9♣ on the turn did not change the leverage on the hand, but the 7♣ river caught one of Draethen's turned straight outs and MrSmits traveled to the cashier's window for third place cash ($67,200.00).
Canada vs. Lithuania
We would be playing for keeps as Draethen would inquire about a possible chop but Domce held a 329,367 to 150,633 chip lead going into heads-up play and the blinds at a scant 1K/2K allowing for lots of play no deal was made. Domce never waivered from the chip lead chiseling at Draethen's chip stack until 30 minutes later both would find a flop to throw their chips at. Check out the final hand of Event #34-H below:
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It looked like an innocent enough flop 2♣7♠4♣ after a raise to 5,475 and call preflop. But after Domce checked, Draethen was determined to get his remaining 96,852 chips into the middle and bet 6,570 chips. Domce would comply with a check-raise to 25,000 even and the two swapped bets until Draethen's stack stood in the middle of the 204,654 chip pot holding 6♠ A♣ K♦ 5♣ good for an open ended straight draw and nut flush draw. Domce held a couple of the flush and straight outs 4♠ 7♣ 8♣ 8♦ and more importantly two pair. 7♦ on the turn sealed up the Event #34-H PLO $5,200 buy-in tournament win with sevens full as the moot river card 3♦ officially ended Draethen's night in second place ($87,600.00). Domce stood firm on not chopping and it paid off to the tune of $130,800.00 and a shiny SCOOP championship watch!
Be sure to check out the action from tonight's final table during the Inside SCOOP show on PokerStars.tv tomorrow as the two-day three tiered Main Event kicks off.
SCOOP 2011 Event #34-H $5,200 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha 6-max results (05-21-11)
1. Domce (Lithuania) $130,800.00
2. Draethen (Canada) $87,600.00
3. MrSmits (Denmark) $67,200.00
4. mement_mori (Denmark) $45,600.00
5. LFmagic (United Kingdom) $33,600.00
6. zivziv (Israel) $25,200.00