SCOOP: Filfedra finds victory in Event #5-Medium ($109 NLHE Turbo w/Rebuys)
Turbo tournaments mean different things to players. Some like the quick action, the forced moves due to time constraints with five-minute levels, and the aggressive nature of play. While some believe the fast pace doesn't allow for enough skill-based action, others are drawn to it precisely for that fast pace. And admittedly, bloggers enjoy knowing they won't be following a 15-hour tournament.
And that brought us to Event 5, the turbo no-limit hold'em event. The medium level tournament offered a $109 buy-in with rebuys, and players and fans alike were aboard for the action-packed SCOOP event. Players were allowed unlimited rebuys (3,000 chips for $100) during the first 60 minutes of play, though they had to have less than 3,000 chips to hit the rebuy button. An add-on was also available (5,000 chips for $100) at the end of the rebuy period.
The first hour of the event saw the most action as the rebuys and add-ons accumulated. When it was all over, the following numbers gave the breakdown
Actual prize pool: $558,000
Paid players: 216
Into the second hour, the players were fading fast, and the money bubble burst when shaihulud exited in 217th place, leaving the remainder of the field guaranteed a $613.80 minimum payout.
Three members of Team PokerStars Pro were left in the tournament, though Noah "Exclusive" Boeken exited in 153rd place, and Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby headed out in 41st place. The last Team Pro standing was Toni Judet (pictured here), and he cruised into second chip position with four tables remaining.
The turbo nature of the tournament reduced the field to three tables just three hours and 25 minutes past the start time, though it took a remarkably long time (nearly 20 minutes!) to reach two tables. With a SCOOP title and seven five-figure payouts at stake, things appeared to take a more cautious turn.
During the time it took to reach the final table, Toni Judet was low on chips but doubled up to climb back into second, Fred_Brink doubled into first place with pocket aces, and Reesy departed in 12th. There were more double-ups, but into the fourth hour of the event, 2009 WCOOP winner XTheDecanoX left in 11th place.
Hand-for-hand play led to a few hands of tension before mdabdullah raised all-in with 2♣2♥ and filfedra called with A♥T♦. The race ended on the 9♥6♣A♠ flop, and the 3♦3♥ cards ended it, leaving mdabdullah out in tenth place with $4,408.20.
Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet leads final table action
It was in Level 45 when the final table began, with blinds at 125,000/250,000 and a 31,250 ante. The starting chip counts were:
Seat 1: TheCleaner11 (2,830,034 in chips)
Seat 2: Fred_Brink (2,234,208 in chips)
Seat 3: ROXY24 (2,204,995 in chips)
Seat 4: gruzovik666 (880,896 in chips)
Seat 5: CandyJohnson (1,557,908 in chips)
Seat 6: filfedra (3,537,310 in chips)
Seat 7: Toni Judet (4,135,376 in chips)
Seat 8: Kovalski1 (1,412,077 in chips)
Seat 9: Tonyvi2 (163,196 in chips)
TheCleaner11 chipped up immediately and soon worked into top chip position, edging out Toni Judet.
A few hands into action, Kovalski1 made an all-in move with 8♠8♦, and short-stacked Tonivi2 called all-in with T♥T♦. What looked like a double-up held up through the 5♠3♠7♣ flop, but the 8♥ on the turn gave Kovalski1 the set of eights. The 9♦ on the river ended Kovalski1's run at the title, and there was $5,580.00 waiting for the ninth place finish.
Gruzovik666 was also ready to move and did it with A♥7♣. Fred_Brink was the original mover in the hand with 5♣5♠ and had his opponent covered. The board of 7♥5♦Q♣T♥T♦ created a full house for Fred_Brink, and gruzovik666 was left with $9,765.00 for the eighth place finish.
Messy outcomes for early chip leaders
TheCleaner11 had been knocked out of the top spot on the leaderboard and fell rather quickly to the bottom. Kovalski1, CandyJohnson, and Fred_Brink all took turns doubling through TheCleaner11, and the last double-up left TheCleaner11 in a desperate situation. On a subsequent hand, when ROXY24 moved all-in from early position, TheCleaner11 called all-in for 30,357 chips from the small blind with 8♥5♣. ROXY24 showed A♣7♣, which made a better pair on the 5♥2♦J♦T♥7♦ board. TheCleaner11 was swept out in seventh place with $15,345.00 to show for it.
Toni Judet lost his footing at the final table and eventually moved all-in for his stack of 2.3 million chips. Fred_Brink reraised all-in to isolate, which worked, and showed A♦Q♥, which was set up to race against the T♠T♥ of Toni Judet. The flop of 9♠8♠5♣ was innocent enough, but the A♥ fell on the turn to give Fred_Brink the advantage. The 7♠ river card send Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet out in sixth place with $20,925.00 for the effort.
CandyJohnson was the next player at risk, all-in from the big blind for 490,816 chips. Kovalski reraised all-in, and everyone else folded. Kovalski1 showed A♥T♠, but CandyJohnson had Q♣Q♠. But the T♣3♥A♠2♥9♣ brought two pair for Kovalski1 on the flop, and the queens couldn't compete. CandyJohnson was eliminated in fifth place with $26,505.00.
ROXY24 found herself with a solid double-up opportunity when she needed it, courtesy of Fred_Brink. Filfedra then took a chance on two double-ups, one through ROXY24, as shown here, and the next through Kovalski1.
Fred_Brink looked for some action by moving all-in with 9♦3♥, but filfedra made the call from the big blind with T♠9♠. It didn't look good for Fred_Brink, and the J♣K♦4♦6♣2♥ pushed him over the brink and out in fourth place with $37,386.00.
ROXY24 never quite recovered from filfedra's double-up, and the two soon tangled again. ROXY24 pushed all-in with A♥J♣, and filfedra called with T♠7♣ in a battle of the blinds. What looked good for ROXY24 at the beginning changed as the board produced T♥2♣Q♦7♠Q♠. Mandy "ROXY24" Thomas was out in third place with $50,220.00.
Level 50 kicks off heads-up play
The final two players headed into the final match with these starting stacks:
Seat 6: filfedra (12,615,784 in chips)
Seat 8: Kovalski1 (6,340,216 in chips)
Kovalski1 lost a little ground but quickly doubled up with K-8 over K-6 in a pot worth nearly 11 million chips. But it was this essential double-up for filfedra that changed everything:
Kovalski1 held less than 3 million chips and risked it all on the next hand with K♠7♣. Filfedra was dominated with Q♣7♦, but the dealer provided 4♣3♠Q♥8♠Q♦ for trip queens, and Kovalski1 had to accept that beat and accept $66,960.00 for second place.
Filfedra of the Czech Republic won the SCOOP watch and $91,539.90 in cash for the victory. Congrats!
SCOOP Event #5-M Results:
1st place: filfedra ($91,539.90)
2nd place: Kovalski1 ($66,960.00)
3rd place: ROXY24 ($50,220.00)
4th place: Fred_Brink ($37,386.00)
5th place: CandyJohnson ($26,505.00)
6th place: Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet ($20,925.00)
7th place: TheCleaner11 ($15,345.00)
8th place: gruzovik666 ($9,765.00)
9th place: Tonyvi2 ($5,580.00)
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