SCOOP: filthyfish swims away with Event #37-M ($215 NLHE 6-max)

SCOOP logo.gifEvent #37 was the 2011 SCOOP's last-chance saloon. It was the last chance to rack up TLB points, make a big score, or even get unstuck before the Main Event. The lure of six-max action and a $500,000 prize pool drew 3,775 players into the fray, topping that guarantee by $255,000. 480 of them scored a cash finish with the champion set to earn $117,025.00. Team PokerStars made a strong showing in this event with six Team Pros--Alexis "J0hnny_Dr@m@" Zervos (40th), Ruben Visser (68th), Bryan Huang (215th), Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (221st), Richard Toth (452nd), and Arnaud Mattern (473rd) along with Team Online's Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz (47th), finishing in the money.

Action kicked off on Sunday afternoon and finished as the sun set on Europe Monday evening. 19 players advanced to Day 2 after 33 levels of play. A bit over two hours after action recommenced on Monday, burns1986 three-bet shoved for his last 2 million with pocket deuces only to run headlong into filthyfish's pocket aces, the board running out 7♣5♦4♣8♣7♠ to take us to the final table.

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Filthyfish arrived at the final table with the chip lead while pisha4 was hanging on with less than six big blinds:

Seat 1: steel144 (4,523,327 in chips)
Seat 2: marquitos74 (9,003,366 in chips)
Seat 3: filthyfish (11,578,553 in chips)
Seat 4: pisha4 (705,056 in chips)
Seat 5: Praetoriani (8,677,502 in chips)
Seat 6: 7tHEcROw7 (3,262,196 in chips)

Luckily for pisha4, he quickly found a double-up, three-bet shoving for 855,056 behind filthyfish's 249,000 opening raise. Steel144 re-shoved for 4.95 million from the big blind to isolate and filthyfish let his hand go. Pisha4's Q♠Q♥ held up against steel144's J♠J♥, giving the short stack a reprieve. With the blinds up to 60,000/120,000, pisha4 was now on 17.5 BB with 2.1 million.

With 21.5 big blinds remaining, 7tHEcROw7 open-shoved for his last 3 million from the button and steel144 re-shoved from the small blind after picking up A♠K♦. 7tHEcROw7 's K♠J♦ was dominated and although he picked up a gutshot straight draw on the A♦T♣3♥ flop, the turn and river blanked out, falling the T♦ and the 8♦ to send him to the rail. For his sixth-place finish, 7tHEcROw7 collected $13,212.50.

Marquitos74 moved into the chip lead after his hand, where he got three streets of value pff Praetoriani when he flopped two pair and turned a boat:

Although Praetoriani took a huge blow on that hand, dropping to 5.2 million, he quickly chipped back up to 9.8 million when he picked up K♦K♥. After opening for a min-raise to 320,000, steel144 three-bet shoved for 4.2 million on the button and Praetoriani quickly called. The kings held against A♠Q♦ and steel144 departed in fifth place, earning $24,220.40.

Still holding the chip lead, marquitos74 increased his margin even further after going to war with filthyfish on a 9♦9♠8♠ flop. Marquitos74 check-raised filthyfish's 800,000 bet to 1.6 million, then made the call when filthyfish re-popped it to 2.4 million. Both players checked down the K♣ on the turn and the 7♠ on the river, marquitos74 turning up pocket jacks to take down the 5.9 million-chip pot. After the hand, marquitos74 was up to 20.8 million while filthyfish was left on 7.2 million.

Remarkably after all this action, pisha4 was still hanging on despite starting Day 2 in 19th place out of 19 remaining players. Down to 454,000, pisha4 open-shoved for his last 2.5 big blinds and both Praetoriani and marquitos74 called. They checked down the 9♠6♦4♦J♣6♥ board, pisha4 turning over J♥8♥ for the win. Pisha4 tripled to 1.3 million on that hand, was whittled back down to 612,000, then tripled a second time against the same two players when he turned a set of sixes. His opponents started joking about how he seemed to have nine lives and pisha4 himself made a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that they make a deal.

Filthyfish claimed more than half of Praetoriani's stack in an 8 million pot where he flopped a Broadway straight. Down to 4.2 million with the blinds up to 100,000/200,000, Praetoriani opened for a min-raise on the button. Filthyfish shoved from the big blind and Praetoriani made the call, his A♥Q♣ racing against pocket nines. Although Praetoriani hit top pair on the Q♠5♣2♦ flop, filthyfish spiked a two-outer on the river, making a set of nines to eliminate Praetoriani in fourth place.

No one was happier about that river card than pisha4, still on only 1.9 million chips and now guaranteed third-place money. He made his last stand, shoving from the small blind with A♦2♥, but ran into marquitos74's 7♣7♠. Marquitos74 flopped a set of sevens, leaving pisha4 drawing dead by the turn on the 9♣7♥3♥8♦J♣ board. For an extremely patient day of play, pisha4 scored $62,665.00.

Less than 2.5 million separated marquitos74 and filthyfish as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 2: marquitos74 (20,060,710 in chips)
Seat 3: filthyfish (17,689,290 in chips)

Only a few hands into their match and the counts even more balanced, marquitos74 proposed a deal. Filthyfish quickly agreed to the proposal, which gave each player $96,170 and left $10,000 in play.

marquitos74: deal?
filthyfish: 50 50 deal?
marquitos74: yep and 10k for champ
filthyfish: yes

Even with the vast majority of the prize money squared away, filthyfish and marquitos74 still played heads-up for 30 minutes. After a match that started and remained remarkably even, filthyfish went on a rush and won six consecutive pots to pull ahead of marquitos74. Then, one 30 million-chip monster pot decided it all.

Filthyfish limped in on the button and marquitos74 raised to 900,000 from the big blind. filthyfish called and they saw a T♥8♠2♣ flop. Marquitos74 led out for 900,000, filthyfish raised to 2.1 million, marquitos74 three-bet to 4.2 million and filthyfish shoved for more than 21.4 million. Marquitos74 quickly called off the 10.2 million he had behind, turning up K♦K♠. Filthyfish was in dire shape after getting a little fresh with J♥8♣. The 8♦, however, fell on the turn, making filthyfish trip eights. Marquitos74 couldn't pull a king on the river and the 2011 SCOOP had its final preliminary event champion in filthyfish. For the victory, he collected $106,170 and a snazzy Movado watch, while runner-up marquitos74 earned $96,170.

SCOOP Event #37-M ($215 NLHE 6-max) results
1. filthyfish (Norway) $117,025.00
2. marquitos74 (Switzerland) $85,315.00
3. pisha4 (Belgium) $62,665.00
4. Praetoriani (Austria) $40,015.00
5. steel144 (Australia) $24,220.40
6. 7tHEcROw7 (United Kingdom) $13,212.50

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP