SCOOP: Fittungen of Sweden fittingly wins Event #38-Low ($109 NLHE Main Event)

SCOOP logo.gifMost series have a finale. Television shows typically have a finale at the end of each season, books have a final chapter that pulls everything together, and sports have a season-ending championship to determine the ultimate winning team. And poker tournaments have their main events, the finale of each series that wraps it up, offers a massive guarantee, and looks to crown the player who makes it through arguably the toughest field of the series.

Welcome to the 2011 SCOOP Main Event.

Call it Event 38 if you'd like, but it's the Main Event of the 38-event series that boasted of 114 tournaments in all, three buy-in levels for each event. And this level of the main event was the lowest of the three, offering a $100 + $9 buy-in with a very substantial $750K guarantee. What a way to conclude this year's SCOOP!

And for this low buy-in Main Event, otherwise known as Event 38-L, the numbers were quite strong, with the turnout more than doubling the guarantee:

Players: 16,782
Guarantee: $750,000
Actual prize pool: $1,678,200
Paid players: 2,475

Strong, indeed.

Day 1

The money bubble burst rather quickly in the event considering the substantial field. It happened just after the 5.5-hour mark of the tournament and guaranteed the top 2,475 players at least $151.03 for their efforts. But with six-figure payouts for the top three finishers, there was a lot of motivation to strive for that final table.

Along the way, as players cashed out of the tournament, many of the players with PokerStars logos next to their names departed sooner than they hoped. The first to do so was Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree in 2353rd place, followed by Team Online's Kwangsoo "PiS.ToTo" Lee in 2160th place. Friend of PokerStars Charlotte "Sjlot" Van Brabander exited in 1617th place, Team Pro Toni Judet in 1593rd, Joep "Pappe_Ruk" Van Den Bijgaart in 1559th, and Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas in 1503rd.

And a bit later, the last team member standing was eliminated. Team Online's Anders "Donald" Hoyer Berg accepted $469.89 for the 594th place exit.

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Play continued into the ninth hour as the field dropped below the 200-player mark, and it was well into the tenth hour that the payouts at 117th place exceeded the $1K rate. The field thinned quite a bit by the start of the 11th hour, when only 68 players remained. And by the time Level 44 was ready to end, Zoukki became the 17th finisher with $3,440.31 cash.

Only the following 16 players remained:

vossiman (20,419,395)
120568 (17,185,948)
SeriouzFox (16,663,970)
tyumenChere (14,343,616)
Luckbox4Life (12,091,425)
socutiesf (11,899,801)
Cheprykalov (11,133,936)
nagy88 (11,102,790)
BOZLAD (9,986,880)
Emmmmmmm (9,483,726)
Le Dolce (9,089,620)
fittungen (7,406,711)
Flush_Entity (6,699,448)
Smicer32 (5,236,562)
JGagMan (2,968,173)
Valerich112 (2,107,999)

Day 2

Level 45 welcomed the players back to the tables for the second and final day, with blinds at 150,000/300,000 and a 37,500 ante.

In the first 30 minutes of the second day of play, Flush_Entity doubled through chip leader vossiman to gain serious ground and jump into the top five. Emmmmmmm and fittungen also climbed while BOZLAD fell toward the bottom of the pack.

But Cheprykalov took the toughest fall and became the first player to exit, walking away with $3,440.31 for 16th place. Meanwhile, JGagMan doubled and climbed up the ladder into the top ten. Valerich112 couldn't improve on his short stack coming into the day and left in 15th place with $4,866.78, andBOZLAD followed in 14th for the same payout.

Le Dolce struggled and finally exited in 13th place, and 120568 failed to find any positive momentum on Day 2 and left in 12th place with $6,293.25. And the subsequent elimination of JGagMan led to hand-for-hand play.

Just into the second hour of the day, socutiesf made the all-in move with K♦T♠, and tyumenChere called all-in from the big blind with A♦Q♥. The board of 7♦Q♦K♥6♥9♣ gave the pot to socutiesf with the pair of kings, and tyumenChere departed in tenth place with $6,293.25.

LuckBox4Life locks up initial chip lead

The final table was then set, starting in Level 29 with 400,000/800,000 blinds and a 100,000 ante. Starting chip counts were listed as follows:

Seat 1: nagyy88 (10,705,390 in chips)
Seat 2: SeriouzFox (13,336,762 in chips)
Seat 3: socutiesf (22,257,979 in chips)
Seat 4: fittungen (9,073,100 in chips)
Seat 5: Flush_Entity (10,355,796 in chips)
Seat 6: Luckbox4Life (31,903,474 in chips)
Seat 7: vossiman (24,574,645 in chips)
Seat 8: Emmmmmmm (20,724,406 in chips)
Seat 9: Smicer32 (24,888,448 in chips)

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Soon after action got underway, fittungen doubled through Flush_Entity, leaving the latter with a short stack. Those 382,696 chips went all-in from the big blind on the next hand with 4♥2♦, but original raiser vossiman had A♣T♣ and made the call. The board of T♦8♠7♥2♠5♥ eliminated Flush_Entity, who final tabled Event 31-M, in ninth place with $10,069.20.

Fittungen doubled through Smicer32, and Smicer32 then did the same through socutiesf.

Meanwhile, nagyy88 tried the same thing, moving all-in for little more than 7 million chips preflop, but original raiser vossiman called with T♦7♦. The double-up looked promising as nagyy88 showed A♦K♥, but the board of 7♣Q♣4♣4♥Q♥ gave vossiman queens and sevens. Nagyy88 finished the tournament in eighth place with $15,103.80.

Smicer32 was at risk again, pushing all-in with K♦9♥, but Luckbox4Life called with the A♦A♣, and nothing on the T♣8♦Q♦7♠A♥ board could beat Luckbox4Life. That left Smicer32 out in seventh place with $25,173.00.

Socutiesf soars

SeriouzFox doubled through vossiman. And vossiman took another big hit courtesy of socutiesf:

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While socutiesf rivaled Luckbox4Life at the top of the chip counts, Emmmmmmm was in jeopardy. The all-in move was made after an initial raise from vossiman, and Emmmmmmm reraised with K♣J♣. Vossiman called with 4♦4♥, which won the race when the board produced T♠K♠3♥4♣3♦ for the full house. Emmmmmmm departed in sixth place with $41,955.00.

Shortly thereafter, a hand developed as SeriouzFox raised and fittungen reraised. SeriouzFox responded by pushing all-in for more than 17 million chips with T♠T♥, and fittungen made the call with A♠Q♠. Another race situation ensued, and the 8♥8♦7♥ gave SeriouzFox two pair. But the A♥ turn and A♦ river gave fittungen the full house and eliminated SeriouzFox in fifth place with $58,737.00.

Fittungen then doubled through socutiesf in a risky move that paid off and pushed fittungen into the top spot on the leaderboard:

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Socutiesf then doubled through Luckbox4Life to stay in the game. Vossiman doubled through fittungen.

But vossiman was itching to move again. After a raise from socutiesf, vossiman made the move for more than 10 million chips with A♠J♣, and socutiesf called with T♦9♠. The board of K♣8♦J♠Q♣9♣ gave socutiesf a straight, and vossiman vanished in fourth place with $75,519.00.

Luckbox4Life came back to double through fittungen to dominate three-handed action.

Socutiesf finally made another move, this time with K♠T♠, and fittungen was along for the ride with A♠7♠. The ace improved to trips on the 8♠A♥Q♥2♣A♣ board, and socutiesf had to depart in third place with $109,083.00.

Final two battle for Main Event title

The last two players standing took their positions as follows:

Seat 4: fittungen (79,458,766 in chips)
Seat 6: Luckbox4Life (88,361,234 in chips)

They paused the action almost immediately to discuss a chop, and they agreed to the numbers given, noting that an extra $15,000 was to be set aside for the eventual winner:

Seat 4: fittungen = $153,574.13
Seat 6: Luckbox4Life = $155,092.54

Luckbox4Life came out strong by taking a pot worth 60.3 million chips early in the match. But the following double-up for fittungen changed everything:

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Two hands later, Luckbox4Life risked it all with 9♥4♠, and fittungen called with K♠9♦. The board was virtually blank when it came 5♣A♣6♦J♦Q♦, and the kicker played. Luckbox4Life was eliminated in second place with $155,092.54.

Fittungen of Sweden claimed the Event 38-Low Main Event title, along with a SCOOP championship watch and $168,574.13 in prize money. Congratulations!

SCOOP Event #38-L Main Event Results (reflecting two-way deal):

1st place: fittungen ($168,574.13)*
2nd place: Luckbox4Life ($155,092.54)*
3rd place: socutiesf ($109,083.00)
4th place: vossiman ($79,519.00)
5th place: SeriouzFox ($58,737.00)
6th place: Emmmmmmm ($41,955.00)
7th place: Smicer32 ($25,173.00)
8th place: nagyy88 ($15,103.80)
9th place: Flush_Entity ($10,069.20)

*players involved in two-way deal agreement

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP