SCOOP: Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe pairs WCOOP bracelet with SCOOP watch in Event #23-Medium ($109 PLO Turbo 1R1A)

SCOOP logo.gifFour hours and two minutes. That's how long it took to get from a 955-strong field to a SCOOP champion. Seeing as today's entree of choice, turbo PLO, is more or less an invitation to nausea, tilt, and relentless button-mashing, I suppose it's at least somewhat merciful that the bankroll carnage was swift. A $212,700 prize pool was at stake with 126 players earning a cash finish and first place set to earn $38,286. More than two dozen Team PokerStars Pros came out to play, including Alex Gomes, Lex Veldhuis, Pat Pezzin, George Danzer, Noah Boeken, Marcel Luske Jonathan Duhamel, and JP Kelly. Three finished in the money: Poland's Marcin Horecki (111th), Argentina's Nacho Barbero (56th) and Hungarian Richard Toth (20th). In the end, though, it was a very familiar face who added a SCOOP watch to go with the WCOOP bracelet he earned in 2009's $25,500 heads-up event, as Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe topped the field.

The final table bubble burst when an extremely short-stacked Troubaduren called all-in from the big blind with Q♥T♦7♦2♣ after Iftarii raised the small blind with A♠K♣J♥9♥. Although both players made two pair on the A♥2♠8♠9♦T♠ board, Iftarii's aces and nines were best, sending Troubaduren to the rail in 10th place.

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The stacks were quite shallow at this stage with the blinds up to 50,000/100,000. As the final table commenced the chip average was only nine big blinds:

Seat 1: Iftarii (997,644 in chips)
Seat 2: Stubakuula (691,252 in chips)
Seat 3: rSMig (885,891 in chips)
Seat 4: Melamoree (912,468 in chips)
Seat 5: MrNebula (847,276 in chips)
Seat 6: Neptune04 (686,444 in chips)
Seat 7: Najammq (553,680 in chips)
Seat 8: maxxscam (472,420 in chips)
Seat 9: gerd85 (333,925 in chips)

Najammq boosted himself into safer territory after crippling maxxscam. The chips went in preflop, Najammq with K♥J♦8♦4♥ to maxxscam's K♠Q♥9♥6♠. Both players picked up flush draws on the flop, Najammq's the higher of the two, but maxxscam scored some additional outs with a straight draw on the turn when the T♠ fell. The flush came in on the river, though, the T♥ falling to give Najammq the double-up. Maxxscam was left with only half a big blind.

A few hands later, Iftarii, still the chip leader, opened for 222,500 and MrNebula three-bet to 767,500. Iftarii shoved and MrNebula called the small balance, turning over A♠Q♦T♥9♠. Iftarii tabled A♦K♦7♥3♦ and hit top and bottom pair when the flop came down A♥J♦7♠. MrNebula could still pull an eight or a king for a straight, but the turn and river fell the 2♣ and the 4♥, spelling his elimination. For ninth place, MrNebula banked $2,552,40.

Maxxscam was able to hang on a bit longer after doubling through Najammq when he was all-in from the big blind. On the next hand more than half his 97,000 chips were posted in the small blind, when Iftarii opened for 212,000 from under-the-gun. The action folded to Neptune04 in the cutoff, who moved all-in for 586,444. With the action on him, maxxscam thought for several minutes before committing the last of his chips, and Iftarii called the additional 374,444.

Iftarii J♣J♠9♠9♣
Neptune04 A♣K♥T♦3♥
maxxscam A♥Q♥J♥6♦

Iftarii's jacks remained the best hand on the 5♦3♣2♠ flop. Although the T♠ on the made Neptune04 two pair, it gave Iftarii a flush draw. The 8♠ on the river filled it, and Iftarii scooped the whole pot, eliminating maxxscam in eighth place ($4,254) and Neptune04 in seventh ($6,381).

With that monster pot, Iftarii emerged as the runaway chip leader and he picked up even more two hands later. Facing the 120,000 big blind the next hand, Melamoree open-shoved for 337,468 from under-the-gun and Iftarii reraised from the button to isolate. Both blinds folded and the cards went on their backs, Melamoree with J♠J♥9♦6♥ and Iftarii with A♦K♥9♠3♦. Iftarii flopped an ace and rivered two pair on the A♣6♦2♣7♥3♠ board, leaving Melamoree to collect his $8,508 parting gift.

"Care to make some sort deal?" wrote Stubakuula in the chat box. But before any of his opponents could answer, a three-way all-in broke out. RSMig limped in for his last 136,692, Najammq raised to 696,692, and Iftarii three-bet to 1,233,384. Najammq made the call for his last 3,184.

Iftarii A♦K♣T♣9♦
Najammq A♠A♣7♦4♦
rSMig 9♣8♥6♥2♣

Najammq's aces never improved on the 9♠5♠T♥J♠Q♥ board. Although rSMig made a queen-high straight, it was no good against Iftarii's ace-high straight and the chip leader raked in both the main and side pots. For fifth place rSMig earned $10,720.08 while Najammq took home $15,420.75 for fourth.

Stubakuula broached the subject of a deal again, but Iftarii wasn't interested.

Stubakuula: so no deal eyeh?
Iftarii: i think we're gonna play it, thanks though
Iftarii: gl guys

Stubakuula, however, promptly doubled up through Iftarii, when he made an eight-high straight against jacks up. Gerd85 claimed most of those chips on the next hand when he three-bet shoved preflop and Stubakuula called. Gerd85's A♦K♠K♥2♠ made two pair kings and sixes against Stubakuula's A♣J♥5♥2♣, but Stubakuula got those chips back on the next hand when he flopped a flush and gerd85 could only manage a pair of fives by the river. Chips flew back and forth on nearly every hand until the stacks were pretty closely bunched together, Iftarii with 2.3 million, Stubakuula with 1.95 million and gerd85 with 2.1 million.

Stubakuula tried to interest his opponents in a deal again and this time, they were both receptive to looking at numbers. Iftarii, however, offered a bit of resitance and wanted to know just how badly Stubakuula needed the money:

Iftarii: no hard feelings if we play it out
gerd85: i take that deal but nothing else.
Stubakuula: yeah this is very good deal for everyone so lets agree with it ok?
gerd85: you get really good numbers considering it is turbo omaha
Iftarii: stub, you play for a living or no
Iftarii: if you've got a real job ill take the deal but dont bs me
gerd85: i dont care dont much, but i think a deal is very sensfull here
Stubakuula: so lftarii, deal?
Iftarii: heh
Iftarii: alright fellas
Iftarii: wrap it up

The three agreed to a chop of most of the prize money, leaving $2,000 and the watch on the table for the winner. But Stubakuula still hadn't answered Iftarii's question.

Iftarii: so stubakuula, do you have a real job? or just poker player?
Stubakuula: yeah i have job but im also studying in school so this is just great for me
Iftarii: ahh, cool
Iftarii: gerd you play for a living ya?
gerd85: no

On the fourth hand back, gerd85 bet the last of his chips on a 9♦3♣3♠ flop holding A♠Q♥J♣9♠. Iftarii made the call and showed K♥T♥4♠3♦ for trip threes. The turn was the 7♥ and Iftarii binked quads on the river for good measure, ending gerd85's tournament in third place. He collected $27,276.44 for his efforts.

Iftarii held a 2 to 1 chip lead as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 1: Iftarii (4,172,468 in chips)
Seat 2: Stubakuula (2,208,532 in chips)

Only a few hands later, we had a winner. Holding A♣K♦Q♠J♦, Iftarii min-raised to 600,000 from the button and Stubakuula three-bet to 1.8 million with K♣T♦9♦2♣ in the big blind. Iftarii four-bet to 3 million and Stubakuula called off his remaining 336,064. Stubakuula was instantly in trouble on the K♥7♣7♦ flop, and did not improve when the 5♠ hit the turn. Iftarii made a winning top two pair when the J♠ fell on the river and sealed his SCOOP win along with $32,145. For his runner-up finish, Stubakuula earned $27,146.

Congrats to Jonathan Jaffe on his SCOOP/WCOOP double!


Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe

SCOOP Event #23-Medium ($109 PLO, Turbo 1R1A) results:
1. Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe (Canada) $32,145.59*
2. Stubakuula (Finland) $27,146.87*
3. gerd85 (Bermany) $27,276.44*
4. Najammq (United Kingdom) $15,420.75
5. rSMig (Canada) $10,720.08
6. Melamoree (Russia) $8,508.00
7. Neptune04 (United Kingdom) $6,381.00
8. maxxscam (Canada) $4,254.00
9. MrNebula (Austria) $2,552.40

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