SCOOP: JeankeNissan binks Event #8-H ($1,050 NLHE Turbo); Matthias de Meulder 5th

SCOOP logo.gifThe "High" version of Event #8 -- a $1,050 buy-in, full ring, no-limit hold'em event -- was another "turbo"-style affair with blisteringly-fast five-minute levels. Such a structure assured everyone, including those making the final table, of a rapid conclusion, and indeed it would take a little under four hours to determine who among the 646 who entered would be the next to claim the next SCOOP watch.

That turnout meant the $646,000 prize pool more than doubled the tourney's $300K guarantee. The top 72 finishers would be paid, with $122,094 due the winner barring any deals.

Hour 1: From 646 to 469

Among the early casualties during the first hour were Team PokerStars Pros Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth (who exited tied for 555th) and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (out in 545th).

In Blom's bustout hand, the Swede was sitting just under the starting stack of 10,000 when he open-raised 3x from UTG and got called by vluff on the button. The flop came 9♥6♣5♣, prompting a c-bet of 1,250 from Blom. vluff made it 2,675 to go, and when Blom pushed all in, vluff called instantly. Blom had A♣A♦, but vluff had flopped a set with his 9♣9♦. Two cards later Blom was on the rail.

Other Team PokerStars Pros failing to make it through the first hour of play included Jonathan Duhamel (534th). The 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion didn't seem too bothered, however, if his Twitter feed can be trusted.

"Min cash in the high scoop HU," typed Duhamel. "all the turbos were quickly over though haha."

Duhamel was followed by more members of the team, including Anders "Donald" Berg (527th) and Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (476th). Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas, currently challenging for Team PokerStars Greece, hit the rail early, too (507th).

Hour 2: 469 to 104

Of the 646 who ultimately registered, 469 still had chips when the second hour began, with several Team PokerStars Pros among them. But Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby was soon out (tied for 469th), followed thereafter by Sebastian Ruthenberg (463rd), Greg DeBora (454th), Kristian "CharismA3" Martin (Team Online, 377th), Vicky Coren (371st), and Keiran "K_Man2307" Harris (Team Online, 368th).

Another challenger for Team PokerStars Greece, Alexis "J0hnny_Dr@m@" Zervos, was among the chip leaders during the first hour of play. But halfway through the second hour Zervos lost the majority of his stack after running A♣Q♦ into zavor's Q♣Q♠. Soon after Zervos was all in with 7♥7♠, but was up against pocket queens once again, this time held by WeKnwCh!ckn. A seven flopped for Zervos, but so did a queen, and J0hnny_Dr@m@ was out in 325th.

Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier had begun to accumulate chips, but was crippled after his A♥K♣ failed to hold versus uri1013's A♦T♥, and a few hands later HN Kakaroto took the last of ElkY's chips to knock him out in 311th.

Following ElkY were Grayson "spacegravy" Physioc (Team Online, 224th), Vadim Markushevski (213th), Challenger Georgios "gkap13" Kapalas (208th), Pat Pezzin (156th), and Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart (145th).

Hour 3: 104 to 13

After two hours, 104 were left, with Etmont99, quaestor-d, and Skipper-dawn at the top of the counts. Fifteen minutes later they were down to 73, and hand-for-hand play commenced. Soon kiku001 was all in for just over eight big blinds with K♥Q♣ and hoping to catch up to joejoe1337's A♦T♠. A queen flopped, but the river brought a fourth spade, giving joejoe1337 a flush and making kiku001 the last elimination before the money.

With 72 left, just three Team PokerStars Pros remained: Lex Veldhuis (Team PokerStars Netherlands), Marcin "Goral" Horecki (Team PokerStars Poland), and Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder (Team PokerStars Belgium).

Veldhuis for one had to be pleased to make the money. "Hope to do something in the High Scoop Turbo" he'd tweeted earlier. "I just bubbled in the medium and high heads ups. Also out of the 5 card draws." He was probably glad as well to see K_The_Nuts_K pushing all in ahead of him when he held Q♠Q♣. Veldhuis called with his remaining chips, watching as his opponent showed A♣J♣. The Dutchman's queens were good for four community cards, but an ace on the river sent "RaSZi" out in 58th ($2,261).

Not long after Horecki shoved his three-BB stack with 7♠7♣ and hoped his hand would hold versus Panny3's 4♥2♣. But a four on the flop and a deuce on the river sent "Goral" out in 46th ($2,584).

The field continued to shrink, and as the three-hour break approached just 14 remained. In the final hand before the break, Matthias de Meulder KO'd Caio "caio_pimenta" Pimenta when the latter pushed preflop with 4♠4♣ but had the misfortune of running into "mattidm"'s A♠A♥. Five cards later Pimenta was out in 14th ($6,460).

Hour 4: 13 to 1

After that big hand with Pimenta, de Meulder sat with just under a half million chips, in seventh place and with just about average stack with 13 remaining. Meanwhile, Caber89 led the field with almost 1.2 million, Tim0thee was next with just over 703,000, and Etmont99 was third with about 668,000.

Play resumed and immediately Tim0thee scored a big double-knockout in a three-way all-in hand versus sykdiveoslo and WERPOI when his 6♦6♥ made a straight to best the others' A♣K♣ and Q♦Q♣ (respectively). schNITzzel next took his A♣8♣ up against byniolek's [10d][10c] and won after an ace flopped, knocking out byniolek in 11th. And Caber89 eliminated abeainy in 10th with A♣Q♥ versus the latter's A♠T♠.

Boom, boom. And boom and boom. They were down to nine.

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Seat 1: Caber89 -- 1,371,143
Seat 2: dave798111 -- 434,197
Seat 3: JIZOINT -- 349,821
Seat 4: Tim0thee -- 1,631,825
Seat 5: Etmont99 -- 601,004
Seat 6: Team PokerStars Pro Mattias "mattidm" de Meulder -- 634,852
Seat 7: schNITzzzel -- 265,416
Seat 8: JeankeNissan -- 659,208
Seat 9: byniolek -- 512,534

Tim0thee held the advantage with nine left, but with the blinds on the rapid rise, anyone hoping to win this one was going to have to catch some cards.

The first hand of the final table was actually played five-handed, as it had begun as the newly-seated players were still sitting out. dave789111 open-raised all in from under the gun for 429,822, and it folded back to Caber89 who called from the big blind. Caber89 had J♠J♦, dave789111 7♠7♣, and after the board ran out 6♥J♥8♠K♣K♠, Caber89 had a full house and dave798111 was on the rail in ninth.

Soon after the blinds were 17,500/35,000 when Tim0thee opened with a raise to 70,075 from middle position, then Etmont99, sitting to Tim0thee's left, reraised all in for 522,254. The others folded, and Tim0thee called, showing J♣J♥ to Etmont99's 5♥5♦. Jacks again proved best as the community cards came 4♦Q♦9♣6♦Q♥, sending Etmont99 out in eighth.

A few more hands passed, then with blinds up again Tim0thee once more opened with a just-over-the-minimum raise to 80,075 from early position. byniolek, down to just 111,047, reraised all in from the small blind, and after Caber89 folded, Tim0thee called. byniolek had Q♣8♠ and was hoping to catch something versus Tim0thee's A♥2♦. But the board brought no help to byniolek, coming 5♥6♥2♥5♠J♣ and sending him out in seventh.

The preflop all-ins continued, as schNITzzzel open-pushed for 366,457 from middle position and got one caller in JIZOINT from the small blind.

Really, a confrontation between schNITzzzel and JIZOINT was inevitable. Fo' shiZZle.

schNITzzzel had K♣Q♦ and JIZOINT A♣J♣. The flop came 5♥A♠J♦, giving JIZOINT two pair but schNITzzzel hopes for a saving ten. But the turn was the 6♦ and the river the 4♦, and schNITzzzel was gone in sixth.

With five players left, Tim0thee had the lead with more than 2.57 million, with Caber89 in second with 1.73 million and JIZOINT now in third with a little over 980,000. Meanwhile, Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder was the short stack with 570,477, and picking up a hand he liked de Meulder open-shoved all those chips in the middle from the cutoff. It folded around to JIZOINT in the big blind who made the call.


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Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder, Team PokerStars Belgium


mattidm had A♣3♦ while JIZOINT had him dominated preflop with A♠Q♣. But the first three cards changed everything, coming 2♣3♥8♠ and giving de Meulder his needed pair. The turn was the T♣, improving the Belgian's chances even further. Then came the river -- the Q♦ -- to send the last Team PokerStars Pro out of the tourney in fifth.


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"wheww" said JIZOINT, adding "gg." de Meulder got further support from the rail from Veldhuis and van den Bijgaart.

L. Veldhuis (TeamPro): :|
Pappe_Ruk (TeamPro): gg

de Meulder couldn't help chiming in as well:

mattidm (TeamPro): uuuugggghhh
mattidm (TeamPro): glglgl


A couple of orbits after that one, JIZOINT managed a huge double-up through Tim0thee in a hand in which all the chips went in preflop with JIZOINT holding A♦J♥, Tim0thee A♣7♦, and JIZOINT's hand holding up.

With the blinds up to 80,000/160,000, Tim0thee was suddenly down to about one big blind and soon was all in before the flop against both JIZOINT and Caber89. With the board showing 4♣8♠J♠3♠9♣, a river bet by Caber89 caused JIZOINT to fold. Caber89 had J♣3♦ for two pair, better than Tim0thee's one pair with Q♣9♠, sending the latter out in fourth.

With three left JeankeNissan proposed they discuss a deal, and Caber89 and JIZOINT were amenable. At that point, Caber89 had the lead with 3,201,085, JeankeNissan was next with 1,797,132, and JIZOINT third with 1,461,783.

"Chip chop" numbers were proposed, leaving $6,000 (and the watch, of course) for the winner. Caber89 jokingly asked if the watch were a Rolex or not, then asked for a couple of thousand more. His request going unaccepted, he relented and agreed to terms.

Then JIZOINT said he wanted about $2,500 more than he was being offered. He, too, couldn't get his offer accepted. After a couple of minutes of thought, JIZOINT typed "yeah ok," explaining he was giving in "just cos its turbo." The deal made, cards were back in the air with $6,000 more and the SCOOP watch still up for grabs.

Quickly JIZOINT doubled through Caber89 to take the lead. Then JeankeNissan doubled through JIZOINT to move out in front. Then, with the blinds 60,000/120,000, JIZOINT open-pushed from the small blind for 1,976,434 and JeankeNissan called from the BB.

JIZOINT A♣3♦
JeankeNissan A♥T♣

The board ran out 7♦4♥8♥9♦2♠, and JIZOINT was out in third.

Heads-up play began with JeankeNissan holding a big advantage with 5,245,698 to Caber89's 1,214,302. On just the second hand between them, Caber89 pushed all in from the button for a little over 1.06 million and JeankeNissan made the call. It was Caber89's 8♠7♥ versus JeankeNissan's 9♣9♦, and moments later, the cards having come Q♣6♠8♥3♥3♠, and three hours and 49 minutes after it had begun, the tournament was decided.

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Congratulations to JeankeNissan, winner of SCOOP Event #8-High! And to Caber89 and JIZOINT as well for being there to chop the big money at the end.

SCOOP Event #8-High, $1,050 NLHE, Results (*reflects three-way deal):

1st: JeankeNissan ($92,417.42)*
2nd: Caber89 ($102,452.26)*
3rd: JIZOINT ($82,587.32)*
4th: Tim0thee ($49,742)
5th: Team PokerStars Pro Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder ($34,884)
6th: schNITzzzel ($27,455)
7th: byniolek ($20,995)
8th: Etmont99 ($14,535)
9th: dave798111 ($9,883.80)

Things are just getting started at this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker. Check the SCOOP page for details on all the action thus far, and what events are still to come!

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in SCOOP