SCOOP: kizoku2008 crushes the competition in Event #32-M ($530 6-max limit hold'em)

SCOOP logo.gifThis event belonged to Mother Russia. Just look at the results-- five of the top eight finishers hailed from the land that brought us poker champions Alex Kravchenko, Ivan Demidov, and SCOOP leaderboard fixture Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn. Although the latter played this event and did not cash, it was three of his countrymen who ended up taking the gold, silver and bronze in Event #32-M, a $530 buy-in six-handed limit hold'em extravaganza that drew 246 players into the fray. 36 players earned a share of the $123,000 prize pool with first place set to earn $27,060 and a SCOOP champion's watch.

Flying the flag for Team PokerStars in this event were Marcin Horecki, Vicky Coren, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Marcel Luske, Lex Veldhuis, Anders "Donald" Berg, George "gkap13" Kapalas, JP Kely, and Greg DeBora along with Team Online's Richard "Tzen1" Veenman and Javier "El_Canonero" Dominguez. Two Team Pros made the money, Dutchmen Joep "Pappe_Ruk" Van Den Bijgaart (31st) and Noah Boeken (21st).

Kroko-dill (also Russian!) was this event's final table bubble boy, exiting in seventh place. After three-betting pre from the big blind, kroko-dill got the rest of his chips in on a 8♦6♠5♠ flop and beng_51 called. Neither player had hit much of anything, kroko-dill with J♣T♥ against beng_51's Q♣9♥. Neither player improved on the turn or river and beng_51's queen-high took it, sending kroko-dill to the rail with a $3,321 payday and a few more TLB points.

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Here's how the six finalists stacked up:

Seat 1: beng_51 (410,954 in chips)
Seat 2: a.v.kopli (177,748 in chips)
Seat 3: dynamoM (120,990 in chips)
Seat 4: kizoku2008 (231,424 in chips)
Seat 5: Cjnybre (149,637 in chips)
Seat 6: slavistas (139,247 in chips)

Slavistas lost most of his chips when he went to showdown on a six-high board with an unimproved A♠9♠. A.v.kopli had him just outpipped with A♥T♠, leaving him on less than two big bets. The rest of his stack went in pre-flop against beng_51 but his A♥4♦ did not improve against pocket fives. For sixth place, slavistas earned $4,920.

Kizoku2008 began to pull away from the pack after this hand, where he defended his big blind against a button raise and flopped bottom two pair:

Next to depart was a.v.kopli, who put the last of his chips in on a J♣8♣5♠ flop after hitting middle pair with K♣8♦. Cjnybre was behind with A♥9♥, but spiked an ace on the river to end a.v.kopli's run in fifth place. Cjnybre's chip infusion was short-lived, however as beng_51 claimed most of his stack on the very next hand. Two minutes later, Cjnybre staked his tournament life on A♠6♥,but ran into beng_51's dominating A♥T♥. Cjnybre did not improve and collected $9,840 for fourth place.

Beng_51 was sitting comfortably on 570,000 in chips when kizoku2008 won back-to-back pots to assume the chip lead. The second was the larger of the two and was capped pre-flop in a small blind vs. big blind raising war between kizoku2008 and dynamoM. Kizoku2008 check-called a bet on the J♠8♣2♥ flop, then check-raised when the 4♥ fell on the turn. DynamoM three-bet, kizoku2008 capped and dynamoM called. Kizoku2008 led out on the 5♣ river and dynamoM called to see kizoku2008's turned set of fours. DynamoM couldn't manage more than another few hands, the last of his chips going in the middle on a A♣K♣J♥2♣ board against kizoku2008. Although dynamoM got his money in good with A♥8♠ against A♠7♣, kizoku2008 hit the 5♣ on the river to make an ace-high flush and eliminate dynamoM in third place.

Kizoku2008 held a 1.6 to 1 chip lead over beng_51 as heads-up play commenced:

Seat 1: beng_51 (473,586 in chips)
Seat 4: kizoku2008 (756,414 in chips)

Beng_51 quickly evened up the chip counts after winning back to back pots, one with second pair and the other kings up. Kizoku2008, however, rivered his own two pair in an even larger pot to pull out to a 2 to 1 lead. Now holding 816,000 to beng_51's 413,000, this hand set off a run where kizoku2008 won six consecutive pots to move up to 1.1 million in chips, leaving beng_51 on 100,000:

Beng_51 slipped all the way to 58,000 in chips before flopping two pair and doubling up to 117,000. Now it was his turn to go on a run. Beng_51 ground his way back to half a million in chips after putting together a string of pots, including a 288,000 monster where he got maximum value on his flopped queen-high flush. But kizoku2008 wasn't nearly finished and pushed his chip count back over 900,000 after three pots that saw him river a ten-high straight, river an eight-high straight, and flop trips.

With beng_51 back down to 300,000 chips kizoku2008 picked up pocket kings at the perfect time and flopped a set to boot:

In what would turn out to be the final hand, beng_51 opened for a raise, kizoku2008 three-bet and beng_51 made the call. Kizoku2008 led out on the K♠6♥5♠ flop and beng_51 made the call. When the 3♠ hit the turn kizoku2008 led again, beng_51 raised all-in to 40,688 and kizoku2008 made the call, turning over A♠T♣ for only ace-high. Beng_51, however, only had queen-high with Q♥8♠. The river was the J♦ and kizoku2008 sealed the victory, the SCOOP watch, and a $27,060 payday. For his runner-up finish, beng_51 earned $18,880.50.

SCOOP Event #32-M ($530 6-max limit hold'em) results:
1. kizoku2008 (Russia) $27,060.00
2. beng_51 (Russia) $18,880.50
3. dynamoM (Russia) $14,145.00
4. Cjnybre (Belarus) $9,840.00
5. a.v.kopli (Finland) $7,380.00
6. slavistas (Belarus) $4,920.00

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP