SCOOP: Le victory for le kork in Event #26-High ($1,050 NLHE Turbo)

SCOOP logo.gifRisk is part of poker. It is what thrills many players and keeps them returning to the tables. But alongside that risk has to be confidence, as they have to believe they can benefit from taking those risks more often than not.

While every poker tournament is a risk, the turbo is a bit more on the challenging side because players have to be ready for rapidly rising blinds, quick action from other players, and the ability to make speedy decisions. And a high buy-in turbo tournament is even more of a risk, but that is what drives many of the high stakes players to compete.

That brings us to Event 26 of the 2011 SCOOP, specifically the high buy-in level version. Event 26-H offered players that chance to play NLHE at turbo speed for a $1,000 + $50 buy-in. Only a portion of the players would receive any compensation for the attempt, but there was a large group of players not only willing but anxious to take that chance.

The final numbers came to light after the registration period closed:

Players: 715
Guarantee: $300,000
Actual prize pool: $715,000
Paid players: 81

It goes without saying it was a speedy tournament, as it only took little more than two hours to hit the money bubble. On the way there, two PokerStars players fell into the category of those who came close but didn't make the money. Team PokerStars Pro Noah "Exclusive" Boeken finished in 90th place, followed by Team Online's Kristian "CharismA3" Martin in 87th.

But still alive into the money and on to the final two tables was Team Online's Diego "vgreen22" Brunelli of Brazil, staying in the top ten through all of the turbo eliminations.

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Hand-for-hand play started at the three hour and 20 minute mark, after TheKhopMan left in 11th place. Brunelli had lost some ground as this time approached, and the short-stacked pro was actually all-in by posting his big blind. 0Human0 reraised all-in to isolate, which worked, with K♦Q♠, and Brunelli showed J♣6♠. But the board came 8♦K♣A♦T♣5♥ with no help for the short stack, and Diego "vreen22" Brunelli was out in tenth place with $8,222.50.

Le kork holds le strong lead at the start

With the blinds at 40,000/80,000 in Level 38, along with a 10,000 ante, the final table was ready to go as follows:

Seat 1: lechuckpoker (1,245,261 in chips)
Seat 2: myzikant (1,020,747 in chips)
Seat 3: Profesoras (288,764 in chips)
Seat 4: socioanonimo (382,972 in chips)
Seat 5: Jackovich (606,434 in chips)
Seat 6: le kork (2,131,656 in chips)
Seat 7: 0Human0 (626,521 in chips)
Seat 8: NessV (652,793 in chips)
Seat 9: Fischer80 (194,852 in chips)

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Action started strong with short-stacked socioanonimo doubling through myzikant, but a second double-up through lechuckpoker pushed him closer to the opposite end of the leaderboard:

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Fischer80 tried the same feat, pushing all-in with K♠J♦ preflop, but Jackovich called 247,204 more with 8♥7♥ from the big blind. The cards hit 9♥5♦Q♣6♠7♠ to give Jackovich the straight, which eliminated Fischer80 in ninth place with $10,725.00.

NessV doubled through myzikant to stay in the game.

The very next hand was packed with action as lechuckpoker raised all-in, Profesoras called all-in, and socioanonimo called both players with A♥7♥. Profesoras showed 9♥9♠, and lechuckpoker had K♠Q♣. The flop of 4♥9♣3♣ gave Profesoras the set, and the T♠ and 6♥ cards were blanks. Profesoras stayed in the game with extra chips, and socioanonimo collected the side pot. Lechuckpoker was gone in eighth place with $16,087.50.

After 0Human0 doubled through myzikant, the latter was relegated to a short stack as the victim of many double-ups. So when NexxV raised all-in from early position, myzikant called all-in with 7♠6♠. NessV had 8♦8♣, which only improved to a full house on the 2♦8♥A♦3♥2♠ board. Myzikant moved on out in seventh place, which was worth $23,237.50 in prize money.

The next to risk it all was Profesoras, who pushed all-in with J♠9♠, but socioanonimo made the easy call with K♦K♣. The dealer could only provide a board of 2♦6♦A♠Q♥9♦, which was too little and too late for Profesoras, who exited in sixth place with $30,387.50.

Jackovich on the rise

And in quick fashion 0Human0 moved all-in with K♦J♦, and original raiser Jackovich called with A♦T♠. The board didn't provide much in the 7♣3♦9♦ flop, but the T♣ turn and A♣ river made two pair for Jackovich. 0Human0 was eliminated in fifth place with $38,181.00.

NessV was next in line for the all-in festival with Q♦J♣. But Jackovich called from the big blind with A♦K♦. That better hand only improved on the 8♠2♣6♥A♣7♣ board to a pair of aces. NessV was ousted in fourth place with $54,340.00.

Some big double-ups took place during three-handed play, though the first two saw le kork double through socioanonimo, and the latter double back through le kork. But le kork then doubled through Jackovich as well.

Socioanonimo pushed all-in with A♦Q♣ from the small blind, and Jackovich reraised from the big blind with T♣T♦. Original raiser le kork folded, and the race was on. But the board only brought 8♦2♥K♥7♠6♥ and nothing to help socioanonimo, who exited in third place with $72,215.00.

Three hands for two-handed play

The final two players were in for a very fast heads-up match, starting with these chip counts:

Seat 5: Jackovich (4,360,058 in chips)
Seat 6: le kork (2,789,942 in chips)

However, the very first hand changed it up:

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Two hands later, Jackovich moved all-in with J♣9♣, and le kork called with A♠T♥. The flop of 7♦7♣8♣ gave Jackovich a draw, but the 5♦ on the turn wasn't the card to help matters. And the 8♥ on the river only ended the tournament with the ace kicker in play. Jackovich took home $97,955.00 for second place.

Le kork won the SCOOP title, watch, and $134,420.00 in prize money. Congrats!

SCOOP Event #26-H Results:

1st place: le kork ($134,420.00)
2nd place: Jackovich ($97,955.00)
3rd place: socioanonimo ($72,215.00)
4th place: NessV ($54,340.00)
5th place: 0Human0 ($38,181.00)
6th place: Profesoras ($30,387.50)
7th place: myzikant ($23,237.50)
8th place: lechuckpoker ($16,087.50)
9th place: Fischer80 ($10,725.00)

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP