SCOOP: Pash123 prevails in Event #19-Low ($22 NLHE)

SCOOP logo.gifThe midpoint of any event can be slow, possibly lacking the excitement of the beginning or the finale. But with something like SCOOP, the tournaments are different every day and provide new action with each event. So, with Event 19 being the midpoint of the two-week SCOOP series, there was nothing slow or unexciting about it. While it could be described as a plain ol' no-limit hold'em tournament, it still provided all of the thrilling poker action that a large series with a big title holds.

Event 19 was certainly an indicator that the 2011 SCOOP was half over, but that only seemed to bring more players to the tables in an effort to pick up one of the most coveted online poker titles. With that, this version of Event 19 was the low one, offering a $22 buy-in and a sizeable $200K guarantee.

And the players came out in full force, smashing the guarantee into little bits. The numbers here tell the story:

Players: 20,510
Guarantee: $200,000
Actual prize pool: $410,200
Paid players: 3,150

Now that's a prize pool!

Day 1

The first day of such a tournament saw the typical quick eliminations to start the day, and the speed continued for much of it. Obviously, play slowed near the money bubble, as players were not shy about wanting their minimum $28.71 payday in return for their efforts. Once that bridge was crossed, bustouts were noted at a fast pace again.

As the cashouts proceeded, there were only a few members of the PokerStars teams left in the field. Team Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki was the first to leave inside the money portion of the tournament, accepting 2351st place, and he was followed by Georgios "gkap13" Kapalas in 2163rd place. A bit later, Team Online's Yu-Reng "AmPHisbaenA" Peng departed in 1914th place, and the last of the team in the event was George Danzer of Germany. He didn't make it too much later, finishing in 919th place. He took fourth place in the recent Event 14-H of the 2011 SCOOP, but another final table was not in the cards for Danzer (pictured here) in this one.

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The end of the first day came when Level 44 was complete, and there were 21 players remaining on three tables at that time. Everyone was guaranteed a minimum payout of $738.36, but first place was scheduled to pay $41,032.17. A big difference for everyone to sleep on before the next day.

The top ten chip counts at the break were:

antonioverga (20,300,271)
pash123 (20,282,507)
S Hawking (19,911,260)
komisz (17,249,306)
Ath.Bachmann (15,853,597)
LuckBox26 (13,895,925)
skydiveosio (12,623,207)
13samo13 (9,930,596)
Olejik8 (8,071,803)
Liesje Nak (7,647,709)

Day 2

Action kicked off at 10:00 ET for the second and final day of play, and Level 45 had the blinds at 150,000/300,000 with a 37,500 ante. The stakes were high in more ways than one.

Players were busting out at a fast rate, as the first 20 minutes of play saw the field diminish to only 12 players. The bubble was fast approaching, and the eliminations of Olejik8 in 12th place and komisz in 11th - both players who started the day in the top ten - moved things along to hand-for-hand play.

This process took a bit of time, as the importance of the final table and subsequent money jumps began to sink in. But within 40 minutes of today's restart, the last bubble burst. Vodka good:) moved all-in preflop with A♦5♣, and pash123 reraised all-in from the small blind with T♦T♠. The big blind folded, and the board came K♥Q♠5♥J♦A♠, which gave pash123 the straight and eliminated Vodka good:) in tenth place with $1,538.25.

Antonioverga takes Day 1 lead to final table

In the last moments of Level 47, with blinds at 250,000/500,000 and a 62,500 ante, the final table kicked off with the following chip counts:

Seat 1: Ath.Bachmann (15,046,403 in chips)
Seat 2: Quadchrazs (27,403,928 in chips)
Seat 3: pash123 (32,303,378 in chips)
Seat 4: S Hawking (22,641,763 in chips)
Seat 5: 13samo13 (8,078,432 in chips)
Seat 6: antonioverga (42,912,484 in chips)
Seat 7: JMSanchez99 (9,805,824 in chips)
Seat 8: LuckBox26 (34,509,581 in chips)
Seat 9: skydiveoslo (12,398,207 in chips)

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Just a few hands later, JMSanchez99 doubled through S Hawking to climb to the middle of the leaderboard. But for the most part, the first 30 minutes of the action saw small pots with raise-it-and-take-it hands.

Then it picked up a bit. Skydiveoslo doubled through LuckBox26, and all the while, antonioverga extended his lead over the group.

S Hawking made another move, raising all-in with T♠T♦ from middle position. 13samo13 called all-in for a short stack of 5 million chips with A♦K♠. The classic race was in motion, but the dealer gave them a 6♦2♥Q♣7♣T♥ board that only improved S Hawking's hand to a set of tens. 13samo13 was out of the tournament in ninth place with $2,461.20 in prize money.

A short time later, a particular hand started with a raise from Quadchrazs. LuckBox26 responded with an all-in move for more than 15 million chips, and Quadchrazs called with 9♣9♦. LuckBox26 was dominated with only 7♣7♠. The board of 8♦7♦3♥8♥8♠ gave both players the full house, but obviously the eights full of nines won the pot. LuckBox26 was gone in eighth place with $3,691.80.

Only three hands later, a battle of the blind progressed. Pash123 in the small made the initial raise, and S Hawking in the big reraised all-in with K♦9♠. Pash123 called and showed J♥J♦. The board of 9♥6♥3♥8♣6♠ gave both players two pair, but the jacks and sixes were higher. S Hawking flew away in seventh place with $5,763.31.

Pash123 pushes right into the lead

For awhile, it seemed as if antonioverga was unstoppable. But when push came to shove, pash123 did the pushing and shoving. At the most opportune time, pash123 facilitated some eliminations that gave the player the far-and-away chip lead.

Pash123 started the aggression in this hand with an early position raise, and skydiveoslo reraised all-in with 6♦6♠. Pash123 called with 8♣8♦, and the board blanked with 7♣T♥K♠5♥3♦. That left skkydiveoslo out in sixth place with $8,204.00.

A big pot began to develop with a raise from Ath.Bachmann and all-in reraise from Quadchrazs for 28,972,803 from the small blind. Pash123 was in the big blind and moved all-in over the top for more than 70 million. Ath.Bachmann quickly folded out of the way, and Quadchrazs showed A♦T♠. But pash123 held the better A♥K♥, and that hand even improved on the Q♠3♣5♥7♥4♥ board to a flush. As pash123 raked the 61,095,606-chip pot, Quadchrazs abruptly left in fifth place, which was worth $12,306.00.

JMSanchez99 was the next to risk it all, moving all-in preflop with Q♣7♣ with a short stack. None other than pash123 was there to make the call with 8♥8♣, and the dealer provided 2♦6♥2♣J♥J♠ for the duo. JMSanchez99 had the lower two pair from the board and had to leave in fourth place with $16,408.00.

Antonioverga then chose to tangle with pash123. The two went to see a K♠6♦2♦ flop. A bet from antonioverga and check-call from pash123 led to the T♣ turn card. They checked to the 7♠ on the river, at which point antonioverga bet again. Pash123 check-raised, and antonioverga called all-in with J♦J♠. But that coundn't beat the K♦4♦ of pash123 that found another king on the board. Antonioverga departed in third place with $20,510.00.

A 1-2-3 heads-up match?

The final two began their showdown with pash123 holding a substantial lead:

Seat 1: Ath.Bachmann (38,621,403 in chips)
Seat 3: pash123 (166,478,597 in chips)

Ath.Bachmann lost ground over the first few rounds but finally found a hand. The all-in move with J♥J♣ was called by pash123's K♠T♦, and the double-up for Ath.Bachmann provided hope.

Just two hands later, the two raised and reraised to see the 6♦5♥5♣ flop. They checked for the 3♦ on the turn, but that card brought a bet from pash123 and all-in raise from Ath.Bachmann who held K♦T♦. Pash123 called with A♣8♥, and that kicker played as the 3♣ came on the river. Ath.Bachmann finished in second place with $30,481.96.

Pash123, who won a 2010 SCOOP event, picked up another title this year, along with the SCOOP watch and $41,032.17 in cash. Congrats!

SCOOP Event #19-L Results:

1st place: pash123 ($41,032.17)
2nd place: Ath.Bachmann ($30,481.96)
3rd place: antonioverga ($20,510.00)
4th place: JMSanchez99 ($16,408.00)
5th place: Quadchrazs ($12,306.00)
6th place: skydiveoslo ($8,204.00)
7th place: S Hawking ($5,763.31)
8th place: LuckBox26 ($3,691.80)
9th place: 13samo13 ($2,461.20)

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP