SCOOP: Pikul1980 picks up win in Event #16-Low ($22 NLHE 4x Shootout)
Win four tables, win the tournament. How difficult can that be?
Just kidding, folks! It is extremely difficult. In a sit-n-go format, a quadruple shootout tournament allows only the winner of each table to move on to the next round. So, the one player who wins four tables will be this event's SCOOP champion. But keep in mind that each player at each table has the same intent, and action becomes terribly tense when you have to win the table or leave the tournament entirely. It is a very difficult task.
On the other hand, making it through the first round by winning that one initial table warrants a tournament cash. Those who made it to Round 2 would be guaranteed a minimum payout of $36.46.
Event 16 provided three levels of buy-ins, as do all SCOOP tournaments, and this was the "low" version, with a $20 + $2 buy-in and an $80K guarantee. With 15-minute levels in place, players were off and running at 11:00 ET.
Due to the lack of any late registration, the final numbers were in at the very beginning:
Actual prize pool: $104,180
Paid players: 1,000
Round 1 started with either four, five, or six players at each of the 1,000 tables, making the task at hand a bit easier without full tables of ten. Play was extraordinarily fast at first, with more than 1,000 players out in the first 30 minutes of the tournament. A quick scroll of the list showed nine players already successful at winning their tables and guaranteed to move on to Round 2: ChipsInTrust, Alebrandi, prefunds, BigBluffDk, kubasar, nohra04, raare01, MrThistle, and MyPlusROI.
A number of Team PokerStars Pros were in the mix today, though some were unable to make it out of the first round. Gualter Salles of Brazil was the first one to go, and George "gkap13" Kapalas of Greece followed. Friend of PokerStars Charlotte "Sjlot" Van Brabander (pictured here) of Belgium also exited.
Into the fifth level of the first round, Team Pro Richard Toth of Hungary was eliminated, as was Team Online's Kristian "CharismA3" Martin and Team Pro Bryan Huang of Singapore. Later, George Danzer made a late exit as well, along with Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas. Toward the end of Round 7, reigning WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel left the tournament, and Belgian Team Pro Christophe "chrisdm" de Meulder left a bit later.
By the three-hour mark, there were still a handful of tables yet to declare a winner, but late in Level 12, the eliminations of M3BetYouFold and nath&leigh left only one table remaining. Gambitoquick and McTonio battled it out until Level 13, at which point gambitoquick became the bubble player.
Round 2 started with 1,000 players on 100 tables, and everyone was in the money. With a guarantee of $36.46 for their efforts thus far, players were still gunning to make it through this round in order to receive a guarantee of $156.27.
Play started off rather quickly, and of the Team PokerStars players remaining, Joep "Pappe_Ruk" Van Den Bijgaart of Holland was the first to go when his A-K lost to the pocket queens of JohnKuper.
Action slowed, though, as more than 800 players remained at the tournament's four-hour break. It wasn't until well into Level 6 that the field neared the 500 mark. Team Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki of Poland exited at that time when his A-J lost to the A-T of javahound.
Meanwhile, the two remaining PokerStars players - Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder (twin brother of the aforementioned eliminated Christophe de Meulder) and Alex "J0hnny_Dr@m@" Zervos - were going on to win their respective tables.
Play continued for several hours. By the start of Level 13, there were still seven tables in action. After the seven hour break, though, only four tables with nine players continued. Nearing Level 14, kemkent44 was eliminated, followed by McTonio and Veta_Denis. The last table pitted cnfr12 and Kamicall against each other, and Kamicall finally exited in 101st place.
Round 3 got underway about seven hours and 20 minutes into the event, and play was more cautious than in previous rounds. Everyone was guaranteed $156.27 for making it this far, but the final table was one table win away. There was a lot at stake for the 100 players at the final 10 tables.
PokerStars player Alex "J0hnny_Dr@m@" Zervos of Greece was one of the first to go in 98th place, when he pushed all-in with pocket tens on a 4-6-7-2-Q board, but fecsok1 had pocket sixes that turned into a set.
Toward the end of Level 4, the last of the Team PokerStars Pros - Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder of Belgium - was working a very short stack and made the all-in move with 7-6 of spades. Lyonzy called with A-3 of spades, and the flush hit both players, giving the nut flush to Lyonzy. Mattidm (pictured below) left in 70th place.
By the nine-hour break, there were still 49 players left in the field and all 10 tables were still in action. But as the tenth hour approached, only three tables remained with heads-up matches underway, but there were no players with dangerously short stacks. But it took only a few minutes for piku1981 to defeat Beth Vorfalu, and the next battle to end did so more than 20 minutes later when Aftret lost to final rival.
All then awaited the two players at Table 3, who had nearly even stacks at the 10.5-hour point of the tournament. Ultimately, though, cnfr12 broke away and jumped into the lead. Koprik put 13,355 chips on the line with T♠T♥, but cnfr12 was up for a race with A♠J♦. On the 6♦Q♥A♦3♦9♠ board, cnfr12 found a pair of aces, and koprik ws out in 11th place with $156.27.
Round 4 - Final Table
Play started with all of the following players holding 5,000 chips. Level 1 had blinds at 25/50, and the competitors in action were as follows:
Seat 1: Lyonzy (5000 in chips)
Seat 2: Havana85 (5000 in chips)
Seat 3: cnfr12 (5000 in chips)
Seat 4: caprioli (5000 in chips)
Seat 5: nailuj90 (5000 in chips)
Seat 6: akinho93 (5000 in chips)
Seat 7: shinerrr (5000 in chips)
Seat 8: Psutka23 (5000 in chips)
Seat 9: pikul1980 (5000 in chips)
Seat 10: final rival (5000 in chips)
Moments into the action, a conversation ensued in the chat box:
final rival: guys is it possible to make a deal?
akinho93: later man, later
final rival: i mean technically
Later, indeed. For the moment, most players wanted to get to know their opponents and develop a feel for the table. Some comments at the 11-hour break indicated that players were bored, but they all knew that the situation would soon change.
The middle of Level 3 saw some major changes. Shinerrr was short-stacked and pushed with A-K against the A-K of caprioli. The board brought four clubs, both players had one, but shinerrr had the ace of clubs for the much-needed double-up.
A short time later, a big hand developed with Psutka23 and final rival. The two saw a 5♦9♥4♠ flop, at which point final rival bet, Psutka23 check-raised all-in with J♣J♠, and final river called with A♠A♣. The turn of A♥ improved final river's hand to a set, and the 6♠ officially sent Psutka23 home in tenth place with $677.17.
Nailuj90 doubled through Lyonzy to stay in action.
Caprioli tried the same with a very short stack of less than 800 chips. The all-in move came with K♠Q♣ preflop, and original raiser cnfr12 and nailuj90 both called. After the flop showed T♦J♣K♣, nailuj90 bet and prompted a fold from cnfr12. That's when nailuj90 turned over T♣T♠ for the set, though caprioli was alive with the open-ended straight draw. But the 6♦ turn and Q♥ river didn't make it, eliminating caprioli, who won a SCOOP event in 2010 in ninth place with $1,198.07.
Twelve hours and going strong
The 12-hour point gave the remaining 8 players a 15-minute break, and chip counts at that time showed Havana85 with the lead (10,157) but final rival (9,974) and nailuj90 (9,263) close behind. Akinho93 (2,509) was on the short stack, and Lyonzy (2,611) also needed chips.
Toward the end of Level 5, cnfr12 and pikul1980 got into a hand that started with a J♥K♥9♥ flop. Pikul1980 bet, and cnfr12 raised all-in with A♦K♣. But pikul1980 called and showed K♦K♠ for the set of kins, and the 6♦ turn and 9♦ cards made it into a full house. Cnfr12 exited in eighth place with $1,718.97.
Action sped up from there. Akinho93 and Havana85 got involved in a hand that began with a T♦5♣7♠ flop. They checked to the Q♣ on the turn, at which point Havana85 pushed all-in, and akinho93 called all-in with A♦Q♥. But the pair couldn't beat the T♠T♣ and set for Havana85, which booted akinho93 in seventh place with $2,396.14.
In short order, Havana85 pushed all-in again. Shinerrr called all-in with 2,500 chips and A♠9♦, and Havana85 showed T♦T♥. The board of 8♠T♠9♠K♥8♦ gave Havana85 a full house and eliminated shinerrr, also a winner of a 2010 SCOOP event, in sixth place, which was worth a $3,125.40 payday.
Lyonzy doubled through nailuj90 to stay in the game but remained on the short stack. It didn't take very long for Lyonzy to move again, the next time with J♦J♥. Pikul1980 called with a dominating Q♦Q♣, and nothing about the 5♣A♣9♠4♥5♠ changed the outcome. Lyonzy was ousted in fifth place with $4,167.20.
Pikul1980 and Havana85 lead final four
Final rival was struggling and finally pushed all-in for 1,408 chips with K♦T♠, and it was nailuj90 who called with 4♥4♣. The race ended quickly as the board produced 5♥4♠Q♥A♣T♥. The set of fours sent final rival out before the final match, and $6,511.25 was awarded for the fourth place finish.
Three-handed play was tough, and all competitors hovered around the same chip stacks, that was until pikul1980 took the biggest pot of the final table from nailuj90:
Four hands later, nailuj90 and pikul1980 tangled again. It started with a 2♦8♠T♣ flop, and they checked to the 6♠ on the turn. A series of raises led to pikul1980 reraising all-in, and nailuj90 called all-in with 8♥T♠ for two pair. Pikul1980 showed 6♥6♦ for the turned set, and the K♦ on the river let it be. Nailuj90 was gone in third place with $9,115.75.
The final duel
The leaders of the tournament in the final four were the last two players standing, and they launched into heads-up action with the following chip counts:
Seat 2: Havana85 (14,624 in chips)
Seat 9: pikul1980 (35,376 in chips)
A solid effort by Havana85 still couldn't overcome the initial chip deficit and was eventually chipped down to near the 2K mark. Havana85 finally pushed all-in with T♦5♥, but pikul1980 quickly called with K♠K♦. The board of Q♥J♥Q♣K♣7♣, and the full house was more than enough to eliminate Havana85 in second place with $11,980.70.
Pikul1980 won the SCOOP title and watch, not to mention $16,411.05 in cash. Congrats!
SCOOP Event 16-L Results:
1st place: pikul1980 ($16,411.05)
2nd place: Havana85 ($11,980.70)
3rd place: nailuj90 ($9,115.75)
4th place: final rival ($6,511.25)
5th place: Lyonzy ($4,167.20)
6th place: shinerrr ($3,125.40)
7th place: akinho93 ($2,396.14)
8th place: cnfr12 ($1,718.97)
9th place: caprioli ($1,198.07)
10th place: Psutka23 ($677.17)
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