SCOOP: xXprivXx prevails in Event #21-High ($1,575 NLHE/PLO)

SCOOP logo.gifWith the way this year's SCOOP is going for some players' we're giving a bit more credence to that old adage "luck comes in streaks." Once again in the 2011 SCOOP, two chip-slinging geniuses found themselves playing two simultaneous final tables. In the final nine of Event #21-High ($1,575 PLO) were Papartis88, who also finished in fourth place in Event #21-Medium, and -DrawingDad-, who earned his second SCOOP watch of the year tonight after topping a 5,720-player field in Event #21-Low (he also cashed the medium for good measure). Neither of them, however, were the last man standing in this field; those honors went to xXprivXx who turned in a dominating performance on his way to a $70K score.

218 players came out Tuesday afternoon for a little half-NLHE, half-PLO action, 27 of them leaving with a payday. Representing Team PokerStars Pro were Joep "Pappe_Ruk" Van Den Bijgaart, George Danzer, Humberto Brenes, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Ruben Visser, Pat Pezzin, Jonathan Duhamel, Nacho Barbero, Ville Wahlbeck, JP Kelly, Lex Veldhuis, Marcin Horecki, and Vadim Markushevski. None of them finished in the money, however.

Iamadumbnoob faded 208 players today, but couldn't survive the final table bubble. Dealt A♠J♠, he got his chips in preflop but found himself dominated by Papartis88's A♣Q♣.Iamadumbnoob did not improve and his departure left us with our final nine.

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Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: ozenc (53,790 in chips)
Seat 2: marroca5 (144,152 in chips)
Seat 3: Ansgar2000 (54,012 in chips)
Seat 4: xXprivXx (168,508 in chips)
Seat 5: -DrawingDad- (41,485 in chips)
Seat 6: jambeyang (77,092 in chips)
Seat 7: laibaby64 (332,877 in chips)
Seat 8: tunnny (60,910 in chips)
Seat 9: Papartis88 (157,174 in chips)

The low stack coming in to the final table, -DrawingDad- was its first casualty and on a heartbreaker of a hand. Jambeyang opened for 5,145 from under-the-gun, xXprivXx three-bet to 12,545 from the small blind and -DrawingDad- looked down at A♣A♦. He shoved for 54,235 and xXprivXx made the call with K♥K♣. The aces held through the turn on the Q♥Q♣3♦6♦ board, but xXprivXx hit his two-outer on the river, the K♠ falling to make him kings full. -DrawingDad- departed in ninth place, adding $6,540.00 to the till to bring his total Event 21 haul to $19,212.76.

Laibaby64 had a solid chip lead over his seven remaining opponents until he dropped a 250,000-chip PLO pot to xXprivXx, who got two streets of value when he turned a king-high straight. xXprivXx took the chip lead with 380,000 and added to it further when he eliminated Ansgar2000. Papartis88 led off with a raise to 6,050 and Ansgar2000 three-bet to 22,650. With the action on xXprivXx, he looked down at A♥A♣2♣2♦ on the button and four-bet to 78,500. Parpartis88 folded and Ansgar2000 called, tabling T♥9♣8♣7♥. xXprivXx turned a set of deuces on the K♦T♠3♣2♠J♥ board and sent Ansgar2000 home in eighth place for $9,810.

Four hands later, laibaby64 opened for a min-raise to 6,000 and tunnny re-potted to 22,500. Laibaby64 four-bet and tunnny called all-in, his A♠T♠T♥6♥ up against Q♠J♣J♦9♠. Laibaby64 flopped a set of jacks, the board running out Q♦3♠J♠8♣A♥ to end tunnny's SCOOP run in seventh place.

When the game turned back to no-limit hold'em, marroca5 was the first to put his tournament life on the line. He opened for 8,255, xXprivXx three-bet to 18,222, and marroca5 came back over the top for 36,000 straight. xXprivXx shoved and marocca5 called off his remaining 40,548, his pocket fives crushed by pocket sevens. The walking sticks held and marroca5 went bust, earning $16,350 for sixth place.

Still playing NLHE, papartis88 got his money in good-- very good in fact. He took his Q♦Q♠ up against Papartis88's A♦5♣ in hopes of a double, a hope that remained very much alive as the flop fell T♥4♣2♠. A cruel, cruel 3♣ on the turn, however made Papartis88 a wheel and left him drawing dead. The river was the meaningless T♣ and Papartis88 finished his second final table of the evening in fifth place, earning an additional $19,620.

Short-stack ozenc was the next to fall after moving in for his last 40,000 preflop and earning a call from laibaby64 in the big blind. Ozenc's K♠9♣ couldn't outdrun laibaby64's A♦8♠ and he had to settle for fourth-place cash, a still-formidable $28,612.50. Jambeyang followed him to the rail a few minutes later when his K♣J♣ did not improve against xXprivXx's A♣T♣. He picked up $38,422.50 for third.

The counts were relatively even when heads-up play commenced:

Seat 4: xXprivXx (560,565 in chips)
Seat 7: laibaby64 (529,435 in chips)

xXprivXx pulled ahead in a puzzler of a hand that saw laibaby64 folding the river after bet/reraising the turn. On a flop of Q♠T♦3♠, laibaby64 check-called 12,344 from xXprivXx, then led out for 32,560 when the K♠ hit the turn. xXprivXx raised to 70,000, laibaby64 three-bet to 152,270 and xXprivXx snap-called. The river was the J♦ and laibaby64 checked over to xXprivXx, who moved all-in for 302,962. Laibaby64 insta-folded and xXprivXx collected the 350k pot.

xXprivXx steadily chipped up, pulling out to 715,000 while laibaby64 was on 375,000. With over 100 big blinds apiece, this match could have gone on for hours. Only it didn't. On a Q♠6♦3♣ flop, laibaby64 check-raised xXprivXx's 13,444 bet to 38,555, and xXprivXx responded with a four-bet to 135,665. Laibaby64 shoved and xXprivXx called, turning up A♣Q♥6♥2♥ for top two pair. Laibaby64 was looking to fill his wrap draw with 2♦4♠5♣8♣, but the 6♣ on the turn filled up xXprivXx and left laibaby64 drawing dead. The irrelevant river card was the J♠ and xXprivXx notched the win, earning a SCOOP champion's watch and $70,305. For his runner-up finish, laibaby64 received $50,685.

SCOOP Event #21-High ($1,575 NLHE/PLO) results:
1. xXprivXx (Austria) $70,305.00
2. laibaby64 (Hungary) $50,685.00
3. jambeyang (United Kingdom) $38,422.50
4. ozenc (Netherlands) $28,612.50
5. Papartis88 (Lithuania) $19,620.00
6. marroca5 (Colombia) $16,350.00
7. tunnny (Canada) $13,080.00
8. Ansgar2000 (Germany) $9,810.00
9. -DrawingDad- (Germany) $6,540.00

Make sure to tune in to "Inside SCOOP" each night on at 22:00 GMT. You never know what hosts Joe Stapleton and Nick Wealthall will come up with-- today they played Marcel Luske's new single on the air. (It's true, he has an album and you can buy it with FPPs)

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP