SCOOP 2012: Alex Gomes gets one, grabs #1-H, $2,100 NLHE 6-max

SCOOP logo.gifWe knew the first "High" buy-in event of this year's SCOOP series would be attracting a lot of familiar names, including many of the poker world's elite. As it happened the one emerging from the tough-as-nails field as the victor would be an especially familiar one, with Alex "Allingomes" Gomes adding yet another triumph to his ever-growing list of poker achievements.

But let us not get ahead of ourselves. This, like the other events kicking off SCOOP, was a two-day affair, meaning lots of action would necessarily take place before a winner would be found.

By the time late registration had closed a whopping field of 784 had signed up for the $2,100 buy-in, six-handed no-limit hold'em event. That big group created a gigantic $1,568,000 prize pool to more than double the event's $750K guarantee. The top 90 finishers would divide up the loot, with a nifty $282,240 payday awaiting the winner barring any final-table deals.

Day 1

"Good table in SCOOP 01-H with James Mackey and @PhilGalfond on my left. #SCOOP2012," tweeted Team Online member Shane Schleger early Sunday afternoon, not long after play began. "Was thinking the same thing," replied Galfond, a.k.a. "MrSweets28."

Unfortunately for all three -- Mackey, Galfond, and Schleger -- none would survive the afternoon, with both Galfond and Schleger falling victim to Redd Barronn to go out shy of the top 400.

By the seven-hour mark the field had shrunk to 150, with Andy "andy123460" Ganapathy on top as the only player with more than 200,000. Among those having hit the rail by then was Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree who fell in 179th after running pocket nines into the queens of fellow Team Pro Lex Veldhuis.

As the night wore on and they neared the money bubble, Veldhuis continued to battle while Angel Guillen of Team PokerStars Mexico slipped to short-stacked status. Finally Guillen busted in 105th when his J♥J♣ failed to hold up versus römpsä's Q♣9♥.

Once the money bubble burst, Veldhuis would continue to hang on before finding himself all in on a 3♥9♣K♥ flop with Q♥[10h] versus Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich's A♣A♥. Neither of Veldhuis' draws filled, and the Dutchman was out in 78th for a $4,390.40 score.


Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis

Others hitting the rail before play was paused included Tobias "PokerNoob999" Reinkenmeier (71st, $4,547.20), Mayu "marroca5" Roca (66th, $4,860.80), McLean "PureProfitFo" Karr (63rd, $4,860.80), Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi (54th, $5,488), Torsten "jetkiss" Brinkmann (45th, $5,958.40), and Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet (43rd, $5,958.40).

With just 41 players left, oncommand was in command with more than 500,000, with Alex "Allingomes" Gomes his nearest competitor in 2nd, Johan "busto_soon" van Til next in third, and Nick "FU_15" Maimone and Luke "LukeFromB13" Staudenmaier also in the top ten.

Here's how the top of the leaderboard looked overnight:

1. oncommand -- 507,554
2. Allingomes -- 436,374
3. busto_soon -- 414,864
4. Fiskin1 -- 329,491
5. AJacejackAJ -- 302,342
6. StingsHUH -- 298,793
7. FU_15 -- 261,608
8. E1ephant -- 260,108
9. LukeFromB13 -- 252,977
10. Tagult -- 246,852.

Also among those still with chips and set to return on Monday were Andy "andy123460" Ganapathy (17th), Liviu "0Human0" Ignat (18th), Joseph "subiime" Cheong (23rd), Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich (32nd), Carter "cswidler" Swidler (38th), and Chris "Genius28" Lee (39th).

Day 2

Play resumed on Monday with the short stacks falling in short order, including Carter "cswidler" Swidler (40th, $6,742.40), Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich (29th, $6,742.40), and Chris "Genius28" Lee (36th, $7,840).

Monday didn't start so well for AJacejackAJ, who swiftly fell from the top 10 to go out in 35th ($7,840). Not long after that Str8$$$Homey surged into the chip lead after a huge double up versus Alex "AllinGomes" Gomes in which Str8$$$Homey's Q♥Q♦ held versus Gomes' A♥K♥ to give Str8$$$Homey a 563,610-chip pot.

As the afternoon wore on, the field kept shrinking with Liviu "0Human0" Ignat (31st, $7,840), Andy "andy123460" Ganapathy (29th, $9,094.40), Luke "LukeFromB13" Staudenmaier (28th, $9,094.40), oncommand (17th, $14,112), roi kin23 (16th, $14,112), and Joseph "subiime" Cheong (15th, $14,112) among those cashing out shy of the finish line.

Play continued, and when Johan "busto_soon" van Til went out in ninth ($31,987.20) and Fiskin1 was eliminated in eighth (both earning $31,987.20), they'd reached the final table bubble.

It appeared that the super short stack yasunori66 was destined to come up one spot shy of the last table after running pocket queens into raidalot's aces to lose almost all of his chips. But he managed a double-up through Nick "FU_15" Maimone to leave the latter with only about 80,000, and soon Maimone was all in with [J][T] against Artur "arturitooo" Alabart's [A][Q]. The better hand held, and they were down to six.


Seat 1: Allingomes -- 1,756,720
Seat 2: dirty.brasil -- 788,432
Seat 3: raidalot -- 685,609
Seat 4: arturitooo -- 2,817,875
Seat 5: yasunori66 -- 237,300
Seat 6: Str8$$$Homey -- 1,554,064

It was an international final table, with two Canadians (dirty.brasil and Str8$$$Homey), raidalot of the U.K., Artur "arturitooo" Alabart of Spain, the familiar Alex "Allingomes" Gomes from Brazil, and what may well be the first SCOOP final tablist from Japan, the short stack yasunori66.

It wouldn't take long for yasunori66 to commit his chips in an effort to double-up. With the blinds at 10,000/20,000, yasunori66 open-shoved from under the gun for 139,800 and got one caller in arturitooo from the big blind.

yasunori66 had 6♥6♣ and was hoping his pair would hold versus arturitooo's A♦J♥. But the board ran out 9♣7♠8♥4♦T♣ -- giving both players straights, but arturitooo the better one, and yasurnori66 was out in sixth.

Meanwhile dirty.brasil would become short-stacked, and just a few minutes after yasunori66's elimination would be at risk as well when Gomes made a 3x opening raise from the small blind to 60,000, and dirty.brasil reraised all in for 71,829.

Gomes quickly called, showing A♠6♠ to dirty.brasil's J♣9♣, and after the board rolled out K♣Q♦2♣K♦K♥ they were quickly down to four.

At that point deal talk arose, but with only three of the four willing -- raidalot was the exception -- play continued. Then, just before the six-hour break of Day 2, a huge hand unfolded between arturitooo and raidalot.

The blinds were still 10,000/20,000, and after Gomes opened for 40,000 from UTG, raidalot made it 100,000 to go from the button. Then Artur "arturitooo" Alabart four-bet to 222,222 from the small blind, forcing folds from Str8$$$Homey and Gomes. raidalot responded by making it 445,000, Alabart shoved all in over the top, and raidalot called with the 926,953 he had left.

artiritooo: Q♣Q♦
raidalot: K♥K♣

A bad spot for artiritooo, made worse when the flop came 6♦K♦8♠ to give raidalot a set. Two cards later, it was raidalot scooping a better than 2.8 million-chip pot. Take a look:

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They'd reached the break, at which point raidalot was in front with that stack of more than 2.8 million, Alex "Allingomes" Gomes was next with just over 1.86 million, Str8$$$Homey third with almost exactly 1.73 million, and Artur "arturitooo" Alabart last with a little over 1.43 million.

Deal discussion arose once more as play resumed, but raidalot again declined the invitation to consider it and the final four marched on.

About 10 minutes later the blinds were at 12,500/25,000 when Str8$$$Homey opened for 50,000 from UTG, then Allingomes reraised to 112,780 from the button to chase out the blinds. Str8$$$Homey then made it 260,000 to go, and Gomes called.

The flop came 9♦K♥Q♦ and Str8$$$Homey led for 225,000, getting a call from Gomes. The turn was the 8♣, and this time Str8$$$Homey bet 350,000. Gomes called once more.

The river brought the 2♠ and an all-in shove for 1,111,312 from Str8$$$Homey. Gomes snap-called, turning over J♦T♥ for the flopped straight. Str8$$$Homey had A♦K♣ for kings, and was out in fourth.

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About 10 minutes after that raidalot opened with a min-raise to 50,000 from the button, Artur "arturitooo" Alabart made it 127,777 from the small blind, and Gomes folded. The action back on raidalot, he pushed all in for 714,247 total and Alabart quickly called.

raidalot had A♠J♥ but had run into arturitooo's A♥K♠. The five community cards came 8♥Q♥3♦7♥K♣, and they were down to two.

Heads-up play began with Gomes leading with 4,674,619 to Alabart's 3,165,381. After just a hand they paused proceedings to talk about a deal, and after arturitooo started with a proposal Gomes responded with a clear statement of his position.

Allingomes: srry bro, I need 250k minimum
Allingomes: and play for 15k
Allingomes: otherwise we can play
arturitooo: sorry
Allingomes: ok gl
arturitooo: gl
Allingomes: lets play please

Having lasted through 20 half-hour levels on Sunday and another six-and-a-half hours plus on Day 2 -- and seen 782 of their opponents felted before them -- the final two combatants would play it out with that full $282,240 first prize awaiting the winner.

The pair would ultimately battle for more than an hour before a winner was decided. The first half-hour saw Gomes gradually chipping away at arturitooo's stack, pushing him back to the 2 million-mark and below while Gomes crept up over 5.5 million.

They'd hold steady with those stacks for another 30 minutes, with no pots exceeding 1 million. Then came a hand in which Gomes shoved all in on a A♠9♣4♣8♦K♣ board and Alabart contemplated for nearly two minutes before letting it go, conceding the more than 1.6 million-chip pot.

That left arturitooo down to about 1.3 million, and Gomes continued the chipping away, pushing up close to 7 million while his opponent slipped below 900,000. Then came the final hand.

With the blinds 17,500/35,000, Gomes opened for 70,000 from the button and arturitooo shoved for 882,624 total. Gomes called, showing K♠Q♠, and arturitooo was in need of help with K♣9♣. But the board came 3♠6♣J♦5♠A♣, and Gomes had won.

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Congratulations to Alex "Allingomes" Gomes for taking down the first "High" event of this year's SCOOP and a nifty $282,240 score! Now that's a familiar smile...


Alex "Allingomes" Gomes, 2012 SCOOP 1-H Champion

2012 SCOOP Event 1-High, $2,100 NLHE (6-max) results:
1st: Allingomes ($282,240)
2nd: arturitooo ($211,680)
3rd: raidalot ($156,800)
4th: Str8$$$Homey ($109,760)
5th: dirty.brasil ($78,400)
6th: yasunori66 ($47,040)

Things are just getting started around here, SCOOP-wise. Check the SCOOP page for early results and the full 120-tournament schedule.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in SCOOP