SCOOP 2012: Andrew "southrnctowl" Badecker dominates Event #17-H ($2,100 NLHE 10-Max Shootout)

SCOOP logo.gifAndrew Badecker knows a little something about shootouts. Not only did he survive one last summer, it ended up saving his career. After making a living as an online pro for four years, Badecker was left with an uncertain future when Black Friday struck. With only a few thousand dollars to his name, Badecker drove from his native Connecticut to Las Vegas last summer and promptly won his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 NLHE shootout along with $369,000. Now relocated to Mexico, Badecker's WSOP experience no doubt prepared him for today's online encore performance, where the man known as "southrnctowl" topped a stacked final table and won his first SCOOP title in event #17-H ($2,100 NLHE 10-Max Shootout).

Capped at 100 players, this event sold out days ago, the prize pool topping out at $200,000. Those hundred players were seated at ten tables, the winner of each sit-n-go not only making the money, but advancing to the final table. Among them were eleven Red Spades. Nacho Barbero, Anders "Donald" Berg, George "Jorj95" Lind III, Jason Mercier, George Danzer, Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, Martin Staszko, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, and Humberto Brenes all missed the money, but Team Pros Eugene Katchalov and Jude Ainsworth advanced to the final table.

Round One (100 to 10)

Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis was the first player to win his table, followed by Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb, who defeated Altrum Altus heads-up to advance to his fourth final table of the 2012 SCOOP. Jude Ainsworth crushed joacowalter's plans for a third SCOOP final table when his A♦Q♥ held against A♠T♦ to punch his ticket through. High-stakes cash game player 0Human0 had his work cut out for him against three-time SCOOP champion cal42688, but saw his open-ended straight draw come in against two pair to send him through. The most dramatic first-round win, however, had to be Eugene Katchalov's. Get your "online poker is rigged" jokes ready, because Katchalov rivered a roval flush to crack Face333X's pocket aces:

Those weren't the only distinguished folks to land at the final table. Germany's wizowizo topped the PokerStars Yearly TLB in 2011 and MrKlout wasn't too far behind him in 12th place. Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler won a WCOOP bracelet last fall and Russia's as1025 made four 2011 SCOOP final tables-- in NLHE, Mixed Hold'em, Omaha Hi/Lo and Ante Up NLHE.

MrKlout was the last player to win his first-round table, hitting a lucky river card against oliva86d. The two got their money in on a 9♣8♥2♥ flop, oliva86d holding pocket jacks against MrKlout's K♥6♥. Altough MrKlout blanked the turn, he hit the 3♥ on the river to make his flush and move on to the final table while oliva86d bubbled in 11th place.

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Ainsworth, Karamalikis early casualties

Stacks were reset to 5,000 apiece and the blinds dropped back to 25/50. An hour and forty-five minutes of small pots later, MrKlout opened for a min-raise to 200 frim UTG. Jude Ainsworth three-bet to 498 from third position and the action folded around to southrnctowl, who cold four-bet to 967 from the cutoff. Everyone folded to Ainsworth, who made it 2,200 to go. Southrnctowl shoved for 5,767 and Ainsworth called, his A♠K♦ up against Q♥Q♠. The board came nine-high and the queens held, leaving Ainsworth on a mere 686 in chips. They went in the middle on the next deal, but Ainsworth's A♣9♠ was no match for MrKlout's A♠K♣ and he departed in tenth place, earning $5,500.

Ten minutes passed before Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis decided to make a move, four-bet shoving for 2,813. MrKlout called with pocket tens, MONSTER_DONG's A♣K♥ failing to improve on the Q♥9♣6♦J♣5♣ board. The Aussie exited in ninth place with a $6,400 consolation prize.

Katchalov and Deeb's luck runs out

Eugene Katchalov's stack dipped as low as 1,800 before he won a coinflip to double through wizowizo, his pocket eights hitting a set against A♥K♥. Back up to 3,157, Katchalov picked up K♠T♥ in the big blind and called southrnctowl's 250-chip opening raise. The flop fell Q♦J♦4♣ and Katchalov check-called 300 with his open-ended straight draw. He filled it on the turn with the 9♠ and slyly checked again. Southrnctowl checked behind. The river was the 8♦ and Katchalov checked a third time. Southrnctowl bet 3,000 into the 1,100-chip pot, effectively setting Katchalov all-in. Katchalov looked him up and put in his remaining 2,592 only to have southrnctowl turn over A♦3♦, having made the nut flush on the river. Katchalov was out in eighth place, earning $7,500 for his finish.

Down to 1,776 with the blinds up to 80/160, shaundeeb three-bet shoved from the small blind with A♦J♥ and original raiser wizowizo called with A♣7♦. Wizowizo paired his kicker on the T♦8♦7♥ flop, then turned aces up when the A♥ landed. Deeb needed a river jack or nine to survive but the 5♣ fell instead, sending him to the rail in seventh place for $8,800.

Deeb also picked up 35 SCOOP leaderboard points for his finish. Last night, his fifth-place finish in event #16-L tied him for first place with two-time SCOOP champ Viktor "Isildur1" Blom; tonight Deeb has sole possession of the top spot, leading second-place joaocowalter by 40 points.

southrnctowl preys on the short stacks

Three hands passed before southrnctowl put MrKlout to the test, setting him all-in preflop with a five-bet shove. MrKlout called off his remaining 5,878, his A♦K♦ racing with J♣J♦. Southrnctowl got his second KO of the night, the board running out Q♣T♣7♦8♠4♠ to eliminate MrKlout in sixth place. Southrnctowl moved out to a dominant chip lead with 26,914, more than twice as much as second-in-chips wizowizo's 11,438.

At this point, 0Human0 was hanging on with eight big blinds. Although he doubled to 2,778 when his K♣J♥ topped wizowizo's J♦7♦, he couldn't fade the hot-running southrnctowl. Dealt 8♣8♠ , 0Human0 opened for a min-raise to 320. Southrnctowl shoved for more than 25,000 and 0Human0 called all-in, revealing A♠7♠. The 6♣3♦4♣ flop kept the pocket eights in the lead, but southrnctowl still loomed with an overcard and a straight draw. 0Human0's run came to an end when southrnctowl spiked the 5♥ on the turn to make a seven-high straight, his fifth-place finish earning him $14,000.

As1025 could have easily been out in fourth place after running his 5♠5♣ into wizowizo's A♣A♥, but it was another heaven-sent five on the turn that turned the hand around for him. As1025 doubled to 9,200, leaving jdtjpoker as the short stack with 2,349. Four hands later, jdtjpoker shoved with 4♦4♣ and wizowizo somehow woke up with another pair or aces. This time they flopped a set to avoid any surprises, the board running out A♦Q♣2♠J♦K♦ to send jdtpoker home in fourth place with $19,800.

With three players remaining, southrnctowl held more than a 3 to 1 chip lead over both his remaining opponents. He won nine of the next 15 pots before as1025 four-bet shoved with K♥Q♦ and southrnctowl called with pocket tens. The flop came seven-high and a ten hit the turn, southrnctowl's set taking out as1025 in third place for $27,000.

Heads-up chip counts:

Seat 2: southrnctowl (40,478 in chips)
Seat 3: wizowizo (9,522 in chips)

These two spent less than ten minutes heads-up before getting their chips in the middle on a cooler of a hand. Both players flopped top pair, but southrnctowl had another one to go with it:

Kudos to southrnctowl on his first SCOOP title and a $60,000 score. For his runner-up finish, wizowizo earned $40,000.

2012 SCOOP Event #17-H ($2,100 NLHE 10-Max Shootout) results:

1. Andrew "southrnctowl" Badecker (Mexico) $60,000
2. wizowizo (Germany) $40,000
3. as1025 (Russia) $27,000
4. Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler (Mexico) $19,800
5. 0Human0 (Romania) $14,000
6. MrKlout (Spain) $11,000
7. Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb (Mexico) $8,800
8. Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine) $7,500
9. Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis (Australia) $6,400
10. Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth (Ireland) $5,500

Shaun Deeb might be atop the SCOOP Player of the Series race right now, but he has the likes of ElkY, Anders "Donald" Berg, cal42688 and Isildur1 hot on his heels. Visit the SCOOP page to track your favorite players and browse all the stats you can handle.

Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP