SCOOP 2012: B00mslang blows up Event #16-H ($2,100 2x NLHE Turbo)
Momentum can go a long way. Sure, B00mslang was one of the chip leaders going into the final table, but it wasn't until the big elimination of Dajvey that B00mslang took a lead and became relatively unstoppable. The confidence was evident, especially in the failed deal talks, and B00mslang turned that into selective aggression that became the key to victory. Boom!
Poker is known for its skill aspects, but any good player needs to possess a bit of gamble. And for some tournaments, players need to be able to trust their instincts, act quickly, and be prepared to fire another bullet should the first one miss. Those players signed up for Event 16, a second chance event that offered one chance to rebuy and a turbo structure to move things along at a rapid pace with five-minute levels.
The high buy-in of this event cost $2,100 but gave players a $750K guarantee, which was incidentally blown out of the poker water by a strong number of players and their rebuys. Here was the final tally:
Prize pool: $1,354,000.00
Paid players: 54
It only took 2.5 hours for the money bubble to burst, and most of the Team PokerStars Pros exited the field before that time. Team Online's Randy "nanonoko" Lew kept going until just before that bubble, exiting in 59th place. Also disappointed was Mattfrankland, who busted in 55th place on the exact bubble.
TAPSS17 was the first player to cash in this event, taking home $6,770.00 for the 54th place finish. Soon after, the last Team Pro standing, Jason Mercier, was eliminated in 44th place for $7,447.00.
Play moved very quickly toward the final table. Within 15 minutes to work the field down to two tables, and with the eliminations of paulgees81 and delaney_kid in short order, it was tough to even keep up with the action. Just past the three-hour mark, DrUPSWING left in 11th place, and hand-for-hand play led to another exit. Chojjasd pushed all-in from UTG, and Pass_72 reraised all-in right behind, which prompted folds all around. Chojjasd was at risk with 7♦7♣, and Pass_72 showed A♣T♣. That race ended with the first card on the T♦9♠J♦4♥4♠, and Chojjasd left in tenth place with $17,602.00.
Chip lead up for grabs
Level 33 brought the final table, with blinds of 8,000/16,000 and a 2,000 ante, and these player chip counts:
Seat 1: Dimadu (633,766 in chips)
Seat 2: Altrum Altus (624,917 in chips)
Seat 3: dirty.brasil (201,244 in chips)
Seat 4: Fred_Brink (330,149 in chips)
Seat 5: Dajvey (188,969 in chips)
Seat 6: Ky3He4uKKK (193,387 in chips)
Seat 7: B00mslang (635,891 in chips)
Seat 8: Pass_72 (314,919 in chips)
Seat 9: WushuTM (261,758 in chips)
Dirty.brasil was one of the shorter stacks and pushed all-in with T♥T♠ from early position. Dajvey reraised all-in to isolate, which worked, with A♥Q♠. Another race captured viewers but it took a turn when the K♥5♠A♠ flop gave Dajvey top pair. The Q♣ on the turn brought two pair, and the K♣ crushed straight draw hopes for dirty.brasil, who exited in ninth place with $22,476.40.
Ky3He4uKKK was the next player to make the all-in push. The 133,012 stack went all-in with A♠5♥, and Altrum Altus went along from the small blind with 4♠4♣. The board came 9♥K♠3♠T♣4♥, and the river only solidified the win for Altrum Altus. Ky3He4uKKK departed the table in eighth place with $30,465.00.
WushuTM doubled through Pass_72, which prompted the latter to move all-in soon after with K♣9♥. Dimadu called with Q♦Q♥, and the board came A♣J♥6♣6♦4♣ to eliminate Pass_72, also known to his parents as Pascal LeFrancois, in seventh place with $44,005.00.
B00mslang explodes into first place
Dajvey decided to make a move from the small blind with K♠4♣ when it folded around. The all-in move provoked B00mslang to call from the big blind with A♣T♣, and that hand only got better on the 5♠8♥T♥5♦T♠ board. Dajvey couldn't beat the full house and left in sixth place with $57,545.00.
WushuTM was the next at risk. When B00mslang raised all-in from the small blind, WushuTM called all-in from the big blind with A♣T♥. The hand had the K♣9♠ of B00mslang beat, but only until the flop came 7♦6♣K♥. The 9♦ came on the turn to hurt a little further, and the J♥ on the river simply sent WushuTM out in fifth place with $75,824.00.
When B00mslang made a preflop raise in a subsequent hand, Dimadu reraised all-in with A♣8♠. B00mslang called with 6♣6♠, and that pair developed into two pair on the J♣2♥J♦ flop. The 2♣ gave both players two pair but B00mslang remained ahead, and the K♠ put an end to the hand. Dimadu departed in fourth place with $108,320.00.
Fred_Brink binks a double
This key hand put Fred_Brink in prime condition to get to heads-up action:
Three-handed play lasted a few rounds, but B00mslang again issued a challenge by raising all-in from the small blind. Altrum Altus called all-in from the big blind with A♣4♠, but B00mslang had a dominating A♠9♣. The flop of 5♦9♠8♠ paired B00mslang, and the 8♥ and A♥ finished the board and the hand, sending Altrum Altus, better known in real life as William Reynolds and winner of 2010 PCA High Roller, out in third place with $142,170.00.
Deal? Maybe. Well, no.
The final two players started their match with these chip counts:
Seat 4: Fred_Brink (861,047 in chips)
Seat 7: B00mslang (2,523,953 in chips)
They immediately paused the tournament to look at chip-chop numbers, but Fred_Brink was not pleased with the outcome. Some discussion ultimately led to a decision to play on, which they did.
It only took a total of five hands of heads-up play to decide it. B00mslang raised, Fred_Brink reraised all-in with A♠2♥, and B00mslang called with A♥6♠. The board produced A♣8♥6♣3♠5♠, and Fred_Brink, winner of a 2008 Sunday Million and this 2011 WCOOP event, had to accept second place in the tournament and the $192,945.00 that went with it.
B00mslang claimed SCOOP victory and $259,832.60 in cash, along with a Movado watch. Congrats!
2012 SCOOP Event #16-H ($2,100 2x NLHE Turbo) Results:
1st place: B00mslang ($259,832.60)
2nd place: Fred_Brink ($192,945.00)
3rd place: Altrum Altus ($142,170.00)
4th place: Dimadu ($108,320.00)
5th place: WushuTM ($75,824.00)
6th place: Dajvey ($57,545.00)
7th place: Pass_72 ($44,005.00)
8th place: Ky3He4uKKK ($30,465.00)
9th place: dirty.brasil ($22,476.40)
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