SCOOP 2012: BreezyWest flattens the field in Event #34-Low ($55 FL Hold'em, 6-max)

SCOOP logo.gifSome nights it all comes together. The perfect flop at the perfect time. Aces in the hole when they're needed the most. A gutshot straight coming in to save your tournament life. BreezyWest had one of those nights tonight. As he navigated his first SCOOP final table, BreezyWest made it past WCOOP champion Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko and the U.K.'s xF1ONAx, who held the chip lead through most of the final table and proved herself to be a tough heads-up opponent. BreezyWest ruled the day, however, winning a dramatic final showdown to claim his first SCOOP title in Event #34-Low ($55 FL Hold'em 6-max).

2,092 players decided to min-bet and raise the afternoon away, creating a $104,600 prize pool. 264 places were paid out with first place set to earn $16,474.50. Sixteen soldiers in the Red Spade army bought in, including Chad Brown, Martin Staszko, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Nacho Barbero and Shane "shaniac" Schleger. Only one finished in the money, though, Team Online's Richard "Tzen1" Veenman earning last-longer honors with a 72nd-place finish.

Nearly eleven and a half hours after cards went in the air, the final seven fought for six seats at the final table. Both D. Taylor01 and toreboy84 were short-stacked, holding 325,000 and 305,000 respectively at the same four-handed table. Dealt A♠7♣, toreboy84 raised to 80,000 from first position and D. Taylor1 defended the big blind with Q♥9♠. D. Taylor1 hit gin on the 9♥9♣8♣ flop and check-called toreboy84's 40,000 bet. When the K♥ hit the turn, D. Taylor01 came out from under the bed and check-raised. Toreboy84 called the 80,000, leaving himself 25,000 behind. It went in on the Q♦ river, D. Taylor01 making nines full to eliminate toreboy84 on the final table bubble.

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Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: Kroko-dill (756,135 in chips)
Seat 2: MattyFreeman (1,287,083 in chips)
Seat 3: BreezyWest (2,376,332 in chips)
Seat 4: trollringen (2,388,129 in chips)
Seat 5: xF1ONAx (3,001,064 in chips)
Seat 6: D. Taylor01 (651,257 in chips)

Although D. Taylor01 doubled up with that elimination, he was on the rail seven hands later. After three-betting from position preflop with A♦8♥ against chip leader xF1ONAx, D. Taylor01 hit top pair on the A♠6♥3♠ flop. xF1ONAx check-raised with 8♠9♠ for a flush draw, D. Taylot01 three-bet to 150,000 and xF1ONAx called. D. Taylor01's last 126,000 went in on the turn, the Q♠ falling to make xF1ONAx's flush. D. Taylor01 was drawing dead and went out in sixth place, earning $2,207.06 off his $55 investment.

Less than two orbits later, Kroko-dill lost the vast majority of his stack to xF1ONAx. One a K♥K♦J♦ flop, Kroko-dill raised from position and xF1ONAx called. xF1ONAx led out again when the 6♦ landed on the turn, and a third time when the 2♦ hit the river. Kroko-dill called her down and xF1ONAx turned over A♦Q♣, the running diamonds giving her the nut flush. Kroko-dill mucked and xF1ONAx raked in the 800,000 pot, leaving Kroko-dill on 61,000. Four hands later, Kroko-dill was all-in from the big blind against xF1ONAx and MattyFreeman. xF1ONAx check-folded on the 9♠3♣2♠ flop and MattyFreeman turned over K♠K♦. Kroko-dill showed K♥7♦, running cards his only hope to stay alive. It was over for the Russian WCOOP champion when the 3♥ hit the turn and Kroko-dill exited in fifth place, earning $3,922.50.

Shortly after Kroko-dill's elimination, the final four agreed to pause the action and discuss a deal. Betting limits were 50,000-100,000 and xF1ONAx held the chip lead with 3.45 million. Trollringen was close behind with 3.21 million, BreezyWest held 2.4 million and MattyFreeman was the short stack with 1.4 million. When the chip count chop numbers came out, it took BreezyWest only a split second to agree to the deal. xF1ONAx and MattyFreeman were fine with it as well, but trollringen asked for $100 from each of his opponents to bring his share up to $12,000. xF1ONAx wasn't having any part of that as it would leave her with a smaller share than trollringen despite having the chip lead. Trollringen gave up the ghost and took the $200, all four players agreeing to the adjusted payouts. With $1,500 still on the table for the winner, action resumed.

BreezyWest ground up his stack past xF1ONAx's and moved into the chip lead with just over 4 million. Dealt pocket fours in the small blind, BreezyWest three-bet behind MattyFreeman's button raise. Trollringen folded the big blind, MattyFreeman capped and trollringen called. BreezyWest couldn't have asked for a better flop than the 4♣3♣3♠ that fell. The betting was capped on the flop, MattyFreeman putting in the third raise. BreezyWest led out on the T♥ turn and the 8♠ river and MattyFreeman called him down only to see the bad news. He was left with 303,000 while BreezyWest moved up to 4.85 million.

MattyFreeman got his last 266,000 in before the flop against trollringen, his K♥J♥ up against A♦2♥. MattyFreeman flopped top two pair and rivered jacks full of kings to double up. Trollringen was reduced to 452,000 in chips and punted the rest of his stack off to MattyFreeman a few hands later, his K♣5♠ falling to A♥4♥. Trollringen was out in fourth place but left with second place money, earning $11,858.67 for his finish.

Moments later, MattyFreeman lost almost half his stack to BreezyWest. MattyFreeman check-called the whole way on a Q♠J♥K♦8♣J♠ board, but couldn't top BreezyWest's A♠A♥. The rest of his chips went in a short time later on a K♥J♥2♠ flop, his 8♠8♦ trailing xF1ONAx's A♥K♦. MattyFreeman didn't find another eight, the J♦ and 4♠ hitting the turn and river to end his run in third place.

Heads-up chip counts:

Seat 3: BreezyWest (6,583,460 in chips)
Seat 5: xF1ONAx (3,876,540 in chips)

BreezyWest held a 1.7 to 1 chip lead as heads-up play commenced, but xF1ONAx quickly closed the gap and pulled nearly even. BreezyWest regained control in this 1.9 million-chip hand, when xF1ONAx folded for one bet on the river:

What followed was a slugfest of epic proportions. xF1ONAx would pick up a million or two only to have BreezyWest knock her right back down. Even when BreezyWest had xF1ONAx down to 1.4 million, xF1ONAx hit the accelerator and won 11 of 15 pots to chip back up to 3.5 million.

This hand swung the momentum back to BreezyWest, who rivered a gutshot straight draw against xF1ONAx's flopped top pair:

Down to her last 893,000, xF1ONAx got her money in on a A♠3♠4♦ flop holding 6♥6♣. BreezyWest called with 2♥2♠. xF1ONAx needed to fade only a deuce or a five to double up, but the spirit was with BreezyWest tonight, the 5♠ hitting the river to make a wheel. xF1ONAx was out in second place but earned the largest share of the prize pool at $12,078.84 thanks to the four-way deal while BreezyWest collected $11,632.67 along with a very snazzy SCOOP watch.

2012 SCOOP Event #34-Low ($55 FL Hold'em 6-max) results

Entrants: 2,092
Places paid: 264

1. BreezyWest (Germany) $11,632.67*
2. xF1ONAx (United Kingdom) $12,078.84*
3. MattyFreeman (United Kingdom) $8,361.82*
4. trollrngen (Norway) $11,858.67*
5. Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko (Russia) $3,922.50
6. D. Taylor01 (United Kingdom) $2,207.06

*= reflects the results of a four-way deal that left $1,500 in play for the winner

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP