SCOOP 2012: Dan "djk123" Kelly adds SCOOP title to WCOOP wins in Event #29-M ($109+R NLHE Big Antes)

SCOOP logo.gifPerhaps someone should stop Dan "djk123" Kelly before his collection of PokerStars bling has him impersonating Mr. T. The young pro would claim another piece of PokerStars jewelry today after taking down SCOOP 2012 Event #29-M ($109+Rebuys NLHE Big Antes) tournament. 1,659 players tried to stand in his way, pleading with Kelly that three titles is enough, not to mention the swollen prize pool thanks to 1,879 re-buys and 1,375 add-ons to destroy the $300,000 guarantee.

216 players would take a chunk of that prize pool including Team PokerStars pro Chad Brown who eeked into the cash 209th place ($540.54). The Medium Player of the Series race was open for all to gain as leader SebbyGl took the day off as did second place cyberkanguru.

Only 19 players would make it through 31 levels of play on day one as Dan "djk123" Kelly nearly became the last out on the first day.

After falling to nearly the bottom of the chip count, a double up off kripap, and then in the very last hand before the overnight break, Kelly would take a rejuvenated stack and big slick all-in against Killer_ooooo's queens. An ace on the flop and the three-time WCOOP winner would go into day two with 19 remaining and the third largest stack behind kripap and djalminha.


Day two would start off with 8K/16K binds 3,200 antes and quickly stacking the tables from three to two as ButchTimothy would take just three hands to find a spot to shove a shortstack of 162,792. Right behind ButchTimothy was jtizzo222 with A♠J♥ and plenty of chips to make the call as ButchTimothy watched K♠J♦ slowly die across the 4♠ 3♥ T♦ A♣ 3♦ board for the first casualty of the second day. No stranger to deep runs at SCOOP, ButchTimothy scored $27,840.00 placing seventh in last year's Event #31-H

The overnight rest did not quell the player's aggressiveness on the restart. Maybe they ran out of Lucky Charms, donuts with sprinkles, hugs, or milk, because the angry style of play would lead to four more eliminations in the first 15 minutes. That group included pmahoney22 who was denied a second SCOOP final table in back-to-back days after finishing runner-up to bleu329 in yesterday's Event #30-H banking $85,817.71 in the process. Also in that group was another player with several titles to his name. EPT, WCOOP, and now a 2012 SCOOP title in Event #24-M, Nicolas "niccc" Chouity was deep here as well looking for a second title and maybe push wunderkind Shaun Deeb a bit for the Player of the Series title. Low on chips Chouity would flip pocket nines 9♥9♦ against Killer_ooooo's Q♥A♦ just five minutes into the restart and a lady on the door Q♣ 6♥ 7♦ 3♥ 7♠ would show Nicolas out in 18th place ($2,211.30).


Nicolas Chouity 18th place

At the first five minute break only 12 remained as jtizzo222 (14th place, $3,046.68) and despite knocking out Nicolas Chouity, Killer_ooooo would join jtizzo222 on the rail in 13th place ($3,046.68) as djalminha retained the chip lead for the first hour with kripap continuing to trail closely behind.

15 minutes after the break Costa Rica's My Brim Low would take a seat with Chouity in 12th place after a pay bump ($3,882.06) and montjeu8 (11th place, $3882.06) ran a pair of ducks 2♣2♦ into Blackbeaty's pocket eights 8♥8♠ as hand-for-hand play lined to be a long wait for the final table as the players enjoyed an average of nearly two million chips and blinds at 15K/30K ante 6K.

They enjoyed it for a whole four minutes as Dan Kelly would lead off the betting with min-raise from the cutoff as matt20 three-bet to 155,678. bluesky30 in the small blind ended the re-raising with a shove for 803,092 as Kelly quickly folded but matt20 did not, making the call with big slick A♣K♦. bluesky30 was in deep trouble holding only one live card A♠7♠ needing spades or a seven to prevent becoming the bubble boy. A king and one spade on the 2♦ K♣ 9♠ 9♦ 9♣ nine-heavy board gave the 1.7 million chip pot to matt20 as bluesky30 was dropped from the active roster in 10th place ($3,882.06) starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: kripap (2185977 in chips)
Seat 2: djalminha (1584365 in chips)
Seat 3: djk123 (1541978 in chips)
Seat 4: raare01 (980747 in chips)
Seat 5: YugiohPro (1415532 in chips)
Seat 6: matt20 (2229507 in chips)
Seat 7: pistons87 (3246032 in chips)
Seat 8: ro_Man777 (1825161 in chips)
Seat 9: Blackbeaty (2482701 in chips)

Supernova Elite pistons87 would take the chip lead from djalminha just before the final table as the 2011 WCOOP Event #41 High-Roller Heads-up champ and 2012 SCOOP champ in Event #23-H was stacked for run at SCOOP title number two this year.

Also looking for SCOOP 2012 title number two is Blackbeaty would started off the series with a bang taking down Event #1-L for $74,008.00. YugiohPro took down the Sunday Warm-up in August 2010 for $104,060.64 and raare01 with WCOOP and a Sunday Warm-up final table credited, were both viewing that SCOOP championship watch to add to impressive tournament resumes here at PokerStars.

Everyone wanting to stay

One hour and 15 minutes it would take to finally boot someone off this final table. Like your best friend who had to retell the story about the time you went into the wrong bathroom at Wal-Mart for the 15th time, it was getting a little too friendly at this final table. With the blinds up to 25K/50K ante 10K pistons87 would lead off with a min-raise as YugiohPro called from the small blind to see a A♠7♦4♥ ace-high flop. YugiohPro checked as pistons87 pushed out 110,000 and YugiohPro check-raised to 299,999 as pistons87 called. 9♥ on the turn and the same action happened as YugiohPro check-raised all-in for 1.36 million total as pistons87 made the call holding the turned top two A♣9♦. Bad luck for YugiohPro who dominated with J♣A♥ and now was left to watch the three-outer miss on the river 3♦ claiming $4,914.00 in ninth place.

69 used in the right position

The video below is rated G for general audiences and safe for work, however the words coming out of raare01's mouth after the hand probably were not:

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You do not win tournaments sitting around for aces to appear, Dan "djk123" Kelly refuse to let raare01 walk in the blinds and shoved from the small blind holding 6♠9♠. However, raare01 sitting on only 495,247 chips, found a medium ace A♠8♣ more than enough to make the call. The aggression was rewarded with two pair on the flop 7♥6♥9♥ but also gave raare01 a straight draw. The A♣ on the turn also opened up more outs, but a dainty 6♣ on the river finished off raare01 in eighth place ($8,599.50).


One hand after Blackbeaty lured Kelly into shoving with a flush draw and gutshot, while having top set hold for a 4.1 million chip pot, pistons87 and day one chip leader djalminha would tangle for a 2.6 million chip pot preflop. With the blinds moving up to 30K/60K ante 12K pistons87 min-raised from UTG as djalminha was tired from a dying stack and decided to shove for 1.22 million. Back to the current chip leader, pistons87 holding A♥Q♠ the Supernova Elite decided to make the call. All the action was front-loaded as an ace came out on the flop 2♣ A♦ 6♦ K♠ T♥ to bolster pistons87's chip lead and end djalminha's tournament in seventh place ($13,513.50).

Jacks win for once?

pistons87 and Blackbeaty held over 11 million chips while the remainder of the table scrapped for five million. This led to matt20 and ro_Man777 deciding to combine their stacks preflop. With the blinds still at 30K/60K ante 12K and just a few minutes before a blind jump, ro_Man777 would raise from the first position to 240,000 as matt20 wasted no time in shoving 1.37 million with usually fatal jacks J♣J♥ as ro_Man777 called with A♠Q♣. This time the jacks did not attract an ace nor queen to the 9♦ 3♥ K♦ 2♣ 3♣ board and since matt20 covered ro_Man777 by a little more than 100K in chips, the German took home sixth place cash ($18,427.50).

Right before the third hourly break of day two, the two chip hogs Blackbeaty and pistons87 tangled in a power struggle for the chip lead. After a series of raises the largest pot of the tournament sat in the middle as Blackbeaty's A♣Q♠ faced off against pistons87's jacks J♦J♠. Maybe some left over polarity from matt20's jacks not attracting any aces, the other three aces in the deck would appear on the A♠ 4♦ A♦ Q♥ A♥ board for quads shipping the 7.4 million chip pot to Blackbeaty as pistons87 slipped to 3.1 million chips.

Jacks? Jacks. Jacks!!!

Pocket jacks seem to be the make-it or break-it hand on this final table as you can watch below to see who wins the nearly five million chip flip between Dan "djk123" Kelly and kripap:

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Kelly's jacks J♦J♥ were up against the Q♥A♣ of kripap as the two overcards would not pair up on the 7♠ 2♣ T♣ K♥ 3♥ board and kripap took leave in fifth place ($23,341.50). The very next hand Kelly would call matt20's push holding A♥9♣ and flop an ace 7♦A♠5♣ against matt20's pocket tens T♥T♣. A 5♥ on the turn helped no one but the WOW! moment came on the T♦ river handing 3.2 million freshly minted tournament chips to matt20 as Kelly still held 3.8 million as the blinds moved up to 40K/80K ante 16K.

Well. Yeah. Um. There are no words.

After that two-outer on the river by matt20, Dan "djk123" Kelly went Defcon 1 on the table trying to nuke his three remaining opponents off the table as quickly as possible. After ratcheting up his stack to over 10 million chips while pistons87 and Blackbeaty held around three million and matt20 just over one million, the below three-way all-in would chop the table population in half. Watch below:

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djk123: 4♠ A♠
matt20: Q♦ J♦
Blackbeaty: J♥ J♠

Jacks once again made it into a tournament changing pot. However pocket jacks' record would slip to 2-2 as Kelly flopped two pair A♦ 4♥ 3♠ T♠ 9♣ and collect both matt20's chips (fourth place, $32,923.80) and Blackbeaty's chips (third place $44,226.00) for a 6.87 million chip pot and take a huge chip advantage into heads-up play against pistons87.

Deal as pistons87 snags a huge pot

Just as the blinds moved up to 50K/100K ante 20K, pistons87 would win a battle of kickers as djk123 pushed top pair T♠3♠ into pistons87's top pair - king kicker K♠T♥ on the 8♠ 2♣ 5♥ T♣ 6♣ board to nearly even up the chips as Kelly only led nine million to 8.4 million (a stark contrast from the 14.5 million to 2.9 million chip lead at the beginning of heads-up play) at the point which they agreed to chop the money quickly leaving $6,000 to our champ:

Dan "djk123" Kelly: $67,040.06
pistons87: $66,542.11

Both players have WCOOP titles, pistons87 has a SCOOP title, and while Kelly is looking for his first, Dan chatted that he needed to play it out due to a bet. This author is figuring the wagered amount is worth a little more than $6,000 and the SCOOP watch.

Three-time WCOOP champ is now a SCOOP champ

Our final two would battle until the blinds moved up to 60K/120K ante 24K as fives (not jacks) would determine our champion. Kelly would call a min-raise from pistons87 in the big blind to see a 8♥5♥5♠ flop. djk123 checked as pistons87 bet 240,000 as Kelly check-raised to 566,666. Three-bet to 1.08 million from pistons87 and Kelly came right back with another six-heavy bet to 1,666,666. pistons87 sticking with even numbers five-bet to 2.4 million as Kelly shoved 11.1 million and covered pistons87.

Holding 3.4 million behind and trip fives 3♦5♦ pistons87 made the call and immediately saw the bad news as Kelly flipped up the case five with an ace kicker 5♣A♥. The treys would miss on the T♠ turn and K♠ river as Dan "djk123" Kelly claimed the 2012 SCOOP Event #29-M title and $73,040.06!


Dan "djk123" Kelly: SCOOP Champion

Number of entries: 1,660
Number of rebuys: 1,879
Number of add-ons: 1,375
Prize Pool: $491,400.00
Places paid: 216

$300,000 guarantee SCOOP 2012 Event #29-M $109+Rebuys NLHE (Big Antes) results (05-17-12):
( * denotes part of two-way deal )
1. Dan "djk123" Kelly (Australia) *$73,040.06
2. pistons87 (Canada) *$66,542.11
3. Blackbeaty (Germany) $44,226.00
4. matt20 (United Kingdom) $32,923.80
5. kripap (Hungary) $23,341.50
6. ro_Man777 (Germany) $18,427.50
7. djalminha (Portugal) $13,513.50
8. raare01 (Netherlands) $8,599.50
9. YugiohPro (South Korea) $4,914.00

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David Aydt
@PokerStars in SCOOP