SCOOP 2012: Drew M Scott draws Event #19-L win ($27 Triple Stud)

SCOOP logo.gifIn a game like stud, the chip lead at the beginning of a final table is not always indicative of a sure thing. In fact, that's rarely the case. Drew M Scott was an average stack at the beginning but waited for the right times to move and continuously climbed into the lead. He then amassed such a chip stack that no one could catch him, and the win did become inevitable.


The game of stud brings memories of old movies and stories of back room poker games. Triple Stud is one of the newer variations of stud that gained popularity in recent years as players began to diversify and embrace the mixed game concept. While Triple Stud is no Hold'em or Omaha, the game is becoming more popular, which led to an impressive field in this tournament.

Event 19 offered Triple Stud action, and the low buy-in event gave players the chance to compete for a title in the game for only $27. And PokerStars added a $25K guarantee to boot. That resulted in these numbers:

Players: 1,908
Guarantee: $25,000.00
Prize pool: $47,700.00
Paid players: 240

The late-starting tournament worked its way into the wee hours before the money bubble burst, which happened at the expense of ShinKazuya in 241st place. Damnation42 was the first player to cash, taking home $45.31 for 240th place.

Among those still in contention at that point were several Team PokerStars Pros. The first to be eliminated in the money was Vanessa Selbst, who left in 194th place, and Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg followed in 153rd. Finally, Team Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki departed in 92nd place for $76.32.

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Play was stuck at 10 players after the nine-hour mark, but after zangbezan24 exited in tenth place, hand-for-hand action began. That led to stormy19 moving all-in a few hands later, and Drew M Scott and Slavik_Krs went along for the ride. When all of the cards were dealt, Drew M Scott showed A♣4♣2♣8♣T♦Q♣4♠ for the flush, and Slavik_Krs simply mucked. Stormy19 also mucked before leaving in ninth place with $357.75.

Slavik_Krs and lotos64 battle for the lead

The final table got underway in Level 34, with limit stud blinds at 60,000/120,000 and a 12,000 ante. Players' initial chip stacks were as follows:

Seat 1: Desslock (738,283 in chips)
Seat 2: Eskarnia (1,203,092 in chips)
Seat 3: mitras01 (698,112 in chips)
Seat 4: janik446 (560,812 in chips)
Seat 5: isegalkarl (1,438,926 in chips)
Seat 6: Slavik_Krs (1,926,576 in chips)
Seat 7: Drew M Scott (1,067,527 in chips)
Seat 8: lotos64 (1,906,672 in chips)

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Play was somewhat cautious at the beginning of eight-handed action, but Eskarnia was the player with the most movement, taking over first place without much delay.

Desslock turned a corner by doubling through Slavik_Krs, and another subsequent pot between the two that went to Desslock put Slavik_Krs on a relatively short stack. That brought about a hand in which Slavik_Krs and lotos64 tangled until Slavik_Krs moved all-in on fifth street, and lotos64 called. When the rest of the cards came, Slavik_Krs was on the line with J♠T♥3♠Q♠T♣9♠2♦, but lotos64 had the better low with 5♥4♠K♠6♥J♣7♣T♦. After finishing second in SCOOP Event 5-M days ago, Slavik_Krs fell fast tonight and left in eighth place with $477.00.

Not long after mitras01 doubled through Eskarnia, mitras01 got involved with lotos64. After mitras01 had 2♣7♣ and lotos64 showed 3♦9♥, mitras01 bet, lotos64 check-raised, and mitras01 moved all-in. Lotos64 called, and when all of the cards were dealt, showed 9♦J♦3♦9♥2♥A♦A♠ for two pair. Mitras01 had 3♠K♥2♣7♣8♥Q♦J♣ and beat nothing, so seventh place money was awarded in the amount of $954.00.

Can we get a few double-ups?

Yes. We certainly can and did. It started with janik446 nearly tripling up, courtesy of Desslock and Eskarnia. Isegalkarl then doubled through Desslock, janik446 through Drew M Scott, Desslock through lotos64, and isegalkarl through Drew M Scott. Desslock doubled again, that time through Drew M Scott, though the latter maintained a sizeable lead over the rest of the players. And Desslock doubled through janik446. Still with me?

No more double-ups available...for now

Eskarnia got involved with Drew M Scott and lotos64 and invested all remaining chips on fifth street with A♠5♥6♦ and 3♥A♣ behind. Lotos64 folded out of the way, and Drew M Scott showed T♥8♥8♠ to go with a formerly hidden 9♠9♥. That hand added 9♦3♣ to become a full house, while Eskarnia only took K♥5♠ for two pair. With no low, Eskarnia had to go in sixth place with $1,431.00.

On the very next hand, Drew M Scott called the raise of Desslock, and the two players went to fourth street. A bet and call led to fifth street, and both players checked to reach sixth. With A♣9♦A♦5♣J♣A♥, Desslock bet. Drew M Scott raised with 2♠9♠2♣6♣2♥T♦. Desslock moved all-in, and Drew M Scott called before catching the 2♦ on the river for quad deuces. Desslock only caught the 4♣ and had to leave in fifth place with $2,385.00.

Shortly thereafter, isegalkarl raised all-in preflop, and Drew M Scott made the call. The showdown revealed 7♠3♥A♥9♦2♥2♦3♦ for isegalkarl, but that two pair was no good against the 4♦6♥A♣8♥6♣4♣4♠ and full house of Drew M Scott. Isegalkarl was eliminated in fourth place with $3,339.00.

Jammin' janik446

Janik446 doubled through Drew M Scott and then took a 1.72 million-chip pot from lotos64 to jump into second place of the three remaining players. Lotos64 did double through Drew M Scott to stay in action, but janik446 took most of that away by doubling through lotos64 again.

After the 11-hour break, lotos64 didn't hesitate to move all-in on fourth street, and janik446 was along for the ride. Lotos64 was at risk with 3♣K♣5♣6♥T♣4♦8♥, but janik446 produced 7♠A♥J♦4♥7♥8♣K♠, and the pair was good enough to win it. Lotos64 was gone in third place with $4,531.50.

One dominating, the other fighting

Heads-up play began with these chip counts:

Seat 4: janik446 (2,500,090 in chips)
Seat 7: Drew M Scott (7,039,910 in chips)

Janik446 was going to have to be patient, and Drew M Scott couldn't risk losing the big lead. Janik446 did ask in the chat box if there was a chance to discuss a deal, but Drew M Scott politely declined.

Janik446 got low on chips and doubled up once, only to try it again six hands later in stud limit. The hand started with a Q♥ for janik446 and 8♣ for Drew M Scott. A raise from janik446 highlighted the betting, and janik446 then received A♠ and the dealer gave the 7♣ to Drew M Scott. A bet and call led to a 3♦ on fifth street for janik446 and A♦ for Drew M Scott. Another bet and call brought the 9♣ for janik446 and Q♠ for Drew M Scott. Janik446 bet, and Drew M Scott raised. That prompted janik446 to push all-in and Drew M Scott to call. Their complete hands were:

janik446: A♥K♠Q♥A♠3♦9♣5♣
Drew M Scott: 6♠8♦8♣7♣A♦Q♠7♦

That left janik446 out in second place with $5,962.50. Drew M Scott won the SCOOP title, Movado watch, and $8,348.00 in cash. Congrats!

2012 SCOOP Event #19-L ($27 Triple Stud) Results:

1st place: Drew M Scott ($8,348.00)
2nd place: janik446 ($5,962.50)
3rd place: lotos64 ($4,531.50)
4th place: isegalkarl ($3,339.00)
5th place: Desslock ($2,385.00)
6th place: Eskarnia ($1,431.00)
7th place: mitras01 ($954.00)
8th place: Slavik_Krs ($477.00)

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP