SCOOP 2012: GermanBraine solves #22-M ($109 NLHE/PLO); hazelasty 2nd after chop

SCOOP logo.gifEvent #22 on the SCOOP schedule offered a chance for players with skills in both of the "big-bet" flop games -- no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha -- to test their mettle.

The "medium" version featured a $109 buy-in, and by the time late registration ended 1,903 players had joined the fray. That meant a prize pool of $190,300, more than twice the $75K guarantee. The top 252 finishers made the money, with $30,448.68 due the winner barring any final table deals.

It took about six hours to play down to that money bubble, with GermanBraine leading the way just after the bursting, followed by RoyalMacc, Rounder63, Kevin "ImaLuckSac" MacPhee, and Shuller_A1t.

Meanwhile, Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree lurked just inside the top 50. Also representing the home team were Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby hovering just outside the top 100, with Marcin "Goral" Horecki and Henrique "Henrique.P" Pinho both hanging on with super short stacks.

Horecki would soon go out in 221st ($180.78), followed closely by Pinho in 214th ($190.30), and about an hour-and-a-half after that they were down to 100 with Elvispen on top, VibizSbrissa second, nkeyno third, and Hruby (63rd) and Boeree (92nd) still with chips.

Boeree would soon fall in 95th ($313.99). However, Hruby would continue to maintain his stack as the field shrunk below 50 and approached the final two tables. By the time 18 were left, Elvispen was out in front with about 1.27 million chips, followed by DJG1989 with almost 1.09 million and hazelasty with just over 1.02 million. And Hruby was still there, too, sitting in 7th place with a just-above-average stack of about 535,000.


Team PokerStars Pro Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby

Hruby would survive to see eight more competitors eliminated as well. johninstock (18th), Schermanator (17th), and Dymlovic (16th) each earned $837.32. Then ultravires (15th) and tuck you up (14th) went out, and after sliding in the counts Elvispen joined them on the rail with a 13th-place finish to claim the same $1,160.83 payday. And Desmoplakin (12th) and simonek1323 (11th) followed thereafter, taking away $1,484.34 apiece.

Down to a short stack, Hruby would then push with 8♥8♦ and get a caller in teruliro who held A♠J♠. The flop came 9♥8♣T♦ -- a set for "AABenjaminAA," but an open-ender for teruliro. The turn then brought the 7♥ to fill teruliro's straight, and after the 5♣, Hruby had bubbled the final table in 10th place.

The final table was set.


Seat 1: teruliro -- 967,047
Seat 2: omeram -- 403,777
Seat 3: hazelasty -- 1,299,028
Seat 4: Pav_Juli -- 1,798,090
Seat 5: GermanBraine -- 1,164,895
Seat 6: DJG1989 -- 1,700,116
Seat 7: ManiacRazor -- 669,113
Seat 8: VibizSbrissa -- 1,084,063
Seat 9: Rounder63 -- 428,871

The first elimination would come during the hold'em round. After Pav_Juli opened with a raise to 62,500 from the cutoff, it folded to ManiacRazor in the big blind who three-bet to 159,975. Pav_Juli responded with an all-in push, and ManiacRazor called with the 468,513 he had left.

ManiacRazor had T♣T♠, but had run into Pav_Juli's Q♠Q♥. The board came 3♦6♥J♥J♣4♦, and ManiacRazor was out in ninth.

A little while later the game had switched to PLO when omeram opened with a pot-sized raise to 105,000 from the hijack seat, then GermanBraine reraised to 345,000 from the small blind.

It folded back to omeram who called with the 235,787 he had left, showing K♥K♣Q♦Q♣. GermainBraine had a nice starter, too, with A♣A♦7♣4♥, and in the end GermanBraine had the best finisher as the board came 8♠8♥T♠4♣4♠ to give GermainBraine trip fours and send omeram railward in eighth.

It switched back to NLHE, and another big clash involving big starting hands ensued between Rounder63 and GermanBraine. In this one Rounder63 open-pushed from UTG for 435,242 (not quite 11 big blinds), and only GermanBraine called from the button. Rounder63 had K♦K♥, but GermanBraine held A♥A♠, and when the community cards came ten-high, Rounder63 had been knocked out in seventh.

A few minutes later VibizSbrissa min-raised to 80,000 from the cutoff, and Pav_Juli defended the big blind. The flop came 8♦2♦4♠, and Pav_Juli check-called a 95,855 bet from VibizSbrissa. The turn was the 5♥ and Pav_Juli checked again. VibizSbrissa bet 109,800 this time, prompting a big reraise from Pav_Juli which VibizSbrissa called with the 270,000 left behind.

Pav_Juli had 6♥4♦ for fours and a gutshot draw while VibizSbrissa held A♦3♣ for a wheel. Then came the river... the 7♥! Pav_Juli had made an eight-high straight, thus ending VibizSbrissa's run in sixth.

A few minutes later they were still playing NLH when hazelasty raised to 80,000 (UTG), Pav_Juli called (UTG+1), DJG1989 raised all in for 506,877 (SB), and it folded back to Pav_Juli who quickly called. DJG1989 had 9♠9♣, but pocket rockets had shown up again at the final table as Pav_Juli tabled A♣A♥. The community cards came T♦3♦T♥4♥8♠, and they were down to four.

A few minutes later they'd switched back to PLO (Level 34, blinds 25k/50k). GermanBraine opened to 122,000 from the button, teruliro reraised to 416,000 from the small blind, and it folded back to GermanBraine who called. The flop came K♥3♥Q♣, terurliro bet his last 444,893, and GermanBraine called.

terurilo: A♦J♣T♠9♦ -- super-mecha-godzilla wrap draw
GermanBraine: 8♠7♦4♦3♠ -- a pair of threes

terurilo had a slight edge here with two cards to come, but the turn was the 5♦ and river the Q♠, and without improving teruliro was eliminated in fourth.

The final trio played on to the 13-hour break, at which point hazelasty had pushed ahead with more than 4.84 million, GermanBraine was next with about 3.27 million, and Pav_Juli third with 1.39 million.

Pav_Juli was still the short stack a little later when GermanBraine opened a NLHE hand with a 146,400 raise from the button, then Pav_Juli shoved for 1,754,717 total from the big blind and GermanBraine called.

Pav_Juli had 3♥3♠, and couldn't have been too happy to see GermanBraine turn over another, better baby pocket pair, 4♦4♣. The board came 5♣7♠8♣A♥Q♠, and Pav_Juli was out in third.

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Heads-up play began with hazelasty out front with 5,623,296 to GermanBraine's 3,891,704. The pair battled for a while, then paused proceedings to talk about a possible chop at point where hazelasty still enjoyed a lead. The players were able to come to terms, and soon cards were back in the air.

Soon after the restart, GermanBraine grabbed the advantage, then pushed out close to 6.59 million to hazelasty's 2.92 million. Then came a PLO hand in which GermanBraine opened for 240,000, hazelasty made it 560,000, GermanBraine four-bet to 1.68 million, hazelasty shoved, and GermanBraine called.

hazelasty: A♦K♦K♥4♠
GermanBraine: A♥K♣8♦7♣

The board brought four small cards and an ace, coming 3♦7♥3♠6♦A♠. GermanBraine's aces and sevens beat the aces and treys of hazelasty, and the tourney was over.

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Congratulations to GermanBraine for taking the title and SCOOP watch, and to hazelasty as well for taking away the most cash following the two-way chop.

2012 SCOOP Event 22-Medium, Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha (*reflects two-way deal)
1st: GermanBraine ($25,784.68)*
2nd: hazelasty ($27,500)*
3rd: Pav_Juli ($17,127)
4th: teruliro ($12,512.22)
5th: DJG1989 ($9,039.25)
6th: VibizSbrissa ($7,041.10)
7th: Rounder63 ($5,138.10)
8th: omeram ($3,330.25)
9th: ManiacRazor ($1,903)

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Martin Harris
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