SCOOP 2012: Good beat for ibadbeatyou, Event #34-H winner ($5,200 LHE 6-Max)
It doesn't often happen that a final table chip leader goes on to win the tournament. It's a tough feat, especially when there are players like Bryn Kenney and Dan Kelly as two of the five competitors, and others have SCOOP titles already in their list of accomplishments. But ibadbeatyou did everything possible to stay aggressive, remain on course, and defeat all comers. That makes a SCOOP champion.
Anytime a tournament requires a buy-in of $5K or higher, the field is going to be slim, elite, and filled with recognizable names. The high buy-in level of Event 34 was all of those things. No matter if the players bought in, as many did, or won their way in through any of the available satellites, they all had the skills to compete, making 34-H quite an exciting tournament to watch, despite - and maybe because of - the limited betting.
Enough players were interested in this event to more than double the amount set as the guarantee when the prize pool was set. There weren't many payouts to be had, but that made the event even more intriguing. Let's start with the numbers:
Prize pool: $310,00.00
Paid players: 9
The field was filled with members of Team PokerStars, all sporting the red spade next to their names on the player roster. Team Online's Richard "Tzen1" Veenman was the first of the team to exit, followed in short order by Team Pro Eugene Katchalov and fellow Team Pro Ville Wahlbeck. Later in the action, Team Pros Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier were gone in 39th and 31st places, respectively.
Team Online's George "Jorj95" Lind sought a follow-up to his Event 26-L win but couldn't do it in this event, exiting in 24th place. And the last Team Pro standing was Andre "aakkari" Akkari of Brazil, who lost his LHE battle in 14th place, though he was in the money in 34-M and going strong with a few tables left at that time.
The money bubble burst after the seven-hour mark with Enon as the tenth place finisher. Gunning4you cashed in ninth place for $12,400.00, and K_O_S_T_Y_A followed in eighth place. After quite a long time of two-table action, it was just before the eight-hour break that zangbezan24 in the big blind tangled with ibadbeatyou. The raised flop came 2♦K♣2♠, and a check-raies and call led to the 6♠ on the turn. Zangbezan24 bet, ibadbeatyou raised, and zangbezan24 called all-in with Q♦T♣. Ibadbeatyou showed 3♣3♥, and nothing about the J♦ on the turn changed the outcome, as Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi exited in seventh place with $12,400.00.
Ibadbeatyou leads final six
The final table began in Level 15, with blinds of 1,200/2,400 and these player chip stacks:
Seat 1: treezer (24,449 in chips)
Seat 2: BrynKenney (27,177 in chips)
Seat 3: valesco (51,273 in chips)
Seat 4: MaiseE (41,847 in chips)
Seat 5: ibadbeatyou (109,704 in chips)
Seat 6: djk123 (55,550 in chips)
The table began with some caution in the air. The short stacks suffered but stayed alive, MaiseE to a near-double through valesco and the latter doubling through djk123.
Treezer wasn't so lucky. With a very short stack, treezer made an UTG raise, which was met by a djk123 raise. Treezer responded by moving all-in for 6,049 chips holding Q♠J♠, and djk123 showed A♦8♥. The board produced T♥7♦6♣6♥2♣, and that left treezer out in sixth place with $17,050.00.
No double SCOOP winners tonight
MaiseE was still struggling and got involved with djk123 to see a raised flop of 5♣6♥pKh]. Djk123 bet, and MaiseE called. The 2♠ turn card prompted another bet from djk123, and MaiseE called all-in with A♥8♠. Djk123 showed A♣9♠ for the better kicker, which remained the game changer as the K♠ completed the board. MaiseE, winner of 2012 SCOOP Event 24-H, was denied a second title but took home $23,250.00 for the fifth place finish.
BrynKenney got involved in a capped pot with ibadbeatyou to see a flop of 2♥3♥6♥. BrynKenney bet, and ibadbeatyou raised. BrynKenney called all-in with K♣T♥, and ibadbeatyou showed A♥Q♠. The A♣ came on the turn to give ibadbeatyou top pair, and the J♦ on the river finished the hand to eliminate Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney in fourth place with $31,000.00.
Djk123 lost ground, courtesy of hands like this:
Djk123 never improved. It all led up to a hand with djk123 and ibadbeatyou in which betting was capped preflop. The T♦T♠K♣ flop brought a bet from ibadbeatyou and all-in call from djk123 with A♦3♠. Ibadbeatyou showed K♦4♥ for kings and tens, and the 8♣ turn and 3♥ river ended the tournament for Dan "djk123" Kelly. The winner of 2012 SCOOP 29-M was out of this event in third place with $46,500.00.
Heads-up for the win
The last two players in the event started with these chip counts:
Seat 3: valesco (94,116 in chips)
Seat 5: ibadbeatyou (215,884 in chips)
Valesco tried to stay strong but lost chips. Down to less than 50K, valesco climbed back but suffered again at the hands of ibadbeatyou. Finally, valesco pushed with 8♠5♠ for 5,616 chips, and ibadbeatyou called with K♣3♣. The flop of 4♠2♦]Kh] gave ibadbeatyou top pair, and the A♣ turn and 4♥ river failed to change anything. Valesco had to accept second place and $62,000.00.
Taiwan's ibadbeatyou won the SCOOP title, Movado watch, and $93,000.00 in cash. Congrats!
2012 SCOOP Event #34-H ($5,200 LHE 6-Max) Results:
Total players: 62
Paid players: 9
1st place: ibadbeatyou (Taiwan) - $93,000.00
2nd place: valesco (Canada) - $62,000.00
3rd place: djk123 (Australia) - $46,500.00
4th place: BrynKenney (Spain) - $31,000.00
5th place: MaiseE (Sweden) - $23,250.00
6th place: treezer (Sweden) - $17,050.00
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