SCOOP 2012: Gribnogrib grabs Event #29-H win ($1,050+R NLHE, Big Antes)

SCOOP logo.gifGribnogrib was no stranger to high stakes poker or stacked tables. A 2011 Sunday Warm-Up victory proved that the Russian had what it took to compete in prestigious online poker tournaments and win. Event 31 was another challenge, and stayed aggressive throughout Day 2, fighting for the chip lead and refusing to relinquish it late in the game. As names like Faraz Jaka and Steve Gross exited the table, Gribnogrib hung on and followed through with a win.

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A tournament like Event 29 is special, not just because it's part of the SCOOP series. It offers players big antes, which means that the structure may consist of normal blind increases and 30-minute levels, but antes are introduced from the very beginning and increase rapidly. Besides, it was also a rebuy tournament, putting another level into the tournament entirely.

The high $1,050 buy-in version of this event nearly doubled the guarantee with its registration numbers, and here's where it stood:

Players: 277
Rebuys: 249
Add-ons: 252
Guarantee: $400,000.00
Prize pool: $778,000.00
Paid players: 36

The first day of action took players through 20 levels and saw a number of Team PokerStars players out during that time. Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen exited in 217th place, followed by two-time SCOOP champion and fellow Team Online member Viktor "Isildur1" Blom in 196th, as well as Randy "nanonoko" Lew in 180th. Team PokerStars Pro Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth busted in 167th, and Team Online's George "Jorj95" Lind finished in 155th. Team Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier ended his run in 135th place.

That took players to the money toward the end of the first night of play. While PearlJammer finished in 37th place on the money bubble, Team PokerStars Pro Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero cashed in 36th for $5,835.00.

When the night finally ended, there were 15 players remaining on two tables, and holdplz was the chip leader.

Day 2

The second day began in Level 21, with blinds of 1,250/2,500 and a 500 ante. The average chip stack was 189,200, but all of the chip counts of the remaining players were as follows:

holdplz (Mexico) - 345,034
Gribnogrib (Russia) - 330,971
bigbluffzinc (Canada) - 292,020
Shhh00kem (Canada) - 290,643
Jymaster11 (Canada) - 263,658
The-Toilet 0 (Mexico) - 236,608
zugzwang16 (Uruguay) - 224,991
Face333X (Germany) - 185,123
JackOrsen72 (Germany) - 176,176
gboro280 (Canada) - 116,102
Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen (Denmark) - 115,018
Matfrankland (UK) - 99,992
ThePateychuk (Russia) - 90,458
Artem205 (Ukraine) - 38,079
TMoney0209 (Canada) - 33,127

Action started with the quick elimination of TMoney0209. A few hands later, Face333X and pocket kings took on Theo Jorgensen and A-3 of diamonds, but the Q-T-T-Q-9 board didn't help. Team PokerStars Pro Theo "Theo J" Jorgensen exited in 14th place with $10,503.00.

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EPT 2011 San Remo champion Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk exited in 13th place, followed by Jordan "Jymaster11" Young" in 12th. The 11th place elimination of zugzwang16 brought on hand-for-hand play on the final table bubble, which lasted more than a few minutes. Finally, Jack Orsen72 on the button and bigbluffzinc from the small blind got into a preflop raising war that led to bigbluffzinc calling all-in with A♠Q♦. JackOrsen72 showed A♦K♥, and the board came 4♦5♦6♦3♦3♣. JackOrsen72 had the higher flush, and bigbluffzinc exited in tenth place with $12,448.00.

Face333X faces off to defend chip lead

The final table began in Level 22, with blinds of 1,500/3,000 and a 600 ante, along with these player chip counts:

Seat 1: Shhh00kem (548,061 in chips)
Seat 2: Matfrankland (62,713 in chips)
Seat 3: holdplz (222,772 in chips)
Seat 4: Artem205 (91,043 in chips)
Seat 5: Gribnogrib (496,579 in chips)
Seat 6: Face333X (595,049 in chips)
Seat 7: JackOrsen72 (448,966 in chips)
Seat 8: The-Toilet 0 (303,365 in chips)
Seat 9: gboro780 (69,452 in chips)

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The first elimination came from a big hand that started with an UTG raise from JackOrsen72 and call from The-Toilet 0. Everyone else folded, and the flop came 9♥8♣T♣. A bet and call led to the 5♠ on the turn, and another bet and call brought the 2♥ river card. JackOrsen72 bet again, and The-Toilet 0 raised. JackOrsen72 reraised, and The-Toilet 0 called all-in with T♥T♠ for the set of tens. But Jack Orsen72 had Q♦J♦ for the straight, and that left Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka out of the event in ninth place with $14,782.00.

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On the very next hand, Artem205 challenged from middle position and found Gribnogrib as the caller from the button. The flop of 9♥Q♥7♣ prompted a bet and call, as did the J♣ on the turn. The 8♦ on the river brought an all-in bet from Artem205 with Q♣T♣, but Gribnogrib called with K♣T♠ and the better straight. Artem205 had to leave in eighth place with $19,450.00.

Gribnogrib grabs first and runs with it

Gribnogrib was close to the top of the leaderboard at the start, but sheer aggression put that player out in front of the rest in no time. A pot worth 383K chips from Face333X was only one of many examples of the chipping up process for Gribnogrib, the first player to climb over the million-chip mark.

Gboro780, on the other hand, struggled. A double-up through JackOrsen72 helped, but another move was niecessary. When Gribnogrib raised preflop UTG, gboro780 reraised from middle position, and Gribnogrib moved all-in. Gboro780 called the 96,172 remaining chips all-in with A♥Q♦, which looked good against the A♠9♥ of Gribnogrib. But the board came 3♠J♣9♣K♣6♦, and the pair of nines eliminated gboro780 in seventh place with $27,230.00.

Before the second break of the day, Face333X was able to double through JackOrsen72, and Matfrankland doubled twice, once through Shhh00kem and then through Gribnogrib.

Holdplz was the first day's chip leader, but everything changed on Day 2. Holdplz had a tough time gaining any traction and finally looked down at A♥A♣ for a solid double-up opportunity. An initial raise took that pocket pair into action against Matfrankland to see a 6♥T♦8♥ flop. Holdplz bet, Matfrankland check-raised, and holdplz shoved. Matfrankland called with 9♠8♠ for middle pair, and the 9♥ came on the turn to make that two pair. The J♠ on the river ended the tournament for Anthony "holdplz" Spinella, who took home $35,010.00 for sixth place.

Shhh00kem shakes 'em

When Shhh00kem doubled through Gribnogrib, as seen here, the distance from first place got ever shorter for Shhh00kem:

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Forever five-handed

After one hour of five-handed action, the chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: Shhh00kem (558,751 in chips)
Seat 2: Matfrankland (449,025 in chips)
Seat 5: Gribnogrib (895,114 in chips)
Seat 6: Face333X (675,007 in chips)
Seat 7: JackOrsen72 (260,103 in chips)

Gribnograb had no intention of giving up the chip lead, though Face333X and Shhh00kem were pretty set on getting out of second place and into the top spot eventually.

Move it along, folks

Five-handed play lasted for nearly 1.5 hours. JackOrsen72 had the toughest time. Despite a double-up through Gribnogrib, Face333X doubled throguh JackOrsen72 to leave the latter in trouble again. JackOrsen moved all-in soon after for 138,047 chips with A♠3♣, and original raiser Gribnogrib called with J♥J♠. The board came 5♥8♦T♦Q♠4♣, and the jacks held to eliminate JackOrsen72 in fifth place with $45,124.00.

Shhh00kem doubled through Face333X, and but it was Matfrankland who was the next player to be at risk in this event. Face333X started the hand with an UTG raise, but Matfrankland reraised from the small blind. Gribnogrib reraised from the big blind, and Matfrankland pushed it up again. After one more raise (and obviously a fold from Face333X), Matfrankland moved all-in with J♦J♠, but Gribnogrib showed the A♥A♦. The flop of 9♣4♦3♣ changed nothing, and the A♣ on the turn only gave Gribnogrib trip aces. The Q♦ on the river sent Matt "Matfrankland" Frankland out in fourth place with $66,130.00.

Face333X started three-handed play with a reasonable stack of chips but lost momentum quickly. At the point that the stack dipped below 120K, Face333X risked it all with K♥7♠. Gribnogrib was along holding A♠6♥, and the board only helped that hand when it came 3♦5♠A♥9♦J♦. Face333X received no help and exited in third place with $87,914.00.

Two tangle for the title

The final two players started heads-up play with these stacks:

Seat 1: Shhh00kem (847,350 in chips)
Seat 5: Gribnogrib (1,990,650 in chips)

It took less than 20 hands for Shhh00kem to make a move. The hand started with a raised flop of Q♠T♣J♣. Gribnogrib led out with a bet, and Shhh00kem check-raised. Several more raises led to Gribnogrib pushing all-in with K♠9♣ for the flopped straight, but Shhh00kem called all-in with 9♦8♣ for the lesser straight. The 7♠ on the turn and 3♠ on the river ended the match and gave Shhh00kem second place and $116,700.00.

Gribnogrib won the SCOOP title, Movado watch, and $159,101.00 cash payout. Congrats!

2012 SCOOP Event #29-H ($1,050+R NLHE, Big Antes) Results:

Total players: 81
Paid players: 12

1st place: Gribnogrib (Russia) - $159,101.00)
2nd place: Shhh00kem (Canada) - $116,700.00
3rd place: Face333X (Germany) - $87,914.00
4th place: Matthew "Matfrankland" Frankland (UK) - $66,130.00
5th place: JackOrsen72 (Germany) - $45,124.00
6th place: Anthony "holdplz" Spinella (Mexico) - $35,010.00.
7th place: Steve "gboro780" Gross (Canada) - $27,230.00
8th place: Artem205 (Ukraine) - $19,450.00
9th place: Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka (Mexico) - $14,782.00

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Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP