SCOOP 2012: J_Marcos knows the way to victory in Event #14-L ($7.50 Ante-Up)

SCOOP logo.gifAfter that 20 year old car finally broke down once last time after being pieced together by duct tape and twine it was time to take a brave trip down to the car dealership for a new set of wheels. "Have I got a deal for YOU!" exclaimed the man in the ratty tweed jacket that was popular around the time electricity was discovered. "See this lovely brand new BMW X-wing series, it is yours for just five dollars!". Quite the deal you think, such a beautiful new car for five bucks? So you ask what is the catch? "Well... it does not run on regular gasoline, diesel, or electricity, you have to purchase these fuel chips that cost $1,000.00 to make it run after every trip around the block".

Today's 2012 SCOOP Event #14-L $7.50 Ante Up tournament had a similar feel to the hidden costs of the not-completely-honest automobile salesman. Blinds remain the same from Level 1 all the way until the championship watch is awarded. $5 small blind, $5 big blind. The catch is the antes increase to make it very lucrative to steal them, and also to force players to remain active at all times or face being anted out (versus the normal "blinded out"). 13,223 players made their way into this tournament yesterday for this two-day affair. And thanks to the large crowd, once again the PokerStars guarantee ($25,000.00) was an afterthought with $92,561.00 in the prize pool.

Team PokerStars Pros and Team Online would be shut out at the cashier's window as Anders "Donald" Berg, Bryan Huang, Liv Boeree, George "Jorj95" Lind, Andre Akkari, Marcin "Goral" Horecki, and Sigge "ClarkKent89" Reichard all climbed in for a short ride but did not save enough chips for the antes to make the top 1,710 paid places.

Switzerland's DeeKay8686, still holding a 10 point lead for the SCOOP Player of the Series-Low, was unable to pick up any points finishing in 6,846th place. Same for second place Chillolini (2,527th place), and third place Blackbeaty took the tournament off. Anders "Donald" Berg is threatening for another title tied for fourth place (but as mentioned did not make the money), but fellow players in fourth place evanski (6,282nd place) and naurits (DNP) also did not gain on the leaderboard for that PCA 2013 prize package and Player of the Series trophy.

The end of day one would end with 49 players remaining as the top ten below being led by OutschOo:

OutschOo 5,791,406
KeryaFadeev 3,406,623
manue 3,171,942
J_Marcos 3,139.344
mumble200 2,913,452
Se7enTr3y 2,534,771
Chocoyote 2,120,669
elfeggg 2,033,354
Gederts 1,931,814
grajzel 1,779,158


Day one's leaderboard

After two hours of the re-start only two tables remained in play as maximum123 led the way with the first eight figure chip stack followed closely by Chocoyote and redKameleon. Day one chip leader OutschOo would not remain after falling in 14th place ($277.68).

Se7enTr3y would take a nasty bad beat near the bubble. With the ante up to 90K, Se7enTr3y would shove from 1.65 million preflop and was called by Chocoyote's A♠5♠. 3.8 million in the middle would get the British player right back into this tournament as Se7enTr3y flipped up the dominating J♥A♦. The flop had a difference in opinion and laid out a wheel from Chocoyote 2♥ 4♦ 3♦. Despite the flush scare on the turned 9♦ Se7enTr3y blanked on the river Q♠ finishing in 11th place. Showing that high stakes players are trying to grab every Player of the Series point and dollar from this tournament series, Se7enTr3y has long history of big final tables, most recently gracing the Super Tuesday final table in February and chopping it up for $58,467.48

After a 30 minute hand-for-hand wait, it would take a minor cooler before our final table was set. With the antes up to 125,000 chip leader CarltonRulz would raise it up to 233,333 getting called by cacha112 in the small blind. 9♠2♠J♥ on the flop got cacha112 to check as CarltonRulz set out 300,000 as cacha112 was not giving up this large pot and moved all-in for 2.19 million holding top pair K♠J♦ with a decent kicker. The decent kicker did not phase CarltonRulz's flopped set of nines 9♣9♥ making the call. K♦ on the turn did open up four outs, but the T♥ on the river closed out the penultimate table and cacha112's tournament in tenth place ($370.24) starting up the final table below:


Seat 1: elfeggg (10667727 in chips)
Seat 2: KeryaFadeev (5619968 in chips)
Seat 3: maximum123 (12914377 in chips)
Seat 4: redKameleon (3058297 in chips)
Seat 5: CarltonRulz (12604781 in chips)
Seat 6: PoLoTeN41kXX (3294300 in chips)
Seat 7: J_Marcos (3250255 in chips)
Seat 8: neonasl (9299808 in chips)
Seat 9: Chocoyote (5405487 in chips)

27 hours 30 minutes to get here... one minute to leave

On the final table's third hand and antes still at 125,000 chips, Chocoyote with over five million tried to snag the 1.125 million sitting in the middle with a shove. However, two seats down was KeryaFadeev with a little bit bigger stack and pocket tens T♣T♥. The Russian would make the call as Chocoyote's pocket eights 8♣8♥ would melt quickly on the J♠ T♠ 5♦ 4♠ 7♣ board becoming the final table's first casualty in ninth place ($555.36).

Plenty for the blinds, not so much for the antes

PoLoTeN41kXX would be UTG with the antes up to 150,000. Sitting on a stack of 1.34 million the Russian could afford over 2,000 orbits around the eight handed table. Ante up was about to let this tourney run until my daughter is ready to drive in 10 years and with the antes PoLoTeN41kXX could only afford to see nine more hands. A♠6♦ seemed good enough to go with as PoLoTeN41kXX shoved. maximum123 in the small blind with pocket jacks J♥J♦ making the call. The 7♣ 7♠ 9♥ Q♦ 2♥ board gave no reason for alarm as the pocket jacks would take down PoLoTeN41kXX's ace leaving the Russian in eighth place ($925.61).

Taking the chip lead back

KeryaFadeev would lose the chip to maximum123. But only briefly thanks to the 17.4 million pot in the video below:

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It would be race situation as the antes remained at 150,000 and neonasl would lead off with a raise to 335,800 and KeryaFadeev three-bet to 1.52 million. Back around to neonasl holding pocket sevens 7♠7♣ and a lot of confidence, he would shove for 8.1 million. KeryaFadeev could cover the bet, making the call with A♥Q♥. The nut-flush draw 3♥ 8♦ J♥ would show itself on the flop but a different dagger came out on the turn. Q♠ paired up KeryaFadeev as the one-outer on the river 5♠ would not hit and neonsal was down for good in seventh place ($1,851.22).

Unable to change numbers

Chameleons may be able to change colors, maybe even suits on a card, but redKameleon was not able to change a board to match his hand. With the antes up to 175,000 redKameleon would call a 196,700 raise by maximum123 as J_Marcos shoved for 5.45 million from the button. maximum123 quickly folded but redKameleon with a little less than two million pondered a call. Pocket treys 3♣3♠ were left hoping for a race to claim the 5.5 million chip pot as redKameleon made the call. Pocket eights 8♥8♦ was the exactly the type of hand redKameleon was trying to avoid as the flop quickly ended any hope of a miracle giving J_Marcos a set of eights and finishing with the boat T♣ 8♠ Q♦ 2♣ Q♠ to give redKameleon some green in the form of sixth place money ($2,776.83).

Cracked egg

As the antes moved up to 200,000 there was a very brief pause for chop discussions but the remaining five felt there was plenty of play left with a 13.1 million chip average so play continued. While four players enjoyed stacked over 10 million, elfeggg held on to just 4.1 million while calling a button raise from J_Marcos from the small blind. Both players checked the T♥3♣A♠ flop. 9♦ on the turn got both players excited as J_Marcos led out for 845,555 and elfeggg came back with a shove to 3.4 million. Top two A♦T♦ made the call an easy one for J_Marcos as elfeggg's tournament hopes leaned on an open ended straight draw 8♦J♦. The 4♠ river would ship the 8.8 million chips to J_Marcos as elfeggg received $3,702.44 in fifth place.


The gladiator maximum123 would go to war against KeryaFadeev just three hand after elfeggg wobbled off the table. Watch below as the two build up a 25.3 million chip pot:

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After a 732,105 preflop raise by KeryaFadeev and a call by maximum123 the players would both check the 3♥2♣Q♥ flop. J♣ on the turn got KeryaFadeev to push out 1.37 million as maximum123 made the call. Q♦ river and KeryaFadeev tried again with a 2.5 million chip bet, but this time maximum123 pushed the max which was enough to put KeryaFadeev all-in. Thinking bluff, KeryaFadeev made the call with a pair of threes K♠3♠, but maximum123 was doing anything but bluffing flipped up trip ladies, top kicker Q♠A♣ for the 25.3 million chip pot and sending KeryaFadeev to the rail in fourth place ($4,628.05).

Over? Over. Done? Done.

A very quick chop chat between the remaining three and Team Online's Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra hammered out the chip chop below leaving $500 and the champion's SCOOP watch left to play for.

maximum123: $9,639.73
J_Marcos: $8,923.38
CarltonRulz: $8,539.82

Maximum value

Three handed play would last 40 minutes and threatened to go all-day. It was not for lack of aggression or any passive checkdowns, but rather no one making the kill shot to knock someone out. Until the antes moved up to 300,000 and maximum123 made a preflop raise to 350,777 and CarltonRulz made it 1.2 million. maximum123 made the call to see a 6♥9♦9♣ flop as CarltonRulz led out for 1.13 million getting another call from maximum123. 8♠ on the turn and CarltonRulz checked as maximum123 bet 1.63 million. Like a cougar waiting for prey, CarltonRulz lept out with a check-raise to 5.5 million as maximum123 again calmly made the call. T♥ river and CarltonRulz shoved for 12.7 million as maximum123 serenely called again, this time with more confidence flipping up the rivered straight J♦7♦. CarltonRulz tried hard to deter that straight from getting there by the flopped trips 9♥Q♣ went into the muck ending the tournament in third place.

Reversal of fortune

The phrase "reversal of fortune" as a slightly different meaning in the world of competitive eating (we suggest not looking up "reversal of fortune and eating" on YouTube with a full stomach). But, while heads-up in a poker tournament it means overcoming your larger stacked opponent as J_Marcos would start with a 22.3 million to 43.7 disadvantage against maximum123 for the Event #14-L title.

Then over the course of a 10 minute heads-up battle J_Marcos would nip away at that lead. A 15 million chip pot, then four hands later an 8.5 million chip pot, then a 7.6 million chips pot thus grabbing a 37.3 million to 28.7 million chip lead going into the decisive hand.

With the antes up to 350,000 J_Marcos made a raise to 310,000 as maximum123 called to see the 2♣9♠7♣ flop. maximum123 checked as J_Marcos followed through with a 875,000 chip bet. maximum123 mini-check raised, as J_Marcos ended all silliness with a shove that covered maximum123's stack. Holding top pair J♣9♦ maximum123 made the call and saw immediately the kicker problems that would end the tournament. J_Marcos showed 9♥K♥ for the same pair, higher kicker and successfully dodged the three-outer on the turn 3♥ and river 4♥ to claim the Event #14-L title!

$25,000 guarantee SCOOP 2012 Event #14-L $7.50 Ante Up results (05-12-12)
(* denotes part of three-way deal)
1. J_Marcos (Brazil) *$9,423.38
2. maximum123 (Norway) *$9,639.73
3. CarltonRulz (Australia) *$8,539.82
4. KeryaFadeev (Russia) $4,628.05
5. elfeggg (Russia) $3,702.44
6. redKameleon (Denmark) $2,776.83
7. neonasl (Lithuania) $1,851.22
8. PoLoTeN41kXX (Russia) $925.61
9. Chocoyote (Germany) $555.36

David Aydt
@PokerStars in SCOOP