SCOOP 2012: Krumpir is best of the best in Event 12-Medium, $215 PLO HU
When Day 2 of 2012 SCOOP Event 12-Medium, $215 Pot-Limit Omaha (Heads-Up) began, I knew it promised to be an entertaining series of matches. Day 1 had ended after 7 rounds of heads-up PLO action with just eight players remaining, four of them very well-known quantities, and one of them a walking carnival in his own right. At the end of the day it was the carnival against the player seeking redemption for 2011 SCOOP, and redemption held the day.
But that's putting the turn before the flop, so to speak. Day 1 came first, with 939 players registering and creating a prize pool of almost $188,000. In order to get a piece of that money, an individual player would have to win his or her first three matches of the day. Among the players that did so were PokerStars Team Online players George "jorj95" Lind (eliminated in Round 4, $488.28) and Anders "Donald" Berg (Round 5, $860.12) and Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (Round 6, $1,417.89).
Nobody wearing the Red Spade made it to Day 2 - but that didn't mean the quarterfinalists were stocked with talent. These are the eight players who returned at 11am today:
Carter "devinr12" Gill - an elite online tournament grinder, Carter's PokerStars tournament profits are roughly $850,000 over the last five years. He recently turned up at APPT Cebu, where he finished in 13th place.
hartwith - a former Sunday Million runner-up.
JOKERrrr28 - one of two quarterfinalists without much in the way of previous major tournament success.
Thomas "Kallllle" Pedersen - the 2011 WCOOP Main Event winner, to the tune of $1.2 million.
Krumpir - a player who seems to excel in heads-up PLO. Krumpir made the semifinals in the high ($2,100) version of this event during the 2011 SCOOP.
Chris "Moorman1" Moorman - another elite online tournament grinder. Chris has profited more than twice as much as Carter ($1.8 million) playing PokerStars tournaments over the last five years. He also added another $1 million by finishing as the runner-up in the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event.
Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer - a regular face making deep runs in the Sunday majors, on the EPT and on the UKIPT.
rSMig - the second of the two wild cards to make the quarterfinals.
hartwith was the first player through to the semifinals. 3 minutes into their match, hartwith eliminated rSMig by turning a set of jacks against rSMig's flopped set of 9s. All the money went in on the turn, with rSMig failing to improve on the river.
Gill soon followed hartwith, knocking off Brammer in nine minutes. First Gill picked off a bluff with a queen-high flush, then he flopped top pair and rivered trips, calling down every street to knock Brammer out.
The other two matches took a bit longer, but before the first hour of play was over, Moorman and Krumpir advanced from their matches against JOKERrrr28 and Pedersen.
As in the quarterfinals, Moorman seemed to slowly lean on his opponent Krumpir, gradually building a chip lead. 20 minutes in, moorman was up 2-1 in chips. But Krumpir stormed back, soon opening a 4-1 chip lead the other way. Despite scoring one double-up with a flopped full house, Moorman never recovered. Krumpir kept the pressure on, continuing to wear Moorman down until Moorman went with a draw on the turn that bricked out.
In the other match, hartwith got the early chip lead against Gill but surrendered it by calling Gill's turn shove. Gill had flopped top two pair; hartwith turned over an overpair of kings that didn't improve on the river. Twenty minutes into the match, Gill enjoyed a 3-1 chip advantage. Then, in a match in which all the play was post-flop, the two players got it in pre-flop for 3100 each. Carter opened to 120; hartwith three-bet to 360. Carter pushed it to 1,080 and then snap-called hartwith's shove 3,135.
Gill was a slight EV favorite and destroyed the flop by finding the case king for top set, 7♠5♥K♥. hartwith was drawing dead after the turn blanked 6♦ and hit the rail, eliminated in the semifinals.
Near the start of their match, Gill and Krumpir agreed to a "reduction in prize difference," as Krumpir called it. They decided to split $41,600 basically in half (Gill had a small chip lead at the time) and play for the remainder, about $5,000.
Krumpir opened up the first significant lead by taking down this pot:
Eight hands later, with the stacks virtually unchanged, Krumpir opene pre-flop to 90. Gill re-raised to 240, then called a four-bet from Krumpir to 720. Gill was out of position and check-shoved a queen-high flop, Q♦3♠4♥, after Krumpir bet 1440. The all in was only 1,030 more; Krumpir called.
Krumpir: K♥3♥5♣K♠, a pair of kings
Gill: 5♠4♠2♣K♣, a pair of 4s and a straight draw
The turn and river came running 7s, no help for Gill. He was eliminated in 2nd place.
Krumpir, denied last year in the high version of this event with a semifinal elimination, made good in the medium version this year and can now boast $25,000, a SCOOP title, and a Movado watch.
2012 SCOOP Event 12-Medium, $215 PLO (Heads-Up) results:
1st: Krumpir ($25,573.18)
2nd: Carter "devinr12" Gill ($20,900.00)
Chris "Moorman1" Moorman ($9,035.05)
Thomas "Kallllle" Pedersen ($5,033.04)
Christopher "NigDawG" Brammer ($5,033.04)
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