SCOOP 2012: EPT champ Nicolas "niccc" Chouity matches WCOOP win with SCOOP title in Event #24-M ($109 PLO 1R1A Turbo)

SCOOP logo.gifEPT, WCOOP and SCOOP champion. Nicolas "niccc" Chouity came within inches of completing that triumvirate last week when he made the final table of Event #5-H ($1,050+R NLHE Turbo). Chouity fell short that night, although the $54,000 consolation prize was certainly nothing to sneeze at. Although the payouts were a bit smaller tonight, the journey to the final table was no less arduous and once again, Chouity proved his mettle. The 2010 EPT Grand Final and 2011 WCOOP champion added a 2012 SCOOP watch to his mantle and over $47,000 to his bankroll, topping Event #24-M ($109 PLO 1R1A Turbo).

Event #24-M's 1,364 players made 1,038 rebuys and 676 add-ons, creating a $307,800 prize pool. 171 players earned a share of it with first place set to earn $52,326.00. Of the 19 Red Spades in the field, six made the money, including Martin Hruby (158th), Martin Staszko (149th), Dale "Daleroxxu" Philip (139th), and Team Online's newest member Roy "GodlikeRoy" Bhasin (104th). With five tables remaining, two Team Pros were still in the hunt-- Britain's Liv Boeree and SCOOP Player of the Series contender Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, who has already won two SCOOP events in the last week and was gunning for this third title.

Blom's deep run came to an abrupt halt after three-bet shoving preflop against badboypony, who called with A♦Q♥J♣8♣. Blom turned over K♠K♦Q♦4♦, but an A♥T♣8♦ flop left him drawing extremely slim against badboypony's aces up. The 8♠ on the turn made badboypony eights full and the 4♥ on the river left Blom with only 2,635 in chips. They went in on the next hand, his 2♣3♠4♠T♥ up against nielt's A♥A♦T♦9♥ and Zagalo87's Q♣Q♥J♣9♠. Nielt's aces improved to aces full by the river and Blom was bounced in 42nd place.

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Sorry, buddy. Not today.

Liv Boeree had a volatile run as the field narrowed to two tables and with the blinds up to a stratospheric 50,000/100,000, she three-bet shoved her last 445,000 with Q♦J♠9♦8♦ and was called by Jenndo with 6♦8♥T♠J♦. The 4♠4♥2♣ flop missed both players, but Jenndo turned the 6♠ to make two pair. Boeree did not improve on the river and went out in 15th place, earning $2,062.26.

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Liv lasts longest of the Team Pros

A bit more than three and a half hours after cards went in the air, the field was down to ten and the blinds up to 80,000/160,000. With the average stack less than six big blinds, even the chip leaders had only one move. Gregory6 had a no-brainer of a decision when the action folded to him in the small blind and he looked down at Q♣Q♦8♥6♥. He min-raised to 320,000 and nielt called all-in for his last 87,000, turning over K♦T♥4♦2♦. Gregory6 hit top set when the flop fell Q♥J♥3♥, while nielt picked up an open-ended straight draw. Although nielt hit the A♣ on the turn to make his straight, gregory6 rivered the J♦ to make queens full and sent nielt to the rail on the final table bubble.

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Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: niccc (1,249,408 in chips)
Seat 2: RiskStar (730,566 in chips)
Seat 3: Giffordonian (912,630 in chips)
Seat 4: gregory6 (1,339,363 in chips)
Seat 5: 1234_ET (698,108 in chips)
Seat 6: TJ SABA (854,436 in chips)
Seat 7: asia11 (698,095 in chips)
Seat 8: Jenndo (969,350 in chips)
Seat 9: O.Mustang (1,782,044 in chips)

O.Mustang lost the chip lead on the final table's first hand, RiskStar cracking his A♠A♥6♠3♠ when his K♥K♠Q♣J♠ flopped queens and jacks. The hand inspired a bit of discussion about a potential deal, but before the conversation could get anywhere, TJ SABA raised to 875,000 on the button and asia11 called all-in from the small blind. Although asia11's K♣Q♦Q♥J♥ made top set on the Q♠9♣8♠ flop, TJ SABA's T♥T♠9♠2♦ rivered a flush to eliminate asia11 in ninth place.

Gregory6 doubled his 1.5 big blind stack on the next hand, making aces up against niccc's kings up. Also on life support, 1234_ET moved in for 398,000 and got a call from RiskStar in the big blind. RiskStar flopped a set of sevens but 1234_ET turned a jack-high straight to double to 921,000.

Down to his last 846,000, O.Mustang moved in from the hijack with K♦Q♦T♣J♦ and niccc reshoved from the cutoff with A♣K♣K♥5♥. The kings held and O.Mustang was out in eighth, earning $6,002.10.

The remaining seven players agreed to pause the action and discuss a deal. While chip leaders TJ SABA and niccc agreed to a chip count chop, the short stacks were more enthusiastic about the flatter ICM numbers. Unable to come to an agreement, cards went back in the air with the blinds up to 150,000/300,000.

The first hand back saw RiskStar move all-in for 581,000. TJ SABA made the call, his Q♥6♦5♥4♠ up against A♦K♦J♠3♠. The Q♠T♣Q♦ flop hit both players, TJ SABA with trip queens and RiskStar an open-ended straight draw. It was all over on the turn, however the 6♠ landing to make TJ SABA queens full of sixes. RiskStar was out in seventh place, earning $9,080.10.

Jenndo doubled through TJ SABA on the next hand, turning trip nines against two pair. The hand after that produced a three-way all-in, gregory6 and 1234_ET's tournament lives at risk against niccc:


The action didn't break for even one hand. Giffordonian's last 253,000 was committed in the big blind with 2♥3♣8♦9♣, the lone caller niccc, who completed the small blind with K♣2♣3♠5♣. Niccc and turned two pair, and unable to improve, Giffordonian was eliminated in fifth place.

Another hand, another knockout. This time it was Jenndo at risk, his J♠J♦4♦2♣ running into niccc's A♣A♠K♦3♠. Niccc turned the nut flush on the Q♠8♠7♥7♠5♦ board, ending Jenndo's run in fourth place for a $20,930.40 payday. This was Jenndo's second final table of the 2012 SCOOP; one week ago he took home $43,000 for his runner-up finish in event #5-L ($11+R NLHE Turbo).

The final three agreed to pause the action for a second round of deal discussions. Holding 4.1 million in chips to TJ SABA's 2.94 million and 1234_ET's 2.16 million, niccc wouldn't settle for less than a $44,000 share. TJ SABA and 1234_ET agreed to give up $750 and $1,000 respectively from their shares and with $3,000 still in play, action resumed.

A few trades of the blinds later, 1234_ET was all-in for his last 169,000 against both niccc and TJ SABA, who limped in for 400,000 apiece. TJ SABA checked the K♠J♠T♥ flop, niccc min-bet 400,000, and TJ SABA raised to 2.1 million. Niccc moved all-in for 3.56 million and TJ SABA gave up his hand. Niccc revealed K♦J♠T♥2♠ for top two pair and rivered a full house to send 1234_ET to the rail in third place.

Heads-up chip counts:

Seat 1: niccc (6,705,891 in chips)
Seat 6: TJ SABA (2,528,109 in chips)

TJ SABA doubled up on the second hand of heads-up play, his A♠K♠K♦Q♠ holding against niccc's T♦T♥9♠6♠. Their chip counts now nearly even, TJ SABA opened for a 3x raise to 1.2 million and niccc three-bet to 3.6 million. TJ SABA called and they saw a K♣8♣3♠ flop. Niccc insta-shoved for his remaining 978,000, but TJ SABA elected to save his last 1.05 million and gave up his hand.

Niccc raked in the last of TJ SABA's chips on the next hand. His K♦9♦8♠3♥ flopped trip threes, leaving TJ SABA's Q♦J♣4♠2♦ in the dust:


Kudos to Nicolas "niccc" Chouity on adding a SCOOP title to his already-impressive poker C.V. He banked $47,063.48 for the win while runner-up TJ SABA earned $37,841.59.

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EPT, WCOOP, and SCOOP champion Nicolas "niccc" Chouity


2012 SCOOP Event #24-M ($109 PLO 1R1A Turbo) results:

1. Nicolas "niccc" Chouity (Lebanon) $47,063.48*
2. TJ SABA (Canada) $37,841.59*
3. 1234_ET (Germany $35,106.05*
4. Jenndo (Thailand) $20,930.40
5. Giffordonian (United Kingdom) $15,236.10
6. gregory6 (Israel) $12,158.10
7. RiskStar (Norway) $9,080.10
8. O.Mustang (United Kingdom) $6,002.10
9. asia11 (Finland) $3,324.24

*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $3,000 in play for the winner

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP