SCOOP 2012: PaDiLhA SP prevails in SCOOP Event #33-L $27 NLHE 1R1A

SCOOP logo.gifThere are pros and cons to playing a rebuy event. The cons are that it can get pretty expensive if you have to constantly reach back into your account to throw more money on the table. The pros are that these events tend to produce juicy prize pools with deep structures, which is golden for any serious MTT'er.

Today's event was a perfect compromise, with the optional one rebuy and one add-on providing that healthy prize pool without players having to suffer through a maniacal rebuy period. The SCOOP Event #33-L $27 No Limit Holdem 1R1A attracted a field of 8,987, with a total of 5,873 rebuys and 3,972 add-ons. All up, the total prize pool of $470,800 was almost double the advertised guarantee.

Where else can you turn $27 into $70,000?

Some of the Team PokerStars Pros in action included Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz, Maxim Lykov, Henrique Pinho, George Danzer, Marcin "Goral" Horecki, Lex Veldhuis, Martin Staszko, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Matthias De Meulder, Liv Boeree, Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, Christophe De Meulder, Shane "shaniac" Schleger, Johnny Lodden and Nacho Barbero. Unfortunately none of the above could navigate their way into the money as Denmark's dizimind was the unfortunate bubble, falling in 1171st place, to see the remaining players receive a minimum $94.16 collect.

Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth (1077th - $98.86) and Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hrubý (585th - $141.24) were the only red spades to reach the money, and when CLiiFT ran his pocket jacks into pocket kings to fall in 10th place, our final table line up was set after 13 solid hours of play.

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Final Table Line up
Seat 1: bloby (10,078,352 in chips)
Seat 2: zenonmika (2,387,790 in chips)
Seat 3: wasole (5,130,570 in chips)
Seat 4: jaco921 (4,205,594 in chips)
Seat 5: nikol1999 (7,343,489 in chips)
Seat 6: PaDiLhA SP (9,850,371 in chips)
Seat 7: Squishee_Bob (2,475,717 in chips)
Seat 8: TummerDK (5,340,406 in chips)
Seat 9: salamandryko (9,683,711 in chips)

Bloby was the chip leader and extended that further with the elimination of Squishee_Bob as the first casualty of the final table. With the blinds at 100k/200k/25k, Squishee_Bob moved all in from the cutoff for a little over ten big blinds holding J♠K♣ and was called by bloby in the big blind with pocket tens. The board bricked 8♠2♣7♠A♠A♣ to see Squishee_Bob pick up $3,648.70 for 9th place.

TummerDK was next to go after three-betting preflop and then getting the remaining chips in on a flop of 9♥T♣A♠. TummerDK held 2♥A♥ for top pair but nikol1999 showed pocket nines for a flopped set. TummerDK was all but dead, as the 2♠ and 8♦ completed the board. $5,414.20 in prize money is not a bad ROI for TummerDK for 8th place.

By this stage zenonmika was down to under three big blinds, and bloby decided to go for the kill in rather brutal fashion:

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In a battle of the blinds, bloby turned trash into treasure, making a flush to crack the set of queens. Zenonmika will be disappointed, but $9,416 for 7th place should help soothe the wounds.

The brutality continued with the elimination of wasole in 6th place. nikol1999 raised the minimum and picked up two callers to see a flop of K♣3♥9♠. This is where things got busy. Wasole led out for 900k from the big blind, before nikol1999 clicked it back to 1.8m. PaDiLhA SP got out of the way before wasole moved all in for 8.2 million. nikol1999 made the call with Q♠K♥ for top pair, but was out-kicked by wasole's A♥K♦.

That all changed when the Q♥ appeared on the turn for a devastating three-outer. The river bricked the 2♣ as wasole joined the queue at the bad beat booth with $14,124 in prize money.

Jaco921 was on the short stack and lost a coin flip moments later with tournament life on the line. jaco921 moved five big blinds into the middle with 5♣5♠ as PaDiLhA SP made the call with Q♣A♠, with the board running out 6♥A♥4♦8♣T♣. An ace on the flop was enough for PaDiLhA SP to take it down and leave jaco921 to pocket $18,832 for 5th place.

The players were deep but that didn't stop salamandryko from five-bet shoving preflop with A♥9♥ but again it was PaDiLhA SP making the call with a dominant A♠K♣. Salamandryko turned an open-ender but couldn't connect on the board of 6♦Q♠8♠7♠K♥ as $23,728.32 was sent to Salamandryko's account for a great tournament.

It was a flurry of bustouts up until this point, and things finally settled down when three-handed. Nikol1999 was in front, but PaDiLhA SP landed a huge double up when making a flush with pocket tens to better the ace-king of nikol1999. But nikol1999 was quick to get those chips back when both players made a straight on a board of 3♥A♥T♠4♦5♣ in the following hand:

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PaDiLhA SP held A♣2♣ for the wheel but nicol1999 was firing with air before his imagination paid off with his 6♦7♠ rivering the nuts for a huge double up.

Meanwhile bloby was found on the short stack with around 15 big blinds which were stuck in the middle with J♣J♥ after PaDiLhA SP three-bet shoved A♣Q♦. The race was on but PaDiLhA SP caught a pair on the board of 3♠Q♣K♠5♣6♣ to take it down and leave bloby to pick up $35,310 for 3rd place.

Heads-up chip counts
PaDiLhA SP (41,102,040 in chips)
nikol1999 (15,393,960 in chips)

PaDiLhA SP held a nice chip lead, and didn't take long to wrap things up. PaDiLhA SP had to come from behind after four-bet shoving with A♦9♠ with nikol1999 making the call with A♠J♣. As we saw on multiple occasions on this final table, you don't need to have the best hand to win in this game as PaDiLhA SP paired the kicker on the turn on the board of 2♠5♣4♠9♦Q♦ to claim the win!

Nikol1999 collects $51,788 for finishing runner-up while PaDiLhA SP turned a tiny investment into life-changing money with $70,624.32 and the SCOOP watch heading to Brazil.

SCOOP Event#33-L $27 NLHE 1R1A Results
Number of entrants: 8,987
Rebuys: 5,873
Add-ons: 3,972
Places paid: 1,170

Final Table Results:
1st PaDiLhA SP (Brazil) - $70,624.32
2nd nikol1999 (Bulgaria) - $51,788.00
3rd bloby (Switzerland) - $35,310.00
4th salamandryko (Peru) - $23,728.32
5th jaco921 (Russia) - $18,832.00
6th wasole (Norway) - $14,124.00
7th zenonmika (Belgium) - $9,416.00
8th TummerDK (Denmark) - $5,414.20
9th Squishee_Bob (Canada) - $3,648.70

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Heath
@PokerStars in SCOOP