SCOOP 2012: Respect for Respect4life, #3-L champ ($5.50+R NLHE 6-max Turbo)

SCOOP logo.gifWith 120 tournaments in two weeks, SCOOP is already blistering along with tourneys going off at all hours and champions being crowned left and right. Event #3 gave players a chance to use the gas pedal a little more with a short-handed, turbo format with rebuys -- with the "low" version being just $5.50 to start, and $5 for each rebuy and the add-on.

It was an action-seeker's dream, and in the end a total of 20,244 such individuals took part, the group ultimately tossing in 38,211 re-buys and 10,526 add-ons to create a huge prize pool of $344,905, meaning another guarantee (this one $150K) had been crushed. The top 2,700 finishers would divide up the money, with $42,954.69 due the winner barring any late deal-making.

Just 93 survived a wild and woolly first day of turbo-charged play, with leaders Oakmeal, Yorkie966, DomeLek1987, Pr0fiteer, and Latin American Poker Tour regular Leandro "leopeluca" Csome together forming the six-million chip club overnight. Looking down the counts one spied Danny "THE__D__RY" Ryan and Alexios "J0hnny_Dr@m@" Zervos in 52nd and 53rd, respectively, both sitting with below average stacks of about 1.85 million.

Here's how the top 10 looked to start Day 2:

1. Oakmeal -- 6,849,810
2. Yorkie966 -- 6,475,516
3. DomeLek1987 -- 6,402,655
4. Pr0fiteer -- 6,400,119
5. leopeluca -- 6,066,307
6. DISCOSTICK -- 5,886,956
7. geniuszdwa -- 5,771,635
8. mddgfc -- 5,692,830
9. morten85 -- 5,115,405
10. tajlin -- 4,449,929

Alas for Zervos, he'd be the first to hit the rail when play resumed on Tuesday, earning $248.33 for his 93rd-place finish. Danny "THE__D__RY" Ryan's day went relatively better, although he, too, would fall short with a 21st-place finish ($1,083).

After three hours of play on Tuesday there were just a dozen players left, at which point Pr0fiteer led with more than 36.7 million, followed closely by Suodi with about 36.5 million.

Respect4life then grabbed pots to push out in front as the next five players fell, with toffee74 (12th), dimmmmi1 (11th), and mddgfc (10th) each earning $2,166 and nicodaalmeer (ninth) and Corrosion80 (eighth) both taking away $2,835.11.

With seven left it appeared for a moment that morten85 would be the last one out prior to the final six. That's when a wild hand developed between morten85 and Suodi in which the pair got to the river with the board showing A♦8♣8♥T♠J♠ and Suodi led for 7.2 million into a 9.2 million pot. morten85 paused a beat, then pushed all in for nearly 12 million and Suodi quickly called.

Suodi had K♣Q♠ for a rivered straight, but morten85 had been lying in wait with A♥8♦ -- a flopped full house -- thus giving morten85 the 33 million-plus chip pot.

Soon thereafter it was Amsterdam\/88 falling with Q♦[10s] to /7aXaH-777's A♥9♥ to finish in seventh ($2,835.11), and the final table was set.


Seat 1: leopeluca -- 31,596,932
Seat 2: Suodi --22,747,081
Seat 3: /7aXaH-777 -- 45,475,517
Seat 4: Pr0fiteer -- 17,616,181
Seat 5: morten85 -- 33,284,008
Seat 6: Respect4life -- 77,275,281

Shortly after the final table began, a big hand developed between Pr0fiteer and Suodi. With the blinds 80,000/160,000, Pr0fiteer opened for 1,664,000 from the hijack and Suodi called from the big blind. The flop came Q♠6♥7♠ and Suodi check-called Pr0fiteer's c-bet of 2,466,210. The turn was the 7♦ and Suodi checked again. This time Pr0fiteer bet 5,304,168, leaving himself about 9.46 million behind, and Suodi check-raised to 16.8 million -- enough to put Pr0fiteer all in.

After thinking for over a minute, Pr0fiteer called to show Q♣T♣ for queens and sevens. It was a good call, as Suodi had Q♥8♦ for the same two pair with a lesser kicker, but the river brought the A♠, thus making a split pot.

Pr0fiteer had to laugh at the result, typing "do you guys keep score of my theoretical chips?" in the chatbox afterwards. But all were distracted as on the very next hand, as Respect4life was min-raising to 2 million from the cutoff, Suodi reraised to 5 million fromthe small blind, and Respect4life called.

The flop came T♣K♠5♠ and Suodi led for 8 million, getting a call from the chip leader. The turn was the 3♥ and Suodi pushed all in for 14,322,081. Respect4life quickly called, showing K♣Q♣ for top pair, while Suodi needed help with A♥Q♦. The river was the 3♥, and Suodi was out in sixth.

A little while later the blinds had climbed to 700k/1.4m when Leandro "leopeluca" Csome opened with a min-raise from under the gun, then Pr0fiteer reraised to 6,546,682 from the button. It folded back to Csome who pushed all in for 19,970,352, and Pr0fiteer -- who had leopeluca covered -- made the call.

leopeluca: T♣T♠
Pr0fiteer: A♠J♣

Csome was hoping his tens would hold, but the 9♠K♦J♠ put his opponent in front. The turn was the 4♦ and river the 3♥, and leopeluca was out in fifth.


Leandro "leopeluca" Csome

Next it was morten85 jamming for 19,753,008 from the small blind and getting a call from Respect4life in the BB. morten85 had 3♣3♦ and was at risk versus Respect4life's A♥9♦. That risk increased significantly after the flop came 9♥4♥6♣ to give Respect4life a better pair of nines, and after the Q♠ turn and 7♠ river they were down to three.

At that point Respect4life was in front with 104,400,788 chips, with Pr0fiteer next with 91,725,876 and /7aXaH-777 last with 31,868,336. Pr0fiteer would subsequently grab chips from Respect4life to take the lead, then a huge hand arose between the pair.

The blinds were 900k/1.8m, and Pr0fiteer opened for 3,744,000 from the button, then Respect4life reraised to 8,475,875 from the small blind, forcing /7aXaH-777 to skedaddle. Pr0fiteer made it 14,702,750 to go, Respect4life shoved his entire stack of nearly 70 million, and Pr0fiteer called.

Respect4life had A♠J♥ and Pr0fiteer T♥T♣, and after the board rolled out A♣Q♣J♦7♥A♦, Respect4life had a full house and the chip lead again while Pr0fiteer had tumbled to third. Take a look:

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On the very next hand, /7aXaH-777 limped in from the small bind and Pr0fiteer pushed from the BB for 26,650,346, getting a call from his opponent. /7aXaH-777 had A♣5♥ and Pr0fiteer A♠3♣, and when the five community cards came 6♦7♦4♠3♦9♣, /7aXaH-777 had a straight and Pr0fiteer was out in third.

Heads-up play began with Respect4life ahead with 141,626,060 to /7aXaH-777's 86,368,940, and after a hand the tourney was paused to talk about a possible deal. "Chip chop" numbers were produced, leaving $3K for which to play, and after a bit of back-and-forthing the pair were able to come to an agreement.

It wouldn't take long after that -- just four hands -- for a winner to be determined. After claiming a 40 million-plus chip pot on a hand that didn't reach showdown, Respect4life was up close to 164 million -- almost 100 million more than /7aXaH-777 -- when the latter opened with a min-raise to 3.6 million. Respect4life three-bet to 8.1 million, /7aXaH-777 called, and the flop came 8♥8♣K♠.

Respect4life led for 7.2 million, and /7aXaH-777 called. The turn then brought the J♠ and checks from both. The river was the 5♣. Respect4life bet 21,457,858 this time, and /7aXaH-777 responded with an all-in shove for 48,648,051 which Respect4life called.

/7aXaH-777 had but A♠T♠ -- just the eights on board -- while Respect4life had A♣K♥ for two pair to claim the pot and a SCOOP title.

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Congratulations to Respect4life for topping that whopping field to turn just a few bucks into an eye-popping $40K-plus payday! Talk about mopping up!

2012 SCOOP Event 3-Low, $5.50+R NLHE Turbo (6-max) results (*reflects two-way deal):
1st: Respect4life ($40,292.83)*
2nd: /7aXaH-777 ($33,555)*
3rd: Pr0fiteer ($20,856.40)
4th: morten85 ($10,847.26)
5th: leopeluca ($6,242.78)
6th: Suodi ($3935.36)

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Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in SCOOP