SCOOP 2012: ROSTBURK pummels field in Event #13-H Knockout

SCOOP logo.gifThe Knockout format is a cool concept that rewards players for ruthless aggression and their assassin-like ability to bust opponents. But at the heart of it all, a Knockout event is still a MTT tournament, so the deeper players advance, the more bounties they accumulate.

Only the strongest shall survive two-day tournaments, like Event #13-H $2,600 NL Knockout. This particular one included $500 bounties. This event attracted 501 runners, which boosted the prize pool to a shade over $1 million ($1,000,200 to be exact). The bounty prize pool was $250,500 and players earned a $500 bonus for every opponent they sent to the rail. The top 63 places were paid out of the total prize pool. The eventual winner would earn $190,380 for first place. That's a delicious slice of the pie any way you cut it.

Notables who cashed in the Knockout event included a trio of Team PokerStars Pros: Brazil's Andre Akkari (41st), Denmark's Theo Jorgensen (37th), and Russia's Max Lykox (26th).

TRAIN IN VAIN; K_0_S_T_Y_A eliminated in 10th place

The last ten players experienced an excruciating and tension-filled final table bubble. The final nine was finally set when K_0_S_T_Y_A had his K♠K♣ cracked by whereisdonny's [Q]Q♥. The board ran out [A]9♥J♥Q♦9♠, and the Q♦ on the turn sealed K_0_S_T_Y_A's fate. whereisdonny won the pot with a full house and also collected a $500 bounty. K_0_S_T_Y_A bubbled off the final table in tenth place, but won $12,024 as a departing consolation prize.


Event #13-H NL Knockout - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: whereisdonny (572,460)
Seat 2: UhhMee (437,228)
Seat 3: JBT449 (458,968)
Seat 4: Fiskin1 (70,628)
Seat 5: ROSTBURK (302,314)
Seat 6: WushuTM (296,396)
Seat 7: Ansgar2000 (115,205)
Seat 8: zugzwang16 (99,594)
Seat 9: Mafews (152,207)

The final table began at Level 27 with blinds at 3000/6000. whereisdonny held the lead with 572,460.

SPANISH BOMBS: zugzwang16 eliminated in 9th place

Despite the prolonged bubble, it didn't take very long before someone bit the dust at the final table. An unforeseen cooler crippled zugzwang16 after he bombed it all-in preflop with J♦J♠ against Ansgar2000's Q♠Q♦. The board ran out 8♥2♣2♥T♥5♥ and Ansgar2000's pocket Ladies held up. On the next hand, miniscule-stacked zugzwang16 was put out of his misery by UhhMee, who took him out with K♥Q♣ against 4♦2♣. UhhMee collected $500 for the bounty, and zugzwang16 became the first player to bust at the final table, earning $16,633.20 for a ninth-place finish.

LOST IN THE SUPERMARKET: Fiskin1 eliminated in 8th place

Fiskin1 was short-stacked during the last two tables but managed to stay afloat long enough to advance to the final eight. Unfortunately, it was time for Fiskin1 to say goodbye. Fiskin1 open-shoved for 31,878 and Ansgar2000 called from the big blind. Fiskin1 made a valiant final stand with K♣T♠ against Ansgar2000's Q♠J♠. However, Fiskin1 fate was doomed with two Jacks on the flop as the board ran out J♣J♦9♣6♦2♣. Ansgar2000 won the pot and collected $500 for the bounty. Fiskin1 was knocked out in eighth place and took home $22,545.

GUNS OF BRIXTON: Mafews eliminated in 7th place and JBT449 eliminated in 6th place

ROSTBURK picked up two bounties in the same hand. A melee broke out when three players decided to get everything all-in before the flop. The fracas was kicked off by whereisdonny, who opened the betting to 16,560. JBT449 smooth called and ROSTBURK also called, but Mafews shoved over the top for 175,064. When action returned to whereisdonny, he bailed. JBT449 wanted rumble and re-raised all-in for 220,443. ROSTBURK snap-called. Three-way pot. Everyone held a pocket pair, bit ROSTBURK was ahead with Jacks.

JBT449: 9♣9♥
Mafews: 6♥6♠

The board ran out A♦Q♠8♣2♣T♠ and ROSTBURK's Jacks held up. He picked off two bounties and netted $1,000. Meanwhile... JBT449 bid farewell in sixth place and won $42,585, and Mafews finished in seventh place with a $32,565 score.

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With five players remaining, ROSTBURK seized the lead and became the first player to pass 1 million in chips. Ansgar2000 held the short stack with 181K.

KOKA KOLA: UhhMee eliminated in 5th place

UhhMee attempted to make a move, but fell short when he ran into a sizzling ROSTBURK. Both players shoved all-in preflop with UhhMee's K♦Q♠ trailing ROSTBURK's T♥T♠. ROSTBURK dodged a bullet and won the race when the board ran out 6♦2♥3♣7♦A♥. ROSTBURK's pocket tens held up and he added another $500 bounty to a blossoming collection. UhhMee went busto in fifth place, but won $55,110.

With four players left in the mix, ROSTBURK improved his monsterstack to over 1.4 million. He had twice as many chips as whereisdonny (671,329) in second place. Rounding out the rest of the bunch were WushuTM (232,351) and shorty Ansgar2000 (179,042).

FOUR HORSEMAN: Ansgar2000 eliminated in 4th place

Supernova player Ansgar2000 min-raised to 20,000, which ignited a firefight. ROSTBURK re-raised to 50,000, and Ansgar2000 retaliated with a four-bet shove for 216,412. ROSTBURK called and found himself ahead once again, racing with 7♦7♥ against Ansgar2000's Q♠J♠. The board ran out A♥5♦3♥3♦2♦. ROSTBURK's sevens held up and he picked up another $500 bounty. Ansgar2000 earned $78,156 for a fourth-place finish.

With three remaining, ROSTBURK held approximately twice as many chips as whereisdonny and WushuTM combined.


Even though pack caught up after a couple levels, ROSTBURK still maintained a healthy lead with 50% of the chips in play. That's when whereisdonny connected with a damaging blow. ROSTBURK and whereisdonny went at each other, and everything went in before the flop, including donny's last 557,045. ROSTBURK found himself in a rare spot and trailing with 8♠8♦ against whereisdonny's Q♠Q♣. The board ran out A♠K♠9♠6♠K♣. With four spades on the board, both players held a spade and made a flush. However, whereisdonny's Q♠ prevailed and whereisdonny shipped the pot to avoided an elimination. ROSTBURK coughed up the lead and whereisdonny momentarily jumped into the top spot with 1.27 million. ROSTBURK and WushuTM were almost even in chips with 600K apiece.

ROSTBURK waited only two hands before he retaliate against his nemesis. On a board of Q♦5♦5♠, a raising war ensued and both players bombed it all-in. ROSTBURK was ahead with K♥5♥ for trip fives, but whereisdonny held A♦7♦ for a nut flush draw. ROSTBURK faded a diamond on the turn and river, so his hand held up. He doubled up to 1.2 million, while whereisdonny slipped to 840K.

REVOLUTION ROCK: WushuTM eliminated in 3rd place

After playing three-handed for ninety minutes, someone finally bowed out. When ROSTBURK opened to 30,800, WushuTM shoved all-in for 269,478, and ROSTBURK called. Classic race with ROSTBURK's 6♥6♣ pitted against WushuTM's A♠K♣. The board ran out 7♥3♣T♠2♣5♠. ROSTBURK's sixes held up after he dodged a King and/or an Ace to win the pot. He also won a $500 bounty for knocking out WushuTM. WushuTM won $102,705 for a third-place performance.

HEADS-UP: whereisdonny (Canada) vs. ROSTBURK (Sweden)
Seat 1: whereisdonny (805,706)
Seat 5: ROSTBURK (1,699,294)

At the start of heads-up, ROSTBURK held a 2-1 advantage. After 40 minutes of mental chess, whereisdonny won eight hands in row and 10 out of 11 to draw almost even. When whereisdonny pulled down a 240k pot, he finally held the lead.

LONDON CALLING: whereisdonny eliminated in 2nd place

Once ROSTBURK lost the lead, he snapped out of his funk and quickly regained the lead, albeit by a small margin.

And then it happened... whereisdonny opened to 41,400, ROSTBURK raised to 102,500, and whereisdonny called. On the flop of A♦7♣3♠. ROSTBURK bet out 81,500 and whereisdonny called. The 8♠ fell on the turn and ROSTBURK check-called a 142,000 bet from whereisdonny. The river was the 6♠. ROSTBURK checked, whereisdonny shoved all-in for his last 880,830, and ROSTBURK insta-called. Unfortunately, whereisdonny was betting with air and only held Q♥9♠. ROSTBURK tabled A♠5♠. He was ahead preflop, then paired his Ace on the flop, and caught running spades to improve to an Ace-high flush.

ROSTBURK won the pot and collected a $500 bounty for busting whereisdonny in second place. For a runner-up performance, whereisdonny earned $140,280. ROSTBURK won $190,380 for shipping Event #13-H Knockout and winning his first SCOOP title.

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Event #13-H $2,600 NL KO - Final Table Results and Payouts:
1. ROSTBURK (Sweden) - $190,380
2. whereisdonny (Canada) - $140,280
3. WushuTM (Austria) - $102,705
4. Ansgar2000 (Germany) - $78,156
5. UhhMee (Canada) - $55,110
6. JBT449 (Canada) - $42,585
7. Mafews (U.K.) - $32,565
8. Fiskin1 (U.K.) - $22,545
9. zugzwang16 (Uruguay) - $16,633.20

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Pauly McGuire
@PokerStars in SCOOP