SCOOP 2012: See CMoosepower win Event #22-L ($11 NLHE/PLO)

SCOOP logo.gifCMoosepower had the stars around the avatar to illustrate Supernova status. Denff did not. But despite the differences in experience and status, the two made for worthy foes in a challenging heads-up battle. Both players earned their spots at that table, and Denff stayed strong until a crippling hand that resulted in second place. CMoosepower showed, in the end, that it was possible to overcome many obstacles at the final table and emerge the winner.


Many poker players love mixed games. Whether it is for the simple variety to spice up a game and keep one's mind on fast-forward or because of a perceived edge over other players, they do flock to any type of mixed poker game. While some players like the challenge of HORSE or 8-game or even 10-game options, some enjoy the division of No Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha, the two most beloved games in any mix.

Event 22 offered players that mix of NLHE and PLO, and players could get in on the low buy-in version of the event with only $11 (or less through the right satellite). And the turnout reflected the mix's popularity, while the prize pool more than tripled the original guarantee. Let's look at those numbers:

Players: 8,352
Guarantee: $25,000.00
Prize pool: $83,520.00
Paid players: 1,080

After hours (and hours) of play, the money bubble burst, courtesy of 1081st finisher zbad. Suodi was the first player to cash, taking home $17.53 for 1080th place. By that point in the tournament, there were only two Team PokerStars Pros remaining in the field. The first to exit was Marcin "Goral" Horecki in 711st place, and Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth left a bit later in 458th place.

It was around the 10-hour mark that the final two tables were reached, and action moved several players to the rail over the next 30 minutes. Another 30 minutes later, SEEEDx was eliminated in 11th place to start hand-for-hand play. Then Vactra moved all-in from the small blind with 9♦6♣, but it just so happened that Fohle140586 could call from the big blind with Q♥3♥. The board blanked with A♥2♦T♣8♠8♦, and Vactra had to leave in tenth place with $459.36.

Cmoosepower leads to start

The final table was set in Level 39, with 80,000/160,000 blinds and a 20,000 in NLHE. The starting chip counts were as follows:

Seat 1: Fohle140586 (5,769,014 in chips)
Seat 2: CMoosepower (12,239,592 in chips)
Seat 3: Denff (2,164,475 in chips)
Seat 4: bezya (2,829,039 in chips)
Seat 5: mizarkshzark (3,524,052 in chips)
Seat 6: Nick nase (3,250,160 in chips)
Seat 7: framerica (1,810,306 in chips)
Seat 8: N@RT_19 (1,294,405 in chips)
Seat 9: slavik19861 (8,878,957 in chips)

2012 SCOOP FT - 22L.JPG

Only a few hands into the action, Fohle140586 scored a massive double-up through the chip leader and took over the lead from CMoosepower:

RSS readers click through to see replay

Slavik19861 raised UTG in the Omaha round, and N@RT_19 called. After the flop revealed J♣K♥3♦, N@RT_19 pushed all-in with 6♦9♠4♠A♠, but slavik19861 called with K♣8♦K♠9♥. The set of kings stayed ahead as the A♦ and 6♣ rounded out the board, and N@RT_19 was ousted in ninth place with $647.28.

Double-up city

Framerica doubled through Denff, who then did the same through Fohle140586. Bezya doubled through mizarkshzark, and Nick nase doubled through Denff and then through Fohle140586. Perhaps we should start a spreadsheet.

The doubling luck had to run out at some point, and it happened for mizarkshzark. The initial raise from UTG was met by a reraise from framerica. Mizarkshzark reraised all-in with K♦9♦K♣T♦, and framerica called with A♥7♦A♣7♠. The board came J♦T♣T♠3♦7♥, and that full house knocked mizarkshzark out in eighth place with $1,002.24.

CMoosepower finds momentum

As CMoosepower chipped up quietly into the chip lead, the next big hand put the player further ahead. CMoosepower started the hand with an UTG raise, and bezya reraised all-in with A♣4♣. CMoosepower called with 7♠6♠ and hit the flop when it showed 7♥2♠K♠. The 6♥ turn gave CMoosepower two pair, and the 8♣ on the river ended the tournament for bezya, who took home $1,795.68 for seventh place.

Nick nase then scored a big double through Fohle140586:

RSS readers click through to see replay

Another big hand developed, started this time by framerica with a UTG raise. CMoosepower reraised, and Denff went over the top all-in. Framerica called all-in, and CMoosepower folded A♥J♣ face up. Denff showed K♥K♠, which dominated the all-in's Q♦Q♥. The flop only helped Denff when it came K♦7♦5♥, and the A♠7♥ turned that hand into a full house. Framerica departed in sixth place with $2,589.12.

Old rivalries

Fohle140586 was short and doubled through CMoosepower to stay in action. The only person gaining on CMoosepower was Denff at that point.

Slavik19861 then tangled with Denff to see a raised flop of J♠A♠T♦. Denff bet, and slavik19861 called all-in with 7♦9♣T♠8♣. Denff showed K♥A♦A♣8♥, and the set of aces stayed good as the 2♥ and 5♦ ended the hand. Slavik19861 had to leave the tournament in fifth place with $3,424.32.

No deal, folks

The final four players paused the tournament in an attempt to discuss a deal, but it might have been a bad sign that they couldn't agree on whether to look at chip-chop or ICM numbers. They were provided with both sets of numbers, but that only created more disagreement. Play was restarted when it was clear that there would be no deal.

Denff dominates

Denff took this opportunity to double through chip leader CMoosepower:

RSS readers click through to see replay

Two hands later, nick nase moved all-in preflop with A♠7♠, and Denff was along with 6♣6♥. The board came 5♦3♥T♠4♠J♦, and the pocket pair held up to eliminate Nick nase in fourth place with $4,426.56.

When Fohle140586 made a move preflop with Q♠T♣, Denff was there again, that time with A♥T♦. The board revealed 4♠4♥J♠8♦2♥, and Fohle140586 was gone in third place with $6,681.60.

Heads-up battle

The final two players started their match with these counts:

Seat 2: CMoosepower (17,038,780 in chips)
Seat 3: Denff (24,721,220 in chips)

They quickly realized that they might be able to agree on a deal. Despite a chip lead for Denff and initial objections, Denff agreed to an even chop of the prize money with the obligatory $500 set aside for the winner. So, with each player agreeing to a $10,625.72 certain payment, play continued.

CMoosepower quickly evened the stacks, and the two exchanged chips but stayed nearly even for quite some time. Finally, though, CMoosepower was the shorter of the two and made an all-in move on a 9♥8♦4♣ flop with 9♠K♣9♦Q♣, and Denff called with J♦A♥7♥A♣. The J♠ and 8♥ finished the hand and gave CMoosepower the double-up.

Denff, on the other hand, was very short and moved 507,340 all-in on the next hand, managing a quick double. On the very next hand, Denff moved again, that time with 3♥K♠6♥2♣ preflop. CMoosepower showed Q♥J♦3♦9♣ and managed to produce a flush on the A♦Q♣4♦9♦6♣ board. Denff had to settle for second place and $10,625.72.

CMoosepower of Denmark claimed the SCOOP title, Movado watch, and $11,125.72 in cash. Congrats!

2012 SCOOP Event #22-L ($11 NLHE/PLO) Results (reflects deal):

1st place: CMoosepower ($11,125.72)*
2nd place: Denff ($10,625.72)*
3rd place: Fohle140586 ($6,681.60)
4th place: Nick nase ($4,426.56)
5th place: slavik19861 ($3,424.32)
6th place: framerica ($2,589.12)
7th place: bezya ($1,795.68)
8th place: mizarkshzark ($1,002.24)
9th place: N@RT_19 ($647.28)

*Numbers based on two-way deal with $500 reserved for winner

The Spring Championship of Online Poker home page contains all of the tournament results, schedule of upcoming events and their satellites, and a leaderboard for the 2012 Series.

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in SCOOP