SCOOP 2012: Shaun Deeb stuns, wins fifth SCOOP title in Event #38-H ($2,100 H.O.R.S.E.)

SCOOP logo.gifHe'll have another, if you don't mind.

The three-year old colt that made a late surge to win this afternoon's running of the Preakness has nothing on Shaun Deeb. Sure, I'll Have Another can run 45 mph and has a shot at becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. But Shaun Deeb isn't one to stop at three titles. He didn't even stop at four. Now, he's officially run out of limbs on which to affix his SCOOP watches and we've run out of superlatives to bestow on the 26 year-old poker pro. Tonight, Deeb made history again, earning his fifth career SCOOP title and his fourth this year with a win in Event #38-H ($2,100 H.O.R.S.E.).


It's the Shaundeeb Championship Of Online Poker now. Any questions?

Deeb claims not to be the strongest player in the stud events, but at this point we're going to chalk that up to modesty. Three of Deeb's 2012 SCOOP titles were earned in high buy-in stud tournaments and the fourth came in a rotation that's 60% stud games. Even his heads-up opponent, Jon "LUFCBas" Spinks knew what was in store. As he wrote on his Twitter page "@JonSpinks: obv got HU with @shaundeeb and we all know what happens from there... #bendoverandacceptit."

The $2,100 H.O.R.S.E. event drew 85 players, the prize pool topping out at $170,000. 12 players took home a piece of it, with the champion set to earn $46,325. Taking one of their final shots at a SCOOP title this year were Team Pros Eugene Katchalov, Chad Brown, Ivan Demidov, Nacho Barbero, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Although none of them finished in the money, Team Online's George "Jorj95" Lind III, already a 2012 SCOOP champion in stud hi/lo, advanced to the final table.

Final table bubble honors went to another familiar face in the PokerStars universe. With only 5,086 remaining, BrynKenney got it all in on third street in Razz with the 4♠ up against shaundeeb's 2♣. Kenney could only manage a J-T low by seventh, Deeb taking down the pot with 8-6-3-2-A.

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Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: BiatchPeople (60,504 in chips)
Seat 2: LUFCBas (73,430 in chips)
Seat 3: Sivokhan (119,426 in chips)
Seat 4: shaundeeb (29,214 in chips)
Seat 5: Kroko-dill (41,686 in chips)
Seat 6: ImaLucSac (51,687 in chips)
Seat 7: FatalError (20,742 in chips)
Seat 8: Jorj95 (28,311 in chips)

Shaun Deeb finishes off Jorj95

Jorj95 worked his 28,000 up to 42,000 in the early going, but lost about half his stack to LUFCBas in a hand of limit hold'em. Jorj95 capped the betting preflop with A♦K♥ and led both the flop and turn despite not connecting with the J♠9♦6♦3♣ board. LUFCBas raised all-in on the turn and Jorj95 called, LUFCBas tabling Q♥Q♦. The 2♦ on the river was no help for Jorj95 and he was left with 22,000. A few hands later, LUFCBas reduced Jorj95's stack even further when he hit running flush cards. Left with only 4,051, Jorj95 raised all-in with Q♦T♦ and got two callers in shaundeeb and Kroko-dill. Deeb flopped a set of sixes and bet Kroko-dill off the hand on the turn, the board running out A♣7♠6♣4♦9♣ to end Jorj95's run in eighth place.


Team Online's George "Jorj95" Lind III, 8th place

FatalError falters, Sivokhan succumbs

Jonathan "FatalError" Aguiar grew short-stacked after folding the turn in a couple of limit hold'em pots, his stack falling to 6,725. The game changed to Omaha Hi/Lo and FatalError called a raise from the big blind, seeing a K♣6♦2♠ flop with Sivokhan and Kroko-dill. FatalError bet his last 725, Sivokhan called, and Kroko-dill raised. Sivokhan called the additional 2,275, but folded to Kroko-dill's bet on the A♥ turn. Kroko-dill revealed A♦K♠9♦4♦ for top two pair while FatalError had middle pair with 3♣3♠6♠T♣. FatalError was looking for another six, but got the 9♥ instead, and exited in seventh place.

The Razz round was unkind to Sivokhan, who three-bet to 6,000 on third street with the 2♣ up. BiatchPeople folded the bring-in and LUFCBas called with the 4♣ up.

LUFCBas (X)(X) 4♣J♣A♣K♦
Sivokhan (X)(X) 2♣K♥7♣6♣

Sivokhan called LUFCBas' lead bets on fourth and fifth streets and bet all-in on sixth street when he made the low board. LUFCBas called, revealing A♦5♠ in the hole. Sivokhan turned up 3♣7♣. Sivokhan paired sixes on the river and was left with a K-7-6-3-2 low while LUFCBas caught the Q♠, his Q-J-5-4-A enough to eliminate Sivokhan in sixth place.

Kroko-dill sinks

Moments later, BiatchPeople claimed the last of Kroko-dill's chips. Still playing Razz, Kroko-dill raised third street, bet out on fourth, and called down the rest of the way.

BiatchPeople (5♥)(8♠) 3♥7♣6♦J♣ (J♦)
Kroko-dill (4♣)(9♥) A♦5♦J♥5♠ (3♦)

BiatchPeople made an 8-7 low on fifth street and Kroko-dill's 9-5 did not improve. Kroko-dill's third final table of the 2012 SCOOP ended with a fifth-place finish, earning him $11,900.00.

Shaun Deeb busts BiatchPeople

Despite that chip infusion, BiatchPeople was the next to bust out. Evidently he didn't get the memo not to play stud with Shaun Deeb.

shaundeeb (X)(X) 6♥A♣7♣6♠ (X)
BiatchPeople (X)(X) Q♦2♠K♣8♦ (X)

LUFCBas brought it in on third street, Deeb raised to 4,000 with the 6♥ up, BiatchPeople three-bet to 8,000 with the Q♦ and Deeb called. Deeb led out on fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh, BiatchPeople putting in the rest of his chips on the river with 2♦4♦T♦ for a queen-high flush. Deeb called and revealed Q♥Q♣6♣ for sixes full of queens sending BiatchPeople to the rail in fourth place.


As play turned three-handed Deeb was well out in front with 203,000, LUFCBas was second with 126,000 and ImaLucSac held 95,000. With betting limits of 4,000/8,000, it was still anyone's game.

A hand against shaundeeb and LUFCBas started a long slide for ImaLucSac. LUFCBas picked up a flush draw on fourth street in stud high and caught a running two pair on sixth and seventh street to pick up the 98k pot.

ImaLucSac slid to 19,000 through a series of small pots and got the rest of his chips in against shaundeeb in stud hi/lo. ImaLucSac three-bet on third street with the 6♠ up and Deeb called with the A♣ showing. Deeb led out on the next two streets, ImaLucSac calling all-in on fifth.

shaundeeb (2♠)(Q♠) A♣Q♥4♥6♦[ (K♥)
ImaLucSac (8♠)(A♦) 6♠J♣Q♦7♣[ (9♠)

Neither player made a low and Deeb's pair of queens were good enough to scoop. ImaLucSac was eliminated in third place, earning $23,800 for his final table run.

Heads-up chip counts:

Seat 2: LUFCBas (172,121 in chips)
Seat 4: shaundeeb (252,879 in chips)

Deeb ground LUFCBas down to 127,000 before a stud hi/lo pot padded his lead even further.

LUFCBas (X)(X) 6♠K♠Q♥8♦ (X)
shaundeeb (X)(X) K♦Q♦5♣7♠ (X)

LUFCBas brought it in on third, Deeb raised and LUFCBas called. Deeb led out on fourth street and LUFCBas called. LUFCBas check-raised on fifth, then led out on sixth. On the river, LUFCBas led again, Deeb raised, and LUFCBas called. Deeb turned over T♦9♦J♥ for a king-high straight and LUFCBas mucked.

The game switched to limit hold'em and Deeb whittled LUFCBas down to 38,000 when he made kings up and got a river raise paid off. It was about that time when a clearly frustrated Nacho Barbero appeared in the chat box, asking Deeb his secrets to victory.

nachobarbero (TeamPro): how do it
nachobarbero (TeamPro): i keep comming 2nd
nachobarbero (TeamPro): and u keep comming 1st
shaundeeb: not 1st yet
nachobarbero (TeamPro): yeah sorry

Barbero might have jumped the gun there, but only by a few seconds. He'd barely pressed return when LUFCBas and shaundeeb saw a T♦8♠5♥ flop. Deeb check-called LUFCBas' bet, then check-raised the turn when the K♣ fell. LUFCBas three-bet to 30,000, Deeb capped, and LUFCBas called all-in, turning over A♦5♣ for bottom pair. Deeb showed Q♠T♣, his pair of tens in the lead. LUFCBas needed an ace or a five but the river fell a total blank with the 6♣. Deeb locked up his fourth 2012 SCOOP title and his fifth overall, earning $46,325.00 for the win. No one was more relieved than Barbero, who, as it turns out, did not jinx Deeb in the least.

nachobarbero (TeamPro): 1st
GodlikeRoy (TeamOnline): lol
nachobarbero (TeamPro): told u

Six SCOOP events remain. Shaun Deeb is still out there, he doesn't require much sleep and he has $236,951.39 in SCOOP earnings to play with. As our colleague Jason Mercier would say, #whenwillitend.

2012 SCOOP Event #38-H ($2,100 H.O.R.S.E.) results

Entrants: 85
Places paid: 12

1. Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb (Mexico) $46,325.00
2. Jon "LUFCBas" Spinks (United Kingdom) $31,450.00
3. Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde (Canada) $23,800.00
4. BiatchPeople (United Kingdom) $16,150.00
5. Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko (Russia) $11,900.00
6. Sivokhan (Ukraine) $8,925.00
7. Jonathan "FatalError" Aguiar (Mexico) $7,225.00
8. George "Jorj95" Lind III (Canada) $5,525.00

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP