SCOOP 2012: sitation handles the situation, winning Event #32-M ($215 PLO8)

SCOOP logo.gifGamble or be gone. Cashcid Linc would come to the final table with the right gambling mindset that got the German heads-up for the title but sitation remained calm enough to take down the SCOOP 2012 Event #32-M title. In what was a two-day affair looked like a massive rush to the exit as the 31 20-minute levels only left our final nine holding on to their chip overnight.

Players like Team PokerStars Pro Martin Staszko (104th place, $383.04), James "Andy McLEOD" Obst (22th place, $839.04) and Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (21st place $839.04) made the cash and threatened late but were swept up by the wave of scoops. 912 players piled into this Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo tournament giving us a $182,400 prize pool which once again beat out the $150,000.00 guarantee.

Medium level Player of the Series leading SebbyGl did not signed up to risk getting a few extra points to bolster the lead. Tied for second place, cyberkanguru did sign up but faded fairly early in the first day finishing 406th. Also tied for second place in the standing was newly minted SCOOP champ Dan "djk123" Kelly who would fare a little better, but finished out of the cash in 274th place.

Down to 12 players left and nearly 30 minutes of play before the tournament would take a break for the evening it was evident that we would reach the final table tonight. With the blinds at 10K/20K midastruck went looking for gold against a short-stacked theone93 preflop. 441,818 chips in the middle as theone93 needed to hit with A♠4♣Q♦9♦ but was up against a better low draw 7♠2♠Q♥A♣. Not a nut-nut hand but close enough as midastruck not only hit a flush but the wheel as well 5♦ T♠ 8♠ 4♠ 3♣ ending theone93's night in 12th place ($1,915.20).

Three minutes later trelskig would be in a similar short-stacked position as theone93 hoping to double up before the long break. RoxmorE had another plans and matched the pot bets from trelskig until both were all-in preflop. Suited aces A♠ 5♥ A♦ Q♥ for RoxmorE would be a tall order for trelskig's better low draw, pocket eights, and suited ace 8♥ 2♦ 8♣ A♣. The flop 4♦ 3♣ 4♣ was everything trelskig could ask for but the turn K♠ and river T♦ came up woefully short as trelskig would be invited to day two finishing in 11th place ($1,915.20).

Eight minutes before the two tables would break for the evening superowl99, who finished runner up to ozenc in the high-version of this event last year would take a chance against paulgees81 by shoving A♣T♥7♣4♣. Unfortunately, the soon-to-be overnight chip leader was more than happy to call with suited aces A♥2♦4♦A♦. Despite picking up a straight flush draw on the turn, the T♠ 6♣ 9♥ 5♣ 6♦ did not get superowl99 out of this jam, and would not return to a SCOOP PLO8 final table as the final table was set below:


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Seat 1: midastruck (515143 in chips)
Seat 2: remsi144 (567815 in chips)
Seat 3: Cashcid Linc (384854 in chips)
Seat 4: daxfut (406739 in chips)
Seat 5: XoTime (427582 in chips)
Seat 6: paulgees81 (1077729 in chips)
Seat 7: sitation (508921 in chips)
Seat 8: RoxmorE (460465 in chips)
Seat 9: DrKoolDan (210752 in chips)

RoxmoreE would be trying to get back into the spotlight today after taking down the Sunday Million a few years ago for $121K. But, the eyes would be on the overnight chip leader as paulgees81 brings a Sunday Million win from last year for $253K, Semifinalist in this year's SCOOP Event #12-H (PLO Heads-up) for $33K, and (5th place ($14,700) Event #15-H (again fittingly Omaha Hi-Lo).

No passive play allowed at this final table as the players returned to 20 minute blinds and average stacks near 20 big blinds. True to form the final table's second hand would have DrKoolDan and midastruck all-in preflop but they would split the 459,004 chip pot as the blinds immediately moved up to 12.5K/25K. Cashcid Linc showed a willingness to go toe-to-toe with the most accomplished player at the final table, taking down a 732,208 chip scoop from paulgees81early on.


Chip leader asks for more chips

paulgees81 would take a hit from losing the all-in to Cashcid Linc, but four hands later would take some of those chips from other sources. With the blinds still at 12.5K/25K, paulgees81 would open for 54,250 chips as DrKoolDan called from the cutoff and the blinds folded to see a 3♥K♥8♣ flop. paulgees81 kept the pressure on with a 146,000 chip bet as DrKoolDan felt it was time to double-up and shoved for 217,752 total. paulgees81 would make the call holding A♥ 4♠ 8♦ J♣ for a pair of eights and a low draw as DrKoolDan's tournament hinged on 5♥ 2♥ K♠ A♠ top pair, a flush draw, and the nut low draw. Seemed ripe for a scoop by DrKoolDan as the turn 5♠ gave DrKoolDan the nut-low, but the 2♣ turned a 180 on the hand by giving paulgees81 the wheel and the 581,504 chip pot. Despite the uncool finish, DrKoolDan would take away $2,280.00 in ninth place.


sitation sits on the nuts

Blinds moving up to 15K/30K as two short stacks would try to pick the pockets of paulgees81. Watch below for the three-way all-in preflop between sitation, paulgees81, and XOTime ends with one player holding 1.2 million chips and one player holding eighth place cash:


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XoTime: A♣ 2♣ Q♣ 3♠
paulgees81: A♠ 5♠ 2♥ Q♠
sitation: A♦ J♦ 6♣ A♥

All three players holding premium hands but the all-diamond flop 5♦ K♦ 6♦ would give sitation the nut flush. Two high cards later on the turn Q♦ and river T♥ shipped the entire 1.29 million chip pot to sitation, leaving paulgees81 with under 500K, and XoTime holding eighth place cash ($3,739.20).


Rox'd

The 15K/30K blind level went smoothly after that big three-way all-in and the 20K/40K blind level was much of the same except for Cashcid Linc dragging a monster one million chip scoop off daxfut. Seven hands after the seven figure pot RoxmorE would start the betting with a raise to 88,000 as remsi144 shoved all-in for 276,203. Holding a double-suited low hand 3♥ 5♦ J♥ A♦ RoxmorE made the call and needed a little help facing the aces of remsi144 A♥ A♠ 7♠ 9♠. The low never materialized but the diamonds did J♦ 6♦ 7♣ T♦ 9♥ giving RoxmorE the nut flush and sending remsi144 home in seventh place ($5,544.96).


Not adding a SCOOP title today

Winning a Sunday Major such as the Sunday Million is a tremendous feat. Adding a WCOOP or SCOOP title to that gives you even more tournament cred. paulgees81 has the Sunday Million title and already made one final table in this series. And despite bringing the chip lead into today, it was not to be. With the blinds still at 20K/40K and down to 180,600 chips due to that million chip pot against sitation and only winning the blinds once since that hand, paulgees81 needed some serious help. A pot bet for paulgees81 to lead off the betting got a re-raise from midastruck as paulgees81 only had 40,600 behind to make the call holding 9♣ 4♣ J♥ 8♦. midastruck however held a premium double-suited hand much better low possibilities 4♥ 3♥ T♠ A♠. Neither player would connect to the 2♣ Q♦ 5♣ 7♠ 5♦ as midastruck's nut-low plus ace-ten high played to win the 421,200 chip pot, as paulgees81 settled for sixth place ($7,368.96).


Nuts meet the second nuts

In the tournament's biggest pot to this point, sitation would trade bets with RoxmorE preflop as both slowly got 1.59 million chips in the middle. RoxmorE turned up 2♠ Q♥ 6♥ A♦ as sitation held the same low draw but with a suited aces A♥ 2♣ 4♥ A♠. The board would give both players a hearts flush 9♥ 5♠ 8♥ K♥ T♦ but sitation's ace-high allowed the Swede to extend the chip lead as RoxmorE got rox'd in fifth place ($9,192.96).

Winning ugly is necessary, but not nice

Thanks to the added cards, Omaha tends to produce more than its share of groan worthy boards where a player comes out of nowhere to win. Feast your eyes on the hand example below between daxfut and midastruck. Aces cracked and then... not so much.

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midastruck held the aces A♦ A♣ 9♥ 4♦ after daxfut smooth called the raise from the small blind holding 3♥ 2♥ 3♠ 4♥. The 3♦ 6♥ T♠ got daxfut to immediate shove 239,781 chips in as midastruck wept over cracked aces. 6♠ on the turn gave daxfut a boat but still open for hitting a low on the river. However, midastruck found the golden touch and wanted it all as the 6♦ river counterfeited daxfut's boat giving midastruck the higher full house for the entire 779,562 chip pot.

A brief chip-chop discussion would bring Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome //www.pokerstars.com/team-pokerstars/team-online/adrienne-rowsome/ out on the floor. However Cashcid Linc had the need to gamble and sitation's chip lead was a little too big to give any money away as the threesome got back into the game.


Struck is stuck

Blinds moving up to 25K/50K midastruck would take a massive hit against Cashcid Linc as a low draw missed against Cashcid Linc's aces for a 2.1 million chip scoop. Three hands later holding only 291,182 chips midastruck tried to make something happen from the button with a pot sized raise as sitation called out of the big blind to see a J♦ 4♦ 5♥ flop. sitation would bet enough to put the short stack all-in as midastruck called holding kings 2♣ K♣ T♥ K♦. sitation needed some help with A♣ 6♠ 5♠ 2♥ was a lock for a low if any non-pairing low card hit. A pair of aces A♥ A♠ was exactly the type of drop needed for sitation as midastruck golden reign came to an end in third place ($17,692.80).

Again the players would ask for Rowsome's assistance but Cashcid Linc wanted an even chop despite sitation holding a one million chip lead. sitation declined the offer as Cashcid Linc was ready once again to GAMBOOOOOOOL!.


Take it, take it, ok I'll just take it all

See this pretty thing? It will go around the winner's wrist (or ankle if you are like Shaun Deeb with four of these watches)

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SCOOP Champion's Watch


Heads-up play consisted of mostly raise it and take it preflop for nine minutes until the big hand hit. With the blinds at 30K/60K both players had plenty of chips to hold out for a while as sitation retained the chip lead and made a raise to 142,00 from the button as Cashcid Linc called to see T♥7♠6♠ on the flop. Cashcid Linc checked as sitation pushed out 240,000 and Cashcid Linc check-raised to a little more than a million. Top set plus a flush draw is hard to get away from as sitation re-raised all-in holding T♠J♥T♣2♠. Cashcid Linc was true to the gambling form and called with the flush draw and an emergency low draw 8♠ K♥ 8♦ A♠. The 8♣ turn did not really help Cashcid Linc nor did the 9♦ as the straight on the board would chop up a NLHE game, but in Omaha both sets played and sitation's top set would take down the 4.3 million chip pot along with $32,832.00 and the SCOOP 2012 Event #32-M title!


Players Entered: 912
Total Prize Pool: $182,400.00
Places Paid: 117

$150,000 guarantee SCOOP 2012 Event #32-M $215 PLO8 results (05-18-12):
1. sitation (Sweden) $32,832.00
2. Cashcid Linc (Germany) $23,712.00
3. midastruck (United Kingdom) $17,692.80
4. daxfut (Austria) $13,224.00
5. RoxmorE (Norway) $9,192.96
6. paulgees81 (Canada) $7,368.96
7. remsi144 (Switzerland) $5,544.96
8. XoTime (Portugal) $3,739.20
9. DrKoolDan (Romania) $2,280.00


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David Aydt
@PokerStars in SCOOP