SCOOP 2013: A "high" win for highland, Event #31-H champ ($2,100 NLHE Knockout)

The "high" SCOOP events always attract tough, competitive fields, and Event #31-H, a $2,100 buy-in no-limit hold'em "knockout" event, was no exception. Spread over two days, the tourney saw tough competition from start to finish as players grittily defended their knockout bounties, with highland of Canada ultimately being the only one of 626 entrants to avoid giving up a bounty to win the SCOOP watch.

highland earned $174,074.23 for the win, plus a few extra bucks thanks to having knocked out a half-dozen players along the way. Meanwhile lehout of the Netherlands made it to heads-up and a final table deal with highland, thereby ensuring a nice $156,000 prize as well.

That field of 626 created a total prize pool of $1,261,390, way over the $750K guarantee for Event #31-H. The top 72 finishers divided the regular prize pool, while every knockout earned players $405 apiece along the way drawn from the bounty pool.

From 626 to 9

The first day saw the 626 entrants play all of the way down to 33 players, with prepstyle71, Jeremiah "Believer82" Vinsant, and rh300487 having successfully negotiated their way to occupy the top spots in the chip counts overnight.

Near night's end two Team PokerStars Pros were eliminated after making it to the cash -- Henrique "Henrique.P" Pinho (62nd) and Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero (49th). Pinho earned $3,527.51 for his finish, having added no extra money as he never recorded a knockout, while Barbero took away $4,031.44 plus another $2,025 for collecting five bounties.

Meanwhile Team Online member Mickey "mementmori" Petersen survived to make it to the second day of play, but unfortunately for Petersen his Thursday would be a short one, ending after he got the last of his short stack in with A♥J♦ against the 7♠7♣ of rh300487 and failed to improve. Petersen claimed $5,039.30 for the 33rd-place finish, plus another $810 for grabbing a couple of knockouts along the way.

They were approaching the two-hour mark of Day 2 when just 18 players were left, with prepstyle71 still up on top with more than 543,000, and Believer82 and rh300487 still holding onto the next two positions in the counts.

Over the next two-and-a-half hours the field was whittled down to nine. Rodrigo "caprioli" Caprioli (18th), Emil "Maroonlime" Patel (17th), and Naza114 (16th) each took $8,062.88 from the prize pool plus some bounties for each. Zach "nofingclue11" Clark (15th), BgsaPnaples (14th), and fortunaVine (13th) made $10,078.60 plus bounties. And rh300487 (12th), Maxxx72alba (11th), and Rory "Mafews" Mathews (10th) each made $12,094.32 plus a few bounties as well, with the 12 picked up by rh300487 ultimately tying for the most claimed by anyone in the tournament.

prepstyle71 continued to lead as the final table began.


Seat 1: pokerturo (Germany) -- 202,484
Seat 2: Craig "mcc3991" McCorkell (United Kingdom) -- 283,403
Seat 3: toril274 (Russia) -- 290,455
Seat 4: lehout (Netherlands) -- 282,919
Seat 5: TIPCHIK321 (Russia) -- 72,460
Seat 6: Jeremiah "Believer82" Vinsant (Canada) -- 477,646
Seat 7: prepstyle71 (Canada) -- 1,057,747
Seat 8: highland (Canada) -- 144,275
Seat 9: guinor (Brazil) -- 318,611

Working from 9 to 5

Only one player at the final nine had yet to pick up a single bounty -- that being the short stack TIPCHIK321 -- and as it would happen that would remain so as TIPCHIK31 hit the rail in ninth on the final table's fourth hand.

The blinds were 3,000/6,000 when lehout raised to 12,179 from early position, then TIPCHIK321 reraised all in for 69,460. It folded back to lehout who called right away, turning over A♣K♦ while TIPCHIK321 showed 5♣5♠. The flop came 4♣K♣Q♥ to pair lehout's king, and after the 2♦ turn and 4♦ river, TIPCHIK321 was out in ninth.

Play continued, and in the last hand before Day 2's four-hour break, the blinds were 3,500/7,000 when toril274 open-pushed all in for 102,570 from middle position, then chip leader prepstyle71 reraised all in over the top from the small blind to isolate.

It was a similar scenario as happened with the previous knockout, with prepstyle71 holding 6♦6♥ and toril274 A♦K♠. This time, however, the small pair held as the board came 9♥Q♠6♠8♦2♦, and toril274 was knocked out in eighth.

Soon after the break was over, it was pokerturo open-raising all in from the small blind and Craig "mcc3991" McCorkell calling all in for 51,353 (a little over 7 BBs) from the big blind. pokerturo had Q♠3♠ and McCorkell A♥4♣. The flop came J♣2♠9♠ to give pokerturo a flush draw, then the 3♥ landed on fourth street to pair pokerturo's trey. The river was the 4♠ to improve pokerturo to a flush, and mcc3991 was eliminated in seventh.

On the very next hand, prepstyle71 min-raised to 14,000 from under the gun, then guinor reraised to 32,780 from the cutoff seat. pokerturo then made it 61,560 to go from the button, and after the blinds and prepstyle71 stepped aside, guinor reraised back to 99,999. In response to that pokerturo shoved, and guinor called all in with the 167,100 left.

guinor: K♣K♦
pokerturo: A♥K♠

guinor was hoping not to see an ace, but one fell on the flop which came 2♦A♠Q♠. The turn was the 8♦ and river the 6♦, ending guinor's run in sixth.

5 play down to 2

With five left the pace slowed considerably, with no eliminations for nearly two hours and players frequently dipping into their time banks when making decisions. They made it all of the way to six-hour break of Day 2, with prepstyle71 ahead with more than 1.03 million, pokerturo next with about 808,000, lehout third with 610,000, Believer82 fourth with 497,000, and highland fifth with just over 176,000.

Soon after play resumed, lehout would win a big all-in with A♣K♥ versus pokerturo's A♦J♠ to push up over 1.23 million and assume the chip lead. Not too long after the blinds were 6,000/12,000 when highland open-raised to 199,999 from the small blind, then a short-stacked pokerturo called all in from the big blind for 187,336.

pokerturo had A♥K♠ this time while highland had K♣6♠. But the flop came 6♥2♠T♠ to pair highland's kicker, and when the next two streets came 9♥ then 7♣, pokerturo was the tourney's fifth-place finisher.

After that lehout would slip back down the counts while prepstyle71 reassumed the lead, building further as they reached and then passed the day's seven-hour mark. Fifteen minutes later the blinds were 8,000/16,000 when a short-stacked Jeremiah "Believer82" Vinsant open-pushed for 243,041 from the small blind with A♦8♦ and got called by prepstyle71 sitting one seat over with K♠9♠. The flop was okay for Vinsant, coming 5♣Q♦T♣, but the K♣ turn and 9♣ river were not, giving prepstyel71 two pair and Believer82's bounty as Vinsant was sent railward in fourth.

The remaining three then stopped the tourney to talk about a possible chop with prepstyle71 at 1,669,596, highland at 903,775, and lehout 556,629. "ICM" numbers were produced, but lehout wasn't satisfied and play was soon resumed.

Before long highland, after losing some chips, won a big double-up through prepstyle71 in a preflop all-in confrontation in which highland's A♣Q♦ held against prepstyle71's A♥8♠. Then on the very next hand prepstyle71 lost another big chunk to lehout in a hand that saw prepstyle71 turn a full house (fives full of tens) holding 5♦5♣, then lehout river a better one (sixes full of tens) with 6♠6♥ at which point all of lehout's chips made it to the middle. Take a look:

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It wasn't long after that hand that lehout was raising a little over 2x from the button to 40,599, then prepstyle71 shoved for 368,570 from the small blind and lehout called. prepstyle71 had K♣T♠ and lehout A♦9♦, and five cards later -- T♥5♦2♦4♠4♦ -- lehout had a flush and prepstyle71 was out in third.

prepstyle71 secured a six-figure cash thanks to the finish, plus with 12 bounties added a few more dollars, too, tying rh300487 for the most bounties collected in Event #31-H.

Heads-up: A deal, then highland knocks out lehout

The two remaining players played a few more small hands, then stopped the tourney with highland sitting with 1,717,050 and lehout 1,412,950 in order to discuss a split of the remaining prize money. Initial numbers were met with skepticism by lehout who stood to get a little less, and the initial back-and-forthing in the chat box seemed to suggest a deal might not happen:

Administrator: The tournament has been paused to allow discussion of deal.
HostJoshuaC (Administrator): highland:$159,280.93
HostJoshuaC (Administrator): lehout:$155,793.30
HostJoshuaC (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $15,000.00
lehout: even,chop,seems,fair
highland: playing for it all seems fiar too
lehout: im,willing,to,gamble,too,if,you,want
lehout: 157.500,for,me,thats,fair
highland: well if these #s seems unfiar to u I suggest you consult some mathematicians

However, the pair were able to come to terms, with highland getting $159,000, lehout $156,000, and $15,074.23 remaining on the table for which to play. Soon cards were back in the air.

highland began chipping up further, and had just over 2.06 million to lehout's 1.06 million when the eight-hour break of Day 2 arrived. A half-hour after that highland had built up over 2.5 million, and it was too much longer after that the end finally arrived.

The blinds had increased to 12,500/25,000, and highland opened with a raise to 50,187. lehout responded by reraising all in for 411,188 total and highland made the call.

highland had K♣T♥ while lehout was hoping A♦4♥ would hold. But the flop came 8♣9♥T♠ to give highland the lead with a pair of tens. The 7♦ on the turn did provide some extra outs to split for lehout, but the river was the 9♣ and it was all over.

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Congratulations to highland for topping a tough field to earn a "high" SCOOP victory and huge $174K-plus payday. And kudos as well to lehout for making it to the heads-up deal to ensure a nice $156K score as well.

PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #31-H ($2,100 No-Limit Hold'em, Knockout) results

Players: 626
Total prize pool: $1,261,390.00
Regular prize pool: $1,007,860.00
Bounty prize pool: $253,530.00
Places paid: 72

1. highland (Canada) $174,074.23* (plus $2,430 for 6 bounties)
2. lehout (Netherlands) $156,000.00* (+$2,430; 6 bounties)
3. prepstyle71 (Canada) $102,801.72 (+$4,860; 12 bounties)
4. Jeremiah "Believer82" Vinsant (Canada) $77,605.22 (+$4,050; 10 bounties)
5. pokerturo (Germany) $54,424.44 (+$3,240; 8 bounties)
6. guinor (Brazil) $42,834.05 (+$4,050; 10 bounties)
7. Craig "mcc3991" McCorkell (United Kingdom) $32,755.45 ($1,620; 4 bounties)
8. toril274 (Russia) $22,676.85 (+$810; 2 bounties)
9. TIPCHIK321 (Russia) $15,420.25 (zero bounties)

There are still a few days left in the 2013 Spring Championship of Online Poker, including the Main Event that begins Sunday. Check the SCOOP site for details.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in SCOOP