SCOOP 2013: Belabacsi scores second SCOOP title in Event #35-H ($2,100 NLHE Turbo, 2x-Chance)
If the 2012 SCOOP was the Year of Shaun Deeb, 2013 is shaping up to be the Year of the Repeat. With over 30 events still on the docket, six players have already won their second career SCOOP titles: George Danzer, David "Gunslinger3" Bach, Charlie "JIZOINT" Combes, Anders "Donald" Berg, Andoni "Pollopopeye" Larrabe, and Benny "toweliestar" Spindler, not to mention Rodrigo Caprioli who picked up his third watch and Calvin "cal42688" Anderson who earned his fourth. Tonight, Peter "Belabacsi" Traply joined this exclusive club, bagging his second SCOOP watch and over $284,000 after defeating a deadly final table in Event #35-H.
This high-rolling turbo tourney attracted 562 players, their 260 rebuys pushing the final prizepool up to $1,644,000. 63 places were paid with first place set to earn $312,360. 15 Red Spades joined the action including Eugene Katchalov, Vanessa Rousso, Isaac Haxton, ElkY, Angel Guillen, and Joe Cada, but none finished in the money.
The blinds were 12,500/25,000 on the final table bubble with the average stack hovering around 10BB. With 306,533 remaining, Festivuss open-shoved with 5♣5♦, but couldn't fade Belabacsi, whose A♣J♣ spiked a jack on the turn to send him home in tenth place.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: zoraleonas (124,761 in chips)
Seat 2: Also11 (379,460 in chips)
Seat 3: Danny98765 (407,828 in chips)
Seat 4: JBT449 (510,046 in chips)
Seat 5: Belabacsi (1,237,518 in chips)
Seat 6: LaurisL91 (169,991 in chips)
Seat 7: Faith#1Virtu (660,441 in chips)
Seat 8: WhooooKidd (307,089 in chips)
Seat 9: lechuckpoker (312,866 in chips)
Zoraleonas lasted an orbit before 30,000 of his remaining 84,000 was swallowed up by the big blind. WhooooKidd moved in for 358,000 from the button and zoraleonas called all-in, his A♥5♠ up against Q♣8♦. Zoraleonas kept the lead on the ten-high flop but WhooooKidd spiked an eight on the turn to end his run in ninth place.
Also11 cut LaurisL91's stack in half when his pocket nines stood up to A♣T♣. Left with 266,000, LaurisL91 shipped it in from middle position with Q♥9♣ only to go out in eighth place when he ran into WhooooKidd's pocket kings.
Five whole minutes passed before Danny98765 moved in for 180,000 and Faith#1Virtu reshoved for 553,000 from the small blind. WhooooKidd called from the big for a three-way showdown.
Although WhooooKidd kept his lead, Danny98765 had draws for days on the T♥8♠5♥ flop, and hit a flush when the turn came the 4♥. The river was the 8♣, giving Danny98765 the 585,000 main pot and WhooooKidd the 745,000 side pot. Faith#1Virtu was squeezed out and hit the rail in seventh place.
The button made one more trip around the table before JBT449 moved in for his last 270,000 and Belabacsi reshoved for 1.4 million from the big blind. Belabacsi's A♥2♥ held up against K♥5♥ and JBT449 departed in sixth place.
On the very next deal, Danny98765 found A♠2♣ UTG and shoved for 413,000. WhooooKidd reshipped on the button with pocket tens and sent Danny98765 to the rail in fifth, the board running out K♠7♣5♦J♣7♠. Next to shove was lechuckpoker, who did so on the next deal with J♦8♦. Also11 reshoved from the small blind with A♥Q♦ and although lechuckpoker flopped a jack, Also11 rivered an ace to end his run in fourth.
With three players remaining and the blinds up to 30,000/60,000, Belabacsi led with 1.74 million, WhooooKidd was a strong second with 1.4 million and Also11 the short stack with 960,000. However, WhooooKidd suffered a devastating blow when he lost a 1.95 million flip vs. Also11, his pocket threes falling to A♦7♦.
Five hands later, WhooooKidd picked up K♠7♦ on the button and moved in for 513,000. Belabacsi found A♦8♣ in the small blind and paired his ace on the flop to eliminate WhooooKidd in third place. This was David "WhooooKidd" Baker's third SCOOP final table this week and with the $168,510 he pocketed in this event, he moved into the overall money lead in the 2013 SCOOP with $469,418.38 in earnings so far. Baker finished second in Event #22-H ($2,100 NLHE) for over $272k and as of press time, is the chip leader with three remaining in Event #33-H ($2,100 8-Game). As our pal ElkY would say, "Sooooo seeeeek!"
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: Also11 (1,619,336 in chips)
Seat 5: Belabacsi (2,490,664 in chips)
Shortly after heads-up play began, Belabacsi and Also11 agreed to pause the action and discuss a deal. They quickly came to terms and with $16,000 still in play, cards went back in the air.
Also11 took a slight chip lead, but Belabacsi quickly reclaimed it, moving in for 1.43 million with J♥T♥. Also11 called with K♥9♥, but Belabacsi flopped a ten and turned trips to double to 2.88 million.
Two hands later, Belabasci closed out the win, but had to get lucky to do it, his 3♥4♥ up against A♦T♣.
Congratulations to Peter "Belabacsi" Traply on SCOOP watch #2! He banked $284,143.08 for the win while runner-up Also11 earned $258,376.92.
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #35-H ($2,100 NLHE [Turbo, 2x Chance]) results
Places paid: 63
1. Peter "Belabacsi" Traply (Hungary) $284,143.08*
2. Also11 (Austria) $258,376.92*
3. David "WhoooooKidd" Baker (Mexico) $168,510
4. Igor "lechuckpoker" Kurganov (United Kingdom) $128,232
5. Dan "Danny98765" Smith (Canada) $90,420
6. Josh "JBT449" Bergman (Canada) $69,870
7. Faith#1Virtu (Canada) $69,870
8. Laurynas "LaurisL91" Levinskas (Lithuania) $36,990
9. zoraleonas (Germany) $27,290.40
*= reflects the result of a heads-up deal that left $16,000 in play for the winner
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.