SCOOP 2013: Buchanan denies JIZOINT in Event 18-H ($2,100 NLHE 10-Max Shootout)

When some events come up on the SCOOP calendar, you just know they're going to be special final tables. SCOOP 2013 Event 18-High, $2,100 NLHE (10-Max, Shootout) had all the makings of that: a steep price point and a shootout format that is favored by many pros who see it as the easiest form of trophy hunting. In the end, Shawn "buck21" Buchanan won the 2nd SCOOP of his career title by denying JIZOINT a 2nd SCOOP title of the day.

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Shawn "buck1" Buchanan

The Team PokerStars Pros and PokerStars Team Online players put up an 0-fer in Event 18-H. Seven of them entered the field, but none advanced to the final shootout table and the money. Ike Haxton came closest, but close doesn't get in a tournament where only making the final table got a player any cash.

Despite the lack of Team PokerStars Pros and PokerStars Team Online players, the final table of Event 18-H did not disappoint. The ten players who assembled at 7:20pm PokerStars time represented many of the best and the brightest players that online poker has to offer.

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Seat 1: Dan "Danny98765" Smith (5000 in chips)
Seat 2: hneves182 (5000 in chips)
Seat 3: JIZOINT (5000 in chips)
Seat 4: Dani "supernova9" Stern (5000 in chips)
Seat 5: Leqenden (5000 in chips)
Seat 6: Shawn "buck21" Buchanan (5000 in chips)
Seat 7: LaurisL91 (5000 in chips)
Seat 8: Rednaxela747 (5000 in chips)
Seat 9: FOO-92 (5000 in chips)
Seat 10: Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb (5000 in chips)

In addition to Smith, Stern, Buchanan and Deeb, the final table featured: recent Sunday Warm-Up winner FOO-92 (who also made the Sunday Warm-Up final table the week before winning); hneves182, who seems to make at least one SCOOP final table every year; Leqenden, who took down SCOOP 2013 Event 14-H yesterday, and JIZOINT, a SCOOP 2011 winner who won SCOOP 2013 Event 15-H for $50,000 while competing in the early rounds of this event.

A few of the players exchanged pleasantries as the final table kicked off.

buck21: gl boys
buck21: and gals
buck21: if any
shaundeeb: just cuz I dressed up once
buck21: hahaha

Deeb was referring to the infamous event at the 2010 World Series of Poker where he dressed up in drag to play the Ladies Event and was roundly criticized for it, to the point that he later issued an apology. The two would later discuss their SCOOP cross-booking action, apparently an annual ritual. Deeb called off the bet mid-SCOOP last year - in hindsight, an unwise decision, given his four SCOOP victories.

And they're off

Blinds started at 25/50 and each player started with 5,000 in chips. FOO-92 took an early hit but later check-raised Deeb all in on the turn of a 3♣A♠2♠7♣. Deeb folded but took over the mantle of "early short stack" from FOO-92.

In the first hour of play, it seemed that every sizable pot was won by Leqenden, many of them without showdown. Leqenden climbed all the way up to 11,000 in chips despite only showing down one hand, pocket jacks that won a 1,500-chip pot from FOO-92. Leqenden was quite aggressive on the river, and almost every time those river bets and raises induced folds from Leqenden's opponents. At that point of the tournament, Leqenden was the only player above the starting stack.

About an hour into the final table, Stern ran ace-queen into LaurisL91's aces on an ace-high flop to slip all the way down to about 2,000 in chips. Stern lost a few more small pots over the next half hour, including one to JIZOINT on a 6♠8♦T♦T♥ board, to fall below 800 in chips with blinds approaching 50/100. Dealt K♠Q♥, Stern shoved the button after action folded to him. Buchanan woke up with A♣K♥ in the big blind and sent Stern to the rail after the board rolled out 7♦4♥4♦T♦7♣.

FOO-92 followed Stern out of the tournament about 10 minutes later in the biggest pot to that point of the tournament:

Deeb and Leqenden exit

Deeb was the next player out, although 45 minutes of play passed in between. His fatal hand came against cross-booking partner Buchanan, who shoved for 2,189 after Leqenden opened to 249. Deeb re-shoved for 3,039, clearing out all other players, and tabled two jacks. Buchanan had ace-king of spades and flopped a king.

The hand crippled Deeb. When he caught A♦J♥ five hands later, he open-shoved for 775. Smith, the next player to act, called with A♥T♠. He paired his kicker on a 10-high flop; Deeb never improved and exited in 8th place.

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Shaun Deeb - 8th place

After Deeb's exit, the leveling wars resumed. One notable example saw LaurisL91 open to 264 and Smith three-bet to 600. LaurisL91 tried a 4-bet to 1,331 but Smith just piled all 7,000 of his chips into the middle. He flashed the 4♠ after LaurisL91 folded.

The stacks leveled out over the next 30 minutes as Leqenden fell back to the pack and spreads those chips around to several other players. Shockingly, Leqenden wound up as the next player eliminated.

Rednaxela747 opened pre-flop for the minimum 320 in the 80-160 level. Sitting in the big blind, Leqenden called, then led the T♦5♠6♠ flop for 480. Rednaxeal747 raised to 1142, prompting Leqenden to shove all in for 6,597. Rednaxela747 snap-called with bottom two pair, 6♣5♣; Leqenden showed top pair and a flush draw, Q♠T♠. The board paired on the turn, 5♦, to fill up Rednaxela747 and to take away most of Leqenden's out. Leqenden's tournament ended in 7th place with the 6♦ river, which made Rednaxela747 the new chip leader.

JIZOINT looks strong

Buchanan, re-energized after the double-up that came courtesy of Deeb, continued grinding for a fall hour after that hand. It put him in a good chip position to take out hneves182 when hneves182 shoved for 1,978 in the 100-200 level. Buchanan three-bet isolated for 6,702 with A♦K♦ against hneves182's J♠9♣, then flopped an ace to all but end the hand. hneves182 was drawing dead by the turn and received $21,780 for finishing in 6th place.

At the 11pm break, Rednaxela747 still led (thanks in small part to taking a few thousands chips more from Buchanan) and Smith was in 2nd place. JIZOINT, still in the hunt for a second SCOOP title of the day, had 35 BBs in 3rd place. Buchanan and LaurisL91 pulled up the rear.

JIZOINT climbed to the top of the pack ten minutes after the break ended by picking up pocket kings against Rednaxela747's pocket 10s. With the leveling wars that had been taking place at the table, the chips were all in the middle before the flop quickly enough. JIZOINT flopped a set of kings, but Rednaxela747 turned a club flush draw to keep things interesting. The river blanked, however, to give JIZOINT a full double-up and the chip lead.

Buchanan makes his move

Buchanan won a key double-up to put some space between himself and the rail. Smith opened for the minimum 500. Buchanan, from the small blind, three-bet to 1,490, leaving himself about 2,300 behind. Smith went for the kill with A♥Q♣, but Buchanan's pocket 10s stood tall on a jack-high board.

Danny98765: nh buck
buck21: ty

Buchanan doubled through Smith again (after Smith took several thousand chips off of JIZOINT) by getting all in with king-queen on a T♠J♦2♦ flop. Buchanan called with pocket aces and took over the chip lead when the turn and river blanked out. Buchanan used those new chips to eliminate LaurisL91 in 5th place on the next hand. Buchanan's ace-jack beat LaurisL91's ace-deuce suited, all in pre-flop for about 3,100.

Buchanan was on a roll at that point. He wound up eliminating Smith in 4th place in a massive pot in the 125-250 level. JIZOINT opened for 500 and Buchanan called. In the big blind, Smith made it 1500 to go. That was enough to fold JIZOINT, but Buchanan responded by shoving. Smith called off his last 8700 with pocket kings but fell to Buchanan's ace-jack when an ace flopped.

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Dan "Danny98765" Smith - 4th place

buck21 for the win

That pot gave Buchanan the decided chip lead (27,765) against each of his remaining opponents, Rednaxela747 (12,074) and JIZOINT (10,161). The depth of the structure, however meant that no player was all that short. JIZOINT had about 40 big blinds and Rednaxela747 had almost 50. There was plenty of poker left to be played.

That means, of course, that Buchanan notched the next elimination within 10 minutes. His victim was Rednaxela747, who opened the button for the minimum. Buchanan three-bet from the big blind, then called a 4-bet shove for almost 11,000. It was a quintessential flip, as Rednaxela747's pocket deuces were up against Buchanan's ace-king. Deuces held through the turn but Buchanan spiked an ace from space on the river to eliminate Rednaxela747 in 3rd place.

buck21: run goottt
buck21:gg
JIZOINT: gl
buck21: gl jiz

Buchanan started heads-up play with a 2.5-to-1 chip lead. He pushed that lead to about 4-to-1 just after the 12am break, but that still left JIZOINT 35 blinds to work with. The stacks stayed that way for another 15 to 20 minutes until the two players got the chips in pre-flop in a flip. JIZOINT's pocket 8s bested Buchanan's ace-ten by flopping an eight. The double-up trimmed Buchanan's chip lead to 3-to-2, but he fired right back three hands later in a pot with no showdown to restore his original 2.5-to-1 lead. It seemed that it was only a matter of time before one of the two players was declared the champion.

That honor went to Buchanan. In the 200-400 level, he three-bet a pot pre-flop to 1,680. JIZOINT called to a king-high flop, K♦3♣5♠, and fired 1,650 after Buchanan checked. Buchanan called that bet. Both players checked the T♠ turn. On the river 2♥, Buchanan led for 2,455. JIZOINT perhaps feeling confident with K♣Q♣ after what looked like a river blank, shoved for 9,443. Buchanan called with K♥2♠ two pair, kings and deuces, to end the final table five hours after it began.

The win represents Buchanan's second SCOOP victory, to go along with one WCOOP win. It was as hard earned as any, as Buchanan found himself short in the early stages and needed to survive several all-in encounters en route to the victory. He also got the unique pleasure of denying JIZOINT a second SCOOP victory for the day.

For now, JIZOINT will have to be content with shooting up the SCOOP leaderboard after earning 180 points -- and $129,000 in prize money.

SCOOP 2013 Event 18-H $2,100 NLHE (10-Max, Shootout) results

Players: 198
Prizepool: $396,000
Places paid: 10

1st: Shawn "buck21" Buchanan ($118,800.00)
2nd: JIZOINT ($79,200.00)
3rd: Rednaxela747 ($53,460.00)
4th: Dan "Danny98765" Smith ($39,204.00)
5th: LaurisL91 ($27,720.00)
6th: hneves182 ($21,780.00)
7th: Leqenden ($17,424.00)
8th: Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb ($14,850.00)
9th: FOO-92 ($12,672.00)
10th: Dani "supernova9" Stern ($10,890.00)

If you haven't yet gotten involved in SCOOP 2013, what are you waiting for? If you have, there are still plenty of events left in the schedule that you can continue to enjoy. Check out points leaders, results, qualifier schedules and the breakdown of the remaining events at the SCOOP home page.

Dave Behr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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