SCOOP 2013: Danzer does it again in Event #41-H ($2,100 NLHE 4-Max)
Four-handed poker is one that always excites many of the game's professionals. It's an action game. There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, giving pros a chance to maximize their perceived "edge". So it's no surprise that we saw a couple of big name professionals make a deep run at the title today with high-stakes phenom Dan Cates and Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer both reaching the final table. In the end, it was Danzer who ran red-hot heads up to overcome a big chip disadvantage to win his second SCOOP title of the series.
It all went down in SCOOP Event #41-H which was the $2,100 No Limit Holdem 4-Max event, where a stacked field of 380 players took to the virtual felt, creating a prize pool of $760,000.
Among the field were the likes of Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier, Joe Cada, Bertrand Grospellier, Daniel Negreanu, Tatiana Barausova, Lex Veldhuis, Victor Ramdin, Ville Wahlbeck, Ike Haxton, Vicky Coren, Jake Cody, Eugene Katchalov, Nacho Barbero and Randy Lew, but they all failed to reach the money for the top 44 players. Also missing the money was dpeters17 of Canada who bubbled the $4,750 min-cash.
Matthias de Meulder was the only Team PokerStars Pro to cash on Day 1 of play, finishing in 41st place for $4,750. However there was another red spade in the money with George Danzer sitting 22nd of the 26 players who survived to reach Day 2, with high-stakes crusher Dan "w00ki3z." Cates sitting on top of the leaderboard.
Several notables had progressed to Day 2, but fell short of the final table when play recommenced. Mike "Timex"McDonald lost a preflop race with pocket threes versus ace-king to depart in 17th place ($7,516.40), before a short-stacked Chris Moorman fell in 14th place ($9,006) when his king-queen couldn't overcome George Danzer's ace-seven.
Danzer was on a roll and after his pocket aces got action from Kyle Cheong's ace-king to see the young Aussie out in 9th place ($12,122), Danzer found himself second in chips with two tables remaining.
Cates was still out in front and when the final table bubble loomed, the average chip stack was still 100 big blinds, resulting in some slow periods of play. Eventually SPEKTAH got into a raising war against USoGotPwned who four-bet jammed K♠Q♥ with SPEKTAH making the call with T♦T♥. The board fell J♠K♦5♥9♣T♠ and despite rivering a set it wasn't enough for SPEKTAH as USoGotPwned made a straight. SPEKTAH collected $17,677.60 for 6th place as the final table of five was formed as follows:
Final Table Line up
Seat 1: Zach "nofingclue11" Clark (185,900 in chips)
Seat 2: USoGotPwned (688,711 in chips)
Seat 3: pezler06 (60,708 in chips)
Seat 4: GeorgeDanzer (301,827 in chips)
Seat 5: Dan "w00ki3z." Cates (662,854 in chips)
The final table blinds kicked off at 2,000/4,000 with a 500-chip ante with Cates narrowly trailing USoGotPwned, with pezler06 the only one under pressure from the blinds.
pezler06 blinded down to around seven big blinds before committing in a battle of the blinds against USoGotPwned. pezler06 called it off with K♣5♠ after USoGotPwned shoved A♦9♦ from the small blind. The board fell Q♣T♥6♦8♥J♠ to give USoGotPwned a straight and eliminate pezler06 in 5th place for $26,964.80 in prize money.
Zach "nofingclue11" Clark was next to go and again the action unfolded in a battle of the blinds. nofingclue11 moved all in from the small blind with A♦5♠ but USoGotPwned woke up with a relative monster in the big blind, making the call with T♣T♥. The board was spread 6♥J♦J♠3♠9♠ to leave nofingclue11 to pick up $41,389.60 for 4th place.
Three-handed play was an intense affair, as Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer was on the short stack, but a double up with ace-queen against USoGotPwned's king-queen evened things right up.
It would be Dan "w00ki3z." Cates who would be next to crack in an interesting hand against USoGotPwned:
USoGotPwned floated the flop, caught a straight draw on the turn and hit Broadway on the river as Cates couldn't get away from his pair of kings. Cates missed the SCOOP title but pocketed $66,834.40 for 3rd place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: USoGotPwned (1,386,961 in chips)
Seat 4: GeorgeDanzer (513,039 in chips)
USoGotPwned held a near 3-to-1 chip advantage when heads-up play commenced with the two players quick to enter into deal discussions. USoGotPwned was happy to give up a little equity to lock in a nice payday as a deal was struck with $12,000 and the SCOOP title in the middle to play for.
USoGotPwned was able to extend the lead, winning ten of the first dozen heads-up pots. Danzer was keeping things pretty tight, looking for a good spot to strike, and he found the perfect opportunity with pocket deuces:
Flopped quads for Danzer did the damage to crack USoGotPwned's pocket aces. However the real damage came with the second double up for Danzer when USoGotPwned was just one card away from victory.
The action unfolded on a flop of 8♥Q♣6♠. After a series of raises, Danzer moved all in with 7♣9♠ for an open-ended straight draw as USoGotPwned made the call with Q♦T♣ for top pair. The turn was a bricky 3♣ but the river was the T♥ to complete Danzer's straight!
With the chips back to even and over one hundred big blinds deep, the two players settled back in for an anticipated long grind ahead. Danzer snuck in front, but USoGotPwned's aggression saw him win more pots to reclaim the chip advantage.
However a cooler saw the two players erupt preflop with Danzer five-bet shoving A♥K♠ as USoGotPwned took a shot at the title with a call holding A♣Q♥. USoGotPwned needed a queen but that changed on the J♦9♣T♦ flop as USoGotPwned picked up an open-ended straight draw. Now needing a king or eight to claim the win, USoGotPwned watched the 5♦ turn and 6♥ river brick the board to see Danzer take a commanding chip lead.
From that point, Danzer relentlessly pressed home the advantage until landing the final, fatal blow. After Danzer limped the button, he called it off with A♦9♠ when USoGotPwned shoved 18 big blinds with a very dominated 8♥9♥. The flop brought a real sweat when it landed J♠5♦T♠ as USoGotPwned found an open-ended straight draw. However the J♦ turn and 5♥ completed the board to see USoGotPwned out in 2nd place as Danzer collects his third SCOOP title! Following the deal, USoGotPwned took home the lion's share of the prize money, winning $168,988 with Danzer taking $155,000 and the shiny new SCOOP watch. After winning SCOOP Event #12-H a little earlier in the series, Danzer is likely to also now add SCOOP Player of the Series honours thanks to today's impressive victory.
SCOOP Event #41-H $2,100 No Limit Holdem 4-Max Results
Prize pool: $760,000.00
Places paid: 44
1st George Danzer (Austria) - $155,000.00*
2nd USoGotPwned (United Kingdom) - $168,988.00*
3rd Dan "w00ki3z." Cates (United Kingdom) - $66,834.40
4th Zach "nofingclue11" Clark (Mexico) - $41,389.60
5th pezler06 (United Kingdom) - $26,964.80
* denotes heads-up deal
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's SCOOP series and congratulations to all of the prize winners. Check out the all the stats from the series as well as the Player of the Series leaderboard on the SCOOP home page.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.