SCOOP 2013: Danzer draws 2nd career SCOOP win in Event #12-H ($2,100 NL 2-7 Draw)
Danzer has done it! Again!
Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer picked a tough event in which to earn his second career SCOOP victory, the $2,100 buy-in 2-7 Single Draw Event #12-H which saw a small but tough field of 46 players vying for title. But after nearly 11-and-a-half hours of discards and draws, Danzer triumphed to earn $34,040 for the victory, and now has a pair of SCOOP watches to go with the two WCOOP bracelets he has also won.
The win gave Danzer the lion's share of the $92,000 prize pool, a total that easily bested the event's $50K guarantee.
It would take a little over four-and-a-half hours for the field to be cut in half from 46 to 23, at which point Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn led the way with Danzer having already established a spot near the top in third position.
About 90 minutes after that Kostritsyn was still the leader with only 12 players left. Danzer was still alive as well, albeit at that point with a short stack and in last position among those remaining. He quickly gathered some momentum, however, and some chips as well, and pushed his stack back up over the average as the final seven-handed table approached.
With only six spots paying, Event #12-H marked one of those rare SCOOP events in which not everyone who made the final table would be making the cash. Thus when Marco "NoraFlum" Johnson hit the rail in eighth place at the tourney's seven-hour-and-20-minute mark, the final seven were reassembled around a single table with no one as yet guaranteed a profit.
By then Danzer had accumulated enough to pull past Kostritsyn into first position. But they both had some serious competition left to face at a final table full of familiar usernames.
Seat 1: Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer (Austria) -- 58,945
Seat 2: Mongano (Russia) -- 9,321
Seat 3: Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn (Russia) -- 37,870
Seat 4: tehopo1 (Bosniz and Herzegovina) -- 53,873
Seat 5: Dan "HundoFight" O'Brien (Canada) -- 9,508
Seat 6: Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis (United Kingdom) -- 26,337
Seat 7: Shawn "buck21" Buchanan (Canada) -- 34,146
Team Online member Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara was the final table's host, and he soon appeared in the chat box to wish the final seven well, with Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis having a quick response.
nkeyno (TeamOnline): Congratulations guys for the final table.
nkeyno (TeamOnline): still not cashed yet, GL for the cash and for the first place of $34040!
810ofclubs: still dont know what im doing
It would take about 10 minutes for the first final table elimination to come and the cash bubble to burst.
With the blinds at 250/500, it folded around to Mongano in the cutoff seat who raised all in for 5,376 and got one caller in Dan "HundoFight" O'Brien playing from the big blind.
Ominously for Mongano, O'Brien then stood pat and watched the all-in player take one card. O'Brien showed [J][T] for a jack, and Mongano revealed he'd paired up with his draw as he had .
Just six remained to battle over that $92,000 prize pool.
It would take another 45 minutes for another to fall, with Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn faring the worst during that stretch, gradually losing most of his stack including some to Danzer who continued to lead.
A hand then arose in which Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn raised 3x to 1,800 from early position, then it folded to Toby "10ofclubs" Lewis who reraised to 4,800 from the small blind. Shawn "buck21" Buchanan called from the big blind, then Kostritsyn shoved for just a little more -- 5,501 total -- and both of his opponents called.
Lewis stood pat while both Kostritsyn and Buchanan drew one. Lewis then showed [J], while Buchanan had a better hand with [T]. Both were better than Kostritsyn's who mucked having finished the tourney in sixth.
A half-hour later the blinds were 350/700. Buchanan had claimed the chip lead with tehopo1 following him into second position ahead of Danzer.
Meanwhile, Toby Lewis had slipped back to fifth of the five when Dan "HundoFight" O'Brien opened with a raise to 1,670 from the cutoff, then Lewis reraised to 3,800 from the button and it folded back around. O'Brien responded by shoving all in, and 810ofclubs called with the 17,603 he had left.
O'Brien then took a single card while Lewis stood pat. Lewis had been dealt a good hand with [T], but that card gave O'Brien a better one as he showed  to knock Lewis out in fifth -- a fine finish that belied Lewis's claim of ignorance about 2-7 draw. As did the fact that Lewis finished ninth in Event #12-M tonight as well!
The final four crossed the tourney's nine-hour mark, then with the blinds 400/800 it was tehopo1 raising to 1,712 from UTG and Dan "HundoFight" O'Brien calling from a seat over. It folded to George Danzer in the big blind who reraised to 6,255, and after tehopo1 stepped aside O'Brien called.
Both players took one card, then Danzer led for 11,255. O'Brien came back with an all-in push for 27,066, and Danzer snap-called.
O'Brien had made an 8-low with , but Danzer had outdrawn him as he showed  and O'Brien's run had ended in fourth.
The final three pushed onward and by the 10-hour break tehopo1 led with 125,463, Buchanan was next with 70,987, and Danzer third with 33,550.
Soon after the action resumed, Danzer doubled through Buchanan, essentially swapping their stacks. Then a little later a big hand developed between Danzer and tehopo1 that saw Danzer six-bet shove prior to the draw, and after tanking for quite some time tehopo1 let his hand go.
That put Danzer on top with more than 116,000, with tehopo1 next and Buchanan still third.
Buchanan battled for another half-hour, but found himself having slipped under 20,000 as the blinds moved to 700/1,400.
That's when tehopo1 opened with a raise to 2,996 from the button, then buck21 reraised all in for 17,833 from the small blind. Danzer folded, but tehopo1 made the call.
Buchanan discarded one while tehopo1 stood pat. Buchanan showed [K][T], not enough versus tehopo1's [J], and Buchanan had come up a couple of spots short in his effort to win a second SCOOP watch after winning the $2,100 Razz event last year.
Heads-up play began with Danzer enjoying a small edge with 125,721 to tehopo1's 104,279, and the Team PokerStars Pro immediately increased his advantage over the next 20 minutes to push up close to 150,000 by the 11-hour break.
Danzer continued to chip away over the next half-hour, then with the blinds at 800/1,600 came a decisive hand that saw tehopo1 calling a Danzer four-bet before the draw, then taking one card while Danzer stood pat.
tehopo1 then led out with a nearly pot-sized bet of 35,491 and Danzer called. Danzer had  while tehopo1 had missed and had been trying to buy it with his big post-draw bet as he showed .
That hand left tehopo1 with but 15,477 to Danzer's 214,523. They played four more hands with little change to the stacks, then tehopo1 open-pushed all in from the button before the draw and Danzer called.
This time it was Danzer taking one card and tehopo1 standing pat. Danzer then turned over [J][T] for a jack-low, and it turned out to be best as tehopo1 had [Q][j][T]. Danzer had won!
Congratulations to Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer who adds a second SCOOP watch to his collection after having won the $162 Badugi event back in 2010!
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #12-H ($2,100 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw) results
Prize pool: $92,000
Places paid: 6
1. Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer (Austria) $34,040
2. tehopo1 (Bosnia and Herzegovina) $23,000
3. Shawn "buck21" Buchanan (Canada) $13,800
4. Dan "HundoFight" O'Brien (Canada) $9,200
5. Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis (United Kingdom) $6,900
6. Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn (Russia) $5,060
We're barely a fourth of the way through the 2013 Spring Championship of Online Poker. Check the SCOOP site for details on the many events that remain.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.