SCOOP 2013: Hope_Flooky's Event 5-M victory no fluke ($109+R NLHE Turbo)
Hope_Flooky was not the most decorated player at the final table of SCOOP 2013 Event 5-Medium, $109+R NLHE Turbo. That honor probably belonged to cal42688, a WCOOP winner in 2010 and a SCOOP winner in 2011. There were other players at the table, in addition to cal42688, whose names have appeared in this space several times. But by the end of the day, Hope_Flooky's name was added to the gallery of SCOOP champions, and deservedly so.
Who doesn't love a turbo? 2,444 players put their $109 into the kitty in Event 5-M. After that, they executed 4,001 rebuys and 1,849 add-ons for a final prize pool tally of $829,400. The average investment by a single player was $348.
In return, those three-and-a-half Benjamins got each player three-and-a-half stacks and a guarantee (of sorts) that the tournament wouldn't consume more than five hours of their time, even if they won. Winning would be worth that time, for sure, as the winner's share of the prize pool topped out at $132,704. But even a 306th-place min-cash of $622.05 wasn't bad for the time investment.
The usual Team PokerStars suspects (Randy "nanonoko" Lew, Maxim Lykov, Richard Toth, to name three) made their presence known in Event 5-M but none of them cashed. It seems that a turbo format will minimized the edge of even the Team PokerStars players.
That left nine other players, with several SCOOP and WCOOP titles among them, to compete for the Event 5-M victory:
Seat 1: Shutzhitsu (402969 in chips)
Seat 2: PhilRoyal888 (2237229 in chips)
Seat 3: Hope_Flooky (3933734 in chips)
Seat 4: Piquette (5978500 in chips)
Seat 5: Lukie99 (1422412 in chips)
Seat 6: speedy0308 (1907804 in chips)
Seat 7: cal42688 (4366486 in chips)
Seat 8: supfoolio (3272956 in chips)
Seat 9: Olorionek (5057910 in chips)
Level 44: Blinds 100k-200k, ante 25k
Average: 3,175,555 (16 BBs)
This event being a turbo event, it took exactly three hands for the first player to be eliminated, and another one hand after that for the 2nd to go. First speedy0308 opened pre-flop from middle position for the minimum and was called by big blind and uber-short stack Shutzhitsu. The A♦7♦ of speedy0308 made two pair, aces and sevens, more than enough to take out Shutzhitsu's unimproved 5♣9♦.
One hand later Lukie99 opened all in from second position for 1.34 million. Hope_Flooky called from the big blind with two 9s. Lukie99 showed A♣K♣ and the race was on. This flilp went to the pair, although not without a sweat. Lukie99's two overcards picked up an additional flush draw by the turn, but bricked the river.
Next on the chopping block (after two short stack double-ups) was supfoolio, who took the classic risk of shoving the small blind against the last player to act. That player, Olorionek, called with A♠T♦, leaving supfoolio with the also-classic "two live cards", K♠2♦. supfoolio did not improve and was retired to the rail in 7th place.
Olorionek also notched the elimination of the 6th-place finisher during the 150k-300k level. From under the gun, PhilRoyal888 shoved for 1.53 million. Olorionek made an easy call with A♣Q♥, a hand that dominated PhilRoyal888's A♥8♠. Neither player improved on a jack-high board. Olorionek's kicker played to end PhilRoyal888's run.
Four hands later Olorionek was 3 for 3 and won the biggest pot yet. Sitting under the gun, Olorionek opened for the minimum. From the button, speedy0308 - a Sunday Million winner in 2010 - moved all in for 2.85 million. Action came back to Olorionek, who called with A♦J♣. speedy0308 showed two 4s. This time, the race went to the overcards, courtesy of a river "ace from space" that paired Olorionek.
A wild three-way hand developed just as the four players were agreeing to take a look at a deal. It resulted in the elimination of SCOOP 2011 and WCOOP 2010 champion cal42688 in 4th place and ensconced Piquette as the new chip leader (who quickly said "No deal.") Take a look:
Piquette didn't hold the chip lead for long. With blinds at 250k/500k and an average stack of 9.5 million, the chips flew around the table. Olorionek shot up to 15 million courtesy of Piquette, then doubled up Hope_Flooky to level all three stacks. Hope_Flooky again tried to propose a deal, but Piquette refused to talk.
From there, the variance seemed to favor Hope_Flooky, who zoomed to 20 million in chips even as the other two players dropped below 5 million. Despite a few pesky double-ups, Hope_Flooky finally took care of Olorionek by shoving the button with Q♥3♦. Olorionek called with the best hand, A♣5♥, but it was Hope_Flooky who paired queens on the turn to drag the pot. Olorionek, a WCOOP 2011 winner, was eliminated in 3rd place
Hope_Flooky never relinquished the chip lead during heads-up play. Piquette managed to double up one time before Hope_Flooky ended the tournament, making K♠J♥ work against Piquette's A♦2♦ by flopping a jack.
And like that, Hope_Flooky carved a space in the PokerStarsBlog as a new SCOOP champion.
SCOOP 2013 Event 5-Medium $109+R NLHE (Turbo) results
Places paid: 306
1st: Hope_Flooky ($132,704.00)
2nd: Jean Phillippe "Piquette" Piquette ($99,528.00)
3rd: Olorionek ($72,240.74)
4th: cal42688 ($49,764.00)
5th: speedy0308 ($37,323.00)
6th: PhilRoyal888 ($29,029.00)
7th: supfoolio ($20,735.00)
8th: Lukie99 ($14,099.80)
9th: Shutzhitsu ($7,464.60)
Day 2 of SCOOP 2013 is coming to a close, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved in the fun. Check out results, the upcoming schedule, the points leaderboard and more at the SCOOP home page.
Dave Behr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.