SCOOP 2013: Jarcon86 wins for the Finns in Event #25-H ($2,100 FLHE 6-Max)

Some people need to know their limits.

Event #25 offered players three chances to get their short-handed fixed-limit Hold'em game on. The high version of the event featured a $2,100 buy-in and drew 131 entrants, obliterating the $75,000 guarantee by creating a $262,000 prize pool.

Jarcon86 came out on top and won $68,120.00. The even lasted just over 12 hours -- a quarter of which was spent at the final table -- and featured several big names. Team PokerStars Pro was represented by Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Theo Jorgensen. Team PokerStars Online was also in the field, with Randy "nanonoko" Lew and Richard "Tzen1" Veenman representing the virtual red spade.

But only 18 players would cash this event and -- of course -- only six could make it to the...

Final table

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Seat 1: OPTIMUS9RIME -- 71,396
Seat 2: blanconegro -- 110,594
Seat 3: StinkyToeFoo -- 113,427
Seat 4: jama-dharma -- 105,800
Seat 5: Jarcon86 -- 113,459
Seat 6: Sasuke234 -- 140,324

Stacks were fairly even when the final table started, but that couldn't last forever. Half the players started to chip up and the other half slid.

No double SCOOP

jama-dharma was the only player remaining to own a SCOOP watch. jama-dharma won SCOOP #9-H ($2,100 Mixed Hold'em) back in 2010.

jama-dharma has skills in limit and even took the final table lead early on, chipping up to 145,000. Other players took notice:

Sasuke234: chip leader is limit pro
Sasuke234: we are all ***ed

But that's when jama-dharma's descent started. Limits were 2,500/5,000 and StinkyToeFoo raised from middle position. jama-dharma re-raised and StinkyToeFoo four-bet. jama-dharma called and the flop came 4♦[10s]K♥. StinkyToeFoo bet and jama-dharma called, bringing a J♣ on the turn.

There was a round of checks and a 2♥ on the river. StinkyToeFoo bet and jama-dharma called and mucked when StinkyToeFoo showed A♥K♦.

jama-dharma dropped to 126,050 and lost the lead to Sasuke234. jama-dharma then raised from the button and Sasuke234 called from the big blind, bringing an A♦2♦A♠ flop. jama-dharma bet, Sasuke234 raised and jama-dharma called.

The turn was a 3♣ and jama-dharma check-folded to Sasuke234's bet. jama-dharma dipped below the six-figure and never crossed it again.

OPTIMUS9RIME was also losing a bit during this time:

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jama-dharma then dipped to 50,000 when blanconegro raised to 5,000 from the button. jama-dharma called from the big blind and the flop came 8♣4♠K♠. jama-dharma check-raised blanconegro and blanconegro called, bringing a Q♥ on the turn.

jama-dharma led out, blanconegro called and the river was a 4♦. jama-dharma put out one last bet and blanconegro called, showing J♣8♦ and taking down the 40,000 pot. jama-dharma showed J♦5♦ and was left with 51,000.

jama-dharma then fell to Jarcon86.

Limits were up to 3,000/6,000 and Jarcon86 raised from under-the-gun. jama-dharma called from the big blind and the flop came A♠6♣[10c]. Jarcon86 bet, jama-dharma raised and a [10h] came on the river when Jarcon86 called.

Jarcon86 called jama-dharma's turn bet and the Q♥ fell on the river. jama-dharma bet again and Jarcon86 raised to 12,000.

jama-dharma only had 5,300 behind and folded.

jama-dharma then folded his small blind and moved all-in for 3,800 on the button. Jarcon86 and Sasuke234 called from the blinds and checked down the 7♦8♥5♥7♣2♠ board. Jarcon86 turned over A♠5♣ and everyone else mucked.

jama-dharma became our first final table elimination and earned $11,790 for finishing 6th.

One more

Sasuke234 was still the chip leader with 230,000 and StinkyToeFoo was in second with about 190,000. The elimination put Jarcon86 in a close third with 176,000.

blanconegro and OPTIMUS9RIME on the other hand were hanging in with about 30,000 apiece. Limits went up to 4,000/8,000 and blanconegro managed to score a double up.

blanconegro raised to 8,000 from under-the-gun and Sasuke234 re-raised from the small blind. blanconegro four-bet and Sasuke234 called, bringing a 3♥8♥5♣ flop. Sasuke234 bet and blanconegro called all-in. blanconegro had A♦6♠ and was up against Sasuke234's A♥5♥.

Sasuke234 had a pair and a flush draw, but the turn was a J♠ and the river brought a 6♦ to give blanconegro the bigger pair. blanconegro doubled up through Sasuke234, but then gave it all back a few hands later.

blanconegro raised from the cutoff and Sasuke234 called from the big blind. The flop came 6♣5♦8♠ and Sasuke234 check-raised blanconegro's bet. blanconegro re-raised and Sasuke234 four-bet, bringing a call and a 9♦ on the turn. Sasuke234 bet and blanconegro called all-in with 1,396.

Sasuke turned over Q♠8♦ while blanconegro showed A♣J♠ for his tournament life. blanconegro was eliminated in 5th place and earned $17,030.00.

A comeback

Jarcon86 dipped down to 65,000 with four players left and became the tournament shortstack. But that was before winning a massive pot:

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Jarcon86 then won a bit more off OPTIMUS9RIME.

OPTIMUS9RIME raised from the button and Jarcon86 called from the big blind. The flop came 6♥9♥[10h] and Jarcon86 check-called OPTIMUS9RIME's bet. Both players checked when the K♥ came on the turn and Jarcon96 bet the A♠ on the river. OPTIMUS9RIME called and mucked when Jarcon86 showed J♥[10c]. OPTIMUS9RIME was down to 46,000 and lost a few more small pots.

OPTIMUS9RIME's last hand started when Jarcon86 raised from the button and OPTIMUS9RIME called from the big blind. There was a J♣6♥A♥ flop and OPTIMUS9RIME check-raised Jarcon86. Jarcon86 re-raised and OPTIMUS9RIME four-bet to 16,000.

Jarcon86 called and OPTIMUS9RIME moved all-in for 4,292 when the 5♠ came on the turn. Jarcon86 called and showed K♠Q♥ to OPTIMUS9RIME's A♠8♠. Jarcon86 was in need of a 10 and the river complied with a [10d].

OPTIMUS9RIME was eliminated in 4th place, a finish worth $22,270.00.

Down to two

Sasuke234 was still in the lead with 300,000 when we got three-handed. Jarcon86 started third with 164,000 to StinkyToeFoo's 187,000 but our eventual champion took a few bites out of StinkyToeFoo's stack.

Sasuke234 raised from the button, StinkyToeFoo re-raised from the small blind and Jarcon86 four-bet from the big. Sasuke234 folded and StinkyToeFoo called, bringing a 9♦4♥4♣ flop. StinkyToeFoo called Jarcon86's flop bet but folded to Jarcon96's bet on the 4♦ turn.

Jarcon86 took second place with 190,000 and StinkyToeFoo dipped to 167,000.

Then Jarcon86 raised to 8,000 from the button and StinkyToeFoo called. The flop came A♣6♦4♣ and StinkyToeFoo check-raised. Jarcon86 called and the 3♠ came on the turn. StinkyToeFoo bet, Jarcon86 raised and StinkyToeFoo called, bringing a 3♣ on the river. Jarcon86 bet again and StinkyToeFoo folded, leaving himself with 119,000.

StinkyToeFoo then dipped below 100,000 and lost nearly half his stack to Sasuke234.

Sasuke234 raised from the small blind and StinkyToeFoo called, bringing a 7♦7♥8♥ flop. Sasuke234 bet and then three-bet after StinkyToeFoo raised. A 5♦ came on the turn after a call and Sasuke234 bet another 8,000. StinkyToeFoo raised and Sasuke234 called, bringing a J♠ on the river.

Sasuke234 check-called StinkyToeFoo's river bet and turned over 6♦8♣ to beat StinkyToeFoo's [10c]6♠.

StinkyToeFoo was down to 57,000 and lost even more to Sasuke234:

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StinkyToeFoo was out the next hand.

StinkyToeFoo raised to 8,000 from the button and both blinds called. The flop came J♣9♠6♦ and Jarcon86 bet. Sasuke234 called, StinkyToeFoo called all-in and the [10s] came on the turn. Both players checked and the river was an 8♣.

Sasuke234 bet, Jarcon86 folded and StinkyToeFoo showed a set with 8♠8♦. But the rivered set couldn't beat Sasuke234's rivered straight with Q♣J♦.

StinkyToeFoo was out in third and won $45,850.00.

Heads-up

Sasuke234 started the heads-up match in the lead with 446,618 to Jarcon86's 177,851.

It would be a long uphill battle for Jarcon86, but the Finnish player eventually made it. Sasuke234 held the lead for a large portion of the heads-up match and then players were even for the other part. Jarcon86 took the final lead when we hit 6,000/12,000 limits.

Jarcon86 raised from the button and Sasuke234 called, bringing an A♦5♦Q♣ flop. Jarcon86 bet, Sasuke234 raised and Jarcon86 called, bringing a 6♠ on the turn.

Sasuke234 bet again and Jarcon86 raised. Sasuke234 threw in a re-raise and Jarcon86 called, bringing a Q♠ on the river. Sasuke234 check-called Jarcon86's final bet and mucked when Jarcon86 showed Q♥5♣.

Jarcon took the lead with 350,000 to Sasuke234's 300,000. Jarcon86 then continued to hack away at Sasuke234's stack, bringing him below 200,000:

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Sasuke234 managed to get back beyond 200,000 for a bit, but Jarcon86 finally took Sasuke234 into the five digits.

Sasuke234 raised to 12,000 and Jarcon86 called, bringing an A♠7♠7♦ flop. Jarcon86 check-raised and Sasuke234 called. The turn was a 3♦ and Sasuke234 bet. Jarcon86 raised and Sasuke234 called, bringing a J♣ on the river.

Jarcon86 bet again and Sasuke234 mucked when Jarcon86 showed 8♣7♥. Sasuke234 was now down to 97,000.

The limits went up to 8,000/16,000 and it was all over a few minutes later. Sasuke234 raised from the button and Jarcon86 called. Sasuke234 bet the 4♣K♠9♣ flop and Jarcon86 called, bringing a 4♠ on the turn.

Sasuke234 bet again and Jarcon86 raised, Sasuke234 re-raised and Jarcon86 four-bet to 64,000. Sasuke234 called all-in and turned over K♦3♠ to Jarcon86's Q♥4♥. The river was a 7♦ and the tournament was over. Sasuke234 won $45,850 for the runner-up finish while Jarcon86 wins the watch and $68,120.00.

PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #25-H ($2,100 FLHE 6-Max) results:

Entrants: 131
Prize pool: $262,000
Places paid: 18

1. Jarcon86 (Finland) $68,120.00
2. Sasuke234 (Sweden) $45,850.00
3. StinkyToeFoo (Taiwan) $34,060.00
4. OPTIMUS9RIME (Germany) $22,270.00
5. blanconegro (Mexico) $17,030.00
6. jama-darma (Russia) $11,790.00

We've finished another SCOOP. There are still several more events including all three buy-ins of this year's SCOOP Main Event. For satellites to that event and all remaining events -- plus a leader board and results -- check out the SCOOP homepage.

Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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