SCOOP 2013: Kelly captures sixth COOP title in Event 30-H ($2100 Razz)

Brad Willis, PokerStars' Head of Blogging, has made it known (repeatedly) how obsessed he is with Shaun Deeb. Brad has good reason - Deeb has won seven COOP titles on PokerStars, more than any other player.

But if Brad ever gets tired of waxing eloquent about Shaun F. Deeb, he might turn his attention to Daniel "djk123" Kelly. Kelly, who leads the all-time WCOOP winners with 4 titles, captured his 2nd SCOOP title tonight in SCOOP 2013 Event 30-H, $2100 Razz.

One man. Six COOP titles. Not a Deebian level yet, but impressive all the same.

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Kelly shows off some of his earlier hardware

Razz isn't the most popular game out there. Only 97 players showed up to play this one. Deeb was one of them. He was also the first out the door (so maybe Kelly does have a little something on Mr. Deeb).

There was no shame in busting early though. Plenty of well-known players joined Deeb in the Losers Lounge. It was not a good day for Team Pokerstars. Between the Team Pros and the Team Online players, the Red Spade represented nearly 10% of the field, but none of them could break through to paydirt. Players like Eugene Katchalov, Alex Kravchenko, Bertrand Grospellier and Jose Barbero all came up well short of the top 12 "in the money" places that received prize money in Event 30-H.

Team Online player Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome made the deepest run for Team PokerStars but found herself short as the money bubble approached with two tables left. On the other table, $kill Game was also short and began stalling. At the 8pm break, talonchick told $kill Game to knock it off.

taIonchick [Team Online]: I have way more time bank than you $kill game
taIonchick [Team Online]: play the hand or I can stall also
$kill Game: lol
$kill Game: you can do what you want my friend
$kill Game: idc

The rest of the table weighed in.

Betudontbet: u like value, rite?
Betudontbet: don't cost yourself value
gunning4you: he doesn't care about value.
gunning4you: have you seen his sports bets?
ZeeJustin: stalling in a two table tournament is just mutually assured destruction

$kill Game tripled up 10 minutes after the break with (improbably enough) a jack-six. Rowsome busted in 16th place.

Three eliminations later the money bubble burst when $kill Game busted, and four eliminations after that the final table began with these eight players:

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Seat 1: SebbyGl (97030 in chips)
Seat 2: ShellyCalls (73438 in chips)
Seat 3: Daniel "djk123" Kelly (55801 in chips)
Seat 4: redeste (46614 in chips)
Seat 5: AceQuad (40452 in chips)
Seat 6: villepn (68016 in chips)
Seat 7: Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo (62802 in chips)
Seat 8: blanconegro (40847 in chips)

Level 19: stakes 2k-4k, ante 400
Average: 60,625 (15 big bets)

For a fixed-limit tournament, the final table was deep in chips. This was not one that was going to be decided by a few quick hands. The chips moved around the table in the first 30 minutes, with ShellyCalls and villepn getting the best of things while djk123 and blanconegro took the worst of things.

The end came for blanconegro first. Two big pots back-to-back went the wrong way. First, blanconegro was forced to fold x-x / 6-K-Q-T on 6th street after calling a bet on every street from SebbyGl, who showed x-x / T-2-9-8. Then blanconegro tangled with Bonomo, raising a 2 on 3rd street after Bonomo completed a 4. Bonomo called and caught a 7 on 4th street; blanconegro paired deuces.

From there Bonomo led the betting on every street, all the way to showdown, where his 9-5 / 4-7-6-J / A made a 7-6 to drag the pot. blanconegro mucked a board of x-x / 2-2-5-J / X and was left with only 197 chips. Those chips went into the pot for the ante of the next hand and did not come back out. blanconegro blanked out in 8th place.

Kelly reversed his fortunes over the next 40 minutes, climbing as high as 120k to take the chip lead. Bonomo remained strong as well, while villpen and AceQuad took the brunt of the damage. With the stakes up to 3k-6k, villepn completed a 4 and then called SebbyGl, who raised with an ace. It took only two more streets of calls for the short-stacked villepn to get all in with A-2 / 4-J-6. SebbyGl had the same draw and a better made hand, 6-4 / A-9-2. villepn caught a running two pair to be unceremoniously bounced from the tournament in 7th place.

That hand marked the rise of SebbyGl during the second hour of final table play. SebbyGl won showdown pots from Kelly and from Bonomo, first with a 9-6 against Kelly's 10-7 and then with a 6-5 in a hand that Bonomo mucked. The big pots, the five-figure pots, all seemed to be rolling SebbyGl's way.

For his part, Bonomo quickly found himself in deep trouble. His stack tumbled, and tumbled, and tumble some more. By the time the stakes increased to 4k-8k, he had only 12k left. He completed an 8 on 3rd street and was called by Kelly, who had his own 8. Bonomo bricked a king on 4th street. Kelly, who caught a 6, made a snap-bet. Bonomo paused, perhaps pondering what to do with only 8k left in his stack, before calling. The rest of the chips were in when both players caught 4s on 5th street. At that point Kelly opened a 10 and a 5 in the hole for a made 10-8; Bonomo showed an ace and a 7 for an 8-7 draw. Bonomo hit his draw on 6th by catching a 6, but Kelly caught running cards on 6th and 7th to finish with a 7-6 and finish Bonomo's day in 6th place.

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Bonomo - 6th place

AceQuad went in three hands later in what was, to that point, the biggest pot of the final table. It was once again claimed by SebbyGl, who seemed to make it a mission to drag every big pot. Catching strong hands certainly didn't hurt:

AceQuad's elimination left four contenders: SebbyGl, with more than half the chips in play; Kelly, with about a quarter of the chips; ShellyCalls in 3rd place; and redeste as the short stack.

redeste's short stack did not long survive the punishing antes and bring-ins, which became much more of a factor as the table grew more and more short-handed. Down to 20k, redeste started with 9-8 / 5 on 3rd street and went with it, improving to a 9-8 by the time the last chips went in on 5th street. redeste's opponent, Kelly, started 6-2 / A and improved to a 9-6 by 5th street. One of those 9s improved; one did not. redeste got the short end of that stick and hit the rail in 4th place.

The last three players played to a standstill for a short time, but ever so slowly Kelly began to get the better of ShellyCalls. When limits went up to 5k-10k, Kelly busted ShellyCalls in a hand in which Kelly started with a king door card. Kelly brought it in with that king, then called when ShellyCalls completed a 9. Both players caught a 4 on 4th street. ShellyCalls bet and Kelly called.

Both players caught a 7 on 5th street. This time ShellyCalls checked, then raised when Kelly bet. Kelly called that raise and called a bet on 6th street with a 9 to ShellyCalls' 6. Kelly called the river as well, a bet that put ShellyCalls all in. ShellyCalls had a great hand - 7-6-5-4-3 - but Kelly caught a river 5 to out-pip ShellyCalls, 7-6-5-4-2. It was a tough way for ShellyCalls to go out in 3rd place.

SebbyGl started heads-up play with a slight chip lead. Three times SebbyGl offered djk123 an even chop. Three times Kelly turned the deal down. The fourth time, after the two had been playing for twenty minutes with wild swings in the counts that ultimately put the two right back where they started, Kelly was the one to offer the even chop. SebbyGl quickly accepted, leaving only $2,000 up for grabs.

The end still took 25 minutes. Kelly dropped as long as 100k before climbing back up to level stacks, rivering a 7 against SebbyGl's 8 in one particularly sizable pot.

SebbyGl: it never ends
SebbyGl: nh

It did eventually end - and badly for SebbyGl. Kelly used his momentum to take a 3-to-1 chip lead. It would be a lead he'd never relinquish. The big blow came in a hand where both players caught multiple bricks:

From there it didn't take much. Five hands later SebbyGl was all in on 5th street with 4-4 / 5-Q-9. It could have been worse; Kelly could only muster up 6-4- / Q-T-2. Both players improved by the river, with Kelly's jack-ten being good enough for his 6th COOP title (second only to Shaun Deeb) after SebbyGl finished with a queen-nine.

I'll say it again. One man. Six COOP titles. SebbyGl is not the first player to be bested by Kelly in a heads-up COOP duel. And unless they pull the plug on that whole Internet thing, I'd wager to say he won't be the last, either.

SCOOP 2013 Event 30-H $2100 Razz results

Players: 97
Prizepool: $194,000
Places paid: 12
* denotes 2-way deal

1. Daniel "djk123" Kelly (Australia) - $45,377.50*
2. SebbyGl (Germany) - $43,377.50*
3. ShellyCalls (Australia) - $27,160.00
4. redeste (Russia) - $18,430.00
5. AceQuad (Mexico) - $13,580.00
6. Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo (Canada) - $10,185.00
7. villepn (Finland) - $8,245.00
8. blanconegro (Mexico) - $6,305.00

The race for Player of the Series - at the low, medium and high buy-ins as well as overall - is heating up as we head towards the home stretch of SCOOP 2013. Stay up to date on all the point leaders and make your plans to play in SCOOP 2013 events of your own at the SCOOP home page.

Dave Behr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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