SCOOP 2013: OverTheTop43 on top after chop in Event #29-H ($1,050 NLHE)
The second version of SCOOP's "Super Tuesday Special Edition" -- after last week's Event #8-H that ended in a five-way chop with Sobizzle21 claiming the watch -- played out once more this week, again as a two-day event. This time the event concluded with a three-way deal resulting in all three players earning close to $200K for their efforts, with Germany's OverTheTop43 coming away at the end with the chips and SCOOP watch.
The first day of Event #29-H kicked off much as another Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament, with cards going in the air at 17:00 ET. However in this case the field would be nearly three times as large as the Super Tuesday has been of late, with a whopping 1,534 players ultimately taking to the felt by the time late registration closed.
That big group meant a prize pool of $1,534,000, well over the $1 million guarantee assigned to this one, with the top 171 finishers destined to divide those riches.
The schedule called for 16 half-hour levels to be played on Day 1, and as it happened by the end of the night exactly 172 players remained -- that's right, they stopped squarely on the stone cold bubble.
Three Team PokerStars Pros were among that group surviving the first day, with Ike Haxton in 16th position with double the average stack, Chris "Money800" Moneymaker in 35th, and Lex Veldhuis in 44th. Meanwhile, Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek of the Czech Republic ended the night out in front of everyone with more than 162,000.
Here's how the top of the counts appeared overnight:
1. Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek (Czech Republic) -- 162,061
2. Jim "Mr_BigQueso" Collopy (Australia) -- 140,603
3. kikobicu (Brazil) -- 136,421
4. Elia001 (Russia) -- 129,733
5. OverTheTop43 (Germany) -- 129,770
6. petermurphy8 (United Kingdom) -- 127,844
7. FONBET_RULIT (Russia) -- 118,515
8. Denys "SantaZzz" Chufarin (Ukraine) -- 109,512
9. SlovakPsycho (Slovakia) -- 108,976
10. Steve "BetrThanPhil" Tripp (Canada) -- 104,671
The surviving players reassembled at 17:00 ET on Wednesday to begin Level 17 and the process of finding a winner.
They started with all 20 remaining tables playing hand-for-hand, and made it to the fourth hand before NhFy reraised-shoved for about 16 big blinds with A♥K♣ and got a single caller in PokerPetty00 who held Q♦Q♥. The community cards came eight-high, and having failed to improve NhFy was the unlucky 172nd-place finisher, the last to go out prior to the cash.
About 50 players followed NhFy to the rail during that first hour, then during the second Lex Veldhuis unfortunately met his end in 108th place ($2,914.60) after running Q♣Q♥ into kjunia's A♠A♥ in a blind-versus-blind confrontation.
By the three-hour mark they'd whittled down to the final 64 players, with kikobicu and Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek still at the top of the counts with Grayson "gray31" Ramage in third position. Meanwhile, Team PokerStars Pro Ike Haxton had just hit the rail in 66th ($3,528.20) after becoming short-stacked before being finished off in a hand versus Varosky.
That left just Chris "Money800" Moneymaker who sat with an average stack. Moneymaker, of course, was celebrating the eve of an important anniversary of not just in his poker career, but for poker, generally speaking. As most are remembering this week, it was May 23, 2003 when Moneymaker completed his magical Main Event run to win the title and $2.5 million prize.
After getting off to a good start in the night's fourth hour, Moneymaker would climb into the top 10 in the counts as players continued to fall, with Németh "probirs" András (63rd, $3,835), Denys "SantaZzz" Chufarin (62nd, $3,845), and Jim "Mr_BigQueso" Collopy (50th, $4,141.80) among the eliminated.
They pushed on past the five-hour mark for Day 2 as the field shrunk further to less than 40. Then with the blinds at 1,600/3,200, Victor "VibizSbrissa" Sbrissa raised to 6,785 from early position and got three callers in Elia001 (hijack), Moneymaker (button), and ABC POKERS (big blind). The flop came 2♥7♦9♥, and when checked to Sbrissa continued for 16,477. Elia001 called, then Moneymaker raised to 44,800 and only Sbrissa stuck around.
The turn brought the Q♠ and a check from Sbrissa. Moneymaker bet 60,800, leaving but 88,536 behind, and when VibizSbrissa check-raised over the top, Moneymaker called all in.
Moneymaker had 7♥6♥ for sevens and a flush draw, but was in bad shape versus Sbrissa's Q♥8♥ for queens and a higher flush draw. The river was the K♦, and Moneymaker's run ended in 36th ($5,369), a few tables shy of his fantastic finish a decade ago.
Over the next three hours the field would shrink to 18, with start-of-Day-2 leader Ondrej "Vinkyy" Vinklarek (27th), Grayson "gray31" Ramage (26th), and Antoine "A.Saout" Saout (19th) each earning $6,136 for their finishes.
By then it was Elia001 on top with more than 880,000, with OverTheTop43 the closest competitor with just under 720,000. They'd make it nearly to the 10-hour mark of Day 2 before playing down to nine, with Popiedejopie (18th), VbV1990 (17th), and BWFCLEE (16th) each earning $7,363.20, ABC POKERS (15th), EvnomiYa (14th), and Victor "VibizSbrissa" Sbrissa (13th) taking away $10,277.80 apiece, and Fukuruku (12th), Steve "BetrThanPhil" Tripp (11th), and dyng247 (10th) each seeing $13,192.40 added to their accounts.
OverTheTop43 took the chip lead to the final table, largely thanks to having won a huge preflop all-in on the final table bubble with K♥K♦ versus Elia001's Q♣Q♥.
Seat 1: Giuseppe "Ansgar2000" Pantaleo (Germany) -- 602,015
Seat 2: Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth (Ireland) -- 1,018,605
Seat 3: MonkeyBudg (Ireland) -- 1,168,537
Seat 4: korjae (Canada) -- 545,285
Seat 5: OverTheTop43 (Germany) -- 1,554,752
Seat 6: Tim "blumenkind53" Ulrich (Germany) -- 573,093
Seat 7: Elia001 (Russia) -- 278,057
Seat 8: kikobicu (Brazil) -- 847,895
Seat 9: FONBET_RULIT (Russia) -- 1,081,761
Elia001 eliminated in ninth
It would take over half an hour for the first final table knockout, by which point the blinds had increased to 5,000/10,000 as MonkeyBudg had pushed into the chip lead with more than 1.69 million.
The hand began with Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth raising to 20,000 from middle position and getting a caller in MonkeyBudg sitting to his left. It folded to Elia001 in the big blind who reraised to 66,660, and after Ainsworth folded MonkeyBudg reraised back to 133,455. Elia001 made it 200,250 to go, MonkeyBudg shoved, and Elia001 called all in with the 512,163 left behind.
Elia001 had 9♠9♣ but needed help versus MonkeyBudg's Q♣Q♠. The board rolled out 2♣2♥3♦T♣7♠, and Elia001 was out in ninth.
korjae knocked out in eighth
About 10 minutes later the blinds were 6,000/12,000 when Ainsworth raised 2x again from middle position and MonkeyBudg called again as before. Then it was korjae reraising from the cutoff to 269,255, and when it folded back Ainsworth called while MonkeyBudg stepped aside.
j.thaddeus had A♣Q♣ and korjae A♥T♦. The flop came 9♣Q♠8♣ to pair Ainsworth as well as provide him a flush draw. The T♠ then fell on the turn to give korjae a pair and a little bit of hope for survival. But the river was the 2♥, and korjae was eliminated in eighth.
Ansgar2000 ousted in seventh
They pushed through the 11-hour mark of Day 2 -- a little past the point when play had stopped on Day 1 -- and soon kikobicu was min-raising to 24,000 from UTG. Giuseppe "Ansgar2000" Pantaleo then reraise-pushed all in for 262,353 from a couple of seats over, and Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth called from next position. All folded around, including kikobicu, and the players' cards were revealed.
Pantaleo needed help, but the 4♣2♥4♥4♠T♣ provided none, and they were down to six.
FONBET_RULIT felted in sixth
Just a minute later kikobicu raised 2x from the cutoff seat, then FONBET_RULIT pushed for 214,798 from the button. The blinds folded, then kikobicu called the push, showing T♣T♥ to FONBET_RULIT's A♦9♦.
The community cards came 3♦J♣K♠, then 6♥, then Q♦, and FONBET_RULIT's run was done in sixth.
blumenkind53 busts in fifth
Not long after that hand the blinds bumped up to 7,000/14,000, then MonkeyBudg raised to 28,000 from the cutoff seat. It folded to Tim "blumenkind53" Ulrich who pushed all in for 188,552 from the small blind, and after kikobicu folded the big blind MonkeyBudg called.
Both players had been dealt aces, but MonkeyBudg's A♥8♥ was ahead of Ulrich's A♣4♦. The J♦7♣Q♥ flop was no help for blumenkind53, then the 8♣ on the turn made the 2♦ river inconsequntial, and Ulrich was sent railward in fifth.
j.thaddeus thumped in fourth
Another break arrived, marking 12 hours played for Day 2, with OverTheTop43 leading with almost 2.26 million, Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth next with just under 2.2 million, MonkeyBudg third with a little more than 1.75 million, and kikobicu fourth with about 1.46 million.
They'd battle on for nearly another hour, near the end of which Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth had slipped to just under 700,000 when he opened with a min-raise to 40,000 from the cutoff/under the gun. It folded to kikobicu who reraised to 99,898, Ainsworth shoved for 692,914 total, and kikobicu called.
j.thaddeus had T♦8♦ while kikobicu had T♠T♣. The flop came 9♠8♠Q♠ to give Ainsworth one pair, but the 5♠ turn made an unbeatable flush for kikobicu, making the A♣ river no matter and ending Ainsworth's run in fourth for a six-figure cash.
A three-way deal, then MonkeyBudg moves on, finishing third
Soon the 13-hour break arrived, with OverTheTop43 on top with 3.58 million, MonkeyBudg next with 2.50 million, and kikobicu third with 1.58 million.
Twenty minutes passed, highlighted by a big double-up by MonkeyBudg through OverTheTop43 that saw all of the chips go in on a ten-high flop with OverTheTop43 holding A♥T♦, MonkeyBudg Q♦Q♥, and the queens holding. kikobicu chipped up as well to edge into the lead with nearly 3 million, with MonkeyBudg close behind with 2.84 million and OverTheTop43 in third with 1.83 million.
That's when the trio called for the tourney to be paused in order to discuss a possible deal, and all were quick to agree to "chip chop" figures, leaving $20,000 on the table for which to play.
It wasn't long after the deal-making that MonkeyBudg slipped further to 410,539, then with the blinds at 12,500/25,000 open-pushed all in from the small blind and got a caller in OverTheTop43 from the big blind.
MonkeyBudg had A♣6♠, but OverTheTop43 had A♦8♥, and five cards later -- 3♣7♥9♥T♣4♣ -- they were down to two.
kikobicu KO'd, OverTheTop43 ends on top
Heads-up began with the two remaining players' stacks nearly even, with kikobicu sitting with 3,925,153 and OverTheTop43 just behind with 3,744,847.
They battled for about 30 hands without much change to their stacks. Then came a decisive hand in which kikobicu called a preflop five-bet by OverTheTop43, thus building a pot of about 1.26 million.
The flop came K♣8♦3♦, and OverTheTop43 led with a small bet of 39,000. kikobicu raised to nearly 600,000, OverTheTop43 reraised back to 1,158,596, kikiobicu shoved, and OverTheTop43 called all in.
OverTheTop43 had "top-top" plus the nut flush draw with A♦K♦ while kikobicu was in dire straits with Q♦T♦ and a lesser diamond draw. The K♠ turn and A♥ river then improved OverTheTop43 to a full house to earn the 7.44 million pot.
Down to just 229,346 after that hand, kikobicu watched as OverTheTop43 open-shoved from the button on the next hand and then called, turning over 7♦6♥ to OverTheTop43's T♥7♥. The board ran out 3♥8♥Q♣7♠2♦, giving both sevens but OverTheTop43's kicker was best, and finally -- after just about 24 hours' worth of poker spread over two day -- the tourney had been won.
Congratulations to OverTheTop43 for winning one of the more difficult SCOOP events on the schedule, and kudos as well to both kikobicu and MonkeyBudg for making it to the three-way chop to guarantee themselves handsome scores as well.
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #29-H ($1,050 No-Limit Hold'em) results (*reflects three-way deal)
Total prize pool: $1,534,000.00
Places paid: 171
1. OverTheTop43 (Germany) $199,446.39*
2. kikobicu (Brazil) $200,696.28*
3. MonkeyBudg (Ireland) $197,963.93*
4. Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth (Ireland) $104,312.00
5. Tim "blumenkind53" Ulrich (Germany) $75,933.00
6. FONBET_RULIT (Russia) $60,593.00
7. Giuseppe "Ansgar2000" Pantaleo (Germany) $45,253.00
8. korjae (Canada) -- $29,913.00
9. Elia001 (Russia) -- $16,567.20
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.