SCOOP 2013: RandALLin runs over the final table in Event #32-H ($2,100 PLO [Turbo, Zoom])
Randal "RandALLin" Flowers is the youngest-ever two-time WPT champion. He has over $3.5 million in career online MTT earnings and another $1.9 million live. But until tonight, he had yet to ship a "COOP." At a final table that was stunningly fast even by turbo Zoom standards, Flowers arrived second in chips and eliminated six of his eight opponents en route to his first SCOOP title in Event #32-H ($2,100 PLO Turbo, Zoom).
The turbo Zoom format drew 312 high-stakes PLO junkies to the felt, the prize pool topping out at $624,000. 36 spots were paid with $127,608 set aside for first. Team Pros David Williams, Theo Jorgensen, Nacho Barbero, ElkY, Johnny Lodden, George Danzer and Liv Boeree were among the Red Spade Army's representatives, but only Team Online's Isaac Haxton made the money, finishing in 34th place.
Zoom play ceased when the field was down to 27, but the action didn't slow for a moment. With the blinds up to 10,000/20,000, the average stack was only seven big blinds. Play went hand-for-hand with ten remaining and despite sitting fourth in chips, Noah "Exclusive" Boeken met his tournament end on the final table bubble. Holding A♦Q♠J♣7♦, Boeken four-bet shoved preflop and zwacke called, revealing A♠A♥Q♦3♠. Zwacke made aces up on the K♠8♣5♥5♦Q♣ board and raked in the 436,000 pot, sending us to the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: kartt (32,536 in chips)
Seat 2: vindog03 (77,747 in chips)
Seat 3: greeno99 (27,509 in chips)
Seat 4: jama-dharma (152,557 in chips)
Seat 5: vegaspolotsk (93,652 in chips)
Seat 6: Bandano (65,358 in chips)
Seat 7: mahtipeluri (275,738 in chips)
Seat 8: zwacke (505,471 in chips)
Seat 9: RandALLin (329,432 in chips)
Start to finish, it took 15 hands and less than ten minutes to go from nine players to one. On the first hand of the final table, greeno99 open-shoved for 27,509 with A♠8♠8♥2♦ and RandALLin made an isolation raise to 40,000 from the small blind. RandALLin's K♥J♣9♥7♣ flopped a pair of nines and rivered nines and sixes, the board running out T♠9♥4♣6♥6♣ to end greeno99's run in ninth place.
On the very next deal, the blinds rose to 12,500/25,000 and vegaspolotsk opened for 87,500. Kartt called all-in from the small blind, his J♠9♠7♠3♦ up against K♦9♥8♥8♦. Both players made middle pair on the J♥9♦6♣ flop, but vegaspolotsk hit running diamonds to make an ace-high flush and eliminated kartt in eighth.
Two hands later, vegaspolosk picked up A♣A♦6♣2♠ and three-bet shoved for 106,188 from the small blind. Initial raiser RandALLin called with 9♠T♣J♦Q♥ and hit the nut straight when the flop fell J♥9♥8♠. Vegaspolosk couldn't catch him and exited in seventh place.
RandALLin scored another KO two hands after that, calling vindog3's UTG shove for 52,747. Although vindog03 led preflop with A♠Q♠Q♦3♥, RandALLin's A♠2♠2♦6♦ made a set of deuces on the K♣2♥6♣ flop. Vindog3 didn't improve and went out in sixth place, earning $28,080.00 for his run.
The next deal saw RandALLin take a short breather while Bandano moved in preflop for his last 78,000 and jama-dharma called from the big blind with J♥7♥7♠8♥. Bandano's A♣A♥K♥4♠ made aces up on the flop, the board finishing Q♥Q♠4♠J♦6♦ to double his stack to 168,000.
RandALLin's break was over on the next hand and he opened for 87,500 on the button. Jama-dharma called off his remaining 49,699 from the small blind and Bandano came along from the big. Bandano moved in for his last 80,716 on the T♠9♣7♦ flop and RandALLin called.
Jama-dharma led on the flop with a jack-high straight but RandALLin spiked the J♥ to turn a king-high straight. Both opponents had a three-outer going to the river to improve from two pair to a boat, but the 8♦ fell instead, delivering a one-two punch to jama-dharma, who busted in fifth ($36,192) and Bandano, finishing fourth ($53,040).
Three hands later the blinds were up to 15,000/30,000 and mahtipelui opened for 105,000. Zwacke repotted to 345,000 and mahtipeluri called, his J♠J♣8♥6♣ up against A♥K♠6♠4♦. An ace hit the flop and another came on the river, zwacke making trips to send mahtipeluri to the rail in third place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 8: zwacke (843,709 in chips)
Seat 9: RandALLin (716,291 in chips)
Apropos with the pace of this final table, heads-up play lasted only three hands. After an exchange of the blinds, RandALLin opened for a min-raise to 60,000 and zwacke called from the big blind. The rest of RandALLin's chips went in on the A♠T♦2♦ flop and zwacke called. RandALLin turned over A♥K♦Q♣9♦ for top pair, a straight draw and a king-high flush draw. Zwacke shoved K♠Q♥J♥7♥ for the same straight draw. The turn was the 5♠, but RandALLin binked his flush on the river with the 3♦ and left zwacke on only 187,000 in chips.
Zwacke moved in on the next hand, but RandALLin flopped top pair and claimed the rest of zwacke's stack.
Congratulations to RandALLin on his first SCOOP title! He banked $127,608 for the win while runner-up zwacke earned $93,600.
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #32-H ($2,100 PLO [Turbo, Zoom]) results
Places paid: 36
1. Randal "RandALLin" Flowers (Mexico) $127,608.00
2. zwacke (Germany) $93,600.00
3. mahripeluri (Finland) $70,512.00
4. Bandano (Netherlands) $53,040.00
5. jama-dharma (Russia) $36,192.00
6. vindog03 (United Kingdom) $28,080.00
7. vegaspolotsk (Belarus) $21,840.00
8. kartt (Brazil) $15,600.00
9. greeno99 (United Kingdom) $11,856.00
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.