SCOOP 2013: reelhugefish Triumphant in Triple Shootout Event #18-M ($215 NL)

Triple shootout. The mission is clear: win three shootout tables. It's that simple. Knock down three "SNGs" in a row and become the next champion in the Spring Championship of Online Poker.

Costa Rica's reelhugefish made it look easy. Really easy. reelhugefish faded a sold-out crowd of 1,000 runners and shipped SCOOP Event #18-M $215 NL [10-Max Shootout]. He won three tables. The first two rounds were successful without much resistance, but the third and final table was a hard-fought victory. reelhugefish was involved in an intense heads-up battle that seemed like it was going to go on all night. When the dust settled, reelhugefish came out ahead as real huge winner and the newest SCOOP champion.

Event #18-M $215 NL Shootout was capped at 1,000. They all contributed to a $200,000 prize pool. The top 100 places paid, which meant everyone who won their first table secured themselves at least $770 in cash. Initially, $36,500 was set aside for the eventual champion.

Team PokerStars Pros taking a shot at a SCOOP crown in this event included Marcin "Goral" Horecki (139th), Bryan Huang (165th), Jason Mercier (407th), Lex Veldhuis (484th), Martin Hruby (626th), Nacho Barbero (835th), Eugene Katchalov (978th), and George Danzer (990th).

Team PokerStars Online participants in this event included nkeyno (42nd place and a cash), DaWarsaw (170th), Jorj95 (186th), mement_mori (350th), and omane (351st).

Only Team Online nkeyno from Japan made the money after winning his first table. The longest table during the opening round lasted approximately 5 hours.

At his second table, nkeyno failed to advance. He busted in 42nd place when his J♦J♠ lost to jareth3542's A♦A♣. Both players bombed it all-in preflop. The board ran out K♥T♦8♠7♦K♣ and that's all she wrote for nkeyno. His Jacks failed to snap off Aces. For 42nd place, nkeyno locked up $770.00.

The U.K.'s jareth3542 was the first player to win the second round shootout in approximately 2.5 hours. At that point, every table has three or fewer players remaining. Gambler4444 lost a race with 8♦8♥ versus jareth3542's A♣J♣ when the board ran out A♦7♦6♥9♣K♣. Reelhugefish (Costa Rica) was the second player to advance to the finals, while bearsfan775 was the third player to advance.

The tenth and final spot at the final table was an extensive battle between MakeItReign and diceandroll. On a board of A♦5♣4♠A♠3♥, diceandroll shoved with 2♣2♥. But his Broadway straight lost to MakeItReign, who called with a A♣3♠ and a full house. Alas, diceandroll bubbled off the final table in 11th place. MakeItReign was the tenth and last player to win a second round shootout. The final table was set.


SCOOP Event #18-M - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: wagnerAA (5,000)
Seat 2: frakta1 (5,000)
Seat 3: reelhugefish (5,000)
Seat 4: MakeItReign (5,000)
Seat 5: Pavalinya (5,000)
Seat 6: byoon (5,000)
Seat 7: OneH1tWonder (5,000)
Seat 8: Ajoin21 (5,000)
Seat 9: jareth3542 (5,000)
Seat 10: bearsfan775 (5,000)

Everyone started with the same stack of 5,000 chips in this "shootout" format. Blind level increased every 20 minutes.

frakta1 eliminated in 10th place

The first elimination occurred at the end Level 4. frakta1 min-raised to 200, reelhugefish raised to 511, and frakta1 called. The flop was A♣T♥4♣ and both players checked. The turn was the 3♦, frakta1 checked, reelhugefish bet 425, and frakta1 called. The 5♦ fell on the river. frakta1 checked, reelhugefish fired out 1,675, frakta1 called all-in for 1,672. frakta1 lost with 7♠7♣ because reelhugefish flopped a set with T♦T♣ and dragged the pot. For tenth place, frakta1 collected $2,800.00.

jareth3542 eliminated in 9th place

All-in preflop. jareth3542 four-bet shoved and reelhugefish called. Classic race with jareth3542's A♠K♣ vs. reelhugefish's J♣J♥. The board ran out Q♥8♦4♣3♥J♠ and reelhugefish won the pot with a set of Jacks. The U.K.'s jareth3542 failed to win a coin flip and busted out in ninth place, which paid out $3,800.00.

bearsfan775 eliminated in 8th place

MakeItReign min-raised to 240, OneH1tWonder called 240, Ajoin21 bumped it up to 720, bearsfan775 shoved all-in for 1,619, OneH1tWonder called, and Ajoin21 called. Three-handed. The flop was Q♣Q♥6♠ and both OneH1tWonder and Ajoin21 checked. The turn was the 3♦ and both OneH1tWonder and Ajoin21 checked again. The 8♦ fell on the river. OneH1tWonder bet 1,678 and Ajoin21ed. Heads-up. OneH1tWonder won the pot with A♣A♥ for two pair -- Aces and Queens. Meanwhile bearsfan775 failed to improve with A♦K♠ and busted out in eighth place, which paid $5,000.00.

MakeItReign eliminated in 7th place

Pavalinya min-raised to 240, short-stacked MakeItReign jammed all-in for 2,443, and Pavalinya called. MakeItReign was in trouble with A♠J♥ against Pavalinya's A♦K♥. The board ran out K♣T♠6♦7♥3♦. Pavalinya flopped a pair of Kings and they held up. MakeItReign was knocked out in seventh place, which paid out $6,300.00.

wagnerAA eliminated in 6th place

Short-stacked wagnerAA open-shoved for 1,229, Pavalinya moved all-in for 2,091, and everyone else folded. Heads-up. Pavalinya led A♦J♥ versus wagnerAA's K♠9♣. The board ran out J♣9♠5♦6♠8♦. Pavalinya flopped a pair of Jacks and it held up against wagnerAA's pair of nines. For a sixth-place performance, Brazil's wagnerAA took home $8,000.00.

Ajoin21 eliminated in 5th place

Ajoin21 min-raised to 400, reelhugefish shoved for 21,711, and Ajoin21 called all-in for 3,476. Ajoin21 led with Q♥Q♣ versus reelhugefish's K♠T♥. Alas, the flop was K♥J♠T♠ and reelhugefish flopped two pair. At least Ajoin21 picked up an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the 9♣ and Ajoin21 regained the lead with a King-high straight, but the T♣ spiked on the river and filled in a boat for reelhugefish. Crazy sequence of events (suck, re-suck, re-re-suckout) as reelhugefish dragged the pot. Ajoin21 hit the virtual rail in fifth place and took home $9,900.00.

Pavalinya eliminated in 4th place

Pavalinya open-shoved for 3,345 and byoon called. Pavalinya was ahead with A♥5♥ against byoon's K♣7♣, but the board ran out 9♣8♦7♠Q♦5♣. Pavalinya flopped a gutshot, but never got there. His pair of fives failed to beat byoon, who flopped a pair of sevens and they held up. Pavalinya collected $14,100.00 for a fourth-place finish.

With three players remaining, reelhugefish held more than half the chips in play and was out in front with 25,887. Meanwhile, byoon was second with 18,308 and OneH1tWonder sat on the shorty with 5,805.

OneH1tWonder eliminated in 3rd place

As the final table approached its third hour, the action was trimmed from three to two. It began when reelhugefish incited a preflop raising war. He opened to 635, byoon bumped it up to 1,655, OneH1tWonder re-raised to 3,020, reelhugefish five-bet shoved for 24,269, byoon bailed, and OneH1tWonder called all-in for 12,350. Heads-up. OneH1tWonder was in deep, deep, deep trouble with A♣Q♣ against reelhugefish's A♠K♠. The flop was T♣5♠3♠. reelhugefish retained the lead, but picked up a flush re-draw. The turn was the 5♣, and OneH1tWonder turned a club-flush draw. The river was the 4♠, and OneH1tWonder whiffed on his flush draw. Although it wasn't necessary, reelhugefish rivered an Ace-high flush and dragged the pot. OneH1tWonder hit the rail and was knocked out in third place, which paid out $18,900.00.

HEADS-UP: reelhugefish (Costa Rica) vs. byoon (Canada)
Seat 3: reelhugefish (41,399)
Seat 6: byoon (8,601)

With two to go, reelhugefish held a sizable advantage over byoon.

However, fairly early on byoon won a decisive pot with A♦T♥ vs. A♣9♥ and crawled out of a huge hole. At that juncture, reelhugefish led roughly 26,500 to 23,5000. Both players agreed to pause the action and they discussed a deal.


A deal was quickly reached in which reelhugefish locked up $29,727.67 and byoon got $29,172.33. An additional $3,000 was left on the table for the eventual champion, not to mention the coveted winner's watch.

byoon eliminated in 2nd place; reelhugefish ships SCOOP Event #18-M!

Despite the deal, both players did not dust off their stacks and get it over quickly. On the contrary, both players dug in deep for a prolonged battle. It was like trench warfare with reelhugefish and byoon involved in a classic back and forth match. But, reelhugefish finally got a break and won a 39.6K pot. He doubled up and avoided an elimination with 7♦7♠ vs. byoon's 6♣6♥. Five hands later, it would be all over.

On the final hand... reelhugefish opened to 1,003, byoon bombed it all-in for 7,611 and reelhugefish called. reelhugefish was out in front with A♠K♣ against byoon's A♥6♥. The board ran out 9♣5♥3♣J♠3♠. Neither player's hand improved, but reelhugefish's Big Slick took the pot because he held a better kicker. reelhugefish shipped the Triple Shootout as byoon busted in second place.

For a runner-up performance, byoon collected $29,172.33.

Congrats to reelhugefish for earning a first-place prize worth $32,727.67. In addition, reelhugefish won a sleek champion's watch for his victory in Event #18-M.

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2013 SCOOP Event #18-M $215 NL Shootout - Final Table Results:

Entrants: 1000
Prize Pool: $200,000
Places Paid: 100

1. reelhugefish (Costa Rica) - $32,727.67 **
2. Byoon (Canada) - $29,172.33 **
3. OneH1tWonder (Austria) - $18,900
4. Pavalinya (Hungary) - $14,100
5. Ajoin21 (Belguim) - $9,900
6. WagnerAA (Brazil) - $8,000
7. MakeItReign (Canada) - $6,300
8. bearsfan775 (Mexico) - $5,000
9. jareth3542 (U.K.) - $3,800
10. frakta1 (Poland) - $2,800

** denotes a deal between the final two players

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