SCOOP 2013: Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick champ of Event #27-H ($2,100 FL Triple Draw 2-7)
This year's SCOOP series has produced numerous spectacular performances with many players collecting multiple cashes and making numerous deep runs. Event #27-H, the $2,100 buy-in fixed-limit Triple Draw 2-7 event, continued that trend, with several familiar usernames and avatars again turning up at tourney's end. This time it was Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick breaking through to earn his first SCOOP watch by topping a tough field to earn the $52,320 first prize.
There were only about 20 players in their seats when the first hands were dealt on Tuesday afternoon, but by the time the two hours of late registration concluded a total of 96 players signed up. That added up to a $192,000 prize pool, nearly double the tourney's $100K guarantee, with only the top dozen finishers making the cash.
By the five-hour mark the field had been whittled down to 32 players, with Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel having just been sent railward in 33rd while GlassOfBeer, Femmeonfelt, and blanconegro occupied the top three spots on the leaderboard.
A couple of Duhamel's teammates soon followed him to the exit in Eugene Katchalov (out in 30th) and Alex Kravchenko (in 28th), leaving just George Danzer with below average chips to sport the red spade as the tourney played down to five tables.
It would take a couple more hours plus 15 minutes more to play down to 12 and the money, with Danzer continuing to nurse a short stack just about the entire way while Bryan "Brryann" Ruiter pushed to the top of the counts by building a stack of more than 80,000.
Soon Danzer's run would come to an end in 12th place after losing the last of his chips in a hand versus Unkn0wn123. That equaled a $4,800 cash for Danzer as he came up short in an attempt to earn a second lowball title in this year's series after having won Event #12-H ($2,100 NL 2-7 Draw).
GlassOfBeer (11th) and Mike "SirWatts" Watson (10th) followed Danzer to the rail, both also earning $4,800 for their finishes. Then by the nine-hour break Brian "$tinger 88" Hastings (9th), enrico.ita77 (8th), and Phil "Jackal69" Shaw (7th) were eliminated, each taking away $7,200 for their efforts.
Just six remained, with Bryan "Brryann" Ruiter still leading the way, having moved up over the 160,000-chip mark.
Seat 1: Rory "Mafews" Mathews (United Kingdom) -- 37,760
Seat 2: Unkn0wn123 (Uruguay) -- 29,606
Seat 3: Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick (United Kingdom) -- 125,205
Seat 4: Calvin "cal42688" Anderson (Mexico) -- 29,760
Seat 5: Bryan "Brryann" Ruiter (Netherlands) -- 167,636
Seat 6: 7Be/\eC7 (Belarus) -- 90,033
During the break the chip leader offered some advice to the rest of the table, with his nearest challenger, Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick, asking for further insight.
Brryann: Ace is high guys
stevie444: so nuts is 23456?
Brryann: damn right
Final table funnies aside, these six represented a formidable bunch, all tourney regulars with numerous significant scores under their belts, and all clearly well aware of the rules for fixed-limit 2-7 triple draw.
Mafews meets end in sixth
One of those tough competitors was Rory "Mafews" Mathews who already had 10 cashes in this year's SCOOP before the start of this event, including one other final table in Event #14-H ($1,050 NLHE Big Antes) where he finished ninth.
Mathews had a rocky start to this final table, however, and was down to 8,360 with the stakes at 1,400/2,800 when Calvin "cal42688" Anderson opened by raising from UTG. Mathews three-bet from the button, and when it folded back to Anderson he capped it and Mathews called.
Both drew a single card on the first round and checked, then both drew one card again. This time when cal42688 checked, Mafews bet all in for 2,760, and Anderson called. cal42688 took one card one more time on the last draw while Mafews stood pat.
Mafews turned over a 9-7 with , but Anderson had drawn better as he showed an 8-7 --  -- and Mathews was out in sixth.
Unk0wn123 upended in fifth
Another player with significant accomplishments at this final table was Unk0wn123 who after winning the Super Tuesday last month had 14 cashes coming into Event #27-H, including making the semifinals in the $215 PLO Heads-Up (Event #13-H) and finishing sixth in the $1,050 NLHE Big Antes (Event #14-H).
Unk0wn123 started this final table as the short stack, and not long after Mafews's exit watched as 7Be/\eC7 raised from under the gun, then Unk0wn123 three-bet from a seat over. It folded back to 7Be/\eC7 who capped the betting, and Unk0wn123 called leaving but 906 chips behind.
Both players then took two cards, and when 7Be/\eC7 led with a bet, Unk0wn123 called all in. Both players drew one card on the second round, then 7Be/\eC7 stood pat as Unk0wn123 tried to improve one last time by drawing one.
7Be/\eC7 turned over  while Unkn0wn123 could only make a Q-low with [Q]. Unkn0wn123 was out in fifth, although the finish nonetheless helped solidify Unk0wn123's spot inside the top 10 in the SCOOP Player of the Series race.
7Be/\eC7 sunk in fourth
Play continued on through the 11th hour with lots of chip movement as the lead got passed back and forth among the remaining players. Finally with the blinds up to 2,500/5,000, 7Be/\eC7 opened by raising from under the gun, Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick three-bet from the button, the blinds folded, and 7Be/\eC7 called.
Both players discarded two on the first draw, and when 7Be/\eC7 checked, Chidwick bet. 7Be/\eC7 check-raised, Chidwick raised back once more, and 7Be/\eC7 called. Both players then drew a single card and checked following the second draw.
The third draw saw 7Be/\eC7 standing pat and stevie444 taking one. This time 7Be/\eC7 led with a bet, Chidwick raised, 7Be/\eC7 three-bet, stevie444 capped, and 7Be/\eC7 called with the 2,939 left.
7Be/\eC7 turned over  for a number three, but had to be dismayed by the sight of stevie444's hand --  for a doesn't-get-any-better-than-that number one. 7Be/\eC7 was out in fourth.
cal42688's quest for watch #5 cut short in third
The 11-hour break arrived, at which point Bryan "Brryann" Ruiter led with 204,596, Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick was next with 145,644, and Calvin "cal42688" Anderson third with 129,760.
Shortly after play resumed, Anderson suffered a swift setback after losing a couple of big hands to find himself down under 30,000, then after losing another hand to Ruiter was down to just 7,760 with the stakes 3,000/6,000.
That's when Chidwick raised from UTG from the button, then Anderson reraised all in from the small blind. Both Brryann and stevie444 called, then Anderson and Ruiter drew three cards apiece while Chidwick took two. Ruiter check-called Chidwick's bet, then on the second draw Anderson stood pat, Ruiter took two, and Chidwick one. Ruiter checked again, Chidwick bet, Ruiter check-raised, and Chidwick called.
The third draw saw all three players stand pat, and when Ruiter bet Chidwick called. Ruiter turned over an 8-7 --  -- but Chidwick had him barely beat with an 8-6 -- . Meanwhile Anderson mucked his hand, his Event #27-H run -- and quest for a fifth career SCOOP watch after last night's win in Event #25-M ($215 LHE) -- having ended in third.
stevie444 sinks Brryann, wins watch
The two players who had begun the final table joking about how to make lowball hands had each made enough good ones to make it to heads-up against one another, with Bryan "Brryann" Ruiter in front with 261,586 to Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick's 218,414.
But heads-up play immediately saw the momentum swing in Chidwick's direction, and after several pots went stevie444's way Ruiter was down to less than 10,000. They pair again took to the chat box:
Brryann: not meant to be this
Brryann: only bottem range
stevie444: i lose with these kinds of leads hu all the time
Brryann: lets get it started
Soon after that Brryann won an all-in hand to double his stack, noting that it was the first time all tourney he'd been all in. He'd win another right after that to climb back up over 45,000, then lost almost all of it in a hand that Ruiter mucked after seeing Chidwick had made an 8-low.
Down to just 344 chips, Ruiter was all in prior to the first draw on the next hand, and he took two cards, then one, then stood pat. Meanwhile Chidwick drew four, then one, and stood pat, turning over  as Ruiter showed [T]. Just over 11-and-a-half hours after the tournament had begun, Ruiter -- who has a couple of WCOOP titles to his credit -- had come up one spot shy of adding a SCOOP watch.
Meanwhile, Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick had won, thereby continuing a stellar SCOOP series. Congratulations to Chidwick who records his 12th cash of the series, including a runner-up finish in Event #11-M ($215 Stud) and a seventh-place in tonight's Event #27-M as well ($215 Triple Draw 2-7)!
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #27-H ($2,100 FL Triple Draw 2-7) results
Total prize pool: $192,000
Places paid: 12
1. Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick (United Kingdom) $52,320
2. Bryan "Brryann" Ruiter (Netherlands) $35,040
3. Calvin "cal42688" Anderson (Mexico) $26,880
4. 7Be/\eC7 (Belarus) $18,240
5. Unkn0wn123 (Uruguay) $13,440
6. Rory "Mafews" Mathews (United Kingdom) $10,080
Be sure to check that SCOOP site to see how Chidwick, Anderson, Mathews, Unkn0wn123, and others are faring in their efforts to prevent Shaun Deeb from capturing a second straight SCOOP Player of the Series.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.