SCOOP 2013: Str8$$$Homey banks $377k in Event #22-H, $2,100 NL Hold'em

SCOOP is known and loved for its variety and its multiple buy-in levels. Still, some of the best events on the schedule remain no-limit hold'em freezeouts like Event #22-H. A two-day tournament with 30 minute levels, and a slow structure, this event featured plenty of room for post-flop play and lots of room for the kind of play that make for great railbirding. And with $1.25 million in guaranteed prize money, there was sure to be a first prize worthy of such a marathon tournament.

Those qualities drew a field of 1,048 players to the tables on Monday, May 19th, building a total prize pool of $2,096,000. Late in the day the field had shrunk enough to begin paying out, and Team PokerStars Pro's Johnny Lodden made the cut (87th place, $4,820.80). When Level 20 concluded only 71 of the starters had made it through.

Day 2 began with blinds and antes of 1.5K/3K/375 and a field led by the United Kingdom's Mr Negreanu with 434K. Others in the top 10 included former Super Tuesday winner Sheeter 200 with 325K, Team PokerStars Pro's Ivan Demidov (321K), multiple online Triple Crown winner Sebastian "p0cket00" Sikorski (315K), and Brian "$tinger 88" Hastings (300K).


It was a good run for Team PokerStars Pro's Ivan Demidov

Mr Negreanu (14th, $17,816), Hastings (31st, $8,593.60) and Demidov (21st, $9,641.60) fell short, but the others were still in the running when the final table began at 8:10 p.m. ET.

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Seat 1: Str8$$$Homey (1,829,685 in chips)
Seat 2: Sonderskönig (1,399,712 in chips)
Seat 3: pablox55 (2,461,490 in chips)
Seat 4: tonydatiger5 (281,806 in chips)
Seat 5: Sheeter 200 (299,005 in chips)
Seat 6: Flufferd (1,876,152 in chips)
Seat 7: David "WhooooKidd" Baker (468,029 in chips)
Seat 8: poker41day (356,324 in chips)
Seat 9: Sebastian "p0cket00" Sikorski (1,507,797 in chips)

The blinds were at 10K/20K with 2.5K antes. With 2009 WCOOP Event 23 champion Str8$$$Homey and two-time WSOP bracelet winner and former SCOOP winner David "WhooooKidd" Baker also in the lineup, the stage was set for an epic final table battle - and the game itself lived up the setting.

With three short stacks hovering between 14 and 18 big blinds there was plenty of incentive for action in the early going - and it mostly went in favor of the underdogs. Israel's poker41day was the first to chip up, doubling through Belgium's Flufferd after three-betting all-in with Q♦ Q♠ and getting called by T♣ T♠. That boosted the Israeli player to a more comfortable 670K. Six hands later, a lot of pre-flop action and a friendly flop card led David Baker to double up to 958K:

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Not all of the short stacks were able to find spots to double up, though. Canada's tonydatiger5 had few chances through the first 41 hands, but on Hand #42 the Canadian player picked up A♠ Q♥. With a minimum raise to 50K by p0cket00 and a flat-call from Sonderskönig in front, tonydatiger5 three-bet to 175K. p0cket00 folded, but Sonderskönig four-bet and tonydatiger5 called all-in for 222K total. Sonderskönig's K♠ J♥ still trailed after the 6♥ 2♠ 3♦ flop, but the K♥ turn flipped things upside down. The 5♦ fell on the river to end tonydatiger5's run in 9th place ($26,200).

WhooooKidd chipped up to 1.4M thanks to two pots against Argentina's pablox55, each worth more than 520K. Then Sheeter 200, desperate with just four and a half big blinds, moved all-in for 115K before the flop on Hand #55 with A♦ 8♣. p0cket00 raised to isolate with A♣ K♠ and won the 330K-chip pot when the board fell 6♦ 3♥ 5♦ T♦ 4♠, sending Sheeter 200 to the rail in 8th place ($42,968).

Around and round they went

With play seven-handed, the remaining players were stacked like so:

Seat 1: Str8$$$Homey (1,079,380 in chips)
Seat 2: Sonderskönig (1,312,603 in chips)
Seat 3: pablox55 (2,681,890 in chips)
Seat 6: Flufferd (1,417,503 in chips)
Seat 7: David "WhooooKidd" Baker (1,350,974 in chips)
Seat 8: poker41day (386,398 in chips)
Seat 9: Sebastian "p0cket00" Sikorski (2,251,252 in chips)

The early stretch of seven-handed play was dominated by pablox55, while WhooooKidd and Str$$$Homey stepped up to take some sizable pots a little later. But it was p0cket00 who stopped pablox55 from running away with the chip lead in this hand:

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Just six hands later, p0cket00's 9♦ 9♣ wouldn't hold up in a three-way pot that saw poker41day triple up and Str$$$Homey win a 1.51M-chip side pot. A few orbits later Str$$$Homey and WhooooKidd both won pots worth more than 1M,. Another orbit after at they were joined by Sonderskönig, but the player from Thailand soon lost a coin flip against p0cket00 and slipped just under 1M total. Finally, on Hand #140 of the final table, Sonderskönig was in the 50K big blind holding A♥ J♥ and facing an early-position raise to 108K and two flat-calls; after moving all-in for 1.01M, Sonderskönig watched as David Baker raised to isolate. The other players folded and Baker showed his Q♦ Q♠. The 7♥ T♥ K♠ T♠ 5♣ board changed nothing, the queens held up, and Sonderskönig broke the deadlock with a finish in 7th place ($63,718.40).

Connect four

After 85 of seven-handed play without any eliminations, the next four took very little time by comparison. Just eight hands after Sonderkönig's departure it was pablox55, who had been one good pot away from a dominant lead earlier on, behind the eight-ball. The Argentine player opened the betting on Hand #148 with a minimum raise to 100K, holding A♦ J♣, and called after WhooooKidd jammed for an effective 979K more from the big blind. Baker's A♥ 7♥ was behind only until the 5♥ 7♣ 8♦ flop. The 8♣ turn and Q♠ river ended pablox55's run in 6th place ($84,678.40).

Three hands later the action folded to Sebastian "p0cket00" Sikorski in the small blind and he moved all-in for 678K, holding K♣ T♦. The player who had crippled him with a well-disguised, runner-runner flush during seven-handed play, Str$$$Homey, made the call with A♥ 2♣. Neither player connected with the 7♣ 3♠ Q♠ 8♦ 3♦ board, so the ace played and p0cket00 was gone in 5th place ($105,638.40).

The deluge didn't stop there. WhooooKid and Str$$$Homey split the next 15 pots between themselves and took out the other two players along the way. Flufferd went first after three-betting Str$$$Money's minimum raise and calling all-in for 1.23M with A♠ Q♦. Str$$$Money's 9♣ 9♥ held up on the 6♦ T♠ 4♥ 2♥ 4♦ board and Flufferd left in 4th place ($151,960).

Left with just 515K, poker41day stuck around for seven more hands before getting in pre-flop with A♦ 3♦ against WhooooKidd's T♣ 7♣; the K♣ 3♠ J♠ 7♦ 5♠ board paired but players but sevens beat treys. That eliminated poker41day in 3rd place ($203,312), a career-best payday by nearly $190K.

An epic match to end an epic table

After 164 hands, the final two players now faced off against each other:

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Seat 1: Str8$$$Homey (4,699,772 in chips)
Seat 7: David "WhooooKidd" Baker (5,780,228 in chips)

The two agreed to look over the numbers for a possible deal but couldn't come to an agreement. With both players at least 94 big blinds deep, they settled in for a long battle. And a long battle it was. For 95 hands they went back and forth; Baker seized the initiative in the early going before Str$$$Money was able to turn things around and even the score. Then the Canadian player took control in much the same way as Baker had. Finally, on the 95th hand of heads-up play and the 259th hand of the final table, Str$$$Homey prevailed and claimed the title.

David "WhooooKidd" Baker might have been unable to claim a second career SCOOP title, but the accomplished pro earned another $272,480. That topped his previous best PokerStars cash, a $215K score from his $5,200 PLO win during SCOOP 2009. Meanwhile it was the first SCOOP title for Str$$$Homey, leaving the former WCOOP event winner just a TCOOP title away from the Triple COOP. At $377,280, this win was more than two and a half times as valuable as Str$$$Homey's previous best cash at PokerStars.

SCOOP 2013 Event #22-H: $2,100 NL Hold'em
1,048 entrants
$2,096,000 prize pool
117 places paid

1st place: Str8$$$Homey (Canada) $377,280
2nd place: David "WhooooKidd" Baker (Mexico) $272,480
3rd place: poker41day (Israel) $203,312
4th place: Flufferd (Belgium) $151,960
5th place: Sebastian "p0cket00" Sikorski (Canada) $105,638.40
6th place: pablox55 (Argentina) $84,678.40
7th place: Sonderskönig (Thailand) $63,718.40
8th place: Sheeter 200 (Canada) $42,968
9th place: tonydatiger5 (Canada) $26,200

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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