SCOOP 2013: TiltMeHarder avoids mega-tilt and binks Event #44-M Wrap-Up [$109 NL Turbo, 3x-Chance]
Redemption time. One of the last events of the Spring Championship of Online Poker gave Sunday grinders a final opportunity to win a SCOOP title and pad their bankrolls (or get unstuck in some extreme cases). The Triple Chance Turbo format of Event #44-M Wrap Up featured five-minute levels that fostered supersonic action. Players had three bullets, which meant three chances at redemption. This turbo-charged tournament lasted a little more than five hours and in that brief, yet hyper-accelerated time, TiltMeHarder faded a treacherous field. Sweden's TiltMeHarder won Event #44-M and became one of the fortuitous rounders who boosted their rolls on the penultimate day of SCOOP.
Event #44-M $109 NL Wrap-Up [Turbo, 3x-Chance] attracted 4,656 runners and the prize pool ballooned to $778,200.00, which happened to triple the $250K guarantee. The top 585 places paid out with $122,178.75 originally set aside to the eventual champion.
PokerStars Team Pros particpating in the Wrap Up included: Marcin "Goral" Horecki, Jason Mercier, Theo Jorgenson, Martin Hruby, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Ike Haxton, Live Boeree, Nacho Barbero, Geroge Danzer, ElkY, Johnny Lodden, Fatima DeMelo, Bryan Huang, David Williams, Joe Cada, Lex Velhuis, Jonathan Duhamel, Vivian Im, Marcel Luske, Victor Ramdin, and Andre Akkari.
Team PokerStars Online taking one last shot at a SCOOP title included nanonoko, shaniac, Pessagno, nkeyno, Mysters_Y, Jorj95, mement_mori, and Frosty012. None of them would advance to the money.
Four notable PokerStars Team Pros cashed in this event in including Marcin "Goral" Horecki (66th), Jason Mercier (354th), Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hruby (517th), and Theo Jorgensen (554th).
Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki went the deepest the Triple Turbo Wrap Up, but fizzled out with seven tables to go. Short-stacked Goral hit the virtual rail in 66th place (paid out $1,260.68) when he lost a three-way pot.
With 18 players to go on the final two table, Sweden's TiltMeHarder held the lead with 3.6 million. With 10 to go, TiltMeHarder retained the lead with 5.7 million. When action went hand-for-hand, short-stacked suzsuzgo bubbled off the final table in tenth place when he ran 6♠3♠ into TiltMeHarder's K♦J♦.
Event #44-M - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: TiltMeHarder (8,898,351)
Seat 2: el kudos (3,230,278)
Seat 3: IvanRus063 (3,068,634)
Seat 4: gzottel (2,360,463)
Seat 5: j.thaddeus (5,637,652)
Seat 6: filushh (4,778,088)
Seat 7: Fukuruku (2,814,889)
Seat 8: junco125 (2,705,892)
Seat 9: bas0r (5,415,753)
The final table commenced during Level 482 with blinds at 150K/300K and a 75K ante. TiltMeHarder sat on the big stack (worth approximately 8.9 million), while gzottel was the shorty with 2.3 million.
junco125 eliminated in 9th place
It did not take very long before someone became the first player to bust at the final table. filushh opened to 811,221 and junco125 called. The flop was 5♥4♥2♦. junco125 shoved for 2,069,671, and filushh called.
junco125 flopped a straight and flush draw, while filushh was ahead with Ace-high and picked up a Wheel re-draw. The turn was the 7♠ and the river was the 4♦. filushh faded a flush and won the pot with Ace-high. Brazil's junco125 blanked out on both draws and became the first player to exit the final table. For a ninth-place performance, junco125 earned $6,225.60.
gzottel eliminated in 8th place
el kudos opened-shoved for 2,305,278, and IvanRus063 called, gzottel called all-in for 1,385,463, and everyone else got out of the way. Three-handed.
el kudos: T♣9♥
Although gzottel was ahead with Aces vs. Kings, it was a multi-way pot and an ominous mood hung over the table like an eerie silent moment before a tornado strike. The board ran out T♦8♠7♣J♠J♦ and el kudos turned a straight, thereby snapping off pocket Aces and pocket Kings. With a meager T♣9♥, el kudos won the main pot and the side pot, and in the process doubled through IvanRus063 and knocked out gzottel. Germany's gzottel hit the rail in eighth place, which paid out $9,727.50. IvanRus063 did not bust, but the Russian was crippled in the hand.
j.thaddeus eliminated in 7th place
Short-stacked j.thaddeus open-shoved for 949,141, filushh raised to 1,398,282, and everyone folded. Heads-up. Ireland's j.thaddeus made a final stand with J♠T♣ against filushh's K♥Q♣. The board ran out Q♠5♦4♥A♠A♦ and filushh dragged the pot with two pair. Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth took home $17,509.50 for seventh place.
bas0r eliminated in 6th place
On the very next hand, we saw another elimination. bas0r open-shoved for 3,028,253, TiltMeHarder re-shoved for 9,134,139, and everyone else got out of the way of this duel. Heads-up. TiltMeHarder led with A♥K♥ against bas0r's Q♥T♦. The board ran out J♥7♣6♠3♥5♣, and neither player improved their hands, but TiltMeHarder's Big Slick won the pot with only Ace-high. For a sixth-place performance, the U.K.'s bas0r earned $25,291.50.
With six to go, TiltMeHarder chipped up to 13.2 million.
el kudos eliminated in 5th place
Thirteen hands later, we witnessed another liquidation. The U.K.'s el kudos bombed it all-in for 1,720,163, but Fukuruku re-raised all-in for 2,494,359 and everyone else folded. Heads-up. Fukuruku led with A♣Q♥ vs. A♥7♠. Alas, el kudos was dominated. The board ran out 9♠6♥5♠J♦3♣. Neither player improved, but el kudos ran into kicker issues and was dunzo. Fukuruku dragged the pot with Ace-high and a Queen-kicker. For a fifth-place finish, el kudos collected $3,3073.50.
With four players remaining, TiltMeHarder amassed a ginormous stack worth 20 million, which was more than 50% of all the chips in play.
IvanRus063 eliminated in 4th place
Big-stacked TiltMeHarder pushed his weight around and moved all-in for 21,846,468. Short-stacked IvanRus063 tried to stand up to the big-stacked bully and called all-in for 1,906,848. IvanRus063 made a valiant final stand with J♣7♣ versus TiltMeHarder's A♦Q♣. The board ran out K♠8♥4♣5♣4♦. IvanRus063 turned a straight draw, but whiffed on the river. Neither player improved their hands, but TiltMeHarder won the pot with Ace-high. Russia's IvanRus063 was bounced in fourth place, which paid out $44,746.50.
TiltMeHarder's stack topped 21 million while both his opponents held roughly 17 million combined. It was time for a deal. After lengthy negotiations, the final three agreed on a tweaked ICM deal with the following terms: monster-stacked TiltMeHarder locked up $103,000, while filushh secured $85,589.25, and Fukuruku was guaranteed $83,840.40. They also had to leave $5,000 on the table to the eventual champion (in addition to the 'balla' champion's watch). Everyone agreed to the modified deal and play resumed.
Fukuruku eliminated in 3rd place
With a deal secured and money squared away, we saw a bustout on the ensuing hand. Fukuruku met his demise when filushh min-raised to 1.6 million, Fukuruku bombed it all-in for 8,419,370, and filushh called. Fukuruku trailed with A♦9♣ against filushh's T♣T♦. The board ran out 7♦5♦3♠9♦T♥. Although it was not necessary, filushh rivered a set of tens and won the pot. the Ukraine's Fukuruku earned $83,840.40 for a third-place finish.
HEADS-UP: TiltMeHarder (Sweden) vs. filushh (Israel)
Seat 1: TiltMeHarder (20,143,631)
Seat 6: filushh (18,766,369)
Although TiltMeHarder was slightly ahead, the final two were virtually even.
filushh eliminated in 2nd place; TiltMeHarder ships event #44-M!
For most of the heads-up battle, it was somewhat evenly matched. The final two exchanged several crushing body blows and even drew blood, but neither could get too comfortable with a lead. Just when it looked like the two were bogged down in a quagmire, we saw a huge hand and the tides turned on filushh. At the time, filushh was ahead 22.7M to 16.1M. Both players bombed it all-in preflop. TiltMeHarder was fighting for his tournament life with Q♦T♠ against filushh's A♥T♥, but TiltMeHarder caught a runner-runner Broadway straight to win the pot and double up, thereby avoiding an elimination. That decisive pot (in excess of 32 million) crippled filushh, who slipped to 6.6 million. TiltMeHarder opened up a 5-1 chip advantage.
Four hands later, it was all over when TiltMeHarder delivered a knock-out blow.
On the final hand... TiltMeHarder moved all-in for 32,856,816 with A♠8♦ and filushh called all-in for 4,553,184 with 9♦9♠. Although filushh was ahead preflop with pocket nines, filushh promptly lost the lead. The flop was A♥K♦8♥ and TiltMeHarder jumped ahead with two pair. The turn was the 3♥ and the river was the 4♥. TiltMeHarder won the pot with the Dead Man's hand -- Aces and Eights -- and filushh was knocked out in second place.
For a runner-up performance, Israel's filushh collected $85,589.25.
Congrats to TiltMeHarder for winning Event #44-M, which paid out a first place prize of $108,000.00, in addition to a sleek SCOOP champion's watch.
View the final hand in the innovative replayer:
2013 SCOOP Event #44-M $109 NL Wrap-Up - Final Table Results:
Prize Pool: $778,200
Places Paid: 585
1. TiltMeHarder (Sweden) - $108,000.00 ***
2. filushh (Israel) - $85,589.25 ***
3. Fukuruku (Ukraine) - $83,840.40 ***
4. IvanRus063 (Russia) - $44,746.50
5. el kudos (U.K.) - $33,073.50
6. bas0r (U.K) - $25,291.50
7. Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth (Ireland) - $17,509.50
8. gzottel (Germany) - $9,727.50
9. junco125 (Brazil) - $6,225.60
*** denotes a three-way deal
Pauly McGuire is an author and freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.