SCOOP 2013: _H00DL0VE_ closes the door on Event #17-L ($27 NLHE, 6-Max, Super-KO, Turbo)
Guarantees getting crushed seem almost commonplace for SCOOP tournaments. Add tonight's SCOOP 2013 Event #17-L $27 NLHE 6-Max, Super-Knockout, Turbo tournament with a $200,000 guarantee on to that list. Because of the Super-Knockout format the prize pool was split two-ways: half for the overall prize pool to be shared by 2,100 players, and half for those folks who enjoy collecting bounties worth $13 a piece. $217,919.00 was in each prize pool thus over doubling the guaranteed amount and leaving a huge chunk of change for Germany's _H00DL0VE_ who took home $28,000.00 after chopping up the remaining funds with three others. How did they get through 16,763 buy-ins in just over five hours? Read on.
Belgium's JacktShipper still held the SCOOP 2013 Low Player of the Series led over Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "goral" Horecki who finished as the runner-up in Event #13-L a few hours ago. Despite just getting done with 12 heads-up matches of PLO in two days Horecki would try for a few more points but like JacktShipper the tournament ended early for the leaders with zero points added. Likewise for the overall leader Team Pro George Danzer who took down Event #12-H last night for his second SCOOP title but came up empty here.
"Make it through 16,000 players to go out like that?!?" Team Online's Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen may have utter such words after being knocked out in 50th place. With the blinds up to 50K/100K ante 12.5K majkl1812 would open all-in for 1.8 million from the button as Petersen holding Q♦Q♠ quickly called for 1.09 million. majkl1812's 6♠T♠ found some magic on the board after hitting trips sixes A♥ 3♥ 6♣ 6♥ 3♠ eliminating Petersen ($326.87 plus 10 KOs).
It took only four hours and 30 minutes to reach the final two tables despite a small concern sized player pool. There was a steep drop off in prize money from first place ($29,845.41) to 7th through 9th ($1,852.31) but the players could not afford to even sit out a hand with the turbo blind and 6-max tables.
Down to eight players left mrbandito27 did not want to call, probably should not call, but had to call. With the blinds at 300K/600K ante 75K rogand played the part of the schoolyard bully and opened all-in from the small blind for 14.5 million as mrbandito27 sitting with just 1.2 million behind and 600,000 chips in the pot decided to go with 8♣7♦ and hope for the best. They were two live cards against rogand's 9♦J♣. Unfortunately, both players would hit a pair on the flop 9♥ 8♥ 4♦ 5♠ T♣ and mrbandito27 would fall just short of the final table in eighth place ($1,852.31 plus nine KOs).
After mrbandito27 left the table the spotlight of the shortstack was directed in Fetenmann65's direction. The German would survive the first all-in but after posting and folding the big blind Fetenmann65 would shove 813,180 from the small blind, forcing mystery1975 to call with just about anything in the big blind for 213,180 more. mystery1975 flipped up 3♦Q♣ squaring off against Fetenmann65's small ace 5♦A♦. Things looked for the ace up to the ten on the turn J♥ 2♦ K♥ T♥. But, the river 9♥ gave mystery1975 a straight, Fetenmann65 seventh place ($1,852.31 plus 13 KOs), and gave us the final table shown below:
Seat 1: rogand (20112496 in chips)
Seat 2: bigode_skol (11695260 in chips)
Seat 3: mystery1975 (15240217 in chips)
Seat 4: _H00DL0VE_ (24703557 in chips)
Seat 5: Pendall (5083832 in chips)
Seat 6: -ANALNATSHA- (6979638 in chips)
An old saying from this author's tournament softball playing days as most tournaments we entered had double elimination. If you lost your first two games of the day, you went and had more time to enjoy a few (more) beers at the barbeque. -ANALNATSHA- only got to enjoy two hands at the final table before heading out of this tournament tonight. With the blinds at 400K/800K ante 100K Pendall would shove all-in from the small blind for 7.4 million as -ANALNATSHA- made the call for slightly less holding pocket fives 5♦5♠. Pendall was not bluffing as the Russian turned up Q♠A♥ and promptly flopped trips while rivering a straight A♠ J♦ A♣ K♠ T♣ to knockout -ANALNATSHA- in sixth place ($2,615.02 plus 16 KOs).
Watch below as our chip leader _H00DL0VE_ scoops up a massive 28.2 million chip pot as the players were trying to gather enough votes for chopping up the final table money:
Three hands later, Pendall was trying to ride the good wave after eliminating -ANALNATSHA- would push over the top of _H00DL0VE_'s min-raise from the small blind but instead got a quick call by _H00DL0VE_'s A♣Q♣. Only one live card for Pendall's A♠5♦ and a severe lack of fives on the Q♠ 7♠ 6♦ K♦ K♥ board sent Pendall away just before the chop in fifth place ($4,358.38 plus a tournament leading 23 KOs).
Chop talks may take longer than the entire final table
With an average stack of 20BBs, four player table, and turbo blinds the players decided to chop up the remaining prize pool leaving four grand aside for the winner. But, massive chip leader, _H00DL0VE_ wanted a slightly bigger slice than recently exiled host Team Online's Mickey Petersen offered from the chip chop numbers.
After some numbers were slung across the table for 15 minutes, the remaining players gave in to the chip tower of _H00DL0VE_ and came up with the dollars shown below:
The butler did it
Just three minutes after the chop talks were finished so was mystery1975. With the blinds up to 600K/1.2MM ante 150K rogand would min-raise from the button as mystery1975 called from the big blind to see some rare post-flop action. 6♦7♣8♠ on the board got mystery1975 to check as rogand bet 3.6 million. mystery1975 had no intentions on folding pocket kings K♠K♣ and shoved for 10 million. rogand had no intentions on folding pocket aces A♠A♦ and called. Huge cooler for mystery1975 who watched the 2♥ turn and 6♣ river send 26.1 million chips to rogand, leaving in fourth place ($15,402.36 plus 13 KOs).
In a slight role reversal, rogand and _H00DL0VE_ would both double up the shortest stack at the chop, bigode_skol, but rogand's double up hurt the most. After shipping a 19.1 million chip pot bigode_skol's way, rogand was left with under a million chips with the blinds at 800K/1.6MM ante 200K and forced all-in in the small blind. _H00DL0VE_ wanted heads-up so the chip leader min-raise and bigode_skol got out of the way as _H00DL0VE_ showed 4♠8♠. rogand's 4♦T♥ went from looking meek to strong until a little eight hit the river 7♣ J♣ J♦ K♦ 8♣ launching rogand out of the tournament in third place ($17,306.29 plus 11 KOs).
Just not fair
_H00DL0VE_ would start with a 65.4 million to 18.3 million chip lead but with the huge blinds and five minute increases, it was gambling for the SCOOP watch and extra $4,000.00 and the odds were heavily in _H00DL0VE_'s favor.
Three minutes into the heads-up match _H00DL0VE_ would extend the lead to 74.4 million to bigode_skol's 9.3 million as the final hand of the tournament played itself out below:
_H00DL0VE_'s 5♥Q♦ would try to snatch that champion's watch from bigode_skol's A♥8♥ and did by hitting a five on the 3♠ J♣ 5♣ T♥ 3♦ board for the SCOOP 2013 Event #17-L victory and the extra $4,000.00!
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #17-L ($27 NLHE Super-Knockout) results
Regular Prizepool: $217,919.00
Knockout Prizepool: $217,919.00
Places paid: 2,100
(* part of four-way deal)
1. _H00DL0VE_ (Germany) *$28,000.00
2. bigode_skol (Brazil) *$11,630.95
3. rogand (Sweden) *$17,306.29
4. mystery1975 (Belgium) *$15,402.36
5. Pendall (Russia) $4,358.38
6. -ANALNATSHA- (Kazakhstan) $2,615.02
David Aydt is a freelance contributor