SCOOP 2013: JTDStreet finds the right road against Horecki in claiming Event #13-L ($27 PLO Heads-up)

12 wins in a row (without a bye in the first round) is what JTDStreet had to accomplish today and yesterday during the SCOOP Event #13-L $27 PLO Heads-Up tournament to take home the championship watch. In bowling to score a perfect 300 game you must roll 12 consecutive strikes. That 12th ball becomes heavier, your palms get sweaty, the lane gets longer with everyone in the bowling center laying their eyes on you. JTDStreet had a similar scene as Team Pro Marcin "goral" Horecki was the Slovenian's final opponent as PokerStars fans hit the rails to see who would take home today's wrist-wear. After an even chop suggested by Marcin for their hard two days of work, it was JTDStreet claiming the $7,394.15 and the watch. Read below for how they made it that final match.

Round of 16

l_Saint333_l (Ukraine) lost vs. Bavoulis (Greece)
slinkyshop (Canada) def. The Rabbi75 (Netherlands)
Ghostflush (Switzerland) def. viktor werne (Germany)
Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki (Poland) def. ncux13 (Russia)
Eye Rai$e (United Kingdom) lost vs. Krenjuussa (Finland)
JTDStreet (Slovenia) def. Marshallme (Denmark)
maygli79 (Russia) lost vs. william129 (Canada)
Kid Blaast (United Kingdom) lost vs. LukaPotocar (Slovenia)

The second day of competition for the Event #13-L crown would start off with 16 players already locking up $832.12 for surviving the first eight rounds of this massive heads-up Pot Limit Omaha tournament with a potential $8,732.80 sitting in round 12 or otherwise known as the finals. Marcin "Goral" Horecki is looking to grab another online title after dominating the MicroMillions I and III installments. After 40 minutes of play Horecki with an 8,773 to 1,227 chip lead would raise to 252 chips as ncux13 called. After the T♥A♠3♥ flop ncux13 tried to check-raise all-in holding a flush draw T♣ 2♥ 7♥ 3♣ and two pair but Marcin called with top pair and a gutshot 5♠ 9♠ A♦ 4♣ and on the turn a 5♦ would give the Team Pro the lead, closing out the match with a 6♦ river bringing 10,000 chips to the next round.

The Rabbi75 and slinkyshop would finish up the first match of the Round of 16. With the blinds at 125/250 slinkyshop holding a 5,693 to 4,307 lead the Canadian would min-raise from the button as The Rabbi75 called. After the 9♦9♥8♦ flop both players decided it was time to get things done and tossed all their chips in the middle. The Rabbi75 showing a flush draw and overpair K♦ Q♣ Q♦ 7♥ while slinkyshop held trips 9♣ J♥ 7♠ 3♦. 4♣ and T♥ later and the slinkyshop opened up the quarterfinals.


Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki (Poland) def. Ghostflush (Switzerland)
Bavoulis (Greece) lost vs. slinkyshop (Canada)
JTDStreet (Slovenia) def. Krenjuussa (Finland)
LukaPotocar (Slovenia) def. william129 (Canada)

With 5,000 chips a piece and 10/20 blinds most would expect lengthy match despite the five minute levels. Marcin in a hurry to obtain that SCOOP watch finished his match against Ghostflush in two hands. After a three-bet by Horecki and call by Ghostflush both would see a 4♣7♦A♦ flop. The Team Pro would lead for 194 as Ghostflush raised to 530 which was called. 3♥ on the turn and Marcin checked as Ghostflush bet 980. Marcin check-raised to 4,280 as Ghostflush made the call for less holding 8♦ 2♦ A♣ K♦ aces with the nut flush draw. Marcin showed the nut straight Q♥ 4♠ 6♣ 5♥ which held for the win after the 6♥ river advancing him to the next round.

JTDStreet only needed three levels to defeat Krenjuussa as the other two tables played out for the last spot in the semi-finals. LukaPotocar would take control of the match during the 60/120 level after getting aces A♣ T♥ A♥ Q♣ to safety as william129 7♣ J♦ Q♦ A♠ could not improve on a flopped top pair and flush draw on the 4♦ 5♦ Q♠ 9♠ 9♥ board. LukaPotocar would close out the match six hands later starting the semi-finals.


JTDStreet (Slovenia) vs. LukaPotocar (Slovenia)
Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki (Poland) vs. slinkyshop (Canada)

One again, the Polish Pro ran through another opponent. Watch below as his semi-final match with slinkyshop comes to quick conclusion mid-way through the 25/50 blind level:

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At this point Horecki already built a 8,117 to 1,883 chip lead and continued to press with a raise to 115. slinkyshop not about to lie down for the Team Pro three-bet to 300 as Marcin made the call. slinkyshop checked at the low 6♠ 7♦ 4♣ flop as Marcin bet 380. slinkyshop went for the double-up holding an overpair 5♦ J♥ Q♦ Q♠ by shoving as Horecki thought for a second and made the call with top two pair 8♦ J♣ 6♥ 7♥. The 2♦ turn nor the 5♥ river changed slinkyshop's fate, finishing tied for third place ($2,778.99) as the Team Pro was one match away from collecting that watch

On the other table they decided to play for a bit. LukaPotocar would slip behind quite a bit up to the 25/50 level until both of them got it all-in preflop with JTDStreet holding aces A♥ T♣ A♣ J♣ to LukaPotocar's kings 4♥ K♥ Q♠ K♦. The ending of this hand did not reveal itself until the river as LukaPotocar found a king T♠ 9♦ 2♣ T♦ K♠ and took the lead 7,228 to 2,772.

However, two hands later JTDStreet would double-up to nearly even the match, then taking control of it to a 6,397 to 3,603 chip lead going into the final hand of the match below:

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After a three-bet preflop 9♣2♣Q♦ got both of the player's attention as LukaPotocar turned up jacks 6♦ A♦ J♣ J♦ against JTDStreet's top set and a flush draw Q♣ Q♥ T♣ 8♣. Not many outs left for LukaPotocar as the K♠ turn and 4♦ did not help as LukaPotocar claimed third place ($2,778.99) and the final table was set below:



The Team Pro was looking to lock up some cash along with JTDStreet.

"even chop play for 500 pride and glory?" said Marcin

A minute later with the help of Team Online's Adrienne "Talonchick" Rowsome they would have the even chop of $6,894.15 apiece and $500.00 set aside for fortune and glory as play continued.

For the past three matches it is Marcin doing all the driving after getting out to an early lead then never applying the brakes. JTDStreet may have seen this play from the Team Pro and decided to be the aggressor taking down the first 10 of 11 hands of the match jumping out to an 8,283 to 1,717 chip lead. But, the Polish Pro was not backing down and doubled up in the 15/30 blind level after having identical straights hit the turn, but Marcin's re-draw to a flush came on the river to claim the 3,434 chip pot.

After 15 minutes Horecki was down 4,337 to 5,663 at the start of the 20/40 blind level but never recovered as JTDStreet got Marcin to fold to a pot sized 2,886 chip river bet. Then, the Slovenian would take down eight of the last nine hands on the way to this final contest:

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With the blinds now at 25/50 and Marcin down to just 675 chips he would get it all-in after the 4♠ 8♠ 9♥ flop holding a gutshot and flush draw 2♠ 6♠ T♣ Q♣ facing JTDStreet's lower straight draw, but more important, a pair 3♣ 7♣ 6♥ 6♦. Both players would miss their draws as the blank turn 4♦ and river 3♦ shipped the SCOOP Event #13-L and extra $500.00 to JTDStreet!


Runner-up: Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "goral" Horecki

PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #13-L ($27 PLO Heads-Up) results

Players: 3,376
Prizepool: $82,880.80
Places paid: 512

(* part of two-way deal)

1. JTDStreet (Slovenia) *$7,394.15
2. Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki (Poland) *$6,894.15
3. LukaPotocar (Slovenia) $2,778.99
3. slinkyshop (Canada) $2,778.99

Be sure to stay with our coverage all weekend along keeping an eye on the Player of the Series race since Shaun Deeb is being nice enough to let others play for it this year.

David Aydt is a freelance contributor

David Aydt
@PokerStars in 2013