SCOOP 2013: ringosnuff snuffs them out in Event #2-H ($2,100 NLHE)

The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is off to a flying start with an enormous prize pool generated in Event #2 of the championships. The High version offered a $2,100 No Limit Holdem buy-in with such a good structure that play would be held over two days.

In the end it would be Canada's ringosnuff who would survive three failed deal negotiations and a former SCOOP champion heads-up to take the SCOOP crown and a massive $358,920.00 in prize money.

The event started with 997 registrations to produce a staggering price pool of $1,994,000 to smash the guarantee by almost three-quarters of a million dollars.
Despite the EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final reaching a climax, there was still a raft of Team PokerStars Pros in action on the virtual felt. Eugene Katchalov, Nacho Barbero, Victor Ramdin, Randy Lew, Naoya Kihara, Toni Judet, Chris Moneymaker, Matthias de Meulder, Lex Veldhuis, Mickey Petersen, Joe Cada, George Lind, Martin Hrubý, George Danzer and Tatiana Barausova were all spotted in the PokerStars lobby but sadly fell short of the cash for the top 117 players.

Also falling short was Lithuanian Merceko who bubbled one short of the money in 118th place. The remaining 117 players had locked up a min-cash of $3,988 with Matthew Wakeman (110th - $3,988), James Mackey (93rd - $4,386.80), Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov (85th - $4,586.20) and SCOOP crusher Shaun Deeb (81st - $4,985.00) all finishing in the money.

After twenty levels on Day 1, play was halted with 65 players left with former SCOOP Main Event champion Nick "GripDsNutz" Grippo holding the chip lead.


Things didn't go so well for Grippo on Day 2 as he bowed out in 28th place for $8,175.40. Griffin Berger (54th - $6,380.80), Alexandre Gomes (16th - $12,961.00) and Johan Van Til (13th - $16,949) were among those who would cash on Day 2.

As the final two tables were formed it was former SCOOP winner Chilax Chuck holding a commanding chip lead with several sharks still lurking in contention.

After the pocket kings of I'am_Sound were cracked in 11th place by the ace-queen of Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver, we were hand-for-hand on the final table bubble. Lottenice was the short stack and shoved around fifteen big blinds with A♠J♠ only to lose the race against wywrotX's pocket nines when the board delivered a full house for wywrotX. Lottenice was out in 10th place as our SCOOP final table was formed:


Final Table Lineup
Seat 1: Otter8759 (848,211 in chips)
Seat 2: ImDaNuts (1,042,011 in chips)
Seat 3: traheho (981,426 in chips)
Seat 4: ringosnuff (1,407,393 in chips)
Seat 5: wywrotX (1,001,666 in chips)
Seat 6: catostar (450,028 in chips)
Seat 7: NorthugJr (1,076,228 in chips)
Seat 8: Skazo4nik777 (751,720 in chips)
Seat 9: Chilax Chuck (2,411,317 in chips)

Chilax Chuck maintained the chip lead on a final table that also featured the likes of Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver and Alec "traheho" Torelli. The blinds kicked off at 10,000/20,000 with a 2,500-chip ante, so with the short-stacked catostar still holding 25 big blinds, there was plenty of play ahead of us.

The early action saw a big double up land the way of wywrotX who found A♠A♦ at the right time to double through Chilax Chuck's A♣K♥. That was followed by a rather dramatic double up to Skazo4nik777 who disconnected half way through the hand before returning in time to move all in with a rivered flush as ImDaNuts made the call holding a flopped set.

The woes for ImDaNuts continued as catostar doubled up with ace-jack against king-queen, before ImDaNuts moved all in for a tick over eleven big blinds from the button with K♣9♣. ringosnuff was in the big blind and made the call with a dominant K♠T♥ which was far too strong on the board of 2♥T♣5♠7♠4♣. ImDaNuts would be first to the cashier in 9th place for $24,925.00 in prize money.

With that hand, ringosnuff was into the chip lead, but the players weren't giving an inch as the chips were passed tightly around the table. It took a cooler to break the deadlock with Alec "traheho" Torelli running into a monster:

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Big slick for traheho was no match for Chilax Chuck's pocket aces as traheho picked up $40,877.00 for 8th place.

Chilax Chuck was back into a powerful chip lead and put those chips to work, running a nice bluff on a baby flop to dent ringosnuff and move close to half the chips in play with seven players remaining.

NorthugJr was next to fall in a battle of the blinds. catostar min-raised to 70,000 before NorthugJr moved all in for a total of 533,289. catostar instantly made the call with A♠J♠ for the lead against NorthugJr's K♣T♥. The board ran out K♥3♦A♦6♥2♥ to pair both players but leaving NorthugJr to head to the rail in 7th place for $60,617.60.

Skazo4nik777 was soon to follow in 6th place with preflop race that ended with a brutal river:

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Skazo4nik777 flopped a pair of queens but ringosnuff caught the two-outer set on the river to send Skazo4nik777 home in 6th place for $80,557.60.

Two hands later and five became four. wywrotX three-bet jammed for around twelve big blinds with A♣Q♥. Chilax Chuck made the call with A♦4♦ but caught good on the board of 8♠2♠5♠6♥4♥. A disappointing end for wywrotX but 5th place earned a six-figure pay day of $100,497.60.

At that point, the four remaining players decided to pause the clock to take a look at a potential deal. Both chip chop and ICM numbers were presented, but with Chilax Chuck holding such a commanding chip lead, most of the players were pretty unimpressed with the numbers so it was game on!

Otter8759 and ringosnuff were both able to take some chips from the chip leader, but it was the double up of catostar which really changed things up. catostar raised under the gun, before ringosnuff three-bet from the big blind. catostar four-bet and ringosnuff moved all in. catostar called it off with A♠J♥ and was in trouble against ringosnuff's A♣Q♠ until the 7♦T♠8♠5♣J♦ board brought a life-saving jack on the river for catostar to leave ringosnuff reeling on the short stack.

However ringosnuff was able to recover when Otter8759 three-bet jammed with A♠J♥ into ringosnuff's J♣J♠. The board bricked out 4♦T♠9♥T♣9♣ to see Otter8759 removed in 4th place for a very nice $144,565.00 score.

Once again the players decided to look at deal numbers with Chilax Chuck and catostar even in chips with ringosnuff not too far behind, but again the players weren't overly interested and the cards were quickly back in the air.

catostar had commented during the deal talks that he was feeling pretty comfortable and was happy to play on, but that comment would ultimately come back to haunt him. ringosnuff clawed back into contention with a big river raise on a board of 5♣T♠K♦6♠T♦. catostar had fired three barrels but was forced to fold the river.

Now on the short stack, catostar three-bet jammed with A♠3♣ but Chilax Chuck was in great shape, making the call with A♦7♥. catostar caught the lead on the J♥9♦3♥ flop but that swung back around on the 7♣ turn. The river landed the T♦ to see catostar depart in 3rd place for $193,418.00 in prize money.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 4: ringosnuff (5,119,448 in chips)
Seat 9: Chilax Chuck (4,850,552 in chips)

Once again the players took the opportunity to take a look at the numbers. ringosnuff held a small lead but Chilax Chuck was looking for an almost-even chop. ringosnuff gave it some consideration but eventually declined in the third failed deal discussion of the final table.

With the cards back in the air, ringosnuff started to extend the advantage. ringosnuff made a nice value bet on the river with K♣Q♣ on a 3♥A♠K♠4♣9♣ board, before a five-bet preflop jam left Chilax Chuck on the short stack.

Moments later, the end came when the two players collided on a flop of 3♥7♦5♠. Chilax Chuck checked, and then raised, but ringosnuff four-bet with another raise. Chilax Chuck shoved all in with 8♣5♣ for middle pair but ringosnuff made the call with Q♣7♥ for top pair. The 7♠ turn card sealed the deal with the 9♣ river completing the board. Chilax Chuck narrowly missed a second SCOOP title but collects $259,220.00 for a fine tournament as ringosnuff wins the SCOOP title and a massive $358,920.00 in prize money!

SCOOP Event #2-H Results
Entrants: 997
Prize pool: $1,994,000
Places paid: 117

1st ringosnuff - $358,920.00
2nd Chilax Chuck - $259,220.00
3rd catostar (Denmark) - $193,418.00
4th Otter8759 (Canada) - $144,565.00
5th wywrotX (Canada) - $100,497.60
6th Skazo4nik777 (Ukraine) - $80,557.60
7th NorthugJr (Norway) - $60,617.60
8th Alec "traheho" Torelli (Macao) - $40,877.00
9th Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver (Costa Rica) - $24,925.00

There are a total of 44 events on the 2013 SCOOP schedule, each offering a low, medium and high level of buy-in, running right through until May 26th. Check out the full schedule, satellite information, stats and the Player of the Series leaderboard on the SCOOP home page.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.

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