SCOOP 2013: zhenmao75322's wall of chips wins Event #41-L ($27 NLHE 4-Max)
Raise or be gone. Four-max is no place to wait for aces and the players who successfully entered day two of the $200,000 guarantee SCOOP $27 Event #41-L knew that. zhenmao75322 would grab the chip lead at the five-player final table and did not back down until all of the 43.67 million tournament chips and $22,014.98 for winning the tournament sat in front of the Chinese champion's avatar.
Day two of the SCOOP $27 Event #41-L would start off with nine tables filled to maximum of four players apiece. Yesterday's carnage through 8,698 including a few Red Spades such as Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown (908th place, $64.32) and Team Online's Naoya Kihara (612th place, $83.62) would score a couple of cashes.
Randy "nanonoko" Lew managed to play four-max along with his likely usual 24 tables long enough to earn $83.62 in 563rd place. Another Team Online member newly joined Felix 'xflixx' Schneiders only in his second week as part of Team Online, regularly plays short-handed cash games which helped him score a cash here as well in 402nd place ($105.06).
After Team Online's Caio Pessagno busted in 250th place ($169.39), that left Team Pro George Danzer looking to make a run at a third SCOOP title after coming so close two days ago in Event #37-H which added to his leading SCOOP Player of the Series (High) point total and third overall. But, his 22nd cash of the tournament series would be on day one instead of day two, earning $270.16 in 140th place.
Nearly three hours after their return to the tables, the field was trimmed to eight SCOOP final table virgins as someone would be walking away today with likely their largest online cash to date. With blinds at 70K/140K ante 17.5K, even the smallest stack still held 10BBs up to the chip leader vagos9 and capaldi100 holding over 80BBs as the players could still play post-flop poker.
RAGFACE would rinse away SoapyPapoose in eighth place ($1,878.31). Both near the bottom of the chip count under two million chips they settle it preflop as SoapyPapoose tried to shove 9♦7♦ from the button but RAGFACE's J♦A♣ held for the win on the T♦ 5♦ J♣ K♠ K♥.
Despite the uptick, RAGFACE just could not outrun TournamentT29. The Russian found some luck when it was needed most. With the blinds still at 70K/140K ante 17.5K RAGFACE would have TournamentT29 all-in preflop for a 4.3 million chip pot holding J♠A♥ versus TournamentT29's 6♣A♦. A six in the door 6♥ 7♥ 3♣ T♣ Q♣ and RAGFACE would be knocked down to 1.28 million. Five minutes later RAGFACE would be all-in again with a dominating hand versus TournamentT29's ace-six 6♣A♠. This time it was queens Q♣Q♥ for RAGFACE and the crushing ace waited until the river 8♣ K♠ 9♥ J♥ A♥ to end RAGFACE's night in seventh place ($1,878.31).
Due to the competitive disadvantage of one table playing heads-up versus three-handed on the other, the final table for a four-max tournament expands to five. Thus, starting up a ten minute long hand-for-hand battle as the blinds moved up to 80K/160K ante 20K naGlo_LgaL would min-raise from the button as zhenmao75322 called in the small blind. capaldi100 tried pounce on the weakness by shoving 3.4 million chips. naGlo_LgaL would fold but zhenmao75322 would not turning up A♠T♠ as capaldi100 showed the dominated 7♦T♦. No diamonds or sevens on the 3♥ 4♣ J♥ T♥ 9♣ board and capaldi100's departure in sixth place ($1,878.91) would start up the final table below:
Seat 1: zhenmao75322 (9303550 in chips)
Seat 2: naGlo_LgaL (9488035 in chips)
Seat 3: TournamenT29 (6292378 in chips)
Seat 4: vagos9 (13980933 in chips)
Seat 5: dagsie89 (4605104 in chips)
Mid-way through the 100K/200K ante 25K dagsie89 ground down to a bit over two million chips would shove from the cutoff as zhenmao75322 made the call from the button holding pocket tens T♠T♦. A good time for tens as it only left dagsie89's Q♣T♣ with one live card. Despite the turn giving dagsie89 an open ended straight and flush draws, the river 8♦ 6♣ K♣ J♥ 2♦ blanked shipping $3,014.74 to dagsie89 in fifth place.
End of TournamenT
With the blinds moving up to 150K/300K ante 37.5K TournamentT29 and zhenmao75322 would trade large bets through the K♥ 7♦ Q♥ 9♦ 5♠ board with 10.1 million chips in the middle. Holding the rivered straight 6♥8♥ would collect the big pot while TournamentT29 was knocked down to under 900K. Two hands later this three-way all-in gave zhenmao75322 a shot at a double knockout:
vagos9: J♥ 8♥
zhenmao75322: 9♠ 9♣
TournamenT29: Q♥ 7♣
A rivered jack 8♠ 2♦ 3♥ T♠ J♣ saved vagos9's tournament shipping the 8.7 million chip pot to the shortstack and giving TournamenT29 a seat on the rail in fourth place ($4,764.40).
Doubled up then doubled out
After more than doubling up vagos9 and naGlo_LgaL still cowered under zhenmao75322 massive 29.9 million chip stack, then with the blinds at 200K/400K ante 50K vagos9 would three-bet all-in holding Q♥A♣ after a min-raise from naGlo_LgaL on the button. naGlo_LgaL snapped called with aces A♥A♦ and safely passed the 5♣ J♠ 3♦ J♣ 7♣ board for the 12 million chip pot. Two hands later naGlo_LgaL's pocket sixes 6♠6♦ would collect the remainder of vagos9's chips after the short stack called out of the big blind with 4♥K♠ and failed to hit on the Q♥ 2♥ 3♠ 7♣ 7♦ board earning $7,721.25 in third place.
After a brief 20 minute interlude the final two tried to dish out the remaining prize money with $22,014.98 still up top, but decided to take their chances as zhenmao75322 would take a 29.1 million to 14.4 million chip lead into heads-up play.
Coming up aces
Not bluffing. zhenmao75322 did not have to type that into the chat box but was able to let the chips do the talking. Watch below as zhenmao75322 lets the aces spell S-C-O-O-P C-H-A-M-P:
With 22 million already in the middle and the board showing 7♥Q♥K♠K♣8♥ zhenmao75322 shoved for 13.3 million holding pocket aces A♦A♥ convinced the opponent did not draw out on the turn. naGlo_LgaL made the call for less holding a pair of queens T♣Q♠ thus shipping zhenmao75322 the $22,014.98 and SCOOP champion watch for winning Event #41-L!
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #41-L ($27 NLHE Four-Max) results
Places paid: 1,100
1. zhenmao75322 (China) $22,0014.98
2. naGlo_LgaL (Belarus) $13,324.04
3. vagos9 (Greece) $7,721.25
4. TournamenT29 (Russia) $4,764.40
5. dagsie89 (United Kingdom) $3,014.74
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David Aydt is a freelance contributor