SCOOP 2014: DTFobos tops Jason Lavallee, Andrey Zaichenko, David Bach for Event #28-M win ($215 FL Triple Draw 2-7)
The "medium" version of Event #28, a $215 buy-in limit triple draw 2-7 lowball event, drew an especially strong field of players with plenty of 'COOP accomplishments to their credit already. In the end it was DTFobos of Russia topping them all, including outlasting a couple of other SCOOP watch owners in runner-up Jason "StatusUP" Lavallee and third-place Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko for the win. Meanwhile, David "Gunslinger3" Bach came close to the final table in this one, too, his third cash out of three SCOOP 2-7 triple draw events tonight.
DTFobos took away $12,749.69 for the victory following a heads-up deal with Lavallee. Here's the story of how it happened.
A total of 333 turned out for the event, building a $66,600 prize pool that was more than twice the $25K guarantee. I would take almost six hours for that group to work their way down to just 42 and the money bubble to burst, at which point Belledejour1, zxz_, and Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko led the way.
George Danzer of Team PokerStars had missed the cash after getting knocked out about a dozen spots shy of the money, but Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara of Team Online was still among the final 42 with an above average stack.
Among those going out and cashing over the next hour were Miguel "LOL_U_91" Use (41st, $336.30), Ola "Odd_Oddsen" Amundsgaard (35th, $399.60), Mark "SHIPP ITT" Herm (32nd, $399.60), and Randal "RandALLin" Flowers (25th, $466.20).
Meanwhile Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara had slipped to the bottom of the counts and was down to just under four big bets when a hand arose that saw Kihara close to all in by the first draw and standing pat versus one-time SCOOP champion Jamie_KK. Jamie_KK took two cards on the first draw, then raised Kihara on the next betting round to put the latter all in.
Both stood pat thereafter, and after Jamie_KK showed a  to beat Kihara's , the Team Online pro was out in 23rd for a $566.10 payday.
The 22 remaining players soon after took the five-minute break that came at the tourney's seven-hour mark, during which one of those remaining, David "Gunslinger3" Bach, tweeted to his followers a reoprt on his progress not just in Event #28-M, but in #28-L and #28-H as well.
Have an excellent chance at the TRIPLE @PokerStarsBlog 2-7 TD SCOOP, I made money in 2 and on bubble in 3rd. Still alive for win in 2/3 too— david bach (@gunslingerbach) May 13, 2014
Indeed, in Event #28-L (the $27 buy-in version of this one), Bach finished 123rd and in the money for a $52.43 cash, and in Event #28-H (with a $2,100 buy-in) Bach was still alive as that tournament was approaching the final 12 and the money bubble.
Play continued, with former leaders zxz_ (21st, $566.10) and Belledejour1 (17th, $699.30) among the eliminated while Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko stayed at the top of the counts, continuing his quest for a second SCOOP title to add to the one he won in 2011 as well as his WCOOP win in 2010.
A short while later Bach was hanging on with a super-short stack as Andrey "andreasbar" Lobzhanidze (14th, $699.30) and jickgh_ty (13th, $699.30) went out to leave just two six-handed tables.
Zyod next went out in 12th ($932.40), and around then David "Gunslinger3" Bach lost a big one to J Thirteen to fall to just over 1,000 chips -- about 1/8 of a big bet. But Bach would survive a remarkable sequence of double-ups thereafter to build his stack all of the way back up over 67,000.
"lol," typed DTFobos at one point amid the come-Bach. "undead."
unnamedone12 (11th, $932.40) next went out, then Bach's run finally reached its end as well in a hand in which slinkshop made an  after the first draw and Bach couldn't catch up. His 10th-place finish earned him $932.40 as well, and after having made the money and final table in #28-H, Gunslinger3 did indeed achieve a triple draw triple.
A while later it was slinkyshop (9th), funky_dude24 (8th), and Kevin "iacog4" Iacofano (7th) hitting the rail, each earning $1,665.
With the tourney's nine-hour mark approaching and ogotop76 having assumed a slim lead, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: J Thirteen (Netherlands) -- 245,130
Seat 2: ogotop76 (Bulgaria) -- 335,356
Seat 3: seven_spb70 (Russia) -- 179,974
Seat 4: Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko (Russia) -- 269,327
Seat 5: Jason "StatusUp" Lavallee (Canada) -- 311,383
Seat 6: DTFobos (Russia) -- 323,830
seven_spb70 stopped in sixth
The final six would battle for about 20 minutes, during which stretch seven_spb70 became short-stacked and eventually fell to less than 10,000 as the limits rose to 8,000/16,000. That's when ogotop76 raised from the small blind, then seven_spb70 called all in from the big blind.
ogotop76 drew just one card on the first round then stood pat thereafter while seven_spb70 took three, then one, then one again. ogotop76 then showed an unbeatable "number one" --  -- and after showing [K], seven_spb70 was out in sixth.
ogotop76 out in fifth
A couple of orbits later the stakes were still 8,000/16,000 and ogtop76 had become the short stack. A hand then arose in which DTFobos raised from the button and ogtop76 called all in with the 4,660 left after posting the big blind.
This time it was DTFobos drawing one on the first round then standing pat while ogtop76 drew three cards, then two, then one. DTFobos showed [T] while ogotop76 had paired up on the end, turning over  before departing in fifth.
J Thirteen thwarted in fourth
J Thirteen was the next to get whittled down while Jason "StatusUp" Lavallee moved up into first position wtih four left.
They were still in the 8,000/16,000 level when Lavallee raised from the button, DTFobos called from the small blind, J Thirteen three-bet from the big blind, and both of the others called.
On the first round, DTFobos drew one, J Thirteen stood pat, then StatusUp drew two cards. It checked to J Thirteen who bet, StatusUp called, DTFobos check-raised, J Thirteeen called all in with the 630 left, and StatusUp called as well.
On the second draw, DTFobos and J Thirteen stood pat while Lavallee drew one card. DTFobos then bet (16,000 this time), and when StatusUp raised, DTFobos folded. Both J Thirteen and Lavallee then stood pat on the final drawing round.
Both players had made 8-low hands, but StatusUp's  pipped J Thirteen's  and J Thirteen was out in fourth.
Kroko-dill cut down in third
The stakes increased to 10,000/20,000 when Jason "StatusUp" Lavallee raised from the button, Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko reraised from the big blind, Status Up capped it, and Zaichenko called, leaving but 1,964 behind.
Kroko-dill stood pat while StatusUp drew two, then Zaichenko put his last chips in and Lavallee called. Both stood pat from that point forward, and again both players would turn over 8-low hands. Zaichenko had , but Lavallee had him beat with  and they were down to two.
A deal and a duel: DTFobos outlasts StatusUp to win
DTFobos led with 1,045,505 to Jason "StatusUp" Lavallee's 619,495 to start heads-up play, and after playing a couple of hands with little chip movement they paused the tournament to discuss a possible chop. "ICM"-based figures were produced leaving $500 for which to play, both quickly agreed, and play continued with a little more chatbox talk as the next hand was dealt.
DTFobos: i want watch
StatusUp: i have one already u can have it
Indeed, Lavallee won a previous SCOOP event back in 2011.
Even so, it was clear Lavallee desired a second one as much as DTFobos wanted a first, as evidenced by the lengthy, hard fought heads-up duel that ensued.
The pair would play for just over 90 minutes more, more than 340 hands total (!). DTFobos would increase the advantage during the early going, but Lavallee would battle back to even things and then take the lead for a short while. But DTFobos gained the lead again, finally carving StatusUp down to less than 140,000 chips while the limits increased to 20,000/40,000.
That's when Lavallee raised from the button and DTFobos called, then DTFobos drew three cards and Lavallee two. DTFobos then check-raised a bet from StatusUp which Lavallee called, and after DTFobos stood pat on the second draw Lavallee took one card. DTFobos led with a bet this time, called by Lavallee, then on the final draw DTFobos again stood pat and Lavallee took one. DTFobos bet once more, and Lavallee called with the 15,495 he had left.
DTFobos then showed , better than StatusUp's [J], and at long last it was over -- DTFobos had won.
Congratulations to DTFobos for surviving a strong field including two especially tough final opponents in Andrey Zaichenko and Jason Lavallee to earn that SCOOP watch and a $12,749.69 first prize.
SCOOP 28-M: $215 FL Triple Draw 2-7
Total prize pool: $66,600.00
Places paid: 42
1. DTFobos (Russia) $12,749.69*
2. Jason "StatusUp" Lavallee (Canada) $11,426.11*
3. Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko (Russia) $7,659.00
4. J Thirteen (Netherlands) $5,328.00
5. ogotop76 (Bulgaria) $3,996.00
6. seven_spb70 (Russia) $2,664.00
*= reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $500 in play for the winner
Still lots of SCOOPin' left to be SCOOPed. Check out the 2014 SCOOP homepage for a full schedule as well as results thus far in the online tournament series.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.