SCOOP 2014: Late comeback nets n3xD a title in Event #4-L, $5.50+R NLHE (6-max, Action Hour)

Turbo re-buys are among the most entertaining events during PokerStars' major tournament series, not just because they move quickly but because they allow players to build big stacks and put them to use. Sometimes, though, you just want things to slow down once you have all those chips so you can take advantage of the chance to play some post-flop poker. That's where the Action Hour structure comes in handy. Players are allowed unlimited re-buys through the first 60 minutes of play, which feature five-minute turbo levels. After that, the blinds are reset to 10/20 and the rest of the tournament is played out with 15-minute levels.

Event #4-L of this year's SCOOP, a 6-max, $5.50+R No-Limit Hold'em tournament, featured the Action Hour structure and two days of play. A field of 14,066 players turned up and combined for 25,564 re-buys and 8,241 add-ons, building a total prize pool of $239,355. Day 1 ended last night with blinds and antes at 17.5K/35K/4,375 and 88 players still in the hunt for the scheduled first-place prize of $32,800.92. Portugal's jhon roselló led the way overnight with 7.17 million chips, followed by Canada's n3xD (5.19M), the United Kingdom's Shawdofax (4.44M) and mickyray2010 (4.20M), and Switzerland's Alexis "J0hnny_Dr@m@" Zervos (3.96M).

Within five and a half hours of restarting on Day 2 the field of 88 had been cut down to just six. The blinds and antes were at 150K/300K/75K and one of the leaders from the beginning of the day was still in contention:

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Seat 1: Egor699 (45,315,490 in chips)
Seat 2: 4uAllIn (26,668,454 in chips)
Seat 3: Kyle "murphdawg10" McMurphy (24,346,590 in chips)
Seat 4: kingroler (7,971,345 in chips)
Seat 5: 10111420 (10,658,692 in chips)
Seat 6: n3xD (45,134,429 in chips)

Zero to 60

The action got started with a bang after Russia's Egor699 opened under the gun for a minimum raise to 600K and 10111420 from Malta jammed for 10.5M in the small blind. Egor699 called and was ahead with 5♥ 5♠ against K♣ 2♣, but 10111420 paired on the 3♦ T♥ K♥ flop and stayed ahead through the 3♣ turn and A♦ river to win the 21.9M-chip pot.

There was more early action on Hand #2 after 4uAllIn opened for 1.8M under the gun and got calls from past Super Tuesday winner Kyle "murphdawg10" McMurphy in middle position and Egor699 in the big blind. The flop came A♠ 6♠ 9♣ and Egor699 check-folded to 4uAllIn's 2.8M-chip bet and murphdawg10's call. Those two checked down the T♥ turn and K♠ river and murphdawg10's A♥ Q♥ won the 11.7M-chip pot over A♦ J♦.

The second all-in situation of the table came on Hand #8 and Egor699 was involved again. The Russian was in the big blind with 9♦ 9♣ and called after Slovakia's kingroler moved all-in for 6.14M in the cutoff. Once again the flop was bad news for Egor699's pair, as the board fell 6♥ K♣ T♠ 5♠ 2♥ to give kingroler a double to 13.2M.

After that things slowed down a bit. 10111420 turned up the aggression and stacked up to more than 40M over the next four orbits as the blinds and antes climbed to 500K/1M/125K. Meanwhile kingroler kept looking for a chance to double up but couldn't get anyone to call. Finally Hand #29 rolled around and the Slovakian moved all-in from for 9.79M from the big blind after n3xD opened for 2M in middle position. n3xD called and was ahead with A♣ T♣ against A♥ 7♦. The flop strengthened that lead when it came 5♥ 8♣ T♥, but kingroler picked up an open-ended straight draw with the 9♦ turn. The K♥ closed things out, though, and kingroler left in 6th place ($2,893.80).

Cruising speed

murphdawg10 won the largest pot of the final table so far on Hand #34 after some major action before the flop. n3xD got things going with a raise to 2.4M under the gun before murphdawg10 made it three bets and 5.44M to go in the small blind. Then 10111420, holding A♠ Q♦, jammed in the big blind for 39.5M, getting n3xD to fold but drawing a call from murphdawg10, who had K♥ K♠. The 6♠ Q♣ T♠ 7♥ 3♦ board offered some help to 10111420 but not quite enough, and murphdawg10 scooped up the 56.7M-chip pot to take the lead.

The next 13 hands went by without a single flop being seen and the blinds and antes climbed to 700K/1.4M/175K. Hand #49 broke that streak but ended with n3xD taking down a 7.17M-chip pot on the turn. It was Hand #50 that finally brought a showdown when 10111420 jammed from the small blind with A♥ 5♦ and n3xD called in the big blind with A♦ K♣. The underdog won thanks to a T♦ 3♦ 6♦ 5♠ 9♥ board, chipping up to 30.3M while n3xD dropped to 14.9M. Five hands later, the same two players would face off; this time both players hit a diamond flush, but n3xD's king-high beat 10111420's nine-high to win the 39.2M chips in the pot.

Hand #8 brought one more confrontation between n3xD and 10111420. The latter opened the betting with an all-in bet of 11.3M from under the gun, and n3xD called. In a re-enactment of their earliest battle, the player from Canada held a dominating hand - in this case, A♠ K♣ against 10111420's A♥ 4♥. But things went differently this time as the board came 9♥ 6♠ 8♦ 9♠ J♣, giving n3xD the 25.6M-chip pot and eliminating 10111420 in 5th place ($4,787.10).

Heel-toe to the finish

With the tournament down to just four players now, the pace of play slowed again. Just four of the next 15 hands got as far as the flop, with only half of those making it to the turn. Everybody seemed to be waiting for something strong to make a move, and Hand #74 gave three of them reason to jump into the pot:

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None of the two aces and two kings left in the deck materialized, giving n3xD's queens the win and the largest pot of the tournament at 116M. murphdawg10 was left with just 16M chips, and 4uAllIn left in 4th place ($8,377.42).

The very next hand saw murphdawg10 open all-in on the button with J♥ 9♥ and n3xD call in the small blind with A♠ T♥. The K♦ 8♠ 2♠ 3♠ 7♦ never even threatened to change the order of things, and murphdawg10 was out in 3rd place ($15,558.07).

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n3xD, who had been on the verge of elimination just a few dozen hands earlier, now held 134M chips to Egor699's 25.6M as heads-up play began. After folding to raises from the Russian on the first two hands of heads-up, n3xD limped for 1.6M on the button with K♣ Q♣ and then called for 29M total when Egor699 moved all-in. The Russian held A♥ Q♦ but promptly fell behind when the flop cmd K♠ 4♦ 2♦. The T♥ on the turn added a few more outs for a straight, but the 2♥ came on the river and brought the tournament to a close.

Despite suffering setbacks from start to finish at the final table, Egor699 managed to make it to heads-up play and took home $22,738.72 for the effort. As for n3xD, some great timing at the end of the tournament helped the Canadian player to rise above the rest of the field and lay claim to a first career SCOOP title and the $32,800.92 top prize. Congratulations to both of them, and the rest of the final table, for their impressive runs through an enormous field of action fanatics!

SCOOP 04-L: $5.50+R No-Limit Hold'em (6-max, Action Hour)
Entrants: 14,066 (25,564 entries, 8,241 add-ons)
Prize pool: $239,355
Places paid: 1,800

1. n3xD (Canada) $32,800.92
2. Egor699 (Russia) $22,738.72
3. murphdawg10 (Canada) $15,558.07
4. 4uAllIn (Germany) $8,377.42
5. 10111420 (Malta) $4,787.10
6. kingroler (Slovakia) $2,893.80

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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