SCOOP 2014: mustafa masterfully mows down field to win Event #39-H [$2,100 NL Omaha Hi/Lo]
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Ami "UhhMee" Barer won his second-career SCOOP title just six days earlier. He advanced to another final table in Event #39-H, yet fell short in his quest for SCOOP title #3. Instead, Australia's mustafa stepped out of the shadows and pulled off a come-from-behind victory to defeat Demonic16 heads-up to become the newest SCOOP champion.
SCOOP Event #39-H $2,100 NL Omaha Hi/Lo attracted 130 runners. They boosted the prize pool to $260,000. Only the top 15 places paid out, with $65,000 set aside to the eventual champion.
Team Poker Stars Pros George Danzer and Nacho Barbero both took shot at a SCOOP title, along with PokerStars Team Online nkeyno. Out of those three familiar faces, only Danzer advanced to the money.
George Danzer cashed in 12th place. Danzer got it all-in with 9♦6♦5♣4♣ versus Demonic16's K♣K♠Q♣J♥. The board ran out Q♠6♠6♣K♦Q♥ and although Danzer flopped a set of sixes, Demonic16 won the pot with a full house. Danzer hit the road in 12th place and just missed another final table appearance by a couple of spots.
SCOOP Event #39-H Final Table - Chip Counts:
Seat 1: cutitup (107,185)
Seat 2: Demonic16 (107,229)
Seat 3: PearlJammer (62,127)
Seat 4: mustafa (29,918)
Seat 5: TheTakeover (85,759)
Seat 6: Giffordonian (45,757)
Seat 7: römpsä (23,771)
Seat 8: UhhMee (137,965)
Seat 9: 011PokerDr (50,289)
The final table commenced during Level 21 with blinds at 1K/2K and a 250 ante. UhhMee held the lead with 137K and römpsä was the short stack with 23.7K. Aussie Millions champ Ami "UhhMee" Barer won his second SCOOP title just a week earlier. He shipped his first SCOOP title in 2012 (in the lower version of the same event NL Omaha Hi/Lo). Also making cameos at the final table: Jon "PearlJammer" Turner and Nick "TheTakeover" Shulman.
011PokerDr eliminated in 9th place
Almost a full level played out before we saw our first liquidation at the final table. UhhMee min-raised, 011PokerDr shoved for 15,418, Demonic16 re-shoved for 144,694, and everyone else folded.
The board finished up K♣5♥4♦8♠3♣. 011PokerDr could only muster up a pair of treys and a 8-5-4-3-A low. However, Demonic16 scooped after rivering a six-high straight and the Wheel nut low. Canada's 011PokerDr became the first player to exit the final table and collected $7,150.00 for ninth place.
römpsä eliminated in 8th place
Super-short römpsä shoved for 4,504 and two players called: UhhMee and TheTakeover. The flop was J♥9♠4♣. TheTakeover fired out 9,269 and UhhMee folded. Heads-up.
TheTakeover was ahead with a set of nines, but römpsä held an open-ended straight draw. The turn was the Q♥ and römpsä turned a straight, but the river was the J♦ and TheTakeover rivered a boat. Without a qualifying low, TheTakeover won the high end with a full house -- Jacks full of Nines -- which beat out römpsä's Queen-high straight. Finland's römpsä went busto in eighth place, which paid out $9,100.00.
Giffordonian eliminated in 7th place
Very next hand... mustafa min-raised to 5,000, Giffordonian shoved for 26,132, and mustafa called.
The board ran out K♦9♣3♥A♥6♣. Without a qualifying low, Giffordonian's pair of Aces lost to mustafa's two pair -- Aces and Kings. Giffordonian hit the virtual rail in seventh place, which paid out $11,050.00.
With six to go, Demonic16 was out in front with 207K, and a trio was battled for the short stack (mustafa, TheTakeover and PearlJammer) with approximately 75K.
PearlJammer eliminated in 6th place
Battle of shorties.... mustafa open-shoved for 47,252 and PearlJammer called all-in for 41,477 from the big blind.
The board ran out K♦8♣8♠9♠T♠. Without a qualifying low, PearlJammer's two pair lost to mustafa's Ace-high flush. PearlJammer busted out in sixth place, which paid out $13,650.00.
UhhMee eliminated in 5th place
UhhMee's search for a third SCOOP title came to an end when he went busto in fifth. TheTakeover limped from the small blind, UhhMee shoved for 58,621, and TheTakeover called.
The board finished up K♣J♥2♦T♥9♣. Without a qualifying low, UhhMee could only mount a defense worth a pair of deuces, and TheTakeover dragged the pot with two pair -- nines and deuces. For fifth place, Ami "UhhMee" Barer took home $16,900.00.
With four remaining, TheTakeover was out in front with 234K and mustafa clung to the short stack with 92.5K.
TheTakeover eliminated in 4th place
After a full level of inaction, TheTakeover's big stack came under assault and he went from the big dog to the lil dog. Demonic16 min-raised to 80,000, TheTakeover bombed it all-in for 101,555, and Demonic16 called.
The board ran out J♥T♥2♥2♠A♦. TheTakeover rivered a Broadway straight, but Demonic16 turned trip deuces and rivered a boat. Without a qualifying low, Demonic16 won the pot with a full house -- deuces full of Aces. TheTakeover was knocked out in fourth place, which paid out $24,050.00.
With three to go, Demonic16 held over 60% of the chips in play with 401K, while cutitup sat in second with 169K, and mustafa trailed with 79K.
cutitup eliminated in 3rd place
cutitup open-shoved for 72,903 with A♣Q♠7♠3♥, and Demonic16 tried to pick him off with Q♥Q♣4♣3♦. The board finished up Q♦7♣5♥5♣T♥. Demonic16 flopped a set of Queens and turned a boat. cutitup's two pair was not enough to stave off elimination. For third place, Sweden's cutitup earned $33,800.00.
HEADS-UP: Demonic16 (United Kingdom) vs. mustafa (Australia)
Seat 2: Demonic16 (529,298)
Seat 4: mustafa (120,702)
With two to go, Demonic16 held a sizable advantage over mustafa.
Demonic16 eliminated in 2nd place; mustafa wins SCOOP Event #39-H!
Heads-up lasted roughly 30 minutes. Demonic16 landed a few early body blows, but he could not put away mustafa early. Instead, mustafa launched a successful counter-attack. When faced with the first potential do-or-die situation of heads-up, mustafa doubled up and stole away the lead. mustafa scored a decisive pot worth approximately 420K after turning a full house with K♦K♥8♠6♠ vs. Demonic16's 9♣8♦4♠2♣. After successfully avoiding a bustout, mustafa turned the tables on Demonic16 and seized nearly a 2-1 chip lead.
On the final hand... mustafa limped for 2,500 and Demonic16 checked from the big blind. The flop was J♦6♠2♠ and fireworks ensued: Demonic16 checked, mustafa jammed all-in for 426,224, and Demonic16 called all-in for 212,526.
Demonic16 flopped a set of sixes, yet mustafa flopped two pair and picked up a nut-flush draw. The A♦ fell on the turn and the Q♠ spiked on the river. Sans a qualifying low, mustafa rivered a flush to win the pot and the tournament. Demonic16's two pair were no good and that's all she wrote.
For a gutsy runner-up performance, U.K.'s Demonic16 earned a $44,200.00 payday.
Congrats to Australia's mustafa for winning SCOOP Event #36-H. First place paid out $65,000.00 plus a cool SCOOP champion's watch.
View the final hand in the replayer:
SCOOP-39-H: $2,100 NL Omaha Hi/Lo
Places paid: 15
1. mustafa (Australia) $65,000.00
2. Demonic16 (United Kingdom) $44,200.00
3. cutitup (Sweden) $33,800.00
4. TheTakeover (Turks and Caicos Islands) $24,050.00
5. Ami "UhhMee" Barer (Canada) $16,900.00
6. PearlJammer (Mexico) $13,650.00
7. Giffordonian (United Kingdom) $11,050.00
8. römpsä (Finland) $9,100.00
9. 011PokerDr (Canada) $7,150.00
Pauly McGuire is an author and freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.