SCOOP 2014: Outeiri outlasts all in Event 2-M Sunday Million Special Edition ($215 NLHE)

The tournament was tough, not to mention the final table that took nearly three hours to play. Outeiri seemed to use a play-by-play strategy to dodge the tough competitors. While some burst into the chip lead and lost it all quickly, Outeiri waited for the right spots and used patience coupled with selective aggression. It worked. And the German is now $215K richer.


Players have done everything possible to prepare for the 2014 edition of SCOOP. They have played satellites, studied hand histories, sought advice, and some even traveled to various locales in order to play and do so in a comfortable setting. And on Sunday, May 4, tens of thousands of players set out to make SCOOP history.

The first day of SCOOP offered several No Limit Hold'em options, and Event 2's Medium option offered a special two-day edition of the Sunday Million. The $215 buy-in boasted of a $1 million guarantee, but so many players wanted in on the action that the prize pool simply soared. The final numbers were:

Players: 8,959
Guarantee: $1,000,000.00
Total prize pool: $1,791,800.00
Paid players: 1,170

Play moved forward into the late hours, and many of the members of Team PokerStars exited with a little extra cash. Team PokerStars Pro Theo "Theo J" Jorgensen squeaked in to finish in 1013rd place for $376.27. Team Online's Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra finished later in 469th place for $573.37, and Team Pro Eugene "E. Katchalov" took off in 297th place for $734.63, followed by Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis in 266th for $770.47. Even later in the tournament, Team Online's Caio "Pessagno" Pessagno exited in 137th place for $1,164.67.

Day 2

The tournament paused after 31 levels of action. The field had been thinned down to just 106 players on 12 tables, and Day 2 began in Level 32, with blinds of 12,500/25,000 and a 3,125 ante. The players comprising the top 10 on the leaderboard were as follows:

1. zeroGambling (Portugal) 3,373,961
2. Viking8844 (Israel) 2,749,977
3. ely_cash41 (Mexico) 2,708,460
4. tonny1976 (Germany) 2,255,075
5. darkspace0 (Croatia) 2,148,738
6. PEHA GR (Russia) 2,124,014
7. csc89 (Russia) 2,048,793
8. KidPoker1141 (Russia) 1,966,521
9. DonaldTrump (Thailand) 1,837,862
10. EDWARDHOPPER (Denmark) 1,815,559

And representing the Red Spade players and Belgium, Team PokerStars Pro Matthias "mattidm" De Meulder was still in the tournament in 81st place with 404,621 chips.

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Not long after play resumed, De Meulder departed in 100th place for $1,540.94.

Play moved forward for several hours as pay jumps increased, and by the time two tables remained, PEHA GR, glammc, and ely_cash41 were at the top of the leaderboard.

Speaking of glammc, that was the player who eliminated former chip leader zeroGambling in 13th place for $7,167.20. DonaldTrump - presumably not the Donald Trump - followed in 12th place, and BBOY3110 exited in 11th place. Hand-for-hand play then began.

EDWARHOPPER was on the short stack but doubled through PEHA GR, and ely_cash41 doubled through Outeiri. About 10 minutes later, ely_cash41 moved again, that time with about 4.6 million chips and A♣9♦ from the big blind. Original UTG+1 raiser Re4ction called with A♠Q♦, and the board came 7♥7♦Q♣T♥2♥. Ely_cash41 was ousted in tenth place with $9,586.13.

PEHA GR pushing strong stack from top spot

The final table officially began in Level 44, with blinds at 125K/250K and a 31,250 ante. The players took their seats with these chip counts:

Seat 1: Outeiri (12,485,984 in chips)
Seat 2: darkspace0 (3,584,492 in chips)
Seat 3: jnash76 (3,854,666 in chips)
Seat 4: glammc (7,091,283 in chips)
Seat 5: Re4ction (18,434,085 in chips)
Seat 6: PEHA GR (23,618,061 in chips)
Seat 7: spewcall (7,332,215 in chips)
Seat 8: Paulharvey3 (7,671,193 in chips)
Seat 9: EDWARDHOPPER (5,518,021 in chips)

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PEHA GR was using the big stack to put other players to decisions and did it just a few hands into action with pocket sixes. Paulharvey3 pushed back and was all-in with pocket queens for the double-up. That relegated PEHA GR to second on the leaderboard, just barely ahead of Paulharvey3.

Short-stacked darkspace0 was reduced to less than 3 million chips and moved all-in with A♥5♥ from the button, and original raiser Outeiri called with T♥T♦. The flop of 5♣K♥7♠ brought hope for darkspace0, but the 6♦ turn and Q♦ river eliminated darkspace0 in ninth place with $13,886.45.

Jnash76 doubled through glammc, and the latter became the shortest stacked player at the table. A few hands later, glammc pushed all-in from the button, and Re4ction and PEHA GR called from the blinds. They checked down the board of J♥K♥J♣Q♦5♣ to discover that PEHA GR had 6♠6♣ for two pair, which beat the A♦2♥ of Re4ction. Glammc simply mucked and left with $20,605.70 for the eighth place finish.

EDWARDHOPPER doubled through jnash76, and the latter then doubled through Outeiri. Paulharvey3 took a 9.5-million chip pot from PEHA GR to capture the chip lead. Spewcall doubled through Re4ction, and EDWARDHOPPER did the same through PEHA GR.

Outeiri doubled through PEHA GR here, which put the latter in trouble.

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Just a few hands later, PEHA GR pushed all-in with A♦Q♣ against the 9♥9♠ of Outeiri, and the board of 5♠8♣3♣2♣5♦ sent PEHA GR to the rail in seventh place, which was worth $35,836.00 in cash.

Jnash76 was the next player to move all-in and did so from the button with A♣9♦. Re4ction called from the small blind with 7♥7♦, and that pair turned into a full house on the 8♣T♣2♦8♦8♠ board. That eliminated jnash76 in sixth place with $53,754.00.

Spewcall then made the all-in move with 8♣8♠, and Re4ction was there with A♥K♥. The board delivered A♣5♣Q♣9♥3♥, and the aces beat the eights and missed flush draw to send spewcall out in fifth place with $71,672.00.

EDWARDHOPPER was the new short stack of the group, and with less than 5 million chips, the all-in move came quickly. Re4ction and Outeiri called to see the K♣5♥Q♦ flop. Re4ction bet, and Outeiri called to receive a 3♦ on the turn. Re4ction bet again, which prompted a fold from Outeiri. Re4ction showed K♦Q♣, which beat the J♣T♠ of EDWARDHOPPER. That left EDWARDHOPPER out in fourth place with $90,306.72.

Final three talk it out

The last three players standing chose to pause the action to take a look at chip-chop and ICM deal numbers. After some discussion, they did agree to the ICM figures. With an extra $20K for which to play, the payouts were decided upon as follows:

Seat 1: Outeiri (29,962,139 in chips) = $195,303.60
Seat 5: Re4ction (39,626,893 in chips) = $206,891.90
Seat 8: Paulharvey3 (20,000,968 in chips) = $178,061.82

Upon their return to the table, Re4ction simply dominated. Hand after hand, Re4ction scooped significant pots and climbed above the 50 million-chip mark.

Then everything changed over the course of the next 30 minutes. Outeiri took a pot worth more than 33.6 million chips from Re4ction, and Paulharvey3 doubled through Re4ction, as seen here:

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Re4ction chipped up again, but Paulharvey3 doubled through again. And then, Outeiri doubled through Re4ction:

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Two hands later, Re4action pushed all-in for less than 10 million chips with Q♥T♣, and Paulharvey3 called with K♦Q♠. The board showed 3♦7♦2♥J♣6♥, and Re4ction was out in third place with $206,891.90.

No Re4action in heads-up play

The final two players started their match with these chip counts:

Seat 1: Outeiri (50,206,878 in chips)
Seat 8: Paulharvey3 (39,383,122 in chips)

And Paulharvey3 couldn't seem to gain any momentum. Outeiri chipped away at Paulharvey3 until the latter was below 20 million chips. Paulharvey3 then looked down at A♠4♦ and moved all-in, and Outeiri quickly called with K♦K♠. The board ran out with 6♦8♥Q♣A♦K♣, and Paulharvey3 took second in the tournament for $178,061.82.

Outeiri of Germany grabbed the SCOOP title and $215,303.60 in cash. Congrats!

SCOOP - 2M: $215 NLHE Sunday Million Special Edition
Entrants: 8,959
Prize pool: $1,791,800.00
Places paid: 1,170

1. Outeiri (Germany) $215,303.60*
2. Paulharvey3 (Canada) $178,061.82*
3. Re4ction (Austria) $206,891.90*
4. EDWARDHOPPER (Denmark) $90,306.72
5. spewcall (Russia) $71,672.00
6. jnash76 (Finland) $53,754.00
7. PEHA GR (Russia) $35,836.00
8. glammc (Belarus) $20,605.70
9. darkspace0 (Croatia) $13,886.45

*Reflects three-way deal and $20K extra for winner

Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.

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