SCOOP 2014: 13 minutes, 21 hands and KevinhoOrtiz is champ in Event #20-L ($27 PLO 6-Max)
Twenty-one. It's a significant number in many cultures. A celebrated birthday. The legal gambling age in many parts of the world. The perfect Blackjack hand. It's also the number of hands that it took Brazil's KevinhoOrtiz to destroy today's SCOOP final table. He didn't do all the dirty work himself, but a commanding chip lead, a no-nonsense attitude and a little bit of gamble would see KevinhoOrtiz prevail in just thirteen minutes of game time and a rapid twenty-one hands to secure $27,122.66 in prize money.
Event #20-L of the 2014 SCOOP attracted a field of 7,364 (including 2,102 re-entries) for a $27 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max event. With all the re-entries, the prize pool swelled to an incredible $180,786.20 to more than double the advertised guarantee.
The Team PokerStars Pros were out in force for this one. Stavros Kalfas, Leo Ferndandez, Marcin Horecki, Bertrand Grospellier, Naoya Kihara, Caio Pessagno, Fredy Torres, Matthias de Meulder, Martin Hrubý, Nacho Barbero, Marcel Luske, Lex Veldhuis and Christophe de Meulder were just some of those in action. Sadly they missed the money, even with a few of them firing multiple bullets into the prize pool.
When kertexx from Hungary bubbled in 961st, the remaining players had safely locked up $43.38. George Danzer (845th - $45.19) and Bryan Huang (467th - $61.46) were the two red spades to finish in the money.
Entering the twelfth hour of play, Aleksvik had aces cracked by the queen-high flush of KevinhoOrtiz to be eliminated in seventh play for $1,807.86 in prize money as our final table of six was formed:
Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: trampalau (1,782,258 in chips)
Seat 2: ulisse_leon (3,506,696 in chips)
Seat 3: KevinhoOrtiz (19,822,138 in chips)
Seat 4: dj_ponytale (3,022,783 in chips)
Seat 5: necromantis7 (5,178,481 in chips)
Seat 6: Melwax (3,507,644 in chips)
The play was somewhat cautious over the final few tables, but that all changed once the players reached the final table. It was a case of shoot for glory or die trying.
It would take just four hands to lose ulisse_leon as the first casualty. It was a battle of the blinds with ulisse_leon limping from the small blind and KevinhoOrtiz raising it up in the big blind. ulisse_leon called and the flop landed 9♦5♣T♥. ulisse_leon check-called a bet before moving all in when the A♥ appeared on the turn. KevinhoOrtiz made a quick call with T♣T♠K♦3♦ for a set of tens as ulisse_leon showed A♦K♣J♠4♦ for a pair of aces with a straight draw. The river was the 6♦ and, just like that, ulisse_leon was out in sixth place for $2,711.79.
Three hands later and dj_ponytale landed a huge double up with aces to temporarily halt the momentum of KevinhoOrtiz.
Two more hands would pass and it was trampalau's turn to make a move. necromantis7 opened with a raise before trampalau moved all in. necromantis7 made the call with a strong A♣Q♣J♦T♥ while trampalau was shooting a bit lower with 9♠7♠7♦6♦. The board would arrive 4♣Q♦2♠9♥5♥ which wasn't much help for trampalau - a pair of nines no good against necromantis7's pair of queens. trampalau departed in fifth place for $4,519.65.
Just two more hands would pass before our final four became three. A preflop raising war saw Melwax's last chips in the middle with A♠Q♥7♦4♠ but dj_ponytale had a little better with A♥K♦Q♣6♦. The board was spread 8♥Q♠6♥6♠8♠ which brought Melwax an ace-high flush but that even wasn't enough as dj_ponytale delivered a full house with sixes full of queens. Melwax would take home $8,135.37 for fourth place.
The three remaining players then tossed up the idea of a deal, but even that was decided at break-neck speed:
necromantis7 said, "deal?"
KevinhoOrtiz said, "The only way I'd make a deal would be if I get more money that 27k"
dj_ponytale said, "wanna look at numbers kevin?"
KevinhoOrtiz said, "but I'm saying"
KevinhoOrtiz said, "27k+ or no deal"
necromantis7 said, "play"
KevinhoOrtiz did have a substantial chip lead, but considering the slated first price was already a tick over $27,000, there wasn't really any room for negotiations there, so play continued.
Compared to the rest of this final table, three-handed play was a lengthy affair - a whole nine hands worth.
It came to an end when necromantis7 decided to fight fire with fire. Unfortunately that fire backfired:
necromantis7 decided to go with a bare king-high flush draw but was in trouble when KevinhoOrtiz had the nut flush draw with a pair of nines. The turn sealed the deal, giving KevinhoOrtiz a set, as necromantis7 was drawing dead before the river landed. necromantis7 departed in third place for $13,558.96 in prize money.
Heads-Up Chip Counts
Seat 3: KevinhoOrtiz (31,566,790 in chips)
Seat 4: dj_ponytale (5,253,210 in chips)
KevinhoOrtiz had a huge chip lead, and such was the nature of this final table, just one more hand was required to finish the job.
Again it was a preflop raising war with dj_ponytale three-betting and then five-bet shoving all in with A♥K♦J♥7♥ as KevinhoOrtiz took the gamble with Q♠J♠T♣6♦.
The flop landed 9♦8♣A♦ to pair up dj_ponytale, but a wrap for KevinhoOrtiz was the danger. It didn't take long to become reality as the 7♣ fell on the turn to give KevinhoOrtiz a straight. dj_ponytale would need an ace or seven river to make a full house and keep the dream alive, but it wasn't to be as the K♠ completed the board.
dj_ponytale collected $18,982.55 for second place as KevinhoOrtiz delivered on what appeared to be the inevitable, crushing this final table in record time to pocket $27,122.66 and the title of SCOOP champion. Congratulations!
SCOOP-20-L: $27 PL Omaha 6-Max - $75K Guaranteed
Entrants: 7,364 (2,102 re-entries)
Prize Pool: $180,786.20
Places Paid: 960
1. KevinhoOrtiz (Brazil) - $27,122.66
2. dj_ponytale (United Kingdom) - $18,982.55
3. necromantis7 (Greece) - $13,558.96
4. Melwax (Sweden) - $8,135.37
5. trampalau (Romania) - $4,519.65
6. ulisse_leon (Netherlands) - $2,711.79
If you missed out today, then don't worry as there are plenty more opportunities for you to grab yourself a slice of the SCOOP pie. There are 45 different events, all with low, medium and high buy-in levels to suit players of all budgets. A total prize pool of $40 million is guaranteed with the series running right through until May 18th. Head to the SCOOP home page for more details.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.