SCOOP 2014: Bryn Kenney zooms away to win Event #21-H ($2,100 NLHE Turbo Zoom)
If must feel pretty good to win $159,556.70. How about winning $159,556.70 with an hourly rate of over $45,000? Well that's exactly what we saw today on an action-packed day of the 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker as Bryn Kenney conquered one of the highest-rolling, turbo-charged, zooming tournaments you'll ever see.
It was Event #21-H of the SCOOP schedule as 530 players came together to obliterate the advertised prize pool guarantee of $500,000. In the end, that number was more than doubled as a prize pool of $1,060,000 was up for grabs.
Liv Boeree, Nacho Barbero, Max Lykov, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Leo Fernandez, Bertrand Grospellier, Christian de León, George Danzer, Angel Guillen and Mickey Petersen were representing the red spade of Team PokerStars, but unfortunately their time in the tournament was rather brief.
As the players "zoomed" out the door, there were a few tricky folk waiting in the wings for their time to strike. You see, this event had a ninety-minute late registration window, which incredibly would've seen latecomers outlast the majority of the field. Of course, you would start the tournament with just five big blinds, but with just 90 players left in the field at this point and the top 63 to be paid, it was a potential high-risk, high-reward scenario.
Incredibly, in the last two minutes of the registration period, there was a spike of around 20-25 late comers all looking for a quick double up to sneak into the money.
PokerStars Team Online members George Lind and Naoya Kihara were two that took that chance, but both were unable to secure that double.
Some made it, some failed, but when Sweden's Lena900 busted out in 64th place the remaining players had secured a minimum $4,664 collect.
The Zoom format saw the field reduced to the final three tables within a couple of hours of play, and at that point, the tournament was played out as a regular turbo MTT.
There was one member of Team PokerStars still in the field, with Caio Pessagno making a strong run at the SCOOP title. However when Pessagno's A♠K♠ couldn't improve against yurasov1990's 6♥6♣, Pessagno had to be content with $8,480 in prize money for 16th place.
When mikki696 was eliminated in tenth place, the final table of nine was formed as follows:
Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Goran "mandza17" Mandić (213,878 in chips)
Seat 2: yurasov1990 (212,432 in chips)
Seat 3: maximum123 (87,756 in chips)
Seat 4: João "Naza114" Vieira (162,670 in chips)
Seat 5: BrynKenney (432,725 in chips)
Seat 6: Florian "FA_Morgoth" Langmann (661,390 in chips)
Seat 7: Shhh00kem (233,424 in chips)
Seat 8: Fresh_oO_D (139,146 in chips)
Seat 9: Anaras "Elektrikas" Alekberovas (506,579 in chips)
Fresh_oO_D would be the first to fall after three-bet shoving all in with 7♥7♠. The call was made by chip leader Florian "FA_Morgoth" Langmann with A♥J♣, with the board running out A♣J♥3♥3♣K♦. Two pair for FA_Morgoth would see Fresh_oO_D pick up $17,596 for ninth place.
Just three hands later and João "Naza114" Vieira would follow to the rail. Shhh00kem moved all in from under the gun and action folded to Naza114 who moved all in for less. The race was on with Shhh00kem's A♥K♣ up against Naza114's T♥T♦ with the overcards connecting on a board of A♣9♥2♦5♦6♥. Naza114 finished in eighth place for $23,850.
Goran "mandza17" Mandić would run into trouble with an all-in move from early position with A♣6♣ running into Bryn Kenney's dominant A♠Q♣. The board bricked out 5♦J♣9♥2♣J♥ to see mandza17 depart in seventh place, collecting $34,450 in prize money.
maximum123 had done well to jump a couple of pay spots after starting the final table severely short stacked. With just three big blinds, maximum123 moved all in from early position with 3♣3♦ and Anaras "Elektrikas" Alekberovas was priced into call from the big blind with 7♥9♥. The board of 7♠A♠2♠2♥A♥ paired up Elektrikas to see the former WCOOP winner maximum123 take home $45,050 for sixth place.
BrynKenney and FA_Morgoth were the ones in front, but the turbo structure ensured that anything was still possible. Shhh00kem wasn't going to go down without a fight and grabbed a nice double up in dramatic style:
Meanwhile Elektrikas slipped back to under ten big blinds and made a move from under the gun. Elektrikas held K♣T♥ and received a call from FA_Morgoth holding 7♠7♥. The board ran out 8♥5♥8♣2♠5♦ bringing no help to Elektrikas to eliminate him in fifth place for a $58,300 score.
yurasov1990 couldn't get much going on the final table and had slipped down to under three big blinds when he committed all in with T♥9♦. BrynKenney made the call with a dominant A♣9♥ and it held through the Q♠2♣7♣6♣K♠ board. A nice run by yurasov1990 ended in fourth place for $82,680 in prize money.
The three remaining players were then quick to pause the clock to consider a possible deal with the chip counts as follows:
Seat 5: BrynKenney (866,592 in chips)
Seat 6: FA_Morgoth (1,118,278 in chips)
Seat 7: Shhh00kem (665,130 in chips)
The ICM numbers were presented, leaving $10,000 and the commemorative SCOOP watch in the middle to play for. Shhh00kem was happy to agree, and after a little prodding from BrynKenney, chip leader FA_Morgoth also agreed. BrynKenney rounded out the acceptance as the deal was struck and the cards launched back into the air.
With a nice pay day assured, Shhh00kem took the opportunity to try and run a bluff on the first hand back, but it didn't get past FA_Morgoth who called with top pair. Shhh00kem recovered with a double up making two pair with ace-eight to better FA_Morgoth's pocket fives, however a huge clash with BrynKenney would see our final three become two.
Shhh00kem raised preflop, bet the flop and then check-raised all in on the turn on a board of K♠7♦8♣6♠. The story was strong, but he couldn't shake BrynKenney who made the call with 8♦6♦ for two pair. Shhh00kem had a lot of outs with J♠7♠ for pair and flush draw, but the river bricked the 4♣. Shhh00kem is a former Super Tuesday champion but narrowly misses the SCOOP crown, taking third place for a post-deal $141,551.57.
Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 5: BrynKenney (2,158,542 in chips)
Seat 6: FA_Morgoth (491,458 in chips)
That hand shot BrynKenney into a commanding lead, and he decided to go for the quick kill. BrynKenney moved all in from the button on the very first heads-up hand, and FA_Morgoth made the call. Here's what happened next:
FA_Morgoth flopped top pair, but BrynKenney caught the gutterball on the river, making a straight to claim an emphatic victory!
It was an epic run by Florian "FA_Morgoth" Langmann to narrowly miss the SCOOP title, but he takes home $157,341.73 for a fine tournament.
However our champion is Bryn Kenney, who collects $159,556.70 and his second SCOOP title after winning a SCOOP NLHE event back in 2010. That event took 21 hours to complete. This one was done in three and a half! Congratulations!
SCOOP-21-H: $2,100 NL Holdem [Turbo, Zoom] - $500K Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $1,060,000.00
Places Paid: 63
1. BrynKenney (Mexico) - $159,556.70*
2. Florian "FA_Morgoth" Langmann (Austria) - $157,341.73*
3. Shhh00kem (Canada) - $141,551.57*
4. yurasov1990 (Belarus) - $82,680.00
5. Anaras "Elektrikas" Alekberovas (Lithuania) - $58,300.00
6. maximum123 (Norway) - $45,050.00
7. Goran "mandza17" Mandić (Croatia) - $34,450.00
8. João "Naza114" Vieira (Portugal) - $23,850.00
9. Fresh_oO_D (Germany) - $17,596.00
* denotes three-handed ICM deal
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.