SCOOP 2014: Ryan "Tepen69" Tepen heats up in Event #26-M ($215 Stud Hi/Lo)

Stud Hi-Lo is a game with rich history that is enjoying a new wave of popularity in the poker world. It used to be played purely by the poker veterans, but in the modern era of clicking buttons in a virtual world, it's the new breed who are showing they have plenty of tricks in their poker arsenal. Seven cards? No worries. Split pots? Sure thing. Today it was Ryan "Tepen69" Tepen who proved he could split 'em with the best of 'em, claiming the SCOOP watch and $16,872 in prize money.

Event #26-M of the 2014 SCOOP would see a field of 444 players arrive for a $215 Stud Hi/Lo Event to produce a healthy prize pool of $88,800, with the top 56 players to finish in the money.

Marcin Horecki, Naoya Kihara, Bertrand Grospellier, George Danzer and Mickey Petersen were the red spades lurking in the field representing Team PokerStars but they all missed out on the money, as did Canadian wasabi who was the unfortunate bubble in 57th place.

It would take nine and a half hours of play to reach the final table, and it was certainly slow going through the final two tables. Eventually cyberkanguru would lose back-to-back hands against __akun333___ to see cyberkanguru bounced out in ninth place and our final table set:


Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Ryan "Tepen69" Tepen (582,002 in chips)
Seat 2: mihailovda (84,379 in chips)
Seat 3: Joe "bigegypt" Elpayaa (196,048 in chips)
Seat 4: Kournikova (140,478 in chips)
Seat 5: L.V.K.777 (132,324 in chips)
Seat 6: __akun333___ (453,556 in chips)
Seat 7: Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (428,112 in chips)
Seat 8: imre (203,101 in chips)

Unfortunately mihailovda didn't hang around long enough to be part of our final table screenshot, with an elimination on the very first hand of the final table.

There was heavy action on third street, with Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah completing and imre raising the action. Both goleafsgoeh and mihailovda made the call. Fourth street was checked around, before mihailovda led the betting on fifth street. On sixth, goleafsgoeh took the betting lead before mihailovda's last chips were in the middle with three players still involved all the way to the river. A final bet from goleafsgoeh was called by imre to see a showdown. goleafsgoeh opened (T♥A♥) 8♥3♠2♠A♦ (4♣) for aces and an eight-low, while imre took the high with (Q♥Q♣) Q♦2♦J♠7♥ (7♣) for a full house. Mihailovda couldn't beat either hand sending the cards into the muck on the way to collect $1,776 for eighth place.

L.V.K.777 would take a huge hit in a hand against goleafsgoeh. The hand would see goleafsgoeh raise on third and bet on fourth, before L.V.K.777 took the betting lead on fifth and sixth streets. On the river there was a huge pot in the middle as L.V.K.777 check-called, but was forced to muck when goleafsgoeh showed an ace-high flush.

L.V.K.777 was crippled but managed to outlast Kournikova who was ground down to the felt. Kournikova had enough for one bet on third street, with Ryan "Tepen69" Tepen and __akun333___ continuing the action into the side pot with bets on fourth and fifth. Sixth street and the river were checked down with Tepen69's (K♠K♦) 4♥2♣A♦T♣ (6♥) unimproved pair of kings enough to scoop the entire pot. Kournikova was showing 3♥7♣8♣T♠ but couldn't find a high or low to depart in seventh place for $2,220.

L.V.K.777 managed to double up to find some life but the comeback was halted when __akun333___ made two pair to collect a handsome pot. L.V.K.777 was again in trouble and next hand was all in on fifth street against Tepen69. L.V.K.777 revealed (7♥6♠) 4♥Q♣5♣T♠ (4♠) for just a pair of fours after missing both straight and low draws as Tepen69's (5♠A♠) 2♦A♣J♣K♣ (9♦) for a pair of aces was enough to take it down. L.V.K.777 finished in sixth place for $3,108.

imre was hanging on for dear life before eventually making a stand against goleafsgoeh. imre was all in by fourth street with a final board of (A♠3♦) 2♣J♥7♠3♥ (9♥) for nothing by a pair of threes as goleafsgoeh found (6♦K♥) 3♠2♥7♦7♥ (A♥) for a pair of sevens and seven-low. That was good to scoop and eliminate imre in fifth place for a $4,440 collect.

The pressure was onto Joe "bigegypt" Elpayaa as the short stack but again it was goleafsgoeh who was the giant-killer in a hand that proved two pair is sometimes better than three:

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goleafsgoeh rivered aces-up which was enough as bigegypt's board couldn't produce more than three small pairs, leaving bigegypt to depart in fourth place for $6,660 in prize money.

With three players left, the big pots started to fly. __akun333___ won a big pot with a straight before goleafsgoeh returned the favour. goleafsgoeh then managed to scoop a big pot against Tepen69 with a pair of sevens and seven-low, to move into the chip lead.

goleafsgoeh would again scoop from both players a short time later with a pretty (2♥4♥) 9♥3♣5♠6♣ (7♥) seven-high straight and six-low, to see __akun333___ slip on to the short stack.

We would then see the biggest pot of the tournament erupt, with __akun333___ all in for tournament life on fifth street and both opponents playing it right out until the river:

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Flushes and full houses were threatening, but in the end, the jack-high straight for Tepen69 was enough to collect the entire pot with no one able to produce a low. That left __akun333___ to depart in third place for $9,324.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 1: Tepen69 (1,109,910 in chips)
Seat 7: goleafsgoeh (1,110,090 in chips)

You could barely split Ryan "Tepen69" Tepen and Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah when heads-up play commenced, with just 180 in chips the difference between them with over 2.2 million in play.

Tepen69 was quickly able to gain the ascendency, making a full house with queens full of deuces to claim the first big pot of the duel. goleafsgoeh chipped away with some smaller pots but Tepen69 was able to edge back ahead with the big ones, landing another solid strike at showdown with trip kings against goleafsgoeh's aces up.

The final blow was landed in a hand that goleafsgoeh completed on third and checked fourth. goleafsgoeh bet again on fifth before Tepen69 raised it up on sixth street. By the time the river was dealt, goleafsgoeh was left to make a crying call for his last chips, seemingly knowing his tournament was over. goleafsgoeh showed (Q♥Q♠) 9♦T♦K♣8♦ (A♦) for an unimproved pair of queens as Tepen69 revealed (8♥6♠) 7♥6♣T♣6♥ (8♠) for a winning full house.

A great run by former WCOOP winner Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah who narrowly misses adding a SCOOP title to the collection. He does however add $12,432 in prize money for second place.

Meanwhile our champion is Mexican-based American Ryan "Tepen69" Tepen who adds a SCOOP title and $16,872 to his blossoming poker resume. Congratulations!

SCOOP-26-M: $215 Stud Hi/Lo - $50K Guaranteed
Entrants: 444
Prize Pool: $88,800.00
Places Paid: 56

1. Ryan "Tepen69" Tepen (Mexico) $16,872.00
2. Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (Canada) $12,432.00
3. __akun333___ (Poland) $9,324.00
4. bigegypt (Mexico) $6,660.00
5. imre (Estonia) $4,440.00
6. L.V.K.777 (Russia) $3,108.00
7. Kournikova (United Kingdom) $2,200.00
8. Mihailovda (Russia) $1,776.00

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.

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