SCOOP 2014: Setherson2 survives marathon to win Event #30-H ($1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday Special Edition)
Online poker tournaments generally aren't renowned for being endurance events. Players usually enjoy the crash and grab nature of online poker, and the freedom to play for a couple of hours here and there when they please. But every now and then, a tournament comes along with a structure so good and a field of such quality, that players must be prepared for the long haul. However I doubt even the sturdiest of players in Event #30-H of the 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker would've thought that it would take a combined 26 hours of game time, all within just a 40-hour window, in order to crown a champion.
And that champion is Mexico's Setherson2.
Setherson2 survived a full day of play on Day 1 and then prospered through sixteen hours of grinding on Day 2, a seven-hour final table and an epic two-hour heads-up match. The reward for all of that effort was the prestigious SCOOP title and a whopping $243,437.17 in prize money.
Event #30-H of the 2014 SCOOP was a Special Edition of the weekly Super Tuesday - a $1,050 No Limit Holdem Event spread over two days. There was a huge seven-figure prize pool guaranteed and when 1,570 players registered for the event, the guarantee had been smashed as $1,570,000 would be up for grabs!
Liv Boeree, Caio Pessagno, Nacho Barbero, Bertrand Grospellier, Christian de León, Andre Akkari, Ike Haxton, Stavros Kalfas, Matthias de Meulder, Eugene Katchalov, Max Lykov, Jason Mercier, Angel Guillen, Mickey Petersen, Randy Lew and Bryan Huang were out to mark their mark representing Team PokerStars but sadly they fell short today of the money for the top 180 players.
When jadedjason from Canada bubbled in 181st place, the remaining players could relax knowing they had at least $2,041 locked up.
A total of 18 levels would be played on Day 1 with a total of 123 players safely making it through. Tim English, Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer, Kosei Ichinose, Jordan Westmorland and Andy Hinrichsen were just some of those reach the second day of play. Out in front it was Aussie trash talker Tristan "SkunkDen" Bain who led for large periods of the day and ended with 203,086 chips, but he was narrowly pipped for the chip lead by Germany's pokerturo who amassed 211,708.
Our last red spade in George Danzer was an early Day 2 casualty in 115th place for $2,826 in prize money, while our overnight chip leader pokerturo would make it as far as 25th place for $6,280.
It would take almost ten hours of play on Day 2 to reach the final table. Jordan "JWPRODIGY" Westmorland stormed to a massive chip lead thanks to pocket aces against an jalenmi's pocket nines, before former Super Tuesday winner zwacke was bounced out in tenth place with king-jack failing to improve against CesarMorales' ace-jack. That left our final table of nine as follows:
Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Marco "Yukold" Tozzatto (745,550 in chips)
Seat 2: Leqenden (294,350 in chips)
Seat 3: Burro1011 (673,702 in chips)
Seat 4: paulitschMC (624,294 in chips)
Seat 5: Setherson2 (724,871 in chips)
Seat 6: farmjim (497,419 in chips)
Seat 7: Jordan "JWPRODIGY" Westmorland (2,007,568 in chips)
Seat 8: CesarMorales (1,110,219 in chips)
Seat 9: Cathal "shinerrr" Shine (1,172,027 in chips)
With the final table blinds starting out at just 6,000/12,000/1,500, even the shortest stack had well over twenty big blinds, so there was plenty of play ahead to see who would take the SCOOP title and $262k top prize. The players had already run a marathon in online poker terms to reach this point, with the serious money now on the line, the real race had only just begun.
Burro1011 collected a handy early pot with top pair before CesarMorales made a deceptive trip fives to take those chips away from Burro1011 just as quick.
farmjim would be the first to falter, moving all in with T♦T♠ against CesarMorales' A♦K♦. The board would fall 3♣J♠A♠4♣5♥ to pair up the overcards and leave farmjim on the rail in ninth place for $16,328.
CesarMorales would then keep that momentum going with the elimination of paulitschMC in a bit of a cooler:
It was jacks against kings and even a set on the turn couldn't save paulitschMC who was bounced out in eighth place for $29,830 in prize money.
CesarMorales was into the lead, but Burro1011 took a small chunk from the chip leader with pocket jacks against ace-jack, before Leqenden got in on the fun making trips threes holding ace-three to get past Marco "Yukold" Tozzatto's pocket fives.
The action then slowed up for a lengthy period of time before Jordan "JWPRODIGY" Westmorland decided it was time to get in on the action. JWPRODIGY opened with a raise before Burro1011 moved all in. JWPRODIGY made the call with A♦K♠ and was in a dominant position against Burro1011's A♣8♣. The board ran out 2♦9♦J♦7♥9♥ to leave JWPRODIGY to rake in the chips and end the run of Burro1011 in seventh place for $45,530.
If that elimination took a while, then it was nothing compared to the six-handed deadlock as the deep stacks and quality play ensured that the players had to buckle in for the long haul as they crossed the twelve-hour mark of play for the day.
While most of the pots were small, one huge pot erupted when CesarMorales and Setherson2 collided on a board of 7♥2♣A♥T♣A♦. CesarMorales moved all in with A♣Q♦ for trip aces but Setherson2 held T♦T♥ for a full house to double through and take over the chip lead.
The fall from grace would continue for CesarMorales. A short time later, Leqenden four-bet all in with pocket fives and flopped a set to double through CesarMorales' ace-king to leave the one-time chip leader on the short stack.
Cathal "shinerrr" Shine found a nice double up with a set against Leqenden's top pair, before Leqenden and CesarMorales collided to see our first elimination in seventy minutes of play. Leqenden opened with a raise before CesarMorales three-bet from the big blind. Leqenden responded by moving all in with 3♠3♦ and CesarMorales made the call with A♣K♥. This time the pair was overrun as the board arrived 8♠7♦J♣K♦6♣ to give CesarMorales a pair of kings and eliminate former SCOOP winner Leqenden in sixth place for $61,230.
shinerrr's last stand would come just a few hands later, and again it was a preflop war. shinerrr raised the button, Yukold three-bet from the small blind and shinerrr moved all in. Yukold made the call with A♥K♥ to have shinerrr in trouble with K♦J♦. The board fell A♣7♠2♣4♦T♦ to see shinerrr, who is yet another former SCOOP winner, eliminated in fifth place for $76,930.
Yukold was now out to a strong lead with Setherson2 and JWPRODIGY next best, while CesarMorales was on the short stack but still held almost forty big blinds.
The pots were passed around the table without much change to the standings, until CesarMorales landed a crucial double up with pocket sixes against Yukold's pocket threes. CesarMorales was in the middle of another huge pot soon after with ace-king but the end result was merely a chopped pot when Setherson2 showed up with the same hand.
There was plenty of three and four-betting as Setherson2 started to gain control of the table. Setherson2 won a nice pot with ace-queen-high after Yukold fired a couple of unsuccessful barrels with jack-ten-high, before Setherson2 eliminated CesarMorales in fourth place. CesarMorales raised it up from the button before Setherson2 three-bet in the big blind. CesarMorales moved all in and Setherson2 made the call with A♦Q♦ to pip CesarMorales' A♠J♠. The flop of T♥3♦7♦ reduced CesarMorales' outs by one as Setherson2 added a flush draw. The 5♣ turn missed both and the 2♦ was the diamond flush for Setherson2 to take it down. It was a great run by CesarMorales who departed in fourth place for a six-figure return of $106,760.
Jordan "JWPRODIGY" Westmorland was now on the short stack and needed to make something happen. JWPRODIGY found 9♥J♣ on the button and moved all in for eleven big blinds but the timing was unfortunate as Yukold woke up with Q♦Q♣ in the small blind and made an easy call. The board was spread T♥3♠4♠9♣8♦ to leave Westmorland to take $144,440 down under for third place.
Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 1: Yukold (2,353,221 in chips)
Seat 5: Setherson2 (5,496,779 in chips)
After a little confusion over clicking the deal button, the two remaining players were able to pause the clock and consider a deal. ICM numbers were presented with $20,000 left in the middle to play for and that was quickly accepted by both players.
With the cards back in the air. Yukold grabbed the early momentum in the heads-up battle, picking up a nice pot with trips threes and then another with pocket kings. However when Yukold turned a flush with a creative Q♣3♣, things were pretty much back to even.
And even they would stay. And stay. And stay.
It seemed nothing would break these two. They even chopped a pot when both players made a straight...twice!
Yukold looked to be getting on top after an all-in river bet wasn't called, but sure enough, Setherson2 levelled the score again, winning a race with pocket nines against ace-king.
Setherson2 nudged back in front when pocket tens held up against pocket deuces, but Yukold responded with a nice pot holding two pair as the tug-of-war ticked past the two-hour mark. Yep, two whole hours of heads-up!
Something had to give eventually and the game breaker arrived when both players were dealt pocket pairs:
Quads for Setherson2 was overkill but it was finally the straw that broke the camel's back. Yukold was crippled but the very next hand was unfortunate to miss out on a double up with pocket jacks up against Setherson2's ace-jack. The board ran out with a straight on board to see the two chop it up.
Setherson2 continued to go for broke, and eventually Yukold had to gamble with 4♣7♣ up against Setherson2's J♣8♣. The board ran out 9♦6♥A♥Q♥2♣ and finally the marathon was over!
A magnificent effort by Marco "Yukold" Tozzatto who should be very proud of the fight and the $210,371.33 now in the account, but the victory goes to Setherson2! It took two days of play, over sixteen hours on the final day, seven hours on the final table and two hours heads-up but Mexico's Setherson2 finally emerged as our SCOOP #30-H champion winning $243,437.17. Congratulations and enjoy some sleep!
SCOOP-30-H: $1,050 NL Holdem [Super Tuesday SE] - $1M Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $1,570,000.00
Places Paid: 180
1. Setherson2 (Mexico) $243,437.17*
2. Marco "Yukold" Tozzatto (Brazil) $210,371.33*
3. Jordan "JWPRODIGY" Westmorland (Australia) $144,440.00
4. CesarMorales (Poland) $106,760.00
5. Cathal "shinerrr" Shine (Ireland) $76,930.00
6. Leqenden (Belarus) $61,230.00
7. Burro1011 (Mexico) $45,530.00
8. paulitschMC (Germany) $29,830.00
9. farmjim (Greece) $16,328.00
* denotes heads-up 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.