SCOOP 2015: aaa1 is a-number-one in #41-L ($55 PLO 6-Max, 3-Stack)

The two-day $55 PLO "3-Stack" #41-L event drew a huge field of 2,855, thereby building a $142,750 prize pool that nearly tripled the event's $50K guarantee. The top 360 finishers divided those riches, with the U.K.'s aaa1 ending up taking away the largest share after winning the watch and a $19,487.67 prize following a three-way final table deal.

By the end of Day 1 they were down to exactly 12 players gathered around the last two six-handed tables, with KKoverhere leading the counts with over 7.2 million with the blinds at 50K/100K.

Here's how the chip counts page looked to begin Day 2:

1. KKoverhere (Ireland) -- 7,241,865
2. PolecatRider (Germany) -- 6,901,864
3. bzola (United Kingdom) -- 4,254,026
4. PokerikdeB (Netherlands) -- 4,179,392
5. Heaven1991 (Germany) -- 4,164,196
6. aaa1 (United Kingdom) -- 3,866,768
7. DonPiPo88 (Austria) -- 3,752,137
8. KAZAN2301 (Ukraine) -- 3,067,836
9. apertens (Canada) -- 2,245,421
10. Rekkon_82 (United Kingdom) -- 1,377,989
11. ZanOcu v Dom (Russia) -- 887,236
12. Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk (Russia) -- 886,270

apertens (12th), ZanOcu v Dom (11th), and Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk (10th) were swiftly eliminated after play resumed Sunday, with each earning $1,249.06. Over the course of the next hour-and-a-half PolecatRider (ninth), DonPiPo88 (eighth), and eventually bzola (seventh) would successively hit the rail, each taking away $1,713.

With Heaven1991 having become the chip leader with six players left, the final table was underway.


Seat 1: Rekkon_82 (United Kingdom) -- 4,520,978
Seat 2: KKoverhere (Ireland) -- 4,570,351
Seat 3: KAZAN2301 (Ukraine) -- 7,004,940
Seat 4: aaa1 (United Kingdom) -- 6,321,181
Seat 5: PokerikdeB (Netherlands) -- 2,138,784
Seat 6: Heaven1991 (Germany) -- 18,268,766

The short stacks would survive their first few all-ins of the final table, then a hand arose that saw aaa1 make a 3x raise to 1.2 million from the small blind, PokerikdeB three-bet shove for a little under 2.6 million from the big blind, and aaa1 call.

aaa1 had Q♣J♣J♠9♦ and the preflop edge over PokerikdeB's A♣5♣5♥4♥, although a 4♣7♠K♣ flop provided some hope for the latter in the form of a flush draw. But the turn was the T♠ and river the K♦, and PokerikdeB was out in sixth.

The remaining five all made it to the day's two-hour break, by which point aaa1 had built up to take the chip lead away from Heaven1991.

A few minutes after play resumed, KKoverhere opened with a pot-sized button raise to 1.75 million and aaa1 called. The flop came A♥J♥K♠, and when aaa1 led with a pot-sized bet KKoverhere called all in with the 3.42 million left.

aaa1 had A♣Q♠8♥7♥, having flopped a pair of aces with a flush draw, while KKoverhere had K♣K♥Q♦3♣ for a set of kings. The turn was the 6♥, giving aaa1 the flush, then the Q♥ on the river sealed it to send KKoverhere over the rail in fifth.

A couple of short-handed orbits later KAZAN2301 opened for 1.5 million from the small blind, aaa1 reraised to 4.5 million from the big blind, KAZAN2301 pushed for just over that amount -- about 4.57 million -- and aaa1 called.

KAZAN2301 was looking for small cards with 6♣5♠4♣3♠ while aaa1 had K♦K♣9♦8♠. The board ran out 2♠A♦K♥6♦8♣, giving aaa1 a set of kings again while KAZAN2301's pair of sixes meant a fourth-place elimination.

The remaining trio played on a short while, then paused for some deal talk with aaa1 the big leader with 22.65 million, Rekkon_82 next with 11.56 million, and Heaven1991 third with 8.61 million.

Both "chip chop" and "ICM"-based figures were proposed, leaving $1,000 for which to play in each case. Leader aaa1 liked the "chip chop" numbers while Heaven1991 said "take ICM or play!" and Rekkon_82 also championed the ICM method. After some thought aaa1 agreed to those terms, and a deal was made.

All three then made it to the 400K/800K level, but by then aaa1 had over 38 million while the other two were both below 3 million.

Soon Heaven1991 was open-pushing all in for just over 2.5 million from the button with Q♣8♠5♦4♣, aaa1 was calling from the big blind with A♣T♦8♣5♠, and after a 3♥9♦K♥9♥K♣ runout hit neither player's hand, Heaven1991 had landed in third.

Rekkon_82 managed to double up once and was up over 6.6 million versus the 36.1 million of aaa1. Then came a hand in which aaa1 limped in, Rekkon_82 checked, and the flop came A♦T♣6♥.

Rekkon_82 checked, aaa1 bet 800,000, Rekkon_82 check-raised to 4 million (leaving just under 1.9 million behind), and aaa1 called. Rekkon_82 then pushed the rest in following the J♥ turn, and aaa1 called again.

Rekkon_82: A♣6♠4♣2♦ -- aces and sixes
aaa1: 9♠8♦7♥2♥ -- a wrap draw, plus a flush draw

The Q♣ fell on the river, one of many outs for aaa1 as it completed a queen-high straight draw, and aaa1 was the champion.

Congratulations to aaa1 for topping more than 2,800 players to win Event #41-L, and kudos to Rekkon_82 and Heaven1991 as well for making it to the three-way deal and securing nice returns of their own on the tourney's $55 buy-in.

SCOOP 41-L: $55 PL Omaha (6-Max, 3-Stack)
Entrants: 2,855
Prize pool: $142,750.00
Places paid: 360

1. aaa1 (United Kingdom) $19,487.67*
2. Rekkon_82 (United Kingdom) $16,246.21*
3. Heaven1991 (Germany) $15,300.38*
4. KAZAN2301 (Ukraine) $7,851.25
5. KKoverhere (Ireland) $4,996.25
6. PokerikdeB (Netherlands) $2,550.94

*= reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $1,000 in play for the winner

The final events of the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker are playing out today. Check 2015 SCOOP homepage for results of every event plus updated totals in the Player of the Series races.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
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