SCOOP 2015: CrownUpGuy wins second COOP title in Event #8-L, $27 NL Draw
The lower tier of SCOOP events draws a varied crowd that you don't necessarily get at the higher buy-ins. Plenty of those same players are in the mix, but they're joined by others whose entire bankrolls couldn't get them into one of the high-roller tourneys. The result is interesting final tables where players who might not bump into each other in most tournament series get the chance to play against one another for a prestigious title.
Such was the case in the first low-tier Draw tournament of this SCOOP, Event #8-L. A $27 No-Limit Draw affair, it got going at 11 a.m. ET and after three hours of late registration had attracted a field of 1,807 players. By the time 10 hours of poker had been played the blinds and antes had risen from 10/20 to 15K/30K/8.75K, and these six players had their eyes on a SCOOP title:
Seat 1: Flush098765 (517,657 in chips)
Seat 2: Jezpez (509,832 in chips)
Seat 3: CruSader1981 (1,408,568 in chips)
Seat 4: ViTaMin_F22 (3,244,004 in chips)
Seat 5: Maria Reale (1,579,912 in chips)
Seat 6: Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz (1,775,027 in chips)
The lineup was the perfect embodiment of what makes low-tier SCOOP events so great. The 2014 WCOOP Main Event winner Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz sat next to a past SCOOP medium-tier champion, a low-stakes five-card Draw specialist, a past MicroMillions champion, and a player at a second SCOOP final table in as many days.
After some smallish pots and a jump in blinds and antes to get the table going, CrownUpGuy opened hand #8 for 88K in the cutoff. Flush098765, who placed 3rd in Event #3-M yesterday, re-raised all-in for 569K on the button. CrownUpGuy called, building the pot to 1.25M, and drew three cards to make J♥ J♣ 3♣ 4♠ A♣. Flush098765 stood pat with Q♦ T♦ K♦ 3♦ 8♦ for a namesake flush and took the pot to double up.
Two orbits later Flush098765 was on the other end of the equation. CrownUpGuy opened the pot for 88K on the button and Flush098765 re-raised to 214K in the small blind, getting an all-in call of 151K from last year's Event #3-M champion, Jezpez, in the big blind. A fold from CrownUpGuy left the other two heads-up and both players discarded two to show down three of a kind, Jezpez with 9♣ 9♠ 9♥ 6♥ 5♥ and Flush098765 with K♠ 5♠ Q♥ Q♦ Q♠. The queens won Flush098765 the 450K-chip pot, and Jezpez left the tournament in 6th place ($1,046.93).
CrownUpGuy was the most active player with the blinds and antes up again, being involved in most of the pots and winning more than the fair share of them. That kept the Austrian player in the middle of the pack and ready to pounce on any chance to chip up, like the one that presented itself when CrownUpGuy was dealt a pair of aces and opened for 125K. Flush098765 re-raised to 285K, which CrownUpGuy called, and then stood pat after the Austrian drew three cards and missed. CrownUpGuy checked and Flush098765 bet 275K, sending the Austrian into the time bank. Eventually CrownUpGuy called and A♠ 9♠ Q♠ 7♦ A♦ for alone pair of aces won the 1.25M-chip pot - Flush098765 had been bluffing with 7♠ 6♦ 4♦ T♣ 5♠.
That pot, and a three-way one just six hands later worth 1.65M won with trip aces against CruSader1981's kings and nines and Flush098765's busted flush draw, put CrownUpGuy firmly in the lead with 3.84M as the blinds and antes went up again. Only ViTaMin_F22 with 2.08M had as much as half of that, while Maria Reale, CruSader1981, and Flush098765 were down to less than 20 big blinds apiece.
Just a few hands after missing that flush, Flush098765 was dealt two pair before the draw and made a play for the pot, jamming for 1.01M after CrownUpGuy opened the betting in the cutoff for 132K. CruSader1981 had that covered by 88K and also went all-in, driving CrownUpGuy out of the pot. CruSader1981 drew two cards and showed T♣ 5♥ T♥ T♦ 2♠ for three tens, winning the 2.29M when Flush098765's 8♣ 7♥ 7♣ K♦ K♠ didn't improve after drawing one card. With that, Flush098765 departed in 5th place ($1,774.47).
With that enormous pot, CruSader1981 had the chips to butt heads with CrownUpGuy and eventually took a slim lead as the blinds and antes went up again for what would prove to be the decisive blind level of the tournament. CrownUpGuy responded by almost immediately reeling off seven wins in eight pots, capped by a true monster played heads-up with CruSader1981.
CrownUpGuy opened for 176K on the button and was quickly raised to 400K by CruSader1981 in the small blind. CrownUpGuy used up some of the time bank before putting in a fourth bet of 900K, prompting time bank usage from CruSader1981 before the German player eventually called. Both players drew one card and CruSader1981 check-called a 998K-chip bet, only to muck when CrownUpGuy showed J♣ 6♥ Q♠ 6♦ 6♣ for a well-disguised three of a kind.
The 3.95M chips won in that pot gave CrownUpGuy 6.4M total, more than five times as many as any of the other three players at the table. That led to a few clashes between the short stacks, with Maria Reale doubling through CruSader1981 and then the German returning the favor. Then ViTaMin_F22 got involved, shoving for 889K with two pair in hand before the draw. CrownUpGuy called and drew three cards, then showed J♥ J♣ J♠ A♦ 3♥ for three of a kind that had been a pair moments before. That beat ViTaMin_F22's 2♦ 2♥ T♥ T♠ 4♥ and the Chinese player exited in 4th place ($2,661.71).
CruSader1981 made a dent in the leader's stack when two pair held up against a straight draw in a 1.51M-chip pot. Then Maria Reale, whose stack had bled consistently for the past few orbits, got in for the last 50K with a pair of fours and took three cards. CrownUpGuy drew four cards but didn't miss, showing 7♠ A♠ Q♣ K♦ K♥ for a pair of kings. That beat 4♥ 4♦ 6♠ J♠ 5♠ and Maria Reale was gone in 3rd place ($3,992.56).
CrownUpGuy held a significant advantage as heads-up play began, with 7.12M chips to CruSader1981's 1.91M. The Austrian player kept things simple, avoiding big confrontations in favor of small pots. Only one of the first 24 pots was worth as much as 10 big blinds, giving CruSader1981 scant opportunity to make up ground. The 25th pot was significantly bigger, but it ended up being the last.
CrownUpGuy opened the action on the button with a raise to 220K, prompting a re-raise to 600K from CruSader1981. CrownUpGuy responded with an all-in raise and CruSader1981 called for 2.15M. CruSader1981 discarded three cards and showed K♣ 9♥ Q♥ A♦ Q♠ for a pair of queens. CrownUpGuy had that beaten even before drawing one card, showing down Q♦ 5♦ 6♣ Q♣ 5♠ for queens and fives to bring the tournament to a close.
The $5,323.42 prize for second place was the fifth-best score of CruSader1981's PokerStars career and the biggest since a $6,500 score last September. As for Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz, the $7,099.09 top prize was a bit smaller than the $1.3 million he won in last year's WCOOP Main Event, but it does give him a SCOOP champion's watch to go with his WCOOP bracelet. Also, he's now just a TCOOP title away from becoming the latest member of the Triple COOP club. Congratulations to him and CruSader1981 both on a tournament well-played.
SCOOP 08-L: $27 No-Limit Draw
Prize pool: $44,361.85
Places paid: 228
1. Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz (Austria) $7,099.09
2. CruSader1981 (Germany) $5,323.42
3. Maria Reale (Poland) $3,992.56
4. ViTaMin_F22 (China) $2,661.71
5. Flush098765 (Germany) $1,774.47
6. Jezpez (Denmark) $1,046.93
Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.