SCOOP 2015: fartovick25 clears out final table to win Event #37-L $27 PLO Hi/Lo
Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos was a silent, but deadly assassin this week. The Panamanian quietly won two SCOOP events -- Event #31-H $2,100 FL Holdem 6-Max and Event #28-H $2,100 Stud Hi/Lo. Plus, he narrowly missed another win with a runner-up performance in Event #22-H ($700 NL 6-Max). Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos entered Event #37-L as a three-time SCOOP champion and four-time COOP winner. Alas, Puropoker123 would not add another SCOOP win to his resume. Puropoker123 became the first player to bust at the final table and only went as deep as ninth place.
Ukraine's fartovick2 put on an Omaha 8 clinic at the final table and knocked out three out of the final four players and cruised to victory in Event #37-L. fartovick2 only needed three hands to dispatch his heads-up opponent and step into the spotlight as the newest SCOOP champion.
2015 SCOOP Event #37-L $27 PLO Hi/Lo attracted 2,328 runners. They generated a prize pool worth $57,152.40. Only the top 306 places paid out with $9,145.88 set aside to the champion.
With 18 to go, fartovick25 (Ukraine) held the lead with 1.6M and three-time SCOOP champion Puropoker123 was fifth overall. Australia's colcolcol bubbled off the final table in tenth place when A♥K♦9♣3♠ lost to Vassegio's Queen-high straight with Q♥T♠8♦7♠.
SCOOP 37-L - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: atzektm (978,772)
Seat 2: ray918273 (1,894,212)
Seat 3: valkyros (1,542,791)
Seat 4: edwarz (669,128)
Seat 5: Vassegio (1,620,917)
Seat 6: acofmam (1,228,986)
Seat 7: how_now59 (901,021)
Seat 8: Puropoker123 (903,442)
Seat 9: fartovick25 (1,900,731)
The final table commenced during Level 35 with blinds at 30K/60K. Ukraine's fartovick25 sat atop the big stack with 1.9M, and edwarz was the shorty with 669K. The most notable player at the final table was Panama's Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos, who shipped four COOPs including 3 SCOOPs and a 2012 WCOOP.
Puropoker123 eliminated in 9th place
Vassegio won a 760K pot against Puropoker123, and carved out a hefty nice chunk of his stack. On the next hand, Vassegio picked off Puropoker123.
Puropoker123 opened to 280,000, fartovick25 called, and Vassegio called. Three-way. The flop was J♥9♥4♣. Vassegio checked, Puropoker123 checked, fartovick25 fired out 80,000, Vassegio bumped it up to 1,120,000, Puropoker123 called all-in for 63,442, and fartovick25 folded. Heads-up.
The turn was the 8♥ and the river was the Q♥. Without a qualifying low hand, Vassegio won the pot with a better flush. Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos became the first player to exit the final table. Ninth place paid out $514.37. Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos missed a chance at SCOOP win #4.
atzektm eliminated in 8th place
atzektm bombed it all-in for 129,644, how_now59 called, and fartovick25 called. Three-some. The flop was A♦9♣7♦ and how_now59 and fartovick25 both checked. The turn was the Q♠ and how_now59 and fartovick25 both checked. The 6♦ fell on the river. how_now59 checked, fartovick25 moved all-in for 245,721 and how_now59 called.
atzektm could only muster up a pair of sixes and a 7-6-5-2-A low. Neither could stave off an elimination. fartovick25 won the high end of the main pot and side pot with an Ace-high diamond flush, but did not have a qualifying low. how_now59 won the low end of the main pot and side pot with a 7-6-3-2-A low. For an eighth-place finish, atzektm took home $971.59.
how_now59 eliminated in 7th place
Vassegio min-raised to 240,000, how_now59 bombed it all-in for 515,843, and Vassegio called.
The board ran out K♦J♣T♣2♥8♠. Without a qualifying low, Vassegio dragged the pot with a Broadway straight against how_now59's two pair. how_now59 busted in seventh place, which paid out $1,428.81. With six remaining, fartovick25 led with 3.4M and acofmam was last with 729K.
acofmam eliminated in 6th place
Vassegio min-raised to 320,000, acofmam bombed it all-in for 455,944, and Vassegio called.
The board finished up 8♦6♣5♦9♠Q♦. Vassegio scooped with an eight-high straight and a low of 8-6-5-3-A. acofmam's pair of fives and 8-6-5-4-A low were not good enough to win either end of the pot. acofmam was knocked out in sixth place, which paid out $2,000.33. With five remaining, Vassegio led with 4M and edwarz brought up the rear with 606K.
edwarz eliminated in 5th place
Short-stacked edwarz open-shoved 366,512, Vassegio called, and fartovick25 called. Three-handed. Vassegio and fartovick25 checked it all the way to the river. The board read K♦J♥9♦6♥J♠. At showdown, edwarz mucked a losing hand, and the others tabled....
Vassegio whiffed on a flush and diamond draw. fartovick25 also whiffed on a straight and diamond draw, but without a qualifying low... fartovick25 won the pot with trip Jacks versus Vassegio's pair of Jacks. edwarz was dunzo in fifth place, which paid out $2,571.85. With four to go, Vassegio led with 3.5M followed by fartovick25's 3M, valkyros's 2.8M, and ray918273's 2.3M.
Vassegio eliminated in 4th place
valkyros opened to 420,000 and Vassegio called. The flop of K♠J♦6♥ induced action. Vassegio checked, valkyros fired out 1.04M, Vassegio check-raised all-in for 1,070,448, and valkyros called.
The turn was the 8♦ and the river was the T♣. Vassegio turned a diamond draw, but never got there on the river. Without a qulifying low, valkyros dragged the pot with a pair of Jacks versus Vassegio's pair of sixes. For a fourth-place finish, Vassegio collected $3,429.14. With three to go... fartovick25 (5.1M), valkyros (4.9M), and ray918273 (1.6M).
With three to go and stacks pretty much equal, action was paused to discuss a deal. ray918273 led with 3.94M, but fartovick25 (3.88M) and valkyros (3.81M) were almost dead even. They had to leave $1,000 on the table to the eventual champion. They floated some numbers: ray918273 ($6,681.42), fartovick25 ($6,660.89), and valkyros ($6,639.82). Everyone came to a quick agreement on those terms. With a money deal in place, play resumed.
ray918273 eliminated in 3rd place
fartovick25 opened to 750,000 and ray918273 called. The flop was J♠T♣8♥. fartovick25 bet 1.5M, ray918273 shoved all-in for 2,821,454, and fartovick25 called.
The turn was the T♥ and the river was the K♠. Without a qualifying low, ray918273 lost with trip tens against fartovick25's full house. ray918273 was knocked out in third place, which paid out $6,681.42.
HEADS-UP: valkyros (Poland) vs. fartovick25 (Ukraine)
Seat 3: valkyros (4,288,400)
Seat 9: fartovick25 (7,351,600)
Heads-up lasted only three hands. In the battle of Poland versus Ukraine, fartovick25 held the edge with two to go.
valkyros eliminated in 2nd place; fartovick25 wins SCOOP Event #37-L!
Although valkyros won the first hand of heads-up, fartovick25 won the next two. On the final hand...
fartovick25 min-raised to 500,000 and valkyros called. The flop was Q♣T♣5♣ and valkyros check-called a 500,000 bet from fartovick25. The turn was the Q♥, and valkyros check-called a 1M bet from fartovick25. The 6♣ spiked on the river. valkyros checked, fartovick25 fired out 4M, and valkyros called all-in for 2,288,400.
Without a qualifying low, valkyros lost with trip Queens versus fartovick25's full boat (tens full of Queens). For a runner-up finish, Poland's valkyros took home $6,639.82.
Congrats to Ukraine's fartovick25 for winning SCOOP Event #37-L. First place paid out $7,660.89, in addition to a sleek champion's watch courtesy of Movado.
SCOOP-37-L: $27 PL Omaha Hi/Lo
Prize Pool: $57,152.40
Places Paid: 306
1. fartovick25 (Ukraine) $7,660.89 **
2. valkyros (Poland) $6,639.82 **
3. ray918273 (Thailand) $6,681.42 **
4. Vassegio (Russia) $3,429.14
5. edwarz (Germany) $2,571.85
6. acofmam (Russia) $2,000.33
7. how_now59 (Canada) $1,428.81
8. atzektm (Germany) $971.59
9. Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos (Panama) $514.37
** Denotes a deal among the final three players
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