SCOOP 2015: frost3ggg freezes the competition in Event #24-L, $27 NLHE

No-limit hold'em freezeouts have been taking poker players' bankrolls to new heights for going on 50 years now. It used to be that it took $10K to even get in the door. These days, tournaments like the low-tier SCOOP events can get you in for the price of a movie and popcorn. But while the price tag changes, the chance to give your bankroll a major facelift never does. Just ask Russia's frost3ggg, who's $50K richer after coming out on top of SCOOP's latest two-day freezeout.

Even with all the variety in tournament structures and formats around today, freezeouts can still draw a big crowd. The starting field for Event #24-L was a whopping 17,751, building a $435,787.05 prize pool. The top 2,250 finishers earned a minimum of $43.57 and most of them would collect before the end of level 32, when play paused for the day.

The remaining 185 players left resumed play at 2:30 p.m. ET this afternoon for Day 2 and fell slowly by the wayside over four and a half hours. Team Pro's ElkY was in the mix as the day began, but he busted in 160th place ($213.53). Team Online's GodlikeRoy also made it to Day 2 but exited early in 180th ($204.81).

By 7:07 p.m. ET the blinds were up to level 49 (400K/800K/100K) and these nine players were battling for the champion's watch and more than $50K:

Seat 1: Pimola (18,611,989 in chips)
Seat 2: Karoshi176 (21,198,827 in chips)
Seat 3: frost3ggg (39,432,645 in chips)
Seat 4: I_AM_B2OBA (8,681,158 in chips)
Seat 5: andersbisse (20,033,060 in chips)
Seat 6: icho90 (9,784,012 in chips)
Seat 7: Newfiemon_99 (19,586,016 in chips)
Seat 8: robot_werter (15,251,662 in chips)
Seat 9: Dan "judgedredd13" Charlton (24,930,631 in chips)

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Only two players began significantly above the average stack, meaning most of the table was in danger on any given hand. So even with the 15-minute blind levels, the entire table would take just 37 minutes to play to completion.

The ninth hand saw the first confrontation. icho90 picked up A♦ 7♦ and moved all-in for 7.6M from second position, ending up heads-up against Pimola after the New Zealander moved all-in for 11.7M to isolate. Pimola's A♥ Q♥ remained ahead from start to finish on the 2♥ 4♥ T♣ A♠ 8♦ board to win the 17.4M chips in the middle and eliminate icho90 in 9th place ($2,614.72).

robot_werter picked up a 17M-chip pot a few hands later, playing slow after flopping two pair with 8♥ 7♥ in the big blind and getting value from Pimola on the turn and river. An orbit later Pimola dropped further to 11.1M after calling I_AM_B2OBA's all-in with A♠ 7♠, which was ahead of Q♦ T♦ before and after the flop but fell after the T♣ turn made a pair and gave I_AM_B2OBA the 12.2M-chip pot.

The next hand after that loss (and the 24th of the table overall) opened with an all-in raise to 12.6M by andersbisse, who held A♥ Q♦. robot_werter isolated with J♥ J♣, and the pair held on the T♠ K♠ K♦ 9♥ 4♣ board to eliminate andersbisse in 8th place ($3,922.08).

Pimola's fate was decided on the very next hand after picking up A♦ 5♦ in the cutoff and opening for an all-in raise to 10.8M. frost3ggg had 8♠ 8♣ in the small blind, which had to dodge a flush draw after the turn but emerged unscathed after the complete 7♠ J♠ T♦ 4♦ K♣ board fell. That knocked Pimola out in 7th place ($7,408.37).

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Two-time Super Tuesday champion Dan "judgedredd13" Charlton was now in second place with six players remaining and blinds and antes at 500K/1M/125K. The player from the U.K. would move into lead and drop right back out of it in the span of four hands. First among them was a 17.2M-chip pot won with a pair of fives in the big blind after calling with T♥ 5♥ and then picking off one barrel and a river-raise bluff from frost3ggg's Q♦ J♠ on the 9♥ 5♦ 4♠ 6♥ 9♦ board.

The second seized the chip lead and started with Charlton opening all-in with J♠ T♠ in the small blind and Karoshi176 calling for 11.6M total in the big blind with A♣ 9♦. judgedredd13 had it from the flop on as the board fell 3♥ Q♦ J♦ J♥ 8♣, sending Karoshi176 to the rail in 6th place ($10,894.67).

Charlton slid back out of the lead two hands later after calling a big river bet by frost3ggg with three clubs on the board, only to see the Russian player held A♣ 5♣ for the nut flush. That 43.8M-chip pot was the biggest of the final table at that point (and would be the third-largest by the end) and moved frost3ggg securely into the lead with 76.2M chips.

At the other end of the spectrum was I_AM_B2OBA, who moved all-in from the cutoff for 7.9M with 9♥ 9♣ two hands later after frost3ggg opened for 2.6M. Unfortunately for the short-stacked Swiss player, robot_werter, appearing at a SCOOP final table for the first time since 2010's Event #22-L (/en/blog/scoop/2010/scoop-orange6-crushes-event-22-low-33-nl-069719.html), had A♠ A♣ in the small blind and the 6♣ 8♦ 8♥ 4♦ 7♠ board was utterly nine-less. With that, I_AM_B2OBA left in 5th place ($15,252.54).

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The action slowed briefly after that but flared up again nine hands later, triggering a quick end to the tournament. Charlton opened for 3M in the small blind and frost3ggg called in the big, bringing a K♠ T♠ T♦ flop. He check-called frost3ggg's bet of 3.6M there, 6.9M on the 9♥ turn, and all-in for 19.7M on the 3♦ river, showing down K♣ 7♥ for kings and tens. frost3ggg had T♣ 6♥ for trip tens, though, and judgedredd13 was gone in 4th place ($19,610.41).

Two hands later, robot_werter opened for 2.7M and called all-in for 41.9M total when frost3ggg raised all-in in the big blind. robot_werter had A♦ A♠ again and looked poised to take the lead after the flop and turn came 7♠ 4♥ 3♦ K♠, but the 9♦ on the river made a set for frost3ggg's 9♥ 9♠ and robot_werter departed in 3rd place ($28,326.15).

frost3ggg had better than a 10-to-1 chip lead as heads-up play started and was in excellent position 13 hands later when Newfiemon_99 check-raised all-in for 16.5M. The Canadian had K♣ 9♣ top pair on the 5♦ 8♥ 9♦ flop, but frost3ggg had A♥ 9♠ for the same hand with a better kicker. The 7♦ turn and J♦ river changed nothing and the tournament met its conclusion.

Newfiemon_99 earned $37,041.89 as the runner-up, an improvement of more than $33K on the Canadian's previous top cash here at PokerStars. In addition to the champion's watch, the win was worth $50,981.89 to frost3ggg, topping a previous best of just over $2,100 earned this January. Congratulations to both players on their breakthrough performances!

SCOOP 24-L: $27 No-Limit Hold'em
Entrants: 17,751
Prize pool: $435,787.05
Places paid: 2,250

1. frost3ggg (Russia) $50,981.89
2. Newfiemon_99 (Canada) $37,041.89
3. robot_werter (Russia) $28,326.15
4. Dan "judgedredd13" Charlton (United Kingdom) $19,610.41
5. I_AM_B2OBA (Switzerland) $15,252.54
6. Karoshi176 (Denmark) $10,894.67
7. Pimola (New Zealand) $7,408.37
8. andersbisse (Denmark) $3,922.08
9. icho90 (Austria) $2,614.72

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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