SCOOP 2015: Mike "SirWatts" Watson breaks through with victory in 6-Max PLO Event #29-M ($215 PLO Re-Entry)
Cracking Aces is not as brutal in the PLO universe as it is in the NL hold'em realm, yet it still stings though. With three to go in Event #29-M, SirWatts won a decisive pot that propelled him on a path toward the winner's circle. SirWatts snapped off FatmanScoop's set of Aces with a flush to win a pot in excess of 7M. That hand crippled FatmanScoop and thrust SirWatts into the lead. SirWatts knocked out FatmanScoop four hands later, then quickly liquidated MrSmits heads-up in a single hand. And just like that, Canada's Mike "SirWatts" Watson became the newest SCOOP champion. It's been a good 2015 SCOOP thus far for SirWatts, who advanced to two other final tables in Event #8-H and Event #14-M.
2015 SCOOP Event #29-M $215 PLO (6-Max, Optional Re-Entry) attracted 1,159 runners plus 665 re-entries for a total number of 1,824 entrants. They created a prize pool worth $364,800, which easily doubled the original $175K Guarantee. The top 228 places paid out with $58,368.00 initially set aside to the champion.
With 12 to go on the final two tables, SirWatts led the way with 2M. With 7 to go, action went hand-for-hand on the final two tables. SirWatts slipped to third and lost the lead to Zinobrinho's 2.5M big stack. Finland's jippo79 bubbled off the final table in seventh place. jippo79's A♥Q♣J♣5♣ and pair of eights lost to FatmanScoops's A♦K♠6♦2♠ and two pair (eights and sixes).
SCOOP 29-M - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: MrSmits (1,952,056)
Seat 2: Zinobrinho (1,863,299)
Seat 3: DOCTORB911 (767,715)
Seat 4: SirWatts (1,216,888)
Seat 5: TherookieQQ9 (342,509)
Seat 6: FatmanScoops (2,977,533)
The final table commenced during Level 33 with blinds at 20K/40K. Finland's FatmanScoops began the final table as the leader with a shade under 3M. Meanwhile, TherookieQQ9 was the shorty with 342K. Although SirWatts has almost $2 million in career earnings on PokerStars, the Canadian pro had yet to break through in SCOOP. This final table also featured a Sunday Million champ -- TherookieQQ9. Only one player at the final table, MrSmits, took advantage of the re-entry. MrSmits bought in twice.
TherookieQQ9 eliminated in 6th place
On the first hand at the final table, we saw a bustout. FatmanScoops min-raised to 80,000 and TherookieQQ9 called. The flop was K♠7♣6♣. TherookieQQ9 fired out 180,000, FatmanScoops raised to 360,000, and TherookieQQ9 called all-in for 82,509.
The turn was the 5♠ and the river was the 8♣. TherookieQQ9 could only muster up two pair. FatmanScoops rivered a King-high flush to win the pot. TherookieQQ9 became the first player to exit the final table. Sixth place paid out $8,609.28. With five remaining, big-stacked FatmanScoops chipped up to 3.3M.
DOCTORB911 eliminated in 5th place
FatmanScoops min-raised to 1M and DOCTORB911 called. The flop was 9♦7♦6♣ and fireworks ensued. DOCTORB911 checked, FatmanScoops bet 180,000, DOCTORB911 check-raised all-in for 309,215, and FatmanScoops called.
The turn was the 7♣ and the river was the 3♣. DOCTORB911 whiffed on a diamond-flush draw and could only string together two pair -- nines and sevens. FatmanScoops won the pot with a better two pair -- Jacks and sevens. DOCTORB911 went busto in fifth place, which paid out $14,592.00.
With four to go... everyone was almost even. Zinobrinho led with 2.3M and FatmanScoops was last with 2.1M.
Zinobrinho eliminated in 4th place
Zinobrinho opened to 125,000, FatmanScoops potted to 425,000, Zinobrinho shoved all-in for 707,716 and FatmanScoops called. Aces vs. Kings.
The board finished up J♣6♦5♦3♣4♠. Zinobrinho led preflop but had Aces snapped off by FatmanScoops's two pair -- sixes and treys. Zinobrinho headed to the virtual rail in fourth place, which paid out $21,888.00.
With three to go, MrSmits led with 4.3M, followed by FatmanScoops's 3.3M, and SirWatts' 1.5M.
FatmanScoops eliminated in 3rd place
FatmanScoops got crippled in a 7.3M pot against FatmanScoops' A♠A♥2♦2♠ and set of Aces got flushed out by SirWatts's K♥T♣9♥7♣. SirWatts finished off FatmanScoops four hands later.
FatmanScoops was all-in for 289,628 against SirWatts.
The board finished up T♣5♣3♥T♠7♣. FatmanScoops's pair of tens lost to SirWatts' seven-high straight. FatmanScoops busted in third place, which paid out $32,832.00.
HEADS-UP: MrSmits (Denmark) vs. SirWatts (Canada)
Seat 1: MrSmits (1,295,436)
Seat 4: SirWatts (7,824,564)
With two to go, SirWatts held a sizable lead. Heads-up last only one hand.
MrSmits eliminated in 2nd place; SirWatts wins SCOOP Event #29-M!
If you blinked, you would have missed the final hand. The hand started out innocent. MrSmits opened to 240,000 and SirWatts called. The flop was 7♦6♦2♥. SirWatts checked, MrSmits fired out 480,000, SirWatts check-raised to 1,920,000, MrSmits called all-in for 575,436.
The turn was the J♦ and the river was the 4♥. MrSmits turned a gutshot, but could only muster up a pair of sixes. SirWatts won the pot with two pair -- Jacks and sevens.
Denmark's MrSmits was knocked out in second place, which paid out $43,776.00.
Congrats to Mike "SirWatts" Watson for winning SCOOP Event #29-M. He shipped his first-ever SCOOP event. He also won a sleek champion's watch courtesy of Movado.
SCOOP-29-M: $215 PL Omaha (6-Max, Optional Re-Entry)
Entrants: 1,824 (1,159 entries, 665 re-entries)
Prize Pool: $364,800
Places Paid: 228
1. Mike "SirWatts" Watson (Canada) $58,368.00
2. MrSmits (Denmark) $43,776.00
3. FatmanScoops (Finland) $32,832.00
4. Zinobrinho (Gibraltar) $21,888.00
5. DOCTORB911 (Canada) $14,592.00
6. TherookieQQ9 (Canada) $8,609.28
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Pauly McGuire is an author and freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.