SCOOP 2015: No panic in PANIC.PLAYER, takes Event 38-L title ($27 NL Hold'em 1R1A)

Time is running out for players to earn, or add, a SCOOP title to their list of poker accomplishments. Because the end is nigh, the final weekend of the Spring Championship of Online Poker is sure to pack the players into the games and Event 38-L was a good start.

The $27 No Limit Hold'em tournament offered players one optional rebuy during the late registration period and one add-on if they made it to the end of that period. The event drew 5,762 players and they hit the rebuy button 3,637 times with 3,377 of them taking the add-on. They combined to create a $313,650 prize pool to fly over the $200,000 guarantee.

The tournament was scheduled as a two-day event and they paused the clock at the end of Level 32 with 124 players remaining with Vinnijs12 leading the way at the end of the day as they took a nice 12-hour timeout. Tyler "frosty012" Frost and Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz were the only two representatives of Team PokerStars to make the break but neither figured in the end game.

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The added chips from rebuys and add-ons worked to create a deeper stacked tournament than your standard No Limit Hold'em affair, especially at the $27 buy-in level. The pace crept along until the finally neared the final table four after the restart.

The final table was set on the 11th round of hand-for-hand action and it wasn't exactly played by the book. E.Viltseva opened the action for not quite a shove, leaving behind just 666 of his 3,220,000. PANIC.PLAYER moved all-in behind and E.Viltseva let the clock run down before calling off with K♥Q♥. It's hard to believe E.Viltseva considered folding with just 2% of an ante but his hand was no good against A♥9♣ to send the last nine to the final table.

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Final Table chip counts:

Seat 1: Lineskis8872 (2,281,009 in chips)
Seat 2: Chapex (8,389,246 in chips)
Seat 3: lll_HWDP_lll (7,474,201 in chips)
Seat 4: PANIC.PLAYER (11,199,211 in chips)
Seat 5: beaneh (3,479,625 in chips)
Seat 6: KingGorn (14,534,308 in chips)
Seat 7: Handebraken (10,681,063 in chips)
Seat 8: 0zxcv0 (2,294,632 in chips)
Seat 9: mmg.mamed (3,546,705 in chips)

Blinds: 125k/250k with 31,250 ante

lll_HWDP_lll first at risk, eliminated in 9th

The length of time getting to the final table made for some shallow stacks, unlike most of the tournament, with the final table average stack under 30 big blinds. But despite that fact, it still took 44 hands over 42 minutes to have the first player in serious dangers.

It was lll_HWDP_lll who moved all-in from the small blind for just over 5 million with K♠Q♠ and PANIC.PLAYER called in the big blind with the better A♦J♠. They both hit the A♥Q♦K♥ flop with lll_HWDP_lll's Kings up best at that point. The 4♥ changed nothing but PANIC.PLAYER spiked the A♣ river to send lll_HWDP_lll out in 9th place for $2,509.

Lineskis8872 sees another bad river, eliminated in 8th

The knockout of lll_HWDP_lll seemed to open the flood gates and the big hands came quickly. It was Lineskis8872 taking a shot for a double up and looked to be in good shape.

He was under 1,000,000 and put them in the middle with A♦9♥ and beaneh called in the big blind with 8♥4♠ for less than a min-raise. Ace-high was good on the T♥3♣2♦ flop and 7♣ turn, it was the 8♣ on the river that Lineskis8872 didn't want to see. The unlucky river sent the UK grinder out in 8th place for $3,920.

Handebraken stopped short, eliminated in 7th

Just three hands after Lineskis8872's KO, it was Handebraken in trouble against a dominant hand. Handebraken wasn't even the first player to get his chips in the middle, it was Chapex moving all-in from UTG+1 before Handebraken called with less chips.

No other players came along and Handebraken saw his predicament, his A♣J♦ was in it deep against Q♦Q♣. The best Handebraken could do was pair his under card on the J♥8♥2♣5♥3♥ board to go out in 7th place for $7,057.

At that point the tournament found the only thing which could slow it down. The top of the hour break rolled around to pause the action for everyone. But that only slowed them down for five minutes.

mmg.mamed doubles through KingGorn

On the first hand back from break, they were at it again. This time it was mmg.mamed moving all-in from under the gun and KingGorn shoved behind to isolate. It was a race between KingGorn's A♠K♠ and mmg.mamed's 6♥6♣.

mmg.mamed hit a set right on the Q♠7♣6♦ board and he moved over 7.6 million while KingGorn dropped under 4 million.

KingGorn can't come back, eliminated in 6th

KingGorn was the only player at the table with any SCOOP pedigree after finishing 3rd in Event 16-M just a few days ago but he couldn't duplicate that feat.

Doubling up mmg.mamed put a big dent in his stack and the remaining chips were at risk two hands later. He opened to 1.6 million from under the gun and mmg.mamed moved all-in behind. The rest of the table let their hands go and KingGorn called for his tournament life with K♥Q♣.

mmg.mamed was far ahead with A♥K♠ and stayed that way on the T♣8♠3♦ flop but KingGorn picked up an open-ended straight draw on the J♣ turn. No luck on the K♣ river and KingGorn was sent out in 6th place for $10,193.

Let's make a deal

With that hand, the last five players decided to pause the action to discuss a deal with PANIC.PLAYER holding the majority of chips. It probably took longer to get the deal done than the rest of the final table would take to complete.

After 20 minutes of negotiating and calculating, PANIC.PLAYER was given $45,000 while the other four players chopped up the remaining prize pool with ICM numbers, leaving $4,000 behind for the eventual winner.

Seat 2: Chapex (10,239,182 in chips)
Seat 4: PANIC.PLAYER (31,029,506 in chips)
Seat 5: beaneh (6,587,340 in chips)
Seat 8: 0zxcv0 (4,878,708 in chips)
Seat 9: mmg.mamed (11,145,264 in chips)
Blinds: 300k/600k with 75k ante

PANIC.PLAYER: $45,000.00
mmg.mamed: $26,849.72
Chapex: $26,055.77
beaneh: $21,759.19
0zxcv0: $18,871.46

beaneh beamed out, eliminated in 5th

With nothing left to lose and one of the smaller stacks, beaneh tossed his virtual stack in the middle with A♥7♥ and Chapex called from the big blind with A♦J♣.

Neither player connected with the T♥8♠4♠3♣Q♠ board and the Ace-high of Chapex out-kicked beaneh to send him out in 5th place for his predetermined $21,759.

mmg.mamed gone in a blink, eliminated in 4th

mmg.mamed must have been inspired by beaneh's quick move and made one of his on on the very next hand with T♣8♣. mmg.mamed needed to get chips if he wanted the bonus $4,000 for the winner and PANIC.PLAYER wasn't going to give up easily.

It was Chapex putting a player at risk in back-to-back hands. This time with K♠Q♥ , at least mmg.mamed had live cards unlike beaneh. That changed on the K♦3♥3♣ flop before mmg.mamed had a tiny glimpse of redemption after the 8♦ turn. He needed one of the two remaining snowmen but missed the J♥ river to go out in 4th place for $26,849.

0zxcv0 makes it three in a row, eliminated in 3rd

Why slow down when there was already money locked up? Two straight hands, two all-ins called, two sent out. One more hand and it happened again, this time it was 0zxcv0 shoving after PANIC.PLAYER min-raised the button.

It was an easy call for the leader with A♣Q♣ and he was well ahead of A♦J♥. Neither found anything on the 5♣4♥2♠ flop other than a shared gutshot wheel draw and each paired their Ace on the A♠ turn.

0zxcv0 was looking for a lonely Jack but found nothing on the 8♥ river to send him out in 3rd place for $18,871. No payout ladder jump after the five-way deal.

Seat 2: Chapex (23,918,078 in chips)
Seat 4: PANIC.PLAYER (39,961,922 in chips)
Blinds: 300k/600k with 75k ante

Chapex rows a boat to double

PANIC.PLAYER was in charge as the remaining two stretched out the action aiming for the $4,000 extra in line for the winner. There were few big hands as Chapex played a patient game, even letting PANIC.PLAYER do all the heavy lifting in the first major heads up hand.

It was a three-bet pot before the duck-happy 2♥2♣2♠ flop and PANIC.PLAYER fired 3,699,999 to get just a call from Chapex. The Q♣ turn prompted a 5,999,999 bet and another call. The 9,999,999 bet on the 3♣ river was enough to put Chapex all-in and he easily called with K♣K♠. PANIC.PLAYER showed A♥5♦ for his Ace-high with the three ducks on board for the second best hand at a two-player table.

Seat 2: Chapex (45,882,016 in chips)
Seat 4: PANIC.PLAYER (17,997,984 in chips)
Blinds: 500k/1m with 125k ante

PANIC.PLAYER doubles back then wins Event 38-L

PANIC.PLAYER could have been excused for putting the rest of the final table on cruise control since he was already set to earn $19,000 more than Chapex, but he kept up the fight.

He regained the advantage a few hands later when Chapex had him all-in with a race for the title. PANIC.PLAYER was ahead with J♥J♠ against K♠Q♥ and stayed that way as the board ran out A♣T♠7♠5♥2♣. The hand put him back in the lead and the tournament ended one hand later.

The final hand saw PANIC.PLAYER put Chapex all-in preflop with K♣9♦ and Chapex quickly called with A♦J♠. It looked like another big swing in the match and the 6♠5♠5♣ was a first step. The 9♣ turn was another story, putting PANIC.PLAYER in the lead and leaving Chapex drawing tight to stay in the game.

The 8♥ river was not what Chapex needed and he missed out on the bonus money. Chapex earned $26,055 for his runner-up result along with the knowledge he came very close to winning his first major title. PANIC.PLAYER was the dominant player throughout the last part of the tournament and picked up a cool $49,000 for his first SCOOP championship. A fine result and chop negotiation since first place was set to pay $49,068 without a chop. PANIC.PLAYER didn't give up much with his deal.

SCOOP 38-L: $27 NL Hold'em (1R1A)
Entrants: 5,762 (3,637 rebuys, 3,377 add-ons)
Prize pool: $313,650.80
Places paid: 765

1. PANIC.PLAYER (Greece) $49,000.00*
2. Chapex (Peru) $26,055.77*
3. 0zxcv0 (Israel) $18,871.46*
4. mmg.mamed (Russia) $26,849.72*
5. beaneh (United Kingdom) $21,759.19*
6. KingGorn (Canada) $10,193.65
7. Handebraken (Malta) $7,057.14
8. Lineskis8872 (United Kingdom) $3,920.63
9. lll_HWDP_lll (Poland) $2,509.20
* - denotes five-way deal

Al Rash
@PokerStars in SCOOP