SCOOP 2015: Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka books $147K win in Event #17-H, $1,050+R NLHE (Big Antes)

Two-day tournaments, re-buys, tough competition, and long walks on the beach. You might not get the last of those, depending on your own personal location, but all the rest were on offer in Event #17-H of SCOOP 2015.

Things got started right on time at 11 a.m. ET on Friday, May 15th, with a starting field of 351 players. Together they combined for 171 re-buys and 321 add-ons in the first 90 minutes of play, bringing the overall prize pool to $843,000. That set up a scheduled $163,120.50 for the winner and 44 other payouts for those who didn't earn the champion's watch.

After six 15-minute levels to round out the re-buy period, another 15 levels were played to finish up the first day of play.Team PokerStars Pro superman Jason Mercier nearly made another Day 2 but bowed out in 37th place ($5,058), just a few levels before play ended for the evening.

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With 20 players left overnight after the conclusion of Day 1, it didn't take a long time to whittle the field down to a final table. Just an hour and a half after the 11:00 a.m. ET restart, the blinds and antes were at 2.5K/5K/1K blinds and these nine players had seats at the table:

Seat 1: Younas "cocoojones" Roenhoff (442,008 in chips)
Seat 2: gordon0410 (201,793 in chips)
Seat 3: RIMBOTA (110,125 in chips)
Seat 4: Ryan "i need sheet" Yu (294,848 in chips)
Seat 5: Vlad "dariepoker" Darie (208,991 in chips)
Seat 6: Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka (545,855 in chips)
Seat 7: lookoutdudes (145,123 in chips)
Seat 8: NormyDozer (170,741 in chips)
Seat 9: filushh (1,051,516 in chips)

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Australia's NormyDozer, who made the final of SCOOP #11-M back in 2014, came in with the second shortest stack but got a break by landing in the small blind when the final table began. That bought some time to pick up a starting hand worth going with, which came along on Hand #10 in the form of A♣ J♠. NormyDozer jammed over the top of Ryan "i need sheet" Yu's opening raise to 12K and Yu called with K♠ K♥, making a flush by the river of the 5♦ 9♥ J♥ 2♥ T♥ to take down the 248K-chip pot and bounce NormyDozer in 9th place ($14,752.50).

lookoutdudes came in even shorter and played it tight, so that by Hand #28 only half of the 145K chips that came to the final table remained in front of the player from Mexico. By then the blinds and antes were up to 3.5K/7K/1.4K, so lookoutdudes opened with an all-in raise for 76K in the hijack. RIMBOTA called with K♦ 2♦ in the big blind and was dominated by lookoutdudes' K♣ T♣, but the J♣ 2♠ 2♣ flop turned that situation upside down. The 6♦ turn and K♥ river left RIMBOTA with a full house to take the 167K-chip pot, and lookoutdudes left in 8th place ($20,232).

RIMBOTA dropped most of those winnings over the next five orbits as the blinds and antes advanced to 4K/8K/1.6K before being dealt K♣ K♥ in the cutoff and ending up all-in before the flop against Ryan "i need sheet" Yu with A♣ K♠. Dodging a straight draw that emerged on the turn of the Q♥ 2♠ 4♥ 5♣ 5♦ board, RIMBOTA stacked up to 556K, good for third place behind Day 1 chip leader filushh (772K) and Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka (788K).

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Two hands later RIMBOTA was in action again, calling an under-the-gun raise to 19K by gordon0410, which Younas "cocoojones" Roenhoff also called to see the K♠ 8♣ 3♥ flop. cocoojones check-called 40K from RIMBOTA, gordon0410 got out of the way, and both remaining players checked the 4♠ on the turn. cocoojones shoved for 93K with K♦ Q♥ for top two pair when the Q♠ came on the river, and RIMBOTA called with J♠ 9♠, which had turned a free card into a flush. RIMBOTA took the 339K-chip pot and cocoojones departed in 7th place ($28,662).

With six players left, the top of the leaderboard had three players within 12 big blinds of one another and three others looking for a way back in. Ryan "i need sheet" Yu found one after three-betting an opened-and-called pot from the big blind and jamming over RIMBOTA's opening bet on the 8♠ J♣ 6♠ flop. That bit of aggression gave Yu 481K chips total, putting the pressure on the two shorter stacks.

gordon0410 soon doubled up with Q♥ J♠ against dariepoker's Q♣ T♥, turning a straight against the former's top pair to win a 424K-chip pot. That left dariepoker with 227K, all of which went in the middle from the small blind next hand as the third bet over the top of Yu's 22K opener on the button. Yu had A♣ K♠ to dominate Darie's K♦ Q♣, but two pair on the flop of the Q♥ 4♣ K♥ T♠ 8♣ board won the 477K-chip pot for Darie.

It also left Yu with just 98K in chips, which he was happy to risk before the flop with 2♥ 2♣ a few hands later. mindgamer called with 9♦ 9♥ and caught a set on the 9♠ T♦ A♠ 4♠ 5♣ board to send Yu packing in 6th place ($37,092).

The next 22 hands featured a jump in blinds and antes to 5K/10K/2K and sizable wins for gordon0410, RIMBOTA, and mindgamer, but nobody faced any all-in situations. That changed when the action folded to RIMBOTA, who opened for 48K and then called an all-in raise to 238K from dariepoker in the big blind. Darie's T♣ T♠ were a 70 percent favorite to win before the 2♦ A♥ 9♠ flop gave RIMBOTA top pair, and after the 7♦ turn and 7♣ river he had to settle for 5th place ($48,051).

Big swing

That 488K-chip pot put RIMBOTA in a strong second place with four players remaining and blinds and antes at 6K/12K/2.4K:

Seat 2: gordon0410 (656,086 in chips)
Seat 3: RIMBOTA (889,261 in chips)
Seat 6: mindgamer (979,474 in chips)
Seat 9: filushh (646,179 in chips)

The only player who could take RIMBOTA out in one swoop was mindgamer, who was in the big blind on the hand where RIMBOTA was in the small blind and called gordon0410's 26K button raise. mindgamer re-raised to 102K to drive gordon0410 away, but RIMBOTA called with 9♥ 3♥, caught top pair on the 9♦ 6♦ 2♠ flop, and promptly moved all-in for 789K into the 239K-chip pot. mindgamer immediately called with K♥ K♠, the turn and river came J♣ 7♥, and RIMBOTA bowed out in 4th place ($69,547.50).

Now holding 1.89M and facing two opponents with less than 700K, Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka was in the driver's seat. But neither opponent was going lightly. For 48 hands they stood their ground - and in filushh's case, made up some ground - while mindgamer continued to hold the advantage.

Though gordon0410 lost some ground over that stretch, the player from the U.K. still had almost 27 big blinds before opening the action with 4♣ 4♥ and a minimum raise to 32K on the button. mindgamer three-bet to 80K in the small blind with 6♥ 6♠ and then called when gordon0410 shoved for 427K total. The A♥ 3♣ 8♦ 3♥ Q♥ did nothing to change the situation and gordon0410 finished
in 3rd place ($92,730).

End game

Two motivated players eyed their first career SCOOP title as heads-up play began:

Seat 6: Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka (1,952,595 in chips)
Seat 9: filushh (1,218,405 in chips)

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filushh was heads-up for the second time in four career SCOOP final table appearances, the first coming in SCOOP 2013 Event #44-M and ending in second place. mindgamer, meanwhile, was looking to add a first career COOP title to a resume that already included a 2013 win in the Sunday Million. The two opted to cut a deal that gave both of them more than $137,000 and left the last $8,000 on the table for the winner.

Their duel would last 84 hands in all. filushh managed to pick up some chips and trailed Jedlicka by just 10 big blinds at one point in the early going. But for every significant pot that fell the Israeli player's way, two went to Jedlicka. The tipping point came when the Austrian flopped top two pair with T♣ 7♣ on the button and picked off filushh's bet with bottom pair on the river of a 5♣ T♥ 7♥ 4♠ 6♦ board.

With that 931K pot going to mindgamer, filushh had just 476K remaining. Five hands later both players picked up pocket pairs - 2♣ 2♥ for filushh and 9♥ 9♦ for mindgamer - and the chips went in the middle via three bets. Both players caught sets on the 2♦ 9♠ 4♥ flop, leaving filushh with a lone out in the deck. It didn't come to make quads on the 3♦ turn or K♦, and the tournament came to its conclusion.

filushh took second place in a SCOOP event for the second time in four final table appearances, and the heads-up deal gave the Israeli player $137,838.40. The extra $8,000 on the table after the deal made Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka's total take for this tournament $147,517.10. With that champion's watch in his collection he's now just one TCOOP and one WCOOP title away from a Stars Slam. Congratulations on the win!

SCOOP 17-H: $1,050+R No-Limit Hold'em (Big Antes)
Entrants: 351 (171 re-buys, 321 add-ons)
Prize pool: $843,000
Places paid: 45

1. Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka (Austria) $147,517.10*
2. filushh (Israel) $137,838.40*
3. gordon0410 (United Kingdom) $92,730
4. RIMBOTA (Poland) $69,547.50
5. Vlad "dariepoker" Darie (Romania) $48,051
6. Ryan "i need sheet" Yu (South Korea) $37,092
7. Younas "cocoojones" Roenhoff (Denmark) $28,662
8. lookoutdudes (Mexico) $20,232
9. NormyDozer (Australia) $14,752.50
* - denotes results of a three-way deal

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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