SCOOP 2015: WRUUUUM denies cal42688 a 5th SCOOP title with a wicked win in Event #7-H [$700+R NL Hold'em]
Going into the 2015 SCOOP, Calvin "cal42688" Anderson was considered one of the most successful players in the history of SCOOP. With 4 career wins, cal42688 was good enough to top the all-time list of SCOOP victories tied at 5 with Shaun Deeb. Alas, Finland's WRUUUUM spoiled a potential history-setting day for cal42688. WRUUUUM knocked out cal42688 in fifth place and thwarted his attempt at title #6. That decisive hand ignited a major rush for WRUUUUM, who went on to win Event #7-H.
2015 SCOOP Event #7-H $700 NL Rebuys was a two-day event that attracted 501 runners. They added 445 re-buys and 421 add-ons to create a prize pool worth $909,055, which nearly doubled the initial guarantee. The top 63 places paid out with $172,720.65 originally set aside to the champion.
At the end of Day 1, only 27 players were left in the hunt for a SCOOP title. Sweden's el_klonkador ended Day 1 as the chip leader with 496K, followed by cal42688's 404K. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier ended Day 1 in the middle of the pack with 127K, good enough for 14th overall.
Mercier's run ended early on Day 2. Short-stacked Mercier took A♦J♦ into a three-way battle against Kekkhou's 8♦8♠ and WRUUUUM's A♠K♣. The board finished up J♥T♥2♣K♦6♥. Mercier hit the flop and took the lead with a pair of Jacks, but a King on the turned sealed his fate. Mercier busted in 21st place.
With 18 to go on the final two tables, el_klonkador extended his lead and chipped up to 631K, almost 200K more than cal42688 in second place. At the start of Level 25, apestyles seized the lead when he took out shopeador in 16th place with Q♦Q♥ vs. J♥J♠. For most of that level, apestyles and WRUUUUM jockeyed for the top position with el_klonkador and shurgar right behind. With 11 to go at the onset of Level 26, WRUUUUM held onto the top spot with 820K.
With 10 to go and action hand-for-hand, el_klonkador whiffed on a flush draw with Q♥J♥ against apestyles' A♠Q♦, and el_klonkador bubbled off the final table in tenth place.
SCOOP 7-H - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: anteen (834,049)
Seat 2: Vodkaa&Bears (291,925)
Seat 3: cal42688 (655,131)
Seat 4: shurgar (581,626)
Seat 5: apestyles (756,043)
Seat 6: skyboy69 (354,106)
Seat 7: WRUUUUM (810,947)
Seat 8: Geshpanec538 (540,348)
Seat 9: lechuckpoker (118,825)
The final table commenced during Level 27 with blinds at 5K/10K and 1,250 ante. Sweden's anteen started the final table as the overall leader with 834K, but WRUUUUM was within striking distance with almost 811K. Meanwhile, lechuckpoker brought up the rear with 118K. The final table featured a couple of notables, including shurgar, who won a SCOOP in 2012, and the infamous Calvin "cal42688" Anderson, who won a WSOP bracelet last summer and won 6 total COOP titles including one WCOOP victory in 2010 and 5 SCOOP crowns.
anteen eliminated in 9th place
The final table methodically played out for nearly 50 minutes before we saw the first bustout. During that time frame, one-time chip leader anteen had fallen upon hard times and tumbled out of the top slot. anteen was seeking a much-needed double up when he rumbled with cal42688. anteen min-raised to 24,000 and cal42688 smooth-called. Fireworks ensued on a flop of T♣8♠3♣. anteen fired out 31,005, cal42688 bumped it up to 65,655, anteen re-raised to 1388,88, cal42688 four-bet shoved for 341,206, and anteen called all-in for 168,082. anteen was in deep trouble with J♠J♥ up against cal42688's A♠A♣. The turn was the 4♥ and the river was the 9♣. cal42688's pocket Aces held up, and anteen headed to the virtual rail in ninth place, which paid out $150,90.31.
With 8 to go, Vodkaa&Bears held the lead with 878K.
lechuckpoker eliminated in 8th place
cal42688 min-raised to 24,000, lechuckpoker bombed it all-in from the small blind for 125,770, and cal42688 called. lechuckpoker took A♦Q♥ into battle against cal42688's T♠8♠. The board ran out J♣9♦8♦9♣5♠. cal42688 flopped an open-ended straight draw and a pair of eights. Although cal42688 never filled in a straight, he dragged the pot with two pair. lechuckpoker failed to improve and busted out in eighth place, which paid out $20,453.73.
With seven remaining, cal42688 chipped up to second overall with 1M, trailing Geshpanec538's 1.2M.
apestyles eliminated in 7th place
apestyles opened to 37,600, Vodkaa&Bears bumped it up to 88,000, and apestyles called. The flop was J♠7♥2♥. apestyles check-called a 85,600 bet from Vodkaa&Bears. The Q♠ fell on the turn. apestyles checked, Vodkaa&Bears fired out 154,080, apestyles check-raised to 308,160, Vodkaa&Bears re-raised all-in for 476,609, and apestyles called all-in for 46,320. Vodkaa&Bears was ahead with K♠K♦ against apestyles' A♠J♣. The river was the 5♣, which did not help apestyles. Vodkaa&Bears' pocket cowboys held up and apestyles was knocked out in seventh place, which paid out $29,544.28.
With six remaining, Geshpanec538 retained the lead with 1.3M, whereas WRUUUUM was last with 420K.
shurgar eliminated in 6th place
cal42688 opened with his standard min-raise to 32,000, shurgar bombed it all-in for 186,817 with A♣4♠, skyboy69 re-shoved for 509,240 with A♥K♥, and cal42688 bailed. Heads-up. The board finished up J♥8♣5♦T♣3♣. Neither player improved, but skyboy69 won the pot with Ace-high and a better King-kicker. For sixth place, shurgar took home $38,634.83.
With five to go, leader Vodkaa&Bears chipped up to 1.6M. Meanwhile, both cal42688 and WRUUUUM were tied for last with 658K each.
cal42688 eliminated in 5th place
cal42688's final table run ended and he narrowly missed his 5th SCOOP title. Short-stacked cal42688 made a final stand by shoving all-in for 256,137 with Q♦8♣ and WRUUUUM called with A♦7♦. The board ran out K♦8♠4♠T♠A♥. cal42688 flopped a pair of eights to take the lead, but WRUUUUM rivered a pair of Aces to win the pot. cal42688 busted in fifth place, which paid out $49,998.02.
With four to go, Geshpanec538 held a slim lead with 1.6M, and skyboy69 was last with 778K.
Geshpanec538 eliminated in 4th place
Geshpanec538 went from the big stack to the small stack. Geshpanec538 made a final stand for 372,238 with K♥Q♥, but went up against Vodkaa&Bears' A♣T♠. The board finished up 8♠6♠6♥T♥2♣. Vodkaa&Bears won the pot with two pair -- tens and sixes. Geshpanec538 failed to improve and was knocked out in fourth place, which paid $70,906.29.
With three to go, action was paused to discuss a deal. Vodkaa&Bears led with 2.4M, followed by WRUUUUM (1.28M) and skyboy69 (1.26M). They had to leave $10,000 on the table for the eventual winner, but the numbers were floated: Vodkaa&Bears ($138,372.90), WRUUUUM ($122,566.09), and skyboy69 ($122,237.49). Vodkaa&Bears shot down the numbers and asked for 145K. After some negotiations, Vodkaa&Bears and the other two players all agreed on the original terms. With a deal in place, action resumed.
skyboy69 eliminated in 3rd place
Shortly after the deal was set, Vodkaa&Bears coughed up the lead after losing a pot with A♠K♣ versus WRUUUUM's 6♣5♠. WRUUUUM flopped trip fives, which held up. WRUUUUM dragged a pot worth 2M and seized the lead.
Short-stacked skyboy69 attempted to double up against the new leader. skyboy69 min-raised to 50,000, WRUUUUM re-raised to 144,000, skyboy69 four-bet shoved for 1,072,130, and WRUUUUM called. WRUUUUM led with J♦J♣ against skyboy69's 4♦4♥. The board finished up K♦7♣3♦3♠5♦. Jacks held up for WRUUUUM, who dragged the pot. skyboy69 was unable to come from behind and busted out in third place, which paid out $122,237.49.
HEADS-UP: Vodkaa&Bears (Russia) vs. WRUUUUM (Finland)
Seat 2: Vodkaa&Bears (1,349,317)
Seat 7: WRUUUUM (3,593,683)
WRUUUUM held a sizable advantage with two to go. WRUUUUM needed 28 hands to trap and hunt down Vodkaa&Bears.
Vodkaa&Bears eliminated in 2nd place; WRUUUUM wins SCOOP Event #7-H!
Going into the final hand, Vodkaa&Bears trailed 3-1 in chips. Vodkaa&Bears min-raised to 60,000 and WRUUUUM called. The flop was Q♣T♥6♦. WRUUUUM checked, Vodkaa&Bears bet 70,125, and WRUUUUM called. The Q♥ fell on the turn and all hell broke loose. WRUUUUM checked, Vodkaa&Bears fired out 147,262, WRUUUUM check-raised to 335,000, Vodkaa&Bears bombed it all-in for 1,076,142, and WRUUUUM called. WRUUUUM was ahead with Q♦9♠ and trip Queens, whereas Vodkaa&Bears' K♦K♠ were in trouble. The river was the A♦ and WRUUUUM dragged the pot with trips. Vodkaa&Bears' Kings were cracked and Vodkaa&Bears was knocked out in second place.
For a gutsy runner-up finish, Russia's Vodkaa&Bears took home $138,372.90.
Congrats to Finland's WRUUUUM for winning SCOOP Event #7-H. First place paid out $132,556.09, in addition to a cool champion's watch courtesy of Movado.
SCOOP-07-H: $700+R NL Hold'em
Entrants: 501 (445 Re-buys, 421 Add-ons)
Prize Pool: $909,055
Places Paid: 63
1. WRUUUUM (Finland) $132,566.09 **
2. Vodkaa&Bears (Russia) $138,372.90 **
3. skyboy69 (Portugal) $122,237.49 **
4. Geshpanec538 (Russia) $70,906.29
5. cal42688 (Mexico) $49,998.02
6. shurgar (United Kingdom) $38,634.83
7. apestyles (Canada) $29,544.28
8. lechuckpoker (United Kingdom) $20,453.73
9. anteen (Sweden) $15,090.31
** Denotes a deal among the final three players
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Pauly McGuire is an author and freelance contributor to PokerStars.