SCOOP 2015: 77X8 goes all the way in Event #4-L ($11 NLHE Turbo)
After the last few days it was hard not to notice my Twitter feed becoming filled with poker players letting the world know of their travel plans. They were like birds flying through the skies looking for a nest to settle for a few weeks. Their tweets were usually accompanied by the hashtag #SCOOP2015 which could only mean one thing...it was time for the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker!
The largest online poker site running the world's biggest online poker series brought tens of thousands of people to the virtual tables this weekend as the 2015 SCOOP kicked off with a bang.
It may not have been the first event of the schedule, but thank to the Turbo format, it was SCOOP Event #4-L which was first to hit a final table. It was a $11 No Limit Holdem Turbo Event with a massive field of 16,515 jumping into the action. The $100,000 prize pool guarantee was smashed with the prize pool of $165,150 to be divided among the top 2,250 finishers.
Natalie Hof, Christophe de Meulder, Lex Veldhuis, Jaime Staples, Stavros Kalfas, George Lind, Caio Pessagno, Marcin Horecki, Kosei Ichinose, Mickey Petersen, Tyler Frost, Matthias de Meulder and Felix Schneiders were among the sea of humanity representing the red spade of Team PokerStars. Unfortunately they would all fall short of the money.
When the bubble burst on Russia's hel10s, the remaining players had locked up $16.51 and were on their way towards the top prize of $19,326.96.
Japanese star Naoya Kihara (2,209th - $16.51) and George Danzer (603rd - $46.24) would be the only two members of Team PokerStars to profit in this one, however another high profile player would reach as far as the final two tables in Kevin "ImaLuckSac" Macphee.
The former EPT champion would reach the final ten players before rather brutally running his pocket queens into mr.robata's pocket kings. mr.robata would rub salt into the wound by making quads to see Macphee bubble the final table in tenth place as our final table was set.
Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: mr. robata (25,421,082 in chips)
Seat 2: losos007 (12,756,431 in chips)
Seat 3: CSWAMI (14,000,360 in chips)
Seat 4: registr24 (6,988,472 in chips)
Seat 5: Kajuli1 (6,771,188 in chips)
Seat 6: Passagero-LM (5,106,649 in chips)
Seat 7: 162636465666 (6,461,770 in chips)
Seat 8: 77X8 (3,087,832 in chips)
Seat 9: Lastochkin1 (1,981,216 in chips)
With the final table blinds kicking off at 400k/800k/100k, the short-stacked Lastochkin1 was unfortunate to cop the big blind on the very first hand. Kajuli1 min-raised from middle position and Lastochkin1 was happy to stick what was left in the middle with J♠9♣. Kajuli1 held A♦3♥ and that improved to trips on the board of 6♥5♥T♦3♠3♣ to leave Lastochkin1 quick to depart in ninth place for $990.90 in prize money.
77X8 found a double up with a raggedy ace thanks to a gambling call from registr24 in the big blind with a rather underwhelming 9♠3♥. It was a blow to registr24's stack and a few moments later, registr24 would be hitting the virtual rail. CSWAMI opened with a raise before registr24 moved all in with A♦J♠. CSWAMI made the call and tabled a dominant A♥Q♠ which held on the board of 6♠4♠T♥5♦T♣. registr24 crashed in eighth place which was worth $1,486.25.
Passagero-LM landed a huge double up with ace-king against CSWAMI's ace-jack to challenge mr.robata for the chip lead.
77X8 also began a nice little surge. It started with a double up holding pocket jacks against the suited king-nine of Passagero-LM and was followed by the elimination of 162636465666. The Romanian moved all in from the button for under six big blinds with A♠7♠ but 77X8 found A♦J♥ in the small blind and made the call. The board bricked out T♦T♥8♦3♦2♣ which left 77X8 to rake in the pot and send the numerical one to collect $2,807.55 for seventh place.
Next to go was losos007. It was a battle of the blinds with mr.robata doing the right thing as the big stack bully by exerting maximum pressure from the small blind. losos007 had to make a decision for all the chips and A♣6♠ was good enough to call. mr.robata showed K♦2♥ but the live cards connected with the board of 9♦K♥5♥2♠7♠. Two pair for the chip leader and $4,128.75 in prize money for losos007 for sixth place.
Five-handed play was pretty tight and the players considered the idea of looking at potential deal numbers. Who could blame them with the blinds rising so quickly? However the cards continued to fling around the table which proved to be good news for some of the short stacks.
CSWAMI landed a double up with pocket jacks against Kajuli1's ace-rag, before raking in a huge pot against mr.robata with a shove on the turn that went uncalled.
CSWAMI continued to claim plenty of pots but the momentum was halted when CSWAMI got a little aggressive with J♦6♦ and walked into the ace-king of both 77X8 and Kajuli1 who chopped up the pot.
In the end it would be mr.robata who, after leading for most of the final table, would fall in fifth place. mr.robata was short-stacked and all in with Q♣9♦ but was behind the Q♦T♣ of Passagero-LM. The board fell K♠8♠K♥J♠4♥ which didn't change anything and mr.robata had to be content with $5,780.25 for fifth place.
Four quickly became three when Kajuli1 was eliminated next hand. The Australian three-bet jammed with A♣J♠ but 77X8 had a monster with K♥K♣ and the kings were good on the 7♥Q♣8♦5♥Q♥ board. Kajuli1's fourth place finish was worth a handy $7,431.75.
77X8 would win the next two hands, with the second of those resulting in the elimination of CSWAMI. 77X8 moved all in from the button with 3♠3♦ and CSWAMI called it off from the small blind with A♥Q♦. The flop of 8♥8♠8♦ gave 77X8 a full house and CSWAMI couldn't improve on the 4♠ turn or J♦ river. CSWAMI departed in third place for a five-figure score of $10,734.75.
Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 6: Passagero-LM (20,153,377 in chips)
Seat 8: 77X8 (62,421,623 in chips)
77X8 held a three-to-one chip advantage entering heads-up play against former SCOOP title winner Passagero-LM, but the turbo-charged action of this final table was complete when 77X8 finished the job on the first hand of heads-up play.
With the blinds at 1.25M/2.5M, Passagero-LM moved all in with J♦9♠ but 77X8 made a quick call and was in great shape with A♥9♥. It was all but over when the flop landed 9♦A♣3♠ giving 77X8 two pair. Passagero-LM would need running jacks but there would be no miracle as the 5♣ turn and 4♥ river completed the board.
Passagero-LM would take home $14,037.75 for a great run but it would be Russia's 77X8 who pocketed one of the first SCOOP titles of the series in Event #4-L for a handsome $19,326.96 in prize money. Congratulations!
SCOOP-04-L: $11 NL Holdem [Turbo] - $100K Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $165,150.00
Places Paid: 2,250
1. 77X8 (Russia) $19,326.96
2. Passagero-LM (Brazil) $14,037.75
3. CSWAMI (Canada) $10,734.75
4. Kajuli1 (Australia) $7,431.75
5. mr. robata (Argentina) $5,780.25
6. losos007 (Czech Republic) $4,128.75
7. 162636465666 (Romania) $2,807.55
8. registr24 (Russia) $1,486.35
9. Lastochkin1 (Russia) $990.90
The Spring Championship of Online Poker is the biggest and richest tournament festival of the year, with millions in prize money to be won, a packed schedule, and separate buy-in levels designed to suit all bankrolls.
A total prize pool of $40 million is guaranteed with the series running right through until May 24th. Head to the SCOOP home page for more details.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.