SCOOP 2015: The story of Stroynowski in Event #11-L ($27 FL Triple Draw 2-7)

Winning a SCOOP title is an amazing accomplishment in itself, so winning two is an exclusive club indeed. Stroynowski may claim to be a cash game player and not know where the deal button is on PokerStars, but the player from Poland now has claims as a tournament pro after netting a second SCOOP title today.

Stroynowski had previously won a 2014 SCOOP title in Badugi and finished third in that same event in 2013. Proving a love for mixed games, Stroynowski turned down a deal as the short stack three-handed before going on to win a second SCOOP title today in Limit Triple Draw 2-7.

Event #11-L was a $27 Limit Triple Draw 2-7 Event which attracted a field of 1,512. They combined for a prize pool of $37,119.60 which easily surpassed the advertised guarantee.

Martin Hrubý, Naoya Kihara, Roy Bhasin, George Danzer and Marcin Horecki were representing Team PokerStars but they would fall short of the cash for the top 192 players. Also missing out on the cash was Groni from Austria who earned the unwanted distinction of the bubble in 193rd place.

With $44.54 safely secured, the remaining 192 players continued their journey towards the final table.

Jaime Staples would add another SCOOP cash with 141st place worth $51.96 while fellow Team PokerStars Online member Matthias 'Mati312' Brandner would put in a deep run before falling in 26th place for a $178.17 collect.

It would take over nine hours of play before the final table was set, when a short-stacked GuculDK drew to a queen-low but smokko took two, two and one to make an eight-low. GuculDK finished in seventh place as our final table of six looked a little like this:


Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: smokko (3,369,262 in chips)
Seat 2: Nr1InEurope (994,084 in chips)
Seat 3: BunnyFizness (81,418 in chips)
Seat 4: Sh4rKBG (881,262 in chips)
Seat 5: Stroynowski (1,449,321 in chips)
Seat 6: f0ulG (784,653 in chips)

BunnyFizness said, "phew lol"
BunnyFizness said, "skin of my teeth"

BunnyFizness had snuck onto the final table with under three big blinds as we saw a massive chip discrepancy across our remaining six players. While BunnyFizness was short, smokko held a commanding stack of over 40% of the chips in play.

BunnyFizness would need a quick double up or three, but the Swede was unable to recover. On the second hand of the final table, BunnyFizness committed predraw and found two callers. BunnyFizness took two before standing pat on the final two draws. smokko and Nr1InEurope checked down the pot with each drawing to make a hand. smokko ended up with a nine-low but Nr1InEurope showed an eight-low with 5♦2♠8♠3♠6♦. That was too good for BunnyFizness who mucked and departed in sixth place for $1,009.65.

It would take another half hour of triple drawing before we'd lose our next player.

smokko was still sitting pretty on top but f0ulG just couldn't get anything going. f0ulG was on the short stack and all in predraw in a re-raised pot against Sh4rKBG and Stroynowski. On the first draw Sh4rKBG took one, f0ulG drew two and Stroynowski ambitiously took three, before each player drew one on the subsequent draws. While f0ulG was all in, there was a bet into the side pot by Sh4rKBG on the first draw, before both live players checked the second draw. After the final draw, a bet by Sh4rKBG forced a fold from Stroynowski as Sh4rKBG tabled 3♦5♣2♠7♥4♥ for the wheel! f0ulG turned over 3♣8♠7♣4♠5♥ for an eight-low which was unlucky to be no good, leaving f0ulG to pick up $1,521.90 for fifth place.

Former TCOOP winner Nr1InEurope was hanging tough on the short stack of the final four, and managed a couple of doubles to stay alive, but ultimately the end came a short time later. A raising war erupted after the second draw between Nr1InEurope and Stroynowski that saw all the chips committed. Both had taken two and one, before Nr1InEurope stood pat out of position on the final draw. Stroynowski decided to take one and caught the perfect card making 4♠2♣8♥6♣5♦. It would edge out Nr1InEurope's 8♣4♣5♠3♥6♥, but only just! An unlucky fall for Nr1InEurope who took home $2,375.65 for fourth place.

smokko said, "numbers guys?"
Sh4rKBG said, "lets look"
Sh4rKBG said, "stroy?"
Stroynowski said, "we can look"
Sh4rKBG said, "ok i clicked"
smokko said, "i clicked"
Stroynowski said, "where is it i am cash player :)"
smokko said, "click info stroy"
Sh4rKBG said, "on info tab"

The final three players were happy to pause the clock and discuss a potential deal. The numbers were presented which produced mixed feelings. Chip leader smokko was happy to deal, Sh4rKBG didn't seem to mind either way, but the short-stacked Stroynowski was happy to gamble and play it out. With that, the cards were quickly back in the air.

Stroynowski was the short stack but quickly set about clawing back into contention by picking up several early pots in the three-handed battle. Stroynowski and smokko would be in the thick of the action, exchanging plenty of healthy pots while Sh4rKBG was trying to find a moment to strike.

Sh4rKBG would then go on a horror stretch, losing five hands at showdown in a row before being all in predraw against Stroynowski. Sh4rKBG drew three, one and one, as Stroynowski took one and one, before standing pat on the final draw. Sh4rKBG showed 7♠J♦5♥4♠9♦ for a jack-low but Stroynowski opened 7♦2♥3♣6♥9♠ for a nine-low to take it down. It was a great run by Sh4rKBG that came to an end in third place for $3,433.56 in prize money.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 1: smokko (4,933,140 in chips)
Seat 5: Stroynowski (2,626,860 in chips)

smokko had held the chip lead throughout the final table, but was challenged for the first time by the talented Stroynowski who would take down eight of the first nine heads-up pots to take over the advantage.

It seemed that every time smokko would go to showdown, Stroynowski was able to show up with a slightly better hand, and the final hand of the tournament reflected that notion.

smokko raised predraw and took three, two and one, with bets on every draw to be all in on the third and final draw. Stroynowski drew two, two and one and made 5♠7♠9♠4♠6♣ for a nine-seven-low which was able to again narrowly pip smokko's 6♦8♦3♦9♣4♦ nine-eight-low.


Smokko walked away with $4,602.83 for second place as Poland's Stroynowski claimed the SCOOP title and $6,125.73 in prize money. Congratulations!

SCOOP-11-L: $27 FL Triple Draw 2-7 - $25K Guaranteed
Entrants: 1,512
Prize Pool: $37,119.60
Places Paid: 192

1. Stroynowski (Poland) $6,125.73
2. smokko (Netherlands) $4,602.83
3. Sh4rKBG (Bulgaria) $3,433.56
4. Nr1InEurope (Ireland) $2,375.65
5. f0ulG (Poland) $1,521.90
6. BunnyFizness (Sweden) $1,009.65

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.

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