SCOOP 2016: BOLTAnticvet tops Sotiropoulos, Danzer en route to win in Event #23-L ($27 FL Badugi)

Low-tier SCOOP events are great because they give players with more limited bankrolls a chance to compete for big tournament prizes. But an overlooked side-effect is that is also gives them the chance, on occasion, to play at final tables against some of the players they're used to watching themselves, since even the most well-known poker players are always looking to add another SCOOP title to their list of accomplishments. Russia's BOLTAnticvet had the chance to take on not one but two highly accomplished pros at the Event #23-L final table, and after doing so is the proud new owner of a SCOOP champion's watch.

The tournament kicked off at 12:30pm ET yesterday and drew a total field of 1,071 players at $27 each, good for a total prize pool of $26,293.05 to be split among the top 136 finishers. With a prize of almost $4,800 awaiting the winner, they played their way through the bulk of the field on Day 1. It didn't take long on Day 2 to reach the final eight players:

Seat 1: GeorgeDanzer (164,220 in chips)
Seat 2: BOLTAnticvet (3,318,270 in chips)
Seat 3: adrian432 (1,404,260 in chips)
Seat 4: GeoManousos (2,412,145 in chips)
Seat 5: bullitek (647,115 in chips)
Seat 6: Walrus91 (311,510 in chips)
Seat 7: SVTamada (506,100 in chips)
Seat 8: MychuPychu (1,946,380 in chips)

Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer highlighted the final table. It marked his 15th cash of this series and 148th cash since SCOOP began in 2009, an all-time record by 40 cashes. There would be no fifth SCOOP title for Danzer, though, as he became the first casualty of this final table. He open-raised in early position with 7♦ 5♥ A♠ on the 80K/160K level and called all-in after bullitek re-raised in the small blind. bullitek had a made Badugi with 9♥ 7♣ 3♦ 2♠ and stood pat the whole way, while Danzer drew one card. Though he could have won the pot with the right card, Danzer found himself unable to improve and exited in 8th place ($381.24).

No SCOOP title for George Danzer today

Next to go was SVTamada. Already in for 100K on the big blind, the Ukrainian player called all-in for 16K more with 9♥ 6♣ 2♠ in the hole after adrian432 raised. SVTamada drew two cards on both of the first two draws before taking one on the final draw, while adrian432 drew one card the whole way. Neither player could make a Badugi and SVTamada's 9-6-2 couldn't beat 7♦ 6♠ 5♥ 2♦, so SVTamada left in 7th place ($525.86).


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Minutes later, Walrus91 would try to get back in the game through sheer aggression raising both before and after the first draw, and then once more after the second draw, to end up all-in. After taking one card on the first draw and making Q♠ 8♣ 4♥ 2♦, Walrus91 stood pat on the Badugi. BOLTAnticvet called those bets the whole way, taking one card on each draw to end up with a 9♦ 5♥ 3♣ 2♠ Badugi. That beat the queen, and Walrus91 exited in 6th place ($920.25).

The most accomplished player at the table after George Danzer's departure was easily Georgios "GeoManousos" Sotiropoulos. The past Super Tuesday and Sunday Million winner from Austria. He closed in on the chip lead after Walrus91's departure but ended up running into a rough spot that eventually left him in vulnerable in the big blind. He was then caught in the crossfire between bullitek and BOLTAnticvet, with all three players drawing one card from the second draw onward. Both opponents made Badugis, with bullitek's 9-5-3-A taking the main and side pots and GeoManousos's 6-5-4 three-card hand taking him to the rail in 5th place ($1,314.65).

GeoManousos can't grab the SCOOP win this time

After a much-needed break, MychuPychu came back as the extreme short stack, holding just 396K with the stakes at 160K/320K. The Polish player opened under the gun and then re-raised all-in after BOLTAnticvet made it three bets on the button. MychuPychu drew one card the whole way and showed down a T-7-5-4 Badugi, while BOLTAnticvet discarded two on the first two draws before taking one more card on the third to end up with 8♣ 5♥ 4♦ A♠. That Badugi beat MychuPychu's, and MychuPychu departed in 4th place ($1,971.97).

BOLTAnticvet won a major pot a few minutes later against adrian432 that left the Argentinean player in desperate straits. Then adrian432 was forced all-in from the big blind while bullitek and BOLTAnticvet faced off for the much larger side pot. adrian432 had all the outs on all three draws, holding 4♥ 3♠ A♦ and drawing one card the whole way, but the T♥ after the third draw left adrian432 with just a 4-3-A three-card hand. bullitek had stood pat on all three draws with a 9♦ 7♠ 5♥ 3♣ Badugi, which won the pot to bounce adrian432 in 3rd place ($2,629.30).

That made it a Russia vs. Poland final, with bullitek's 2.4M chips trailing BOLTAnticvet's 8.2M. That proved to be a tough deficit to overcome, though bullitek made a game out of it. After 36 minutes of dueling, though, bullitek was left with a single big bet and posted it all-in on the big blind. BOLTAnticvet stood pat with a Q♣ J♠ 5♦ A♥, leaving bullitek three draws to make almost any Badugi and stay in the game. bullitek took three cards on the first draw, two on the second, and one on the third, but could only emerge with a 7-4-2 three-card hand. That wasn't enough to take the pot, and the tournament came to its conclusion.

For finishing the runner-up, bullitek took down $3,418.09 - not bad against a relatively small field on a $27 entry. And BOLTAnticvet, of course, took down the SCOOP champion's watch with $4,799.21 in cash. Congratulations to both players for outlasting the field - not to mention two very tough, accomplished players at the final table.

SCOOP-23-L ($27 FL Badugi) results
Entrants:
 1,071
Total prize pool: $26,293.05
Places paid: 136

1. BOLTAnticvet (Russia) $4,799.21
2. bullitek (Poland) $3,418.09
3. adrian432 (Argentina) $2,629.30
4. MychuPychu (Poland) $1,971.97
5. Georgios "GeoManousos" Sotiropoulos (Austria) $1,314.65
6. Walrus91 (Greece) $920.25
7. SVTamada (Ukraine) $525.86
8. Team PokerStars Pro George "georgedanzer" Danzer (Austria) $381.24


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Jason Kirk
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