SCOOP 2016: Dejan 'dejanaceking' Divkovic crowned champion in Event #26-M ($109 NLHE 8-Max Deep Payouts, Sunday Kickoff SE)

At PokerStars' flagship live events, such as the European Poker Tour, play is often nine handed on the opening day before switching to eight handed from Day 2 onwards. In event 26 of SCOOP, action would be eight handed from the start and what's more roughly 23% of the field would make the money. Deep payouts and short-handed (ish) action was the order of the day then for this new event.

By the time late-registration slammed shut 3,691 players had entered the fray smashing the $150,000 guarantee by more than $200,000, only 41 players would be left by the end of play on Day 1 though. Among the big names who cashed in the event but crashed out during Day 1 were: Marc-Andre 'FrenchDawg' Ladouceur (783rd, $159.74), Fatima Moreira de Melo (619th, $180.45), George Danzer (419th, $207.72) and Grzegorz 'DaWarsaw' Mikielewicz (394th, $224.41).

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Thumbs up for SCOOP from Fatima Moreira de Melo

With a stack of 101 big blinds it was Breakchips from the Netherlands who began Day 2 at the top of the field. By the time 41 had been reduced to just 16, 'jANJKE' from Russia had assumed the mantel of chip leader and Breakchips was 12/16 and nursing a 27 big blind stack. The Dutch player turned it around and by the time 10 players remained he'd returned to the top of the chip charts.

Hand for hand play began at this point with Dejan 'dejanaceking' Divkovic, who won the PokerStars $1 Million guarantee ZOOM poker 100 Billionth Hand promotion tournament in June 2013, the shortest stack with just under 2,000,000 (16.66 big blinds). But it was 'soleej' who'd fall in tenth, with K♠T♠ pipped by AJPokerpro's A♦T♣, with the chips going in on a ten high flop.

Hand for hand play on the final table bubble lasted for just over 20 minutes (including a five-minute break). During that time 'dejanaceking' had dug himself out of the basement and been replaced by 'M@jkel'. The latter was down to just 7.5 big blinds by the time he took a stand. A♥ 6♣ was good enough to go with but 'dejanaceking' picked up A♠9♠ and that was that.

Final table Line up:

Seat 1: Omon_Ra_AA -- 2,831,444 (17.69 big blinds)
Seat 2: jANJKE -- 4,628,171 (28.92 big blinds)
Seat 3: Dejan 'dejanaceking' Divkovic -- 3,796,159 (23.72 big blinds)
Seat 4: AJPokerpro -- 4,283,810 (26.77 big blinds)
Seat 5: winning elev -- 6,501,477 (40.63 big blinds)
Seat 6: Goran 'mandza17' Mandic -- 7,416,046 (46.35 big blinds)
Seat 7: gabransich -- 1,983,775 (12.39 big blinds)
Seat 8: Breakchips -- 5,469,118 (34.18 big blinds)

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The elite eight

gabransich gone in eighth...

A fast start to the final table meant that pleasantries and mutual back slappings were still being exchanged by the time eight became seven. Down to just 10 big blinds 'gabransich' moved all-in with A♥T♥ and was a 57.9% favourite to double through 'jANJKE' who'd called with K♠Q♠. A king on the flop gave the Russian player the lead and despite the Maltese player turning a flush draw the river was a brick and 'gabransich' was out, winning a solid $3.464.11 for their efforts.

No ace from space means Omon_Ra_AA loses race

The blinds had ticked up to 100,000/200,000 (ante, 20,000) at this point and with just 13 big blinds A♦ K♥ was more than good enough for Omon_Ra_AA to move all-in with. One seat along 'jANJKE' isolated with pocket aces and there were off the to races.

Five cards later a queen high board meant the snowmen held to send 'Omon_Ra_AA' tumbling out, seventh place was good for $4,997.20

Breakchips breaks mandza17's resistance

The exit of Goran 'mandza17' Mandic is sixth was another one of those hands that played itself.

With 11 big blinds and a dream Mandic moved in with K♣Q♥ and was in big trouble as Breakchips woke up with pocket queens. Mandic was drawing thin and the 9♠ A♦ 3♦ 9♥ T♦ board bought no help for the Croatian, who collected $7,208.78.

That pot gave Breakchips almost a third of the chips in play and a large chip lead. But, he was soon pulled back into the back when he doubled up 'AJPokerpro' with ace-ten against pocket aces.

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Goran Mandic (pictured at EPT12 Malta)

Another deep SCOOP run for winning elev but no victory

Just days after finishing second in Event #18-L 'winning elev' was back at another final table. The exit of the Brazilian in fifth followed pattern of the final table. A lost race. He got his final 17 big blinds in the middle by three-bet shoving with K♠T♠. 'dejanaceking' called it off with pocket sevens and held on a 6♥J♦5♥5♣9♠ board.

One-two sucker punch sees jANJKE fall in fourth

In no-limit Hold'em you can, of course, lose all your chips in one hand. It's amazing though how often an exit is down to two hands in close succession. That's exactly what happened to 'jANJKE'. He lost a huge 9,000,000 pot to 'dejanaceking' in which the Bosnian raised the Russian's river bet of 1,314,120 to 3,211,189. The board was 4♥K♦8♠Q♣4♣ and 'jANKE' called and mucked when 'dejanaceking' showed 4♠5♦.

That left the Russian with just under 7.5 big blinds and they went in four hands later with K♠3♣ and he didn't spike against the pocket fives of Breakchips.

Three handed play is where the crown was won:

When three-handed play began the stacks looked like this:

Seat 3: dejanaceking (22,325,988 in chips)
Seat 4: AJPokerpro (4,197,724 in chips)
Seat 8: Breakchips (10,386,288 in chips)

The blinds were 180,000/360,000 ante 36,000 at this stage and there was no talk of a deal. The blinds come round fast at this stage and AJPokerpro had slipped to just over 2,500,000 by the time he doubled through Breakchips.

With one short stack the two biggest stacks weren't shy about playing pots against each other. 'Breakchips' restored parity with 'dejanaceking' before the latter five bet jammed in a pre-flop pot to assume control again. He was in total control a short time later.

There was already 7,000,000 in the middle by the time the two protagonists reached the river of a J♥A♠Q♠2♥A♦ board. 'dejanaceking' bet 4,161,280 and
Breakchips made the call. The Bosnian opened J♠J♦ for a full house and Breakchips mucked.

At this stage 'dejanaceking' had over 28,000,000 of the 36,000,000 chips in play and the two short stacks would soon clash.

'AJPokerpro' moved in with 7♣7♥ and 'Breakchips' called all-in with 9♣9♦. A A♣3♠A♥3♦2♦ board meant 'Breakchips' doubled, 'AJPokerpro' had him just covered and was left with less than a third of a big blind.

A couple of doubles up and a walk(!) got the Brit up to the giddy heights of 2.5 big blinds before he busted to 'dejanaceking'.

Deal talk curtailed by final hand

Heads-up lasted one hand! But there was still time for some deal talk.

Breakchips: "Deal?"
dejanaceking: "Yeah we can look."

At this point 'Breakchips' shoved for 20 big blinds with K♦3♦ and 'dejanaceking' snapped him off with pocket eights. A 2♦T♦T♣4♥6♥ board rolled off and just like that it was all over!

Congratulations to Dejan 'dejanaceking' Divkovic on winning his first SCOOP title.

2016 SCOOP-26-M: $109 NL Holdem [8-Max Deep Payouts, Sunday Kickoff SE] - $150k Guaranteed
Entrants: 3,691
Prize Pool: $369,100
Places Paid: 879

1. Dejan 'dejanaceking' Divkovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), $45,038.52
2. Breakchips (Netherlands), $31,217.96
3. AJPokerpro (UK), $21,640.59
4. jANKE (Russia) $15,001.47
5. winning elev (Brazil) $10,399.17
6. Goran 'mandza17' Mandic (Croatia) $7,208.78
7. Omon_Ra_AA (Russia) $4,997.20
8. gabransich (Malta) $3,464.11


Nick Wright
@PokerStars in SCOOP