SCOOP 2016: Fortune shines on IvanaHarman, Event #24-L champion ($215 NL Hold'em [8-Max, High Roller])

Say the words "high roller" and names like Mustapha Kanit, Steve O'Dwyer, and Igor Kurganov no doubt come to mind. But in our game, everything is relative, so why not have a high roller for everyone? For the SCOOP's low buy-in players, their high roller was priced at $215, and suprisingly, it drew quite a few players that frequent nosebleed-stakes MTTs, including German sensation Ole Schemion, a man who has hoisted quite a few trophies and banked numerous seven-figure scores in his short time in the game. Schemion, however, wasn't long for this final table, which came down to a fierce three-way battle for the title. Australia's Knightsgeee recently made a $141k score for fourth place in the $2,100 "Mount Everest" installment of the Mountain series, jorginho88 is a Sunday Warm-up Champion who took down six figures in Event #10-H ($1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday SE) and IvanaHarman is a three-time Big $109 champion. In this three-horse race, IvanaHarman saw fortune shine down in a number of tough spots, and emerged as our newest SCOOP champion.

Event #24-L drew 3,782 entries (2,517 players and 1,265 re-entries) resulting in a $756,400 prize pool. 480 places were paid with $124,754,54 up top. Day 1 concluded after 33 levels of play, with 39 players remaining. Notable Day 2 finishers included Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen (32nd), WCOOP champ Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepcion (33rd), Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen (26th), and Chris "Moorman1" Moorman (14th).

The blinds were up to 150,000/300,000 on the final table bubble. Jorginho88 led off with a 680,500 raise from UTG and leitalopez moved all-in for 4,110,827 from the small blind. IvanaHarman reshoved for 7,845,038 from the big blind and jorginho88 got out of the way. Leitalopez's A♦9♦ did not improve against IvanaHarman's A♣Q♥ and he went out in ninth place, sending the rest of the remaining field to the final table.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: wizowizo (4,965,989 in chips)
Seat 2: PDGanev (4,630,242 in chips)
Seat 3: jorginho88 (16,413,445 in chips)
Seat 4: jareth3542 (4,629,004 in chips)
Seat 5: IvanaHarman (12,861,365 in chips)
Seat 6: Romzess II (5,681,511 in chips)
Seat 7: IceStream (10,865,562 in chips)
Seat 8: Knightsgeee (15,592,882 in chips)

The most decorated player at this final table was unfortunately the first to bust. Ole "wizowizo" Schemion has over 11 million in career live earnings at only 23 years of age, and most recently won the €100,000 Super High Roller at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for €1,597,800. He then went on to finish 2nd in the €50,000 Super High Roller, banking another €857,241. Not bad for a week's work, eh?

Down to about 3 million in chips with the blinds up to 180,000/360,000, Schemion open-shoved with K♠Q♥ from UTG+1 and was met with a reshove from Romzess II in the small blind. Romzess II turned over A♦K♥ and picked up an ace on the flop, ending Schemion's run in eighth place.

Four hands later, Knightsgeee made it 759,600 to go from middle position and jareth3542 three-bet shoved for 1.89 million from the big blind. Although jareth3542 held the preflop lead with A♦9♦ vs. Q♠T♥, a queen hit the flop and jareth3542 hit the rail in seventh place. The pot took Knightsgee up to 23.1 million, good for the chip lead.

PDGanev got quite unlucky when he three-bet shoved with Q♣Q♦ and ran smack into jorginho88's A♠A♦. Jorginho88 flopped quads to boot on the A♥A♣K♥4♣7♣ board, and a stunned PDGanec went out in sixth place.

IceStream steadily lost ground during five-handed play, going from 8.3 million in chips to 3.4 million. When Romzess II opened for 960,000 from UTG, IceStream looked down at A♠K♠ and moved in for 3.37 million. Romzess II called with pocket fours and promptly flopped a set on the 7♦5♠4♥6♥2♠ board, sending IceStream home in fifth place.

Romzess II briefly took the chip lead with 23.1 million, but on the next deal jorginho88 picked up K♠K♦ and opened for 980,000. Romzess II called and they saw a T♣3♠3♦ flop. Romzess II check-called jorginho88's 850,850 bet and check-called another 2.46 million when the 9♣ turned. The river was the 7♦ and Romzess II check-called another 6.87 million, only to be shown kings up. Jorginho88 raked in the 22.85 million pot and moved into the chip lead with 34.6 million, while Romzess II fell to 11.8 million. However, less than an orbit later, IvanaHarman open-shoved from UTG for 13 million and jorginho88 called from the big blind. IvanaHarman was in a world of trouble, her 4♣4♠ up against T♠T♥, but was saved by the flop when it fell 8♥7♣4♥ to make her a set. Jorginho88 didn't catch up on the turn or river and IvanaHarman assumed the chip lead with 26.7 million, relegating jordinho88 to second place.

With the blinds up to 300,000/600,000, Romzess II was down to 8.37 million. When IvanaHarman made a button shove for all 30.7 million, Romzess II called, his K♥Q♠ in great shape against K♠9♣. However, the poker gods once again shined on IvanaHarman with the gift of a T♥9♠7♦ flop, pairing her kicker. The T♣ turn and 3♥ river were no help to Romzess II and he departed in fourth place.

When three-handed play commenced, IvanaHarman was the chip leader with 40.37 million, jorginho88 held 18.34 million and Knightsgeee was the short stack with 16.92 million.

Knightsgee picked up some steam in a pot that was limped three ways to a 5♠5♣4♣ flop. Jorginho88 checked to IvanaHarman, who bet 941,850. Knightsgeee called and jorginho88 gave up his hand. The turn came the 6♠, and IvanaHarman checked. Knightsgeee bet 2,822,222 and IvanaHarman came in with a raise to 7,244,444. Knightsgee called and both players checked the J♦ river. IvanaHarman turned up Q♠4♥ for two pair on the flop, but it was no match for Knightsgeee's T♠T♥ for tens and fives. Knightsgeee raked in the 18.8 million pot and moved up to 36.2 million in chips, while IvanaHarman fell to 22.5 million.

After another thirty minutes of pushing chips around the table, the final three agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here's how they stacked up at the time:

IvanaHarman 32,428,065
jorginho88 23,731,512
Knightsgeee 19,480,423

After being presented with both chip count chop and ICM figures, IvanaHarman proposed a deal that would average the two numbers. Both IvanaHarman and Knightsgeee were amenable to this version of the deal, but jorginho88 had a different idea. Instead of leaving $3,000 on the table to play for, jorginho88 proposed using the numbers IvanaHarman and Knighsgee agreed to, but taking an even amount off each share so they would leave $10,000 in play instead. Once the calculations were made, all three agreed to the deal, and with $10k and the SCOOP watch still in play, action resumed.

Then, on the very first hand back, jorginho88 folded his button and IvanaHarman made a small blind shove for 32.2 million. Knightsgeee called, his 5♠5♣ up against A♥3♥. IvanaHarman's run-good continued, as she flopped an ace on the A♠J♦7♠K♦7♣ board to send Knightsgeee to the rail in third place.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 3: jorginho88 (23,581,512 in chips)
Seat 5: IvanaHarman (52,058,488 in chips)

Despite the $10,000 still on the table, this heads-up match was over in three hands. On Hand #3, IvanaHarman made a button min-raise to 2,000,000 and jorginho88 three-bet to 4.8 million. IvanaHarman shoved and jorginho88 called all-in.

jorginho88 A♥Q♦
IvanaHarman A♣9♦

Although her hand was once again dominated, IvanaHarman caught a nine on the flop, the board running out 9♣7♠4♠K♥6♣ to lock up the win.

Congratulations to IvanaHarman on joining the ranks of SCOOP champions. The Serbian banked $107,530.81 for the win, while runner-up jorginho88 of Hungary earned $90,049.81.

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SCOOP-24-L ($215 NL Hold'em [8-Max, High Roller]) results

Entrants:3,782 players (2,517 entries, 1,265 re-entries)
Prize pool: $756,400.00
Places paid:480

1. IvanaHarman (Serbia) $107,530.81*
2. jorginho88 (Hungary) $90,049.81*
3. Knightsgeee (Australia) $86,017.92*
4. Romzess II (Russia) $52,948.00
5. IceStream (Bulgaria) $37,820.00
6. PDGanev (Bulgaria) $22,692.00
7. jareth3542 (United Kingdom) $13,237.00
8. Ole "wizowizo" Schemion (Germany) $6,996.70

*denotes a three-way deal

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Kristin Bihr
@PokerStars in SCOOP