SCOOP 2016: Luke Schwartz defeats Vladimir Troyanovskiy to win 5th SCOOP title
Last year, Luke "lb6121" Schwartz won two SCOOP titles to go with two others he'd won in years past. Schwartz picked up right where he left off on Tuesday and won his fifth SCOOP title, which ties him with Shaun Deeb and puts him just one behind Calvin Anderson's record six wins.
Schwartz topped a field of 145 entries to win SCOOP-06-H: $2,100 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Progressive Super-Knockout] for $19,578.12 in bounties and a $32,151.93 prize. The tournament, which started each player with a $1,000 bounty that progressively got bigger each time they eliminated another player, nearly tripled its $100,000 guarantee by creating a $290,000 prize pool, half of which went to the regular prize pool and the other half to the bounty prize pool.
Day 2 saw just 12 players returned to action with Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy and his stack of 239,616 leading the way, while Team Online's Naoya "nkenyo" Kihara began the day second in chips with 175,823. Unfortunately for the man from Japan, things went about as bad as they could and he ended up busting in 11th place for $8,750 in bounties and a $3,117.50 prize.
Austria's "kuhns89" preceded him in 12th place for $4,000 in bounties and a $3,117.50 prize, while "Isidinho" (9th - $5,500 in bounties & $4,712.50 prize), "blanconegro" (8th - $6,625 in bounties & $4,712.50 prize), and "Mikleler" (7th - $7,500 in bounties & $4,712.50 prize).
Here's a look at how things stacked up at the start of the final table:
Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy - 367,834
Luke "lb6121" Schwartz - 360,123
Nelson "FeCoNiCuZn" Maccini - 250,080
João "Naza114" Vieira - 233,479
biszibosz - 184,089
Bernardo "bedias" Dias - 54,395
Dias Busts Sixth to Vieira
The first final table came in the 2,000/4,000/500 level when Bernardo "bedias" Dias raised to 8,769 only to have João "Naza114" Vieira three-bet all in for 141,960. Dias called off his remaining 89,070 and the cards were turned up.
The board ran out 4♠6♦5♥8♠6♠ and Vieira scooped the pot with the nut low and two pair for a high. Dias, who won the March 23, 2014 Sunday Million for $233,674.32, took home $5,062.50 in bounties and a $6,525 prize for his sixth-place finish.
Aces No Good for Vieira, Who Falls in Fifth
With the blinds at 3,000/6,000/750, Schwartz raised to 18,000 under the gun and Vieira three-bet jammed for 119,436 from the cutoff. The rest of the players folded and Schwartz made the call.
Vieira got it in good, but he fell way behind after the K♠Q♣9♥ flop delivered Schwartz a set. Neither the 3♥ turn nor 7♥ river helped Vieira, and he hit the rail in fifth place for $10,093.75 in bounties and a $9,425 prize.
Schwartz Scores Another Bounty, Maccini Falls in Fourth
In the next level, with the blind at 3,500/7,000/875, action folded to Nelson "FeCoNiCuZn" Maccini in the small blind and he moved all in for his last 65,448 and Schwartz called from the big.
Maccini was out in front, but the 2♠6♠8♣ flop made things interesting by giving Schwartz a pair with a flush draw. The 5♠ turn completed the flush, and Schwartz scored another bounty after the [T10] was run out on the river. Maccini was awarded $7,250 in bounties and a $12,325 prize for his fourth-place finish.
Biszibosz Misses All His Draws to Fall in Third
With the blinds at 4,000/8,000/1,000, Troyanovskiy raised to 16,800 from the button, "biszibosz" called from the big blind, and the flop came down 5♣2♥Q♣. biszibosz check-called a bet of 16,240 and then moved all in on the 5♥ turn. Troyanovskiy made the call and the cards were turned up.
Biszibosz held an open-ended straight flush draw, but the 7♦ river was a big blank. Troyanovskiy scooped the pot with the nut low and two pair, while biszibosz took his leave in third place for just $1,500 in bounties, though a nice $18,850 prize.
Two Top Pros Battle for the Title
Heads-up play began with Schwartz out in front with 848,852 in chips to Troyanovskiy's 601,148. Still, the two opted to strike a deal that saw the former lock up $32,151.93 and the latter $30,923.07, while leaving the bounties and title up for play.
In what would be the final hand of the tournament, which took place in the 7,000/14,000/1,750 level, Troyanovskiy raised to 28,000 from the small blind and Schwartz called to see the 7♥7♣9♠, which they both checked.
The 3♠ turn saw Troyanovskiy bet 29,750, Schwartz called, and the A♠ completed the board on the river. Troyanovskiy bet 59,500, Schwartz moved all in, and Troyanovskiy called off his remaining 464,198 with the 9♣7♠J♥T♠ for a flopped full house.
Unfortunately for him, it was no good as Schwartz had rivered a bigger one with the A♥A♦2♦7♦. There were no lows in play, and Troyanovskiy, who previously won the 2014 SCOOP-12-H: $2,100 Stud for $36,060, was eliminated in second place with $8,562.50 in bounties. Meanwhile, Schwartz captured yet another SCOOP title plus $19,578.12 in bounties to go along with his $32,151.93 prize.
SCOOP-06-H: $2,100 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Progressive Super-Knockout]
Prize Pool: $290,000 ($145,000 in regular prize pool; $145,000 in bounty prize pool)
Place Paid: 18
1st - Luke "lb6121" Schwartz (UK) $19,578.12 in bounties & $32,151.93 prize*
2nd - Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy (Russia) $8,562.50 in bounties & $30,923.07*
3rd - biszibosz (Poland) $1,500 in bounties & $18,850 prize
4th - Nelson "FeCoNiCuZn" Maccini (Australia) $7,250 in bounties & $12,325 prize
5th - João "Naza114" Vieira (Czech Republic) $10,093.75 in bounties & $9,425 prize
6th - Bernardo "bedias" Dias (Brazil) $5,062.50 in bounties & $6,525
*Denotes heads-up deal
This year's SCOOP is just getting started, and you can keep tabs on it all at the 2016 SCOOP homepage. You can also find recaps for each event right here on the PokerStars Blog.
Chad Holloway is a Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog