SCOOP 2016: Onze! Brazil binks another and ericluccas88 wins Event #18-L ($7.50 NL)
When I think about Brazil, four things come to mind: soccer, beaches, Carnival, and SCOOP bracelets. This is getting a little silly. Brazil won another bracelet. This is not a rerun or a replay. It's real life. That makes it eleven. Onze. With a victory in Event #18-L by ericluccas88, Brazil clinched their 11th bracelet and we've barely completed 50 overall tournaments. The raging Brazil Storm continues and it's definitely not losing any momentum. If anything, this unrelenting maelstrom of Brazilians seems to be getting even stronger. The bracelet in Event #18-L was locked up for Brazil once it got heads-up between -- ericluccas88 and winning elev. Yeah, to rub it in, Brazil finished first and second in this event. The Brazilian domination continued and the second weekend of SCOOP had only just begun.
The low version of SCOOP event #18-L $7.50 NL attracted 15,983 runners. They juiced up the prize pool to $109,004.06. The top 2,025 places paid out with $20,297 set aside to the champion.
This was another two-day affair. At the end of Day 1, only 81 players advanced to Day 2. Norway's BEAR-YNWA held a bear hug on the chip lead with 6.8M. Brazilian winning elev was in second with 6.5M.The action was briskly paced on Day 2. With 10 to go, we were treated to a rare-double elimination on the final table bubble. It was a heck of a cooler. One of those naughty three-way trysts with Aces, Queens, and Jacks all trying to cannibalize each other. In this instance, pocket Aces prevailed thanks to an Ace on the flop. Bloussen shoved for 9,756,944 with J♠J♣, victorbco re-shoved for 15,825,816 with Q♠Q♣, winning elev snap-shoved with A♣A♠. The board finished up A♦4♠3♦8♦6♠ and it was lights out for victorbco and Bloussen. Argentina's Bloussen bubbled in tenth place, and Brazil's victorbco was knocked out in ninth place.
SCOOP-18-L - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: winning elev (56,312,634)
Seat 2: ericluccas88 (32,771,610)
Seat 3: Mcrichboss (8,990,466)
Seat 4: BEAR-YNWA (8,116,568)
Seat 6: Turcin89 (14,578,926)
Seat 7: TheNxt1 (7,876,699)
Seat 8: AwadeuS (5,351,030)
Seat 9: SixthSenSe19 (25,832,067)
The 8-handed final table commenced during Level 50 with blinds at 250K/500K and a 62.5K ante. Brazilians were 1-2 at the final table with 8 to go. Brazil's winning elev was the chip leader with 56.3M and ericluccas88 was second with 32.7M. AwadeuS was the shorty by default.
Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez is a former aspiring pro soccer player who now has over $3 million in online earnings. The Uruguayan poker pro need a win in SCOOP to complete a rare Triple COOP. SixthSenSe19 won a 2012 TCOOP and a 2010 WCOOP heads-up bracelet, but a SCOOP victory has eluded him. Gonzalez final tabled a SCOOP event the other day but only managed a third-place finish in Event #11-H PLO rebuys. Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez has already cashed in 13 SCOOP events this year. Could he be the one who sabotaged another Brazilian march toward first?
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GOING TO GRACELAND: TheNxt1 eliminated in 8th place
Shortstacked looked to double up but got smoked. TheNxt1 open-shoved for 2,575,597 with J♠9♦ and one of the bigs, winning elev, called with K♠J♣. The board ran out 7♠3♦2♠K♥Q♣. TheNxt1 never improved and winning elev rivered a King to win the pot. Canada's TheNxt1 was dunzo in eighth place, which paid out $981.03.
THE PIT: Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez eliminated in 7th place
Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez was trying to prevent full Brazilian domination at the final table... but it was not meant to be. SixthSenSe19 lost with A♥Q♣ against a river suckout. On the button, Turcin89 open-shoved for 12,687,426 with 9♦7♦, but SixthSenSe19 woke up in the big blind with A♥Q♣ and called all-in for 5,195,182. The board finished up J♦8♠5♠2♠9♣ and Turcin89 won the pot with a pair of nines. SixthSenSe19 never improved and busted in seventh place, which paid out $1,907.57. With Gonzalez's out of the way, it seemed like a clear path to the winner's circle by the Brazilians.
SURFIN' COW: AwadeuS eliminated in 6th place
The carnage continued. AwadeuS made a final stand after shoving for 8,247,915 with A♦Q♠, but lost to winning elev's J♦J♠ when the board ran out 8♥5♦4♣7♦5♥. AwadeuS never improved and winning elev won the pot with Jacks up. For a sixth-place performance, AwadeuS took home $2,943.10.
With five to go, winning elev led with 66.1M and fellow Brazilian was in second with 49.6M. Norway's BEAR-YNWA brought up the rear with 8.5M.
TACOLAND: Mcrichboss eliminated in 5th place
Big-stack bully ericluccas88 bombed it all-in for 67,706,043 with 8♠8♥ and Mcrichboss tried to double up with K♠J♥ after calling all-in for 7,555,499. The board ran out Q♥8♣5♣9♥7♣. ericluccas88 flopped a set of eights, faded a gutshot re-draw by Mcrichboss, and won the pot. Oito's held up for ericluccas88. Finland's Mcrichboss never improved and hit the virtual rail in fifth place, which paid out $4,033.15.
With four left in the hunt for the bracelet, ericluccas88 seized the lead with 76.7M.
NITRO BURNING FUNNY CARS: Turcin89 eliminated in 4th place
Five hands later, we saw more fireworks. It was an ugly beat too. The shorty got it all-in with the best of it, only to get outflopped. The new monster-stacked ericluccas88 bombed it all-in for 82,021,042 and Turcin89 called all-in for 16,718,216. Turcin89 led with A♥Q♣ against ericluccas88's K♦Q♥. However, the board finished up K♥8♦7♣7♠8♠ and ericluccas88 dragged the pot with Kings up. For a fourth-place finish, Croatia's Turcin89 collected $5,123.19.
Down to three and the Brazilians held the top 2 spots. ericluccas88 sat atop a 100M stack and held nearly half the chips in play.
CITY OF MUD: BEAR-YNWA eliminated in 3rd place
Three-handed didn't last long. It went faster than a Ramones song. BEAR-YNWA's stack was decimated. As a limping, nearly-shredded carcass, BEAR-YNWA was an easy target from the Brazilian predators. BEAR-YNWA attempted to make a valiant final stand by shoving for 6,299,408 with J♣9♣, but winning elev held pocket Oitos! Yeah 8♦8♠ held up for winning elev on a board of 7♦5♥5♦4♠A♠. For a gritty third-place finish, Norway's BEAR-YNWA earned $7,303.27.
HEADS-UP: winning elev (Brazil) vs. ericluccas88 (Brazil)
Seat 1: winning elev (53,841,038)
Seat 2: ericluccas88 (105,988,962)
Brazil heads up for the bracelet. This is getting redonkulous. ericluccas88 held a 2-1 edge.
JELLYFISH HEAVEN: winning elev eliminated in 2nd place; ericluccas88 wins 11th bracelet for Brazil
The 22-hand, eight-minute heads-up battle was a quickie. The two feisty Brazilians didn't settle down and opt for a conservative, elongated, methodical heads-up match. Nope. They dropped the gloves and tussled. They wanted a wild rumpus and got one.
Going into the final hand, ericluccas88 led 97.8M to 62M. All the action occurred on the river. The board read J♥7♠4♣A♦3♣ and there was 32.2M in the pot. winning elev shoved for 45,881,038 and ericluccas88 called all-in for 45,881,038.
winning elev: 3♦3♠
The river improved winning elev to a set of treys, but the river also filled in a straight for ericluccas88. Brazil's ericluccas88 won the pot and knocked fellow Brazilian winning elev out in second place. For a funkified runner-up finish, winning elev earned a payday worth $9,516.05.
Congrats to ericluccas88 for winning Event #18-L. First place was worth $13,627.82 in addition to the SCOOP bracelet and the champion's watch courtesy of Movado.
That now makes 11 bracelets for Brazil if you are counting at home. This is getting out of hand. I'm about to quit my job as a reporter and move to Brazil to play in the rest of the SCOOP events. Does anyone have any extra couch space for me in Sao Paulo? Vamoooooooooo!
SCOOP-18-L ($7.50 NL Hold'em) results
Total prize pool: $109,004.06
Places paid: 2,025
1. ericluccas88 (Brazil) $13,627.82
2. winning elev (Brazil) $9,516.05
3. BEAR-YNWA (Norway) $7,303.27
4. Turcin89 (Croatia) $5,123.19
5. Mcrichboss (Finland) $4,033.15
6. AwadeuS (Russia) $2,943.10
7. Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez (Uruguay) $1,907.57
8. TheNxt1 (Canada) $981.03
9. victorbco (Brazil) $654.02
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Pauly McGuire is the author of "Lost Vegas" and a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.