SCOOP 2016: roma-dk romps through Event #13-L ($7.50 NLHE, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive Super KO, Ultra-Deep)

Three hours and 22 minutes: that's how long it took to turn more a tournament field of more than 16,000 poker players into one brand new owner of a SCOOP 2016 champion's watch. The final table here in Event #13-L took up just 39 of those minutes, including a five-minute break and time to make a deal once there were just three players left at the table. At the end of it all, Russia's roma-dk walked away with one of the heftiest returns possible for a $7.50 investment.

A Hyper-Turbo, Progressive Super-Knockout no-limit hold'em tournament with ultra-deep stacks, Event #13-L promised enough fun and furious action to draw 16,781 players before late registration closed at the end of the first hour of play. That built a $119,480.72 split evenly between regular prizes for the top 2,250 finishers and bounties on every player's head. Starting at $3.56 and escalating from there, those bounties would reach into the hundreds of dollars by the time the final table arrived.

Seat 1: bulstar777 (26,414,952 in chips)
Seat 2: zaplotnik1 (78,722,299 in chips)
Seat 3: 01sensaTion (109,110,592 in chips)
Seat 4: SADe2012 (252,893,852 in chips)
Seat 5: liuhuletti (81,759,824 in chips)
Seat 6: roma-dk (124,873,866 in chips)
Seat 7: AledaSofia (64,828,388 in chips)
Seat 8: ..:xMarQx::. (34,275,139 in chips)
Seat 9: heitzzz (66,171,088 in chips)

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x-Marqs the spot

Germany's ..:xMarQx::. got to work on that short stack problem right away, doubling through 01sensaTion's A♦ J♦ on the first hand with 9♥ 9♠. Armed with those newfound chips, ..:xMarQx::. doubled up again four hands later with 8♦ 8♥ after moving all-in before the flop and getting calls from bulstar777, all-in from the cutoff with K♦ J♦, and SADe2012 in the big blind with A♥ 4♥. Neither of them could beat the set ..:xMarQx::. made on the 5♥ 8♥ J♣ 9♦ T♠ board, giving ..:xMarQx::. the 184M chips in the middle. With that, bulstar777 collected $358.44 plus $54.21 in bounties in 9th place.

Estonia's heitzzz A♣ J♦ re-raised all-in for 47M on the next hand, coming over the top of roma-dk's opening raise of 20M. roma-dk folded, though, after SADe2012 made it four bets for 96M with K♣ K♠. The kings won the 139M-chip pot when the board came down 7♣ 2♦ 8♥ 3♣ J♣, and heitzzz collected $537.66 plus $248.13 in bounties in 8th place.

After a hand off to let everybody cool down, opened the next one all-in for 53M in the hijack seat with Q♠ J♥. AledaSofia called in the big blind with A♣ 9♥, neither player improved on the 2♦ 5♠ T♦ Ks] 3♠ board, and 01sensaTion collected $1,015.58 plus $357.65 in bounties in 7th place.

The pace of the action continued to be brisk, but the next few pots would be shipped to the shorter stacks. First roma-dk was dealt J♣ J♠ on the same hand as ..:xMarQx::. had 8♣ 8♦; ..:xMarQx::. flopped a set, but roma-dk turned a bigger one to chip up to 218M. Then ..:xMarQx::. turned around and doubled through SADe2012 on the hand after that, turning a king to pair up K♣ J♦ and beat the Ukrainian's A♥ 5♥ for 146M.

Then SADe2012 limped from the small blind and caught bottom pair with 5♠ 4♠ on the same K♦ 6♣ 4♦ that gave liuhuletti's K♣ 7♣ top pair. The Finn doubled to 155M when neither player improved further, and suddenly SADe2012 was the second-shortest stack at the table with 113M chips. The bulk of that got pushed to the middle as the opening bet two hands later, sitting in the cutoff seat with 2♦ 2♥, and SADe2012 called the final fraction of it off after roma-dk re-raised all-in from the small blind. roma-dk's A♣ A♠ dodged deuces and diamonds after a dangerous flop to end up with a full house on the river with the board reading 4♦ 3♦ 6♦ 3♠ A♥, and SADe2012 earned $1,493.50 plus $663.49 in bounties in 6th place.


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The next three hands were taken down before the flop without a fight, marking the quietest moment since the final table began - and then roma-dk broke the silence with another bounty. The chip leader called in the small blind with 7♠ 7♦ after zaplotnik1 moved all-in for 66M with A♣ 5♦, dodged all the clubs in the deck after the 9♣ J♣ 4♣ to hit a set with the 7♥ on the turn, and collected the 160M-chip pot when the 3♦ fell on the river, giving zaplotnik1 $2,090.91 plus $548.48 in bounties in 5th place.

Wheel and deal

At 439M, roma-dk had roughly as many chips as the other three players at the table, but AledaSofia cut into that lead a few hands later, catching an ace on the river to win a coin flip with A♥ T♣ against roma-dk's 5♣ 5♠. Three hands later the Russian player had better luck with a bigger pair, calling with K♥ K♠ after liuhuletti three-bet all-in from the big blind with Q♦ J♦. With no help on the A♠ A♦ T♣ 8♠ J♥ board, liuhuletti collected $2,688.31 plus $198.29 in bounties in 4th place.

..:xMarQx::. scored the first win of three-handed play, doubling through AledaSofia's A♠ 6♠ with A♣ T♦ to move into second place. Then the three players agreed to look at the numbers for a deal. That came together just as quickly as everything else in this tournament, and just six minutes later play resumed.

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AledaSofia promptly caught 5♥ 5♠ in the small blind and shoved all-in, and ..:xMarQx::. called in the big blind with Q♣ Q♦. Hope for an inside straight on the 7♠ 3♦ 4♠ flop didn't translate to a win when the turn and river came 4♦-3♠, and AledaSofia collected $4,896.33* + $619.30 in bounties in 3rd place.

For the first time at the final table - and perhaps the entire tournament save its opening stages before the hyper-turbo levels caught up to the ultra-deep chip stacks - there was what could actually be described as a lull in the action.

Seat 6: roma-dk (362,939,034 in chips)
Seat 8: ..:xMarQx::. (476,110,966 in chips)

Both players had enough chips, and enough on the line, to pick a spot before making a big move. But after 21 hands of mostly trading the 10M/20M blinds and 5M antes back and forth, roma-dk finally committed to 5♦ 5♠ and ..:xMarQx::. called with A♥ 8♥ The pair became three of a kind on the river of the K♣ 6♥ 2♣ 8♣ 5♣ board, and roma-dk doubled to 321M.

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roma-dk finally seized the chip lead after opening on the button with 8♥ 7♥. ..:xMarQx::. called in the big blind with 9♦ 8♦ and then check-raised all-in on a draw on the 7♣ 5♣ 2♥ flop. But the draw didn't come in and the 8♣-K♦ turn and river left roma-dk with two pair for the 586M-chip pot. ..:xMarQx::. got it all right back, doubling on the next hand with A♦ 5♠ against roma-dk's K♥ 7♣ after moving all-in on the button before the flop. But after roma-dk doubled back two hands later, holding Q♥ T♥ to ..:xMarQx::.'s Q♣ 6♥, there would be no more turning back.

After 14 straight hands of raise-and-take-it poker, ..:xMarQx::. opened all-in on the button with K♣ 8♠ and roma-dk called with A♦ 2♣. Neither player improved on the 9♥ J♣ 2♠ T♥ 5♠ board, and the tournament came to its conclusion.

Having nearly gone from worst to first at this final, ..:xMarQx::.'s share of the deal in second place was $5,088.53, plus $552.00 in bounties. Meanwhile roma-dk walked with the extra cash on the table for a total payout of $5,973.82, plus another $1,633.44 in bounties and that sweet SCOOP champion's watch. Pretty good for under three and a half hours of work!

SCOOP-13-L ($7.50 NL Hold'em, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive Super Knockout, Ultra-Deep) results
Entrants: 16,781
Total prize pool: $119,480.72 ($59,740.36 regular prize pool, $59,740.36 bounty prize pool)
Places paid: 2,250

1. roma-dk (Russia) $5,973.82* + $1,633.44 in bounties
2. ..:xMarQx::. (Germany) $5,088.53* + $552.00 in bounties
3. AledaSofia (Brazil) $4,896.33* + $619.30 in bounties
4. liuhuletti (Finland) $2,688.31 + $198.29 in bounties
5. zaplotnik1 (Slovenia) $2,090.91 + $548.48 in bounties
6. SADe2012 (Ukraine) $1,493.50 + $663.49 in bounties
7. 01sensaTion (Romania) $1,015.58 + $357.65 in bounties
8. heitzzz (Estonia) $537.66 + $248.13 in bounties
9. bulstar777 (Bulgaria) $358.44 + $54.21 in bounties
*Reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $500 in play for the winner


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Jason Kirk
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