SCOOP 2016: TheInnuendo zooms to title in Event #14-L ($27 NL Omaha 6-Max Turbo Zoom)

Many moons ago when the poker pioneers were playing in the back rooms of pubs and underground clubs, I doubt they thought they would ever see or hear anything of a No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max Turbo Zoom tournament. They wouldn't have even known what on Earth it was! It's a mouthful and a half, but poker innovations have come a long way in recent times, and thanks to PokerStars' amazing Zoom technology, a crazy poker variant like NL Omaha Hi/Lo can be played from 2,991 players to a winner in a little over five hours.

That happened today in Event #14-L of the 2016 Spring Championship of Poker as Ukrainan TheInnuendo survived a three-way deal as the short stack, to recover and claim the title, turning a $27 investment into almost $9,000 in prize money!

Some of those zooming around the tables today included Team PokerStars Pros Adrienne Rowsome, Stavros Kalfas, Jason Somerville, Naoya Kihara, Jaime Staples, George Danzer, Kosei Ichinose and George Lind however they fell short of the money for the top 390 players.

When Germany's funkyfive1 was eliminated on the bubble, the remaining players had secured themselves at least $42.58. Jason Mercier was the only red spade to take home a profit in this one with his 348th place worth a little more than a min-cash.

Approaching the final table, and it looked like Aussie phenom James "Andy McLEOD" Obst was headed for his second SCOOP title in two days. Obst was the chip leader with 18 players remaining but as the blinds kicked up with the turbo structure, so did the risk and the variance as Obst ran his stack into a very pretty A♥K♠3♦2♣ held by dubfitz. Obst was crippled and out moments later in 9th place for $881.14.

RPILON won a huge pot with a wheel to eliminate viktorrz in 8th place, but rather incredibly it would be RIPLON who would be next to go. PaulSmiley landed a double up through the chip leader before RPILON couldn't improve his 5♣A♦2♣4♥ as PaulSmiley made a full house. Just like that, RPILON was out in 7th place and our final table line up was set!


Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Lena900 (3,646,798 in chips)
Seat 2: TheInnuendo (4,782,999 in chips)
Seat 3: barcelona bl (86,9412 in chips)
Seat 4: scrubbyz (3,958,540 in chips)
Seat 5: PaulSmiley (10,424,318 in chips)
Seat 6: dubfitz (6,227,933 in chips)


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It had only taken four-and-a-half hours to reach the final table, and the action didn't slow down, with the first elimination coming after just three hands.

With the blinds at a whopping 100k/200k/25k, barcelona bl moved all in preflop for a little over eight big blinds and scrubbyz made the call. barcelona bl revealed K♣Q♣4♥A♠ while scrubbyz tabled A♣8♠3♠6♠. However it wasn't a good flop for the short stack as the board was spread 7♠T♦9♦K♠8♦. scrubbyz made a straight and that sent barcelona bl to the rail in sixth place for $1,312.17.

Those chips were quickly pushed across the table to Lena900 after scrubbyz's set of fives wasn't enough to stop Lena900 doubling up with a king-high flush. But again the high-variance nature of this event took hold as Lena900 was the next to fall.

Lena900 moved all in from under the gun with A♦J♥5♦Q♠ but dubfitz woke up in the big blind with Q♥3♦A♠A♥. The board of 7♥9♣6♥2♦8♠ missed both players, leaving dubfitz with a pair of aces for the high and a 7-6-3 low to scoop the pot and eliminate Lena900 in fifth place for $2,570.01 in prize money.

TheInnuendo landed a double up with pocket aces against scrubbyz's middling connectors to leave scrubbyz in trouble. scrubbyz split a couple of pots to stay alive but that would be as far as the comeback would last.

scrubbyz moved all in from the button and picked up calls from both PaulSmiley and dubfitz in the blinds. The two live players checked down the board of 5♥8♣7♣3♦8♠ and at showdown PaulSmiley showed 4♣Q♠4♠6♠ for a straight and that was good to scoop as the two other players mucked. scrubbyz would depart in fourth place for $4,038.59.

At that point, the three remaining players threw up the idea of a potential deal with PaulSmiley holding the chip lead.

PaulSmiley said, "numbers?"
TheInnuendo said, "ok"
PaulSmiley said, "balers gone now lol"
dubfitz said, "icm"
PaulSmiley said, "watever"
PaulSmiley said, "i think i got an edge on both of you in all honesty"
dubfitz said, "lol"
PaulSmiley said, "we arent playing holdem here dubs"
dubfitz said, "i have played a wee bit of this game"

At first the ICM numbers were presented but PaulSmiley wasn't completely satisfied.

PaulSmiley said, "ill take 9k even then we have deal"
PaulSmiley said, "ocd purposes"
dubfitz said, "not from me"
PaulSmiley said, "76 dollars inu?"
TheInnuendo said, "ok    )))"

With TheInnuendo handing over the pocket change to cure PaulSmiley's OCD, the players had themselves a deal with $1,000 and the title left to play for.

The short stack of the three was TheInnuendo but upon resumption of play, he found a quick double up through dubfitz to get back into contention.

TheInnuendo went on a rush - at once stage winning six pots in a row which was significant with the blinds so high. The pressure was back on PaulSmiley who decided to three-bet from the button with a middling 4♣9♣6♦9♥. TheInnuendo moved all in and PaulSmiley called off the change he had left behind. TheInnuendo showed a strong A♣J♥2♥3♦ hi-lo hand, and although Paul Smiley flopped a set, TheInnuendo took it down with a straight on the turn on the board of T♦Q♦9♦K♦6♥.

It proved to be a savvy deal by PaulSmiley as the chip leader quickly fell from power but still took home the most money from the tournament with a post-deal $9,000 for third place.

dubfitz said, "mid pairs are the nuts , gg"

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 2: TheInnuendo (23,699,493 in chips)
Seat 6: dubfitz (6,210,507 in chips)

That left TheInnuendo with a near four-to-one chip advantage entering heads-up play with dubfitz but the Irishman quickly turned things around when both players flopped a flush. With no low possible, dubfitz would make a king-high flush to better TheInnuendo's queen-high flush to take over the chip lead.

However the defining pot of the tournament would erupt three hands later. dubfitz limped from the button before TheInnuendo put in a raise. dubfitz then sprung to life with an all-in shove but TheInnuendo made the call with 2♦A♠Q♠8♦. dubfitz showed K♠9♥A♣8♠ but when the board ran out Q♥6♥T♠9♦T♥ it was TheInnuendo's two pair, queens and tens, that raked in the pot.

dubfitz was crippled to less than a small blind and despite two double ups, he couldn't make it a third.

Again the chips were in preflop with dubfitz finding a decent Q♦3♠K♠A♥ to go up against TheInnuendo's A♦7♥J♠2♠. This time the board fell 5♦6♠T♥7♣J♦ which gave TheInnuendo two pair for the high and the best low to scoop the pot and claim the victory!


It was a great run by dubfitz who finishes runner-up for $8,674.62 but on this occasion it's the Ukraine's TheInnuendo who takes the SCOOP title and a post-deal total of $8,578.18 in prize money.

2016 SCOOP-14-L: $27 NL Omaha Six-Max Turbo Zoom - $50K Guaranteed
Entrants: 2,991
Prize Pool: $73,429.05
Places Paid: 390

1. TheInnuendo (Ukraine) $8,578.18*
2. dubfitz (Ireland) $8,674.62*
3. PaulSmiley (Australia) $9,000.00*
4. scrubbyz (Canada) $4,038.59
5. Lena900 (Sweden) $2,570.01
6. barcelona bl (Finland) $1,312.17

* denotes three-way deal

The Spring Championship of Online Poker is the biggest and richest tournament festival of the year, with millions in prize money to be won, a packed schedule, and separate buy-in levels designed to suit all bankrolls.

A total prize pool of $40 million is guaranteed with the series running right through until May 22nd. Head to the SCOOP home page for more details.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

@PokerStars in 2016