Team Pro John Duthie tells story of his $250,000 SCOOP cash
Having bubbled in the $5,000 Omaha tournament the previous night, I was pretty determined to do well in either the SCOOP $25,000 heads up or $10,000 main event.
The HU field looked pretty grim being full of some of the best HU players in the world, but I knew that given the right opportunities and a bit of luck, I had as good a chance as any of the competition.
The first three matches went pretty easily and in match three I won a significant coin-flip with A-K against Q-Q which got me through effectively to the money. Then came a match against someone I hadn't played before or indeed ever heard of, but it was soon very clear to me that 'Dokosovo' was not going to be a pushover; in fact the very opposite.
The semi-final itself took over 260 hands where the lead kept switching between the two of us and Dokosovo's command of HU was self-evident. It soon became apparent to me that this was a player capable of laying down some good hands if I played it right. Furthermore, he was a player whose aggression could be used against him if the circumstances dictated. This happened on the last hands at blinds of 100-200 when I was dealt pocket queens and limped on the button hoping that Dokosoko may push with any weak ace or small/medium pair.
I had 6,000 to his 4,000 chips and indeed he did shove which gifted me the final table and a guaranteed $200,000.
Having agreed with towliestar to play for 60K and chop the rest, we set to it and to be honest he didn't appear to be in the same league as Dokosoko and I felt quite confident that I could finish this fairly quickly.
Unfortunately luck just wasn't on my side and I also made one bad laydown early on with this hand. I raised with 5-6 suited on the button and was called. Flop came 5-5-K and I bet and was called by towliestar. The king paired on the turn, so I checked, figuring there was a small possibility that he had a weak king on the flop. A 7 on the river didn't seem to change too much and when he checked I figured my house was good and value bet 300. When he raised me up to 925 I mistook this for strength and folded. Had I called this bet I would have been 7-3 in chips and in a commanding position. It turned out he had pocket 2's so this was a great check bluff on the river.
I then lost a hand where I raised with A-Q to be called by his 6-6 and the flop came K-Q-Q. He checked and I bet 2/3 of the pot which he called. Now I was trying to figure out what he could have been calling with. There were 2 clubs on board and the obvious straight draw, so he must have something like this, or have me crushed with K-Q (unlikely). A small pair was also a possibility, but seemed unlikely. The 6 on the turn was also a club, so when he checked I decided to check behind him hoping to improve my hand. An offsuit 9 on the river also was a scare card for me as it filled the possible straight. When he checked again it just seemed suspicious as indeed it was. I check too and he took the pot down with 6's full.
After these two hands I never really regained my composure and let towliestar win this match, which to be honest I should have taken down with ease. C'est La Vie!