Three days into the SCOOP festival and it feels like the players haven gotten comfortable in their routine. The seventh set of tournaments sees the first rebuy events. The low version was $7.50+R NL Hold’em and saw the $50k prize pool well and truly smashed. After 8,419 entries (with 10,401 rebuys and 5,975 add-ons) were accumulated, the prize pool had more than tripled its guarantee to $169,101.90.
The last 1,080 were looking to make the money on Day 1 where a minimum $35.51 would be locked up. Nereik, from the Netherlands, missed that target by one spot but PokerStars representatives George Danzer (563 for $50.73),
Chen-An Lin (565 for $50.73) and Grzegorz “DaWarsaw” Mikielewicz (164 for $91.31) all managed to lock up small cashes before busting.
The final table
Seat 1: facunha (35,852,118 in chips)
Seat 2: holly17 (25,616,667 in chips)
Seat 3: pit25271 (8,985,630 in chips)
Seat 4: JonnyB6971 (6,727,111 in chips)
Seat 5: joshuah333 (11,233,178 in chips)
Seat 6: Budoa2 (9,394,500 in chips)
Seat 7: Mascarenhasa (12,284,275 in chips)
Seat 8: ilya-vd (24,724,376 in chips)
Seat 9: kondikurt (4,094,645 in chips)
kondikurt busts six hands in
It took only six hands of the final table before the first player was felled. kondikurt found a great spot to get his chips in but ilya-vd has played pocket aces sneakily and called to bust him. Mascarenhasa raised from the cutoff and ilya-vd just flat called with A♦A♥ before kondikurt squeezed all-in from the small blind for 11 big blinds holding A♣10♦. ilya-vd was the only caller and sailed through a 4♦8♥K♠6♦Q♦ board to move into second place behind facunha.
ilya-vd pounces to remove Budoa2
ilya-vd was at it again a few hands later, and once more the Russian took a very tricky line. Budoa2 opened with K♥J♦ and picked up two callers, including ilya-vd with K♣Q♣. All three checked a K♠9♥K♦ flop before Budoa2 led the 7♠ turn and shoved the 5♦ river. All ilya-vd had to do by that stage was call and call. Job done.
facunha extends lead by eliminating JonnyB6971 in seventh
ilya-vd was still narrowly behind facuna after eliminating Budoa2 but the latter stretched clear again by winning a race to bust JonnyB6971. The Canadian had fewer than nine big blinds when he picked up K♣Q♦ in the big blind, and facing a cutoff raise from the chip leader. He shoved; facunha called with 8♥8♠ and survived an A♥9♦6♦4♦3♠ board.
Bad timing costs Mascarenhasa
After JonnyB6971 went there was a long period where no player busted. A few short stacks doubled, there were two split pots and facuna lost a pot, and chip lead, to holly17.
If there was one player to end the bust-out drought though, it was ilya-vd, and no tricks were needed this time. The action folded around to Mascarenhasa in small blind and the Brazilian moved all-in for 12 big blinds with Q♦8♣. ilya-vd made an easy call with J♠J♣ and the board rolled out as 3♥4♥5♣8♠5♥. That moved the Russian to within a whisker of holly17, and after a small pot the very next hand, the chip lead was secured for the first time at the final table.
No regal end for joshuah333
First joshuah333 lost a pot to an opponent holding pocket kings, then a few hands later, he busted holding them. “run better” he said pit25271 after the latter found kings in the small blind when he ace A-9 in the big blind.
The next time joshuah333 was in the big blind; it was he who was holding K♦K♠. He three-bet all-in for 9.5 big blinds and holly17, who had raised the button with A♠2♦, called and flopped an ace on a board than ran Q♦3♠A♦5♠9♥.
That win put holly17 back into the lead, a position the UK-based player cemented even further over the coming hands. When talks of a deal were mentioned, it was holly17 who refused after saying that the title meant too much.
ilya-vd’s fun ride ends in fourth
The entertaining and tricky ilya-vd couldn’t ride the SCOOP train all the way to the end, busting in fourth place. Firstly he became the next player to double pit25271 – when K♥Q♦ could come from behind to beat A♦2♠ – and then the same player came back to finish off the job.
The Russian three-bet all-in for 13 big blinds from the small blind holding 3♥3♠ but pit25271 had opened his button with A♣A♥, called, and improved on a A♦K♥8♣J♠2♥ board.
pit25271’s luck runs out
Once play got down to three-handed, and any deal talk was firmly in the past, the action was tuned up to 11. All three players were going for it, and all three had turns leading as well as turns as the short stack.
pit25271 had been all-in more than any other player at the final table, sometimes ahead, sometimes behind, and the showdown luck finally gave in. The German’s last three hands were all preflop all-ins, losing the first, doubling back up the second, before falling on the third. The last saw holly17 move all-in from the small blind with Q♥9♠ and pit25271 call all-in with 4♠4♥, before a board ran Q♦Q♠A♦5♠J♣.
Heads up counts:
Seat 1: facunha (40,851,385 in chips)
Seat 2: holly17 (98,061,115 in chips)
holly17 started heads up with a big advantage and that only grew, as the Brit became the first player in the tournament to amass a nine-figure stack. From there though, holly17 found it hard to push on, as facunha seemed to channel the Brazilian spirit that seems to be burning so brightly during the early periods of this SCOOP series. Almost 100 heads-up hands passed before something gave, and it wasn’t the end, it was facunha winning a series of pots to take over the lead. Only one small pot went to showdown, the rest headed facunha’s way with pure aggression, and before long holly17 had a shoving stack.
The Brit moved all-in with K♦7♠ for just over ten big blinds and spiked a seven on the turn to beat A♦K♥. The next time holly17 was all-in and dominated the luck ran out. Six hands passed and the chips were in again.
The board ran Q♥J♥8♣Q♠3♠ to see big-slick hold.
A valiant effort by holly17 but after an epic heads up battle, the title goes to facunha of Brazil who win an incredible fifth SCOOP title already for the country.
SCOOP-07-L ($7.50+R NL Hold’em) results
Entrants: 8,419 (10,401 rebuys, 5,975 add-ons)
Prize pool: $169,101.90
Places paid: 1,080
1. facunha (Brazil) $25,370.06
2. holly17 (UK) $18,663.77
3. pit25271 (Germany) $13,528.15
4. ilya-vd (Russia) $8,962.40
5. joshuah333 (Canada) $6,933.17
6. Mascarenhasa (Brazil) $5,242.15
7. JonnyB6971 (Canada) $3,635.69
8. Budoa2 (Netherlands) $2,029.22