Normally for a long run this writer gears up to ensure a fist full of ibuprofen is not needed for walking the next day. Compression socks and shorts, running shoes, and plenty of water are needed for the satisfaction of putting in the miles towards a race goal while keeping one’s body happy. While the 17,061 players who signed up for the SCOOP 2014 Event #9-L may not have prepped their playing surfaces for the two-day event with caffeine, a comfortable place to sit, and plenty of sleep. Those who were intent on winning the watch, like the 216 players who returned for day two, likely trained themselves to deal with the sleep deprivation and slow rising blinds that are associated with a tournament like this one. Brazil’s 17neffetS_BR stayed fresh throughout the final table and put away the win while earning $19,965.69.
Early SCOOP-Low Player of the Series leader and winner of Event #7-L, Philych_085, would bow out early in this one on day one. Just five points behind, Event #1-L’s champ FeConiCuZn, nearly snuck into the money with 2,250 places paying off, but finishing in 2,551st place would not yield the five points nor any cash.
Day two would feature our player tacking on nearly another six hours of play before reaching the final two tables where they locked up at least $349.75 and still enjoyed an average of 25BBs to push around. schmitzfrank would pickup pocket kings K♦K♠ at the right time against Mchcr125 immediately after the break. Getting six million chips in the middle preflop against Mchcr125’s big slick K♣A♥ seemed like a easy ticket to the chip lead and hopefully a five-figure payday. However, the ace in the door A♠ 9♥ J♣ Q♦ 3♠ had other ideas and schmitzfrank hit the sidelines in 17th place ($349.75).
Birips would fall a tad behind knyazb47’s flopped quad nines while collecting $511.83 in 15th place as the players started making bolder preflop moves with that champion’s watch getting closer and closer. Amjiin (Netherlands) and WaldonSpring (United Kingdom) would lose out on nearly back-to-back hands and mrkabrka (Denmark) joined them a minute later in 11th place as hand-for-hand play started up half way through the sixth hour on day two.
“Started up” implies a lengthy time before the final table when in fact it took three hands. With the blinds up to 150K/300K ante 37.5K MaDGaHeT would min-raise from the cutoff as PompiQ shoved from the small blind for 4.47 million holding 8♣A♦. MaDGaHeT had an answer for the mid-ace by making the call with a bigger one K♦A♣. A king in the door K♠ A♥ 9♣ 7♥ A♠ would appear to close out the table and start up the final table below:
Seat 1: crppppp (6294716 in chips)
Seat 2: 17neffetS_BR (11856042 in chips)
Seat 3: jaaamesyboy (6045426 in chips)
Seat 4: knyazb47 (6043267 in chips)
Seat 5: MaDGaHeT (22362325 in chips)
Seat 6: carlosousdr (3407964 in chips)
Seat 7: Kittyconde (7748965 in chips)
Seat 8: Mchcr125 (17182015 in chips)
Seat 9: julliano13 (4364280 in chips)
Thirty hours to get there, two minutes to leave
Similar to driving cross-country to meet someone from an online dating site only to find your hopes dashed by someone who prefers dressing up like Cookie Monster from Sesame Street instead of your soulmate, julliano13 would get a whole two minutes in the spotlight before exiting. Just three hands into the final table jaaamesyboy would three-bet to 2.58 million as julliano13’s min-raise became a shove for 4.21 million. jaaamesyboy made the call with pocket kings K♥K♦ only to see julliano13 flip up the cooler A♣A♥ with aces. It would be julliano13 getting cooled with a king in the door K♠ J♣ 10♣ 8♠ 9♣ and settling for $1,023.66 in ninth place.
Why in such a hurry?
Six hands and a mere five minutes later someone else was in a hurry to do something besides play for $19K up top. With the blinds moving up to 200K/400K ante 50K crppppp would open shove from the cutoff for 4.85 million as 17neffetS_BR followed suit and re-shoved for 11.9 million from the button holding Q♠A♦. Bad news for crppppp’s 8♦A♣ and an even worse flop 2♣ 4♦ Q♥ 7♥ K♦ sent crppppp seeking other forms of entertainment in eighth place ($1,535.49).
Highlight hand? Indeed.
Three-way action, 16 million chips in the middle, and nearly a double elimination. Check out this MaD hand below:
Kittyconde’s pocket sevens 7♣7♦ took a quick seat to the side after the chip leader, Mchcr125, flopped top two with big slick K♣A♥. Mchcr125 looked to eliminate two players after out-flopping MaDGaHeT’s pocket jacks J♥J♣, but a jack on the turn 3♣ A♣ K♦ J♠ 8♥ would only send Kittyconde home in seventh place ($2,900.37).
Normally a poker play but tonight the stop-and-go was more about how seven-handed play cruised along until two players met their tournament ends on back-to-back hands. First, with the blinds escalating to 300K/600K ante 75K knyazb47 would open for 1.26 million as MaDGaHeT, who failed to build on that huge three-way pot, shoved for 3.85 million. Mchcr125 overcalled from the small blind as knyazb47 left a donation as Mchcr125 showed pocket tens 10♠10♣. MaDGaHeT could only produce sevens 7♠7♣ as the turn card failed to help out again Q♣ K♥ 8♥ 6♦ 4♠ ending MaDGaHeT’s run in sixth place ($4,265.25).
On the next hand 17neffetS_BR would bully from the small blind with a raise to 3.6 million covering jaaamesyboy’s remaining stack in the big blind. Holding a small ace 3♣A♥ jaaamesyboy made the call as 17neffetS_BR showed the slightly higher kicker A♠5♣. Both players flopped two pair, but the higher second pair 5♠ 3♥ A♦ 7♦ 4♥ collected the seven million chip pot as jaaamesyboy collected $5,971.35 in fifth place.
No nines this time
Earlier we saw a pocket pair of nines turn into flopped quads. With the blinds going to 400K/800K ante 100K, knyazb47 was probably hoping for magic once again after calling a four-bet shove from 17neffetS_BR. knyazb47’s 9♣9♥ failed to acquire a nine against 17neffetS_BR’s Q♥K♣ as the soon-to-be chip leader found a queen in the middle 4♠ 7♠ Q♦ A♣ 2♠ of the board to claim the 24.2 million chip pot. knyazb47 would be rewarded for two days of hard play with $7,677.45 in fourth place.
No chop leaves the big number up top
31 hours and 42 minutes since the tournament started yesterday and three five-figure scores locked up. The players would jab for chop numbers but no real discussion came about as they were determined to let the winner walk away with $19,965.69 for just 11 bucks invested. The blinds would elevate again to 500K/1MM ante 125K as 17neffetS_BR min-raised from the button while the blinds both called. 6♠10♥4♥ flop got carlosousdr to stab at the pot with a two million chip bet. Mchcr125 and 17neffetS_BR were not in a stabbing mood and both shoved with 17neffetS_BR covering. Mchcr125 showed top pair J♥10♠ while 17neffetS_BR turned up the nicely concealed pocket aces A♥A♣. An ace on the turn A♦ handed third place cash ($11,089.65) to Mchcr125.
Flipping for it all
Two days between 17,061 players came down to a coin flip for the SCOOP champion’s watch and $19,965.69. Gaze below at the last hand of this two-day tournament:
17neffetS_BR looked to close out the win holding J♥K♠ up against the pocket nines 9♦9♠ of carlosousdr. All the nines in the deck must have been used for those quads as jack hit the door J♠ 3♣ 10♦ 7♠ 10♥ shipping 17neffetS_BR the SCOOP 2014 Event #9-L title and $19,965.69!
SCOOP 09-L: $11 NL Hold’em two-day event
Prize pool: $170,610.00
Places paid: 2,250
1. 17neffetS_BR (Brazil) $19,965.69
2. carlosousdr (Ireland) $14,501.85
3. Mchcr125 (United Kingdom) $11,089.65
4. knyazb47 (Russia) $7,677.45
5. jaaamesyboy (United Kingdom) $5,971.35
6. MaDGaHeT (Russia) $4,265.25
7. Kittyconde (Colombia) $2,900.37
8. crppppp (Austria) $1,535.49
9. julliano13 (Australia) $1,023.66
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David Aydt is a freelance contributor