Tournaments aren’t only about surviving bad beats. Sometimes you have to dish out a few of your own. After two days of play in Event #37-H ($2,100 NLHE 1R1A), GoToCa$hier and chipchucker5 had done plenty of both. An hour into heads-up play the lead had flipped so many times it felt as if disaster needed to strike to find a winner…and did it ever. Chipchucker5 flopped a set with pocket nines, snapping off GoToCa$hier’s pocket aces and was one card away from a SCOOP title a few hands later, his flopped bottom two pair leading top pair through the turn. It was bad enough chipchucker5 was five-outed on that river, but the exact same situation unfolded twenty minutes later. GoToCa$hier again spiked the river and locked up his first SCOOP win, along with $206,136.00. (An interesting side note: GoToCa$hier simultaneously final tabled Event #37-M where he finished eighth.)
Event #37-H’s 261 players made 105 rebuys and 138 add-ons, resulting in a $1,008,000.00 prize pool. 36 places were paid with first place set to earn $206,136.00. Ten Red Spades were in the mix including Caio Pessagno, Nacho Barbero, Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen, Jason Mercier, Ike Haxton, ElkY, David Williams, Angel Guillen, and Eugene Katchalov. Team Pro Maxim Lykov was the only one to finish in the money, going out in 31st place when his A♦Q♥ failed to improve vs. pocket fives.
Day 1 concluded after 22 levels of play. Twenty players advanced to Day 2 with Belarus’s fish2013 at the top of the overnight chip counts.
End of Day 1 chip counts
fish2013 (Belarus) 250,625
chipchucker5 (Mexico) 228,267
RunThisTable (Canada) 200,675
GoToCa$hier (Portugal) 169,852
Timex (Canada) 164,284
ale6ka (Belarus) 158,877
Kovalski1 (Brazil) 156,725
Rednaxela747 (United Kingdom) 151,386
MrSweets28 (Canada) 148,172
blanconegro (Mexico) 144,815
mexican222 (Malta) 137,383
C. Darwin2 (Sweden) 120,045
AceSpades11 (Canada) 100,322
kirbynator (Canada) 85,465
Moorman1 (United Kingdom) 67,665
DMS75 (Russia) 60,599
Cejakas14 (United Kingdom) 46,972
paulgees81 (Canada) 45,916
bparis (Canada) 45,825
puntobanco (Austria) 36,130
Other notable cashes in Event #37-H included Steve “Mr. Tim Caum” O’Dwyer (33rd), Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen (30th), J.C. “PrtyPsux” Alvarado (29th), Jason “jdtjpoker” Wheeler (28th), Ozzy “Ozzy 87” Sheikh (25th), Fabian “fabsinho” Quoss (24th), Philipp “philbort” Gruissem (23rd), Paul “paulgees81” Volpe (20th), Bryan “bparis” Paris (19th), Mark “AceSpades11” Radoja (17th), Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond (15th) and Chris “Moorman1” Moorman (13th).
About an hour and a half into Day 2, ten players remained. With the blinds up to 2,500/5,000 chipchucker5 made a UTG min-raise and ale6ka called from the big blind. Ale6ka check-raised all-in on the 10♥4♥2♥ flop and chipchucker5 called. Chipchucker5’s Q♥Q♠ turned a flush with the 7♥ and left ale6ka drawing dead. The inconsequential river fell the 5♣ and ale6ka exited one spot short of the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: RunThisTable (266,641 in chips)
Seat 2: Tîmex (91,566 in chips)
Seat 3: Rednaxela747 (127,439 in chips)
Seat 4: C. Darwin2 (40,542 in chips)
Seat 5: blanconegro (491,903 in chips)
Seat 6: GoToCa$hier (417,132 in chips)
Seat 7: Kovalski1 (84,500 in chips)
Seat 8: chipchucker5 (870,767 in chips)
Seat 9: puntobanco (129,510 in chips)
Survival of the fittest
Only three hands passed before the action folded to Renaxela747 in the small blind. He moved all-in for 159,000 and short stack C. Darwin2 called all-in for 33,000 from the big blind with Q♦10♣. Rednaxela747 flopped middle pair with K♦9♥ and rivered trip nines, sending C. Darwin2 home in ninth place ($19,152.00).
Before the level was up, three more players would fall. Holding J♠J♦, Rednaxela747 cold four-bet all-in for 148,230 from the big blind. Initial raiser Kovalski1 folded, but RunThisTable called, turning up A♠A♥. RunThisTable’s aces held up on the K♥10♥7♦8♦3♣ board, ending Rednaxela747’s run in eighth place ($25,200.00).
Two hands later, GoToCa$heir opened for 12,500 from the small blind and Kovalski1 shoved for 76,175 from the big. GoToCa$hier’s A♠K♦ dominated Kovalski1’s A♥J♥ and his kicker played on the A♣Q♠8♥10♣A♦ board. For seventh place, Kovalski1 collected $35,280.00.
As the minutes remaining in the 2,500/5,000 level ticked away, Timex found 3♦3♥ and three-bet shoved for 90,941 from the big blind. Cutoff raiser chipchucker5 called, revealing A♦9♣. Chipchucker5 flopped an ace and unable to draw the two-outer, Timex departed in sixth place ($45,360.00).
putnobanco turns a winner
Down to his last 13 big blinds, puntobanco flat-called GoToCa$hier’s UTG min-raise. RunThisTable put the squeeze on and three-bet to 42,000, GoToCa$hier gave up his hand and puntobanco came back over the top, making it 78,000 to go. RunThisTable five-bet to 114,000 and puntobanco called off his remaining 1,385, his A♠9♣ in deep trouble vs. RunThisTable’s J♥J♦. RunThisTable kept the lead on the K♥10♦2♠ flop but puntobanco spiked the A♦ on the turn to wrest it away The river was the 3♦ and puntobanco doubled to 180,520.
blanconegro runs into aces
With the blinds up to 4,000/8,000, blanconegro still had a healthy stack with 296,000 behind. He opened for 17,600 with 5♥5♠ and GoToCa$hier three-bet to 41,200. Blanconegro shoved but GoToCa$hier had the goods and snap-called with A♥A♣. Blanconegro whiffed the K♦J♦4♣8♣9♣ board and went out in fifth place, good for $58,464.00.
RunThisTable sputters in third
RunThisTable was the short stack with four players remaining and doubled to 244,000 when his pocket threes won a flip vs GoToCa$hier’s A♣9♠. That left puntobanco as the low man and with 76,000 remaining, he open-shoved from the cutoff. Chipchucker5 called from the big blind, his A♣6♦ leading puntobanco’s K♣J♦. Puntobanco did not improve on the 6♣5♥4♣2♣Q♦ board and exited in fourth place ($85,680.00).
Only two hands later, RunThisTable moved in for 205,000 from the small blind with A♣2♠ and GoToCas$hier called from the big. GoToCa$hier’s Q♦J♦ flopped top pair and turned queens up on the Q♣3♣2♣3♦8♦ board, eliminating RunThisTable in third place ($113,904.00).
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 6: GoToCa$hier (1,379,634 in chips)
Seat 8: chipchucker5 (1,140,366 in chips)
Shortly after heads-up play began, GoToCa$hier and chipchucker5 took a run at making a deal. Jorge “Baalim” Limon presented them with chip chop numbers and the shares were only a little over $3,200 apart– $175,284.16 for GoToCa$hier and $172,051.84 for chipchucker5, leaving $10,000 to play for. GoToCa$hier said he would close the deal if chipchucker5 turned over an extra $2,500, but chipchucker5 didn’t see any reason to. Chipchucker5 asked to play on and action resumed without a deal in place.
GoToCa$hier and chipchucker5 traded some substantial pots, but by the time the blinds rose to 5,000/10,000, the counts were back to where they had started heads-up. GoToCa$hier ground chipchucker5 down to 848,000 before a massive cooler struck, chipchucker5’s pocket nines flopping a set vs. GoToCa$hier’s pocket aces.
Chipchucker5 doubled to 1.7 million and was holding steady when a raising war broke out on a 10♦4♦8♠ flop. GoToCa$hier check-raised chipchucker5’s 34,000 bet to 98,500, chipchucker5 three-bet to 192,000 and GoToCa$hier shoved for 800,000 total. Chipchucker5 called, his bottom two pair with 4♠8♦ leading GoToCa$hier’s top pair with Q♥10♣. Chipchucker5 was one card away from a SCOOP title when the 5♦ turned, but GoToCa$hier rivered a heaven-sent Q♠ to make a better two pair.
Chipchucker5 was left with 862,000 and GoToCa$hier chipped away at his stack over the next twenty minutes. Then, in a hand eerily similar to the previous, chipchucker5 got the rest of his chips in on a 10♥5♠3♠ flop with bottom two. GoToCa$hier called with top pair and once again, spiked a better two pair on the river, locking up a long-awaited SCOOP title.
Congratulations to Jose “GoToCa$hier” Quintas on shipping his first SCOOP title! He banked $206,136.00 for the win while runner-up Mike “chipchucker5” Ferrell earned $151,200.00.
SCOOP 37-H: $2,100 NLHE 1R1A
Places paid 36
1. Jose “GoToCa$hier” Quintas (Portugal) $206,136.00
2. Mike “chipchucker5” Ferrell (Mexico) $151,200.00
3. Andrew “RunThisTable” Lichtenberger (Canada) $113,904.00
4. puntobanco (Austria) $85,680.00
5. Connor “blanconegro” Drinan (Mexico) $58,464.00
6. Mike “Timex” McDonald (Canada) $45,360.00
7. Fabiano “Kovalski1” Kovalski (Brazil) $35,280.00
8. Rednaxela747 (United Kingdom) $25,200.00
9. C. Darwin2 (Sweden) $19,152.00
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.