It’s hard to believe, but SCOOP 2014 is almost over. The whirlwind of springtime tournament action has officially entered its final weekend, and with it will come a full lineup of big-bet tournaments. That made Friday’s HORSE tournaments the last chance this year for SCOOPers to pick up a champion’s watch in a mixed-game event.
Event #38-L, the $27 version of the last HORSE event on the schedule, kicked off at 2 p.m. ET on Friday and attracted a field of 2,643 players. That was good enough to build a prize pool of $64,885.65, more than two and a half times the guarantee. The last 336 of them made the money, with a minimum of $648.85 waiting for the last eight players.
By 11:50 p.m. ET the field had been narrowed to this final table lineup:
Seat 1: Boeken (1,116,582 in chips)
Seat 2: XZ.24 (1,370,764 in chips)
Seat 3: sviyat (1,480,896 in chips)
Seat 4: the_seer1 (1,153,494 in chips)
Seat 5: -Rebus1980- (3,957,698 in chips)
Seat 6: P0CK€TF@CE$ (1,087,696 in chips)
Seat 7: lordlucios (2,066,358 in chips)
Seat 8: ROMV89 (981,512 in chips)
It would take 289 hands to complete the final table, starting with a round of Omaha hi/lo.
100K/200K Omaha Hi/lo
P0CK€TF@CE$ from the United Kingdom was in the small blind with A♠ 2♠ 3♠ J♣ and 637K left behind on Hand #5 when Russia’s sviyat open-raised in middle position. P0CK€TF@CE$ made it three bets and the called after sviyat capped the betting at 400K, bringing a flop of 6♣ 10♦ 9♣. The U.K. player led for 100K and then re-raised all-in after sviyat raised. The Russian had a pair of aces and the nut flush draw with A♣ A♥ 10♣ 4♣. The Q♣ on the turn gave sviyat the flush and cut off the possibility of hitting a low, which left P0CK€TF@CE$ drawing dead. The 3♦ on the river was a formality, and P0CK€TF@CE$ left in 8th place ($648.85).
Aside from that, the biggest news on this level was Russia’s -Rebus1980-, who scooped two pots worth more than 2M chips each and split the last one of the level for another 775K.
Only a handful of pots during the Razz level grew as large as three big bets. The largest was worth just over four, and it brought Russian player ROMV89’s tournament to an end. Brazilian player lordlucios showed the A♣ and made the first raise to 100K, which ROMV89 raised, holding (2♥ 8♥) / 4♦. Germany’s Boeken cold-called with the 3♣ showing and lordlucios called as well, bringing fourth street. ROMV89’s last 21K went in the middle after being dealt the J♥, while Boeken called with 3♣ 8♦ up and lordlucios did the same showing A♣. Boeken caught the K♥ on fifth and folded to a bet, setting up a showdown after ROMV89 and lordlucios were dealt their sixth- and seventh-street cards:
ROMV89: (2♥ 8♥) / 4♦ J♥ 4♠ A♥ / (3♠)
lordlucios: (5h] J♠) / A♣ 2♣ 4♣ 7♥ / (J♣)
The Brazilian’s 7-5 low edged out ROMV89’s 8-4, sending the Russian to the rail in 7th place ($1,297.71).
The first Stud round of the final table saw a bit more action than the Razz round had. sviyat and lordlucios tangled in the first significant pot after lordlucios limp-called the Russian’s raise to 120K on third street with the 6♠ showing against sviyat’s A♣. lordlucios called again on fourth, showing 6♠ 7♠ to sviyat’s A♣ 6♣, then checked on fifth after pairing up with the 6♦. sviyat checked behind and called lordlucios’ bet on sixth to take the two players to seventh street with 1.14M chips in the pot and their boards reading:
lordlucios: (x-x) / 6♠ 7♠ 6♦ 8♣
sviyat: (x-x) / A♣ 6♣ 7♣ Q♠
lordlucios was first to act and again bet 240K. After a moment of thought, sviyat raised to 480K. lordlucios folded and sviyat dragged a 1.62M-chip pot, the largest of the final table so far.
Short-stacked Boeken survived the next hand and doubled to 780K after starting with a split pair of fours and catching a set on the river to top -Rebus1980-‘s pair of fives. Three hands later they faced off again with the German’s tournament life once again on the line:
Both players improved from start to finish, but -Rebus1980- hit the full house to top Boeken’s kings and queens, sending the German out in 6th place ($1,946.56).
Four hands later -Rebus1980- tried to take out another short stack but Norway’s the_seer1 was having none of it, cruising to an 814K-chip double after catching a pair of kings on fifth street and seeing -Rebus1980- fail to make a hand. Three more pots went down without a fight to close out Stud.
120K/240K/24K Stud Hi/Lo
sviyat kicked off the Stud Hi/Lo round with a big scoop of 1.83M, winning with (8♣ J♣) / Q♣ 8♦ 4♦ Q♥ / (10♦) for queens and eights after betting every street and being called by lordlucios, who mucked (x-x) / 6♠ 3♣ 7♠ 9♠ / (x). After that most of the pots stayed small and nobody else scooped anything major.
160K/320K Limit Hold’em
The switch to hold’em was an invitation to action. Several hands in XZ.24 held 639K and got it all in before the flop with 6♠ 6♥ in the big blind. lordlucios held A♣ 7♥ in the small blind and had six clean outs after the 9♠ 10♠ 2♥ flop, picking up six more outs with the 8♣ on the turn. The 6♣ fell on the river and gave XZ.24 a set, but it also made a ten-high straight for lordlucios. The Brazilian won the 1.27M chips in the pot and XZ.24 walked in 5th place ($3,244.28).
the_seer1 fared better on the next hand and doubled up with A♣ Q♥ against -Rebus1980-‘s A♦ 7♦ on a 3♣ 9♥ Q♦ 10♠ 10♦ board, having committed four bets before the flop and getting all-in with two more after it. The Norwegian pulled off another high-wire act, this time holding A♥ 2♦ and catching a pair of deuces on the river of a K♦ 4♣ 3♥ 9♥ 2♣ board to beat -Rebus1980-, who had led the action, out of 1.52M chips.
But seven hands later, on the last hand of the round, a semi-bluff with 10♣ 9♣ on the 6♥ 4♠ 8♣ flop led to another semi-bluff on the 3♣ turn and a value bet with top pair on the 10♥ river. Those tens were good for the 2.24M chips in the pot against lordlucios, who had flat-called on every street and mucked at showdown.
160K/320K Omaha Hi/Lo -> 200K/400K/40K Razz -> 200K/400K/40K Stud
The four remaining players’ stacks looked like this as the O-R-S rounds of HORSE began:
Seat 3: sviyat (3,897,592 in chips)
Seat 4: the_seer1 (2,036,964 in chips)
Seat 5: -Rebus1980- (4,213,551 in chips)
Seat 7: lordlucios (3,066,893 in chips)
lordlucios dropped about 1.4M chips over the next three rounds and sviyat was the biggest beneficiary. The Russian started with more than 5M in chips and re-raised with a split pair of jacks after lordlucios opened the betting showing the 5♦. sviyat then called a third bet from the_seer1, who showed the 3♦ but held a buried pair of aces. the_seer1 bet and sviyat called each street until they went into seventh street with these boards:
the_seer1: (A♥ A♠) / 3♦ K♦ 9♣ 9♥
sviyat: (6♠ J♥) / J♣ 2♠ K♠ 9♠
the_seer1 was down to 791K and bet half of it after catching the K♣ on seventh street to make aces and kings. But the 3♠ on the river had given sviyat four spades on fourth through seventh streets to go with the buried 6♠ and make a flush. That beat two pair and the_seer1 was out in 4th place ($4,541.99).
The game was now three-handed and two players were short-stacked, so the pace of play picked up thanks to lots of third-street folding. Finally, on the next-to-last hand of the Stud round, the two short stacks, lorlucios and the slightly shorter -Rebus1980-, butted heads:
With that -Rebus1980- was out in 3rd place ($6,140.77) and heads-up play began with the chip stacks looking like this:
Seat 3: sviyat (10,171,520 in chips)
Seat 7: lordlucios (3,043,480 in chips)
The two briefly discussed a deal in the early going, but each wanted to modify the deal in such a way that the other found it unacceptable so play continued. It took 16 hands and the progression of the game to 250K/500K Hold’em for lordlucios to pull ahead for the first time, and just one hand for sviyat to reverse the lead right back. For 158 hands they kept that pattern up, playing through a full rotation of games from hold’em to Omaha hi/lo to the Stud games and back to hold’em with stakes of 500K/1M.
The final hand, overall the 289th of the final table, saw sviyat in the big blind for 500K and holding just 906K behind. The Russian called 500K off with 9♣ 5♠ and put the rest in on the 8♣ 4♠ 3♣ flop. lordlucios called with K♠ 5♣, which had also failed to connect with the board but had sviyat dominated. The 6♠ on the turn gave sviyat some inside straight outs, but the 2♥ on the river missed both players and brought the tournament to its end.
sviyat’s runner-up finish was good for $7,786.27, the second-largest of the Russian player’s career and best in a mixed-game tournament by almost $7,500. lordlucios, whose win was worth $11,302.38, set a new career best in PokerStars tournaments by $8,500. Throw in the pride of being a SCOOP champion now and forever, and that’s a pretty good way to spend a Friday evening.
SCOOP 38-L, $27 HORSE
Prize pool: $64,885.65
Places paid: 336
1. lordlucios (Brazil) $11,032.38
2. sviyat (Russia) $7,786.27
3. -Rebus1980- (Russia) $6,140.77
4. the_seer1 (Norway) $4,541.99
5. XZ.24 (Russia) $3,244.28
6. Boeken (Germany) $1,946.56
7. ROMV89 (Russia) $1,297.71
8. P0CK€TF@CE$ (United Kingdom) $648.85
Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.