The 2014 SCOOP has already seen it’s fair share of star-studded final tables, but none can quite compare to the Red Spade-studded one we witnessed tonight. Team Online’s Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara and Marc-Andre Ladouceur (better known as “FrenchDawg”) both advanced to the final table along with a man many would call the sickest of all time, Team Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. Although there was a one in three chance this SCOOP watch would land on a Red Spade’s wrist, it wasn’t to be. Ladouceur, ElkY, and Kihara went out in ninth, seventh, and sixth places respectively, while Uruguay’s Sr.TiltMonky rode the chip lead he brought to the final table all the way to a win.
Event #11-H drew an 812-player field. $1,025 of each $2,100 buy-in went to the regular prize pool and the other $1,025 landed in the bounty pool, a total of $1,664,600.00 up for grabs. 99 players earned a share of it with first place set to take home $152,727.05. This was a popular event with the Red Spades, 14 of them joining the action including Chris Moneymaker, Johnny Lodden, Nacho Barbero, Liv Boeree, George Danzer, and Christian de Leon.
Day 1 saw the field play down from 812 to 31 over the course of twenty-two thirty-minute levels. Notable cashes included Katie “KatePkrPro” Lindsay (48th), Hiren “hustla16” Patel, Andrey “Kroko-dill” Zaichenko (56th), Pratyush “Shane Gamble” Buddiga, Faraz “The-Toilet 0” Jaka (63rd), Nicolas “niccc” Chouity (69th), David “dpeters17” Peters (74th), Daniel “w00ki3z.” Cates (83rd), Marty “TheLipoFund” Mathis (85th), Mike “munchenHB” Telker (87th), and Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira (92nd).
KidCardiff6 topped the overnight chip counts with 284,906 and three Red Spades advanced to Day 2– ElkY (234,914), Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (78,806) and Marc-Andre “FrenchDawg” Ladouceur (96,637).
Here’s a look at the top ten in chips at the end of Day 1:
KidCardiff6 (United Kingdom) 284,906
I JEFF I (Austria) 277,567
CinderellaBD (Ukraine) 254,838
GaggleoKings (United Kingdom) 251,159
ElkY (United Kingdom) 234,914
dontdonkoff (Australia) 204,766
Pokerfan89Gr (Greece) 172,824
SytseVliegen (Netherlands) 168,281
sousinha23 (Portugal) 157,774
Sr.TiltMonky (Uruguay) 150,564
ElkY doubles, dontdonkoff bubbles
Action resumed after a twelve-hour break, the blinds up to 1,250/2,500 with a 325 ante. When the field had narrowed to ten, all three Red Spades were still alive although ElkY had fallen on the short stack. Holding 94,000 in chips with the blinds at 4,000/8,000, ElkY open-shoved from the small blind with pocket sixes and dontdonkoff called with A♦J♣ in the big blind. ElkY’s pair held up on the 8♥2♥4♠K♣5♣ board and he doubled to 191,302.
On the next deal the action folded to dontdonkoff in the small blind and he moved in for 173,720 with A♣4♦. Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara called with pocket sixes in the big blind and hit bottom set on the 10♥8♦6♣ flop. Dontdonkoff was drawing dead when the K♠ turned and he went out in tenth place, just short of the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: nkeyno (951,956 in chips)
Seat 2: Sr.TiltMonky (799,605 in chips)
Seat 3: I JEFF I (296,669 in chips)
Seat 4: sousinha23 (344,330 in chips)
Seat 5: ElkY (190,302 in chips)
Seat 6: GaggleoKings (306,087 in chips)
Seat 7: B4d3m3!st3r (212,373 in chips)
Seat 8: KidCardiff6 (625,607 in chips)
Seat 9: FrenchDawg (333,071 in chips)
KidCardiff6 starts hot, ElkY doubles through Sr.TiltMonky
Chips were flying around this final table from Hand #1, when KidCardiff6 opened for 18,000 from the small blind and got a call from FrenchDawg in the big. KidCardiff6 check-called FrenchDawg’s flop and turn bets on the 7♣5♠2♦J♣ board, then checked a third time when the A♦ rivered. FrenchDawg smartly checked behind and KidCardiff6 revealed A♠A♥ to rake in the 180,000 pot.
ElkY scored another double-up when he picked up pocket tens and four-bet shoved for 110,800 from the big blind. Opening raiser FrenchDawg folded and Sr.TiltMonky called, revealing 8♣9♣. Although Sr.TiltMonky picked up an open-ender on the turn, ElkY’s tens held up on the Q♣Q♥6♦7♠J♥ board and he doubled to 252,400.
ElkY lays a bad beat on FrenchDawg
With the blinds up to 5,000/10,000, FrenchDawg was sitting on just short of 20 BBs when he picked up A♣K♠ and opened for 21,555. ElkY called from the big blind and the flop fell A♦A♥7♥. ElkY checked, FrenchDawg made it 18,775 to go with trip aces and ElkY called. When the Q♣ turned, ElkY checked again and FrenchDawg bet 38,775. ElkY shoved and FrenchDawg called all-in, only to watch him roll over A♠7♠. The river was the 8♥ and FrenchDawg’s run came to an end in brutal fashion, $10,819.90 his reward for ninth place.
B4d3m3!st3r hits a rush, eliminates GaggleoKings in eighth
After doubling up B4d3m3!st3r when his A♣J♦ fell to pocket tens, GaggleoKings was down to only ten big blinds. He got a reprieve when he shoved A♣9♥ and got a call from nkeyno with A♥2♥, his dominating hand holding up to double his stack to 224,000. Despite the setback, nkeyno retained the chip lead with just short of a million.
Early in the next level B4d3m3!st3r doubled again, his pocket sevens crushing sousina23’s pocket fives to the tune of 347,000 in chips. Left with only 55,000, sousinha23 open-shoved K♦9♦ on the next hand and GaggleoKings reshoved on the button with A♦5♣. A king hit the flop, however, and sousinha23 doubled to 138,000.
Two hands later, B4d3m3!st3r min-raised to 24,000 and nkeyno three-bet to 66,000 from the small blind. B4d3m3!st3r shoved for 337,000 and nkeyno called, his 7♥7♦ racing with A♦K♠. Although nkeyno kept the lead on the Q♠4♠4♦ flop, B4d3m3!st3r spiked the A♠ on the turn and doubled to 698,000, leaving nkeyno on 673,000.
B4d3m3!st3r’s rush continued a few orbits later when GaggleoKings open-shoved for 180,000 and B4d3m3!st3r reshoved right behind him for 700,000. B4d3m3!st3r’s pocket jacks handily defeated GaggleoKings’s 7♦8♦ on the A♥J♥7♥10♦7♠ board and he hit the rail in eighth place, good for $18,310.60.
ElkY exits in seventh place
Two hands later, sousinha23 doubled to 284,000 when his K♣J♠ turned a pair of jacks against i JEFF I’s A♦Q♠. That left ElkY on the short stack with 276,000. The blinds still at 6,000/12,000, ElkY found 6♠6♦ under-the-gun and opened for a min-raise. St.TiltMonky three-bet to 51,000 on the button, ElkY shoved and Sr.TiltMonky snap-called, revealing K♥K♠. Sr.TiltMonky flopped a set of kings to put the hand on lockdown and ended ElkY’s run at a second SCOOP watch. For seventh place, ElkY picked up $26,633.60.
nkeyno eliminated in sixth place
B4d3m3!st3r’s rush came to a screeching halt when he six-bet shoved for 936,000 with Q♥Q♦ and ran into KidCardiff6’s A♥A♦. He tumbled to 251,000 while KidCardiff6 seized the chip lead with 1.4 million.
Meanwhile, nkeyno had been holding steady at around half a million in chips. With the blinds up to 7,000/14,000, the action folded to him in the small blind and he limped in. Sr.TiltMonky shoved for 1.33 million from the big and nkeyno quickly called, his A♥10♥ dominating Sr.TiltMonky’s A♦8♥. However, nkeyno was dealt a crushing blow as Sr.TiltMonky paired his kicker on the 8♣4♠2♠ flop. Nkeyno needed a three-outer to survive but blanked the turn and river, going out in sixth place ($34,956.60).
Sr.TiltMonky takes out sousinha23 in fifth, B4d3m3!st3r in fourth
Sr.TiltMonky had chipped up into the lead with 1.5 million when sousinha23 three-bet shoved for 298,000 over his button min-raise. Sr.TiltMonky called, his 9♣9♦ in good shape against sousinha23’s A♠8♦. Sr.TiltMonky improved to a set on the flop and sent sousinha23 to the rail in fifth place, good for a $43,279.60 score.
Still hanging on with 168,000 in chips, B4d3m3!st3r open-shoved on the button with A♠8♣ and KidCardiff6 looked him up from the small blind with pocket sixes. The board double-paired queens and sevens, leaving B4d3m3!st3r’s ace kicker to play, and he doubled to 353,000.
However, B4d3m3!st3r wasn’t able to hang on to those chips for long. Dealt A♠8♠, B4d3m3!st3r three-bet shoved from the big blind and initial raiser Sr.TiltMonky called with A♥9♣. Sr.TiltMonky’s kicker played on the A♦Q♠10♦3♥5♦ board and B4d3m3!st3r finished in fourth place, earning $62,006.35.
Never gonna give you up
Shortly after B4d3m3!st3r’s elimination, the final three agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here’s how they stacked up at the time:
I Jeff I 484,485
Final table host Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome provided the players with ICM numbers, but I JEFF I wasn’t willing to make a deal unless Sr.TiltMonky and KidCardiff6 each gave up $1,000 from their shares. Citing his experience level compared to his opponents, KidCardiff6 said he wasn’t willing to relinquish any extra money, but was willing to accept the ICM deal. With negotiations at a standstill, cards went back in the air.
KidCardiff6 takes third
I JEFF I picked up a 384,000 pot when he four-bet shoved on a K♣J♣6♠ flop and KidCardiff6 gave up his hand. KidCardiff6 fell to 1.2 million and on the very next deal, Sr.TiltMonky pushed his stack below a million when he rivered the nut flush vs. KidCardiff6’s two pair. KidCardiff6 was nearly done for, holding A♥J♦ vs. I JEFF I’s A♦K♦ on a 8♦6♠8♥9♣ board, but was saved by the 9♥ river chopping the 1.4 million pot.
KidCardiff6 couldn’t gain any traction from there and with 410,000 remaining, he made a button raise to 40,000 and moved all-in on the K♦10♦8♥ flop. I JEFF I called, his K♠3♣ having out flopped KidCardiff6’s A♣7♣. KidCardiff6 didn’t get any help from the 10♠ turn or the 4♥ river and went out in third place, earning $82,397.70.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: Sr.TiltMonky (2,621,385 in chips) – 131 BB
Seat 3: I JEFF I (1,438,615 in chips) – 72 BB
Shortly after heads-up play began, Sr.TiltMonky and I JEFF I agreed to pause the action and take another run at making a deal. This time, they quickly agreed to an ICM chop and with $15,000 still in play, cards went back in the air.
Despite having a deal in place, Sr.TiltMonky and I JEFF I traded punches for an hour and fifteen minutes. Stacks were deep and the lead changed at least half a dozen times before Sr.TiltMonky climbed back up to 2.32 million. Then, with the blinds up to 15,000/30,000, Sr.TiltMonky three-bet shoved the turn with top pair and the nut flush draw. I JEFF I called all-in with an open-ender and a smaller flush draw, but blanked the river.
Congrautlations to Uruguay’s Sr.TiltMonky on besting this treacherous final table to take down his first SCOOP title. He banked $143,135.07 (plus ten $1,025 bounties) while runner-up I JEFF I took home $118,623.28 (plus nine bounties).
There is still plenty more SCOOP to be played and a tournament for every bankroll. Head over to the SCOOP page for a complete schedule and satellite information.
SCOOP 11-H: $2,100 NLHE [Super-Knockout]
Total prizepool: $1,664,600.00
Regular prizepool: $832,300.00
Bounty prizepool: $832,300.00
Places paid 99
1. Sr.TiltMonky (Uruguay) $143,135.07* + 10 bounties
2. I JEFF I (Austria) $118,623.28* + 9 bounties
3. KidCardiff6 (United Kingdom) $82,397.70 + 8 bounties
4. B4d3m3!st3r (Germany) $62,006.35 + 6 bounties
5. sousinha23 (Portugal) $43,279.60 + 9 bounties
6. PokerStars Team Online’s Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (Japan) $34,956.60 + 9 bounties
7. Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (United Kingdom) $26,633.60 + 8 bounties
8. GaggleoKings (United Kingdom) $18,310.60 + 7 bounties
9. PokerStars Team Online’s Marc-Andre “FrenchDawg” Ladouceur (Canada) $10,819.90 + 3 bounties
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.