PokerStars put together a nice lineup of big tournaments on the 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule for the final weekend and the No Limit Hold’em tournaments are a big draw. Event #37 gave players just what they were looking for as SCOOP comes to an end. With only a few days remaining to pick up a major victory, the weekend fields grew quickly.
The Medium buy-in version of the event was a deep stacked, slow structured, two-day NLH tournament giving players one option to rebuy and one to add-on if they were still around at the end of the rebuy period. A total of 1,459 players bought into the tournament and they used their options for 941 rebuys plus 954 add-ons. That all totaled up to $670,800 in prize money with the top spot set to earn $112,359 for the win.
pads1161 was the overnight leader as the tournament paused action with just 34 of them remaining and former Super Tuesday champ Vlad “dariepoker” Darie not far behind. SoPrettyMan was the low man on the leaderboard with just over six big blinds and the average stage holding 28 bigs. He was one of the first eliminations after the restart and play moved faster than expected early.
Play slowed considerably as the remaining players moved towards two tables and the stacks deepened. Barrriii seemed set to be the next player out on several occasions but somehow managed to nurse, stall, and crawl a micro-stack to the final table after an extended time to play down.
The long process was done when two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brock “t soprano” Parker ran out of chips short of his first major online title in 10th place. Six of the top ten to finish the first day would ride those chips to the final table with yougotJDZ’d leading the way followed closely by Darie.
Final Table chip counts:
Seat 1: yougotJDZ’d (3,645,406 in chips)
Seat 2: dariepoker (3,576,041 in chips)
Seat 3: Barrrii (164,427 in chips)
Seat 4: LaurisL91 (1,548,498 in chips)
Seat 5: pads1161 (797,153 in chips)
Seat 6: m1mm@ (3,304,866 in chips)
Seat 7: cope769 (1,446,320 in chips)
Seat 8: GoToCa$hier (1,168,614 in chips)
Seat 9: HR_Dub (1,118,675 in chips)
Blinds: 17.5k/35k with 4,375 ante
Barrrii aced, eliminated in 9th
Barrrii was the odd man out at a deeply stacked final table, he was the only one with anything to fear from the blinds and he decided to press his luck on the very first hand. There were two folds ahead of him before he shoved his 164,427 with A♣5♠ in the middle and was called by LaurisL91 in the next position.
Any Ace seems like a good Ace when under five big blinds but the smooth call came from LaurisL91 holding two of them. His A♠A♦ was never in any danger from Barrrii as the board ran out 9♥9♦6♠8♥Q♦ to scoop a small pot for Aces. Barrrii picked up a nice bonus for sliding onto the final table but was the first gone, sent out in 9th place for $6,909.
GoToCa$hier goes to the cashier, eliminated in 8th
GoToCa$hier could be excused if this final table wasn’t getting his complete attention because he was also battling it out at the same time in 37-H for a much bigger payday (a tournament he would go on to win). He was in the bottom third of the field and made a standard move to get in trouble. Action folded to him in the small blind and he simply pushed all his chips in the middle.
GoToCa$hier was holding the same hand which hurt Barrrii a few hands early, A♦5♠, and ran into HR_Dub in the big blind with A♥J♦. Not quite as dominating as Aces but it was big enough when they both hit the J♥5♥2♦ flop. With few options for a comeback, GoToCa$hier went to the cashier after the 7♠ turn and 8♦ river to pick up his $12,745 for 8th place.
HR_Dub steps out, eliminated in 7th
Steve “HR_Dub” Williams was the only player at the final table with a major victory to his credit but was facing an uphill battle to get a second. He began with the second smallest stack and moved to the bottom of the list in short order. LaurisL91 set his fate in motion with a min-raise from early position.
Everyone folded their hand until it reached Williams in the big blind and he shoved for his final 826,212 with Q♣J♣. The suited cards looked nice but LaurisL91 called with a bigger hand, also suited, A♥Q♥. Neither player was able to connect on the K♦6♠2♠10♥6♥ board and the kickers played, sending the former WCOOP champion out in 7th place for $19,453.
pads1161 flushed, eliminated in 6th
pads1161 had a very nice run over the last few days but fell just short of glory. The U.K. grinder came close but had to settle for runner-up status on Thursday in SCOOP Event #35-M then finished the day leading this tournament.
He wasn’t able to maintain that lead throughout Day 2 but made the final table with a chance to best the previous 35-M result. He found a double early at the final table and tried again with a shove from the button for 1,541,674 holding K♣10♠ but was behind when m1mm@ called from the small blind with A♥9♥.
Suited Aces worked before and they started well on this hand with the 4♦4♥2♥ flop and it was settled with the nut flush Q♥ turn. Nothing could come on the river to change the outcome and the former chipleader was gone in 6th place for $26,161.
dariepoker stars, eliminated in 5th
There are few players who could win this event for $112,359 and have it be their second biggest score. Vlad “dariepoker” Darie is one of those when his results show a $120,960 payout for winning the Super Tuesday tournament in February.
Darie had a good chance to add another six-digit amount to his bankroll when he started the final table with the chiplead but dropped after losing a big hand to m1mm@. GoToCa$hier was sent out in a blind versus blind battled holding A-5 and it was a similar hand to send Darie out. The table folded around the yougotJDZ’d in the small blind and he moved all-in with A♠5♦.
Darie was sitting at the five-handed table with 13 big blinds, one of them already committed, and called the move with K♥9♠. yougotJDZ’d was ahead then just about locked it up when the flop spread A♣6♠3♦ to leave Darie less than 2% to play another hand. The 7♣ left Darie with zero outs to the 8♣ river and the Romanian was out in 5th place for $32,869.
m1mm@ melts, eliminated in 4th
That hand moved yougotJDZ’d up with chipleaders but he was soon there alone when m1mm@ lost a 3 million chip pot to cope769 leaving him in the danger zone. He was left with few options and moved all-in on the next hand from under the gun for less than the big blind. No one looked him up and LaurisL91 was left to take care of business from the big blind.
m1mm@ had live cards, J♥7♠ against A♦K♦, and hit right off the bat on the Q♥J♦9♥ flop. LaurisL91 was still holding a handful of outs, none of which showed on the 5♠ turn but he got there on the river A♣. First-to-worst is common theme and m1mm@ was the next to experience it by going out in 4th place for $45,614.
LaurisL91 straightened out, eliminated in 3rd
Laurynas “LaurisL91” Levinskas was enjoying his second final table of the series, after a 7th place finish in Event #06-H, and his knockout of m1mm@ put him atop the leaderboard with three players remaining.
That all turned south with an unlucky run of cards when he was looking to send cope769 out of the tournament. Levinskas opened to 300,000 from the small blind and cope769 came along to the K♠Q♣8♠ flop. He check-raised all-in with A♠J♣ after cope769 bet 277,555 and was called to see he was against J♦10♦.
Levinskas’ hand was dominating pre-flop but needed to dodge an open-ended straight draw. He didn’t have to wait long as the virtual dealer tossed a 9♠ on the turn leaving Levinskas looking for a rivered flush or bigger straight. Neither appeared on the 9♥ river and Levinskas lost the huge pot. He was not able to overcome the big hit and was gone shortly in 3rd place for a $62,049 consolation prize.
yougotJDZ’d gets the win in Event #37-M
Seat 1: yougotJDZ’d (12,344,880 in chips)
Seat 7: cope769 (4,425,120 in chips)
cope769 had a tough road ahead of him against yougotJDZ’d and his big chiplead but was able to play a patient game with 37 big blinds. It turned into a very long heads up battles and the two tough opponents went back and forth with the lead. They attempted to chop the money when the stacks evened out but nothing came of the conversation.
The seesaw match lasted over 120 hands and nearly an hour of play before it was settled. The final hand of the tournament was the only where the chips were all-in post-flop. yougotJDZ’d limped from the button and cope769 checked his option to see the Q♥J♠8♥ flop when cope769 checked again.
yougotJDZ’d bet out 1,650,000 only to watch cope769 check-raise all-in with top pair Q♦5♣. yougotJDZ’d snap called to table 10♦9♥ for the flopped straight and a lock on the hand. The 2♦ left cope769 drawing dead for his tournament life and had to settle for the runner-up result of $82,173. yougotJDZ’d played a great tournament and has a title to show for it along with a very nice $112,359.
SCOOP 37-M: $215 NL Hold’em (1R1A)
Entrants: 1,459 (941 rebuys, 954 add-ons)
Prize pool: $670,800
Places paid: 198
1. yougotJDZ’d (Canada) $112,359.00
2. cope769 (Colombia) $82,173.00
3. Laurynas “LaurisL91” Levinskas (Lithuania) $62,049.00
4. m1mm@ (Malta) $45,614.40
5. Vlad “dariepoker” Darie (Romania) $32,869.20
6. pads1161 (United Kingdom) $26,161.20
7. Steve “HR_Dub” Williams (Canada) $19,453.20
8. GoToCa$hier (Portugal) $12,745.20
9. Barrrii (Belgium) $6,909.24