With three left in the hunt in SCOOP Event #43-L, Godzilla-stacked ZFSB held almost 75% of all the chips in play and had run roughshod over the final table. That daunting lead did not deter former SCOOP champion lehout. During an inevitable heads-up showdown, lehout trailed 37.5M to 15.4M. Despite the sizable gap, a determined lehout launched a magnificent, yet quick-strike counter attack to seize the lead on the third hand. By the sixth hand, lehout successfully knocked out ZFSB and pulled off a dazzling coup. With a stunning come-from-behind victory, lehout binked Event #43-L. This win marked a second SCOOP title and third career COOP crown for lehout, who shipped a SCOOP in 2011 and won a WCOOP event in 2014.
Just thinking about the nuanced format in Event #43-L — 6-Max, Variable Level Times, Progressive Knock-Out Bounty — reminded me of one of those wacky TV infomercials you’d watch in complete darkness in the middle of the night…
ANNOUNCER: Are you sick and tired of run-of-the-mill No-Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments? How about a nifty twist to SCOOP Event #43-L by making it 6-handed? But wait, there’s more! How about variable level times… so it feels like a Turbo at the start with 4-minute blinds, yet slows down to 20-minute blinds like a deep-stacked event. Sure, awesome! But wait, there’s more! How about Progressive Knock-Out? So if your opponent knocks out a lot of players, their bounty increases, so you get a bonus for knocking out someone who knocks out a lot! But wait, there’s more… if you act right now, you also got a free set of Ginsu Steak Knives, a Slanket, and a Phil Hellmuth Chia Pet. And if you bust Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, you get two Phil Hellmuth Chia Pets!!!
You get the gist. Despite its quirkiness, SCOOP Event #43-L was fairly popular yet brutal. 75% of this field was decimated by the time late reg ended. More than 90% of the field was nuked by Level 20, or just under 2.5 hours after cards went into the air.
2015 SCOOP Event #43-L $27 NL (6-Max, Variable Level Times, Progressive Knock-Out) attracted 10,580 runners. They generated a total prize pool worth $259,739.00. The regular prize pool was $130,134.00 and the bounty pool was $129,605.00 (FYI… $12.30 of every buy-in went toward the regular pool, while $12.25 was allocated for the bounty pool). Only the top 1,350 places paid out, with $18,876.01 set aside to the champion.
With 18 to go on the final three tables, lehout (Netherlands) led with 8M. On the final table bubble, ZFSB took the lead with 17.6M. With action hand-for-hand, ZFSB gobbled up chips. Short-stacked jonwayne69 tried to avoid an elimination and double up with A♥3♥, but ran into ZFSB’s A♣J♠. jonwayne69 flopped a Wheel draw, but ZFSB faded that straight draw to win the pot and collect a KO bounty. With jonwayne69’s elimination, the final table was set.
SCOOP 37-L – Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: ERA7ER (3,360,272)
Seat 2: lehout (16,854,718)
Seat 3: Sh1dler (3,572,952)
Seat 4: Grub “D” 23 (3,318,629)
Seat 5: M-Lancer-X (4,658,496)
Seat 6: ZFSB (21,134,933)
The final table commenced during Level 45 with blinds at 80K/160K and a 20K ante. The levels lengths were 15-minutes between levels 39 and 56, until they increased to 20-minutes at Level 57. With six to go, ZFSB led with 21.M, followed by lehout’s 16.8M. Everyone else had under 5M with three players battling for last overall with an average of 3.4M. The most notable player at the final table was 2-time COOP champ lehout, who won one bracelet at the 2014 WCOOP and shipped an event at the 2011 SCOOP.
M-Lancer-X eliminated in 6th place
On the first hand of the final table, we saw instant fireworks. Grub “D” 23 min-raised to 320,000, M-Lancer-X bombed it all-in for 4,638,496, ZFSB re-shoved for 21,114,933, Grub “D” 23 folded. Heads-up. Classic race. M-Lancer-X made a final stand with A♣K♦ against ZFSB’s 8♥8♠. The flop was K♠6♥5♦, and M-Lancer-X seized the lead with a pair of Kings. The turn was the Q♥, but the river was the 8♦. ZFSB rivered a set to win the pot. M-Lancer-X became the first player to exit the final table. Sixth place earned $1,824.47.
ZFSB collected a bounty of $297.03 for knocking out M-Lancer-X. Meanwhile ZFSB’s own bounty was bumped up to $2,832.52
Grub “D” 23 eliminated in 5th place
ZFSB min-raised to 320,000, short-stacked Grub “D” 23 shoved all-in for 1,958,629 with A♦10♠, and ZFSB called with Q♦2♦. ZFSB hit the flop and scored a pair of deuces. The board ran out 5♣3♠2♣9♠9♣. ZFSB won the pot with two pair — nines and deuces. Grub “D” 23 flopped a Wheel draw, which never materalized. Grub “D” 23 busted in fifth place, which paid out $2,602.68.
ZFSB earned a bounty worth $377.10 for picking off Grub “D” 23. ZFSB’s own bounty increased to $3,209.62
Sh1dler eliminated in 4th place
Three hands later, another bustout. And yes, ZFSB picked off another player. Sh1dler limped for 80,000, Bog-stcked bully ZFSB shoved for 26,041,786, and Sh1dler called all-in for 1,412,952. Sh1dler trailed with 2♥2♠ against ZFSB’s 8♥8♣. The board ran out 7♥6♣3♥8♠8♦. Sh1dler never had a chance because ZFSB turned a set of eights and rivered quads. Sh1dler went busto in fourth place, which paid out $5,205.36.
ZFSB collected another bounty and Sh1dler’s was worth $305.75. ZFSB’s own bounty increased to $3,515.37.
With three remaining and more than half the chips in play… ZFSB led with 27.7M, followed by lehout’s 17.1M, and ERA7ER’s 8M.
ERA7ER eliminated in 3rd place
Two of the short stacks rumbled… lehout opened to 547,500 and ERA7ER called. The flop was 8♦5♠2♣ and all hell broke loose. ERA7ER checked, lehout fired out 524,881, ERA7ER check-raised to 1,552,110, lehout bombed it all-in for 8,513,432, ERA7ER called all-in for 4,002,004.
The turn was the 9♦ and the river was the 4♣. ERA7ER’s pair of eights lost to lehout’s two pair. ERA7ER was knocked out in third place and took home $9,109.38.
lehout earned a bounty of $631.60 for knocking out ERA7ER. lehout’s own bounty jumped up to $989.54
HEADS-UP: lehout (Netherlands) vs. ZFSB (United Kingdom)
Seat 2: lehout (15,381,296)
Seat 6: ZFSB (37,518,704)
ZFSB held more than a 2-1 edge, but lehout would come from behind to beat ZFSB. Heads-up lasted eight hands and ZFSB only won two of them. lehout seized the lead on the third hand after dragging a 33M pot and turning a straight with J♣9♠ to beat ZFSB’s 6♥6♣. ZFSB trailed 33.4M to 19.4M. Three hands later it would be all over.
ZFSB eliminated in 2nd place; lehout wins SCOOP Event #43-L!
A raising war broke out pre-flop. lehout raised to 617,500, ZFSB re-raised to 1.5M, lehout four-bet to 4,358,771, ZFSB five-bet shoved for 19,622,133, and lehout called.
lehout led with pocket Kings versus tens. The board ran out 8♥6♥5♠A♦8♠. Pocket Kings held up for lehout, who won the pot and the tournament. ZFSB headed to the virtual rail in second place. lehout collected a bounty of $1,757.69 for picking off ZFSB. Meanwhile, lehout’s own bounty increased to $2,747.22, which he also collected for winning Event #43-L.
For a runner-up performance, ZFSB earned $13,013.40.
Congrats to the Netherlands’ lehout for winning SCOOP Event #43-L. First place paid out $18,876.01, plus a cool champion’s watch courtesy of Movado. This win marked a second career SCOOP and third overall COOP for lehout.
SCOOP-43-L: $27 NL Hold’em (6-Max, Variable Level Times, Progressive Knock-Out)
Prize Pool: $259,739.00 (Regular Pool: $130,134.00; Bounty Pool: $129,605.00)
Places Paid: 1,350
1. lehout (Netherlands) $18,876.01 + ($2,747.22 KO-bounties)
2. ZFSB (United Kingdom) $13,013.40 + ($3,515.37 KO-bounties)
3. ERA7ER (Germany) $9,109.38 + ($1,263.20 KO-bounties)
4. Sh1dler (United Kingdom) $5,205.36 + ($611.50 KO-bounties)
5. Grub “D” 23 (Brazil) $2,602.68 + ($754.20 KO-bounties)
6. M-Lancer-X (Moldova) $1,824.47 + ($594.06 KO-bounties)
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Pauly McGuire is an author and freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.