No-limit hold’em freezeouts have been taking poker players’ bankrolls to new heights for going on 50 years now. It used to be that it took $10K to even get in the door. These days, tournaments like the low-tier SCOOP events can get you in for the price of a movie and popcorn. But while the price tag changes, the chance to give your bankroll a major facelift never does. Just ask Russia’s frost3ggg, who’s $50K richer after coming out on top of SCOOP’s latest two-day freezeout.
Even with all the variety in tournament structures and formats around today, freezeouts can still draw a big crowd. The starting field for Event #24-L was a whopping 17,751, building a $435,787.05 prize pool. The top 2,250 finishers earned a minimum of $43.57 and most of them would collect before the end of level 32, when play paused for the day.
The remaining 185 players left resumed play at 2:30 p.m. ET this afternoon for Day 2 and fell slowly by the wayside over four and a half hours. Team Pro’s ElkY was in the mix as the day began, but he busted in 160th place ($213.53). Team Online’s GodlikeRoy also made it to Day 2 but exited early in 180th ($204.81).
By 7:07 p.m. ET the blinds were up to level 49 (400K/800K/100K) and these nine players were battling for the champion’s watch and more than $50K:
Seat 1: Pimola (18,611,989 in chips)
Seat 2: Karoshi176 (21,198,827 in chips)
Seat 3: frost3ggg (39,432,645 in chips)
Seat 4: I_AM_B2OBA (8,681,158 in chips)
Seat 5: andersbisse (20,033,060 in chips)
Seat 6: icho90 (9,784,012 in chips)
Seat 7: Newfiemon_99 (19,586,016 in chips)
Seat 8: robot_werter (15,251,662 in chips)
Seat 9: Dan “judgedredd13” Charlton (24,930,631 in chips)
Only two players began significantly above the average stack, meaning most of the table was in danger on any given hand. So even with the 15-minute blind levels, the entire table would take just 37 minutes to play to completion.
The ninth hand saw the first confrontation. icho90 picked up A♦ 7♦ and moved all-in for 7.6M from second position, ending up heads-up against Pimola after the New Zealander moved all-in for 11.7M to isolate. Pimola’s A♥ Q♥ remained ahead from start to finish on the 2♥ 4♥ 10♣ A♠ 8♦ board to win the 17.4M chips in the middle and eliminate icho90 in 9th place ($2,614.72).
robot_werter picked up a 17M-chip pot a few hands later, playing slow after flopping two pair with 8♥ 7♥ in the big blind and getting value from Pimola on the turn and river. An orbit later Pimola dropped further to 11.1M after calling I_AM_B2OBA’s all-in with A♠ 7♠, which was ahead of Q♦ 10♦ before and after the flop but fell after the 10♣ turn made a pair and gave I_AM_B2OBA the 12.2M-chip pot.
The next hand after that loss (and the 24th of the table overall) opened with an all-in raise to 12.6M by andersbisse, who held A♥ Q♦. robot_werter isolated with J♥ J♣, and the pair held on the 10♠ K♠ K♦ 9♥ 4♣ board to eliminate andersbisse in 8th place ($3,922.08).
Pimola’s fate was decided on the very next hand after picking up A♦ 5♦ in the cutoff and opening for an all-in raise to 10.8M. frost3ggg had 8♠ 8♣ in the small blind, which had to dodge a flush draw after the turn but emerged unscathed after the complete 7♠ J♠ 10♦ 4♦ K♣ board fell. That knocked Pimola out in 7th place ($7,408.37).
Two-time Super Tuesday champion Dan “judgedredd13” Charlton was now in second place with six players remaining and blinds and antes at 500K/1M/125K. The player from the U.K. would move into lead and drop right back out of it in the span of four hands. First among them was a 17.2M-chip pot won with a pair of fives in the big blind after calling with 10♥ 5♥ and then picking off one barrel and a river-raise bluff from frost3ggg’s Q♦ J♠ on the 9♥ 5♦ 4♠ 6♥ 9♦ board.
The second seized the chip lead and started with Charlton opening all-in with J♠ 10♠ in the small blind and Karoshi176 calling for 11.6M total in the big blind with A♣ 9♦. judgedredd13 had it from the flop on as the board fell 3♥ Q♦ J♦ J♥ 8♣, sending Karoshi176 to the rail in 6th place ($10,894.67).
Charlton slid back out of the lead two hands later after calling a big river bet by frost3ggg with three clubs on the board, only to see the Russian player held A♣ 5♣ for the nut flush. That 43.8M-chip pot was the biggest of the final table at that point (and would be the third-largest by the end) and moved frost3ggg securely into the lead with 76.2M chips.
At the other end of the spectrum was I_AM_B2OBA, who moved all-in from the cutoff for 7.9M with 9♥ 9♣ two hands later after frost3ggg opened for 2.6M. Unfortunately for the short-stacked Swiss player, robot_werter, appearing at a SCOOP final table for the first time since 2010’s Event #22-L (/en/blog/scoop/2010/scoop-orange6-crushes-event-22-low-33-nl-069719.html), had A♠ A♣ in the small blind and the 6♣ 8♦ 8♥ 4♦ 7♠ board was utterly nine-less. With that, I_AM_B2OBA left in 5th place ($15,252.54).
The action slowed briefly after that but flared up again nine hands later, triggering a quick end to the tournament. Charlton opened for 3M in the small blind and frost3ggg called in the big, bringing a K♠ 10♠ 10♦ flop. He check-called frost3ggg’s bet of 3.6M there, 6.9M on the 9♥ turn, and all-in for 19.7M on the 3♦ river, showing down K♣ 7♥ for kings and tens. frost3ggg had 10♣ 6♥ for trip tens, though, and judgedredd13 was gone in 4th place ($19,610.41).
Two hands later, robot_werter opened for 2.7M and called all-in for 41.9M total when frost3ggg raised all-in in the big blind. robot_werter had A♦ A♠ again and looked poised to take the lead after the flop and turn came 7♠ 4♥ 3♦ K♠, but the 9♦ on the river made a set for frost3ggg’s 9♥ 9♠ and robot_werter departed in 3rd place ($28,326.15).
frost3ggg had better than a 10-to-1 chip lead as heads-up play started and was in excellent position 13 hands later when Newfiemon_99 check-raised all-in for 16.5M. The Canadian had K♣ 9♣ top pair on the 5♦ 8♥ 9♦ flop, but frost3ggg had A♥ 9♠ for the same hand with a better kicker. The 7♦ turn and J♦ river changed nothing and the tournament met its conclusion.
Newfiemon_99 earned $37,041.89 as the runner-up, an improvement of more than $33K on the Canadian’s previous top cash here at PokerStars. In addition to the champion’s watch, the win was worth $50,981.89 to frost3ggg, topping a previous best of just over $2,100 earned this January. Congratulations to both players on their breakthrough performances!
SCOOP 24-L: $27 No-Limit Hold’em
Prize pool: $435,787.05
Places paid: 2,250
1. frost3ggg (Russia) $50,981.89
2. Newfiemon_99 (Canada) $37,041.89
3. robot_werter (Russia) $28,326.15
4. Dan “judgedredd13” Charlton (United Kingdom) $19,610.41
5. I_AM_B2OBA (Switzerland) $15,252.54
6. Karoshi176 (Denmark) $10,894.67
7. Pimola (New Zealand) $7,408.37
8. andersbisse (Denmark) $3,922.08
9. icho90 (Austria) $2,614.72
Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.