The player ¿¿toneecho?? led to start the final table of the two-day Event #26-L, and had such an overwhelming chip lead it seemed like the only questions remaining were the marks in the U.K. player’s username.
A five-way deal ensured ¿¿toneecho?? a big $15K payday — not bad for an $11 buy-in event — but thereafter things went less predictably as ¿¿toneecho?? eventually fell in third and Ukraine’s Spektre1346 rose up to claim the SCOOP title and extra cash on the table to earn a $9,462.32 payday. Here’s the story of Spektre1346’s triumph and ¿¿toneecho??’s big score.
Event #26-L offered SCOOP players a chance to enjoy some deep-stacked poker with each player beginning with three stacks of 5,000 chips with the option to put one, two, or all three in play at any point during the tournament’s first four hours (after which all would automatically be put in play).
A total of 12,938 took part, building a $129,380 prize pool split among the top 1,620 finishers. From that big field just 162 made it through the first 36 fifteen-minute levels of Day 1, with Greece’s mpoumpa77 leading the overnight counts after having spun those 15,000 starting chips all of the way to almost 5 million.
Here’s how the top of the leaderboard looked to begin Day 2:
1. mpoumpa77 (Greece) — 4,979,128
2. Seeker888 (Germany) — 4,156,063
3. Kolbun85 (Belarus) — 4,051,183
4. LehaahelMIK (Belarus) — 3,823,234
5. caduceo (Colombia) — 3,366,022
6. GuiMelo8 (Brazil) — 3,290,578
7. R073DB (Netherlands) — 3,267,736
8. foumn (Canada) — 3,180,967
9. sugarak8 (Hungary) — 4,135,061
10. rosmaninho93 (Portugal) — 2,663,182
It would take almost three-and-a-half hours for the 162 returners to play down to 18 and the final two tables, during which stretch start-of-day-leader mpoumpa77 fell in 67th ($155.25) while Broose51 elevated into first position by building a stack of nearly 28 million.
Carter “cswidler” Swidler (18th), dobrorez85 (17th), and HakkaZilla (16th) each earned $271.69 for their finishes. JONYJUICE (15th), caduceo (14th), and younguk1107 (13th) followed, picking up #388.14 each. Manjana00 (12th) and @cey@lone (11th) were the next to go, then obie1konobie was knocked out in 10th after getting aces cracked by Broose51, with those three players each receiving $517.52 for their efforts.
With the day’s four-hour break arriving shortly thereafter, the final table was underway with ¿¿toneecho?? the new chip leader.
Seat 1: Markki_V (Brazil) — 20,147,781
Seat 2: Broose51 (Mexico) — 38,559,681
Seat 3: ¿¿toneecho?? (United Kingdom) — 53,724,933
Seat 4: Rose Gambit (Brazil) — 6,002,010
Seat 5: Spektre1346 (Ukraine) — 27,761,856
Seat 6: Seeker888 (Germany) — 12,616,251
Seat 7: 2nines (United Kingdom) — 6,198,952
Seat 8: PzyKo08 (Switzerland) — 11,110,018
Seat 9: Degen_Erika (Serbia) — 17,948,518
About 10 minutes later Broose51 opened with a min-raise to 1.6 million from under the gun, and Degen_Erika called from the small blind. The flop came all clubs — 2♣3♣10♣ — and after Degen_Erika checked, Broose51 continued for 1.975 million. Degen_Erika responded with a check-raise to 5.6 million, Broose51 shoved all in, and Degen_Erika called with the approximately 14.6 million left behind.
Degen_Erika had A♣9♣, having flopped a flush, while Broose51 had 3♠3♦ for a set of treys. The 6♣ turn kept Degen_Erika in front, but the 10♦ fell on fifth street, pairing the board and giving Broose51 a winning full house. Degen_Erika was out in ninth, while Broose51 catapulted into the chip lead.
About 20 minutes after that the blinds were up to 500K/1M when Markki_V open-raised all in from early position to almost 11.4 million, then Seeker888 reraised all in for more from small blind. Markki_V had 10♥10♦ but had run into Seeker888’s Q♦Q♣. The community cards came out J♦2♠K♥2♦K♣, and Markki_V was done in eighth.
The remaining seven all made it to the day’s five-hour mark, then a few minutes later a huge hand developed between ¿¿toneecho?? and Broose51.
After Broose51 min-raised to 2.8 million from UTG, ¿¿toneecho?? three-bet to 6.6 million from one seat over, and it folded back around to Broose51 who shoved all in for just under 37 million total. ¿¿toneecho?? called the shove in a flash, showing A♣A♦ while Broose51 held J♦J♣. The aces held through the Q♣8♦10♦3♠6♠ board, and Broose51 was eliminated in seventh.
Meanwhile ¿¿toneecho?? was up over 105 million, holding more than half the chips in play with six players left.
Soon ¿¿toneecho?? was adding more chips after 2nines open-shoved for just under 5 million from UTG with K♠6♠, ¿¿toneecho?? called from the button with K♣J♦, and the board came 5♣8♥2♣3♥A♣ to send 2nines railward in sixth.
Play continued, with Spektre1346 surviving with a double through Rose Gambit, then PzyKo08 doing the same versus leader ¿¿toneecho??
Then play was halted to discuss a possible deal, with ¿¿toneecho?? still well in front with 99.3 million, PzyKo08 next with about 33.2 million, Spektre1346 third with just under 24.4 million, Rose Gambit fourth with about 22.8 million, and Seeker888 fifth with 14.3 million.
“ICM”-based figures were produced, leaving $500 for which to play. ¿¿toneecho?? wanted more ($15K) than the just over $14K being offered, and after some lengthy discussion the others agreed to give ¿¿toneecho?? the extra, thereby assuring everyone decent-sized paydays.
Play at last resumed, then after a few hands it was ¿¿toneecho?? open-pushing from the small blind and Rose Gambit calling from the BB for nearly 20 million (about 14 big blinds). Rose Gambit had the preflop edge with K♥J♣ versus the J♦7♥ of ¿¿toneecho??, but a seven fell on the turn and Rose Gambit was done in fifth.
From there Seeker888 would survive a couple of all-ins versus ¿¿toneecho?? then win a third hand to close the gap between the pair by the day’s six-hour mark. Then following the break PzyKo08 also doubled up through ¿¿toneecho?? after the latter flopped top pair of queens but PzyKo08 held pocket kings, suddenly bringing all four remaining players close to one another chip-wise.
PzyKo08 would next lose a big one to Spektre1346 to give the latter the chip lead, but doubled up multiple times to climb back out of danger. Then Seeker888 called all in for just over 41 million (a little over 20 BBs) with A♣10♣ versus Spektre1346’s shove with J♠J♦, and when the jacks held up Seeker888 was done in fourth as Spektre1346 increased the lead.
Soon Spektre1346 was min-raising to 4 million from UTG, then ¿¿toneecho?? three-bet pushed for almost 25 million from the small blind and Spektre1346 called, turning over A♣8♦ to ¿¿toneecho??’s A♦5♠. An eight flopped, and by the turn ¿¿toneecho?? was drawing dead to finish third, although thanks to the deal had clinched taking away the biggest chunk of the prize pool.
Spektre1346 carried a big lead to heads-up play with nearly 164 million to PzyKo08’s just over 30 million. It didn’t take long thereafter, with Spektre1346 again min-raising, PzyKo08 shoving for about 25 million, and Spektre1346 calling right away.
PzyKo08 had J♠7♣ and was in woeful shape versus Spektre1346’s A♦A♠. Five cards later — 2♥4♥5♣10♦8♠ — it was over, and Spektre1346 had secured the title.
Congratulations to Spektre1346 for the win, ¿¿toneecho?? for earning the biggest takeaway, and the other three who made it to the five-way chop to ensure themselves handsome returns on $11 investments.
SCOOP 26-L: $11 NL Hold’em (3-Stack)
Prize pool: $129,380.00
Places paid: 1,620
1. Spektre1346 (Ukraine) $9,462.32*
2. PzyKo08 (Switzerland) $10,030.03*
3. ¿¿toneecho?? (United Kingdom) $15,000.00*
4. Spektre1346 (Ukraine) $7,518.20*
5. Rose Gambit (Brazil) $8,843.73*
6. 2nines (United Kingdom) $3,881.40
7. Broose51 (Mexico) $2,587.60
8. Markki_V (Brazil) $1,293.80
9. Degen_Erika (Serbia) $808.62
*= reflects the results of a five-way deal that left $500 in play for the winner
Still a ton of SCOOPin’ left to go this week. Check the 2015 SCOOP homepage for the full remaining schedule of events.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.