SCOOP 2015: Zagazaur stomps out the competition in Event #31-M ($215 FL Hold’em, 6-Max)

May 20, 2015

In his years of online play Gonzaga “Zagazaur” Briga has seen his fair share of small MTT wins, but until tonight, he had never broken through to five-figure territory. Facing a table of veterans including Phill “Grindation” McAllister (5th in last year’s SCOOP Main Event for $351k) German sensation Fresh_oO_D (he scored $294k for a runner-up finish in 2014 SCOOP Event #23-H) and Ozzy 87, Zagazaur had the odds stacked against him, but turned such adversity into a breakthrough performance. After a gritty heads-up battle with TheU10, Zagazaur came away with his first SCOOP title and over $18k in prize money.

478 limit hold’em aficionados entered Event #31-M, resulting in a $95,600.00 prize pool. 60 spots were paid with first place set to earn $18,498.60.

The betting limits were 10,000/20,000 with seven players remaining when Ozzy 87 opened for a raise to 20,000. TheU10 called on the button, Brryann called all-in for 5,007 from the small blind, and Fresh_oO_D called from the big blind. Betting continued on the side as the flop came down Q♦J♥9♣. Fresh_oO_D checked, Ozzy 87 bet 10,000, TheU10 called and Fresh_oO_D folded. Ozzy 87 fired another 20,000 at the 2♦ turn, TheU10 raised and Ozzy 87 called. The river was the A♥ and Ozzy 87 check-folded to TheU10’s 20,000 bet. TheU10 turned up K♥10♣ for Broadway, trouncing Brryann’s 2♥3♥, and he hit the rail on the final table bubble.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: TheU10 (826,873 in chips)
Seat 2: Grindation (373,286 in chips)
Seat 3: Zagazaur (296,755 in chips)
Seat 4: Fresh_oO_D (210,600 in chips)
Seat 5: Sintoras (608,730 in chips)
Seat 6: Ozzy 87 (73,756 in chips)

On Hand #2, the action folded to Ozzy 87 in the small blind and he raised to 20,000. TheU10 called and they saw a 7♥5♥4♥ flop. Ozzy 87 bet and TheU10 called. The turn came the 7♠ and again, Ozzy 87 bet. TheU10 looked him up and they went to the river, which fell the Q♠. Ozzy 87 bet his last 3,756 and TheU10 called, revealing Q♣6♥ for queens up. Ozzy 87’s 8♦8♥ was undone on the river and he went out in sixth place.

With the betting limits still low and the stacks deep, five-handed play continued for over an hour. Sintoras caught the worst of it and fell to 101,000 before staging a comeback. In a pot that was capped three ways preflop, Sintoras got the last of his chips in the middle on a 9♥8♥3♣ flop. Both TheU10 and Grindation called and checked down the 7♥ turn and the A♥ river. Sintoras was indeed saved by that ace on the river and tripled to 304,000 with A♠8♣.

After that hand, Grindation was down to 161,000 with the betting limits now 20,000/40,000. Dealt K♠10♠, Grindation capped the betting preflop vs. Sintoras and led out on the 10♣6♦2♦ flop. Sintoras raised and Grindation called all-in. Grindation’s top pair was worthless in the face of Sintoras’s J♥J♦ and unable to improve on the turn or river, he exited in fifth place.

On the very next deal, Fresh_oO_D clashed with TheU10 on a K♠5♦2♠ flop. Fresh_oO_D check-raised to 40,000 and TheU10 three-bet to 60,000. Fresh_oO_D called and the A♥ hit the turn. Fresh_oO_D check-called TheU10’s 40,000 bet and did the same on the 8♦ river, but mucked when TheU10 turned up 8♥8♣ for a rivered set. Left with 76,000, Fresh_oO_D got the rest of his chips in the middle three hands later on a Q♦9♠4♦ flop. Although he turned the 10♦ to make a queen-high flush with 7♦9♦, Zagazaur revealed A♦8♦ for the nut flush and sent Fresh_oO_D to the rail in fourth place.

When three-handed play commenced, TheU10 held the chip lead with 1.28 million, Zagazaur had 748,000, and Sintoras was the short stack with 365,000. Sintoras fell to 135,000 after attempting a river bluff with a busted straight draw, and with 65,000 left, he got the rest of his chips in preflop vs.TheU10. Although Sintoras’s A♥7♠ had TheU10’s A♣2♣ dominated, TheU10 flopped a deuce and ended Sintoras’s run in third place.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 1: TheU10 (1,341,645 in chips)
Seat 3: Zagazaur (1,048,355 in chips)

Heads-up play lasted a little over half an hour, the chip counts remaining relatively close to even. Zagazaur inched out to a slight lead and with the betting limits up to 25,000/50,000, he opened for a raise on the button. TheU10 called and they saw a 9♥7♠3♦ flop. TheU10 check-called Zagazaur’s 25,000 bet and they went to the turn, which fell the 4♥. This time, TheU10 led out and Zagazaur called. The river was the 2♦ and TheU10 check-called another 50,000 from Zagazaur, who turned up A♠4♦ for a pair of fours. TheU10 couldn’t beat it and fell to 846,000 in chips.

A short time later, Zagazaur won eight pots in a row, reducing TheU10 to only 222,000. The final blow came when TheU10 opened for a raise to 60,000 and Zagazaur three-bet. TheU10 called and the flop fell 6♣6♥2♠. Zagazaur bet and TheU10 called. The turn brought the A♣ and Zagazaur led out for 60,000. TheU10 called off his remaining 56,645 and revealed K♦2♥ for deuces and sixes while Zagazaur showed A♥10♦ for aces up. The river was the 9♥ and Zagazaur at last had all the chips in front of him… and a SCOOP watch on the way.

Congratulations to Portugal’s Gonzaga “Zagazaur” Briga on his SCOOP victory! He banked $18,498.60 for the win while runner-up TheU10 earned $13,178.60.

SCOOP 31-M: $215 FL Hold’em 6-Max
Players: 478
Prizepool: $95,600.00
Places paid 60

1. Gonzaga “Zagazaur” Briga (Portugal) $18,498.60
2. TheU10 (Germany) $13,718.60
3. Sintoras (Germany) $10,277.00
4. Fresh_oO_D (Germany) $7,074.40
5. Phill “Grindation” McAllister (United Kingdom) $5,066.80
6. Ozzy “Ozzy 87” Sheikh (Mexico) $3,250.40

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