Pretty much everyone is surprised that Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton didn’t win this SCOOP tournament, even dntfrgtame, who won actually won it.
From the start of the final two tables in Event #55-H Turbo PSKO, hitthehole was in peak form. He was a cross somewhere between the Terminator and Predator wiping out every opponent in his path. hitthehole amassed a ginormous stack the size of Mt. Everest and proceeded to pick off the first half of the final table with minimal effort. He even took out two players at once to kick things off at the final table. That auspicious start seemed like an omen or precursor of what’s to come. Alas, once it got three-handed, things went sideways for hitthehole. His magic seemed to…run thin…and he coughed up the lead. He still managed to get heads-up for the bracelet, but it was over as fast as it began. When dntfrgtame landed a haymaker, Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton hit the canvas and was unable to answer the count.
Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton settled for a second-place effort, while Latvia’s dntfrgtame waltzed into the winner’s circle as the newest SCOOP champion. If you add up all the KO-bounties plus the first-place prize in this turbo-charged event, dntfrgtame earned $156K, which is a juicy payday for only five hours of work.
With two tables to go, Denmark’s scorpio04 led with 8.7M until hitthehole chipped up to over 9M and rocketed to the top of the pack. hitthehole was just waking up and ready to embark on a heater. Once he got going, you couldn’t stop him. He literally had one switch — ON. He only had one speed — supersonic. He began vacuuming up chips on his short table and even sent aalloonn home on the final table bubble in tenth place when he outflopped aalloonn’s A♣J♥ with Q♠5♠.
SCOOP-55-H – Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: daskalos20 (4,943,977)
Seat 2: dntfrgtame (3,243,428)
Seat 3: Brabupada (151,808)
Seat 4: hitthehole (22,837,336)
Seat 5: Garrin4e (6,616,249)
Seat 6: scorpio04 (6,340,471)
Seat 7: selinantis (11,011,520)
Seat 8: altiFC (2,714,482)
Seat 9: 1sag (8,890,729)
The final table commenced during Level 49 with blinds at 200K/400K and a 50K ante. Brabupada barely made the final table with marginal holdings and 152K. hitthehole held the biggest stack with 22M, or twice as much as selinantis in second.
Notables at the final table included… Max ‘altiFC’ Altergott won the EPT9 Monte Carlo Super High Roller in 2013 for a serious score worth €1,746,400… Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton a.k.a. Middy has won nearly $6 million playing online poker and he’s done pretty well for himself in a live setting as well as the EPT10 Bracelona champ… Andreas ‘daskalos20’ Christoforou won nearly $3M online. Christoforou and Middy were at the SAME final table at the EPT Barcelona that Middy won. Talk about a coincidence, eh?
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MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS TOUR: Brabupada eliminated in 9th place and daskalos20 eliminated in 8th place
Of course, Middy liquidated the first two players…in the same hand. Brabupada called all-in for 26,808, hitthehole shoved for 21,712,336, and daskalos20 called 4,268,977.
Pocket sixes held up for Middy, who actually turned a straight on a board of 9♦7♦5♥8♣3♣. Brabupada and daskalos20 both failed to improve. Brabupada was the first player to exit the final table. Ninth place paid out $7,342.50. daskalos20 was knocked out in second place, which paid out $13,016.25.
Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton banked $4,930.66 for busting daskalos20 and banked $1,062.50 for busting Brabupada. His own bounty increased to whopping $34,083.95.
STEVE BIKO (STIR IT UP): Garrin4e eliminated in 7th place
Three-way all-in. dntfrgtame bombed it all-in for 2,568,428, hitthehole shoved for 29,883,121, Garrin4e called all-in for 7,803,749.
Of course, Middy was all-in with the worst of it! The board ran out Q♥6♦5♠K♠3♠. dntfrgtame tripled up in a side pot by winning with an Ace-high flush. hitthehole won the side pot against Garrin4e after catching a running flush. Garrin4e flopped a pair of Queens, but it failed to hold up. Garrin4e busted in seventh place, which paid out $19,691.25.
Yup, hitthehole earned another bounty. This one was worth $7,662.11. Middy’s own bounty jumped to $41,746.05.
With six to go, hitthehole led with 32M and altiFC was last with 4.9M.
WE CAN GET DOWN: scorpio04 eliminated in 6th place
Guess who won another bounty? Correct… hitthehole claimed another flashflood victim. The tsunami-like raising continue when hitthehole shoved for 34,087,514 with 7♠3♠ and scorpio04 called all-in for 4,277,971 with A♦7♥. The board ran out Q♠10♠2♦J♠5♠. hitthehole turned a flush and won the pot. scorpio04 never improved and hit the virtual rail in sixth place, which paid out $26,366.25.
For stinging the scorpion, hitthehole locked up $1,515.63 for smushing scorpio04. Meanwhile, hitthehole’s bounty swelled to $43,261.67.
8 MILLION STORIES: Max ‘altiFC’ Altergott eliminated in 5th place
Max ‘altiFC’ Altergott decided it was time to double up or go home. Shorty altiFC open-shoved for 2,928,964, dntfrgtame re-shoved for 8,692,784, hitthehole also moved all-in for 40,990,485. Another three-way.
The board ran out 8♣4♥2♥Q♣K♥. dntfrgtame turned a set of Queens to win the main pot and side pot. altiFC was dunzo in fifth place, which paid out $33,041.25. dntfrgtame banked $2,593.75 for knocking out altiFC, and their own bounty jumped to $12,263.66.
It was time for another shorty to make a stand…and falter. selinantis open-shoved for 1,359,538, but dntfrgtame and hitthehole both called. The flop was 8♠6♥3♥. dntfrgtame bet 2,250,000 and hitthehole folded. Heads-up.
The turn was the Q♣ and the river was the 9♣. dntfrgtame won the pot with a pair of Queens. Treys were no good for selinantis, who busted in fourth place, which paid out $46,458.00.
Meanwhile, dntfrgtame earned another bounty and banked $5,097.66. Also, dntfrgtame’s own bounty jumped to $17,361.31.
With three to go, dntfrgtame seized the lead with 30M and hitthehole slipped to second with 25.4M. 1sag was last by default with 11M.
KEEP IT ROLLIN’: 1sag eliminated in 3rd place
1sag shoved for 8,112,916 with 9♠8♠ and hitthehole called with J♥10♣. The board ran out A♦5♥4♥6♣K♣. Neither player improved, but hitthehole won with a better kicker.
Shocker. Another bounty for hitthehole, who earned $3,710.94, Meanwhile, his own juicy, salacious, mouth-watering bounty was bumped up to $46,972.60.
HEADS-UP: hitthehole (U.K.) vs. dntfrgtame (Latvia)
Seat 2: dntfrgtame (47,283,608)
Seat 4: hitthehole (19,466,392)
Middy’s mates expected him to pull off the miraculous comeback, but he must’ve saved that run good up for another day. Alas, the hole hath been hit too many times.
CLAP YOUR HANDS: hitthehole eliminated in 2nd place; dntfrgtame wins SCOOP bracelet
Three hands. hitthehole didn’t have much time to fortify a strong-enough defense, let alone launch a counteroffensive. dntfrgtame bombed it all-in for 49,883,608 with K♦5♦ and hitthehole called for 14,866,392 with Q♠10♦. The board ran out J♦8♠2♣8♣J♠. Neither player improved, but dntfrgtame won the pot with King-kicker. dntfrgtame also banked a bounty worth $23,486.30 for busting hitthehole.
For a runner-up finish, Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton earned $83,437.50.
Congrats to Latvia’s dntfrgtame. First place paid out $115,210.50 in addition to $40,847.61 in KO-bounties! $156K is a sweet score for five hours of work.
SCOOP-55-H ($1,050 NLHE [Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super-Knockout]) results
Total prize pool: $1,335,000.00 (Regular pool: $667,500, Bounty pool: $667,500)
Places paid: 153
1. dntfrgtame (Latvia) $115,210.50 + $40,847.61 bounties
2. Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton (U.K.) $83,437.50 + $46,972.60 bounties
3. 1sag (Norway) $63,412.50 + $7,421.87 bounties
4. Justas ‘selinantis’ Semaska (Lithuania) $46,458.00 + $10,195.31 bounties
5. Max ‘altiFC’ Altergott (Malta) $33,041.25 + $5,187.49 bounties
6. scoripo04 (Denmark) $26,366.25 + $3,031.25 bounties
7. Garrin4e (Ukraine) $19,691.25 + $15,324.21 bounties
8. Andreas ‘daskalos20’ Christoforou (Cyprus) $13,016.25 + $9,861.32 bounties
9. Brabupada (Belgium) $7,342.50 + $2,125.00 bounties
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Pauly McGuire is the author of “Lost Vegas” and a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.