While mixed games and other poker varieties are sweeping the poker playing world, the one primary love of most players remains no-limit hold’em. And present them with the 6-max tables and a prestigious SCOOP title opportunity for only $50 + $5? They’re all in. (Groan.)
Okay, on to the important numbers. A total of 8,301 players came out for the low-stakes version of Event 14 on April 8, which created a prize pool of $415,050, well over the $250K guarantee set up by PokerStars. A whopping 1,500 players were to split that according to their finishes, and the action was underway without limits. (No limit, right? Groan again.)
The tournament was a slow one to reach the money because of the number of players, but when it did, J. DeBarros ended a run in 1501st place to become the money bubble player of the tournament. With that, chrisot13 cashed in 1500th place, and the rest followed suit.
There were a number of Team PokerStars pros in the action throughout the day, though some like Marcin Horecki, Vanessa Rousso, Maria Mayrinck, and Peter Eastgate ended their runs early. Gavin Griffin made it into the money to finish in 1226th place, and William Thorson went quite deep, eventually finishing in 210th place. And as the final table approached, one PokerStars-sponsored player was still in the mix – Hevad “RaiNKhAN” Khan, who had been sitting in the top five for several levels running.
As the final table approached, the final seven took their time to reach that last elimination before six could take their seats at the last table. There was more than a $1K difference between seventh and sixth place, along with that final table appearance, on the line, and no one was ready to leave on the bubble. Finally, it was osten who became the seventh place finisher, for which $3,735.46 was awarded. The hand went down like this:
And at the same time, on the other table, another all-in moment was taking place. The short stack at the table, MrSmokey1, pushed all-in from the small blind, and the caller was da ItchY 84 in the big blind holding A♦ Q♥. MrSmokey1 showed pocket deuces, and the board came 8♣ 3♦ A♠ 8♦ K♠ to give da ItchY 84 the better two pair, and MrSmokey1 was eliminated in sixth place before the final table six were even seated together. For that, a $5,188.13 prize was in order.
The final table was then presented with five players as follows:
Seat 1: da ItchY 84 (8,893,375 in chips)
Seat 2: jmw71785 (4,584,434 in chips)
Seat 3: Max Katz (12,243,497 in chips)
Seat 4: RaiNKhAN (12,411,916 in chips)
Seat 5: calexc123 (3,371,778 in chips)
And as the antics began, Team PokerStars Pro Hevad Khan typed in the chat box:
RaiNKhAN: I know the observers can’t speak but
RaiNKhAN: THIS IS A FRONT ROW SEAT TO THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!!!!!
RaiNKhAN: GET RDY!
Evidently, it was on. Or it was about to become a circus. But Khan was certainly energized, as evidenced by his aggressive play and pressure on the shorter stacks. He quickly put a bit more distance between himself and the other big stacks at the table.
Yet it was da ItchY 84 who got involved with a rather sizable stack of nearly 10 million chips. It started with a typical raise from RaiNKhAN, but da ItchY 84 raised it up to find only one caller in Max Katz. The flop came J♠ 9♥ 6♥, which prompted a bet from da ItchY 84 and check-call from Max Katz. It was the turn of K♦ that prompted a bet from Max Katz, an all-in raise from da ItchY 84, and a call from Max Katz with pocket jacks. da ItchY 84 showed K♣ 9♣ for two pair, and when the 3♦ came on the river, it didn’t improve. The pot worth more than 20 million chips was shipped directly to Max Katz, while da ItchY 84 had to accept $8,301.01 for a fifth place finish.
Then the inevitable for the other short stack. calexc123 pushed all-in preflop with A♠ 8♦, and Max Katz called with A♥ J♠. The virtual dealer gave them 9♥ J♦ 10♦ 10♣ 4♠ to send calexc123 packing in fourth place with $16,602.01.
It took mere moments for the next player to be at risk. After an initial raise from Max Katz, jmw71785 typed “this has been a great game” and pushed all-in with A♦ 6♦. Max Katz called with K♠ 9♦, and the two watched the board come 9♣ 3♣ 2♣ 2♥ 3♥ to eliminate jmw71785 in third place with $28,015.88.
That left the last two players with all of the chips, dispersed as follows:
Seat 3: Max Katz (31,762,211 in chips)
Seat 4: RaiNKhAN (9,742,789 in chips)
RaiNKhAN had a rough time playing his aggressive game as the short stack, and over the course of the hands to come, Max Katz was able to chip away at his opponent to push him down near the 5 million-chip mark.
Khan was able to double through at a critical point in the heads-up action, but more would need to come if he was to survive.
He did not let up. RaiNKhAN doubled through with A-J on a 6-T-A-8-K board when Max Katz called with K-4. The confidence was growing for RaiNKhAN, and it was apparent by his style change, getting more aggressive as the action continued. And the next all-in changed the course of the tournament. Max Katz shoved on a 5-2-4 flop with Q-8, but RaiNKhAN was there with pocket jacks. The board brought another 5 and a deuce to end the hand and give RaiNKhAN the 25 million chips and the lead.
The pressure was on, and RaiNKhAN stepped up to apply more of it. And it all came down to the last hand of the night. RaiNKhAN began the preflop action with a raise, and Max Katz called to see the flop come down 10♥ 3♦ J♦. Quite a bit of betting and raising took them to the Q♦ on the turn, at which point they both slowed down and checked. But the 3♠ on the river prompted an all-in move from RaiNKhAN. Max Katz check-called all-in for his tournament life with K♦ 10♣ and two pair, but RaiNKhAN showed A♥ J♣ for the better two pair. Max Katz was forced to accept a second place finish and the $40,467.38 that went with it.
Team PokerStars Pro Hevad Khan won his first SCOOP event, which was worth $58,107.01 and the champion’s watch. Post-tournament chat in the box proved that he was a bit thrilled with the victory.
RaiNKhAN: GG FOLKS!!!!
RaiNKhAN: I DIDN’T LET U DOWN
RaiNKhAN: COME SEE ME AT EPT
RaiNKhAN: SCOOP IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!
RaiNKhAN: I GET A WATCH?
RaiNKhAN: oh man, I’m so happy
A big congratulations from PokerStars!
SCOOP Event 14-Low Final Table Results:
1st place: RaiNKhAN ($58,107.01)
2nd place: Max Katz ($40,467.38)
3rd place: jmw71785 ($28,015.88)
4th place: calexc123 ($16,602.01)
5th place: da ItchY 84 ($8,301.01)
6th place: MrSmokey1 ($5,188.13)
The SCOOP series more than half over, but there are numerous chances to cash in on the millions yet to be awarded. Check out all of the satellites, available at all buy-in levels to accommodate any bankroll. Visit the SCOOP page for all of the details, the leaderboard page to track your favorite players (or yourself), or the PokerStars.tv site for all of the event highlights.