When the original SCOOP schedule was released, the medium-stakes version of Event #14, 6-max No Limit Hold’em, sported a $500,000 guarantee. But by the time late registration had closed today, a crowd of 1,714 players had signed up to build a prize pool worth $857,000.
Among those in attendance were a number of Team PokerStars Pro players. While Chad Brown, Dario Minieri, Gavin Griffin, Marcin Horecki, Ivan Demidov, Peter Eastgate, Hevad Khan, and Vicky Coren left without any cash, their teammates Vanessa Rousso (94th place) and William Thorson (116th) did collect some money for their time. 2008 WSOP Main Event final tablist and Friend of PokerStars Darus Suharto also managed a money finish in 194th place. Other notable players to cash included steamraise (40th), iMsoLucky0 (51st), MrSmokey1 (77th), and thedonator (107th).
The final table bubble popped on Level 33 with blinds at 8K/16K with 2K antes. The chip counts at that point were:
Seat 1: Roach11 (2,595,337 in chips)
Seat 2: Unst0pab13 (697,293 in chips)
Seat 3: thorladen (2,711,131 in chips)
Seat 4: charder30 (645,040 in chips)
Seat 5: doncarignano (1,131,806 in chips)
Seat 6: gavz101 (789,393 in chips)
Despite coming in with the chip lead, doncarignano couldn’t get anything going once he reached the final table. After dropping down to about 700K over a number of pots against gavz101 and Roach11, he would lose another 500K in a single hand that he folded on the river. It looked like he might go out on the very next hand when he got his remaining stack all-in preflop, but his A♦ K♠ held up against charder30’s A♠ 5♠ to keep him in the game.
Meanwhile, Roach11 was sneaking out of the shadows to build a chip lead with two big pots. In the first, he caught a flush on the river with J♥ 2♥ to drag a 1,018,700 pot against charder30’s A♠ J♣, which had hit a straight on the turn with the board reading Q♦ 7♥ 10♥ K♠. Then thorladen flopped two pair with K♥ J♠, only to be outdrawn for a 784K pot when Roach11’s 9♥ 7♥ caught a straight on the J♥ 10♦ K♦ 8♦ 9♣ board.
thorladen’s fortune would reverse at doncarignano’s expense not too much later. The one-time chip leader managed to get his entire 523,447 stack in the middle preflop holding A♥ Q♣ against thorladen’s A♠ 10♣, and he appeared to be on his way to a double-up with the board reading J♥ 9♦ 6♦ 7♥. But the 10♠ fell on the river, giving thorladen a pair of tens and sending doncarignano home in sixth place with $19,196.80.
Five minutes later the two short stacks would face off preflop, each with a pocket pair; charder30 was all-in for 433,719 with 2♦ 2♥, while Unst0pab13 held 7♣ 7♦. The favorite held up with the board reading 8♣ 6♠ 3♥ Q♦ K♥ and charder took fifth place for $33,594.40.
Only two hands later thorladen would hit the rail in what would go down as the hand of the tournament. With blinds at 15K/30K and antes of 3750, thorladen opened for 80K on the button and got a call from Roach11 in the big blind. When the flop came down 5♥ 3♥ Q♣ Roach11 checked and thorladen bet 90K; Roach11 then pulled out a reraise to 300,599, followed by a four-bet of 780,000 by thorladen. Roach11 thought for a bit and then made the call. Both players then checked the 2♠ turn, and the river was the 9♥. Roach11 checked and thorladen moved all-in for 1,202,054, and Roach11 made the call pretty quickly with K♠ Q♠. The pair of queens was good against thorladen’s K♦ J♥, sending the latter player home in fourth place with $49,277.50.
For the next 20 minutes the two short stacks continued to jockey for position while Roach11 continued to lean on both of them with the big stack. Then on the final hand of the 15K/30K level Roach11 would take out another opponent. With 500K already in the pot and the board reading 6♠ 3♥ 5♥ Q♥, gavz101 bet 330K and Roach11 quickly raise all-in. gavz101’s call with 4♦ 5♦ was just as quick, but he needed to catch a draw against Roach11’s 9♥ 5♠. The J♠ on the river was no help, sending gavz101 out in third place with $74,987.50.
A 15-minute break was due to begin, but the players chose to forego it and continue heads-up play with these chip counts:
Seat 1: Roach11 (7,461,590 in chips)
Seat 2: Unst0pab13 (1,108,410 in chips)
Unst0pab1e managed to claw his way back over the 2 million mark before getting his entire stack in the middle on the turn, holding A♠ A♦ against Roach11’s 4♣ 4♦ on a board of 2♦ 6♣ 10♦ 3♦. The river was the cruel 4♠, though, putting a premature end to Unst0pab13’s rally in second place with $100,697.50.
In a 6-max game aggression is the key to victory. Roach11 caught good cards at the right time and took advantage of the situation to apply pressure his opponents. As a result he’s the newest SCOOP champion, taking home a champion’s watch and $134,977.50 for the win.
Final table results for SCOOP Event #14, medium
1. Roach11 – $134,977.50
2. Unst0pab13 – $100,697.50
3. gavz101 – $74,987.50
4. thorladen – $49,277.50
5. charder30 – $33,594.40
6. doncarignano – $19,196.80