Aaand we’re back! Day 2 arrived with 49 players, all of whom made it through a tough first day of action in the tournament, only to rest for little more than 11 hours and return to play for the win.
A two-day event can lose a little of its excitement and momentum after a lengthy break, but that was not the case in Event 20 of SCOOP. With so much at stake – five payouts in the six figures and a first place prize of more than $380K to be more specific – it was tough to lose interest in this tournament. Moreover, there were still a lot of big names in contention, all seeking that coveted SCOOP title and the glory of such a victory.
When Event 20 (High) started on May 9, there were 1,088 players and a total prize pool of $2,176,000, surpassing the $2 million guarantee by more than a few dollars. The money bubble burst during that Sunday no-limit hold’em action, leaving the last 144 players to be paid, but when Level 22 ended and play stopped for the night, only 49 players remained.
That brought the poker world, full of players and fans taking note of the action, to Day 2 on May 10. Play kicked off in Level 23, and it didn’t take long for some of the players to make their exits, among them the last two Team PokerStars Pros standing. The shorter stacked Thierry van den “BOKPOWER” Berg made his move but exited in 36th place, and George “Jorj95” Lind III followed shortly after in 34th place. Lind’s finish kept him in contention for the most SCOOP cashes thus far in the series.
Then some of the players who started the day in the top ten began to fall. Ib6121 was the first, finishing in 26th place, followed by RugDoctor in 24th, Jeff “kobeshomie” Madsen in 22nd, GAKingChaser in 21st, Sorel “zangbezan24” Mizzi in 18th, and nepovezlovam in 15th. Well known players like Brock “t soprano” Parker and Phil “USCphildo” Collins also exited prior to the final table. And as the 30-minute levels progressed, it was hitthehole who went from being the Day 1 chipleader to the 12th place finisher when his A-K ran into the pocket kings of sms9231. Arbad Chamesh was the next to go in 11th place, at which time hand-for-hand play began.
Finally, it was Jakivi who decided to move all-in from the small blind with K♣Q♥. Original raiser wowspacekaex called with pocket tens, and the board brought 10♦4♣J♣J♠2♥ to give wowspacekaex the full house. Jakivi was gone in tenth place with $20,672.00 to soothe the pain.
Final table led by sms9231
With nine players left, the final table was launched into action in the midst of Level 32, with blinds at 12,500/25,000 and a 3,125-chip ante. Starting chip counts and seating assignments were as follows:
Seat 1: Tagir (360,489 in chips)
Seat 2: Danneville (1,017,699 in chips)
Seat 3: Noctus (1,308,768 in chips)
Seat 4: wowspacekaex (977,971 in chips)
Seat 5: poker1O1 (1,593,943 in chips)
Seat 6: IAmSoSo (1,003,187 in chips)
Seat 7: sms9231 (2,123,273 in chips)
Seat 8: jackellwood (830,868 in chips)
Seat 9: JotaGran49 (1,663,802 in chips)
It took only a few rounds of play for JotaGran49 to take over the chip lead, but sms9231 was close behind, and the two seemed in a solo battle for the top spot while others struggled to make smaller strides.
Wowspacekaex took a hit when poker1O1 doubled through, and it wasn’t long before the former took a chance to reverse that fortune. The hand started with a raise from jackellwood and reraise from Noctus, at which point wowspacekaex pushed all-in for 240,217 chips. Jackellwood reraised all-in, and Noctus called both players with K♥K♣. Jackellwood was behind with Q♣Q♥, and wowspacekaex was hurting with 9♥9♣. The flop came 5♥4♦K♠, which only improved Noctus to a set, and the 7♣ turn and 8♥ river hurt jackellwood but eliminated wowspacekaex, who walked away with $25,024.00 for the ninth place finish.
Jackellwood was on a roller coaster from there, doubling through poker1O1 but taking another hit when Danneville doubled through jackellwood. But it was IAmSoSo that took the worst, as sms9231 grabbed a 957K-pot from him and put IAmSoSo on a short stack.
A bit later, IAmSoSo decided to make the move with 8♦8♠, but Danneville was there with A♦A♥. The board brought nothing of significance when it came 5♦J♣4♦4♣K♦, and IAmSoSo was gone in eighth place with $43,520.00.
While jackellwood doubled through Danneville and JotaGran49 took a 1.6 million-chip pot from sms9231, it was Tagir who struggled to stay alive in the tournament. A double-up through JotaGran49 brought Tagir’s chip stack up to over 300K, but another move was imminent.
JotaGran49 makes grand moves
Tagir made that move with 6♦6♥ preflop, and JotaGran49 called from the big blind with A♥Q♠. The flop hit JotaGran49 when it came 5♠3♣A♠ for the pair of aces. The 4♥ on the turn and 10♠ on the river ended Tagir’s run at a title, and a total of $65,280.00 was awarded for the seventh place finish.
JotaGran49 was climbing, and Danneville was the next victim of the aggression. When Danneville pushed all-in preflop with 2♥2♠, JotaGran49 had no problem calling with A♣Q♦. The flop of 4♥3♠4♦ was innocent enough, but the A♥ hit on the turn to give JotaGran49 the best two pair. The 9♦ on the river ended the hand and sent Danneville away in sixth place with $87,040.00.
Noctus had been holding steady for the better part of the lengthy final table in the top three, but after sms9231 took a pot worth nearly 1 million chips from Noctus, the latter was feeling the need to do something drastic. In a hand that started with JotaGran49 pushing all-in from the small blind, Noctus chose to call all-in from the big blind with 9♦9♠. JotaGran49 showed Q♣10♣, and the flop brought an interesting 8♣Q♦10♥, which gave JotaGran49 the two pair but a straight draw for Noctus. The 7♦ on the turn changed nothing, and the 5♦ on the river only ended the hand, and Noctus was out in fifth place with $108,800.00.
Sms9231 still in the fight
When poker1O1 made the all-in move after an initial raise by JotaGran49, sms9231 took the bold move of reraising all-in. JotaGran49 did get out of the way, poker1O1 showed 9♣9♥, and sms9231 turned over the Q♠Q♥. The board of A♦2♦6♦Q♣A♣ brought a full house to sms9231, and poker1O1’s two pair were no good. The fourth place finish for poker1O1 was worth $154,496.00 in prize money.
The shortest stack on the block during three-handed play was jackellwood, and it didn’t take long to see JotaGran49 challenge jackellwood, which resulted in jackellwood all-in with 8♠8♦ against the J♠9♠ of JotaGran49. The race ended as soon as the 9♣4♥K♣ flop appeared, which was followed by the Q♥ on the turn and 2♥ on the river. Jackellwood finished the tournament in third place with $206,720.00.
Nothing but a tough heads-up battle
It had taken nearly three hours for the final table to reach its last two players, and those two were the dominant ones at the final table. Their starting chip stacks were:
Seat 7: sms9231 (4,975,423 in chips)
Seat 9: JotaGran49 (5,904,577 in chips)
The two aggressive players proceeded to battle with complete indifference to time or place. There was more than $100,000 standing between first and second place prizes, and the SCOOP title is one worth fighting for.
Sms9231 was prepared to get aggressive, though. The following hand was one example of how the first 20 minutes found sms9231 having taken over the chip lead:
Throughout the entire 40 minutes, sms9231 did not let up or allow JotaGran49 to gain any ground. It was a tough one for JotaGran49 until he was finally relegated to a stack of less than 2 million, as compared to the 9.1 million of sms9231.
The final battle then began, as both players went to see a J♦6♦10♠ flop. Both players checked to see the K♠ on the turn, at which point sms9231 bet out. JotaGran49 check-raised all-in for 1,568,487 chips holding K♣7♣ for the turned top pair, and sms9231 called with K♥5♦, which was the severe underdog hand and looked as if it would allow JotaGran49 the double-up. But the dramatic 5♠ dropped on the river, giving sms9231 the two pair and eliminating JotaGran49 in second place with $276,352.00 for the effort.
Sms9231 became the latest SCOOP champion, outlasting a tough field over the course of two days to win the title and $380,364.80 in prize money.
SCOOP Event 20-High (NLHE 2-day) Final Day Results for 05/10/10:
1st place: sms9231 ($380,364.80)
2nd place: JotaGran49 ($276,352.00)
3rd place: jackellwood ($205,720.00)
4th place: poker1O1 ($154,496.00)
5th place: Noctus ($108,800.00)
6th place: Danneville ($87,040.00)
7th place: Tagir ($65,280.00)
8th place: IAmSoSo ($43,520.00)
9th place: wowspacekaex ($25,024.00)
The Spring Championship of Online Poker is far from over, with numerous events still on the schedule and corresponding qualifiers to offer seats at a fraction of the price. Check out the SCOOP website for details and PokerStars.TV for series highlights.