The second week of PokerStars’ SCOOP tournament series kicked off Sunday with more no-limit hold’em tournament action. Event 20-L drew a field of 22,065 entries generating a prize pool of $441,300 paid out to 3,150 positions. The one lucky and skilled enough to go though that field is expected to win over $44,000.
Members of Team PokerStars who made their way through the field and picked up some money for their efforts: Team Netherlands Pro Lex Veldhuis (151st), Team Netherlands Pro Joep van den “Pappe_ruk” Bijgaart (1,162nd), Team Canada Pro Pat Pezzin (1,878th), Team France Pro Arnaud “frenchkiss” Mattern (2,668th), and Team Netherlands Pro Ruben “rubenrtv” Visser (2,943rd).
After 44 levels of play Sunday, just 24 players remained when day 2 resumed Monday afternoon. Nearly 90 minutes into Day 2, the field was at the final table bubble with blinds at 500,000/1,000,000 and an ante of 125,000, making the average stack just 20 big blinds. From the small blind, asso 1 raised to 3,000,000 with K♣7♣. In the big blind, orlyone looked down at A♦3♣ and shoved for their remaining 12,081,696 chips as asso 1 called. The 2♥ 4♥ 9♠ flop and 6♣ on the turn changed nothing. However, orlyone likely said “O RLY” when the 7♦ appeared on the river to send orlyone to the rail in 10th place, cashing for $1,654.87 to set up the final table. Here’s how the final nine were seated:
Seat 1: riverdr3amer (16,809,874 in chips)
Seat 2: dejwiz (26,913,737 in chips)
Seat 3: pipemaster55 (15,407,697 in chips)
Seat 4: canhaveitall (27,866,656 in chips)
Seat 5: Flowkid1 (47,006,339 in chips)
Seat 6: asso 1 (31,187,237 in chips)
Seat 7: MUSATHI1 (19,141,975 in chips)
Seat 8: The Grass (12,662,425 in chips)
Seat 9: assCARDSsin (23,654,060 in chips)
Despite the numerous short stacks at the final table, the first elimination would take over 30 minutes when pipemaster55 was the first to cash, earning $2,647.80. The blinds had jumped up to 700,000/1,400,000 with an ante of 175,000 as canhaveitall min-raised from UTG to 2,800,000, asso 1 called and pipemaster55 called from the big blind. The trio saw the flop of Q♠ J♦ 7♠ as pipemaster55 checked, canhaveitall bet 5,600,000, asso 1 folded as pipemaster55 moved in for 14,932,697 as canhaveitall called. Cards were on their backs as canhaveitall flopped top pair with A♣Q♣, while pipemaster55 held the nut flush draw with A♠8♠. The turn and river were red as the K♦ turn and 8♦ river sent pipemaster55 to the rail.
Dreams dashed for riverdream3r
Next to visit the virtual cashier in 8th place was riverdream3r, earning $3,971.70. Blinds were now 1,000,000/2,000,000 with the ante of 250,000 as riverdream3r open-shoved from UTG+1 for just under four big blinds with A♣6♦, only flowkid1 called with K♥J♥. The flop gave flowkid1 the lead, 2♥ 9♣ K♣ and the 10♦ turn and 2♣ river leaves seven players in the field.
Flowkid1 runs dry
Holding the chip lead, flowkid1 certainly didn’t expect to become the next player knocked out, but a series of bad beats left the German’s seat open in 7th, collecting $6,200.26. Shortly after riverdream3r’s elimination, flowkid1 found pocket aces against dejwiz’s pocket kings in an over 53 million chip pot preflop. The runbad started for flowkid1 when another king appeared on the turn to give dejwiz a huge double-up. The blinds had now jumped to 1,250,000/2,500,000 with an ante of 312,500 when flowkid1 was involved in another KK v AA hand. This time he was up against MUSATHI1 in a pot with over 43,000,000 chips in the middle preflop, moving into the lead when a king hit the flop, but the dreaded ace on the river left his stack with less than two big blinds.
Flowkid1 doubled through on the next hand, but another river card finally ending the tumultuous closing minutes at the final table. Down to just over 12,000,000 chips with blinds at 1,250,000/2,500,000 with an ante of 312,500 as flowkid1 open-shoved with A♦7♥. From the big blind, assCARDSsin found A♥6♥ and called. The board runs out 9♣ J♦ Q♥ J♣ 6♠ to send the former chip leader off in a huff.
The Grass no longer greener
The 6th place finisher was The Grass, earning 8,826 greenbacks. In the big blind with over one-third of their stack, asso 1 raised from the button with A♦5♣ as a pot-committed The Grass calls with two live cards, 4♣3♠. The flop gave each player a pair on the 3♥ 10♦ A♣. The Grass could not improve on the 7♦K♠ turn and river as five players remained.
Asso 1 kicked
In just two hands, asso 1 saw their sort of robusto 50 million chip stack into busto to become the first to receive a five-figure payday of $13,239. First, assCARDSsin doubled thru asso 1 (A♣K♦ v A♥7♥) in a pot good for over 57 million chips. Asso 1 shoved over dejwiz’s raise with Q♠J♣ as dejwiz found A♣6♣ worth the call. The A♦ K♠ 4♠ flop moved dejwiz further in front while asso 1 held a gutshot straight draw. The 4♦ turn and J♦ river didn’t change the results as asso 1 left a quartet of players going for the SCOOP title.
canhaveitall can’t have any chips
Another two-hand series would send canhaveitall down to no chips, finishing 4th for $17,652. Blinds were bumped to 1,750,000/3,500,000 with an ante of 375,000 as canhaveitall found A♣8♣ from the button and shoved for over 56 million chips but assCARDSsin woke up with K♦K♣ and made the quadruple-fist pump snap-call. No improvement for canhaveitall left them with just under 20 million in chips, moving in on the next hand with A♣4♥ from UTG as assCARDSsin finds A♦J♠ in the small blind and calls. Five cards later, neither player improved on the 10♥ Q♥ 7♣ 10♦ 3♦ board leaves three players in the hunt.
MUSATHI1 leaves the fold in third
While assCARDSsin and dejwiz were approaching the 100 million chip mark, MUSATHI1 was down to just 22 million in chips, about 15 big blinds when they find Q♠9♥ UTG and shoves. In the small blind, assCARDSsin re-raises from the small blind with A♠K♦ to get dejwiz out of the action. The flop of 6♠ 2♥ Ks] put MUSATHI1 deep in a hole and needing a lot of help to stay alive. The 8♦ on the turn closed out MUSATHI1’s tournament and the 10♥ was a mere formality, earning 3rd place money of $22,065 as assCARDSsin held the chip lead at the start of heads-up action.
Dejwiz comes from behind to take down the crown
Before the first hand was dealt, assCARDSsin asked dejwiz if he wanted to make a deal, “play” was dejwin’s answer. Just a few hands in, dejwiz gained control of the chip lead eventually holding a 3-1 chip lead. However, assCARDSsin was able to double through dejwiz in consecutive hands (K5 > A6 and K4 >66) to hold over 156 million chips to dejwiz’s 64 million chips.
The final level would see blinds of 2,000,000/4,000,000 with an ante of 500,000 as the final pairing kept trading the chip lead. Dejwiz would retake the chip lead as assCARDSsin raised from the small blind with A♠10♠ only to find dejwiz wake up with A♦A♣ in the big blind to hold a 3-2 chip lead. Less than ten hands later, dejwiz would take down the SCOOP title, $44,141.63 and SCOOP watch. Dejwiz min-raised to 8,000,000 with A♥Q♣ as assCARDSsin shoved for over 58 million holding 10♥10♣ for an exciting race situation. Dejwiz takes the lead on the Q♠ 3♥ J♣ flop and improves with the Q♥ on the turn. Down to just two outs with one card to come, assCARDSsin wanted a ten but instead saw the 3♣ on the river to conclude SCOOP #20-L as assCARDSsin finishes with $32,793.00.
SCOOP Event #20-L ($22 NL) Final Table Results:
1st: dejwiz – $44,141.63
2nd: assCARDSsin – $32,793.00
3rd: MUSATHI1- $22,065.00
4th: canhaveitall – $17,652.00
5th: asso 1 – $13,239.00
6th: The Grass – $8,826.00
7th: Flowkid1 – $6,200.26
8th: riverdr3amer – $3,971.70
9th: pipemaster88 – $2,647.80
Be sure to catch all the action from the previous SCOOP final tables on the PokerStars blog here and catch the Inside SCOOP as Joe Stapleton and Nick Wealthall go over the latest news, interviews and give away lots of $T to lucky winners.