It’s a club so exclusive only 21 players have earned a membership. Its ranks are filled with online legends, Viktor Blom, Sami Kelopuro, Calvin Anderson, and Shaun Deeb among them. Tonight, two men had the chance to become #22. Finland’s villepn won this very event back in 2010, while Anders “Donald” Berg nabbed his first SCOOP watch in the $2,100 H.O.R.S.E. and topped the 2011 Player of the Series leaderboard. Facing stiff competition including WCOOP champion Richard “CHUFTY” Ashby, Aussie pro Billy “crocky” Argyros, and Sunday 500 champs highland and pthelegend, Berg took the chip lead he brought into the final table and rode it all the way to the finish, capturing his second SCOOP title in Event #16-H ($2,100 FL Omaha Hi/Lo).
129 fixed-limit fans stepped up to play in this event, creating a $258,000 prize pool. 15 places were paid with first place set to earn $64,500. Eight Red Spades were in the field with Eugene Katchalov, Nacho Barbero, George Danzer, Jason Mercier, Matthias De Meulder, and Alex Kravchenko flying the flag for Team Pro while Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome and George “Jorj95” Lind repped Team Online. However, none of them finished in the money.
Betting limits were 2,500/5,000 on the final table bubble and with only 8,226 in chips, 2mark was the shortest stack remaining. 2mark put the last of his chips in preflop vs. CHUFTY and saphire1, who continued betting on the side. CHUFTY check-called saphire1’s bets on the flop, turn and river, the board falling 7♥7♠3♥10♦7♦. Saphire1 turned up A♠A♥Q♥J♥ for sevens full of aces and with no low possible, saphire1 scooped the pot, ending 2mark’s run in tenth place.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: highland (86,165 in chips)
Seat 2: T-Macha (41,382 in chips)
Seat 3: CHUFTY (56,301 in chips)
Seat 4: Pthelegend (79,011 in chips)
Seat 5: saphire1 (92,454 in chips)
Seat 6: Donald (120,045 in chips)
Seat 7: chico134 (105,384 in chips)
Seat 8: crocky (24,670 in chips)
Seat 9: villepn (39,588 in chips)
crocky, CHUFTY chewed up
Nearly 40 minutes passed before the first elimination. The shortest stack to start the final table, crocky called a raise from the big blind and saw a J♥10♥5♣ flop.The action checked to saphire1, who led out for 3,000. Crocky raised, T-Macha folded and saphire1 called. Crocky’s last 8,100 went in on the 9♣ turn and he turned up A♥3♥6♣7♦ for the nut flush draw and a gutshot while saphire1 revealed A♦2♦5♦10♠ for tens and fives. Crocky’s draws missed when the river fell the 2♣ and saphire1 scooped, ending his run in ninth place.
CHUFTY ‘s chip count increased steadily during the early levels of the final table, reaching a high water mark of 128,000 before falling back to the 56,000 he started with. CHUFTY took another significant hit when highland rivered trip fives and no low materialized, leaving him on only 13,000 in chips. Ultimately, CHUFTY put the last of his chips in preflop, his 3♠5♦9♥9♦ up against chico134’s A♥5♥7♠9♠. Chico134 flopped a pair of aces and CHUFTY did not improve, the board running out A♣Q♣8♦K♦J♠ to send him home in eighth place.
Donald busts villepn, Pthelegend pummels T-Macha and saphire1
The betting limits rose to 5,000/10,000 before the final table lost another player. Holding A♣Q♠Q♥8♥, villepn made a UTG raise and Pthelegend three-bet from middle position. Donald called from the small blind, villepn capped, and both opponents called. Villepn’s last 774 chips went in on the J♠6♠4♦ flop and both Pthelegend and Donald called. Donald fired 10,000 when the 5♥ hit the turn, folding out Pthelegend. Donald already had the nut low with A♠2♣4♣10♠ and snatched away the high when the 4♥ fell on the river to make him trips. Villepn’s hopes of a SCOOP repeat were dashed as he exited in seventh place.
Two hands later, T-Macha put his last 18,000 in before the flop, his 2♥4♣9♦10♣ up against Pthelegend’s A♣3♠7♣K♥. Although T-Macha flopped two pair, Pthelegend turned a low and the nut flush, the board finishing 10♣3♦2♣6♣3♥. T-Macha was out in sixth place, his final table appearance earning him $13,545.00.
At last, things were moving. Six hands later, saphire1 committed his last 15,000 on a 8♣7♥6♦ flop vs. Pthelegend and Donald. Pthelegend pulled two more big bets out of Donald on the K♦ turn and 9♥ river, turning over A♠2♥9♠10♥ for a ten-high straight and a 8-7-6-2-A low. Neither Donald nor saphire1 could beat it and Pthelegend raked in the 60,000 pot while saphire1 was eliminated in fifth.
Pthelegend pumps up, chico134 falls in fourth
Following those two eliminations, Pthelegend steadily grew his stack, moving from 160,000 to 360,000. Hurrying matters along was this 100,000 pot, where Pthelegend turned the nut low and rivered an ace-high flush.
Meanwhile, chico134 just couldn’t catch a break. Down to 43,000 with 6k/12k betting limits, chico134 three-bet pre and went heads-up to a K♦10♥K♠ flop with Donald. Donal check-called 6,000 on the flop then check-raised to 24,000 on the 5♠ turn. Chico134 tossed in his last 7,148 and turned up A♦2♦J♦Q♦. Donald had him, his 2♥3♥5♦5♥ having turned fives full of kings. Chico134 was drawing dead, the meaningless 4♦ landing on the river to send him home in fourth place.
highland bows out in third
As play turned three-handed, Pthelegend held more than a 2 to 1 chip lead over both his opponents. While Donald turned up the heat, winning a 108,000 pot off Pthelegend with boat over boat, highland wasn’t as fortunate. Down to 113,000, highland called Donald down on a 7♥6♦4♦4♥5♦ board only to watch his opponent table 4♠5♠8♦10♣ for fours full of fives. Highland slipped to 65,000 and was soon left on 20k when he folded to Donald’s river bet in a 112,000 pot. Five hands later, highland put the last of his chips in preflop, both Pthelegend and Donald giving action. Donald extracted two more bets from Pthelegend on the 10♠8♣6♣K♣3♣ board and revealed A♥A♠8♦4♦ for a pair of aces and a 8-6-4-3-A low. Pthelegend had him beat for high with 6♥7♠9♠K♥ for a ten-high straight and they split the pot, sending highland to the rail in third place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 4: Pthelegend (217,818 in chips)
Seat 6: Donald (427,182 in chips)
Considering the time it took to get here (three hours at the final table and more than twelve overall), heads-up play was over in a flash. Perhaps dreading a drawn-out battle, Pthelegend broached the subject of a deal, but Donald was keen to play it out.
Within five minutes, the chips were flying. Pthelegend slipped below 200,000 when Donald’s A♦3♠4♠Q♠ made a six-high straight and a wheel for low, and three hands later, Donald won back-to-back pots to whittle Pthelegend down to only 50,000. Although Ptheleged doubled back up to 100,000 when his 6♠7♥J♣J♠ made kings and jacks vs. Donald’s kings and fours, Donald snatched those chips right back when his K♣5♣J♥J♠ turned a set of jacks.
Five hands later, it was all over. Holding 4♥5♠7♣J♣ in a three-bet pot, Donald flopped a seven-high straight and improved to a flush on the river to crush Pthelegend’s queens up and 8-7 low:
Kudos to Anders “Donald” Berg, now a two-time SCOOP champion. He banked $64,500 for the win while runner up Pthelegend earned $43,860.
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #16-H ($2,100 FL Omaha Hi/Lo) results:
Places paid: 15
1. Anders “Donald” Berg (Norway ) $64,500.00
2. Pthelegend (Canada) $43,860.00
3. highland (Canada) $33,540.00
4. chico134 (Russia) $23,865.00
5. saphire1 (United Kingdom) $16,770.00
6. T-Macha (Norway) $13,545.00
7. villepn (Finland) $10,965.00
8. Richard “CHUFTY” Ashby (United Kingdom) $9,030.00
9. Billy “crocky” Argyros (Australia) $7,095.00
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.