Think about a $100 tournament at your local casino. We’ve all played them. Short levels, shallow stacks, and the whole thing is over in half a day. Even here in my beloved Southern California, land of mega-turbo-re-entry cattle calls complete with a dozen starting flights and a sketchy dinner buffet, the prize pools don’t reach this size. SCOOP is different. Whether you’re a micro-limit grinder or a high roller, you’re going to get a helluva lot of bang for your buck. And this particular $100 tournament quite possibly has the most play of any $100 buy-in tournament on earth. It took 19 1/2 hours over two days and 52 levels of play before potbet11 overcame a 3.7 to 1 chip deficit heads-up to wrest the title from aniceboy and bank nearly $80,000.
5,619 players turned out for Event #8-M, the prize pool swelling to $561,900. 720 places were paid with first place set to earn $87,901.14. Scattered among the thousands were 25 Red Spades, including Team Pros Chris Moneymaker, Andre Akkari, Liv Boeree, Lex Veldhuis, Chad Brown, and Leo Margets. Five made the money: Shane “shaniac” Schleger (720th), Marcin Horecki (604th), Tyler “frosty012” Frost (568th), Joe Cada (528th), and Angel Guillen (271st).
Day 1 concluded with 194 players remaining, and it took about another eight hours to reach the final table bubble. Holding only 296,000 with the blinds up to 25,000/50,000, STEVAN AA was the favorite to go out in tenth, but when the action folded around to m1ronO in the small blind, he open-shoved for his remaining 1.2 million. Aniceboy called from the big blind, his 7♣7♥ racing with A♣10♣. Much to STEVAN AA’s relief, the sevens survived the Q♠6♥3♣8♣8♦ board and m1ronO departed one spot short of the final table.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: Respek66 (3,538,147 in chips)
Seat 2: theginger45 (3,834,300 in chips)
Seat 3: aniceboy (5,887,335 in chips)
Seat 4: jusgivithere (3,850,147 in chips)
Seat 5: puto59 (1,518,891 in chips)
Seat 6: potbet11 (5,370,075 in chips)
Seat 7: Smoking22000 (1,693,075 in chips)
Seat 8: STEVAN AA (289,954 in chips)
Seat 9: marconibmec (2,113,076 in chips)
STEVAN AA saved, jusgivithere frozen out in ninth
After limping to the final table with less than six big blinds, STEVAN AA quickly scored a double-up to 423,000 when his Q♦K♠ flopped a queen vs. jusgivithere’s 8♠10♥. A short time later, he did it again. All-in for 551,000, STEVAN AA’s A♠4♦ hung on against puto59’s K♠Q♠ and he raked in 1.2 million in chips.
STEVAN AA’s comeback left Smoking22000 as the short stack, but he too doubled up when his A♦Q♦ held up against anicebot’s K♠J♦. Smoking22000 moved up to 1.8 million but he couldn’t hang onto it for long. Less than an orbit later, puto59 three-bet shoved for 844,000 and Smoking22000 four-bet all in for 1.6 million. Initial raiser aniceboy got out of the way, leaving Smoking22000’s J♠J♣ heads-up against puto59’s A♠K♣. Although the flop fell safely for Smoking22000, an ace hit the turn to give puto5 the 1.97 million pot.
Puto59’s hot streak continued in a cooler of a hand vs. jusgivithere. After he opened for 140,000 from UTG, jusgivithere shoved for 2.3 million from the small blind and puto59 snap-called with A♦A♣. Jusgivithere’s 10♦10♣ did not improve and he was left with only 678,000 while puto59 doubled to 3.5 million. Although jusgivithere won a 6♥6♠ vs. 8♦10♦ flip to double up, he was on the rail less than an orbit later. It was another cooler, justgivithere’s 8♣8♠ running into aniceboy’s 10♣10♥ to send him home in ninth place.
theginger45 gutted, STEVAN AA succumbs
With the blinds up to 40,000/80,000, the action folded around to theginger45 in the small blind. He open-shoved for 1.24 million with K♣9♥, but aniceboy looked him up with A♣2♦. An ace hit the flop and aniceboy rivered a wheel, the board running out A♦5♦4♥4♦3♣ to end theginger45’s run in eighth place.
Theginger45’s elimination moved STEVAN AA another rung up the pay ladder as his stack dwindled to only 206,000. STEVAN AA doubled up one more time through potbet11, his K♥J♠ dominating K♠6♠, but he wouldn’t make it out of the level. Fellow short stack Smoking22000 open-shoved for 718,000 on the button and STEVAN AA called all-in for 450,000 from the small blind. Although STEVAN AA’s J♠J♣ held up all the way through the turn, Smoking22000’s A♥5♦ spiked an ace on the river to send him home in seventh place. STEVAN AA picked up $12,642.75 for his efforts, an excellent result given his perilous chip position since ten-handed play.
At this point, two players controlled 73% of the chips between themselves. Aniceboy had opened his chip lead to 12.4 million and potbet11 was a strong second with 8 million. Holding only 13 big blinds, Smoking22000 pestered his opponents for a deal, proposing that they award aniceboy and potbet11 first and second place money respectively while dividing the rest among the four shorter stacks. Action was paused to run the numbers, but puto59 and Respek66 weren’t keen on a chop. As Smoking22000 desperately attempted to rally everyone, Respek66 asked final table host Tyler “frosty012” Frost to put the cards back in the air.
Shorties double, Smoking22000 stubbed out
On the third hand after the failed deal attempt, Respek66 got his remaining 2 million in preflop vs. potbet11. Respek66’s A♥K♦ flopped a king against potbet11’s pocket queens and he doubled to 4.36 million. Marconibmec also picked up some momentum, doubling through aniceboy when his pocket eights rivered a full house against his flopped straight.
Three hands later, Smoking22000 open-shoved for 677,000 and puto59 reshoved from the small blind to isolate. Smoking22000’s pocket sevens hung on through the turn, but puto59’s A♦J♠ found a river ace to stub out Smoking22000 in sixth place.
Five, four, three
Puto59 was the next casualty. Respek66 opened for a min-raise to 200,000 on the button and aniceboy made it 300,000 to go from the small blind. Puto59 found pocket tens in the big and moved in for 2.77 million, only to run into aniceboy’s pocket queens. Unable to improve, puto59 bowed out in fifth place, collecting $23,880.75
Two orbits later, aniceboy scored another KO. This time, marconibmec was the three-bet shover, his A♠Q♣ dominating aniceboy’s A♣J♠. Nothing changed on the 9♠Q♠K♦ flop, the turn blanked with the 4♣, but once again, the river was a savior, giving aniceboy the 10♦ to make Broadway and eliminate marconibmec in fourth ($31,757.35).
As play turned three-handed, aniceboy had a huge chip lead with 17.1 million, potbet11 held 6.4 million and Respek66 was the short stack with 4.5 million. After about ten minutes of trading pots, Respek66 three-bet shoved for his last 2.7 million and aniceboy made the call with 3♥3♠. Respek66’s A♥7♦ didn’t catch up and he hit the rail in third place, banking $46,356.75.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: aniceboy (22,167,320 in chips)
Seat 6: potbet11 (5,927,680 in chips)
This match could have been over on the fourth hand, but instead, potbet11 doubled up to 11.3 million, his pocket fives holding up against A♣J♠. Aniceboy went on the offensive and ground back up to 20 million before potbet11’s chips were back in the middle. Aniceboy three-bet preflop and led out for 420,000 on the 8♠7♥3♣ flop. Potbet11 raised to 840,000, aniceboy shoved and potbet11 called, having flopped bottom two pair with 7♦8♥. Aniceboy’s J♦J♥ was in rough shape and although he turned a gutshot straight draw with the 9♠, the river blanked and potbet11 moved into the chip lead for the first time with 14.8 million.
Now that their chip counts were virtually even, aniceboy was willing to make a deal. Despite holding around 100 big blinds apiece, fatigue had clearly set in and the two agreed to split the remaining prize pool evenly, save the $6,000 they were required to set aside for the winner.
It was all over four hands later. Aniceboy four-bet shoved 13.7 million preflop with K♥4♠, but couldn’t overcome potbet11’s A♦J♠.
Congratulations to potbet11 on an incredible comeback and his first SCOOP title! He picked up $79,681.24 for the win while runner-up aniceboy earned $73,681.24.
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #8-M ($109 NLHE) results
Places paid: 720
1. potbet11 (United Kingdom) $79,681.24*
2. aniceboy (India) $73,681.24*
3. Respek66 (Canada) $46,356.75
4. marconibmec (Brazil) $31,747.35
5. puto59 (Portugal) $23,880.75
6. Smoking22000 (Germany) $18,261.75
7. STEVAN AA (Serbia) $12,642.75
8. theginger45 (United Kingdom) $7,023.75
9. Ryan “jusgivithere” Fisler (Canada) $4,495.20
*= reflects the result of a heads-up deal that left $6,000 in play for the winner
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.