Free money? Not many would pass up such things, like betting on the over amount of wins the Minnesota Twins would take this year or that snow will fall at sometime during the winter in the home state of my favorite baseball team. PokerStars was handing out free money in the form of a guarantee that was not met in tonight’s SCOOP Event #20-Low tournament. $500,000 was obligated amount put forth, and even with 21,481 players rushing through the virtual card’s room doors to take their seats $70,380 of overlay was added by PokerStars to juice up the prize pool for this two-day event.
3,600 players would walk away with a piece of that found money however we had to say goodbye to some Team PokerStars Pros who couldn’t get out of the gates: Leo Fernandez (17,978th place), Hevad “RaiNKhaN” Khan (17,931st place), Pete De Korver (17,927th place), last year’s SCOOP Main Event champ /en/blog/scoop/2009/scoop-jc-alvarado-claims-biggest-win-of-038437.html JC Alvarado (17,396th place), Andrew “Kid Nebraska” Goetsch (17,258th place), Joep van den “Pappe_Ruk” Bijgaart (15,222nd place), Marcin “Goral” Horecki (14,955th place), Grzegorz “DaWarsaw” Mikielewicz (14,601st place), WSOP Main Event Champ Joe “jcada99” Cada (14,523rd place), Diego “vgreen22” Brunelli (13,739th place), Gavin Griffin (13,598th place), Marcel Luske (13,361st place), Veronica “princesa” Dabul (10,787th place), Grayson “spacegravy” Physioc (10,513th place), George “Jorj95) Lind (10,503rd place), Randy “nanonoko” Lew (8,653rd place), Pat Pezzin (7,263rd place), Steven “stevejpa” Paul (7,214th place), Juan Pastor (6,696th place), Julian Thew (6,275 place) also check out this link to Julian’s thoughts on his first major tournament series as a Team PokerStars pro /en/blog/team_pokerstars_blogs/julian_thew/2010/my-first-time-by-julian-thew-069554.html Thierry van den “BOKPOWER” Berg (5,752nd place), Nichoel Peppe (5,306th place), Richard Toth (4,392nd place).
Down to the money bubble, which doesn’t seem fair after weaving one’s way thru 17,000 players, PikfreAK was the unfortunate victim in 3601st place receiving nothing but the gratitude of the remaining players.
Scrolling thru the money winners we found, Faraz “The- Toilet 0” Jaka WPT Player of the Year and final tablist at the $25,000 NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout (see Episode 2’s video via this link with Jaka bantering with Team PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu from PokerStars.TV) finished tonight in 2691st place ($40.00). Scott “Big Riskky” Clements (1059th place $100.00), whoflungpooh 3rd place in Event #14-Low (1388th place $80.00).
Team PokerStars Pros who peppered the money board: Online pro Matthew Didlick (3433rd place $30.00), Anh Van Nguyen and Nuno Coelho busted near each other in 2628th and 2630th place respectively. Victor Ramdin who has had an impressive run at the 2010 SCOOP series including a 5th place showing for $107,700 at Event #2-H took home a little less tonight (2489th place $40.00). Johannes Steindl hot off his runner up performance in Event #14-Medium cashes tonight (2161st place $50.00), George Danzer who can’t seem to help taking money from just about every SCOOP tournament he has enter cashes again in 1707th place ($65.00), and Matthias De Meulder (1372nd place $80.00).
Deep into the evening we found VIP Supernova stanko111 cresting the three million chip mark first with help from the following 1.7 million chip hand:
Pocket kings held for the huge pot as stanko111 stood tall after Level 30 with 14 more levels to go in the evening.
Rolling on an hour later in level 34, stanko111 seems determined to flatten the field by doubling the chip leading stack to over six million. last_boss with four million, Piper2001 with 3.2 million, and onliness holding 3.1 million chips were the closest contenders.
The field caught up to stanko111 by level 38 but the player from Warsaw still lead going into our final six level of the evening. mavs1476, 00psiedaisy, and TRAANKKA found themselves within a few big blinds (blinds at 50K/100K ante 12.5K) of the leader.
Level 39 would see its first eight figure stack. treytrey23 would take the chip lead with 55 players remaining after this hand:
Pocket jacks was good enough to get mavs1476 to muck on the 3♥ 8♠ 9♠ 7♣ Q♦ board and treytrey23 would go on a tear claiming another 3.9 million chip pot just four hands later bumping the leading stack to over 12 million.
Heading into level 42 we would lose our chip leader for the past few hours stanko111 in 35th place, as mr. dex, tremendarious, grandslamsal, and treytrey23 shot up to take the top four spots with two levels remaining before the break until 16:00 EST.
For a moment in level 44 we thought the two-day tournament would become a one-day affair. Alas, 18 players will return after some rest at the below tables for a shot at the $47,500.00 first place prize.
Be sure to check back in 10 hours for the conclusion of this tournament after our final 18 gets a little rest.