PokerStars SCOOP Event #19-Hi: David 'WhooooKidd' Baker Wins
Action in the PokerStars All-Stakes Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) resumed on Saturday with, among other offerings, Event #19-Hi, $5,200 Pot-Limit Omaha. 190 players were on hand, with the total purse falling just short of the $1,000,000 guarantee and leaving a small overlay in place. Notable players cashing but missing the final included Ivan Demidov in 12th place ($17,500), Daniel "steamraise" Alaei in 13th ($15,000) and David "RugDoctor" Williams in 15th ($15,000). The chip counts as the final table started were as follows:
David "WhooooKidd" Baker — 182,200
caprioli — 180,094
Eric "p3achy_keen" Liu — 132,428
Thomas "Viking79" Wahlroos — 93,392
Chad "lilholdem954" Batista — 92,056
BobbyFi — 89,172
Altrum Altus — 85,975
Brian "aba20" Townsend — 70,401
Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi — 24,282
Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi was the first player bounced from the final, during the 800/1,600 level. Down to his last 12,082, Mizzi was all in with against David "WhooooKidd" Baker's . The board fell as Baker's pair of eights were good enough to win the pot and eliminate Mizzi in ninth place for $20,000. Chad "lilholdem954" Batista was the next to exit, at 1,250/2,500. Eric "p3achy_keen" Liu raised to 6,000 under the gun and received calls from Batista, Brian "aba20" Townsend and caprioli. The flop came and a raising war between Townsend and Batista ensued. It would be Townsend's tournament life at risk with against Batista's . The fell on the turn as Batista made a flush, but Townsend filled up on the river when the hit. Batista busted the next hand in eighth place for $30,000.
Eric "p3achy_keen" Liu hit the rail later in the level. On a board, Liu got it in with but trailed David "WhooooKidd" Baker's . The turn and river came and as Baker made a full house for the knockout. Liu collected $40,0000 for seventh. Brian "aba20" Townsend was felted in the next level, 1,500/3,000. He raised to 8,000 on the button and Baker called, leading to a flop. Baker led out 13,850, but Townsend raised to 59,050. Baker then re-raised to 194,650 and Townsend went all in for just a little bit more, 255,121. A call from Baker revealed for a set of aces, while Townsend tabled for the nut flush draw. The turn was the , making a winning full house for Baker and eliminating Townsend in sixth place for $50,000.
Thomas "Viking79" Wahlroos was eliminated next. Baker raised to 8,000 in the cutoff and Wahlroos called. The flop fell and Wahlroos check-raised from 12,850 to 56,050. Baker re-raised and tried to set Wahlroos all in. Wahlroos indeed called with for middle pair and some draws, while Baker held for top pair and draws. The turn was the , keeping Baker in the lead, and the river was the to make both players a flush, but Baker's nut flush took the pot. Wahlroos pocketed $60,000 for the fifth-place finish. Next, Altrum Altus headed home during the 2,000/4,000 level. On the button, Baker raised to 11,000, and Altrum Altus re-raised to 37,000 from the small blind. Baker called and the flop came . Altrum Altus went all in for 69,050 and Baker called with for bottom pair and the nut flush draw. With his Altrum Altus was ahead, but the turn gave Baker a leading two pair. The river was the and Altrum Altus' tournament was over in fourth place for $87,500.
BobbyFi busted shortly thereafter when, after a flop of , he went all in with against Baker's . The hit the turn and made a straight for Baker, leaving BobbyFi drawing thin. The river was the and and BobbyFi pocketed $117,500 for the third-place showing. Baker had a commanding lead against caprioli as heads-up play began:
David "WhooooKidd" Baker — 762,337
caprioli — 187,663
It didn't take long for Baker to bust his seventh opponent at the final table and seal the victory. A limped pot brought a flop and caprioli check-called Baker's 6,250 bet. The turn brought the , caprioli checked, Baker bet 16,450, and caprioli check-raised to 68,000. Baker raised again to force caprioli to a choice for his tournament life, and caprioli called all in with and a set of sixes. However, Baker tabled for the turned set of queens. The river blanked and gave Baker the hand and the win in SCOOP Event #19-Hi, worth $215,000, with caprioli collecting $155,000 as the runner-up.
1. David "WhooooKidd" Baker — $215,000
2. caprioli — $155,000
3. BobbyFi — $117,500
4. Altrum Altus — $87,500
5. Thomas "Viking79" Wahlroos — $60,000
6. Brian "aba20" Townsend — $50,000
7. Eric "p3achy_keen" Liu — $40,000
8. Chad "lilholdem954" Batista — $30,000
9. Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi — $20,000