Day 12 of the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) at PokerStars was among the lightest of the docket, with only nine tournaments running. Nine winners were crowned including Chris "Genius28" Lee and Dan "djk123" Kelly. Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia and Alex "joiso" Kostritsyn earned runner-up finishes.
PokerStars SCOOP 29-H: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Big Antes w/Rebuys Two-Day ($400K Guaranteed)
Only 15 players made it back for Thursday's second day of play in the "High" version of Event #29, and it took just under an hour for the remaining players to work their way down to the final nine. Tommy "TMoney0209" Miller (15th), Theo "Theo J" Jorgensen (14th) and Andrey "ThePateychuk" Pateychuk (13th) all earned $10,503 for their finishes. Jordan "Jymaster11" Young (12th), "zugzwang16" (11th), and Hugh "bigbluffzinc" Drummond (10th) each took away $12,448.
Here's how the stacks looked as the final table began:
|2||Mathew "Matfrankland" Frankland||62,713|
|3||Anthony "holdplz" Spinella||222,772|
|8||Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka||303,365|
|9||Steve "gboro780" Gross||69,452|
Shortly after they returned from the break, the blinds were 1,500/3,000 (with big antes of 600) when "JackOrsen72" opened for 6,000 from under the gun and Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka called from one seat over. The flop came , "JackOrsen72" continued for 12,462, and Jaka called. The turn was the and this time "JackOrsen72" bet 28,423. Jaka called once more and the river brought the . "JackOrsen72" tried again, betting 68,475, and Jaka responded by raising to 183,000, leaving himself only 65,460 behind. "JackOrsen72" reraised enough to put Jaka all-in, and Jaka called, showing for a set of tens. Alas for Jaka, "JackOrsen72" had for a flopped straight, and Jaka was out in ninth.
On the very next hand, "Artem205" raised to 6,240 from the cutoff and "Gribnogrib" called from the button. "Artem205" then led with bets on all three post-flop streets, going all-in on the river as the board came , and "Gribnogrib" called all the way. "Artem205" had for a queen-high straight, but "Gribnogrib" had for a better straight and they were down to seven.
About 20 minutes later a series of preflop bets between Steve "gboro780" Gross and "Gribnogrib" left Gross all-in for his last 116,752 holding against "Gribnogrib's" . The flop came to pair "Gribnogrib," and after the turn and river Gross was gone in seventh.
The remaining six played through Day 2's second break. Then, with the blinds 2,500/5,000 and antes 1,000, Anthony "holdplz" Spinella raised to 11,250 from UTG and got a single caller in Mat "matfrankland" Frankland in the big blind. The flop came and Frankland checked, prompting a 13,250 bet from Spinella. Frankland check-raised to 27,280, Spinella repopped all-in for 76,412 total, and Frankland called, turning over for middle pair and a gutshot. Spinella tabled , but the fell on the turn to give Frankland two pair and the advantage. The river was the , and Spinella's hand hadn't held, thus sending him out in sixth.
It would take nearly an hour and a half for the next elimination. By then the blinds were up to 4k/8k with the antes 1,600, and following a min-raise open by "Gribnogrib" from UTG, "JackOrsen72" reraised all-in for 138,047 from the button, and when it folded back "Gribnogrib" made the call. It was for "JackOrsen72" and for "Gribnogrib," and after the five community cards came , only four players were left.
They approached the four-hour break for Day 2, with "Gribnogrib" leading the way with nearly 990,000, Frankland and "Shhh00kem" second and third respectively, and "Face333X" sitting on the short stack with almost 457,000. Then came a hand in which Frankland and leader "Gribnogrib" raised back and forth until Frankland finally seven-bet shoved and "Gribnogrib" called. Frankland had and "Gribnogrib" , and after the board came , Frankland was out in third.
"Gribnogrib" continued to apply pressure, increasing his lead while "Face333X" slipped to short-stacked status with less than 120,000. Soon "Face333X" was all-in with against "Gribnogrib's" , and when the board brought an ace to pair "Gribnogrib" and no improvement to "Face333X," just two players remained.
Heads-up play began with "Gribnogrib" well in front with just a touch under two million chips to "Shhh00kem's" 847,350. The blinds were 5,000/10,000 with 2,000 antes, meaning even "Shhh00kem's" stack was relatively deep, but as it turned out, it took only 15 hands to end it.
The final hand began with the stacks not much different from when they began heads-up play. "Gribnogrib" opened with a raise to 21,000 from the button, and "Shhh00kem" called. The flop brought a coordinated , and when "Shhh00kem" checked "Gribnogrib" made a continuation-bet of 23,920. "Shhh00kem" fired back, making it 60,000, "Gribnogrib" pushed it to 140,000, "Shhh00kem" reraised again to 260,000, "Gribnogrib" shoved, and "Shhh00kem" called.
"Shhh00kem" held for a queen-high straight, but "Gribnogrib" had flopped a better straight with . The turn was the and river the , and "Gribnogrib" had grabbed the title.
|4||Mat "matfrankland" Frankland||$66,130|
|6||Anthony "holdplz" Spinella||$35,010|
|7||Steve "gboro780" Gross||$27,230|
|9||Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka||$14,782|
PokerStars SCOOP 29-M: $100 No-Limit Hold'em Big Antes w/Rebuys ($300K Guaranteed)
In the "Medium" version of the NLHE Big Antes/Rebuys event, 19 players survived the first day to battle on Thursday for the title. Among those busting prior the final table were Nicolas "niccc" Chouity (18th - $2,211.30), Patrick "pmahoney22" Mahoney (16th - $2,211.30), and David "My Brim Low" Ivers (12th - $3,882.06).
Ultimately Dan "djk123" Kelly and Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia ended up heads-up, then negotiated a deal before Kelly ultimately went on to win the title and SCOOP watch.
|*1||Dan "djk123" Kelly||$73,040.06|
|*2||Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia||$66,542.11|
PokerStars SCOOP 29-L: $10 No-Limit Hold'em Big Antes w/Rebuys ($200K Guaranteed)
On Day 2 of the "low" Big Antes/Rebuys event, 22 players returned, with SCOOP superstar George "Jorj95" Lind sitting fourth in chips and "tollefishy" leading to start play on Thursday. Lind ultimately fell shy of the final table in 14th ($1,142.26), and "tollefishy" made it to the final nine before getting knocked out in sixth. In the end it was "tua33" of Spain outlasting the field to earn $42.544.38.
PokerStars SCOOP 31-H: $2,000 8-Game ($75K Guaranteed)
A tough field of 107 of online poker's best came out to test their versatility in the "High" version of the 8-game mix. After six hours of play, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier had stormed out into the lead and with 25 players left had put a bit of distance between himself and second-place Alex "joiso" Kostritsyn.
It took about an hour-and-a-half more for the field to be trimmed to 12 players and the money bubble to burst. Among those just missing the cash were Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde (24th), Daniel "DazzleO" Ospina (19th), and Pat Pezzin (13th).
The next three out were "Kid_Poker47" (12th), Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi (11th), and Eugene "E. Katchalov" Katchalov (10th), each of whom earned $5,350. Mayu "marroca5" Roca (9th), Scott "BigRiskky" Clements (8th), and Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick (7th) followed them to the rail, each taking $8,025 upon leaving.
Here's how the counts looked to begin the final table:
|2||Chris "Genius28" Lee||121,422|
|4||Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier||122,299|
|5||Alex "joiso" Kostritsyn||70,228|
|6||Richard "CHUFTY" Ashby||142,159|
It took just over one orbit for the first final-table elimination to come. The game was limit hold'em with the stakes at 2,000/4,000, when Richard "CHUFTY" Ashby raised from the button. "lg123456789" was down to less than 3,000 and called all-in from the small blind, then Chris "Genius28" Lee three-bet from the big blind. Ashby called, then both he and Lee checked the whole way as the board came . Lee turned over for sevens and fives, and both Ashby and "lg123456789" mucked, the latter having been eliminated in sixth.
The game changed to Omaha H/L (stakes 2,500/5,000), and a hand arose in which "Kecinpulach" raised from the button, Grospellier three-bet from the small blind, Kostritsyn called from the big blind and "Kecinpulach" called as well. The flop came , and Grospellier led with a bet which Kostritsyn called. "Kecinpulach" raised, Grospellier called, then Kostritsyn raised again. "Kecinpulach" raised once more with the 1,775 left behind, and both Grospellier and Kostritsyn called.
The turn was the , and Grospelllier check-called Kostritsyn's bet. The river then brought the and a check-fold from Grospellier to Kostritsyn's bet. Kostritsyn turned over for a king-high straight, while "Kecinpulach" showed for jacks and sixes before disappearing from the table in fifth.
The game cycled around to stud, during which time Ashby saw his stack slip down to 6,202 — just over one big bet. He was all-in by third street in a hand versus both Lee and Kostritsyn, and they battled for the side pot until Lee bet Kostritsyn out on sixth. In the end, Ashby showed / / for queen-high, which meant the split nines with which Lee had started were enough to send Ashby out in fourth.
By the time they reached the 11-hour mark, Grospellier had slipped all the way down to just over 21,000 while Lee was up over 200,000 and Kostritsyn was leading with more than 312,000. Then a 2-7 triple-draw hand developed in which Kostritsyn opened with a raise from the button, Grospellier three-bet from the big blind, and Kostritsyn called. Grospellier took one and Kostritsyn two, and when Grospellier led Kostritysyn called. On the second draw, Grospellier took one again while Kostritsyn stood pat. This time, Grospellier bet his last 1,009, and Kostritsyn called one last time.
On the last draw Grospellier discarded one a third time, while Kostritsyn remained satisfied with his cards, which when tabled proved to be . Grospellier couldn't beat him because he had — and they were down to two.
Kostritsyn began heads-up play with the advantage with 336,250 to Lee's 198,750, but after falling back Lee managed to scrape back to even with Kostritsyn and push into the lead by the 12-hour break with 271,350 to Kostritsyn's 263,650.
Over the next 15 minutes Lee chipped further at Kostritsyn's stack, finally knocking him down under 40,000. Then came a stud hand during which Kostritsyn — perhaps recognizing his fate — couldn't help but comment "i have 3 second places in scoops)." The Russian then completed showing , and the Canadian, Lee, raised with , getting a call from Kostritsyn.
Kostritsyn then check-called on fourth, then bet all-in with his last chips on fifth, at that point holding / . Lee called the all-in bet and showed / . It was a flush draw versus trips, but Kostritsyn picked up to finish with a pair of queens while Lee drew to end with a full house and a SCOOP title.
|1||Chris "Genius28" Lee||$58,315|
|2||Alex "joiso" Kostritsyn||$39,055|
|3||Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier||$29,960|
|4||Richard "CHUFTY" Ashby||$20,330|
PokerStars SCOOP 31-M: $200 8-Game ($50K Guaranteed)
Another large field meant another guarantee was smashed, this time in the "Medium" version of the 8-game mix, with the top 78 finishers dividing that big prize pool. Among the cashers were Shane "shaniac" Schleger (29th - $692.40), George Danzer (33rd - $600.08), Marcin "Goral" Horecki (45th - $461.60), Peter "Se7enTr3y" Akery (69th - $346.20), George "Jorj95" Lind III (71st - $346.20), Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen (72nd - $346.20), and Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown (77th - $334.66).
"jay3400" carried the lead to the final table and in the end prevailed to grab the $21,926 first-place prize.
PokerStars SCOOP 31-L: $25 8-Game ($25K Guaranteed)
As he did in the "Medium" 8-game event, Shane "shaniac" Schleger managed a deep run in this one, too, finishing 43rd ($173.37), just ahead of Event #25-H runner-up "vovtroy" (49th - $158.61) and Andrew "foucault82" Brokos (50th - $158.61). Roy "GodlikeRoy" Bhasin also managed a 67th-place finish ($136.48).
After nearly 11 and a half hours, "The Cooker" took down the title to turn $27 into $11,621.43.
PokerStars SCOOP 32-H: $2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha H/L (250K Guaranteed)
A crowd of 140 came to play in the high buy-in of Event #32 after only six players remain after Day 1. Among those who fell short of the money (18th) were Dan "djk123" Kelly (20th), Alexey "LuckyGump" Makarov (21st), and Anders "Donald" Berg (23rd). Making the money was Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi, but he fell in 12th place for $6,300.
Here were the chip counts at the start of the final table:
|1||Rory "Mafews" Mathews||44,086|
|8||Rodrigo "caprioli" Caprioli||107,734|
Falling from the final table first was "Lovos111." At 800/1,600, a limped pot saw three players take a flop. A check from Rodrigo "caprioli" Caprioli in the small blind led to a bet of 3,200 by "Lovos111." "PICKLED EGG," the original limper, called. A fold from Caprioli landed the turn which "Lovos111" bet 11,200 at. "PICKLED EGG" raised, resulting in an all-in call for another 18,618 from "Lovos111" with for two pair with nut spades. However, "PICKLED EGG" led with for a straight. The river secured the pot for "PICKLED EGG."
Exiting in eighth place was "kuhns89" at 1,000/2,000. After "bleu329" opened to 4,000 under the gun, "kuhns89" three-bet to 13,000 from the big blind. "bleu329" responded by four-betting, leading an all-in call for 26,462 from "kuhns89" with . It was for "bleu329" and that would scoop the pot when the board ran out as "bleu329" made a wheel.
"Lyndon360's" demise occurred a few hands later. An under-the-gun min-raise from "gmcrafter" was met with a re-raise to 13,000 by "Lyndon360" from the big blind. A call from "gmcrafter" landed a flop. "Lyndon360" bet 16,000, "gmcrafter" called, and the hit the turn. "Lyndon360" jammed for 38,615 and was snapped off by "gmcrafter" who tabled for a full house and low draw. In trouble with , "Lyndon360" found no help from the river.
Rodrigo "caprioli" Caprioli was the final elimination on Day 1. Action folded to "gmcrafter" on the button who raised to 4,000. Caprioli popped it to 14,000 from the small blind, "gmcrafter" called, and the flop came down . Caprioli kept up the heat with a bet of 30,000, leading to a "gmrcafter" min-reraise. Caprioli stuck in last 36,334 and was of course called. It was for "gmcrafter," leading the of Caprioli. The turn and river were not enough for Caprioli to defeat "gmcrafter's" two pair.
Here are the seating assignments and chip counts for Day 2:
|1||Rory "Mafews" Mathews||58,172|
Play will resume with the blinds at 1,250/2,500. Here are the results thus far:
|6||Rodrigo "caprioli" Caprioli||$14,000|
PokerStars SCOOP 32-M: $200 Pot-Limit Omaha H/L ($150K Guaranteed)
A field of 912 is down to the final table as only nine players made it through Day 1 of Event #32-M. Among those falling short of the final table were Aaron "JeanGrae" McCready (17th - $1,185.60), Noah "Exclusive" Boeken (21st - $839.04), and James "Andy McLEOD" Obst (22nd - $839.04).
Paul "paulgees81" Volpe is the chip leader with 1,077,729. Play will resume at the 12,500/25,000 level. Here are the chip stacks to be begin Day 2:
|8||Paul "paulgees81" Volpe||1,077,729|
PokerStars SCOOP 32-L: $25 Pot-Limit Omaha H/L ($75K Guaranteed)
Four players are all that remain from a starting field of 4,282 after Day 1 of Event #32-L. Notable cashers include Marcin "Goral" Horecki (31st - $240.86). Leading the way is Augustas "AugustasN" Navickas and he has a stack of 10,539,449 at the 125,000/250,000 level.
|1||Augustas "AugustasN" Navickas||10,539,449|
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