World Series of Poker Europe

2012 PokerStars SCOOP Day 5: Close Call For Viktor "Isildur1" Blom

Viktor Blom

Two more events kicked off on Day 5 of the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) at PokerStars. Both were two-day affairs, so the six eventual winners will be crowned on Friday. As has been the case so far this SCOOP season, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom made a deep run; however, he came up just short of making it to Day 2 in Event 12-H.

PokerStars SCOOP 12-H: $2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up ($200K Guaranteed)

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The "High" version of the heads-up PLO event attracted 236 players, meaning that to win the title, most would have to win eight matches, with a few who got first-round byes having to win seven. Players making the round of 32 would cash, and play was stopped on Thursday once the final four was reached.

Those making it to the round of 32 but no further, earned $5,192 paydays. They included “Mihay28,” Ami “UhhMee” Barer, Dan “djk123” Kelly,” “Stavros,” “petermurphy8,” “JRADF79,” “Miltos14,” “Daheh,” GVOZDIKA55,” “Chilax Chuck,” “theArkeyo,” “ISILDRooN,” "roi kin23," “Sc0ttyy,” “xXprivXx,” and Mike “SirWatts” Watson.

Just 16 players were left, and the eight who lost in the next round each earned $9,912 for their finishes. Here’s a look at those eight, as well as who they defeated to get that far:

Lost in Round of 16Players Defeated 
“mr.jonny89”"e1mdopp," "SnackCheck," "tjooh," "theArkeyo" 
“BlackJack187”Rory "Mafews" Mathews, Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko, "JONYJUICE," Dan “djk123” Kelly 
“SiiliSuhonen”"kAmIkAdZeEe," Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi, "adiprene1," Mike "SirWatts" Watson 
“Volanthn”"Gakn29," "raconteur," "goodeh99," "Stavros" 
"compris"“MAVKIS,” Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee, “J.K.,” “petermurphy8” 
"Sasuke234""B00mslang," Ronny "1-ronnyr3" Kaiser," Gavin "gavz101" Cochrane, "Mihay28" 
"ButchTimothy"bye, Brian “$tinger 88” Hastings, "Speedpokah," "JRADF79" 
"saphire1""SytseVliegen," "Ahhh Is It?," "Papartis88," "Chilax Chuck" 

"Shizzleness" was the first one through to the final four after defeating Calvin "cal42688" Anderson. After building up over 8,000 and chipping Anderson down below 2,000, the former got all of Anderson's chips in on a {3-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{10-Spades} flop with Anderson holding {A-Spades}{J-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{4-Spades} (flush draw) versus "Shizzleness'" {Q-Spades}{10-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Clubs} (tens with a lesser flush draw). The turn was the {3-Hearts} and river the {K-Hearts}, and "Shizzleness" was through to Friday's semifinals.

Next, Paul "paulgees81" Volpe defeated "L0ve2playU" in their quarterfinal match. With a better than 2-1 chip lead, Volpe check-called on all three post-flop streets as the board ran out {9-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{K-Spades}{10-Hearts}{6-Spades}, then turned over the nut flush with {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{6-Hearts} to "L0ve2playU's" {J-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{4-Spades}.

It took “kmpk90” close to 45 minutes to earn the next spot in the semis, chipping “fcaler185” down to a super short stack, which got all in on a {Q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{10-Hearts} flop, with “fcaler185” holding {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{5-Hearts} to “kmpk90's” {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{10-Spades}. The turn was the {5-Spades} and river the {10-Spades}, giving “kmpk90” a full house and the win.

2012 SCOOP superstar Viktor “Isildur1” Blom had been the first player through to the round of 32 — winning in a single hand — and had relatively quick matches throughout the day. But his quarterfinal match with “BriDge2PaiN” would be the last to complete, taking over an hour.

The advantage swung back and forth until finally “BriDge2Pain” grabbed a better than 4-1 chip advantage. Then Blom committed the last of his stack on a {5-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Spades} board holding {Q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} (queens and a gutshot) while "BriDge2PaiN" had {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{3-Hearts}{2-Spades} (queens and deuces, plus a flush draw). The river was the {2-Clubs} to fill up "BriDge2Pain," and Blom's quest for a third SCOOP watch in four days fell short.

Here’s a look at the paths taken by those who lost in the quarterfinals, thereby earning $18,408:

Lost in Round of 8Players Defeated 
Viktor “Isildur1” BlomGiuseppe “Ansgar2000″ Pantaleo, "Jarcon86,"Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky, "ISILDRooN," "saphire1" 
“fcaler185”"YaArRnY," "Le Dolce," "Zugzw4ng," "xXprivXx," "compris" 
"L0ve2playU"bye, Jason "The Hood" Gray, Richard Toth, "Daheh," "SiiliSuhonen" 
Calvin "cal42688" Anderson"tr1cky7," "MrBlond," "DonkPredator," "roi kin23," "BlackJack187" 

Each of those making the final four is guaranteed at least $33,040, with a runner-up finish worth $66,080, and first-prize $103,840. Here’s how the semifinalists found their way to Friday’s Day 2:

SemifinalistPlayers Defeated 
"Shizzleness""mahtipeluri," "j4kerstar," "akia86," "Miltos14," "mr.jonny89," Calvin "cal42688" Anderson 
Paul "paulgees81" VolpeAlexey "LuckyGump" Makarov, Issac "philivey2694" Haxton, "Grezi," GVOZDIKA55," "ButchTimothy," "L0ve2playU" 
“kmpk90”Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb, Ben "milkybarkid" Grundy, "dev209," Ami “UhhMee” Barer, "Sasuke234," "fcaler185" 
“BriDge2PaiN”"VM47," "mikki696," "bestishngry," "Sc0ttyy," "Volanthn," Viktor "Isildur1" Blom 

PokerStars SCOOP 12-M: $200 Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up ($100K Guaranteed)

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The top 128 made the cash in this one. Those making it to that round but no further to earn $488.28 included George "Jorj95" Lind, Alex "J0hnny_Dr@m@" Zervos, and Ari "BodogAri" Engel.

Among players falling in the round of 64 were Alex "skalexjung" Jung, Brian "$tinger 88" Hastings, Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver, and Anders "Donald" Berg, each of whom earned $860.12.

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Ashley "DYBYDX" Mason stood out among the group eliminated in the round of 32 (earning $1,417.89) along with "L0ve2playU" who made the quarters of #12-H.

Play concluded with the Round of 16, with the losers taking away $2,708.07 and the winners alive to battle on Friday for the event's $28,401.19 first prize. In that last round of play "J0KERrrr28" def. "playser37," Chris "Moorman1" Moorman def. "lirarerik," "Krumpir" def. "wadzon," Thomas "Kallllle" Pedersen def. "tilt9," "rSMig" def. "halva1," Julian "hartwith" Adamson def. "DOCTORB911," Carter "devinr12" Gill def. "g.karolis," and Chris "NigDawG" Brammer def. "daJAMMIN."

PokerStars SCOOP 12-L: $25 Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up ($50K Guaranteed)

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Yet another guarantee-crushing prize pool in this one. Entrants played through nine rounds of heads-up PLO matches to whittle the field down to 16 for Friday's Day 2. Those going out on their first matches on Friday will all earn $831.56, while $8,727.85 awaits the winner.

The round of 16 is as follows: "Ryan Vachon" vs. "superslide," "Ahhh Is It?" vs. "KntFoldem," "jonna102" vs. "kmoh20," "demusss" vs. "relayerr," "dan3|666" vs. Kurt "kurt23x" Fitzgerald, "Cr@cker717" vs. "idkPsPro," "langejan111" vs. "tammaister," and "bigtower11" vs. "im_oddy."

PokerStars SCOOP 13-H: $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout ($400K Guaranteed)

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A top-notch field of 501 put up $2,600 for the No-Limit Hold'em Knockout affair, creating a first-place prize of $190,380. Among those who cashed but failed to make it to Day 2 were Max Lykov (26th - $6,012), Chris "Genius28" Lee (29th - $5,511), Luke "Bdbeatslayer" Vrabel (32nd - $5,511), Bryan "theczar19" Piccioli (39th - $5,010), Stefan "I'am_Sound" Huber (40th - $5,010), Andre "aakkari" Akkari (41st - $5,010), and Yann "yadio" Dion (46th - $4,709.40).

With play on the money bubble, "WushuTM" took over the chip lead when "Vinkyy" put in a five-bet shove with {K-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. "WushuTM" was happy to call with {A-Hearts}{A-Spades} and held up to cross the century mark in chips. The unfortunate 64th-place finisher was Luke "lb6121" Schwartz. After calling a raise on the button with {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}, Schwartz got his nearly 50-big-blind stack into the middle following a {9-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} flop. "K_0_S_T_Y_A," second in chips with about 170 big blinds, had outs with {J-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. The {5-Hearts} turn changed nothing, but the {Q-Clubs} river sent Schwartz to the rail.

"WushuTM" rode the momentum from that pot and ended the day second in chips. Here are the chip counts for the remaining 21 players:

1Vincent "Vingtcent" Van Der Fluit246,155
4Josh "JBT449" Bergman183,230
6Ami "UhhMee" Barer157,584
8Rory "Mafews" Mathews146,387
10Mathew "Matfrankland" Frankland126,177
12Anthony "holdplz" Spinella107,770
15Hunter "HEMIpowerSWT" Frey71,739
16The Giggy70,599
18Giuseppe “Ansgar2000″ Pantaleo47,123

PokerStars SCOOP 13-M: $200 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout ($300K Guaranteed)

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A field of 3,329 took part in the medium buy-in of Event 13. Up top is a first-place prize of $104,531.29. Among those to take part but fall short include Ami "UhhMee" Barer (40th - $1,398.18), Nick "caecilius" Petrangelo (53rd - $1,265.02), Bruno "Bruno GT" Gonzalez-Terra (68th - $1,131.86), Grayson "gray31" Ramage (78th - $1,065.28), and Dan "APowers1968" Colpoys (81st - $1,065.28).

Only 26 players survived the day and still in the hunt are Christian "C.K." Kruel (8th - 770,474) and Christophe "chrisdm" De Meulder (15th - 405,135). Here are the top five counts entering Day 2:


PokerStars SCOOP 13-L: $25 No-Limit Hold'em Knockout ($200K Guaranteed)

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A massive field of 17,806 registered for the "Low" portion of Event #13 and only 36 players made it through to Day 2. Owen "ocrowe" Crowe (2nd), Seth "SFisch4" Fischer (7th), and Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger (12th) all still remain and are looking to capture the $41,661.49 first-place prize.

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