Event 13 of the PokerStars SCOOP tournament series is an "Ante Up" event. Put simply, the blinds remain at 5/5 throughout the tournament, but the antes go up each level. This event was at the medium $162 buy-in as a field of 1,243 entries created a $186,450 prize pool divided amongst the final 162 players with the winner earning a payday of over $31,000.
Team Canada PokerStars Pro Greg Debora led the five members of Team PokerStars who scooped up some cash, finishing in 24th place. He was followed by Team PokerStars: Online players Anders "Donald" Berg (45th), Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra (52nd), Team Asia Pro Bryan Huang (99th) and Team Czech Republic Pro Martin "AABenjaminAA" Hrubý (125th).
The fast-paced action of the Ante Up event meant the final table bubble would take place during Day 1 action, as each player put in 4,500 chips giving players plenty of incentive to take down hands. The action started with kmichael14 raising from UTG to 8,545 followed by Bananajones1 shoving for their remaining 232,033 chips with A♦4♦. Babeklu woke up with A♥K♠ and made the four-bet shove for 483,638 to isolate as kmichael14 got out of the way. Bananajones1's tournament life was at stake as the flop revealed to all 3♣ 9♥ K♥, now needing a lot of help to slip past babeklu. The 6♠ left Bananajones1 drawing dead and the Q♦ finished the results, earning $1,640.76 and setting up our final table. Here's the final table situation when play resumed:
Seat 1: OU THE NICK (1,454,742 in chips)
Seat 2: as1025 (1,071,420 in chips)
Seat 3: jokkee_apart (1,081,822 in chips)
Seat 4: JustSaba (360,431 in chips)
Seat 5: tigreayu23 (147,406 in chips)
Seat 6: LiroLa (649,294 in chips)
Seat 7: EDWARDHOPPER (557,617 in chips)
Seat 8: babeklu (746,926 in chips)
Seat 9: kmichael14 (145,342 in chips)
Day 1 final table action
One level remained in the schedule for day 1 as the tournament continued with players kicking in a 5,000-chip ante. The all-in confrontations kicked into gear as tigreayu23 doubled through jokkee_apart twice (QQ v A4 and KK v Q9). However the player whose stack was affected the most in the last level was as1025, tumbling from third in chips to the short stack at the end of level 33 in the last four hands. In the first hand, as1025 raised to 20,000 holding Q♣J♦. JustSaba found A♦K♠ worthy of a three-bet to 53,250 as as1025 four-bet shoved and JustSaba snap-called. The board ran out 2♠ 6♥ 3♦ 8♣ 8♠ as ace-high held up. Most of as1025's remaining chips went into EDWARDHOPPER's stack, this time the dominating hand wasn't as fortunate:
Here's how the stacks looked when play resumed on Saturday, with the antes now at 6,000 per player and a table redraw switches up the seat assignments:
Seat 1: LiroLa (773779 in chips)
Seat 2: JustSaba (625596 in chips)
Seat 3: tigreayu23 (531614 in chips)
Seat 4: babeklu (735782 in chips)
Seat 5: EDWARDHOPPER (607944 in chips)
Seat 6: as1025 (157047 in chips)
Seat 7: OU THE NICK (1661237 in chips)
Seat 8: jokkee_apart (924274 in chips)
Seat 9: kmichael14 (197727 in chips)
as1025 falls fast, first
Just seven hands into Saturday's play, the rest of as1025's chips were gone. EDWARDHOPPER kicked off the action with a raise to 2,850 followed by as1025 making the three-bet shove for 115,022 chips with A♣7♣. OU The NICK folded, but jokkee_apart called with T♥T♦ as the rest of the table folded. The board ran out 8♦ 5♠ K♦ T♣ 6♦, sending as1025 to the rail, picking up 9th place winnings of $2,013.66.
Babeklu triples, busts kmichael14
Two hands later, jokkee_apart looked to eliminate two players as babeklu and kmichael14 were the players at risk. Here's how that hand played out:
The elimination of kmichael14 in 8th place was good for $3,635.77.
jokkee_apart straightened out
Eight handed, jokkee_apart was 2nd in chips, but after tripling up babeklu, the downward slide continued. Players were now adding 7,000 each hand to the pot as jokkee_apart opened with a raise to 20,810 from UTG. Only two players called, babeklu and OU THE NICK as the trio saw the 8♥ T♠ 7♣ flop. OU THE NICK and jokkee_apart checked as babeklu bet 50,145 and only jokkee_apart called leaving two to see the 6♥ on the turn. Jokkee_apart check-called the bet of 95,276 as the river brought the 9♣. A river shove by jokkee_apart for 303,689 was quickly called by babeklu and when the cards were revealed, it was easy to see why. Jokkee_apart made a straight on the river, turning over 6♣5♣ for the bottom end of the straight. That was easily topped by babeklu, turning over the Q♠J♠ for a higher straight, no jokkee. The Norwegian left with $5,500.27 as six players remained.
The eye of the tigreayu23 closed
Argentina's hopes of a 4th SCOOP title were dashed when tigreayu23's tournament ended in 6th place, collecting $7,364.77. The antes were bumped up to 9,000 as EDWARDHOPPER limped, OU THE NICK re-raised to 26,545, LiroLa flatted and tigreayu23 four-bet shipped for 221,193. EDWARDHOPPER decided to pass, OU THE NICK five-bet shoved for 1,240,772 as LiroLa passed. Cards were on their backs as OU THE NICK revealed A♦K♦ as tigreayu23 held the lead with 8♥8♠. The first three cards that would decide the tournament future of tigreayu23 were J♦ 9♠ Q♠, giving OU THE NICK the gutshot straight draw to go with their two overcards. The prettiest card in the deck A♠ gave OU THE NICK the lead and held on when the 3♦ hit the river.
The stack of EDWARDHOPPER experienced the most fluctuation among the five players remaining, doubling up a short stack or doubled through one of the bigger stacks. The antes were now 10,000 a player as JustSaba limped, babeklu re-raised to 22,755 and when EDWARDHOPPER found J♠J♥ on the button and moved in for 526,742, poised to double once again. However, LiroLa was next to act and found Q♣Q♦ worthy of a four-bet shove for over 2,000,000 chips as JustSaba and babeklu moved out of the way. The board runs out 5♥ 8♣ A♦ 6♦ T♦ giving LiroLa the chip lead as EDWARDHOPPER cashes in for $9,229.27 but still had chips in the High event, eventually finishing 2nd for almost $40,000 more.
Babe, I'm gonna leave klu
LiroLa continued to add to the chip lead until running into a cooler by JustSaba to double up the Dutch player when LiroLa's pocket jacks ran into pocket kings in a pot worth over 3.6 million chips to take a commanding chip lead.
LiroLa would get some of the chips back after eliminated babeklu in 4th place, good for $12,678.60. The antes were now at 15,000 a person as LiroLa raised to 25,500 with 9♥9♠. Babeklu looked down at 6♣6♥ and shoved for 560,892 as LiroLa called. The situation had not changed after the board came down Q♣ 7♠ T♠ Q♦ K♦ as three players remained.
THE NICK gets nicked in 3rd
One level later heads-up play would take place after the elimination of OU THE NICK in 3rd place, picking up winnings of $17,694.10. Antes were now at 17,500 as LiroLa opened the action with a raise to 22,025. OU THE NICK found [qh}T♣ in the big blind and shipped it for 751,944 total, a development the Brazilian appreciated as they held J♦J♥ and called. Another queen was not in the works this hand as the board runs out 8♠ 5♥ 8♥ 5♠ A♠ as JustSaba started heads-up play with a 3.8m to 2.3m chip lead.
All JustSaba does is win
Heads-up play consisted of JustSaba grinding down the stack of LiroLa, eventually holding a 5-1 chip lead. The antes were now at 25,000 when JustSaba checked, LiroLa re-raised to 38,800, followed by a three-bet by JustSaba to 98,000, then a four-bet shove by LiroLa for 980,736 total as JustSaba called. JustSaba held the lead, revealing K♠K♣ while LiroLa was dominated with 9♦9♣, hoping for one of the next five cards to be one of the remaining nines. The 8♦ Q♦ 2♠ changed nothing, but the J♥ on the turn gave LiroLa four additional outs. Unfortunately, the board paired for LiroLa as the Q♥ on the river gave JustSaba the checkmark, a SCOOP victory for $31,696.84 and a Movado watch. LiroLa picks up a nice payday for $23,306.25 for coming in second.
SCOOP Event 13-M: $162 NL Holdem, Ante-Up Final Table Results:
1st: JustSaba - $31,696.84
2nd:LiroLa - $23,306.25
3rd: OU THE NICK - $17,694.10
4th: babeklu - $12,678.60
5th: EDWARDHOPPER - $9,229.27
6th: tigreayu23 - $7,364.77
7th: jokkee_apart - $5,500.27
8th: kmichael14 - $3,636.77
9th: as1025 - $2,013.66