Event #28 added a couple of fun twists to the usual NLHE-MTT equation. Bigger-than-normal antes ensured increased action throughout. And an hour-long rebuy period at the start further upped the likelihood of creating deeper stacks and more creative play later on.
The rebuy period saw 229 rebuys ($1,000 for 3,000 chips), culminating with 188 add-ons ($1,000 for 5,000), which in the end created a total prize pool of $624,000, well over the tourney's $375K guarantee. The top 27 finishers would make the money, with a nice payday of $134,160 awaiting the winner, barring any final table deals.
After 15 half-hour levels had been played, they were just a dozen spots from the cash as just 39 remained. Among the casualties along the way were Javier "El_Cañonero" Dominguez (of Team Online) in 178th, and Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes in 160th. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom had also stuck around for awhile before being ousted in 56th.
At that point, Banderivets led the way with more than 216,000 chips, with antesvante the closest challenger with over 185,000. theNERDguy, Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, and Team PokerStars Pro Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth were the only other players with more than 100,000. Also still alive and representing Team PokerStars were Friend of PokerStars Pierre "Zoutechamp" Neuville in 17th, Toni Judet of Team PokerStars Romania in 20th, and Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser of Team PokerStars Netherlands in 34th.
Soon, however, Judet would exit in 39th. The Romanian had got it all in ahead after flopping top pair of tens, but philbort would hit his open-ender on the turn for a six-high straight to send Judet out. Not long afterwards Jude Ainsworth would be eliminated just shy of the cash in 29th in another bad luck hand. All in with 8♣8♥ versus the NERDguy's 6♥6♣ before the flop, a six on the river sent the Irishman packing.
They'd crossed the 10-hour mark when philbort knocked out miamia23 in 28th to burst the cash bubble. Shortly after that Pierre "Zoutechamp" Neuville would go out in 23rd (earning $6,240). Neuville had pocket queens and was all in against Banderivets after the turn card made the board 5♠2♣7♠9♦. But unfortunately for Neuville, Banderivets held 8♣6♣ for an unbeatable straight.
About an hour later, 18 remained, with jonyctt out in front with more than 271,000, followed by Banderivets with about 254,000 and mement_mori in third with a little over 242,000. After another hour of play they were nearing the end of Level 21, down to just 10 and playing hand-for-hand on two five-handed tables. Soon EDWARDHOPPER was knocked out by jonycutt in 10th ($10,920) after the latter filled a flush draw to beat EDWARDHOPPER's pocket tens.
With about a half-hour of play left on Day 1, the final table was set:
Seat 1: jonyctt -- 580,127
Seat 2: philbort -- 205,388
Seat 3: lechuckpoker -- 122,831
Seat 4: Banderivets -- 368,418
Seat 5: theNERDguy -- 24,540
Seat 6: Paolo69 -- 322,494
Seat 7: QcKimo -- 151,313
Seat 8: antesvante -- 299,650
Seat 9: mement_mori -- 173,239
The remaining nine spent the next few minutes congratulating each other. "Good to be here with friends," typed antesvante. "Bad that i have the crazies, the best in the SCOOP and ze germans to my left," he added. Among those to whom antesvante was referring was lechuckpoker of Germany and Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen, currently tied for fifth place on the 2011 SCOOP leaderboard.
It would be Paolo69, however -- perhaps one of the "crazies" (?) -- who'd prove most troubling to antesvante going forward, particularly in a big hand that developed with just about 15 minutes left in the night.
With the blinds 1,500/3,000, Paolo69 opened with a raise to 6,750 from UTG, then antesvante made it 16,760 from middle position. It folded back to Paolo69 who called the raise, and both watched the flop come all babies -- 3♥6♠4♦. Paolo69 checked, antesvante bet 18,850, and Paolo69 called. The turn was another low card, the 3♦, and again Paolo69 checked and antesvante bet, this time 54,300. After about a half-minute of thought, Paolo69 called.
The river brought the 9♠. Once more Paolo69 checked, and antesvante promptly shoved all in for 212,200. Paolo69 went deep into the tank, dipping into his time bank for a full four minutes, before finally emerging to call with Q♠Q♥. It was the right decision, as antesvante had but 8♦7♦, giving Paolo69 the 557,000-plus chip pot and crippling antesvante.
"Sick hand," noted jonyctt afterwards, and further conversation confirmed that Paolo69 indeed came very close to folding his overpair.
Soon after that, antesvante open-raised all in from the small blind for 22,916 with K♥J♥ and got called by jonyctt in the BB with A♦K♣. The flop came 5♣8♦A♥, giving jonyctt aces and prompting antesvante to type "gl guys" and "sigh." Two cards later, antesvante was out in ninth.
There would be one more elimination before Day 1's end. The table's short stack, theNERDguy, survived one all-in situation after chopping a pot with Paolo69 when both held A T . His luck ran out soon after, though, after pushing all in for 31,230 from middle position with A♦Q♦ and getting called by jonyctt in the small blind with 7♠7♥. The five community cards came 5♣K♠4♦T♠6♥, meaning jonyctt's sevens had held and theNERDguy was out in eighth.
One hand later Day 1 ended, and the remaining seven took an eleven-hour break before coming back on Wednesday.
The was a redraw for seats among the final seven before the tourney resumed. Here's how they looked as the first hand of Day 2 was dealt.
jonyctt began the second day of play as the leader with more than 660,000, with Paolo69 next in line with a little over 552,000. Meanwhile, lechuckpoker would be looking to improve on his last-place stack of 89,478.
lechuckpoker battled for the first half-hour, improving his stack a little over 100,000. Then arose a hand in which with the blinds at 2,500/5,000 (and antes up to 1,000), Paolo69 opened for 11,250 from UTG+1, then Banderivets reraised to 27,000 from the cutoff. It folded to lechuckpoker who shoved from the big blind. Paolo69 bowed out, but Banderivets made the call.
lechuckpoker showed A♣J♣ and needed help versus Banderivets' A♥K♠. The board came 4♦K♦5♥5♦2♠, and lechuckpoker was out in seventh.
The remaining six played on past the one-hour mark of Day 2, during which time Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen became the table's short stack with just 47,063. With the blinds 3,000/6,000 (antes 1,200) in Level 25, Petersen open-pushed that stack from early position and it folded around to Paolo69 who reraised from the small blind, forcing jonyctt out.
Paolo69 showed 9♥9♣ and mement_mori A♥7♣. The flop came A♣8♣4♣, pairing Petersen's ace, but the turn was the K♣, giving Paola69 the better club flush and making the river inconsequential. Another great SCOOP finish for mement_mori, out in sixth.
They were still in Level 25 when philbort opened with a min-raise to 12,000 from the button, then jonyctt reraised to 29,888 from the big blind. philbort called, and the flop came 3♠5♥Q♥. jonyctt led for 25,777, and philbort called. The turn brought the T♥ and another bet from jonyctt, this time for 78,888, which philbort again called.
The river was the 8♠. jonyctt pushed all in for 210,523 -- just a couple of thousand more than philbort -- and after pausing just a moment philbort called, showing K♥9♥ for a king-high flush. But jonyctt had the one hand philbort didn't want to see -- A♥J♥ -- giving jonyctt the nuts and sending philbort out in fifth.
Banderivets still led with four to go with more than 821,000, but with that hand jonyctt edged up toward the 700,000-chip mark, moving into second place. Meanwhile Paolo69 sat in third with 413,555 and QcKimo last with 316,504.
Banderivets had increased his lead even further by the time they reached Level 26 (3,500/7,000/1,400), and Paolo69 had moved up, too, after doubling through jonyctt. Soon Paolo69 opened for 15,750 from the button, and jonyctt moved all in from the blinds for his last 147,509. Paolo69 called, showing 8♦8♥ to jonyctt's K♣T♠. The board came 4♠J♣6♥J♠A♦, and jonyctt had fallen in fourth.
Then, in the last hand before the two-hour break, Banderivets opened with a min-raise to 14,000 from the button, and Paolo69 reraised to 38,995 from the big blind. Banderivets made it 77,000, Paolo69 129,580, Banderivets 188,000, then Paolo69 finally pushed all in for 558,499 total and Banderivets made the call.
The race was on, and Banderivets took the early big lead when the flop came K♠3♦8♥. The turn was the 5♥ and river the 7♦, and Paolo69 was out in third.
With that big hand, Banderivets had a commanding lead to start heads-up play with 1,970,404 to QcKimo's 277,596. Soon after those two returned from the break, Banderivets had knocked QcKimo back to 163,796 when the following hand took place.
After QcKimo opened with a 2x raise to 14,000, Banderivets reraised to 34,000, then QcKimo shoved all in, getting a call from his opponent. QcKimo showed 3♠3♦ and hoped those treys would last versus Banderivets's A♣J♠. QcKimo's hand was best through the turn -- 8♥5♣K♠Q♠ -- but the T♥ fell on the end, giving Banderivets the Broadway straight and ending QcKimo's run in second place.
Congratulations to Banderivets, SCOOP #28-High champion!
SCOOP Event #28-High, $1,050+R No-Limit Hold'em (Big Antes), Results:
1st: Banderivets ($134,160)
2nd: QcKimo ($96,720)
3rd: Paolo69 ($73,320)
4th: jonyctt ($54,600)
5th: philbort ($37,440)
6th: mement_mori ($31,200)
7th: lechuckpoker ($24,960)
8th: theNERDguy ($18,720)
9th: antesvante ($12,480)
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