The rebuy tournament has been debated and discussed over the past few years as its popularity has grown. Some say that those with the financial ability to rebuy multiple times in a tournament have an advantage, and they can essentially "buy" a win. Others contend that it's simply a part of the initial stage of the game, and everyone has the same chance of winning.
We're not going to resolve the debate here. We only mention it because it is a topic that surfaces almost every time a rebuy tournament offers a major poker title. Event 31 is one of several rebuy events in the SCOOP series, but each one seems to be as popular as the last. For those watching a rebuy tournament, it is an exciting bit of poker madness in the beginning, reduced to the usual SCOOP excitement after the rebuy and add-on period conclude.
The high version of Event 31 offered a $400K guarantee for the $2,000 + $100 buy-in, and players could purchase only one rebuy during the first 120 minutes of action. They also had the add-on option at the end of the rebuy period. And everyone was out of extra-chip options after the first two hours of play. That left us with these tournament figures:
Actual prize pool: $696,000
Paid players: 18
The small field was also a rather elite one, filled with players most poker fans would recognize. Among them were numerous PokerStars players, though some of them departed quite early in the tournament. Team Pro Vadim Markushevski was the first to go, followed by Friend of PokerStars Pierre "Zoutechamp" Neuville. Team Pro Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder exited in 97th place, Lex Veldhuis in 89th, Team Online's Anders "Donald" Hoyer Berg in 58th, and Team Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier in 56th. Jonathan Duhamel departed in 50th, JP Kelly in 48th, Max Lykov in 44th, and Alex "allingomes" Gomes in 31st.
That left Team PokerStars Pro Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth (http://www.pokerstars.com/team-pokerstars/jude-ainsworth/) as the last team member still standing. As the field was reduced to three tables, he maintained a position in the top ten. But as the field thinned to only two tables, he fell to the bottom of the chip counts. He never got too far off that short stack and eventually put it all at risk with pocket sevens, but the K-T of Face333X turned into a straight on the board. Ainsworth (pictured below) finished in 12th place with $15,660.00.
Well into the tenth hour, viirusss exited in 11th place to instigate hand-for-hand play. And it was quite awhile later that perpetually short-stacked NANDO368 finally moved all-in with A♣2♣ and Moorman1 called with 4♦4♥. The board of K♣J♠A♠4♣J♥ brought the ace but the rest of the board gave Moorman1 a full house. NANDO368 exited in tenth place with $15,660.00.
Moorman1 fights Gambit360 for the lead
The final table was set in Level 19, with blinds at 800/1,600 and a 200 ante, and the following starting chip counts:
Seat 1: SixthSenSe19 (146,348 in chips)
Seat 2: Gambit360 (182,747 in chips)
Seat 3: ButchTimothy (67,307 in chips)
Seat 4: Eleint (125,900 in chips)
Seat 5: DooshDotCom (164,065 in chips)
Seat 6: bastet2004 (51,396 in chips)
Seat 7: Face333X (35,110 in chips)
Seat 8: Moorman1 (191,980 in chips)
Seat 9: arxigos (79,147 in chips)
Face333X was struggling on a fairly short stack and finally risked it all with A♣Q♠ preflop. DooshDotCom called from the small blind with K♥K♣, and the pair held up to the J♣J♥9♠2♥2♦ board. That eliminated Face333X in ninth place, after a recent fourth place of 2011 SCOOP Event 5-H. Today's final table finish was worth $17,400.00.
Arxigos was the next to make an attempt and did it with A♥5♠. Moorman1 called with A♠J♦, and the better hand stood up to the 2♣Q♣3♦2♥9♦ board. Arxigos exited in eighth place with $20,880.00.
Bastet2004 doubled through Gambit360 to stay in the game.
ButchTimothy attempted the same feat, pushing all-in with A♦T♠ from the big blind. Original raiser DooshDotCom called with T♦T♣. The dealer delivered a board of Q♥8♦5♠8♥9♥, a nothing helped ButchTimothy, who finished the tournament in seventh place with $27,840.00 after a sixth place in Event 11-H earlier in the SCOOP series.
Bastet2004 was still on the short stack and sought another double, moving all-in with 9♣9♠. DooshDotCom called with a dominating T♠T♣, which held up to the J♠7♥3♠A♠K♥ board. That left bastet2004, winner of a 2010 SCOOP event, gone from this one in sixth place with $34,800.00.
SixthSenSe19 then did battle with Moorman1 in a pot worth more than 277K, and the double for SixthSenSe19 can be seen here:
Eleint did double through DooshDotCom to stay in action, and all of the recent action left Moorman1 on the shortest stack of the remaining five. It was then that the 15-minute break at the 12-hour mark gave them a bit of a rest.
Gambit360 takes all-around lead
But SixthSenSe19 got into serious trouble when tangling with Gambit360. The two battled preflop until Gambit360 pushed all-in with T♥T♠, and SixthSenSe19 called all-in with 4♣4♥. The board of T♣8♣4♦7♣8♥ gave both players full houses, but tens full of eights took the pot. SixthSenSe19, who won a 2010 WCOOP and placed fourth in 2011 SCOOP Event 14-M, took a tough fall today and exited in fifth place with $41,760.00.
Moorman1 doubled through DooshDotCom and climbed out of last place by a slim margin. Play then slowed through the 12th hour. The following hour brought more action.
Short-stacked Eleint moved all-in preflop with A♠6♠, but Moorman1 called with A♦T♣. The board of J♣Q♣3♣8♥7♠ brought nothing for either player, and the kickers played. Eleint, who won Event 29-M yesterday, was forced out in fourth place in this event, which was worth $62,640.00.
Moorman1 finally made another move, this time with 2♠2♣, but Gambit360 called with K♦K♠ from the small blind. There was nothing on the 6♣8♥A♠8♠T♥ board to change the outcome, and Chris "Moorman1" Moorman was eliminated in third place with $84,564.00, after recently finishing in SCOOP Event 5-H in fifth place.
Gambit360 tries to swoosh DooshDotCom
The chip leader by a 2-to-1 margin at the start of heads-up action was Gambit360:
Seat 2: Gambit360 (695,993 in chips)
Seat 5: DooshDotCom (348,007 in chips)
It didn't take long for DooshDotCom to risk it all. It happened preflop with A♣3♥, and Gambit360 called with A♦Q♥. The dealer gave them a simple board of 2♥7♦2♣K♥5♥, and the kicker played with the pair of deuces. DooshDotCom was out in second place with $111,360.00.
Gambit360, who final tabled Event 12-H in this 2011 SCOOP series, finally picked up the win tonight. The victory came with a SCOOP watch and $160,080.00 in cash. Congratulations!
SCOOP Event #31-H Results:
1st place: Gambit360 ($160,080.00)
2nd place: DooshDotcom ($111,360.00)
3rd place: Moorman1 ($84,564.00)
4th place: Eleint ($62,640.00)
5th place: SixthSenSe19 ($41,760.00)
6th place: bastet2004 ($34,800.00)
7th place: ButchTimothy ($27,840.00)
8th place: arxigos ($20,880.00)
9th place: Face333X ($17,400.00)
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