Poker players are often publicized for their superstitions, though few actually alter their lives or poker habits because of them. But one day that often puts people in a state of unease simply out of tradition is Friday the 13th.
People around the world reported problems with various internet program outages and other bad luck. But reality dictates that such issues can be noted on other random days throughout the year, and most only jokingly attributed their concerns to Friday the 13th.
And let's face the reality of poker. Certain tournaments come around only once a year, SCOOP being one of them. Were poker players truly going to pass up a great SCOOP tournament opportunity because of a day on a calendar? Unlikely.
Event 15 was proof of that. The medium level of the NLHE turbo 2x chance tournament offered a solid $225K guarantee for a $150 + $12 buy-in, and players didn't hesitate to register for it ... or rebuy. The turbo nature assured players it would not be a 15-hour affair, and the second chance option gave those with initial bad luck another chance to stick around. A SCOOP title and the beautiful prize watch - not to mention the prize money - were at stake, so Friday the 13th be damned.
The rules of Event 15 specified that players could register for the first 60 minutes of the tournament and rebuy once during the first 90 minutes. That rebuy was only allowed only if all chips were lost in that time period, and no add-ons were offered. With five-minute levels, the madness began at 17:00 ET, and the final numbers showed up as follows:
Actual prize pool: $424,650
Paid players: 252
The action saw players exiting faster than one could scroll the player list at many points, though everything obviously slowed as the money bubble neared. But at the 2.5-hour mark of the tournament, the elimination of LinkeLau in 253rd place left the rest of the field guaranteed a minimum payout of $382.18. And the rapid pace resumed.
There were several members of Team PokerStars who made it into the money portion of the festivities. The first to exit was Stavros "IDOLLS" Kalfas of Greece in 229th place, and Team PokerStars Pro Matthias "mattidm" de Meulder of Belgium followed in 213th. Awhile passed before Team Online's Fredy "sirfreddy83" Torres departed in 94th place.
Play continued to find CHIQUIDEALER eliminate Ainsworth in 56th place for $955.46. And soon after, pokerwille's pocket fours bested the A-K of Horecki, who departed in 46th place with $1,040.39. From that point, it didn't take long for short-stacked Salles to put his chips at risk with A-6, but steel144 called with A-8, and Gualter Salles (pictured below) exited in 34th place with $1,358.88.
As the four hour mark came into view, the field dwindled to two tables and soon found itself hand-for-hand on the final table bubble. It was then that pokerwille moved all-in, and BigCol62 called all-in for 752,583 chips with T♠T♣. Pokerwille showed K♦J♦ and rivered the best hand when the board came 9♥6♦8♣A♣J♥. That pair of jacks eliminated BilCol62 in tenth place with $3,312.27.
Will pokerwille keep the chip lead?
At the very last minute of Level 41, with blinds at 40,000/80,000 and a 10,000 ante, the final table was set:
Seat 1: CHIQUIDEALER (1,261,460 in chips)
Seat 2: LeKnave (1,222,019 in chips)
Seat 3: psyxodj (1,421,546 in chips)
Seat 4: Eifffel (527,672 in chips)
Seat 5: JD9712 (1,562,204 in chips)
Seat 6: AAgoodfold (2,011,676 in chips)
Seat 7: rdcrsn (1,244,212 in chips)
Seat 8: pokerwille (3,549,780 in chips)
Seat 9: Se7enTr3y (1,354,431 in chips)
Action started as it would in any turbo tournament - fast and without much restraint. Eifffel doubled through pokerwille, and rdcrsn did the same. The latter pushed pokerwille right off the chip lead and into third place on the leaderboard, while rdcrsn climbed into second behind AAgoodfold.
Eifffel was ready to try for another double and decided to risk it with 8♦8♠ against the Q♥J♦ of psyxodj. But the board of 3♣6♠K♥9♥Q♣ brought that pair of queens, and Eifffel became the first player to exit the final table, leaving in ninth place with $4,246.50.
Pokerwille was unhappy to be out of the chip lead and made one big move to change that:
On the very next hand, when psyxodj raised all-in, pokerwille called. And when Se7enTr3y reraised all-in, pokerwille called that player, too with A♦T♦. Psyxodj showed A♠Q♣, and Se7enTr3y turned over J♦J♠, but neither player could top the board showing 9♦2♠3♦7♣2♦ that gave pokerwille the nut flush. Psyxodj was out in eighth place with $7,431.37, and Se7enTr3y was out in seventh with $11,465.55.
Soon after, rdcrsn pushed all-in with Q♠J♥, but it was pokerwille to call from the big blind with A♦K♥. That best hand only got better on the 2♥A♥K♦ flop, and the two pair remained good as the 5♦ came on the turn and the 3♥ on the river. Rdcrsn finished in sixth place, which was good for a $15,712.05 payday.
Only three hands later, a battle of the blinds ensued between JD9712 in the small and AAgoodfold in the big. JD9712 moved all-in with Q♠4♣, but AAgoodfold happened to make the easy call with 9♠9♣. The pocket pair held up to the A♥7♣7♠5♦8♠ cards provided by the dealer (and increased to two pair), which left JD9712 out in fifth place with $20,170.87.
Pokerwille back in charge
During four-handed play, LeKnave tried to make an all-in move with a 827,019 short stack, and pokerwille reraised to isolate, which worked. LeKnave showed A♣J♠, but pokerwille had 9♠9♥, which again held up to the board as it came 4♥8♣7♥6♦T♠. LeKnave was eliminated in fourth place with $27,920.73.
CHIQUIDEALER did manage to double through pokerwille, but the latter maintained more than a 2-to-1 lead over the other two players remaining.
Those three players then decided to pause the action and try to negotiate a deal. After some discussion, they did come to an agreement on the following numbers with the consideration that $4,500 would be added to the winner's cash:
Seat 1: CHIQUIDEALER (2,877,920 in chips) = $47,000.00
Seat 6: AAgoodfold (3,576,380 in chips) = $48,000.00
Seat 8: pokerwille (7,700,700 in chips) = $57,621.41
CHIQUIDEALER slowly but surely moved into second place, leaving AAgoodfold on the shortest stack. When AAgoodfold decided to move all-in on the button with J♣4♥, CHIQUIDEALER was up for the challenge with T♦T♠ from the big blind. The board came 9♦2♦6♣8♦7♥, and the pocket pair only improved to a straight. That left AAgoodfold out in third place with $48,000.00.
Heads-up stacks close to even
The last two players standing started with chip stacks as follows:
Seat 1: CHIQUIDEALER (6,554,300 in chips)
Seat 8: pokerwille (7,600,700 in chips)
As the match proceeded, CHIQUIDEALER was aggressive and took over the chip lead. But with one big hand, everything changed:
That left CHIQUIDEALER with less than 500K in chips, and all of it went in on the next hand with T♣8♦. Pokerwille was along for the ride with J♣7♥, and the board of A♣K♥9♠Q♥A♦ brought a pair of aces and the kickers played. CHIQUIDEALER was out in second place with $47,000.00.
Congrats to pokerwille from Denmark, who won the SCOOP title, along with the SCOOP watch and $62,121.41 in cash.
SCOOP Event #15-M Results (reflecting three-way deal):
1st place: pokerwille ($62,121.41)*
2nd place: CHIQUIDEALER ($47,000.00)*
3rd place: AAgoodfold ($48,000.00)*
4th place: LeKnave ($27,920.73)
5th place: JD9712 ($20,170.87)
6th place: rdcrsn ($15,712.50)
7th place: Se7enTr3y ($11,465.55)
8th place: psyxodj ($7,431.37)
9th place: Eifffel ($4,246.50)
*players involved in three-way deal agreement
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