Just one person standing between you and the win, heads-up play worrying about what the button is doing every other orbit or if the player on table 25 is running over his table. Just one person between you and that SCOOP champions watch. Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn had that chance last night during Event #10, would he prevail today against the 127 players who fronted the $2,100 buy-in for today's $150,000 guarantee Event #11-High Pot Limit Omaha heads-up matches? You will have to read on to find out. Well, you could cheat by reading the headline, scrolling to the bottom, or checking out the SCOOP webpage, but let's take the long journey to the end shall we?
We would quickly say good bye to Team PokerStars Pros George Danzer (126th place) and Pat Pezzin (119th place). World Series of Poker Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel (86th place) failed to slide past Israel's zivziv and JP Kelly got caught on a semi-bluff by ButchTimothy to finish in 68th place.
As the last table stood, The Liar told enough fibs while battling Germany's kabutze to knock him out after the two battled long after the rest of the second round awaited their next opponents. It would take a flush over flush scenario for The Liar to finally finish off kabutze as the remaining 63 players were graceful to begin their next match after a two and half hour battle.
Round of 64
Nacho was eaten quickly by joiso finishing shortly after the hourly break in 62nd place followed by Fredrik "H@££INGGOL" Halling (59th place) and Mike "SirWatts" Watson (60th place).
Boeken got set up with Ami "UhhMee" Barer who already has a 3rd place finish in Event #9-High for $28K 5th place in Event #10-Medium AND runner-up in Event #3-Medium for $54K most of us would call that a fair job done thus far in this tournament series. Barer would continue on in this tournament getting the best of Noah after grinding the PokerStars pro down to a 7,690 chip to 2,310 chip difference with blinds at 40/80. Their final hand came after a min-raise by UhhMee and three-bet to 480 by Boeken, Barer made the call to see a T♦ 3♦ J♥ flop. Boeken lead out for a pot bet and Barer put The Netherlands native all-in with a raise. Boeken called to show pocket aces A♦ A♣ 4♣ 9♥ but no draw against UhhMee's 4♦ K♣ 2♦ T♣ flush draw and a pair. 7♥ was safe for the Team PokerStars pro but the second seven 7♦ was not making a flush for Barer and Boeken was out in 36th place.
As soon as the last 4,620 chip pot slid to UhhMee, Alexios "J0hnny_Dr@m@" Zervos was also all-in facing fellow Supernova 810ofclubs. Blinds also at 40/80, Zervos started with a min-raise from the button as 810ofclubs 3-bet to 480 and Zervos called. 8♠ J♦ Q♦ hit the flop as810ofclubs checked and Zervos pushed out a pot bet (sounding familiar? see Noah's elimination) 810ofclubs then check-raised for the remainder of Alexios' chips and the Team Online member made the call holding top two and a gutshot straight draw Q♥ J♣ 2♠ T♣ drawing extremely thin against 810ofclubs' top set 4♣ Q♠ Q♣ J♥. A nine failed to hit the rest of the board 7♦ 3♣ and "J0hnny_Dr@m@" was laid to rest in 35th place.
Shortly after the last red spade holder fell, Keano was holding thaaj2004 in a corner for the last seat to the money round. With blinds at 80/160 and Keano holding a 9,122 to 878 chip lead, thaaj2004 would get the meager stack in the middle preflop holding a coordinated J♦ T♥ 8♦ 9♣ facing a monster K♥ J♠ K♠ Q♠ held by Keano. The turn 5♣ 5♥ T♦ 8♠ would provide a few more outs but thaaj2004 could not find a seven or ten on the river 6♦ and finished in 33rd place.
Round of 32 (Money Time!)
For our 32 remaining players it was the do-or-die round, making the last five hours worthwhile by cashing for at least $5,080.00 or hop into Event #12's NLHE Knockout tournament with empty pockets.
Going into the sixth hour dinner break only seven matches remained to break the money bubble as we said goodbye to (in order of finish 24th to 32nd): NABYOTI, goodfellKO, Patonius2000, KaIIIIIe, KamelAudun, Ben "milkybarkid" Grundy, tracyer, le kork, and freekick71.
Down to the last two tables before the money, once again UhhMee is in the mix for another large SCOOP cash facing a continuous uphill battle against kardioloq, as 810ofclubs was left trying to sort through the misdirections of The Liar. UhhMee would finally tie up the match on a key double up with aces that had to dodge a fair amount of the deck. With the blinds at 40/80 UhhMee would four bet from the button to 1440 leaving 1344 behind as kardioloq made the call to see a 7♠ 5♥ T♥ flop. Immediately kardioloq shoved enough to put UhhMee all-in holding K♣ 8♥ 9♣ K♥. UhhMee showed the aces A♣ A♦ K♠ Q♥ with nearly no draw. kardioloq was a 57% favorite with straight and flush draws and UhhMee may have know he was behind but too much in the pot to fold. The favorite would not hold here as the 3♦ and A♠ safely fell on the board to push the 5,568 chip pot to UhhMee keeping the drive alive for yet another 2011 SCOOP cash.
Ami "UhhMee" Barer's roller coaster ride would finally end in the 60/120 blind level as Barer tried to force kardioloq off his hand holding nothing but king high as kardioloq flopped top pair with a flush draw, knocking off the hot Barer in 18th place. Shortly after 810ofclubs holding a small 5,410 to 4,590 chip lead over The Liar, would find the truth behind The Liar's big bets on the 2♦ K♠ 5♣ 8♦ board as 810ofclubs held a set of fives plus a diamond flush draw 5♥ 3♦ 3♣ 5♦ to the The Liar's straight draw with a pair 6♠ T♣ 8♣ 7♦. The ace on the river A♣, usually a dagger, but harmless in this case shoved the 9,180 chip pot to 810ofclubs and started up the round of 16 with everyone assured $5,080.00
Round of 16
Just 20 minutes into the round of 16 we would lose half the tables as Keano, Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe (who may know a thing or two about heads-up play winning the 2009 WCOOP $25K heads-up tourney), byniolek (scored a final table in Event #8-high), kardioloq (who scored a WCOOP bracelet last year)all left the tournament quickly with $5,080.00
BongBob would take care of zivziv (12th place, $5,080.00) and josio knocked out smellmuth (11th place, $5,080.00) leaving 810ofclubs taking on Tulkaz and e1mdopp versus zwacke to fill out our final eight.
810ofclubs: wont say sorry
810of clubs: u don't wanna hear it
810ofclubs' non-apology after he spiked a flush on the river cracking Tulkaz's flopped straight and crippled Tulkaz to take a 9100 to 900 chip lead with blinds at 40/80. Tulkaz would not recover and 10 minutes later 810ofclubs finished the deal sending our 10th place finisher off with $5,080.00, leaving only the e1mdopp/zwacke match left before our final eight.
e1mdopp applied the pressure for most of the late stages of the match and finally with the blinds at 60/120 with zwacke holding 2,270 chips to e1mdopp's 7,730 zwacke would three-bet to 720 as e1mdopp made the call to see a 8♦ 4♣ T♦ flop. zwacke tried to take it down with a pot bet from the big blind but e1mdopp was going nowhere and min-raised to set zwacke all-in. With only 110 chips left zwacke made the call holding pocket queens Q♣ K♠ Q♥ 2♥ and was looking uphill at e1mdopp's two pair 8♠ 2♣ 4♠ 9♠. No help on the turn 3♠ nor river 5♠ and zwacke was zwacked in 9th place ($5,080.00).
BongBob vs. Sir_winalot9
Label this one: Push your draws
Blinds still early at 20/40 and Sir_winalot9 sitting on a small lead 5,454 to BongBob's 4,546 chips. BongBob would lead out for a raise to 120 as Sir_winalot9 made the call to see a 2♥ 4♦ 9♠ flop. Sir_winalot9 led out for 160 as BongBob did not further the aggression and made the call. Something about the 8♠ on the turn got both of them excited as Sir_winalot9 led out again this time for 400. BongBob kicked passiveness to the curb and raised to 1,760 as Sir_winalot9 was not backing down and shoved to set BongBob all-in. After a few ticks BongBob liked his 6♠ Q♠ 7♥ T♥ wrap straight and flush draw to call. Sir_winalot9 turned over a bigger flush draw 5♦ T♠ K♠ 6♦ also with straight possibilities but neither player had even a pair to this point. The third spade on the river 2♠ changed that as Sir_winalot9 scooped the remaining chips off the table to advance to the next round as BongBob (who made last year's SCOOP Main Event-High cashing for $261K in sixth place) picked up $10,160.00 in eighth place.
joiso vs. e1mdopp
This match also finished quickly as joiso ran up a 7,635 to 2,365 lead with the blinds at 25/50 and both players liked the 5♥ 8♥ 4♠ flop enough to shove their chips in the middle. Flopped straight 6♦ 4♦ 7♠ J♣ for e1mdopp looking to fade the nut flush draw A♥ 3♥ A♠ 9♠ of joiso. 4♥ on the turn gave joiso the flush but left a backdoor boat draw. T♠ did not match an y of e1mdopp's four cards and he was eliminated in seventh place ($10,160.00).
ButchTimothy vs. delegator
The key hand in this match was not the final one as the blinds stood at 25/50 and delegator started out with a raise to 125 as ButchTimothy three-bet to 311, getting a call from delegator. Q♣ K♥ 2♠ on the flop got ButchTimothy to follow-through for a 388 chip bet as delegator was not sitting back and raised to 1,786. ButchTimothy was not here to give up any chips and shoved for 4,862 chips. Holding a wrap draw T♥ 9♥ 2♥ J♠ delegator answered with a call for all his chips. ButchTimothy held on to A♠ 2♣ A♦ 5♠ aces for dear life as the turn Q♦ was clean but the dirty 9♣ splashed on the river to clean out ButchTimothy for all but 346 chips. Those chips would head to delegator's stack five hands later as ButchTimothy collected $10,160.00 in sixth place.
810ofclubs vs. Krumpir
Draws getting there was the theme of the quarterfinals and the last match was no different. With the blinds at 40/80 810ofclubs led out for a min-raise preflop and Krumpir held a 7,166 to 2,834 chip lead making the call from the big blind. 2♠ Q♥ 9♣ on the flop and Krumpir checked the option from the blinds as 810ofclubs led out for 225. Krumpir check-raised to 720, and 810ofclubs with top pair and gutshot draws K♣ J♥ Q♦ 8♦ shoved out another raise leaving just 194 behind as Krumpir holding a wrap draw T♥ T♣ K♥ J♠ obliged by setting 810ofclubs all-in. K♦ on the turn completed the straight, leaving 810ofclubs looking for a ten for a split, or a king or queen to scoop with a full house. Instead a blank 6♠ fell and so did 810ofclubs' chances of winning a SCOOP watch, finishing in fifth place ($10,160.00).
Russia vs. Croatia
Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn is looking for the SCOOP watch he was so close in capturing last night during Event #10-high Stud tourney and he would make quick work of Krumpir in the first semi-final. In just the third blind level (20/40) Kostritsyn would get maximum value off this hand below to cripple Krumpir:
Flopped full house for the Russian pro left the mucking Krumpir with just 396 chips and two hands later joiso would finish the deal with another full house, this time kings full of queens and earn a second chance at heads-up play for a SCOOP championship watch! Krumpir was not going home empty-handed, unless your call $25,400.00 empty in fourth place.
Norway or no-way
Someone would be representing Norway in the finals as the delegator faced off against fellow countryman Sir_winalot9. And that someone would be Sir_winalot9 who kept true to his name by grinding delegator down to just 1,695 chips with the blinds at 25/50 and delegator decided to take things preflop to get back into this match. After the two Norwegians traded raises to build the 3,390 chip pot as delegator showed K♣ 7♥ 5♣ K♥ hoping to dodge the 9♣ 6♥ T♦ 7♦ of Sir_winalot9. delegator's verbal dodging skill might have been better than his card dodging ones as Sir_winalot9 would flop two pair 7♣ 3♠ T♥ J♦ 6♦ and have it hold for the final pot starting up the finals versus Kostritsyn.
joiso vs. Sir_winalot9
Sir_winalot9 would make the first big move during the 20/40 blind level as both players reached the river with the board showing T♥ 6♦ K♣ J♠ 6♣ and 560 chips in the pot, joiso checked as Sir_winalot9 pushed out 240 chips which was check-raised to 1,040 by Kostritsyn. Sir_winalot9 was not afraid and re-potted it to 3,320. After letting nearly half of his 240 second time bank run down joiso made the fold conceding the 2,640 chip pot and giving Sir_winalot9 a 7,075 to 2,925 chip lead.
No grind and no watch tonight
Just 13 hands later a SCOOP watch was heading to Norway. With the blinds still at 20/40 watch below as Sir_winalot9 finds out his draw is not as good as he thinks it is:
Kostritsyn had not only the nut flush draw but a set of fives 5♦ 5♣ 2♦ A♣ when the money went in on the turn with the board showing 8♣ K♦ 5♥ 9♣ against Sir_winalot9's T♣ Q♥ K♣ J♣ wrap draw and second nut flush draw. River J♠ completing Sir_winalot9's straight and ending Kostritsyn's chances for a SCOOP watch. But, the Russian pro does pick up $45,720.00 as the runner-up as our champion Sir_winalot9 takes home $76,200.00 as tonight's SCOOP Event #11-High champion!
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SCOOP Event #11-High $150,000 Guaranteed PLO Heads-up Matches
1. Sir_winalot9 (Norway) $76,200.00
2. Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn (Russia) $45,720.00
3. delegator (Norway) $25,400.00
4. Krumpir (Croatia) $25,400.00
5. 810ofclubs (United Kingdom) $10,160.00
6. ButchTimothy (Sweden) $10,160.00
7. e1mdopp (Russia) $10,160.00
8. BongBob (United Kingdom) $10,160.00