The second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown went off this evening as the Kentucky Derby winner "I'll Have Another" managed to nip the favorite Bodemeister at the finish to complete the second leg of the elusive Triple Crown that has not been captured since 1978 when "Affirmed" took down the Kentucky, Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. Perhaps in time here at PokerStars the Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP), Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), and the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) will have its own moniker to grant the winner of all three a title worthy of their feat. "The Triple Star"? "OOP-Three-for-Three (yeah you know me)"? Whatever the name becomes, tonight's SCOOP 2012 Event #36-L $55 6-Max Pot Limit Omaha tournament also represents the second leg of the big tournament series here at PokerStars.
$100,000.00 guaranteed prize pool was an afterthought once again as the successful string of guarantee bashing entries continued with 3,289 players forking over $55 for a shot at a $25,902.68 first prize plus the lovely SCOOP Champion's watch pictured below:
$164,450.00 divided up 420 ways (but not equally of course) as high stakes players such as Player of the Series leader Shaun Deeb, Benny "toweliestar" Spindler, and Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi were among the early exits.
Team Online and Team PokerStars Pros also attempted to crack the money today as Lex Veldhuis (2,067th place), Raymond Wu (1,796th place), Shane "shaniac" Schleger (1,335th place). George "Jorj95" Lind (773rd place), Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen (657th place), Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero (609th place), and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (487th place) all attempted unsuccessfully to crack the money bubble.
Only one Team PokerStars Pro managed to slide into the cash, as Marcin "Goral" Horecki added some more points to his tied for 11th place on the SCOOP Player of the Series leaderboard with a small cash in 397th place ($88.80). In the "low" division leaderboard "evanski" managed a cash in 271st place ($101.95) and now trailed division leader Drew M Scott (1,092nd place) by five points for that SCOOP trophy and PCA 2013 prize package.
Last year's champ in this event, npomocc, did not show up to defend the title, fellow final tablist "iwonthurtyou" almost snuck into the cash this year but busted near the bubble in 432nd place.
It would only take nine hours to reach the final two tables as players like Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver, a final tablist in Event #21-H would barely miss another final table finishing in 18th place ($1,085.37). Markush13 who was last seen at the biggest of big online poker final tables, the WCOOP Main Event would fall to LuckyBoxxi's flopped top two and rivered queens full, missing out on another shot at an another -COOP final table in ninth place ($1,438.93).
With the blinds at 30K/60K Ghoyteep's kings K♦ K♥ A♦ 6♦ would safely put BizzZNessS' A♠3♣7♦J♠ to sleep despite a jack on the door J♣ 2♦ 9♥ 9♣ 5♥ in ninth place ($1,973.40). Another near miss for the Russian in the SCOOP 2012 series as BizzZNessS made it to the quarterfinals of Event #7-L.
Kings however were not kind to Mik3ll who tried to push a short stack in after a 3♠ T♥ 5♥ flop with K♦K♠8♣5♠ and getting called by fgromwell's pair, gutshot straight and flush draws 8♥4♥3♦7♦. The flush did not wait till the river to hit as the Q♥ on the turn gave Mik3ll an unbeatable flush for the 1.8 million chip pot and setting up the final table bubble.
No one would have blamed lhbcney for cheering before the chips slid into that shortstack. After getting it all in preflop holding 6♦ J♦ Q♣ Q♠ against Ghoyteep's kings J♥ K♠ K♣ A♦ there would be a reason to cheer after notching a turned flush to overcome the higher pair A♣ 5♦ 4♦ K♦. The flush turned out to be a mixed blessing as the newly minted set of kings for Ghoyteep would turn into a boat 4♣ on the river shipping the remainder of lhbcney's chips to Ghoyteep and starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: Ghoyteep (3260100 in chips)
Seat 2: LuckyBoxxi (3830182 in chips)
Seat 3: Trona ziptet (1099460 in chips)
Seat 4: fgromwell (2874543 in chips)
Seat 5: wpteddy (1336252 in chips)
Seat 6: bloodslut (4044463 in chips)
Just as the tournament clock struck ten hours our final six would take a short five minute nap before returning to 40K/80K blinds and a sizable 2.7 million chip average for plenty of play. Ghoyteep would be shooting to improve on a fifth place finish in Event #31-L 8-game final table as the others are looking to make the most of their first SCOOP final table.
Not a teddy bear
As the blinds moved up to 50K/100K Trona ziptet would start a quick series of eliminations that cut our final table in half. Holding 927,840 chips on the button Trona ziptet would raise to 300,000 as wpteddy called from the big blind to see a 3♣T♣8♦ flop. No passive play here as wpteddy led out for enough to put Trona ziptet all-in. Holding aces A♣ A♠ 9♦ Q♠ Trona ziptet made the call as wpteddy flipped up a wrap draw 6♥ 9♠ 5♣ 7♦. 8♥ turn missed the plethora of outs, but 7♥ did not as wpteddy's straight hauled in 1.9 million chips and knocked out Trona ziptet in sixth place ($2,918.98).
The next two hands LuckyBoxxi would take out a finalist back-to-back. First, LuckyBoxxi would tangle with fgromwell in the largest pot of the tournament below:
6.2 million sitting in the middle after a coordinated Q♣3♥J♥ flop. LuckyBoxxi would be clutching a pair of kings with a flush draw K♥ K♦ 6♥ 5♠ against fgromwell's wrap straight draw T♦ 9♣ 8♥ J♦. No connection on the Q♠ turn nor the 4♦ river and LuckyBoxxi slid safely into home with the chip lead as fgromwell stepped off the stage in fifth place ($5,726.14).
The very next hand LuckyBoxxi barely got a "nh" "gg" into the chat box before tangling with wpteddy post-flop. After LuckyBoxxi's 220,000 chip raise was called by wpteddy on the button both liked the 3♠T♣J♣ flop enough to trade raises until 3.9 million chips sat in the middle. K♠ T♥ J♥ Q♥ top two plus an open-ended straight draw for LuckyBoxxi versus wpteddy's set of tens T♦A♦T♠9♠. Club on the turn Q♣ helped no one, but the ace on the river A♠ would start up some lengthy chop talks as LuckyBoxxi's straight knocked out wpteddy in fourth place ($8,962.52).
Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
One person holding the majority of the chips during a chop discussion usually ends with the Team Online or Team PokerStars Pro firing up the dealer once again. However, after 20 minutes our final three were able to settle things like civilized folks that left the SCOOP championship watch and $2,000.00 to play for:
With holding over half the chips in play Ghoyteep and bloodslut would need find chips quickly or face a chip bludgeoning from LuckyBoxxi. They would do so after the blinds moved up to 60K/120K as the hand started innocently enough with a min-raise by Ghoyteep and call from bloodslut in the big blind. The all-low 4♦5♣7♣ got both players to quickly swap bets until 7.4 million chips sat in the middle and bloodslut covering by just 429,695 chips. Both players hit the flop hard as bloodslut rolled over top set 8♦K♠7♠7♦ as Ghoyteep started a fading dance with the nut straight 8♠6♥T♦A♦. The two-step jig worked as the board failed to pair on the 9♣ turn and T♣ river to give Ghoyteep ammo to take on LuckyBoxxi. bloodslut would toss in the remainder of the chips again LuckyBoxxi two hands later and was retired in third place ($16,628.23).
One boxxed SCOOP postmarked for Germany
The 10.7 million to 5.6 million chip lead for LuckyBoxxi would be lost twice, but in the end found for good. Four hands into heads-up play Ghoyteep would nearly tie the match after hauling in a 4.5 million chip pot after LuckyBoxxi could not respond to a 2.7 million chip river shove.
As the blinds moved up to 80K/160K Ghoyteep would take over the lead after another four million chip pot. With the board showing Q♥9♣9♠2♥ Ghoyteep would push out a 2.21 million chip bet that the German declined to match.
However, three minutes later with Ghoyteep holding a 10.3 million to 6.1 million advantage both players got all the chips in preflop. Double-suited aces 7♣ A♣ 8♥ A♥ for LuckyBoxxi and also double suited 6♦Q♦J♠A♠ but no pair of aces for Ghoyteep. Ghoyteep was shutout after the A♦ 6♣ T♣ 5♥ turn giving the lead back to LuckyBoxxi.
Ghoyteep would double to seven million two hands later and take the lead yet again a mere four minutes later. As quickly as Ghoyteep came back, the chip lead went back to LuckyBoxxi again after the German scooped a 13.9 million chip pot with kings K♣J♣T♦K♦ holding against Ghoyteeps jacks J♦9♣J♠A♣ on the 8♥ 3♣ T♣ 5♦ T♥ board.
This would be the death knell for Ghoyteep's tournament as eight hands later LuckyBoxxi would find the hand below:
Just two million left Ghoyteep would be all-in post-flop A♦6♥7♣ holding top two pair A♠2♦7♦3♦ as LuckyBoxxi called with 9♦5♠6♦3♠ a double-belly buster and a pair. The straight draw was never needed as a 6♠ turn served up trips and the river 5♦ a boat for the SCOOP 2012 Event #36-L champion LuckyBoxxi!
Players Entered: 3,289
Places Paid: 420
Prize Pool: $164,450.00
$100,000 guarantee SCOOP 2012 Event #36-L (Pot Limit Omaha, 6-Max) results (05-19-12):
( * denotes part of three way deal )
1. LuckyBoxxi (Germany) *$26,000.00
2. Ghoyteep (Russia) *$16,000.00
3. bloodslut (Canada) *$16,628.23
4. wpteddy (Spain) $8,962.52
5. fgromwell (Brazil) $5,726.14
6. Trona ziptet (Brazil) $2,918.98