Determination in poker is often referred to as the "chip and chair" mentality, but it boils down to playing your best game no matter the size of your stack. Trinec did just that after a frustrating deal conversation and a chip deficit heading into heads-up play. But trinec stayed lighthearted in the midst of some tilt-worthy chat comments and continued to climb until trinec was the only player left at the table. A comeback of that nature makes any win even sweeter.
Harkening back to poker basics, Event 6 offered players the chance for some Draw poker action. Some would argue that draw games remind them of the way poker was meant to be played. But this event in the 2012 SCOOP series offered a modern take on the classic game with No Limit betting. Ready, aim, draw!
The medium level buy-in was set with a $109 price tag and a $25K guarantee, but registration went far beyond expectations by more than doubling that amount for the prize pool. Draw poker was a bigger draw than anticipated. (The play on words was just too easy.) So, let's take a gander at the final tournament numbers for Event 6-M:
Prize pool: $61,100.00
Paid players: 78
It was a tough tournament by anyone's standards. Just to make it to the money, one had to fade quite a few hours of draw poker. In fact, none of the Team PokerStars Pros in the field made it that far, as Bryan Huang was the last one standing before he hit the rail in 112th place.
Julianherold was the unfortunate bubble player in this event, while Betudontbet became the first to cash, taking home $177.19 for 78th place. As tables disappeared, so did players like EpicEpicEpic and BrynKenney. Two tables remained with nine hours and 45 minutes on the clock, and it took about another 45 minutes to reduce the field to seven players with the 8th place elimination of Spraggs.
Hot Blonde lost a big pot to trinec, and Hot Blonde moved 15,408 chips all-in soon after. Trinec and Zampado313 played the hand, but when trinec showed 9♥4♣T♦4♥9♠ for two pair, Zampado313 mucked, as did Hot Blonde. The seventh place finish was worth $1,276.99.
Zampado313's chip lead threatened early
With blinds of 4,000/8,000 and a 2,000 ante in Level 29, the final table started with these chip counts:
Seat 1: Maestro Shao (204,105 in chips)
Seat 2: willmichigan (555,955 in chips)
Seat 3: molodnyak (767,828 in chips)
Seat 4: Zampado313 (814,005 in chips)
Seat 5: trinec (366,697 in chips)
Seat 6: jakoon1985 (346,410 in chips)
The third hand of the table saw molodnyak push all-in after drawing one card, and trinec finally folded to concede the 316K pot to molodnyak, who became the new chip leader. Molodnyak followed that with a 280K pot at the expense of jakoon1985 to climb over one million chips. Trinec then doubled through Zampado313.
Maestro Shao made a preflop raise from the small blind, and willmichigan responded with an all-in move. Maestro Shao called all-in. Both players took three cards, and Maestro Shao ended up with 3♠2♦A♥A♣Q♥. The pair of aces was decent, but willmichigan had 9♠7♥A♦A♠Q♦ with the better kickers. Maestro Shao exited in sixth place with $1,900.21, but continued to plow ahead at the Event 6-H final table against opponents like Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu. (Update: Maestro Shao won Event 6-H.)
No second SCOOP title for jakoon1985
Jakoon1985 was on the losing end of several significant pots, but a double through Zampado313 staved off elimination. When jakoon1985 doubled through willmichigan, the former was back in contention for the title. But a number of rounds later, jakoon1985 took some hits from trinec, and the two tangled again when jakoon1985 moved all-in preflop. Trinec called and took one card for 6♦9♣Q♥Q♦9♥, and jakoon1985 took three cards and showed J♥4♦8♠J♣8♥. Trinec's two pair won the pot, leaving jakoon1985 - 2009 SCOOP title holder and 2010 Super Tuesday champion - out tonight in fifth place with $3,055.00.
From chip leader to fourth place
Molodnyak had troubles from the beginning of the final table, and the big hand finally took place with Zampado313. A series of preflop raises between the two led to each player taking one card. Molodnyak then bet, Zampado313 raised all-in, and molodnyak called all-in with Q♠A♠A♦J♣Q♥ for two pair. But Zampado313 showed 2♣6♣6♥2♠6♦ for the full house, and that was enough to send molodnyak out in fourth place with $4,277.00.
Deal? No deal...wait, deal!
The final three players paused the tournament to discuss the possibility of a deal, and it took more than 30 minutes to come to a decision. In the end, they agreed to the following numbers, along with $500 and the Movado watch set aside for the winner:
Seat 2: willmichigan (1,052,938 in chips) = $8,972.76
Seat 4: Zampado313 (845,807 in chips) = $7,988.84
Seat 5: trinec (1,156,255 in chips) = $8,964.15
Play resumed and big pots moved chips around the table, but nothing changed the essential makeup of the stacks. Willmichigan did move into the lead, and that lead was extended over time as willmichigan climbed well over the two million-chip mark.
Finally, Zampado313 made a move after draving one card against willmichigan. Zampado313 risked the rest of his chips with 2♥2♣9♠2♦Q♦, but those three deuces couldn't beat the flush that was 7♠2♠J♠Q♠8♠ for willmichigan. Zampado313 left in third place with $7,988.84.
Heads-up draws tournament to a close
Willmichigan started with a significant lead, as shown here:
Seat 2: willmichigan (2,646,470 in chips)
Seat 5: trinec (408,530 in chips)
It didn't take long for trinec to double up with full house over full house. Trinec nearly evened the chip stacks at one point, but willmichigan moved ahead again. About 30 minutes into the match, trinec climbed back over the million chip-mark to regain some lost ground, and trinec then took over the lead for the first time in the heads-up battle.
Fifty minutes in, trinec took a substantial lead. The last hand came when the two battled with several raises, and willmichigan took two cards before moving all-in. Trinec took one card and called with Q♠7♣Q♥9♥Q♣. The three queens easily beat the 5♦3♣K♥A♣3♥ of willmichigan, who took second place and $8,972.76.
Trinec of Poland made a stellar comeback to take the SCOOP title, Movado watch, and $9,464.15 in cash. Congrats!
2012 SCOOP Event #6-M ($109 NL Draw) Results (reflects deal):
1st place: trinec ($9,464.15)*
2nd place: willmichigan ($8,972.76)*
3rd place: Zampado313 ($7,988.84)*
4th place: molodnyak ($4,277.00)
5th place: jakoon1985 ($3,055.00)
6th place: Maestro Shao ($1,900.21)
*Based on a three-way chop with $500 added to winner's money
The Spring Championship of Online Poker home page contains all of the tournament results, schedule of upcoming events and their satellites, and a leaderboard for the 2012 Series.