How does one follow up winning a SCOOP title? Some would just be happy to not crash and burn in the next one, others would just like a cash or better yet a final table. But to follow it up with a second win a day after, no one could not fully expect to do that.
That is just what Viktor "Isildur1" Blom did in Event #3 of the PokerStars 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker. After winning Event #2 yesterday Blom went on to finish Day 1 of Event #3 third in chips. By the time he made it to the final table on Day 2 he the chip leader and was surrounded by players who also had experience on the final table of a SCOOP event. In the end they were no match for Blom as he went on to capture his second SCOOP title in as many days along with $160,000.
The third event on the 2012 SCOOP featured a No Limit Hold'em 6-max format with an "action hour" for re-buys that would play out over two days. The action hour brought an additional 740 units to the prize pool for an addition of $370,000. Once the action hour concluded the remaining players had the add-on option to get 5,000 more chips for $500, 374 players took the add-on increasing the prize pool to $800,000 with first place to get $160,000 of that. Here is a look at the final numbers:
Prize pool: $800,000
Paid Players: 54
The first day of play concluded after the field completed 50 levels of play, but not before they got into the money. The bubble boy, treezer, just missed out on a min-cash that would have brought $3,600 to his cashier. Also just missing the money were Team PokerStar Pros Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (56th) and Eugene "E. Katchalov" Katchlaov (64th).
The remaining 54 players played three more levels after reaching the money to conclude Day 1. It was johnxfleming sitting at the top of the leader board at the end of Day 1 with 526,075. He was followed by Sussie Smith (313,787) and Blom (234,446) to round out the top three. Here is a look at the top six to finish Day 1:
1st: johnxfleming - 526,075
2nd: Sussie Smith - 313,787
3rd: Isildur1 - 234,446
4th: instigator85 - 244,437
5th: B4d3m3!st3r - 220,944
6th: snake8484 - 199,398
Day 2 began with 46 players remaining at level 51, 800/1600/200. Joining Blom in Day 2 was Team Online player George "Jorj95" Lind III and Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez. Marquez was also still alive in the medium version of Event 3.
Marquez exited this tournament in 26th place where she collected $5,200. That was not as good as her finish in the medium version where she finished 18th and collected $3,361.71, which brought her total to $8,651.71 for the two tournaments.
She was followed by Lind who exited in 16th place collecting $7,600, leaving Blom as the only Team PokerStars member remaining.
Blom hung around the top of the leader board on the way to the final table eventually taking the chip lead after eliminating a few of the players.
It was the end of Day 1 chip leader, johnxfleming, who made their exit to get to the final table when his A♥6♣ could not improve enough against B4d3m3!st3r's T♥T♦.
The final six were now set with Blom holding the chip lead looking for his second SCOOP win in a matter of days.
Seat 1: Isildur1 (1,645,085 in chips)
Seat 2: snake8484 (342,898 in chips)
Seat 3: B4d3m3!st3r (432,971 in chips)
Seat 4: Sussie Smith (1,038,398 in chips)
Seat 5: Ruxandescu (737,702 in chips)
Seat 6: BiatchPeople (1,350,946 in chips)
Blom gets the first elimination:
The build up to the first elimination saw the two players with the largest stacks battle it out with BiatchPeople eventually taking the chip lead from Blom. Blom would not let that slow his play down as he went kept the pressure on the short stack of snake8484. Eventually snake8484 had enough and pushed back.
Everything got started when action folded to Blom who was on the button. He raised it to 15,000, blinds were at 3,750/7,500/950. With only 131,298 to start the hand, 4,700 of that already in the middle, snake8484 moved all-in from the small blind. B4d3m3!st3r folded from the big blind and Blom called. Blom had A♦Q♦ while snake8484 held K♦8♣. The 9♦8♦5♠ flop gave snake8484 a pair and the lead in the hand, it also gave Blom some outs with any diamond giving him a flush. The J♣ turn meant nothing to either player but the 7♦ river meant the end for snake8484 eliminating him in sixth place collecting $28,400.
Battle of the smallest stacks:
With the smallest stack, B4d3m3!st3r, holding just under 70 big blinds one can not call them a short stack. The next smallest stack, Ruxandescu, held over 100 big blinds to start the hand.
These two players ended up getting into a pre-flop raise war that eventually saw a seven-bet shove from Ruxandescu. It was Ruxandescu who held the lead when the cards were revealed with his A♣A♦ looking really good against B4d3m3!st3r's A♠Q♦. The 7♦6♠2♣ flop pretty much closed the door for B4d3m3!st3r. When the 9♣ turn fell the story was finished eliminating B4d3m3!st3r in fifth place collecting $44,400.
Blom sends another out:
After bleeding chips and falling down just over 600,000 in chips from once having over 1,000,000 Sussie Smith found herself in a three-way hand with the two chip leaders, BiatchPeople and Blom. Chips started to fly after the three saw the J♠T♥5♣ flop. BiatchPeople was the first to act and bet 38,000. Blom then raised to 96,500 and Sussie Smith made it 180,000. BiatchPeople folded and Blom moved all-in, enough to cover Sussie Smith who called. The pairs cards were revealed with Blom holding J♥5♥ for two pair while Sussie Smith held K♥Q♠ for an open-ended straight draw. The 8♠ turn and 7♣ river did not deliver any of Sussie Smith's outs sending her out in fourth place collecting $60,800.
Blom moved back into the chip lead after eliminating Sussie Smith, but that lead was short lived as his aggressive play saw his stack start to slowly decline. It was Ruxandescu who benefited the most when his T♦6♦ was just a little better than Blom's T♣9♣ on the 6♠4♥4♦ T♥ 5♣ board.
Blom slid down to 63 big blinds at his lowest point before he managed to get a double through BiatchPeople. The hand started with Blom limping from under-the-gun. Ruxandescu also limped, from the small blind, but BiatchPeople raised to 41,000. Blom called and Ruxandescu got out of the way. The two saw a 9♥6♥4♠ flop, BiatchPeople bet 46,000, Blom made it 142,500, BiatchPeople called then checked when the 7♦ came on the turn. Blom bet 176,500 and BiatchPeople called. Once against BiatchPeople checked the river, the Q♥. Blom moved all-in for 490,496 into a 737,875 pot. BiatchPeople called after thinking about it for a little only to see that his 8♥8♦ was not good against Blom's Q♠9♣.
Down to two:
BiatchPeople managed to survive for a little while but could never get anything solid going in the right direction. He eventually ran into Ruxandescu with only three outs and just could not get there.
BiatchPeople opened to 32,000 and was raised to 92,000 by Ruxandescu. BiatchPeople called and the pair saw the K♠Q♦3♠ flop. Ruxandescu bet 104,000 and BiatchPeople seemed content to just come along for the ride. The K♥ brought a check from Ruxandescu and a bet to 224,000 from BiatchPeople. Ruxandescu called and the pair saw the T♦ river. Ruxandescu once again checked and BiatchPeople moved all-in for 719,294 into the 854,000 chip pot. Ruxandescu called and showed Q♠Q♥ for the flopped set, turned full house while BiatchPeople only had two pair with A♣Q♣. BiatchPeople collects $88,000 for his third place finish.
With Ruxandescu finishing off BiatchPeople he took the chip lead into heads-up play against Blom. Here is how the two started:
Seat 1: Isildur1 (2,380,904 in chips)
Seat 5: Ruxandescu (3,167,096 in chips)
Ruxandescu would take the first blood increasing his chip lead in the process when the pair tangled on after seeing a T♥4♥3♠ flop. Blom checked to Ruxandescu who bet 36,125. Blom raised to 108,375 and Ruxandescu three-bet to 246,500. Blom four-bet to 425,000 and Ruxandescu called. The 4♦ brought a 289,000 bet from Blom which got Ruxandescu to move all-in for just over 3 million putting Blom at risk of being eliminated if he called. Blom eventually folded sending the 922,250 chip pot to Ruxandescu. Here is a look at how the players stood after the hand:
Seat 1: Isildur1 (1,332,029 in chips)
Seat 5: Ruxandescu (4,215,971 in chips)
After slipping down to under 1 million in chips Blom wasted no time getting his chips into the middle getting a double up in the process. Ruxandescu opened to 36,000 from the small blind and Blom made it 108,000. Ruxandescu called and the pair saw the J♠T♠8♦ flop. Blom checked to Ruxandescu who bet 90,000. Blom moved all-in for 738,736 and Ruxandescu called. Blom was at risk of being eliminated with T♦4♦. His pair of tens was not as good as the Q♦Q♣ that Ruxandescu held. That all changed on the turn when Blom improved to two pair when the 4♥ came. The 2♣ river meant nothing and Blom survived to continue the battle.
Blom managed to get another double shortly after when the pair managed to get all the chips into the middle on the 8♣3♥2♥ flop. Blom held J♥8♠ for top pair while Ruxandescu held A♥Q♥ for the flush draw. The 6♦ turn and T♣ river brought no assistance to Ruxandescu sending the 2,612,944 pot to Blom.
It wasn't too long before Blom managed to take the lead from Ruxandescu. Facing an open to 38,000 from Blom Ruxandescu called and the pair saw the A♣A♥8♣ flop. Ruxandescu checked to Blom who bet 40,375, Ruxandescu raised to 123,500, and Blom called. The J♣
brought an open to 237,500 from Ruxandescu and a call from Blom. Ruxandescu checked the 5♣ to Blom who made it 650,000, the pot was at 802,750. Ruxandescu called to see the bad news as Blom rivered a flush with K♣T♥.
Blom would not let the lead go from here out as he kept continuous pressure on Ruxandescu.
The final hand began with Blom making it 44,000 from the small blind. Ruxandescu made it 132,000 and Blom called. The J♠9♣7♣ flop brought a 165,000 bet from Ruxandescu, Blom made it 464,750, and Ruxandescu moved all-in for 1,442,976. Blom called and showed 9♦8♠ for flopped middle pair. Ruxandescu showed 6♣5♣ for an inside straight flush draw. The 9♠ turn only improved Blom's hand as did the 8♦ river making Ruxandescu the second player to fall to Blom in as many days for the SCOOP title. Ruxandescu collects $118,400 for his second place finish while Blom collects $160,000 along with the praise for winning two SCOOP titles in two days.
Congrats to Viktor "Isildur1" Blom on your second SCOOP title of the 2012 series!
SCOOP Event #3 ($530 + R NL Hold'em 6-max, Action Hour, 400k GTD) Results:
1st place: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom - $160.000.00
2nd place: Ruxandescu - $118,400.00
3rd place: BiatchPeople - $88,000.00
4th place: Sussie Smith - $60,800.00
5th place: B4d3m3!st3r - $44,400.00
6th place: snake8484 - $28,400.00
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