The excitement of the 2012 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) carried into Week 2 as more than $15 million in guarantees were still up for grabs. Members of Team PokerStars Pro were hitting the table in full force and, to our delight, several team members were updating their SCOOP adventures on Twitter.
One of those players hitting Twitter furiously was Jason Mercier, who had a very productive week on PokerStars. We’re no longer surprised when Mercier goes deep in a tournament, but it’s still fun to watch when the American is running over a field in a big event.
Deep in the SCOOP 18-H ($1,050 Pot Limit Omaha w/ Rebuys) event, Mercier took the chip lead after winning a massive pot with aces full of jacks against a smaller full house. He posted the hand on the brand new PokerStars BOOM! Hand Replayer: //www.boomplayer.com/en/poker-hands/Boom/94748_8B9895F409
Mercier used those chips to secure a seat at a tough final table that included Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond and Joseph “subiime” Cheong. “Final table yo!! 4/6…. Looking for a #scoop title !! U can watch on pokerstars #duh,” tweeted Mercier.
After close to 17 hours playing the tournament, Mercier was three-handed with Galfond and “MrCoco.” The three players decided to chop up the remaining money and flip for the title, something we don’t normally see in the prestigious SCOOP events. “MrCoco” won the flip, the title, and the Movado watch. Mercier finished as the runner-up for $114,600.
Said Mercier afterward, “Feel a bit salty bout not playing it out for the title. But I’m so tired and it could have taken forever.”
Unlike Mercier, Liv Boeree had a rough go of it in the first week of SCOOP events. She tweeted her frustration after a long Sunday at the tables, saying, “One day I’ll cash in one of these Scoops. One day.”
It didn’t take long for Boeree’s luck to change. And, apparently, all it took was a trip to the dentist and some medication. Boeree said on Twitter that she was scheduled to have a wisdom tooth removed on Monday, but the surgery was cancelled because the doctor needed to drill her jaw, which required full anesthesia.
Hours later, Boeree was back on the virtual felts and running deep in the SCOOP $109 Pot-Limit Omaha Turbo. “Only 41 left! Let’s goooo,” Tweeted Boeree. She went on to take 15th place for around $2,000, but it was good to get the monkey off her back. “Still a deep run at last, was a nice feeling,” she wrote.
Outside of Team PokerStars Pro Viktor “Isildur1” Blom’s success (two titles) in the 2012 SCOOP, the biggest story has been the run of high-stakes regular Shaun Deeb, who won three titles through the first 30 events of this series. Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov was at the final table of two of Deeb’s wins, and the two players exchanged pleasantries on Twitter during the second final table:
Katchalov: “Made another final table, this time in the 2k Stud Hi/Lo. I’m 3/7 and looking forward to revenge vs @shaundeeb”
Deeb: “@EugeneKatchalov sorry in advance for sucking out on you”
Katchalov: “@shaundeeb hate you Kryptonite!”
Of course, Deeb won again, his third title in Stud games during the 2012 SCOOP. Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst took note of that and tweeted at Deeb shortly after his third win: “Why don’t you win a holdem event like all the respectable poker players @shaundeeb? #washedup #okfineyourekindofsick.
The 2012 SCOOP has been a rollercoaster ride for Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, who has been spurting his highs and lows on Twitter throughout the series. Unfortunately for the Frenchman, he ran into the Shaun Deeb buzz saw on Wednesday in what ended up being a gruesome hand in the $1,050 rebuy.
Grospellier posted the hand on the BOOM! Hand Replayer. Here’s how it played out:
With the blinds at 150/300 and a 60 ante, Grospellier raised to 600 from under-the-gun with pocket aces and Deeb called in middle position with pocket kings. The player in the cutoff three-bet to 1,929, and action folded back to ElkY, who four-bet to 4,234. Deeb then five-bet all-in for 17,573 total and the cutoff folded. ElkY called instantly with his aces and was in great shape to win a 90 big blind pot, but the board ran out As-10d-5h-Jd-Qh to give Deeb a backdoor straight and send Grospellier to the rail.
“WTF shaundeeb…” ElkY tweeted.
Grospellier rebounded on Thursday by making his third final table of the series, this time in the $2,100 8-Game High event. “Here we go, 3rd FT of the #SCOOP2012 series, in 8-Game High. Time to close the deal and ship the title now. #everytime,” he tweeted as the final table got underway.
With three players remaining, Grospellier was short-stacked against two formidable pros, Chris “Genius28” Lee and Alex “joiso” Kostritsyn. Unfortunately, ElkY was unable to bounce back; his tournament ended in the 2-7 triple draw round when Kostritsyn knocked him out in third place.
“Super annoying bad run to end it 3rd,” Tweeted ElkY. “Wow that sucks, but some more #SCOOP2012 to go to try to finally win one. #sosick #itwillhappen.”
How did the rest of the SCOOP turn out for ElkY and the rest of the Team PokerStars Pros? Tune in to the next edition of As the Stars Tweet to find out!