Anything can happen in a turbo tournament, but all it takes is one player with momentum to sail through it. Pablito_2121 started slowly at the final table but soon took over, eliminating player after player and dominating with such a large stack of chips that no one could do much damage. And when it was all said and done, pablito_2121 also had good cards, like the pocket aces in the very last hand. Pablito_2121 is now a SCOOP champion.
The last of the 2013 Spring Championship of Online Poker events were on tap for Sunday. Just after the Main Event, there was one last option – the SCOOP Wrap-Up, a NLHE turbo tournament 3x chance, meaning that players could rebuy up to two times within the first 90 minutes of play if they lost all of their chips.
The low buy-in version of Event 44 offered a $100K guarantee for the bargain price of $11, and players lined up to take a chance at it. As one of the last chances to earn a SCOOP watch and become a part of poker history, it was a hit – so much of a hit that the prize pool was more than triple the guarantee! These numbers proved it:
Prize pool: $326,790.00
Paid players: 2,250
There were a few members of Team PokerStars still in action when the money bubble burst, and Team Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier was the first to cash out in 1213th place for $58.82. A bit later, Andre “aakkari” Akkari exited in 1086th place for $62.09, and Fatima Moreira de Melo followed in 1078th place for $65.35. As the four-hour mark approached, the last-standing Team Pro, Marcin “Goral” Horecki busted in 223rd place for $143.78.
Play continued quickly, as happens with a turbo structure, and at the 4.5-hour mark, there were only four tables remaining. In less than 15 minutes, only two tables remained, and hand-for-hand play was in motion shortly after, just as the five-hour mark hit.
The hand was a big one, starting with a raise from RovoDice and all-in reraise from starplayeren holding K♠Q♠. QQWINN called all-in from the big blind with A♦Q♥, and RovoDice called both players with 10♥10♦. RovoDice went on to make a straight on the 8♣Q♣J♦9♥2♥ board, eliminating QQWINN in tenth place with $1,307.16 and starplayeren in ninth place for $2,941.11.
RovoDice rolls the dice for 8-player final table
The final table began in the last minute or so of Level 53, with blinds at 500K/1000K and a 125K ante, along with these players and their corresponding chip counts:
Seat 1: michael raab (20,339,620 in chips)
Seat 2: pablito_2121 (10,995,447 in chips)
Seat 3: HOMERos (8,681,063 in chips)
Seat 4: talentaki (28,885,002 in chips)
Seat 5: Serg2407 (5,796,902 in chips)
Seat 7: SC72A (28,759,210 in chips)
Seat 8: RovoDice (36,064,232 in chips)
Seat 9: mad.afurable (23,873,524 in chips)
Oh, how quickly things change in a turbo tournament. The very first hand of the final table saw SC72A double through the chip leader in this massive hand, which put SC72A in the number one spot:
Two hands later, RovoDice risked the rest of that stack with J♣7♦, and mad.afurable was there with K♣Q♣. The board blanked with 9♠6♦10♥A♠4♠, and RovoDice was suddenly out in eighth place with $2,941.11.
Just two more hands after that, HOMERos called all-in from the big blind after pablito_2121 raised all-in from the small blind with Q♦2♠. HOMERos showed K♥6♠, and it looked safe for a double-up as the flop came A♥5♣J♥ and the turn was the 8♠. But the Q♠ came on the river to give pablito_2121 the pot, and HOMERos exited in seventh place with $5,555.43.
Serg2407 doubled through talentaki, and michael raab did the same through pablito_2121. Michael raab then did it again, that time through SC72A. Talentaki then doubled through michael raab.
Three hands after that, pablito_2121 challenged with an UTG all-in raise, and michael raab called all-in from the big blind with 4♦3♣. Pablito_2121 was ahead with 10♣10♦, and though the Q♥3♠A♠ flop gave michael raab some hope, the 7♣ and Q♠ failed to win the hand. Michael raab was out in sixth place with $8,169.75.
Moments later, Serg2407 pushed all-in with K♣J♥, but pablito_2121 was there with Q♥Q♠ from the big blind. Those queens held up to the 3♣4♣8♥2♥7♠ board, eliminating Serg2407 in fifth place with $11,437.65.
Quick deal for final four
The last four players paused the tournament to discuss a deal, and they quickly agreed to the ICM numbers as provided. With $2,000 and the SCOOP watch set aside for the winner, these were the guaranteed payouts:
Seat 2: pablito_2121 (38,446,129 in chips) = $24,728.35
Seat 4: talentaki (33,076,200 in chips) = $23,696.06
Seat 7: SC72A (56,889,180 in chips) = $27,454.19
Seat 9: mad.afurable (34,983,491 in chips) = $24,078.68
That was enough to prompt talentaki to move all-in with J♣10♣, and original raiser pablito_2121 called with A♥8♥. The flop of 4♠8♠5♥ gave pablito_2121 the pair, and the 4♥ made it two. The Q♠ on the river ousted talentaki in fourth place with $23,696.06.
After the last elimination and a subsequent pot worth 22.75 million from SC72A, pablito_2121 climbed over 84 million chips and kept going.
Mad.afurable made an UTG raise, and pablito_2121 challenged with an all-in move. Mad.afurable called all-in with 8♣8♥, and pablito_2121 showed A♣4♣. The very first card of the A♠K♠7♠K♣Q♣ board gave the pot to pablito_2121, and mad.afurable had to leave with $24,078.68 for the third place finish.
Can pablito_2121 be stopped?
Heads-up play began with these chip counts:
Seat 2: pablito_2121 (122,937,930 in chips)
Seat 7: SC72A (40,457,070 in chips)
SC72A did manage a double-up here:
But to answer my own question, no, pablito_2121 could not be stopped. SC72A pushed all-in with K♣9♦, and pablito_2121 called with A♠A♦. The board came J♣J♦7♥4♠A♣, and SC72A accepted second place and $27,454.19.
Pablito_2121 of Belgium won the SCOOP title, watch, and $26,728.35. Congrats!
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #44-L ($11 NLHE Turbo, 3xChance) results:
Players: 17,869 (14,810 rebuys)
Places paid: 2,250
(Payouts reflect four-way deal)
1. pablito_2121 (Belgium) $26,728.35*
2. SC72A (UK) $27,454.19*
3. mad.afurable (Germany) $24,078.68*
4. talentaki (Greece) $23,696.06*
5. Serg2407 (Ukraine) $11,437.65
6. michael raab (Austria) $8,169.75
7. HOMERos (Sweden) $5,555.43
8. RovoDice (Latvia) $2,941.11
9. starplayeren (Denmark) $1,960.74
Check out the SCOOP homepage for all of the tournament and leaderboard results.
Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.