If players were looking for a lot of action, they did not have to look much further than the Pot Limit Omaha Zoom Turbo SCOOP tournaments today. The structure combined with Zoom poker generated non-stop moves with a consistent parade to the rail. Just 250 of the nearly 1,500 starting players remained by the time late registration was closed and player were down to the final three tables in the blind of an eye.
As players moved closer to the final table, much of the attention was on Randal “RandALLin” Flowers who was a chipleader for most of this tournament. Flowers was also having a very good day and looking for a unique outcome. Flowers battled down and won his first SCOOP title in the High version of the tournament earlier in the day and was looking to add the Medium tournament as well.
Flowers ran into trouble in the later stages of the tournament when it seemed to be a final table race between him and Jon “Pearljammer” Turner. After a long than expect final table bubble, Turner was forced to take a stand but was knocked out in 10th place. SWFAZ began the final table with a large chiplead and the structure would dictate a lot of gambling throughout.
Final table chip counts:
Seat 1: Contado (685,066 in chips)
Seat 2: SFisch4 (504,000 in chips)
Seat 3: SWFAZ (2,639,836 in chips)
Seat 4: Randal “RandALLin” Flowers (413,640 in chips)
Seat 5: Dan “APowers1968” Colpoys (587,275 in chips)
Seat 6: SP3WMONKEY (744,684 in chips)
Seat 7: JokerTilt (601,168 in chips)
Seat 8: julianherold (295,143 in chips)
Seat 9: sonajero (959,188 in chips)
Average: 825,555 (8.3 BBs)
RandALLin makes 2nd PLO Zoom Turbo final table, eliminated in 9th
Flowers may have outlasted Turner to make this final table but his appearance last exactly one hand. Final table chipleader SWFAZ raised pot in early position before Flowers moved all-in for 413,640 total and was only called by SWFAZ. Flowers was ahead with K♠K♦10♠10♣ against J♥10♥9♦7♦. SWFAX picked up a bunch of outs on the A♦Q♥2♥ flop and had Flowers drawing dead with the completed flush draw on the 8♥ turn. Randal “RandALLin” Flowers was eliminated in 9th place for $3,061.16.
JokerTilt finds Aces, eliminated in 8th place
It took just one more hand to produce the next knockout and play continued at a blistering pace. JokerTilt bet pot for most of the remaining stack and called all-in when Contado pushed all-in to isolate. JokerTilt was ahead with A♥A♦10♣7♠ against K♦Q♣9♣8♠ but was outflopped by Contado when K♥9♠3♣ hit the board. Contado’s Kings up improved with the Q♥ flop and filled up when Q♠ hit the river. JokerTilt was the next out in 8th place for $5,646.80.
SFisch4 goes fishing, eliminated in 7th place
SFisch4 began the final table near the bottom of the chipi counts but held on to move up a few spots on the pay table. With action folding around to the button, SFisch4 raised the pot and was called by chipleader SWFAZ in the small blind, who immediately bet enough to put SFisch4 all-in after the K♠J♠9♣. SFisch4 called the bet and the cards were tabled.
SFisch4 was ahead with Kings up versus a pair of Nines for SWFAZ and stayed ahead with the 8♣ on the turn. SWFAZ would add to the chiplead when the A♣ hit the river for a bigger two pair. SFisch4 was ahead on the turn but had to walk away in 7th place for $8,618.80.
APowers1968 can’t match WCOOP title, eliminated in 6th place
Dan “APowers1968” Colpoys began the final table looking for a SCOOP title to match his 2010 WCOOP title but ran into a series of hands which knocked his stack to the felt. Colpoys was playing for his tournament life when all his chips were in the big blind and it was folded around to chipleader SWFAZ in the small blind.
Both hit the K♣Q♠2♣ but SWFAZ was ahead and improved to Kings up on the 6♥ turn, leaving Colpoys drawing to just the two remaining Queens. 9♣ on the river ended the run of Colpoys in 6th place for $11,590.80.
SP3WMONKEY gets involved in big hand, eliminated in 5th
There was some chat about making a deal once the tournament was 5-handed but overwhelming chipleader SWFAZ was unwilling to talk until one more player was eliminated. No sooner was that declaration made before a huge 3-way pot was built. Contado raised the pot and was called by SWFAZ before SP3WMONKEY move all-in for 744,684 total, an amount which was called by the other two players. Not content to check down the action, Contado moved all-in for 501,264 after the 10♠8♠5♥ flop.
Contado began the hand with at a significant disadvantage but flopped a set of Tens to take a big lead going into the 2♥ turn. The 8♥ river filled Contado boat, taking over the chiplead, and SP3MONKEY was sent to the rail in 5th place for $14,562.80.
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julianherold makes a deal, eliminated in 4th place
Deal discussions began as soon as they were 4-handed and there was a change in the chiplead. After extended negotiations, where julianherold managed to pull an extra $400 from Contado, an ICM deal was met and play was back underway. Contado raised pot from the button with 10♠9♣7♥6♦ and was call all-in by julianherold holding 10♦6♠6♥5♦. Contado’s chiplead was extended by hitting an overcard on the Q♥9♥5♣ and dodged any drama with K♦ on the turn and 3♣ on the river. julianherold was eliminated in 4th place for $25,476.90 but did well to pick up extra money in the deal.
Contado loses chiplead, eliminated in 3rd place
Contado was able to wrestle the chiplead away from SWFAZ with the big 3-way pot but it did not last long. Big swings can be expected with this fast structure and Contado lost most of those chips back before potting half of those remaining chips from UTG. Both players put the chips in the middle, with Contado at risk, after the 9♦8♠4♣ flop.
SWFAZ was ahead with a pair of Nines versus Contado’s pair of Eights and things only got worse with the 7♣ and 9♥ river for the another full house. Contado was eliminated in 3rd place for near first place money of $38,785.63.
SWFAZ finishes strong at the final table to capture SCOOP Event #32-M title
sonajero began heads up play with at a big chip deficit but battle back to make things interesting. The last hand of play was one of the few at the final table where both players were holding more than 10 big blinds. SWFAZ was holding just a one big blind chip lead before raising from the button to 625,000 which sonajero called. The K♠10♣9♥ flop brought a rare less than pot sized bet by SWFAZ which sonajero raised all in for all the chips.
Two big hands were just two cards from deciding the champ but the tension did not last long when SWFAZ completed Broadway on the Q♠ turn. sonajero was unable to river a full house and was eliminated in 2nd place for $29,035.64. SWFAZ played aggressively during this fast and crazy final table to capture a first SCOOP title for $40,590.43.
PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #32-M ($215 PL Omaha Zoom Turbo) results:
Place paid: 198
1. SWFAZ (United Kingdom) $40,590.43*
2. sonajero (Uruguay) $29,035.64*
3. Contado (Norway) $38,785.63*
4. julianherold (Germany) $25,476.90*
5. SP3WMONKEY (Netherlands) $14,562.80
6. Dan “APowers1968” Colpoys (Canada) $11,590.80
7. SFisch4 (Canada) $8,618.80
8. JokerTilt (Bulgaria) $5,646.80
9. Randal “RandALLin” Flowers (Mexico) $3,061.16
* – reflects four-way deal
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