The “medium” version of Event #9 — a $109 buy-in no-limit hold’em tourney — proved another hard fought, lengthy battle stretching over two long days before Germany’s youngblood51 prevailed over a big field of 5,100 players to earn a first prize of $80,008.90. The final table alone lasted more than four hours in this one, protracted by a couple of lengthy deal discussions with no chops resulting. Here’s the story of youngblood51’s triumph.
With 5,100 entering, that meant a prize pool of $510,000, well over the event’s $300K guarantee.
Day 1 then saw that huge field reduced to just 153 players. Two Team PokerStars Pros cashed on Tuesday — Andre “aakkari” Akkari (337th, $234.60) and George Danzer (555th, $183.60) — while another, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, made it through to Day 2 with a below average stack of just over 100,000 or about 32 big blinds.
Here’s how the top 10 looked once play concluded on Day 1:
1. glitterjack (Greece) — 846,778
2. Wenk1968 (Greenland) — 677,222
3. APD0290 (Mexico) — 540,602
4. QC90 (Norway) — 460,308
5. Nicholas “niccc” Chouity (Lebanon) — 442,647
6. sheshbesh3 (Canada) — 415,503
7. tamikaspace (Belarus) — 397,648
8. $umDumBum (Canada) — 383,373
9. Klau_es412 (Germany) — 370,430
10. Iceman00009 (Czech Republic) — 363,069
A little more than an hour into Day 2 the field had been carved down further to less than 100 players with glitterjack still leading and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier having surged into the top 10.
As play got going on Wednesday, Grospellier shared with his followers on Twitter and Instagram the SCOOP setup he’s sharing with fellow Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov:
— Bertrand Grospellier (@elkypoker) May 7, 2014
ElkY kept a spot on the front page of the counts as the field was trimmed further, then began to slip once they nudged under 50 players left while Nicolas “niccc” Chouity moved up into first position.
A couple of hours later they were down to 24 when a hand arose that saw APD0290 open with a min-raise to 32,000 from the button, then Grospellier shoved for 231,287 from the small blind and when folded back to APD0290 called.
ElkY had A♦A♥ and appeared in fine shape to continue his tourney run versus APD0290’s 5♦5♣. But the flop came 5♥K♠6♠, and after the 4♥ turn and 8♥ river, Grospellier was out in 24th for a $1,269.90 cash.
It was a little after the five-hour mark of Day 2 that the field had been reduced to 18, with start-of-day-2 leader glitterjack having followed Elky to the rail with a 22nd-place finish and identical $1,269.90 cash and hwtd1 having moved in front.
It took almost two-and-a-half hours more for the next nine to fall. Dre2 (18th), imcastleman (17th), and Will “dankness3” Jaffe (16th) each earned $1,530 for their finishes. Nicolas “niccc” Chouity (15th), 2013 (14th), and Picasso25 (13th) won $2,295 apiece. And Thomas “superf1sh” Myrbråten (12th), AirGreece (11th), and APD0290 (10th) followed them to the rail to earn $3,060 each.
With hwtd1 still in the top spot as one of five remaining players from Canada still alive, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: redacesfull (Canada) — 3,781,311
Seat 2: jbrown8777 (Canada) — 2,099,168
Seat 3: Zack “Zackattak13” Korik (Canada) — 4,950,580
Seat 4: nereik (Netherlands) — 602,356
Seat 5: ChriStyIe (Australia) — 1,404,511
Seat 6: hwtd1 (Canada) — 6,802,826
Seat 7: youngblood51 (Germany) — 2,777,801
Seat 8: Joel “JMPRODIGY” Micka (Thailand) — 839,600
Seat 9: bettybends4u (Canada) — 2,241,847
About 10 minutes into the final table, the blinds were 25,000/50,000 when nereik open-raised all in for 346,106 from early position and got one caller in jbrown8777 in the big blind. nereik had K♦J♥ while jbrown8777 turned over A♦8♣. The board came 7♥8♦Q♣9♦3♣, and nereik was gone in ninth.
Fifteen minutes later the blinds had risen to 30,000/60,000 when hwtd1 raised to 120,000 from the button, then Joel “JMPRODIGY” Micka shoved all in for 812,795 from the big blind and hwtd1 called.
Micka showed 9♦9♠ and was hoping the pair would make it through against the A♣10♣ of hwtd1. The 7♣J♣Q♥ was okay for Micka, but the K♠ fell on the turn to make a straight for hwtd1, and after the A♠ inconsequentially fell on fifth street, JMPRODIGY was out in eighth.
They were approaching the eight-hour mark of Day 2 when Zack “ZackAttak13” Korik opened the action of a hand with a min-raise to 160,000 from UTG+1. Korik was looking to add a second career SCOOP title to his résumé after having won another “medium” event back in 2012 in an $82 NLHE “Ante Up” tourney.
Following Korik’s raise, ChriStyle reraised to 350,000 from a seat over. It then folded back to Korik who shoved all in with the 1,640,684 he had left and ChriStyle called.
ZackAttak13 had a big pair with Q♣Q♥, but ChriStyle’s A♠A♦ was bigger, and five cards later — 4♦4♠K♠8♠7♥ — they were down to six.
That hand pushed ChriStyle up over 6.4 million, close to leader hwtd1’s stack of a little more than 6.5 millon.
About a half-hour passed, then with blinds up to 60,000/120,000 it was youngblood51 opening for 249,600 from the button, then bettybends4u shoving for 2,174,693 from the small blind and youngblood51 calling.
bettybends4u had K♥J♥ and a couple of live cards versus youngblood51’s 4♦4♣. But the 3♦A♦6♠4♠Q♦ runout only improved youngblood51’s hand, sending bettybends4u railward in sixth.
After that youngblood51 would win another big hand versus hwtd1 to knock the latter down under 2.5 million and into fifth out of the remaining five. Then with the blinds at 70,000/140,000, jbrown8777 raised to 280,000 from UTG, hwtd1 reraised all in for 2,423,609 from the button, and jbrown8777 called.
The board rolled out seven-high — coming 6♠7♦3♣4♣7♥ — and hwtd1’s tourney run had ended in fifth.
The remaining four pushed on a short while longer, then paused to talk about a deal with youngblood51 in front with about 8.55 million, ChriStyle next with just over 8.06 million, jbrown8777 third with right at 5.13 million, and redacesfull fourth with about 3.75 million.
Both “chip chop” and “ICM”-based figures were presented — leaving $6,000 aside for the winner — and after a long discussion no deal could be agreed upon and play continued.
Another long stretch of poker passed, and as the 11-hour mark of Day 2 approached the blinds were 100,000/200,000 when jbrown8777 open-pushed all in for 2,080,278 from the button and youngblood51 called from the big blind.
jbrown8777 had 10♥9♥ while youngblood51 had the better starter with A♣5♥. youngblood51 had the better finisher as well as the board came 7♣6♣2♠K♦5♦, and jbrown8777 was out in fourth.
Deal talk resumed again after that knockout, with youngblood51 still in first with more than 13.56 million, ChriStyle next with almost 8.06 million, and redacesfull third with about 3.87 million. Both sets of figures were again presented, and after nearly 20 minutes of talk no deal was reached again.
Then — on the very first hand after play resumed — three suddenly became two.
The blinds were still 100,000/200,000. youngblood51 opened for 416,000 from the button, then redacesfull pushed all in for 3,849,910 from the small blind. ChriStyle folded and youngblood51 called.
youngblood51 had 5♣5♠ and redacesfull A♠7♠. The board came 9♣8♥8♣, then 4♥, then 6♥, and the last of the five players from Canada at the final table had been knocked out in third.
Heads-up play began with youngblood51 well in front with 17,666,796 to ChriStyle’s 7,833,204. Immediately youngblood51 started to chip away at ChriStyle’s stack, and soon had the latter down under 4.5 million when the final hand arrived.
The blinds had climbed again to 125,000/250,000 when ChriStyle raised to 550,000 from the button, watched youngblood51 reraise to 1,101,111, then called. The flop came 7♥K♦9♥, and youngblood51 led with a bet of 502,885. ChriStyle made it 1,005,770 to go, youngblood51 reraised back more than enough to put ChriStyle all in, and ChriStyle called with the 2,292,823 left behind.
ChriStyle had J♦9♦ for middle pair and a backdoor flush draw, but youngblood51 had top pair with A♦K♠. The turn was the 3♠ and river the 2♠, and youngblood51’s hand had held to end the tournament.
Congratulations to youngblood51 for enduring a tough, lengthy final table after two full days’ worth of poker to win a SCOOP title and an $80K score!
SCOOP 09-M: $109 NL Hold’em
Prize pool: $510,000
Places paid: 675
1. youngblood51 (Germany) $80,008.00
2. ChriStyle (Australia) $59,415.00
3. redacesfull (Canada) $42,075.00
4. jbrown8777 (Canada) $28,815.00
5. hwtd1 (Canada) $21,675.00
6. bettybends4u (Canada) $16,575.00
7. Zack “Zackattak13” Korik (Canada) $11,475.00
8. Joel “JMPRODIGY” Micka (Thailand) $6,375.00
9. nereik (Netherlands) $4,080.00
The Spring Championship of Online Poker is still only getting just getting started. Check out the 2014 SCOOP homepage for a full schedule as well as results thus far in the online tournament series.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.