What an incredible SCOOP series this is turning out to be! First there was the amazing feat of Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier to win three SCOOP titles. Then there was the Czech Republic’s marek_heinz who won two SCOOPs in two days.
Nicolas “niccc” Chouity also won two SCOOP titles this series, and yesterday Victor “Puropoker123” Lemos matched that feat with two SCOOP titles inside two days. Lemos would follow up by reaching yet another final table here today in Event #33-H but ultimately fell short of a third 2015 SCOOP title.
Lemos would have to be content with fifth place as another multiple SCOOP winner emerged from the pack in the form of Canadian dragonwarior.
dragonwarior was successful in the Special Edition of the Super Tuesday which concluded yesterday for a massive score of $275,202.50. As this series has proven, confidence is a crazy thing, as dragonwarior continued that form just one day later to record another SCOOP win for another quarter of a million dollar score.
A lazy half million dollars and two SCOOP titles in just two days. Amazing!
Event #33-H brought out a field of 681 entries for the $2,100 No Limit Holdem Event. The ability for players to re-enter up to three times during the late registration period was an option exercised 115 times to create a healthy prize pool of $1,362,000 to surpass the advertised million dollar guarantee.
Jake Cody, Liv Boeree (x2), Ike Haxton, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Randy Lew, Mickey Petersen, Jason Mercier, Naoya Kihara, George Danzer and Eugene Katchalov were unable to reach the cash, and when the UK’s snowed888 was eliminated in 82nd place, the remaining players had assured themselves at least $3,949.80 in prize money.
Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden made a deep run before bowing out in 43rd place for $5,448.00 but it was Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier who won the last longer for the red spades.
Grospellier would reach as far as the top 20 players before he moved all in from the button for around ten big blinds with J♣9♥. Former PokerStars Sunday Million winner Jason “TeamWispy” Helder would re-raise to isolate the short stack with a dominant K♥J♠ and a king on the flop was enough to end the run of the French phenom in 20th place for $7,559.10 in prize money.
TeamWispy would improve on that position by ten spots before falling in tenth place as our final table bubble boy. It was a battle of the blinds as TeamWispy limped from the small blind before Ankush “pistons87” Mandavia raised from the big. TeamWispy then moved all in for around 25 big blinds in total with A♥4♣ but pistons87 had a legitimate hand with J♥J♠. A third jack on the flop was more than enough for pistons87 to take it down and leave our final table of nine as follows:
Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: Mike “SirWatts” Watson (633,663 in chips)
Seat 2: gordijú (274,532 in chips)
Seat 3: Victor “Puropoker123” Lemos (310,934 in chips)
Seat 4: dragonwarior (443,325 in chips)
Seat 5: mandza17 (447,336 in chips)
Seat 6: Faith#1Virtu (359,006 in chips)
Seat 7: Ankush “pistons87” Mandavia (590,822 in chips)
Seat 8: yasunori66 (198,302 in chips)
Seat 9: Felix “ZhipOHoy” Stephensen (147,080 in chips)
A huge pot with flush over flush with eleven players left would see Mike “SirWatts” Watson carry a healthy chip lead into the final table, and his confidence was high after winning Event #29-M just a couple of days earlier. However with the blinds starting off at 3,000/6,000/750, there was still plenty of play ahead.
It would take some time to lose our first player with Japan’s yasunori66 the one to fall. With a raise and a call in front, yasunori66 moved all in from the big blind with A♥J♥. dragonwarior made the call with 9♣9♠ and the race was on. The board of 8♦6♣3♣Q♠K♣ brought no assistance to yasunori66 who was left to depart in ninth place for $20,430 in prize money.
Faith#1Virtu was fortunate to avoid elimination after getting a little frisky on a flop of J♥5♦9♦. A raising war erupted with Faith#1Virtu going with king-nine but the timing wasn’t so good as Ankush “pistons87” Mandavia tabled pocket aces. Faith#1Virtu had one foot out the door until a king landed on the turn for two pair for a dramatic double up.
2014 WSOP Main Event runner up Felix “ZhipOHoy” Stephensen started to make some noise, landing the nut flush for a healthy pot against SirWatts.
The final table chip leader continued to slide before a huge preflop clash saw SirWatts commit with A♦K♠ and dragonwarior call it off with 10♣10♠. The board ran out queen-high leaving SirWatts on the brink of defeat.
With less than half a small blind, SirWatts was all in next hand as a huge side pot erupted on a board of 10♠J♥4♦Q♠K♥. mandza17 bet the river before dragonwarior put in a check-raise. After some time in the tank, mandza17 let it go and dragonwarior showed A♣9♣ for the nut straight. SirWatts couldn’t beat that and mucked to head home in eighth place for $30,645.
It would be 45 minutes of tight play before we would lose our next player. mandza17 had slipped down to around 18 big blinds before making an all-in move from the small blind with J♦7♦. Faith#1Virtu was sitting in the big blind with A♥K♣ and made a quick call with “Big Slick” holding through the board of 6♥8♣3♦2♥4♥. mandza17 collected $44,265 for seventh place.
With six players left, dragonwarior had built up a nice lead, with ZhipOHoy also well placed.
Faith#1Virtu won a nice pot with trip kings to leave pistons87 under some pressure. When gordijú opened with a raise and dragonwarior flat called, pistons87 moved all in from the big blind for a total of around twelve-and-a-half big blinds. gordijú folded but dragonwarior played the rush and called with A♠8♠. pistons87 showed 3♣3♦ and it was another coin flip. The flop landed K♠Q♥Q♦ which was safe for pistons87, although dragonwarior picked up counterfeit outs. The turn was even more scary as the 6♠ put two spades on board for a flush draw for dragonwarior to have pistons87 feeling nervous. When the river was dealt it was the K♦ putting two pair on board to counterfeit pistons87 and leave dragonwarior’s ace kicker to collect the pot. A tough way to bow out for Ankush “pistons87” Mandavia who received $57,885 for sixth place.
ZhipOHoy flopped a set of queens to put a dent in Faith#1Virtu, and ZhipOHoy was quickly into the chip lead after successfully five-bet jamming preflop against dragonwarior.
Meanwhile Victor “Puropoker123” Lemos was quietly flying under the radar — something he hasn’t been doing much of this SCOOP series. Over the last two days, Puropoker123 had won not one, but two SCOOP titles, including a win yesterday in Event #31-H. Reaching three final tables in three days is incredible in itself, but to win three in a row would’ve been a feat of legendary status.
However it wasn’t to be as Puropoker123 found himself getting short as he three-bet all in with A♠Q♦. dragonwarior had raised from under the gun and gave it some thought before making a gambling call with 5♥5♦. Yet another race situation, but it was a short-lived contest as dragonwarior flopped a set with the community cards running out 5♣9♥K♦8♦6♥. Another amazing run by Puropoker123 was brought to an end in fifth place for $72,730.80.
dragonwarior won another nice pot with top pair against gordijú who fired a couple of barrels with just ace-high to see dragonwarior jump to over half the chips in play.
It was a blow that gordijú couldn’t recover from. A few moments later gordijú shoved preflop with K♣Q♠ and ZhipOHoy made the call with A♦J♥. The board was spread 4♥A♥3♠10♥2♣ to pair the ace and leave gordijú to pocket a massive six-figure return of $103,512 for fourth place.
Just two hands later and three would become two as the short-stacked Faith#1Virtu was sent to the rail. The chip leader in the small blind was dragonwarior who decided to apply maximum pressure on the short stack by moving all in with a rather mediocre J♣2♣. With just over twelve big blinds, Faith#1Virtu made the call in the big blind and tabled Q♣10♣. The flop was a safe 5♣6♦A♦ but the 2♦ found its way onto the turn to give the advantage to dragonwarior. Faith#1Virtu would need some help on the river to stay alive, but it wasn’t to be as the 5♥ completed the board. Faith#1Virtu ended in third place for $137,562 in prize money.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 4: dragonwarior (2,137,004 in chips)
Seat 9: ZhipOHoy (1,267,996 in chips)
Heads-up poker is a funny game. It can take hours to finish or it could potentially all be over in just one hand. This duel had both of those situations.
The first hand of heads-up play would in fact be the biggest pot of the entire tournament. A preflop raising war would see ZhipOHoy five-bet jam A♠J♥ and dragonwarior made the call with 8♠8♣. A board of bricks and dragonwarior would be champion but an ace landed on the flop to swing the match around a full 180 degrees.
Incredibly, just two hands later and the chips would go flying again. This time it was ZhipOHoy’s ace-ten up against dragonwarior’s dominant ace-queen. The board fell without incident and the match was squared up.
At that point, the two agreed to pause the clock to take a quick look at a potential deal, but they couldn’t come to terms so play was quickly resumed.
Upon resumption, the play was a lot quieter with few big pots contested as the battle was a real tug of war between the two titans. dragonwarior ran a bluff with a busted flush draw but ZhipOHoy picked it off with two pair to reclaim the lead, before dragonwarior collected nice pot with a baby flush to regain control.
ZhipOHoy picked off another bluff to claw back some chips but when dragonwarior made a full house on a double paired board, the momentum was back with the Canadian.
dragonwarior continued to grind down ZhipOHoy before the final blow was finally struck. ZhipOHoy would three-bet all in preflop with A♦Q♣ and dragonwarior called with A♣9♣. It looked like another double up was coming until the board landed K♣8♠9♥A♠J♠ to pair the kicker of dragonwarior to claim the victory!
Felix “ZhipOHoy” Stephensen knows all too well the feeling of second place. The Norwegian star will have mixed emotions over the $186,594 in prize money as the title eludes him once again.
However one player who is enjoying the sweet taste of success is Canada’s dragonwarior. It would take over twenty hours of play for the day and almost two hours of heads-up, but in the end, dragonwarior would win his second SCOOP title of the week and another massive score of $256,056. Congratulations!
SCOOP-33-H: $2,100 NLHE [Optional Re-Entry] – $1M Guaranteed
Entrants: 681 (566 entrants, 115 re-entries)
Prize Pool: $1,362,000
Places Paid: 81
1. dragonwarior (Canada) $256,056.00
2. ZhipOHoy (Norway) $186,594.00
3. Faith#1Virtu (Canada) $137,562.00
4. Gordijú (United Kingdom) $103,512.00
5. Victor “Puropoker123” Lemos (Panama) $72,730.80
6. Ankush “pistons87” Mandavia (Canada) $57,885.00
7. mandza17 (Croatia) $44,265.00
8. Mike “SirWatts” Watson (Canada) $30,645.00
9. yasunori66 (Japan) $20,430.00
The Spring Championship of Online Poker is the biggest and richest tournament festival of the year, with millions in prize money to be won, a packed schedule, and separate buy-in levels designed to suit all bankrolls.
A total prize pool of $40 million is guaranteed with the series running right through until May 24th. Head to the SCOOP home page for more details.
Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.