On a lot of days a $2,100 buy-in, six-handed no-limit hold’em tournament with a $500K guarantee would be the main story in online poker, easy. Of course on this special Sunday on PokerStars, the conclusion of Event #49-H of the Spring Championship of Online Poker is just one of several big events happening as this year’s SCOOP comes to a close.
Don’t tell the United Kingdom’s andyafc#1 this story isn’t a big one, though. After two long days including a marathon final table and heads-up duel, andyafc#1 came away with the title in this one, earning $124,049.19 following a three-player deal.
andyafc#1 topped a big field of 374 players who together built a prize pool of $748,000 that easily exceeded that guarantee. The top 48 made the money, and the bubble burst just before the end of play on Saturday.
Day 1 ended with 42 players still in the running, led in the counts by Paul “_paul€FauL_” Höfer with 233,301 and Anton “antesvante” Wigg (203,812) and Mortan23 (200,692) the nearest challengers.
After a little over three hours of play on Sunday they were down to the last two six-handed tables. By then both Höfer and Mortan23 were still battling, Anton “antesvante” Wigg slipped in the counts and went out in 19th ($5,964). and Artem “Artem205” Metalidi had risen to take over the lead with more than 780,000.
treeqy (12th), Paul “_paul€FauL_” Höfer (11th), and after sliding in the counts Artem “Artem205” Metalidi (10th) were the next to go, each earning $10,472. Then merla888 (ninth), caecilius (eighth), and DEX888 (seventh) hit the rail, taking away $17,204 apiece.
With Scarface.VLT the new chip leader, the final six-handed table had begun.
Seat 1: Scarface.VLT (United Kingdom) — 1,660,545
Seat 2: Mortan23 (Faroe Islands) — 659,684
Seat 3: Sebastian “Bassysaffari” Saffari (United Kingdom) — 285,358
Seat 4: ross_654 (Mexico) — 703,512
Seat 5: andyafc#1 (United Kingdom) — 265,809
Seat 6: HealTheWorld (Austria) — 165,092
HealTheWorld was the short stack among the final six, and about 10 minutes into the final table reraise-shoved a just under 22 big blind-stack over a Mortan23 opening raise, and the latter called. HealTheWorld had the better pocket pair with 8♥8♠ versus Mortan23’s 6♥6♦, and everything appeared well for the all-in player through the 2♥J♣K♣ flop and 7♠ turn. But the 6♠ dropped on fifth street, giving Mortan23 a set and knocking HealTheWorld out in sixth.
More than 45 minutes later Scarface.VLT raised from UTG, and a short-stacked Sebastian “Bassysaffari” Saffari — winner of a WCOOP in 2013 — three-bet all in from the button for 105,608 or just under nine BBs. Scarface.VLT called, showing K♦10♣ while Saffari had A♠J♥. The seven-high flop was okay for Saffari, but the 10♦ on the turn wasn’t, and after a queen river Saffari was out in fifth.
A little later Mortan23 was raising again, this time from the button, then ross_654 jammed for just over 270,000 (a bit under 20 BBs) and Mortan23 called. ross_654 was racing with A♥Q♣ versus Mortan23’s pocket nines, but the board missed the at-risk player and ross_654 finished fourth.
That made three final tables for ross_654 this SCOOP, including a victory just yesterday in Event #46-H ($1,050+R).
It wasn’t much longer after that the final three paused the tournament to discuss a deal, at which point Mortan23 led with about 1.58 million, andyafc#1 was next with almost 1.37 million, and Scarface.VLT third with just under 794,000.
“ICM”-based numbers were produced, with Scarface.VLT wanting a little more and andyafc#1 being the one willing to give it up to make the deal happen. The terms having been reached, play resumed with $10,000 still set aside to go to the eventual winner.
About an hour later the blinds had gone up and Scarface.VLT’s stack had gone down to just under 485,000 when andyafc#1 — having become the big chip leader — completed from the small blind to 20,000. Scarface.VLT raised to 65,000 from the big blind, then andyafc#1 limp-shoved and Scarface.VLT called.
Scarface.VLT had picked up a medium pocket pair with 9♠9♣, but andyafc#1 had a slightly bigger one with 10♠10♥. The board brought two queens, two fives, and a trey, meaning andyafc#1’s tens had held and Scarface.VLT was done in third.
That pot added to andyafc#1’s edge to start heads-up play, pushing that leading stack up close to 2.75 million versus Mortan23’s just over 990,000.
Heads-up wound up taking an hour-and-a-half, during which time Mortan23 managed to narrow the gap to close to even multiple times, but never could quite wrestle the lead away from andyafc#1.
Finally the blinds were up to 16,000/32,000 when a hand arose that saw andyafc#1 open for 70,400 from the button, then Mortan23 three-bet to 218,744. andyafc#1 called the reraise, then both checked the A♥5♥5♣ flop. The turn brought the 9♣ and a leading bet of 244,174 from Mortan23, with andyafc#1 calling.
The river was the 8♣, and down to just under 550,000, Mortan23 checked. andyafc#1 then made a bet big enough to put Mortan23 all in, and the latter chose to do so.
Mortan23 turned over J♣8♦, having rivered a second pair. But andyafc#1 had A♣A♦, having flopped a full house to win the final pot, the extra $10K, and the title.
That makes a 12th (and biggest) cash for Mortan23 this series, while andyafc#1 claimed just a little more of the prize pool for the win.
Congratulations to andyafc#1 for taking down Event #49-H to earn a handsome $124K-plus score.
SCOOP-49-H ($2,100 NLHE [6-Max]) results
Total entries: 374
Prize pool: $748,000
Places paid: 48
1. andyafc#1 (United Kingdom) $124,049.19*
2. Mortan23 (Faroe Islands) $119,145.45*
3. Scarface.VLT (United Kingdom) $106,495.36*
4. ross_654 (Mexico) $57.970.00
5. Sebastian “Bassysaffari” Saffari (United Kingdom) $43,010.00
6. HealTheWorld (Austria) $28,050.00
* = denotes a three-way deal leaving $10,000 for the winner
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.