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Players of all skills looked forward to Event 28 of this year’s SCOOP as rebuy events have become increasingly popular over the years. As usual there were 3 buy-ins for this event: a $10 rebuy for the low stakes players, $100 rebuy for the medium stake players, and $1,000 rebuy for those at high stakes. It was a long, gruelling day for a lot of tournament players yesterday, but it was worth it for those who made it to the final tables because the prizes ended up huge.

It came as no surprise that the talent level at the final table of the $1,000 rebuy was exceptionally high. The original guarantee was $600k, and with 341 players showing up, the prize pool ended up an incredible $1,060,000. Two players that have already won SCOOP events this year just missed the final table: ags104 busted in 10th place for $15,900, and Villepn busted 13th for $13,250.

Pat Pezzin, a PokerStars pro, made the final table, and he had his work cut out for him as he had just 20 big blinds to work with when the final table formed. Joining him were many other talented players. Two players frequently seen at high stakes tournament final tables, DuckU and Jason “Taknapotin” Somerville, were both there, as were Steve “Muggylicious” Sung and Shaihulud. Shaihulud is better known as Jay “SEABEAST” Kinkade, and he is well respected as a very dangerous player.

The final table started off fast, and just two hands in blinchik’s flush draw and overcard couldn’t get there against str8flushin5’s top pair. He exited in 9th for $18,550.

Taknapotin and DuckU didn’t stay at the final table for too long, either, as they finished in 7th and 8th place for $36,040 and $25,440 respectively.

Poker Stars Pro Pat Pezzin would be the next out, busted by VerySexual in what can be summed up as a cooler:

Seat 1: CesarSPA (1046644 in chips)
Seat 3: Pat Pezzin (328219 in chips)
Seat 4: VerySexual (396179 in chips)
Seat 5: str8flushin5 (535219 in chips)
Seat 6: shaihulud (1179677 in chips)
Seat 9: muggylicious (304062 in chips)
CesarSPA: posts the ante 1000
Pat Pezzin: posts the ante 1000
VerySexual: posts the ante 1000
str8flushin5: posts the ante 1000
shaihulud: posts the ante 1000
muggylicious: posts the ante 1000
shaihulud: posts small blind 4000
muggylicious: posts big blind 8000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
CesarSPA: folds
Pat Pezzin: raises 10000 to 18000
VerySexual: raises 36440 to 54440
str8flushin5: folds
shaihulud: folds
muggylicious: folds
Pat Pezzin: raises 272779 to 327219 and is all-in
VerySexual: calls 272779
*** FLOP *** [Th 8s 8d]
*** TURN *** [Th 8s 8d] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [Th 8s 8d 6d] [Td]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Pat Pezzin: shows [Qd Qc] (two pair, Queens and Tens)
VerySexual: shows [Kh Ks] (two pair, Kings and Tens)
VerySexual collected 672438 from pot

The PokerStars pro collected $46,640 for his 6th place efforts. Despite these extra chips, VerySexual wasn’t able last much longer as he got into a big pot with str8flushin5 just a few hands later:

Seat 1: CesarSPA (1046644 in chips)
Seat 4: VerySexual (757398 in chips)
Seat 5: str8flushin5 (564897 in chips)
Seat 6: shaihulud (1100999 in chips)
Seat 9: muggylicious (320062 in chips)
CesarSPA: posts the ante 1000
VerySexual: posts the ante 1000
str8flushin5: posts the ante 1000
shaihulud: posts the ante 1000
muggylicious: posts the ante 1000
shaihulud: posts small blind 4000
muggylicious: posts big blind 8000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
CesarSPA: folds
VerySexual: raises 9210 to 17210
str8flushin5: raises 46790 to 64000
shaihulud: folds
muggylicious: folds
VerySexual: raises 102600 to 166600
str8flushin5: raises 397297 to 563897 and is all-in
VerySexual: calls 397297
*** FLOP *** [5s As Jd]
*** TURN *** [5s As Jd] [5h]
*** RIVER *** [5s As Jd 5h] [7c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
VerySexual: shows [Qc Qs] (two pair, Queens and Fives)
str8flushin5: shows [Ac Kc] (two pair, Aces and Fives)
str8flushin5 collected 1144794 from pot

VerySexual battled back and regained some of those chips for a short period of time, but he soon departed in 5th place after losing a coin flip to CesarSPA. CesarSPA couldn’t hold on to these chips either! He was the next one out as his KQ couldn’t beat muggylicious’s A8, and he received $87,450 for 4th.

The three remaining players traded chips back and forth for nearly an hour until muggylicious and Shaihulud played the biggest pot of the tournament:

Seat 5: str8flushin5 (1255841 in chips)
Seat 6: shaihulud (1372353 in chips)
Seat 9: muggylicious (1161806 in chips)
str8flushin5: posts the ante 1750
shaihulud: posts the ante 1750
muggylicious: posts the ante 1750
str8flushin5: posts small blind 7000
shaihulud: posts big blind 14000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
muggylicious: raises 20000 to 34000
str8flushin5: calls 27000
shaihulud: raises 109333 to 143333
muggylicious: raises 276667 to 420000
str8flushin5: folds
shaihulud: raises 950603 to 1370603 and is all-in
muggylicious: calls 740056 and is all-in
Uncalled bet (210547) returned to shaihulud
*** FLOP *** [2c Kd 3h]
*** TURN *** [2c Kd 3h] [6d]
*** RIVER *** [2c Kd 3h 6d] [8h]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
shaihulud: shows [Td Th] (a pair of Tens)
muggylicious: shows [Ac Qd] (high card Ace)
shaihulud collected 2359362 from pot

Steve “muggylicious” Sung busted in 3rd place for a cool $116,600.

Shaihulud and str8flushin5 played heads-up for around twenty minutes before this hand occurred:

Seat 5: str8flushin5 (1312588 in chips)
Seat 6: shaihulud (2477412 in chips)
str8flushin5: posts the ante 2000
shaihulud: posts the ante 2000
shaihulud: posts small blind 8000
str8flushin5: posts big blind 16000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
shaihulud: raises 16000 to 32000
str8flushin5: calls 16000
*** FLOP *** [5s Jh 7d]
str8flushin5: bets 48000
shaihulud: calls 48000
*** TURN *** [5s Jh 7d] [4s]
str8flushin5: bets 144000
shaihulud: raises 255999 to 399999
str8flushin5: raises 830589 to 1230588 and is all-in
shaihulud: calls 830589
*** RIVER *** [5s Jh 7d 4s] [3d]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
str8flushin5: shows [5h 5d] (three of a kind, Fives)
shaihulud: shows [8h 6h] (a straight, Four to Eight)
shaihulud collected 2625176 from pot

An unfortunate turn card busted str8flushin5 in 2nd place, and he received $153,700. Congratulations to Jay “shaihulud” Kinkade for taking down this prestigious final table and earning an impressive $205,110 for his 19 hours of work. Here were the entire final table payouts:

1. Shaihulud – $205,110
2. str8flushin5 – $153,700
3. muggylicious – $116,600
4. CesarSPA – $87,450
5. VerySexual – $60,420
6. Pat Pezzin – $46,640
7. Taknapotin – $36,040
8. DuckU – $25,440
9. blinchik – $18,550

The $100 rebuy event also featured a prize pool larger than its guarantee, guaranteeing $400k and ended up at $649,100. 2,066 players competed for an impressive $103.8k 1st place prize. Poker Stars Pro George Danzer just missed the final table, finishing in 10th place for $5,030.52. Tcblade, winner of the high buy-in tournament in Event 7, looked to add to his $192,000 winnings by making this final table as well. To help his cause, he won a key coin flip just before the final table, and it left him in a great position to make a run for the top prize. Joining him was Matt “All_in_at_420” Stout, the loser of the aforementioned coin flip, and he was expectedly very short stacked. In fact, Matt saw just two hands at the final table before he was gone in 9th place for $6,491. This final table moved faster than the $1,000 rebuy, and heads-up was reached in less than two hours. Tcblade ended up heads-up with bonzo9876, and at one point tcblade held more than 75% of the chips in play. bonzo9876 managed to work his way out of trouble, however, and he evened up the stacks before this hand took place:

Seat 2: bonzo9876 (13074754 in chips)
Seat 9: tcblade (9672246 in chips)
bonzo9876: posts the ante 25000
tcblade: posts the ante 25000
tcblade: posts small blind 100000
bonzo9876: posts big blind 200000
*** HOLE CARDS ***
tcblade: raises 300000 to 500000
bonzo9876: raises 801221 to 1301221
tcblade: raises 8346025 to 9647246 and is all-in
bonzo9876: calls 8346025
*** FLOP *** [5h Kc 6d]
*** TURN *** [5h Kc 6d] [Td]
tcblade said, “gg sir”
*** RIVER *** [5h Kc 6d Td] [6c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
bonzo9876: shows [Kh Ah] (two pair, Kings and Sixes)
tcblade: shows [3d 3h] (two pair, Sixes and Threes)
bonzo9876 collected 19344492 from pot

Tcblade couldn’t win one last key flip, and as a consequence he finished in 2nd place for $77,892. Bonzo9876 emerged victorious, taking down $103,856.80 and the medium tournament for Event 28. Here were the final table payouts:

1. bonzo9876 – $103,856.80
2. tcblade – $77,892
3. StuMan123 – $58,419
4. duff5013 – $41,639.76
5. SeeYouAnte18 – $29,209.50
6. FisFarFar – $22,718.50
7. riverrabid – $16,227.50
8. The Rounderr – $11,359.25
9. All_in_at420 – $6,491

A whopping 11,764 players showed up for the low version of this event, causing the $200k guaranteed prize pool to inflate to $382,760. It took a very long time to carve through such a large field, and over thirteen hours after the tournament started the final table was finally formed. The final table took less than a couple hours and left KJs257 in 1st place for $51,298.60. Not bad for a $10 rebuy!

Here were the final table payouts:

1. KJs257 – $51,298.60
2. arodss3 – $36,025.37
3. blackdds – $26,793.20
4. Bibirico – $19,138
5. darkhawk-200 – $15,310.40
6. weaselypro – $11,482.80
7. ddsuperii – $7,655.20
8. khanrava – $3,827.60
9. adler11 – $2,296.56

Congratulations to everyone who made money in Event 28! Be sure to stay tuned to FTR in the coming days for the conclusion of our coverage of this year’s SCOOP.