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The PokerStars SCOOP 2010 Event #3 is in the books! Many dreams came true, and others got shattered, in what was an awesome display of tournament magnificence.

As we know, each SCOOP event is broken down into 3 tourneys, with each one catering to a different audience in terms of buy-in. Today’s events had the following buy-ins: $5.50 for the Low Buy-in tournament, $55 for the Medium Buy-in tournament, and $530 for the Highest Buy-n tournament. The game in question today was 6-Max NL Hold’em R/A.

L
Let us begin with the Low Buy-in tournament. At just $5.50, it was a lock to attract a huge tournament field. That is just what it did, when the tournament attracted 24,162 participants. And because of this (and the fact that it was a rebuy event), the prize pool ballooned to a staggering $403,885, which is probably a record setting amount for a $5.50+R tournament. This field was as wide and varied as possible, including poker players with all sorts of distinctions. Several PokerStars Pros were also in this tournament, including Anh Van Nguyen, Emad Tahtouh, Thierry van den Berg, Chad Brown, Sebastian Ruthenberg and the always intense Hevad Kahn.

Because of the size of the field, the amount of players who cashed was equally amazing: a total of 4,200 players made the money in SCOOP 2010 E3-L, which is a lot more than 99% of “large field” tournaments get in number of entrants!

The final table of this tournament was comprised entirely of unknowns, each with their eye on the incredible prize worth $45.026.72, and not to mention the endless bragging rights that come for having defeated such a large field and conquer a SCOOP title.

At the end of the day, it was DJ_PissedOFF from Moscow, Russia, that took down the top prize. He participated in an excruciating heads-up battle with Jundawomg whom in turn put all his or her efforts into it, but fell just short despite having entered the final table with the dominant chip lead.

The final hand of this epic tournament went down as follows:
PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, 5.5 Tournament, 1000000/2000000 Blinds 250000 Ante (2 handed) – Poker-Stars Replayer from Poker Hands Replayer

Jundawomg (t133605176)

DJ_PissedOFF (t141397824)

Preflop:

DJ_PissedOFF bets t10000000, Jundawomg calls t8000000

Flop: (t20500000) K, 8, J (2 players)

Jundawomg checks, DJ_PissedOFF bets t10000000, Jundawomg raises to t38000000, DJ_PissedOFF raises to t70000000, Jundawomg raises to t123355176 (All-In), DJ_PissedOFF calls t53355176

Turn: (t267210352) 9 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (t267210352) J (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t267210352

Results:

DJ_PissedOFF had K, Q (two pair, Kings and Jacks).

Jundawomg had 8, K (two pair, Kings and Jacks).

Outcome: DJ_PissedOFF won t267210352
A totally routine but disheartening bad beat sent Jundawomg home in second place with $32,310.80, which is definitely not bad at all for a $5.50 tourney no matter how you look at it. DJ_PissedOFF we suspect is not as pissed off anymore as he collected $45,026.72 in cold hard cash for his efforts that night. Congratulations!

A big round of applause to everybody who participated, and we wish you the best of luck for the next time.

M
The medium buy-in tournament highlights what we mentioned about the size of the SCOOP 2010 #3-L tournament. There were exactly 4444 (a nice number for the superstitious among you) hopefuls who put their money where their collective mouths were to participate in SCOOP 2010 #3-M. This is of course a very impressive turnout on its own accord, but was just 244 more players than the amount who cashed in the lower buy-in tourney.

The medium buy-in event attracted a rather tough crowd. Skilled tournament and SNG players, HU players, cash game players, and players with even more varied backgrounds and skills, populated the tournament and could be found on each and every table all the way to the final table.

heavenwalker was the first to exit the final table, earning $10,716.80 in the process. Sometime after his exit, the players started discussing a potential deal. An agreement was struck, with 4 of the remaining 5 players to get exactly $50K, and with Renaud (who was the overwhelming chipleader at the time) to receive $58K. There was $25K left to fight for after this deal.

Norris9911, Renaud (aren’t you glad you made that deal) and jigga_wigga1 were next to go in order. The final battle was between Mokers and Norm427, and this lasted a very short amount of time compared with the rest of the final table, taking just 10 hands total to finish.

The final hand went down as follows:
PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, 55 Tournament, 200000/400000 Blinds 50000 Ante (2 handed) – Poker-Stars Replayer from Poker Hands Replayer

Norm427 (t33141026)

Mokers (t13298974)

Preflop:

Norm427 bets t900000, Mokers calls t500000

Flop: (t1900000) 8, A, 5 (2 players)

Mokers checks, Norm427 bets t1200000, Mokers raises to t2905002, Norm427 raises to t6800000, Mokers raises to t12348974 (All-In), Norm427 calls t5548974

Turn: (t26597948) 10 (2 players, 1 all-in)

River: (t26597948) 6 (2 players, 1 all-in)

Total pot: t26597948

Results:

Norm427 had 3, 7 (flush, eight high).

Mokers had 9, 8 (one pair, eights).

Outcome: Norm427 won t26597948

Mokers’ hand could not hold up one more time, sending him home in 2nd with his guaranteed $50K. Norm427 took home the endless bragging rights that come with taking down a SCOOP event, the $50,000 from the agreed upon deal, and the $25,000 that was left as prize for the win, for a grand total of $75,000, which is definitely an awesome amount for a $50 buy-in event.

Congratulations!

A big round of applause to everybody who participated, and we wish you best of luck for the next time.

H
And then there was the SCOOP 2010 #3-H event, which featured a $530 buy-in plus rebuys. This event attracted a selection of the best of the best in online poker. Plenty of big names were present in this one, including notable PokerStars Pros Barry Greenstein, George Lind III, J.C. Alvarado, Dennis Phillips, Marcel Luske, Victor Ramdin and Vicky Coren and Nacho Barbero. In total, only 703 players showed up, each one as accomplished as the next, all vying the $183,060 top prize and prestige that comes with winning it all.

The final table of this event was one of the most star studded ones we have seen for this series, and included Micheal “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Shawn “buck21” Buchanan and Jason “JP OSU” Potter. Each and every one of these guys has either big wins or significant deep finishes under their respective belts.

The final table of this event, that is just the last 6 players, lasted 3 minutes short of 4 WHOLE HOURS. To say that this was a tough table is a huge understatement.

When all was said and done however, only one remained. The heads up match came down between Shawn “buck21” Buchanan and Corey “Comandr_Cool” Burbick, and on its own lasted almost two hours. After this grueling session, this hand decided it all:
PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em, 530 Tournament, 17500/35000 Blinds 4375 Ante (2 handed) – Poker-Stars Replayer from Poker Hands Replayer

Comandr_Cool (t4049138)

buck21 (t3106862)

Preflop:

buck21 bets t77000, Comandr_Cool calls t42000

Flop: (t162750) 10, 8, 3 (2 players)

Comandr_Cool bets t105000, buck21 calls t105000

Turn: (t372750) J (2 players)

Comandr_Cool bets t245000, buck21 calls t245000

River: (t862750) 5 (2 players)

Comandr_Cool bets t630000, buck21 raises to t2675487 (All-In), Comandr_Cool calls t2045487

Total pot: t6213724

Results:

buck21 had A, K (high card, Ace).

Comandr_Cool had 9, 7 (straight, Jack high).

Outcome: Comandr_Cool won t6213724

Shawn “buck21” Buchanan fought like a hero. But unfortunately, he fell a bit short and had to settle with a 2nd place finish good for $137,295. Corey “Comandr_Cool” Burbick kept his cool for the whole tournament en route to victory, which encompasses a $183,060 payday and the endless bragging rights of having taken down a very prestigious scoop event. Congratulations!

A big round of applause to everybody who participated, and keep this in mind: if you did not win, or even cash, today, there is always tomorrow and the day after that. Keep trying, because one of these days Victory will be yours to savor!

Final Tables Cash List, SCOOP 2010 Event #3

6-Max NL Hold’em w/ Rebuys

$5.50+R buy-in L
1st) DJ_PissedOFF $45,026.72
2nd) Jundawomg $32,310.80
3rd) RukiCBC $20,194.25
4th) N1GhtFoX $9,087.41
5th) jojobegood $5,453.44
6th) fres gish $3,130.10

$55+R buy-in M
1st) Norm427 $75,000*
2nd) Mokers $50,000*
3rd) jigga_wigga1 $50,000*
4th) Renaud $58,000*
5th) Norris9911 $50,000*
6th) heavenwalker $10,716.80
*= after deal

$530+R buy-in H
1st) Comandr_Cool $183,060
2nd) buck21 $137,295
3rd) e1mdopp $101,700
4th) The Grinder $71,190
5th) JP OSU $50,850
6th) jvans $30,510