2013 SCOOP Round-Up: Big Scores and Near Misses for Australians

Posted at 10:50 2013-05-21 by Matthew Pitt

The 2013 Spring Championship Of Online Poker is in full swing, in fact half of the events are now completed. Millions of dollars have been won; do you want to know which Australian players are faring the best? Then keep reading to find out.

Event #14 of the SCOOP saw 1,534 players buy into the $109 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy (Big Antes) creating a prize pool just shy of $500,000 in the process. The deepest run by an Aussie players was that of Matt “mjw006” Wakeman who managed to navigate his way to a 14th place finish, good for $3,222.70.

Eat up, you’re at your antes!!

The “Ante Up” events generate a ton of action thanks to the blinds remaining static at 5/5 and the antes going up each round instead. One man who managed to keep ahead of the rising antes almost until the death was Tom “tollgate” Grigg who progressed to the final three tables before busting out of the $82 Medium event in 27th place.

Event #16, the Fixed Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, produced another “close but no cigar” scenario when “DarkTenka” crashed out of the $27 buy-in Low event in 15th place. The $215 medium buy-in of the same event saw James “Andy McLEOD” Obst also finish in 15th. The High buy-in commanded a huge $2,100 to enter and Obst busted in 21st, which was just before the money places. However, there was a final table appearance, albeit a brief one, from Billy “Crocky” Argyros whose tournament ended in ninth place, good for $7,095.

In recent times, Knockout tournaments have increased in popularity thanks to allowing players to make money from the tournament without actually having to cash in the said tournament. The PokerStars SCOOP Event #17 was a Super-Knockout that meant half of the buy-in was placed in the prize pool and the other half placed on each player’s head as a bounty!

In the $215 buy-in Medium event, 4,197 players bought in with Ewan “kevinnok” Psarros among them. On his way to his 28th place finish (worth $1,729.16), Psarros banked 10 bounties worth $103 each! The deepest run was reserved for “OutPlayD_77” who busted in 18th place ($2,809.89) after claiming five bounties.

OneH1tWonder” is $18,900 richer after a fantastic display in the $215 No Limit Hold’em 10-max Shootout event. The tournament attracted some of the best players in the world, but “OneH1tWonder” held his own to almost go the distance and win a massive score.

Five cards are better than two!

Minh “Miksta” Nguyen kept up the unwanted trend of going deep but narrowly missing out on a SCOOP final table when he crashed out of the $11 Pot Limit 5-Card Omaha Rebuy event. Nguyen banked $737.42 for his valiant effort.

In the $109 buy-in Medium event, “HeadShotFyoV” did managed to reach a SCOOP final table, but his run was cut short in ninth place, a result that netted him $4,739.60.

Lightning Fast Action at the Zoom Poker tables

Zoom Poker had its own tournaments on Event #20, paving the way for huge scores and massive hourly rates. One such score found its way into “Brad52286”’s PokerStars account after he chopped four-handed and went on to finish second. His $29,449.97 winnings work out as almost $6,000 per hour; nice work if you can get it!

The $2,100 High Zoom event was over in even quicker, taking only 3 hours 16 minutes to complete. During that time, Jonathan “MONSTER_DONG” Karamalikis ducked, dived and dodged his way to a 10th place finish to bank a $12,038.00 payday.

Another final table, another large cash haul

Martin “nizmo jiz” Kozlov now has more than $500,000 in tournament cashes at PokerStars after a deep run in the $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Turbo Rebuy! Kozlov eventually finished 6/266 entries to bank $37,802.00 – the second largest cash of his career so far.

What’s in store?

Day 2 of Events #20-21 have just restarted (at time of writing) as has the SCOOP Event #24 (Mixed NL Hold’em/PL Omaha). In a few hours the Fixed Limit Hold’em event kicks off and later still Courchevel Hi/Lo makes its debut in a turbo 1R1A format.

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