This year's SCOOP series has produced numerous spectacular performances with many players collecting multiple cashes and making numerous deep runs. Event #27-H, the $2,100 buy-in fixed-limit Triple Draw 2-7 event, continued that trend, ...
This year's SCOOP series has produced numerous spectacular performances with many players collecting multiple cashes and making numerous deep runs. Event #27-H, the $2,100 buy-in fixed-limit Triple Draw 2-7 event, continued that trend, with several familiar usernames and avatars again turning up at tourney's end. This time it was Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick breaking through to earn his first SCOOP watch by topping a tough field to earn the $52,320 first prize.
There were only about 20 players in their seats when the first hands were dealt on Tuesday afternoon, but by the time the two hours of late registration concluded a total of 96 players signed up. That added up to a $192,000 prize pool, nearly double the tourney's $100K guarantee, with only the top dozen finishers making the cash.
By the five-hour mark the field had been whittled down to 32 players, with Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel having just been sent railward in 33rd while GlassOfBeer, Femmeonfelt, and blanconegro occupied the top three spots on the leaderboard.
A couple of Duhamel's teammates soon followed him to the exit in Eugene Katchalov (out in 30th) and Alex Kravchenko (in 28th), leaving just George Danzer with below average chips to sport the red spade as the tourney played down to five tables.
It would take a couple more hours plus 15 minutes more to play down to 12 and the money, with Danzer continuing to nurse a short stack just about the entire way while Bryan "Brryann" Ruiter pushed to the top of the counts by building a stack of more than 80,000.
Soon Danzer's run would come to an end in 12th place after losing the last of his chips in a hand versus Unkn0wn123. That equaled a $4,800 cash for Danzer as he came up short in an attempt to earn a second lowball title in this year's series after having won Event #12-H ($2,100 NL 2-7 Draw).
GlassOfBeer (11th) and Mike "SirWatts" Watson (10th) followed Danzer to the rail, both also earning $4,800 for their finishes. Then by the nine-hour break Brian "$tinger 88" Hastings (9th), enrico.ita77 (8th), and Phil "Jackal69" Shaw (7th) were eliminated, each taking away $7,200 for their efforts.
Just six remained, with Bryan "Brryann" Ruiter still leading the way, having moved up over the 160,000-chip mark.
Seat 1: Rory "Mafews" Mathews (United Kingdom) -- 37,760
Seat 2: Unkn0wn123 (Uruguay) -- 29,606
Seat 3: Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick (United Kingdom) -- 125,205
Seat 4: Calvin "cal42688" Anderson (Mexico) -- 29,760
Seat 5: Bryan "Brryann" Ruiter (Netherlands) -- 167,636
Seat 6: 7Be/\eC7 (Belarus) -- 90,033
During the break the chip leader offered some advice to the rest of the table, with his nearest challenger, Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick, asking for further insight.
Brryann: Ace is high guys
stevie444: so nuts is 23456?
Brryann: damn right
Final table funnies aside, these six represented a formidable bunch, all tourney regulars with numerous significant scores under their belts, and all clearly well aware of the rules for fixed-limit 2-7 triple draw.
Mafews meets end in sixth
One of those tough competitors was Rory "Mafews" Mathews who already had 10 cashes in this year's SCOOP before the start of this event, including one other final table in Event #14-H ($1,050 NLHE Big Antes) where he finished ninth.
Mathews had a rocky start to this final table, however, and was down to 8,360 with the stakes at 1,400/2,800 when Calvin "cal42688" Anderson opened by raising from UTG. Mathews three-bet from the button, and when it folded back to Anderson he capped it and Mathews called.
Both drew a single card on the first round and checked, then both drew one card again. This time when cal42688 checked, Mafews bet all in for 2,760, and Anderson called. cal42688 took one card one more time on the last draw while Mafews stood pat.
Mafews turned over a 9-7 with , but Anderson had drawn better as he showed an 8-7 --  -- and Mathews was out in