There have been a number of already-decorated players who have proven themselves again by doing well during this year's SCOOP, and Event #36-M, the $215 no-limit hold'em "1R1A" event, gave us yet another example. "What's the chance?" so...
There have been a number of already-decorated players who have proven themselves again by doing well during this year's SCOOP, and Event #36-M, the $215 no-limit hold'em "1R1A" event, gave us yet another example. "What's the chance?" some might ask, that another WSOP bracelet holder would be winning a SCOOP watch -- like David "Whooookidd" Baker did just yesterday -- but knowing that poker is a skill game, we know such occurrences shouldn't be surprising.
Speaking of chance, it was ChancesCU -- a.k.a. the accomplished pro player Chance Kornbuth -- who again helped further the cause for poker being a skill game by winning Event #36-M and a nifty $112,558.29 first prize.
From 1,430 to 18
The tourney offered players the option to take a single re-buy if needed then an add-on after two hours of play. Most did both, as 1,030 re-buys were snapped up and 909 add-ons taken, thus building a total prize pool of $673,800 -- close to twice the event's $350K guarantee, with the top 180 finishers scheduled to split the loot.
By the six-hour mark they were down to just over 300 players remaining, with Chance "ChanceCU" Kornuth having already opened up some space between himself and the rest of the field by building a stack of more than 142,000, nearly 40,000 ahead of the chasing pack.
Team Online member Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen was also on the front page of the counts at that point, claiming a spot just inside the top 20, with Team PokerStars Pros Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Lex Veldhuis, and Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero also still with chips.
About an hour-and-a-half later they'd played down to 180 players and the cash, with talonaquiles having moved out in front with more than 227,000. All five of the red-spade sporting PokerStars team players were still there, too, with Veldhuis having moved up and into the top 10.
Play continued into the evening, with Chad Brown hanging on with a short stack for a while before busting in 109th ($1,212.84). The field shrunk below a hundred, then just before the nine-hour break Jose Barbero met an untimely end in 74th place ($1,482.36) after running [Ac][Kh] into IfoolU's [Ah][As]. Shortly thereafter Mickey Petersen hit the rail as well in 71st ($1,549.74) after getting his short stack in with [Ac][9d] against ElyaGer727's [Jh][9h], then watching three hearts flop to give his opponent a winning flush.
The field was whittled further down to 50 players, with both ElkY and Veldhuis having moved into the top 10 of the counts while Rhys "floppinhel" Jones had pushed into the lead with more than 540,000. Soon enough the two Team PokerStars Pros and one-time kickboxing opponents found themselves at the same table chatting about StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and Dota 2 as the tourney continued and field continued to shrink.
By the 12-hour mark just 25 were left, with Chance "ChanceCU" Kornuth back in first (with nearly 790,000), Grospellier in seventh (with just under 500,000), and Veldhuis in 20th (with almost 245,000). An hour after that they were down to 18, with Kornuth still on top as the only player over 1 million chips with ElkY in fourth position and Veldhuis in 12th.
Kornuth continued to build on his lead over the next hour as the next six players fell, with Mike "munchenHB" Telker (18th), TUM19 (17th), and alexandrapau (16th) each earning $3,234.24, and Nick "FU_15" Mamoine (15th), *krasav4ik* (14th), and triantafill (13th) taking away $4,480.77 apiece.
From 12 to 9
It was just after the 13-hour break that Veldhuis ended up committing the last of his chips -- just under five big blinds -- with [Kh][9c] against ChanceCU's [Kc][Jh], and when the board rolled out [4c][2h][4s][5c][Th], Veldhuis was out in 12th. Veldhuis tweeted the news afterwards:
@RaSZi: "Busted in 12th. Painfully carddead for the last 2-3 hours. Pretty crazy. Still good day though I guess. Big day tomorrow. #scoop"
Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis
Soon after ChanceCU also kn