How a Strategy Mastermind Adjusts in Smaller Games (3 Hands)

How a Strategy Mastermind Adjusts in Smaller Games (3 Hands)

Adjusting your strategy to exploit weak players is one of the most valuable skills you can have as a poker player. Today we’ll take an in-depth look at 3 hands played by strategy mastermind Ryan Fee during a 50NL session he recorded for Upswing Lab members.  While analyzing each hand, we’ll focus on Fee’s read-based […]

The post How a Strategy Mastermind Adjusts in Smaller Games (3 Hands) appeared first on Upswing Poker.

Read More

Eugene Katchalov – Блог Июль-Август 2016

Привет, друзья! Как и обещал, публикую следующую часть своего блога, где более подробно расскажу о времяпровождении в Киеве, поездке в Италию и подготовке к Барселоне. После приезда из Вегаса понадобилось …

Read More

Game On: Take a tour of the world’s favorite games

Game On: Take a tour of the world’s favorite games

While poker may be the world’s most entertaining card game, it’s not the only fish in the gaming sea. From traditional games like Pinball and Dominoes to more obscure pastimes like Tarneeb, games are played in every corner of the world, often in bars or cafés.

So if you are sick of playing the same old games, we’ve put together a map to help you spice things up in your local pub.

Class up the joint by adding a 2,500 year old Chinese strategic game to the mix, or bring in some history by playing a game that was once a favorite of Leo Tolstoy. Of course, there’s always the classic bar game that was made infamous by Chandler and Joey on primetime TV.

No matter what your taste, this World Games Map has you covered.

Games Map44.jpg

With over 30 games from the United States to the UK to the Middle East explained, this interactive map provides all the rules you need to get started, along with a little history you can use to impress your friends. We’ll leave the strategy on how to beat them up to you…

Read More

PokerStars, proud sponsors of the TT and Conor Cummins

PokerStars, proud sponsors of the TT and Conor Cummins

PokerStars has been a long time sponsor of the Isle of Man TT Senior Race and local TT rider Conor Cummins. Although we’re a global brand that sponsors the likes of Neymar Jr. and Cristiano Ronaldo, not to mention the biggest names in poker, the TT is something that we’ve been incredibly proud to support for the last ten years. When PokerStars set up shop on the Isle of Man in 2005, it didn’t take long to realise how important the two-week festival is to the Island, the people that live here and of course, petrol heads the world over. 

It’s been our privilege to work with Conor through the rough and the smooth. Watching him come back from a terrible accident in 2010 and witnessing his return to world class competition has been an awe inspiring tale of human spirit, devotion and bravery. 

He’s a passionate competitor,  a proud Manxman and enjoys his poker, so it was little surprise to us that he hit it off with Fatima Moreira de Melo, an Olympic gold medal winner and member of Team PokerStars Pro, at the UK and Ireland Poker Tour a couple of years ago. That led to an offer to take her out for a spin on his bike during TT week earlier this month. 

PokerStars_Fatima_Conor_Cummins_TT_2016.jpg

Fatima Moreira de Melo and Conor Cummins at the Isle of Man TT 2016

If you ever get the chance to visit during the TT you should take it. It really is like nothing else on Earth. 

Jon Weedon looks after Corporate Sponsorship for PokerStars.

Read More

APPT10 Seoul: Pass the trophy to Albert Paik

APPT10 Seoul: Pass the trophy to Albert Paik

Congratulations to Albert Paik!

Champion of the APPT10 Seoul Main Event. For his impressive victory this week Paik collects ₩119,097,600 (~$101,000) (including a HK$100,000 ACOP Main Event seat), the coveted APPT trophy and he etches his name in Asia poker history.

APPTSeoul2016 albert paik champion.jpg

Paik overcame a tough field of 157 here in Seoul, but before he was named champion he had to overcome Shenghua Qian in a tense heads up battle. Starting that match as a 2:1 chip underdog, he fought his way back to emerge victorious.

In the end it all came down to a huge flip when Paik and Qian were almost dead even in chips. Paik opened to 60,000 on the button before Qian played back at him for 130,000. Then came the four-bet jam from Paik for 1,571,000, and after some deliberation, Qian called it off with almost an identical stack.

Paik: [8s][8c]
Qian: [ac][qs]

The flop landed [7s][5s][6d] and Paik jumped with excitement – not only fading an ace or queen but also picking up a straight draw. The [7c] turn and [6h] river were also safe and as Paik had Qian covered, the APPT Seoul Main Event was done and dusted.

APPTSeoul2016 heads up.jpg

Before that heads up match we started proceedings with seven players in contention.

It took less than 10 minutes for the first of those to be eliminated. Canada’s Windsor Nguyen started the day with only eight big blinds and couldn’t run it up. He met his demise after running [3h][3d] into the [qc][qd] of Shenghua Qian. The board ran out [5c][4c][ks][kd][7h] with Nguyen failing to improve and finishing in 7th place.

windsor_nguyen_apptseoulfinal.jpg

Satsuki Ochiai was next to go, also hitting the rail in the first level of the day. It was a flip against Michael Egan that ended his tournament run. Ochiai held [as][kc] but wouldn’t find the help he needed against [tc][td] when the community cards landed [2h][9d][2s][2c][7s]. Ochiai was out in 6th place for ₩23,455,000.

Australia’s Michael Egan left us in 5th place. He had been nursing a short stack and ultimately ran [th][td] into Shenghua Qian’s [ks][kc]. Egan couldn’t catch a lucky break and was sent packing when the [7h][6s][qh][ad][9s] board came down. He collected ₩28,554,000 for his impressive showing this week.

APPTSeoul2016 Michael Egan elimination.jpg

Next to go was Ken Hirosawa. He moved all in from the small blind holding [qd][8s] but found himself dominated when Shengua Qian called from the big blind with [ks][qs]. The cards fell [7s][2s][td][as][kc] with Qian turning the nuts and sealing Hirosawa’s fate.

Tetsuro Tomita took home the third place prize. He pushed the last of his chips in from the small blind with [qc][8h] and Paik decided on a call holding [ad][5c]. Tomita had live cards but he bricked on the [4s][5h][td][3c][jc] run out to be sent home one shy of the heads up match.

APPT Seoul Main Event Final Table Payouts
1st: Albert Paik (USA) – ₩119,097,600 (~$101,000)
2nd: Shenghua Qian (China) – ₩69,346,000 (~$58,000)
3rd: Tetsuro Tomita (Japan) – ₩44,871,000 (~$38,000)
4th: Ken Hirosawa (Japan) – ₩34,673,000 (~$29,400)
5th: Michael Egan (Australia) – ₩28,554,000 (~$24,200)
6th: Satsuki Ochiai (Japan) – ₩23,455,000 (~$19,900)
7th: Windsor Nguyen (Canada) – ₩19,736,000 (~$17,600)

Well played to Albert Paik and thanks to the Paradise Walkerhill Casino for hosting another spectacular tournament. The next stop on the APPT is Manila from July 28 – August 8. We hope you can join us again then!

Read More

APPT10 Seoul: Final table live updates

APPT10 Seoul: Final table live updates

12:40pm: Misclick works out for Paik
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

It folded to chip leader Albert Paik on the button and he seemingly attempted to raise to 20,000, but accidentally put 12,000 into the middle. The action was considered a limp and with Ken Hirosawa folding the small blind, Michael Egan checked the big blind to a flop of [9s][kh][kc].

It was checked to Paik who bet 12,000 and after a call from the Egan the dealer turned the [2h]. That card prompted checks from both players and the [6d] arrived on the end.

Egan had a stab at it with a lead for 27,000 but he wouldn’t get it through as Paik picked it off with [5s][5c]. Egan showed [jh][ts] for jack high and the pot was pushed Paik’s way. — BK

12:30pm: Windsor Nguyen out in 7th (₩19,376,000)
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Well, he came in as oiut short stack with just ten big blinds, and it didn’t take long for Canada’s Windsor Nguyen to get busy. He moved all-in under the gun and it folded to chip leader Albert Paik. He tossed in a single chip to make the call, and then the action folded to small blind Shenghua Qian. He looked interested and thought for several minutes before putting in a 170,000 isolation raise. It worked; Paik folded and the cards were flipped:

Nguyen: [3h][3d]
Qian: [qd][qc]

Nguyen was dominated and would need to hit but couldn’t find any help on the [5c][4c][ks][kd][7h] board. As Nguyen was making his exit, Paik revealed that he folded pocket Jacks.

Qian now has 860,000. –JS

windsor_nguyen_apptseoulfinal.jpg

Windsor Nguyen

12:20pm: Let’s go!
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

After waiting for Windsor Nguyen – our short stack – to arrive, play has now officially kicked off. –JS

apptseoulfinal7.jpg

11:45pm: It’s final table time!

The final table is set to start.

Seven players return at 12pm today to see who will lift the APPT Seoul trophy and collect ₩119,097,600.

Albert Paik currently leads the way with 952,000, ahead of Shenghua Qian on 771,000. Blinds recommence on Level 19 at 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante.

Play begins shortly so don’t go anywhere. In the meantime you can find the final table draw below. — BK

Seat Last Name First Name Country PokerStars Status Chip Count
1 Hirosawa Ken Japan            185,000 
2 Egan Michael Australia PokerStars Player          354,000 
3 Qian Shenghua China            771,000 
4 Tomita Tetsuro Japan            542,000 
5 Nguyen Windsor Canada              82,000 
6 Ochiai Satsuki Japan            234,000 
7 Paik Albert USA            952,000 

APPTSeoul2016 final 7.jpg

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Seoul: Brad Kain and Jack Stanton. Photos by Kenneth Lim Photography.

The APPT Seoul festival at Paradise Walkerhill Casino runs until Monday, June 27th. Full details are available on the official APPT website page.

Read More

APPT10 Seoul: Day 3 live updates

APPT10 Seoul: Day 3 live updates

12:30pm: Tsuji gone in 22nd
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

The first player to be eliminated today is Yasuyuki Tsuji. He made a bold and aggressive play, but it didn’t pay off in the end.

Tsuji opened to 10,000 only for Norihiro Otani to raise it up to 28,000. When the action folded back to Tsuji he paused for a moment before announcing he was all-in for 85,000 total.

Otani went deep into the tank and remained for around five minutes. Eventually the clock was called – the bubble is approaching after all and there are other short stacks in play – and Otani had one more minute of thinking.

“Call,” he said.

Otani: [th][ts]
Tsuji: [ah][9d]

Tsuji needed to see an Ace but instead what he saw on the [3c][td][qc] flop was his opponent make a set. That improved to quads on the [tc] turn, and the [8h] completed the board.

Tsuji is out in 22nd, while Otani moves up to 220,000. –JS

tsuji_apptseoul_day3.jpg

No cash for Tsuji

12:20pm: Paik gets stronger courtesy of O’Rourke
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

At the end of Day 1A, our chip leader was Albert Paik. He had a great Day 2 yesterday too, ultimately finishing second in chips.

He’s started the day as he means to go on by adding even more to his arsenal. Liam O’Rourke opened to 8,500 before Paik three-bet to 20,000. With the action folded back to the Australian, O’Rourke then four-bet to 38,500, and Paik made the call.

The dealer spread a [th][kc][td] flop and O’Rourke decided not to continue with his aggression. He checked, allowing Paik to take control with a 40,000 bet. That was enough to take it down.

Paik is now playing around 340,000, while O’Rourke has dropped to 150,000. –JS

12:10pm: Great start for Egan
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Australia’s Michael Egan has managed to find a double-up in one of the very first hands of the day. While we didn’t see the action that led up to it, in the end Egan’s [jh][th] had made a straight on the [5d][ks][ac][9c][qs] board, and he’s now playing a much healthier stack of 205,000. –JS

12:05pm: Shuffle up and deal!
Level 15: Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Cards are now in the air here on Day 3. With 18 places paying and 22 remaining we could be in for a slow start. We’ve also been informed that we’ll be playing down to a final seven today.

Let’s see who can survive the bubble and make it all the way to the final table. — BK

11:45pm: The penultimate day is almost underway!

Only 22 remain in the hunt for ₩119,097,600 (~$101,600) in cash and prizes, the prestigious APPT trophy, and the chance to have themselves etched into Korean poker history.

Potentially another short day as we believe the plan is to play down to a nine-handed final table, before those lucky few return tomorrow to battle down to a champion.

Poland’s Daniel Demicki leads the way at the start of proceedings. He finished 3rd in this event last year and has found himself in a good position to make another deep run. Demicki starts the day with 292,000, only just ahead of Day 1a chip leader Albert Paik with 287,000.

You can find full chip counts here and the Day 3 table draw here.

The players are now making their way onto the tournament floor with action set to begin shortly. Be sure to keep your browser locked to the PokerStars Blog for all the live updates from right here in Seoul. — BK

APPTSeoul2016 payouts.jpg

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Seoul: Brad Kain and Jack Stanton. Photos by Kenneth Lim Photography.

The APPT Seoul festival at Paradise Walkerhill Casino runs until Monday, June 27th. Full details are available on the official APPT website page.

Read More

APPT10 Seoul: Day 2 live updates

APPT10 Seoul: Day 2 live updates

12:40pm: Zheng doubles through Ishihara
Level 9 – Blinds 600/1,200 (100 ante)

We just reported how Alvin Zheng has had a rough start here today, losing more than half his stack in the early stages, but it looks like he’s turning it around after finding a double up.

The hand began with Team PokerStars Pro Chen An Lin raising to 2,800 from late position before Zheng moved all in for his last 16,900. It folded to Masanori Ishihara in the big blind and he came over the top with an all-in of his own. Lin quickly folded and the cards went on their backs.

Zheng: [kd][kd]
Ishihara: [jh][jc]

Zheng was in front and had a stranglehold on the hand by the time the [ks][4c][7h] flop arrived. Needing to fade only running jacks he had locked up the pot by the [7c] turn before the inconsequential [9d] river rolled off.

Zheng secured the double while Ishihara dropped to a still very healthy 122,000. — BK

12:25pm: Simply disgusting
Level 9 – Blinds 600/1,200 (100 ante)

If you’re eating right now I suggest you wait until you’ve finished before reading this hand. It’s pretty darn sick.

There was a [6d][td][7c] flop showing and Yen Chang Huang led at it for 9,000. He started today with 29,900 and had already lost a few, so this was a significant part of his chips. His only opponent, Yifan Zheng, then moved all-in over the top. He had Huang covered.

Huang tanked but eventually made an emphatic call, slamming his stack in the middle. Unfortunately for him, though, it was the wrong decision. Zheng turned over the [qh][qd] and the overpair was way ahead of Huang’s top pair with the [ad][th].

The dealer then burned and turned the [qd], and that sealed Huang’s fate.

Or did it? Out of nowhere the [8d] hit the river and Huang had hit a runner-runner flush. There were gasps all around, and plenty of declarations of “so sick”. Indeed it was.

Zheng has now dropped to 13,000, while lucky old Huang has shot up to 50,000. –JS

12:15pm: Goh’ing home
Level 9 – Blinds 600/1,200 (100 ante)

New Zealand’s Gabriel Goh was just sent packing after a bad beat from China’s Tong Zhou.

Goh kicked things off with a raise to 2,600 before Zhou moved all in from the small blind. The jam was met by a quick call from Goh and he saw he was in a good spot to win the pot.

Goh: [qs][qd]
Zhou: [ad][9d]

Goh managed to fade danger through to the turn on the [js][3h][6h][kh] runout but the [ah] river signaled the end of his tournament.

“Yes!” cried Zhou as the ace arrived on the end.

The pair had similar stacks and Goh wasn’t sure if he had been eliminated. Zhou started the day with only 14,200 but it appears he had spun it up in the first few hands as the dealer cut down 57,000.

“57?” Goh confirmed with the dealer, “he has me covered then.”

Goh was up front his seat and headed for the exit as Zhou raked close to 100,000. — BK

12pm: Let’s get this show on the road!
Level 9 – Blinds 600/1,200 (100 ante)

Cards are in the air here on Day 2 as we begin to play to the bubble, which bursts at 18 players. –JS

11:45am: Welcome to Day 2

Good morning all! We’re back at the Paradise Walkerhill Casino, and in 15 minutes we’ll be joined by the 61 remaining players in this APPT10 Seoul main event.

It’s Day 2, which sees our Day 1A and 1B survivors merge for the first time. Our champion will be in the room today, but who will it be? Could Team PokerStars Pros Celina Lin and Bryan Huang make the final table together again like they did last year? Will our other Team Pro Chen An Lin make his first Seoul final table? Can the Aussie contingent (made up of talented pros including Michael Egan and Lim O’Rourke) make deep runs? You’ll have to wait and see.

The man leading the field right now is Chan Tsuh Ming. He’s bringing a huge stack of 169,800 into play today, after a late surge last night saw him shoot up the leaderboards. Here are the biggest stacks in the room today:

Last Name First Name Table Seat Country Chip Count PokerStars Status
1 Chan Tsun Ming 6 8 Hong Kong 169,800  
2 Paik Albert 7 6 USA 116,800  
3 Ishihara Masanori 4 2 Japan 114,000  
4 Nguyen Windsor 3 4 Canada 111,100  
5 Qian Shenghua 2 3 China 100,300  
6 Kim Andrew 3 6 USA 99,000  
7 Demicki Daniel 2 8 Poland 93,000 PokerStars Qualifier
8 O’rourke Liam 1 8 Australia 87,800 PokerStars Qualifier
9 Tsuji Yasuyuki 2 9 Japan 84,900  

Play starts shortly at 12pm local time. The bubble is sure to burst today with 18 players getting paid. You can check out the whole prize pool and payouts here, but know that all players are aiming for the first place prize of ₩119,097,600 ($101,399 US).

seoulappt.jpg

In terms of how long we’ll play for today, as of right now we really don’t know! Stay with us all day to follow the action. –JS


Ready to sign up for PokerStars? Click here to get an account.


PokerStars Blog reporting team in Seoul: Brad Kain and Jack Stanton. Photos by Kenneth Lim Photography.

The APPT Seoul festival at Paradise Walkerhill Casino runs until Monday, June 27th. Full details are available on the official APPT website page.

Read More

APPT10 Seoul: Day 1B live updates

APPT10 Seoul: Day 1B live updates

12:50pm: Another Team Pro for your list
Level 1: Blinds 50/100

Joining Japan’s Kosei Ichinose as members of Team PokerStars Pro present here on Day 1B of APPT10 Seoul is none other than Celina Lin.

The two-time Macau Red Dragon main event winner may have just arrived for this APPT main event, but she’s already been in the action throughout the festival, playing in a warm-up event earlier this week.

A lot of players already at #APPTSeoul , 88 entrants for the warm up event. Plenty of action here! 35 players left pic.twitter.com/uldfyb7C5a

— Celina Lin (@Celina_Lin) June 21, 2016

With more than $600,000 in live earnings, the Twitch superstar is poised for a good run here today. Here’s hoping! –JS

Thumbnail image for 2016 APPT Macau Day 1b Celina Lin.jpg

Celina Lin at APPT10 Macau in May

12:40pm: Team Pro arrives to rep the red spade
Level 1: Blinds 50/100

Japan’s Kosei Ichinose is now sitting with a 20,000 starting stack as he’s become the first player to adorn the PokerStars red spade here today (he won’t be the only one though – stay tuned for more on that).

Ichinose became a PokerStars Team Pro at the beginning of last year; already a legend in the online world, he was the first Japanese player to reach Supernova Elite status. “I’m proud to be associated with PokerStars as I have achieved so much in the game by playing on the site,” he told us at the time.

Good luck Kosei! –JS

kosei_ichinose_appt10_macau_day1a.jpg

Ichinose in Macau last month

12:30pm: Tens full for Takashi
Level 1: Blinds are 50/100

Hiranuma Takashi just took a large chunk out of Michael Egan’s stack. We arrived at the table to catch what looked like a three-bet to 900 from Egan, and then a subsequent four-bet to 1,900 from Takashi.

Egan called and the flop brought [8s][3c][tc]. Takashi continued for 2,500 and Egan called again before the [3d] turn paired the board.

Then Egan took the betting lead after he was checked to, firing for 3,700. Takashi paused momentarily before making the call and the [qd] river completed the board.

Both players checked it on the end and Takashi revealed [ts][td] for flopped top set which had improved to a full house on the turn. Egan nodded and mucked his hand as he was knocked down to 11,200. Takashi now one of the chip leaders with around 29,000 at his disposal. — BK

12:10pm: Egan’s eager
Level 1: Blinds 50/100

One of the more recognisable faces in the crowd at the beginning of play today is that of Australia’s Michael Egan. An all-round beast at the felt, Egan burst on to the live scene last year with a fifth place finish in the EPT12 Barcelona €50K super high roller, good for €358,900.

He followed that up with a final table at the Aussie Millions in January, ultimately finishing seventh in the $25,000 high roller for $76,094.

We look forward to seeing how he gets on here in Seoul. –JS

12:00pm: Shuffle up and deal!

Players are in their seats and cards are in the air as Day 1B kicks off. Blinds begin at 50/100 with a starting bank of 20,000.

More notable names are expected to make an appearance today. We’re about to scout the field and see who we can spot.

11:45pm: Welcome to Day 1B!

Players have begun wandering in to the poker room here at Paradise Walkerhill Casino as Day 1B is almost underway.

Yesterday saw 61 players in the Main Event race and we’re expecting to eclipse that number today as a new batch of players pony up the ₩3,000,000 (~$2,600) and chase the Seoul poker crown. They’ll be looking to best the Day 1A end-of-day chip leader Albert Paik who bagged up 116,800.

The plan today is eight one-hour levels so including breaks play will conclude around 8:30pm local time. For now though, it’s just about time to begin. Stay with us! — BK

APPT Seoul111.jpg

Key APPT10 Seoul Facts:
– 20,000 starting stack
– Blinds starting at 50/100 for 200 big blinds
– Levels are 60 minutes on Day 1 and there will be eight of them
– Day 2 is Saturday when the field will combine for the first time. We’ll reach the money during the eight levels of play on Day 2 and then play down to a final table on Sunday. Monday is all about the final.
– Full APPT10 Seoul schedule here.

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Seoul: Brad Kain and Jack Stanton. Photos by Kenneth Lim Photography.

The APPT Seoul festival at Paradise Walkerhill Casino runs until Monday, June 27th. Full details are available on the official APPT website page.

Read More

APPT10 Seoul: Day 1A live updates

APPT10 Seoul: Day 1A live updates

12:50pm: Takeshi’s castle
Level 1: Blinds 50/100

It’s only 45 minutes into Day 1a and we’ve already seen our first player find the exit.

Despite the two in the hand having around the starting 20,000, all the money appeared to go in preflop. The recent evictee held [kh][kd] and was up against the [ac][td] of Yamashita Takeshi.

The kings looked good until the [5c][4h][ah] flop left Takeshi’s opponent chasing two outs. Neither of those would come as the [8d] turn and [tc] river completed the board and as our first casualty fell, Takeshi stacked up close to 40,000 as our new chip leader. — BK

12:35pm: Note to self – don’t try and bluff Vincent Li
Level 1: Blinds 50/100

I saw a 4,150 pot (pretty big for this opening level) and two players, unknown to me at the time, both deep in contemplation. Naturally I stuck around to see how it went down.

The board showed the [6s][9h][4c][4s] and a player led out for 2,200. His opponent, who after the hand I discovered is Hong Kong’s Vincent Li, made the call.

The river was the [9s] and the turn-raiser quickly checked. Li checked it back and waited for his opponent to reveal his hand – which turned out to be the [as][td] for just Ace-high. Thing is, Li had Ace-high too with the [ac][jc]. It was a great call, and Li took down a healthy pot early here on Day 1A. –JS

12:25pm: Team PokerStars in the building
Level 1: Blinds 50/100

Our first Team PokerStars Pro has taken his seat this afternoon. Taiwan’s Chen An Lin is flying the flag on his own at the moment, but more of his teammates are expected to arrive later or make an appearance tomorrow for Day 1b.

Lin has just taken a seat at Table 6 across from reigning Asia Player of the Year Alan Lau so we’ll be keeping an eye out to see if they engage in any battles. — BK

chen an lin appt jpg

Team PokerStars Pro Chen An Lin

12:10pm: Nice start for O’Rourke
Level 1: Blinds 50/100

Australian pro Liam O’Rourke is out in the Day 1A field, and he’s off to a flying start. After an under-the-gun raise to 300 on a five-handed table, O’Rourke flat called on the button and the two saw a [9s][9d][ad] flop fall. The raiser continued for 425, and O’Rourke went nowhere.

Next up was the [tc] turn, and the betting didn’t stop. It was 875 this time around and once again that bet was called. Finally the [5h] landed on the river and both players decided they’d had enough. After each checked, the original raiser showed the [2d][2s], while O’Rourke took it down with his [ah][8h].

O’Rourke, from Oakley, Victoria, had his biggest live cash in the HK$100K high roller at APPT7 Macau, finishing fourth for HK$339,000 (roughly $43,675 US). –JS

12:00pm: Shuffle and deal!
Level 1: Blinds 50/100

Cards are now in the air!

We’re in for eight levels of play today. Let’s see how many runners we can get here for the Main Event and who of those can survive the day.

So far we’ve spotted reigning Asia Player of the Year Alan Lau in the field, we’re about to go scouting for some more notables.

Stay tuned! — BK

11:45am: Day 1A ready to go!

It’s a hot day here in Seoul, South Korea, but inside the Paradise Walkerhill Casino there’s a cool, calm atmosphere right now. It’s not going to last though; Day 1A of the APPT10 Seoul is just 15 minutes away from starting, and those cool exteriors will soon heat up as the cards get in the air and the chips start flying.

The buy-in for this main event is ₩3,000,000 (roughly $2,600 US), with registration open until the end of Level 4. There will be eight 60-minute levels on Days 1A (today) and 1B (tomorrow), so the only question now is to see who will make it through to Day 2?

This tournament had 241 runners last year, and boasted a star-studded final table featuring Team PokerStars Pros Celina Lin and Bryan Huang. In the end it was Jason Mo who took it down for KRW165,590,200 ($151,359) and the coveted APPT trophy.

Play will be starting at 12pm local time, so don’t go anywhere.


Opening a PokerStars account is easy. Click here to get an account in minutes.


Key APPT10 Seoul Facts:
– 20,000 starting stack
– Blinds starting at 50/100 for 200 big blinds
– Levels are 60 minutes on Day 1 and there’ll be eight of them
– Day 1A is today and Day 1B takes place tomorrow
– The field will then combine for the first time on Saturday. We’ll reach the money during the eight levels of play on Day 2 and then play down to a final table on Sunday. Monday is all about the final.
– Full APPT10 Seoul schedule here.

pokerstars_appt_seoul.jpg

PokerStars Blog reporting team in Seoul: Brad Kain and Jack Stanton. Photos by Kenneth Lim Photography.

The APPT Seoul festival at Paradise Walkerhill Casino runs until Monday, June 27th. Full details are available on the official APPT website page.

Read More

APPT9 Seoul: It’s showtime

APPT9 Seoul: It’s showtime

Welcome to Seoul! One of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour’s most breathtaking stops. Not only is there another exciting week of poker in store here but players get the chance to enjoy the rich cultural experience that the city has to offer when they’re away…

Read More

Raise Your Voice; Join #Fight4Poker

Raise Your Voice; Join #Fight4Poker

There’s never been a more important time for American online poker players to make their voices heard than right now. Today, lawmakers are considering online poker legislation in the statehouses of California, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania. The New York Senate passed an online poker bill yesterday and another online poker bill is due to be heard by the California Assembly Appropriations Committee today. There’s real, growing momentum pushing for licensing in these states and we’re now closer than ever to the finishing line. 

While there are a lot of people doing their part, PokerStars very much included, there are isolated but influential forces working to keep online poker locked away. That’s why the support of the poker playing community can make a real difference. Together, we can show that the discussion is not all about taxes, state borders, or political maneuvering: it’s about being able to play a game that you love in the safety of your home protected by consumer regulation; the right, as an adult, to make that decision for yourself, not have it made for you.  

This is the time of year when legislators in Sacramento, Albany, Harrisburg, and Lansing want to focus on summer vacations and relaxing with friends and family, just like you.  But before summer really sinks in and decision makers adjourn for vacation, we have an opportunity to raise our voices and show support for safe, competitive and regulated online poker.

PokerStars #Fight4Poker.jpg

That’s what the folks at the Poker Players’ Alliance (PPA) have been doing for a decade and they count more than one million Americans as members.  The PPA is a non-profit organization that gives a unified voice to American poker players and works with key lawmakers to raise awareness of issues impacting the U.S. poker playing community. PokerStars is a long-standing supporter of the PPA and its work, which is crucial in keeping the momentum in the right direction, but your voice is needed now so they can shout louder. It’s easy to get involved and make a difference.  Just visit the PPA’s #Fight4Poker page and learn how you can lend your voice.

Millions of Americans want regulated online poker in their states.  We heard that last month from the players who drove hours and crossed state lines to participate in our recent PokerStars Run It Up Resorts Rumble at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.   There’s no greater warrior for online poker than Jason Somerville, certainly none who have as much to say.  Jason supports the PPA and invited them to participate in the PokerStars event at Resorts.  See Jason and fellow poker players call for legislation here:

Resorts is the longest-standing casino on the Atlantic City Boardwalk and Resorts executives will tell you how online gaming is driving new business to the bricks-and-mortar casinos that desperately need new customers. PokerStars’ New Jersey arrival in mid-March also demonstrated that concentrated marketing combined with a quality online product will grow the online marketplace. Yesterday, the N.J. Division of Gaming Enforcement released data showing that since PokerStars’ arrival, the NJ poker market is more than 30% larger than last year for the second consecutive month.

New Jersey is a bright, shining example of how successful, regulated online poker can be in America.  Never mind the lofty revenue projections of 2013, look at the reality of hundreds of thousands of Americans playing safely within the geographic confines of the Garden State. Technology and well-monitored corporate governance is successfully keeping criminal activity out of online gaming, protecting the vulnerable from the risks of gambling, and also sending millions of dollars of tax revenue into the state’s coffers. It’s a convincing template to show that safe, regulated online poker can be achieved in the United States.

It is an election year. Your voice matters. #Fight4Poker with the PPA. Call, email and Tweet your elected officials to remind them how important the regulation of online gaming truly is. Find 10 other supporters to take action. Make noise. It is common-sense legislation that protects consumers and benefits players everywhere. Help us make this a reality.  Now is the time.  Now is the moment.  Now is when the PPA and poker need you!


Eric Hollreiser is Vice President of Corporate Communications for Amaya Inc. and PokerStars.

Read More

The Poker-Capoeira Connection

The Poker-Capoeira Connection

Check.
Bet.
Raise.
All-in.
Sound familiar? It’s this sort of back and forth that you’ll hear constantly in a poker tournament room. Players toss chips into pots in an attempt to increase their stacks by outsmarting their opponents, while the dealers …

Read More

Omaha Week: The aftermath

Omaha Week: The aftermath

What a week this has been!

I didn’t know what to expect going in. I’d never played a PLO tournament and certainly never been coached on live stream before. It started off with some lessons from Lex and Roy. It was a fun experience to learn something new in front of an audience. I felt like a total amateur, but the fans we’re very supportive, and I think it was a great learning tool for them as well. We got to review a lot of my hands, and it was helpful to get the followers comments and perspective on them. Some even got a chance at sending their own hands for us to look at. My time spent on Omaha-8 with Adrienne (TalonChick) on Friday was so enlightening. I’m not certain I’ll get to use her tips on a regular basis, but I definitely feel more well rounded now. I played mostly Zoom 50pl all week. Just like anything new, I made a lot of mistakes, corrected some, made some more and improved a ton along the way. 

marc_andre_pca_2016.jpg

We worked hard with one goal in mind: the $1,000 High Roller tournament on Sunday. Everybody following us could enter a raffle that gave away 15 x 5%. 75% total of my action was freerolled by the fans. 

We started off well and won most pots we entered in the first three hours, good enough to put us in the top five in chips for a while. Once in the money, I gambled on huge draw (I included two Boom Hands below) that would’ve given me the chip lead with 18 left. I ended up finishing 13th for $2,354, so close from the $47,000 on top. It was so cool to feel the support from the fans and win them some money, I wish I could’ve take down the title for everybody.

The week is now over, and it’s mission accomplished. We fulfilled the goals we set for ourselves prior to the week, and we learned valuable lessons about playing solid Omaha. Thanks again to my coaches, Lex, Roy, and Adrienne, I can now feel comfortable playing PLO events in next WCOOP/SCOOP or maybe even chase a WSOP bracelet next month. I hope our followers had as much fun as I did. Maybe mixed game is next? 


Marc-Andre Ladouceur is a member of Team PokerStars Pro Online

Read More

Streamer for the people joins Team Online

Streamer for the people joins Team Online

I’m on Team Online? Somebody please wake me up.

In all seriousness I’ve been looking forward to this for such a long time and it’s an absolute dream come true! When I first got into poker I knew that I was going to shuffle between player/broadcaster/ambassador, and it’s really flattering that PokerStars sees value in me and my content and has brought me on board.

I’m a firm believer that surrounding yourself with smarter and more successful people is a huge key to improving yourself and your life. There are so many people that I’ve idolized in this group and now that I get to interact with them and be almost an apprentice of sorts is so beneficial for me.
 


Ready to sign up for PokerStars? Click here to get an account.


Kevin_Martin.jpg

I’m a streamer for the people! We’ve documented a lot of high moments but also the growing pains as I try to transition from a live to online player. I have fun when I play online poker! I know, shocking concept. I celebrate when I hit my running flush, and yell in disgust when my aces are cracked. The average poker player relates to my emotions as I’m not a robot behind my computer screen and neither are they!
 
The Team Online group has been really welcoming! I actually miss-click folded aces pre-flop on my stream yesterday during my first day for Team Online and the messages started piling in. Those guys are not going to let that one go for a while. It’s an extremely diverse group representing a lot of different people in the poker industry. It’s clear there is a special bond between team members and I’m excited to get in there and start picking some brains.
 
The future? My girlfriend is graduating this weekend from post secondary school and then I’m joining Jason Somerville and other Team Online members at Run It Up Reno. After that it’s time to get to work! I’m excited improve my poker game and continue the growth of my Twitch and YouTube channels.

The future is bright and it’s amazing to have this group of people and PokerStars behind me. I had a lot of supportive people in my corner before but this takes it to a whole new level!


Kevin Martin is a member of Team PokerStars Pro Online

Read More

Low-rolling High Roller: Punk girl in Monaco

Low-rolling High Roller: Punk girl in Monaco

Nothing shouts “high roller” as much as Monte Carlo, and nothing shouts “low roller” as much as punk.

So, imagine me, a former punk girl having my £49.99 handbag placed on its own little chair by one of four waiters looking after me in a Monaco restaurant. 

How did I get here? 

Poker got me here!

People in my family still see poker as a despicable game played by criminals in smoky back rooms. They imagine cowboys in saloons shooting each other if they catch someone bluffing, cheating, or simply winning too often. 

If you’re reading this, you’ll likely know poker has become something else. Some might call it a sport.

I never intended to become a professional player. Sure, it’s still a dream, the thing I would do if I had the one big break or a lottery win that gave me complete financial freedom without worrying about downswings. I wanted to work in the industry, and that is what I’ve done for eight years now. At the same time, being the poker fan-girl that I am, I enjoy spending time with the poker players that live my dream. I enjoy being part of their world at least a little bit. 


Ready to sign up for PokerStars? Click here to get an account.


Work has brought me to Monte Carlo a few times now. The first time was just on my way back to Nice from covering EPT San Remo 2008 as a blogger. We stopped for an afternoon to have a stroll through the town and a beverage at Cafe de Paris. This definitely wasn’t my world. Nothing was real. The streets were far too clean, the people looked all miserably arrogant, and the prices for anything were unexplainably high.

Just a week later I returned to Monte Carlo again to work as a blogger for the PokerStarsBlog and IntelliPoker Blog at the EPT. The IntelliPoker team did not book a hotel room, but we got lucky. George Danzer forfeited his room at the Le Meridien to us because he wanted to share with his best buddy Jan Heitmann at the Monte Carlo Bay. The bellhop brought me my luggage with the words, “Welcome, Mrs Danzer!” I didn’t protest. 

The room had a great view of the famous yacht harbour, which was nice, but a quick inspection of the minibar proved all the horror stories true: Red Bull for €12, water €6, bag of crisps €7… madness!

This first visit to Monte Carlo turned out to be one of the most stressful experiences in my life. As a blogger I usually got to bed around 2-3am and had to be back at the venue at 10am. The lack of sleep got to me, and my nerves were extra thin. I was already overwhelmed by the impressive Salle des Etoilles tournament room. I had only been in the poker business for two months, and suddenly I stood in front of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Antonio Estfandiari, and the like. Regardless, I wouldn’t have missed the opportunity for the world.

I saw all these poker heroes and learned a lot, but I couldn’t see anything of Monaco the entire week.

salledesetoilles.jpg

The most amazing poker tournament room in the world: Le Salle Des Etoilles

Lowrolling it!

So, in 2015 when a friend and co-worker of mine offered to share a room in Monte Carlo, I jumped on it. The idea was to make it a holiday, actually go sightseeing, and play some poker myself. In order to share with my friend at the Le Meridien, I only had to pay €30 extra per night. For that, I also got the full amazing breakfast buffet. BINK! 

I managed to find cheap EasyJet flights, so this ex-punk went for a five-day holiday to Monte Carlo. The difference between working there and being there on holiday is that you have to pay for your own food. There is no daily allowance to keep you fed and watered. Suddenly a €9 price tag on a small bottle of Heineken becomes very relevant. 

There were a few tricks I applied during this trip:

1. Find someone to share a room with
2. Completely overeat at the breakfast buffet and sneak out the occasional banana, apple, or croissant
3. Find those bars that also provide you with a bowl of nuts when you order a drink. Have a plastic bag available to store some or all of the nibbles for later
4. Pass welcome desks more than once and either with a question or just a smile, bag a complimentary chocolate one at a time
5. Fill up your water bottles in the hotel gym or at the poker venue water dispensers (I have also learned that Monte Carlo tap water is, indeed, drinkable)
6. Learn to pick filling starters for main entrees in restaurants 
7. Party with people that don’t watch their pennies as much as you do

For those of you that ever want to make the trip to Monte Carlo, be aware that France is literally across the road. A lot of the hotels, restaurants, and supermarkets are a small walk away, and you can get everything close to half the price. So, make sure to do your business in France as much as possible.

My sightseeing trip was with one of those omnipresent Hop-On-Hop-Off busses for €22. It drove me around the mini-country for a while, and I finally felt I had seen the place properly. This satisfaction then allowed me to spend some more time in the poker venue at the poker tables. Unfortunately, I failed to capture my Monegasse flag, as I did not cash in either the Omaha8, the Ladies, or the Deuces Wild events.

Getting ideas

Two weeks ago, I returned from Monte Carlo once again. I had been over for work in my new role as Innovation and Ideation Manager. My task this year was to collect ideas for new games, features, or improvements for any of our offerings in poker, casino, sports. It was interesting, and some cool stuff landed on my desk. It wasn’t as stressful as my first work trip here, and I could even tick off the last missing sightseeing item that I had always wanted to do: Le Casino!

My family had been very concerned when as a nine-year old I screamed “CAAAASINOOOOOO!” every time we drove past one. As I love games and flashy lights, I have been a fan of casinos from a very early age. Vegas casinos are my big unexplainable passion, but the one in Monte Carlo is the crown jewel of all casinos, and I had always wanted to see it from the inside.

This year I was staying at the Fairmont Hotel right next to the casino. I found out that you could wander the rooms during daytime for a €10 fee, which I gladly paid. In awe, I shuffled through the impressive rooms with massive chandeliers, paintings and sculptures. I had this place almost to myself, and for a while just sat on an armchair taking in the artwork above and around the blackjack and roulette tables.

casinodemontecarlo.jpg

Le Casino de Monte-Carlo – the most legendary casino of all time

A staff member of the casino found me taking a selfie, and I explained what a big fan I was of casinos and architecture and that I was here for work with PokerStars. He offered me to show me some private areas of the casino that are usually not accessible for tourists. I happily accepted and saw high-limit private rooms and amazing outside gambling areas with stunning views.

cm_monaco.jpg
 
Enjoying the view from a private area at Le Casino

There I was, the old punk girl, staring at roulette tables with minimum bets of €3000, touching marble and gold. I wasn’t sure what I was feeling or thinking. But I think it was the same as I feel when I see amazingly shiny and expensive cars driving past me: I am glad to know and see that these things exist, but I am absolutely fine, not having them in my own life. It’s not what I strive for.

I strive for exactly what happened here in Monte Carlo while working crazy hours as a blogger at the EPT and being a tourist, seeing things you don’t see every day: 

Collecting moments, not things!


Previously: The Life of an EPTourist


Christin Maschmann is the PokerStars Innovation Coordinator & Ideation Manager

Read More

Taking your PLO game to the next level

Taking your PLO game to the next level

Hey folks. I’ve been playing PLO for close to ten years and have been coaching students in the game for about half that time. As complex and nuanced as the game of Pot Limit Omaha is, I have noticed that there are some leaks and pitfalls that are common amongst almost all beginner and intermediate players that are trying to improve. I’d like to discuss what some of these are and how you can avoid falling victim to them.

Playing too many tables too soon. This one has almost a 100% strike rate. Almost every single person I have come across that is trying to get better at PLO is doing so while playing too many tables (I myself have fallen into this category). Omaha is such an intricate and complex game that it is an enormous hindrance to your learning experience to play too many tables at once. You will miss important information constantly and your mind won’t be able to think through hands with enough depth. I recommend one or two zoom tables maximum and no more than four regular tables. 


Want to play with Roy on PokerStars? Click here to get an account.


GodlikeRoy_teamonline44.jpg

This, for instance, would be too many tables…

Not fighting for the small pots, or, seeing monsters under the bed. When it comes to Omaha, a lot of new players tend to be afraid to bluff or stab at pots when they don’t have much of a hand. It’s a common misconception that it’s easy to make a big hand in PLO so you shouldn’t bluff. Very often there will be a limped pot or single raised pot that goes check-check-check-check-check-check-check-check-check and if anyone had put a bet out the pot would’ve been theirs, but nobody wants to so it goes to whomever is lucky enough to make 2nd pair or bottom two by the river. I’m not saying you need to try and win every pot – but if it looks like nobody else is interested, then take a stab. You’ll be surprised at how often you can pick up these small pots and how quickly they add up.

Too much playing, not enough studying. This one ties into my first point a little bit but all too often I talk to a student who is playing tens of thousands of hands a week and spending MAYBE one hour a week away from the tables working on their game. All this does for them is gives them practice playing their current game and doesn’t help them take their game to the next level. There is so much work you can do to improve and almost nobody does enough of it. Including but not limited to: reviewing your hands after a session, using powerful software or tools to analyse your statistics or particular hands, discussing theory with friends or on a forum, studying how your opponents play and figuring out how best to exploit them, and thinking about the weakest parts of your own game and how you might improve upon those areas. You could watch poker videos or twitch streams or read a book. An hour invested into any of these areas will pay dividends the next time you sit at the table, so don’t neglect working on your game. 

Hopefully you’re able to take something away from the above three points – I am confident that most people reading this will relate to at least one of them given how prominently I have seen them throughout the years. Put in just a little extra work and thought on your game and you’d be amazed at the things you can accomplish. Good luck


Want to play with Roy on PokerStars? Click here to get an account.


Roy “GodLikeRoy” Bhasin is a member of Team PokerStars Pro Online

Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/godlikeroy 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/roybhasin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GodlikeRoy  

Read More

SCOOP 2016: Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk Talks About His Win in SCOOP-43-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em [1R1A], $250K Guaranteed

SCOOP 2016: Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk Talks About His Win in SCOOP-43-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em [1R1A], $250K Guaranteed

Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk is one of the most renowned online poker players in the game. For years he’s battled at the high-stakes cash games, while also finding time to win a World Series of Poker gold bracelet and win the PokerStars Mountain Series $700 Kilimanjaro for $162,952. However, the one thing missing from his impressive résumé was a “COOP” title.

That all changed this past weekend when he navigated a tough final table and dispatched Oliver “sk2ll_m0dR” Wies in heads-up play to win SCOOP-43-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em [1R1A] for $115,000. 

“I’ve actually never won any COOP before, but the main reason is I never really play them,” Polk said while attending Jason Somerville’s Run It Up Reno!. “Most of the time when it comes to tournament it’s such a grind. Because I was playing on Twitch, I got in basically every single tournament, grinded them every day. I was just lucky I managed to take one down.”

What’s more, Polk did it while streaming to thousands of viewers on Twitch!

“People were going nuts,” Polk said of his stream. “First off, you have to turn on subscribers-only chat. It was a really cool final table because at one point with seven people left I was the shortest. It was getting ropey at the final table, but once it got down to heads up I really felt I had a really good chance to win because that’s the format I play. Everyone was just loving it.”

The tournament featured a $250K guarantee, but thanks to 151 entrants that accounted for 42 rebuys and 57 add-ons, that was doubled as a $500,000 prize pool was distributed to the top 18 players.

The defending champ, Ankush “pistons87” Mandavia busted in 98th place, while poker pro David “dpeters17” Peters had the unfortunate distinction of bubbling the final table in 19th place. From there nine players hit the rail before the final table of nine was established. Among those to fall were Oliver “ollie_p” Price (18th – $10,250), Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo (15th – $10,750), Ronny “1-ronnyr3” Kaiser (14th – $10,750), and Darren Elias (13th – $10,750).

Here’s how things stacked up at the start of the final table:

Pavel “3P3NIPA” Plesuv – 609,105
James “Andy McLEOD” Obst – 440,407
Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk – 419,274
Sergio “zcedrick” Aido – 363,075
Miguel “Gandalf MR” Riera – 177,923
Justin “birddy420” Ouimette – 175,756
Oliver “sk2ll_m0dR” Wies – 159,042
Alexander “EvnomiYa” Mordvinov – 81,805
Sami “lrslzk” Kelopuro – 73,613

scoop_43_H_final_table.png

In the final hand of the tournament, which took place in the 10,000/20,000/2,500 level, Weis (1,181,344) raised to 50,000 holding the [Ts][6c] on the button and Polk (1,318,656) defended the big blind with the [Js][7s]. Both players checked the [Jc][9h][Jh] flop, and then Polk led out for 140,000 on the [Td] turn.

Weis called, the [6s] completed the board on the river, and Polk bet 525,000. Weis responded by moving all in for 988,844 total, and Polk took to the chat.

“Lol, I’m never good [here] but will still call,” he said before doing just that. Polk was wrong as his trips was in fact the best hand, which sent Weis to the rail in second place with an $80,000 consolation prize.

“The most notable hand was the final table of the tournament,” explained Polk, who played SCOOP from Vancouver. “I over-bet the river for value and he jammed. I even said it in the chat that I was calling but l was never good. Emotionally, I felt I’m never going to win, but luckily for me I don’t really use that side of my brain to make decisions. I just go with a more pure math style. If you’re to over-bet and fold trips to a min-raise, you’re going to get owned. I want to give that guy props, he went for it. It was a pretty crazy hand, but really exciting to win that.”

“BOOM, won the 2k cubed,” Polk tweeted after the win before staying on his grind while streaming his action from SCOOP-49-H: $21,000 NL Hold’em [Heads-Up, High-Roller], $400K Guaranteed.

“That’s not an event I can skip. I have to play that. I was playing the final table while playing the $21k. I was like two tabling. I actually won both matches. What sucked in the heads up is I had to play “Donger Kim” in the second round. He is a student of mine, one of my best friends, but luckily I let him know who the coach was.”

SCOOP-43-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em [1R1A], $250K Guaranteed
Entrants: 151 (42 rebuys, 57 add-ons)
Prize Pool: $500,000
Place Paid: 18

1st – Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk (Australia) $115,000
2nd – Oliver “sk2ll_m0dR” Wies (Germany) $80,000
3rd – Sergio “zcedrick” Aido (UK) $60,750
4th – James “Andy McLEOD” Obst (Australia) $45,000
5th – Pavel “3P3NIPA” Plesuv (Czech Republic) $30,000
6th – Miguel “Gandalf MR” Riera (UK) $25,000
7th – Justin “birddy420” Ouimette (Canada) $20,000
8th – Alexander “EvnomiYa” Mordvinov (Russia) $15,000
9th – Sami “lrslzk” Kelopuro (Finland) $12,500

“I’m going to play the ARIA $300k,” Polk said while playing the $125 pot-limit Omaha at RIU Reno. “It’s funny, I’m playing this $125 tournament here, and it’s my only tournament I’m playing in between. Nice little polarization there. I do like polarizing ranges.”


Chad Holloway is a Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Read More

APPT10 Macau: Day 1a live updates

APPT10 Macau: Day 1a live updates

Move over for the Main Event!

Welcome back to PokerStars LIVE Macau for our coverage of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour 10’s Macau HK$25,000 Main Event. 

It has already been an exciting week of poker here and now players will set their sights on the festival’s flagship event. You can read more about what’s in store right here.

Play will begin at 2:00pm local time and with hundreds expected to pull up seats across the two opening flights you can be sure there will be a healthy prize pool on offer. The eventual champion will be crowned come Sunday so stay with us over the next five days for all the action from the felt! 

APPT_MacauChips_450px.jpg

All photos by Kenneth Lim Photography courtesy of PokerStars LIVE Macau

Read More

SCOOP 2016: Romania’s profit76 Wins $437,420.71 in SCOOP-51-H: $1,050 NL

SCOOP 2016: Romania’s profit76 Wins $437,420.71 in SCOOP-51-H: $1,050 NL

SCOOP-51-H: $1,050 NL Hold’em [Day 2], $1.5M Guaranteed was a tournament broken down into two parts with the first calling for players to enter one of numerous Day 1 flights and survive 18 levels of play. Those who made it to Day 2 were not only in the money, but able to compete for a $437,420.71 first-place prize.

The tournament attracted 2,813 entries throughout the various starting days, but just 307 made it through to Day 2. Among those to fall in the money were Team PokerStars Pros Marc-Andre “FrenchDawg” Ladouceur (225th – $2,636.90), Naoya “nkenyo” Kihara (156th – $3,326.09), Jason Mercier (86th – $5,323.32), and George Danzer (47th – $6,754.57).

Others who cashed were Joe “smokrokflock” Serock (300th – $2,094.84), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (294th – $2,094.84), Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk (174th – $3,326.09), Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich (64th – $6,754.57), and Alex “dynoalot” Difelice (13th – $20,086.38).

Here’s a look at how things stacked up at the start of the final table:

profit76 – 4,570,124
jzjayz88 – 4,166,245
ViCiuSMaXiMu – 3,622,690
Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins – 3,442,515
gordon0410 – 3,334,177
Jack “jackziyang” Salter – 2,704,882
Rob “robtinnion” Tinnion – 2,673,322
ismo
Andreas “Hoegh93” Høgh – 1,359,123

scoop_51_h_final_table.png

Aces Fail ismo

With the blinds at 35,000/70,000/7,000, Rob “robtinnion” Tinnion (4,460,130) raised to 149,100 from middle position and “ismo

Tinnion checked, ismo

ismo
Tinnion: [6s][7s]

ismo

ViCiuSMaXiMu Runs Into Kings to Bust Eighth

With the blinds at 50,000/100,000/10,000, “profit76” (5,879,053) limped the cutoff and “ViCiuSMaXiMu” (1,117,757) moved all in from the button. Both blinds folded and profit76 made the call.

profit76: [kc][ks]
ViCiuSMaXiMu: [6c][6h]

ViCiuSMaXiMu was looking for a six, but it wasn’t in the cards as the board ran out [7h][8h][as][9s][Jh]. ViCiuSMaXiMu earned $41,300.74 for finishing eighth.

Big Slick Doesn’t Do the Trick for Andreas “Hoegh93” Høgh

Later in the same level, “gordon0410” opened for 210,000 from early position and Andreas “Hoegh93” Høgh (712,371) moved all in from the cutoff. profit76 (5,914,410) then moved all in over the top from the small blind and gordon0410 folded.

Høgh: [as][kd]
profit76: [jd][jc]

It was a flip, but Høgh needed to improve to stay alive. That proved easier said than done as the board ran out an unhelpful [Td][8d][5h][3h][js]. Høgh won $57,938.79 for finishing in seventh place.

Double Knockout Sends Martins Out in Sixth; Salter in Fifth

A few hands later, Jack “jackziyang” Salter (2,813,359) limped under the gun and “jzjayz88” (5,068,936) raised to 270,000 from the hijack. Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins called off for 170,460 from the button, both blinds folded, and Salter called to see a [qh][Ts][4s] flop.

Salter led out for 198,445, jzjayz88 raised to 640,000, and Salter three-bet to 1.15 million. Not to be outdone, jzjayz88 four-bet to 1.8 million and Salter called to see the [9c] turn. Salter shoved his last 733,359 and jzjayz88 called.

jzjayz88: [ad][qc]
Salter: [as][js]
Martins: [10c][8c]

jzjayz88 was ahead with top pair, but both his opponents were drawing very much alive. Fortunately for jzjayz88, the [5c] river was a blanked and he scored the double knockout.

Since he began the hands with less chips, Martins finished sixth for $81,279.66, while Salter took fifth for $114,022.98, his largest online score to date.

gordon0410 Takes His Leave in Fourth Place

With the blinds at 60,000/120,000/12,000, jzjayz88 (6,740,755) raised to 270,000 from the button and was met by an all-in three-bet from gordon0410 (1,758,465) on the button. Tinnion flatted fro the small blind, profit76 called, and then the two active players checked the [5d][Ts][3s] flop.

When the [8d] appeared on the turn, Tinnion bet 900,000, profit76 called, and the [6c] completed the board on the river. Tinnion returned to checking but called when profit76 bet 1.12 million. profit76 showed the [ac][5c], but it was no good as Tinnion held the [9h][9c]. gordon0410 simply mucked and exited in fourth place for $159,957.02.

jzjayz88 Straightened Out in Third Place

With the blinds at 100,000/200,000/20,000, Tinnion (11,417,816) raised to 426,000 on the button holding the [jh][5h] and jzjayz88 (6,402,016) defended the big blind with the [ac][4c].

jzjayz88 then checked the [5d][2s][3h] flop, which gave him a straight, and Tinnion bet 647,680 with top pair. jzjayz88 just called and then led out for 1.2 million on the [9h] turn. Tinnion, who picked up a flush draw, made the call and promptly his another heart on the [8h] river.

jzjayz88 bet another 1.2 million, Tinnion moved all in, and jzjayz88 called off his remaining 2,908,336. With that, jzjayz88 was out in third place for $224,395.82.

Tinnion vs. profit76 for the Title

Heads-up play began with Tinnion holding 17,939,832 in chips to profit76’s 10,190,168, but the stacks fluctuated in what turned out to be a back-and-forth affair. Eventually profit76 pulled out to a lead, and things came to a head in the 120,000/240,000/24,000 level.

In what would be the final hand of the tournament, profit76 (21,000,050) raised to 480,000 from the button with the [kh][2h], Tinnion (7,129,950) called from the big blind with the [7s][6s], and the flop came down [7h][5d][4d].

Tinnion check-called a bet of 385,020, the [Ks] appeared on the turn, and profit76 bet 1,373,506 after his opponent checked. Tinnion called and then checked for a third time on the [2c] river. profit76 moved all in and Tinnion opted to call off his remaining 4,867,424. With that, Tinnion was out in second place for $314,794.10 while profit76 finished as the winner for whooping $437,420.71.

SCOOP-51-H: $1,050 NL Hold’em [Day 2], $1.5M Guaranteed
Entrants: 2,813 entries (307 on Day 2)
Prize Pool: $2,813,000
Place Paid: 307

1st: profit76 (Romania) $437,420.71
2nd: Rob “robtinnion” Tinnion (UK) $314,794.10
3rd: jzjayz88 (China) $224,395.82
4th: gordon0410 (UK) $159,957.02
5th – Jack “jackziyang” Salter (Cyprus) $114,022.98
6th – Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Australia) $81,279.66
7th – Andreas “Hoegh93” Høgh (Denmark) $57,938.79
8th – ViCiuSMaXiMu (UK) $41,300.74
9th – ismo

This year’s SCOOP is winding down, but until it does can find recaps for each event right here on the PokerStars Blog.


Chad Holloway is a Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Read More

SCOOP 2016: clan1 Defeats Giorgos “gkap13” Kapalas to Win SCOOP-51-M: $109 NL Hold’em for $193,767.77

SCOOP 2016: clan1 Defeats Giorgos “gkap13” Kapalas  to Win SCOOP-51-M: $109 NL Hold’em for $193,767.77

One of the more interesting events on the 2016 SCOOP schedule — SCOOP-51-M: $109 NL Hold’em [Day 2], $1M Guaranteed – concluded Monday night. The tournament was broken down into two parts with the first calling for players to enter one of numerous Day 1 flights and survive 22 levels of play. If they did that, not only did they advance to Day 2, they were also in the money.

Over all the starting flights, 14,482 entrants took to the felt, but just 954 of them advanced to Day 2. Among those to do so, but subsequently fall over the course of play were Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier (415th – $645.75), Adi Agarwal (254th – $1,012.29), Jaime Staples (189th – $1,271.08), Mickey “mement_mori” Petersen (175th – $1,271.08), and Jake Cody (115th – $1,599.24). 

Others who went even deeper were Mike “pipedream17” Dietrich (67th – $2,575.47), Bertie “bigstealer” Bayley (23rd – $4,709.25), and David “davidv1213” Vamplew (19th – $4,709.25), just to name a few.

Here’s a look at how things stacked up at the start of the final table:

tuk-tuk17 – 26,914,147
clan1 – 23,053,250
tzini9 – 21,909,305
Giorgos “gkap13” Kapalas – 19,141,277
pol17pl – 16,082,711
dampfnudel77 – 14,757,321
Bluf_To_Much – 10,211,771
mathiijs992 – 6,542,070
Harleyy20040 – 6,208,148

scoop_51_m_final table.png

Bad Beat Sends tzini9 Out in Ninth

With the blinds at 180,000/360,000/36,000, “pol17pl” opened for 799,200 under the gun and action folded to Giorgos “gkap13” Kapalas (25,525,827), who three-bet to 2,066,525 from the button. “tzini9” (20,765,305) then four-bet to 5,299,999 from the big blind, pol17pl folded, and Kapalas moved all in. tzini9 quickly called off and the cards were turned up.

tzini9: [ad][ah]
Kapalas: [kd][kh]

It was a cooler for Kapalas, but it turned out to be a bad beat for tzini9 as the [ks][6s][2c] flop delivered his opponent a set. Neither the [2d] turn nor [7c] river helped tzini9, and he was sent out the door in ninth place for $12,931.84.

Cracked Aces Also Send dampfnudel77 to the Rail

Not long after, cracked aces spelled doom for “dampfnudel77.” It began when “tuk-tuk17” (23,373,597) opened for 720,000 under the gun and “Bluf_To_Much” (13,043,715) called from the cutoff. pol17pl called from the button, dampfnudel77 (12,356,778) three-bet to 3,100,766 from the small blind, and tuk-tuk17 folded.

Bluf_To_Much called, pol17pl folded, and it was heads-up action to the [5c][9d][qd] flop. dampfnudel77 bet 2,612,345, Bluf_To_Much called, and the [4s] appeared on the turn. dampfnudel77 moved all in for 6,607,667, and Bluf_To_Much snap-called.

Bluf_To_Much: [qh][qc]
dampfnudel77: [ad][as]

Bluf_To_Much flopped a set, and he successfully cracked the aces when the [2d] blanked on the river. dampfnudel77 took home $18,141.45 for his eighth-place finish.

Harleyy20040 Takes His Leave in Seventh Place

With the blinds at 200,000/400,000/40,000, Kapalas (49,854,332) raised to 840,000 from early position and “Harleyy20040″(6,140,948) defended his big blind to see a [7d][6d][Tc] flop.

Harleyy20040 checked, Kapalas bet 836,250, and Harleyy20040 check-raised all in for 5,260.948. Kapalas called and the cards were revealed.

Harleyy20040: [8d][7c]
Kapalas: [Qd][Th]

Harleyy20040 had outs, but neither the [6h] turn nor [Jd] river was what he was looking for. Harleyy20040 boosted his bankroll by $25,449.94 for finishing in seventh place.

mathiijs992 Gets It in Good But Falls in Sixth

In the same blind level, Bluf_To_Much (33,905,153) raised to 820,000 from the cutoff and was met by an all-in three-bet by “mathiijs992” (4,707,230) in the small blind. Bluf_To_Much made the call and mathiijs992 discovered he was a 59.1% favorite.

mathiijs992: [ad][jc]
Bluf_To_Much: [kc][qs]

mathiijs992 got it in good, but Bluf_To_Much pulled ahead on the [qd][3c][6d] flop. The [5h] turn was no help to mathiijs992, and neither was the [8d] river. 

pol17pl Out in Fifth After His Kings Fail to Hold

The next elimination didn’t occur until the 400,000/800,000/80,000 level and it happened when pol17pl (12,290,232) raised to 1,776,000 from the cutoff and then moved all in after “clan1” (24,791,880) raised to 3,688,585 from the small blind. clan1 made the call and pol17pl was primed to double.

pol17pl: [kc][kh]
clan1: [ah][jd]

pol17pl was looking to dodge an ace, but that proved easier said than done as the [7h][as][Td] flop contained one. The [4c] turn left pol17pl looking for a king on the river, but it wasn’t in the cards as the [5s] bricked. pol17pl was awarded $50,085.41 for finishing in fifth place.

tuk-tuk17’s Kicker Problem Results in Him Exiting in Fourth

With the blinds at 600,000/1,200,000/120,000, tuk-tuk17 (16,541,221) open-jammed from the button and clan1 (20,669,482) moved all in over the top from the small blind.

clan1: [ah][th]
tuk-tuk17: [ac][5d]

tuk-tuk17 had a kicker problem, and it didn’t get resolved as the board ran out [8d][3h][2h][jd][Td]. 

Ace on the Flop Sends Bluf_To_Much Out in Third

A few hands later, Bluf_To_Much (24,621,473) raised to 2,655,955 from the small blind and then called off when clan1 (36,370,703) moved all in from the big blind.

clan1: [ad][8c]
Bluf_To_Much: [kh][kd]

Bluf_To_Much was a 71.2% favorite, but not after the [ac][jd][Ts] flop delivered clan1 an ace. Bluf_To_Much picked up a Broadway draw, but he missed as the [2d] blanked on the turn followed by the [9c] on the river. Bluf_To_Much earned $98,567.96 for his third-place finish.

Giorgos “gkap13” Kapalas Has to Settle for Runner-Up

Heads-up play began with Kapalas holding 83,707,824 in chips to clan1’s 61,112,176, but before long the latter pulled out to a small four million lead. Then, with the blinds at 700,000/1,400,000/140,000, Kapalas (70,662,597) raised to 2.8 million from the button, clan1 (74,157,403) called, and the flop came down [kc][2h][7d].

clan1 check-called a bet of 1,862,325, and then checked the [7c] turn. Kapalas bet 4,236625, clan1 check-raised to 12,252,580, and Kapalas called to see the [qh] river. clan1 moved all in, and Kapalas called off for 52,607,692 with the [9h][7h]. Unfortunately for him, his kicker was no good as clan1 held the [7s][ah] to seal the deal.

SCOOP-51-M: $109 NL Hold’em, $1M Guaranteed
Entrants: 14,482 entrants (954 on Day 2)
Prize Pool: $1,448,200
Place Paid: 954

1st – clan1 (Germany) $193,767.77
2nd – Giorgos “gkap13” Kapalas (Cyprus) $138,276.16
3rd – Bluf_To_Much (Moldova) $98,567.96
4th – tuk-tuk17 (Israel) $70,262.46
5th – pol17pl (Poland) $50,085.41
6th – mathiijs992 (Netherlands) $35,702.47
7th – Harleyy20040 (Mexico) $25,449.94
8th – dampfnudel77 (Austria) $18,141.45
9th – tzini9 (Romania) $12,931.84

This year’s SCOOP is winding down, but until it does can find recaps for each event right here on the PokerStars Blog.


Chad Holloway is a Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Read More

SCOOP 2016: Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo grabs second SCOOP title in Event #52-M ($215 NLHE, 8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE)

SCOOP 2016: Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo grabs second SCOOP title in Event #52-M ($215 NLHE, 8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE)

Back in 2012, Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo closed SCOOP out with an excellent day at the tables, taking down the $10,300 SCOOP-High Main Event for $798K after a three-way deal. The next three years passed without another champion’s watch, and after 11 previous cashes without a final table, it looked like the same might hold true for SCOOP 2016. But after four years and two days of waiting, Nick Grippo has earned his second SCOOP title with another series-closing victory.

The final Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition of SCOOP 2016, Event #52-M kicked off at 11am ET yesterday. The 27 levels of 8-max poker played took the Day 1 field from 4,967 to under 150, paying out the majority of the 640 cashers in the process, including Team Pro’s Liv Boeree (460th place, $397.36).

Team Online was well-represented in the payouts. Both Kosei “K.Ichinose” Ichinose (298th, $476.83) and Caio “Pessagno” Pessagno (234th, $516.56) cashed on Day 1, but Celeste “LadyMaCe86” Orona was still in the hunt with more than half the prize pool remaining when Day 2 began. Her run eventually came to an end in 97th place, good for $993.40.

By 3:48pm ET, all but these eight players had collected their payouts:

2016 SCOOP-52-M ft.jpg

Seat 1: pisha4 (2,704,519 in chips)
Seat 2: SergeiOrehov (6,460,110 in chips)
Seat 3: Squa1l (7,959,053 in chips)
Seat 4: Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo (25,321,391 in chips)
Seat 5: Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot (14,345,202 in chips)
Seat 6: Kley (5,045,176 in chips)
Seat 7: Gerardo “g3r4rd0x” Rodriguez (17,292,090 in chips)
Seat 8: passuare (20,212,459 in chips)

Blinds and antes were at 140K/280K/35K, putting pisha4 in immediate danger. The player from Belgium had last made a SCOOP final in 2011, taking third place in a Medium 6-max event, but this stay wouldn’t last quite as long. pisha4 called from the big blind with [5d] [5c] after GripDsNutz raised to 622K, then opened all-in for 2M more when the flop came [4d] [6h] [3c]. GripDsNutz called behind with [Ac] [Jh] but took the lead on the [Jc] turn, and the [Qs] river ended pisha4’s tournament in 8th place ($7,450.50).

SergeiOrehov’s stack had dropped by a about a quarter since the start of the final table. Then the Russian player picked up [Ac] [Ad] under the gun, raised the minimum, and got one caller in Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot. SergeiOrehov led for 725K on the [7c] [8d] [7d] flop, and then again for 722K on the [6c] turn after tonkaaaa called. tonkaaaa raised all-in then, showing [7s] [7h] for flopped quads when SergeiOrehov called. Drawing dead, the Russian player left in 7th place ($12,417.50).

About 15 minutes went by without a knockout, a stretch that saw the blinds and antes rise to 160K/320K/40K. That put added pressure on short stacks Kley and Squa1l, the latter of whom ended up raising all-in for 4.1M in the small blind with [As] [8d] after passuare opened for 640K on the button. passuare called with [Ad] [Jh] and made queens and jacks on the [Jc] [9h] [Qc] [7d] [Qs] board to send Squa1l to the rail in 6th place ($28,808.60).


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


After holding on to a 20-big-blind stack long enough to see it become a 17-big-blind stack when the stakes went up to 200K/400K/50K, Kley would be the next to go. The Swedish player moved all-in with [Ad] [Kc] over the top of tonkaaaa’s opening raise and ended up in a race with [Qc] [Qd]. Both of Kley’s cards stayed live the whole way, but the [5d] [6d] [Js] [7s] [Jh] board provided no help, eliminating Kley in 5th place ($48,676.60).

Getting a grip

Half of the contenders had been accounted for in the first 43 minutes of play, leaving these four to chase the title:

Seat 4: Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo (34,835,920 in chips)
Seat 5: Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot (26,574,695 in chips)
Seat 7: Gerardo “g3r4rd0x” Rodriguez (13,041,982 in chips)
Seat 8: passuare (24,887,403 in chips)

Nick Grippo immediately put some distance between himself and the other three. On the first hand after Kley’s departure, he made the fourth pre-flop bet for 6.6M in the small blind after g3r4rd0x opened for 840K and passuare re-raised to 2M on the button. g3r4rd0x folded, but passuare called and took the [Ac] [7s] [2s] flop. The Brazilian player raised the minimum after Grippo opened for 3.8M, but Grippo’s all-in three-bet ended the action in the 29.9M-chip pot.

passuare’s 10.5M remaining chips dwindled to 8M before the Brazilian player picked up [Qd] [Qs] and re-raised all-in from the small blind over the top of g3r4rd0x’s 800K opening bet. g3r4rd0x called with [7h] [7s] and 5M chips behind, which looked to be where he would be working from after the [8h] [4d] [Ah] flop and [Kd] turn, but the [7d] river made a set to win the pot for the underdog. That dagger of a river card brought passuare’s tournament to a close in 4th place ($68,544.60).

That pot gave g3r4rd0x 21.5M chips, but the deck didn’t hold many more wins for the past Sunday Million and MicroMillions 7 winner. Three-handed play amplified the effect of 250K/500K/62.5K blinds and antes, and after 20 minutes g3r4rd0x was holding just 10.6M. He limped on the button with [Ad] [Jd] and then shoved when GripDsNutz made it 2M to go in the small blind. GripDsNutz called with [8c] [8s] and made two pair by the time the board read [4s] [4h] [3h] [4c] [3s], taking the 21.8M-chip pot and knocking out g3r4rd0x in 3rd place ($88,412.60).

2016 SCOOP-52-M ft hu.jpg

Winning that pot gave Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo 69.1M chips as he began heads-up play in a SCOOP event for the first time in almost exactly four years. Past Super Tuesday winner and SCOOP 2016 Event #45-H 5th-place finisher Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot 30.1M. They immediately made a deal based on ICM, giving Grippo the bigger share of the money and leaving $12,000 on the table as a brief but entertaining run to the title began.

First Talbot won a race with [Tc] [Th] to Grippo’s [Ks] [Qc] to take the lead by eight big blinds. Then Talbot jammed a few minutes later with [2s] [2h], only to have Grippo call and win with [Ad] [Ah]. Talbot doubled to 26.1M two hands later with [Kc] [Qc] to Grippo’s [Jc] [Jd], and then reclaimed the lead one minute later after winning with [Ad] [Qc] against Grippo’s [Qh] [2h]. Then Grippo won with [Kc] [Kh] against Talbot’s [7c] [7h] to get back to 81.6M in what would be the final lead change of this tournament. Three hands later, Grippo jammed on the button with [Kc] [6d] and Talbot called with [Qc] [Td]. The king on the river of the [Ad] [5h] [7s] [7d] [Ks] made a pair for Grippo, bringing this Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition to its conclusion.

Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot’s share of the heads-up deal was $119,041.85. And Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo, after 11 previous SCOOP 2016 cashes with no final tables and three previous SCOOP series without a title, laid claim to $146,436.43 and his second career SCOOP champion’s watch. Congratulations to him for another fine SCOOP closing day!

SCOOP-52-M ($215 NL Hold’em, 8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE) results
Entrants:
 4,967
Total prize pool: $993,400
Places paid: 640

1. Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo (Canada) $146,436.43*
2. Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot (Canada) $119,041.85*
3. Gerardo “g3r4rd0x” Rodriguez (Peru) $88,412.60
4. passuare (Brazil) $68,544.60
5. Kley (Sweden) $48,676.60
6. Squa1l (United Kingdom) $28,808.60
7. SergeiOrehov (Russia) $12,417.50
8. pisha4 (Belgium) $7,450.50
*Reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $12,000 in play for the winner


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: tinchoarce rolls over final table in Event #55-M ($109 NLHE, Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super-KO)

SCOOP 2016: tinchoarce rolls over final table in Event #55-M ($109 NLHE, Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super-KO)

People are hard-wired to look for patterns. Sometimes, though, there really isn’t one when it looks like there is. Just ask Argentina’s tinchoarce, who made a SCOOP final table 2014 and again 2015 without winning a title. After becoming one of the first finalists of SCOOP 2016 in Event #02-M and cashing seven more times during the series without returning to a final, some might have said there was a “one SCOOP final per year, no champion’s watch” pattern developing. Not so much, it turns out. A quick run through the first 5800+ players in Event #55-M – and surviving a close call during heads-up play – allowed tinchoarce to close out SCOOP 2016 with a victory.

The Medium version of the last event on this year’s SCOOP schedule was a $109 no-limit hold’em tournament with ultra-deep stacks and a progressive super-knockout payscale. And to keep things from spilling over into Monday, the turbo structure made every blind level five minutes long. That attracted 5,838 players, the top 765 of whom shared in half of the prize pool. The other $291,900 went to bounties, starting at $25 and progressing upward for the rest of the tournament.

The tournament started at 5pm ET and only took five hours and 17 minutes to reach this final table:

2016 SCOOP-55-M ft.jpg

Seat 1: grbalazs (25,763,700 in chips)
Seat 2: Zoukki (19,765,438 in chips)
Seat 3: ZAR84 (51,584,704 in chips)
Seat 4: tinchoarce (85,706,659 in chips)
Seat 5: Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich (29,949,357 in chips)
Seat 6: Nacho “PokerLoans1” Barbero (20,868,440 in chips)
Seat 7: mackkim (32,488,113 in chips)
Seat 8: Trem-FCK-Ftp (17,876,196 in chips)
Seat 9: dankol2 (7,897,393 in chips)

It was never going to be a long stay for anybody with the blinds going up every five minutes, but Zoukki’s stay would be the shortest. The FInnish player’s second final table of SCOOP 2016 (after Event #15-M) ended on the first hand after calling all-in with [Ac] [Jc]. Hungary’s grbalazs had moved in from the hijack seat with [Qd] [Td] and paired on the flop of the [Qc] [5s] [8c] [8d] [7c] board to take the 44M-chip pot, ending Zoukki’s day in 9th place ($2,335.20 + $1,860.50 in bounties).

Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich entered the final day of SCOOP 2016 in ninth place on the Player of the Series leaderboard. A finalist in three events already, his quest for a champion’s watch to round it all off would be denied. Sitting on the button with [Kh] [Qc], he effectively moved all-in over the top of tinchoarce’s opening raise, leaving less than a small blind behind. tinchoarce called with [As] [6d], neither player improved on the [4d] [Ts] [9h] [5d] [7d] board, and Colisea’s tournament ended in 8th place ($3,648.75 + $4,121.79 in bounties).

No SCOOP watch for Colisea this year

No SCOOP watch for Colisea this year

After stealing the blinds and antes on the next hand, tinchoarce claimed both of the next two knockout bounties on the hand that followed. After opening for 6.7M in the hijack seat with [Ad] [Jh], tinchoarce saw both Nacho “PokerLoans1” Barbero and Trem-FCK-Ftp move all-in, for 10.9M in the cutoff and 26M in the small blind, respectively. tinchoarce called and had just 19.9 percent equity against Barbero’s [As] [Kh] and Trem-FCK-Ftp’s [9c] [9s] before the flop. Then the board came [6s] [8c] [Qc] [Th] [9d], making a straight for tinchoarce to win the 68M chips in the middle. Barbero, owner of the shorter stack and previous SCOOP 2016 finalist in Events #17-H and #49-L, finished in 7th place ($6,567.75 + $1,961.87 in bounties), while Trem-FCK-Ftp wound up in 6th place ($9,486.75 + $2,566.93 in bounties).

2016 SCOOP-55-M ft five-handed.jpg

That gave tinchoarce 149M chips and all the initiative against dankol2 survived a desperate all-in against the three players hovering between 43M and 49M. dankol2 was in there, too, hanging on by a thread with 2M chips – less than a big blind now at 1.6M/3.2M/400K blinds and antes. Even doubling up twice left the player from Ukraine in desperate straits, and after a shove with [Kh] [6c] was met by tinchoarce’s call with [Kc] [Ts], the board came [7h] [Kd] [4h] [3h] [2c] to eliminate dankol2 in 5th place ($12,405.75 + $1,726.72 in bounties).

tinchoarce stayed the course on the next hand, calling on the button with [Ks] [Js] after MicroMillions 6 Main Event finalist ZAR84 moved in for 21M with [7h] [5h] under the gun. Making three kings on the [Kc] [2c] [9c] [4h] [Kd] board won the pot for tinchoarce, and ZAR84 left in 4th place ($16,492.35 + $1,454.26 in bounties).


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Three hands later grbalazs picked up [7c] [7h] and moved all-in from the big blind after tinchoarce had raised on the button. tinchoarce called with [Tc] [Ts], made an unnecessary set on the river of the [4h] [6d] [Qh] [9c] [Td] board, and eliminated grbalazs in 3rd place ($24,081.75 + $2,876.29 in bounties).

In just 17 minutes, tinchoarce had claimed bounties on six players to reach heads-up play with 226M chips. mackkim had doubled through tinchoarce once during that time, with [Qc] [Js] against [7c] [7s], to avoid the fate that the others had met. Over the next 19 minutes mackkim would not only dodge elimination, but put tinchoarce on the brink of it more than once.

2016 SCOOP-55-M ft hu.jpg

After catching a deuce on the river to survive with [Ks] [2d] against tinchoarce’s [Ah] [9s], mackkim would play defense long enough to pick up [Ac] [Qc] and double up again, this time to 155M, after getting all-in against tinchoarce’s [Qd] [6d]. Then tinchoarce reclaimed a slim lead and three-bet all-in with [As] [Qh] over mackkim’s button opener with [Kc] [Jc]. It was the river that delivered once again, with the [7d] [8c] [Ts] [4h] [Ks] board making a pair of jacks to put mackkim in what looked an insurmountable position.

Holding 274M chips to tinchoarce’s 17M, mackkim would now feel the other side of variance, losing four potentially decisive pots in a row with tinchoarce up against the ropes. The Argentinian player finally reclaimed the lead in a limped pot when the same [8h] turn card that made a flush for [Th] [3h] made a straight for mackkim’s [5h] [2s]. mackkim managed one more double-up with [Jc] [Jd] a few hands later, but calling all-in on the final hand with [Kd] [2s] left the player from Canada dominated by tinchoarce’s [Ks] [Js]. The board fell [7c] [8s] [Kh] [Ah] [6h] and tinchoarce claimed the win.

Finishing in second place was worth $34,006.35 for mackkim, who took down another $2,636.67 in bounties. And the ninth cash of SCOOP 2016 was the charm for tinchoarce, paying off with a first career COOP title and $45,665.40 plus another $12,957.03 in bounties, including seven of the eight bounties available at the final table. Congratulations on wrapping up this series in style!

SCOOP-55-M ($109 NL Hold’em Wrap-Up, Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super KO) results
Entrants:
 5,838
Total prize pool: $583,800 ($291,900 regular prize pool, $291,900 bounty prize pool)
Places paid: 765

1. tinchoarce (Argentina) $45,665.40 + $12,957.03 in bounties
2. mackkim (Canada) $34,006.35 + $2,636.67 in bounties
3. grbalazs (Hungary) $24,081.75 + $2,876.29 in bounties
4. ZAR84 (Germany) $16,492.35 + $1,454.26 in bounties
5. dankol2 (Ukraine) $12,405.75 + $1,726.72 in bounties
6. Trem-FCK-Ftp (Czech Republic) $9,486.75 + $2,566.93 in bounties
7. Nacho “PokerLoans1” Barbero (Argentina) $6,567.75 + $1,961.87 in bounties
8. Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich (Poland) $3,648.75 + $4,121.79 in bounties
9. Zoukki (Finland) $2,335.20 + $1,860.50 in bounties


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: dntfrgtame plugs the hole and defeats Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton to win Turbo Super-KO Event #55-H ($1,050 NL Ultra-Deep PSKO)

SCOOP 2016: dntfrgtame plugs the hole and defeats Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton to win Turbo Super-KO Event #55-H ($1,050 NL Ultra-Deep PSKO)

Pretty much everyone is surprised that Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton didn’t win this SCOOP tournament, even dntfrgtame, who won actually won it.

From the start of the final two tables in Event #55-H Turbo PSKO, hitthehole was in peak form. He was a cross somewhere between the Terminator and Predator wiping out every opponent in his path. hitthehole amassed a ginormous stack the size of Mt. Everest and proceeded to pick off the first half of the final table with minimal effort. He even took out two players at once to kick things off at the final table. That auspicious start seemed like an omen or precursor of what’s to come. Alas, once it got three-handed, things went sideways for hitthehole. His magic seemed to…run thin…and he coughed up the lead. He still managed to get heads-up for the bracelet, but it was over as fast as it began. When dntfrgtame landed a haymaker, Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton hit the canvas and was unable to answer the count.

Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton settled for a second-place effort, while Latvia’s dntfrgtame waltzed into the winner’s circle as the newest SCOOP champion. If you add up all the KO-bounties plus the first-place prize in this turbo-charged event, dntfrgtame earned $156K, which is a juicy payday for only five hours of work.

MidyHole.jpg

Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton denied a SCOOP; Turbo Super-KO runner-up

By the way… Turbo Ultra-Deep Progressive Super-Knockout… sounds like the name of a hipster band from Brooklyn that would be opening up for the Arctic Monkeys. The high-end version of Event #55-H $1,050 NL Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super-KO (a.k.a. TUDPSKO) attracted 1,335 runners. They created a total prize pool of $1,335,000.00. Half of it was split between the regular prize pool and the bounty prize pool or $667,500 each. The top 153 places paid out with $115,210.50 initially set aside to the champ.

With two tables to go, Denmark’s scorpio04 led with 8.7M until hitthehole chipped up to over 9M and rocketed to the top of the pack. hitthehole was just waking up and ready to embark on a heater. Once he got going, you couldn’t stop him. He literally had one switch — ON. He only had one speed — supersonic. He began vacuuming up chips on his short table and even sent aalloonn home on the final table bubble in tenth place when he outflopped aalloonn’s [Ac][Jh] with [Qs][5s].

SCOOP2016_FT_E55H.jpg

SCOOP-55-H – Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: daskalos20 (4,943,977)
Seat 2: dntfrgtame (3,243,428)
Seat 3: Brabupada (151,808)
Seat 4: hitthehole (22,837,336)
Seat 5: Garrin4e (6,616,249)
Seat 6: scorpio04 (6,340,471)
Seat 7: selinantis (11,011,520)
Seat 8: altiFC (2,714,482)
Seat 9: 1sag (8,890,729)

The final table commenced during Level 49 with blinds at 200K/400K and a 50K ante. Brabupada barely made the final table with marginal holdings and 152K. hitthehole held the biggest stack with 22M, or twice as much as selinantis in second.

Notables at the final table included… Max ‘altiFC’ Altergott won the EPT9 Monte Carlo Super High Roller in 2013 for a serious score worth €1,746,400… Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton a.k.a. Middy has won nearly $6 million playing online poker and he’s done pretty well for himself in a live setting as well as the EPT10 Bracelona champ… Andreas ‘daskalos20’ Christoforou won nearly $3M online. Christoforou and Middy were at the SAME final table at the EPT Barcelona that Middy won. Talk about a coincidence, eh?


Need a PokerStars account to play SCOOP? Click here to get one.


MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS TOUR: Brabupada eliminated in 9th place and daskalos20 eliminated in 8th place

Of course, Middy liquidated the first two players…in the same hand. Brabupada called all-in for 26,808, hitthehole shoved for 21,712,336, and daskalos20 called 4,268,977.

daskalos20: [Kh][Qd]
hitthehole: [6c][6h]
Brabupada: [As][4s]

Pocket sixes held up for Middy, who actually turned a straight on a board of [9d][7d][5h][8c][3c]. Brabupada and daskalos20 both failed to improve. Brabupada was the first player to exit the final table. Ninth place paid out $7,342.50. daskalos20 was knocked out in second place, which paid out $13,016.25.

Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton banked $4,930.66 for busting daskalos20 and banked $1,062.50 for busting Brabupada. His own bounty increased to whopping $34,083.95.

STEVE BIKO (STIR IT UP): Garrin4e eliminated in 7th place

Three-way all-in. dntfrgtame bombed it all-in for 2,568,428, hitthehole shoved for 29,883,121, Garrin4e called all-in for 7,803,749.

hitthehole: [9s][7s]
Garrin4e: [Ad][Qc]
dntfrgtame: [As][Js]

Of course, Middy was all-in with the worst of it! The board ran out [Qh][6d][5s][Ks][3s]. dntfrgtame tripled up in a side pot by winning with an Ace-high flush. hitthehole won the side pot against Garrin4e after catching a running flush. Garrin4e flopped a pair of Queens, but it failed to hold up. Garrin4e busted in seventh place, which paid out $19,691.25.

Yup, hitthehole earned another bounty. This one was worth $7,662.11. Middy’s own bounty jumped to $41,746.05.

With six to go, hitthehole led with 32M and altiFC was last with 4.9M.

WE CAN GET DOWN: scorpio04 eliminated in 6th place

Guess who won another bounty? Correct… hitthehole claimed another flashflood victim. The tsunami-like raising continue when hitthehole shoved for 34,087,514 with [7s][3s] and scorpio04 called all-in for 4,277,971 with [Ad][7h]. The board ran out [Qs][Ts][2d][Js][5s]. hitthehole turned a flush and won the pot. scorpio04 never improved and hit the virtual rail in sixth place, which paid out $26,366.25.

For stinging the scorpion, hitthehole locked up $1,515.63 for smushing scorpio04. Meanwhile, hitthehole’s bounty swelled to $43,261.67.

8 MILLION STORIES: Max ‘altiFC’ Altergott eliminated in 5th place

Max ‘altiFC’ Altergott decided it was time to double up or go home. Shorty altiFC open-shoved for 2,928,964, dntfrgtame re-shoved for 8,692,784, hitthehole also moved all-in for 40,990,485. Another three-way.

dntfrgtame: [Qh][Qd]
altiFC: [6d][6s]
hitthehole: [5s][5h]

The board ran out [8c][4h][2h][Qc][Kh]. dntfrgtame turned a set of Queens to win the main pot and side pot. altiFC was dunzo in fifth place, which paid out $33,041.25. dntfrgtame banked $2,593.75 for knocking out altiFC, and their own bounty jumped to $12,263.66.

maxA.jpg

Max ‘altiFC’ Altergott – 5th place

ELECTRIC RELAXATION: selinantis eliminated in 4th place

It was time for another shorty to make a stand…and falter. selinantis open-shoved for 1,359,538, but dntfrgtame and hitthehole both called. The flop was [8s][6h][3h]. dntfrgtame bet 2,250,000 and hitthehole folded. Heads-up.

dntfrgtame: [Qs][Jh]
selinantis: [Js][3s]

The turn was the [Qc] and the river was the [9c]. dntfrgtame won the pot with a pair of Queens. Treys were no good for selinantis, who busted in fourth place, which paid out $46,458.00.

Meanwhile, dntfrgtame earned another bounty and banked $5,097.66. Also, dntfrgtame’s own bounty jumped to $17,361.31.

With three to go, dntfrgtame seized the lead with 30M and hitthehole slipped to second with 25.4M. 1sag was last by default with 11M.

KEEP IT ROLLIN’: 1sag eliminated in 3rd place

1sag shoved for 8,112,916 with [9s][8s] and hitthehole called with [Jh][Tc]. The board ran out [Ad][5h][4h][6c][Kc]. Neither player improved, but hitthehole won with a better kicker.

Shocker. Another bounty for hitthehole, who earned $3,710.94, Meanwhile, his own juicy, salacious, mouth-watering bounty was bumped up to $46,972.60.

HEADS-UP: hitthehole (U.K.) vs. dntfrgtame (Latvia)
Seat 2: dntfrgtame (47,283,608)
Seat 4: hitthehole (19,466,392)

Middy’s mates expected him to pull off the miraculous comeback, but he must’ve saved that run good up for another day. Alas, the hole hath been hit too many times.

CLAP YOUR HANDS: hitthehole eliminated in 2nd place; dntfrgtame wins SCOOP bracelet

Three hands. hitthehole didn’t have much time to fortify a strong-enough defense, let alone launch a counteroffensive. dntfrgtame bombed it all-in for 49,883,608 with [Kd][5d] and hitthehole called for 14,866,392 with [Qs][Td]. The board ran out [Jd][8s][2c][8c][Js]. Neither player improved, but dntfrgtame won the pot with King-kicker. dntfrgtame also banked a bounty worth $23,486.30 for busting hitthehole.

For a runner-up finish, Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton earned $83,437.50.

Congrats to Latvia’s dntfrgtame. First place paid out $115,210.50 in addition to $40,847.61 in KO-bounties! $156K is a sweet score for five hours of work.

2016scoopLOGO1.jpg

SCOOP-55-H ($1,050 NLHE [Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super-Knockout]) results
Entrants: 1,335
Total prize pool: $1,335,000.00 (Regular pool: $667,500, Bounty pool: $667,500)
Places paid: 153

1. dntfrgtame (Latvia) $115,210.50 + $40,847.61 bounties
2. Tom ‘hitthehole’ Middleton (U.K.) $83,437.50 + $46,972.60 bounties
3. 1sag (Norway) $63,412.50 + $7,421.87 bounties
4. Justas ‘selinantis’ Semaska (Lithuania) $46,458.00 + $10,195.31 bounties
5. Max ‘altiFC’ Altergott (Malta) $33,041.25 + $5,187.49 bounties
6. scoripo04 (Denmark) $26,366.25 + $3,031.25 bounties
7. Garrin4e (Ukraine) $19,691.25 + $15,324.21 bounties
8. Andreas ‘daskalos20’ Christoforou (Cyprus) $13,016.25 + $9,861.32 bounties
9. Brabupada (Belgium) $7,342.50 + $2,125.00 bounties

Visit the SCOOP homepage for updated stats and find out who is in contention for Player of the Series.


Need a PokerStars account to play SCOOP? Click here to get one.


Pauly McGuire is the author of “Lost Vegas” and a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

Read More

SCOOP 2016: jamjam818 wins UK battle for Event #49-M title ($2,100 NLH Heads-Up, High-Roller)

SCOOP 2016: jamjam818 wins UK battle for Event #49-M title ($2,100 NLH Heads-Up, High-Roller)

The final weekend of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker presented players with one of the most popular games on the schedule. High-rolling heads-up tournaments with three juiced up buy-in amounts, the medium version running with a $2,100 price tag and $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. After eight rounds of heads-up matches, it was a battle between two UK grinders in the end with jamjam818 defeating dougiedan678 for the SCOOP title.

The tournament drew 180 players to push the prize pool up to $360,000 with everyone in the Round of 16 earning a piece plus more than $100,000 up top for the winner. The tournament paused for the evening when it was in the money with 16 players remaining and plenty of big names falling short including Bryn Kenney, former WCOOP champion vicenfish, and habitual COOP final table member ( and Super Tuesday champ) AceSpades11.

Team PokerStars member Jason Mercier had the best chance to cash among his patched-up peers but he was run out by Igor “lechuckpoker” Kurganov short of the money round. With Alex “bigfox86” Rosen falling in the Round of 16, 3P3NIPA was the only player remaining with a past COOP title going into the quarterfinals. He earned up a SCOOP title earlier this series to go along with his $500K score for winning the WCOOP Sunday Million Special Edition in 2015.

2016 SCOOP-49M Bracket.jpg

Event #49-M Heads-Up High-Roller Quarterfinal Matchups?

Quarterfinal Matches

3P3NIPA versus ORLOVSKIY
teunuss versus jamjam818
beginner27 versus moglimiranda
bar-bar9999 versus dougiedan678

The first Quarterfinal match to wrap up was the battle of the broken capslocks between 3P3NIPA and ORLOVSKIY. It was the fastest of the four tables and had two big hands along the way. 3P3NIPA was behind by a nice chunk when he pulled a near double up without actually get all of his chips in the middle. He showed down with [jd][jc] and the board showing [5s][4d][4c][9h][6s] to drag a 16,800 chip pot.

ORLOVSKIY dropped down to 4,022 a little later then put them in the middle with [8c][7c] after the [kh][6c][2c] flop and 3P3NIPA called with [jc][js] once again. ORLOVSKIY couldn’t catch his flush as the board finished [9s][6h] to send him out.

jamjam818 was the next to advance after he earned a 14,000 chip pot without a showdown to take a lead, then put teunuss all-in on the river with flopped top set [tc][ts] and was called by jamjam818 with two pair [6h][5h] on the [td][6d][5d][7s][8h] board.

Former Super Tuesday winner bar-bar9999 was the next in line to hit the virtual payout desk after bleeding chips for much of his match. He was down to 4,433 and moved all-in with [ah][4d] to get a call from dougiedan678 with [as][9h]. He needed a lot of help but his chance went south right on the [9d][8s][8c] flop to leave one match still running.

The final match went on for a while as beginner27 ground down moglimiranda’s stack with a series of smaller pots until moglimiranda had to make a move with [qd][6d]. beginner27 called to flip with [4h][4d] then nailed the [8s][5d][4s] flop, his set turning into a boat on the [8h] turn and the semifinals were ready to go.


Ready to sign up for PokerStars and go for your own SCOOP title? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Semi-final Matches

3P3NIPA versus jamjam818
beginner27 versus dougiedan678

The heads-up high-roller turned into a UK affair with three of the four remaining players hailing from the empire and 3P3NIPA trying to stand in their way.

It looked like both matches were going to drag on for quite some time until jamjam818 and 3P3NIPA ran up a big pot with both holding similar stacks. jamjam818 called a three-bet from 3P3NIPA to see the [9h][8h][2s] flop then called another 1,356 before the [7s] turn.

3P3NIPA bet out 3,532 more to get another call from jamjam818 and they watched the [7s] hit the river. After firing on all streets up until this point, 3P3NIPA opted to check after the river and jamjam818 jammed him all-in. After using up almost all of his time bank, 3P3NIPA called at risk with bottom pair/busted flush draw [th][2h] which was far behind jamjam818’s flopped top two with [9s][8s]. It was a shocking end to the first semi-final match, 3P3NIPA hit the rail in 4th place while jamjam818’s win guarantees a UK champion in this event.

2016 SCOOP-49M Semi 1.jpg

Unlike the other match, beginner27 and dougiedan678 waited an hour to play a significant, five-digit pot. dougiedan678 called a three-bet before the [qc][jc][8c] flop followed by bets after the flop and [qd] turn. beginner27 slowed down after the [8d] river and they both checked. Each hit a big flop but dougiedan678’s flush [7c][6c] trumped beginner27’s straight [td][9d].

beginner27 was able to hang on for a while longer but ran out of luck when his [ac][qc] was no good against [kh][3s] after the [kd][qd][8s] flop. The board finished [5h] and [2s] for beginner27’s exit in 3rd place to set up the final match.

2016 SCOOP-49M Semi 2.jpg

jamjam818 wins long battle against dougiedan678 to win title

Despite starting the final match with the exact same chip count, dougiedan678 managed to talk nearly $5,000 in extra money out of jamjam818 when they paused to clock to discuss chopping up the remaining prize pool. dougiedan678 locked up $89,000 in the deal with $79,800 going to jamjam818 and $4,000 left behind for the eventual winner.

2016 SCOOP-49M Final.jpg

dougiedan678 held the advantage for the first hour of the match but jamjam818 pulled back a bit before catching a huge double to put him into the lead. jamjam818 called a three-bet to the [7h][6h][5s] flop and dougiedan678 check/called 2,851 to see the [8h] turn. This time, jamjam818 moved all-in after dougiedan678 checked the [2d] river and it was decision time for dougiedan678.

After a long think, dougiedan678 called incorrectly with two pair [8d][6d] against jamjam818’s straight with [kh][9s]. The hand put jamjam818 in control of the match and he finished it off 15 minutes later.

dougiedan678 was down to 5,675 and open-shoved his button with [q][9c]. After thinking it over for a minute, jamjam818 called with the dominating [qh][ts] and had dougiedan678 drawing dead on the turn with the board reading [6h][3d][3c][tc]. It was a tough, long battle of UK grinders but dougiedan678 can be happy that his chop deal $89,000 earned him more than first.

jamjam818 played a great set of heads-up tournaments and won eight straight matches to earn his first major online title, the custom Movado watch as SCOOP champion and the $83,800 bankroll boost.

SCOOP-49-M ($2,100 NL Hold’em Heads-Up, High-Roller) results
Entrants: 180
Total prize pool: $360,000
Places paid: 16

1. jamjam818 (United Kingdom) $83,800*
2. dougiedan678 (United Kingdom) $89,000*
3. beginner27 (United Kingdom) $36,000
4. 3P3NIPA (Czech Republic) $36,000
5. moglimiranda (Germany) $14,400
6. bar-bar9999 (Israel) $14,400
7. teunuss (Netherlands) $14,400
8. ORLOVSKIY (Russia) $14,400
*Reflects the results of a heads-up deal that left $4,000 in play for the winner


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

Eureka6 Bucharest: Israel’s Avishai Shitrit takes down inaugural Romanian event for €107,350

Eureka6 Bucharest: Israel’s Avishai Shitrit takes down inaugural Romanian event for €107,350

shitritwins_eureka6buch.jpg

This final table of six started with three Romanians, two Israelis, and one Bulgarian. A local winner getting victory on their home soil seemed likely right from the start of the tournament, as Romanians truly love their poker and came out in force for this festival. 

But it wasn’t to be. In the end, it was the two players from Israel – Avishai Shitrit and Moshe Eliyahu (who was celebrating his 28th birthday today) – who would find themselves heads-up. The two are friends, and have been chatting and routing for one another for the past two days.

In the duel it didn’t take long for Shitrit to grind down Eliyahu as he came into the one-on-one match with more than a five-to-one chip lead. But it still took a super sick hand to end it – we’ll get to that later

First, meet your winner of the first ever Eureka tournament in Bucharest, or Romania for that matter: 30-year-old poker pro Avishai Shitrit. Here’s how the day played out.

shitrit_eliyahu_end_eurekabuch.jpg

Avishai Shitrit (left) with runner-up Moshe Eliyahu

Final table time

Six players returned today, and here’s how they stacked up at the beginning:

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYER COUNTRY STATUS CHIP COUNTS
Yasen Dichev Bulgaria   3900000
Jozsef Liszkovics Romania PokerStars Player 2750000
Moshe Eliyahu Israel   2690000
Razvan Costinel Belea Romania PokerStars Player 2450000
Avishai Shitrit Israel   1730000
Carmen Zainescu Romania   690000

Popular local pro Carmen Zainescu came in as the short stack, and she’d be the first player to leave us. She jammed over an open from Romania’s Jozsef Liszkovics with Ace-eight and was called by his Ace-Queen. The kicker held up and she hit the rail in sixth for €22,860.

Thumbnail image for carmen_zainescu__final_eurekabuch.jpg

Zainescu says goodbye

Shitrit started to gain momentum during five-handed play, climbing the chip counts after doubling through Liszkovics. However, the actual chip lead flipped a lot today – mainly between Dichev, Eliyahu, and Liszkovics.

Romania’s Razvan Belea never really got a hold on this final. In fact, in one hand he even called the clock on himself! He was eliminated by Liszkovics after his Ace-nine was out-flopped by his countrymen’s King-Queen. For fifth, he pocketed €29,200.

Thumbnail image for belea_final_eurekabuch2.jpg

Razvan Belea

Yasen Dichev would be the next to fall, although you really couldn’t see it coming. Dichev proved himself a quality player time and time again; from leading at the start and end of Day 3 to making some fantastic calls and plays here today. However, he got a little frisky when he four-bet jammed pocket nines for 2.95 million over an open from Eliyahu and raise from Liszkovics, the latter of which called with pocket Queens. The ladies held up and Dichev collected €37,070 for fourth.

Thumbnail image for yasen_dichev_final_eureka6buch.jpg

Dichev played well but fell in fourth

Liszkovics led the way at this point, but Shitrit got stronger by taking chips from Eliyahu. He eventually took the chip lead, and right before Jozsef Liszkovics was eliminated in third here’s how the chip counts looked:

Avishai Shitrit – 7.85 million
Jozsef Liszkovics – 4.5 million
Moshe Eliyahu – 1.8 million 

The biggest pot of the tournament took place three-handed, and it was also the one that would get us heads-up. Liszkovics started the hand with a button open to 200,000 and Avishai Shitrit called from the big blind. The flop came the [js][4s][Ah] and Shitrit check-called a c-bet of 150,000, before also check-calling a bet of 500,000 on the [3s] turn.

Finally the [2s] landed on the river, bringing four spades to the flush. Shitrit took his time and led out for 2 million, and after getting an exact count Liszkovics moved all-in. Shitrit snap-called with the [as][6d] for the nut flush, while Liszkovics had the [ks][7d] for second best. He won €47,910 for third, and we were then heads-up.

Jozsef Liszkovics_finalbuch.jpg

Romania’s Jozsef Liszkovics

 

PLAYER COUNTRY STATUS CHIP COUNTS
Avishai Shitrit Israel   12,560,000
Moshe Eliyahu Israel   1,765,000

As you can see, Shitrit had a huge chip lead, and shortly after heads-up play began he’d whittled Eliyahu’s stack down to less than a million.

In the final hand – that sick hand I told you about earlier – Shitrit made it 200,000 on the button and Eliyahu called. The flop came the [5c][3c][6d] and Eliyahu checked, allowing Shitrit to continue for 150,000, which was called. The turn was the [kd] and Eliyahu checked again only to see Shitrit bet 300,000.

At this point Eliyahu moved all-in for around 700,000 total and Shitrit snap-called, turning over the [4c][7h] for the nut straight. Eliyahu had also flopped a straight with his [2d][4d], but he had the low end and like that it was over.

shitritwins_eureka6buch2.jpg

Shitrit and his rail

The birthday boy Moshe Eliyahu might not have got the present he really wanted, however €66,950 is not bad by any means.

But how did our champion feel? “It’s a wonderful achievement,” Shitrit told the PokerStars Blog. “When I made the final table, I didn’t expect to win it. It was very quick from yesterday. We went down to six players in the blink of an eye and it feels incredible that I won it now!” 

For winning the first Eureka6 Bucharest, Avishai Shitrit takes home €107,350. Congratulations to him, and thanks for reading over the past week. 

YEAR OF ROMANIA.

shitrit_eureka6buchwins.jpg

Eureka6 Bucharest results 
Entrants: 579
Total prize pool: €561,630
Places paid: 87 

1. Avishai Shitrit (Israel) €107,350
2. Moshe Eliyahu (Israel) €66,950
3. Jozsef Liszkovics (Romania) €47,910
4. Yasen Dichev (Bulgaria) €37,070
5. Razvan Belea (Romania) €29,200
6. Carmen Zainescu (Romania) €22,860

All photos by Tomáš Stacha. Many thanks to Jan Kores.


You can win your seat to one of countless PokerStars live events around the world. Click here to open an account and get started.


Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Read More

Eureka6 Bucharest: Final table live updates

Eureka6 Bucharest: Final table live updates

Thumbnail image for finaltable_eurekabuch.jpg

CLICK HERE TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES
6 players (of 579) remain
Chip counts
Prize pool and payouts
Final table player profiles

2:26pm: The birthday boy
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Today is Moshe Eliyahu’s 28th birthday – and what a way to spend it, on a final table in which you’re guaranteed to win your biggest ever career score.

Thing is, this isn’t a new experience for Eliyahu. While not a tournament on this scale, last year on his 27th birthday Eliyahu was on another final table at a tournament in Prague, which he won for around €8K.

Can he make it back to back wins on his birthday?

2:16pm: Million chip pot to Eliyahu
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

It’s been a fantastic start for Moshe Eliyahu, having increased his stack by 800,000 already. He min-opened and got two callers in Razvan Belea and Jozsef Liszkovics. They all saw a [5h][js][6h] flop which Eliyahu checked and Belea led for 120,000. Both called.

A [qs] turn brought another check from Eliyahu and another bet from Belea, this time worth 215,000. Liszkovics and Eliyahu called again to see the [jd] fall on the river.

Again, there’d be no more action with everyone checking. Eliyahu revealed his [jh][3h] for trips and that was good enough to win thanks to the river Jack. Belea showed his [ah][kh] for a missed nut flush draw, so maybe one pair was ahead anyway.

Eliyahu now has 3.3 million, while Belea drops to 2.25 million and Liszkovics 2.35 million.

2:05pm: Belea draws first blood
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

Moshe Eliyahu (it’s his birthday don’t ya know? More on that later) opened to 80,000 under the gun and got one call from Razvan Belea. The flop came the [3d][3c][6d] and Eliyahu continued for 100,000, which Belea matched.

The [5c] landed on the turn and the player from Israel continued again with a 115,000 bet. Belea called once more taking us to the [9d] river. The action stopped here as both checked, and Belea’s [as][kd] was beating Eliyahu’s [qc][jc] to take it down.

2pm: Here we go…
Level 25 – Blinds 20,000/40,000 (5,000 ante)

The players are in their seats and the clock has restarted. Time to get cards in the air!

1pm: Who will become the first ever Eureka Bucharest champ?

This event was the first time the Eureka poker tour had ever held a stop in Romania in all its five seasons so far. Eureka6 Bucharest was a big success, with 579 players – including Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu – coming to the InterContinental Hotel and paying €1,000 for their shot at the title.

Now the time has come to crown a champion. 

There are just six players remaining, as we already lost two players from the final table of eight before play ended yesterday. Here’s how they stack up:

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYER COUNTRY STATUS CHIP COUNTS
Yasen Dichev Bulgaria   3900000
Jozsef Liszkovics Romania PokerStars Player 2750000
Moshe Eliyahu Israel   2690000
Razvan Costinel Belea Romania PokerStars Player 2450000
Avishai Shitrit Israel   1730000
Carmen Zainescu Romania   690000

Yesterday we got to know our final table players a little better – take a look at the player profiles here.

And here’s what they’re playing for:

1. €107,350.00  
2. €66,950.00  
3. €47,910.00  
4. €37,070.00  
5. €29,200.00  
6. €22,860.00

Join us at 2pm when the final table action kicks off.

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at Eureka6 Bucharest: Jack Stanton. Photos by Tomas Stacha. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog


Have Eureka events inspired you to start playing poker? Click here to open a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: SuchADegen scores first COOP win in Event #50-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max, Progressive Super-KO)

SCOOP 2016: SuchADegen scores first COOP win in Event #50-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max, Progressive Super-KO)

Most of the tournaments on the SCOOP schedule in 2016 are two-day events that pause to give everyone time to rest before coming back for another poker marathon. At just six hours and 45 minutes, Event #50-H was a deviation from the norm, one that led to a very quick first career SCOOP title against some highly accomplished competition for Austria’s SuchADegen.

A 6-Max Progressive Super-Knockout tournament that started with three-minute levels and slowly worked up to 15 minutes apiece, Event #50-H drew a 567-player field with a $1,134,000 prize pool split evenly between cash for the top 66 finishers and bounties on everyone’s heads. Thanks to the aggressive tournament structure and the extra incentive to go for the knockout, it took less than five hours to progress to the final table. By then the blinds and antes were at 10K/20K/2.5K and these six players were the last with a shot at the title:

2016 SCOOP-50-H ft.jpg

Seat 1: Trueteller (1,108,810 in chips)
Seat 2: Jason “jakoon1985” Koon (633,979 in chips)
Seat 3: SuchADegen (944,030 in chips)
Seat 4: Bryn “BrynKenney” Kenney (1,426,878 in chips)
Seat 5: xPastorcitox (627,667 in chips)
Seat 6: FaceStealer (928,636 in chips)

Despite the quick pace to reach the final table, nobody was working with less than 30 big blinds and the blind levels, which had begun the tournament at three minute apiece, had long since leveled out at 15 minutes each. There was plenty of room to play poker, and they did just that for the next two hours and two minutes.

The bulk of that final table time would be spent four-handed, and xPastorcitox wouldn’t last long enough to be part of it. Having dropped about 10 big blinds in the first half hour of play, the SCOOP 2015-Medium finalist came in for a raise in the cutoff with [Js] [9s] and fired three barrels on the [5c] [5d] [Tc] flop, [Qs] turn, and [6c] river after Jason “jakoon1985” Koon called from the big blind. Koon called down the whole way with [Qc] [Jd], taking the 888K-chip pot with a turned pair of queens and knocking out xPastorcitox in 6th place ($18,144) with $7,867.15 in bounties.

Koon, a SCOOP 2009 champ and Sunday Warm-Up winner with two wins in the Super Tuesday who finished 7th in the $21,000 High Roller event last week, was now in third place with 1.26M chips, just one big blind behind Bryn Kenney. But eight minutes later he himself would be gone after back-to-back losses to FaceStealer.

The seeds of Jason Koon’s departure were sown when SuchADegen doubled through FaceStealer with [Tc] [Ts] against [Ks] [Jd]. Then Koon took that first loss on the very next hand after opening with [Ah] [Kc], calling FaceStealer’s all-in bet, and losing the coin flip to [6c] [6d] on a [Js] [2h] [9d] [8s] [3d].

That put FaceStealer, a threetime finalist in the Super Tuesday with past WCOOP and SCOOP final table appearances, a little under four big blinds ahead of Koon’s 790K. FaceStealer had the button on the next hand and opened for the minimum with [Ad] [Qh], then called when Koon jammed with [Ah] [4h] in the big blind. Koon missed his flush draw on the river of the [Jh] [6c] [6d] [5h] [Kc] board, exiting in 5th place ($28,350) with $18,371.09 in bounties.

Jason Koon, out in 5th

Jason Koon, out in 5th

The next 45 minutes would be spent four-handed. After that wild three-hand sequence, FaceStealer had the chip lead at 1.69M chips, but Trueteller and Bryn Kenney were about eight big blinds back and SuchADegen was in last but still in the seven-figure range. Trueteller won the first monster pot after calling all-in from the big blind with [Ad] [Qd] and flopping a flush, topping small-blind raiser FaceStealer’s [Ah] [7s] for the 1.8M-chip pot. Four more small wins shortly after that, plus an 892K-chip pot taken from Kenney without contest on the turn, made Trueteller the leader with 2.6M.

FaceStealer survived another all-in with [Ad] [6s] to button-raising SuchADegen’s [8h] [5h], climbing back to 1.17M. That put Bryn Kenney, FaceStealer, and SuchADegen all within three big blinds of one another, but Kenney would be the one to fall behind. After raising on the button with [Jd] [Td] and calling Trueteller’s big-blind re-raise to 190K, Kenney and Trueteller would both check the [7d] [8c] [Kd] [5c] [4h] board all the way to the river. Kenney fired 266K with the busted combo draw but lost when Trueteller called with an unimproved [Ah] [Qc].

That loss left PCA 2016 Super High Roller, SCOOP 2010, SCOOP 2014, and Super Tuesday champ with 776K in chips, which he called off three hands later in the big blind with [Ks] [Ts] after SuchADegen open-shoved on the button. Both had a flush after the board came [3d] [2s] [5s] [6s] [2h], but the Austrian player had the nuts, bringing BrynKenney’s third SCOOP 2016 final table appearance to its end in 4th place ($39,690) with $28,281.24 in bounties.

No title today for Bryn Kenney

No title today for Bryn Kenney, out in 4th

Three-handed play kicked off with Trueteller in the lead, SuchADegen about 10 big blinds back, and FaceStealer holding about half the chips that SuchADegen had. The balance of the pots played was tilting toward Trueteller and away from SuchADegen. Then Trueteller raised to 125K from the small blind and called [Ah] [Js] after the Austrian player moved all-in from the big blind with [5c] [5d]. Trueteller paired on the turn with the board reading [7c] [8d] [7s] [Jc], but SuchADegen hit a full house with the [5s] on the river.

That win both kept SuchADegen alive and gave the Austrian player the chip lead, a perfect illustration of just how wide-open the tournament still was. Then Trueteller retook the lead with a stretch of six consecutive wins that reduced the field to two players.


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Down to 602K after the first five consecutive pots that Trueteller had won, FaceStealer open-shoved on the button with [Ad] [6s]. Trueteller called with [Ah] [7s], paired a seven on the [Td] [7h] [9h] flop, and dodged FaceStealer’s gutshot draw through the [3d] turn and [Jc] river to take the 1.27M-chip pot. That sent FaceStealer to the rail in 3rd place ($58,117.50) with $25,271.47 in bounties.

Trueteller had the edge heads-up with 3.4M chips to SuchADegen’s 2.2M and extended the lead further by winning pots worth 755K and 639K in their first three hands against each other. Then SuchADegen opened on the button with [Kc] [Tc] and called after Trueteller jammed in the big blind with [As] [6c]. A small underdog before the flop, SuchADegen made a pair of kings on the [3c] [4d] [Kd] [9h] [7d] board to double to 3.2M chips.

2016 SCOOP-50-H ft hu.jpg

SuchADegen now had 53 big blinds to Trueteller’s 41, but a 1.4M-chip win for the Russian player eight hands later. The lead would only change one more time, though, and when it did it would leave Trueteller extremely short-stacked. SuchADegen opened the hand in question for 154K on the button with [9s] [8h] and Trueteller called, bringing the [5s] [9h] [4c] flop. SuchADegen bet 200K when checked to, then called two bets from Trueteller, the first a check-raise to 422K on the flop and the last an all-in move. Trueteller was an 84.1-percent favorite to win the hand with [Qh] [9c], but SuchADegen pulled out the win with a straight after the [6h] hit the river.

That 5.2M-chip pot gave SuchADegen an advantage of more than 10-to-1, and the Austrian raised every hand until Trueteller ended up moving in on the button for 152K with [Kd] [4h]. SuchADegen called with [7c] [5h] and won the pots with aces and fives after the board came [3h] [5s] [Ah] [Td] [Ad], bringing the tournament to a close.

Trueteller earned $79,380 as the runner-up, plus another $15,510.73 in bounties, an excellent showing after taking 4th place in Event #44-H this afternoon. And SuchADegen made a splash, picking up the champion’s watch, the $107,730 top prize, and another $41,645.97 in bounties. Congratulations to SuchADegen players for outlasting some highly accomplished players on route to a first career SCOOP win!

SCOOP-50-H ($2,100 NL Hold’em, 6-Max, Progressive Super KO) results
Entrants:
 567
Total prize pool: $1,134,000 ($567,000 regular prize pool, $567,000 bounty prize pool)
Places paid: 66

1. SuchADegen (Austria) $107,730 + $41,645.97 in bounties
2. Trueteller (Russia) $79,380 + $15,510.73 in bounties
3. FaceStealer (Costa Rica) $58,117.50 + $25,271.47 in bounties
4. Bryn “BrynKenney” Kenney (Mexico) $39,690 + $28,281.24 in bounties
5. Jason “jakoon1985” Koon (Canada) $28,350 + $18,371.09 in bounties
6. xPastorcitox (Argentina) $18,144 + $7,867.15 in bounties


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: Four-way deal ends with GrimIsCool on top in Event #44-M ($109 HORSE)

SCOOP 2016: Four-way deal ends with GrimIsCool on top in Event #44-M ($109 HORSE)

Mixed games are more popular today than ever before, especially when they involve some of the more obscure poker variants available here at PokerStars. But there’s a lot to be said for kicking it old school when you’re mixing your poker games and playing some good old-fashioned HORSE. GrimIsCool kicked it all the way to a four-way deal in Event #44-M, then went on a late run to walk away with a SCOOP title.

The field of 990 in this tournament – 745 entries with 245 re-entries – came up 10 shy of doubling the guarantee with its $99,000 prize pool. The top 128 players cashed out at least $178.20, and a scheduled first-place prize of $18,245.70 awaited the winner.

Ari “BodogAri” Engel was chasing his third final table of SCOOP 2016 but busted on the 40K/80K Omaha Hi/Lo level in 9th place ($990), leaving these eight players to battle for the title:

2016 SCOOP-44-M ft.jpg

Seat 1: cbolt21 (2,625,951 in chips)
Seat 2: GrimIsCool (185,189 in chips)
Seat 3: alxbanana (891,293 in chips)
Seat 4: BOT OHO (507,094 in chips)
Seat 5: hipoppotamus (1,147,142 in chips)
Seat 6: thefish01x (446,798 in chips)
Seat 7: grampabumkin (1,606,004 in chips)
Seat 8: YaaGy (2,490,529 in chips)

The 50K/100K/10K Stud level brought the first knockout of the final table. cbolt21 opened with the [As] showing and both alxbanana (with the [Jh]) and BOT OHO (with the [Qc]) called to see fourth street. alxbanana picked up the [Js] on fourth for a pair on the board and led for 50K, and BOT OHO raised to 150K with [Qc] [8c] showing. cbolt21 folded (x-x) [As] [9s] and alxbanana raised enough to put BOT OHO all-in. The player from Belarus called and showed [2c] [Kc] in the hole for a club flush draw, while alxbanana had [Td] [Jc] beneath for three jacks. alxbanana caught the [Ts] on fifth street to make tens full of jacks, which held up through sixth and seventh streets to eliminate BOT OHO in 8th place ($1,485).

Eight hands the stakes were the same but the game had switched to Stud Hi/Lo and hipoppotamus had the bring-in with the [3c] showing. SCOOP 2013 Medium FL Omaha Hi/Lo champion thefish01x completed to 60K with the [6h] showing and drove everyone else out of the pot, and hipoppotamus called to bring fourth street. hipoppotamus checked with [3c] [5d] showing, then check-raised, then called thefish01x’s fourth bet to put the player from Cyprus all-in for 200K.

thefish01x called with ([Js] [Jh]) [6h] [Ks] for a pair of jacks and was in trouble against hipoppotamus’s up-and-down straight draw with ([4c] [2c]) [3c] [5d]. The [6d] on fifth street made both a straight and a 6-5 low for hipoppotamus, while thefish01x’s hopes were resting on a runner-runner flush after being dealt a third heart with the [4h]. The [8s] on sixth and [Jd] on seventh didn’t do the trick, though, and thefish01x left the tournament in 7th place ($2,227.50).

60K/120K Limit Hold’em was next in the rotation and it would prove to be alxbanana’s undoing. The player from Norway opened under the gun toward the end of the level and then called hipoppotamus’ three-bet, bringing the [6c] [2c] [2s] flop. alxbanana check-called 60K there and then 120K on both the [Ks] turn and [Kc] river but mucked when hipoppotamus showed down [Td] [Tc] to win the 1.1M-chip pot.

That left alxbanana with 33K that all went in from the big blind on the next hand, which was the first of 70K/140K Omaha Hi/Lo. Dealt [Qc] [8d] [4c] [4s], alxbanana couldn’t improve on that pair of fours on a [Kc] [9s] [3s] [Ac] [Ts] board. cbolt21’s [Ad] [Qd] [9d] [2c] made aces and nines to take the pot, and alxbanana bowed out in 6th place ($3,465).

grampabumkin, who made both the Razz and 8-Game Mix final tables back in 2009 (Dan Kelly’s first WCOOP victory and David Williams’ first, respectively), would finish the tournament before the end of the Omaha Hi/Lo level. The player from Mexico got three bets in from the big blind with [Ah] [As] [Kd] [Ts] after GrimIsCool raised on the button, but GrimIsCool’s [Kc] [6h] [3s] [2s] picked up two pair on the [3c] [2h] [9s] flop and, after calling bets on the flop and [Td] turn, checked the [Qc] river to show down a winner.

2016 SCOOP-44-M ft five-handed.jpg

The loss left grampabumkin with 666K, which was cut to 566 by the next big blind. Then grampbumkin raised in the small blind with [Jc] [Jd] [7s] [6d] and got YaaGy to call in the big blind, bringing a [Qd] [2h] [7d] flop. YaaGy, a past TCOOP 2012, Sunday Warm-Up, and Sunday Million finalist, called grampabumkin’s lead bet there and then raised after another bet on the [Ts] turn. grampabumkin called and then check-called all-in after the [Ts] river, showing down the jacks, but YaaGy’s [5h] [4s] [2s] [2c] scooped the pot with a set of deuces and a 7-5 low. With that, grampbumkin left in 5th place ($4,950).

With another break approaching and the game about to switch to 70K/140K/14K Razz, the remaining four players agreed to look at the numbers for a deal. After 15 minutes they reached a deal that gave everybody better than third-place money, with cbolt21 and YaaGy taking the largest shares, and the game was back on again.

GrimIsCool had the bring-in with the [8h] showing on a hand just after the players returned from the deal break and called with ([Ac] [6s]) in the hole when cbolt21 raised with the [4s] showing. Neither player’s hand improved much on fourth street, with GrimIsCool pairing the eight and cbolt21 catching a king, but after the action went bet-call, GrimIsCool caught the [5s] on fifth for 8-6-5-A. cbolt21 led with (x-x) [4s] [Kd] [Qs] showing and called GrimIsCool’s raise, then check-called on sixth and seventh, but the [7h] on sixth had made 8-7-6-5-A low for GrimIsCool.


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


That 1.45M-chip win moved GrimIsCool to within one small bet of cbolt21 for the chip lead, and another 917K-chip win heads-up with the player from Mexico on the Razz level would give GrimIsCool the lead at 3.6M. cbolt21 moved back into a slim lead when the game changed to 80K/160K Stud, taking a 1.1M-chip pot heads-up with GrimIsCool to re-establish control of the action, but GrimIsCool struck back for 1.2M on the last hand of the level after starting with a split pair of eights and catching aces on both sixth and seventh streets to make two pair.

Stud Hi/Lo came and went, leaving it to the 100K/200K Limit Hold’em level to provide the first post-deal knockout. It would end up being YaaGy, who re-raised on the button to 300K after hipoppotamus opened under the gun. Both hipoppotamus and GrimIsCool, in the big blind, called the 300K and then check-called 100K more from YaaGy on the [7c] [7s] [Td] flop. Both check-called 200K more on the [Jc] turn, but hipoppotamus broke the pattern with by betting on the [Ts] river. GrimIsCool folded but YaaGy called, mucking after hipoppotamus showed down [Kd] [Tc] for tens full of sevens.

Left with just 89K, YaaGy called all-in under the gun on the next hand. GrimIsCool called as well in the small blind, holding [Js] [2h], and checked down the [8h] [Qc] [Kh] [Jd] [7h] board with hipoppotamus in the big blind. GrimIsCool’s pair of jacks won the pot, and YaaGy left in 4th place ($12,255.70).

The rest of the hold’em round treated GrimIsCool very well. First a button raise with [Qc] [5s] turned into an open-ended straight draw on the flop and eventually ended up as trip fives against hipoppotamus on a [Th] [9c] [Js] [5h] [5c] board. GrimIsCool got raises in on the turn and river and dragged a 2.5M-chip pot. On the button again six hands later, GrimIsCool raised with [Jh] [Tc], stayed aggressive with a gutshot draw, and ended up with queens and jacks on a [Qc] [8h] [6s] [Jc] [Qh] board. cbolt21, who had played back out of the big blind and led on every street, lost at showdown with [Ad] [9h].

cbolt21’s last 724K chips went in the middle behind [Ac] [Ks] a few hands later, though they didn’t all get there until the turn of the [3h] [7s] [Tc] [5d] [Qc] board. GrimIsCool’s [Kd] [Th] had already become a pair of tens by that point, tipping cbolt21 over the edge into 3rd place ($13,458).

2016 SCOOP-44-M ft hu.jpg

The heads-up duel between GrimIsCool and hipoppotamus proved to be very evenly matched. They played out the Razz and Stud levels without a decisive hand, and with most of the 160K/320K/32K Stud Hi/Lo level gone they were separated by just one small bet. Then GrimIsCool scooped the last two pots of Stud Hi/Lo, winning 1.9M with sixes and fives against hipoppotamus’s pair of tens and then 3.2M after starting with ([Ad] [Ks]) [7c] and running out four cards in a row to make a wheel.

That left hipoppotamus with 2.4M to GrimIsCool’s 7.4M as the 160K/320K Limit Hold’em began, and that dropped to 984K after the first confrontation, which saw GrimIsCool flop top pair out of position with with [Jc] [Td]. hipoppotamus finally picked up [Qc] [Qh] and got all-in before the flop against GrimIsCool’s [As] [7s], but a note-perfect [Ah] [Ac] [3c] [5d] [7c] board gave GrimIsCool a full house and the win.

Even as the third-largest share of a four-way deal, the $11,107.93 hipoppotamus took away in second place still stands as the biggest PokerStars tournament score of the Russian player’s career. And in addition to the first career SCOOP title, GrimIsCool won the extra cash on the table for a $11,619.07 prize – a new personal PokerStars best by $33. Congratulations to both players!

SCOOP-44-M ($109 HORSE) results
Entrants:
 990 (745 entries, 245 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $99,000
Places paid: 128

1. GrimIsCool (United Kingdom) $11,619.07*
2. hipoppotamus (Russia) $11,107.93*
3. cbolt21 (Mexico) $13,458*
4. YaaGy (United Kingdom) $12,255.70*
5. grampabumkin (Mexico) $4,950
6. alxbanana (Norway) $3,465
7. thefish01x (Cyprus) $2,227.50
8. BOT OHO (Belarus) $1,485
*Reflects the results of a four-way deal that left $1,000 in play for the winner


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: dirty.brasil mops up second COOP title in Event #43-L ($27 NLHE, 1R1A)

SCOOP 2016: dirty.brasil mops up second COOP title in Event #43-L ($27 NLHE, 1R1A)

With so many skilled poker players around these days and chip stacks so deep, it’s not at all uncommon to see a SCOOP final table stretch on for three, four, or sometimes even upward of five hours. Sometimes, though, a player comes in with a big stack, picks up a few big hands, and blitzes to a win before anybody knows what happened. dirty.brasil’s run through the final of Event #43-L started off with more chips than the other players at the table and ended less than two hours later with a second career COOP title.

The options for picking up more chips in Event #43-L, a $27 no-limit hold’em tournament, were the one re-buy available in the first two hours, the one add-on after that period, and the stacks in every other player’s hands. The 2,877 starting players combined for 1,700 re-buys and 1,793 add-ons, building a $156,383.50 total prize pool shared between the top 360 players. The majority of those who cashed collected their payouts before play paused at the end of level 36 with dirty.brasil already holding a significant lead. At 9.13M chips, the player from Canada had 152 big blinds and 3.6M chips more than second-place pitaoufmg, a WCOOP 2012 and TCOOP 2013 finalist.

Just 26 players remained after that first day of play, and they returned at 10am ET to wind their way down to a final table. dirty.brasil maintained that chip advantage through the 100K/200K/25K level, when the final lineup was determined:

2016 SCOOP-43-L ft.jpg

Seat 1: kopakabritu (10,078,297 in chips)
Seat 2: swifterjet (1,919,924 in chips)
Seat 3: GloRyKeepah (7,526,120 in chips)
Seat 4: pitaoufmg (5,287,949 in chips)
Seat 5: BioNicle9 (8,446,816 in chips)
Seat 6: rodloiola (7,080,854 in chips)
Seat 7: LameR25 (3,881,460 in chips)
Seat 8: Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (5,554,828 in chips)
Seat 9: dirty.brasil (13,923,752 in chips)

Already a 2012 WCOOP champion, dirty.brasil’s strategy for chasing down a second career COOP title involved adopting an aggressive posture from the start, seeking to jump further ahead and build a stack to bludgeon the table. It would take a while, but that strategy would pay off handsomely. But first past MicroMillions finalist swifterjet doubled through dirty.brasil, moving in early on with [Ks] [Jc] after the leader had opened for 512K on the button. dirty.brasil called but couldn’t catch with [Qd] [Td], giving swifterjet the double to 4.5M, and an orbit later the two split a pot when both held A-K before the flop.

In the end swifterjet would be the first to go, but not by dirty.brasil’s hand. The Canadian player called all-in for 4.8M in the big blind with [9c] [9s] after kopakabritu had open-shoved in the big blind. The Brazilian looked to be in a pretty bad spot with [Th] [7s], but the [5c] [Ad] [Tc] [Td] [7c] board delivered a tens full of sevens by the river, giving swifterjet a rough ride into 9th place ($1,329.25).

That win had kopakabritu within three big blinds of the lead, and the Brazilian seized it on the next hand when GloRyKeepah’s [Ah] [8h] held up to double through dirty.brasil’s [Ks] [Jh]. dirty.brasil moved right back in front on the next hand, though, after calling LameR25’s 2.6M-chip open shove with [As] [Kd]. LameR25, a WCOOP 2014 finalist who won the Sunday Warm-Up this January, was dominated with [Kh] [9h]. After the [Qh] [5d] [Ts] [5h] [5c] failed to bring help, LameR departed in 8th place ($2,267.56).

That gave dirty.brasil 14.3M chips and the lead once again. Within an orbit the leader had already moved up to 18.8M, but the next knockout didn’t come in that stretch. Instead it came after a pre-flop raising war ended up with Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins all-in, holding [Kh] [Th] to pitaoufmg’s [9c] [9h] and catching a ten on the turn to double to 11.7M. That left pitaoufmg with 391K, which all went in from the small blind on the next hand with [Jd] [5d] after kopakabritu raised in the cutoff with [Ad] [7h]. Nothing resembling help came on the [4c] [3s] [Qd] [As] [6h] board and pitaoufmg was gone in 7th place ($3,831.39).


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Holding 12.4M chips and position on dirty.brasil, kopakabritu looked to press the advantage two hands later when both players were in the blinds, moving all-in with [3c] [3d] after dirty.brasil limped from the small blind. dirty.brasil called with [Ac] [Qs] and 6.7M behind, but the buffer proved unnecessary. The river card of the [9s] [4d] [4h] [6h] [9h] board negated kopakabritu’s treys and made nines and fours for both players. kopakabritu played the board for the [6h] kicker, though, and dirty.brasil’s [Ac] kicker ended up being the difference in the 25M-chip pot. With that, kopakabritu exited in 6th place ($5,395.23).

dirty.brasil took a stab at another knockout on the next hand, raising on the button with [Kh] [Qs] and calling when GloRyKeepah moved in for 5.5M in the big blind, but GloRyKeepah’s [Ah] [7s] caught aces on the flop and river for three of a kind to stay alive. Seven hands after that dirty.brasil opened all-in with [5d] [5h] and the only caller was past Sunday Million finalist rodloiola, who had [Tc] [Ts] in the small blind. rodloiola was drawing to two outs after the [Ac] [9c] [5s] flop but the [As] turn and [4h] river didn’t deliver, sending the last of the final table’s three Brazilian players to the rail in 5th place ($6,959.06).

theNERDguy was the only player remotely close to dirty.brasil now at 15.9M chips. But then the WCOOP 2015 PLO/8 champion and WCOOP 2014 Main Event runner-up dropped 7M to the leader a few hands later. After checking the [Kh] [7d] [9h] flop and then semi-bluffing the turn and river with [8d] [6d], theNERDguy watched dirty.brasil show down [Jc] [Js] and drag the 14.3M-chip pot.

With 36.5M chips in hand, dirty.brasil now had 19 big blinds more than the rest of the table combined and used that advantage to apply consistent pressure to the others, who were looking at a difference of more than $4,000 between being the next player steamrolled by the leader and hanging on one more spot. With 10 minutes that stack was up over 50M, thanks to another knockout. Already in for 600K in the big blind, GloRyKeepah called with [As] [3s] after dirty.brasil shoved in the small blind. That was a 2-to-1 favorite over [9c] [2d], but the turn of the [Ks] [7c] [5h] [9d] [4d] board made a pair of nines for dirty.brasil, sending GloRyKeepah to the rail in 4th place ($9,148.43).

2016 SCOOP-43-L ft three-handed.jpg

Another 10 minutes later the leader picked up [Tc] [Ts] in the big blind and called when BioNicle9 moved in for 6.8M. The German player had [Ks] [Qs] and missed the [3d] [Ad] [Jc] [6s] [7h] board completely, bowing out in 3rd place ($13,292.59).

theNERDguy was facing a massive uphill battle and did so with a sense of humor.

2016 SCOOP-43-L ft hu chat.jpg

Even after doubling up twice, theNERDguy was still facing a 3-to-1 chip deficit and had to stay extremely aggressive. That led to three-betting all-in with [Qs] [8s] on the final hand after dirty.brasil opened on the button, and dirty.brasil made the call with [Ac] [9d]. The turn looked like it would extend the match, but the river of the [Ks] [6h] [5d] [Qh] [Ah] board made dirty.brasil a pair of aces and closed the tournament out.

Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins fared well, weathering the storm to second place for $18,558.02. As for dirty.brasil, the win marked a second career COOP title after a four-year gap, and it came with $24,710.41 and a fancy SCOOP champion’s watch. Congratulations to both players for making so much out of a $27 tournament!

SCOOP-43-L ($27 NL Hold’em, 1R1A) results
Entrants:
 2,877 (1,700 re-buys, 1,793 add-ons)
Total prize pool: $156,383.50
Places paid: 360

1. dirty.brasil (Canada) $24,710.41
2. Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Australia) $18,558.02
3. BioNicle9 (Germany) $13,292.59
4. GloRyKeepah (Sweden) $9,148.43
5. rodloiola (Brazil) $6,959.06
6. kopakabritu (Brazil) $5,395.23
7. pitaoufmg (Brazil) $3,831.39
8. LameR25 (Germany) $2,267.56
9. swifterjet (Canada) $1,329.25


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

Eureka6 Bucharest: Final table player profiles

Eureka6 Bucharest: Final table player profiles

finaltable_eurekabuch.jpg

Meet your final eight in the Eureka6 Bucharest main event:

Seat 1: Moshe Eliyahu, 27, Nahariya, Israel

moshe_elisyahu_day3_eurekabuch3.jpg

Moshe Eliyahu had only $13k in reported live cashes prior to entering Eureka6 Bucharest. He’s now guaranteed to double that; making the final table here already secures him a €11,630 payday. This is not Eliyahu’s first visit to the Romanian capital; last August, he arrived to Bucharest for the Israeli Poker Tour and picked up three cashes during the festival, including his best result until today: €8,910 for a sixth place finish in the €550 Main Event. Eliyahu has been wearing a green shirt of his favourite football club Maccabi Haifa during the Eureka Bucharest Main Event. He can become the third Eureka champion from Israel should he follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Idan Greenberg (Eureka1 Bulgaria winner) and Liran Machluf (Eureka3 Bulgaria champ).

Seat 2: Avishai Shitrit, 30, Beersheva, Israel

shitrit_eureka6buch.jpg

Another Israeli player on the final table is Avishai Shitrit from Beersheva, who’s sitting right next to his fellow countryman Moshe Eliyahu. Shitrit is a poker pro who started playing six years ago. He’s focusing on both tournaments and cash games. The 30-year-old splits his time at the tables between live and online, and making the final table here is the biggest achievement of his career.

Seat 3: Razvan “razvyqq” Belea, 27, Targu Jiu, Romania, PokerStars player

belea_day3_eurekabuch2.jpg

Razvan Belea comes from Targu Jiu, Romania. His live results don’t reveal much about him as he has recorded only two small cashes on the home soil. However, he’s a poker pro, grinding online as “razvyqq”. In the online realm, his biggest accolades came in the PokerStars Big $11. Belea has made five final tables of that same tournament including two second and two third place finishes. He banked over $11k several times in these events but making the final table here at Eureka6 Bucharest is certainly his biggest achievement to date. Belea’s moniker indicates that his favourite hand is pocket Queens but on Day 3, he didn’t mind holding a pair of Kings when he knocked out Mihai Ciorteanu (18th) & Adrian Ion Popa (19th) in a single hand. Apart from poker, Belea’s hobbies are playing football and watching movies. The linguists amongst you might enjoy the fact that Belea means “trouble” in Romanian.

Seat 4: Yasen Dichev, 27, Varna, Bulgaria

yasen_dichev_day3_eureka6buch.jpg

Bulgaria’s Yasen Dichev hails from Varna’s suburb Aksakovo. The 27-year-old emerged as the chip leader at the end of Day 2, bagging up about 14% of all chips in play. That already made Dichev a huge favourite on making the final table. Should he finish sixth or better, he’ll celebrate the best result of his career. So far, he’s amassed $54k in live tournament cashes with the biggest prize of €21,000 earned in the €1k Event at EPT12 Prague. Dichev is currently ranked #57 on the Bulgarian all-time money list but can possibly move thirty places up the ladder if he wins this tournament. He’s been playing poker for ten years and considers himself an amateur. However, he’s also doing well in online tournaments; his biggest payday was around $119k.

Seat 5: Jozsef Liszkovics, 28, Odorheia Secuiesc, Romania, PokerStars player

Jozsef Liszkovics_day3buch.jpg

Jozsef Liszkovics is a poker pro from Odorheia Secuiesc, Romania. He’s been playing poker for four years, almost exclusively online. The 28-year-old specializes in tournaments and his biggest accolade was a first place in the PokerStars Bigger $109 worth about $37k. He’s also a huge Real Madrid fan, filling a sentence “Hasta el final, vamos Real” in his profile. While his favourite football club is preparing for next week’s Champions League final, Liszkovics will experience his biggest final tomorrow.

Seat 6: Razvan “b91pit” Bordei, 34, Bucharest/Romania, PokerStars qualifier

Razvan_Bordei_day3eurekabuch.jpg

Amateur poker player Razvan Bordei has made his biggest live tournament final table right here in his home city. The 34-year-old from Bucharest has been enjoying poker since 2009, playing both live and online. Prior to entering Eureka6 Bucharest, Bordei amassed $24k in live cashes including a €2,080 payday for a 134th place at Eureka4 Vienna. He’ll collect his second Eureka Main Event cash here in the Romanian capital and it will also be the biggest of his live career. In the online realm, Bordei’s biggest win was about $25k.

Seat 7: Florin Ionut Pandilica, 36, Bucharest, Romania

Florin_Pandilica_finaleurekabuch.jpg

Florin Ionut Pandilica is also a local player. He’s been playing poker for the past decade and has racked up over $75k in live tournament winnings. Pandilica collected his biggest cash at EPT8 Barcelona, finishing 50th for €14,000 in the Main Event. He prefers tournaments over cash games.

Seat 8: Carmen Zainescu, 45, Plaiesti, Romania

carmen_zainescu_eurekabuchfinal.jpg

There were only four female players in the Eureka6 Bucharest Main Event but one of them made it to the final table. Carmen Zainescu celebrated it loudly as she’d had the shortest stack in the tournament since there were two tables left but still found her way amongst the final eight. Zainescu, 45, hails from Plaiesti and has been playing live tournaments for five years. Her resumé includes cashes worth nearly $26k and she’s about to boost it with her result in this tournament, which has already beaten her previous best (€3,700 for 15th at PokerFest Bucharest back in 2013). Zainescu claims family to be her other hobby.

Read More

SCOOP 2016: SP3WMONKEY tops six-hour final in Event #41-H ($1,050 NLHE, Progressive Super KO, Thursday Thrill SE)

SCOOP 2016: SP3WMONKEY tops six-hour final in Event #41-H ($1,050 NLHE, Progressive Super KO, Thursday Thrill SE)

Some players seem to do better in certain kinds of tournament structures than others, but if SCOOP final table appearances are anything to go by, SP3WMONKEY isn’t one of them. The player from the Netherlands last appeared at a SCOOP final table playing Zoom Poker back in 2013. Returning today for a Special Edition of the Thursday Thrill, SP3WMONKEY played a dozen 30-minute levels of poker before emerging with a first career COOP title.

1,559 players turned out for this Progressive Super-Knockout no-limit hold’em tournament, building a $1,559,000 prize pool split down the middle between cash for the top 180 finishers and bounties for everyone who knocked someone else out. After 19 levels of play they called it quits for the night.

The Day 2 restart came around at 1:00pm ET and the 181 players who survived Day 1 all waited to see who would be the unlucky player who waited overnight to bust on the bubble. Ansimans from the Netherlands took that dubious honor, and everybody else left in the tournament collected a minimum of $1,013.35, plus any bounties they’d claimed along the way.

The long march to the final table was on, and it was a long one indeed. It took just over 10 hours to take the field down to nine players:

2016 SCOOP-41-H ft.jpg

Seat 1: OMGACEACEACE (1,142,379 in chips)
Seat 2: gusmaa (2,201,953 in chips)
Seat 3: Divved (2,351,695 in chips)
Seat 4: Olorionek (307,064 in chips)
Seat 5: MkMyWishFish (2,508,772 in chips)
Seat 6: mican_ludi (2,779,567 in chips)
Seat 7: Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy (817,283 in chips)
Seat 8: SP3WMONKEY (2,957,838 in chips)
Seat 9: benatias (523,449 in chips)

The first player to go was Israel’s benatias. After losing a pot with [Qd] [Qc] to Olorionek’s [Ks] [Kh] to keep the WCOOP 2011 Triple Shootout winner in the game, benatias was left with about 11 big blinds. After paying another round of blinds and seeing them coming back around, benatias opened all-in under the gun with [As] [Jh]. gusmaa called with [Kh] [Qd], caught top pair on the flop, and dodged a gutshot draw on the [Ks] [6d] [Td] [9d] [Jc] board to win the 465K-chip pot. After finishing 9th in last week’s SCOOP 2016 Super Tuesday Special Edition, benatias also exited this event in 9th place ($8,106.80 + $6,035.15 in bounties).

Nearly an hour and a half would pass before the next knockout, no big surprise given that four stacks were working with 100 big blinds and not even the shorties had less than 20. MkMyWishFish survived in that stretch with [Ts] [Tc] against SP3WMONKEY’s [7c] [7h] after both players hit sets, doubling to 3.48M, and Olorionek did the same with [Ac] [Kd] against Divved’s [Ah] [Jh] for 994K.

Aside from those situations, nobody had to put their stack on the line again until 12:52am ET, when Olorionek made the fourth bet before the flop all-in for 383K, holding [9h] [9s]. That was a big favorite against the [7d] [7s] of three-better-turned-caller Divved, but then Divved made quads on the [7c] [7h] [8d] flop. The [8h] turn and [Qd] river didn’t make runner-runner quads for Olorionek, and the Polish player was gone in 8th place ($14,810.50 + $6,921.86 in bounties).


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


After all that waiting for a knockout, the next one took just one more hand to arrive. Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy, making his fifth SCOOP 2016 final table after a win back in SCOOP 2014, was in the big blind for 36K and called MkMyWishFish’s button min-raise with [Jd] [9h] to see a [Qs] [8d] [3h] flop. He check-called a bet there, both players checked turn [Kd] turn, and then vovtroy made a straight with the [Td] river. He bet and called all-in when MkMyWishFish raised, but the Israeli player had made a flush on the same card with [Qd] [2d]. WIth that, vovtroy left in 7th place ($22,605.50 + $8,097,65 in bounties).

Following the five-minute break, only two more minutes would pass before gusmaa hit the rail. The Brazilian player, a finalist during SCOOP 2015, WCOOP 2013, and WCOOP 2015, had [9c] [9s] in the big blind and moved all-in for 1.18M over the top of mican_ludi’s 78K-chip opening raise. The Serbian player called with [Ah] [Qc] and turned a Broadway straight on the [Kh] [8h] [Jd] [Ts] [Qh] board, and gusmaa was out in 6th place ($30,400.50 + $16,738.25 in bounties).

Five ways to Saturday

Those three quick knockouts left just five players in the hunt:

Seat 1: OMGACEACEACE (2,176,704 in chips)
Seat 3: Divved (2,505,827 in chips)
Seat 5: MkMyWishFish (4,917,938 in chips)
Seat 6: mican_ludi (4,921,323 in chips)
Seat 8: SP3WMONKEY (1,068,208 in chips)

The 18K/36K/4.5K blinds and antes meant nobody was under real pressure, and everybody got their chance to shine. Accordingly, it would be almost another hour and a half before another player hit the rail.

mican_ludi set the tone early and jumped into a big lead after playing a 148-big-blind pot against MkMyWishFish. The Israeli player, a Super Tuesday finalist in 2013, originally flat-called on the button after Divved raised to 77K in the cutoff, but MkMyWishFish ended up being the only caller of a small blind re-raise to 318K from mican_ludi. The action went bet-raise-call for 539K on the [Ad] [4d] [8h] flop before both players checked the [5s] turn. mican_ludi check-called a nearly pot-sized bet of 1.75M from MkMyWishFish on the [3d] river and showed down [9d] [6d] for the diamond flush – plenty good enough to beat MkMyWishFish’s bluff with [Ts] [9s].

MkMyWishFish got it back half an hour later, surviving all-in with [Qc] [Tc] agaisnt mican_ludi’s [Ah] [7h] to get back to 4.54M. But over the hour that followed, seemingly every big pot the Israeli played took part in ended up in the opponent’s stack. MkMyWishFish would finally reach the end of the line at 2:27am ET after opening under the gun with [Ks] [Jc] and catching middle pair. Playing it safe out of position to mican_ludi, MkMyWishFish eneded up falling behind when the [5c] turn made a set for mican_ludi. The rest of the chips went in, the [8h] river changed nothing, and MkMyWishFish departed in 5th place ($38,195.50 + $17,810.52 in bounties).

2016 SCOOP-41-H ft four-handed.jpg

At only 47 minutes, the wait for the next knockout was relatively short by this table’s standard. The pots were distributed around the table, but mican_ludi continued to find a way to win the big ones. Taking the initiative and rivering two pair with [8s] [4h] for a 3.2M-chip win against Divved helped the Serbian player get out in front of the field again. Losses to Divved and previous SCOOP Zoom PLO finalist SP3WMONKEY kept both of those players alive, though still short-stacked compared to the leader, but SP3WMONKEY found a way back into contention soon afterward.

Under the gun with [Ad] [5d], SP3WMONKEY opened for 132K. past Super Tuesday runner-up and WCOOP finalist OMGACEACEACE re-raised to 330K on the button, then called after SP3WMONKEY made it four bets and 720K to go. Both players had ample reason to get their chips in on the [5s] [2c] [5c] flop, putting SP3WMONKEY at risk with three of a kind. The flush draw didn’t come home for OMGACEACEACE after the [3h] turn and [7d] river, giving SP3WMONKEY the 5.3M-chip pot.

Left with seven big blinds, OMGACEACEACE defended the big blind an orbit later with [Jd] [7c] against a mican_ludi button raise and caught top pair on the [4c] [5s] [Jc] flop. The chips went in there, but mican_ludi walked away the winner with top pair after the [Ad] turn and [Qh] river, and OMGACEACEACE left in 4th place ($53,006 + $6,234.37 in bounties).

More than four hours of final table play were already in the books and with blinds and antes at 30K/60K/7.5K, three players still remained. mican_ludi led the way with 8.06M, with SP3WMONKEY (5.41M) and Divved (2.11M) trailing. With so much room to play, it took two players holding pocket pairs to force the action on the final hand before the break leading up to 4am ET. Divved had [4h] [4s] on the button, mican_ludi [Tc] [Th] in the small blind, and all Divved’s chips went in as the fourth bet before the flop. mican_ludi called, the tens held up on the [Kd] [9c] [As] [Js] [Jc] board, and Divved exited in 3rd place ($71,714 + $6,554.68 in bounties).

Two more players, one more hour

Heads-up play began with mican_ludi holding 112 big blinds and SP3WMONKEY 82, portending a long match – even more so when they didn’t want to talk about making a deal. SP3WMONKEY said the bounty on mican_ludi was enough extra to play for – and at more than $48,000 total, the half the SP3WMONKEY would claim for a knockout would be worth more than a 7th-place finish had been.

2016 SCOOP-41-H ft hu.jpg

SP3WMONKEY turned up the heat early, winning the first nine pots, including one worth 2.94M after flopping bottom two pair on the button with [Th] [7s]. mican_ludi struck back six hands later with a pot that brought the two players’ stacks within two big blinds of each other, and that settled them into a rhythm where there was action on most hands but the pots didn’t get out of control.

A stretch where mican_ludi only took down four out of 27 pots, including four losses between 1.94 and 2.49M, turned things in SP3WMONKEY’s favor, and the Dutch player used the advantage to apply maximum pressure. Down to 17 big blinds, mican_ludi was able to double up with [Kd] [4d] against SP3WMONKEY’s [Ah] [Th] and eventually climb back as high as 5.4M, but the deficit would prove too much to overcome. The Serbian player finally moved all-in with [Kc] [8c] at 5:09am ET, and SP3WMONKEY called with [Ac] [8d]. The [9s] 5c] [5d] [6d] [Jh] changed nothing, and a marathon final table finally came to its conclusion.

mican_ludi’s knockout-strewn path to the runner-up position left the Serbian player with a $95,099 cash from the regular prize pool and another $48,602.46 in bounties. SP3WMONKEY, meanwhile, earned $130,215.58 for first place plus another $31,228.96 in bounties – about three-quarters of which came just for besting mican_ludi heads-up. At six hours and one minute, the final table accounted for three out of every eight minutes played on Day 2 of this tournament. It was a true endurance test and both players earned every dollar of their prizes.

SCOOP-41-H ($1,050 NL Hold’em, Progressive Super KO, Thursday Thrill SE) results
Entrants:
 1,559
Total prize pool: $1,559,000 ($779,500 regular prize pool, $779,500 bounty prize pool)
Places paid: 180

1. SP3WMONKEY (Netherlands) $130,215.58 + $31,228.96 in bounties
2. mican_ludi (Serbia) $95,099 + $48,602.46 in bounties
3. Divved (Poland) $71,714 + $6,554.68 in bounties
4. OMGACEACEACE (Poland) $53,006 + $6,234.37 in bounties
5. MkMyWishFish (Israel) $38,195.50 + $17,810.52 in bounties
6. gusmaa (Brazil) $30,400.50 + $16,738.25 in bounties
7. Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy (Russia) $22,605.50 + $8,097,65 in bounties
8. Olorionek (Poland) $14,810.50 + $6,921.86 in bounties
9. benatias (Israel) $8,106.80 + $6,035.15 in bounties


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

Eureka6 Bucharest: Day 3 live updates

Eureka6 Bucharest: Day 3 live updates

day3_eureka6buch.jpg

CLICK HERE TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES
28 players (of 579) remain
Chip counts
Prize pool and payouts

11:45am: Welcome to Day 3 – the business end of Eureka6 Bucharest

When the money gets big, the bust-outs get brutal. It’s Day 3 here in beautiful Bucharest, and just 28 of the 579 players who entered this event remain.

Today we’ll be playing down to final table, and everyone has their heart set on the €107,350 first-place prize. Right now they’re all guaranteed a €2,860 payday, but after just one elimination that’ll increase to €3,310.

Thumbnail image for yasen_dichev_day2_eureka6buch3.jpg

Yasen Dichev leads coming into Day 3

The player out in front at the beginning of play today is Bulgaria’s Yasen Dichev, who stormed ahead of the pack yesterday afternoon and held the chip lead for the last few levels. He comes into today with 2.047 million.

Close behind him are Israel’s Moshe Eliyahu with 1.636 million, and Romania’s Razvan Costinel Belea (915,000), Jozsef Liszkovics (912,00), and Antoanell ‘Toni’ Judet (906,000).

Play starts at 1pm with the blinds at 8,000/16,000 and a 2,000 ante. See you shortly as we tackle the business end.

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at Eureka6 Bucharest: Jack Stanton. Photos by Tomas Stacha. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog


You can win your seat to one of countless PokerStars live events around the world. Click here to open an account and get started.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier Wins SCOOP-42-M: $215 PL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max] for 5th SCOOP Title

SCOOP 2016: Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier Wins SCOOP-42-M: $215 PL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max] for 5th SCOOP Title

In 2015, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier shipped three SCOOP titles. On Friday night, he had something to celebrate as he went from the final table’s short stack to win SCOOP-42-M: $215 PL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max], $50K GTD for $22,572. 

It also marked Mercier’s fifth SCOOP title and seventh overall “COOP” title.

jason_mercier_scoop_2016.jpg

The Road to the Final Table

After Mexico’s “grampabumkin” bubbled the tournament in 79th place, the in-the-money finishes came fast and furious. Among those to walk way with a payday were “BillLewinsky” (78th – $344.52), “donut604” (60th – $403.92), and “NanoDawn” (44th – $475.20), just to name a few.

Day 1 came to a close with 41 players remaining, and at that time Russia’s “lavakrasava1” led the pack with 336,146, though not far behind was Mercier, who sat sixth in chips. 

Day 2 started with 35 players needing to hit the rail before the final table was established, and among those to fall short were “pmahoney22” (36th – $617.76), “DallasCorben” (18th – $1,104.84), “ouchbadbeat” (12th – $1,603.90), and “lavakrasava1” (10th – $1,603.80), whose big stack didn’t quite get him to the final table.

Here’s a look at how things stacked up at the start of the final table:

_Azur3_7 – 2,458,038
f1nsf4n7 – 866,222
Valya98 – 829,614
ZeelandBoy – 805,826
Brandon-Tino – 580,398
Jason Mercier – 399,902
 
scoop_42_m_final_table.png

_Azur3_7  Sends ZeelandBoy Out the Door in Sixth

While he began the final table on the short stack, Mercier managed some doubles to get himself out of the basement. Then, in the 20,000/40,000 level, the first final table elimination took place. It happened when “_Azur3_7” (2,619,638) opened for 80,000 under the gun and “ZeelandBoy” (119,730) moved all in from the cutoff. Action folded back to _Azur3_7, and he made the call.

_Azur3_7: [ah][jh][ts][9s]
ZeelandBoy: [jd][9d][qs][td]

ZeelandBoy gad a 30.8% of winning the hand, but that didn’t happen as the board ran out [kh][2h][kc][as][7d] to give _Azur3_7 aces and kings, which was good enough for the win. ZeelandBoy, a former Sunday Rebuy winner with more than $2.6 million in earnings on PokerStars, took home $3,694.68 for his sixth-place finish.

Valya98 Runs Smack Dab Into Pocket Rockets

In the same level, Mercier (1,037,040) opened for 80,000 under the gun and “Valya98” (720,614) called from the cutoff. _Azur3_7 (2,694,368) then three-bet to 320,000 from the small blind, Mercier folded, and Valya98 called to see the [9h][jh][2c] flop. 

_Azur3_7 led out for 760,000 and Valya98 called off his remaining 400,614.

Valya98: [7h][5h][kc][4c]
_Azur3_7: [ah][as][2d][8c]

Valya98 flopped a flush draw, but he failed to hit it as the [2s] blanked on the turn followed by the [jd] on the river. Valya98, who won the MicroMillions 6 Event #87 $3.30 FL Hold’em 6-Max, Turbo, was eliminated in fifth place for $5,940.

Mercier Doubles Into the Chip Lead

With the blinds at 25,000/50,000, “Brandon-Tino” (1,457,272) raised to 100,000 from the cutoff and _Azur3_7 (2,545,546) and Mercier (1,386,595) called from the button and big blind respectively. When the flop came down [8d][3d][9h], _Azur3_7 bet 200,000 after both his opponents checked.

Mercier called, Brandon-Tino folded, and the [Jc] appeared on the turn. Mercier led out for 725,000, _Azur3_7 raised to 1.45 million, and the Team PokerStars Pro called off his remaining 361,595.

_Azur3_7: [ac][3s][3h][5h]
Mercier: [qh][Th][9c][jd]

Mercier held the nuts, but _Azur3_7 was drawing to both a full house and a low. Fortunately for Mercier, the [qd] river completed the board and he doubled into the chip lead with 2,898,190 while _Azur3_7 dropped to 1,158,951.

Brazil’s f1nsf4n7 Bows Out in Fourth Place

With the blinds at 30,000/60,000, Mercier (1,167,454) opened for 120,000 under the gun and “f1nsf4n7” (540,898) defended his big blind to see a [2d][8d][jd] flop. f1nsf4n7 led out for 270,000 and then called off his remaining 150,898 after Mercier raised.

f1nsf4n7: [2c][5c][3d][4s]
Mercier: [4d][Td][3h][2h]

Mercier flopped a flush, which left f1nsf4n7 looking for the right low card to chop. Unfortunately for him, it never came as the [8s] paired the board on the turn and the [9s] river was a big card. f1nsf4n7 was awarded $8,316 for his fourth-place finish.

Mercier & Brandon-Tino Check It Down to Send _Azur3_7 Home in Third

With the blinds at 40,000/80,000, Brandon-Tino (2,767,447) raised to 170,400 from the button and _Azur3_7 (419,760) moved all in from the small blind. Mercier (2,752,793) called from the big, Brandon-Tino made the additional investment, and then both active players checked it down as the board ran out [qc][9d][2c][9h][3h].

Mercier: [Ts][kd][ah][8h]
Brandon-Tino: [ad][3s][Th][8c]
_Azur3_7: [as][7s][jh][8h]

Brandon-Tino’s mere three in his hand was enough to scoop the pot, and the start-of-the-final-table chip leader was out in third place for $12,177.

Mercier Steamrolls Heads-Up Play

Brandon-Tino began heads-up play with 3,606,967 in chips to Mercier’s 2,333,033, but it did him little good as the Team PokerStars Pro caught fire and soon pulled out to a big lead.

In what would be the final hand of the tournament, which took place with the blinds at 50,000/100,000, Mercier (5,108,680) limped the button and Brandon-Tino checked his option to see a [Qc][Td][5s] flop. Brandon-Tino checked, Mercier bet 113,838, and Brandon-Tino check-raised to 541,514. Mercier three-bet to 969,190 and Brandon-Tino called off his remaining 189,806.

Brandon-Tino: [3s][qh][2c][9d]
Mercier: [9s][js][kh][Th]

The [Tc] turn gave Mercier trips, while the [8d] river actually improved him to a straight. Brandon-Tino, who previously finished fourth in the 2014 SCOOP 10-H: $2,100 PL 5-Card Omaha [6-Max, 1R1A], had to settle for runner-up and a $16,632 consolation prize.

SCOOP-42-M: $215 PL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max], $50K GTD
Entrants: 594
Prize Pool: $118,800
Place Paid: 78

1st – Jason Mercier (Canada) $22,572
2nd – Brandon-Tino (UK) $16,632
3rd – _Azur3_7 (Bulgaria) $12,177
4th – f1nsf4n7 (Brazil) $8,316
5th – Valya98 (Russia) $5,940
6th – ZeelandBoy (Malta) $3,694.68

This year’s SCOOP is winding down, but until it does can find recaps for each event right here on the PokerStars Blog.


Chad Holloway is a Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Read More

SCOOP 2016: kuhns89 Does the Improbable and Defends His Title; Wins SCOOP-40-H: $2,100 8-Game for His 4th SCOOP Title

SCOOP 2016: kuhns89 Does the Improbable and Defends His Title; Wins SCOOP-40-H: $2,100 8-Game for His 4th SCOOP Title

On Thursday, SCOOP-40-H: $2,100 8-Game, a tournament that boasted a $100,000 guarantee, attracted 125 players to the virtual felt, which crushed that GTD by creating an even $250,000 prize pool. In the end, “kuhns89” won the title, just as he did the year before.

That’s right, in the 2015 SCOOP, kuhns89 topped a field of 158 entrants to win SCOOP-35-H: $2,100 8-Game, and against all odds – which included being down in chips to Sergey “Gipsy74” Rybachenko during heads-up play — he defended his title for his fourth career SCOOP win.

Calvin Anderson Bubbles the Final Table

The tournament attracted some of the game’s best including Team PokerStars Pros George Danzer, Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, Jason Somerville, and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, among others. Unfortunately, with just 18 places getting paid, none of the Team Pros walked away with a payday.

Instead, it was the likes of “Naza114” (18th – $3,250), Ravenswood (10th – $5,375), Ronny “1-ronnyr3” Kaiser (9th – $8,125), and the all-time SCOOP title holder Calvin “cal42688” Anderson (7th – $8,125), who actually bubbled the final table.

When the two-day tournament went on break, just six players remained with Chris “Apotheosis92” Kruk and his stack of 313,369 leading the way.

Here’s a look at how things stacked up at the start of the final table:

Chris “Apotheosis92” Kruk – 313,369
Sergey “Gipsy74” Rybachenko – 312,268
kuhns89 – 181,481
7Be/\eC7 – 170,304
Alex “dynoalot” Difelice – 144,974
RunGodlike – 127,604
 
scoop_40_H_final_table.png

7Be/\eC7 Exits First; Difelice Follows Him Out the Door in Fifth

The final table kicked off with the elimination of Belarus’ “7Be/\eC7,” who took home $11,250 for his sixth-place finish, and then Alex “dynoalot” Difelice followed him out the door in fifth. It happened in a round of Omaha Hi/Lo with the blinds at 5,000/10,000 when “RunGodLike” (241,346) raised to 20,000 under the gun and “Kuhns89” (175,287) called from the small blind. Difelice did the same from the big and three players took a flop of [jd][3d][9s].

Kuhns89 checked, Difelice bet 10,000, and both his opponents called to see the [4d] turn. This time Kuhns89 led out for 20,000, Difelice called off his remaining 116, and RunGodLike called, which brought about the [qs] river. Kuhn89 bet again, and this time RunGodLike folded.

With no qualifying low, Difelice tabled the [5d][7d][10h][2h] for a flush, but it was no good as Kuhn89 held a better flush with the [kd][8d][as][5h]. Difelice took home $16,250 for his fifth-place finish.

Rybachenko Boats Up in Stud to Send RunGodLike Out in Fifth

In a round of $12,000/$24,000 Limit Stud, Rybachenko (519,051) brought it in for 3,600 showing the [6s] and RunGodLike (60,346), who just a few days ago won SCOOP-33-H ($2,100 Stud Hi/Lo) results for $54,390, completed to 12,000 with the [qs]. Rybachenko then bet double after pairing on fourth street, which prompted RunGodLike to move all in for 45,946. Rybachenko called and the rest of their boards were run out.

Rybachenko: ([8c][8d]) [6s][6c][4d][8s] ([js])
RunGodLike: ([Th][9h]) [qs][ks][Ts][kc] ([jh])

Rybachenko filled up on sixth street, and RunGodLike failed to catch on seventh to fall in fourth place for $21,250.

Kruk’s Run Comes to an End in Third Place

The start-of-the-day chip leader, Chris “Apotheosis92” Kruk, had grown short, and in a round of 12,000/24,000/2,400 Limit Stud Hi/Lo, he got it in against Rybachenko. It happened when the latter brought it in for 3,600 with the [6c] showing and Kruk, who had the [ac] up, completed to 12,000, leaving himself just 400 behind. Rybachenko raised and Kruk called off.

Kruk: ([qs][ad]) [ac][7h][3h][2c] ([Tc])
Rybachenko: (5d][jh]) [6c][4d][8s][6s] ([7d])

Kruk got it in good with aces, but he failed to improve upon them. Meanwhile, Rybachenko was behind through sixth street, but then he caught a seven on seventh to make a straight. With no low, Kruk, who earlier in the series finished runner-up in Event #8-H ($1,050 NLHE Heads-Up), was sent to the rail in this place for $32,500.

kuhn89 Battles Back From Chip Deficit to Claim 4th SCOOP Title

Heads-up play began with Rybachenko holding 934,997 in chips to kuhns89’s 315,003, but the latter held steadfast, battle into the chip lead, and then went for the knockout blow in a round of 4,000/8,000 pot-limit Omaha.

It happened when kuhns89 (975,903) called from the button and Rybachenko (274,097) checked his option to see a [jc][3c][4h] flop. Rybachenko checked, kuhns89 bet 12,000, and Rybachenko check-raised to 52,000. kuhns89 made it 172,000 to go and then called when Rybachenko moved all in for 266,097.

Rybachenko: [ks][jh][qh][js]
kuhns89: [5c2c5djd]

Rybachenko flopped top set, but kuhns89 was drawing to both straight and flush draws. The [6c] turn gave kuhns89 the flush, which left Rybachenko looking for the board to pair on the river. It didn’t though as the [Td] bricked.

Ryabachenko took home $43,750 for his runner-up finish while kuhns89 captured his fourth SCOOP title and a $65,000 first-place prize.

SCOOP-40-H: $2,100 8-Game, $100K Guaranteed
Entrants: 125
Prize Pool: $250,000
Place Paid: 18

1st – kuhns89 (Austria) $65,000
2nd – Sergey “Gipsy74” Rybachenko (Russia) $43,750
3rd – Chris “Apotheosis92” Kruk (Canada) $32,500
4th – RunGodLike (UK) $21,250
5th – Alex “dynoalot” Difelice (Canada) $16,250
6th – 7Be/\eC7 (Belarus) $11,250

This year’s SCOOP is winding down, but until it does can find recaps for each event right here on the PokerStars Blog.


Chad Holloway is a Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Read More

Eureka6 Bucharest: Day 2 live updates

Eureka6 Bucharest: Day 2 live updates

bucharesteureka6location.jpg

CLICK HERE TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES
36 players (of 579) remain – we’re in the money
Chip counts
Prize pool and payouts

10:48pm: Just five tables left
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

The room was absolutely jam-packed with Day 2 players this morning. Now the field has been whittled down to just 36 spread over just five tables.

10:45pm: “Pay him. Pay zat man his money.”
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

If you insist, Teddy KGB.

39. Petrica Lombada – €2,530
40. Paul Lucian Jifcu – €2,200
41. Bahar Musa – €2,200
42. Ionut Dragos – €2,200
43. Daniel Ricardo – €2,200
44. Nicolae Buse – €2,200
45. Claudiu Rajnoveanu – €2,200
46. Karakolev Nedelcho – €2,200
47. Iulian Alin Chirculeanu – €2,200
48. Daniel Balaiasa – €2,200
49. Georgian Luta Balu – €2,200
50. Lahmani Oshri – €2,200
51. Alpar Gyorgy Soos – €2,200

10:36pm: Dichev cracks a milly
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Yasen Dichev was chip leader at the last break, and now he’s even more so. He’s the first player to break the one million chip barrier, and currently sits with 1.75 million.

yasen_dichev_day2_eureka6buch.jpg

Yasen Dichev

10:26pm: The price isn’t always right
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Alin Petrisor Pandilica opened to 20,000 from the under the gun and it folded to former chip leader Marian Virlanuta who made the call, as did Sason Erez from the big blind.

The flop came the [td][5c][th] and it checked to Virlanuta who led for 31,000. Only Pandilica called to see the [3h] turn. He checked again and now the bet from Virlanuta was 75,000. Pandilica counted his chips carefully and decided to move all-in for 136,000. Virlanuta was priced in and called.

He had the [js][qd] so was hoping to hit something, but in fact he tried to muck when he Pandilica had the [5d][5h]. The river was the [9d] and Pandilica doubled to close to 300,000.

10:16pm: All the chip counts
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

As we don’t have too many players left now, here’s a look at how they all stack up:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYER CHIP COUNT
Yasen Dichev 990000
Florian Rosa 850000
Moshe Eliyahu 750000
Marian Virlanuta 730000
Peters Tobias 621000
Razvan Costinel Belea 615000
Avishai Shitrit 540000
Alexandru Boicea 518000
Ionut Dragos 500000
Sason Erez 490000
Florian Dimitrie Duta 440000
Adam Milewski 402000
Adrian Ionescu 400000
Mihai Sorin Turculeanu 400000
Yordan Yordanov Mitrentsov 380000
Antoanell Cristian Judet 370000
Razvan Bordei 360000
Nihat Karyagdi 335000
Cosmin Ionut Petcu 330000
Jozsef Liszkovics 330000
Gary Clarke 306000
Mihai Manole 290000
Daniel Ricardo 264000
Adrian Ion Popa 261000
Carmen Zainescu 250000
Johny Jabra 245000
Valentin Anghel 240000
Armand Alexandru Matti 235000
Florin Ionut Pandilica 212000
Alin Petrisor Pandilica 210000
Ionut Dragos Munteanu 206000
Karakolev Nedelcho 180000
Petrica Lombada 165000
Victor Emanuel Beteringhe 155000
Mihai Ciorteanu 140000
Traian Bostan 130000
Paul Lucian Jifcu 115000
Catalin Moraru 110000
Bahar Musa 110000
Claudiu Rajnoveanu 100000
Nicolae Buse 85000
Valentin Marius Cristea 74000
Adrian Nicolae Ionescu 65000
Alexandru Daniel Strugut 55000
Ionut Aurelian Stoichita 54000
Dan Petrea 30000
Iulian Alin Chirculeanu 6000

10:06pm: Another double for Carmen
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Carmen Zainescu seems to be stuck in a loop of doubling up then getting short again. Well, it’s time for one more cycle as she’s just doubled with her Ace-ten vs Ionut Dragos’ Ace-five. A ten on the flop has brought her stack back to 190,000.

carmen_zainescu__day2_eurekabuch2.jpg

Carmen Zainescu

10pm: Two more hours
Level 19 – Blinds 5,000/10,000 (1,000 ante)

Just two more levels left for Day 2.

Meanwhile, the €330 Bucharest Cup is nearing its conclusion, and the €2,200 high roller is currently underway.

 

LEVEL SMALL BLIND BIG BLIND ANTE
19 5,000 10,000 1,000

9:45pm: Last break of the night
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

We’ll be back in 15 minutes.

9:44pm: Hollywooding, not slowrolling
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

After Georgian Luta Balu moved all-in from under the gun for 87,000, it folded around to Mihai Manole on the button and he went into the tank for a couple of minutes. Eventually he slid out just a flat call.

The blinds quickly folded, and then Balu turned over his [ac][kh]. You’d think if someone thought for that long he wouldn’t have that beat, but turns out Manole had the [ad][as]. He wasn’t slowrolling though; he was acting weaker so that he’d maybe get one of the blinds to raise.

Anyway, the board ran out [kc][6d][3h][jh][6c] and Balu hit the rail a little frustrated.

9:38pm: Double up for Carmen
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

We heard Carmen Zainescu celebrating so went over to see what was up. Turns out she’d got her last 120,000 all-in on the turn of a [jc][ks][3h][7d] board with the [kd][3d], ahead of Mihai Ciorteanu’s [kh][th]. The river came the [kc] and her full house beat his trips, bringing her stack up to around 250,000.

9:30pm: Latest eliminations
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

52. Andrei Stoenescu – €2,200
53. Eugen Gabriel Chiva – €2,200
54. Victor Catalin Anghel – €2,200
55. Andrei Erohin – €2,200
56. Alexandru Farcasanu – €1,970
57. Alexandru Daniel Ionescu – €1,970
58. Marius Vik Enebakk – €1,970
59. Adrian Eugen Constantin – €1,970
60. Tiberiu Ban – €1,970
61. Cristian Costea – €1,970
62. Ilan Buskila – €1,970
63. Catalin George Pacala – €1,970
64. Gabriel Gavrila – €1,970
65. Jean Philippe Carl Marie Schoonbrood – €1,970
66. Petrica Constantin – €1,970

9:10pm: Jabra Cadabra! Johny survives without knowing it
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Johny Jabra is on cloud nine right now. Not just because he doubled up, but because for a few seconds there he thought he’d been eliminated.

He was all-in with the [7h][7d] for 64,000 against Nicolae Buse’s [ah][jc]. The board ran out safe for him until the [ad] river, at which point he got up and wished everyone good luck.

Thing is, there were three more diamonds on the board too and Jabra had won it with a flush! He’s up to above 130,000 now.

8:57pm: Clarke still going strong
Level 18 – Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante)

Ireland’s Gary Clarke opened to 17,000 from under the gun plus one and got a caller in his neighbour to the left, Andrei Erohin. The flop came the [kh][ts][qc] and Clarke continued for 18,000. Erohin thought for a while but gave it up, showing the [ac] as he did. That prompted Clarke to do him a favour and show him his cards too – the [ah][kc] for top pair and a gutshot.

Clarke’s up to 300,000 now.

 

LEVEL SMALL BLIND BIG BLIND ANTE
18 4,000 8,000 1,000

 
8:38pm: Gavrila falls to El Clásico
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Adrian Ionescu (there are a lot of Adrian Ionescu’s here in Bucharest who play poker – we had about ten in this tournament!) moved all-in under the gun for 67,000 and it folded around to Gabriel Gavrila in the big blind. He snap-called for stack of roughly 60,000 with the [qs][qd] and was up against Ionescu’s [ah][kd].

The El Clásico of poker races started very well for Ionescu. The [8d][as][4d] flop put him ahead, and the [js] turn and [ac] river kept him there. Gavrila hit the rail to collect his €1,970, while Ionescu is now playing 130,000.

8:28pm: Biggest stacks right now
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYER CHIP COUNT
Marian Virlanuta 670000
Daniel Ricardo 501000
Jozsef Liszkovics 498000
Moshe Eliyahu 450000
Yasen Dichev 440000
Eugen Gabriel Chiva 410000
Antoanell Cristian Judet 401000
Victor Emanuel Beteringhe 385000
Florian Rosa 380000
Florian Dimitrie Duta 375000

8:20pm: The latest money winners
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

67. Cosmin Constantin Cimpeanu- €1,970
68. Catalin Ciocov- €1,970
69. Denis Ioan Poteras- €1,970
70. Catalin Dragomir – €1,970
71. Catalin Luca – €1,970
72.  Iosif Eva – €1,740

8:10pm: Zainescu making moves
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Carmen Zainescu, the sole female left in this Day 2 field, opened to 16,000 from the cut-off and got one caller – Eugen Gabriel Chiva from the big blind. 

The flop came the [4d][ad][tc] and Zianescu opted not to c-bet, checking it to Chiva who put out a bet of 18,000. Zainescu then went straight for her chips and counted a raise to 41,000. Chiva thought for a minute or so before letting it go.

Zainescu showed the table her hand – the [2h][2d] – but it turned out she was bluffing with the best hand. Chiva showed his [jd][7h] for complete air.

7:50pm: Three more gone
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

We’ve had three eliminations in the opening minutes of the level.

73. Emanuel Flesner – €1,740.00
74. Antonino Karman – €1,740.00
75. Iulian Doroftei – €1,740.00

7:45pm: Welcome back
Level 17 – Blinds 3,000/6,000 (1,000 ante)

Players are back in their seats after dinner. We’ll be playing four more 60-minute levels today.

6:47pm: Dinner time

PLayers are taking a one-hour dinner break.

6:43pm: Here comes the avalanche
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Players are busting like madmen now they know they’ve secured some cash. Those who have exited in the last 10 minutes and win €1,740 each are:

76. Vlad Alexandru Lazariciu
77. Adrian Ioan Ionescu
78. Spiridon Tonikidis 
79. Mircea Alexandru Flutur
80. Sorin Petre Radulescu
81. Constantin Manole
82. Paulos Patsis
83. Adrian Iancu
84. Adrian Costin Constantin
85. Neculai Macovei
86. Adamou Christodoulos
87. Tudor Popa

6:33pm: It’s burst! Gheorghe Bogdan Ionescu bubbles Eureka6 Bucharest
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

What an epic end to hand-for-hand play: three all-ins and calls. Three spots to burst the bubble.

In the first table we went to, Adrian Costin Constantin was all-in with the [kd][kc] v the [as][qc] of chip leader Marian Virlanuta. It ran out [2h][qh][7d][7h][8d] and Constantin doubled.

Then, we went to see Antonino Karman, who was all-in with pocket Kings too: the [kh][kc] against Yasen Dichev’s sheepishly-revealed [jd][4d]. The board came the [8c][6h][qc][qs][as] and he survived too.

Then finally, we saw Gheorghe Bogdan Ionescu all-in from the big blind with the [ah][qh] against UK player Florian Dimitrie Duta’s [jd][9d]. It looked good for the Romanian, but that all changed on the flop.

Gheorghe_Ionescu_bubble_eurekabuch.jpg

Ionescu before the flop sunk in

It fell the [8d][7s][tc] giving Duta the nut straight. Ionescu needed running cards, but the [2d] turn and [6h] river were no help to him.

Gheorghe_Ionescu_bubble_eurekabuch1.jpg

…and after the river

Ionesco exited in 88th, and everyone is now in the money!

All videos by Tomas Stacha – who apologises for the shakiness. “I was taking photos at the same time!” he says.

6:25pm: Keep on surviving
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

We’ve had several all-in and calls now but the at-risk players keep on doubling.  

6:07pm: Nothing yet
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Three hands of bubble action and not a single all-in and call yet to report.

5:52pm: Florin Vasile Haiduc soft bubbles
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

Florin Vasile Haiduc is our soft bubble boy. He moved all-in with the [qs][jc] and was called by Valentin Anghel who woke up with the [ad][ac]. It ran out [8s][kd][2h][qh][6d] and he was out in 89th.

We’re now on the bubble.

5:46pm: Going soft
Level 16 – Blinds 2,500/5,000 (500 ante)

With 89 players remaining, we’re now on the soft bubble.

 

LEVEL SMALL BLIND BIG BLIND ANTE
16 2,500 5,000 500

5:37pm: Two eliminations – one nastier than the other
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Play has naturally slowed somewhat as we approach the money bubble, but here are the two most recent eliminations. One was…pretty gross.

On Table 5, Adrian Nicolae Ionescu moved all-in for around 50,000 and it folded to Bogdan Diaconu in the big blind who called. He had the [qd][qs], but that was trailing Ionescu’s [as][ah]. The board ran out [ac][5h][5c][4s][4d] and Diaconu was gone.

Then over on Table 1, Armand Alexandru Matti opened to 8,000 and got a call from Cristian Vornicu. Avishai Shitrit then squeezed to 24,000 from the big blind and Vornicu jammed for around 60,000 and was called.

Vornicu was looking good with his [kc][kd] against the [jh][qd] all the way to turn on the [8h][qh][5c][9s] board.

But the river changed everything. It came the [tc] giving Shitrit a running straight, and Vornicu couldn’t believe it. He was gone.

5:28pm: Six to go
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

94 players remain so five more exits and we’ll be on the hard bubble.

5:22pm: Bubble abuse
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Chip leader Marian Virlanuta is absolutely abusing the approaching bubble, putting players to the test and not tolerating any stalling from the smaller stacks.

In a hand I just caught, Sason Erez opened to 9,000 under the gun and the action was on short-stacked Petrica Lombada. He was thinking for more than a minute, and kept looking up at the screen to see if there were any updates on other eliminations. Eventually Virlanuta called the clock, and Lombada folded. 

It then folded around to Virlanuta who defended from the big blind. The flop was the [5c][3c][ac] and he checked to Erez who continued for 12,000. That was called, and when the dealer was burning and turning the [ts] turn Virlanuta checked in the dark. 

Erez fired again for 17,000, and that too got a quick call. The river came the [8c] bringing four clubs on board, and now Virlanuta bet 55,000 putting Erez to the test. He folded.

Virlanuta turned over the [3h][4h] for just a pair of threes.”Ah you had a straight,” said a confused Erez. “No, wait…you didn’t? Ah, good raise.”

5:02pm: Players falling left and right
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

We’re now just nine eliminations away from the money. The latest to go are:

Cristian Tardea, Florian Rosa, Shahar Ohayon, Mayan Lawrence Shih, Slaven Popov, Lida Doron Zvi, Lucian Mihai Barbu, Florin Popescu, end of Day 1B chip leader Taranko Grzegorz, Victor Ciubotaru, Bogdan Ioan Agica, Marian Valentin Tiuntiuc, Vlad Ardeleanu, Georgios Charmpilas, Eugen Stefan Predescu, Kitanov Stoyan, Mihai Manole, and Mihai Adrian Grigoriu.

4:55pm: Zainescu on the up
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Carmen Zainescu is going from strength to strength, having just eliminated another player. She called the 28,000 shove of Lucian Mihai Barbu with the [as][js] and was way ahead of his [ah][8s]. The flop came the [4s][th][5s] giving her the nut flush draw, and she’d hit it on the [9s] turn. The [5c] completed the board and sent Barbu on his way, while Zainescu now sits with 155,000.

4:45pm: Another one bites the dust
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

Florin Popescu moved all-in for his last 23,500 and Canadian Daniel Ricardo called on the button. It fodled to Gary Clarke in the big blind and the Irish player made the call too.

The flop was the [4d][2h][tc] and Clarke checked, which led to Ricardo taking control with a 35,000 bet. That got Clarke out of the way and the cards were flipped.

Popescu must have thought the flop was good for him with his [9c][td] – and it was; only problem was he’d still need to hit as Ricardo had the [qs][qh].

The turn was the [6h], and the river came the [kc] to eliminate local player Popescu.

4:36pm: The top of the pile
Level 15 – Blinds 2,000/4,000 (500 ante)

You can view all of the chip counts here, but here’s a look at the biggest stacks in the room at the beginning of Level 15:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYER CHIP COUNT
Marian Virlanuta 450000
Cosmin Ionut Petcu 380000
Yasen Dichev 340000
Lahmani Oshri 335000
Daniel Ricardo 310000
Florian Rosa 300000
Razvan Costinel Belea 285000
Alexandru Boicea 270000
Gary Clarke 250000
Sason Erez 250000
 

LEVEL SMALL BLIND BIG BLIND ANTE
15 2,000 4,000 500

4:21pm: Have a rest

You’ve got 15 minutes to go put the kettle on or do whatever you need to do before the players return from break for Level 15. Will we hit the bubble? There are 112 left and 87 get paid.


Opening a PokerStars account is easy. Click here to get an account in minutes.


 
4:16pm: Bust-outs
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (400 ante)

The latest to fall are  Oz Cohen, Radu Cristian Cucuiu, Calin Mihai Pretorian, Krzysztof Gluszko , Alexandru Tanasica, Adrian Demusca , Razvan Lucian Cetanas, Mihai Bogdan Gheonu, Ovidiu Roman, Olivier Frederic Duran, Iulian Azoicai, Vicenzo Auteri, Gabriel Petrica Popescu, Cornel Pazara, Alexandru Neculae , Sabin Valeriu Olariu, Dan Chisu, Marius Ion Geanta, Cristian Dan, Hansen Jens, Vladimir Velikov, Daniel Mihai Rinzis, and Ahmed Ahmed.

4:06pm: On your bike
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (400 ante)

Remember this guy from yesterday?

cornel_pazaria_day1beurekabuch.jpg

The mystery biker

Well, it turned out to Californian-via-Bucharest player Cornel Pazaria, and he’d end making it through Day 1B to fight again today.

However, his easy rider has come to an end, as he’s just been eliminated. He got his last 60,000 all-in with the [8s][ts] versus the [as][ac] of Petrica Lombada on an [8d][ks][5s] flop, and even managed to hit his flush on the [7s] turn. However, the river was the [js] which gave Lombada the nut flush, sending Pazaria away on his bike. Good game sir.

3:48pm: Przgorezewski happy to flip and win
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (400 ante)

Poland’s Blazej Przgorezewski just moved all-in for his last 22,000 with the [qc][9c], and wasn’t ecastatic when Nihat Karyagdi snap-called. However, he was more relieved when he saw he was in a race against the [7d][7h].

“Phew! We are flipping!” he said as the dealer put out a flop. It came the [kc][9d][2h], pairing his nine and giving him the lead. The turn was the [tc] and river the [ah], and that secured him the double up to roughly 56,000.

Blazej_Przgorezewski_day2_eurekabuch.jpg

Blazej Przgorezewski

3:38pm: Say goodbye to 45, say hello to 60
Level 14 – Blinds 1,500/3,000 (400 ante)

It’s Level 14, and that means that from the next Level onwards we’ll be playing one hour levels instead of 45 minutes.

 

LEVEL SMALL BLIND BIG BLIND ANTE
14 1,500 3,000 400

3:35pm: The departed
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

We’re down to 137 players and the bubble is just 50 eliminations away. Here are the latest victims:

Marius Asanache, Bogdan Berinde, Gabriel Toader, Adrian Bizineche, Aurelian Valentin Croitoriu, Lars Jurgens, Tiberiu Cornel Diaconescu, Niculae Eremia, Gabriel Cioaca, Vasile Calin Zagon, Benjamin Michel Barkay, Yogev Kudadi, Davide Suriano, George Dimuleasa, Avi Cohen, Marios Theophanous, Zhiping Zeng, Aleks Dimitrov, Catalin Luca, Christos Xanthopoulos, Alexandru George Preda, Jan Tams, and Daniel Ghionoiu.

3:25pm: A trip down memory lane for Yogev Kudadi
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

Yesterday was a great day for Israel’s Yogev Kudadi. He found himself sat just one player away from his poker idol, Team Pro Daniel Negreanu, and managed to make all of his friends in the room jealous with this snap.

negreanu_kudadi_eurekabuchday1b.jpg

Yogev Kudadi with Negreanu on Day 1B

Alas, today has not been so great for him. He was just eliminated after getting his last 12,500 all-in with the [ac][td] against Nihat Karyagdi’s [5d][5h], only to see his opponent flop a set on the [3h][5c][2s] board. It was completed by the [js] turn and [kd] river and that was all she wrote for Kudadi.

Still, he’ll always the memories.

Yogev_Kudadi_day2_eurekabuch.jpg

Kudadi is gone

3:15pm: Cohen’s goin’
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

Avi Cohen suffered a devastating blow earlier when flopped set of Queens were no good against a flopped broadway. Well, things didn’t get any better for him and he now finds himself out of the main event.

The table broke right after this hand so I couldn’t catch the names of the other players involved, but Cohen jammed over a raise and three-bet for 41,000 and was called in one spot by a player with pocket Aces. The man from Israel had the [ad][kd], but got no help on the run-out.

3:05pm: Early bath for this lot
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

Here are the most recent eliminations:

Ionut Catalin Mihart, Aurelian Ungureanu , Daniel Saether, Ivan Dimitrov, Lawrence Lazar, Andrei Berbescu, Dorin Rauta, Mihai Gabriel Niste, Iulian Cuza, Alexandru Lupu, George Cosmin Butoi, Andreas Zampas, Gheorghe Caplescu, Olivian Zoltan Balint, Raoul Ioan Iancovici, Ionut Valentin Simion, Alexandru Ionut Stan, Mihai Nicolae Vasile, Eusebiu Nicolae Jalba, Ervin Kuglish , Marius Catalin Stancescu, Pedersen Thomas Lyngvang, Fadi Younes, Danny Van Zijp, Tolga Ismen, Andrei Gheorghe Vasile, Leonard Dobre, Razvan Tiberiu Naghiu, Epure Andrei, Alessandro Nicola Benazzo, Anaras Alekberovas, and Mitran Marian.

2:55pm: Money, money, money
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

The official prize pool and pay outs have now been confirmed.

The total prize pool is €561,630.00, after 3 per cent of the prize pool was withheld for payment of dealers and floor staff. 

That means we have a whopping first place prize of €107,350.00, while a min-cash will net you €1,740.00.

87 players will be paid, and we’re down to 162 right now.

Check out the entire prize pool and payouts here.

2:50pm: Biggest stacks
Level 13 – Blinds 1,200/2,400 (300 ante)

You can take a look at all of the chip counts from the end of Level 12 here.

The biggest stacks in the room right now are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYER CHIP COUNT
Marian Virlanuta 345000
Sason Erez 298000
Gary Clarke 265000
Mihai Ciorteanu 260000
Dan Petrea 218000
Alexandru Boicea 213000
Adam Milewski 210000
Antoanell Cristian Judet 203000
Victor Emanuel Beteringhe 197000
Florin Vasile Haiduc 197000

2:36pm: Break time

Players have gone on their first 15-minute break of the day.


Have Eureka events inspired you to start playing poker? Click here to open a PokerStars account.


2:31pm: Last woman standing
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

We only had a handful of women playing in this event, and the last one standing is local player Carmen Zainescu. She just eliminated a player with pocket Aces over King-Queen, and is sitting on a stack of around 100,000 right now.

carmen_zainescu__day2_eurekabuch.jpg

Carmen Zainescu

2:25pm: What a river for Clarke!
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Ireland’s Gary Clarke just hit a miracle river to stay alive here on Day 2.

After Catalin Luca opened to 5,000 and Ahmed Ahmed called on the button, Clarke made it 20,000 to go from the small blind. Luca came along, but Ahmed passed.

The flop was the [7d][qd][4s] and Clarke decided to just jam – a huge bet of 90,300. Luca snap-called though as he had hit top set with his [qh][qs], while Clarke’s [kc][ks] were in big trouble.

The [jh] turn was no help, but BOOM! The [kd] came out of nowhere on the river to save Clarke and give him a big stack of 188,000. Meanwhile, Luca was crushed down to just 17,000.

gary_clarke_day2_eurekabuch.jpg

Nice bink for Clarke

2:18pm: When big stacks attract
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

The end of Day 1A chip leader, Victor Emanuel Beteringhe, still has plenty of chips in front of him – 208,000 to be exact. Thing is, the player to his left has even more.

On a flop of [9d][tc][7h], Beteringhe and Marian Virlanuta checked from the blind positions to the pre-flop raiser Mihai Gabriel Niste. He continued for 7,000, which Beteringhe called, only for Virlanuta to make it 25,000 to go. Both players gave it up and that brought Virlanuta’s stack to around 240,000. I can’t be sure until the break, but that’s got to be up there fighting for the chip lead.

Marian_Virlanuta_day2_eurekabuch.jpg

Marian Virlanuta

2:08pm: They keep on coming
Level 12 – Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante)

Are you keeping up with all these bust-outs? Here are the latest players to exit:

Boyko Boychev, Dula Dalibor, Yonatan Koko, Nandor Csaba Solyom, Konstantinos Nanos, Alexandru Anghel, Gabriel Cuza, Ruben Celis Roncon , Martin Simeonov, Oslen Gisle Arnason, Vladas Burneikis , Constantin Erhan, Nukul Insuwan, Marius Craciun, Eduard Norel, Stefan Razvan Bucur, Andrei Costin Grimberg, Alexandru Daniel Strugut, Leo Ilan Joseph , Georgios Hadjivassili, Mathis Andreas Nehring, Adrian Corneliu Lazar, Robert Raduta, Tal Idan, Jordan Mitev, Ionel Anton, Plamen Todorov, Ferenc Csaba Pal, Mihai Ciprian Hanu, Adrian Bogdan Dan, Ioan Mihai Taizs, Mitesh Anjaria, and Daniel Birhala.

 

LEVEL SMALL BLIND BIG BLIND ANTE
12 1000 2000 300

1:45pm: Floppin’ the nuts
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

When I saw George Simionescu opened to 3,500 from early position, I sensed a big pot was about to happen. Call me psychic, lucky, whatever you want; but I was right.

It folded to Alexandru Anghel on the button and he flatted, only for Israel’s Avi Cohen to make it 11,600 to go from the big blind. Simionescu then shoved all-in for 57,900, Anghel folded, and Cohen made the call.

The Romanian had the [ad][kc] while it was the [qh][qc] for Cohen. The El Clásico of races.

The flop was very wet indeed. It came the [ts][jh][qd] giving Simionescu broadway but Cohen top set. He’d need the board to pair or to hit the case Queen to win, but it came the [7s] on the turn and the [3s] on the river. 

Simionescu is up to 117,000, while Cohen has dropped to 14,000.

1:42pm: Bon Appétit
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

Eugen Gabriel Chiva opened to 3,500 from the cut-off and Cristian Costea called on the button. Nihat Karyagdi defended his big blind, and it was three players to the flop.

It came the [kc][4d][8d] and Karyagdi checked, letting Chiva continue for 5,800. Costea then instantly moved all-in for around 53,000 and Karyagdi got out the way. Chiva had a very similar stack size to the all-in player, so it was essentially for his tournament. 

After a minute of thinking he gave his hand up and Costea raked in the chips, just as a waiter arrived with his sandwich that he’d ordered. It’s going to taste much better now.

1:32pm: More for your list
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

Australia’s Poker Hall of Fame member Jason Gray is the latest player to fall. Joining him on the rail are Corneliu George Tara , Hristodorescu Daniel, Vasile Claudiu Dragomir, Sebastian Ionut Mihai, Iani Tulica, Keret Dor, Iury Wolf, Anatoli Halca, Cosmin Constantin Calea, and Theodoros Savvidis.

1:25pm: The oligarch is out
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

Russian oligarch Anatoly Korochensky had a short and not at all sweet start to Day 2. 

He lost a big chunk of chips in a hand against Ilan Buskila which started with a 3,500 open from Yordan Yordanov Mitrentsov. Korochensky made the call, and Buskila defended his big blind.

The flop came the [6h][as][tc] and everyone checked, taking us to the [jh] turn. It checked to Korochensky and he took a 6,000 stab at the pot, only to be raised to 20,000 by Buskila. Mitrentsov got out of the way, but the Russian came along.

Thumbnail image for korochensky_eureka6buch_day1a.jpg

Korochensky on Day 1A

The river was the [6c] and Buskila jammed quickly for 28,200. Korochensky had him covered and gave a confident nod to indicate his call, but his confidence was shattered when Buskila turned over the [kd][qd] for a straight. Korochensky had the [ad][td] for two pair but it was no good and he dropped to 45,000 in chips.

That was still a very playable stack at this blind level, but by the time I got back to base in order to report on the hand I saw that he’d be eliminated. 

1:15pm: Dropping like flies
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

As always at the beginning of Day 2s, there’s plenty of gambling early on as the short stacks try to give themselves a fighting shot by doubling up. Of course, that doesn’t always work out, resulting in some speedy eliminations.

The players who have already exited today are:

Marius Alexandru Gicovanu, Wieslaw Michal Wejner, Dacian Vlad Tat, Radu Alin Catoiu, Richard Fitz Randolph Jr, Ionel Catalin Pruna, Onoufriou Antonios, Ion Silviu Scobai, Andrei Acatincai, Radu Lungu, Erik Scheidt, and Oren Platoni.

1pm: Shuffle up and deal
Level 11 – Blinds 800/1,600 (200 ante)

Cards are in the air here on Day 2. Let’s go!

12pm: Day 2 excitement is building…

For the first time in the tournament, our entire field (and our eventual champion) will be in the same room. It’s time for Day 2 of Eureka6 Bucharest, and 248 players who made it through either the Day 1A, 1B, or the last night’s turbo 1C flight will be combining.

The plan is to play 10 levels today; Levels 11 to 14 will remain 45 minutes in length, and from Level 15 onwards they’ll be increasing to one hour.

The player leading the pack is Victor Emanuel Beteringhe – a teacher who lives right here in Bucharest. He qualified for this event in a live satellite and told us after his epic Day 1A run that had he not qualified he wouldn’t have even played. Well, right now he’s the only player with more than 200K in chips (202,425 to be precise).

Thumbnail image for emmanuel_beteringhe_eureka6day1a.jpg

Beteringhe’s chip leader

Today we’ll be able to announce the prize pool, which also means the little matter of the bubble. Stick around – you won’t want to miss it.

Play kicks off at 1pm.

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at Eureka6 Bucharest: Jack Stanton. Photos by Tomas Stacha. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog


Ready to sign up for PokerStars? Click here to get an account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: Paul “paulgees81” Volpe tops epic final in Event #39-H ($2,100 NLO/8, 6-Max)

SCOOP 2016: Paul “paulgees81” Volpe tops epic final in Event #39-H ($2,100 NLO/8, 6-Max)

SCOOP-High tournaments are without a doubt some of the most entertaining poker in the world to watch these days. With deep stacks, slow structures, and small fields full of the world’s best poker players, they produce the kind of epic battles that used to come around every few years on a near-daily basis. And when an off-the-wall variant is the game of choice, the likelihood of one of those epic battles going down seems to grow exponentially. Paul “paulgees81” Volpe found himself at one of those final tables today in Event #39-H and fought his way through some heavy hitters to lay claim to his second career SCOOP title.

A $2,100 No-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament with up to three re-entries per player, Event #39-H drew the biggest names in the game and cruised past its $100,000 guarantee. With 135 entries and 107 re-entries, the prize pool swelled to $484,000. At Day 1’s end there were 35 players remaining in the field, just five shy of the first payout.

It took just a half hour for lasagnaaammm to bust in 31st place on Day 2 and start the parade of heavy hitters. James “Andy McLEOD” Obst (30th), Marco “NoraFlum” Johnson (28th), omaha4rollz (26th), Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy (24th), Shawn “buck21” Buchanan (19th), and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (16th) all cashed in this tournament. So did two Team Online pros, Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (15th, $5,566) and Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome (12th, $8,470).

When Nick “FU_15” Maimone busted in 7th ($13,794) after nearly eight hours of Day 2 poker, this murderer’s row took their seats at the final table:

2016 SCOOP-39-H ft.jpg

Seat 1: Paul “paulgees81” Volpe (245,048 in chips)
Seat 2: Mark “SHIPP ITT” Herm (737,625 in chips)
Seat 3: Nick “TheTakeover” Schulman (660,919 in chips)
Seat 4: Adam “Adamyid” Owen (301,451 in chips)
Seat 5: Niklas “Lena900” Astedt (98,803 in chips)
Seat 6: Team PokerStars Pro Jason “JasonMercier” Mercier (376,154 in chips)

It was as experienced a final table as you’d expect from a SCOOP-High tournament. In Seat 1 was Paul “paulgees81” Volpe, a past winner of WCOOP and SCOOP titles and a Sunday Million who made the final table of Event #28, $2,100 FL Triple Draw just three days ago. That event was taken down by the occupier of Seat 3, Nick “TheTakeover” Schulman, who earned his first COOP title to go along with his big bag of WSOP and WPT titles. Between them sat Mark “SHIPP IT” Herm, a past Sunday Million winner and SCOOP 2014 NLO/8-Medium champ.

Adam “Adamyid” Owen, owner of Seat 4, was making his 19th cash (sixth in an Omaha variant) of SCOOP 2016, including a runner-up finish in Event #03-H and another final table yesterday in Event #34-M. Seat 5 occupant and past Super Tuesday champion Niklas “Lena900” Astedt was appearing at his second SCOOP 2016 final after Event #14-L, another NL Omaha tournament. And in Seat 6 was one of the single most successful players in SCOOP history, Team PokerStars pro Jason Mercier, collecting his 26th cash of the series and ninth in an Omaha variant.

Mercier picked up a huge pot early on after opening under the gun with [As] [Ac] [Jh] [7c], being re-raised by SHIPP ITT in the cutoff, and jamming for 344K. SHIPP ITT called with the other two aces [Ad] [Ah] [Ts] [4h] and had a slight edge in equity before Mercier hit the [Jd] [2s] [Js] flop and hit it hard. The [5s] turn held out hope for a wheel to scoop the pot or at least a low card for a split, but the [Ks] on the river gave Mercier the double to 699K.

He's a SCOOP cashing machine!

About 15 minutes later Lena900, who’d been unable to make anything happen so far, defended the big blind with [As] [Td] [6c] [5d] after paulgees81 opened with [Ac] [7s] [3s] [3d] and check-called all-in after the [4s] [7h] [4c] flop. Lena900’s open-ended straight draw there was still alive after the [7d] on the turn gave Volpe trip sevens, but the the [Qd] river closed it off and sent Lena900 to the rail in 6th place ($19,844).

Four minutes later it looked for a brief moment like Adamyid would be joining Lena900 on the rail. He raised all-in from the big blind for 200K with [Kc] [Kd] [3d] [2h] over the top of a Jason Mercier raise, and Mercier called with [Ah] [As] [Qs] [2c]. At 71.8 percent, Mercier’s chances were about as good as they could get before an Omaha flop, but when it came [Jd] [3c] [Qd], Owen had himself a diamond flush draw. That draw came home on the [Ad] turn, giving Mercier outs to a full house, but the [6h] on the river wasn’t one of them.


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Adamyid doubled to 407K with that win, still the short stack but now holding about 68 big blinds. Short of an action flop forcing two players to go to war, the flow of play made it seem unlikely that anybody would be knocked out soon, and in fact such a flop never showed up. There wouldn’t be another situation where a player had his tournament life on the line until 11:19pm ET.

The stacks were deep, and the blind levels advanced so slowly as to exert almost no pressure. And while there was plenty of action, there simply weren’t many showdowns – where you might expect more of them, there was a lot more deliberate folding, and more often than not it a hand ended with the winner dragging the pot sans showdown. There wasn’t much to separate the players, making the game as much an endurance contest as a test of Omaha skill.

As chaotic as NLO/8 has a reputation for being, this particular game looked less like the Tasmanian Devil of poker variants and closer to something like an old-school no-limit hold’em world championship final table. And that wasn’t lost on the participants, either.

mercier-scoop-sick-game.jpg

All that action had failed to produce either an overwhelming leader or a clear short stack. Instead SHIPP IT and Nick Schulman found themselves within two big blinds of each other, at 386K and 362, respectively, when the first all-in situation in over two hours finally arose. SHIPP IT open-shoved with [Ac] [8d] [5h] [3h] in the cutoff and Schulman called with [Ad] [Qd] [5s] [2s]. The board came down [5c] [6d] [Jd] [4c] [Ks] and the two players split the 373K-chip high pot with a pair of fives, ace kicker, but Schulman alone took the low with 6-5-4-2-A.

Left short enough after that loss that a steal of the blinds and antes represented a 10-percent stack increase, SHIPP ITT began to move all-in before the flop for the better part of an orbit. Jason Mercier, holding [Ad] [Kh] [8d] [5h], looked him up in the small blind the fourth time he shoved pre-flop, but this time SHIPP ITT was holding [Ac] [Ks] [Jh] [2c]. A near-perfect flop of [Tc] [Kc] [Qh] gave him a Broadway straight, and though Mercier picked up flush outs on the [6h] turn, the 542K-chip pot was SHIPP ITT’s after the [3d] came on the river.

Mark Herm plays NLO/8 in his sleep

Mark “SHIPP IT” Herm knows his NLO/8

Mercier managed a few all-in steals of his own before the flop in the next few orbits, and Nick Schulman looked him up the fourth time with [As] [Kc] [9s] [2c]. Mercier’s [Ah] [Ad] [Kd] [Qh] had a 10-percent edge, and even after the [Js] [Qs] [5h] flop the there was just a 1.6-percent difference in equity for Schulman and Mercier. The PokerStars pro moved ahead on the [7d] turn, but the [4s] river gave Schulman both a spade flush and a low to scoop the pot. After battling through more than two and a half hours of five-handed final table play, Jason Mercier was denied his fifth SCOOP title in 5th place ($29,040).

With Mercier gone and the table four-handed, Schulman had the advantage in chips:

2016 SCOOP-39-H ft four-handed.jpg

Seat 1: Paul “paulgees81” Volpe (514,178 in chips)
Seat 2: Mark “SHIPP ITT” Herm (662,342 in chips)
Seat 3: Nick “TheTakeover” Schulman (838,208 in chips)
Seat 4: Adam “Adamyid” Owen (405,272 in chips)

Aside from one split pot between paulgees81 and SHIPP ITT and another between paulgees81 and TheTakeover, the only pot to top 10 big blinds in the next hour of play was a 277K-chip pot taken by SHIPP ITT without showdown after a bet on the river. It was the same brand of smart, attacking poker that had been on display from the whole table for four hours, and it finally provoked another standoff when SHIPP ITT opened for 33K on the button with [Ac] [As] [9c] [4s]. He called Adamyid’s all-in re-raise to 497K in the big blind and Adamyid’s [Ad] [Tc] [6s] [5c] was live the whole way, but without a low possible on the [4h] [7s] [4d] [Th] [Qd] board, SHIPP ITT won the pot with trip fours. With that, Adam “Adamyid” Owen left in 4th place ($38,720).

That 1.01M-chip pot on the 8K/16K level gave SHIPP ITT more chips at 1.24M than both Schulman and Volpe combined. Then minutes later Volpe would bring his count a little closer to SHIPP ITT’s by taking out Schulman. After opening on button for effectively a min-raise, Schulman jammed for 439K. After thinking it over and typing, “not sure if I should be calling, lol,” Volpe finally did call Schulman’s re-raise and showed [Ah] [Jd] [9c] [2h], a slight underdog against Schulman’s [Ad] [Qd] [Qc] [8s]. Volpe made two pair on the flop and held on through the rest of the [9s] [5s] [As] [7h] [3h] board to scoop the pot, sending Nick “TheTakeover” Schulman to the rail in 3rd place ($58,080).

So close to another SCOOP title for TheTakeover in 3rd place

Nick Schulman, so close to a second SCOOP title

The last two players standing quickly agreed to split the remaining prize money up according to ICM, leaving $2,000 on the table for the winner. Then, after SHIPP ITT won the first pot back for 383K after flopping trip aces, they agreed to skip the 12:55am ET break and continue playing. They split three pots in 20 hands after the deal before the turning point, which started with Volpe limping on the button with [Qc] [7c] [4s] [3s]. SHIPP ITT re-raised to 60K in the big blind with [Ah] [Th] [9d] [5h] and then called after Volpe jammed for 671K total to set up a standard Omaha coin flip situation. There was no low possible on the [9c] [Qd] [4c] [7d] [Tc] board, so Volpe’s club flush scooped the 1.34M chips in the pot.

Four hands later Volpe was on the button again, this time with [As] [9d] [9h] [5h], and opened all-in. SHIPP ITT called for 950K as a 60.7-percent favorite with [Ah] [Kh] [Qs] [2s], but the deuce on the [8h] [Td] [2c] flop gave Volpe the better low draw to go with a better pair for the high. The [Th] turn kept SHIPP ITT’s hopes alive with a flush draw, but the [4d] river gave Volpe the scoop – and the SCOOP.

Winning is a familiar feeling for Paul Volpe

Paul Volpe, now winner of two SCOOP titles

After an epic four hours and 29 minutes, Paul “paulgees81” Volpe had overcome a stacked final table lineup to take down his second career SCOOP title and $93,300.26. Mark “SHIPP ITT” Herm had to settle for second place but took the largest prize of the tournament with his $95,459.74 share of the heads-up deal. Congratulations to everyone who made this final table for putting on an entertaining show in an under-appreciated poker variant, and to Paul Volpe on grabbing champion’s watch number two.

SCOOP-39-H ($2,100 NL Omaha Hi/Lo, 6-Max) results
Entrants:
 242 (135 entries, 107 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $484,000
Places paid: 30

1. Paul “paulgees81” Volpe (Canada) $93,300.26*
2. Mark “SHIPP ITT” Herm (Canada) $95,459.74*
3. Nick “TheTakeover” Schulman (Turks and Caicos Islands) $58,080
4. Adam “Adamyid” Owen (United Kingdom) $38,720
5. Team PokerStars Pro Jason “JasonMercier” Mercier (Canada) $29,040
6. Niklas “Lena900” Astedt (Sweden) $19,844
*Reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $2,000 in play for the winner


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

Eureka6 Bucharest: Vlad Lazariciu leads the pack at end of turbo Day 1C

Eureka6 Bucharest: Vlad Lazariciu leads the pack at end of turbo Day 1C

For anyone who busted on Day 1A or Day 1B of Eureka6 Bucharest, there was one last shot at redemption. One more chance for glory. A last chance saloon, if you will, that could see you play less than half the time of the other Day 2 qualifiers but still make it through. 

It was Day 1C, a turbo flight that had 10 20-minute levels and was only open to those players who busted on Day 1A or Day 1B. 102 players decided to take one more shot, and at the end of play there were 57 more players added to the Day 2 field tomorrow.

Vlad_Lazariciu_eureka6day1c.jpg

Vlad Lazariciu – Day 1C chip leader

The player who led them all was Vlad Alexandru Lazariciu who will be taking 118,100 into the battlefield tomorrow. Close behind him were Mitesh Anjaria  (102,101), Lahmani Oshri (101,500), and Zhiping Zeng (90,900).

Other notable names who made it through included two-time Eureka €2k High Roller champ Tobias Peters (76,400), and Australian Poker Hall of Famer Jason Gray (23,200)

However, this final shot wasn’t as successful for some. Among those who tried their luck for the second time were Eureka 4 Vienna winner Zoltan Gal, two-time EPT Main Event finalist Slaven Popov, EPT11 Deauville runner-up Dany Parlafes, Eureka 5 Prague fourth place finisher Vladas Burneikis, Eureka 4 Prague finalist Vladimir Velikov, Eureka 4 Vienna finalist Erik Scheidt, and Romanian pro Robert Cezarescu. None of them could make it through.

So, now we’re onto Day 2, which starts tomorrow (Friday) at 1pm. If you want to find out how the other players made it through to Day 2, click on the links below and catch up on the action:

Grzegorz Taranko comes out top on Day 1B, while Negreanu’s day was cut short
Beteringhe bests them all to top huge Day 1A field

All photos are copyright of Tomas Stacha


Have Eureka events inspired you to start playing poker? Click here to open a PokerStars account.


Read More

Eureka6 Bucharest: Day 1B live updates

Eureka6 Bucharest: Day 1B live updates

bucharestvenue.jpg

CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES
Day 1B consists of 10 45-minute levels, playing nine-handed
A turbo Day 1C begins at 9pm for any players who have busted Day 1A or 1B

11:58am: On your marks, get set…
Level 1 – Blinds 25/50

Play is about to begin on Day 1B, so get comfortable. 

11:10am: Day 1B kicks off in an hour!

Morning all, and welcome back to the InterContinental Hotel for Day 1B of the €1,100 main event of Eureka6 Bucharest. We had a great day of poker yesterday with 253 entries for the first of the Day 1 flights, and 98 of them bagged chips when play was over. Today, it’s going to be even bigger.

The player we know you’ll all be following is none other than Mr Daniel Negreanu. The Team PokerStars Pro has made the journey to his homeland specifically for this event, and he’ll be taking his seat in the field when play begins at midday. It’s English only at the tables during hands, but Negreanu speaks fluent Romanian, so he’s sure to be chatting away to the locals when he’s not in a pot.

negreanu_press_bucharesteureka6.jpg

Daniel Negreanu yesterday

Everyone who sits down today will be hoping to end the day like Bucharest-local Emanuel Victor Beteringhe did last night. He had a surge in the last level and ended the day as chip leader with a massive stack of 202,425. Considering everyone starts with 25,000 in chips, that’s pretty impressive. You can check out all of yesterday’s action here, and view the End of Day 1A chip counts here.

You’ll find all the key tournament info below. Play starts at 12pm, and the plan is to play 10 45-minute levels. Then there’s the little matter of Day 1C – a turbo flight with 20-minute levels which begins at 9pm tonight. It’s only available to those players who have busted from 1A or 1B.

So bookmark this page. Make it your homepage. Don’t take your eyes off it. Do whatever it takes to ensure you don’t miss any of the action. We’ll see you shortly!

Key Eureka6 Bucharest Facts:

– 25,000 starting stack
– Blinds starting at 25/50 for 500 big blinds
– Levels are 45 minutes on Day 1 and they’ll be 10 of them. On Day 2 from level 15 onwards levels increase to 60 minutes.
– Late registration is open until the start of level seven.
– Day 1B is today, and a special Turbo Day 1C takes place this evening at 9pm local time. That’s only open to players who have busted either Day 1A or 1B. The field will then combine for the first time on Friday. Players will reach the money on Day 2 and then play down to a final table on Day 3. The final table will play out on Sunday.
– Full Eureka6 Bucharest schedule here.

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at Eureka6 Bucharest: Jack Stanton. Photos by Tomas Stacha. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog


Ready to sign up for PokerStars? Click here to get an account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: Third time’s the charm for Clarkson7 in Event #35-M ($109 NLHE)

SCOOP 2016: Third time’s the charm for Clarkson7 in Event #35-M ($109 NLHE)

Clarkson7 had been close to COOP success a few times in recent memory. Excruciatingly close, really, with runner-up finishes in both WCOOP and TCOOP events during 2015. It looked for a time tonight like a final table appearance in Event #35-M would end without a chance to go that far, and then it looked like a third COOP runner-up finish would be added to Clarkson7’s PokerStars tournament resume. Then everything changed in a span of minutes, and the third time became the charm for COOP success that Clarkson7 had been looking for since early last year.

A $109 no-limit hold’em freezeout, this tournament drew 4,596 players on Day 1, which would last for 28 levels, all but the first four of which were 20 minutes long. The top 585 players shared in the $459,600 prize pool, the top 142 of whom returned to play a second day of poker. It took seven and a half hours to reach the final table, and it would take nearly four more to determine a champion.

2016 SCOOP-35-M ft.jpg

Seat 1: krousmenos46 (3,967,624 in chips)
Seat 2: JulieBRIGHT (5,256,571 in chips)
Seat 3: frayjuniper (7,398,946 in chips)
Seat 4: Go0se.core! (5,095,464 in chips)
Seat 5: Clarkson7 (2,919,461 in chips)
Seat 6: Jamaikaner04 (2,505,356 in chips)
Seat 7: Prof. Shark (1,334,419 in chips)
Seat 8: Jordan “JWPRODIGY” Westmorland (1,625,259 in chips)
Seat 9: NemesisMsop (15,856,900 in chips)

With four players holding less than 25 big blinds each, there action early and often. Germany’s Prof. Shark found a double-up with [Qd] [Qs], dodging a straight draw on the river to beat frayjuniper’s [5h] [5d] for 3.94M chips. But fellow German short stack (and past Sunday Million runner-up) Jamaikaner04 wouldn’t fare as well. Sitting in the big blind with [As] [Qd], Jamaikaner04 called all-in for 1.94M after Go0se.core! opened for 301K on the button and past SCOOP/TCOOP /WCOOP finalist Clarkson7 re-raised all-in for 2.99M in the small blind. Go0se.core! folded, and Clarkson7 turned over [Ah] [Ks]. That was good for kings full of aces after the board had run out [6d] [Kh] [Ad] [Jh] [Kc], knocking out Jamaikaner04 in 9th place ($3,676.80).

frayjuniper took a second shot at knocking out a short stack in a coin flip on the next hand, this time with [Ad] [Qd] for the overcards to Jordan “JWPRODIGY” Westmorland’s pair. [6d] [6h] held up on the [9s] [9d] [Ks] [5h] [8h] board, and JWPRODIGY climbed to 4M. That turned to 8.1M for the EPT10 Sanremo finalist and past Super Tuesday winner an orbit later after opening on the button with [9c] [9h] and then calling all-in following krousmenos46’s shove from the big blind with [Ah] [9s]. That left krousmenos46 with 1.01M chips, and two hands later JWPRODIGY would get those, too, min-raising with [Ac] [8s] and then calling for 908K total when krousmenos46 jammed on the button with [Kc] [Qd]. The [2s] [Tc] [9s] [3s] [4s] board was no help, and krousmenos46 left in 8th place ($5,745).

JWPRODIGY had gone from short stack to contender in short order, and soon enough he topped that by becoming the chip leader. After min-raising to 320K on the button with [Ah] [3s], he called JulieBRIGHT’s re-raise to 640K from the big blind to see the [5d] [8c] [4d] flop. JulieBRIGHT led for 480K into the 1.5M pot, and JWPRODIGY’s call was paid off with the [2h] on the turn for a wheel straight. He flat-called 800K there and then moved in over the top of JulieBRIGHT’s 960K bet after the [Qd] hit the river. JulieBRIGHT called with [Td] [8h] for a pair of tens and departed in 7th place ($10,341).

From short stack to leader, again!

That 9.9M-chip pot moved Westmorland into the lead by 15 big blinds over NemesisMsop, the former leader. He extended it to 85 big blinds in a heads-up pot with the Brazilian player, semi-bluffing on a flush draw with [9c] [3c] and backing up into three of a kind with runner-runner treys. NemesisMSOP called smallish bets on the flop and turn before calling 2.97M on the river and mucking with 7.25M chips remaining.

Clarkson7 opened the next hand under the gun with [Ad] [Jc] and called when Prof. Shark moved all-in for 1.75M with [4h] [4s], taking down the pot with a pair of jacks on the [Jd] [Qd] [Ks] [6h] [Ts] board, sinking Prof. Shark in 6th place ($14,937).

Go0se.core! picked up a much better pocket pair on the next hand but ended up with the same result. The player from the United Kingdom made a small three-bet to 585K from the big blind with [Kd] [Ks] after frayjuniper opened for the minimum in the small blind. frayjuniper called with [Qd] [8c] and hit gold on the [Qs] [8h] flop, check-raising to 807K there and then jamming on the [2c] turn. Go0se.core! called all-in, frayjuniper made queens full on the [Qh] river, and Go0se.core! left the tournament in 5th place ($19,533).


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


NemesisMsop departed shortly afterward in 4th place ($26,427), taking the table up to the 10pm ET break with JWPRODIGY holding a slim lead at 19.1M chips over frayjuniper’s 18.8M. Clarkson7 was trailing with 7.8M chips but at 42 big blinds was still in manageable territory. The three remaining players chose to play through the break, which would end up meaning no breaks in over two hours of poker for all of them, aside from some brief discussions for a potential deal that broke down.

2016 SCOOP-35-M ft three-handed.jpg

The next 40 minutes saw the status quo roughly maintained before Clarkson7 made a big call. Having defended the big blind with [Ac] [8s] and caught a vulnerable top pair in a three-way pot, Clarkson7 called on the flop and checked the turn, which both larger-stacked opponents checked behind. Clarkson7 checked again on the river, as did JWPRODIGY, and frayjuniper bet 1.9M into the 3M-chip pot. Clarkson7 called, JWPRODIGY folded, and the short stack clawed back to within sight of the leaders when frayjuniper showed down [Th] [9h] – a pure bluff.

In the next 40 minutes JWPRODIGY slowly moved ahead of the other two players before frayjuniper pulled back to within 10 big blinds, while Clarkson7 dropped back to a distant third. Then JWPRODIGY went on a tear on the 200K/400K/50K level, winning 12 of 13 hands to double his stack and take out frayjuniper. The latter started the final hand with 6.7M and was a big favorite after raising on the button with [4c] [4h] and then calling JWPRODIGY’s all-in re-raise with [2h] [2s], and it looked like three-handed play might have another 40 minutes over the horizon with the board reading [8h] [6s] [7s] [9s]. Then the [2d] hit the river, giving JWPRODIGY a set of deuces and bringing frayjuniper’s run to an abrupt halt in 3rd place ($37,917).

JWPRODIGY held 36.3M chips to Clarkson7’s 9.6M as heads-up play began at 11:18pm ET and applied continuous pressure through the first ten minutes of their match, whittling the two-time COOP runner-up’s stack down to 6.4M. Then Clarkson7 picked up [Kh] [Ks] on the same deal as JWPRODIGY’s [Ah] [4s] and got right back in the game. The two traded pots for the next 20 minutes, with Clarkson7’s stack slowly dropping back to 10.1M before another confrontation. This time Clarkson7 was on the wrong end of it pre-flop, having jammed with [Kh] [Js] after JWPRODIGY opened with [Ah] [Kc], but a Broadway straight on the river of the [Qh] [Ad] [9h] [8s] [Th] board extended the match.

2016 SCOOP-35-M ft hu.jpg

They chose to play through the midnight ET break after Clarkson7 doubled up again, this time with [Jd] [Js] against JWPRODIGY’s [Ad] [3c], only to see Westmorland get most of the lost chips back on the very next hand. For 20 more minutes they battled back and forth without any major pots – and then the biggest one of the tournament came up. It started innocuously enough, with Clarkson7 raising the minimum to 1.4M on the button and JWPRODIGY calling to see a [4h] [2h] [5s] flop. Then the action went check-bet-raise-shove-call, and JWPRODIGY’s flopped wheel straight with [Ad] [3h] was up against Clarkson7’s flush draw with [Jh] [6h]. The draw hit on the turn with the [Th], and after the [7c] hit the river, the match turned upside-down.

An hour of scrapping as a short stack had ended up with Clarkson7 holding 41.4M chips to JWPRODIGY’s 4.5M. It would take just one minute as chip leader to end the tournament, with JWPRODIGY jamming on the button with [8s] [7c] and Clarkson7 calling with [As] [Jc]. The board came down [Qc] [Js] [Qh] [7h] [6s] and a final table full of twists and turns finally came to an end.

Congratulations are due to both players, who fought hard the entire way for the chance at the title. It was perhaps a disappointing finish for Jordan “JWPRODIGY” Westmorland, who played strong poker throughout the final table after battling back from one of the shortest stacks at the start of final table play, but the $53,773.20 prize on a $109 buy-in will help to ease the pain. As for Clarkson7, who knows the sting of losing a heads-up COOP battle all too well and probably anticipated its return more than a few times over the last hour of play, this first SCOOP breakthrough was worth $72,158.64.

SCOOP-35-M ($109 NL Hold’em) results
Entrants:
 4,596
Total prize pool: $459,600
Places paid: 585 

1. Clarkson7 (United Kingdom) $72,158.64
2. Jordan “JWPRODIGY” Westmorland (Australia) $53,773.20
3. frayjuniper (United Kingdom) $37,917
4. NemesisMsop (Brazil) $26,427
5. Go0se.core! (United Kingdom) $19,533
6. Prof. Shark (Germany) $14,937
7. JulieBRIGHT (Russia) $10,341
8. krousmenos46 (Cyprus) $5,745
9. Jamaikaner04 (Germany) $3,676.80


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: bartek901 comes back to win #36-H; Mercier finishes 5th ($2,100 FL Hold’em, 6-Max)

SCOOP 2016: bartek901 comes back to win #36-H; Mercier finishes 5th ($2,100 FL Hold’em, 6-Max)

Limit Hold’em tournaments are a special breed of poker these days. They were the norm back in the olden golden days but were quickly overshadowed by its No Limit brother. Event #36 on the 2016 SCOOP schedule was a “min-betting championship” with a 6-max format and the $2,000 buy-in version of the tournament drew an impressive lineup of top players. It was a long, tough battle and bartek901 was the last player standing to take home top honor.

The tournament saw 104 players put up a piece of their bankroll and they had three additional re-entry options should they limit bet their stack all the way down. With 69 re-entries into the game, the prize pool grew to $346,000 with $83,000 reserved for the eventual winner.

The tournament was paused at the end of Level 16 to take an overnight break with 26 players still holding stacks for the return. bartek901 finished Day 1 with the chip lead but a tough group of players trying to run him down including Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah, Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen, Brian “tsarrast” Rast, Shaun Deeb, Bryn Kenney, Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, and Team PokerStars member Jason Mercier.

bartek901 was looking for his first COOP title though he does have some nice results of his own. He earned $150,000 for a third place finish in the 2015 Super Tuesday Special Edition event and another $65,000 for a regular Super Tuesday runner-up finish to run up his career online tournament total over $1.5 million.

With 26 players returning and only 24 getting paid, they had a little work to do at the restart. The first step was to get into the money, then advance further up the payout ladder to the final table and a COOP title. It didn’t take long for them to get there thanks to Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah.

Connor “blanconegro” Drinan was the second smallest stack at the restart and was dealt [kd][ks] on the first hand back. It didn’t end well for him as Leah tracked down the kings and cracked them with a rivered flush holding [js][3s]. That put the field on the money bubble and it burst three hands later when Leah knocked out MyJewishWife in 25th with [qc][5d] beating [9h][8h].

2016 aussie millions 100k connor drinan.jpg

Connor “blanconegro” Drinan

Three and a half hours after they came back for Day 2, the 26-player field was reduced to seven remaining with two-time UKIPT champion Nick Abou Risk sitting with less than three big bets. He managed one chopped pot against when Azrarn before he capped it pre-flop with Mercier to a [ah][qc][jc] flop. They quickly got the rest of his chips in the middle and Mercier’s [5s][5h] held against [3c][3s] to form the final table.

2016 SCOOP-36H Chips.jpg

Besides superstar Jason Mercier making yet another final table, there were two other past SCOOP champions sitting around him. jama-dharma picked up a SCOOP title back in the fun times of 2010 while Bluf_To_Much won his SCOOP title last year in the medium HORSE event. One missing player was early leader Mike Leah, he went out in a blaze of glory in 11th place but don’t shed a tear for him. Leah went on to capture the title in the low version of this event.


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


2016 SCOOP-36H Final Table.jpg

Seat 1: Azrarn – 254,570
Seat 2: jama-dharma – 158,160
Seat 3: chess87 – 316,185
Seat 4: Bluf_To_Much – 371,185
Seat 5: bartek901 – 379,430 
Seat 6: Jason Mercier – 250,470

Limits: 5,000/10,000

Mercier and Azrarn pull big pots

Limit action is obviously limited to bet/raise/call/fold etc etc etc so it lacks the spectator excitement of No Limit. The knockout hands usually aren’t the biggest, more likely only finishing off a player after losing along the way. Jason Mercier and Azrarn began the final table by winning two 150,000 chip pots to set themselves nicely for a possible title.

Mercier earned his with a hand that was three-bet against bartek901 to the [5c][4h][3d] flop. They put two small bets in before the [qd] turn and four big bets before the [qc] river. bartek901 check/called one last bet to see Mercier table [4c][4s] for the full house winner.

Azrarn’s pot was built with other players, there were three bets in the middle before he saw the [kc][5d][3h] flop against jama-dharma and bartek901. One bet each went in on the flop and another after the [4h] turn. Azrarn pulled the ol’ river check/raise after the [2c] hit to get a “ffs” from jama-dharma, but he also got the call. He was good with [ad][6d] for the six-high straight and his 150,000 pot.

Seat 1: Azrarn – 354,570
Seat 2: jama-dharma – 118,160
Seat 3: chess87 – 296,185
Seat 4: Bluf_To_Much – 371,185
Seat 5: bartek901 – 226,930
Seat 6: Jason Mercier – 362,970

Limits: 5,000/10,000

jama-dharma ground down, eliminated in 6th

The first knockout on the final table came after jama-dharma saw his stack slowly drop into the danger zone, then he let himself get under one small bet. After action folded to him, he called all-in from the small blind to give Bluf_To_Much a small rebate on his big.

jama-dharma tried to start his comeback with [ac][2d] but he was unlucky to run into [as][8d]. He never caught up on the [qd][7s][5s][ah][3d] board to exit in 6th place with a long long ways to go.

Mercier shown no mercy, eliminated in 5th

Jason Mercier had little luck in the latter parts of the tournament and found himself hovering around the ten big bet line while others were running up their stacks. He was under 40,000 with the limits at 12,000/24,000 and tossed in a third bet from the big blind against Bluf_To_Much before the [8d][5s][2s] flop.

Mercier put in his last 3,915 with [js][6d] and Bluf_To_Much called with [qs][7d]. The [7s] turn paired for Bluf_To_Much and the three-time WSOP champion Mercier was gone in 5th place after the [th] river did nothing to improve his hand.

jason_mercier_pca2016_day3.jpg

Jason Mercier

chess87 fires away, eliminated in 4th

The steadily-rising limits finally started putting a little pressure on the stack sizes and we saw some big movement between the stacks. chess87 was on the wrong side of the biggest pot so far at the final table when he went heads-up against bartek901. The German called a raise in the big blind to see the [jc][8s][6s] flop.

chess87 check/raised the flop, he was called before the [qs] turn hit the board and he led out with another bet. bartek901 raised, chess87 put in a third big bet, and was called to the [8c] river. It went bet/call and chess87 showed an unimproved open-ended straight draw [9s][7h], nowhere near good enough to beat bartek901′ straight with [th][9d].

The hand knocked his stack down near the felt and he was gone soon after in 4th place.

Bluf_To_Much set up, eliminated in 3rd

Bluf_To_Much was the next to take a turn at the bottom of the counts as Azrarn became the first player with more than 1 million out front. He picked up [9s][9d], a fine hand in a three-handed game, and capped the betting with bartek901 before the [qs][7s][3d] flop.

Three more bets and Bluf_To_Much was all-in to see he was badly out-flopped by [3s][3h]. Bluf_To_Much couldn’t find a saving card on the [ac] turn or [td] river to go out in 3rd place for $43,250.

Seat 1: Azrarn – 1,047,680
Seat 5: bartek901 – 682,320

Limits: 16,000/32,000

bartek901 battles back to win Event #36-M title

Azrarn took a nice lead into heads-up play but bartek901 quickly fought back to take the advantage. He added 384,000 to his stack with a rivered flush holding [th][9h] then picked up another 256,000 with a single pair of queens.

Azrarn didn’t give up without a fight and was able to pull back even before he lost traction. bartek901 won a 480,000 pot with a turned straight holding [ts][9c] and another 320,000 with a showdown on a [qs][5s][2d][qd][td] board. One hand later and bartek901 put Azrarn all-in after the [qd][9s][5h] flop.

bartek901 was holding ace-high [ac][2c] but was ahead of Azrarn’s [kd][td]. The [qc] turn and [7d] river changed nothing and the comeback was complete for bartek901. Azrarn fell short of earning his first major title but the $57,263 for second place will be a nice consolation prize.

bartek901 played a great final table and eliminated some tough opponents along the way to capture the $2,100 FL Hold’em 6-Max title and $83,040.

SCOOP-36-H ($2,100 FL Hold’em 6-Max) results
Entrants: 173 (104 entries, 69 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $346,000
Places paid: 24

1. bartek901 (Mexico) $83,040.00
2. Azrarn (Belarus) $57,263.00
3. Bluf_To_Much (Moldova) $43,250.00
4. chess87 (Germany) $29,410.00
5. Jason Mercier (Canada) $22,490.00
6. jama-dharma (United Kingdom) $15,570.00


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: LetsJustRun gallops to victory, Deeb 5th in Event #36-M ($215 FLHE, 6-Max)

SCOOP 2016: LetsJustRun gallops to victory, Deeb 5th in Event #36-M ($215 FLHE, 6-Max)

Taking the chip lead into the final table and winning the tournament from there sounds like an easy thing to do. Now try taking the chip lead to a SCOOP limit hold’em table as an unsung player against Shaun Deeb and four other players used to playing major PokerStars finals. If that still sounds easy to you, you might just be the player from Russia known as LetsJustRun, who came to the final table of Event #36-M with the chip lead against just that lineup and took very few detours en route to victory.

A total of 337 players turned out for this $215 fixed-limit hold’em tournament, which made up to three re-entries available for each player. With 166 re-entries total at the end of extended registration, that made for a $100,600 prize pool to be split among the top 66 finishers. Day 1 lasted for the first 22 levels of play, ending after the 4K/8K stakes level with 27 players remaining in the field. PAW717 led the way with 457,360 chips, followed by tretbootlion (434,330) and I’am_Sound (382,110). Right behind that group was Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb, sitting in fourth place with 379K, while Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer was holding on with 75K toward the bottom of the leaderboard.

Another SCOOP final table for Shaun Deeb

Deeb didn’t take long to build the biggest stack on Day 2, and once he was there it looked like he might hold it indefinitely. Only in the immediate run-up to the final did LetsJustRun rack up some big wins on the other table to take overtake Deeb for the lead, setting the two of them up well ahead of the other four players with the stakes at 16K/32K when the final table began.

2016 SCOOP-36-M ft.jpg

Seat 1: chokitin (657,825 in chips)
Seat 2: LetsJustRun (1,708,425 in chips)
Seat 3: José Manuel “nadalon” Nadal (616,525 in chips)
Seat 4: Gambler4444 (221,870 in chips)
Seat 5: Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (1,152,545 in chips)
Seat 6: lulDocuments (672,810 in chips)

There was plenty of action in the early going, and most of it went against lulDocuments, last seen around these parts at the Sunday Warm-Up final table back in April. The first loss was a 450K-chip pot to Deeb, getting four bets in when the same river card gave Deeb a full house with [7c] [7s] and lulDocuments a flush with [Qd] [9d]. Then short-stacked Gambler4444, the past Sunday Million, Super Tuesday, and SCOOP 2015 winner, defended the big blind with [Kc] [5h] against lulDocuments’s raise, getting a cheap look at a near-perfect [5s] [Ks] [5d] flop and doubling to 373K after lulDocuments showed down [Ad] [As] for aces and fives.

Gambler4444 picked up another 370K-chip pot two hands later after raising on the button with [As] [9h] and betting when checked to on every street of the [Ts] [3d] [5s] [Ks] [9s] board, making a spade flush on the end as lulDocuments mucked. One more loss to Deeb a few minutes later had lulDocuments down to 122K at 20K/40K stakes, and even after a few wins to climb back above 400K, lulDocuments wound up heading into the 7pm ET break back down to 119K.

On the second hand back, lulDocuments was under the gun with [Ad] [Th] and raised, calling the third and fourth bets from chokitin and nadalon, respectively, to see a [4d] [7d] [Jh] flop. chokitin bailed after that and lulDocuments was heads-up against nadalon’s [Ac] [As]. Those aces became sevens full after the [7s]-[7h] turn and river, and lulDocuments exited in 6th place ($3,219.20).

Both Gambler4444 and LetsJustRun had finished the first hour of the final table up from where they’d started. The others had fared less well, notably Deeb, who had a little under half of his previous chips at 524K. With stakes now at 28K/56K, that was more dangerous territory than it had been an hour earlier. After folding on the flop of one hand and the turn of two more[Ah] [Jd] under the gun, raised, and then made it four bets and all-in for 104K after José Manuel nadalon” Nadal, a Super Tuesday finalist in 2010 and again in April 2016 who chopped a WCOOP 2014 event six ways, re-raised from the small blind. Nadal’s [Qc] [Qs] flopped a set and turned a full house on the [Qh] [9s] [8c] [9h] [9c] board, and Deeb collected his series-leading 26th cash, finishing in 5th place ($5,030).

2016 SCOOP-36-M ft four-handed.jpg

That win was a lifeline for nadalon, giving him double the chips of WCOOP 2014 and SCOOP 2015 finalist chokitin. Another win an orbit later gave him triple chokitin’s chips, and chokitin picked up [Ad] [Qc] in the big blind and got aggressive after LetsJustRun had opened with [Ah] [Kc]. All-in by the turn of the [3s] [Ac] [Td] [4d] [8c] board, the underdog remained dominated and chokitin bowed out in 4th place ($7,042).

LetsJustRun had a solid lead now, holding 50 big bets to Gambler4444’s 27 and nadalon’s 12. The Russian player was able to solidify that lead and pave the way to eventual victory with a win just three minutes into three-handed play. After three-betting Gambler4444’s button raise from the big blind with [7s] [6s], LetsJustRun led out with middle pair on the [7d] [Th] [3s] flop. Gambler4444 called and then bet when checked to on the [Js] turn, and LetsJustRun called again, making a flush with the [2s] on the river. LetsJustRun got a check-raise in there and grabbed the 588K-chip pot, moving over 3.1M and dropping Gambler4444’s stack to 1.07M.


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Gambler4444 managed a few more wins after that and climbed over 1.2M, but that ended up being a momentary high point before a stretch of 16 hands sank the player from Austria’s chances at a second SCOOP win and put LetsJustRun on the path to a first. To get things going, LetsJustRun picked up [Ac] [As] in the small blind, getting two bets in on every street but the river to win 640K against nadalon. Then the Russian player raised on the button with [Qc] [8s], flopped middle pair, and got check-raised by Gambler4444; after being called down on the turn and river, Gambler4444 turned over [7c] [5d] for a busted straight draw and another 528K went to LetsJustRun.

After nadalon defended the big blind against Gambler4444’s button raise and won with jacks and nines, holding [Ts] [9c] on a [2c] [Jd] [9s] [Jh] [6s] board, the final six hands of the run all went to LetsJustRun at Gambler4444’s expense. The big one came with Gambler4444 in the small blind and LetsJustRun in the big, holding [Kc] [4h]. The Russian player raised after Gambler4444 limped, and both checked the [Ks] [Jh] [9d] flop after Gambler4444 called. He led out on the [8d] and called LetsJustRun’s raise and then check-called 64K more on the river, mucking when LetsJustRun showed down three of a kind. Left with 47K, Gambler4444 got it in with [Kd] [6s] from the button on the next hand, losing out unimproved to LetsJustRun’s [As] [9s] to leave the tournament in 3rd place ($10,311.50).

Aside from a few early bumps, LetsJustRun’s entire final table trajectory had been straight upward. To turn that around, nadalon would need a few big wins in heads-up play, but they never came. He dropped almost half of the 878K stack he began with a few minutes in, in a single hand without showdown. After raising and then four-betting on the button, nadalon bet when checked to on the [Kh] [5d] [6h] flop and then called the check-raise from LetsJustRun to bring the [Ks] on the turn. nadalon raised after LetsJustRun led for 80K there, but a third bet from the Russian player drove him away and gave LetsJustRun the 800K-chip pot without revealing any hole cards.

Seven hands later, both players would begin the hand with nearly identical hands, nadalon with [Ah] [9d] and LetsJustRun with [As] [9s]. nadalon ended up all-in by the turn with the board reading [8s] [Qh] [Ad] [3s] and would have split the pot with anything but a spade on the river. The [4s] came, though, giving LetsJustRun the pot and closing out the tournament.

At $19,114, it’s the biggest PokerStars win of LetsJustRun’s career, topping a $3,422 cash in another limit hold’em tournament way back in 2008. It also comes with a nice Movado SCOOP champion’s watch to commemorate the occasion – and given the competition at hand, it’s certainly one worth celebrating. Congratulations!

SCOOP-36-M ($215 FL Hold’em, 6-Max) results
Entrants:
  503 (337 entries, 166 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $100,600
Places paid:  66

1. LetsJustRun (Russia) $19,114
2. José Manuel “nadalon” Nadal (Mexico) $14,084
3. Gambler4444 (Austria) $10,311.50
4. chokitin (Argentina) $7,042
5. Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (Mexico) $5,030
6. lulDocuments (Mexico) $3,219.20


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

2016 SCOOP: ‘n1ssssr’ goes wire to wire to win Event #35-L: $11 NL Hold’em, $100K

2016 SCOOP: ‘n1ssssr’ goes wire to wire to win Event #35-L: $11 NL Hold’em, $100K

Day 2 sessions are rare online but they’re commonplace during COOP series. They need to be there when there are thousands and thousands of players competing for massive prize pools and that’s exactly what came together over the last 48 hours. In total, 13,526 players took their virtual seats to try to claim the Event #35-L: $11 NL Hold’em, $100K. That $100,000 guaranteed prize pool was well beat, as just over $135,000 was up for grabs. 

Players had to navigate a landmine-like field to just make the money though and after 1,710 players locked up a $17.58 min-cash, they turned their attentions to trying to make Day 2. The lone Team PokerStars Online member that finished in the money, Tyler “frosty012” Frost in 1,068th place, wasn’t able to advance but eventually, 112 players bagged up chips for today’s restart. Germany’s IbetUfold777 returned with a sizable chip lead at the top of the leaderboard and he kept that advantage through the first few hours of Day 2. Eventually, he fell in 26th place, earning just over $256. 

tyler-frost_team_online_caoching-thumb-447x274-208794.jpg

Team Online’s Tyler “frosty012” Frost cashed

From that point on, there were two storylines to follow leading up to the final table. The first, was the chip leader and the second was the leading country through the first half of this SCOOP series. Once IbetUfold777 fell, n1ssssr took over the chip lead and the Brit didn’t give it up leading into the final frame. He scored a handful of knockouts to bring the field down to nine and to put an end to our other storyline. 

That was the Brazilian contingent near the top of the leaderboard with two tables remaining. Eventually, those green, blue and yellow flags fell, with $harKK bowing out in 13th place and his countryman, allin0709, falling in 12th. Both were dispatched by n1ssssr and after a few more knockouts, the final table was set. 

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 6.26.29 PM.png

13,526 started, nine made the final table

Event #35-L – Final Table Chip Counts
Seat 1: xatteo – 9,147,311
Seat 2: drew.derzh – 8,789,371
Seat 3: Rakeback24/7 – 22,975,226
Seat 4: Nadhob – 4,784,207
Seat 5: n1ssssr – 47,939,750
Seat 6: Domientje – 10,248,434
Seat 7: Bane267 – 8,883,211
Seat 8: REGTHERULET4 – 11,690,756
Seat 9: fabianod12 – 10,451,734

The final table came together in Level 56, with the blinds sitting at 200K/400K and a 50K ante. That meant that while n1ssssr was playing over 100 big blinds, there were a few short stacks that needed to quickly get to work. Two of those short stacks were seated next to each other and in the same country, as both nadhob and drew.derzh hail from the Ukraine. Both were looking to claim their first SCOOP titles, along with the rest of the final table. 

n1sssr was in pole position to grab that win, as he controlled more than double the amount of chips as his nearest opponent. Rakeback24/7 was playing just under 23,000,000 and the Dutchman had a pretty decent gap between him and the rest of the field.

REGTHERULET4, from Malta, fabianod12, the lone Brazilian to make the final table, and Germany’s Domientje were all near 10,000,000. The Greek xatteo was playing just under that threshold and Austria’s Bane267 playing shy of the chip average. It was that final player that quickly started this final table, with a complete rundown of the action provided below:

LEADER TAKES EARLY HIT: Bane267 doubles on the first hand

If this were a live final table, some players might not have even finished stacking their chips in front of their new seats before Bane267 scored a double through chip leader n1ssssr. The big stack opened to 880,000 from the hijack and after the fold, Bane267 three-bet to 1,984,000 from the button. 

n1ssssr called and after the [td][9d][4h] flop, he check-shoved overtop of Bane267’s 1,800,000 chip continuation bet. Bane267 snap called for his final 5,000,000 and turned over [Kh][Kd]. n1ssssr’s [Qh][th] was in trouble and after the [2c] and [9s] completed the board, he was shipping an early double up to the player two to his left. 

When the dust settled, Bane267 was playing an above average 18,710,000 chip stack, while n1ssssr still had a decent lead on this field with just shy of 40,000,000. 

BRAZIL BOUNCED: Ace-king fails, then sends fabianod12 out in 9th

With two tables remaining, it looked like there could be multiple players at the final table hailing from Brazil. In the end, there was only one and fabianod12’s time at the final table was brief. After the blinds and antes went up, to 250K/500K with a 62.5K ante, a short stacked Nadhob shoved for 2,546,000 from under the gun. 

The table folded around to fabianod12, who was in the cutoff, and he raised to 5,000,000. That isolation play worked and after the button and blinds folded, he had his opponent drawing to just three outs. The Ukrainian hit on the river, as [Ah][3c] beat [Ad][Kc] on a [tc][4d][4h][Jc][3s] runout. While Nadhob was up near 6,000,000, the Brazilian was cut down to just shy of 9,000,000 and barely had any time to recover before he was all-in and at risk.

On the very next hand, he opened to 1,100,000 from the hijack and after a few folds, Rakeback24/7 shoved from the small blind for 24,700,000. Nadhob got out of the way in the big blind and the Brazil’s only hope for another SCOOP title called to try to get back over the chip average. 

He had just three outs to do so though, as his [As][Jh] was in trouble against [Ad][Kd]. fabianod12 was an even bigger dog after the [Kh][Qd][6s] flop fell, giving his opponent top pair. He had four cards that could bring him broadway though but they didn’t show up on the turn or river. The [9d] and [7h] completed the board and confirmed fabianod12’s 9th place elimination. 

The Brazilian made $811.56 for his Event #35 run and after coming into the final table with a big gap between first and second, Rakeback24/7 was nearly even with chip leader n1ssssr. 

BIG SLICKED: Nadhob can’t find it this time, falls in 8th

Nadhob was able to score a double on the river early in Level 57 but he couldn’t midway through the period. He open shoved the cutoff for 6,600,000 after it folded to him and chip leader n1ssssr called on the button. The blinds got out of the way and the Ukrainian needed help again, as he held [Ac][Qd] to [Ah][Ks]. 

The [7c][4h][3c] flop didn’t change anything but the [Kh] on the turn did. It confirmed Nadhob’s elimination and made the [3s] river card more or less meaningless. After it fell, Nadhob was awarded $1,352.60 and n1ssssr increased his chip lead, as he was behind close to 48,000,000. 

BLADES BUST ANOTHER: Ukraine busts back to back, drew.derzh in 7th

The nationalistic and geographical storylines that we followed leading up to the final table didn’t last long once that nine-handed lineup was set. Brazil fell in 9th, one Ukrainian fell in 8th and then another followed him out the door in 7th. 

That’s because two short stacks matched up with two pairs, with Domientje having the biggest of pairs against drew.derzh’s one off broadway pair. Domientje open shoved for 6,920,000 from middle position and after some folds, drew.derzh called for less in the small blind. 

The opener held [Ah][Ac] and the caller held [9h][9d], meaning drew.derzh had to hit to stay alive as he was slightly covered. The [Js][ts][5h][th][5d] runout didn’t hit him and once it was completed, he was officially eliminated in 7th place. The Ukrainian made $2,705.20 for his final table run and when the dust settled, Domientje was working just over 20 big blinds.

THREE PLAY, THREE WATCH: Big stacks battle while shorties keep watch

There were some pretty decent pay jumps at this Event #35-L final table and after the blinds and antes went up again, to 300K/600K/75K, the three shorter stacked players didn’t seem to mind keeping watch on the action. While they enjoyed the show, Bane267, Rakeback24/7 and chip leader n1ssssr battled, with the biggest of those pots dropping Bane267 down near the 20 big blind mark. 

That hand was picked up with n1ssssr opening to 1,200,000 from the button and Bane267 calling in the big blind. The Austrian check-called 1,417,000 on the [9c][8s][3c] flop and after the [Ad] fell on the turn, the same betting pattern occurred. Bane267 check-called 2,394,000 but he couldn’t find a third call on the river.

The [4d] fell, Bane267 checked and n1ssssr fired a final barrel weighing in at 5,400,000. It forced a fold and moved Bane267 down below 13,000,000 and pushed the chip leader up near 50,000,000. 

ONE TOO MANY BATTLES: n1ssssr cripples Bane267 before he busts in 6th

“It doesn’t matter who we are, what matters is our plan?” 

That is one of my favorite Bane quotes from the movie The Dark Knight Rises and while Bane267 might have had a plan coming into this final table, it evidently was the wrong one after he fell to his demise in 6th place. He and chip leader n1ssssr got involved in a few more battles since their last encounter and finally, the Brit got the better of him to leave Bane267 with just a few big blinds. 

Action was picked up again in a button versus big blind situation, with n1ssssr opening to 1,200,000 and Bane267 calling in the big. He check-called 1,260,000 after the [Ks][Kd][Qc] flop and then did the same, for 2,551,000 after the [tc] fell on the turn.

In the previous hand, Bane267 check-folded the river but this time, after the [2s] completed the board, he called n1ssssr’s 6,600,000 chip bet. He was shown [Jd][9s] and the turned straight turned n1ssssr into an even bigger chip leader, with nearly 61,000,000.

It also left Bane267 extremely short, as he had just 3,168,000 left and those chips got in the middle on the very next hand. Domientje opened the button to 1,260,000 and Bane267 shoved from the small blind. The Belgian called and he had to hit to score another final table knockout, as he held [Kd][ts] to Bane267’s [Ad][Jc]. 

The [Qc][9d][7s] flop didn’t help Domientje and the [6s] didn’t do much to change things on the turn. The river was all he needed though and after the [Kh] paired him up on fifth street, Bane267 was eliminated in 6th place. That was good for a $4,057.80 score and while Domientje was up near 15,000,000, he didn’t stay at that number for long. 

KINGS CRACKED: Pocket kings fall, Domientje does a few hands later in 5th

After scoring two short stack final table knockouts off a short stack of his own, Domientje was finally starting to get his footing. Unfortunately for him, that was only a brief feeling of security, as he was crippled a few hands later.

xatteo open shoved the cutoff for 8,466,000 and after a few folds, Domientje snap called in the big blind. The shove was for close to 15 big blinds and Domientje held just over 25, and [Kh][Kd]. That meant he was playing for a good percentage of his stack as well but his opponent would have to hit, with [As][7h] to drop him. 

He did, as the Greek smashed the [Ac][Qc][5h] flop. That left Domientje looking for one of two outs on the turn or river but there was no more paint, as the [2h] and [8h] completed the board. Domientje was left with just over 5,000,000 and xatteo had doubled to over 17,000,000.

A few hands later, xatteo returned to dispatch Domientje in 5th place. This time, he didn’t need to crack kings, he just needed to hold. Domientje called xatteo’s under the gun shove from the small blind, with his effective stack weighing in at 3,549,000. 

xatteo held [Jh][Js], while the Belgian held [5h][5d]. The board ran out clean for the bigger pocket pair, [9d][3h][3s][Ah][8d] and in more or less back to back hands, Domientje experienced the harsh realities of tournament poker. He earned $5,410.40 for his 5th place run and when the action finally slowed, xatteo was playing close to 20,000,000. 

TWO HORSE RACE: n1ssssr and Rakeback24/7 pull away

Immediately after eliminating Domientje, xatteo was dropped back down below 10,000,000. That was after a sizable pot developed between he and Rakeback24/7 in a blind versus blind encounter, with the latter pushing himself up near 60,000,000 with the victory. 

That hand was picked up with the blinds and antes increasing again to 350K/700K with a 87.5K ante. xatteo made it 1,456,000 from the small blind and Rakeback24/7 clicked it back to 3,208,000 from the big. xatteo called and he then check-called 2,842,000 after the [Ks][7d][4h] flop. 

The [9s] fell on the turn and again xatteo check-called, this time for 3,757,000. The [5d] completed the board and after checking for a third time, xatteo couldn’t find a call for his tournament life after Rakeback24/7 bet 13,178,000. Instead, the Greek folded and suddenly, the Dutchman was back within touching distance at the top of the Event #35-L leaderboard. 

LOSE ANOTHER TO THE LEADER: Queen-four and a big stack send REGTHERULET4 out in 4th

It was relatively slow going after xatteo fell below 10,000,000, as there was a big difference between the haves and the have nots. n1ssssr and Rakeback24/7 had chips and xatteo and REGTHERULET4 did not. 

They were both short and xatteo won the last longer to make the pay jump after n1ssssr scored another knockout in a blind versus blind encounter. He shoved the small blind after it folded to him and REGTHERULET4 called in the big for 9,068,000. 

He had to hold to score the double, as he held [Ad][td] to n1ssssr’s [Qc][4c]. He couldn’t, as the [Qh][4d][6d] flop gave the chip leader two pair and left REGTHERULET4 looking for help on the turn and river. 

Malta’s hopes for survival got a little better after the [8d] fell on the turn, giving REGTHERULET4 outs to a flush but that door was slammed shut after the [3c] completed the board. He’d go out in 4th place, good for a $6,763 result. 

QUICKLY DOWN TO TWO: n1ssssr does it again, xatteo finishes 3rd

For as long as this tournament took to get down to the final table, the final table didn’t take long to get down to it’s final two. That was mostly n1ssssr’s doing though, as he picked up elimination after elimination and eventually added xatteo’s scalp to his collection. 

xatteo open shoved the button for 8,857,000 and after a fold in the small blind, n1ssssr called in the big. He held [Ah][5d] to the short stack’s [Ad][Qc] and while both players paired up on the [As][th][8c] flop, only one player hit on the turn. 

That was the player that needed to hit, as n1sssr’s kicker was no good until it found a pair of it’s own. The [5s] left xatteo drawing on the river and after the [4h] fell, he was officially eliminated in 3rd place. He made $9,468 for his podium finish and after the knockout, the remaining two players discussed a deal. 

DEAL DECIDED: $2K and the title up for grabs

After the elimination of xatteo in 3rd place, the remaining two players took some time to discuss a chop of the remaining prize pool. In total, there was just over $30,000 to be had and after running some numbers, a deal was confirmed by both players. 

n1ssssr held nearly 75,000,000 and Rakeback24/7 was playing just over 61,000,000. With the stacks relatively close at the high blind levels, the players decided on a more or less even chop. n1ssssr took $14,615 and Rakeback24/7 took $14,249.27. They left $2,000 and the Event #35-L title up top. 

BACK AND FORTH: Rakeback24/7 draws first blood, chip lead changes hands a few times

It took a while for the first meaningful pot of this heads up battle to play out but when it did, Rakeback24/7 controlled the chip lead. That hand was picked up with the blinds and antes still sitting at 350K/700K/87.5K and n1ssssr opening to 1,750,000 from the button. 

Rakeback24/7 three-bet to 4,550,000 from the big blind and the chip leader called to see the [9h][6d][3d] flop. Both players checked and after the [Jc] fell on the turn, Rakeback24/7 bet 6,121,000. n1ssssr called and he called a 9,037,000 chip bet after the [Jh] paired the board on the river. 

Rakeback24/7 flipped over [Kh][Kd] and it was good to win the pot, one that moved him up and over 82,000,000. n1ssssr dropped down to 52,000,000 after the loss but then those chip counts flip-flopped early in the next level. 

The blinds and antes jumped to 400K/800K with a 100K ante and n1ssssr opened the button to 2,000,000. Rakeback24/7 called and check-called 1,600,000 after the [As][4d][2s] flop fell. The [3c] put four to a straight on board but that didn’t slow n1ssssr, as he bet 3,200,000. It was another check-call for Rakeback24/7 on the turn and there was a third on the river. 

The [Ad] paired and completed the board, bringing a 20,000,000 chip bet from n1ssssr. Rakeback24/7 again check-called, only to be shown [6d][5s], good for a turned straight. n1ssssr took in the biggest pot of the tournament and had retaken the chip lead. 

UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY: n1ssssr thinks he’s catching a bluff, crippled instead

n1ssssr held a close to 3:2 chip lead for the next few orbits but then over 95,000,000 chips got in the middle and suddenly, the long-time chip leader was in very unfamiliar territory. He was crippled to under 30,000,000 and that hand was picked up with Rakeback24/7 opening the button to 1,600,000.

n1ssssr three-bet to 4,000,000 and his opponent called to see the [Ac][Ah][6c] flop. n1ssssr led for 3,280,000 and Rakeback24/7 called to see the [9d] fall on the turn. The chip leader slowed down, checking to Rakeback24/7, who bet 8,000,000. 

The Brit called and after the [3d] completed the board, Rakeback24/7 was again given the betting lead. n1ssssr checked and Rakeback24/7 shoved for just over 32,500,000. There was a quick call and a quick flash of [4c][4s] showed up in front of n1ssssr but those cards disappeared after Rakeback24/7 showed [As][7c]. 

He was now in control of nearly 75% of the total chips in play, in a good position to take down this Event #35-L title. 

ORDER RESTORED: n1ssssr battles back, over 100,000,000

While being the short stack might have been unfamiliar territory for n1ssssr, he didn’t seem to mind the change of landscape. He also didn’t waste any time getting back to leading this heads up battle. He worked his way back up near 50,000,000 and then doubled in a massive hand to restore Event #35-L order. 

That hand was picked up with the blinds and antes sitting at 500K/1,000K and a 125K ante, with Rakeback24/7 limping the button. n1ssssr raised to 4,000,000 and Rakeback24/7 called to see the [tc][5d][2h] flop. n1ssssr bet 4,125,000 and the Dutchman called to see the turn. The [6c] saw n1ssssr check-call 9,930,000 and he checked for a second time after the [6d] paired and completed the board. 

Rakeback24/7 shoved and with a pot-sized bet behind, n1ssssr called. He had just over 34,000,000 and he had rivered trips, turning over [Ac][6h] to beat Rakeback24/7’s [Jc][td]. The brutal river crippled the brief leader down below 30,000,000 and gave n1ssssr a massive chip lead. 

WIRE TO WIRE WIN: No comeback for Rakeback24/7, n1ssssr wins SCOOP Event #35-L for $18,133

n1ssssr battled back from a big chip deficit but Rakeback24/7 could not do the same. He trended down after getting crippled on the previous hand and eventually got 16,488,000 in the middle on the button. n1ssssr called in the big blind and he had to hit to score the knockout, holding [As][3s] to Rakeback24/7’s [Ad][4s]. 

He’s done it all day and all night and he did it again to end this heads up battle. The [Qs][Js][3s] gave n1ssssr a pair and the nut flush draw, leaving Rakeback24/7 more or less drawing dead. He officially was after the [7c] and [3d] completed the board, with n1ssssr improving to trips on the river to score the final Event #35-L knockout. 

The Dutchman, who came into this final table second in chips, ended up finishing in that position for a $14,249.27 score. n1ssssr won $16,615, with $2,000 of that coming from their heads up deal, but maybe more importantly for the UK-based player, he claimed his first SCOOP title. A complete list of the Event #35-L final table results are posted below:

SCOOP-35-L ($11 NL Hold’em) results
Entrants: 13,526
Total prize pool: $135,260
Places paid: 1,710

1. n1ssssr (United Kingdom) $16.615*
2. Rakeback24/7 (Netherlands) $14,249.27*
3. xatteo (Greece) $9,468.20
4. REGTHERULET4 (Malta) $6,763
5. Domientje (Belgium) $5,410.40
6. Bane267 (Austria) $4,057.80
7. drew.derzh (Ukraine) $2,705.20
8. Nadhob (Ukraine) $1,352.60
9. fabianod12 (Brazil) $811.56

Will O’Connor is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Read More

Eureka6 Bucharest: Day 1A live updates

Eureka6 Bucharest: Day 1A live updates

bucharestlocation.jpg

CLICK HERE TO REFRESH FOR THE LATEST UPDATES
Day 1A consists of 10 45-minute levels
Entry closes at the end of Level 7
Day 1B and a turbo Day 1C both take place tomorrow

1:30pm: A look around the city

If you’ve never been to Bucharest, you really owe it to yourself to check it out. With its incredible history and stunning Old Town, the Romanian capital is a great place to visit, and maybe even play a little poker.

bucharest1.jpg

It’s Day 1A today but if you’re not here yet don’t worry; there’s Day 1B tomorrow at 12pm local time, so head on over to Bucharest and bring your A-game. 

bucharest2.jpg

Play starts in 30 minutes.

12:30pm: Day 1A set to begin!

Welcome to beautiful Bucharest for the first ever Romanian stop of the Eureka Poker Tour! We’re here at the fantastic InterContinental Hotel in the city centre, where Day 1A of the €1,000+€100 Main Event will soon be kicking off.

This is the second leg of Eureka Poker Tour Season 6, following on from a great event in Rozvadov in March, in which Ivan Luca got heads-up with his girlfriend Maria Constanza Lampropulos before taking down the title. Will we see a similarly intriguing storyline play out here over the next five days of play? You’ll have to stick around and see!

You certainly won’t want to miss any of the action, for Team PokerStars Pro and all-round poker icon Daniel Negreanu has made the journey back to his homeland and will be playing throughout the festival. It’s likely he’ll play on Day 1B, as tonight there’s the little matter of the Romanian premier of the ‘Kid Poker’ documentary.

daniel_negreanu_eureka6bucharestarrives.jpg

Negreanu arrives at Eureka6 Bucharest

Play kicks off at 2pm local time (12pm WET), and today the players will play 10 45-minute levels. Then there’s Day 1B tomorrow, and a turbo Day 1C tomorrow night. This is a re-entry event, so anyone who busts today, or even during Day 1B, can still take another shot.

Players are now arriving so don’t go anywhere!

Key Eureka6 Bucharest Facts:

– 25,000 starting stack
– Blinds starting at 25/50 for 500 big blinds
– Levels are 45 minutes on Day 1 and they’ll be 10 of them. On Day 2 from level 15 onwards levels increase to 60 minutes.
– Late registration is open until the start of level seven.
– Day 1A is today, Day 1B takes place tomorrow and there’s also a special Turbo Day 1C tomorrow evening at 9pm local time. That’s only open to players who have busted either Day 1A or 1B. The field will then combine for the first time on Friday. Players will reach the money on Day 2 and then play down to a final table on Day 3. The final table will play out on Sunday.
– Full Eureka6 Bucharest schedule here.

PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at Eureka6 Bucharest: Jack Stanton. Photos by Tomas Stacha. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog


Have Eureka events inspired you to start playing poker? Click here to open a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: ZéDoBlefe11 earns another for Brazil in Event #31-M ($215 NLH 4-Max)

SCOOP 2016: ZéDoBlefe11 earns another for Brazil in Event #31-M ($215 NLH 4-Max)

The second Monday of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker rolled around and the schedule gave players some super-short-handed fun. Event #31 was a 4-Max No Limit Hold’em tournament with plenty action and big money up top for the winner. The tournament played fast throughout and it ended with ZéDoBlefe11 earning a 13th SCOOP title this series for Brazil.

The medium buy-in version of the event had a $215 price tag with a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool. The tournament attracted 1,438 players to create a prize pool worth $287,600 and dishing it out to the last 192 players in the tournament.

They quickly made it into the money and only 19 players remained when action paused for Day 1 at the end of Level 28. Day 2 saw 2012 TCOOP Main Event champion David “Betudontbet” Emmons return with the chip lead but the best he could manage was a 12th place finish.

2016 SCOOP-31M Chips.jpg

Top ten returning stacks for Day 2

The tournament hit the final table bubble after 35 minutes of Day 2 action. They were down to the final five when ZéDoBlefe11 found a big hand with only three players sitting around his table. His [as][ac] held against kingroler’s [kc][jh] to send him out in 6th place and set up the final table.

Poker legend/MMA fighter Terrence “Unassigned” Chan was the spotlight player at the final table and looking for his fourth COOP title. Chan won two SCOOP titles during the 2009 series and followed that up with a WCOOP victory later that year in September. Chan wasn’t the only success player at the final table, gringenkov holds a Sunday Million title from 2015 as well as a final table appearance this year during the TCOOP Main Event.


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


2016 SCOOP-31M Final Table.jpg

Seat 1: Terrence “Unassigned” Chan (1,787,770 in chips)
Seat 2: 942003 (2,574,612 in chips)
Seat 3: gringenkov (1,950,498 in chips)
Seat 4: ZéDoBlefe11 (6,694,179 in chips)
Seat 5: kobe call (1,372,941 in chips)

Blinds: 12K/24K with 3K Ante

gringenkov runs out early, eliminated in 5th

Everyone was deep at the start of the final table so it took two big hands to get things moving early. It happened only seven hands into play.

kobe call min-raised from under the gun and gringenkov three-bet to 144,000 before kobe call hit the min-raise button once again. gringenkov responded with a five-bet shove for the 1.5 million he had left behind and kobe call quickly called with [jd][jh].

That was bad news for gringenkov with his [ts][tc] and nothing changed as the virtual dealer ran out [7h][3s][2c][ah][9d] to send the Brazilian out in 5th place.

Chan chopped down, eliminated in 4th

Terrence “Unassigned” Chan was the last player standing in three previous COOP events but ran into a little bad luck to end short of a fourth title. He lost the majority of his chips after he built a five-bet, pre-flop pot with kobe call at risk.

Chan had a few thousand more chips than kobe call and his [ah][ks] was dominated by [kc][kh]. Chan hit the flop but the [ac][kd][8h] board was a little better for kobe call. The [2h] turn left Chan looking for one of the two remaining aces but missed the [9h] river. It was a big hand that left Chan with less than 5,000 and he was gone on the next hand.

Terrence_Chan_ACOP_Day3.jpg

Terrence “Unassigned” Chan

942003 gets it in bad, eliminated in 3rd

There was a brief pause of play as they three remaining players discussed a possible deal. They didn’t even wait for the numbers to be crunched before kobe call said no thanks.

They resumed play and 942003 found a bad spot to get his good chips in the middle. He was heads-up with kobe call to the [tc][5h][4h] flop when 942003’s 240,000 bet was called. They lit the fireworks after the [kh] turn when kobe call moved all-in after a bet from 942003.

The shove was called and 942003 saw his predicament, drawing completely dead with [kd][jc] against kobe call’s turned flush [qh][th]. The pointless [jd] dropped and 942003 was gone in 3rd place to set up the heads-up match for the title.

Seat 4: ZéDoBlefe11 (6,632,489 in chips)
Seat 5: kobe call (7,747,511 in chips)

Blinds: 20K/40K with 5K Ante

ZéDoBlefe11 adds another Brazilian title with Event #31-M win

ZéDoBlefe11 and kobe call battled each other for 45 minutes with ZéDoBlefe11 taking the early lead and pulling away the entire time. kobe call was able to win a few chips back here and there but ZéDoBlefe11 never let his advantage go once it was in hand.

kobe call saw his chip stack steadily decline but continued to fight for each pot, it took an unlucky hand for him to finally succumb. He min-raised his button with [ts][th] and called all-in when ZéDoBlefe11 shoved with [6c][6s].

kobe call was in prime position to double, right up until the [jh][7s][6h] flop put him in deep trouble. He couldn’t find a resuck out on the [9d] turn or [as] river to give ZéDoBlefe11 his first major online victory (along with the 13th SCOOP title for his country this series).

SCOOP-31-M ($215 NL Hold’em 4-Max) results
Entrants: 1,438
Total prize pool: $287,600
Places paid: 192

1. ZéDoBlefe11 (Brazil) $50,042.90
2. kobe call (Israel) $30,520.11
3. 942003 (Switzerland) $17,675.89
4. Terrence “Unassigned” Chan (Canada) $10,767.74
5. gringenkov (Brazil) $6,870.76


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: camikater denies another Brazilian title, takes #31-L crown ($27 NLH 4-Max)

SCOOP 2016: camikater denies another Brazilian title, takes #31-L crown ($27 NLH 4-Max)

The weekend was behind most players and the 2016 SCOOP weekday schedule was underway which included a shorter short-handed set of tournaments. For some players, even six-handed tables are a little too claustrophobic so something was created between that and heads-up matches. Event #31 was a No Limit Tournament with 4-Max tables up until the final one, when the last five players would join as one. When all the dust cleared, a Brazlian grinder was denied a 13th title for the country when camikater earned his first COOP crown.

The low buy-in tournament drew a huge crowd of nearly 5,000 players.

For the low low price of $27, there were 4,972 entrants getting a piece of the SCOOP action to create a prize pool worth more than $122,000. The tournament paid out money to the last 640 players and the field quickly hit the money on the first day.

The super short-handed format kept things moving at a brisk pace all day and only 12 players remained when the tournament paused after Level 37. There were two WCOOP champions still in contention, 2014 WCOOP $10K High Roller winner Vicente “vicenfish” Delgado and 2013 WCOOP $215 No Limit Draw victor -Rebus1980-, along with Narcis “Narcisus90” Nedelcu and his two Super Tuesday victories (plus a recent final table in SCOOP Event #6-M).

2016 SCOOP-31L Chips.jpg

The action didn’t slow down once they hit the restart for Day 2. The field lost one table’s worth of players in the first 15 minutes and they were down to the final table five before 30 minutes ticked off the restart clock. That happened when they lost three players in three straight hands.

Delgado lost to Nedelcu with [qc][js] versus [ad][ah] followed by chip leader camikater sending out Sevastos on the next hand at the table with [ac][js] holding against [as][7s]. The tables were balanced and -Rebus1980- dispatched Czekam18 with [kd][ks] versus [ad][5h] to quickly set the final table in the three consecutive hands.


Ready to sign up for PokerStars and go for your own SCOOP title? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


2016 SCOOP-31L Final Table.jpg

Seat 1: PokerDave476 (7,181,610 in chips)
Seat 2: Narcis “Narcisus90” Nedelcu (8,306,937 in chips)
Seat 3: camikater (19,942,340 in chips)
Seat 4: -Rebus1980- (5,067,844 in chips)
Seat 5: joaomarcello (9,221,269 in chips)

Blinds: 35K/70K with 8.75K Ante

PokerDave476 drops quickly, eliminated in 5th

PokerDave476 began the final table with the second shortest stack, but his “short stack” was still 100 big blinds deep. Nothing went right from the start of the final table for PokerDave476 and his 7 million chip stack was decimated. With only 700,000 left, he moved all-in under the gun with [ad][ts] and joaomarcello called with [9s][7c] from the big blind.

PokerDave476 needed to dodge the two live cards to stay alive but joaomarcello binked the [7h][6c][3d] flop. The [2d] turn was no help and the [6s] river sent PokerDave476 out in 5th place.

-Rebus1980- get slick, eliminated in 4th

Suited slick is a big hand in a four-player game and WCOOP champ -Rebus1980- picked it up before camikater raised in front of him. Not to let the opportunity pass, -Rebus1980- shipped in over the top and the chip leader called with [ks][9h].

-Rebus1980- was holding [ac][kc] and the [6h][5s][2h] flop was of no consequence. The [kh] paired them both and added a flush draw for camikater, but it was the live card nine that paired for camikater on the [9s] river. A tough beat for the former COOP champion and he was gone in 4th place for $3,148.

Nedelcu runs bad, eliminated in 3rd

Narcis “Narcisus90” Nedelcu had plenty of success in the past, including his SCOOP final table last week, but he was unlucky to not make it closer to a title in this one. He put his chips in good but it did not end well for the Romanian.

He called a small blind shove from joaomarcello and was at risk with his [ts][td] against [7d][5d]. The first piece of bad news came on the [8d][4d][2c] flop to give joaomarcello a flush/gutshot draw then the Brazilian paired the [7s] turn to give him 16 outs on the river.

It was the flush to get him there with the [2d] river for the unlucky KO for Nedelcu.

Seat 3: camikater (23,775,264 in chips)
Seat 5: joaomarcello (25,944,736 in chips)

Blinds: 100K/200K with 25K Ante

camikater denies Brazil another SCOOP, wins Event #31-L title

joaomarcello began with a small chip lead then extended it on the first hand of the heads-up battle. He picked up a huge pot when his [td][8d] rivered a 8 million chip straight.

But that’s where the good things ended for Brazil’s chance at another SCOOP title. camikater quickly turned it around and took the lead in a 10 million chip pot without a showdown. He continued to pick up the bigger pots until the final hand, one that wouldn’t get the chips in until the very end.

camikater called a button raise from joaomarcello to see the [ts][8d][7c] flop, then check/raised to 1.4 million. joaomarcello called the aggressive move and camikater led out for 1.7 million after the [qs] turn followed by another call from joaomarcello before the final river [ks] came down.

camikater bet enough to put joaomarcello all-in and he called with the rivered pair of kings [kd][9h]. It was the second best hand between two players as camikater tabled a rivered flush [9s][3s] to take the pot, the championship, and the $14,772 top prize.

joaomarcello made the most of Day 2 chances but was unable to finish off a tough opponent. He added $8,949 to his bankroll for the efforts while camikater earned his first major online title and can now call himself a SCOOP champion.

SCOOP-31-L ($27 NL Hold’em 4-Max) results
Entrants: 4,972
Total prize pool: $122,060.60
Places paid: 640

1. camikater (Germany) $14,772.52
2. joaomarcello (Brazil) $8,949.62
3. Narcis “Narcisus90” Nedelcu (Romania) $5,192.54
4. -Rebus1980- (Russia) $3,147.99
5. PokerDave476 (United Kingdom) $2,010.37


Ready to sign up for PokerStars and go for your own SCOOP title? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

The remarkable success of SCOOP

The remarkable success of SCOOP

The 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker is now well underway, and it’s safe to say that the online poker community officially has SCOOP fever.
And who can blame them? Due to the series’ accessibility to players with every sized bankroll, it’s no s…

Read More

SCOOP 2016: Henkjinho91 hangs on, beats fuddebuf after heads-up deal in Event #29-L ($27 NLHE)

SCOOP 2016: Henkjinho91 hangs on, beats fuddebuf after heads-up deal in Event #29-L ($27 NLHE)

Sometimes making a deal at the end of a tournament can make the game move faster – the stakes are exactly the same for everyone in on the deal, and at the end of a long event players can often ready to make a play or hit the hay. Then there are the occasions where nobody is ready to quit playing just yet and the lack of money pressure means the freedom to play your best game of poker until one player comes out ahead. Sweden’s Henkijnho91 drew one of the latter in Event #29-L and came out ahead after a well-contested, 49-minute duel with Mikael “fuddebuf” Hansen.

The field of 14,068 players on Day 1 built a $345,369.40 prize pool. Their number was reduced to just 165 over the first 32 levels of play, with 1,635 players cashing out in the process. Even though they returned with an average stack of 35 big blinds, Day 2 moved along briskly, trimming would-be competitors from the field at a rate of two every three minutes for nearly four solid hours. Three of the players who were in the top nine to start the day – Peirak started in third place, Sahar888 in sixth and AMasta89 in eighth – weathered the process that brought the tournament to the final table, which would end up taking nearly as long as the entire Day 2 lead-up to finally reach its resolution.

2016 SCOOP-29-L ft.jpg

Seat 1: guix2x (28,059,859 in chips)
Seat 2: Peirak (9,866,254 in chips)
Seat 3: ICyberU (42,409,314 in chips)
Seat 4: chaka tej (14,955,148 in chips)
Seat 5: Mikael “fuddebuf” Hansen (29,401,018 in chips)
Seat 6: Ph4N (12,936,218 in chips)
Seat 7: AMasta89 (47,013,695 in chips)
Seat 8: Henkijnho91 (49,692,157 in chips)
Seat 9: Sahar888 (47,026,337 in chips)

The leaderboard was crowded at the top with four players over 70 big blinds apiece, and the two players with under 25 big blinds were only relatively short-stacked. Without immediate pressure on them, more pots were played out to the river without anybody playing for all their chips. And when the shorter-stacked players did move all-in, they won, at least in the early going. In the first half-hour of the final table there were wins for TCOOP 2013 winner Ph4N, Peirak, and fuddebuf that kept those players from collecting the first payout. The run had to end sooner or later, though, and chaka tej was the unfortunate player to break the streak. The Polish player re-raised all-in with [As] [Kd] on the button after ICyberU opened with [7d] [7h], failed to pair on the [4d] [2h] [5c] [Jc] [8c] board, and was gone in 9th place ($2,072.21).

Both Peirak and TCOOP 2016 finalist guix2x would manage to fend off elimination not once but twice in the following half-hour. But neither was able to do much more than subsist after those wins, and both eventually slipped back down into double-up-or-die territory. guix2x ended up going first, calling all-in for 12.2M after AMasta89 jammed over the top of Ph4N’s opening raise. Ph4N folded and guix2x’s [Jc] [Js] fell to [Ah] [Ks] on a [8c] [Kd] [2c] [9d] [8d] board, sending guix2x out in 8th place ($3,108.32).


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


The blinds and antes climbed to 800K/1.6M/200K and Peirak’s stack continued to dwindle, dipping below 9M before the Russian player picked up [Ac] [Qh] on the button and moved all-in over the top of Henkjinho91, who had opened the betting in middle position with [Kd] [Ts]. Henkjinho91 called and caught a pair of tens on the [3d] [Tc] [3h] [5s] [7d] board, sinking Peirak in 7th place ($6,562.01).

Sahar888 doubled up on the next hand with [Ah] [Kh], calling all-in after TCOOP 2014 winner AMasta89 open-shoved with [As] [Jc]. AMasta89 caught two pair on the flop, but the [Kd] on the turn made a bigger two pair to give Sahar888 the 42M-chip pot. That left AMasta89 in rough shape with 10M chips, and four hands later the German player opened the betting on the button for all 10M with [Ac] [Kh]. This time Sahar888 had [Jc] [Jh] and caught a set on the turn of the [8s] [Qs] [9h] [Js] [4c] board, knocking AMasta89 out in 6th place ($10,015.71).

About 15 minutes later ICyberU opened all-in for just shy of 30M, holding [7h] [7s], and fuddebuf, the past Sunday Million, Super Tuesday, WCOOP, TCOOP, and twotime SCOOP finalist, was the only caller with [Kh] [Qc] on the button. The race was fuddebuf’s from the [Ah] [Kc] [Qs] flop on, and once the [8s] turn and [2d] river had come and gone, ICyberU was gone in 5th place ($10,015.71).

2016 SCOOP-29-L ft four-handed.jpg

That pot gave fuddebuf a buffer at the top of the chip counts with 133M and nobody else holding more than 74M, and it grew further a few hands later after sahar888 moved all-in for 26.5M on the button with [Qd] [8c]. fuddebuf isolated with [Kd] [Jd] and promptly fell behind when sahar888 made two pair on the [9d] [8d] [Qh] flop, but the [Tc] turn made a king-high straight. The board paired on the river, but with the [9h] and not a queen or an eight, so Sahar888 left in 4th place ($16,923.10).

fuddebuf was poised to run away with the tournament, holding 184M chips, but Henkjinho91 doubled through the Danish player on the very next hand when Henkjinho91’s [Ad] [8h] had a better kicker than fuddebuf’s [Ts] [8c] for three of a kind on the [6h] [8d] [5c] [8s] [As] board. The buffer from moments before had disappeared just like that, and Henkjinho91 now had the lead with 129M to fuddebuf’s 119M.

Ph4N had been hanging on to a short stack quite successfully since the very start of the table, but that run soon came to an end. The Romanian player moved in on the button with [5d] [5h] and couldn’t even get a coin flip – Henkjinho91 called with [Qd] [Qs] in the small blind. The [Js] [Kc] [9c] [2s] [Ah] brought no help, and Ph4N’s run ended in 3rd place ($23,830.48).

A Scandinavian duel

Henkjinho91 immediately asked if fuddebuf wanted to pause the tournament to look over the numbers. fuddebuf said, “I will probably want a little bit extra if we do. If you are cool with that then we can look,” and Henkijnho91 replied, “we can discuss but I’m not giving up much.” And he didn’t give up much at all, driving a hard bargain – but not so hard that the two players couldn’t pass the time with some friendly sports chat:

2016 SCOOP-29-L ft hu deal chat-2.jpg

Within 10 minutes they were back in play, and they would remain there for nearly 40 minutes more. Henkijnho91 took a larger lead on the first pot back, semi-bluffing with a gutshot straight draw before backing into top pair on the river and getting paid. That kept the Swedish player ahead by a 2-to-1 margin for about 10 minutes. Then fuddebuf strung eight wins together, capped by a 60M-chip pot. The Danish player limped on the button and called Henkijnho91’s re-raise to 8.4M, then called another 7.2M on the [3s] [3h] [5c] flop. Henkijnho91 checked the [6c] turn and called fuddebuf’s 14M-chip bet, but check-folded on the [Th] river, giving fuddebuf the 156M-to-124M chip lead.

fuddebuf extended that lead by about 55M before both a hand came up where the board made a straight for both players. fuddebuf turned a seven-high straight with [4c] [4d] and the board reading [3c] [6h] [5d] [7h], but Henkijnho91’s [9c] [8s] had a nine-high straight with the same cards. Henkijnho91 flat-called the Danish player’s 11.2M-chip bet before getting all-in after the [Kd] river and taking down a 195M-chip pot.

fuddebuf got back to within striking distance of the lead a bit later, doubling to 125M with [Jh] [Js] against [Kh] [Jd], and slowly crept back until they were separated by just one big blind. Then the 49-minute heads-up match would come to an end when they both picked up big hands and went to war, fuddebuf with [Ks] [Kd] and Henkjinho91 with [Ah] [Qc]. All the chips went in before the flop and fuddebuf was just one card away from the win with the board reading [4h] [3d] [8d] [7c], but the [As] river made aces for Henkjinho91 to close out the tournament.

It was the second career runner-up SCOOP finish for fuddebuf, after taking second in a SCOOP 2013 event. And it’s the first COOP title for Henkjinho91, who earned a total of $41,154.42 after the winner’s cash, plus a nifty Movado watch, for the victory. Congratulations on the win!

SCOOP-29-L ($27 NL Hold’em) results
Entrants:
 14,068
Total prize pool: $345,369.40
Places paid: 1,800

1. Henkjinho91 (Sweden) $41,154.42*
2. Mikael “fuddebuf” Hansen (Denmark) $36,200*
3. Ph4N (Romania) $23,830.48
4. Sahar888 (Russia) $16,923.10
5. ICyberU (Finland) $13,469.40
6. AMasta89 (Germany) $10,015.71
7. Peirak (Russia) $6,562.01
8. guix2x (Brazil) $3,108.32
9. chaka tej (Poland) $2,072.21
*Reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $4,000 in play for the winner


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: zZero92 is the hero in Event #27-L ($27 NLHE, 6-Max)

SCOOP 2016: zZero92 is the hero in Event #27-L ($27 NLHE, 6-Max)

Volumes have been written about the virtues of taking the initiative at the poker table, but sometimes the best situations arise when the game comes to you. Lithuania’s zZero92 can attest to that after watching three players exit the final table in quick succession, making a deal, and then playing fast and loose en route to a win in Event #27-L that had appeared unlikely just an hour earlier.

Day 1 of this tournament attracted a monster field of 11,996 players, who would play 36 levels of poker before ending for the night with 50 players remaining. Before that 1,450 players collected payouts, leaving the rest of the $294,501.80 prize pool to be distributed on Day 2.

Romania’s shtefone was the chip leader overnight with 14.2 million, a 118-big-blind stack, but would be eliminated halfway through the second day. MrKloutt from Andorra was the highest-ranked player at the end of Day 1 to make the final, having started with 10.9M chips in 4th place. The rest of the players who made it through the field came from up and down the leaderboard at Day 2’s start, hanging on for just over three hours of play to reach what would prove to be a very short SCOOP final table.

2016 SCOOP-27-L ft.jpg

Seat 1: Golaith13 (30,355,060 in chips)
Seat 2: houdini_msu (53,964,206 in chips)
Seat 3: MrKloutt (17,087,178 in chips)
Seat 4: clancywigam (70,621,164 in chips)
Seat 5: zZero92 (48,400,660 in chips)
Seat 6: amitshur2984 (19,491,732 in chips)

Boom! Boom! Boom!

At only an hour and six minutes of eventual running time, the Event #27-L final table was short even for a 6-max SCOOP tournament. That was thanks in large part to three early exits leaving the path clear for the others to make a deal.

amitshur2984 looked sure to be the first player knocked out after moving in for 17.6M over the top of houdini_msu’s 2.4M opening raise, holding [Td] [Th]. houdini_msu called immediately with [Ad] [Ah] and was 86.8 percent to win the hand after the [9s] [4s] [Jh] flop, but the [7d] turn and [8h] river bailed amitshur2984 out with a jack-high straight.

That left MrKloutt on the hot seat, and a few hands later the player from Andorra picked up [Kh] [Qd] in the small blind. The action folded around and MrKloutt moved all-in for 14.5M, drawing a call from past Super Tuesday champion and Sunday Million finalist clancywigam, who was in the big blind with [As] [4h]. Neither player’s hand improved on the [5h] [8c] [Td] [8s] [Js] board, and MrKloutt departed in 6th place ($3,681.27).

Four hands later clancywigam was in the big blind again, this time holding [Ac] [Qh]. The Irish player re-raised to 9.5M after houdini_msu opened for 3.7M in the small, and then called after houdini_msu re-raised all-in for 42.8M. houdini_msu’s [Ad] [Jh] needed some help but never came close to getting it as clancywigam ended up with queens full of aces once the [4h] [7s] [As] [Qs] [Qd] board was complete. With that, houdini_msu disappeared in 5th place ($5,890.03).

amitshur2984 picked up another pocket pair on the next hand, this time [9h] [9c], and was the only caller for 24M after Golaith13 opened the betting all-in. The Dutch player’s [Ah] [7s] came close to a straight on the board but ultimately fell short, sending Golaith13 to the rail in 4th place ($11,780.07).

Deal time

After just six minutes of play, the final table lineup had been cut in half:

2016 SCOOP-27-L ft three-handed.jpg

Seat 4: clancywigam (128,378,816 in chips)
Seat 5: zZero92 (49,450,660 in chips)
Seat 6: amitshur2984 (62,090,524 in chips)

The topic of a deal came up immediately and after a few hands play was paused to talk it over. It took 14 minutes – more than twice as long as the first three knockouts had taken – but they reached an agreement based on the chip-chop numbers that gave clancywigam $33K, amitshur2984 $26K, and zZero92 $25K.

zZero92 to hero

With experience and a sizable chip lead on clancywigam’s side, the Irish player was the easy pick for the win. But the 800K/1.6M/200K blinds and antes exerted a lot less pressure with half of the players gone, and having the deal in place seemed to free the others up to play fast and loose. zZero92 in particular came out attacking after locking up the cash, re-raising to 8M out of the big blind after clancywigam had opened with a min-raise to 3.2M. clancywigam called and then both players checked the [8c] [As] [Th] flop, bringing the [Ah] on the turn. clancywigam called 7.2M there but folded to another 11.2M-chip bet after the [6h] river, and zZero92 took the 32M-chip pot. clancywigam got paid on a flush for a 71M-chip pot a few hands later, but then amitshur2984 took two in a row worth a combined 78M.

zZero92 would take the biggest part of clancywigam’s stack in two pots about 10 hands apart. In the first, the Lithuanian player min-raised on the button with [Qh] [Td], clancywigam called in the big blind with [Tc] [7d], and both players caught top pair on the [2s] [5d] [Th] flop. All the rest of zZero92’s chips went in there and the turn and river came [5h]-[Js], dropping clancywigam to a 92.6M-chip stack. The second pot, which came just after the blinds and antes went up to 1M/2M/250K, was much larger, and the action all came before the flop. clancywigam opened the betting from the small blind for 4.8M, holding [Ks] [Qd], and then re-raised all-in when zZero92 made it 12M to go. zZero92 called with [Ac] [Jh], good for a pair of jacks and the 142M-chip pot after the board came [5h] [6d] [Jd] [4s] [8c].


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Far from down and out, clancywigam won several more hands, including a coin flip with [Ac] [Js] against [5d] [5h] to get back close to 100M chips. But zZero92 kept surviving when necessary, including a particularly close call after open-shoving with [Th] [9d]. clancywigam called with [Ah] [Kh] in the big blind and watched board deliver diamonds on the flop, turn, and river of the [2h] [4d] [Qd] [Ad] [8d] board to give zZero92 the improbable win for 67M.

Beyond keeping zZero92 alive, that pot brought clancywigam’s stack back under 30M chips again. The territory would prove too dangerous this time around, as the Irish player eventually ended up moving all-in from the small blind with [Qh] [8s] and seeing zZero92 call with [Kh] [Jc]. A king on the flop sealed the deal, the board finished reading [3d] [Ks] [6d] [3s] [2d], and clancywigam walked in 3rd place with the biggest share of the deal money at $33,412.82.

amitshur2984 had the advantage as heads-up play began, holding 146M chips to zZero92’s 92.9M, but soon enough the Lithuanian player had turned that around and taken control. Then came a race with a pair and two overcards, with the [4c] [4s] belonging to zZero92 and the [Ad] [Th] in amitshur2984’s hand. The slim favorite hit a set on the flop and dodged a straight draw after the turn to hold up on a [Jd] [4d] [9c] [Kc] [7d] board, and the tournament came to a close.

With the extra cash for the win, zZero92 ended up with the second-largest prize of the tournament at $29,822.89, despite having the shortest stack when the deal was struck. Then there’s that whole “SCOOP title and champion’s watch” thing, which I’ve been told makes for a good icebreaker at parties. Congratulations to zZero92 for making the most of a rare opportunity!

SCOOP-27-L ($27 NL Hold’em, 6-Max) results
Entrants:
 11,996
Total prize pool: $294,501.80
Places paid: 1,500

1. zZero92 (Lithuania) $29,822.89*
2. amitshur2984 (India) $26,591.38*
3. clancywigam (Ireland) $33,412.82*
4. Golaith13 (Netherlands) $11,780.07
5. houdini_msu (Canada) $5,890.03
6. MrKloutt (Andorra) $3,681.27
*Reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $4,000 in play for the winner

Read More

SCOOP 2016: SONGJOY to the world as the South Africa player wins first COOP title for almost $12K

SCOOP 2016: SONGJOY to the world as the South Africa player wins first COOP title for almost $12K

Winning a tournament in any of the PokerStars Championships of Online Poker – or the COOPs for short – is a highly-respected accomplishment, often regarded as the pinnacle of a player’s poker career. So imagine coming close several times but never quite being able to clinch a title. The good news is that the next festival is just around the corner; the bad news is that the fields get bigger and the tournaments tougher every year.

One player who knows that feeling is South Africa’s SONGJOY. First there was the ninth-place finish in a $265 PLO Knockout tournament in the 2012 WCOOP; then the ever-so-close runner-up finish in the $700 PLO in the 2013 WCOOP; and then another final table during the 2014 SCOOP – a fifth-place finish in a $109 NLHE Turbo Progressive Super-Knockout.

Well, I’m happy to reveal that SONGJOY took down his first ever COOP title today in the SCOOP-26-L $11 NL Hold’em 8-Max tournament for a handsome prize of $11,864.27.


Ready to compete for your own SCOOP championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


A total of 11,618 players began play at 1pm WET on Sunday (15th May), creating a prize pool of $116,180 – more than double the $50K guarantee. The deep payout structure meant that at least 23 per cent of entrants would make the money, and that number eventually ended up meaning 2,863 players were paid.

After 36 15-minute levels of play just 25 players remained, all of which would come back today to play down to a champion. The UK’s Isaac741 led the way with 10,255,529, while the short stack was Poland’s Tomson1946 with 905,255. The latter would be the first to bust on the day, while Isaac741 made it all the way to 10th before being eliminated for $631.87. After one more elimination we had our final table of eight. 

scoop26lfinaltable.jpg

SONGJOY (South Africa) 45,357,883
addo140 (United Kingdom) 16,698,009
ohanaaa (Brazil) 16,005,464
grantul (Slovenia) 14,620,489
BalBadwal (United Kingdom) 11,240,961
jointy333 (Germany) 5,032,170
Fahrenheit95 (Russia) 3,816,002
Solidthought (United Kingdom) 3,409,022

Three UK players meant the Brits had a good chance of winning a title today, while ohanaaa’s appearance continued Brazil’s amazing run here in the 2016 SCOOP. As you can see though, SONGJOY came into the final table as a massive chip leader, and it was a lead he wouldn’t give up once.

15 minutes of non-stop action

The first level of final table play saw four players eliminated.

The sole Russian Fahrenheit95 was the first player to fall during 43 (240K/480K, 48K ante). He opened to 960,000 from under the gun and it folded to the UK’s addo140 who raised it to 2,234,445. When it folded back to Fahrenheit95 he moved all-in for 9,543,508 and got a call.

The Russian had the [as][ks] but what trailing the Brit’s [kc][kh], and it was all over by the turn of the [ts][4d][8d][kd] board as addo140 had turned a set. The [9s] hit the river and with that, Fahrenheit95 was out in eighth for $911.53.

Shortly after that, Solidthought was gone too. The UK player jammed all-in for 2,923,022 under the gun and only his fellow Brit addo140 called. It was the [ac][jc] against the [qd][ks] but addo140 secured another knockout as the board ran out the [2d][8s][kd][3c][7c]. For seventh, Solidthought banked $1,314.96.

Next up was grantul in sixth. It folded to him on the button and he moved all-in for 7,895,909, and once again it was addo140 who made the call from the small blind. SONGJOY gave up the big blind and the cards were revealed:

grantul: [jh][js]
addo140: [ad][qh]

It was a classic race, but the [3c][6c][4d][Ah][Td] board paired addo140’s Ace and sent grantul on his way with a $1,896.91 consolation prize.

jointy333 then became the fourth player to depart in Level 43. SONGJOY opened to 986,000 before the player from Germany jammed for 4,084,170 with the [ts][th] and was called by the chip leader with the [5s][5h]. It was a great spot for jointy333 to double, but the [qc][5d][qd] was a crushing blow and left him drawing to two outs. A ten didn’t land on the turn or river and jointy333 won $2,736.43 for his efforts.

Down to four

SONGJOY had almost double the chip stack of his closest rival, addo140, as four-handed play rolled on. The shortest stack was BalBadwal, and we’d soon say bye bye.

With the blinds now at 280K/560K, BalBadwal moved all-in for his last 7,458,991 and SONGJOY called from the big blind. The player at risk had the [as][3d], but would need some help as SONGJOY had a pair with the [5d][5s]. The [7d][4d][2s] flop meant SONGJOY didn’t want to hit a set; any five would now five BalBadwal a straight. The [qh] landed on the turn, and the [2c] river completed the board, eliminating BalBadwal in fourth for $3,947.49.

Despite all the hard work eliminating players early on in this final table, by the time we reached Level 45 (320K/640K) it was addo140 who had become the shortest stack. Brazil’s ohanaaa was now SONGJOY’s biggest competitor, but the player from South Africa would take an even bigger lead by eliminating addo140 in third.

addo140 just limped from the small blind and SONGJOY bumped it up to 1.72 million. addo140 then moved all-in over the top for 13,329,576 and was called. He had gotten frisky with the [9c][jh], but was in terrible shape against the [qh][qs] of SONGJOY. The  [7h][8d][2c] flop brought the possibility of a gutshot, but the [7s] turn and [3s] river were no help at all. For third place, the last remaining UK player addo140 cashed for $5,694.51.

scoop26lfinaltableHU.jpg

SONGJOY chip lead was always going to be hard to overcome, so it was no surprise to see this heads-up battle end swiftly. The blinds were now 400K/800K and ohanaaa limped only for SONGJOY to raise it 2.64 million. The player from Brazil jammed for 22,743,132 and SONGJOY made the call.

ohanaaa [ks][th]
SONGJOY: [ac][9s]

The [Ah][8c][Td] flop paired both but SONGJOY was still out in front with the Aces. Anyone watching from Brazil would have been cheering for a King or ten, but the board was completed by the [7d] and [5s] and we had a well-deserved champion.

Congratulations to ohanaaa who put in another fantastic showing for Brazil, banking  $8,214.69 in the process. 

But special congratulations to your latest SCOOP champion, South Africa’s SONGJOY, who won $11,864.27.

SCOOP-26-L ($11 NL Hold’em 8-Max Deep Payouts) results
Entrants: 11,618
Prize pool: $116,180
Places paid: 2,863

1. SONGJOY (South Africa) $11,864.27
2. ohanaaa (Brazil) $8,214.69
3. addo140 (United Kingdom) $5,694.51
4. BalBadwal (United Kingdom) $3,947.49
5. jointy333 (Germany) $2,736.43
6. grantul (Slovenia) $1,896.91
7. Solidthought (United Kingdom) $1,314.96
8. Fahrenheit95 (Russia) $911.53


Opening a PokerStars account is easy. Click here to get an account in minutes.


Jack Stanton is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Read More

LAPT9 Panama: Main Event final table live updates

LAPT9 Panama: Main Event final table live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES
* CHIP COUNTS | PRIZE POOL AND PAYOUTS

* Day 4 will play down to a winner
* Prize pool: $721,665; 1st place: $138,225
* 8 players of 553 entries remain

12:10pm: Play begins
Level 25 – Blinds 15,000/30,000 (ante 4,000)

The final table has begun! There are about 36 minutes left to go in Level 25. Again, a reminder of where everyone is seated and the stacks to start. –MH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seat Name Country Chips
1 Austin Peck USA 1,351,000
2 Anderson Blanco Colombia 1,225,000
3 Ruben Suarez Venezuela 1,477,000
4 Paul Cukier Costa Rica 1,341,000
5 Alcides Gomez USA 562,000
6 Raul Paez Spain 2,580,000
7 Andres Carrillo Colombia 659,000
8 Aaron Mermelstein USA 1,802,000
LEVEL SMALL BLIND BIG BLIND ANTE
25 15,000 30,000 4,000

11:30am: Final table player profiles

From 553 entries just eight players remain with a chance to become the next LAPT Main Event champion. Play gets underway in about half an hour, which gives you plenty of time to get to know the final eight with these quick introductions:

Seat 1: Austin Peck, USA — 1,351,000

Though he won’t be turning 21 until this August, Austin Peck has already had plenty of experience at the tournament tables where he’s been collecting cashes steadily for the last couple of years playing in places where the playing age is 18 and up. 

In the USA he’s cashes on several different tours, the highlight coming this February when he won a WSOP Circuit ring in an event at West Palm Beach. A couple of weeks after that he finished 20th in the World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event in Niagara Falls, then last month earned a career-high cash of $24,467 by final-tabling the WPT DeepStacks event in Jacksonville, Florida where he finished fifth. Taking sixth or better today will exceed that total. –MH

Seat 2: Anderson Blanco, Colombia — 1,225,000

One of two Colombians at today’s final table, Anderson Blanco carried the chip lead into yesterday’s Day 3, fell back to short-stacked status for much of the afternoon, then successfully climbed back to have an almost-average stack to start today’s final table. Blanco has already guaranteed himself a career-high score today, wherever he finishes. He also has topped his previous highest finish in an LAPT Main Event, a 19th-place showing at LAPT5 Colombia. –MH

Seat 3: Ruben Suarez, Venezuela — 1,477,000

Ruben Suarez is the 13th Venezuelan player to make an LAPT Main Event final table, and hopes to be the first of that group to break through and claim a title. He has only a couple of cashes on his tournament poker résumé thus far, including a 27th-place finish in the LAPT8 Peru Main Event a year ago. His biggest cash came right here in Panama City back in January when he won a $1,000 Jackies Poker Tour event, topping a 235-entry field to earn $48,000. –MH

Seat 4: Paul Cukier, Costa Rica — 1,341,000

The lone Costa Rican left in the field, Paul Cukier has a handful of previous small cashes collected in the USA, at the PCA in the Bahamas, and in San Jose in his native country. His biggest previous cash was for $4,043 for finishing 156th in a WSOP event back in 2012, so he’s already assured himself of a career-high payday here in Panama today. –MH

Seat 5: Alcides Gomez, USA — 562,000

The Miami based pro Alcides Gomez has his fair share of final table results and experience including a podium finish from last month’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Challenge Main Event. He’ll return today as the low man on the totem pole, playing just over 560,000 and he’ll need to spin up a stack if he’s going to notch another podium finish in this LAPT9 Panama Main Event. –WOC

Seat 6: Raul Paez, Spain — 2,580,000

Raul Paez will return to the final table as the chip leader. With over $1,800,000 in career earnings, “El Toro” is the most experienced player remaining and he’s hoping that the third time can be the charm at an LAPT final table. The Spaniard finished third at the Main Event final table in Columbia during Season 5, then three years ago bubbled the final table in Panama. –WOC   

Seat 7: Andres Carrillo, Colombia — 659,000

Andres Carrillo returns as one of two players under the million-chip mark, meaning that the Columbian will likely be active early at this LAPT9 Panama final table. Carrillo’s past tournament results are relatively few and far between, but with scores from across the globe — including EPT final table finishes in Barcelona and Malta — if he is able to find an early double, he’ll be a contender. –WOC

Seat 8: Aaron Mermelstein, USA — 1,802,000

As we said yesterday, if chip leader Raul Paez is the creme, Aaron Mermelstein is what settles just under the creme. He’ll come back second in chips and the two-time World Poker Tour champion will be looking to make Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino history today. He currently sits third on the all-time Sortis money list and a deep run today could earn him his best career LAPT finish and move him up that leaderboard. –WOC   

sortis.jpg


Want to qualify for the LAPT? Click here to get a PokerStars account and start today


PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at LAPT9 Chile: Will O’Connor and Martin Harris. Photos by Carlos Monti. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog

Read More

LAPT9 Panama: Meet the final eight

LAPT9 Panama: Meet the final eight

It’s another eclectic bunch for today’s Latin American Poker Tour Main Event final table, with three Americans, two Colombians, and players from Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Spain. The group brings a variety of experience and past results to today’s final table. As we ready for the 12 noon start today, spend a little time getting to know each of the final eight a little better below.

Seat 1: Austin Peck, USA — 1,351,000

Austin Peck-LAPT Panama-2016-9849.jpg

Austin Peck

Though he won’t be turning 21 until this August, Austin Peck has already had plenty of experience at the tournament tables where he’s been collecting cashes steadily for the last couple of years playing in places where the playing age is 18 and up. 

In the USA he’s cashes on several different tours, the highlight coming this February when he won a WSOP Circuit ring in an event at West Palm Beach. A couple of weeks after that he finished 20th in the World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event in Niagara Falls, then last month earned a career-high cash of $24,467 by final-tabling the WPT DeepStacks event in Jacksonville, Florida where he finished fifth. Taking sixth or better today will exceed that total. –MH

Seat 2: Anderson Blanco, Colombia — 1,225,000

Anderson Blanco-LAPT Panama-2016-9839.jpg

Anderson Blanco

One of two Colombians at today’s final table, Anderson Blanco carried the chip lead into yesterday’s Day 3, fell back to short-stacked status for much of the afternoon, then successfully climbed back to have an almost-average stack to start today’s final table. Blanco has already guaranteed himself a career-high score today, wherever he finishes. He also has topped his previous highest finish in an LAPT Main Event, a 19th-place showing at LAPT5 Colombia. –MH

Seat 3: Ruben Suarez, Venezuela — 1,477,000

Ruben Suarez-LAPT Panama-2016-9830.jpg

Ruben Suarez

Ruben Suarez is the 13th Venezuelan player to make an LAPT Main Event final table, and hopes to be the first of that group to break through and claim a title. He has only a couple of cashes on his tournament poker résumé thus far, including a 27th-place finish in the LAPT8 Peru Main Event a year ago. His biggest cash came right here in Panama City back in January when he won a $1,000 Jackies Poker Tour event, topping a 235-entry field to earn $48,000. –MH

Seat 4: Paul Cukier, Costa Rica — 1,341,000

Paul Cukier-LAPT Panama-2016-9831.jpg

Paul Cukier

The lone Costa Rican left in the field, Paul Cukier has a handful of previous small cashes collected in the USA, at the PCA in the Bahamas, and in San Jose in his native country. His biggest previous cash was for $4,043 for finishing 156th in a WSOP event back in 2012, so he’s already assured himself of a career-high payday here in Panama today. –MH

Seat 5: Alcides Gomez, USA — 562,000

Alcides Gomez-LAPT Panama-2016-9661.jpg

Alcides Gomez

The Miami based pro Alcides Gomez has his fair share of final table results and experience including a podium finish from last month’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Challenge Main Event. He’ll return today as the low man on the totem pole, playing just over 560,000 and he’ll need to spin up a stack if he’s going to notch another podium finish in this LAPT9 Panama Main Event. –WOC

Seat 6: Raul Paez, Spain — 2,580,000

Raul Paez-LAPT Panama-2016-9822.jpg

Raul Paez

Raul Paez will return to the final table as the chip leader. With over $1,800,000 in career earnings, “El Toro” is the most experienced player remaining and he’s hoping that the third time can be the charm at an LAPT final table. The Spaniard finished third at the Main Event final table in Columbia during Season 5, then three years ago bubbled the final table in Panama. –WOC   

Seat 7: Andres Carrillo, Colombia — 659,000

Andres Carrillo-LAPT Panama-2016-9708.jpg

Andres Carrillo

Andres Carrillo returns as one of two players under the million-chip mark, meaning that the Columbian will likely be active early at this LAPT9 Panama final table. Carrillo’s past tournament results are relatively few and far between, but with scores from across the globe — including EPT final table finishes in Barcelona and Malta — if he is able to find an early double, he’ll be a contender. –WOC

Seat 8: Aaron Mermelstein, USA — 1,802,000

Aaron Mermeltein-LAPT Panama-2016-9806.jpg

Aaron Mermelstein

As we said yesterday, if chip leader Raul Paez is the creme, Aaron Mermelstein is what settles just under the creme. He’ll come back second in chips and the two-time World Poker Tour champion will be looking to make Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino history today. He currently sits third on the all-time Sortis money list and a deep run today could earn him his best career LAPT finish and move him up that leaderboard. –WOC   

And as a reminder, here’s what they’re playing for (along with the LAPT trophy):

1st: $138,225
2nd: $86,880
3rd: $62,200
4th: $48,500
5th: $38,040
6th: $29,880
7th: $22,300
8th: $15,440

Stick close to the PokerStars blog for start-to-finish coverage of the final table today, including live updates, chip counts, photos, and more.

lapt9panama-trophy.jpg


Want to qualify for the LAPT? Click here to get a PokerStars account and start today


PokerStars Blog Reporting Team at LAPT9 Chile: Will O’Connor and Martin Harris. Photos by Carlos Monti. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog

Read More

SCOOP 2016: Three-way chop ends with babbelz atop Event #25-L ($7.50 NLHE, 6-Max, Ultra-Deep)

SCOOP 2016: Three-way chop ends with babbelz atop Event #25-L ($7.50 NLHE, 6-Max, Ultra-Deep)

Over the last several years, babbelz has enjoyed a unique form of success in PokerStars COOP events: the player from the Netherlands has chopped at the final table of tournaments in two different COOP series. Neither of those ended with the Dutch player taking down the title, though, leaving it a distinction of a slightly bitter note. That bitter note turned sweet with another deal at the end of tonight’s SCOOP 2016 event, one that finally ended with babbelz’s name at the top of the leaderboard as champion.

Event #25-L was the $7.50 version of a 6-max no-limit hold’em tournament with Ultra-Deep stacks. Each player was given 50,000 chips to begin play and the levels began at five minutes each, gradually increasing in length until Level 35, when they reached 15 minutes each for the rest of the tournament. The prospect of playing so much shorthanded poker with all those chips drew 9,546 players, good for a $65,103.72 at $7.50 apiece. The top 1,200 spots paid out at least $12.36, with nearly $10,000 awaiting the winner – but only after a lot of poker had been played.

Day 1 ended after 42 levels with 232 players still holding chips, led by Estonia’s Nevvegiveup (6.87M), or 214 big blinds. But neither Nevvegiveup nor anyone else in the top 25 at the start of the day would make it through to the final table, with the lone exception of Lars Botman. The player from the Netherlands climbed from ninth at the start of the day to a tie for third when the 7th-place finisher was eliminated at 12:05am ET. With blinds and antes at 600K/1.2M/150K, there was a significant spread between the stacks at the table:

2016 SCOOP-25-L ft.jpg

Seat 1: goldenboy#36 (69,734,220 in chips)
Seat 2: Zigslick (34,740,716 in chips)
Seat 3: harmatiuk994 (167,282,862 in chips)
Seat 4: pazipro (42,043,814 in chips)
Seat 5: Lars Botman (69,538,881 in chips)
Seat 6: babbelz (93,959,507 in chips)

The 15-minute levels and relatively deep stacks on Day 2 left plenty of room to play at the final, and the players took advantage, playing out deep pots without having to be concerned about somebody moving all-in after every flop. The action was so reliably back-and-forth that when the first knockout did finally arrive on Hand #37, it was a monster that caught everyone off guard.

A big opener

harmatiuk994 opened the action for the minimum of 3.2M under the gun and both blinds called to put 10.8M in the pot before the [3c] [As] [7d] flop. Both babbelz and goldenboy#36 checked to harmatiuk994, who bet 6.4M and drove babbelz away. goldenboy#36, though, check-raised to 16M, and harmtiuk994 called. goldenboy#36 led for another 16M on the [7s] turn, a bet that harmatiuk994 called to set up a 72.8M-chip pot going to the river. goldenboy#36 led out one more time for 34.4M after the [Jc] came on fifth street, then called harmatiuk994’s raise all-in for 45.6M more and showed [Ah] [7c] for the turned full house, sevens full of aces. harmatiuk994 had a better boat with [Jd] [Js] for jacks full of sevens, though, laying claim to the 224M-chip pot and knocking goldenboy#36 out in 6th place ($976.55).

With more than three and a half times as many chips as anyone else at the table, harmatiuk994 was now as clear as leader as you’ll ever find at a SCOOP final. Less clear was who would step up to compete with the leader. pazipro won several pots, but they were all double-ups to keep the short-stacked Hungarian player in the game. Zigslick won a few, too, but mostly floated along ahead of the other short stacks and way behind the leader. After about 20 minutes of harmatiuk994 dominating play, babbelz flopped a set with [2d] [2h] and won a 54M-chip pot from harmatiuk994 to become the second player to cross the 100M-chip mark, at 109M.


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


On babbelz’s next big blind, the Dutch player called with [Ah] [8s] after pazipro moved all-in for 19.1M on the button. pazipro’s [As] [3h] was already dominated before falling into worse position after the [Ts] [5h] [8d] flop gave babbelz a pair of eights. Only runner-runner to a wheel straight could spin a winner, but the [Js] and [5c] came instead and pazipro was gone in 5th place ($1,464.83).

2016 SCOOP-25-L ft four-handed.jpg

A short while later, babbelz re-raised to 10.4M out of the small blind with [Ac] [Jc] after harmatiuk994 opened under the gun and promptly caught a Broadway straight on the [Kc] [Tc] [Qd] flop. babbelz led there and again on the [Ts] before slowing down after the [4d] river in case of a full house, but harmatiuk994 checked behind and mucked. babbelz was suddenly to within 15 big blinds of the leader.

Ten hands later Zigslick got in on the action, calling on the button with [Td] [Th] after babbelz opened for 4.5M under the gun. babbelz would fold after Lars Botman re-raised all-in for 39M in the small blind, but Zigslick called with the tens and was up against [Jc] [Tc]. The [4d] [9c] [7d] held out the possibility for a few draws to materialize, but they failed to do so on the [Ad] turn and [Kd] river, giving Zigslick the 85M-chip pot and eliminating Lars Botman in 4th place ($2,766.90).

A deal and a turnaround

With all three remaining players’ chip stacks falling within 20 big blinds of each other and nobody holding on to less than 78 big blinds themselves, the circumstances were there for a deal to be made, so the three players struck one that left $1,000 and the champion’s watch in play. With their winnings secured, they continued to play for some time before Zigslick executed a bold move to take the lead. The Icelandic player three-bet to 12M in the big blind after babbelz opened the action for 5M in the small blind, and babbelz called to see an [Ad] [6s] [Qh] flop. The Dutch player then check-called 9.6M there and 22M on the [Ks] turn before checking on the [5h] river. This time Zigslick moved all-in for 123M, overbetting the pot for just 500K more than babbelz’s stack, and babbelz ended up folding with the [Ah] face-up. Zigslick turned over [Th] [4d] – a stone-cold bluff – and raked in the 88M-chip pot to move into first place.

2016 SCOOP-25-L ft three-handed.jpg

Zigslick would stay in the lead through the 1.4M/2.8M/350K level, with babbelz winning a few pots against harmatiuk994 and the former leader hanging around on the short stack. Finally, harmatiuk994 busted out to leave Zigslick and babbelz heads-up. The lead was Zigslick’s by a 308M-to-168M margin, but babbelz quickly trimmed it to just two big blinds after opening with [Jc] [9h] on the button, calling a re-raise from Zigslick, and then calling bets the rest of the way after catching middle pair on the [4s] [Ts] [9c] flop. Zigslick had been firing blanks with [Kc] [6s], and the two were suddenly on even footing.

Then babbelz reeled off seven wins in the next eight pots, capped by a 217M-chip pot won after re-raising out of posiiton with [Ac] [Qs]. babbelz led for increasingly large bets with nothing on the [Ts] [2d] [3c] flop and [3d] turn before hitting a pair of queens on the [Qd] river. Zigslick called 42M there and mucked, giving babbelz a lead of better than 4-to-1. Four hands later Zigslick opened on the button with [Kc] [Qs] and called all-in when babbelz re-raised, setting up a race against [Kc] [Qs]. They were barely out of the gate when it was decided by a trey on the flop, giving babbelz a set to close out the tournament.

Having finished 3rd after a four-way split of a SCOOP event in 2013 and chopped a TCOOP five ways in 2014, getting the win was a welcome feeling for babbelz, whose share with the extra cash on the table came to $7,470.04. Congratulations on getting that breakthrough!

SCOOP-25-L ($7.50 NL Hold’em, 6-Max, Ultra-Deep) results
Entrants:
 9,546
Total prize pool: $65,103.72
Places paid: 1,200

1. babbelz (Netherlands) $7,470.04*
2. Zigslick (Iceland) $6,790.96*
3. harmatiuk (Brazil) $6,918*
4. Lars Botman (Netherlands) $2,766.90
5. pazipro (Hungary) $1,464.83
6. goldenboy#36 (Germany) $976.55
*Reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $1,000 in play for the winner


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: 3P3NIPA earns second six-figure COOP win in Event #22-H ($1,050 NLHE, 5-Stack)

SCOOP 2016: 3P3NIPA earns second six-figure COOP win in Event #22-H ($1,050 NLHE, 5-Stack)

Not all COOP wins are created equal. They all count as victories, of course, but they come in a wide variety. There are some players out there with multiple wins in smaller tournaments whose total prize money is relatively small. And then there are players like 3P3NIPA, whose one previous COOP victory came during a major event for more than $500,000. After adding a hard-fought SCOOP win today in Event #22-H, the player from the Czech Republic is still averaging six figures per COOP title. Not bad work if you can get it!

The tournament was a 5-Stack no-limit hold’em affair, with each player being given five 5,000-chip stacks that could be redeemed at any time during the first 15 levels, after which the remaining stacks were put into play. The end result was 859 players playing some very deep-stacked poker for a very long time. The 30-minute levels and depth of stacks left 164 players in the field when play paused for the night, still 65 away from the first payout at 99th place.

Leading the way overnight was Nikolay “NikolasDLP” Prokhorskiy, a WCOOP winner in 2013 and 2014 who finished second in yesterday’s Event #19-H, trailed immediately by WCOOP 2015 Sunday Million SE winner 3P3NIPA and SCOOP 2014 finalist slayerv1fan. All three fared better than the rest of the players around them, advancing through to the final table.

Slightly further back was Team PokerStars pro Jason Mercier. He came into Day 2 of this tournament with a total of 14 cashes during the first week of SCOOP 2016, making his first final table appearance yesterday, and was in excellent shape to make another deep run at 23rd place of 164 returning players. Through most of the day he held remarkably steady, moving only a few spots above or below that 23rd-place spot regardless of how many players remained. In the end his Day 2 performance was probably a little too steady for his taste – he finished up in 24th place ($4,295).

Those deep stacks meant it took until 8:46pm ET – nearly 10 hours after Day 2 began – to reach this final table lineup:

2016 SCOOP-22-H ft.jpg

Seat 1: Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos Diaz (5,211,507 in chips)
Seat 2: Artem “FaNjkEEE” Kobylynskyi (1,178,834 in chips)
Seat 3: Thomas “WushuTM” Muhlocker (2,384,354 in chips)
Seat 4: RamsGold (3,625,243 in chips)
Seat 5: slayerv1fan (2,719,942 in chips)
Seat 6: 3P3NIPA (1,147,269 in chips)
Seat 7: PokerNoob999 (1,247,270 in chips)
Seat 8: T-Macha (566,875 in chips)
Seat 9: NikolasDLP (3,393,706 in chips)

Already a SCOOP finalist in 2013, T-Macha came close to repeating the feat by finishing 20th in Event #7-H earlier in the week. Today the Dutch player returned to a SCOOP final for the first time in three years, but the visit would last just one hand. T-Macha jammed for just over 11 big blinds when the action reached the button, holding [Ah] [4c], and chip leader Amadi_017 came along in the small blind with [Ks] [Jd]. A king on the turn flipped the script, and T-Macha was gone in 9th place ($11,167).

The order of the next seven finishers would take considerably longer to resolve, but it was the first portion was largely determined by the play of Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos Diaz. Winner of both the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event and the EPT11 Grand Final, he looked like he was on a mission to improve on his own SCOOP record, which included a run of eight cashes and four final tables back in 2013, by grabbing his first champion’s watch. He started out aggressive and never really let up, taking advantage of his big stack to make cheap calls with a chance to knock out potentially dangerous opponents.

A regular in live high-roller tournaments, Tobias “PokerNoob999” Reinkemeier’s list of accomplishments includes a SCOOP 2009 victory and a win in the Sunday Million. The short stack he took to today’s final table would be a hindrance to picking up a second COOP title, starting with a lost coin flip holding [Ah] [Kh] against 3P3NIPA’s [7h] [7s] that dropped Reinkemeier to 328K, or about five and a half big blinds. Three hands he defended his big blind all-in with [Kc] [Td] when Amadi_017 raised, calling all-in for about half the pot after the [4c] [As] [2s] flop only to see Amadi_017 was holding [Ah] [Tc]. The pair of aces was still good after the river, and PokerNoob999 finished in 8th place ($18,898).

Amadi_017 kept up the attack, raising most pots and taking down a fair number of them with little to no resistance. He also kept the pots small when he had a weak hand worth taking to showdown, and that worked out more often than not.


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


He finally won another big pot after calling Thomas “WushuTM” Muhlocker’s middle position min-raise in the big blind with [9d] [6s] and catching bottom two pair on the [9s] [6d] [Td] flop. Amadi_017 led out and then called when WushuTM, a SCOOP Super Tuesday SE Special Edition champion in 2015, moved all-in for 841K with [Ah] [Th] for top pair. The [Qd] turn and [7s] changed nothing, and WushuTM was out in 7th place ($27,488).

Mr. Muhlocker finishes 7th

Thomas Muhlocker, out in 7th place

Becoming the next victim of the Amadi_017 wrecking ball, though, kept him from improving on that previous final table finish. He shoved from the small blind with [Ac] [8d], Amadi_017 called in the big blind with [As] [Ks], the board ran out [4s] [Jh] [Ad] [Tc] [7d], and NikolasDLP exited in 6th place ($36,078).

Amadi_017’s aggressive style led to a few losses when opponents showed up with a real hand, like RamsGold did with [Jd] [Jh] for a 4.7M-chip pot and Artem “FaNjkEEE” Kobylynskyi, a finalist in TCOOP 2016, Super Tuesday, and WCOOP 2013, did with [Kd] [Ks] for another 2M. But he was able to remain well ahead of the rest of the field thanks to a virtually bottomless supply of blinds and antes coming his way. The other bonus was that when he actually showed up with a hand, his opponents were more likely to push back with something weaker. FaNjkEEE did just that, re-raising all-in for 1.2M with [Qh] [Jh] after Amadi_017 opened with [As] [Kc]. He called and fell behind when the [Qs] came on the turn, but the [Ad] river gave Amadi_017 another knockout and busted FaNjkEEE in 5th place ($44,668).

That win boosted Amadi_017’s stack to 9.8M with blinds and antes still at 35K/70K. The five chip stacks that every player started with were now coming into play, making this portion of the tournament deeper than usual. That gave the leader every option in the book for choosing how he wanted to deal with the other three players: RamsGold (4.66M), who was last seen finishing second to Team Online’s Aditya Agarwal in TCOOP Event #50 this year; slayerv1fan (4.95M), who had been in the top three chip stacks since the start of Day 2; and 3P3NIPA (1.95M), who had been there with slayerv1fan most of the way. That same depth also gave them room to choose their spots for making any moves against him, which made the outcome more uncertain than it would have been at a shallower-stacked table.

It took some time, but all three players were eventually able to dent Amadi_017’s stack. slayerv1fan played it safe with [Kd] [Ks] in the small blind, calling Amadi_017’s raise before the [8c] [7h] [7d] and then check-calling there, checking the [4s] turn, and check-calling again on the [Qc] river. The kings won 2.74M chips when Amadi_017 tabled a bluff with [Th] [2h]. RamsGold played some defense too, after raising with [Kh] [4h], getting a call from Amadi_017, and checking behind him on the [Td] [9d] [Ah] flop. Amadi_017 led at the [Kc] turn so RamsGold just called, winning 1.3M after the two checked the [2c] river and Amadi_017 showed [Qh] [7h] – another bluff.

The EPT11 Grand Final winner couldn't grab a SCOOP win today

No new hardware for Adrian Mateos Diaz, out in 4th place

3P3NIPA got the biggest bite and didn’t have to show down to do it. The Czech player raised to 300K in the small blind and then took the lead on the flop and turn as well after Amadi_017 called. He came along the whole way, calling 350K on the flop and 840K more on the turn until the board was complete at [7c] [Ad] [8c] [As] [Jc]. This time 3P3NIPA moved all-in, covering both the 3M-chip pot and Amadi_017’s 2.7M-chip stack. Amadi_017 folded and slipped to last place, while 3P3NIPA stacked up to 9.3M.

A few wins here and there pushed 3P3NIPA over 10M. Then came a 3.8M-chip win against slayerv1fan, who called a pre-flop raise in the big blind and then check-called the flop and turn before check-folding to 3P3NIPA’s all-in bet on the river with the board reading [2c] [4s] [Js] [7h] [Qs]. Everyone else holding between nine and 24 big blinds apiece was all the license 3P3NIPA needed to turn up the aggression, and a growing percentage of hands ended with the Czech player moving all-in before the flop to claim the blinds and antes.

2016 SCOOP-22-H ft four-handed.jpg

The question was which of the short stacks would bust out first, and whether it would come against another short stack or 3P3NIPA. It took some time, but two of the shorties finally collided when Amadi_017 opened all-in from the small blind on a steal with [Jd] [5c]. RamsGold called in the big blind with [5d] [5h] and the pair held up on an increasingly dangerous [Kc] [6s] [Td] [Qh] [Ts] board to end Amadi_017’s run in 4th place ($63,995.50).

It took several orbits, but slayerv1fan would go next. After calling 3P3NIPA’s min-raise from the big blind with [8c] [4h] and catching middle pair on the [3d] [4d] [7s] flop, slayerv1fan check-raised all-in for 1.7M.3P3NIPA had [9s] [7c] for top pair and called, taking down the pot after the 6c] turn and [Th] river to bust slayerv1fan in 3rd place ($85,041).

3P3NIPA had a 17.5M-to-3.6M edge as heads-up began and turned it into a victory three hands later. RamsGold opened the action with a button min-raise and closed it by calling all-in with [Ad] [Jc]. That stayed ahead of the [Kd] [Qd] 3P3NIPA had raised with only until the flop of the [9d] [Kh] [8d] [2h] [5d] board, and the Czech player’s king-high flush took the pot to close out the tournament.

That’s two runner-up finishes in two COOP finals for RamsGold in 2016, with this latest one worth a very solid $112,529. The win, meanwhile, marks a second career COOP title for 3P3NIPA after that previously mentioned WCOOP 2015 bracelet. Between that prize and the $157,626.50 earned today, 3P3NIPA has earned an astounding average of $330K per COOP victory since last September. Congratulations to both players for coming out on top of a very skilled SCOOP field!

SCOOP-22-H ($1,050 NL Hold’em, 5-Stack) results
Entrants:
 859
Total prize pool: $859,000
Places paid: 99

1. 3P3NIPA (Czech Republic) $157,626.50
2. RamsGold (Costa Rica) $112,529
3. slayerv1fan (Mexico) $85,041
4. Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos Diaz (United Kingdom) $63,995.50
5. Artem “FaNjkEEE” Kobylynskyi (Ukraine) $44,668
6. Nikolay “NikolasDLP” Prokhorskiy (Russia) $36,078
7. Thomas “WushuTM” Muhlocker (Austria) $27,488
8. Tobias “PokerNoob999” Reinkemeier (Malta) $18,898
9. T-Macha (Netherlands) $11,167


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: Team Online’s Mati312 grabs first SCOOP win in Event #23-M ($215 FL Badugi)

SCOOP 2016: Team Online’s Mati312 grabs first SCOOP win in Event #23-M ($215 FL Badugi)

When your nickname is just the name of the game you play the most, it’s safe to say you’re probably pretty good at that game. Team Online’s Matthias “Mati312” Brandner is known as “Mr. Badugi,” thanks to his great success playing the game at high stakes. Now he has a Badugi tournament victory to go along with those winnings after breaking through in Event #23-M.

The tournament drew a select field of 186 players, good for a $37,200 prize pool to be shared among the top 24 finishers. Team Pro’s George Danzer managed to make the money but couldn’t draw close to the final table, finishing in 21st place ($465). Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb also busted from the same table, finishing 17th. Not long after their departures, Day 1 ended as the final table was reached.

Sitting at the top of the leaderboard overnight was none other than Team Online’s Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara. Holding the chip lead gave him an advantage for chasing down his first SCOOP title after finishing both second and third in past events. But even with an advantage, there was plenty of competition to get through, including multiple past COOP winners and Kihara’s teammate, Brandner, who took 5th place in SCOOP 2014’s high-price Badugi event.

2016 SCOOP-23-M ft.jpg

Seat 1: gmd68 (256,230 in chips)
Seat 2: Team Online’s Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (515,305 in chips)
Seat 3: The TJS (308,390 in chips)
Seat 4: Premove (233,335 in chips)
Seat 5: Team Online’s Matthias “Mati312” Brandner (259,050 in chips)
Seat 6: CAE$AR_08 (124,860 in chips)
Seat 7: aDrENalin710 (39,890 in chips)
Seat 8: Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino (122,940 in chips)

Four-time COOP winner aDrENalin710 had past experience grinding back from a short stack to win a SCOOP title, and in a triple-draw game no less. But having just three big bets didn’t leave much room for withstanding an early loss. aDrENalin710 three-bet from the small blind early on after Mati312 raised in the cutoff, and ugritaly joined the two of them, drawing one card the whole way. aDrENalin710 stood pat on the first two draws before taking one card one the third, while Mati312 went 2-1-1 on his draws. urgitaly finally got his card on the third draw and showed down [8s] [5d] [3c] [2h] to take the pot, so it was no fifth COOP for aDrENalin710, who was out in 8th place ($1,023).

Premove made the $215 Badugi final table in SCOOP 2013 and took 5th place, but more recently finished 6th in Event #21-L just a few hours ago. Unfortunately the Russian player wouldn’t top either of those finishes here. After losing a few pots in the early going, a particularly nasty cooler in the small blind shut down Premove’s day in this tournament. Dealt a Badugi with [8d] [6h] [7s] [3c] in the small blind, Premove raised to 14K and then four-bet for 28K after Mati312 re-raised in the big blind. Both stood pat and kept up the betting until Premove was all-in, and then Mati312 showed down [8h] [7d] [6s] [2c] – a Badugi with the top three cards identical to Premove, only with a deuce instead of a trey. The slimmest of losses sent Premove to the rail in 7th place ($1,302).

Fellow short stack CAE$AR_08 would go on the next hand, also from the small blind. The Bulgarian player re-raised and then stood pat with [Tc] [7h] [4c] [2d], and ugritaly, winner of two TCOOP tournaments this January, stood pat as well after taking one card on the first draw and then re-raising CAE$AR_08’s bet. That shook Mati312 and ugritaly heads-up with CAE$AR_08, showing down [9h] [6d] [3c] [2s] after the Bulgarian player was all-in. ugritaly took the pot, and CAE$AR_08 took 6th place ($1,674).


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


gmd68, who won the Turbo Takedown back in 2010 and made the final table of Event #4-M earlier this week, wasn’t particularly short with more than 95K in chips. But a fold after the third draw in a pot against The TJS left gmd68 in the hole with just over two big bets. Even after doubling up twice with the tournament on the line, a single loss – against The TJS once again – left gmd68 hoping for an opening. The German player was ground down by the blinds and finally raised all-in for a single big bet, discarding one card on all three draws in a three-way pot with Mati312 and The TJS. The Badugi remained elusive, though. Mati312 showed down the winner, and gmd68 left in 5th place ($2,046).

After all that action, the table was four-handed and both Team Online players were still in the hunt. The TJS had the lead with 614K, and the other three players were relatively equally stacked between 399K and 432K. With the stakes newly raised to 8K/16K there was still a lot of poker to be played, and the 59 hands that followed could serve as a workshop for anybody looking to learn about playing Badugi well. As it had through the final table, the chip lead would change hands during this stretch. Mati312 took it from The TJS in a pot where the former stood pat after the second draw and the latter folded after the third. Then nkeyno won two sizable pots and suddenly all four players’ stacks were within just two big bets of each other.

2016 SCOOP-23-M ft four-handed.jpg

Mati312 eventually managed to string together two wins within three hands against The TJS. The first came when both players could only make a 3-card and Mati312’s 5-2-A beat The TJS’s 7-6-2, and the second when Mati312 drew one card to a 9-5-2-A Badugi on the first draw and stood pat the rest of the way. The TJS mucked at showdown on that second hand and was left with 61K. Half of those chips went in before the first draw two hands later after ugritaly re-raised The TJS’s opener, and the rest went in after the second draw. Both players were drawing the whole way and could only make three-card hands, ugritaly with [7h] [5s] [2h] [Ac] for 5-2-A, and The TJS with [5d] [4h] [3h] [2s] for 5-3-2, out by the slimmest of margins in 4th place ($3,162).

Three players remained now, two were from Team Online, and one was multitabling another SCOOP Badugi final. Naoya Kihara’s focus was divided between three-handed play in both this tournament and Event #23-H, the $2,100 version. In some ways an enviable position, it still meant he had two different groups of world-class players coming after him at the same time. He began three-handed play in this tournament as the shortest stack and soon lost two pots to ugritaly: whiffing a one-card draw all three times in the first pot, and then standing pat after discarding one on the first draw, only to see ugritaly make a better Badugi on the second draw with T-6-4-2.

Two SCOOP Badugi finals, two third-place finishes today for Naoya Kihara

SCOOP multi-final-tabler (and Team Online pro) Naoya Kihara

Two hands after that, Kihara made his stand. He raised the button to 24K, drew two cards, and then called ugritaly’s bets the rest of the way before raising all-in after the third draw with a [Tc] [6s] [2h] [Ad] Badugi. ugritaly had drawn the same number of cards on each draw – two, one, and one – and ended up with a nearly identical hand: [9d] [4s] [3c] [Ah]. The nine beat the ten, and Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara was gone in 3rd place ($4,464).

It was now 2:11pm ET and the final two players were so closely stacked – 943K for Mati312 and 916K for ugritaly – that they were essentially tied with the stakes at 12K/24K. They were also both relatively deep-stacked at close to 40 big bets each, setting up a long heads-up match. For an hour and 15 minutes they battled and ugritaly seemed to be getting the better of the match as the stakes got higher. Then Mati312 rattled off five big wins in six pots on the 24K/48K level that changed the course of the game, showing down three big Badugis and betting ugritaly out of the hand on the other two.

Those losses set ugritaly far enough back that even winning a 336K-chip pot a few hands afterward was only enough to bring him to within a 2-to-1 deficit. Down the stretch he continued to win pots, but mostly the ones that Mati312 didn’t bother to chase. The rest of the time, the Team Online pro was showing down winners and grinding ugritaly’s stack further down. Finally he wound up all-in for less than one big bet, losing yet another slim showdown between three-card hands: ugritaly had 6-2-A, and Mati312 closed out the tournament with 3-2-A.

Mr. Badugi gets his MTT win

It’s a Badugi win for Mr. Badugi!

It was a fitting first COOP win for the high-stakes Team Online player known as “Mr. Badugi,” who topped his previous best SCOOP finish with his first PokerStars MTT win in the game that gave him his name. Congratulations to him for adding a tournament title to all his cash game success!

SCOOP-23-M ($215 FL Badugi) results
Entrants:
 186
Total prize pool: $37,200
Places paid: 24

1. Team Online’s Matthias “Mati312” Brandner (Austria) $8,091
2. Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino (Australia) $5,766
3. Team Online’s Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (Japan) $4,464
4. The TJS (United Kingdom) $3,162
5. gmd68 (Germany) $2,046
6. CAE$AR_08 (Bulgaria) $1,674
7. Premove (Russia) $1,302
8. aDrENalin710 (Russia) $1,023


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


Read More

SCOOP 2016: Kamchatka 1 denies Anderson a 7th SCOOP in #21-H ($700 PL 5-Card Omaha, 6-Max, 1R1A)

SCOOP 2016: Kamchatka 1 denies Anderson a 7th SCOOP in #21-H ($700 PL 5-Card Omaha, 6-Max, 1R1A)

Event #21 took the standard Pot Limit Omaha tournament and tweaked it for a little more action. The tournament added a hole card, tossed in a single rebuy option, and put them at short-handed tables for fun and big money. The high version brought out a lot of talented players and when it was done, Kamchatka 1 denied Calvin “cal42688” Anderson’s attempt to extend his SCOOP title record.

The $700 buy-in tournament drew 142 of the top players in poker and 76 of them used their single rebuy with another 89 adding on chips when registration closed. They created a prize pool worth $204,769 to more than double the guarantee on the tournament. Everyone who made the last three tables earned a piece of the money with $53,000 up top for the next SCOOP champion.

The tournament paused after Level 20 with only seven players remaining. Team PokerStars members Jason Mercier and George Danzer were in contention late but neither made it through to the extra session. Anderson was in sixth place out of the seven and was trying to collect his record-breaking seventh SCOOP title. A win here would also haven broken the record he currently holds with Shaun Deeb, each own eight career COOP titles.

SCOOP-21H Chips.jpg

The other six players weren’t too shabby in their own right. Dundermåsen’s biggest cash to date came in this format when he finished second in the 2014 WCOOP $320 Pot Limit 5-Card Omana 6-Max event. He had to win this tournament to top the amount he won in that game.

November Niner Joseph “subiime” Cheong was sitting comfortably in the middle of the pack and came close to getting a SCOOP title of his own in the 2014 NLH/PLO high buy-in event. danfiu also made a big final table when he finished fourth in the 2013 WCOOP PLO event.

They returned for Day 2 only one elimination from making the final table but it took a while for that to happen. After 46 minutes of play, they were down to six players when chip leader Kamchatka 1 knocked out former Sunday Warmup winner bar-bar9999 in seventh place.


Want to compete for your own online championship? Click here to get a PokerStars account.


SCOOP-21H Final Table.jpg

Seat 1: Joseph “subiime” Cheong (112,156 in chips)
Seat 2: Dundermåsen (327,8