SCOOP: JannotLapin wins the $109 Main Event

Event #22, the final tournament on PokerStars' Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule, certainly drew a crowd -- 18,747 players to be exact. Those thousands created a bountiful prize pool of $1,874,700 with a first-place prize of $187,470.01.

Day 1 play on Easter Sunday ended after 44 levels and 18,721 eliminations, leaving 26 players to duke it out for the crown on Monday. Play moved very fast in the beginning, so fast, in fact, that the final table was set just as the first-hour break began.

Players came back from that break to find the following seat arrangements for the final nine:

Seat 1 -- moohaha123 9,946,435
Seat 2 -- dhutt24 -- 10,303,075
Seat 3 -- xxRogexx 9,707,703
Seat 4 -- dreamer_ss 8,164,803
Seat 5 -- Naxer 31,830,692
Seat 6 -- Sador1983 40,931,246
Seat 7 -- Tiktok23 43,892,219
Seat 8 -- JannotLapin 29,110,203
Seat 9 -- 75champ75 3,583,624

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xxRogexx was the first to go, and on the first hand of the final table. This player shoved for 9.6 million and was called in the big blind by JannotLapin. xxRogexx's 9♠ T♦ was no match for pocket rockets. Although xxRogexx was alive on the flop when he hit a ten, an ace on the turn ended his day with $11,248.21 for ninth place.

dreamer_ss next had the unenviable position of calling for his tournament life for 4.9 million with 2♠ 2♦ after JannotLapin bet enough to put dreamer_ss all in from the big blind. Unfortunately for dreamer_ss, JannotLapin showed 6♣ 6♠ and the board ran out 9♦ T♠ A♦ A♠ J♦. dreamer_ss won $16,872.31 for the eight-place position.

Action continued to be brisk. dhutt24 was next to be sent to the rail. dhutt24 pushed all-in for 12.2 million with 7♠ A♥, but ran into the pocket jacks held by Naxer. The flop gave dhutt24 four more outs when it came 5♦ 6♠ 9♦, but the turn 7♦ and river 6♣ brought no help. dhutt24 earned $26,339.54 for seventh.

With 500K/1 million blinds and a 125K ante, the stakes were reaching high levels. moohaha123 found himself with less than three big blinds remaining when he shoved in from the small blind for 2.92 million and Naxer called in the big blind. The hands:

moohaha123 A♣ 9♣
Naxer K♥ 6♣

The flop came K♣ 5♥ 8♣ to give Naxer the lead, but moohaha the flush and ace draw. The turn J♦ and river 8♦ brought no help and moohaha123 received $37,494.01 for the sixth-place finish.

The other severe short stack was next out the door. Tiktok23 raised to 3 million and 75champ75 moved all-in with 9♠ 9♦ for his last 3.5 million chips. Naxer also called and he and Tiktok23 checked the hand down. The board came T♠ 5♣ Q♦ A♥ T♦ and Tiktok23 bet 4 million on the river and showed the winning A♠ 7♦ after Naxer folded. The nines did not hold for 75champ75, so he got 56 instead -- $56,241.01 that is.

At this point the remaining four players decided to discuss a deal, which was quickly agreed upon. The chop by chip count produced this result:

JannotLapin - $131,203.71
Tiktok23 - $120,397.63
Sador1983 - $113,338.23
Naxer - $110,562.42

The players were still playing for $20,000 set aside for the winner, as well as a SCOOP Champion's watch.

Only a few hands later Naxer was shown the door:

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Naxer took home $110,562.42 for fourth after the deal, or about $35,000 more than he would have earned prior to negotiations.

Getting aces cracked happens all the time, but when it happens at the final table of such a big tournament it can be devastating to a player. Tiktok23 raised to 3 million with his aces and JannotLapin called to see a flop of 9♦ Q♥ 6♦. Tiktok23 checked and called a 4.5 million bet by JannotLapin. After the 7♦ came on the turn, Tiktok23 check-raised all-in for 34.6 million after a 9 million bet by JannotLapin. That player wasted not time calling with Q♣ 6♠, having flopped two pair. The river paired the board with the 6♥, giving JannotLapin sixes full of queens and ending Tiktok23's two days in third, which was worth $120,397.63.

This set up a heads-up battle between JannotLapin and Sador1983 that would last about 20 minutes. It was fairly even initially, but things soon turned JannotLapin's way.

In a key hand the players each put about 7.5 million chips in the pot preflop and the first three community cards came J♦ 9♠ 4♠ and Sador1983 checked. JannotLapin bet 9.5 million and Sador1983 check-raised to 29.5 million. JannotLapin called. After the turn brought the 2♣ Sador1983 checked again and JannotLapin moved all in for 71.2 million. Sador1983 couldn't stand the heat and folded.

It was over a few hands later. See here how it went down:

The flush prevailed for JannotLapin and this player took home $151,203.71 for the tough win in this huge field. Sador1983 had to settle for the nice consolation prize of $113,338.23. Perhaps any of the second through fourth place finishers can alleviate their sorrows with a Corvette...or a house.

Final table finishes and payouts were:

First - JannotLapin ($151,203.71)
Second - Sador1983 - ($113,338.23)
Third - Tiktok23 - ($120,327.63)
Fourth - Naxer ($110,562.42)
Fifth - 75champ75 ($56,241.01)
Sixth - moohaha123 ($37,494.01)
Seventh - dhutt24 ($26,339.54)
Eighth - dreamer_ss ($16,872.31)
Ninth - xxRogexx ($11,248.21)

Tuscaloosa Johnny Kampis
@PokerStars in SCOOP