SCOOP 2013: VAMOOOO! Brazil's Nicolau "nicofellow" Villa-Lobos wins Event #43-M, nanonoko 4th ($1,050 NLHE Main Event)

A $4 million prize pool is serious business. It's nearly as rich as an EPT Main Event. In fact, it's so lucrative Daniel Negreanu decamped from Las Vegas to Vancouver the weekend before the WSOP just to be able to buy in. In its fourth year, SCOOP continued breaking records left and right, it's $75,585,534 in total prize money making it the richest series in online poker history. This weekend was its fireworks finale, with micro-stakes grinders and world champions alike gathering for the two-day Main Event. It took more than 19 hours of play to find a champion and although Team Online's Randy "nanonoko" Lew came tantalizingly close to victory, it ultimately belonged to Brazil's Nicolau "nicofellow" Villa-Lobos, who took down Event #43-M ($1,050 NLHE Main Event) and paired the UKIPT title he earned earlier this year with a SCOOP watch.


2013 SCOOP Main Event champ Nicolau "nicofellow" Villa-Lobos

4,039 players bought into the "medium" Main Event, the prize pool topping out at $4,039,000. 540 places were paid with first place set to earn $634,123. When it came to the Red Spades, nearly all hands were on deck. 47 of them joined the action and seven finished in the money: Vicky Coren (508th), Matthias De Meulder (482nd), Caio Pessagno (480th), Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen (440th), Joao "jomane" Nunes (224th), Jake Cody (167th), and Randy "nanonoko" Lew, who advanced to Day 2.

Day 1 concluded after 30 levels of play, it's 80 survivors granted a 12 1/2 hour break before cards went back in the air. Some familiar faces among them were four-time SCOOP champ Calvin "cal42688" Anderson (424,594), Will "molswi47" Molson (376,878), Marco "NoraFlum" Johnson (151,892), T 54 T 97s (486,671), and our lone remaining Red Spade, Randy "nanonoko" Lew (985,477). Both Anderson and T 54 T 97s also made Day 2 of Event #43-H, ($10,300 NLHE Main Event).

An excited Lew tweeted, "Made it to day 2 of SCOOP-43-M Main Event! This is my first ever day 2 of online of all of my years playing online!"

End of Day 1 Top 10 in Chips

DReeamzoo (Malta) 2,316,525
-ANALNATSHA- (Kazakhstan) 2,123,000
Cobus83 (Malta) 1,964,132
zinkAA (Russia) 1,755,586
Kotovi (Russia) 1,620,484
stasia42 (Israel) 1,490,443
cantbeat (Canada) 1,475,350
propoloop (Germany) 1,458,763
Act.VolanD (Russia) 1,377,687
TK542 (Japan) 1,373,945

The final 80 returned Monday at 14:00 EDT to play down to a winner. Within three hours, the field had thinned to 18. Lew was still alive, but short-stacked and with A♦K♦ in the cutoff, he moved all-in for his last 12 big blinds. Lew's big slick held up against BOBAN94's A♠9♠ and he moved up to 2.1 million in chips. Then, with 13 players remaining, Lew was in the big blind with A♠2♣, facing a small blind shove from Will "molswi47" Molson. Lew called, only to watch Molson turn over A♦K♠. The gods of variance shined brightly on nanonoko as a deuce hit the flop, ending Molson's run in 13th place while Lew moved up to 4 million.

Lew's incredible luck was not lost on the rail.

OriQ9s (observer): YOU DO HAVE A SICK LIFE BRO
Nervous Mike (observer): if you win this make a tattoo with A2

It took the ultimate cooler to eliminate both the 11th and 10th place finishers. PSMozak ran K♠K♣ into zinkAA's A♠A♦ and a short time later, the same scenario unfolded on the other table, stasia42's K♣K♥ up against TK542's A♠A♣. This time, stasia42 channelled a little of nanonoko's run-good and binked a king on the turn to send TK542 home on the final table bubble.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: nanonoko (3,746,204 in chips)
Seat 2: stasia42 (7,438,162 in chips)
Seat 3: iAct.VolanD (3,738,878 in chips)
Seat 4: Need1MFasT (10,503,357 in chips)
Seat 5: LuCasino777 (3,162,258 in chips)
Seat 6: mandalaclub (13,241,369 in chips)
Seat 7: zinkAA (4,747,223 in chips)
Seat 8: Bostero10 (9,540,903 in chips)
Seat 9: nicofellow (4,466,646 in chips)

zinkAA sinks on the river, nicofellow's jacks take out iAct.VolanD

One of the shorter stacks to start the final table, nanonoko had an early setback when he three-bet shoved for 4.33 million with 9♠9♦ and ran into LuCasino77's K♥K♠. Lew fell to only 2.24 million, but rebounded to 5.6 million seven hands later when he picked up his own K♠K♦ against Need1MFasT's A♣K♣. Need1MFasT's stack was hardly dented by nanonoko's double-up and he took the chip lead with 15 million when he called mandalaclub to the river with pocket queens on a king-high board.

ZinkAA was down to 3.95 million when he found A♥Q♥ in the big blind and three-bet to 955,255. UTG raiser Bostero10 set zinkAA all-in and revealed a dominated A♦J♥. Both players made top pair on the A♠K♦T♥ flop and the 5♥ on the turn opened up a nut flush draw for zinkAA, but Bostero10 caught a miracle on the river, the Q♦ falling to make him a Broadway straight. Bostero10 moved up to 11.8 million in chips while zinkAA was eliminated in ninth place, earning $32,312.00.

Four hands later, nicofellow opened for a min-raise to 500,000 and iAct.VolanD moved all-in for 2.87 million from the big blind. iAct.VolanD's A♠7♦ was in bad shape vs. nicofellow's pocket jacks, the board running out K♥6♣5♣Q♠4♣ to end his run in eighth place ($50,487.50).

Lightning won't strike twice for stasia42

Stasia42 got lucky on the final table bubble when his kings cracked aces, but he couldn't pull off another miracle. With the action folded to him on the button, stasia42 open-shoved for 5.09 million with A♥7♥ and LuCasino777 called all-in for less with A♠8♠ in the big blind. Stasia42's best hope was a chop, but LuCasino777 paired his eight on the river, leaving stasia42 on only 1.1 million in chips. Stasia42 moved all-in with K♦4♣ a few hands later, but did not improve against LuCasino777's A♦Q♠. For seventh place, stasia42 banked $90,877.50.

No compromise

As soon as the field narrowed to six, deal chatter flooded the window and everyone agreed to pause the action and take a look at some chip chop and ICM numbers. Naturally big stacks Bostero10 and Need1MFast favored the steeper chip chop deal while the shorter stacks preferred ICM. Bostero10 told his opponents he'd take a deal for his $436k chip chop share or nothing at all while short stack nanonoko wanted to see his share increase from the $236k ICM number to $260k. Although a few players were motivated to make the deal happen at this stage, they were ultimately unable to come to a compromise and cards went back in the air.

Nicofellow takes the lead, Need1MFast burns out

Blinds were up to 150,000/300,000 when LuCasino777 picked up K♥K♣ and extracted three streets of value from Need1MFasT. However, those chips found their way into nicofellow's stack a few hands later when LuCasino777's pocket eights fell to A♣T♦. Nicofellow picked up another 5 million in chips from Need1MFasT when his 8♠9♠ flopped a gutshot straight draw on a Q♦J♦5♦ flop and filled it with the T♣ on the turn. His stack rose to 24.4 million before nanonoko swooped in and three-bet shoved for 3.8 million. Nicofellow called with A♠7♦, but had run headlong into nanonoko's A♦A♣. Nanonoko doubled to 8.5 million while onetime short stack nicofellow held the chip lead with 20.5 million.

Bostero10 asked his opponents if they wanted to look at numbers again, but before he could get a consensus, the action folded to Need1MFasT on the button. He open-shoved for 3.03 million and LuCasino777 reshoved for 10.2 million from the small blind. Need1MFast's K♦5♣ needed to improve against A♥Q♠, but LuCasino777 rivered a queen-high straight instead, eliminating Need1MFasT in sixth place.

By this point, everyone had agreed to take another run at making a deal. However, on the last hand before the action paused, mandalaclub open-shoved for 7.43 million on the button and Bostero10 reshoved for 9.3 million behind him. Bostero10's Q♣Q♥ held up against A♣J♥ and mandalaclub hit the rail in fifth place, earning $171,657.50.

That's a deal!

Suddenly instead of negotiating a six-handed deal, our remaining players were looking at a four-way chop. Here's where their chip counts stood when the action paused:

nicofellow - 19,144,929
Bostero10 - 17,399,945
LuCasino777 - 13,886,842
nanonoko - 10,153,284

Final table host Celina Lin calculated chip chop and ICM numbers for the players, but nanonoko warned everyone in advance that he wasn't interested in making a chip chop deal. When the ICM numbers came up, they awarded the following shares.

HostPeterZO (Administrator): nicofellow:$439,209.35
HostPeterZO (Administrator): Bostero10:$427,760.63
HostPeterZO (Administrator): LuCasino777:$400,731.01
HostPeterZO (Administrator): nanonoko:$364,445.01
HostPeterZO (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $40,000.00

Nanonoko took a moment to fire up his internal supercomputer and concluded that he'd take a deal for $368k. Bostero10 was still holding out for his chip chop share of $434k, leaving their four opponents to decide how much they were willing to give up. LuCasino777 agreed to give $4,000 to Bostero10 while nicofellow shifted $3,000 to Bostero10 and $4,000 to nanonoko. All parties agreed to the revised numbers and with $40,000 still in play for the winner, cards went back on the screen.

Randy "nanonoko" Lew eliminated in fourth place

Shortly after action resumed, Bostero10 opened for a min-raise to 1,000,000 and nanonoko moved all-in for 10.6 million from the big blind. Nanonoko's Q♥9♥ was racing with Bostero10's pocket sevens but did not improve, the board finishing J♥6♣5♣2♣5♦. Nanonoko's SCOOP Main Event run ended in fourth place, but the $368,445.01 he took home is by far his largest-ever online MTT score.


Team Online's Randy "nanonoko" Lew, 4th place

Bostero10 boots LuCasino777

Bostero10's pocket sevens may have fared well vs. nanonoko, but this time they ran right into a monster. Bostero10 four-bet shoved for 26.7 million preflop and nicofellow called off his remaining 13.3 million, revealing K♦K♣. Nicofellow's pocket kings held up on the queen-high board, doubling his stack to 32.2 million while Bostero10 fell to 10.7 million.

Bostero10 put the rest of his chips in a few hands later with A♠4♠ and LuCasino777 called with 6♦6♠. However, LuCasino777's small pair was counterfeited when the board paired kings and nines, leaving Bostero10's ace to play. LuCasino777's stack was cut in half and a few hands later he three-bet shoved his remaining 11.9 million with K♦T♦. Nicofellow called with A♣J♥, his ace-high holding up to eliminate LuCasino777 in third.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 8: Bostero10 (15,216,600 in chips)
Seat 9: nicofellow (45,368,400 in chips)

Heads-up was not only a battle for the title and the remaining $40,000 in the prize pool, it was a battle for South America. Argentina vs. Brazil. In one corner of the chat box was Team Pro Nacho Barbero, cheering on his countryman Bostero10, while Andre Akkari let loose a hearty "VAMOOOOOOO BRASSILLL!" for nicofellow.

Nicofellow brought a 3 to 1 chip lead into heads-up play but quickly lost it. Bostero10 four-bet shoved for 15.5 million with A♥4♥ and nicofellow called with K♥Q♦. Although nicofellow paired his queen on the Q♥T♥2♠ flop, Bostero10 turned the nut flush with the 7♥ and doubled to 31.2 million.

However, nicofellow didn't have to wait long before he flopped two pair and raked in an 18.1 million pot to reclaim the chip lead.

Two hands later, nicofellow picked up A♦J♥ and opened for 1,000,000. Bostero10 three-bet to 2.55 million and nicofellow snap-shoved for 37.7 million. Bostero10 tanked for a moment before calling with A♣T♦. Bostero10's dominated hand did not improve on the Q♠3♠2♣Q♣8♥ board and nicofellow closed out his first SCOOP title.

Congratulations to our 2013 SCOOP Main Event champion Nicolau "nicofellow" Villa-Lobos! He banked $472,209.35 for the win while runner-up Bostero10 earned $434,760.63.

PokerStars 2013 SCOOP Event #43-M ($1,050 NLHE Main Event) results

Players: 4,039
Prizepool: $4,039,000
Places paid: 540

1. Nicolau "nicofellow" Villa-Lobos (Brazil) $472,209.35*
2. Bostero10 (Argentina) $434,760.63*
3. LuCasino777 (Slovakia) $396,731.01*
4. Randy "nanonoko" Lew $368,445.01*
5. mandalaclub (Brazil) $171,657.50
6. Need1MFasT (United Kingdom) $131,267.50
7. stasia42 (Israel) $90,877.50
8. iAct.VolanD (Russia) $50,487.50
9. zinkAA (Russia) $32,312.00

*= reflects the results of a four-way deal that left $40,000 in play for the winner

Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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