SCOOP 2014: maxxmeister follows WCOOP win with SCOOP score in Event #1-M ($215 NLHE 6-Max)

Playing from Gibraltar, maxxmeister entered Event #1-M of the 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker already having won a major online tournament at PokerStars after topping a field of 1,306 in a $215 no-limit hold'em "1R1A" event in the 2013 World Championship of Online Poker last fall, earning $97,070 for doing so. Two days and many hours' worth of poker later, maxxmeister had added a SCOOP title as another huge online accomplishment, not to mention another big payday, this one worth $117,115.34.

maxxmeister's win came following a four-handed final table deal that ended up ensuring 6Thor6, the eventual runner-up, an even bigger prize of $127,711.01. Here's the story of how the tourney played out.

Day 1

A total of 5,690 entered Event #1-M, a $215 no-limit hold'em tournament designated as the Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition. That field meant a total prize pool of $1,138,000 -- well over the event's $600K guarantee -- with the top 720 finishers to divide the money.

It would be late afternoon on Day 1 on the east coast of North America and late night in Europe by the time the field had been carved down to 720 and the money bubble had burst, and not long after that came the knockouts of two Team PokerStars Pros, Vicky Coren (662nd, $364.16) and Liv Boeree (624th, $375.54).

By the tourney's seven-hour mark the field had shrunk to less than 500, with a couple of red spades still appearing among the top 100 in Team PokerStars Pro Chris "chrisdm" de Meulder and Team Online member Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz, both sitting with above average stacks.

Both red-spade sporters would eventually slip and fall shy of the second day of play, however. First de Meulder met his end in a hand versus Thiago "XTheDecanoX" Nishijima in which chrisdm open-pushed his last 13 big blinds or so from UTG with K♣Q♠ and was called by Nishijima holding 9♠9♥ one seat over. No help came for de Meulder who finished 193rd for a $719.94 cash.

A little later Mikielewicz had about 11 big blinds left when he, too, opened with an all-in raise from early position and got one caller in Gandalf MR playing from the big blind. It was K♣J♦ for DaWarsaw and Q♦Q♥ for Gandalf MR, and after no king or other amenable combination of board cards came, Mikielewicz was out in 107th for $1,251.80.

Not long after Mikielewicz's exit the 10-hour break of Day 1 arrived, and with just over 100 players left Jakezesnake led the counts with talonaquiles, maxxmeister, and Mikielewicz's vanquisher Gandalf MR close behind. Play then continued for a few more 20-minute levels before finally coming to a halt at the end of Level 32, at which point just 46 players remained.

Jakezesnake was still standing tall as one of the big stacks, with only DuTTiFruTTi9 having pushed ahead to become the overnight leader. Here's how the top 10 looked while play was paused for a little over 12 hours, with the group then comprising exclusive membership to Event #1-M's 2 million-chip club:

1. DuTTiFruTTi9 (Germany) -- 2,806,197
2. Jakezesnake (Sweden) -- 2,672,107
3. krasark (Australia) -- 2,504,464
4. KumariOy (Russia) -- 2,385,093
5. maxxmeister (Gibraltar) -- 2,353,557
6. talonaquiles (Portugal) -- 2,248,552
7. Roman "RomeOpro" Romanovskyi (Ukraine) -- 2,106,747
8. Taylor "tRaMp$d0PrAy" Paur (Mexico) -- 2,018,124
9. j_t_s80 (Australia) -- 2,017,901
10. kacsák (Hungary) -- 2,007,580

Day 2

After two hours of play on Monday the final 46 had become just 15. Among the fallen to that point were start-of-day big stacks kacsák (21st, $5,690), Roman "RomeOpro" Romanovskyi (19th, $5,690), and talonaquiles (16th, $7,112.50), with DuTTiFruTTi9 having slipped to short-stacked status to be in 15th position out of 15.

It would take about a half-hour more for the next three to fall, with KumariOy (15th), Taylor "tRaMp$d0PrAy" Paur (14th), and EugenPoly1 (14th) each earning $7,112.50 for their finishes. By then 6Thor6 had moved out in front as the only player with more than 10 million chips, with maxxmeister not far behind with a little over 9.9 million.

Over the next 30 minutes DuTTiFruTTi9 went out in 12th, followed by koraykor88 (11th) and krasark (10th) with each earning $9,388.50. Then 45 minutes later rashy (9th), juvencio2010 (8th), and j_t_s80 (7th) had all been sent railward, each picking up $11,721.40 for their finishes.

By then maxxmeister had cruised out in front to assume the chip lead with a stack of nearly 19 million to start the final six-handed table.


Seat 1: Anton720 (Sweden) -- 5,905,618
Seat 2: maxxmeister (Gibraltar) -- 18,908,314
Seat 3: Phil "takechip" D'Auteuil (Canada) -- 2,659,517
Seat 4: Jakezesnake (Sweden) -- 7,694,038
Seat 5: 6Thor6 (United Kingdom) -- 7,870,080
Seat 6: KicksnBalls (Thailand) -- 13,862,433

Phil "takechip" D'Auteuil began as the table's short stack, but after battling for a few orbits managed to double through leader maxxmeister and soon was out of the danger zone. All six then settled in for another hour's worth of chip exchanging before the first final table elimination arrived.

Anton720 sent out in sixth

The blinds had increased to 150,000/300,000 (with a 37,500 ante) when Anton720 opened with a min-raise to 600,000 from middle position, getting one caller in maxxmeister from the cutoff seat.

The flop came 6♥A♦T♦, and when Anton720 continued for 850,000, maxxmeister called. The turn then brought the 3♣ and a check from Anton720, after which maxxmeister fired 1.8 million. Anton720 came back with a check-raise all in for 5,333,736, and maxxmeister called without hesitation.

Anton720 had top pair with A♥Q♠, but maxxmeister had a set of tens with T♠T♥, making the 4♦ river inconsequential and sending Anton720 railward in sixth.

takechip taken out in fifth

They pushed on as the blinds moved up again to 200,000/400,000, at which point a hand developed that saw the table fold around to maxxmeister in the small blind who opened with a big raise, enough to put Phil "takechip" D'Auteuil in the big blind. D'Auteuil called with the 2,080,308 he had left, showing J♠T♥ and needing to improve against maxxmeister's Q♠T♣.

The board came J♥4♣K♣9♥9♦ to give D'Auteuil two pair but maxxmeister a king-high straight, and takechip was out in fifth.

Four for a deal

The remaining four continued their fight with the stacks at one point coming close to even between all four of them before 6Thor6 again moved ahead to claim the lead. Then with 6Thor6 sitting with just over 24.6 million, maxxmeister with about 12.5 million, KicksnBalls a little more than 11.6 million, and Jakezesnake about 8.1 million, play was paused so the quartet to talk about a possible deal to divide most of the remaining prize money.

"ICM"-based payouts were then produced as follows:

Left To Play for place 1: $12,000.00

6Thor6 quickly asked for $140K and the other three just as quickly refused to consider changing the payouts. 6Thor6 then asked all for a moment, then came back with a different offer -- that each of them give $2,000 back to the prize pool from the suggested payouts and leave $20K for which to play.

KicksnBalls was game, but maxxmeister was not. It appeared no deal would be made, but then after being given another chance to agree to the original figures, 6Thor6 decided to accept the originally proposed figures and a deal was done.

Jakezesnake felted in fourth

Not long after the deal was completed, the blinds were 300,000/600,000 when Jakezesnake open-pushed all in for 6,782,374 from under the gun, then watched as KicksnBalls reraise-shoved from the small blind to isolate.

It was A♣7♥ for Jakezesnake and K♣K♥ for KicksnBalls. The community cards came 7♠4♠T♥, then J♣, then 3♥, and Jakezesnake was out in fourth.

KicksnBalls knocked out in third

Soon after that hand they were in the same level when 6Thor6 opened with a raise to 1.3 million from the button. KicksnBalls reraised all in from the small blind for 17,842,138, then maxxmeister pushed a stack of 22.4 million-plus all in from the big blind to force 6Thor6 to fold.

KicksnBalls had 4♦4♣ and was hoping the small pair would make it through against maxxmeister's A♣J♥. But the flop came A♥9♠A♦ to give the latter trips, and after the 2♣ turn and 9♣ river KicksnBalls's tournament run ended with a third-place finish.

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maxxmeister over 6Thor6 for the win

That hand put maxxmeister comfortably in front to start heads-up play with 41,853,168 to 6Thor6's 15,046,832. The pair played a couple of small hands, then the end swiftly arrived.

The final hand began with a button min-raise to 1.2 million from maxxmeister, called by 6Thor6. The flop came 7♣2♥T♦, and after 6Thor6 checked, maxxmeister continued with a bet of 1,683,000. 6Thor6 check-raised to 5.1 million, and maxxmeister called.

The turn was the A♠. This time 6Thor6 pushed all in with the 11,821,832 left, and maxxmeister called. 6Thor6 showed Q♣2♣ for bottom pair of deuces while maxxmeister tabled J♣T♠ for a better pair of tens. The river then brought the 5♥, securing the win for maxxmeister.

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Congratulations to maxxmeister for winning Event #1-M and a second "COOP" title. Kudos as well to 6Thor6 for taking away the largest chunk of the prize pool thanks to the four-way deal, and good job also KicksnBalls and Jakezesnake for also picking up very handsome paydays thanks to their finishes.

SCOOP 01-M: $215 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition)
Entrants: 5,690 

Prize pool: $1,138,000  
Places paid: 720 

1. maxxmeister (Gibraltar) -- $117,115.34*
2. 6Thor6 (United Kingdom) -- $127,711.01*
3. KicksnBalls (Thailand) -- $102,558.06*
4. Jakezesnake (Sweden) -- $90,745.59*
5. Phil "takechip" D'Auteuil (Canada) $32,262.30
6. Anton720 (Sweden) $17,070.00

*= reflects the results of a four-way deal that left $12,000 in play for the winner

The Spring Championship of Online Poker has only just gotten started with nearly two weeks and well over 100 tournaments still left to be played. Check the 2014 SCOOP homepage for full details on the remaining events.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

Martin Harris
@hardboiledpoker in SCOOP