SCOOP 2014: Niki "RealAndyBeal" Jedlicka cruises in Event #18-H ($2,100 NLH 6-Max, Turbo, Super-Knockout)

The first full weekend of the 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker rolled into action and the final event of the day gave players additional awards for shrinking the field. The high version of Event #18 was a $2,100 buy-in Super-Knockout No Limit Hold'em tournament where half the price went into the main prize pool and the other half for knockout bounties.

The turbo tournament featured a $750,000 guarantee which was surpassed before play was even underway. The final stats showed 778 players bought into the event to more than double the guarantee and with $797,450 going into both the regular and bounty prize pools.

The Super-Knockout format meant there were plenty of players who missed the main prizepool but still managed to freeroll the tournament or even make a profit thanks to each $1,025 bounty. Among those missing the cut but not taking the bankroll hit were Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Keven "stammdog" Stammen, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Philipp "philbort" Gruissem, and Jonathan "MONSTER_DONG" Karamalikis.

There were only 150 players remaining as registration closed 90 minutes after the start and the field was in the money just minutes before the second break after the elimination of David "davidv1213" Vamplew in the 91st spot. The field was on the final table bubble just an hour later and it was former SCOOP and TCOOP champion Paul "padjes" Berende who just missed another title.

SCOOP and WCOOP winner Mike "Sowerss" Sowers kicked off the final table with the lead but Niki "RealAndyBeal" Jedlicka wasn't far behind after a close call. With four tables remaining, Jedlicka was all-in and in trouble with the all powerful JackAce against Aces. A friendly river spade gave him the double and he powered his way to the final table. Also in the mix looking for another title was Jason "jptjpoker" Wheeler who has several majors to his credit including a big win in 2011 WCOOP Event #48.

Final table chip counts:

Seat 1: Sowerss (1,210,265 in chips)
Seat 2: jdtjpoker (291,564 in chips)
Seat 3: Kennethmedh (562,138 in chips)
Seat 4: RealAndyBeal (941,512 in chips)
Seat 5: Creatiff111 (495,606 in chips)
Seat 6: blackDonii (388,915 in chips)

Blinds: 10,000/20,000 with 2,500 ante


blackDonii sees red, eliminated in 6th

The field played down quickly to the final table but the six players took their time feeling each other out before they jumped back to the quick action. The entire final table would only take 27 minutes but nine of those were used settling things down before the first knockout.

blackDonii was among the short stacks at the start and wasn't able to pick up more chips during the opening hands and got into kicker issues with Jedlicka, the new chipleader. blackDonii picked up a big Ace and shoved under the gun with A♠T♣ which was met by a reshove from Jedlicka in the small blind with A♦Q♣.

blackDonii was looking for a Ten or some miracle combination of cards but none of them came on the J♥4♥2♦ flop. The 9♥ turn left blackDonii with just three outs to the river and bricked them all when it came 4♣ to send another pot to the leader. blackDonii picked up $23,923 for 6th place but also six bounties along the way. This was the Hungarian's second final table of the series after finishing 6th in SCOOP #6-H.

Sowerss not sweet, eliminated in 5th

Mike "Sowerss" Sowers is a top player both live and online but was unable to add a second SCOOP title to his list of accomplishments. He began the final table with the chiplead but lost an 800k pot against Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler with A♥9♠ going down to J♣J♦. He was never able to recover and found himself shoving his final 55,663 from the button and getting calls from Wheeler and Kennethmedh in the blinds.

The two safe players checked it after the K♠J♦4♠ flop but Wheeler bet out when the Q♥ came on the turn. Kennethmedh moved out of the way and Sowers was able to see his fate with A♥8♠ against the turned pair of Wheeler with Q♣2♠. The river was a blank 6♥ and the poker pro was a quick, surprising exit in 5th place for $39,872 and 10 bounties.


Mike "Sowerss" Sowers

jdtjpoker can't dodge bullets, eliminated in 4th

In the world of live tournament reporting, there would be a paragraph inserted here describing Jason Wheeler as still stacking his chips when the next big hand came around. Sowers' seat was still warm when Wheeler put out a raise on the very next hand. Jedlicka responded with a three-bet from the big blind before Wheeler moved all-in for 923,204.

Jedlicka made the easiest call in poker with A♣A♥ which easily dominated the A♠8♠ of Wheeler. Some backdoor outs were picked up with the Q♥J♠6♦ flop but he was left with a gutshot draw on the T♣ turn. Wheeler missed all the Nines in the deck on the river T♦ to be the second straight knockout at the final table in 4th place for $55,821 and nine bounties.

Kennethmedh gets kicked, eliminated in 3rd

The three players only slowed down a little after the two consecutive knockouts, going six hands without seeing a flop. Those hands were won with shoves but that could only last so long before one of them was called. The tournament went to heads up play when Kennethmedh open-shoved for 671,863 holding A♣4♥ and was called by Jedlicka in the small blind with the better A♠9♦.

Kennethmedh needed to perform a miracle yet unseen at this final table and managed to lose an out on the all-diamond K♦Q♦8♦ flop. No love on the 7♣ turn and Kennethmedh was sent out in 3rd place after the K♠ river sent another pot to Jedlicka. The Sweded added a healthy $79,745 to his bankroll along with the cash from five bounties.

Niki "RealAndyBeal" Jedlicka stays strong to win Event #18-H

Seat 4: RealAndyBeal (3,561,894 in chips)
Seat 5: Creatiff111 (328,106 in chips)

Jedlicka opened heads up play with a better than 10-to-1 chip lead but did not have an easy time with Creatiff111. The other players were eliminated quickly at this six-handed turbo final table but nearly half of final table play was spent between these two.

They went at it over 47 hands with Jedlicka playing a patient game and only giving up smaller pots to Creatiff111. The final hand played itself out with both players grabbing pretty hands in heads up action and getting everything in the middle with two quick raises and a call.

Jedlicka was once again in a dominating position with A♦Q♣ against K♣Q♠ and little changed after they both hit the Q♥J♥5♦. Creatiff111 was still looking for one of those Kings but missed the 6♣ turn and it was over thanks to the 8♣ river.

Only two players in the tournament earned six-digit paydays and Creatiff111 was one of those, grabbing $107,655 for the runner-up finish plus three bounties. Niki "RealAndyBeal" Jedlicka is a big name in the cash games and now has a big tournament score to his credit. The Austrian added $143,541 to his bankroll along with a tournament leading 13 bounties.

SCOOP 18-H: $2,100 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Turbo, Super-Knockout)
Entrants: 778
Regular prize pool: $797,450
Bounty prizepool: $797,450
Places paid: 90

1. Niki "RealAndyBeal" Jedlicka (Austria) $143,541.18 ($13,325 in bounties)
2. Creatiff111 (Russia) $107,655.75 ($3,075 in bounties)
3. Kennethmedh (Sweden) $79,745.00 ($5,125 in bounties)
4. Jason "jptjpoker" Wheeler (Mexico) $55,821.50 ($9,225 in bounties)
5. Mike "Sowerss" Sowers (Costa Rica) $39,872.50 ($10,250 in bounties)
6. blackDonii (Hungary) $23,923.50 ($6,150 in bounties)

Al Rash
@PokerStars in SCOOP