SCOOP 2014: Paul "pvas2" Vas Nunes cruises in Event #43-H ($2,100 NL Hold'em, 8-Max)

The 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker reached the final day with three major tournaments for players at all levels. Four tournaments featured guarantees $1,000,000 or greater including the High version of Event #43. The first event of the day was a No Limit Hold'em tournament with an 8-Max format.

The High version cost players $2,100 to participate and the field quickly grew, a common sight during the Sunday majors. A total of 1,095 players registered while they could to create a doubly juicy $2,190,000 prizepool with the top five position all set to earn six-digit paydays. The last 128 players made the money and the tournament paused for the night after more than 12 hours of play.

A total of 53 players finished the day still having a chance for the title with Trueteller leading the way. They returned with plenty of chips to take into battle as the average stack was 41 big blinds deep. Among those out early after the restart were "Ozzy 87" Sheikh, Jim "reelhugefish" Gilbert, and former WCOOP champ Alex "AlexKP" Petersen.

Ondrej "vinkyy" Vinklarek wasted little time taking over the top spot once play was underway and was quickly sitting on a 1,000,000 stack. The Czech pro didn't have an easy go of it aiming for the final table with several big names trying to chase him down as the rest of the field dropped away. Among those to fall short of the final table were Ryan "HITTHEPANDA" Franklin, Jonathan "apestyles" Van Fleet, and Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler.

It took a few hours of tight play before they finally made it down to the final table after ram_siva1 ran A♦Q♥ straight into utreg's K♦K♠ for a 2.3 million pot with a few other shorties watching on the other table. Those eight remaining show results worthy of any major final table including three WCOOP titles, two Super Tuesday wins, one Sunday Million victory, a current SCOOP champion, and Jon "PearlJammer" Turner to round things out.


Final Table chip counts:

Seat 1: Vinkyy (1,513,159 in chips)
Seat 2: Ti0373 (980,739 in chips)
Seat 3: mexican222 (756,419 in chips)
Seat 4: pvas2 (1,401,442 in chips)
Seat 5: APD0290 (1,767,096 in chips)
Seat 6: GeoffRas22 (835,105 in chips)
Seat 7: utreg (2,930,662 in chips)
Seat 8: PearlJammer (765,378 in chips)

Blinds: 12.5k/25k with 3,125 ante

mexican222 rivered, eliminated in 8th

The stacks were deep and the players were top notch, that is why it took a tough hand to get a quick elimination. Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias knows how to win tournaments, as shown by his win this series in Event #04-H, but he came to the final table with the smallest stack.

Still, the great structure meant he didn't need to mix it up with speculative hands early but found a way to get his chips in with the best hand. Kolonias min-raised from the cutoff and called a three-bet from GeoffRas22 in the big blind to the A♠T♠2♠ flop. GeoffRas22 bet another 135,700 and Kolonias once again called before seeing the Q♣ hit the turn.

GeoffRas22 continued to bet out his hand and this time put out enough to cover Kolonias, he called all-in with A♣T♣ and flopped two pair against GeoffRas22's top-top A♥K♥. Kolonias put his chips in with the best chance to double but it all ended for him when the river came K♠ to send him out in 8th place for $32,850.

GeoffRas22 tripped up, eliminated in 7th

Things settled down after the quick knockout and they managed to dodge any major hands for nearly an hour. Most pots were won with pre-flop aggression or post-flop bets until GeoffRas22 and Paul "pvas2" Vas Nunes both hit a hand. Vas Nunes opened for a min-raise from the button and GeoffRas22 joined the fun in the big blind before the Q♣Q♦5♥ flop.

GeoffRas22 check-called a 60,000 bet before the 7♦ turn the check-called another 180,000. He checked a final time after the J♦ river and called when Vas Nunes bet enough to put him all-in. GeoffRas22 probably thought he was good holding Q♥9♠ trip Queens until he saw Vas Nunes table Q♠7♣ for the turned boat and better hand. GeoffRas22 was ahead until the turn but was the second gone from the final table, eliminated in 7th place for $49,275.

PearlJammer jams, eliminated in 6th

The elimination of GeoffRas22 seemed to break something loose at the table as two more players were sent out in quick order. No one was short but Jon "PearlJammer" Turner took a shot which ended badly. utreg opened the action with a button min-raise and Turner tried to take it down pre-flop with a 21 big blind shove from the small blind with J♥9♥.

Unfortunately for Turner, utreg min-raised with a real hand and called with A♦Q♦. The virtual dealer provided no big hand drama with a K♣7♦2♠ flop, 8♦ turn, and 3♠ river to send the pro out of the tournament in 6th place for $76,650.

Ti0373 not slick, eliminated in 5th

Before the last five players could get comfortable, two of them picked up nice pre-flop hands for another big pot. Just eight hands after Turner was sent out, Vinkyy four-bet shoved against Ti0373 and they two showed down big Aces.

Ti0373: A♦Q♦
Vinkyy: A♥K♦

Vinkyy was dominating but that changed right off the bat when the flop came out Q♠J♥6♥. Ti0373 was looking at a probable double and stayed safe on the 7♣ turn. His brief glimpse at redemption was closed on the T♥ river to give Vinkyy Broadway and send the Russian out. Ti0373 was close to adding a SCOOP title to his two WCOOP championships but had to settle for 5th place and $109,500.

APD0290 gets jacked, eliminated in 4th

The elimination of Ti0373 was good enough for the final four to pause the tournament and work out a deal. The negotiations went surprisingly smooth considering there was over $1 million remaining in the prizepool and hey came to a equitable deal with no problems.

Each was guaranteed a nice bankroll boost and tossed around a few chips before two players tangled with their pretty pairs. Vinkyy opened for a min-raise with J♥J♠ and Vas Nunes called in the small blind before APD0290 three-bet to 227,500. Vinkyy responded with a shove and Vas Nunes moved out of the way for them all to see APD0290's 9♥9♦.

APD0290 was in trouble and stayed that way after the A♠7♦6♠ flop and 4♦ turn. Looking at just two outs to stay alive, APD0290 missed the T♠ river and was sent out in 4th place for a tasty $227,978 payout.

utreg moves in and moves out, eliminated in 3rd

With a couple hundred thousand dollars already locked up and just $20k left to decide, things can get a little loosey goosey at the table. utreg already had a Super Tuesday win on his list of accomplishments so a SCOOP title would have gone along with it nicely.

His shot began with a three-bet against Vas Nunes and they both saw the T♥T♣2♠ flop. utreg bet out 164,587 and Vas Nunes called again to the 3♥ turn. Thing went a little sideways at that point which ended with utreg putting in a third raise for his final 3,040,706 holding nothing but air. His K♥9♦ shove was easily called, and drawing dead, by Vas Nunes with T♠9♠ for unbeatable trip Tens. utreg lost his chance for the extra $20,000 but will be able to comfort himself with the $263,758 payout for his 3rd place finish.

Paul "pvas2" Vas Nunes flushes his way to Event #42-H victory

Seat 1: Vinkyy (3,280,566 in chips)
Seat 4: pvas2 (7,669,434 in chips)

Either player would be considered a worthy SCOOP champion and the win would add to already impressive results. Ondrej "vinkyy" Vinklarek would add the title to his 2011 WCOOP title in Event #53 while Paul "pvas2" Vas Nunes hit it big with a Sunday Million victory this past February.

Vinklarek was behind at the start of heads up play but quickly gained the upper hand when his 2♥2♦ flopped a set to beat Vas Nunes' rivered pair of Fours holding A♠4♥. The 7.4 million pot switched the stacks and they continued to battle. Vas Nunes returned the favor a few hands later when his 3♣3♠ held against A♠K♥ to move him back into the lead.

The two played each other for over an hour, nearly 250 hands, before someone was back at risk. The two were in a virtual dead heat, Vas Nunes ahead just 5.69 million to 5.26 million, when the flop made them pop. They saw the flop for 250,000 each and the J♥T♦7♥ board created a raising war with Vas Nunes putting in the last bet with K♥9♥.

It was an easy call for Viklarek and his flopped set with J♠J♦ needed to dodge the hearts. He was safe with the 9♣ turn before the 8♥ river put a straight on the board while also handing Vas Nunes the flush. Vinklarek had a great opportunity for the win but had to settle for a runner-up finish for $275,823 while Vas Nunes became one of the last 2014 SCOOP champions and the $304,005.71 to go with it.

SCOOP 43-H: $2,100 NL Hold'em (8-Max)
Entrants: 1,095
Prize pool: $2,190,000
Places paid: 128

1. Paul "pvas2" Vas Nunes (United Kingdom) $304,005.71*
2. Ondrej "vinkyy" Vinklarek (Czech Republic) $275,823.50*
3. utreg (Netherlands) $263,758.99*
4. ADP0290 (Mexico) $227,978.80*
5. Ti0373 (Russia) $109,500.00
6. Jon "PearlJammer" Turner (Mexico) $76,650.00
7. GeoffRas22 (Mexico) $49,275.00
8. Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias (Malta) $32,850.00
* - denotes four-way deal

Al Rash
@PokerStars in SCOOP