SCOOP 2015: ale6kabinks #43-H, banks $151K incl. bounties ($2,100 NLHE 6-Max, Variable Levels, Prog Super KO)

Event #43-H gave SCOOPers a tourney twist with "variable levels," with 614 coming out to take part in the $2,100 buy-in event. And after just over six hours it was ale6ka of Belarus best handling all of the variables -- and the variance -- to win the title and a $111,061.50 prize following a heads-up deal. Boika also picked up a hefty $40,213.85 worth of bounties in this one, thus making for a $151K-plus total payday.

There was a big $1,228,000 total prize pool for this one -- way over the $750K guarantee -- half of which went to the top 72 finishers with the other half reserved for those "progressive super knockout" bounties. FEL777 would earn the day's first bounty (worth $500) after knocking out Schwaixi during the first minutes of play, and they were off and running.

The "variable levels" designation meant initial levels were short (just four minutes long) then gradually increased as the tournament wore on, with the structure eventually maxing out with 20-minute levels -- if the tournament got that far, that is.

For that reason it didn't take too long -- just about two-and-a-half hours -- for the 614 starters to play down to 72 and the cash bubble to burst, at which point NEWflat led the way with what was then a decent-sized lead over the chase pack.

About an hour after that they were down to 18, with NEWflat having been ousted in 22nd to earn $4,298 from the regular prize pool plus a nice $17,335.93 via bounties. Meanwhile Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn -- winner of Event #18-H ($2,100 NLHE 6-Max Shootout) -- was the new leader with nearly 530,000, almost twice what the nearest challenger had.

About 20 minutes later six more had fallen, with Kuhn still on top although the lead had begun to narrow. Michael "Skämmes" Tureniec (12th), TheFresKeR (11th), and Mohsin "sms9231" Charania (10th) were the next out, each picking up $8,289 plus bounties.

Then after sliding in the counts Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn went out in ninth, earning $12,894 from the regular prize pool but a whopping $30,839.83 worth of bounties for a $43K-plus payday.


Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn

You can read more about Kuhn and other SCOOP winners in "Home is where the championship watch is."

sipinho13 (eighth) and ram_siva1 (seventh) were the next out, like Kuhn earning $12,894 from the regular prize pool though a bit less in bounties. With ale6ka the new chip leader, the six-handed final table was underway.


Seat 1: psyhoagromor (Ukraine) -- 313,143
Seat 2: ale6ka (Belarus) -- 880,176
Seat 3: hhecklen (Denmark) -- 552,010
Seat 4: Katz0r (United Kingdom) -- 632,527
Seat 5: Kamchatka 1 (Switzerland) -- 405,296
Seat 6: 1nvoker (Ukraine) -- 286,848

On the fourth hand of the final table, 1nvoker min-raised to 20,000 from under the gun, then hhecklen three-bet to 47,600 from the button. Both blinds folded, 1nvoker called the reraise, and the flop came Q♦T♠9♥. 1nvoker checked, hhecklen bet 37,400, 1nvoker check-raised all in for just under 190,000, and hhecklen called.

1nvoker showed J♦9♦ for bottom pair of nines plus an open-ended straight draw, while hhecklen had flopped top set of queens with Q♥Q♣. The turn and river brought a couple of deuces -- 2♦, then 2♥ -- making a full house for hhecklen and stopping 1nvoker in sixth.

Just two hands later, Kamchatka 1 made a just-over-2x opening raise to 26,400 from the button, former WCOOP winner psyhoagromor reraised to 71,143 from the small blind, Kamchatka 1 shoved all in, and psyhoagromor called all in with the 293,000 left behind.

Kamchatka 1 showed A♥Q♣, a better starter than psyhoagromor's A♣J♣. It proved a better finisher, too, as the board rolled out Q♦7♥8♠9♠5♦, and psyhoagromor was done in fifth.

The levels were up to 12 minutes long by this point, and with the average stack among the final four nearly 55 big blinds the proceedings (finally) slowed down just a bit as they moved into the latter part of the tournament's fifth hour. Before they'd reach the next break, however, two more big clashes would occur.

The blinds were 8,000/16,000, and after a UTG raise to 33,440 by ale6ka, hhecklen three-bet to 78,600 from the button. It folded to Kamchatka 1 who shoved all in over the top from the big blind for almost 430,000, and while Boika stepped aside hhecklen was quick with the call.

Kamchatka 1: Q♦Q♣
hhecklen: A♦K♠

It was a race, and with the 7♦K♦3♠ flop hhecklen surged well in front. The turn was the 7♥ and river the 3♦, and hhecklen collected Kamchatka 1's bounty as the latter fell in fourth.

A few minutes later they were in the same level when hhecklen limped in from the small blind and Katz0r checked from the BB. The flop came Q♦T♣3♠, hhecklen led for 16,000, and Katz0r called. The turn was the 8♠ and hhecklen led again, this time for 56,000, and Katz0r called once more.

The river was the T♥, pairing the board. This time hhecklen checked, and when Katz0r bet 116,340, hhecklen responded with an all-in shove and Katz0r called with the 376,079 left behind.

Katz0r turned over T♠2♠, having turned a flush draw then rivered trip tens. But that turn card had given hhecklen a queen-high straight with J♣9♠, and Katz0r was out third.

hhecklen had the edge to start heads-up play with 1,876,729 versus ale6ka's 1,193,271. It was ale6ka's second final table of this year's SCOOP and already a better finish than the sixth-place he'd achieved in Event #18-H ($2,100 NLHE). But both players had one more opponent's bounty they wanted to collect along with a coveted SCOOP watch.

The pair battled over the next hour, with ale6ka grabbing the lead away early on and maintaining for much of that time before hhecklen finally wrestled it back. But ale6ka would win another sequence of pots just before the six-hour break arrived to sit with 1.98 million (then about 40 BBs) versus hhecklen's 1.09 million (about 22 BBs).

Discussion then led to a decision to pause the tournament to talk about a possible deal. Numbers were produced leaving $15K for which to play, and both fairly quickly agreed to the terms. They were playing for more, too, of course (besides the watch) -- namely half of each other's remaining bounties, which meant about $12K more for hhecklen with a win, or about $16K extra for ale6ka by triumphing.

It wasn't long after the deal that hhecklen was whittled back down under 460,000 (just over 9 BBs) before shoving all in from the button with ale6ka calling.

ale6ka: K♣3♦
hhecklen: J♦2♦

The Q♠5♦T♥ flop hit neither player, but the 2♣ paired up hhecklen. Then came the river... the 3♥! The pair of treys were best, and the title was ale6ka's.

Congratulations to ale6ka for winning the SCOOP #43-H watch plus the extra cash, and kudos as well to hhecklen as both players ensured themselves handsome scores after the heads-up deal.

SCOOP 43-H: $2,100 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Variable Level Times, Progressive Super Knockout)
Total entries: 614
Total prize pool: $1,228,000 ($614,000 regular; $614,000 bounty)
Places paid: 72

1. ale6ka (Belarus) -- $111,061.50* (+ $40,213.85 bounties)
2. hhecklen (Denmark) -- $91,558.50* (+ $32,400.38 bounties)
3. Katz0r (United Kingdom) -- $62,935.00 (+ $11,750 bounties)
4. Kamchatka 1 (Switzerland) -- $42,980.00 (+ $15,191.40 bounties)
5. psyhoagromor (Ukraine) -- $30,700.00 (+ $17,632.80 bounties)
6. 1nvoker (Ukraine) -- $19,648.00 (+ $9,250.00 bounties)

*= reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $15,000 in play for the winner


Tomorrow's the big day! The 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Events happen on Sunday along with a lot else that remains on the schedule. See the 2015 SCOOP homepage for all the information you need about the series' final events.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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