SCOOP 2015: Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn victorious in Event #18-H ($2,100 NLHE 6-Max Shootout)
Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn is the latest SCOOP champion after an impressive win in Event #18-H of the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker. pokerguru740 was the short stack three-handed and ambitiously posed an even chop of the prize money to his two opponents. His barbs may have been a little tongue-in-cheek but perhaps his opponents should have listened after pokerguru740 was able to turn things around and kick up the aggression to go all the way to claim the SCOOP watch and $95,040 in prize money.
Event #18-H of the 2015 SCOOP was the $2,100 No Limit Holdem 6-Max Shootout where 216 of the best players in the world came together to shoot it out until just one remained standing with the top prize of almost six figures.
The Team PokerStars Pros were out in force including the likes of George Danzer, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Ike Haxton, Jason Somerville, Naoya Kihara, Liv Boeree and Jason Mercier who were among those to fall in the first round while the table winners would be assured of a slice of the $432,000 prize pool.
Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden would officially take 19th place after falling in Round 2, while Eugene Katchalov would be the red spade to get closest to the final table.
Katchalov would reach heads up on his Round 2 table before a bit of a cooler was dealt on a board of A♠9♣Q♣J♣4♦. The chips were pretty much even as Katchalov check-raised the turn and moved all in on the river holding 5♣2♣ for a baby flush, but former PokerStars 10th Anniversary High Rollers Champion, Joey "jcl87" Lawrence, wasn't going anywhere with K♣8♣ for a bigger flush to eliminate Katchalov in 8th place. All of those who couldn't win their Round 2 table would take home $4,773.60.
Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: ale6ka (5,000 in chips)
Seat 2: Pantkvittot (5,000 in chips)
Seat 3: nicelife (5,000 in chips)
Seat 4: Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn (5,000 in chips)
Seat 5: cocojamb0 (5,000 in chips)
Seat 6: Joey "jcl87" Lawrence (5,000 in chips)
With the stacks resetting to a 5,000-chip start bank and the final table blinds starting at 25/50, there would be a couple of levels of jockeying before our first elimination.
Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn chipped up to an early lead and that would be important when he got it all in preflop with Q♠Q♣ against nicelife who tabled A♦A♣. The aces held for a big double up but pokerguru740 still had some chips to work with the blinds still small.
pokerguru740 and Pantkvittot continued to tangle before pokerguru740 made a remarkable call down to double up.
Pantkvittot had raised preflop from the button and fired bets on every street before moving all in on the river on a board of 8♠7♠2♥Q♣3♠. pokerguru740 had check-called the whole way and with tournament life on the line, made the call down with A♦J♥ for just ace-high. It was a sensational read as Pantkvittot tabled K♥5♣ for king-high.
After running pocket kings into pocket aces early on the final table, ale6ka was on the short stack. ale6ka waited patiently for a good spot but the blinds chewed up the stack before ale6ka finally had to make a move. With the blinds at 40/80, ale6ka moved all in with just over six big blinds from the cutoff with K♦7♥ but pokerguru740 made the call in the big blind with A♦8♥. The board of 2♥3♦6♦9♦4♣ changed nothing as ale6ka would be first to depart in sixth place for $17,280 in prize money.
Pocket eights would prove to be problematic for cocojamb0 who went from one of the chip leaders to next eliminated, thanks to the "snowmen".
Pantkvittot landed a big double up after flopping a set with pocket eights against the top pair of cocojamb0, before cocojamb0 jammed pocket sixes into the eights of pokerguru740. The board bricked out and cocojamb0 was crippled.
With just a few chips left, cocojamb0 was all in with 3♠3♣ against nicelife's K♠8♠ but the board of K♦J♥K♥4♠6♦ gave nicelife trips to leave cocojamb0 to depart in fifth place for $25,920.
Four quickly became three, as just two hands later, Australia Joey "jcl87" Lawrence would hit the rail. It was a battle of the blinds as pokerguru740 moved all in from the small blind into the big blind of jcl87. With close to 18 big blinds, jcl87 made the call with 8♣8♠ as pokerguru740 was probably happy enough to be racing with 9♠Q♣. pokerguru740 was even happier when the board ran out A♣2♥Q♠Q♥4♦ making trip queens. That wasn't such good news for jcl87 who departed in fourth place for a $34,560 collect.
With nicelife and Pantkvittot holding the chip lead and both about double the stack of their opponent, pokerguru740 wasn't too concerned as he made a bold offer:
pokerguru740 said, "BROS"
pokerguru740 said, "i will even chop"
pokerguru740 said, "that is very kind offer"
The offer was kindly ignored so pokerguru740 set out to close the gap.
nicelife and pokerguru740 would chop a massive pot when they both showed up with ace-king, but pokerguru740's aggression would see him claw back into contention. pokerguru740 rivered a straight against Pantkvittot to win a nice pot, before following up with two pair to leave Pantkvittot in trouble as the short stack.
It wouldn't take long for pokerguru740 to finish the job as Pantkvittot, perhaps a little frustrated, got out of line at the wrong time. pokerguru740 raised the small blind before Pantkvittot three-bet jammed an ambitious 8♦5♣ from the big blind. It got worse when pokerguru740 snap-called with A♥A♦! There were no miracles for Pantkvittot as the board was presented 3♥3♦T♠Q♣4♥. Pantkvittot would take third place for $49,680 in prize money.
Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 3: nicelife (11,401 in chips)
Seat 4: pokerguru740 (18,599 in chips)
pokerguru740 held a lead entering heads-up play but the two would exchange the advantage on several occasions as the aggression was kicked up to new levels.
A fascinating pot between the two with the blinds at 100/200/25 saw the action five-bet preflop before nicelife led out with a bet on the 2♦J♣4♥ flop. pokerguru740 raised all in and, after some thought, nicelife made the call. With the tournament on the line in a huge pot, we were expecting to see two monster hands, but incredibly pokerguru740 showed 4♣6♣ for middle pair and nicelife a marginally better 4♠7♠! Wow! Clearly both were thinking on the same wavelength but when the Q♠ turn and A♠ river completed the board, they were left to chop it up!
nicelife said, ":-P"
pokerguru740 said, "lol that hand was super normal"
pokerguru740 said, "u ready?"
nicelife said, "lol yehh fish"
pokerguru740 again chipped ahead with some aggression, before nicelife landed a double up with a flopped straight against pokerguru740's running trips.
However the end came soon after with another adventurous hand. nicelife min-raised the button, pokerguru740 three-bet and nicelfe called in position to see a flop of A♠4♦7♦. pokerguru740 followed up with a continuation bet, which was called, before both players checked the T♣ turn. The river was the J♠ and pokerguru740 overbet the pot enough to put nicelife all in. nicelife held J♦6♦ for a flopped flush draw that rivered second pair, and with that, decided to make the call. pokerguru740 revealed J♣4♣ for two pair and that would be enough to claim victory!
It's a nice life for nicelife who took $66,312 back to Sweden for a gallant runner-up result as Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn won the SCOOP title and $95,040 in prize money. Congratulations!
SCOOP-18-H: $2,100 NLHE 6-Max Shootout - $200K Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $432,000
Places Paid: 36
1. Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn (Mexico) $95,040.00
2. nicelife (Sweden) $66,312.00
3. Pantkvittot (Sweden) $49,680.00
4. Joey "jcl87" Lawrence (Australia) $34,560.00
5. cocojamb0 (Bulgaria) $25,920.00
6. ale6ka (Belarus) $17,280.00
The Spring Championship of Online Poker is the biggest and richest tournament festival of the year, with millions in prize money to be won, a packed schedule, and separate buy-in levels designed to suit all bankrolls.
A total prize pool of $40 million is guaranteed with the series running right through until May 24th. Head to the SCOOP home page for more details.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.