SCOOP 2016: Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano wins Medium Main Event (Event #54-M $1,000 NL)
Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano has been on his own, as a Spaniard living in the U.K with no direction home, but he's no longer a complete unknown after winning the Medium version of the 2016 SCOOP Main Event.
The day of reckoning. The SCOOP Main Event. All you had to do was fade a treacherous minefield of 5,026 other souls all seeking the same quest: The SCOOP Main Event bracelet and small pyramid of cash.
When it got down to the final four, three of the players were not neophytes. They had been around the block before including American exiles Jerry 'hummylun' Wong and Jordan 'Jymaster11' Young. Not to mention Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano who most recently popped up on the radar with an auspicious start to 2016 nose bleed season when he absolutely destroyed the 200/400 NL tables and banked over $833K in the month of January. After a deal was struck... Jerry 'hummylun' Wong busted in fourth, relatively unknown OMGitsH.O.H from Romania went out in third, which left a heavyweight bout between Jordan 'Jymaster11' Young and Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano.
The final two were somewhat close in chips, which suggested the two were ready for a lengthy 12-round fight for the ages. Instead, the match went rather fast and spanned a mere 13 hands. The majority of the action occurred during the final four hands when Educa-p0ker successfully extracted every last single chip from Jymaster11's stack. It was over in a flash after Jymaster11 lost a 193.8M pot. Jordan 'Jymaster11' Young was knocked out in second place, and Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano was crowned the SCOOP Main Event champion in the "medium belt division."
The medium version of SCOOP Event #54-M $1,000 NL Main Event attracted 5,026 players. They created a prize pool worth $4,786,661.88. Only the top 630 places paid out with a staggering $750,934.65 originally set aside to the champion. The Main Event had a $2 Million Guarantee, which was obliterated by the $4.7M prize pool. The final four players would negotiate a money chop, so the eventual winner earned $578,621.27.
The Main Event was spread over three days. At the end of Day 1, only 251 players survived and made the cut for Day 2. The U.K.'s Airdraken held the lead with 4.2M.
Several notables cashed near the end of Day 1 including a slew of members of PokerStars Team Online... Tyler 'frosty012' Frost (625th), Jorge 'Baalim' Limon (503rd), Jamie Staples (324th),Randy 'nanonoko' Lew (318th), and Mickey 'mement_mori' Petersen (248th).
Late on Day 2, a pair of players busted on the final table bubble when action went hand-for-hand. Rounder62 technically bubbled the final table in tenth place, but Mike 'SirWatts' Watts busted on the other table. SirWatts open-shoved UTG for 15.4M with A♥J♥ but got ambushed in the big blind by Xading's A♠K♦. Neither player improved but Xading won the pot with Ace-high and a stronger kicker. Watts went out in ninth place (with a $38,293.29 payday) and missed the final table.
SCOOP-54-M - Main Event - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: Ryokan (25,415,056)
Seat 2: OMGitsH.O.H (50,831,406)
Seat 3: Xading (34,493,147)
Seat 5: iamivar (26,513,474)
Seat 6: Jymaster11 (45,374,999)
Seat 7: Educa-p0ker (18,312,857)
Seat 8: hummylun (37,811,780)
Seat 9: rumbaii4 (12,547,281)
The final table commenced during Level 49 with blinds at 400K/800K and a 100K ante. Romania's OMGitsH.O.H held onto the biggest stack with 50.8M and Finland's rumbaii4 was skating on thin ice with the short stack and 12.5M.
A couple of notables including a former WCOOP champ made the final table...
Jerry 'hummylun' Wong won a Badugi WCOOP in 2014 and went deep in the 2012 WCOOP Main Event. You might remember Wong from his inspiring final table run at the 2013 PCA Main Event in the Bahamas when he finished in third place. He cashed at the WSOP 14 times and even earned a cash on the NAPT.
American exile playing south of the border in Mexico, Jordan 'Jymaster11' Young, has over $5M in online cashes. He's an old-school grinder who went on a heater in the summer of 2010. He won a side event at the PCA in 2012 and cashed in the WSOP 13 times including a final table.
Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano is a nosebleed player from Spain who seemingly appeared magically out of nowhere in January to crush the 200/400 NL tables. Artinano went deep in a 2012 SCOOP.
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TOMBSTONE BLUES: Ryokan eliminated in 8th place
Only 18 minutes into the final table, we saw fireworks and tombstone blues during the first bustout of the day. Habitual raiser Jymaster11 opened to 2M, Ryokan bombed it all-in for 4,765,056 with A♠T♥. Jymaster11 could not have called fast enough with K♣K♠. The board ran out Q♦7♦5♦7♠9♦. Pocket cowboys held up for Jymaster11 and Ryokan headed to the virtual rail after not catching a Ace to stave off elimination. Eighth place paid out $59,833.27 for Ireland's Ryokan, which will buy you a lot of road maps to the soul.
HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED: rumbaii4 eliminated in 7th place
The final seven players locked up at least a six-figure cash. The roving gambler hummylun raised to 2M looking to start the next world war, rumbaii4 nearly fell off the floor and shoved for 10,447,281 with K♠J♣, and hummylun thought it could be very easily done and called with A♦6♣. The board ran out A♥9♥7♦3♣K♥. An ace on the flop sealed the deal for hummylun, who dragged the pot with a pair of Aces. Finland's rumbaii4 was dunzo in seventh place, which paid out $107,699.89.
With six remaining... OMGitsH.O.H led with 61M, followed by Jymaster11 (51.2M), Xading (42M), hummylun (36.4M), Educa-p0ker (32.4M), and iamivar (28.1M).
FROM A BUICK 6: iamivar eliminated in 6th place
The ballad of Ace-Jack versus pocket tens. Educa-p0ker opened to 2.1M, iamivar shoved for 24,063,474 with A♣J♦, and Educa-p0ker insta-called with T♦T♣. The board ran out T♥7♥4♦A♦3♠. Educa-p0ker flopped a set of tens, which held up to win. iamivar turned a pair, but it was too little and too late. Put a blanket on his bed. For a sixth-place finish, Sweden's iamivar earned $155,566.51.
With five remaining during Level 51 (625K/1.25M blinds), OMGitsH.O.H led with 65.5M, but the pack was catching up. Educa-p0ker sat in second with 58M, then hummylun and Jymaster11 both held 50M stacks. Xading brought up the rear with 27M.
QUEEN JANE APPROXIMATELY: Xading eliminated in 5th place
The trio of shorter stacks busted in the first forty minutes or so. The final five dug in for some trench warfare. You got the sense they wanted to shed one or two more players before the considered a money chop. Xading's short stacked became hunted prey, like a limping gazelle about to be devoured by an accelerating Namibian cheetah.
Xading got sick of the repetition, found a pocket pair, and made a final stand with 9♦9♣. Xading open-shoved for 13,888,980 and Jymaster11 tried to run the Russian down with K♦Q♣ and clowns he had commissioned. Xading dodged an assassination attempt on the flop, but got picked off when the Queen of spades spiked on the turn. The board ran out 5♥5♠2♦Q♠8♣, and Jymaster11 won the pot with two pair -- Queens and fives. Xading's nines and fives were no good. Fifth place paid out $203,433.12 for Xading.
With four left in the hunt for the bracelet, Educa-p0ker seized the lead with 80.5M and OMGitsH.O.H slipped to second with 78.7M. Jymaster11 was third with 62.7M and hummylun was the shorty by default with 29.2M. The final four also locked up a min-cash worth a quarter of million dollars.
With four remaining, they paused the action to discuss a deal. Educa-p0ker was in front with 80.5M, and the other three were relatively close... OMGitsH.O.H (58.6M), hummylun (57.2M), and Jymaster11 (54.7M).
Any finalized deal had to leave $40,000 on the table to the champion. The initial numbers were floated: Educa-p0ker ($521,638.97), OMGitsH.O.H ($475,213.61), hummylun ($471,730.11), and Jymaster11 ($465,344.05). hummylun was the first to agree and then OMGitsH.O.H came on board. Jymaster11 was the third to say yes. It came down to the chip leader. Everyone waited for Educa-p0ker's response.
"I think the deal is not fair for me given I play high cash, have more bankroll and I feel more skilled," Educa-p0ker said. "I would like to get 535k. I think it's fair."
He wanted 5K each more from the other three, but hummylun and OMGitsH.O.H answered the same, "I'm not giving anything up."
Jymaster11 also shot down Educa-p0ker, "I'm not giving any up, Sounds like we're playing unless you agree to the ICM deal proposed."
Educa-p0ker suggested they play for $100,000 up top instead of $40,000. Other numbers were tossed around the table, but they asked to see ICM numbers that incorporated $75,000 to the champ.
With $75K on the table, the second deal floated was: Educa-p0ker ($510,414.19), OMGitsH.O.H ($467,044.10), hummylun ($463,754.63), and Jymaster11 ($457,713.82). Educa-p0ker liked those numbers and quickly agreed. Jymaster11 liked the numbers, as did OMGitsH.O.H. However, hummylun balked and wanted a different deal involving only $50K on the table. The others protested.
They attempted a third time to see what $65K on top would look like and those numbers were floated: Educa-p0ker ($513,621.27), OMGitsH.O.H ($469,378.25), hummylun ($466,033.34), Jymaster11 ($459,893.88). Now, hummylun didn't shoot it down exactly but wanted a modification on the deal and asked for an extra 1.5K each from Jymaster11 and OMGitsH.O.H. hummylun put it out there essentially saying... give me some milk, or else go home.
Jymaster11 said, "Alright I think that's reasonable...I will do it. That's my max."
It then came down to OMGitsH.O.H's final decision...who said, "OK."
They hammered out a deal! The final terms of the four-way money chop, with $65,000 left on the table for the champion, looked like this:
Educa-p0ker -- $513,621.27
hummylun -- $469,033.34
OMGitsH.O.H -- $467,878.25
Jymaster11 -- $458,393.88
With a deal locked in place, action resumed after the half-hour of negotiations.
IT TAKE A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY: hummylun eliminated in 4th place
We saw a bustout not soon after the ink on the deal was dry. hummylun open-shoved for 33,141,406 with A♥3♥ but Educa-p0ker woke up with Q♣Q♦, which looked so good mama, like the moon shining through the trees. hummylun flopped a pair of Treys and turned a Wheel draw, but whiffed on the river when the board ran out T♣4♣3♣2♥4♠. Jerry 'hummylun' Wong busted in fourth place, but earned a payday worth $469,033.34.
With three left in the hunt for the Main Event title, Educa-p0ker led with 147.8M, followed by Jymaster11's 61.3M and OMGitsH.O.H's 42.1M.
JUST LIKE TOM THUMB'S BLUES: OMGitsH.O.H eliminated in 3rd place
Five hands later, we saw another liquidation. As the Bob Dylan lyrics goes, "It's either fortune or fame / You must pick up one or the other / Though neither of them are to be what they claim."
OMGitsH.O.H four-bet shoved for 58,576,274 and Jymaster11 called. OMGitsH.O.H made a final stand with 7♣7♦ against Jymaster11's A♥9♣, but a nine on the flop sunk OMGitsH.O.H's hopes and dreams of winning the SCOOP Main Event. The board ran out Q♦9♠8♣K♥4♠ and Jymaster11 won the pot with a pair of nines when OMGitsH.O.H never improved. OMGitsH.O.H looked fine at first but left looking like a ghost and busted in third place, which paid out $467,878.25.
HEADS-UP: Jymaster11 (Mexico) vs. Educa-p0ker (U.K.)
Seat 6: Jymaster11 (135,036,766)
Seat 7: Educa-p0ker (116,263,234)
It was the battle of exiles with American Jordan 'Jymaster11' Young playing in Mexico and Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano slugging it out from the U.K.
LIKE A ROLLING STONE: Jymaster11 eliminated in 2nd place; Educa-p0ker wins SCOOP Main Event!
Heads-up lasted 23 hands. Midway, Jymaster11 led 150M to 100M. That's as high as he'd get when he threw the bums a dime in his prime. Educa-p0ker rattled off six straight pots and won 7 of 8 to seize the lead after dragging a clutch 49.5M hand uncontested. Three hands later, it'd be all over.
Going into the final hand... Jymaster trailed 96.9M to 154.3M. Jymaster11 opened to 7.5M, Educa-p0ker bumped it up to 19.5M, Jymaster11 bombed it all-in for 96,573,325 and Educa-p0ker called.
It would come down to a race between pocket sixes an Ace-Queen. The board ran out 9♦7♦5♥A♥7♥. Jymaster11 flopped a gutshot draw, but never improved at all. Jymaster11 lost with two pair -- sevens and sixes -- against Educa-p0ker's stronger two pair with Aces up. Educa-p0ker turned a pair of Aces to take the lead and locked it up on the river after fading the gutter draw.
For an impressive runner-up performance, Jymaster11 earned $458,393.88.
Educa-p0ker won the SCOOP Medium Main Event. According to the terms of the four-way money chop, first place paid out $578,621.27. Congrats to Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano, the Spanish pro living in the U.K., for winning the bracelet, the cash, and a special champion's watch courtesy of Movado.
SCOOP-54-M ($1,000 NL Hold'em Main Event) results
Total prize pool: $4,786,661.88
Places paid: 630
1. Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano (U.K.) $578,621.27 *
2. Jordan 'Jymaster11' Young (Mexico) $458,393.88 *
3. OMGitsH.O.H (Romania) $467,878.25 *
4. Jerry 'hummylun' Wong (Canada) $469,033.34 *
5. Xading (Russia) $203,433.12
6. iamivar (Sweden) $155,566.51
7. rumbaii4 (Finland) $107,699.89
8. Ryokan (Ireland) $59,833.27
9. Mike 'SirWatts' Watson (Canada) $38,293.29
* Denotes a four-way deal
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Pauly McGuire is the author of "Lost Vegas" and a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.