SCOOP 2016: Francis "NoHayMiedo*" Cruz wins maiden title in Event #2-L ($27 NL Hold'em Progressive Super-Knockout)

The first day of SCOOP 16 tournaments started with a bang, with huge numbers turning for one of the biggest Sundays of the year. One could smell the virtual anticipation in the air; some looking to extend or break records in this monster series of poker tournaments, others playing for the first time. 

All three SCOOP 2 Progressive Super-Knockout tournaments smashed their guaranteed prize pool, but the low version more than doubled it. A total of 16,798 players turned out and played the tournament at a super-fast pace - helped, in part, by the extra incentives received for knocking each other out. The first $12.30 went into the prize pool; the second $12.25 went into the bounty pool - half on your head and half in your pocket. The more players you knock out, the more went in your pocket, but also on your head. 

They helped amass a $412,390.90 prize pool with $2,250 getting paid. A min cash was worth $22.66. HLDR32 from the UK was the player to bubble, although they did take away $18.37 in bounties to keep losses down to a single figure. By the end of play on Day 1, the huge field had been whittled down to 87 players. 

All 13 players who entered representing the red spade failed to make Day 2. George Danzer, Jason Mercier, Chen-An Lin and Kosei Ichinose from Team Pro busted before the money; Marc-Andre "FrenchDawg" Ladouceur being the only member of Team Online to secure a cash. He won $108.64 for finishing 657th, plus an extra $55.78 in bounties.  

On Day 2, the tournament moved at a swift pace until the final table bubble was reached. The play didn't slow down necessarily, it was more to that each time an all-in was called the shorter player found a double. After six doubles, the 10th place finisher was finally decided with the exit of jays94. He called all-in with pocket nines but ran into pocket tens of chip leader jani89031 and departed. 

Final Table chip counts:

Seat 1: icedavid (16,718,013 in chips) 
Seat 2: 42ayay (26,421,608 in chips) 
Seat 3: jani890311 (92,600,886 in chips) 
Seat 4: NM1NM (22,059,816 in chips) 
Seat 5: Bredah966 (26,193,222 in chips) 
Seat 6: NoHayMiedo* (50,697,120 in chips) 
Seat 7: Fleshem87 (29,746,688 in chips) 
Seat 8: SanchoTALANT (24,435,200 in chips) 
Seat 9: kokandija (47,087,447 in chips)
Blinds - 1,000,000/2,000,000 (250,000 ante)

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Fleshem87 was the first player to go from the final table after raising all-in with 6♦6♣ for around 15 big blinds from the cutoff before kokandija reraised all-in from the small blind with A♦A♠. The board ran 8♣Q♦A♣J♣8♠ and kokandija consolidated his place in second, and closed the gap on clear chip leader jani890311.  

NM1NM was the shortest stack when Fleshem87 busted, so even though they went next, the extra $630 in prize money for laddering one spot would've been appreciated. NM1NM moved all-in for fewer than three big blinds and was called by icedavid in the big blind with K♠2♠. NM1NM was in a great spot to double up with a dominating K♥Q♦ but the board ran 6♦6♠J♠9♦2♦ to river him.

The eliminations continued to come at a steady at this stage of the tournament as the structure had caught up with the players on the final table bubble. Bredah966 was down just four big blinds when they moved all-in from under the gun with 6♦4♦. kokandija called the shove but folded after 42ayay moved all-in behind to isolate. They opened A♥Q♣ which was good for two pair on a board that had ran 2♦J♣7♠Q♠A♦.

A short period of consolidation and chip movement occurred once six players remained. jani890311 remained in the lead and was the one pushing the action, although NoHayMiedo now sat to their direst left and was showing signs of being a nuisance (a sign of things to come). After the synchronized break, the field was reduced to five. SanchoTALANT three-bet all-in with A♣Q♠ for their last 19 big blinds but jani890311 had opened with A♦K♥, made the call, and survived a J♠T♣6♣2♣5♠ board to become the first player to pass the 100 million-mark. 

Kokandija, the start of Day 2 chip leader - and the player to accrue the most bounties ($2,320.33) by the start of the final table - couldn't sustain his assault towards the title. With the big blind at 2.8 million he three-bet, called all-in for 61 million with A♠J♠ but couldn't hit to beat NoHayMiedo*'s T♠T♥ on a 4♦K♥7♦9♠Q♣ board. That huge pot saw the latter leapfrog jani890311 into the lead, a place - for the most part - he was happy to be in. 

He used his chip, and positional advantage, to really apply pressure on his three remaining opponents and increase his lead. He passed the 190 million-mark before he ran sevens into 42ayay's nines to fall back a bit, but not out of the lead. It wasn't long before he got all those chips, and more, back when he got lucky to eliminate icedavid in fourth. The latter three-bet all-in with A♥J♥ and NoHayMiedo* (after raising) called with A♣6♥ and dealt the fatal blow on the river of a 9♥K♦9♣T♠6♦ flop. 

At that stage, NoHayMiedo* looked unstoppable but three-handed play was vibrant with 42ayay and jani890311 refusing to give in. Both took over the chip lead at one stage before jani890311 ran an ace in to a bigger one in a battle of the blinds. The big blind had increased to 5 million and jani890311 moved in for 61 million from the small blind. NoHayMiedo* woke up with A♦T♠ in the big blind, called, and made the best pair on a 4♠6♦T♥3♣9♦ board. 

Heads up counts:

Seat 2: 42ayay (149,011,671 in chips) 
Seat 6: NoHayMiedo* (186,948,329 in chips)

NoHayMiedo* won the first hand of their duel to pass the 200 million-mark, and had the title in his pocket on the second hand.

42ayay found A♠T♥ on the button and min raised to 10 million. He was in trouble though as NoHayMiedo* was in the big blind with A♥J♠ and three-bet to 30,000. 42ayay took some time and then moved all-in for 135 million. NoHayMiedo* made the call and the 6♠3♥K♠Q♥7♠ secured him the title. 

Francis "NoHayMiedo*" Cruz is the number one ranked online player from the Dominican Republic with cashes of over $1 million on PokerStars and he can add a first ever SCOOP title to his glowing resume. 

Congratulations to all finalists. 

SCOOP-02-L ($27 NL Hold'em Progressive Super-Knockout) results
Entrants: 16,798
Prize pool: $412,390.90
Places paid: 2,250

1. Francis "NoHayMiedo*" Cruz (Dominican Republic) $24,175.88 (+ $4,751.59 in bounties) 
2. 42ayay (Sweden) $17,562.30 (+ $1,962.35 in bounties)
3. jani890311 (Hungary) $13,430.00 (+ $1,615.15 in bounties)
4. icedavis (Hungary) $9,297.69 (+$1,356 in bounties) 
5. kokandija (Serbia) $7,231.53 (+$2,448.34 in bounties)
6. SanchoTALANT (Russia) $5,165.38 (+$665.43)
7. Bredah966 (Sweden) $3,512.46 (+ $1,192.13)
8. NM1NM (Cyprus) $1,859.53 (+ $738.87)

Marc Convey
@The_Conv in SCOOP