SCOOP 2016: kuhns89 Does the Improbable and Defends His Title; Wins SCOOP-40-H: $2,100 8-Game for His 4th SCOOP Title

On Thursday, SCOOP-40-H: $2,100 8-Game, a tournament that boasted a $100,000 guarantee, attracted 125 players to the virtual felt, which crushed that GTD by creating an even $250,000 prize pool. In the end, "kuhns89" won the title, just as he did the year before.

That's right, in the 2015 SCOOP, kuhns89 topped a field of 158 entrants to win SCOOP-35-H: $2,100 8-Game, and against all odds - which included being down in chips to Sergey "Gipsy74" Rybachenko during heads-up play -- he defended his title for his fourth career SCOOP win.

Calvin Anderson Bubbles the Final Table

The tournament attracted some of the game's best including Team PokerStars Pros George Danzer, Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, Jason Somerville, and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, among others. Unfortunately, with just 18 places getting paid, none of the Team Pros walked away with a payday.

Instead, it was the likes of "Naza114" (18th - $3,250), Ravenswood (10th - $5,375), Ronny "1-ronnyr3" Kaiser (9th - $8,125), and the all-time SCOOP title holder Calvin "cal42688" Anderson (7th - $8,125), who actually bubbled the final table.

When the two-day tournament went on break, just six players remained with Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk and his stack of 313,369 leading the way.

Here's a look at how things stacked up at the start of the final table:

Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk - 313,369
Sergey "Gipsy74" Rybachenko - 312,268
kuhns89 - 181,481
7Be/\eC7 - 170,304
Alex "dynoalot" Difelice - 144,974
RunGodlike - 127,604

7Be/\eC7 Exits First; Difelice Follows Him Out the Door in Fifth

The final table kicked off with the elimination of Belarus' "7Be/\eC7," who took home $11,250 for his sixth-place finish, and then Alex "dynoalot" Difelice followed him out the door in fifth. It happened in a round of Omaha Hi/Lo with the blinds at 5,000/10,000 when "RunGodLike" (241,346) raised to 20,000 under the gun and "Kuhns89" (175,287) called from the small blind. Difelice did the same from the big and three players took a flop of J♦3♦9♠.

Kuhns89 checked, Difelice bet 10,000, and both his opponents called to see the 4♦ turn. This time Kuhns89 led out for 20,000, Difelice called off his remaining 116, and RunGodLike called, which brought about the Q♠ river. Kuhn89 bet again, and this time RunGodLike folded.

With no qualifying low, Difelice tabled the 5♦7♦[10h]2♥ for a flush, but it was no good as Kuhn89 held a better flush with the K♦8♦A♠5♥. Difelice took home $16,250 for his fifth-place finish.

Rybachenko Boats Up in Stud to Send RunGodLike Out in Fifth

In a round of $12,000/$24,000 Limit Stud, Rybachenko (519,051) brought it in for 3,600 showing the 6♠ and RunGodLike (60,346), who just a few days ago won SCOOP-33-H ($2,100 Stud Hi/Lo) results for $54,390, completed to 12,000 with the Q♠. Rybachenko then bet double after pairing on fourth street, which prompted RunGodLike to move all in for 45,946. Rybachenko called and the rest of their boards were run out.

Rybachenko: (8♣8♦) 6♠6♣4♦8♠ (J♠)
RunGodLike: (T♥9♥) Q♠K♠T♠K♣ (J♥)

Rybachenko filled up on sixth street, and RunGodLike failed to catch on seventh to fall in fourth place for $21,250.

Kruk's Run Comes to an End in Third Place

The start-of-the-day chip leader, Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk, had grown short, and in a round of 12,000/24,000/2,400 Limit Stud Hi/Lo, he got it in against Rybachenko. It happened when the latter brought it in for 3,600 with the 6♣ showing and Kruk, who had the A♣ up, completed to 12,000, leaving himself just 400 behind. Rybachenko raised and Kruk called off.

Kruk: (Q♠A♦) A♣7♥3♥2♣ (T♣)
Rybachenko: (5d]J♥) 6♣4♦8♠6♠ (7♦)

Kruk got it in good with aces, but he failed to improve upon them. Meanwhile, Rybachenko was behind through sixth street, but then he caught a seven on seventh to make a straight. With no low, Kruk, who earlier in the series finished runner-up in Event #8-H ($1,050 NLHE Heads-Up), was sent to the rail in this place for $32,500.

kuhn89 Battles Back From Chip Deficit to Claim 4th SCOOP Title

Heads-up play began with Rybachenko holding 934,997 in chips to kuhns89's 315,003, but the latter held steadfast, battle into the chip lead, and then went for the knockout blow in a round of 4,000/8,000 pot-limit Omaha.

It happened when kuhns89 (975,903) called from the button and Rybachenko (274,097) checked his option to see a J♣3♣4♥ flop. Rybachenko checked, kuhns89 bet 12,000, and Rybachenko check-raised to 52,000. kuhns89 made it 172,000 to go and then called when Rybachenko moved all in for 266,097.

Rybachenko: K♠J♥Q♥J♠
kuhns89: [5c2c5djd]

Rybachenko flopped top set, but kuhns89 was drawing to both straight and flush draws. The 6♣ turn gave kuhns89 the flush, which left Rybachenko looking for the board to pair on the river. It didn't though as the T♦ bricked.

Ryabachenko took home $43,750 for his runner-up finish while kuhns89 captured his fourth SCOOP title and a $65,000 first-place prize.

SCOOP-40-H: $2,100 8-Game, $100K Guaranteed
Entrants: 125
Prize Pool: $250,000
Place Paid: 18

1st - kuhns89 (Austria) $65,000
2nd - Sergey "Gipsy74" Rybachenko (Russia) $43,750
3rd - Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk (Canada) $32,500
4th - RunGodLike (UK) $21,250
5th - Alex "dynoalot" Difelice (Canada) $16,250
6th - 7Be/\eC7 (Belarus) $11,250

This year's SCOOP is winding down, but until it does can find recaps for each event right here on the PokerStars Blog.

Chad Holloway is a Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.
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