SCOOP 2016: mmleandro wins Main event title in #54-L; Brazil's 21st SCOOP of the series ($100 NLH Main Event)

The final SCOOP Sunday rolled around with big tournaments and massive prize pools. The spotlight tournaments were the three SCOOP Main Events pulling in huge crowds of players, including nearly 25,000 entrants in the low buy-in version. After three long days of grinding, it came down to a pair of Brazilians battling to earn another title for the country with mmleandro picking up the honors.

Event #54-L was a $100 No Limit Hold'em Main Event with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. The tournament attracted 20,319 players and they used their additional re-entry option 4,272 times to bring the total entry count up to 24,591. They created a prize pool worth $2,255,978 with $225,000 sitting up top for the eventual Main Event champion. The last 3,150 players earned a piece of the prize pool and they were in the money before they stopped Day 1 play.

Day 2 saw 222 players return with jp_legacy leading the way with a 22 million chip stack. Jorge "Baalim" Limon and Kosei "K. Ichinose" Ichinose were the only two members of Team PokerStars back for the second day and Limon finished deepest with his 40th place result.

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Top ten returning stacks for Day 2

After five hours of play, the low buy-in Main Event was on the final table bubble. One more elimination and they would pause the action for a Day 3 final table. After several orbits of play, mmleandro opened from under the gun to get a call from Pablos791 next to act. rumbaii4 moved all-in for 62.3 million from the small blind, mmleandro let his hand go, and Pablos701 called with A♠Q♠.

rumbaii4 was in trouble with A♥T♠ then fell further behind on the Q♣9♣6♦ flop. No love on the turn or river and rumbaii4 was eliminated in tenth place to set up the final table. mmleandro was set to return with a significant lead over the other eight players but there was a long way to go. He was also one of four Brazilian players at the final table, looking to earn that country's 21st title this series.


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Seat 1: andreas1966 - 63,106,705
Seat 2: Rose Gambit - 33,820,872
Seat 3: sebirizoR - 45,239,350
Seat 4: Pablos701 - 255,207,477
Seat 5: mmleandro - 342,341,265
Seat 6: tnb1990 - 208,090,984
Seat 7: Jason-Pan39 - 36,563,518
Seat 8: TimMoscow007 - 80,636,429
Seat 9: nillolok - 164,543,400

Blinds: 2M/4M with 500K Ante

Jason-Pan39 show an early door, eliminated in 9th

Jason-Pan39 was one of two players entering the final table with less than ten big blinds and he put them to use on the second hand after their return.

He moved all-in from the button after Pablos701 opened to 8.8 million and picked up a call after the blinds released their hands. Jason-Pan39 was in good shape to double with A♠K♦ against Q♣J♣ but Pablos701 hit immediately on the Q♠7♠3♠ flop. Jason-Pan39 still had two over cards plus his new flush draw but missed the trip-giving Q♦ turn. The river came 4♥ for his final miss to send Jason-Pan39 off the final table in 9th place.

andreas1966 doubles through tnb1990

No slowing them down and there was another big pot on the next hand after Jason-Pan39 was sent to the rail. andreas1966 was in the big blind when he called a min-raise from tnb1990 to the J♣T♣9♣ flop.

Both players checked and andreas1966 tossed out 12 million after the 6♥ turn. tnb1990 called before the 6♠ river and andreas1966 moveda all-in for his final 41 million. The shove was called but tnb1990 was second best with J♥5♣ against andreas1966's flopped set/rivered full house J♠J♦ for the big double.

andreas1966 - 128,213,410
tnb1990 - 153,484,279

Blinds: 2M/4M with 500K Ante

TimMoscow007 doubles through Pablos701

The final table went an entire orbit without a major pot before two big hands created one. It started when TimMoscow007 opened for a min-raise from under the gun and Pablos701 three-bet to 21 million from the button.

TimMoscow007 responsed with a shove for 72 million and Pablos701 called with A♠K♠. Suited Slick is pretty nice until it runs into A♣A♦. Pablos701 never came close to a bad beat as the board ran 6♦5♦5♠9♦Q♦ board to give TimMoscow007 the double up flush.

Pablos701 - 195,134,566
TimMoscow007 - 153,272,858

Blinds: 2M/4M with 500K Ante

Rose Gambit runs out of chips, eliminated in 8th

Rose Gambit was the shortest stack and watched as two opportunities to ladder up passed by without a knockout. It was finally time to take a shot and Rose Gambit min-raised with A♠K♣ after andreas1966 min-raised from under the gun.

andreas1966 raised enough to put Rose Gambit all-in and it was a quick call. Rose Gambit needed to catch her over cards against andreas1966 J♠J♣ and added a gutshot wheel draw on the 4♦3♦2♠ flop. The 2♥ turn was no help and Rose Gambit was gone in 8th place after the 6♦ river.

andreas1966 - 178,284,282

Blinds: 2.5M/5M with 625K Ante

sebirizoR crowned by kings, eliminated in 7th

With the deep stacks, there was no desperate reason for players to put a lot of chips at risk. Only big hands. All in major early action came about when two players caught top hands to build those big pots, and it happened again to get them six-handed.

It began with another min-raise from under the gun, this time by TimMoscow007, and sebirizoR moved all-in for 46.7 million with A♦K♣. Big Slick was back in play once again and earned a quick call by TimMoscow007 with K♠K♥. sebirizoR couldn't find an ace as the all-low board ran 6♥4♦2♥8♦8♠ to get the tournament one spot shorter.

nillolok doubles through mmleandro

mmleandro opened to 14.63 million from under the gun and nillolok moved all-in for 77.5 million from the button. The blinds released their hands and mmleandro called with another premium hand.

nillolok needed help with A♠T♠ against K♠K♣ and smacked the A♥4♣3♠ flop right off the bat. No suckout on the 8♥ turn or 5♥ river to give nillolok a double up through the chip leader after the big pair didn't hold.

Seat 1: andreas1966 - 215,858,392
Seat 4: Pablos701 - 61,830,352
Seat 5: mmleandro - 435,447,969
Seat 6: tnb1990 - 248,809,279
Seat 8: TimMoscow007 - 96,767,208
Seat 9: nillolok - 170,836,800

Blinds: 3.5M/7M with 875K Ante

Pablos701 can't drive 55, eliminated in 6th

Pablos701 was the next in line with a short stack and open shoved for his remaining 55.7 million and TimMoscow007 called from the button with A♠7♦.

It was a race with Pablos701's 5♠5♣ and the T♥8♥8♣ flop changed little. The bad card for Pablos701 came on the A♥ turn and they each boated up on the 8♦ river, Pablos701 with the smallest to send him out in 6th place.

No deals to be found

The remaining players decided to pause the clock to discuss chopping up the remaining prize pool with each holding the following counts:

mmleandro - 509,277,909
andreas1966 - 217,358,392
tnb1990 - 200,876,289
nillolok - 159,934,850
TimMoscow007 - 142,102,560

Both the ICM and chip chop numbers had everyone making more than $100,000 but negotiations quickly fell through with each wanting more than the next. After nearly 25 minutes of back-and-forth, the returned to play some more poker.

mmleandro drops, nillolok doubles

mmleandro had a nice lead during chop talk but he dropped a big pot as soon as they returned. He was heads-up with andreas1966 to the J♦J♣7♥ flop and 2♣ turn with mmleandro firing 15 million and 35 million chip bets. They both checked the 5♠ river and andreas1966 pulled 13.7 million chips with K♣5♣.

nillolok was all-in five hands later with four bets against tnb1990 in another race, nillolok's J♦J♠ ahead of tnb1990's A♦K♣. The board ran clean Q♠3♦3♣9♣Q♦ to send the huge pot to nillolok and reset the stacks.

Seat 1: andreas1966 - 261,356,178
Seat 5: mmleandro - 377,230,123
Seat 6: tnb1990 - 77,271,439
Seat 8: TimMoscow007 - 156,822,560
Seat 9: nillolok - 356,869,700

Blinds: 4M/8M with 1M Ante

tnb1990 can't comeback, eliminated in 5th

tnb1990 was right in the middle of the pack when they hit five-handed play but quickly dropped under ten big blinds after the talks broke down. He found an ace on the button and shoved with A♣2♥ but was unlucky to have TimMoscow007 move in over the top with what turned out to be K♥K♠ in the small blind.

tnb1990 picked up additional duck outs on the 8♠8♥2♣ flop but missed the 6♥ turn and 3♠ river to be the next gone from the final table.

Seat 1: andreas1966 - 350,356,178
Seat 5: mmleandro - 320,340,568
Seat 8: TimMoscow007 - 279,983,554
Seat 9: nillolok - 278,869,700

Blinds: 4M/8M with 1M Ante

mmleandro moves back ahead with ace-high

It was neck-and-neck between mmleandro and andreas1966 when they played a 200K pot. andreas1966 called a 56.5 million chip three-bet from mmleandro to the T♥8♣3♣ flop. They both checked the flop and the 2♦ turn before andreas1966 fired 40 million after the 7♦ river.

After some serious thought, mmleandro called correctly to win the 213 million chip pot with ace-high A♦K♠ to beat andreas1966's queen-high Q♥J♥.

Seat 5: mmleandro - 468,651,567
Seat 8: TimMoscow007 - 278,733,554
Seat 9: nillolok - 244,619,700

Blinds: 5M/10M with 1.25M Ante

TimMoscow007 makes a move, eliminated in 4th

One hand after mmleandro's big pot, while they were talking about talking about chopping, TimMoscow007 was in a three-bet hand to the J♠7♥6♣ flop. The chips went in the middle with nillolok's A♣J♣ far superior to TimMoscow007's 5♥4♥ and he pulled the huge double up after the A♠5♦ turn/river.

The hand left TimMoscow007 very short and he was gone soon after when his J♥5♥ could not come from behind against 6♣6♦ to go out in 4th place.

Now we have a deal

The three remaining players paused the clock once again with the following counts:

nillolok - 566,217,108
mmleandro - 445,787,713
andreas1966 - 217,545,170

This time, it was a much quicker discussion and they decided to chop up the remaining prize pool with the following numbers, leaving $20,000 behind for the Main Event champion:

mmleandro - $176,058.77
nillolok - $175,000.00
andreas1966 - $135,000.00

That's not a typo, mmleandro negotiated a bigger payout than chip leader nillolok.

andreas1966 falls short, eliminated in 3rd

andreas1966 was looking up at the other two players and was locked into a $135,000 payout with only $20,000 left in play. In order to grab that extra money, andreas1966 needed to move up the counts. His effort came when he called a bet from mmleandro to see the J♦J♥3♣ flop then check/raised all-in.

It was an easy call for mmleandro with trip jacks J♣5♣ to dominate andreas1966's K♥7♥. As a 97% dog to double, andreas1966 was drawing dead after the 7♣ turn to go out in 3rd place and set up the Brazilian Battle for the Main Event Championship.

Seat 5: mmleandro - 745,013,341
Seat 9: nillolok - 484,536,659

Blinds: 5M/10M with 1.25M Ante

mmleandro adds another Brazilian title with Main Event win

mmleandro hit heads-up play with a nice chip lead but nillolok was not willing to give up. He managed to pull back a small lead but mmleandro quickly took it back. The chip gap continually increased until nillolok took a gamble after 50 minutes of play.

It took four bets back-and-forth before nillolok was all-in and in trouble with K♦Q♦ against A♦K♥. mmleandro was dominating before the 9♦6♣4♠ flop then locked it up on the A♥ turn to win his first major online title.

nillolok did very well to earn $175,000 for his runner-up finish, a little better than his previous career high of $49. mmleandro began the final table with the chip lead and carried it through to the Main Event title for nearly $200,000 and the custom Movado watch. This was also the 21st title for a Brazilian this series, a nice little proof of talent in the South American country.

SCOOP-54-L ($100 NL Hold'em Main Event, $1M Guaranteed) results
Entrants: 24,591 (20,319 entries; 4,272 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $2,255,978.34
Places paid: 3,150

1. mmleandro (Brazil) $196,058.77*
2. nillolok (Brazil) $175,000*
3. andreas1966 (Germany) $135,000*
4. TimMoscow007 (Russia) $90,239.13
5. tnb1990 (United Kingdom) $67,679.35
6. Pablos701 (Brazil) $45,119.56
7. sebirizoR (Germany) $31,696.49
8. Rose Gambit (Brazil) $20,303.80
9. Jason-Pan39 (Taiwan) $13,535.87
*Reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $20,000 in play for the winner


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Al Rash
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