SCOOP 2016: All okay for OKVirusKO in Event #17-M ($215 PLO Heads-Up)
There's no form of poker more pure than heads-up. It's a one-on-one battle to the death where only one can survive. A heads-up tournament is a ruthless journey to navigate a windy path through ten heads-up matches in succession, and only one player managed to achieve that feat today in today's SCOOP event. It's another SCOOP title for Germany as OKVirusKO claimed an impressive victory and over $22,000 in prize money.
A field of 615 players turned out for Event #17-M of the 2016 SCOOP schedule, a $215 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up Event. They produced a prize pool of $123,000 which more than doubled the advertised guarantee.
Chris Moneymaker, Kosei Ichinose, Naoya Kihara, George Danzer and Jason Mercier were all in action for the red spade of Team PokerStars but they were eliminated in the early rounds of matches to fall short of the money for the top 64 players.
Day 1 of play would see the field of 615 reduced to just 16. They would sleep easy with $2,127.90 locked up but with dreams of glory and the $22,302.36 top prize. That would require another four victories and after the first two rounds on Day 2 it would come down to OKVirusOK, Blindoath, Martrose and Flowerbunny.
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Semi Final: OKVirusKO vs Blindoath
It would take just on one hour of heads-up play for OKVirusKO to shake off Canada's Blindoath and progress to the final of this event.
There was nothing between these two titans in the first half of the match, and the only time either was all in was when both had the nut straight and they chopped it up.
Blindoath started to inch ahead and had a shot at victory when the two went at it on a flop of K♠5♣J♠. OKVirusKO had 5♥5♠6♠7♣ for a set and flush draw, but had to fade a whole bunch of outs against Blindoath's Q♣T♦K♦9♥ wrap. The turn was the 6♦ and river the equally-bricky 4♦ to see OKVirusKO double through and even the match once again.
At one bizarre point both players were back on their exact same start stacks of 10,000 apiece, almost as if the previous thirty minutes hadn't actually happened.
It wasn't until after the first scheduled break that OKVirusKO started to gain control. After winning a big pot with kings full of eights, OKVirusKO had a stretch of winning 19 of 25 consecutive hands to leave Blindoath in some trouble.
Blindoath found a double with an ace-high flush, but was unable to mount a comeback. The final hand would see Blindoath get aggressive with a preflop three-bet holding 7♥T♦8♥Q♦. OKVirusKO four-bet to put Blindoath all in. The call was made and OKVirusKO showed a monster A♠6♣T♠A♦. The board fell 4♠3♥K♠2♠4♦ and the aces were good for OKVirusKO to take the pot and advance to the final. Blindoath collected $7,095.87 for fourth place.
Semi Final: Martrose vs Flowerbunny
The second semi final would go a little longer with Martrose and Flowerbunny battling it out for around 80 minutes before Martrose gained the upper hand and grabbed the win.
It was a tight, tough match for the duration. In fact, it would take almost 30 minutes before the first four-figure pot would be won with Martrose taking it down uncontested with a river bet.
There was nothing in it at the first scheduled break but Martrose was able to slowly grind down his opponent.
Martrose picked up a handy pot with aces and fives, and had a nice run to win eight of nine consecutive hands before the final hand of the match was dealt.
After raising preflop, Flowerbunny moved all in at the flop of K♣4♠2♥ holding 3♥Q♠Q♦4♣. Martrose didn't have a pair but made the call with 6♥3♣5♥9♣ for a straight wrap, and that draw landed when the 3♦ hit the turn. The river was the T♥ to see Martrose advance to the final and leave Flowerbunny to collect $7,095.87 for third place.
Final: Martrose vs OKVirusKO
Martrose and OKVirusKO would battle it out in the final. Both were assured of $14,191.74 but they were striving for the SCOOP title and top prize of $22,302.36.
The final ended up being the quickest of the finals with a winner decided in around 40 minutes of play. OKVirusKO gained the early advantage with a couple of nice pots, but Martrose picked up plenty of small pots to stay in touch.
OKVirusKO kicked up the aggression, winning eight of nine consecutive pots, to put Martrose under pressure. OKVirusKO took down another nice pot with a turn check-raise and bet on the river that went uncalled to stretch to a three-to-one chip lead before the final hand unfolded.
From the button, OKVirusKO min-raised preflop before Martrose put in a three-bet. OKVirusKO called and they took a flop of A♣A♦7♠. Martrose bet out 1,200 and OKVirusKO called to see the K♥ hit the turn. Martrose had 2,710 chips remaining and committed them into the middle holding Q♦9♥A♥Q♥ for trip aces but OKVirusKO snap-called and showed 7♣8♠A♠Q♥ for a flopped full house! The river was the 4♥ which changed nothing to leave OKVirusKO as our champion!
Martrose came close but ultimately picks up $14,191.74 for second place, as OKVirusKO wins the SCOOP title and $22,302.36 in prize money! Congratulations!
2016 SCOOP-17-M: $215 PL Omaha [Heads-Up] - $50K Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $123,000
Places Paid: 64
1. OKVirusKO (Germany) $22,302.36
2. Martrose (Sweden) $14,191.74
3. Flowerbunny (United Kingdom) $7,095.87
4. Blindoath (Canada) $7,095.87
5. jasjas11 (United Kingdom) $3,953.22
6. victorrz (Russia) $3,953.22
7. Betrob7 (Sweden) $3,953.22
8. Santiniii (Austria) $3,953.22
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Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.