SCOOP 2016: pellompogos progesses to the title in Event #16-H ($1,050 NLHE Progressive KO)

Poker fads come and go but there is definite trend upwards in the popularity of Progressive Knockout tournaments. Everyone loves an opportunity to get some cash along the way by knocking out a few players and winning a few bounties, and there's no doubt it makes the end stages of a tournament very interesting with the bounties often becoming as significant as the prize pool.

One player who now loves Progressive Knockout tournaments is pellompogos. Hailing from Cyprus, pellompogos dominated the final table of today's SCOOP event, and used a clever mix of aggression in what was a deep-structured and slow-moving tournament. In the end pellompogos netted the top prize of $133,556.58 plus over $40,000 in bounties in a sensational performance.

It was Event #16-H of the 2016 SCOOP with the special edition of the Thursday Thrill attracting a massive field of 1,599 players for the $1,050 No Limit Holdem Progressive Super-Knockout Event. The prize pool guarantee was set at seven figures but that was easily surpassed with a prize pool of $1,599,000 created.

George Danzer, Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Naoya Kihara, Jaime Staples, Andre Akkari, Celina Lin and Randy Lew were all out representing Team PokerStars but they would fall short of the cash.

The top 180 places would finish in the money with Team PokerStars Pro Fatima De Melo sneaking into the money in 179th place for a $1,039.35 min-cash along with her $1,250 bounty. Another red spade in the cash was Jason Mercier who made it as far as 70th place for $1,838.85 plus $2,375 in bounties.

It was a quality structure for this event, and after the first day of play there were still 156 players remaining with the UK's Sh0w3ers4u holding the overnight chip lead.


However new day would bring new fortunes as Sh0w3ers4u was bounced out in 45th place.

Play would slow dramatically approaching the final table with the deep stacks allowing players to pick their spots carefully. Hand-for-hand play on the final table bubble would take over half an hour before Slovenia's nikolach ran pocket jacks into the pocket aces of pellompogos to bow out in tenth place and see our final table set as follows:



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Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: xnrobix (1,804,386 in chips)
Seat 2: Ashley Jones (535,404 in chips)
Seat 3: J0hnny_Dr@m@ (1,503,827 in chips)
Seat 4: Tobias "PokerNoob999" Reinkemeier (767,792 in chips)
Seat 5: FaceRolly (2,542,078 in chips)
Seat 6: grinder1992 (1,266,358 in chips)
Seat 7: Mark "RenRad 01" Darner (3,836,537 in chips)
Seat 8: KissMyAcePlz (1,049,522 in chips)
Seat 9: pellompogos (2,684,096 in chips)

The final table blinds would kick off at 13.5k/27k/3.375k which meant our short stack still had a healthy twenty big blinds as they players settled in for the long haul towards the top prize.

First to go was Ashley Jones who was unable to win a pot on the final table. Ashley Jones blinded down to around five big blinds before picking an unfortunate moment to move all in with 9♣8♦ as action folded around to pellompogos who called in the big blind with A♥A♣.  The board of Q♣A♠J♣8♥5♣ brought no help for Ashley Jones who was out in ninth place for $8,314.80 plus bounties.

KissMyAcePlz won a nice pot with a set of eights before Tobias "PokerNoob999" Reinkemeier won the first seven-figure pot of the final table, winning a preflop race to double up with ace-king against the pocket tens of grinder1992.

However those chips would quickly disappear after PokerNoob999 called all in preflop with T♥T♣, running smack into the monster K♣K♠ of J0hnny_Dr@m@. The board fell 8♣9♥5♦Q♣7♠ to miss both players and eliminate Tobias "PokerNoob999" Reinkemeier in eighth place for $15,190.50.

A few hands later and xnrobix also hit the rail after getting aggressive on a flop of T♠K♠5♦. FaceRolly had three-bet preflop from the big blind and fired a continuation bet but xnrobix moved all in. FaceRolly called and tabled A♠K♣ for top pair as xnrobix was drawing with 9♠7♠ for a flush draw. The turn was the 9♦ to give xnrobix more outs with a pair but the river 6♦ missed to see xnrobix depart in seventh place for $23,185.50 in prize money.

The six-handed battle was an intense one, with no player giving an inch!

RenRad 01 picked up a nice pot with a deceptive backdoor flush to better the trip nines of KissMyAcePlz before FaceRolly made a nice call with a rivered pair of aces to curb the aggression of pellompogos.

However things would erupt with the biggest pot of the tournament, and certainly the most dramatic, seeing a three-way all in between J0hnny_Dr@m@, FaceRolly and the short-stacked grinder1992 who had picked the wrong time to shove with pocket deuces. FaceRolly showed pocket queens but J0hnny_Dr@m@ tabled pocket aces! The first four cards changed nothing but a lucky duck on the river gave grinder1992 a set of deuces for a remarkable triple up. The side pot was even bigger with J0hnny_Dr@m@'s aces still making a good profit while FaceRolly was crippled.

It was a blow that FaceRolly was unable to recover from. With around six big blinds, FaceRolly was all in preflop with K♠3♠ against two opponents. On the Q♥5♣A♦ flop, pellompogos led out with a bet to force a fold from J0hnny_Dr@m@ and FaceRolly knew he was in trouble. pellompogos showed A♠5♦ for two pair and that would be enough as the J♠ turn and 4♣ river completed the board. FaceRolly was out in sixth place for $31,180.50 plus a very healthy share of bounties.

pellompogos was into the chip lead and really ramped up the aggression, and it would be KissMyAcePlz who felt the brunt of that with a rather unlucky elimination. Pellompogos raised from under the gun and action folded to the short-stacked KissMyAcePlz in the small blind who moved all in for about eleven big blinds. pellompogos made the call with K♥T♥ but that was in huge trouble against the K♦K♠ of KissMyAcePlz. That was, until the flop landed Q♠A♣J♠! pellompogos had flopped a Broadway straight! The turn was the 2♣ and there was no chop on the 8♥ river to leave an unfortunate KissMyAcePlz to exit in fifth place for a nice $39,175.50 score.

Play slowed a little four-handed until grinder1992 found some life with a double up with a flush against J0hnny_Dr@m@, before pellompogos raked in a couple more sizable pots with flushes of his own. pellompogos was the first to pass an eight-figure stack and at one stage won seven pots in a row during four-handed play.

Meanwhile the shorties were getting short and had to make a move. With around 14 big blinds, J0hnny_Dr@m@ moved all in from under the gun with A♥9♣ and the race for survival was on as grinder1992 made the call with 7♦7♣. The board was all blank as it landed 2♥2♣5♥J♣4♠ and that meant J0hnny_Dr@m@'s tournament was over in fourth place for $54,366 plus some nice bounties.

RenRad 01 got in on the act with a lucky double up against grinder1992. It was all in preflop with RenRad 01 going with a suited king-nine against grinder1992's ace-eight and when an ace hit the flop, it looked like we'd be down to our final two. But the turn and river brought a runner-runner Broadway straight for RenRad 01 to land a dramatic double up.

grinder1992 found one double up but couldn't get a second to get back into contention. grinder1992 four-bet jammed with A♦9♠ but this time pellompogos had a real hand, making the call with A♠K♣. The board was spread 8♣2♥6♣8♦Q♣ and that was no help to grinder1992 who departed in third place. That was worth $73,554 in prize money.

Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 7: Mark "RenRad 01" Darner (2,783,294 in chips)
Seat 9: pellompogos (13,206,706 in chips)

It was a huge mountain for Mark "RenRad 01" Darner to climb as heads-up play started with pellompogos holding a commanding lead and all the momentum. pellompogos kept the pressure on and ground down the short stack before RenRad 01 landed a double with ace-jack against pocket sevens.

However it merely delayed the inevitable as pellompogos struck the final knockout blow.

RenRad 01 limped the button and pellompogos moved all in with aggression. RenRad 01 made the call and showed J♣T♣ for a pretty suited connector but that was dominated by pellompogos' Q♦T♥. The final board of the tournament landed K♣6♥5♠3♠8♣ and queen-high would be enough for pellompogos to take the pot and secure the victory!


It was a great tournament for RenRad 01 who pockets $97,539 plus bounties in a fine runner-up performance, but pellompogos dominated this final table and thoroughly deserved the $133,556.58, the SCOOP title and the biggest bounty of them all....his own! Congratulations!

2016 SCOOP-16-H: $1,050 NL Holdem [Progressive Super-KO] - $1M Guaranteed
Entrants: 1,599
Prize Pool: $1,599,000
Places Paid: 180

1. pellompogos (Cyprus) $133,556.58 (+$42,862.74 in bounties)
2. Mark "RenRad 01" Darner (Canada) $97,539.00 (+$11,280.26 in bounties)
3. grinder1992 (Bulgaria) $73,554.00 (+$14,692.36 in bounties)
4. J0hnny_Dr@m@ (United Kingdom) $54,366.00 (+$15,072.24 in bounties)
5. KissMyAcePlz (Finland) $39,175.50 (+$9,015.62 in bounties)
6. FaceRolly (Romania) $31,180.50 (+$16,212.86 in bounties)
7. xnrobix (Hungary) $23,185.50 (+$4,828.12 in bounties)
8. Tobias "PokerNoob999" Reinkemeier (Malta) $15,190.50 (+$3,468.75 in bounties)
9. Ashley Jones (Belgium) $8,314.80 (+$6,893.54 in bounties)

The Spring Championship of Online Poker is the biggest and richest tournament festival of the year, with millions in prize money to be won, a packed schedule, and separate buy-in levels designed to suit all bankrolls.

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Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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