Two-time WCOOP champ Scott "Aggro Santos" Margereson conquers the Million, banks $194k
Last fall, Scott "Aggro Santos" Margereson managed quite a feat in winning two WCOOP bracelets inside of a three-day period. As Stephen Bartley reported then, Margereson was only a few years removed from washing dishes in a restaurant when the combined $351,000 score jumpstarted his online MTT career and threw him into contention for the WCOOP Player of the Series. Now, a mere seven months later, Margereson is another $194k richer and halfway to a PokerStars Grand Slam with a victory in the Sunday Million. With momentum on his side and SCOOP less than two weeks away, who knows what lies ahead for this talented young player.
A 6,393-strong crowd assembled for this week's Sunday Million, resulting in a $1,278,600.00 prize pool. 990 players earned a share of it with $194,479.20 set aside for the champion.
Blinds were up to 125,000/250,000 with ten players remaining. The action folded around to youraremelon, who open-shoved for 2.91 million on the button. Cube.com reshoved from the small blind for 3.42 million and turned over 7♠7♣. Youaremelon was drawing dead on the 7♥7♣3♠ flop that brought quads for cube.com and exited on the final table bubble.
Final table chip counts
Seat 1: -demis-13 (11,045,902 in chips)
Seat 2: dmr1001 (6,474,916 in chips)
Seat 3: cube.com (6,709,230 in chips)
Seat 4: KDJAll3 (14,022,694 in chips)
Seat 5: Aggro Santos (5,967,508 in chips)
Seat 6: illraiseyou8 (7,151,377 in chips)
Seat 7: TMcK69 (2,989,666 in chips)
Seat 8: JIMMY5BELLYS (6,874,008 in chips)
Seat 9: HomeFlax.AAs (2,694,699 in chips)
On Hand #3, HomeFlax.AAs moved in for his last 2.5 million from the cutoff and dmr1001 reshoved from the small blind to isolate with Q♠Q♣. HomeFlax.AAs's J♣9♣ picked up a flush draw on the T♦7♣5♣ flop, but he failed to catch another club and hit the rail in ninth place. Short stack TMcK69 three-bet shoved for 2.36 million a few hands later with 6♥6♠ and initial raiser KDJAll3 called with K♣J♣. KDJAll3 won the race with a jack on the flop and ended TMcK69's run in eighth place.
With seven left, the final table's two largest stacks clashed in a massive pot. KDJAll3 still held the chip lead he brought into the final table, but Greece's -demis-13, at his second Sunday Million final table in four months, was holding strong in second position. The blinds up to 200,000/400,000, -demis-13 opened for 888,888 and KDJAll3 three-bet to 1,777,776. -Demis-13 called, then check-called KDJAll3's 1.2 million bet on the A♠Q♥8♦ flop. The turn brought the J♦ and -demis-13 check-called another 2.4 million. However, when the 2♥ hit the river, -demis-13 folded to KDJAll3's 3.6 million river bet, relinquishing the 11.6 million pot. KDJAll3 moved up to 22.4 million while -demis-13 sunk to 9.2 million.
Dmr1001 caught a break when his 5♠5♥ caught a two-outer and rivered fives full of jacks vs. KDJAll3's A♦K♣, good for a double-up to 12 million. Short stack cube.com also had a stroke of good luck, his 8♣8♠ hitting running straight cards to overcome -demis-13's pocket queens. -Demis-13 was left with only 1.8 million with the blinds up to 250,000/500,000 and although he doubled up once to get back to 3.8 million, he ran out of steam a few hands later. With A♦9♠, -demis-13 moved all-in for 2.3 million on the button and KDJAll3 called with 3♥4♠ from the big blind. KDJAll3 flopped a pair of threes and -demis-13 blanked out on the rest of the 3♠8♠6♠T♣J♦ board. -Demis-13 went home with $28,129.20 for seventh place, nearly a three-fold improvement over his last trip to the Sunday Million final table.
The blinds rose to 300,000/600,000 and with the action folded around to Aggro Santos in the small blind, he open-shoved for 9.12 million with J♦7♠. Illraiseyou8 swiftly called with A♥Q♠ in the big blind, but Aggro Santos flopped top pair on the J♣5♣3♣6♣5♦ board and sent him to the rail in sixth place. Now second in chips with 13.8 million, Aggro Santos got a further boost when his A♦T♦ rivered an ace-high flush againstdmr1001's king-high flush with K♦3♦. All the money went in on the river and Aggro Santos took the chip lead with 28.5 million. Dmr1001 never recovered from that hand and moved in for his last eight big blinds with A♠J♠. Unfortunately for him, Aggro Santos woke up with A♦K♠ in the small blind. Aggro Santos's dominating hand held up on the A♣3♠2♥8♣3♥ board and dmr1001 exited in fifth place.
JIMMY5BELLYS hung on until the 400,000/800,000 level when he moved all-in for 4.6 million with A♦J♥. Aggro Santos called with K♠J♠ in the big blind and flopped a king to knock him out in fourth place. The hand took Aggro Santos up to 32.1 million, KDJAll3 sat on 25.6 million, and cube.com was still hanging on with 6.2 million.
KDJAII3 took back the chip lead in a pot Aggro Santos three-bet preflop. With 8.5 million already in the middle on the T♦5♣[2x] flop, Aggro Santos bet 4,336,788 and KDJAll3 looked him up. Both players checked the 8♣ turn. The river was the Q♣ and Aggro Santos passed the action to KDJAll3, who bet 4,000,000. Aggro Santos gave up his hand and KDJAll3 raked in the 18.16 million pot without a showdown.
Cube.com was down to only 3 million in chips when Aggro Santos moved in from the small blind for 29.9 million. Cube.com called off the rest of his stack, his Q♥8♠ ahead of Aggro Santos's 4♦5♠. Once again, luck was with Aggro Santos as he flopped a five and hung on through the river, the board running out 9♥7♣5♦K♥A♥ to eliminate cube.com in third place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 4: KDJAll3 (30,856,724 in chips)
Seat 5: Aggro Santos (33,073,276 in chips)
Aggro Santos had a silght lead going into heads-up play and chipped away at KDJAll3's stack for the first few orbits, reducing him to 24 million in chips. Then, with A♥9♠ on the button, Aggro Santos min-raised to 2 million and KDJAll3 fired back with a three-bet to 4 million. Aggro Santos shoved and KDJAll3 called with K♣T♦. Aggro Santos's ace-high held up on the Q♣Q♥2♠4h]8♣ board and he locked up his first Sunday Million title without a protracted heads-up battle.
Congratulations to Scott "Aggro Santos" Magereson on another spectacular victory! He banked $194,479.20 for the win, while runner-up KDJAll3 earned $143,842.50.
Places paid: 990
1. Scott "Aggro Santos" Margereson (Mexico) $194,479.20
2. KDJAll3 (United Kingdom) $143,842.50
3. cube.com (Germany) $102,288.00
4. JIMMY5BELLYS (United Kingdom) $70,323.00
5. dmr1001 (Israel) $53,701.20
6. illraiseyou8 (Canada) ) $40,915.20
7. -demis-13 (Greece) $28,129.20
8. TMcK69 (Canada) $15,343.20
9. HomeFlax.AAs (Sweden) $9,909.15
Kristin Bihr is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog.