WCOOP 2014: Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro adds WCOOP to SCOOP in Event #20 ($320 NLH, Progressive Super-Knockout)

The second weekend of the 2014 World Championship of Online Poker rolled around with a load of big options for your poker needs. Event #20 offered players a chance to make some nice cash even if they didn't make the payout portion of the tournament.

Standard knockout tournaments play a flat amount for each player eliminated from the tournament but this event juiced it up even more with progressive super-knockout bounties. Players put up $320 to participate in the No Limit Hold'em tournament with $150 going into the regular prize pool and $150 going into the bounty prize pool.

Instead of picking up the entire bounty for a knockout, players receive a portion of a player's bounty then the rest is added to their bounty total. That is the "progressive" part of the progressive super-knockout format, ever building bounties.

The tournament drew 3,901 players to divide a $1,170,300 prize pool equally between payouts and bounties. The top 495 players would get a piece of the regular prize pool but players couldn't quickly earn their buy-in back with a few knockouts. One day wasn't enough and only 47 of those starting players remained when the tournament paused at the end of the 30th level.

BIGMICKG was the clear leader at the end of the first day with several big names trying to chase him down including Jon "Pearljammer" Turner, Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger, and double SCOOP champion Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro. As one would expect, the chip leaders built their bounties pretty high but it was pro Steve "mcnallyville" McNally, sitting near the bottom half to the leaderboard, who was sporting biggest bounty at $4,624.

Almost 9th place money just to knock him out.

Top ten returning stacks:

1. BIGMICKG - 1,277,111
2. Turko_man - 925,787
3. wildricky101 - 829,585
4. Vitz25 - 761,056
5. CocaPornStar - 756,210
6. abarone68 - 673,519
7. W0123 - 656,671
8. 25yrsthedeal - 651,854
9. Jon "Pearljammer" Turner - 639,072
10. Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro - 611,169

Blinds: 6k/12k with 1.5 ante

Benger and McNally were early casualties along with returning big stack W0123. It looked like the bounties would provide the added push to move the game along quickly but action slowed dramatically once they hit the last three tables with the average stack hanging around 40 big blinds.

Turner was unable to add to his already impressive list of accomplishments when he moved his short stack all-in with A♦T♣ straight into XingsMasters' big blind Q♦Q♠. They eventually made it down to the final table after only two shots at hand-for-hand action. The last nine players took their final seat when tiarc could not out-race 2014 SCOOP champion Ognjen "psjebemvas" Šekularac with 4♥4♣ against K♣Q♠.

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Final Table chip counts:

Seat 1: XingsMaster (3,501,227 in chips)
Seat 2: 25yrsthedeal (2,319,710 in chips)
Seat 3: Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro (2,732,087 in chips)
Seat 4: Possu81 (1,164,501 in chips)
Seat 5: wildricky101 (381,225 in chips)
Seat 6: psjebemvas (3,492,748 in chips)
Seat 7: Turko_man (601,436 in chips)
Seat 8: BIGMICKG (4,538,565 in chips)
Seat 9: mathiace (773,501 in chips)

Blinds: 20k/40k with 5k ante

wildricky101's wild ride ends, eliminated in 9th

The final table went an entire orbit with no big pots played, perhaps feeling each other out until things went a little haywire in a hurry. There were three quick all-in calls for two knockouts and one big double.

wildricky101 was the shortest stack at the table by far and took his shot with a shove from early position. psjebemvas just called from the next spot and Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro called in the big blind. With nothing in the side pot, both players checked the 7♥7♣6♦ flop before Kelopuro's bet 400,000 after the 2♠ turn. psjebemvas moved out to the way and wildricky101 saw his fate.

Kelopuro tabled the unbeatable 2♣2♥ to leave wildricky101's A♣5♠ drawing dead to the J♦ river. wildricky101 was sent out in 9th for $4,681 but picked up another $4,195 in bounties.

mathiace takes his shot, eliminated in 8th

The second hand in the string saw BIGMICKG open for a small raise from middle position and mathiace immediately came over the top for all his chips. Action folded to Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro in the small blind and he once again called with a chance for the knockout after BIGMICKG let his hand go.

mathiace: 7♠7♦
Kelopuro: A♥J♦

It was a nice little race for big money and Kelopuro moved ahead on the A♦K♥8♦ flop. That left mathiace with two outs twice to stay alive until the 9♥ took one of those away. Only the 7♣ remained in the deck to keep mathiace alive and he whiffed the K♠ river to go out in 8th place for $7,314.

25yrsthedeal jacks a double off psjebemvas

The third hand in the string of crazy began with a preflop raising battle. XingsMaster opened for a min-raise and 25yrsthedeal called behind along with Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro on the button. Not content to play it passive, psjebemvas raised from 80,000 to 300,300 from the big blind.

XingMaster let his hand drop before 25yrsthedeal pulled the slowplay shove move with K♦K♠. Kelopuro released his hand before psjebemvas called with J♠J♥. The dealer was kind to 25yrsthedeal when the board ran out A♠4♠2♠T♣T♦ to keep 25yrsthedeal alive.

Those three back-to-back-to-back hands turned out to be the exception instead of the rule and things calmed back down to normal action.

XingMaster chops it twice

XingMaster would be understood if he lost faith in the big Ace hands when he caught them twice in a row and earned nothing but the blinds and antes despite getting all-in with them twice.

The first time he had BIGMICKG dominated with A♣Q♦ against A♦7♦ before the dealer ran out a full house on the 9♠6♠6♣6♦9♦ board for the chop. Just one hand later he was all-in against Possu81 with another chop-happy A♥K♣ against A♠K♠. This time the board was boring with neither sniffing an oddball win.

XingMaster blasted, eliminated in 7th

Perhaps those two chopped pots tweaked XingMaster a little because he began shoving a lot of hands from that point forward. The final one was called by lead Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro and it wasn't very close.

XingMaster made his move with K♣J♠ but ran straight into the K♠K♦ of Kelopuro. XingMater picked up a gutshot draw on the Q♥9♣3♣ flop and a flush draw on the 6♣ turn. He had a great shot to crack Kings but couldn't finish it off when the river came 6♦ to send XingMaster out in 7th place for $13,165 and increase Kelopuro's bounty to a healthy $14,873.

psjebemvas chopped down, eliminated in 6th

It was a quick fall from grace for Serbian Ognjen "psjebemvas" Šekularac, he was among the leaders throughout the latter parts of the tournament but was cut down short of the his second major title. Šekularac was in the middle of the pack at the six-handed table when he tried to pick up a bounty against Turko_man.

His 5♠5♥ could not of the former Sunday Million champion's A♣T♥ to lose most of his stack. Šekularac shoved on the very next hand after 25yrsthedeal opened for a min-raise and Possu81 called behind. BIGMICKG called the shorty shove along with the other two.

Chip leader Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro bet after the T♥7♥6♦ flop and only BIGMICKG came along to the K♠ turn. BIGMICKG checked called a turn bet then did it again after the 3♦ river. Kelopuro showed Q♣Q♦ but he was behind BIGMICKG's check/calling K♥9♥, Šekularac simply mucked his hand and picked up $19,017 for his 6th place result.

Possu81 plays possum, eliminated in 5th

The quiet player at the final table was Finnish grinder Possu81, he sat back and slowly climbed the payout ladder while the rest did the heavy lifting. That helped with his position in the tournament but didn't do much for his stack.

Possu81 finally reached the point where he had to make a move and shoved from the big blind with A♦J♥ after 25yrsthedeal min-raised from the button. It was an easy call with K♣K♠ but Possu81 improved with a flush draw on the Q♦7♦5♦ flop. The 3♠ turn was no help and Possu81 was the next out when the Q♣ hit the river, gone in 5th place for $24,868.

Turko_man not the man, eliminated in 4th

Possu81's fellow countryman Turko_man was the only remaining player at the final table with a major title to his credit, a Sunday Million victory back in 2009, but he wasn't have much luck once hitting the final table.

Turko_man's last hand was one of the few to get the chips in the middle after the flop. It began when his small blind raise was called by BIGMICKG in the big blind before the J♥T♦9♣ flop. A raising war began when Turko_man called all-in on the fourth bet with the Ace-high, open-ended straight, backdoor flush draw A♦Q♦ against top-bottom, Jacks up J♠9♥.

The turn/river ran out a harmless 7♥3♠ to send Turko_man out in 4th place for [$33,646. BIGMICKG picked up another bounty to join Kelopuro's and 25yrsthedeal in a virtual dead heat.

BIGMICKG unable to capitalize, eliminated in 3rd

There was a brief chat about a possible deal with the three remaining players relatively equal in front but the conversation went nowhere. It was also the start of a bad run for BIGMICKG, he lost several big pots with second best hands with most of it going Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro way.

Kelopuro finished him off when he min-raised from the button and BIGMICKG shoved in the small blind. Both 25yrsthedeal and Kelopuro called to double up against BIGMICKG to the K♠Q♣6♠ flop. Both players checked and Kelopuro bet the 7♠ turn to get a fold from 25yrsthedeal.

BIGMICKG found out his T♥T♣ was outflopped by Kelopuro's Q♦9♦ and the 2♥ didn't change a thing to send him out in 3rd place for $48,274 while picking up $11,236 in bounties.

Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro adds WCOOP title with Event #20 victory

With little chip distance between two talented players, the couple hundred viewers watching online were probably ready for a long battle. It took a shocking pot to end things just 25 hands into heads up play, all of it going in with one more card to come.

Seat 2: 25yrsthedeal (9,657,891 in chips)
Seat 3: Lrslzk (9,847,109 in chips)

Kelopuro called a min-raise open from 25yrsthedeal to see the Q♣T♥3♣ flop then check/raised to 1,080,000. It was just a call from 25yrsthedeal before the 8♥ turn and he shoved after Kelopuro led out for 1,920,000. Kelopuro called the bet with flopped bottom set 3♦3♠ and was in trouble against 25yrsthedeal's turned straight J♦9♥.

The only hope for Kelopuro was a paired board to give him a boat or quads and the virtual dealer did just that, dropping the T♣ on the river to put a quick, surprising end on the tournament. If his hand held up, 25yrsthedeal would have the tournament just about locked up but he had to settle for the runner-up spot for $68,462.

Kelopuro dominated much of the final table to pick up his third career major title, earning a WCOOP championship to go along with his 2011 and 2013 SCOOP victories. The popular Finnish pro collects $91,870 with the win plus the tournament-leading bounty prize of $23,621.

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Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro

WCOOP 2014: Event #20 $320 NL Hold'em (Progressive Super-Knockout)
Entrants: 3,901
Prize pool: $1,170,300
Bounty prize pool: $585,150
Places paid: 495

1. Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro (Finland) $91,870.62 + $23,621.70 in bounties
2. 25yrsthedeal (United Kingdom) $68,462.55 + $6,259.52 in bounties
3. BIGMICKG (Ireland) $48,274.87 + $11,236.23 in bounties
4. Turko_man (Finland) $33,646.12 + $5,691.17 in bounties
5. Possu81 (Finland) $24,868.87 + $546.09 in bounties
6. psjebemvas (Serbia) $19,017.37 + $2,671.86 in bounties
7. XingMaster (Germany) $13,165.87 + $10,586.06 in bounties
8. mathiace (Norway) $7,314.37 + $7,257.37 in bounties
9. wildricky101 (United Kingdom) $4,681.20 + $4,195.20 in bounties

Al Rash
@PokerStars in WCOOP