It was one of the events on tonight’s undercard — what with the three 2015 SCOOP Main Events playing out — but Event #44-H, a two-day, $2,100 buy-in, eight-handed no-limit hold’em contest, was a heavyweight battle throughout. With tons of big names participating and going deep, it was Hiren “hustla16” Patel of Canada managing to outlast a huge field of 1,044 to win the title and a $280,457.77 first prize following a four-way final table deal.
Patel adds a SCOOP title to the WCOOP he won back in 2009 (a big one, worth $446K). Here’s the story of how Patel did it.
That big field meant a $2,088,000 prize pool, more than twice the tournament’s $1 million guarantee. It would take nearly 11 hours on Sunday to play down to 120 players and for the bubble to burst. SCOOP Event #17-M winner Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov was the unfortunate 121st-place finisher missing the money, while Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer finished 120th to earn the first piece of the prize pool with a min-cash of $3,967.20.
It only took about a half-hour more for Day 1 to come to a close at which point 77 players remained with zdravko of Croatia having built a big lead to top the counts overnight. Here’s how the top 10 appeared when play ended on Sunday:
1. zdravko (Croatia) — 506,629
2. FOO-92 (Germany) — 312,813
3. Nelisschuif7 (Malta) — 305,440
4. EvnomiYa (Russia) — 295,934
5. dynamoM (Russia) — 284,782
6. Vandiesel (Canada) — 252,554
7. -MortenVM- (Denmark) — 235,172
8. luetch1 (United Kingdom) — 235,075
9. TiltMeBig (Sweden) — 230,833
10. nokimoto (Romania) — 227,668
David “dpeters17” Peters (77th), Niall “Firaldo87” Farrell (76th), and Jason “jakoon1985” Koon (75th) were the first knockouts of the day, each earning $5,011.20.
Over the next couple of hours eliminations would include Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” Kanit (72nd, $5,428.80), Chris “Moorman1” Moorman (65th, $5,428.80), Martin “M.nosbocaJ” Jacobson (64th, $5,846.40), Thiago “XTheDecanoX” Nishijima (62nd, $5,846.40), Rafael “GM_VALTER” Moraes (60th, $5,846.40), Event #36-H winner lissi stinkt (59th, $5,846.40), Pedro “skyboy69” Oliveira (58th, $5,846.40), Sam “aaajack” Chartier (56th, $6,264), Ami “UhhMee” Barer (53rd, $6,264), Apostolis “apostolis20” Bechrakis (49th, $6,264), Andres “gmcrafter” Herrera (47th, $6,787), Nemeth “probirs” Andres (38th, $7,830), Terry “terryfan” Fan (36th, $7,830), and Benson “BBOY3110” Nikkerson (34th, $7,830).
Play continued, with Ravi “govshark2” Raghavan (31st, $9,396), Elio “smokrokflock” Fox (29th, $9,396), Luke “lb6121” Schwartz (26th, $9,396), Aaron “Aguskb” Gustavson (23rd, $12,006), Georgios “gkap13” Kapalas (19th, $12,006), Peter “twirlpro” Turmezy (18th, $12,006), and Pablo “gordijú” Gordillo (17th, $12,006) among the next out.
Seat 1: chess87 (Germany) — 920,412
Seat 2: deivid29 (Portugal) — 1,681,297
Seat 3: Hiren “hustla16” Patel (Canada) — 2,885,339
Seat 4: Leqenden (Belarus) — 841,833
Seat 5: -MortenVM- (Denmark) — 608,905
Seat 6: Michael “Gags30” Gagliano (Canada) — 920,918
Seat 7: nokimoto (Romania) — 2,251,910
Seat 8: zdravko (Croatia) — 329,386
Not long after the final table got going the blinds were 12,500/25,000 when deivid29 opened for 56,250 from early position. It folded to -MortenVM- in the cutoff who three-bet to almost 150,000, then Michael “Gags30” Gagliano reraised again to almost 300,000 from the button. It folded back to deivid29 who stepped aside, then -MortenVM- pushed all in and Gagliano called with the almost 980,000 he had left.
-MortenVM- had A♥3♥ while Gagliano turned over K♦K♣. An ace came in the window, with the flop spreading A♦2♠4♣, and after the 6♣ turn and 7♥ river Gagliano was out in eighth as -MortenVM- took over the chip lead.
A little while after that deivid29 opened with a min-raise to 60,000 from the button, Leqenden called from the big blind, and the flop came 3♦8♥J♦. Leqenden checked, deivid29 bet a little over 80,000, Leqenden shoved for nearly 400,000, and deivid29 called.
Leqenden had 10♠9♦ for an open-ended straight draw while deivid29 had two overcards, a flush draw, and the current lead with A♦K♦. The turn was the 6♥ and river the J♠, making deivid29’s hand best and ending Leqenden’s run in seventh.
Play moved forward, then in the final hand before the break signaling the end of the day’s seventh hour, zdravko open-pushed all in for almost 520,000 from UTG with 8♦8♥, deivid29 reraise-shoved from the cutoff with A♠K♦, and the others folded. The J♠Q♠4♥ flop kept zdravko in front, but the turn and river brought two aces — A♣, then A♥ — giving deivid29 trips and sending zdravko railward in sixth.
About 15 minutes later deivid29 opened from the cutoff for just under 80,000 (a little over 2x), Hiren “hustla16” Patel called from the button, then nokimoto pushed for 817,500 from the big blind. deivid29 folded, but Patel called, turning over 9♣9♠ to nokimoto’s A♣2♣. A K♥6♥J♦Q♣K♣ runout didn’t help nokimoto who finished fifth.
The remaining four played a little longer, then paused to talk about a deal with all of them not too far apart in chips. -MortenVM- had almost 2.97 million, Hiren “hustla16” Patel about 2.68 million, deivid29 just over 2.60 million, and chess87 about 2.19 million.
Both “chip chop” and “ICM”-based figures were produced — leaving $20K for which to play in both cases — and all but -MortenVM- quickly agreed to the ICM numbers. Then after a short while -MortenVM- made an interesting suggestion:
-MortenVM-: how do you guys feel about leaving more than 20k for 1st too make it a bit more exciting
Patel suggested they play for $30K, then -MortenVM- said “what about 40 on top.” $30K became the most popular figure among the group, and after all agreed, new figures were tallied and agreed upon, and play continued.
The mood was pretty jovial once the deal was made — and why not? Each of the four had locked up around a quarter-million dollar payday!
The quartet continued on, then deivid29 took a huge hit in a preflop all-in hand versus Hiren “hustla16” Patel. Patel was at risk with A♥Q♠ versus deivid29’s 2♦2♣, and after the 3♥2♠4♠ flop giving deivid29 a set it looked like Patel was about to go out in fourth. But the turn was the K♠ and river the 8♠, making a winning flush for Patel and leaving deivid29 with less than one small blind.
But deivid29 would experience some good fortune on the next hand after watching Patel raise, chess87, three-bet, Patel push, and chess87 call all in for about 2.4 million total (about 48 big blinds). Patel had A♠K♦ and chess87 10♥10♦, and once again Patel saw his opponent flop a set as the first three cards came 9♠10♠6♣. But Patel would hit runner-runner once more as the turn brought the J♦ and the river the Q♠, making a straight for Patel and stopping chess87 in fourth.
deivid29 would be all in on the next hand, losing with K♥5♦ versus -MortenVM-‘s A♥6♥ to finish in third, and thanks to the previously made deal neither deivid29 or chess87 made more or less because of their finishes.
Meanwhile heads-up play began with Hiren “hustla16” Patel in front with a stack of 6,157,997 while -MortenVM- had 4,282,003.
-MortenVM- would battle back, and after more than an hour between them the pair were nearly even when the break marking the day’s 10-hour mark arrived, with -MortenVM- at just under 5.3 million and Patel at about 5.14 million.
They’d battle nearly another half-hour more, during which Hiren “hustla16” Patel retook the lead and then pushed out ahead, eventually building up over 8.8 million as -MortenVM- dropped back to about 1.63 million.
Then with the blinds at 50,000/100,000, Patel min-raised to 200,000, -MortenVM- reraised all in for 1,625,202 total, and Patel called.
Both had aces, but Patel had a better kicker, and five cards later — 4♥8♠2♠K♥6♠ — the nine played, giving Patel the extra $30K and the coveted SCOOP watch.
Congratulations to Hiren “hustla16” Patel for topping an especially tough field and final table to win Event #44-H and more than $280K. Kudos also to the other three players making it to the four-way chop and earning huge paydays in this one as well.
SCOOP 44-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em (8-Max)
Prize pool: $2,088,000.00
Places paid: 120
1. Hiren “hustla16” Patel (Canada) $280,457.77*
2. -MortenVM- (Denmark) $257,339.88*
3. deivid29 (Portugal) $248,462.89*
4. chess87 (Germany) $237,068.26*
5. nokimoto (Romania) $104,400.00
6. zdravko (Croatia) $73,080.00
7. Leqenden (Belarus) $46,980
8. Michael “Gags30” Gagliano (Canada) $31,200.00
*= reflects the results of a four-way deal that left $30,000 in play for the winner
The final events of the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker are playing out today. Check 2015 SCOOP homepage for results of every event plus updated totals in the Player of the Series races.
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.