Not all COOP wins are created equal. They all count as victories, of course, but they come in a wide variety. There are some players out there with multiple wins in smaller tournaments whose total prize money is relatively small. And then there are players like 3P3NIPA, whose one previous COOP victory came during a major event for more than $500,000. After adding a hard-fought SCOOP win today in Event #22-H, the player from the Czech Republic is still averaging six figures per COOP title. Not bad work if you can get it!
The tournament was a 5-Stack no-limit hold’em affair, with each player being given five 5,000-chip stacks that could be redeemed at any time during the first 15 levels, after which the remaining stacks were put into play. The end result was 859 players playing some very deep-stacked poker for a very long time. The 30-minute levels and depth of stacks left 164 players in the field when play paused for the night, still 65 away from the first payout at 99th place.
Leading the way overnight was Nikolay “NikolasDLP” Prokhorskiy, a WCOOP winner in 2013 and 2014 who finished second in yesterday’s Event #19-H, trailed immediately by WCOOP 2015 Sunday Million SE winner 3P3NIPA and SCOOP 2014 finalist slayerv1fan. All three fared better than the rest of the players around them, advancing through to the final table.
Slightly further back was Team PokerStars pro Jason Mercier. He came into Day 2 of this tournament with a total of 14 cashes during the first week of SCOOP 2016, making his first final table appearance yesterday, and was in excellent shape to make another deep run at 23rd place of 164 returning players. Through most of the day he held remarkably steady, moving only a few spots above or below that 23rd-place spot regardless of how many players remained. In the end his Day 2 performance was probably a little too steady for his taste – he finished up in 24th place ($4,295).
Those deep stacks meant it took until 8:46pm ET – nearly 10 hours after Day 2 began – to reach this final table lineup:
Seat 1: Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos Diaz (5,211,507 in chips)
Seat 2: Artem “FaNjkEEE” Kobylynskyi (1,178,834 in chips)
Seat 3: Thomas “WushuTM” Muhlocker (2,384,354 in chips)
Seat 4: RamsGold (3,625,243 in chips)
Seat 5: slayerv1fan (2,719,942 in chips)
Seat 6: 3P3NIPA (1,147,269 in chips)
Seat 7: PokerNoob999 (1,247,270 in chips)
Seat 8: T-Macha (566,875 in chips)
Seat 9: NikolasDLP (3,393,706 in chips)
Already a SCOOP finalist in 2013, T-Macha came close to repeating the feat by finishing 20th in Event #7-H earlier in the week. Today the Dutch player returned to a SCOOP final for the first time in three years, but the visit would last just one hand. T-Macha jammed for just over 11 big blinds when the action reached the button, holding A♥ 4♣, and chip leader Amadi_017 came along in the small blind with K♠ J♦. A king on the turn flipped the script, and T-Macha was gone in 9th place ($11,167).
The order of the next seven finishers would take considerably longer to resolve, but it was the first portion was largely determined by the play of Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos Diaz. Winner of both the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event and the EPT11 Grand Final, he looked like he was on a mission to improve on his own SCOOP record, which included a run of eight cashes and four final tables back in 2013, by grabbing his first champion’s watch. He started out aggressive and never really let up, taking advantage of his big stack to make cheap calls with a chance to knock out potentially dangerous opponents.
A regular in live high-roller tournaments, Tobias “PokerNoob999” Reinkemeier’s list of accomplishments includes a SCOOP 2009 victory and a win in the Sunday Million. The short stack he took to today’s final table would be a hindrance to picking up a second COOP title, starting with a lost coin flip holding A♥ K♥ against 3P3NIPA’s 7♥ 7♠ that dropped Reinkemeier to 328K, or about five and a half big blinds. Three hands he defended his big blind all-in with K♣ 10♦ when Amadi_017 raised, calling all-in for about half the pot after the 4♣ A♠ 2♠ flop only to see Amadi_017 was holding A♥ 10♣. The pair of aces was still good after the river, and PokerNoob999 finished in 8th place ($18,898).
Amadi_017 kept up the attack, raising most pots and taking down a fair number of them with little to no resistance. He also kept the pots small when he had a weak hand worth taking to showdown, and that worked out more often than not.
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He finally won another big pot after calling Thomas “WushuTM” Muhlocker’s middle position min-raise in the big blind with 9♦ 6♠ and catching bottom two pair on the 9♠ 6♦ 10♦ flop. Amadi_017 led out and then called when WushuTM, a SCOOP Super Tuesday SE Special Edition champion in 2015, moved all-in for 841K with A♥ 10♥ for top pair. The Q♦ turn and 7♠ changed nothing, and WushuTM was out in 7th place ($27,488).
Becoming the next victim of the Amadi_017 wrecking ball, though, kept him from improving on that previous final table finish. He shoved from the small blind with A♣ 8♦, Amadi_017 called in the big blind with A♠ K♠, the board ran out 4♠ J♥ A♦ 10♣ 7♦, and NikolasDLP exited in 6th place ($36,078).
Amadi_017’s aggressive style led to a few losses when opponents showed up with a real hand, like RamsGold did with J♦ J♥ for a 4.7M-chip pot and Artem “FaNjkEEE” Kobylynskyi, a finalist in TCOOP 2016, Super Tuesday, and WCOOP 2013, did with K♦ K♠ for another 2M. But he was able to remain well ahead of the rest of the field thanks to a virtually bottomless supply of blinds and antes coming his way. The other bonus was that when he actually showed up with a hand, his opponents were more likely to push back with something weaker. FaNjkEEE did just that, re-raising all-in for 1.2M with Q♥ J♥ after Amadi_017 opened with A♠ K♣. He called and fell behind when the Q♠ came on the turn, but the A♦ river gave Amadi_017 another knockout and busted FaNjkEEE in 5th place ($44,668).
That win boosted Amadi_017’s stack to 9.8M with blinds and antes still at 35K/70K. The five chip stacks that every player started with were now coming into play, making this portion of the tournament deeper than usual. That gave the leader every option in the book for choosing how he wanted to deal with the other three players: RamsGold (4.66M), who was last seen finishing second to Team Online’s Aditya Agarwal in TCOOP Event #50 this year; slayerv1fan (4.95M), who had been in the top three chip stacks since the start of Day 2; and 3P3NIPA (1.95M), who had been there with slayerv1fan most of the way. That same depth also gave them room to choose their spots for making any moves against him, which made the outcome more uncertain than it would have been at a shallower-stacked table.
It took some time, but all three players were eventually able to dent Amadi_017’s stack. slayerv1fan played it safe with K♦ K♠ in the small blind, calling Amadi_017’s raise before the 8♣ 7♥ 7♦ and then check-calling there, checking the 4♠ turn, and check-calling again on the Q♣ river. The kings won 2.74M chips when Amadi_017 tabled a bluff with 10♥ 2♥. RamsGold played some defense too, after raising with K♥ 4♥, getting a call from Amadi_017, and checking behind him on the 10♦ 9♦ A♥ flop. Amadi_017 led at the K♣ turn so RamsGold just called, winning 1.3M after the two checked the 2♣ river and Amadi_017 showed Q♥ 7♥ – another bluff.
3P3NIPA got the biggest bite and didn’t have to show down to do it. The Czech player raised to 300K in the small blind and then took the lead on the flop and turn as well after Amadi_017 called. He came along the whole way, calling 350K on the flop and 840K more on the turn until the board was complete at 7♣ A♦ 8♣ A♠ J♣. This time 3P3NIPA moved all-in, covering both the 3M-chip pot and Amadi_017’s 2.7M-chip stack. Amadi_017 folded and slipped to last place, while 3P3NIPA stacked up to 9.3M.
A few wins here and there pushed 3P3NIPA over 10M. Then came a 3.8M-chip win against slayerv1fan, who called a pre-flop raise in the big blind and then check-called the flop and turn before check-folding to 3P3NIPA’s all-in bet on the river with the board reading 2♣ 4♠ J♠ 7♥ Q♠. Everyone else holding between nine and 24 big blinds apiece was all the license 3P3NIPA needed to turn up the aggression, and a growing percentage of hands ended with the Czech player moving all-in before the flop to claim the blinds and antes.
The question was which of the short stacks would bust out first, and whether it would come against another short stack or 3P3NIPA. It took some time, but two of the shorties finally collided when Amadi_017 opened all-in from the small blind on a steal with J♦ 5♣. RamsGold called in the big blind with 5♦ 5♥ and the pair held up on an increasingly dangerous K♣ 6♠ 10♦ Q♥ 10♠ board to end Amadi_017’s run in 4th place ($63,995.50).
It took several orbits, but slayerv1fan would go next. After calling 3P3NIPA’s min-raise from the big blind with 8♣ 4♥ and catching middle pair on the 3♦ 4♦ 7♠ flop, slayerv1fan check-raised all-in for 1.7M.3P3NIPA had 9♠ 7♣ for top pair and called, taking down the pot after the 6c] turn and 10♥ river to bust slayerv1fan in 3rd place ($85,041).
3P3NIPA had a 17.5M-to-3.6M edge as heads-up began and turned it into a victory three hands later. RamsGold opened the action with a button min-raise and closed it by calling all-in with A♦ J♣. That stayed ahead of the K♦ Q♦ 3P3NIPA had raised with only until the flop of the 9♦ K♥ 8♦ 2♥ 5♦ board, and the Czech player’s king-high flush took the pot to close out the tournament.
That’s two runner-up finishes in two COOP finals for RamsGold in 2016, with this latest one worth a very solid $112,529. The win, meanwhile, marks a second career COOP title for 3P3NIPA after that previously mentioned WCOOP 2015 bracelet. Between that prize and the $157,626.50 earned today, 3P3NIPA has earned an astounding average of $330K per COOP victory since last September. Congratulations to both players for coming out on top of a very skilled SCOOP field!
SCOOP-22-H ($1,050 NL Hold’em, 5-Stack) results
Total prize pool: $859,000
Places paid: 99
1. 3P3NIPA (Czech Republic) $157,626.50
2. RamsGold (Costa Rica) $112,529
3. slayerv1fan (Mexico) $85,041
4. Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos Diaz (United Kingdom) $63,995.50
5. Artem “FaNjkEEE” Kobylynskyi (Ukraine) $44,668
6. Nikolay “NikolasDLP” Prokhorskiy (Russia) $36,078
7. Thomas “WushuTM” Muhlocker (Austria) $27,488
8. Tobias “PokerNoob999” Reinkemeier (Malta) $18,898
9. T-Macha (Netherlands) $11,167
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