Earlier today I covered the final table of Event #30-M of the 2016 Spring Championship of Onine Poker. It was a Turbo, Zoom tournament that took a total of four-and-a-half hours to complete the entire tournament from start to stop. While that was going on, the final table of Event #25-H was in full swing. There was nothing turbo about this one. There was no zoom. The final table of this event alone would take longer than the entire tournament of the earlier event. That’s 838 eliminations in the same time that this tournament saw five. Yep, this was a tournament for the online poker purists who enjoy a griiiiiiiiiiiind!
The event was a $700 No Limit Holdem 6-Max Ultra-Deep tournament – a two-day tournament with incredibly-deep stacks, thirty minute levels on Day 2 and a final table that ran over five hours. It would take great stamina and concentration to outplay, outwit and outlast the opposition and in the end it was Malaka$tyle hailing from the UK who took the SCOOP title and $92,761.17 top prize.
A field of 754 players would take part with Chen-An Lin, Jorge Limon, Mickey Petersen, Naoya Kihara, George Danzer and Jason Mercier representing Team PokerStars. Hoewever they would be out short of the money for the top 84 players in this one.
When Uruguay’s komarolo22 was eliminated on the bubble, the remaining players secured at least $1,353.80.
Mike Watson (72nd), Alex Lynskey (67th), Jon Turner (62nd), Viktor Blom (55th) and Kosei Ichinose (46th) were some of those to take home a profit before Day 1 of play came to an end with 30 players remaining. Leading the way was Russian pro Max “$uperdecay” Lykov.
Alek Givotovsky (27th) and Mustapha Kanit (25th) were early Day 2 casualties, while Max Lykov could only reach as far as 14th place. Brian Rast fell in 9th place before play slowed to a crawl on the final table bubble. In the end it would be sousinha23 who bubbled the final table after an aggressive three-bet shove with 7♥8♥. YukoEgawa made the call with Q♣K♠ and when a king paired on the flop our final table of six was set:
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Final Table Line Up
Seat 1: que_te_crio (7,115,827 in chips)
Seat 2: MrRabanne (6,564,837 in chips)
Seat 3: YukoEgawa (6,056,434 in chips)
Seat 4: minusth3bear (6,714,133 in chips)
Seat 5: Malaka$tyle (5,830,715 in chips)
Seat 6: bombuslol (5,418,054 in chips)
The chips were very even around the table and with the blinds kicking off the final table at 40k/80k/10k, there was plenty of play ahead before a champion would be crowned.
Such was the quality of the structure and the ultra-deep stacks that it would take almost two hours of play before the first player would be eliminated from the final table.
minusth3bear took a hit after flopping a top pair of aces but was out-kicked by MrRabanne, to leave minusth3bear as the short stack. A short time later minusth3bear was in the big blind and called a preflop raise from que_te_crio to take a flop of J♥5♥8♦. minusth3bear checked and que_te_crio made a continuation bet. minusth3bear then sprung to life and check-raised all in with que_te_crio making the call holding J♦Q♣ to have minusth3bear’s J♠9♥ in bad shape. The 4♦ turn and 2♣ river brought no help for minusth3bear who had to depart in sixth place for $15,042.30 in prize money.
YukoEgawa landed a big double up with two pair extracting maximum value from MrRabanne who missed with an open-ended straight draw, but it was que_te_crio who was in control with a big chip advantage.
Once again the pace was slow until a classic pair versus overcards clash brought the end for MrRabanne. Malaka$tyle opened from early position before the all-in shove came from MrRabanne in the big blind. Malaka$tyle called with A♠Q♥ to be coin-flipping with MrRabanne’s 9♦9♠. It would take until the river on a board of J♦7♣3♣4♥A♥ for Malaka$tyle to catch a pair to spell the end for MrRabanne in fifth place for a $25,070.50 collect.
It wouldn’t take long to lose our next player with a similar preflop race ending the tournament of bombuslol. An under-the-gun raise from que_te_crio was flat called by both YukoEgawa and Malaka$tyle before bombuslol squeezed out a three-bet from the big blind. que_te_crio folded but YukoEgawa moved all in to isolate the short stack. Malaka$tyle got out of the way and bombuslol called what was left with A♦K♣. YukoEgawa tabled J♣J♥. The flop landed 5♠J♦A♥ giving bombuslol top pair but YukoEgawa had flopped a set of jacks. Things got interesting on the A♠ turn as bombuslol now had some outs to a bigger full house but it wasn’t to be as the 8♥ completed the board. bombuslol was sent to the rail in fourth place for $35,098.70.
que_te_crio held the chip lead entering three-handed play, but Malaka$tyle and YukoEgawa quickly evened up the ledger as the seven-figure pots became more frequent.
It would take over an hour and a half to break the three-handed deadlock with YukoEgawa the player to crack. It took two big clashes to remove the player from Denmark with the first blow coming in a preflop war with Malaka$tyle. After putting in a three-bet preflop, YukoEgawa called all in with A♥K♥ when Malaka$tyle four-bet jammed with 4♥4♠. Malaka$tyle was the short stack, and despite YukoEgawa flopping a flush draw, the baby pair held on the board of 3♠7♥Q♥5♦Q♣.
YukoEgawa was onto the short stack, and it didn’t take long for Malaka$tyle to finish the job. After raising preflop, Malaka$tyle fired bets on the flop, turn and river to put YukoEgawa all in on a board of A♦3♥7♣9♦10♠. YukoEgawa made the call with A♠5♥ for top pair but Malaka$tyle held A♣7♦ for two pair to take it down and eliminate YukoEgawa from the tournament in third place for $51,394.52.
Heads-up Chip Counts
Seat 1: que_te_crio (13,117,216 in chips)
Seat 5: Malaka$tyle (24,582,784 in chips)
Malaka$tyle held close to a two-to-one chip lead entering heads-up play, but such was the nature of this “ultra” deep-stacked tournament, the battle for the title wasn’t going to be an easy one with these two duking it out for another 45 minutes before a champion was crowned.
Malaka$tyle kept the pressure on in the early stages and increased the advantage but que_te_crio fought back with a big double up with ace-jack connecting against pocket eights. que_te_crio took over the lead and ramped up the aggression but Malaka$tyle would recover with several medium-sized pots at showdowns with solid hands and pairs that had connected with the board.
Malaka$tyle was back in the lead as the final hand of the tournament was dealt. Malaka$tyle min-raised the button and que_te_crio called to take a 8♦10♦10♣ flop. que_te_crio checked and then raised but Malaka$tyle stuck around to see the Q♥ hit the turn. que_te_crio fired again and Malaka$tyle made the call as a massive pot was already in the middle before the 5♠ completed the board. que_te_crio went for it and moved all in holding K♣J♣ for nothing but king-high but que_te_crio had run into a monster as Malaka$tyle snap-called with A♣10♥ for trip tens to take the pot and claim the victory!
A great run by que_te_crio ends in second place for $69,194.58 as Malaka$tyle endured a marathon event and a five-hour final table to take home the SCOOP title to the UK along with $92,761.17 in prize money. Congratulations!
2016 SCOOP-25-H: $700 NL Holdem [6-Max Ultra-Deep] – $250k Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $501,410
Places Paid: 84
1. Malaka$tyle (United Kingdom) $92,761.17
2. que_te_crio (Malta) $69,194.58
3. YukoEgawa (Denmark) $51,394.52
4. bombuslol (United Kingdom) $35,098.70
5. MrRabanne (Hungary) $25,070.50
6. minusth3bear (United Kingdom) $15,042.30
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.
A total prize pool of $40 million is guaranteed with the series running right through until May 22nd. Head to the SCOOP home page for more details.
Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.