Heads-up matches are always exciting to watch, knowing the contest could finish at any moment. Some duels may last for hours, but other battles can potentially be over in just one hand. Players are often at the mercy of the fall of the cards and if a cooler strikes, there’s not a lot that can be done to avoid a collision.
We saw that today in today’s Heads-Up Event at the Spring Championship of Online Poker with the two semi finals and final all wrapping up in rapid time. Surviving the carnage and an incredible ten heads-up matches in a row was the Ukraine’s serhiy1989 who turned $215 into $25,104.18 in spectacular fashion.
Event #49-L of the 2016 SCOOP was a $215 No Limit Holdem Heads-Up High-Roller Event with a field of 830 taking to the virtual felt. The prize pool swelled to $166,000 which easily surpassed the guarantee.
Team PokerStars Pros Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Jaime Staples, Felipe Ramos, Naoya Kihara, Jason Mercier and Stavros Kalfas were in action in this event but were eliminated in the early rounds as the top 128 players would be assured of a min-cash.
One red spade did make it into the money with Fatima De Melo falling in 88th place for $431.60.
At the end of the first day of play, there were 32 players remaining but they would still be five wins away from the title and top prize of $25,104.18.
When the semi-final stage was reached it would be down to Fishyyy91 to take on greerzy_2, while on the other table it would be Nacho “PokerLoans1” Barbero battling it out against serhiy1989.
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Semi-Final 1: Fishyyy91 vs greerzy_2
It was a battle of the Supernovas in the first semi-final with SuperNova greerzy_2 taking on SuperNova Elite Fishyyy91 in what would turn out to be a rapid-fire match.
greerzy_2 came out of the blocks swinging with the first eight pots of the match to take an early lead. Fishyyy91 won a nice pot after picking off a bluff with third pair, but greerzy_2 quickly recovered with a flopped set turning into a full house to collect a healthy pot with a river overbet.
When Fishyyy91 tried a move on the river with a raise holding just fourth pair, greerzy_2 picked it off with two pair to jump out to a three-to-one chip lead, and it wasn’t long before the semi-final was over.
After raising from the button preflop, action checked to greerzy_2 on a monotone flop of A♠5♠7♠. greerzy_2 bet and Fishyyy91 made the call as the 6♦ appeared on the turn. Again the action was check, bet, call and the 9♥ completed the dangerous-looking board. Fishyyy91 checked and again greerzy_2 went with the overbet, moving all in to put Fishyyy91 to a life-or-death decision. Fishyyy91 used up plenty of time bank over the decision before making the call with 8♥6♣ for a straight. However greerzy_2 showed 9♠6♠ for the flopped flush to claim the win and advance to the final!
It was an unfortunate run out of cards for Fishyyy91 who took home $7,986.26 for fourth place.
Semi-Final 2: serhiy1989 vs Nacho “PokerLoans1” Barbero
The second semi-final would take a little longer, but in the end, it would take a lucky river to separate the Ukraine’s serhiy1989 and Argentinean pro Nacho “PokerLoans1” Barbero.
Play was quiet in the early stages before PokerLoans1 would win the first significant pot with a Broadway straight. serhiy1989 would chip away to keep the stacks relatively even before the final hand erupted.
PokerLoans1 limped the button before serhiy1989 raised from the big blind. PokerLoans1 made the call and the flop landed 10♦4♣8♣. serhiy1989 check-called a bet of 1,200 before the J♦ appeared on the turn. Again it was check, bet, call, this time for 3,600 as the A♥ appeared on the river. serhiy1989 checked for a third time and PokerLoans1 moved all in for 13,274. serhiy1989 had him covered and made the call. PokerLoans1 tabled 8♥4♠ for a flopped two pair but serhiy1989 showed A♦10♣ for a bigger two pair thanks to the rivered ace!
serhiy1989 advanced to the final as Nacho “PokerLoans1” Barbero was bounced out in third place for $7,986.26 in prize money.
Final: serhiy1989 vs greerzy_2
As can sometimes happen in heads-up matches, the final between serhiy1989 and greerzy_2 was all over in the blink of an eye.
serhiy1989 threw up the idea of a deal but greerzy_2 wasn’t overly enthused.
serhiy1989 said, “deal”
serhiy1989 said, “?”
greerzy_2 said, “ill do a deal but has a to be a good one”
Before the players had a chance to agree, a huge clash would see virtually all of the chips into the middle in the first level of play.
The hand started with a button raise from greerzy_2. serhiy1989 put in a three-bet but greerzy_2 came back with a four-bet. serhiy1989 made the call and they took a flop of 3♣7♠7♥. serhiy1989 checked and greerzy_2 bet 1,600. serhiy1989 made the call and the turn was the 6♦. serhiy1989 again check-called, this time for 4,000 as a big pot was already in the middle before the A♥ completed the board. serhiy1989 checked for a third time and greerzy_2 moved all in for effective stacks of 11,200. It was a make-or-break decision for serhiy1989 who made the call with A♠Q♠ for a rivered top pair and that was good as greerzy_2 showed J♥4♥ for nothing but imagination.
greerzy_2 was crippled, and despite one double up with queen-jack against pocket fours, the end would come soon after.
With a stack of around 15 big blinds, greerzy_2 open-shoved from the button with 9♣7♣ and serhiy1989 made the call with K♠10♥. greerzy_2 picked up some more outs on the 2♠J♥8♦ flop, but the 4♦ turn and Q♥ river bricked the board. serhiy1989’s king-high was enough to take the pot and the SCOOP title!
greerzy_2 pockets $15,974.18 for the runner-up result as the SCOOP watch and $25,104.18 are heading to the Ukraine as serhiy1989 is our latest SCOOP champion! Congratulations!
2016 SCOOP-49-L: $215 NL Holdem [Heads-Up High-Roller] – $100K Guaranteed
Prize Pool: $166,000
Places Paid: 128
1. serhiy1989 (Ukraine) $25,104.18
2. greerzy_2 (Canada) $15,974.18
3. Nacho “PokerLoans1” Barbero (Argentina) $7,986.26
4. Fishyyy91 (Hungary) $7,986.26
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.