Sometimes the “endgame” portion of a poker tournament just seems to belong to one player rather than any of the others. Such was the case today in the “High” version of Event #7 of this year’s Spring Championship of Online Poker, a $2,100 buy-in no-limit Omaha Eight-or-Better tournament played six-handed and with progressive knockout bounties.
There were a number of recognizables among the 142 players taking part, but during the latter, most important part of the tournament there was essentially one star — Canada’s PokinStaR who took away the title and a total cash prize of $57,060.62 including bounties.
The tournament had a $150,000 guarantee, but that big turnout meant a total prize pool of $284,000, with half constituting the regular prize pool (divided among the top 18) and the rest going to bounties.
When late registration finally closed on Monday, Mongano led as the only player with more than 100,000 chips, while Team PokerStars Pro Online member Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome was still in the hunt with an above average stack. Later in the night the money bubble burst, and while kuhns89 finished 19th to miss sharing the regular prize pool, bounties had already enabled kuhns89 to walk away with $3,875 and a profit.
A short-stacked Rowsome went out shortly after in 17th for $1,846 plus $2,750 in bounties. Ultimately just nine made it through Day 1, with five-time SCOOP winner Luke “lb6121” Schwartz (16th), winner of two WCOOPs and a SCOOP Andrey “Kroko-dill” Zaichenko (14th), and Jerry “Perrymejsen” Ödeen (10th) among those coming close to coming back.
With Mongano still big-stacked but Juicy_J_93 having surged in front — and a few other recognizable usernames still on the list — here’s how the chips looked to start Day 2:
1. Juicy_J_93 (Canada) — 366,678
2. Mongano (Russia) — 221,613
3. lov10k (United Kingdom) — 183,666
4. João “IneedMassari” Simão (Brazil) — 142,608
5. PokinStaR (Canada) — 137,417
6. Victor “Puropoker123” Lemos (Panama) — 118,499
7. ImluckNuts (Russia) — 93,101
8. zumbapoker (Finland) — 78,252
9. Victor “Isildur1” Blom (Sweden) — 78,166
The Brazilian João “IneedMassari” Simão — fresh off a couple of high roller cashes at the recently completed PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® — lost nearly all his stack on the first hand of Day 2 in a preflop all-in versus PokinStaR.
Two hands later Simão was out in ninth (with PokinStaR again the winner), having come up short in his quest to add a SCOOP title to the TCOOP and WCOOP ones he already owns.
Fifteen minutes later, another multi-COOP winner Victor “Puropoker123” Lemos fell — with PokinStaR the responsible party again — meaning the three-time SCOOP winner and WCOOP title holder had to settle for eighth in this one.
The only other former SCOOP winner left was Victor “Isildur1” Blom, whose three SCOOP titles include a Main Event (High) win back in 2013 for nearly $1.1 million. By then tiny-stacked Blom had already laddered up a couple of spots, then he doubled through PokinStaR to add a little extra room to operate.
On the other table, ImluckNuts would survive a preflop all-in to keep Blom the short stack, then Blom would manage a second double through lov10k, then another all-in in which he quartered lov10k, to keep both his seat and the final table bubble intact.
Finally — in the last hand before the one-hour break of Day 2 — Blom got all in on the flop with middle pair and a backdoor low draw versus PokinStaR’s overpair of aces, and when the turn and river didn’t help Blom he was out in seventh.
After collecting the first three bounties of the day, PokinStaR was the chip leader as the final table commenced.
Seat 1: PokinStaR (Canada) — 438,303
Seat 2: lov10k (United Kingdom) — 222,053
Seat 3: Mongano (Russia) — 119,954
Seat 4: ImluckNuts (Russia) — 252,190
Seat 5: zumbapoker (Finland) — 209,741
Seat 6: Juicy_J_93 (Canada) — 177,759
More than an hour passed before a short-stacked Mongano was knocked out in sixth following a three-way preflop all-in, with Juicy_J_93 the one collecting the bounty. About an hour after that PokinStaR again took over the role of bounty-collector, knocking out lov10k to reduce the field to four.
About 45 minutes after that ImluckNuts was the short one going all in with J♦J♣3♦2♥ and getting called by Juicy_J_93 who had A♠5♠3♠3♣. An ace flopped, the low didn’t get there, and with a better pair Juicy_J_93 knocked out ImluckNuts in fourth.
PokinStaR was still the big chip leader, however, with roughly half the chips in play among the final three. Eventually zumbapoker would open-push with A♦Q♣9♣4♦, PokinStaR called with A♠K♦7♠4♠, then two kings on the flop more or less sealed it. The runout didn’t help zumbapoker who went out in third.
After a lengthy pause for some chop talk resulted in no deal, play continued with Juicy_J_93 narrowing PokinStaR’s lead, the latter building it back, then Juicy_J_93 briefly grabbing the advantage at the half-hour mark of their duel. PokinStaR then won a huge all-in on the flop — turning the low, then having a river card make the best high to scoop — and enjoyed a big lead once more.
Four hands after that, it was over.
It ended with a button raise from PokinStaR, an all-in push for almost 26 big blinds by Juicy_J_93, and a call. PokinStaR had A♥K♣9♥2♣ while Juicy_J_93 held A♣K♠Q♦6♠, then a runout of 9♦Q♠K♦4♥9♣ made a winning full house for PokinStaR to end it.
Congratulations to PokinStaR for shining the brightest to win Event #7-H.
SCOOP-07-H ($2,100 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO]) results
Total entries: 142
Prize pool: $284,000 ($142K regular, $142K bounty)
Places paid: 18
1. PokinStaR (Canada) $36,920 (plus $20,140.62 in bounties)
2. Juicy_J_93 (Canada) $24,850 (plus $12,906.25 in bounties)
3. zumbapoker (Finland) $18,460 (plus $2,187.50 in bounties)
4. ImluckNuts (Russia) $12,070 (plus $4,000 in bounties)
5. lov10k (United Kingdom) $9,230 (plus $9,062.50 in bounties)
6. Mongano (Russia) $6,390 (plus $11,437.50 in bounties)
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.