For some the phrase “Progressive Super Knockout” might conjure thoughts of lengthy, intricately-structured jams marked by complex time signatures, unorthodox segues, and lyrical indulgences climaxing with mind-melting solos.
Meanwhile for those playing Event #36-H of the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker, a $1,050 buy-in “Progressive Super Knockout” no-limit hold’em tournament (the “Thursday Thrill Special Edition”), the phrase means something else altogether. Still rocks, though.
Just ask lissi stinkt of Germany who topped a huge field in this two-day event to earn a $118,650.43 first prize (following a heads-up deal) plus another $39,802.30 in bounties for a total takeaway of $158,452.73.
In these Progressive Super KOs, half the prize pool reserved for knockout bounties. Then with each elimination the player scoring the knockout pockets part of the bounty with the rest increasing that player’s bounty.
A total of 1,583 came out for this one, which meant a huge $1,583,000 prize pool — way, way over event’s the $600K guarantee — with $791,500 going to the regular prize pool (divided by the top 180 finishers) and $791,500 going for bounties.
The first day of the event saw that big field play down to 125 players, with NutsedAllTim ending the night with the chip lead. Here’s how the top 10 looked overnight:
1. NutsedAllTim (Switzerland) — 326,965
2. PoluKalos (Greece) — 240,640
3. Christopher “CSWAMI” Swaminathan (Canada) — 222,983
4. 77kol0bok77 (Russia) — 190,360
5. wycioreks (Poland) — 188,840
6. TcheGuri1986 (Brazil) — 159,221
7. corenkas (Greece) — 158,379
8. blackaces93 (Poland) — 154,797
9. OMGACEACEACE (Poland) — 135,259
10. iamtheboss12 (Germany) — 133,770
Team PokerStars Pro Online member Randy “nanonoko” Lew was also still in, albeit with a stack well below the average. Alas for Lew, his second day would be a short one after his ace-queen failed him versus Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins’s pocket fours, ending Lew’s tournament run in 115th.
That finish earned Lew $1,424.50 from the regular prize pool, and like anyone who’d eliminated one or more opponents along the way, Lew earned some bounty dollars, too, in his case a bigger prize of $2,875.
They’d play on for about seven hours before getting down to the last two tables, with NutsedAllTim remaining at or near the top of the counts the entire way.
The next three eliminations — Rebel FishAK (18th), iamtheboss12 (17th), and Ryan “gutshtallin” Welch (16th) — each took away $3,799.20 from the regular prize pool plus their respective bounty bonuses. Kid Blackie (15th), Joas “No Limit NL” Mudde (14th), and glissario (13th) followed, earning $5,263.47 along with the bounties they’d collected. And anteen (12th), jusc (11th), and pipemaster55 (10th) were next successively eliminated, earning $6,727.75 each plus what they’d earned via knockouts.
With PoluKalos the new chip leader, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: DWoods19 (Vietnam) — 222,966
Seat 2: BWFCLEE (United Kingdom) — 511,007
Seat 3: PoluKalos (Greece) — 1,785,343
Seat 4: lissi stinkt (Germany) — 436,984
Seat 5: PROTENTIALmn (Canada) — 593,361
Seat 6: Turko_man (Finland) — 410,756
Seat 7: NutsedAllTim (Switzerland) — 1,145,515
Seat 8: Ferran789999 (Russia) — 1,570,988
Seat 9: Dimitar “KuuL” Danchev (Bulgaria) — 1,238,080
Patience ruled as the final table began, with the tourney’s half-hour levels helping considerably. It would take nearly 45 minutes before the first final table elimination occurred, about the length of an LP (for those who remember them).
The blinds were 4,000/8,000, and after an opening raise by Turko_man to 17,200 from middle position, it folded to Dimitar “KuuL” Danchev on the button who three-bet to 49,200. Then DWoods19 reraised all in for 126,906 from the small blind. It folded back around to Danchev who after thinking a short while called the push.
Danchev showed 7♠5♠ while DWoods19 had A♥K♥. The 6♣Q♦5♥ flop hit KuuL’s hand to make a pair of fives, but the A♠ turn gave DWoods19 aces and the edge again. Then came the river — the 5♦! Trips for Danchev, and a ninth-place finish for DWoods19.
It would take more than an hour for the next knockout, during which stretch PoluKalos moved out in front building a stack of more than 2.4 million.
With the blinds at 6,000/12,000, lissi stinkt raised to 25,670 from middle position, NutsedAllTim reraised to 132,000 from the small blind, lissi stinkt four-bet to 330,000, and NutsedAllTim called with the 147,225 left behind.
It was K♣Q♦ for NutsedAllTim, but lissi stinkt had K♠K♥, and after a 8♦10♠5♦3♣J♣ runout NutsedTim was done in eighth.
A little while later leader PoluKalos opened from the cutoff to 27,000 (a little over 2x), Turko_man three-bet shoved for just over 220,000 from the big blind, and PoluKalos called. Turko_man had 5♦5♥ but PoluKalos had a better pair with 7♠7♦. The board came K♦Q♥4♣9♦J♣, and Turko_man tumbled in seventh.
They had just crossed the 10-hour mark of Day 2 when PROTENTIALmn opened with a min-raise to 24,000 from UTG, and it folded to BWFCLEE on the button who called. PoluKalos then reraised to 108,000 from the small blind, and when it folded back PROTENTIALmn pushed all in for just over 315,000 total. BWFCLEE then reraise-shoved as well for a little over 1.1 million total, and PROTENTIALmn called to set up a three-way all-in situation.
The board came ten-high — 7♣8♠10♥3♥8♦ — sending PROTENTIALmn railward in sixth and delivering the big pot to BWFCLEE whose queens had held.
Just a few minutes later Ferran789999 open-shoved from the small blind and a short-stacked Dimitar “KuuL” Danchev called all in from the big blind for just under 95,000 or less than seven BBs. The 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champion had 10♥9♦ and was ahead of Ferran789999’s 5♥4♥, but the board came J♣4♣7♥3♦J♠ to give the latter two pair and oust Danchev in fifth.
After BWFCLEE opened with a 2x raise to 32,000, a newly-short PoluKalos reraised all in for just over 450,000, lissi stinkt reraise-pushed for about twice that, and the others folded. lissi stinkt had 8♠8♦ while PoluKalos turned over A♦9♠. The board came J♦5♥10♠5♦K♥, no good for PoluKalos who was knocked out in fourth.
The final trio pushed through the day’s 11-hour mark, at which point with the blinds 9,000/18,000 the players had stacks averaging more than 140 big blinds deep. An hour more would pass, and with the blinds up to 10,000/20,000 it would be BWFCLEE raising to 40,000 from the button, Ferran789999 reraised to 140,000 from the big blind, BWFCLEE shoved, and Ferran789999 called all in with the almost 1.1 million left.
Ferran789999 had 10♣10♦ but had run into BWFCLEE’s Q♦Q♥, and five cards later — 2♦K♦J♣2♠5♣ — Ferran789999 was sent railward in third.
BWFCLEE began heads up play with advantage, holding about 4.84 million to lissi stinkt’s 3.07 million. After a while the stacks were still close to that — BWFCLEE at 4.5 million and lissi stinkt with just under 3.4 million — when the pair paused the tournament to discuss a possible deal. Numbers were provided (leaving $12,000 for which to play) and both readily agreed.
Play resumed, and after a half-hour’s worth of chipping up lissi stinkt would grab the advantage. They’d continue on through two more hours, after which lissi stinkt was up around 7.13 million while BWFCLEE had sunk to just below 780,000.
The blinds had climbed to 22,500/45,000. BWFCLEE opened for 90,000 from the button, lissi stinkt pushed all in, and BWFCLEE called.
lissi stinkt: 4♦4♠
The last set of community cards came 5♠2♦6♥, then Q♦, then 5♣, and it was over — lissi stinkt had collected the final bounty to win the event.
What a long, impressive jam! After a full day of poker yesterday, they took more than 14-and-a-half hours today to finish.
Big congratulations to lissi stinkt for topping a huge field and outlasting a tough final table to earn the win. Kudos also to BWFCLEE for making it to the heads-up deal and also picking up a nice six-figure score, and to Ferran789999 who made more than $101K as well after adding up those profit-enhancing bounties.
SCOOP 36-H: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Progressive Super-Knockout, Thursday Thrill Special Edition)
Total entries: 1,583
Prize pool: $1,583,000.00
Places paid: 180
1. lissi stinkt (Germany) — $118,650.43* (+ $39,802.30 bounties)
2. BWFCLEE (United Kingdom) — $110,132.75* (+ $22,595.19 bounties)
3. Ferran789999 (Russia) — $72,808.00 (+ $29,065.39 bounties)
4. PoluKalos (Greece) — $53,822.00 (+ $19,111.07 bounties)
5. Dimitar “KuuL” Danchev (Bulgaria) — $38,783.50 (+ $13,753.88 bounties)
6. PROTENTIALmn (Canada) — $30,868.50 (+ $2,562.50 bounties)
7. Turko_man (Finland) — $22,953.50 (+ $10,310.05 bounties)
8. NutsedAllTim (Switzerland) — $15,038.50 (+ $14,544.90 bounties)
9. DWoods19 (Vietnam) — $8,231.60 (+ $4,023.43 bounties)
*= reflects the results of a two-way deal that left $12,000 in play for the winner
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.