After two days of poker, just two remained with a chance for the title — Chance “ChanceCU” Kornuth and Team PokerStars Pro Andre “akkari” Akkari.
It was an unusual tournament, Event #39-H, a $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold’em event featuring progressive knockout bounties. Rather than only part of the prize pool going to those earning knockouts, in this one all of the prize pool — 100 percent — went for bounties. A minimum of $500 was awarded for each knockout, with 50 percent of each eliminated player’s current bounty also being added to the conquering player’s own bounty.
In other words, the only way to make any cash in this one was to knock out somebody. And by the time they got to heads-up, Kornuth had knocked out more players than anyone, already guaranteeing himself the lion’s share of the prize pool.
After less than 10 minutes of heads-up play, Kornuth would grab for himself one last bounty — knocking out Akkari, winning a second career SCOOP title and a huge return of $81,335.90 for his achievement.
There were 832 entries total, meaning $832,000 worth of bounties — well exceeding the event’s $500K guarantee — with players starting to cash from the very beginning of the tournament on Wednesday’s Day 1 when the first eliminations occurred.
After the first day just 18 players remained, with Johannes “greenstone25” Korsar returning as chip leader as the only player with a chip total greater than 1 million. The immediate chase pack included a ton of recognizables, among them Connor “blanconegro” Drinan (in second position), Joaquín “elmelogno4” Melogno (third), Kornuth (fourth), and Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson (sixth).
Two Team PokerStars Pros also made the second day — Leo Fernandez (in seventh) and the aforementioned Akkari (in 13th).
Of the 18 players returning iamivar was dead last in chips in 18th place. But where it mattered most iamivar was leading everyone, having by that point collected $21,937.49 worth of bounties.
Alas for Fernandez, he fell quickly on Thursday to finish the tournament in 16th place, having earned $5,687.50 worth of bounties before he did.
By the end of the second day’s first hour just 11 remained, with Chance “ChanceCU” Kornuth having risen both to the top of the counts and the top of the bounty cash list. By then Kornuth had more than 1.8 million chips and had crossed the $25K mark in bounties collected.
Soon Bagaawin went out in 11th, earning $5,125 in bounties, then Kornuth knocked out Connor “blanconegro” Drinan in 10th to collect his bounty, with Drinan walking away with $17,781.25.
BenjiChasinG went out next in 10th — with Kornuth again delivering the knockout and earning the prize — and BenjiChasingG took away $17,531.25.
The final table was underway, with Kornuth a huge chip leader and also having already claimed more than $42K thanks to having eliminated so many to that point.
Seat 1: Chance “ChanceCU” Kornuth (Bahamas) — 2,841,573
Seat 2: Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson (Sweden) — 684,602
Seat 3: Joaquín “elmelogno4” Melogno (Uruguay) — 441,016
Seat 4: prebz (Norway) — 742,270
Seat 5: iamivar (Sweden) — 606,340
Seat 6: arkolino (Brazil) — 753,090
Seat 7: Team PokerStars Pro Andre “aakkari” Akkari (Brazil) — 786,393
Seat 8: romanooo64 (Thailand) — 418,588
Seat 9: Johannes “Greenstone25” Korsar (Sweden) — 1,046,128
Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson earned the first bounty at the final table after knocking out prebz in ninth in a hand that saw Mattsson four-bet shove with A♥3♥, prebz call off with A♦Q♣, then a K♥5♥2♥ flop suddenly leave prebz drawing dead.
It was Mattsson earning bounty cash again shortly thereafter after knocking out Joaquín “elmelogno4” Melogno in eighth after a preflop all-in that saw Mattsson with Q♦Q♠, Melogno with A♣J♥, and an eight-high board stop Melogno in his quest to earn a second career SCOOP title.
It would take nearly an hour for another knockout to come in a hand that started with then short stack romanooo64 opening from the cutoff, Johannes “Greenstone25” Korsar jamming from the button, and romanooo64 calling to commit a 30-big blind stack. romanooo64 had A♥K♠ and was racing versus Korsar’s Q♣Q♥, with the 8♠10♦Q♦ flop giving the latter a set but still leaving romanooo64 outs. The turn was the 4♥ and river 7♣, however, and romanooo64 was done in seventh — a good run, but not so lucrative as romanooo64 only picked up $2,000 in bounties (and in fact entered the event twice).
Kornuth then resumed the role of bounty accumulator — and indeed, he’d never allow anyone else play that part again.
A hand began with Kornuth min-raising to 24,000 from the cutoff and arkolino calling from the big blind. The 9♥7♥9♦ flop went check, Kornuth bet, arkolino raise, Kornuth shove, and arkolino call for just over 365,000 total. arkolino had A♥2♥ for a flush draw while Kornuth had trips with K♦9♣. The turn and river came Q♦ then Q♥, that river card making arkolino’s flush but also a full house for Kornuth, and arkolino was out in sixth.
The final five battled for a while, then suddenly in the space of just four hands they were down to two.
First came a hand in which Kornuth raised 2.5x to 60,000 from the cutoff, two-time SCOOP winner Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson three-bet to 188,000 from the button, and Kornuth called. The flop fell 8♥4♣2♥, and Kornuth check-called a bet of 139,920 from Mattsson. Both then checked the Q♣ turn, then after the 5♥ river completed the board Kornuth jammed and Mattsson called. Mattsson had A♦Q♠ for a pair of queens, but Kornuth had a set with 4♥4♦ and Mattsson was out in fifth.
Two hands passed, then with the blinds still 12,000/24,000 it was iamivar open-raising all in for 207,483 from the cutoff/UTG. Johannes “Greenstone25” Korsar reraise-pushed from the small blind for 1,203,304, and Kornuth called from the BB — giving Chance a chance to collect two bounty rewards at once.
The 9♣Q♦K♥ flop favored Korsar, but the 10♣ came on the turn to make a set for iamivar and a straight for Kornuth. The 3♣ bricked on the river, and Kornuth had collected two more bounties with iamivar finishing fourth and Korsar third.
They were down to heads-up with Kornuth way in front bounty-wise and also enjoying a better than 3-to-1 chip lead with just over 6.3 million to Akkari’s just over 2 million.
Fifteen hands later Akkari was down around 1.7 million when he raised to 52,800 from the button, Kornuth reraised to 180,000, Akkari pushed all in and Kornuth called.
Akkari had picked up A♣J♥ but needed improvement versus Kornuth’s 8♦8♠. The board came 6♠3♦Q♥9♥K♥, missing the Team PokerStars Pro who had to settle for a second-place finish.
Congratulations to Chance “ChanceCU” Kornuth for not just earning his second career SCOOP title (after picking up his first in 2013), but for knocking out so many players he earned nearly four times what the next-highest casher (iamivar) took away!
SCOOP-39-H ($1,050 NLHE [Progressive Total KO]) results
Total entries: 832
Prize pool: $832,000
Places paid: n/a (entire prize pool for bounties)
1. Chance “ChanceCU” Kornuth (Bahamas) $81,335.90
2. Team PokerStars Pro Andre “aakkari” Akkari (Brazil) $12,640.62
3. Johannes “Greenstone25” Korsar (Sweden) $11,906.25
4. iamivar (Sweden) $21,937.49
5. Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson (Sweden) $17,906.24
6. arkolino (Brazil) $12,890.62
7. romanooo64 (Thailand) $2,000.00
8. Joaquín “elmelogno4” Melogno (Uruguay) $11,343.75
9. prebz (Norway) $9,468.75
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.