Event #8-Hi of the PokerStars All-Stakes Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) concluded on Monday. 34 players returned for Day 2 of the $3,150 no-limit hold'em tourney. Matt "MCMATTO" Affleck started the final table mid-pack but surged to victory after a late three-way chop with Zach "nofingclue11" Clark and Jamie "pokerjamers" Armstrong, who finished second and third, respectively.
Among those falling short of the final table were Keith "The Camel" Hawkins in 13th ($27,000), Derric "actionDJ" Haynie in 14th ($27,000), Ray "Exitonly4" Coburn in 15h ($27,000), Kenny "LoneHixx" Hicks in 17th ($21,000), Pot Odds 3 in 18th ($21,000), Noah "fouruhaters" Schwartz in 19th ($15,000), Tim "timkrank" Miles in 20th ($15,000), Nicolas "Nocturnick" Leger in 21st ($15,000), Matt "plattsburgh" Vengrin in 22nd ($15,000), David "WhooooKidd" Baker in 23rd ($15,000), Justin "Boosted J" Smith in 25th ($15,000), Blake "Balla-B13" Cahail in 26th ($15,000), Tommy "skier_5" Pavlicek in 27th ($25,000), Russell "rdcrsn" Carson in 30th ($12,900), Keith "donnysack" Donovan in 31st ($12,900) and Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu in 33rd ($12,900).
Jamie "pokerjamers" Armstrong came to the final table as the chip leader. The starting counts for the finalists:
Jamie "pokerjamers" Armstrong — 2,381,291
Alex "hadouk3n" Melnikow — 1,313,956
Glen "Choron" Chorny — 1,302,043
Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser — 1,110,771
Skint Paddy — 893,200
Matt "MCMATTO" Affleck — 871,427
KingKobeMVP — 642,861
Alex "mahoney3" Todd — 370,711
Zach "nofingclue11" Clark — 263,740
After an hour and twenty minutes, EPT Grand Finale champion Glen "Choron" Chorny was the first eliminated from the final table, during the 8,000/16,000/2,000 level. Matt "MCMATTO" Affleck opened the action with a raise to 40,000 from middle position and Chorny called out of the big blind. The flop came and Chorny checked to Affleck, who bet of 68,000. Chorny check-raised to 198,099 and Affleck went all in with the bigger stack. Chorny called all in for 505,699 with , but was in dire straits against Affleck's for the set. The turn and river came as Glen "Choron" Chorny finished in ninth place for $39,000.
KingKobeMVP headed for the exit at 10,000/20,000/2,500. Much of KingKobeMVP's stack was lost with against Zach "nofingclue11" Clark's , all in preflop. An ace spiked on the turn and KingKobeMVP was down to two big blinds. Clark finished the job a few hands later as KingKobeMVP exited in eighth place for $66,000. Alex "mahoney3" Todd departed at 12,500/25,000/3,125. Skint Paddy raised to 70,000 on the button and Todd went all in from the big blind for 317,836, which Skint Paddy called with . Todd tabled and needed help, but it didn't come as the board fell . Alex "mahoney3" Todd took seventh place for $96,000.
Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser went to the rail at 15,000/30,000/3,750. Matt "MCMATTO" Affleck raised to 75,000 under the gun and Visser popped it up to 120,000 with a min-raise. Affleck called and the flop fell . Visser led out 212,250, but Affleck raised to 675,000. After a few moments Visser went all in for 1,377,623, and Affleck called with the for top pair and multiple draws, having good odds against Visser's overpair with . The turn card kept Visser ahead, but the landed on the river to give Affleck a flush. Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser collected $126,000 for sixth place.
Skint Paddy busted next at 17,500/35,000/4,375. Affleck raised to 105,000 in the small blind and Skint Paddy shoved for 946,361 with . Affleck called and tabled a leading . Skint Paddy took the lead on the flop as it came , but the fell on the turn to give Affleck the lead. The river was the and Skint Paddy's tournament was over in fifth place for $156,000.
Day one chip leader Alex "hadouk3n" Melnikow fell next, at 20,000/40,000/5,000. He was in the small blind and raised to 110,000, and Zach "nofingclue11" Clark re-raised to 288,888 from the big blind, with Melnikow shoving for 852,456. Clark called and tabled to Melnikow's . The flop came as Clark hit his set, but Melnikow picked up a flush draw. However, the turn and river fell as Alex "hadouk3n" Melnikow pocketed $223,500 for the fourth-place showing.
The three survivors then discussed a deal, and after much tweaking to the chip-count chop numbers, terms were agreed upon. Each player was guaranteed the following amount, with $60,000 and the champion's watch left for the winner.
Matt "MCMATTO" Affleck — $410,500
Zach "nofingclue11" Clark — $390,000
Jamie "pokerjamers" Armstrong — $380,000
Play resumed and Jamie Armstrong was eliminated shortly thereafter. Matt Affleck opened to 95,000 on the button and Zach Clark re-raised to 280,000 in the small blind. Armstrong shoved from the big blind for 1,661,014 with . Only Clark called, holding . The board ran out as Clark spiked the river queen to felt Jamie "pokerjamers" Armstrong in third place for $380,000.
After starting the final table as the short stack, the knockout left Clark heads-up for the title. He began heads-up play at 2:3 chip disadvantage, but was able to capture the lead. At 30,000/60,000/7,500, Clark had a chance to win. Affleck went all in with and Clark was ahead with . However, the board ran out and Affleck doubled through to a commanding 8:1 edge. Affleck took it down a few hands later. He min-raised to 120,000 and Clark made it 1,080,000, essentially going all in. Affleck re-raised and Clark called all in with , which trailed Affleck's . The board fell to keep Affleck ahead and end the six-and-a-half-hour final table. Clark collected $390,000 as the runner-up.
Matt "MCMATTO" Affleck's win in SCOOP Event #8-Hi was worth $470,500, following the chop. He entered Day 2 in 13th place, but it proved to be far from unlucky as he emerged victorious in the biggest event of the SCOOP series to date.
*1. Matt "MCMATTO" Affleck — $470,500
*2. Zach "nofingclue11" Clark — $390,000
*3. Jamie "pokerjamers" Armstrong — $380,000
4. Alex "hadouk3n" Melnikow — $223,500
5. Skint Paddy — $156,000
6. Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser — $126,000
7. Alex "mahoney3" Todd — $96,000
8. KingKobeMVP — $66,000
9. Glen "Choron" Chorny — $39,000
* included three-way deal, $60,000 to eventual winner
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