The United Kingdom's Talal "raidalot" Shakerchi capped off a fantastic 2016 Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) by taking down the $10,000 SCOOP Main Event High and claiming the massive $1,468,000.88 first-place prize.
Over the series, Shakerchi cashed 36 times and reached five final tables.
$10,000 SCOOP Main Event final table results
|1||Talal "raidalot" Shakerchi||$1,468,000.88|
|2||Sean "Nolez7" Winter||$1,048,000.23|
|4||Scott "gunning4you" Seiver||$596,000.13|
|5||Markku "markovitsus" Koplimaa||$416,000.09|
|6||Pablo "pablotenisis" Fernandez||$336,000.07|
A total of 824 entries (713 entries and 111 reentries) were processed, creating a prize pool of $8,000,001.76, more than double the $4,000,000 guarantee. Ninety-nine places were paid, with a min-cash worth $18,400, so spare a thought for Dominik "Bounatirou" Nitsche who busted in 100th place to burst the bubble.
By the time the nine-handed final table was set, each of the remaining players had locked up at least $104,000.02 for their efforts. Here's how the nine finalists stacked up:
|1||Sean "Nolez7" Winter||3,888,664|
|3||Pablo "pablotenisis" Fernandez||3,433,591|
|4||Scott "gunning4you" Seiver||4,617,287|
|5||Markku "markovitus" Koplimaa||5,861,868|
|8||Talal "raidalot" Shakerchi||9,258,971|
The first player eliminated from the final table was "EvnomiYa" at the hands of Scott "gunning4you" Seiver. With blinds at 87,500/175,000/21,875, Seiver opened to 378,675 from early position, and snap-called when "EvnomiYa" three-bet all in for 2,289,463. "EvnomiYa" turned over the and received no help from the board to give Seiver's the win.
Fifteen minutes later, Seiver sent "IReadB00ks" to the rail. A 350,000 raise from "IReadB00ks" was called by Seiver in the small blind, who then checked on the flop. Seiver then check-raised all in when "IReadB00ks" continued with a 263,542 bet. "IReadB00ks" called and showed the to Seiver's . The turn was followed by the flush-completing , busting "IReadB00ks."
Seiver took a back seat from his one-man show to allow Shakerchi to bust Japan's "Luckbox", who is rumored to he superstar player John Juanda. The action passed to Shakerchi in the small blind, and he raised enough to set "Luckbox" in for his 1,355,772 stack, which he called off. It was the for Shakerchi versus the dominated and a board reading sent "Luckbox" to the showers, albeit with more than a quarter million dollars.
Pablo "pablotenisis" Fernandez then crashed out in sixth place after a clash with Seiver didn't go as planned. Fernandez open-shoved for 13 big blinds from the button with the and Seiver re-shoved from the small blind to isolate. When the big blind folded, Seiver showed the , which held on a board.
Next to fall was Markku "markovitsus" Koplimaa, who committed his stack of 10 big blinds with the and Shakerchi called with the . Koplimaa extended his lead on the flop, but the turn and river gifted Shakerchi a runner-runner flush to leave only four players in the hunt for the astronomical first-place prize.
Those four became three when Seiver's luck ran out. Sean "Nolez7" Winter pushed all in from the small blind with the and Seiver called off his 13 big blinds in the big blind with the . Just as it looked like Seiver would secure a double up, the five community cards fell to improve Winter to a wheel, busting Seiver.
Winter then sent "s0nny_bLacCk" home in third place in a hand that had similarities with Seiver's exit. Winter open-shoved from the small blind, "s0nny_bLacCk" called off 19 big blinds with the and discovered he was nicely ahead of Winter's . That fact only remained true until the flop of the board, a board that sent the event to the heads-up stages.
Shakerchi held a near 2-1 chip lead at the start of heads-up play, and it only took four hands for the tournament to end. Shakerchi raised to 700,000 and Winter called. A flop reading saw Winter check, Shakerchi bet 788,375, and Winter call.
The turn was the , again Winter check-called a bet, this time one weighing in at 1,624,052. The river saw Winter check again, Shakerchi kept up the aggression with a 3,913,659 bet, only to see Winter move all in for 11,330,771 in total. Shakerchi instantly called.
Both players held a flush, but Shakerchi's was the better of the two, resigning Winter to second place — worth more than one million dollars — and securing Shakerchi's third career SCOOP title.