Russia's Alexandr "BIack88" Trofimov won the biggest prize thus far in the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker after shipping the SCOOP-15-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $2M Gtd for $702,659 as part of a heads-up deal with Belarus' Nikita "fish2013" Bodyakovskiy.
This represents Trofimov's second SCOOP title in his poker career after previously winning the 2011 SCOOP-32-M: $5,200 FL Hold'em [6-Max, $100K Guaranteed] for $85,100 almost six years ago.
The tournament smashed its $2 million guaranteed prize pool with 93 entrants, including 32 reentries, ponying up the $25,000 buy-in to generate a huge $3,065,625 prize pool. The field whittled down to 16 players at the conclusion of the first day with Austria's "bencb789" holding the chip lead.
SCOOP-15-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $2M Gtd Final Table Results
|1||Alexandr "BIack88" Trofimov||Russia||$702,659*|
|2||Nikita "fish2013" Bodyakovskiy||Belarus||$569,576*|
|3||Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk||Canada||$398,531|
|4||Sergio "zcedrick" Aido||United Kingdom||$275,906|
|5||Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler||Mexico||$199,266|
|7||Samuel "€urop€an" Vousden||Finland||$122,625|
|8||Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick||Mexico||$91,969|
*Reflects heads-up deal
According to the PokerStars Blog, the final table began after Macau's Chun Lei "SamRostan" Zhou was eliminated in ninth place for $76,641 with bencb789 in a narrow chip lead over Trofimov. However, Trofimov owned the final table, eliminating every player except one.
None of the remaining eight players were eliminated during the first two blind levels. During this time, Trofimov took over the chip lead.
United Kingdom's Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick registered on PokerStars in Mexico and was the first player eliminated in eighth place for $91,969 when his four-bet shove with ace-five suited was unable to improve against Trofimov's pocket queens.
Finland's Samuel "€urop€an" Vousden was the next player eliminated in seventh place when he open-jammed seven-six suited and couldn't get there against Trofimov's ace-jack.
Bencb789 tried his luck getting it all in with the same hand Vousden held, but was eliminated in sixth place for $153,281 after Trofimov's ace-king held.
American poker refugee Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler was the next victim to Trofimov after his ace-three was no good against his opponent's ace-nine to collect the fifth-place prize of $199,266.
Spain's Sergio "zcedrick" Aido living in the United Kingdom lost a pair of hands to be eliminated in fourth place for $275,906. He first doubled up Bodyakovskiy when his pocket sixes were unable to outflip his opponent's ace-queen. He then hit the rails when his king-jack didn't improve against the pocket fives held by Canada's Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk.
Kruk was eliminated in third place for $398,531 after first doubling up Bodyakovskiy and then losing the rest of his chips when his ace-king didn't improve against Trofimov's pocket nines.
Shortly after, Trofimov and Bodyakovskiy agreed to a heads-up deal with Bodyaykovskiy being guaranteed $569,576 ($1,000 more than ICM) and Trofimov guaranteed to take home $663,659. This left $40,000 still to play for along with the rights to the title.
After the deal was made, Trofimov began to dominate the heads-up battle and amassed a 7:1 chip advantage. Bodyakovskiy shoved nine-eight suited which proved to be no match to the pocket aces held by Trofimov.
SCOOP NEWS AND NOTES
Calvin "cal42688" Anderson is the early leader on the 2017 SCOOP Overall Leaderboard with 320 points after winning his eighth SCOOP title in Event #13-H and finishing in sixth place in Event #14-H. The leaderboard winner at the end of the series will receive a trophy and $20,000 in cash. ... United Kingdom's Charlie "Epiphany77" Carrel won his second SCOOP title in his poker career with a victory in Event #16-H for $67,410. ... Last year's World Series of Poker Main Event November Niner Jerry "hummylun" Wong shipped Event #14-H for $60,270. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom took fifth place in that tournament for $15,990. ... Old school Russian online poker player Andrey "Gigaloff" Zhigalov won Event #14-M for $20,229. ... Romania's Luciana "luckyno75" Manolea notched her first SCOOP title with a win in Event #17-M for $43,833.
DAY 5 SCOOP WINNERS
|#14 Razz-M||$215||$107,600||Andrey "Gigaloff" Zhigalov||$20,229|
|#14 Razz-H||$2,100||$246,000||Jerry "hummylun" Wong||$60,270|
|#15 NLHE High Roller-L||$215||$901,400||fityfmi||$141,973|
|#15 NLHE High Roller-M||$2,100||$1,544,000||RickLogrado||$289,500|
|#15 NLHE High Roller-H||$25,000||$3,065,625||Alexandr "BIack88" Trofimov||$702,659*|
|#16 PLO8-H||$1,050||$321,000||Charlie "Epiphany77" Carrel||$67,410|
|#17 NLHE-M||$109||$278,300||Luciana "luckyno75" Manolea||$43,833|
*Deal made at the final table
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