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Inaugural MICOOP Awards $2.2 Million, “smftt” Takes Down Main Event for $56,398


The first-ever Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP), which was open to PokerStars players in the Wolverine State, began on February 20 and wrapped on Monday night. The 60-event series proved to be a huge success by catering to 28,830 combined entrants and awarded $2,208,002 in prize money, well ahead of the $1.4 million in guaranteed prize pools.

The series began when “PowerRanges” topped an 883-entry field to win Event #1: $100 NLHE Kick Off, Nightly Star SE for $13,652 and ended on Monday night when “smftt” bested a 1,284-entry field to win Event #55: $300 NLHE Main Event for $56,398.35.

In between, there were several intriguing storylines, including a pair of two-time winners. First, “sexycaitlyn” won Event #6: $200 NLHE Sunday Special SE for $9,567.68 and then the following day took down Event #11: $100 NLHE 4-Max for an additional $5,355.72.

A week later, “Coolriver84” was victorious in Event #34: $100 NLHE 6-Max for $5,495.38 and then won the penultimate tournament of the series in Event #59: $100 NLHE Nightly Stars, good for $6,629.72.

Also claiming a title was Andrew "autokorekt" Korby, who bested a 322-entry field to win Event #43: $100 NLHE 6-Max Turbo for $5,547.22.

For more high-profile wins, check out the recaps from the eight events PokerNews live reported throughout the series.

"smftt" Wins MICOOP Main Event

2021 MICOOP Final Hand

It was a speedy affair to crown a champion on the final day of MICOOP $300 NLHE $200K GTD Main Event as barely four hours passed to whittle down the 43 Day 2 players to a winner.

After the dust settled, it was Day 1 chip leader "smftt" who came out on top to win the inaugural PokerStars Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) Main Event for $56,398.93 after outlasting a field of 1,284 entries over two days of poker. The tournament put the cherry on top of the 60-event series, which catered to 28,830 combined entrants and awarded $2,208,002 in prize money, well ahead of the $1.4 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Forty-three hopefuls entered play on Monday night and picked up where they left off on Sunday's Day 1. "smftt" started the day as the chip leader and stayed atop the leaderboard after nearly half the field was sent out with 26 remaining just three levels into the final day.

An hour later, the field had nearly halved again as 13 remained. By that time, "Ryan Haury" held the chip lead with "smftt" sitting in the middle of the pack. The rapid-fire pace of eliminations continued with "smftt" eliminating "PintiMellon" in 10th place setting the stage for the final table.

MICOOP Main Event Final Table Results

8"Ryan Haury"$5,274.48

Final Table Action

The final table lineup saw runner-up "zscoro" sit atop the chip counts with eventual champ "smftt" sitting second in chips. "sexycaitlyn", who had won two MICOOP titles earlier in the series, sat at the bottom of the counts so it was no surprise to see them bounce in ninth place after they were set up by "cbauer6789".

"Ryan Haury" sat in the middle of the pack but after a whiffed tussle against "smftt's" pocket aces, they were tossed out in eighth place. The very next level saw two more virtual bodies drop after "PuntnStacks" failed to complete their open-ended straight against "nldoublej" and "GigglyGrizzlies" lost a flip against the eventual champ.

Five-handed play quickly dwindled down to heads-up action after "zscoro" picked-up made hands against "nldoublej", "LayThePipeDream", and "cbauer6789", taking the chip lead into the final battle. The 56,398.93 top prize was on the line and "smftt" walked to the finish line with ease, winning pot-after-pot until they delivered the final blow to "zscoro" and claimed the 2021 inaugural MICOOP Main Event Champion title.

A Good Series for Andrew "autokorekt" Korby

Last month, Andrew "autokorekt" Korby has been on a nice little run on PokerStars Michigan thanks to winning three tournaments in two days. While none of them were official MICOOP events, it was still a nice little heater for the 32-year-old who has been playing the game since the age of 14.

Andrew "autokorekt" Korby

Korby, a full-time pro from Farmington, first took down the $100 NLHE Nightly Stars by besting a 134-entry field for $2,731.11. He followed that up by besting a 45-entry field to win the $200 Bounty Builder PKO for nearly $3,000 more. Finally, he would claim a $20 nightly title for another $1,340.

"Nothing crazy but still not bad," he told PokerNews. Korby usually plays $1-$2 and $2-$5 pot-limit Omaha but has been grinding tournaments now that PokerStars has come to Michigan (he's happy to no longer be traveling over the border to Windsor, Canada to have to play).

"It's nice to have some early success on the new Michigan PokerStars as it's been a long time coming since we've been able to play on here," said Korby, a self-taught player who as put in "lots of hours" and experienced "crazy swings" playing PLO.

According to The Hendon Mob, Korby has $51,701 in live lifetime earnings dating back to 2011. That includes a career-high $9,661 for finishing second in a 2015 Wynn Summer Classic $300 NLH event.

Korby’s PokerStars heater continued as he wound up taking down Event #43: $100 NLHE 6-Max Turbo for $5,547.22 and a coveted MICOOP title.

2021 MICOOP Tournament Winners

*DateTournamentGTDEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize*  
Saturday, February 20Event #1: $100 NLHE Kick Off, Nightly Star SE$30,000883$81,059PowerRanges$13,652  
Saturday, February 20Event #2: $20 NLHE Rebuy$10,000747$34,580dgallo8719$5,889.48  
Saturday, February 20Event #3: $50 NLHE 8-Max$20,000777$35,353.50jmack2828$5,999.08  
Sunday, February 21Event #4: $100 NLHE 8-Max Deepstack$25,000656$60,220.80WOW $dogecoin$10,386.42  
Sunday, February 21Event #5: $50 NLHE PKO Sunday Warm-Up SE$10,000636$28,938BeetlejuiceHere$3,791.17  
Sunday, February 21Event #6: $200 NLHE Sunday Special SE$40,000430$79,980sexycaitlyn$9,567.68  
Sunday, February 21Event #7: $25 NLHE Mini Sunday Special$12,5001,229$27,959.75Flintston Pip1$1,782.01  
Sunday, February 21Event #8: $100 PLO 8-Max$10,000218$20,012.40VolcanoBurst$2,655.83  
Sunday, February 21Event #9: $75 NLHE Second Chance$7,500299$20,406.75bushr0d906$3,847.01  
Sunday, February 21Event #10: $50 NLHE 8-Max Hyper Turbo Sunday Supersonic$5,000250$11,750Redpower42069$2,266.42  
Monday, February 22Event #11: $100 NLHE 4-Max$15,000312$28,641.60sexycaitlyn$5,355.72  
Monday, February 22Event #12: $50 NLHE 6-Max PKO Battle Royale$20,000646$29,393StatPadford$5,125.54  
Monday, February 22Event #13: $50 PLO8 8-Max$7,500280$12,740imakewinhappen$2,431.28  
Tuesday, February 23Event #14: $200 NLHE Super Tuesday$30,000298$55,428Bout2CrushU$10,448.68  
Tuesday, February 23Event #15: $30 NLHE Mini Super Tuesday$15,000950$25,935strep75$3,163.06  
Tuesday, February 23Event #16: $50 PL 5-Card Draw Turbo$3,00095$4,322.50Dom007alv$1,009.48  
Wednesday, February 24Event #17: $100 PLO 6-Max$7,500158$14,504.40teddylansky$2,788  
Wednesday, February 24Event #18: $500 NLH 6-Max High Roller$35,000131$61,570Surge_Ibaka$12,988.35  
Wednesday, February 24Event #19: $50 NLH 6-Max$20,000562$25,571ShortGME$3,381.71  
Thursday, February 25Event #20: $200 NLH PKO Thursday Thrill$30,000256$47,616Owens18853$9,778.32  
Thursday, February 25Event #21: $30 NLH PKO Mini Thursday Thrill$22,713.60832$22,713.60DrnknMunky81$3,180.88  
Thursday, February 25Event #22: $30 5-Card PLO 6-Max Turbo$30,000198$5,405.40NooWayyy$1,062.98  
Friday, February 26Event #23: $100 FLHE 6-Max$5,00087$7,986.60smyoung17$1,948.04  
Friday, February 26Event #24: $100 NLHE Big Antes$7,500342$31,395.60Pepbuzz$5,858.88  
Friday, February 26Event #25: $150 NLHE 6-Max Turbo$10,000136$18,727.20chunkypineapple$3,950.61  
Saturday, February 27Event #26: $50 HORSE Turbo$6,000278$12,649new_doc793$2,413.88  
Saturday, February 27Event #27: $50 NLHE Rebuy$20,000394$37,901.50BigBensPigPen$3,425.60  
Saturday, February 27Event #28: $100 NLHE Turbo Saturday Speedway$20,000287$26,346.60equitorialhaze$5,027.51  
Sunday, February 28Event #29: $100 NLHE 8-Max Marathon$50,000575$52,785"SayWhen13"$7,132.41  
Sunday, February 28Event #30: $50 NLHE Sunday Warm Up$25,000602$27,391ChippewaBadger7$4,243.99  
Sunday, February 28Event #31: $250 NLHE Sunday Special$100,000461$107,413GrndChalengChmp$19,161.33  
Sunday, February 28Event #32: $30 NLHE Sunday Special Mini$30,0001,137$31,040.10BlackNBlueReign$4,978.57  
Sunday, February 28Event #33: $50 PLO 8-Max Turbo$10,000191$10,000new man i244$1,986.63  
Sunday, February 28Event #34: $100 NLHE 6-Max$20,000319$29,284.20Coolriver84$5,495.38  
Sunday, February 28Event #35: $75 NLHE Hyper-Turbo Sunday Supersonic$20,000209$20,000Jbird401$3,900.47  
Monday, March 1Event #36: $50 NLHE 4-Max$15,000452$20,566IsleOfSkyGuy$3,663.89  
Monday, March 1Event #37: $100 NLHE 6-Max PKO Battle Royale$25,000414$38,005.20bigbuck2150$6,370.66  
Tuesday, March 2Event #38: $250 NLHE Super Tuesday$50,000257$59,8819NINENINE$11,525.02  
Tuesday, March 2Event #39: $50 NLHE Super Tuesday Mini$25,000644$29,302JBzDAD$5,135.90  
Tuesday, March 2Event #40: $50 Stud Hi Lo$5,000134$6,097UraPokerPro23$1,340.76  
Wednesday, March 3Event #41: $250 PLO 6-Max High Roller$20,000108$25,164grandma1967$5,876.69  
Wednesday, March 3Event #42: $30 PLO 6-Max$5,000385$10,510.50toneloco6464$1,231.56  
Wednesday, March 3Event #43: $100 NLHE 6-Max Turbo$20,000322$29,559.60Andrew "autokorekt" Korby$5,547.22  
Thursday, March 4Event #44: $250 NLHE PKO Thursday Thrill$50,000276$64,308DegenCNol$12,749.11  
Thursday, March 4Event #45: $50 NLHE PLO Thursday Thrill Mini$25,000634$28,847Theseus Q$4,491.34  
Thursday, March 4Event #46: $20 NLHE Turbo$15,000773$15,000Shep Dah$1,791.54  
Friday, March 5Event #47: $10 NLHE 6-Max Rebuy$15,000760$21,157.50FarmingYou$3,594.18  
Friday, March 5Event #48: $75 NLHE$15,000558$38,083.50smileybpoker$6,726.72  
Friday, March 5Event #49: $20 NLHE 6-Max Turbo$5,000598$10,883.60seif71$1,903.65  
Saturday, March 6Event #50: $50 8-Game$10,000276$12,558LucifersPop$2,389.91  
Saturday, March 6Event #51: $50 NLHE 6-Max Turbo Zoom$15,000520$23,660ivegotstylekid$4,186.37  
Saturday, March 6Event #52: $50 NLHE Turbo Saturday Speedway$10,000374$17,017may0master$3,119.14  
Sunday, March 7Event #53: $50 NLHE 8-Max Marathon$35,000771$35,080.50Turb0Rapt0r$5,952.99  
Sunday, March 7Event #54: $100 NLHE PKO$40,000460$42,228PureMiLizKing$6,818.32  
Sunday, March 7Event #55: $300 NLHE Main Event$200,0001,284$359,520smftt$56,398.35  
Sunday, March 7Event #56: $50 NLHE Mini Main Event$50,0001,201$54,645.50BiggYBlains22$8,573.25  
Sunday, March 7Event #57: $200 NLHE 6-Max Turbo$30,000109$30,000J_Voorhees187$7,006.04  
Sunday, March 7Event #58: $100 NLHE Hyper-Turbo Sunday Supersonic$15,000247$23,465LDKZOO17$2,826.95  
Monday, March 8Event #59: $100 NLHE Nightly Stars$30,000540$49,572Coolriver84$6,629.72  
Monday, March 8Event #60: $20 NLHE Heads-Up Turbo PKO Zoom$10,000872$15,870.40Snapitoffinyou$2,498.06  
  • The 2021 @PokerStarsUSA #MICOOP was big success catering to 28,830 combined entrants & awarded $2.2M.

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