Day 1 Completed
|Average Chip Stack||1,350,000|
Day 1 Completed
Of all the Pot-Limit Omaha tournaments in the 2021 PokerStars Michigan Championship of Online Poker, Wednesday night's Event #41: $250 PLO [6-Max High Roller], 20K Gtd was the largest in terms of both buy-in and prize pool. When all was said and done, "grandma1967" was the one to top the field of 108 for the top prize of $5,876, more than 23% of the overall $25,164 prize pool.
"grandma1967" came into the final table of seven with the chip lead, doing so after their second-place stack found a full double against then-chip leader "RaceC19" with two tables remaining. They were then responsible for half of the knockouts at the final table, with the last elimination being the one to seal the deal.
Event #41 Results
|5||Andrew "autokorekt" Korby||$1,905|
Twenty-two players were in from the beginning of the event, a number that rose steadily until late registration closed some two hours and 40 minutes later. Shortly after that mark, "grandma1967" had ascended to a top-five stack. They climbed into the top three when the tournament reached the bubble, and then into second place after eliminating "PintiMellon" in 13th place shortly thereafter.
By the time the final table was reached, they were back in second as "Neckerson" rode a heater that claimed the tenth-through-eighth place eliminations to take the chip lead into the final table. That heater also claimed the tournament life of "beardedbadger" in seventh before "grandma1967" took back the reigns, sending "JVoorhees187" and Andrew "autokorekt" Korby out to reduce the field to five.
"zozopots" then got in on the fun, earning the next two knockouts of "Mithlin" and "Neckerson" to climb back into the discussion with 40% of the chips to begin the heads-up match. However, fate was such that "grandma1967" would be the one to shine, making swift work of "zozopots" to claim the title and its accompanying top prize.50
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In Level 27 with blinds of 10,000/20,000, "zozopots" had gotten down to 140,984 and three-bet shoved in the big blind over an open to 60,000 from "grandma1967", who was on the button and matched the difference.
"zozopots" saw their tens up against queens and despite hitting a set of tens on the flop , only found themselves further behind as "grandma1967" also flopped a set of queens. They needed to hit a king or ten to stay alive and failed to do so as the turn and river came to complete the runout and earn "grandma1967" all the chips in play.
"zozopots" earned $4,434 for their runner-up finish, while "grandma1967" has won the top prize of $5,876. A recap of the event will be posted shortly.
In Level 27 with blinds of 10,000/20,000, "zozopots" made a pot-sized open to 60,000 on the button and "grandma1967" defended in the big blind. The flop came and "grandma1967" check-called a continuation-bet of 80,000 from "zozopots".
Both players checked through the turn and the river fell . "grandma1967" checked a third time and "zozopots" bet 120,000 into 280,000. After some short deliberation, "grandma1967" found a call.
"zozopots" showed for a jack-high flush and it was bested by the ace-high flush of "grandma1967's" to earn them the pot of more than half a million. "zozopots" now has just over 400K while "grandma1967" is up to nearly 2.3 million.
In Level 26 with blinds of 8,000/16,000, "Neckerson" opened to 32,000 on the button and was three-bet to 104,000 by "zozopots" in the big blind. "Neckerson" called.
The flop came and "zozopots" made a pot-sized bet of 216,000. "Neckerson" called all in for less, totaling 203,878 and both players' hands were shown in preparation for the remainder of the runout.
"Neckerson" had flopped the nuts but the turn gave "zozopots" the new nuts with a king-high straight. However, "Neckerson" still had six outs to a full house should a jack, ten, or seven hit, but unfortunately for them the river left them unimproved and they were eliminated in third place as a result.
Heads-up play has now begun between "grandma1967" and "zozopots", with the former holding roughly 60% of the chips in play to begin the match.
In Level 26 with blinds of 8,000/16,000, "zozopots" open-limped on the button to prompt a pot-sized raise to 64,000 from "Neckerson" in the small blind. "grandma1967" called in the big blind and "zozopots" folded, taking action heads up to the flop . "Neckerson" continuation-bet another 64,000 and "grandma1967" called.
"Neckerson" continued on the turn , firing a pot-sized second barrel of 272,000 for nearly half their stack. "grandma1967" reraised all in, putting "Neckerson" to a decision for their remaining 283,878, and they balked for a moment before deciding to fold and wait for a better spot.
With the pot, "grandma1967" increased their chip lead and now has a stack of more than 1.6 million.
Jason "Clozer" Kapoor, 26, resides in Redford, Michigan and has established himself as one of the state's fiercest players. He spent five years selling cars before opting to play poker full time beginning at the end of 2019.
"I don’t have much family, my mom just passed away five months ago," Kapoor told PokerNews. "I'm really trying my best to ship a tournament soon to dedicate a win to her."
Kapoor started playing poker avidly in 2017. He always knew the basics of the game, but like so many, he wasn't aware of just how in-depth the game could be.
Kapoor didn't graduate high school and actually left home when he was just 14 years old. He spent 70 hours a week working at a Dunkin Donuts when he was 16 years old just to pay rent and bills. To succeed in poker, one has to grind and deal with hardships. Kapoor has real-life experience in both.
"I was in survival mode my whole life, so I had to get good at reading people," he explained. "Knowing how people worked. What they wanted to hear and see. It’s sad but true. In my opinion, this really helps in poker, one of my best abilities is knowing where I’m at a lot of the time."
In regards to PokerStars launching in Michigan where he plays under the screen name “TheRealClozer," Kapoor said: "I’m super excited that we have the chance to play legally online now."
When not playing online, Kapoor sniffs out the action. For the past five months, he's traveled to what little live events there have been. Primarily a cash game player at the $5/$10 level, Kapoor added tournament play to his skillset in 2019. His biggest live tournament cash to date is $12,051 for finishing 19th in the 2019 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship for $12,051.
"I can’t wait for the world to reopen. I’m beyond blessed to have this ability to make this kind of living considering where I came from and everything I’ve had to overcome throughout my life," he said. "Poker is not just a hobby. It’s a lifestyle, and I can’t see myself ever giving it up. I’ve met some of the best friends I could ever have from poker."
He added: "If you see me at the tables, you will either love me or hate me. I’m a talker, it’s part of my game. I mean no harm, I just want your chips!"
Kapoor is currently in Tampa Bay for a live event but will be returning to Michigan soon to compete in the MICOOP.
"Ideally I would like to ship that [live event] then come back here to Michigan and win the Main Event of the MICOOP."
PokerNews will be keeping an eye out for Kapoor whenever he jumps into online tournament action.
In Level 25 with blinds of 7,000/14,000, a limped family pot brought about a flop of . Action checked to "zozopots", who was on the button and bet 42,000 into 56,000. Only "Mithlin" check-called, doing so from the cutoff.
Action was then heads up to the turn and Mithlin checked again. "zozopots" fired another shell for 126,000 and "Mithlin" check-jammed for 289,301. "zozopots" called.
When stacks got in, "zozopots" had the flopped nuts but still needed to fade flush outs and the three remaining nines that would bring about a chop. The river was safe and they earned the pot and the knockout, eliminating "Mithlin" in fourth place as a result.
In Level 25 with blinds of 7,000/14,000, "grandma1967" opened to 35,000 in the cutoff and Andrew "autokorekt" Korby made a pot-sized three-bet to 119,000 in the small blind, leaving just 12,520 behind that he called off once action made its way back go "grandma1967" and they put him all in.
Andrew "autokorekt" Korby:
The flop was of no real help for Korby, and a while the turn gave him four outs at a backdoor wheel, the river came to complete the runout and give him tens up that remained second best to the full house of "grandma1967" to bring about his fifth-place finish in the tournament good for $1,905.
|Andrew "autokorekt" Korby||Busted|
In Level 25 with blinds of 7,000/14,000, "J_Voorhees187" raised to 28,000 in the cutoff and was called by "grandma1967" on the button. Andrew "autokorekt" Korby also called, defending his big blind to take three-way action to the streets.
Both Korby and "J_Voorhees187" checked the flop and "grandma1967" bet 70,980. Korby folded and then "J_Voorhees187" check-jammed for 288,260 with "grandma1967" making the call.
"J_Voorhees187" found their kings, gutshot straight draw, and second nut-flush draw up against a different gutshot, the nut flush draw, and a pair of nines. One pair became two for "grandma1967" on the turn , putting them out in front where they would remain through the river to send "J_Voorhees187" out in sixth.