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SCOOP-44-H: $5,200 NLHE [Sunday HR SE], $1M Gtd

Event Info

Prize Pool $1,320,000
Players 264

Level Info

Level 34
Blinds 250,000 / 500,000
Ante 62,500

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 31
SCOOP-44-H: $5,200 NLHE [Sunday HR SE], $1M Gtd
Day 2 Completed

Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak Takes Down PokerStars 2020 SCOOP-44-H: $5,200 NLHE [Sunday HR SE] for $253,819

poolshir • Level 34: 250,000-500,000, 62,500 ante
SCOOP-44-H Top 9
SCOOP-44-H Top 9

It would take just over seven hours before Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak would become the newest SCOOP champion by taking down the PokerStars 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #44-H: $5,200 NLHE [Sunday HR SE] for $253,819 by defeating Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist heads-up. The tournaments offered a $1,000,000 guarantee but with the 264 entries which were collected on Day 1, this was surpassed to total a whopping $1,320,000 with 31 players cashing.

Novak has come close to winning a SCOOP before when he finished in second place in a medium buy-in tournament back in 2017. He also came second in a WCOOP Super Tuesday SE in 2015 but no real bragging rights yet until now as he defeated a final table filled with familiar names like the high stakes cash game player "makeboifin", the Day 1 chip leader "Sintoras", Jans "Graftekkel" Arends, Sergei "Futti18" Koliakov, Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver, Pedro "pm_marke" Marques, and Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias who has been having a great year already.

PokerStars 2020 SCOOP-44-H: $5,200 NLHE Final Table Results

1Andrey "Anjeyyy" NovakUkraine$253,819
2Joel "Odonkor1" NordkvistSweden$192,487
3Jans "Graftekkel" ArendsThe Netherlands$145,975
5Sergei "Futti18" KoliakovRussia$83,952
6Chris "ImDaNuts" OliverCosta Rica$63,666
7Pedro "pm_marke" MarquesPortugal$48,282
8Alexandros "mexican222" KoloniasGreece$36,615

All in the Money

When the players returned, all 31 were in the money already and the eliminations came in quickly. "Einyman" was the first to fall when they ran their king-nine into the ace-ten of Marques. They flopped a pair of nines but Marques hit the runner-runner straight to reduce the field by one player. Alexandru "steakaddict." Papazian was eliminated by Mike "SirWatts" Watson, Daniel "Oxota" Dvoress fell to Arends, and "boerni21" was busted by Scott "Aggro Santos" Margereson to get down the final three tables.

But there was no rest for the wicked, Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle, "hotmark777", Conor "1_conor_b_1" Beresford, Kahle "ROFLshove" Burns, Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood, Daniel "Razer2311" Rezaei, Arsenii "josef_shvejk" Karmatckii, Watson, and Michel "FreeLancerZZ" Dattani all busted before the final two tables were reached.

Mike Watson
Mike Watson was eliminated in 20th place for $14,824

From 18 to the Final Table Bubble

Tomi "elmerixx" Brouk four-bet shoved and was looked up by Margereson with held ace-four. Brouk's pocket jacks couldn't beat the straight Margereson rivered and that all happened before the first break. Soon after things started up again "3DTemujiN" ran his kings into the aces of Novak. A few minutes later, Pieter "XMorphineX" Aerts got it all in with king-queen and was called by Nordkvist who held pocket tens. Aerts flopped top pair but got rivered to bust.

"iamivar" found pocket treys good enough to shove with and Gianluca "Tankanza" Speranza thought the same but with tens and held. Margereson then busted with a lower flush than Arends which propelled the latter into a huge chip lead. "ross_654" was eliminated by Nordkvist who held ace-queen. "ross_654" had pocket eights but Nordkvist turned the Broadway to seal the deal.

Gianluca Speranza
Gianluca Speranza was eliminated in 12th place for $22,526

Two-time SCOOP Main Event champion Speranza saw his deep run come to an end when he ran queens into the aces of Nordkvist while Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph thought his kings would be good on the jack-eight-deuce-nine board but Arends had flopped a set of eights. No help on the river for the German as he busted in 11th place. The final table bubble went on for a while but in the end, it was Luke "Bit2Easy" Reeves who would be the one to go when his ace-ten didn't get any help on the board against Nordkvist who would take the chip lead.

Four-Hour Final Table

The final table started with three players with more than 100 big blinds and the others varying from 13 as the shortest stack to 73 for the player in fourth place and this was pretty noticeable as it lasted almost four hours. Two players first doubled up before the day 1 chip leader, "Sintoras" ran ace-jack into the ace-eight of "makeboifin". Kolonias then picked up pocket jacks and called the four-bet shove of Novak who held queens.

Almost another hour later, Marques would leave the final table in seventh place when he held ace-queen while Arends had ace-eight and found an eight on the flop to connect with. Oliver was getting shorter and shorter and three-bet shoved with ace-six. Unfortunately for him, Novak had kings and flopped a set. Soon after, Koliakov was kicked out by Novak. Koliakov's ace-king couldn't beat the nine-eight of Novak.

Novak took over the chip lead from Arends and only increased it when he took out "makeboifin" when pocket queens. Arends was just bleeding chips and ended getting them all in with ace-eight. Nordkvist's king-queens found two other queens on the board to eliminate Arends in third place.

Jans Arends
Jans Arends was eliminated in 3rd place for $145,975

Heads-up play took almost an hour and half with the chip lead switching back and forth. Novak doubled up once to stay alive and then the up and downs kept going on. They both got their bluffs caught once but then Novak scored a big double when he held aces and Nordkvist had flopped top pair. The overpair held to leave the Swede behind with 16 big blinds. In the final hand of the night, Nordkvist's flopped pair of deuces and flush draw couldn't get there against the top pair Novak had hit.

Joel Nordkvist
Joel Nordkvist finished in 2nd place for $192,487

Another new SCOOP champion has been found in Novak but the SCOOP is only half-way. Make sure to keep following the updates as the biggest buy-in of the series starts on May 12 at 1 p.m. EST with SCOOP-52-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller] kicking off then and the PokerNews live reporting team will be there for all of it.

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Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist Eliminated in 2nd Place ($192,487)

poolshir • Level 34: 250,000-500,000, 62,500 ante
Novak vs Nordkvist
Novak vs Nordkvist

Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist limped in on the button and Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak opted to check.

The flop came {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{2-Hearts}, Novak check-raised the 500,000 bet of Nordkvist to 1,668,750 who responded with a shove for 10,759,344 in total which Novak called.

Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist: {5-Clubs}{2-Clubs}
Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak: {k-Diamonds}{8-Spades}

Novak had called with top pair while Nordkvist had a pair of deuces and the flush draw.

The turn brought them the {q-Hearts} which didn't change things for him and neither did the {q-Diamonds} on the river as this signaled the end of the tournament as Novak improved his pair to the higher two pair to eliminate Nordkvist in second place for $192,487.

Novak takes down the tournament for his first SCOOP title and $253,819.

A recap is to follow.

Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak UA 66,000,000 8,119,344
Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist SE Busted

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Novak Doubles Up

poolshir • Level 34: 250,000-500,000, 62,500 ante
Novak vs Nordkvist
Novak vs Nordkvist

Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist raised to 1,000,000 from the button and Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak three-bet to 3,125,000 which was called.

The flop came {q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}, Novak continued with a bet of 2,677,500 for Nordkvist to raise it up to 8,000,000. Novak decided to shove and put his tournament life at risk for the 25,752,828 he had behind and Nordkvist called.

Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}
Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist: {q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

Nordkvist had flopped top pair but Novak was ahead with the overpair.

The rest of the board was completed with the {5-Clubs} on the turn and the {7-Spades} on the river for Novak to hold and double up to leave Nordkvist behind with around 16 big blinds.

Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak UA 57,880,656 27,240,328
Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist SE 8,119,344 -27,240,328

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Nordkvist Back in the Lead

poolshir • Level 34: 250,000-500,000, 62,500 ante

Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist raised to 1,000,000 from the button and Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak made the call.

The flop came {3-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}, Novak check-called the 1,020,000 continuation-bet of Nordkvist.

The turn was the {5-Diamonds}, Novak checked again and then called the 3,373,650 continuation-bet.

The river completed the board with the {q-Hearts}. Novak checked for the last time for Nordkvist to fire a bet of 8,838,963 into the pot which was enough for Novak to give up on this hand.

Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist SE 35,359,672 6,518,650
Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak UA 30,640,328 -6,518,650

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No Break Needed

poolshir • Level 34: 250,000-500,000, 62,500 ante

The players decided to continue playing instead.

Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak UA 37,158,978 -7,230,360
Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist SE 28,841,022 7,230,360

Time for a Break

poolshir • Level 33: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

The two players have gone for another 5-minute break.

Nordkvist Earns Some Chips Back

poolshir • Level 33: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak raised to 800,000 from the button and Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist called.

The flop came {3-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{7-Spades}, Nordkvist check-called the 714,000 continuation-bet of Novak.

He checked again on the {k-Diamonds} on the turn and Novak bet 2,345,000 which Nordkvist called.

They both checked on the {4-Hearts} on the river for Nordkvist to claim the pot with the {10-Spades}{8-Spades} for a pair of tens.

Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak UA 44,389,338 -9,022,280
Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist SE 21,610,662 9,022,280

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Nordkvist's Bluff Gets Caught

poolshir • Level 33: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist raised to 800,000 from the button and Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak defended.

Nordkvist continued with a bet of 816,000 on the {k-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{8-Clubs} flop which Novak called.

The turn was the {j-Clubs} and Novak checked again. Nordkvist continued with a bet of 2,065,840 and was called.

The river completed the board with the {8-Diamonds} and Novak checked for the last time. Nordkvist barreled a bet of 4,627,482 into the pot which Novak called. Nordkvist tabled {10-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for the bluff while Novak held {k-Spades}{q-Clubs} for the flush to scoop the pot.

Andrey "Anjeyyy" Novak UA 53,411,618 13,014,322
Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist SE 12,588,382 -13,014,322

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