A massive prize came to Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi when he took down the $10,000 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Main Event for $1,468,000.88, ending a successful 2016.
The final-table players each locked up a minimum of $104,000.02. “EvnomiYa” was the first to be eliminated by Scott “gunning4you” Seiver when the former three-bet all-in on pocket sevens. Seiver called and, with a blank board, his pair of aces handily won.
Seiver also sent “IReadB00ks” to the rail in eighth place; the latter raised pre-flop and again after Seiver checked the flop (10♡, K♢, 2♢). Seiver then (Q♢, J♢) moved all-in over the top. His hand trailed his opponents’ K♧, Q♤ until the turn (10♢) gave him a flush.
Shakerchi stepped into the spotlight next, eliminating “Luckbox” (thought to be John Juanda) for a cool $256K. “LuckBox” held the Q♡, 8♡ on a J♧, 9♢, A♢, 4♢, 10♢ board, which fell to Shakerchi’s Q♧, 4♤.
Pablo “pablotenisis” Fernandez fell in sixth place after a clash against Seiver .
Markku “markovitsus” Koplimaa was the next to go. He went all in behind a K♢, Q♤, only to be called by Shakerchi’s A♧, 5♧. The flop paired Koplimaa’s queen and the turn gave him trips, but they didn’t hold up against Shakerchi river flush. Koplimaa won $416K for fifth place.
Fourth-place finisher Seiver was the first in the money to claim over half a million dollars. Sean “Nolez7” Winter, who had been quiet so far, went all in with the A♢, 5♢ and Seiver called with pocket 10♢, 10♤. The 7♤, 4♢, 7♢, 3♧, 2♧ board gave Winter the straight and the win.
Winter also sent “s0nny_bLacCk” home in third for $792,000.17, putting Shakerchi and Winter in heads-up play. Shakerchi had nearly a two-to-one chip lead when the matchup began, and it took only four hands for the Main Event to come to an end.
Shakerchi (A♢, 7♢) raised before the flop and Winter (10♢, 9♢) called. Winter checked the flop (2♢, 4♧, 3♢), but later called Shakerchi’s all-in. A 7♡ on the turn and J♢ on the river saw the higher flush go to Shakerchi.
SCOOP Main Event final table results
Throughout the championship, Shakerchi reached five final tables and cashed 36 times.
(Photo credit: Lee Davy, Creative Commons)
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