Event 12 was a big one on the 2016 Spring Champion of Online Poker schedule with the popular 6-Max Shootout titles set to run. The $2,100 buy-in high version of the tournament maxed out at 216 players on 36 tables with some of the top names in poker. When the dust settled, it was former TCOOP champion Nick “chilenocl” Yunis outlasting them all for his second major online title.
With the 216 player cap hit, every player had the same path to the top. Win three short-handed SNGs and get all the honors. First round winners were in all the money for a $4,773 min-cash but only the final table six would ladder up to earn a bigger piece of the $432,000 prize pool.
As the first day made its way towards the end, there were many big names trying to book their seat at the Day 2 final table including Shaun Deeb, Paul “paulgees81” Volpe, Keven “Stammdogg” Stammen, Artem “roi kin23” Litvinov, Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen, and Team PokerStars’ George Danzer. None of those players would come back for the second day but we still had a very talented group returning.
The final table lineup included three COOP champions, two Super Tuesday winners, a World Series of Poker Circuit ring holder, and somewhere near $15 million in career earnings.
Yunis earned his major online kudos in the HORSE event during the 2015 TCOOP series and the big win for WATnlos came with a Sunday Warmup title. Alex “bigfox86” Foxen won the 2015 SCOOP Ante Up Event #12-H to go along with his WSOP-C title from 2012.
Michael “munchenHB” Telker has over $7 million in earnings including a 2011 WCOOP title, Super Tuesday win, and he finished fourth in both the 2012 WCOOP and 2013 SCOOP Main Events. OLD TIME GIN is a regular in the big cash games and has a Super Tuesday win of his own plus a final table appearance during the 2013 WCOOP High Roller. Jimmy “jays94” Molloy rounded out the last six players and his $5.4 million in earnings include a runner-up finish a few days ago in Event #7-H.
Those six came back to 10K stacks and a slow structure. The levels kicked off at 15 minutes and capped at 30-minute for players who could make it an hour and a half into the final table. Player skills and deep stacks and room to maneuver set up a game that would take hours to complete, perfect for the amount of money on the line.
Seat 1: Michael “munchenHB” Telker
Seat 2: Nick “chilenocl” Yunis
Seat 3: Alex “bigfox86” Foxen
Seat 4: OLD TIME GIN
Seat 5: WATnlos
Seat 6: Jimmy “jays94” Molloy
Blinds: 50/100 with 10 Ante
jays94 gets 86’d, eliminated in 6th
As one would expect with six even stacks and 100 big blinds at the start, there was a lot of play in the early going with few big pots. The tough hands seemed to go the wrong way for Jimmy “jays94” Molloy and he was the shortest after 50 minutes of action.
He was down to 1,600 and put them in the middle with A♠K♥ after OLD TIME GIN raised it up under the gun. The rest of the table let their hand go and OLD TIME GIN called with the dominated K♦J♦. A good spot for Molloy until OLD TIME GIN added a flush draw on the A♦8♠2♦ flop.
The virtual dealer didn’t wait until the river to deliver the bad news, it came right on the 7♦ turn to give OLD TIME GIN the hand and send Molloy out first from the Shootout final table.
Chop it up
The biggest hand in the second hour of the final table produced little change in the stack sizes. Foxen and Yunis were heads-up to the 4♠4♦4♣ flop when Foxen bet out 1,111 while everyone sat back and waited as Yunis kept losing his connection.
Yunis called the bet when he was reconnected and Foxen checked after the 2♠ turn. Yunis bet 900 to get a call before the A♠ river. This time, Foxen went with a check/raise all-in and Yunis called to create the 17K pot before it was split down the middle with them both holding an ace. Foxen was ahead until the river with A♥Q♠ versus A♣6♣ and all he got for it was one extra chip from the odd-sized pot.
Foxen out-foxed, eliminated in 5th
Two hours into the final table and the stacks were still deep relative to the blinds, so it took two prime hands to get a lot of chips in the middle.
Telker began the hand with a raise under the gun and Foxen popped it up to 1,441 from the button. OLD TIME GIN three-bet to 3,425 from the small blind and Telker let his hand go. Foxen responded with a four-bet shove for 11,350 and OLD TIME GIN called after a moment’s thought.
The WSOP-C champion was in trouble with A♣J♦ against OLD TIME GIN’s Q♣Q♦ and things got a lot worse courtesy of the Q♥7♥2♥ flop. Foxen needed running miracle cards but was drawing dead to 5th place after the 3♠ turn, picking up $25,920 for his efforts.
Seat 1: Michael “munchenHB” Telker (20,287 in chips)
Seat 2: Nick “chilenocl” Yunis (7,678 in chips)
Seat 4: OLD TIME GIN (25,496 in chips)
Seat 5: WATnlos (6,539 in chips)
Blinds: 120/240 with 30 Ante
Yunis doubles through Telker
It didn’t seem Nick Yunis was having any more connection issues and found a four-handed ace to put his chips to work. He was down to 4,432 and moved all-in from the small blind after Telker raised from the button.
OLD TIME GIN released his big blind hand and Telker called with 10♦10♥. Yunis had one overcard with A♠3♥ and paired it up on the A♣J♣7♥ flop. Telker couldn’t find a knockout ten as the board finished with the 2♣ turn and Q♥ river.
Seat 1: Michael “munchenHB” Telker (20,660 in chips)
Seat 2: Nick “chilenocl” Yunis (9,344 in chips)
Seat 4: OLD TIME GIN (21,472 in chips)
Seat 5: WATnlos (8,524 in chips)
Blinds: 160/320 with 40 Ante
Telker aced twice by Yunis, eliminated in 4th
The third hour of the final table rolled around when Telker ran into a short-handed cooler. He opened to 1,089 under the gun and Yunis three-bet to 2,100 on the button.
The blinds released their hands and Telker put in the rest of his 17K stack to receive the very definition of a snap-call from Yunis with A♦A♠. Telker needed help with A♥Q♠ and caught a pair on the Q♦5♦5♣ flop. That was as close as he would get as the board finished K♣6♣ to give Yunis the full double and knock Telker down to 2,300.
Telker picked up a double on the next hand but his comeback ended four hands later when he called a min-raise by Yunis to see the K♠Q♣7♣ flop. He moved all-in with 9♣3♣ and his flush draw was against A♠A♣ which turned into a set on the A♥ turn.
The river blanked 9♦ and Telker was eliminated in 4th place for $34,450.
Blinds: 250/500 with 60 Ante
Yunis stays hot, WATnlos eliminated in 3rd
It’s easy to build a stack when aces keep coming at a short-handed table but it also helps to get lucky as well. Yunis continued his heater in a hand that saw a lot of chips get mixed up.
OLD TIME GIN started things off with a raise to 1,050 and WATnlos responded with a shove for 12,321 from the small blind. Yunis followed that up with a chip leading shove in the big blind and OLD TIME GIN abandoned his 1K investment.
WATnlos was in good shape to double into the lead with A♥K♥ against A♠Q♦ but probably didn’t like the Q♣10♠8♣ flop too much. He was left looking for a king or jack but missed the 8♦ turn and 5♦ river to go to set up the heads-up match.
Seat 2: chilenocl (43,192 in chips)
Seat 4: OLD TIME GIN (16,808 in chips)
Blinds: 250/500 with 60 ante
Nick “chilenocl” Yunis adds a SCOOP in Event #12-H
The third-hour theme for Yunis continued into heads-up action and it took only 11 hands to settle the matter. OLD TIME GIN won seven straight pots in the middle but his attempt to catch a big double ran into another monster.
There were five bets to get all the chips involved when OLD TIME GIN shoved with A♣Q♦ straight into the K♦K♣ of Yunis. There was never a sweat as the board quickly ran out J♠7♠4♥8♥K♠ to end the match and give Yunis the title.
The final table lasted more than three hours with most of the action occurring in the last 30 minutes. OLD TIME GIN played a good game while others dropped around him but had to settle for runner-up money after the big run by Yunis.
Yunis added the second leg of the Triple COOP, this win going along nicely with his TCOOP HORSE title, and he earned $95,040 for beating a very tough field.
1. Nick “chilenocl” Yunis (Chile) $95,040
2. OLD TIME GIN (Canada) $66,312
3. WATnlos (Germany) $49,680
4. Michael “munchenHB” Telker (Cyprus) $34,560
5. Alex “bigfox86” Foxen (United Kingdom) $25,920
6. Jimmy “jays94” Molloy (Canada) $17,280
I WIN!!!!! Officially a SCOOP champion (Event 12 High 2k S/O) as of ~1 minute ago. Soo happy, kind of in shock. Time to go meet my friends!
— Nicolas ‘Nick’ Yunis (@nickyunis) May 12, 2016