CrownUpGuy: “greetings to my boys and god bless the beautiful game of PLO“
Yes, nothing like a game of chicken with a hundred thousand dollars on the line. The Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #5-H PLO 6-max Sunday Grand Special Edition final table would feature one of the longest stretches of all six players retaining their seats (nearly three hours) before the first elimination.
And it was not from lack of trying, as the players remained aggressive throughout the final table. Both Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz and runner-up Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov were denied their second SCOOP titles as raconteur took the title and $118,428.26 after a four-way deal.
Check out below for raconteur’s two-day adventure into the winner’s circle.
Some players such as Joe “jcada99” Cada and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom pumped in their fourth bullet during the final late registration break while others like two-time SCOOP champ Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah waited to put down their $2,100 with 20 big blinds five and a half hours into tournament.
246 unique entries and 179 re-entries easily surpassed the $600,000 guarantee tallying a total prize pool of $850,000 and $170,000 of that waiting for our champion on day two.
Cada and Leah’s late entries and re-entries did not receive a return on investment as 32 players would start up Day Two already assured $5,100. People firing multiple bullets like raconteur and European Poker Tour 12 Grand Final Super High Roller champ Ole “wizowizo” Schemion were hoping to hit one of two six figure scores at the final table.
But, all eyes today would be on the overnight chip leader. For the past few years Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz has been using live High Roller events as his personal mortgage payment system. With lifetime earnings over $22 million, including an Event #53 win for €57,140 at the recently concluded PokerStars Championship series in Monte Carlo (Schemion also snagged a trophy in Event #2 of the same series for €274,750), Holz will be looking to bolster his World Championship of Online Poker Main Event and 2015 SCOOP Event #8-L wins.
Holz and Schemion would be seated next together for the first three hours of Day Two and were still bosom buddies as the tournament moved into hand-for-hand play on the four-handed table. Schemion would run low on chips as the blinds moved up to 4K/8K. After calling a three-bet and seeing a flop of K♥J♠9♦ Schemion pushed over the top of Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov’s bet. Makarov already owns a PLO SCOOP title (2010 Event #18-H) and will get a chance at a second one after backing into a turned straight thus overcoming Schemion’s flopped two pair and starting up the final table below:
Seat 1: Tagult (983355 in chips)
Seat 2: Ognjen “psjebemvas” Šekularac (589005 in chips)
Seat 3: mikki696 (637602 in chips)
Seat 4: Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (631576 in chips)
Seat 5: Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov (774353 in chips)
Seat 6: raconteur (634109 in chips)
Fedor would welcome everyone to the final table with the above quote about 15 minutes in while tangled with a sizable river decision against Ognjen “psjebemvas” Šekularac. The two-time -COOP winner would take about half his time bank and calmly called for nearly half his stack, correctly picking off a King-high bluff with a low two pair. An hour later Ognjen “psjebemvas” Šekularac would do the same to Holz by calling a half-pot bet on the river and turning over deuces and threes for the win. Even adding a little ribbing with “easy game” in the chat box.
Despite going hours without the first elimination, the players were not resorting to nut-peddling toward a SCOOP title.
Almost made it to hour three without sending someone to the showers as both Šekularac and Holz were all-in but they both managed timely double-ups. Then with the blinds up to 10K/20K with Šekularac all-in after a flop of K♥2♠10♥, a resurgent Makarov would call Šekularac’s small raise with top pair a flush draw K♦ A♠ 4♥ 8♥ as Šekularac’s 10♠ 7♠ 6♥ 9♣ exited quietly in sixth place ($30,175.00) after the 3♥ completed the flush.
While Fedor was certainly looking to go wire-to-wire here in day two, his adversaries had different plans. Six hands after Šekularac left, Holz down to under 13 big blinds would call a raise from the chip leading Tagult and stacked off post-flop 2♣ 6♥ 9♣ after flopping two pair Q♣ 6♠ 2♠ J♣ and a flush draw. Unfortunately, the chip leader held top set 9♦ K♣ A♥ 9♥ which managed to dodge any black flush cards on the turn Q♥ and river5♥ sending Holz away in fifth place ($47,175.00).
Moments later during the five-minute break players broke an hours long silence in the chat box and discussed chopping up the final four spots. Since all four were relatively close in chips, the deal-making was smoother than a newly laid freeway as all four went away happy with six-figure scores and still playing for an extra $12K.
Tagult’s run as the final table chip leader would end shortly before the deal making then halfway through the following hour Tagult and Makarov both sitting with similar, smaller stacks would shove them both in the middle pre-flop with Makarov covering. Tagult’s J♠ 10♣ 8♣ Q♦ was dead in the water after Makarov’s turned flush 10♥ A♠ A♦ 9♦ on the K♦ 2♦ 3♠ J♦ 3♥ board. Tagult earned $109,335.11 for the two days of labor.
Makarov’s run towards a second SCOOP title (nearly seven years later) would become a heads-up match away after mikki696’s shove into raconteur’s flopped trips earned mikki696 $114,226.11. LuckyGump would start the heads-up match ahead 2.3 million to raconteur’s 1.91 million with blinds holding at 12K/24K.
By break time Makarov extended that lead to 3.25 million over raconteur’s 992K while continuing to apply pressure by taking four out of the first five hands after the interlude. Fifteen minutes in and raconteur’s persistence to Makarov’s aggression would pay off after finding kings and jacks and getting it all-in preflop against Makarov’s medium wrap hand. A flopped set of jacks was enough to turn the chip lead.
While Makarov dug deep after being forced to defend, eventually raconteur would deny Makarov a second title. With the blinds up to 16K/32K and raconteur leading 2.8 million to 1.4 million, the chip leader would three-bet to 244K as Makarov called. After the 9♥A♠K♠ flop Makarov would push all-in for 1.16 million over raconteur’s bet. Holding top pair J♣ 6♥ 10♥ A♣ raconteur made the call as Makarov turned over nines with a flush draw 9♣ 4♦ 8♠ 6♠. No spades and no help on turn 3♥ and river 2♥ would hand the Event #5-H title to raconteur!
SCOOP-05-H ($2,100 PLO 6-Max, Sunday Grand Special Edition) results
Entrants: 246 (179 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $850,000
Places paid: 54
1. raconteur (United Kingdom) $118,428.26*
2. Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov (Russia) $111,910.52*
3. mikki696 (Austria) $114,226.11*
4. Tagult (United Kingdom) $109,335.11*
5. Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (Austria) $47,175.00
6. Ognjen “psjebemvas” Šekularac (Serbia) $30,175.00
* denotes part of four-way deal
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