It was another fantastic finish in Event #36-H, a $1,050 buy-in, eight-handed pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better event that attracted tons of familiar names and “usual suspects,” with a number of them making deep runs and appearing at the final table.
After two days’ worth of quarterings, split pots, and scoops, Jacob “donut604” Mackoff was the last man standing, having outlasted the 245-entry field to earn the title and a $45,437.50 prize after chopping with EPT Main Event winner Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen.
That big group meant a $245,000 prize pool — way over the $100K guarantee — with the top 32 finishers dividing the cash. They made the money late on Tuesday, and with 17 players returning on Wednesday, Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen had the chip lead with Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick his nearest challenger to begin Day 2.
Mackoff also returned to a big stack, starting the day in fourth position, with Bernardo “bedias” Dias (sixth), Ari “BodogAri” Engel (seventh), Ryan “PROTENTIALmn” LaPlante (10th), Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel (13th), Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski, and Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (16th) part of the final-day mix as well.
Shortly after play resumed aaron8 fell in 17th ($3,675). Over the next hour-and-a-half, Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (16th), nurospoker (15th), Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel (14th), and then -Rebus1980- (13th) were successively knocked out, with each earning $3,675.
It took a little under an hour for four more to fall — hurrrican3 (12th), Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick (11th), doah1414 (10th), and Zombob0 (ninth) — with each of them taking away $4,900. With Bernardo “bedias” Dias the new chip leader and a formidable collection of poker talent still remaining, the final table was underway.
Seat 1: Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski (Canada) — 117,049
Seat 2: Ryan “PROTENTIALmn” LaPlante (Canada) — 312,300
Seat 3: Ari “BodogAri” Engel (Canada) — 86,743
Seat 4: Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen (Denmark) — 500,171
Seat 5: WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) — 72,780
Seat 6: FrCnnctn1960 (Malta) — 356,675
Seat 7: Bernardo “bedias” Dias (Brazil) — 570,261
Seat 8: Jonas “donut604” Mackoff (Canada) — 434,021
Less than an orbit into the final table, the shortest stack — Ari “BodogAri” Engel — raised over a UTG limp by Ryan “PROTENTIALmn” LaPlante, and was called by both Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen and LaPlante. The flop came all diamonds — 5♦9♦J♦ — and it checked to Jensen who bet, and only Engel stuck around after committing his last few chips.
Engel had A♣K♦K♣2♦ for a king-high flush, but Jensen had A♦7♣4♦3♥ for an ace-high flush. The turn was the K♥, giving Engel some hope to backdoor a full house, but the river was the 3♦ and Engel — winner of a SCOOP event in 2014 — was out in eighth.
A little over 15 minutes passed, then some preflop back-and-forthing led to WTFOMFGOAO being all in and at risk versus Bernardo “bedias” Dias. WTFOMFGOAO had A♥10♠10♦2♥, but Bedias had picked up A♣A♠K♣J♦. The community cards came 8♥Q♣5♥5♣8♦, making no low hand and giving Bedias the better two pair to send WTFOMFGOAO railward in seventh.
We had to remove both shoes to count up all of WTFOMFGOAO’s cashes this SCOOP, but this appears to be the 19th of the series for the player from Russia, and the deepest finish yet.
Three hands later Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski had gotten short and was all in preflop with A♠J♠10♠9♥ versus FrCnnctn1960’s 7♦6♥5♦5♠. A board of mostly low cards — 8♥6♠2♦Q♥3♦ — allowed FrCnnctn1960 to scoop, and Sikorski was sunk in sixth.
Ryan “PROTENTIALmn” LaPlante was the next out in fifth after four-bet shoving with J♠J♣6♣5♠, getting called by Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen who had A♥9♥6♠3♦, then watching the board come 6♦4♥A♦4♦10♠ to give the latter the better two pair. The fifth-place finish marks LaPlante’s 12th cash of the series.
By the day’s four-hour mark Bernardo “bedias” Dias had established a significant chip lead, sitting with just over 1 million chips while his three remaining challengers all hovered around the half-million chip mark.
Not long after that, Jonas “donut604” Mackoff opened from the button, Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen called from the small blind, then FrCnnCtn1960 raised from the big blind with only Jensen staying in the hand. The 7♦3♦3♣ flop then brought a pot-sized bet from Jensen, and FrCnnCtn1960 called all in.
Both players had missed the flop aside from picking up low draws, as Jensen had A♥J♥8♠5♠ and FrCnnCtn1960 A♣K♣10♣4♦. The board completed 8♦ then 4♣, giving Jensen both the better low (7-5-4-3-A) and better two pair (eights and treys), ending FrCnnCtn1960’s run in fourth.
That pot proved a springboard for Jensen, who before long surged into the chip lead. The next break arrived, and with it some tentative deal talk, but with well over half the chips in play Jensen wanted to continue going for first-place prize money and so play continued.
Mackoff soon became super short, but survived multiple all-ins including some scoops to climb back in contention, and before long all three players were nearly even in chips. Then it was Dias doubling through Jensen a couple of times to stay in the game. They all made it to the day’s sixth hour.
Soon, though, Dias was button-raising, Jensen three-betting from the small blind, and Dias calling. A flop of J♣2♥5♣ encouraged Jensen to bet the pot, Dias to raise all in for a little more, and Jensen to call. It was A♦Q♦6♠3♣ for Jensen and A♠7♣3♠2♣ for Dias. The 10♥ turn and K♦ river meant no low for either and a Broadway straight for Jensen, and Dias was out in third.
It was yet another deep run for Dias who has a large collection of cashes this SCOOP (19 of them now), as earlier this week he earned a runner-up finish to Sam “SamSquid” Grafton in Event #27-H ($1,050 NLO8).
Jensen had the edge to start heads-up play with a 2.5-to-1 chip lead over Mackoff. A few hands into their battle Mackoff doubled up to even things, and after Mackoff won another hand they paused the tournament to talk about a chop with Mackoff sitting on about 1.45 million and Jensen just a touch under 1 million even.
Numbers were produced, and after a quick discussion and an agreement for a little extra to go to Jensen, a deal was made leaving $2K aside for the winner, and play resumed.
It wasn’t long before Mackoff whittled Jensen down to less than 365,000 — about 11 big blinds — pushing Fred_Brink to the brink. Then came a hand in which Jensen opened with a pot-sized raise from the button, Mackoff repotted, and Brink called all in showing A♠J♦7♥3♣ to Mackoff’s A♣Q♥J♣6♥.
The flop fell 8♠2♠Q♣, pairing Mackoff’s queen, then neither the 9♦ turn nor K♠ changed a thing, giving Mackoff the last pot and the win.
Jensen — EPT8 Madrid Main Event champion and winner of a WCOOP title, too — came one spot short of adding a SCOOP win to his collection of titles.
Congratulations to Jacob “donut604” Mackoff for topping a talented field and tough final table to win Event #36-H and a prize of $45,437.50.
SCOOP-36-H ($1,050 PLO8 [8-Max]) results
Total entries: 245
Prize pool: $245,000
Places paid: 32
1. Jonas “donut604” Mackoff (Canada) $45,437.50*
2. Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen (Denmark) $42,150.00*
3. Bernardo “bedias” Dias (Brazil) $28,175.00
4. FrCnnctn1960 (Malta) $20,825.00
5. Ryan “PROTENTIALmn” LaPlante (Canada) $13,475.00
6. Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski (Canada) $11,025.00
7. WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) $8,575.00
8. Ari “BodogAri” Engel (Canada) $6,737.50
* = denotes a two-way deal leaving $2,000 for the winner
Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.