SCOOP 2021: ‘kZhh’ (High), ‘livinmydream1’ (Med), ‘Cantaloupe91’ (Low) capture Main Events

The 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is done and three Main Events winners have been crowned. Here’s what you need to know from the final day of play…


TODAY’S HEADLINES

• ‘kZhh’ captures High Main Event, $878K after three-way deal
• Dream comes true for ‘livinmydream1,’ Medium Main Event champ for $838K
• ‘Cantaloupe91’ can’t be stopped, wins Low Main Event for $376K


‘kZhh’ captures High Main Event, $878K after three-way deal

“kZhh” of Hungary, Dan “Dannyz0r” Borlan of Romania, and Kayhan “KayhanMok” Roshanfekr of Norway began the day 1-2-3 in chips, and that’s exactly where they ended it with kZhh capturing the SCOOP “High” Main Event title and a nice prize of more than $878K.

That trio struck a three-handed deal, in fact, which meant runner-up Borlan earned a bit more, taking away $894K, while Roshanfekr also banked a nice $791K.

After a half-hour of careful maneuvering, “23tudy23” of Romania finally got a short stack all in with J♣J♥ and was up against PLO Main Event “High” champion Ka Kwan “kaju85” Lau‘s A♦Q♦. The two diamonds on the flop were troubling for 23tudy23, and the queen on the turn even more so. The river blanked, and they were down to eight.

Ka Kwan Lau

Ka Kwan “kaju85” Lau

Not long after, the UK’s Jareth “jareth3542” East had some bad luck losing a 35-big blind stack with A♥K♣ versus Borlan’s A♦A♠. The rockets held, and East was out in eighth.

Shortly into the day’s second hour of play, the double-Main Event dream of Ka Kwan Lau ended. The player from Andorra built a large pot through the turn with kZhh, then the river completed the board as 5♦J♥6♠7♦Q♠. kZhh checked and Lau bluffed all in with K♦10♦, and kZhh called with J♦J♠ and a set of jacks, knocking out Lau in seventh.

Just four hands later, Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph of Austria five-bet shoved with A♥K♣, the Netherlands’ “Beowulf3182” called with K♦K♥, and the kings held to send Rudolph railward in sixth.

Meanwhile David “MissOracle” Yan was busy making hands and getting value, and after starting the day fourth in chips took the chip lead during the second hour. kZhh was able to push back into the lead by the second break, with Borlan once again moving into second position where the player had started the day.

As the day’s fourth hour began, Yan had become the short stack when a blind-versus blind hand developed between Yan and Roshanfekr. Yan limped, Roshanfekr raised, and Yan called, and the flop came 5♥10♥8♣. Both checked, and after Yan checked the 7♣ turn, Roshanfekr bet two-thirds pot and after a pause Yan check-raised all in for almost 11 million, about twice what was in the middle.

Roshanfekr called, showing 10♠7♦ for two pair while Yan had Q♥6♣ for a flush draw. The A♦ river ended it, and Yan was out in fifth.

David Yan

David “MissOracle” Yan

Beowulf3182 went out next in fourth, also falling to Roshanfekr. The hand came shortly after Beowulf3182 had tried a bold river bluff against Borlan while representing a flush, but Borlan managed to call with a set of deuces. Down to just three big blinds, Beowulf3182 soon committed with king-seven against Roshanfekr’s ace-eight, and the board brought no help to knock out Beowulf3182 in fourth.

The final trio played on, finally pausing proceedings to discuss a deal with Borlan in front with about 74 million, kZhh next with almost 51 million, and Roshanfekr third with just under 41 million. They were able to work out terms and strike a deal, and with a title and $50,000 still on the table play proceeded.

Roshanfekr’s knockout in third came after a one-two combo from Borlan. In the first hand, the pair got all in preflop with Roshanfekr holding A♠K♦ and Dannyz0r 9♣9♠. A nine flopped and the set held, and Borlan had a big double-up while Roshanfekr was on fumes.

As it happened, Roshanfekr picked up A♠A♦ on the next hand and got all in versus Borlan’s K♦10♥. But the flop brought two kings, no ace followed, and Roshanfekr was out in third.

Even with those pots, Borlan was well behind to start heads-up with about 56 million to kZhh’s 109 million. The pair battled for a couple dozen hands with kZhh chipping up further, then came a hand in which kZhh limped from the button, Borlan raised, and kZhh called.

The flop came Q♥6♥3♣, and Borlan led with a bet. kZhh called again, and the turn brought the 5♦. This time Borlan checked, and when kZhh bet, Borlan check-raised all in and kZhh quickly called.

Borlan had K♦5♠ for fives, but kZhh had been waiting with K♣K♦. The 6♣ sealed it, and kZhh took the title.

SCOOP-92-H: $10,300 NLHE Main Event
Dates: April 25-28, 2021
Entries: 664 (inc. 202 re-entries); 87 paid
Prize pool: $6,640,000

Final table results

1st: kZhh (Hungary) $878,781.14*
2nd: Dan “Dannyz0r” Borlan (Romania) $894,551.34*
3rd: Kayhan “KayhanMok” Roshanfekr (Norway) $791,074.32*
4th: Beowulf3182 (Netherlands) $443,934.46
5th: David “MissOracle” Yan (New Zealand) $325,098.38
6th: Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph (Austria) $238,073.88
7th: Ka Kwan “kaju85” Lau (Andorra) $174,344.48
8th: Jareth “jareth3542” East (United Kingdom) $127,674.58
9th: 23tudy23 (Romania) $102,085.35

*after deal

Dream comes true for ‘livinmydream1,’ Medium Main Event champ for $838K

The “Medium” Main Event title went to Austria and “livinmydream1” who started the final day in fifth position but ended it in first for more than $838K.

They almost made it through the first hour before an elimination. On the last hand before the first hourly break. “onlyuknowme” of Greece hit the rail in ninth after running A♠K♦ into the A♣A♥ of Belarus’ “mvpalls.”

Canada’s “j_peso4” next fell in eighth after ace-trey couldn’t beat the pocket kings of livinmydream1. “miguel2007” of Peru was then glad to get all in with A♣K♣ and enjoy a big edge versus “Morrison830” of Argentina who held A♠6♦. But a six fell on the river, knocking miguel2007 out in seventh.

A little later mvpalls had fallen to less than one big blind and open-pushed all in from UTG with 7♦4♦. Ireland’s “PopAShush” reraised to isolate from the small blind, then showed Q♥4♣. The J♥3♦A♦ flop was promising for the short-stacked player, but the Q♣ paired PopAShush and the 5♥ river sealed it, and mvpalls was out in sixth.

On the very next hand, “betsoares” of Brazil bet it all on pocket eights and had a preflop edge against livinmydream1’s ace-five. But an ace flopped, the turn and river changed nothing, and betsoares was done in fifth. PopAShush’s fortunes then took a downturn, eventually resulting in a preflop all-in with king-queen versus livinmydream1’s ace-king. The board came ten-high, and PopAShush was done in fourth.

Morrison830 was next out in third, getting chips in with pocket jacks against the ace-king suited of Greece’s “alimounda,” then holding through the turn before a king fell on fifth street. That gave alimounda a big pot and almost a 3-to-1 chip advantage over livinmydream1 to start heads-up play.

By the three-hour mark, livinmydream1 had narrowed the gap, and a few hands later the pair paused proceedings to discuss a deal. No deal was struck, though, and play marched forward.

livinmydream1 moved out in front, then chipped up over 400 million while alimounda slipped to about 188 million. A limped pot and 2♦A♠10♠ flop saw alimounda check-call a bet from livinmydream1. The 3♣ turn produced the same action with a bigger bet, then after the K♣ river alimounda checked again and livinmydream1 shoved.

alimounda thought about it, then finally called with A♦6♥ for aces. But livinmydream1 had A♥3♠ for two pair, and livinmydream1’s dream of winning a SCOOP Main Event title had come true.

SCOOP-92-M: $1,050 NLHE Main Event
Dates: April 25-28, 2021
Entries: 5,903 (inc. 1,796 re-entries); 735 paid
Prize pool: $5,903,000

Final table results

1st: livinmydream1 (Austria) $838,908.55
2nd: alimounda (Greece) $598,000.46
3rd: Morrison830 (Argentina) $426,275.10
4th: PopAShush (Ireland) $303,863.41
5th: betsoares (Brazil) $216,604.09
6th: mvpalls (Belarus) $154,402.40
7th: miguel2007 (Peru) $110,063.20
8th: j_peso4 (Canada) $78,456.77
9th: onlyuknowme (Greece) $55,926.20

‘Cantaloupe91’ can’t be stopped, wins Low Main Event for $376K

In the “Low” version of the Main Event, it took Greece’s “Cantaloupe91” just over three hours to collect all the remaining chips and win a handsome first prize of better than $376K.

The table’s short stack, “ticascr” of Costa Rica, was the first knockout in ninth, followed shortly thereafter by Austria’s “Lordof0512” in eighth. The latter had begun the day in third place, but didn’t survive a confrontation with start-of-day leader “Essa_mania” who pushed out to a huge chip advantage as a result.

“Lmao7” of Finland was next out in seventh after ace-eight failed to outrun the ace-jack suited of Cantaloupe91. The UK’s “Essa_mania” continued to collect chips and extend the lead, then Cantaloupe91 scored another knockout after winning an all-in against the super short “MagnatG” of Russia when the latter’s K♦J♥ fell to Cantaloupe91’s A♣3♦.

The inequity between leaders Essa_mania and Cantaloupe91 and the others continued to widen. Then Essa_mania won a blind-versus-blind all-in against “tomekato” of Argentina when queen-ten beat out king-nine. “mr_suspekt” of Sweden quickly exited shortly thereafter as well in fourth after king-ten fell to Cantaloupe91’s ace-queen suited.

In less than an hour they were down to three, with Essa_mania over 555 million, Cantaloupe91 at almost 390 million, and Brazil’s “carafalo” well back with just under 27 million.

Shortly after play resumed, carafalo was all in with K♥J♣ against Essa_mania’s A♠J♥, and when the board came nine-high carafalo was out in third.

Heads-up began with Essa_mania at 584 million and Cantaloupe91 at 388 million. It didn’t take long, however, for Cantaloupe91 to edge upward and into the chip lead. Essa_mania nudged in front again briefly, but Cantaloupe91 seized back the advantage and began chipping up once more.

Eventually Cantaloupe91 had a better than 9-to-1 chip lead when open-shoving with Q♣2♦ from the button. Essa_mania called quickly with A♠J♥, but a runout of 10♠9♠10♣J♦K♠ gave Cantaloupe91 a straight.

That pot gave Cantaloupe91 the last of the almost one billion chips in play — 972,825,000, to be exact — and a SCOOP Main Event title.

SCOOP-92-L: $109 NLHE Main Event
Dates: April 25-28, 2021
Entries: 38,913 (inc. 14,224 re-entries) ; 5,463 paid
Prize pool: $3,891,300

Final table results

1st: Cantaloupe91 (Greece) $376,086.99
2nd: Essa_mania (United Kingdom) $265,913.93
3rd: carafalo (Brazil) $188,029.17
4th: mr_suspekt (Sweden) $132,956.38
5th: tomekato (Argentina) $94,014.19
6th: MagnatG (Russia) $66,478.19
7th: Lmao7 (Finland) $47,007.29
8th: Lordof0512 (Austria) $33,239.09
9th: ticascr (Costa Rica) $23,503.45


TODAY’S RESULTS

With some of the final day’s tournaments still to complete, here are today’s results so far. We’ll update the table as results come in.

†inc. bounties
*after deal


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STAT TRACKER

The entire blog team had to take off their shoes and use all of their toes and fingers to count up these figures. There are still a few tournaments ongoing at the moment, but as they complete we’ll update the totals to show just how things ultimately added up over the course of the historic 2021 SCOOP.

Entries: 1,721,556 (inc. 329,989 re-entries)
Prize pools: $137,085,201
First place payouts: $19,373,699 (inc. $3,077,106 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 297
Tournaments ongoing: 9


INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!

We’ve been catching up with some of the stars of SCOOP to talk about their latest triumphs, including:

Why Fintan Hand’s career highlight still hurts
Noah Boeken: Poker’s successful dinosaur
Dragos “Fenryr03” Trofimov’s long road to profitability
Márton “Komarcus” Kókai looks on the bright side
Santo “kleinebakker007” Bakker follows near-miss with SCOOP win
Mason Pye’s Mixed Game Movement gaining momentum
Marcos “masaldanha94″ Saldanha: Luck at the right moments
“Marcelinhobf” puts the pieces togerher for $34K win
Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic: First ever from Montenegro — and he’s won three!
Daniel Almeida: Study brings success
Francesco “dottorsydUK” La Cognata makes the most of his free time
Elias “SinKarma” Gutierrez on winning title with 15,000 watching
Fagner “FagnerCR7” Brito one step closer to ambition of turning pro


PREVIOUS ROUND-UPS

Day 1: Opening night salvos
Day 2: Bujitas and Brazil win big
Day 3: Shakerchi reigns as superstars dominate
Day 4: Double for Montenegro, plus Mateos and Malinowski
Day 5: Two in a night for Nevanlinna; three for Montenegro
Day 6: Lex denied by Padilha
Day 7: Two $1m+ prize pools, and more Lex
Day 8: Astedt and Mulder take customary titles
Day 9: Two in a night for Mattsson
Day 10: Viera crushes again as Moorman wins first
Day 11: Mateos does it again, huge night for Brazil
Day 12: Benitez and Badziakouski take headlines
Day 13: More titles for Leonard, Theologis, Track and WhatIfGod
Day 14: Back-to-back for Leonard as Pye claims one for Red Spade
Day 15: Glaser makes it six and first for Mathis
Day 16: Salas shines, Watson wins seventh
Day 17: Mateos wins third title, Spraggy so close
Day 18: Fintan Hand becomes two-time champ, wins #82-H for $232K
Day 19: Main Events kick off and nine more champs
Day 20: Main Events play into the money
Day 21: Smith and Lyubovetskiy win again as Lau seeks Main Event double