These higher buy-in events among the others in the Spring Championship of Online Poker series usually attract top performers thus tough fields, and Event #21-H -- a two-day $2,100 no-limit hold'em event -- was no exception. Lots of top ...
These higher buy-in events among the others in the Spring Championship of Online Poker series usually attract top performers thus tough fields, and Event #21-H -- a two-day $2,100 no-limit hold'em event -- was no exception. Lots of top players came out, many went deep, and in the end it was 4rebmun topping them all after a two-way chop with Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky.
Ultimately 902 entered this one, creating a huge $1,804,000 prize pool and thus easily exceeding the $1 million guarantee. The top 108 finishers made the cash, after after making that two-handed deal both 4rebmun and Wilinofsky walked away with more than $275,000 apiece.
Here's how it all played out.
Day 1: 902 to 53
It would take more than nine-and-a-half hours to play down to 108 and to the money, at which point Mr. Ingenious sat at the top of the counts with nearly 400,000 followed by mjw006 with about 256,000 and calvin7v with just over 253,000.
Soon after the bubble burst, Team Online member Pro Isaac "IkeHaxton" Haxton was eliminated as the only red spade sporter to cash, finishing in 102nd place for a $3,788.40 payday.
They'd play about two more hours after that on Day 1, with Mr.Ingenious continuing to maintain the chip lead and in fact build a huge gap with the rest of the field before play concluded. A total of 53 players made it through to Monday's second day of play. Here's a look at how the top of the leaderboard appeared overnight:
1. Mr.Ingenious (Germany) -- 737,724
2. Magardan (Germany) -- 313,980
3. Aku1206 (Finland) -- 306,299
4. callmemanu (United Kingdom) -- 290,364
5. JackRich (United Kingdom) -- 284,885
6. Aduobe4 (United Kingdom) -- 277,867
7. hulinada (Russia) -- 277,774
8. calvin7v (Finland) -- 249,452
9. Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky (Canada) -- 248,477
10. bebaimis777 (Lithuania) -- 235,273
Day 2: 53 to 1
After two hours of play on Monday the field was trimmed further down to 22 players, with Mr.Ingenious having slipped back to the middle of the pack while callmemanu pushed out in front followed by Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky in second position.
Among those hitting the rail during those first couple of hours were Eric "jakz101" Crain (35th, $7,576.80), Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker (40th, $6,674.80), Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko (50th, $5,953.20), and David "Betudontbet" Emmons (51st, $5,953.20).
About a half-hour later they were down to 18 players gathered around two tables, with callmemanu still on top as the only one of them with more than 1 million chips.
It would take another two hours to play down to a final nine, with bebaimis777 moving out in front of everyone to grab the chip lead with more than 1.65 million.
Giuseppe "Ansgar2000" Pantaleo (18th), lenico1 (17th), and PetjeXL (16th) each earned $12,267.20 for their finishes. obiedman (15th), start-of-day-2 leader Mr.Ingenious (14th), and theoryofart (13th) took away $15,875.20 apiece. And deamon10 (12th), Magardan (11th), and JackRich (10th) each got back $19,483.20 worth of the prize pool for their efforts.
The final table was underway.
Seat 1: Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky (Canada) -- 1,017,093
Seat 2: VbV1990 (Russia) -- 1,309,292
Seat 3: Dimitar "KuuL" Danchev (Bulgaria) -- 508,206
Seat 4: callmemanu (United Kingdom) -- 935,406
Seat 5: Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver (Costa Rica) -- 1,359,600
Seat 6: Aku1206 (Finland) -- 898,773
Seat 7: Matthew "mjw006" Wakeman (Australia) -- 764,094
Seat 8: 4rebmun (Canada) -- 573,662
Seat 9: bebaimis777 (Lithuania) -- 1,653,874
While bebaimis777 held the chip lead to start the final table, Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver had battled his way to second position among the final nine after starting Day 2 in 53rd place out of 53 players.
Oliver was continuing what has already been a stellar SCOOP series that has included three other final tables. Oliver finished ninth in Event #2-H ($2,100 NLHE), finished third in Event #6-H ($1,050 NL Draw 2x Chance), and took sixth in Event #12-M ($215 2-7 Draw).