Ivan ‘vandir4rek’ Soshnikov SCOOP’s Main Event High Victory

2014 SCOOP Main Event High

The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) High Main Event saw 657 people pony up the $10,300 to create a $6.5 million prize pool and a $1.2 million first prize (before deals). Over 9,000 people watched the final table unfold live on the PokerStars client.

Day 1 saw the 657 players play down to 60. Serkules from Malta ended Day 1 with the honour of being the chip leader with 440,417. Canada enjoyed a strong showing after the day concluded with Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky of Vancouver, BC going into Day 2 third in chips with 400,708. Also getting a top-10 chip stack was Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood who finished Day 1 with 278,077 in chips, good enough for eight position. Also surviving the day was the always dangerous Mike "Tîmex" McDonald.

Day 2 saw the remaining 60 players come back to play down to a champion. With a field full of great players, the day saw a ton of big names fall early as McDonald fell in 34th place for $29,565 as well as EPT Grand Final Super High Roller Champion Dan “mrGR33N13” Colman, and this years WPT World Championship winner Keven “Stammdogg” Stammen bow out in 31st and 30th respectively for $29,565.

“CalBears123” was eliminated in 10th place for $75,555 after just over six hours into Day 2 setting the stage for the final table. Better C4ll came into the final table as the chip leader with just over 2.2 million in chips.

Seat 1Santiago "sanpri" NadalMexico669,224
Seat 2Better C4llUnited Kingdom2,281,231
Seat 3Ben "NeverScaredB" WilinofskyCanada1,460,489
Seat 4Martin "M.nosbocaJ" JacobsonUnited Kingdom463,855
Seat 5sat1337enSweden484,141
Seat 6Ivan "vandir4rek" SoshnikovRussia1,614,623
Seat 7VVVILELAAABrazil436,620
Seat 8Peter "Se7enTr3y" AkeryUnited Kingdom1,065,608
Seat 9Phill "Grindation" McallisterUnited Kingdom1,379,209

Canada’s lone survivor was Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky who started the final table in third place and was able to slowly gather chips to take control of the chip lead. The lead wouldn't last long, though, as he played a couple big pots with Better C4ll and ended up finishing in sixth place for $279,225 when his {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs} was dominated and was unable to crack the {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs} of Grindation.

With three left and Se7enTr3y on the brink of elimination, he pushed all in and doubled up with Q-T against Better C4ll’s 3-3 on a {4-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{k-Clubs} {q-Clubs} {q-Spades} to get back into the game with 1.8 million in chips.

The remaining three played for a bit longer until they broke to discuss a deal. At the time of the deal the chip counts were as follows:

vandir4rek4.5 million
Better C4ll3.1 million
S37enTr3y2.2 million

The PokerStars hosts were kind enough to provide the ICM-based and Chip Chop payouts as follows:

HostJuanR (Administrator): vandir4rek:$980,520.81
HostJuanR (Administrator): Better C4ll:$909,655.49
HostJuanR (Administrator): Se7enTr3y:$848,643.70
HostJuanR (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $60,000.00

Chip Chop
HostJuanR (Administrator): vandir4rek:$1,007,720.49h
HostJuanR (Administrator): Better C4ll:$899,036.77
HostJuanR (Administrator): Se7enTr3y:$832,062.74
HostJuanR (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $60,000.00

Se7enTr3y decided he would only take a deal that gave him at least $860,000 while vanri4rek saw his equity at having a minimum of $990,000. Better C4ll was stuck in the middle of the two and said he wasn’t budging at $899,000 while trying to take home the extra $60,000 for outlasting his two opponents.

The PokerStars host then broke out the following deals that Se7enTr3y and vandir4rek wanted:

Se7enTr3y’s suggested deal
HostJuanR (Administrator): vandir4rek:$979,783.23
HostJuanR (Administrator): Better C4ll:$899,036.77
HostJuanR (Administrator): Se7enTr3y:$860,000.00
HostJuanR (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $60,000.00

vandir4rek suggested deal
HostJuanR (Administrator): vandir4rek:$990,000.00
HostJuanR (Administrator): Better C4ll:$899,036.77
HostJuanR (Administrator): Se7enTr3y:$849,783.23
HostJuanR (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $60,000.00

After more long discussion, the final three all agreed to the following deal:

HostJuanR (Administrator): vandir4rek:$988,000.00
HostJuanR (Administrator): Better C4ll:$890,820.00
HostJuanR (Administrator): Se7enTr3y:$860,000.00
HostJuanR (Administrator): Left To Play for place 1: $60,000.00

Two hands after the deal was made, Better C4ll and vandir4rek both had big hands and got all the money into the pot pre-flop when Better C4ll’s five-bet shove with {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} was snap-called by vandir4rek’s {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds} and Better C4ll’s hand could not improve to eliminate him in third.

While Ivan ‘vandir4rek’ Soshnikov came into heads-up play with more than a 3.5:1 chip lead, he was in for a tough battle. Peter “Se7enTr3y” Akery was able to whittle away at the chip leader's stack, and even briefly held the chip lead, before doubling up Soshnikov when his {6-}{6-} was no match for the {8-}{8-} of Soshnikov, giving the Russian a commanding chip lead.

After a couple more hands, Soshnikov shoved over the top of Akery’s button limp with {a-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} and was called by Akery’s {k-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. The flop came {2-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} which gave Akery life; a queen would give him a straight and there were backdoor flush possibilities along with any king or nine to give him a pair. The turn brought the {4-Clubs}, not improving Akery’s hand and taking away his flush possibilities and only leaving him 10 outs in the deck to keep him alive. The river was the {a-Spades}, which gave Soshnikov a pair and the 2014 SCOOP Main Event High win and an over $1 million pay day.

The final table payouts looked like the following, courtesy of the PokerStars blog:

1Ivan "vandir4rek" SoshnikovRussia$1,048,000*
2Peter "Se7enTr3y" AkeryUnited Kingdom$860,000*
3Better C4llUnited Kingdom$890.820*
4Martin "M.nosbocaJ" JacobsonUnited Kingdom$499,320
5Phill "Grindation" McallisterUnited Kingdom$350,838
6Ben "NeverScaredB" WilinofskyCanada$279,225
8Santiago "sanpri" NadalMexico$147,825

* reflects the results of a three-way deal that left $60,000 in play for the winner

After a marathon deal discussion and long two days of play, Ivan “vandir4rek” Soshnikov took home over a million dollars and a custom premium Movado watch for his great play. Congratulations to Ivan as well as Peter “Se7enTr3y” Akery and Better C4ll for making a deal that saw them both secure of $860,000 for their hard work.

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