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Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi Wins the 2016 SCOOP Main Event

Talal Shakerchi


  • Talal "raidalot" Shakerchi won the 2016 PokerStars SCOOP High Main Event for $1,468,000.

The United Kingdom’s Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi capped off a fantastic 2016 Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP), one that saw him cash 36 times, including five final tables, by taking down the $10,000 SCOOP Main Event High and claiming the massive $1,468,000.88 first place prize.

$10,000 SCOOP Main Event final table results

1Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi$1,468,000.88
2Sean “Nolez7” Winter$1,048,000.23
4Scott “gunning4you” Seiver$596,000.13
5Markku “markovitsus” Koplimaa$416,000.09
6Pablo “pablotenisis” Fernandez$336,000.07

A total of 824 entries (713 entries and 111 reentries) were processed, creating a prize pool of $8,000,001.76, more than double the $4,000,000 guarantee set before a single card was dealt. Ninety-nine places were paid, with a min-cash worth $18,400, so spare a thought for Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche who bust in 100th place to burst the bubble.

By the time the nine-handed final table was set, each of the remaining players had locked up at least $104,000.02 for their efforts. Here’s how the nine finalists lined up:

1Sean “Nolez7” Winter3,888,664
3Pablo “pablotenisis” Fernandez3,433,591
4Scott “gunning4you” Seiver4,617,287
5Markku “markovitus” Koplimaa5,861,868
8Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi9,258,971

The first player eliminated from the final table was “EvnomiYa” at the hands of Scott “gunning4you” Seiver. With blinds at 87,500/175,000/21,875a, Seiver opened to 378,675 from early position, and snap-called when EvnomiYa three-bet all-in for 2,289,463. EvnomiYa turned over {7-Clubs}{7-Spades} and received no help from the board meaning Seiver’s {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds} held firm.

Fifteen minutes later, Seiver sent “IReadB00ks” to the rail. A 350,000 raise from "IReadB00ks” was called by Seiver in the small blind, who then checked on the {10-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} flop, only to check-raise all-in when “IReadB00ks” continued with a 263,542 bet. IReadB00ks called and showed {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades} to Seiver’s {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. The {Q-Clubs} turn was followed by the flush completing {10-Diamonds}, busting IReadB00ks.”

Seiver took a back seat from his one-man elimination show to allow Shakerchi to bust Japan’s “Luckbox.” The action passed to Shakerchi in the small blind, and he raised enough to set “Luckbox” in for his 1,355,772 stack, which he called off. It was {Q-Hearts}{8-Hearts} for Shakerchi versus the dominated {Q-Clubs}{4-Spades} and a board reading {J-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{A-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} sent “Luckbox” to the showers, albeit with more than a quarter million dollars.

Pablo “pablotenisis” Fernandez then crashed out in sixth place after a clash with Seiver didn’t go as planned. Fernandez open-shoved for 13 big blinds from the button with {9-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and Seiver re-shoved from the small blind to isolate. When the big blind folded, Seiver showed {K-Spades}{K-Diamonds}, which held on a {4-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs}{q-Spades} board.

Next to fall was Markku “markovitsus” Koplimaa, who committed his 10 big blind stack with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} and Shakerchi called with {A-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. Koplimaa extended his lead on the {Q-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{6-Spades} flop, but the {Q-Clubs} turn and {8-Clubs} river gifted Shakerchi a runner-runner flush to leave only four players in the hunt for the astronomical sized first place prize.

Those four became three when Seiver’s luck ran out. Sean “Nolez7” Winter pushed all-in from the small blind with {A-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and Seiver called off his 13 big blinds in the big blind with {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}. Just as it looked like Seiver would secure a double up, the five community cards fell {7-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs} to improve Winter to a wheel, busting Seiver.

Winter then sent “s0nny_bLacCk” home in third place in a hand that had similarities with Seiver’s exit. Winter open-shoved from the small blind, “s0nny_bLacCk” called off 19 big blinds with {K-Spades}{Q-Spades} and discovered he was nicely ahead of Winter’s {K-Clubs}{7-Spades}. That fact only remained true until the flop of the {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{2-Spades}{9-Spades} board, a board that sent the Main Event to the heads-up stages.

Shakerchi held a near 2-to-1 chip lead at the start of heads-up, and it only took four hands for the tournament to end. Shakerchi raised to 700,000 and Winter called. A flop reading {2-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} saw Winter check, Shakerchi bet 788,375, and Winter call.

The turn was the {7-Hearts}, again Winter check-called a bet, this time one weighing in at 1,624,052. The {J-Diamonds} river saw Winter check again, Shakerchi kept up the aggression with a 3,913,659 bet, only to see Winter move all-in for 11,330,771 in total. Shakerchi instantly called.

Winter: {10-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Shakerchi {A-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}

Both players held a flush, but Shakerchi’s was the better of the two, resigning Winter to second place – worth more than one million dollars – and securing Shakerchi’s third career SCOOP title.

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