Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro wins SCOOP Main Event

Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro wins SCOOP Main Event

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Eight years to the day after PokerStars qualifier Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 World Series of Poker, the Spring Championship of Online Poker has crowned its own champion of a $10,000 tournament. The Main Event concluded last night with Sami Kelopuro, better known by his Full Tilt screenname LarsLuzak, taking it down.

The $2.5m guarantee was utterly destroyed with 380 players putting up the $10,300 entrance fee with 45 paid and the first prize topping $700,000. Going into Day 2 Kelopuro shared the spotlight with the UK’s own Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis and PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie was eliminated in 11th place shortly before nikov hit the rail to give us a final table.

Kelopuro led the way with over a million chips, near double his nearest competitor at the final nine. EPT Vilamoura champion Toby Lewis seemed to have fate on his side, rivering a flush against the better hand after a pre-flop all-in before spiking a two outer with a dominated pair to stay alive. LrsLzk got similar fortune when he made a runner-runner straight against queens to eliminated GotURead.

Lewis was the next to go after Kelopuro caught running straight cards for the second time and losing a coinflip for the rest of his chips, taking home over $165,000. The five remaining players struck a deal for the prize pool remaining and play continued. Soon enough we were three-handed and Lrslzk won a key pot, the Finn calling a turn shove with top pair against a flush draw, making a full house on the river to take a 2.5-1 chip lead heads-up against Tagult.

Quickly, Lrslzk got up to a 10-1 lead before stacks returned to the starting positions after some key hands. Rinse and repeat – Tagult refused to be beaten, doubling up when down to his last few hundred thousand every time.

Finally, after over 90 minutes of one-on-one action, the two found K-K and A-Q. Kelopuro held the worse hand but an ace straight out of the door sealed the deal. Tagult finished second but thanks to the deal, took home the most money – shame he can’t get that watch, though.

The full final table payouts were as follows:

1.Sami “Lrslzk” Keluporo - $504,691.09
2.Tagult - $540,125.82
3.StigR - $390,000
4.altiFC - $369,581.05
5.danskemann - $430,002.05
6.Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis - $167,200
7.GotURead - $129,200
8.el_klonkador - $91,200
9.Hernan “HN Kakaroto” Novick - $66,500

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Tags: SCOOP, Sami Kelopuro, Toby Lewis Joe Hachem, LarsL