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Talal Shakerchi Wins 2016 PokerStars SCOOP $10,000 Main Event

UK Hedge Fund Manager Defeats 824-Entry Field To Win $1,468,001

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Talal SchakerchiTalal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi has won the 2016 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker 410,000 no-limit hold’em high main event, defeating a field of 824 entries to win the title and the first-place prize of $1,468,001. The tournament sported a $4 million guaranteed prize pool, which was doubled when 713 individual players posted the buy-in with 111 re-entries made.

The 53-year-old hedge fund manager from the United Kingdom came into the nine handed final table as the chip leader with 9.8 million of the roughly 41.2 million chips in play. Shakerchi, who frequents high stakes tournaments live and online, had some stiff competition to deal with a t the final table including five time World Series of Poker bracelet winner John ‘LuckBox’ Juanda (7th – $256,000), the number-six player on the all-time live tournament earnings list Scott ‘gunning4you’ Seiver (4th – $596,000) and eventual runner-up Sean ‘nolez7’ Winter (2nd – $1,048,000).

Winter has nearly $3.4 million in live tournament earnings to his name and a Card Player Poker Tour main event title under his belt. He came into the day in sixth chip position but took a hit early when he ran ace-king into Scott Seiver’s pocket aces. Winter was able to mount a comeback and survive all the way down to heads-up against Shakerchi.

On the fourth hand of the heads-up battle Shakerchi raised to 700,000 with blinds of 175,000 – 350,000. Winter made the call and the flop brought the 4Club Suit3Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit. Winter check-called a bet of 788,375 and the turn brought the 7Heart Suit. Winter again checked to Shakerchi, who now bet 1,624,052. Winter called and the JDiamond Suit completed the board on the river. Winter checked a third time and Shakerchi bet 3,913,659. Winter went into the tank for a moment before moving all in for 11,330,771. Shakerchi quickly called with the ADiamond Suit7Diamond Suit for the nut flush and Winter got the bad news that his lower flush with the 10Diamond Suit9Diamond Suit was no good. With that Shakerchi locked up the title and sent Winter the the rail in second place.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at this final table;

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi $1,468,001
2 Sean ‘nolez7’ Winter $1,048,000
3 s0nny_bLacCk $792,000
4 Scott ‘gunning4you’ Seiver $596,000
5 Markku ‘markovitsus’ Koplimaa $416,000
6 Pablo ‘pablotenisis’ Fernández $336,000
7 John ‘LuckBox’ Juanda $256,000
8 Lasse ‘IReadB00ks’ Nielsen $176,000
9 EvnomiYa $104,000