Progressive Knockout events are among the most exciting types of poker tournaments and one American player just won one of them after traveling north to Canada to take part in the popular PokerStars 2018 Spring Championships of Online Poker (SCOOP). Dominating the final table at the $1 Million GTD Progressive KO Turbo Tournament this weekend, Jerry “hummylun” Wong took the title and the first place prize of $163,671.
The current season of the Spring Championships of Online Poker started May 6 on the PokerStars platform and will run through May 21. With a record-breaking number of events, 183 in total, this is also one of the richest online poker championships ever organized – tourneys have a guaranteed prize pool of $65 million and plenty of additional surprises that push that figure to the impressive $110 million in guaranteed prize money. Each event comes with three different buy-ins suitable for every type of player and Jerry Wong claimed the title at the high-tier NLHE 6-Max, Progressive Knockout Turbo tourney on Saturday.
The tournament had an entry fee of $1,050 and it attracted a field of 1,055 entries with its $1 million guarantee. The event, SCOOP-27-H, gathered a total prize pool of $1,055,000 – each of the regular and the bounty pools were $527,500. This allowed for the top 131 places to be paid, while the attractive cash prize of $86,046.93 was awaiting the winner. It was won by a native New Yorker who crossed the border to took part in the tournament from Canada. Playing under the moniker of “hummylun” in the event, Wong took the chip lead before the final table was set and held it after the seven finalists were known.
Coming in with nearly three times the amount of the second stack (nearly 37.5 million in chips against jutrack’s 14.8 million), Wong dominated the game. Eliminations came in quickly, with Canadian player known only as newguy89 finishing 7th with $10,689.94 plus $5,875 in bounties. The next player to hit the rails was Bulgaria’s tarantaleo (6th, $14,131.40 and $8,093.76 in bounties), followed by TiltMeBig from Sweden who took home $20,281.26 and $13,972.66 in bounties. German player jutrack finished 4th ($29,107.50 and $16,980.48 in bounties), while the third place was taken by henri72 from Estonia ($41,774.78 and $3,500.01 in bounties) and the second position was for Switzerland’s TonyYayo5.
No Chance against Wong’s Massive Stack
In the final heads-up battle, Wong held an impressive chip lead over his opponent with 68 million against 36 million in chips. He also claimed all by one knockout on the feature table. Although TonyYayo5 seemed skillful, he was finished in 17 hands after his Ace-Queen was defeated by Wong’s Ace-5. The Five of Clubs matched the suit of the four cards on the board, making Wong the champion of the event. Along with the 2018 SCOOP Event #27-H title, the US player took home a whopping prize of exactly $163,671.84 – $86,046.93 and a bounty of $77,624.91 combined.
This is the fourth COOP and the second SCOOP title for Wong after he took his first one almost a year ago at the 2017 SCOOP $2,100 Razz event on May 10, 2017. Back then, he defeated a tough field of 123 entries to win the trophy and the first place prize of $60,270. Among the players on the final table were notable names such as Viktor “Isuldur1” Blom, Scott “gunning4you” Seiver, and Shawn “buck21” Buchanan. In addition, he has more than $3 million in live tournament winnings.