Mystery Italian Wins SCOOP Main Event for $1,133,160

The mystery Italian player Tanzanka took down the prestigious SCOOP Main Event after a titanic heads-up struggle against Austrias nailuj90, closing out the $65million guaranteed 183-event series with a $1,133,160 payday…

By: Andrew Burnett

As the Italian poker site pointed out before the final day’s play of the flagship finale to the two-week long SCOOP festival, “The ‘Mister X’ of our online poker lives in Austria and - although playing with the red and white flag on - is 100% blue.

The Azzurri-claimed victor saw off a host of well-known names along the way, Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt, Chris ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen and Max ‘mikki696’ Lehmanski among them, before settling down to a lengthy battle against nailuj90, the chip lead passing back and forth several times.

Deal or no deal?

nailuj90’s greed ended up costing him dearly after the pair discussed an ICM deal which would have given them both $900k+, with $130,800 and the title left to play for, but the Austrian asked for $2k plus change more…

…so the battle continued, Tanzanka surviving some scary moments, such as the following all-in catch on the turn…

The end, when it finally came at just after 5am local time (local for the two battling it out in ‘Austrian-controlled cyberspace’ that is) saw nailuj90 desperate for a diamond or a six to hit the river to save him, instead of which Tankanza made his Broadway straight to take the title and the $1million+ top prize.

The anonymous Tankanza – who won a WCOOP title last year - had earlier in the heads-up politely declined the idea of answering some questions, and will likely now have the online poker sleuth’s desperate to work out his real identity.

Meanwhile, in the Low and Medium Main Events running alongside the High buy-in version, there was another $8.13million up for grabs, with Germany’s Cashcid Linc and Hungary’s Wildace_hun taking them down respectively.


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