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Inaugural MICOOP Awards $2.2 Million, “smftt” Takes Down Main Event for $56,398


The first-ever Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP), which was open to PokerStars players in the Wolverine State, began on February 20 and wrapped on Monday night. The 60-event series proved to be a huge success by catering to 28,830 combined entrants and awarded $2,208,002 in prize money, well ahead of the $1.4 million in guaranteed prize pools.

The series began when “PowerRanges” topped an 883-entry field to win Event #1: $100 NLHE Kick Off, Nightly Star SE for $13,652 and ended on Monday night when “smftt” bested a 1,284-entry field to win Event #55: $300 NLHE Main Event for $56,398.35.

In between, there were several intriguing storylines, including a pair of two-time winners. First, “sexycaitlyn” won Event #6: $200 NLHE Sunday Special SE for $9,567.68 and then the following day took down Event #11: $100 NLHE 4-Max for an additional $5,355.72.

A week later, “Coolriver84” was victorious in Event #34: $100 NLHE 6-Max for $5,495.38 and then won the penultimate tournament of the series in Event #59: $100 NLHE Nightly Stars, good for $6,629.72.

Also claiming a title was Andrew “autokorekt” Korby, who bested a 322-entry field to win Event #43: $100 NLHE 6-Max Turbo for $5,547.22.

For more high-profile wins, check out the recaps from the eight events PokerNews live reported throughout the series.

“smftt” Wins MICOOP Main Event

2021 MICOOP Final Hand

It was a speedy affair to crown a champion on the final day of MICOOP $300 NLHE $200K GTD Main Event as barely four hours passed to whittle down the 43 Day 2 players to a winner.

After the dust settled, it was Day 1 chip leader “smftt” who came out on top to win the inaugural PokerStars Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) Main Event for $56,398.93 after outlasting a field of 1,284 entries over two days of poker. The tournament put the cherry on top of the 60-event series, which catered to 28,830 combined entrants and awarded $2,208,002 in prize money, well ahead of the $1.4 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Forty-three hopefuls entered play on Monday night and picked up where they left off on Sunday’s Day 1. “smftt” started the day as the chip leader and stayed atop the leaderboard after nearly half the field was sent out with 26 remaining just three levels into the final day.

An hour later, the field had nearly halved again as 13 remained. By that time, “Ryan Haury” held the chip lead with “smftt” sitting in the middle of the pack. The rapid-fire pace of eliminations continued with “smftt” eliminating “PintiMellon” in 10th place setting the stage for the final table.

MICOOP Main Event Final Table Results

Position Player Prize
1 “smftt” $56,398.93
2 “zscoro” $40,202.13
3 “cbauer6789” $28,657.44
4 “LayThePipeDream” $20,427.99
5 “nldoublej” $14,561.81
6 “GigglyGrizzlies” $10,380.16
7 “PuntnStacks” $7,399.31
8 “Ryan Haury” $5,274.48
9 “sexycaitlyn” $3,759.82

Final Table Action

The final table lineup saw runner-up “zscoro” sit atop the chip counts with eventual champ “smftt” sitting second in chips. “sexycaitlyn”, who had won two MICOOP titles earlier in the series, sat at the bottom of the counts so it was no surprise to see them bounce in ninth place after they were set up by “cbauer6789”.

“Ryan Haury” sat in the middle of the pack but after a whiffed tussle against “smftt’s” pocket aces, they were tossed out in eighth place. The very next level saw two more virtual bodies drop after “PuntnStacks” failed to complete their open-ended straight against “nldoublej” and “GigglyGrizzlies” lost a flip against the eventual champ.

Five-handed play quickly dwindled down to heads-up action after “zscoro” picked-up made hands against “nldoublej”, “LayThePipeDream”, and “cbauer6789”, taking the chip lead into the final battle. The 56,398.93 top prize was on the line and “smftt” walked to the finish line with ease, winning pot-after-pot until they delivered the final blow to “zscoro” and claimed the 2021 inaugural MICOOP Main Event Champion title.

A Good Series for Andrew “autokorekt” Korby

Last month, Andrew “autokorekt” Korby has been on a nice little run on PokerStars Michigan thanks to winning three tournaments in two days. While none of them were official MICOOP events, it was still a nice little heater for the 32-year-old who has been playing the game since the age of 14.

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Andrew “autokorekt” Korby

Korby, a full-time pro from Farmington, first took down the $100 NLHE Nightly Stars by besting a 134-entry field for $2,731.11. He followed that up by besting a 45-entry field to win the $200 Bounty Builder PKO for nearly $3,000 more. Finally, he would claim a $20 nightly title for another $1,340.

“Nothing crazy but still not bad,” he told PokerNews. Korby usually plays $1-$2 and $2-$5 pot-limit Omaha but has been grinding tournaments now that PokerStars has come to Michigan (he’s happy to no longer be traveling over the border to Windsor, Canada to have to play).

“It’s nice to have some early success on the new Michigan PokerStars as it’s been a long time coming since we’ve been able to play on here,” said Korby, a self-taught player who as put in “lots of hours” and experienced “crazy swings” playing PLO.

According to The Hendon Mob, Korby has $51,701 in live lifetime earnings dating back to 2011. That includes a career-high $9,661 for finishing second in a 2015 Wynn Summer Classic $300 NLH event.

Korby’s PokerStars heater continued as he wound up taking down Event #43: $100 NLHE 6-Max Turbo for $5,547.22 and a coveted MICOOP title.

2021 MICOOP Tournament Winners

*Date Tournament GTD Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize*    
Saturday, February 20 Event #1: $100 NLHE Kick Off, Nightly Star SE $30,000 883 $81,059 PowerRanges $13,652    
Saturday, February 20 Event #2: $20 NLHE Rebuy $10,000 747 $34,580 dgallo8719 $5,889.48    
Saturday, February 20 Event #3: $50 NLHE 8-Max $20,000 777 $35,353.50 jmack2828 $5,999.08    
Sunday, February 21 Event #4: $100 NLHE 8-Max Deepstack $25,000 656 $60,220.80 WOW $dogecoin $10,386.42    
Sunday, February 21 Event #5: $50 NLHE PKO Sunday Warm-Up SE $10,000 636 $28,938 BeetlejuiceHere $3,791.17    
Sunday, February 21 Event #6: $200 NLHE Sunday Special SE $40,000 430 $79,980 sexycaitlyn $9,567.68    
Sunday, February 21 Event #7: $25 NLHE Mini Sunday Special $12,500 1,229 $27,959.75 Flintston Pip1 $1,782.01    
Sunday, February 21 Event #8: $100 PLO 8-Max $10,000 218 $20,012.40 VolcanoBurst $2,655.83    
Sunday, February 21 Event #9: $75 NLHE Second Chance $7,500 299 $20,406.75 bushr0d906 $3,847.01    
Sunday, February 21 Event #10: $50 NLHE 8-Max Hyper Turbo Sunday Supersonic $5,000 250 $11,750 Redpower42069 $2,266.42    
Monday, February 22 Event #11: $100 NLHE 4-Max $15,000 312 $28,641.60 sexycaitlyn $5,355.72    
Monday, February 22 Event #12: $50 NLHE 6-Max PKO Battle Royale $20,000 646 $29,393 StatPadford $5,125.54    
Monday, February 22 Event #13: $50 PLO8 8-Max $7,500 280 $12,740 imakewinhappen $2,431.28    
Tuesday, February 23 Event #14: $200 NLHE Super Tuesday $30,000 298 $55,428 Bout2CrushU $10,448.68    
Tuesday, February 23 Event #15: $30 NLHE Mini Super Tuesday $15,000 950 $25,935 strep75 $3,163.06    
Tuesday, February 23 Event #16: $50 PL 5-Card Draw Turbo $3,000 95 $4,322.50 Dom007alv $1,009.48    
Wednesday, February 24 Event #17: $100 PLO 6-Max $7,500 158 $14,504.40 teddylansky $2,788    
Wednesday, February 24 Event #18: $500 NLH 6-Max High Roller $35,000 131 $61,570 Surge_Ibaka $12,988.35    
Wednesday, February 24 Event #19: $50 NLH 6-Max $20,000 562 $25,571 ShortGME $3,381.71    
Thursday, February 25 Event #20: $200 NLH PKO Thursday Thrill $30,000 256 $47,616 Owens18853 $9,778.32    
Thursday, February 25 Event #21: $30 NLH PKO Mini Thursday Thrill $22,713.60 832 $22,713.60 DrnknMunky81 $3,180.88    
Thursday, February 25 Event #22: $30 5-Card PLO 6-Max Turbo $30,000 198 $5,405.40 NooWayyy $1,062.98    
Friday, February 26 Event #23: $100 FLHE 6-Max $5,000 87 $7,986.60 smyoung17 $1,948.04    
Friday, February 26 Event #24: $100 NLHE Big Antes $7,500 342 $31,395.60 Pepbuzz $5,858.88    
Friday, February 26 Event #25: $150 NLHE 6-Max Turbo $10,000 136 $18,727.20 chunkypineapple $3,950.61    
Saturday, February 27 Event #26: $50 HORSE Turbo $6,000 278 $12,649 new_doc793 $2,413.88    
Saturday, February 27 Event #27: $50 NLHE Rebuy $20,000 394 $37,901.50 BigBensPigPen $3,425.60    
Saturday, February 27 Event #28: $100 NLHE Turbo Saturday Speedway $20,000 287 $26,346.60 equitorialhaze $5,027.51    
Sunday, February 28 Event #29: $100 NLHE 8-Max Marathon $50,000 575 $52,785 “SayWhen13” $7,132.41    
Sunday, February 28 Event #30: $50 NLHE Sunday Warm Up $25,000 602 $27,391 ChippewaBadger7 $4,243.99    
Sunday, February 28 Event #31: $250 NLHE Sunday Special $100,000 461 $107,413 GrndChalengChmp $19,161.33    
Sunday, February 28 Event #32: $30 NLHE Sunday Special Mini $30,000 1,137 $31,040.10 BlackNBlueReign $4,978.57    
Sunday, February 28 Event #33: $50 PLO 8-Max Turbo $10,000 191 $10,000 new man i244 $1,986.63    
Sunday, February 28 Event #34: $100 NLHE 6-Max $20,000 319 $29,284.20 Coolriver84 $5,495.38    
Sunday, February 28 Event #35: $75 NLHE Hyper-Turbo Sunday Supersonic $20,000 209 $20,000 Jbird401 $3,900.47    
Monday, March 1 Event #36: $50 NLHE 4-Max $15,000 452 $20,566 IsleOfSkyGuy $3,663.89    
Monday, March 1 Event #37: $100 NLHE 6-Max PKO Battle Royale $25,000 414 $38,005.20 bigbuck2150 $6,370.66    
Tuesday, March 2 Event #38: $250 NLHE Super Tuesday $50,000 257 $59,881 9NINENINE $11,525.02    
Tuesday, March 2 Event #39: $50 NLHE Super Tuesday Mini $25,000 644 $29,302 JBzDAD $5,135.90    
Tuesday, March 2 Event #40: $50 Stud Hi Lo $5,000 134 $6,097 UraPokerPro23 $1,340.76    
Wednesday, March 3 Event #41: $250 PLO 6-Max High Roller $20,000 108 $25,164 grandma1967 $5,876.69    
Wednesday, March 3 Event #42: $30 PLO 6-Max $5,000 385 $10,510.50 toneloco6464 $1,231.56    
Wednesday, March 3 Event #43: $100 NLHE 6-Max Turbo $20,000 322 $29,559.60 Andrew “autokorekt” Korby $5,547.22    
Thursday, March 4 Event #44: $250 NLHE PKO Thursday Thrill $50,000 276 $64,308 DegenCNol $12,749.11    
Thursday, March 4 Event #45: $50 NLHE PLO Thursday Thrill Mini $25,000 634 $28,847 Theseus Q $4,491.34    
Thursday, March 4 Event #46: $20 NLHE Turbo $15,000 773 $15,000 Shep Dah $1,791.54    
Friday, March 5 Event #47: $10 NLHE 6-Max Rebuy $15,000 760 $21,157.50 FarmingYou $3,594.18    
Friday, March 5 Event #48: $75 NLHE $15,000 558 $38,083.50 smileybpoker $6,726.72    
Friday, March 5 Event #49: $20 NLHE 6-Max Turbo $5,000 598 $10,883.60 seif71 $1,903.65    
Saturday, March 6 Event #50: $50 8-Game $10,000 276 $12,558 LucifersPop $2,389.91    
Saturday, March 6 Event #51: $50 NLHE 6-Max Turbo Zoom $15,000 520 $23,660 ivegotstylekid $4,186.37    
Saturday, March 6 Event #52: $50 NLHE Turbo Saturday Speedway $10,000 374 $17,017 may0master $3,119.14    
Sunday, March 7 Event #53: $50 NLHE 8-Max Marathon $35,000 771 $35,080.50 Turb0Rapt0r $5,952.99    
Sunday, March 7 Event #54: $100 NLHE PKO $40,000 460 $42,228 PureMiLizKing $6,818.32    
Sunday, March 7 Event #55: $300 NLHE Main Event $200,000 1,284 $359,520 smftt $56,398.35    
Sunday, March 7 Event #56: $50 NLHE Mini Main Event $50,000 1,201 $54,645.50 BiggYBlains22 $8,573.25    
Sunday, March 7 Event #57: $200 NLHE 6-Max Turbo $30,000 109 $30,000 J_Voorhees187 $7,006.04    
Sunday, March 7 Event #58: $100 NLHE Hyper-Turbo Sunday Supersonic $15,000 247 $23,465 LDKZOO17 $2,826.95    
Monday, March 8 Event #59: $100 NLHE Nightly Stars $30,000 540 $49,572 Coolriver84 $6,629.72    
Monday, March 8 Event #60: $20 NLHE Heads-Up Turbo PKO Zoom $10,000 872 $15,870.40 Snapitoffinyou $2,498.06    



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