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Kanit Clips Patel, Deeb for $1.3m SCOOP Main Event Crown
Budding Italian superstar Mustapha Kanit planted another impressive flag on his poker career last night by claiming the 2015 $10k PokerStars SCOOP-H Main Event for $1.3m.
Kanit, who plays online from the UK under the nickname "lasagnaaammm," outlasted an impressive final table that included Emil "maroonlime" Patel and Shaun Deeb to collect the full $1,304,720 for first place.
No deal was made and when Kanit hit quads in the final hand against Patel the title and biggest score of his career was all his.
The win is Kanit's second overall SCOOP title and follows closely on the heels of another massive score last month when he topped the €50k EPT Grand Final High Roller for €936,500.
Kanit also won the FTOPS Main Event in March for $239k.
Already #1 on Italy's all-time live earnings list and a member of the winning team at the Global Poker Masters, Kanit has pushed his poker career to new heights with one of the most sought after titles in poker
Isildur1 Finishes 12th, Deeb 7th
As expected the 694-player field was littered with the best of the best and several came close to writing their own SCOOP championship story.
Cutting the field down from 68 to the final 8 on Day 2 saw elite players like Gjergj "GSinishtaj" Sinishtaj (57th), Andrey "ThePateychuck" Pateychuk (53rd), Grayson "gray31" Ramage (49th), Richard "nutsinho" Lyndaker (42nd), Dan "w00ki3z" Cates (33rd), Elio "smokrokflock" Fox (32nd) and David "dpeters17" Peters (30th) hit the rail.
Winner of this same event two years ago, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom also made things interesting before petering out in 12th.
At the final table were Deeb, a SCOOP legend in his own right with 6 titles, and Patel, who made his mark online under the nickname whitelime and as part of the show 2M2MM.
Neither could reel in Kanit, however, and after a seesaw battle the Italian polished things off with the above-mentioned quads.
Check the full rundown of the action on the PokerStars blog. A full replay of the final table, hole cards included, will also be made available. The final 9 and payouts:
SCOOP 45-H: $10,300 NL Hold'em Main Event
Prize pool: $6,940,000.00
Places paid: 81
1. Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit (United Kingdom) $1,304,720.00
2. Emil "Maroonlime" Patel (Finland) $950,780.00
3. KumariOy (Russia) $700,940.00
4. I am Bobbie (Belarus) $527,440.00
5. prrrak4783 (Sweden) $370,596.00
6. Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson (Sweden) $294,950.00
7. Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb (Mexico) $225,550.00
8. albeainy (Lebanon) $156,150.00
9. hello_totti (Russia) $104,100.00