Weekend Review: Mercier. Seriously, again. Plus even more



yellow_chips_18may15.jpgThere seemed to be chips for everyone this weekend


In hindsight we really shouldn't be that surprised. But in reality, it was ridiculous. As anyone in poker will tell you, when encountering the uninitiated you can often spend much of your time explaining that poker is not about luck. Well from now on point them to this post to prove how off the mark that sentiment really is. Seriously, print this out and carry it with you.

Frankly, the results over the past few days have been the type to cause momentary adrenaline surges as one after the other big name players delivered on all the promise we've always said they had. As we prepared one headline another one nudged it out of the way. It was non-stop.

So where to start? SCOOP obviously dominated, and Jason Mercier obviously dominated SCOOP.
Mercier already had two SCOOP titles from the 2015 series when he logged on this weekend. The Team Pro led the Player of the Series competition, having won events 5-H and 8-H. Now we can make that three, after he won Event 20-H, a 4-Max contest over the weekend. No wonder the only stock images we have of Mercier seem to feature him smiling.


jason_mercier_scoop_win_3_18may15.jpgRediculous: A third SCOOP 2015 win for Jason Mercier

If there's a record to be matched in SCOOP, it usually belongs to Shaun Deeb. In Mercier's case it's no different. Deeb once recorded four SCOOP titles in one year. Mercier now just needs one more. And with 23 events left to play (69 different tournaments) who would bet against it? For the record Mercier is now tied for second for COOPs won, tied with djk123, George Danzer with six, one title behind joint leaders Deeb and Calvin "cal42688" Anderson.

But like I said, this weekend was something special.

In all there were 27 SCOOP events played out, so you'll forgive us not delving into each - although the box scores for each can be found below, with a link to the relevant blog report. In the meantime we'll stick to a few highlights, in no particular order.

So from the SCOOP highlights Florian "happyfister" Bußman earned the second SCOOP title of his career, while Artem "veeea" Vezjenkov added a SCOOP title to the WCOOP title he has from last year. Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka got his hands on a title to go with his Sunday Million, while former EPT Grand Final winner Nicolas Chouity won a second SCOOP title, his third COOP in Event 22-H. Sam Greenwood, usually found playing Chouity in High Rollers around the world, also added a SCOOP to the WCOOP he already has.

Others also deserve a mention.

First marek_heinz, who won not one, but two SCOOP titles, Event 19-M and 25-M, in the space of two days, while the name Colisea featured again. Why the fuss about Colisea? Well not only because this was his second SCOOP, and third COOP win, but because Colisea is Dzmitry Urbanovich, who will be changing his username to Midas very soon. His is truly a remarkable story, which involved four titles at EPT Malta and a few near misses in Monaco, and which seems in no hurry to end.

Scroll down this page to get all the SCOOP results from the weekend.

What effect does all this have on the leader board? Well if you hadn't already guessed who leads then you might want to read this through one more time. Mercier led, and now leads even more with 435 points, some 125 points ahead of second place James "Andy McLEOD" Obst in second (we'll have an interview with Obst coming up later today). Urbanovich meanwhile is in the bronze position with 300 points. Seriously though, this is a meaty top ten.

Moving on there was plenty else to play for beyond the world of SCOOP this weekend, with more wins for the already rich and famous.

They included recent SCOOP winner Woody "plplaya" Deck, who took down the $215 PLO Hi/Lo, Chris Moorman who won the Sunday 500, and Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro who won the Saturday Super Knockout.

Here are the top ten earning winners from this weekend:


SCOOP-20-H: $2,100 NL Hold'em [4-Max]: JasonMercier (Canada) $178,457.73
SCOOP-25-H: $2,100 PL Omaha [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom]: Str8$$$Homey (Canada) $141,960
SCOOP-22-H: $700 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Variable Level Times, Ultra-Deep]: niccc (Lebanon) $101,276.54
$530 Sunday 500, $300K Gtd: Moorman1 (United Kingdom) $87,400
SCOOP-21-H: $700 PL 5-Card Omaha [6-Max, 1R1A]: Cobus83 (Malta ) $76,322.13
$109+R Sunday Rebuy: OMGACEACEACE (Poland) $68,528.75
$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max]: LuckyLudvig9 (Denmark) $60,036.84
$215 Sunday 2nd Chance: IKnewwwIt (Canada) $52,921.44
SCOOP-25-M: $215 PL Omaha [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom]: marek_heinz (Czech Republic) $42,214.70
SCOOP-20-M: $215 NL Hold'em [4-Max]: 10111420 (United Kingdom) $39,613.72
$320 Saturday Super-Knockout: Lrslzk (Finland ) $38,435.98
SCOOP-22-M: $82 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Variable Level Times, Ultra-Deep]: THEMOS17 (Greece) $33,895.13

Okay, so that was 12, but this was a big weekend. Below you'll find all the scores from each SCOOP event that concluded this weekend.


SCOOP-15-L $11 NL Hold Em'(Progressive Super-Knockout)
Entrants: 26,212
Regular Prize pool: $131,060.00
Bounty Prize pool: $131,060.00
Places Paid: 3,600

1. m0rbeo (Bulgaria) $12,468.59+$2,239.30
2. NikiStar777 (Lithuania) $9,090.32+$1,099.47
3. OneTime121 (United Kingdom) $5,897.70+$1,247.69
4. Jokz C (Portugal) $4,718.16+$1,223.05
5. Caio S. G. (Brazil) $3,538.62+$639.39
6. thenoise214 (Romania) $2,359.08+$510.54
7. ostapBend765 (Russia) $1,638.25+$709.36
8. rounder3989 (Germany) $1,114.01+$210.17
9. TruePokrface (Ukraine) $655.30+$1,285.29


SCOOP 15-M: $109 NL Hold'em (Progressive Super-Knockout)
Entrants: 7,577
Prize pool: $378,850
Places paid: 990

1. Tiu Patinh@s (Brazil) $57,627.80 + $8,169.92 in bounties
2. BruceLeemp (Malta) $42,620.62 + $6,404.90 in bounties
3. marcelobruxo (Brazil) $30,308.00 + $7,957.20 in bounties
4. EspenasApart (Norway) $20,836.75 +$4,285.05 in bounties
5. Minefornuts (United Kingdom) $15,911.70 + $2,388.05 in bounties
6. Popolinos (Finland) $12,123.20 + $2,161.29 in bounties
7. CASHSCHEWZ (Canada) $8,334.70 + $3,007.64 in bounties
8. someguys9 (Costa Rica) $4,546.20 + $3,771.58 in bounties
9. Yorkypoke (United Kingdom) $2,936.08 + $2,020.87 in bounties


SCOOP 15-H: $1,050 No-Limit Hold'em(Progressive Super-Knockout, Thursday Thrill Special Edition)
Entrants: 1,778
Prize pool: $1,778,000
Places paid: 198

1. Paulman 87 (Mexico) $148,907.50 + $50,415.93 in bounties
2. Respect_Lt (Lithuania) $108,902.50 + $20,249.97 in bounties
3. Untoran (Poland) $82,232.50 + $23,880.83 in bounties
4. JJ@mess (Czech Republic) $60,452 + $18,683.56 in bounties
5. kondor887 (Russia) $43,561 + $12,390.61 in bounties
6. Francisco "Tomatee" Benitez (Uruguay) $34,671 + $3,156.25 in bounties
7. jpvr (Belgium) $25,781 + $5,460.93 in bounties
8. Michael "Skämmes" Tureniec (Sweden) $16,891 + $13,749.98 in bounties
9. Josh "JBT449" Bergman (Canada) $9,156.70 + $9,591.79 in bounties


SCOOP-16-L: $27 PL Omaha (Heads Up, Two-Day Event)
Entrants: 2,443
Places Paid: 256
Prize pool: $59,975.65

1. ViziruA (Romania) $7,570.29
2. j0hnyb0y (Estonia) $4,815.44
3.-4. The Cooker (Canada) $2,408.62
3.-4. gieras (Poland) $2,408.62


SCOOP-16-M: $215 PL Omaha (Heads-Up)
Entrants: 755
Prize Pool: $151,00
Places Paid: 64

1. km_freestyle (Canada) $27,379.32
2. shaundeeb (Mexico) $17,422.38
3. KingGorn (Canada) $8,711.19
4. taktix907 (Canada) $8,711.19
5. hotcocaEST (Estonia) $4,853.14
6. nicoji83 (Portugal) $4,853.14
7. DonkCommitted (Mexico) $4,853.14
8. lissi stinkt (Germany) $4,853.14


SCOOP 16-H: $2,100 Pot-Limit Omaha (Heads-Up)
Entrants: 179
Prize pool: $358,000
Places paid: 16

1. Florian "happyfister" Bußman (Germany) $90,920.00*
2. Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira (Portugal) $80,920.00*
3. Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro (Finland) $35,800.00
4. ShipitFTW911 (Sweden) $35,800.00


SCOOP-017-L: $11+R NL Hold'em (Big Antes)
Entrants: 5,989 (7,560 Re-buys, 4,144 Add-ons)
Prize Pool: $176,930
Places Paid: 765

1. Hugo Neves (Portugal) $22,722.22 *
2. aaelvee (Denmark) $17,018.03 *
3. eltaomermao (Brazil) $18,188.78 *
4. Mrcaimann (United Kingdom) $14,907.91 *
5. Thorben89Pok (Germany) $7,519.52
6. callacony (United Kingdom) $5,750.22
7. daveyt86 (United Kingdom) $3,980.92
8. capotinha (Brazil) $2,211.62
9. masterarjan2 (Netherlands) $1,415.44
* Denotes deal among the final four players


SCOOP 17-M: $109+R NL Hold'em (Big Antes)
Entrants: 1,466 (1,527 rebuys, 1,261 add-ons)
Prize pool: $425,400.00
Places paid: 198

1. Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov (Russia) $71,254.50
2. TransSib (Russia) $52,111.50
3. Bjuran (Sweden) $39,349.50
4. Fernando "fernandopipp" Pippi, Jr. (Brazil) $28,927.20
5. Emil "Emilohlsson" Ohlsson (Sweden) -- $20,844.60
6. cheeky4714 (United Kingdom) $16,590.60
7. Ballage87 (Hungary) $12,336.60
8. Vojtech "Vojta_R" Ruzicka (Czech Republic) $8,082.60
9. Simon "x1deadman1x" Deadman (United Kingdom) $4,381.62


SCOOP 17-H: $1,050+R No-Limit Hold'em (Big Antes)
Entrants: 351 (171 re-buys, 321 add-ons)
Prize pool: $843,000
Places paid: 45

1. Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka (Austria) $147,517.10*
2. filushh (Israel) $137,838.40*
3. gordon0410 (United Kingdom) $92,730*
4. RIMBOTA (Poland) $69,547.50
5. Vlad "dariepoker" Darie (Romania) $48,051
6. Ryan "i need sheet" Yu (South Korea) $37,092
7. Younas "cocoojones" Roenhoff (Denmark) $28,662
8. lookoutdudes (Mexico) $20,232
9. NormyDozer (Australia) $14,752.50
* denotes results of a three-way deal


SCOOP 18-L: $27 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Shootout)
Entrants: 5,847
Prize pool: $143,543.85
Places paid: 1,296

1. sukin12 (Czech Republic) $18,666.06
2. AggsyB (United Kingdom) $13,636.66
3. Taffyfella (United Kingdom) $10,048.06
4. Kolkelini (Germany) $6,459.47
5. onode (Japan) $3,588.59
6. huiiiiiiiiii (Austria) $2,009.61


SCOOP-18-M: $215 NLHE 6-Max Shootout
Entrants: 1,296
Prize Pool: $259,200
Places Paid: 216

1. duubadaaba (Finland) $41,473.44
2. Conor "1_conor_b_1" Beresford (United Kingdom) $31,104.00
3. rss777 (United Kingdom) $23,328.00
4. AngleZero (Finland) $15,552.00
5. Fresh_oO_D (Germany) $10,368.00
6. Rob_10108 (Canada) $6,428.16


SCOOP-18-H: $2,100 NLHE 6-Max Shootout
Entrants: 216
Prize Pool: $432,000
Places Paid: 36

1. Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn (Mexico) $95,040.00
2. nicelife (Sweden) $66,312.00
3. Pantkvittot (Sweden) $49,680.00
4. Joey "jcl87" Lawrence (Australia) $34,560.00
5. cocojamb0 (Bulgaria) $25,920.00
6. ale6ka (Belarus) $17,280.00


SCOOP 19-L: $27 Fixed-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (8-max)
Entrants: 1,883
Prize pool: $46,227.65
Places paid: 240

1. ApKTuK (Estonia) $8,091.19
2. Titanic27 (Denmark) $5,778.45
3. crarambo86 (Estonia) $4,391.62
4. R1gO*FF (Russia) $3,235.93
5. Rostofff (Russia) $2,311.38
6. BlackmoneyX (Norway) $1,386.82
7. pinguinho (Australia) $924.55
8. Toni_Run (Brazil) $462.27


SCOOP 19-M: $215 FL Omaha Hi/Lo 8-Max
Entrants: 502
Prize pool: $100,400.00
Places paid 64

1. marek_heinz (Czech Republic) $19,076.00
2. shjo (Israel) $14,056.00
3. homasapiens (Poland) $10,301.04
4. jnsan1 (Russia) $7,530.00
5. Mayu "marroca5" Roca (Colombia) $5,020.00
6. Demonic16 (Hungary) $3,514.00
7. ilushan (Russia) $2,510.00
8. Dart Serg (Russia) $2,008.00


SCOOP 2015 #E19-H: $2,100 FL Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max]
Entrants: 120
Prize pool: $240,000
Places paid: 16

1. Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich (Poland) $58,800
2. trelskig (Canada) $40,800
3. Full-Grown (Canada) $31,200
4. raidalot (United Kingdom) $21,600
5. João "Naza114" Vieira (Portugal) $15,600
6. Lena900 (Sweden) $12,000
7. Eric "AceQuad" Brix (Mexico) $9,600
8. AsjBaaaf (New Zealand) $7,200


SCOOP-20-L: $27 NL Hold'em (4-Max)
Entrants: 7,568
Prize Pool: $185,794.40
Places Paid: 1,000

1. LeslieGroves (Russia) $17,990.53 **
2. feketelyuk73 (Hungary) $13,572.42 **
3. Running Goot (Canada) $6,896.68
4. rafa_sb11 (Colombia) $4,258.40
5. bbn0627 (China) $2,695.87
** Denotes a deal between the final two


SCOOP-20-M: $215 NL Hold Em' (4-max)
Entrants: 1,919
Prize pool: $383,800.00
Places paid: 240

1. 10111420 (United Kingdom) *$39,613.72
2. korjae (Canada) *$39,444.88
3. Pavalinya (United Kingdom) *$43,569.49
4. antesvante (Sweden) $13,406.13
5. jelIßhIlio (Bulgaria) $8,585.60
* denotes part of three-way deal


SCOOP 20-H: $2,100 NL Hold'em (4-Max)
Entrants: 398
Prize pool: $796,000
Places paid: 48

1. Jason Mercier (Canada) $178,457.73*
2. Ryan "HITTHEPANDA" Franklin (Canada) $152,789.71*
3. Calvin "cal42688" Anderson (Mexico) $68,408.24
4. TransSib (Russia) $42,315.36
5. AnyGameSir (Poland) $27,565.48
* denotes heads-up deal


SCOOP-21-L: $7.50 PL 5-Card Omaha (6-max, 1R1L)
Entrants: 4,117
Prize pool: $58,440.58
Places paid: 540

1. KidPokerSLO (Slovenia) $8,914.71
2. bombay-lad (India) $6,428.46
3. ErikJensen18 (Norway) $4,733.68
4. marodon (Moldova) $3,068.13
5. LandWurm (Netherlands) $1,753.21
6. Aus-Fin (Australia) $1,005.17


SCOOP 21-M: $82 Pot-Limit 5-Card Omaha [6-Max, 1R1A]
Entrants: 882
Rebuys:587
Add-ons:489
Prize pool: $146,850.00
Places paid 114

1. luckyme1414 (United Kingdom) $25,699.02
2. ApKTuK (Estonia) $18,723.37
3. Nomarbles1 (Canada) $14,303.19
4. Colonvo (Chile) $9,912.37
5. bencb789 (United Kingdom) $6,975.37
6. TummerDK (Denmark) $4,405.50


SCOOP 21-H: $700 PL 5-Card Omaha (6-max, 1R1A)
Entrants: 230 (134 re-buys, 135 add-ons)
Prize pool: $331,835
Places paid: 30

1. Cobus83 (Malta) $76,322.13
2. Bren "YaAaRnY" Lenton (United Kingdom) $53,093.60
3. Nicolas "niccc" Chouity (Lebanon) $39,820.20
4. Nordien "BenyamineX" de Jong (Netherlands) $26,546.80
5. Jeff "stinger5158" Rossiter (Australia) $19,910.10
6. Jeff "jeff710" Hakim (Canada) $13,605.23


SCOOP-22-L: $7.50 NLHE 6-Max Variable Levels Ultra-Deep
Entrants: 13,560
Prize Pool: $92,479.20
Places Paid: 1,800

1. Dribbelkip (Netherlands) $12,678.12
2. Ördöghal18 (Hungary) $8,785.52
3. MaximumBalls (Russia) $6,011.14
4. Ivan13100 (Russia) $3,236.77
5. slinkyshop (Canada) $1,849.58
6. sreNshaw (Costa Rica) $1,118.07


SCOOP-22-M: $82 NLHE 6-Max Ultra-Deep, Variable Levels
Entrants: 3,219
Prize Pool: $241,425
Places Paid: 420

1. THEMOS17 (Greece) $33,895.13*
2. paaat4 (Austria) $31,895.13*
3. ImluckNuts (Russia) $20,279.70
4. Jklasdfgh (United Kingdom) $13,157.66
5. Liam "MON3Y$HOT" O'Rourke (Australia) $8,406.41
6. Picasso25 (Germany) $4,285.29
* denotes heads-up deal


SCOOP-22-H: $700 NL (6-Max, Variable Levels)
Entrants: 858
Prize Pool: $570,570
Places Paid: 96

1. Nicolas "niccc" Chouity (Lebanon) $101,276.54
2. Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos (Panama) $75,029.95
3. UncleAnte9 (Canada) $57,057.00
4. ChallengerBJ (Malta) $39,939.00
5. mumu12345 (Germany) $28,528.50
6. supernova9 (Mexico) $17,117.40


SCOOP 25-L: $27 Pot-Limit Omaha [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom]
Entrants: 4,223
Prize pool: $103,674.65
Places paid 540

1. tnapoleao (Brazil) $15,000.00*
2. tissy26 (Germany) $12,216.86*
3. iwonthurtyou (Russia) $8,397.64
4. pollico_25 (United Kingdom) $5,442.91
5. RubentjePI (Netherlands) $3,110.23
6. Mikal "mikal12345" Blomlie (Norway) $1,783.20
* denotes a heads-up deal that left $1,000 in play for the winner


SCOOP 25-M: $215 PL Omaha (6-max, Turbo, Zoom)
Entrants: 1,420
Prize pool: $284,00
Places paid: 180

1. marek_heinz (Czech Republic) $42,214.70*
2. Yngve "Sykoen" Steen (Norway) $39,861.30*
3. rafekruiz10 (Mexico) $26,270
4. luckyulsa (Norway) $18,176
5. Team PokerStars Pro Kosei "K. Ichinose" Ichinose (Japan) $11,644
6. DixyDix (United Kingdom) $7,810
* denotes results of a heads-up deal


SCOOP 25-H: $2,100 PL Omaha (6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)
Entrants: 338
Prize pool: $676,000
Places paid: 42

1. Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood (Canada) $141,960.00
2. zzwwzzwwzz (China) $103,428.00
3. locomi (Norway) $77,740.00
4. pantri (Paraguay) $54,080.00
5. TheMuppet (United Kingdom) $40,560.00
6. Andy "RunThisTable" Lichtenberger (Canada) $27,040.00


If you've made it this far without your jaw dropping open, then well done.

For all the details of this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker check out the SCOOP homepage, where you'll find all the statistics, including the current Player of the Series standings.

You can also find all the results on PokerStars for the weekend May 16-17, 2015.

Congratulations to all of this week's winners, whether in SCOOP or beyond. Good luck at the tables for the last week of the Championship.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.