SCOOP 2016: Big weekend takes Championship down to the wire
Arguably the only question unanswered about Jason Mercier's SCOOP win over the weekend was why it didn't send him straight to the top of the Player of the year leader board? Well, in any other competition maybe it would. But SCOOP is any competition, and the players ahead of him - Shaun Deeb and SixthSenSe19 specifically - just happened to be playing out of their skins.
Come to think of it, the same applies to every player in the top ten, where all eyes now turn in these last hours of SCOOP 2016.
There are four leader boards in all, one each for the low, medium and high competitions, and an overall leader. Needless to say the same names are cropping up in each.
* Deeb leads the Low category, ahead of SixthSenSe19 and Vichyn88.
* In the Medium category Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich tops the table, ahead of Päffchen and Deeb.
* In the High category it is Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy who has the slenderest of leads, five points ahead of Jason Mercier, and ten points ahead of Team Online's Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara.
What does that mean for the overall contest? Take a look below.
Almost all of these players had good final weekends.
Calvin Anderson deserves the first hat tip, having won his seventh SCOOP title in SCOOP 40-L, good to move him into sixth place on the leader board. It was worth $7,511 to Anderson, but is the win rather than the prize money that makes him a legitimate SCOOP giant.
Mercier's win in SCOOP 42-M shores up his third place spot and puts him within 40 points of Deeb. Deeb missed out on final tables this week but consistently ran deep to keep his points tally ticking over. That same story applied equally to second placed SixthSenSe19.
Then there's Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah in fourth place. As we reported last week he narrowly missed a title in opening days of SCOOP 2016, finally won one last week, and then added a second of the year over the weekend in SCOOP 48-H.
There the Canadian took on some of the best stud players in the game, beating Luke "lb6121" Schwartz heads-up but only after getting past the likes of Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara, Stephen "Stevie444" Chidwick and Jens "Fresh_oO_D" Lakemeier.
Some of those names would reappear at the final table of SCOOP 44-H, won by Matthew "MUSTAFABET" Ashton. This one was a HORSE event, and appealed to the best in the game as the last eight demonstrated.
Adam "Adamyid" Owen would finish seventh here, before winning SCOOP 46-M. Luke Schwartz would bust in sixth while Team Pro Eugene Katchalov would narrowly miss out in fifth place. Ashton then got the better of Kihara in second place to win the title.
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Finally, while he might not be in contention for Player of the Year, it has been a great 12 months for Niall "firaldo87" Farrell who added the SCOOP 47-H title to his list of achievements. That win was worth a first prize of $159,000 to the recent EPT Malta winner, the result of a two way deal with runner up Felix "ZhipOHoy" Stephensen.
Those were the "big" winners, but what about the big winners? The table below lists the top 15 winning paydays from the weekend.
|SCOOP-49-H: $21,000 NL Hold'em [Heads-Up, High-Roller]||OtB_RedBaron||United Kingdom||$229,600.00|
|SCOOP-47-H: $2,100 NL Hold'em [Mix-Max, Part 2: 6-Max]||Firaldo87||Canada||$159,040.00|
|SCOOP-55-H: $1,050 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Prog Super-KO]||dntfrgtame||Latvia||$115,210.50|
|SCOOP-50-H: $2,100 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Prog Super-KO]||SuchADegen||Austria||$107,730.00|
|$1,050 Sunday Grand NLHE||DEX888||Germany||$104,716.00|
|SCOOP-49-M: $2,100 NL Hold'em [Heads-Up, High-Roller]||jamjam818||United Kingdom||$83,800.00|
|$1,050 Sunday Grand PLO [6-Max]||skattefar||Denmark||$67,855.00|
|$700 Super-Sized Sunday [Progressive KO]||CrownUpGuy||Austria||$55,331.84|
|SCOOP-47-M: $215 NL Hold'em [Mix-Max, Part 2: 6-Max]||prsalute||Greece||$49,170.61|
|$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $250K Gtd||Graftekkel||Netherlands||$47,535.92|
|SCOOP-55-M: $109 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Prog Super-KO]||tinchoarce||Argentina||$45,665.40|
|SCOOP-46-H: $700+R PL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max]||KKremate||Brazil||$44,348.83|
|SCOOP-48-H: $2,100 Stud||goleafsgoeh||Canada||$42,250.00|
|SCOOP-50-M: $215 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Prog Super-KO]||ex6tenceLV||Latvia||$36,368.18|
|$320 Saturday KO||veeea||Russian Federation||$28,827.55|
* OtB_RedBaron was the biggest winner of the weekend winning $229K in SCOOP 49-H
* Niall "firaldo87" Farrell's win of $159K was the second highest of the weekend
* Beyond SCOOP Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz won the Super Sized Sunday for $55K
That's the bulk of the weekend covered, but it's not quite the end of SCOOP 2016, which plays on today, with the final results known at some point tomorrow.
You can find details of all the leader board standings on the SCOOP 2016 homepage, which also features start times and information about the last SCOOP events taking place today. You can look back on all the results from this year's championship on our SCOOP results page, which also has links to each and every final table report on the PokerStars Blog.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.