Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara and Jason Mercier in close race for top spot

With the first week of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker done and dusted, and 26 of 55 events already complete, it's time to take a look at which Team PokerStars Pros are in the running to win the first Team PokerStars SCOOP Leaderboard.

Unsurprisingly, last year's SCOOP Player of the Year, Jason Mercier, is in contention for ultimate bragging rights, with 16 cashes helping him to a total of 315 points. But it's Team PokerStars Pro Online player, Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara, who currently leads the way on 330 points courtesy of 15 cashes, including two 3rd-place finishes over the weekend. The Japanese player will take some stopping as he plays all the games, having cashed in Draw, Hold'em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Badugi and Mixed Omaha tournaments so far.

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Meanwhile, two-time SCOOP Player of the Year runner-up, George Danzer, sits in third place at this stage, having amassed 195pts from 15 cashes. Having reached his first final table of the series over the weekend, the signs are that Danzer is beginning to find some form. He'll need to as well, with a $10k prop bet with Mercier on the line for whoever finishes highest!

With 30 more events to come, though, there's still plenty of time for several other Team Pros to make their name and shoot up the leaderboard. Twitch-streamer extraordinaire, Jaime Staples, is going strong in fourth, and it would a be a foolish person indeed that ruled out the likes of Jason Somerville and Marc-Andre Ladouceur from going on a heater to win.

Here's the current top 10 on the Team PokerStars SCOOP 2016 Leaderboard...

PositionNameStars IDPointsOverall SCOOP Leader Board positionPro/Online
1Naoya Kiharankeyno3305Team Pro Online
2Jason MercierJasonMercier3159Team PokerStars Pro
3George DanzerGeorgeDanzer19561Team PokerStars Pro
4Jaime Staplesjaimestaples155106Team Pro Online
5Jason Somervillejcarverpoker105354Team PokerStars Pro
5Chris MoneymakerMoney800105354Team PokerStars Pro
7Grzegorz MikielewiczDaWarsaw85632Team Pro Online
8Marc-Andre LadouceurFrenchDawg75863Team Pro Online
9Chen-An LinChen-An Lin70988Team PokerStars Pro
10Mickey Petersenmement_mori651148Team Pro Online

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