A few very well known players made big moves on Tuesday night in the 2022 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). Catch up with the latest bulletin:
- Colillas claims another for Red Spades
- Leonard breaks cover to win 6+
- Viva Vega! Chilean doubles up
- First final for GJReggie
BEHIND THE HEADLINESColillas warms up for PSPC defence with SCOOP title: Some players win major tournaments and you never hear from them again. But Ramon Colillas is not like other players. Ever since he broke through by winning the inaugural PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) in 2019, and donning the Red Spade patch of a PokerStars Ambassador, Colillas has been on fire. He nearly made the final table of the WSOP Main Event, he did make the final table of the recent EPT Monte Carlo Main Event, and now Colillas is a SCOOP champion. The Spanish player, playing in Andorra, last night beat a field of 318 entries in the $1,050 NLHE Deep Stacks (SCOOP 42H), banking $59,824. As is typical with Colillas, he didn’t just steam-roller an easy field, either. This one was tough. His fellow PokerStars Ambassadors Lex Veldhuis and Rafael “GM_VALTER” Moraes finished in ninth and eighth respectively (either side of the “final table” dividing line) and players such as Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph and Diego “Die Ventura” Ventura were also at the final. But Colillas is a closer, and he took this one down for his maiden ‘COOP. It’s the perfect way to stay in form ahead of his PSPC title defence next January. Six for Leonard as pads arrives: If you’d been keeping an eye on the Player of the Series leader boards over the past few days, you’d have noticed the arrival near the top of Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, a perennial ‘COOP leader board threat. Leonard hadn’t quite pushed all the way to the top, but he was clearly moving slowly into position. Leonard sprang his cover last night, surging through the $530 buy-in 6+ (short deck) tournament, beating the field of 105 entries and winning his first title for the series. It earned him $12,583, including bounties, plus another 100 leader board points. That’s Leonard’s sixth career SCOOP title, and these things usually come in pairs. He won twice in both 2021 and 2020, and is now half way to a hat-trick of doubles. And, yes, he will have designs on the Player of the Series prize again.
Viva Vega! Chilean doubles up in Sunday Million: Andres “Nuthshell” Vega is having a SCOOP that most players can only dream of. Coming into this festival, the biggest scores of the Chilean player’s career have come in low buy-in tournaments, plus occasional forays into the world of $109s. He was in his element when he won the first SCOOP title of his career last week, in SCOOP 20-L: $11 NLHE PKO. It was worth $8,025, including bounties. But Vega invested some of those winnings in this week’s huge Sunday Million SCOOP edition, which had a buy-in of $530. And then he went on to win it, over a field of 2,912 entries, for a spectacular $211,550 score. That’s the biggest of his career so far — increasing his entire career’s winnings by more than 50 percent, in fact — and it came in front of the PokerStars Twitch channel’s live cameras. Vega became the fourth double SCOOP champion of the series so far, and is on a brilliant roll.
ModzillaPL doubles up too! Did someone say there were four double champions? Make that five. Hot on Andres Vega’s heels, the Polish player “ModzillaPL” also became a two-time winner for SCOOP 2022 last night, beating a field of 3,223 entries in the $215 6-Max PKO. Only a few days ago, ModzillaPL won the $320 buy-in SCOOP-27-H, beating 906 entries in that one. That first victory earned ModzillaPL $45,168, but this second success, when you add in bounty payments, came in at $67,623. The final bounty was that of the UK’s Stephen “woody1234321” Woodhead, who was made to wait for his first SCOOP title.
Vieira denied by three-time Finn: Finland’s “XD89lol<3” picked up their third career SCOOP title last night, winning the $2,100 buy-in fixed limit 2-7 Triple Draw for $35,520. This isn’t what you’d call a popular event — words like “fixed limit” and “2-7” tend to turn the hordes away — but XD89lol<3 still had to contend with the likes of Joao "Naza114" Vieira, who was defeated heads-up. (Vieira is looking for his sixth SCOOP success.) XD89lol<3 has previously won a SCOOP 2-7 Single Draw title, in 2021, as well as a SCOOP Sunday Million, from 2018. Let's give a shout out too to Georgina “GJReggie” James, who made a SCOOP final table last night. She finished fourth in the medium buy-in 2-7 Triple Draw, an event won by the UK’s “The TJS”.
Chance for a SCOOP 44 double?: Event 44 played through its opening day yesterday, and close observers might have thought they were seeing double. The “high” buy-in event was the exclusive $25K Super High Roller, which burst its bubble when six players were left. Four of them are also still involved in the $2K “medium” version of the same event, where they are down to the last 16. All of Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo, Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker, Rodrigo “selouan1991” Selouan and Pascal “Pass_72” Lefrancois have chips in both these tournaments, which will play to a conclusion tonight. Can any of them do the most remarkable double? You can watch on the PokerStars Twitch channel this evening.
Prize pools have now gone past $33 million in this SCOOP, and winners have picked up $5 million of that. It’s a big one already…
Entries: 481,963 (inc. 121,947 re-entries)
Prize pools: $33,188,136
First place payouts: $5,244,570 (inc. $892,483 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 129
Tournaments ongoing: 9
Tournaments starting today: 12
(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)
TWEET OF THE DAY
Patrick Leonard began the night being a bit of a sceptic when it came to 6+, aka short deck poker. He ended it as a champion:
— Patrick Leonard (@padspoker) May 18, 2022
It wasn’t the biggest event of the night, and it didn’t result in a win. But GJReggie made her first ever SCOOP final table, and that’s plenty of reason to celebrate:
A mere SIX titles went to Brazil overnight, the country’s biggest single night haul of the series so far. It’s time to start focusing on the competition for second and third… Meanwhile, Lithuania appeared on the board for the first time, making it 33 countries on there so far.
28 titles: Brazil
8: Argentina, Austria, Canada, Germany
4: Finland, Poland, Ukraine
2: Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Estonia, Ireland, Montenegro, Romania, Uruguay
1: Belarus, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Peru.
LEADER BOARD LATEST
Sure enough, Patrick “pads1161” Leonard has moved top of the overall leader board after winning the 6+ last night. He will be playing everything and will be tough to shift.
Here are the latest top fives. Full standings are available on the main Player of the Series page.
Current top five:
1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 810 points
2 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 775
3 – FONBET_RULIT, Armenia – 690
4 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 665
5 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 605
Winner receives $25,000 cash, plus trophy.
1 – Dart Serg, Belarus – 250 points
2 – magwitch78, United Kingdom – 215
=3 – bolchacg, Brazil – 185
=3 – drinho2pac, Brazil – 185
=3 – rastafari898, Germany – 185
=3 – Rony1979, Ukraine – 185
=3 – Showdown4me, Kazakhstan – 185
Prizes: 1st – $5,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500; 4th – $1,000; 5th – $500; 6-10 – $300; 11-20 – $150.
1 – bedias, Brazil – 320 points
=2 – Fruble, Brazil – 310
=2 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 310
=2 – James “TheDrunkLife” Whittet, Hungary – 305
5 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 265
Prizes: 1st – $10,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000; 4th – $2,500; 5th – $1,500; 6-10 – $1,000.
1 – Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, Austria – 415 points
2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 395
3 – Ami “UhhMee” Barer, Canada – 345
=4 – Vlad “dariepoker” Darie, Romania – 310
=4 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 310
Prizes: 1st – $15,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000
For some reason, there’s always a lot of razzmatazz about Razz, and so there it is for all you mixed game maestros. Event 50 is your place to go. There’s also a PLO rebuy event, so that’s sure to be full of thrills. Enjoy!
11.30am: SCOOP 48: PLO Rebuys
Buy-ins: $3.30+R, $33+R, $320+R
Guarantees: $20K, $60K, $125K
12.30pm: SCOOP 49: NLHE Midweek Freeze
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $200K, $275K, $400K
1.30pm: SCOOP 50: Razz
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $12.5K, $30K, $50K
3.05pm: SCOOP 51: NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $100K, $350K, $300K
PREVIOUS SCOOP 2022 REPORTS
DAY 1: Lex and Spraggy into the groove
DAY 2: Gusma goes 1-2 as Brazilians win five
DAY 3: Glaser hits seven for SCOOP
DAY 4: Schemion whizzes to fifth title
DAY 5: Oliver wins title, Spraggy’s near miss
DAY 6: Barer at the double as Pye final-tables twice
DAY 7: Baleeiro at the double and more for Frank
DAY 8: Hat-trick for Fintan Hand!