It’s Main Event weekend in the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) and time to catch up on all the big wins in the run up to the massive showdown. Here’s the latest dispatch from the SCOOP tables.
• Stokkan stocks up on bounties
• More success for Kostritsyn, Arends
• Watson chip leads two events
• Perseverance pays off for “lopan83”
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Stokkan stocks up on bounties: Preben “prebz” Stokkan is one of the PokerStars tables most vicious sharks, particularly in the PKO events where he is already a WCOOP champion. Last night, Stokkan earned his stripes in SCOOP in devastating fashion. He won the $5,200 PKO High Roller, earning $101K from the main prize pool but a staggering $175K in bounties too, for a total haul of $275,947.98. Stokkan eliminated all but one of his final table opponents, sending to the rail David “MissOracle” Yan (8th), “XMorphineX” (6th), Michel “FreeLancerZZ” Dattani (5th), Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford (4th), former SCOOP 2020 winner “Pimmss” (3rd) and eventually Joao “Naza114” Vieira (2nd). That’s a gallery of superstars, all of whom were defeated by Stokkan’s momentum. Only the winners of the $25K and $10K events have earned more during a SCOOP tournament this year than Stokkan.
More riches for Arends: Austria-based Dutchman Jans “Graftekkel” Arends was back among the champions last night too, winning his second SCOOP title, and third ‘COOP, and continuing a brilliant hot streak left over from the High Roller series. (We talked to Arends about his dominance of the High Roller tables in December. Arends last night won the 275-entry $2,100 buy-in SCOOP-64-H, whose final table featured Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood, Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Ivan “Negriin” Luca, Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker, Bruno “great dant” Volkmann and “L1VeYRdrEamS”, who was beaten heads up. Arends won $104,723.38 for this one.
Second of the series for Kostritsyn: On the same night that he was finishing runner up to Stokkan in the PKO, Joao “Naza114” Vieira was also in the last three of the high buy-in Razz event, but this time couldn’t outlast Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn. This was another very tough final table, also featuring Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich and multiple ‘COOP winner Andrey “Kroko-dill” Zaichenko. (Luke “lb6121” Schwartz finished ninth; Urbanovich also finished fifth in the medium buy-in version.) But Kostritsyn was unassailable as he bagged his second title of this SCOOP, adding the $28,420 prize to the $23,666.39 he won in the 5-Card draw earlier in the series.
Perseverance pays off for “lopan83”: In May 2018, a post on the Raise Your Edge forums introduced the community to Jules, a self-described “master of procrastination”. However, Jules had recently quit a job as an iOS engineer to “really give everything to poker”, which he played online under the name “lopan83“. Jules encouraged himself to “Just f***ing do it!!!” and insisted he would “keep going, work hard on my game and improve”. A few months after that, lopan83 won a tournament during WCOOP. And a further 18 month later, lopan83 added a SCOOP title too. Last night, lopan83 beat a 472-entry field in the $1,050 NLHE SCOOP-60 to win $84,251.28. “So this just happened,” he wrote on Instagram. “Shipped a SCOOP title and I got $84k to go with it ?” I guess he just f***ing did it after all…
Fourth to first for “Garrin4e”: Ukraine’s “Garrine4e” is going to have to go some to match the biggest prize of his career: his fourth place in the 2017 SCOOP Main Event earned him $492,543. But in the early hours of Saturday, Garrin4e at least got his name on a trophy when he won SCOOP-67-M: $109 PLO, 6-Max, which brought a haul of $33,935.91, including bounties. It’s less than tenth what fourth place paid that time, but this time he got all the chips.
Shootout sellout: All three price points of the 6-Max Turbo Shootout event sold out, with a capacity 216 entries in the high buy-in, 1,296 in the medium and 7,776 in the low. After winning four single-table events in a row, five of the last six players in the $11 tournament decided to do a deal, each locking up more than $4,600. Norway’s “jonasof87” then went on to win and take away $7,674.32. The medium buy-in tournament ended in a German one-two (but no deal) with “4bet_me” beating countryman “Krawalbruder” heads up. In the high buy-in tournament, Japan’s finest (and former Team Pro) Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara ended heads-up against “MITS 304“, representing Cyprus. Not for the first time in this SCOOP, Kihara couldn’t win the heads-up battle and had to make do with $33,156 for second as MITS 304 took the win and $47,520.
“Harleyy30040” gets Macau on the board: Two of SCOOP’s most impressive performers through its first half — Adam “Adamyid” Owen and Connor “blanconegro” Drinan — both made deep runs int he $1,050 PLO 6-Max overnight, but the pair fell in sixth and seventh, respectively. That left a clean run at the title for “Harleyy30040“, who managed to amass $51,105 in bounties to surpass the $37,792.79 he or she won from the main prize pool. Harleyy30040’s victory puts Macau on the board for this SCOOP, one of three new flags that appeared on the winner’s list overnight. “bacooo”‘s victory in the $109 NLHE was a first this time for Croatia, while “MITS 304” won for Cyprus.
SirWatts leading from the front, twice: Mike “SirWatts” Watson has already won one title during this SCOOP, and he is perfectly placed to add to the haul. Watson is the overnight chip leader in two other events: the $2,100 NLHE, where there are eight players left from 199 entries, and the $1,050 buy-in 8-Game, which has 23 left from a starting field of 193 entries. A long way to go in each, and a formidable chasing pack, but you can’t get better for a first day than that.
|60-L: $11 NLHE||12,793||$125,371||JManuel94||Argentina||$16,015.32|
|60-M: $109 NLHE||3,338||$333,800||bacooo||Croatia||$47,965.22|
|60-H: $1,050 NLHE||472||$472,000||lopan83||UK||$84,251.28|
|62-L: $55 NLHE, PKO, Mini Thursday Thrill SE||19,406||$970,300||Gaelito23||Brazil||$64,312.72†|
|62-M: $530 NLHE, PKO, Thursday Thrill SE||3,094||$1,547,000||Kebrashmebra||Russia||$165,705.63†|
|62-H: $5,200 NLHE, PKO, High Roller||235||$1,175,000||prebz||UK||$275,947.98†|
|63-L: $11 Razz||3,233||$31,683||climbsystem||Peru||$4,289.62*|
|63-M: $109 Razz||680||$68,000||fNx_R||Ukraine||$10,359.29*|
|63-H: $1,050 Razz||116||$116,000||joiso||Russia||$28,420.00|
|64-L: $22 NLHE||11,284||$225,680||Bremer919||Brazil||$27,004.66*|
|64-M: $215 NLHE||2,431||$500,000||Stakelis24||Lithuania||$73,674.30|
|64-H: $2,100 NLHE||275||$550,000||Graftekkel||Austria||$104,723.38|
|67-L: $11 PLO, 6-Max, PKO||12,226||$119,815||BigBluffByTJ||Poland||$10,025.04|
|67-M: $109 PLO, 6-Max, PKO||3,224||$322,400||Garrin4e||Ukraine||$33,935.91|
|67-H: $1,050 PLO, 6-Max, PKO||497||$497,000||Harleyy30040||Macau||$88,898.23|
|68-L: $11 NLHE, 6-Max, Turbo, Shootout||7,776||$76,205||jonasof87||Norway||$7,674.32*|
|68-M: $109 NLHE, 6-Max, Turbo, Shootout||1,296||$129,600||4bet_me||Germany||$20,736.72|
|68-H: $1,050 NLHE, 6-Max, Turbo, Shootout||216||$216,000||MITS 304||Cyprus||$47,520.00|
Tournaments completed: 195
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Starting today: 9
Entries so far: 1,288,380
Prize pools so far: $88,061,096
First-place prizes awarded: $12,694,018.34
Totals refer to completed tournaments only
INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!
We’re catching up with a lot of SCOOP winners this year, all happy to share their experiences of winning big.
Most recently, Jonathan “Corback_fr” Therme, who won the Sunday Million Special Edition, was nearly speechless when asked to describe his spectacular win, which netted him $216,617. “It’s completely insane. I’m still struggling to realise.” Read the full interview.
Montreal’s at the final table: walking on his home treadmill while he played on his laptop. It’s true: Wright strolled his way to victory in SCOOP-46-L and won $23,991.27 — all while keeping fit.
Click through to hear more from our long list of happy champions:
Previous winner interviews:
Nicolas “Nicoverlast” Wright: pacing a treadmill to success
Adam “pruttzz12” Jonsson: How to beat Urbanovich, Beresford and Kurganov
Vitor “vitoradiron” Adiron: “I’ll continue working on my failures”
Guilherme “teruliro” Orrico: Two WCOOPs and now one SCOOP
“plens” targets bucket-list EPT appearance
Tapio “PikkuHUMPPA” Vihakas: “I am as lazy as a human can be”
Catalina “catam18” Marmureanu”: A result for all women in poker
Paul “pistolp999” Kroezen: A triumph of perseverence
Adam “adamyid” Owen: Defeating end-boss “veeea”
Matt “MUSTAFABET” Ashton: Tournaments are practice for cash games
Antanas “Nr1InEurope” Bakaitis: “I’m no good at Texas Hold’em!
“MarkBang”: First out to last man standing
“thegodfisher”: Busy broker finds time to win SCOOP title
Oleg “Fukuruku” Vasylchenko: Poor student becomes richer
Michael “Malicious20” Cottier: $9.5K from a $2.20 buy-in tournament!
Dimitrios “papadatos69” Papadatos: Making most of downturn in tourism
William “Williaml666” Barbosa: Best feeling ever!
Last hand double-KO gives ‘PufuMiu’ win in Event #11-L
You may have seen a few new features on the PokerStars tables over the past week, including “Throwables”. Yes, you can now throw things at your opponent across the table. One of the earliest adopters is Ben “Spraggy” Spragg, who offers a great example of how to use the tissues feature in this recent pot:
Mind you, there are going to be a fair few tissues heading back in Spraggy’s direction if he continues to play PLO like this:
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FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE!
Our friends at Poker News are offering live coverage of a ton of SCOOP events and last night they guided us blow-by-blow through the $5,200 NLHE PKO High Roller, in which Preben “prebz” Stokkan won a heap. The medium buy-in version of that event was the ever-popular Thursday Thrill, and Poker News also watched that one play through its final stages.
They’re taking it easy tonight ahead of an enormous Sunday tomorrow.
Poker News also caught up with Mustapha “lasagnammm” Kanit, the SCOOP Main Event champion from 2015, who looked back on his fine victory and gave his insight into what makes the tournament so special.
LEADER BOARD LATEST
We are now into Week 2 of SCOOP, which was originally due to be the second a final “half”. But the extension of the series means some changes to how the leader board prizes are going to be handed out, all of which is detailed in a dedicated leader board post.
Here’s a look at how the current “overall” and Week 2 low, medium and high leader boards look. Remember, these are updated on the official leader boards page daily, so be sure to check there for latest updates.
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 1,255 points
2 – krakukra, Russia, 970
3 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 915
4 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 845
5 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK, 810
Overall leader board runs through entirety of SCOOP.
Low (Week 2)
1 – Jab0c0, United Kingdom, 185 points
2 – filfedra, Czech Republic, 170
=3 – ISmellToast, Canada, 165
=3 – JUCA_PIRAMA1, Brazil, 165
5 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia, 155
Week 2 prizes: 1st – Trophy and $5,000; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500. Top 25 win prizes.
Medium (Week 1)
1 – TheDrunkLife, Hungary, 180 points
2 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland 165
3 – Kashmir_uzi, United Kingdom, 150
=4 – Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov, Russia, 135
=4 – AfRoBiZzLe!, United Kingdom, 135
=4 – Fabahaba, Finland, 135
=4 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 135
Week 2 prizes: 1st – Trophy and $7,500; 2nd – $5,000; 3rd – $2,500. Top 10 win prizes.
High (Week 2)
1 – Joao “Naza114” Ferreira, Netherlands, 300 points
2 – Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, Mexico, 285
3 – krakukra, Russia, 280
4 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, United Kingdom, 265
5 – Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara, Japan, 250
Week 2 prizes: 1st – Trophy and $10,000; 2nd – $7,500; $5,000.
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Brazilian players won three titles last night, pushing the country up to tied second on the leader board with 20. Although the UK managed only one success, the Brits still lead the race by some distance. It was yet another good day for the Netherlands, whose two successes help the Dutch pull clear of Germany.
22: Russia, Brazil
Eight: Canada, Ukraine
Five: Sweden, Mexico
Four: Greece, Belarus, Hungary, Ireland, Finland, Poland
Three: China, Romania, Argentina, Peru, Lithuania
Two: Malta, Denmark, Belgium
One: Japan, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Uruguay, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, South Korea, Czech Republic, Lebanon, Croatia, Macau, Cyprus
Day 17: Saturday, May 16
We’re edging towards the Main Event, so why not rock back and relax today with a nice, gentle Afternoon Deep Stack to get you in the mood. It really does sound like a cross between the 4pm-6pm slot on an easy-listening local radio station and a brand of soothing bath foam. That event kick off the afternoon, before a couple of more hectic affairs: a wild hold’em PKO and then a no-limit Omaha 6-Max Turbo.
10.30am ET – Event 69: NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $125,000, $300,000, $350,000
1pm ET – Event 70: NLHE 8-Max Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $175,000, $750,000, $850,000
2.15pm ET – Event 71: NLO8 6-Max Turbo
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $25,000, $60,000, $125,000
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