Six Main Events are well under way in the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). With more than $1 million up top in the big one, who is in line for the huge payday? All that and more from a bursting SCOOP bulletin…
• Main Event champ in line for $1 million payday
• More than $20 million in Main Event prize pools
• Lex and Spraggy among last 40 in $10K
• Drinan well placed for yet another PLO win
• Ravnsbaek and Plesuv join list of winners
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Day 2 done in enormous Main Events: The six SCOOP Main Events are rapidly approaching the business end after a second day of action in each brought the close of registration then the race to the bubble – as well as confirmation of the gigantic prize pools. The champion of the $10K buy-in no limit hold’e em Main Event is in line for a $1.062 million prize, while someone is going to turn a $1,050 medium buy-in into $920K. The prize pools in the three hold’em events are $6.09 million (high), $6.475 million (medium) and $4.623 million (low), each a significant increase on the guarantees.
SCOOP 2020 NLHE Main Events state of play:
Buy-in: $10,300 | Prize pool: $6.09 million | First: $1,062,966
Entries: 609 (inc. 194 re-entries) | Players left: 40
Buy-in: $1,050 | Prize pool: $6.475 million | First: $920,066
Entries: 6,475 (inc. 2,095 re-entries) | Players left: 79
Buy-in: $109 | Prize pool: $4,623,800 | First: $434,762
Entries: 46,238 (inc. 16,808 re-entries) | Players left: 159
Vezhenkov shines brightest in galaxy of stars: The only three-time Sunday Million champion, Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov, holds the chip lead of the 40 players left in the $10,300 SCOOP Main Event. Vezhenkov holds a narrow advantage over Belgium’s Michael “merla888” Gathy and Michael “imluckbox” Addamo. (Gathy is also in the top 20 of the medium buy-in tournament.) The remaining field is full of stars, including two PokerStars Team Pros: Ben “spraggy” Spragg and Lex Veldhuis, who sit in 38th and 31st, respectively, having already locked up at least $26,786. They will continue to stream their tournaments live on Twitch.
Other top-ranked players still involved in the high main event include: Ben “bencb789” Rolle (6th), “girafganger7” (8th), Daniel “Oxota” Dvoress (11th), Francisco “Tomatee” Benitez (14th), Ignat “0Human0” Liviu (18th), Ben “ben86” Tollerene (24th), Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt (26th), Max “goodeh99” Silver (27), Preben “prebz” Stokkan (28th), Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker (34th), Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (39th) and Mike “munchenHB” Telker (40th).
Can Drinan do it again? There’s a sensational story emerging in the $10,300 PLO Main Event, where the final seven are led by Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, the player searching for a record-breaking fifth SCOOP title of the series. Drinan has already won three Omaha events this time, as well as a HORSE title, and he has a significant lead over an impossibly tough final table. Drinan’s closest challenger at this stage is Jens “Jeans89” Kyllonen, with Joao “Naza114” Vieira in third. “Kükenmuser”, Gavin “gavz101” Cochrane, Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi and Linus “LLinusLLove” Loeliger complete the line-up.
Hotly contested race in medium and low: Austria’s “Tydarax” heads the last 79 in the $1,050 NLHE Main Event, with a highly skilled chasing pack behind him or her. Mike “mczhang” Zhang sits in sixth, Denis “aDrENalin710” Strbkov is in 11th, Michael “merla888” Gathy is in 18th and Christopher “lissi stinkt” is in 19th. Further down, all of Preben “prebz” Stokkan, David “MissOracle” Jan, “Lucky_Jew_17”, Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujitas and Marc-Andre “FrenchDawg” Ladouceur still have chips. In the $109 low buy-in, “larvovec”, of the Czech Republic, leads the last 159 of a 46,238-entry field. Gathy finished in 457th place, cashing in all three levels of the hold’em Main Event.
Owen heads the pack in PLO: The medium buy-in PLO Main Event also has a host of stars still in contention. Adam “Adamyid” Owen, who has already won one SCOOP title this time, leads the last 18, with Ignat “0Human0” Liviu in third and Max “goodeh99” Silver in fourth. Both Liviu and Silver still have chips in the $10,300 hold’em Main Event too so face very busy, and profitable, days. Mike “SirWatts” Watson and Nicolas “niccc” Chouity also feature in the last 18 of 1,112 runners.
SCOOP 2020 PLO Six-Max Main Events state of play:
Buy-in: $10,300 | Prize pool: $1.59 million | First: $322,264
Entries: 159 (inc. 61 re-entries) | Players left: 7
Buy-in: $1,050 | Prize pool: $1.112 million | First: $176,652
Entries: 1,112 (inc. 447 re-entries) | Players left: 18
Buy-in: $109 | Prize pool: $612,000 | First: $87,059
Entries: 6,126 (inc. 2,255 re-entries) | Players left: 18
Speranza yields his title: It is arguably the greatest poker achievement of the modern era: Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza won the high buy-in SCOOP Main Event back-to-back, defending the title he first won in 2018 in 2019’s return. But even Speranza couldn’t make it three. He was knocked out of the Main Event in 49th place last night, banking $26,786.25 but letting someone else have a chance for a change.
Phases wrap after marathon: The three “Phase” tournaments played to a winner last night after going through their early stages throughout SCOOP so far. (A “phase” tournament operates like a live event in which players play various Day 1s in a bid to get through to Day 2. Day 2 then operates as a freezeout and plays to a winner.) In all, across all phases, there were 143,726 entries to the $2.20 low buy-in tournament, which made it officially the biggest event on the schedule. It was won by the UK’s “kjonesgg” after a four-way deal, earning him or her $19,379.27. The medium ($22) buy-in attracted 70,507 entries, with 7,714 remaining for Day 2. The last four also did a deal in this one, with Germany’s “micha88” taking the most money ($99,106.74) but “albert28” of Romania taking the title. In the high buy-in, Simon “ministerborg” Ravnsbaek outlasted a field of 11,933 entries (1,366 of whom made it to Day 2) to claim a huge $225,008 payday and his second SCOOP title. Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves was also at the final again, finishing third.
Plesuv locks one up for Moldova: Moldova has only once before been the home of a SCOOP champion, when “npomocc” won a low buy-in PLO title in 2011. But last night the country’s best-known export, Pavel “silentm0de” Plesuv, put Moldova back on the board by wining the $2,100 buy-in Sunday Warm Up and earning $177,964.64. Plesuv leads Moldova’s all-time live poker money list, and is a familiar face at the high stakes tournament tables the world over. This is his first SCOOP victory and comes a week after he made the final table of the Sunday Cooldown, finishing fifth.
Other major titles go to Greece, Ukraine: Plesuv’s victory resulted in the biggest single payout of Monday night, although two other players picked up six-figure scores alongside a title. Ukraine’s “234241234214432” (catchy name) won the medium buy-in version of the Warm Up, turning a $215 buy-in into $117,013.43. And Greece’s “easysniper77” defeated a field of 1,619 entries to win the $530 PKO. Including bounties, easysniper77 won $102,053.89, the last of which came when he knocked out “Anjeyyy” heads-up. Anjeyyy was seeking his second victory of the series having won the massive $5,200 High Roller last weekend.
A word about “merla888”: Michael “merla888” Gathy has won three SCOOP titles in his career, as well as one in WCOOP, and so is accustomed to playing in the deep stages of the toughest tournaments. But this weekend’s performance is special even for him. Gathy currently sits in second place, of 40 remaining, in the $10,300 high buy-in Main Event, as well as 18th (of 79) in the medium buy-in version. He already also cashed in the low buy-in tournament, finishing in 457th place, and is the only player to cash at all three price points. Not only that, Gathy also made the final table of the $215 SCOOP 01-H Phase event, finishing in seventh for $35,858.56. What did you do with your weekend?
|01-L: $2.20 NLHE, Phase Event||143,726||$281,703||kjonesgg||UK||$19,379.27*|
|01-M: $22 NLHE, Phase Event||70,507||$1,410,140||albert28||Romania||$84,876.13*|
|01-H: $215 NLHE, Phase Event||11,933||$2,386,600||ministerborg||Norway||$225,008.78|
|72-L: $5.50 NLHE, PKO, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE||18,431||$90,312||dimae381||Russia||$6,204.54†|
|72-M: $55 NLHE, PKO, Sunday Kickoff SE||8,463||$423,150||Relthor1301||Brazil||$37,191.99†*|
|72-H: $530 NLHE, PKO||1,619||$809,500||easysniper77||Greece||$102,053.89†|
|73-L: $22 NLHE||17,097||$341,940||kfodao||Brazil||$37,064.40|
|73-M: $215 NLHE, Sunday Warm-Up SE||4,097||$819,400||234241234214432||Ukraine||$117,013.43|
|73-H: $2,100 NLHE, Sunday Warm-Up SE||501||$1,002,000||silentm0de||Moldova||$177,964.64|
|78-L: $22 NLHE, Turbo||9,517||$190,340||Fissura||Brazil||$26,108.70|
|78-M: $215 NLHE, Turbo||1,917||$383,400||Erä_Koira||Finland||$57,636.02|
|78-H: $2,100 NLHE, Turbo||227||$454,000||boerni21||Hungary||$87,725.41|
With the Phase tournaments now complete, the total of Entries and Prize pools for this SCOOP have gone through the room. More than 1.7 million entries have now been collected over the series, while prize pools have eclipsed the $100 million mark. Remember, this does not even include the Main Events, which will be added after their completion.
Tournaments completed: 225
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Starting today: 6
Entries so far: 1,723,097
Prize pools so far: $103,636,991
First-place prizes awarded: $14,497,113
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, László “Lackoo87gcb” Molnár who started this SCOOP admitting that he didn’t really like PKO events, but then won one and said: “I think I’m starting to like it!”
Click through to hear more from our long list of happy champions:
Previous winner interviews:
Cristian ‘Chapex’ Chapoñan: One for Peru
Jonathan “Corback_fr” Therme: Sunday Million winner left speechless
Nicolas “Nicoverlast” Wright: pacing a treadmill to success
Swedish pro 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
It was Spraggy’s 30th birthday yesterday, which he celebrated by making a deep run into the money of the $10,300 Main Event. He is still alive heading into Day 3. He didn’t get there without some heart-stopping moments, however, including this hand against Brazilian great Pablo “pabritz” Brito. Brito put Spraggy to the test for his stack. And did our hero pass it?
Spraggy will be joined in Day 3 of the Main Event by Lex Veldhuis, whose tournament was also on the line very late on Day 2. But Lex got it all in with pocket queens and…
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In Spraggy’s own words, what a ridiculous day:
What a ridiculous day! Celebrated my 30th birthday and made Day 3 in the $10,300 SCOOP Main Event. $26.7k locked up! One away from a pay jump to $33k!
— Spraggy (@spraggy) May 19, 2020
And this is only 24 hours after Fintan “easywithaces” Hand’s incredible win. It’s all still sinking in for him:
I still can’t believe we won a SCOOP.
Nobody else will ever call any/check a title in the history of the series. pic.twitter.com/kj6RcKg2KR
— Fintan Hand (@EasyWithAces) May 18, 2020
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE!
The SCOOP Main Events get even more interesting on Tuesday, with the no limit hold’em tournaments playing down to their finals, and the PLO concluding. Poker News will be watching everything, so follow their live updates until it’s all wrapped up.
In addition to all that, it’s also Tuesday, which means the Super Tuesday. There are $1 million guarantees on the $1,050 buy-in and $10,300 buy-in tournaments, which start today. Poker News are covering those too.
LEADER BOARD LATEST
First of all, check out our dedicated leader board post, which has all the latest news about prizes and standings.
Meanwhile, 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.
Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira continues to top the overall leader board, but Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi is now closing in. Shakerchi still has an interest in at least two Main Event tournaments still ongoing, so this is going to be closer than perhaps Ferreira once thought.
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 1,300 points
2 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 1,045
3 – krakukra, Russia, 1,035
4 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 880
5 – Körrinho, Austria, 865
Overall leader board runs through entirety of SCOOP.
Low (Week 2)
1 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia, 230 points
2 – Jab0c0, United Kingdom, 220
3 – RandomAct1on, Ukraine, 205
4 – tomfoxpoker, Germany, 200
=5 – Dart Serg, Russia, 195
=5 – JUCA_PIRAMA1, Brazil, 195
Week 2 prizes: 1st – Trophy and $5,000; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500. Top 25 win prizes.
Medium (Week 1)
1 – Fabahaba, Finland, 225 points
2 – TheDrunkLife, Hungary, 205
3 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland 190
4 – Körrinho, Austria, 170
5 – Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov, Russia, 165
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, 320 points
=2 – Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Canada, 315
=2 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, United Kingdom, 315
4 – Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, Mexico, 290
5 – Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara, Japan, 285
Week 2 prizes: 1st – Trophy and $10,000; 2nd – $7,500; $5,000.
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Although the UK managed to pick up one title yesterday, thanks to “kjonesgg”‘s win in the $2.20 Phase tournament, Brazilians were again the prime movers. Brazil moved further ahead of Russia in second place after “Relthor1301” won 72-M: $55 NLHE, PKO, Sunday Kickoff SE, “kfodao” won 73-L: $22 NLHE and “Fissura” won 78-L: $22 NLHE, Turbo. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Brazil rules in the huge field, low buy-in events.
Today we also welcome Moldova to the SCOOP countries leader board!
10: Canada, Ukraine
Six: Austria, Sweden
Five: Mexico, Ireland, Greece, Hungary, Finland
Four: Belarus, Poland, Argentina, Lithuania, Romania
Three: China, Peru
Two: Malta, Denmark, Belgium
One: Japan, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Uruguay, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, South Korea, Czech Republic, Lebanon, Croatia, Macau, Cyprus, Moldova.
Day 20: Tuesday, May 19
Today was originally planned to be the last day of SCOOP, and we were going out with a bang with the Super Tuesday. Although the series has now been extended, there’s no reason to change today’s offerings, which means two whopping guarantees (as well as some 5-Card PLO 6-Max).
1pm ET – Event 79: NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Guarantees: $600,000, $1 million, $1 million
3.30pm ET – Event 80: 5-Card PLO 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $35,000, $80,000, $175,000
With SCOOP now extended, there are still tons of chances to join the action. And if you’re thinking about doing that for the first time, or maybe are returning to the tables after a break, you will be well advised to read PokerStars School’s online tutorials.
PokerStars School has all the information you need on how to get involved, how to make sure you have the right bankroll, how to play the satellites and how to play the tournaments themselves.
Click through to get yourself properly prepared:
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