The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) marches on with another $4 million in prize pools handed out on Monday, and two very familiar champions. Read all the latest from the tables…
• “ClockWyze” Pantling arrives on time for PLO victory
• Quenneville wins second career SCOOP title
• “Anjeyyy” leads race for second $5K victory
• Fintan Hand in slow-roll scandal!
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
“ClockWyze” back on time for latest Pantling win: Andrew Pantling, known as “ClockWyze” on PokerStars, is one of poker’s most fascinating characters. He picks and chooses his appearances at the felt, going months or even years without playing much, but then showing up at the showcase events and going very deep. He has made the final table of the One Drop, and is a former runner up at the EPT Grand Final, and finished third at a WCOOP $10K 8-Game in 2015. Pantling is now also a SCOOP champion, and true to form, he did it in a big one. He won the $5,200 PLO Second Chance Main Event, banking $169,239.47 for beating a 167-entry field. Pantling’s final opponent – after Andras “probirs” Nemeth (ninth), Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (fifth), Chun Lei “SamRostan” Zhou (fourth) and Noah “Exclusive” Boeken (third) were all knocked out – was Finland’s “zumbapoker”. And after a heads-up duel lasting around an hour, Pantling ground zumbapoker down and claimed another win for Canada. (Both the medium and low versions of the PLO Main Event still have one more day to run and currently have 12 and 17 players left, respectively.)
Quenneville moving through the ranks: In a career of more than 12 years, Troy “teckidtq” Quenneville has amassed online tournament cashes of more than $5.8 million, according to the Pocket Fives database. Last night, Quenneville put a new result at the very top of his tournament ledger with victory in SCOOP-95-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO, the special edition of the Sunday Warm-Up. Even before adding in the $65,487 Quenneville won in bounties, the $76,478.29 was his biggest career score, surpassing the $75,000 he won in the Super Tuesday in 2017. Combine everything from last night, and his $141,965.50 makes this Canadian very happy indeed. It isn’t his first title in SCOOP. In 2015, Quenneville won a $27 NL 2-7 Single Draw title, which came with a $4,965.65 prize. His career has progressed in just about every way since then.
“Anjeyyy” aims for $5K double: As you might expect, the $5,200 Second Chance Main Event is down to a final table every bit as star studded as its first, led by Ukraine’s “Anjeyyy“, who already has one High Roller tournament to his name this year. Anjeyyy won SCOOP-44-H for $253,819.24 earlier in the series, but to add another victory will need to overcome a last nine including Pascal “Pass_72” Lefrancois, Timothy “Tim0thee” Adams, William “hellzito” Arruda, “Kzzon”, “silskyer”, Pavel “silentm0de” Plesuv, “temka99” and Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov. And that’s after Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche and Jens “Graftekkel” Arends were knocked out in 10th and 11th, respectively, to set the final table. There’s $416,741.68 up top when the tournament plays to its conclusion today.
|94-L: $5.50 NLHE Mini Sunday Kickoff SE||20,356||$99,744||liz_a912||Germany||$10,342.71|
|94-M: $55 NLHE Sunday Kickoff SE||6,939||$346,950||kotyara1089||Ukraine||$37,751.09*|
|94-H: $530 NLHE||891||$445,500||ThoNapalm||Croatia||$73,388.05|
|95-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, PKO||22,038||$215,972||JamessCavs||Lithuania||$13,498.23†|
|95-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE||7,618||$761,800||lkk3de||Netherlands||$67,898.57†|
|95-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE||1,088||$1,088,000||teckidtq||Canada||$141,965.50†|
|97-H: $5,200 PLO 6-Max, 2nd Chance PLO Main Event||167||$835,000||ClockWyze||Canada||$169,239.47|
|100-L: $5.50 5-Card NLO8 6-Max, Turbo||4,664||$22,854||cwaniak77||Poland||$3,258.73|
|100-M: $55 5-Card NLO8 6-Max, Turbo||1,402||$70,100||kofi89||Greece||$10,759.04|
|100-H: $530 5-Card NLO8 6-Max, Turbo||258||$129,000||WTFOMFGOAO||Russia||$24,926.53|
Tournaments completed: 292
Tournaments ongoing: 11
Starting today: 9
Entries so far: 2,209,806
Prize pools so far: $147,317,882
First-place prizes awarded: $20,276,220
Totals refer to completed tournaments only.
It was all going so well for Fintan “easywithaces” Hand in the $530 buy-in SCOOP-99, especially when he rivered a flush with Q♥8♥. He prepared the check-shove, going for the “greedy-bastard” sizing, but…well, he didn’t expect this:
Joris “BillLewinsky” Ruijs is one of the best players at the PokerStars table. But even someone like him can sometimes get a bit too attached to top pair. Here’s how Fintan’s aces saw for Ruijs:
FEATURE! FEATURE! FEATURE!
In our most recent SCOOP feature, we asked a long list of SCOOP champions to outline their roadmap to success. What did they do to get to the point that they were champion?
As ever, the answers were fascinating: they combined tons and tons of work, with patience and composure in the pressure situations. Add a few decent cards at the right time and the major title could be coming your way.
There’s a ton of excellent advice here for players of all levels:
INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!
We’ve been catching up with numerous other SCOOP champions over the series, happy to share the secrets of their success, or simply to introduce themselves to the poker world. Most recently, William “JUCA_PIRAMA1” Oliveira related the story of how he came back from only two big blinds to win the $55 No Limit Hold’em tournament, beating a 12,350-entry field. Read the full interview.
Meanwhile, hear from a whole host of other SCOOP champions:
Pedro “BigodinSagaz” Henrique: Following a path to success
László “Lackoo87gcb” Molnár: “I think I’m starting to like it!”
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
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There’s a freeroller coming to the SCOOP tables very soon. Good luck, Irina!
— Irina (@IrinaGGru) May 25, 2020
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE!
There’s no better way to follow all the SCOOP action than via Poker News’ live updates. Tonight they have teams reporting on the conclusion of the Main Event Second Chance tournaments, as well as the start of the $10,300 Super Tuesday High Roller.
Their easy-to-use interface keeps you up to speed with major hands, chip counts, and they will toss in a few pictures too to help you identify the faces behind the avatars.
LEADER BOARD LATEST
Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira continues to lead the Player of the Series leader board (that’s a sentence that types itself) but the closing pack have far from given up. Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, who is Ferreira’s closest challenger, is currently the chip leader of the 39 players left in SCOOP-101-H, while Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak’s final table in the PLO Main Event demonstrates that he is far from done in this series too.
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 1,705 points
2 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 1,420
3 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 1,370
4 – Muka82, Brazil, 1,170
5 – Körrinho, Austria, 1,150
(Prizes: 1st: $50,000 + Trophy; 2nd: $20,000; 3rd: $10,000)
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
It was an almost unprecedented day in SCOOP yesterday with no titles for players from either the UK or Brazil, and Russia only picking up a solitary success. Canadians took the two biggest events to conclude, while the rest of the titles were dotted around Europe. It didn’t impact too much on the top of the countries leader board, where the rest of the world might think it’s proving a bit too difficult now to catch the runaway Brits (and the country’s large cast of poker refugees):
Eight: Mexico, Ireland
Seven: Sweden, Finland
Five: Hungary, Belarus, China, Poland, Lithuania
Four: Argentina, Romania
Two: Malta, Denmark, Belgium, Lebanon, Japan, Uruguay, Bulgaria, Croatia, Luxembourg
One: Kazakhstan, Slovakia, North Macedonia, South Korea, Czech Republic, Macau, Cyprus, Moldova, Latvia, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia.
Day 27: Tuesday, May 26
It’s Tuesday again, but it’s always Super. That means another $1 million guaranteed in the $10,300 Super Tuesday tournament. There’s a PLO 6-Max to make things a little bit more complicated, followed by a Turbo PKO, which will be done in one evening, to wrap things up.
1pm ET – Event 102: NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Guarantees: $350,000, $650,000, $1 million
2.15pm ET – Event 103: PLO8 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $25,000, $50,000, $150,000
3.30pm ET – Event 104: NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $60,000, $150,000, $300,000
There are still tons of chances to join the SCOOP 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. They are always relevant.
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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