They’re packing up the tables and sweeping up the litter as the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) draws close to its conclusion. Here’s who won on the penultimate day, and who’s well placed going into the finale…
• Ylitalo picks up first SCOOP victory
• Weis cool in the Sunday Cooldown
• Six figures for “chininhaltig”
• O’Dwyer in front in last big one
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Ylitalo leaves it late for first SCOOP success: It will likely come as a surprise to many online poker watchers to learn that Robin “robinho” Ylitalo had never won a title in either SCOOP or WCOOP. He had more than $12.3 million in online tournament cashes, as well an EPT title, but had never gone all the way in one of the two flagship series on PokerStars. Until last night, that is. Ylitalo took to the felt in the $530 buy-in SCOOP-116-H and was still there when the $87,775 first prize was handed out. Ylitalo beat a field of 1,075 entries, with Ukraine’s “drew.derzh” his final opponent. Having already won the Turbo Series Main Event, for $345K, (and a TCOOP from 2017) this victory only represents Ylitalo’s seventh-biggest online score, but it’ll feel good to finally get one of the biggest ‘COOPs on the resume.
Weis cool: The name of the Sunday Cooldown suggests a tournament that is much more sedate than what is actually the truth. This is, in fact, a quickfire PKO turbo, where the action is frantic from start to finish. It suits a player like Oliver “sk2ll_m0dR” Weis, who last night took down the $530 buy-in version of the event. Weis defeated a 1,980-entry field in a little more than five-and-a-half hours. His reward was a hefty $121,922.74, including $58,487.14 in bounties, which was a major chunk of the $990K prize pool. It was officially Weis’s first SCOOP title, having chopped (and then lost heads up) an event in 2017.
“chininhaltig” provides the bookends: On the subject of rapid-fire wins, the $1,050 buy-in Sunday Supersonic, which rounded out last night’s action, took only 121 minutes to play from start to finish. It meant that Germany’s “chininhaltig“, who took it down for $101,067 was working for around $50K per hour. chininhaltig made four final tables during this SCOOP series, the most profitable of which (before last night) was in the $215 Phase event, officially SCOOP-1, in which he or she finished fifth for $66K. chininhaltig therefore offers neat bookends to the series as a whole, making the final tables of both the first tournament to start and the last, winning the latter of those.
Wakil adds SCOOP to WCOOP: For about three years from 2014, Jamil “Jamil11” Wakil regularly sold his tournament action on the Two Plus Two forums, gradually updating his sales pitch to include various new tournament scores. By WCOOP in 2017, Wakil said he was going it alone, presumably having built his bankroll to comfortable levels. (He now has scores of $1.8 million across all sites.) Last night he won his first SCOOP title too, beating a 397-entry field in the $1,050 Afternoon Deep Stack and banking $72,321, the second-largest score of his career. He adds this to a Winter Series title won last December and a WCOOP victory from 2011. Too bad the investors don’t get a chance to take a piece anymore. Wakil denied Ukraine’s “Garrin4e” a second title of the series, beating him heads-up, with the final table also featuring fellow SCOOP champs Ole “wizowizo” Schemion and “WhatIfGod”.
More ROI brilliance for “r-w patriot”: During the Turbo Series in February 2019, Russia’s “r-w patriot” turned a $22 satellite ticket into an $18,471 first prize in a $215 buy-in 5-Card PLO event. It was one of the leading ROI scores of the series. The same player has been back at it during SCOOP too, and last night won the $11 Afternoon Deep Stack, for $16,659.86. That came after defeating a field of 13,626, underlining this player’s super abilities in large field, low buy-in tournaments.
Pye’s Mixed Game Movement gathers pace: Mason “Pye_Face21” Pye has been taking great strides with his Mixed Games Movement during this SCOOP, converting dozens of Twitch stream viewers to the joys of some of the less popular poker variants. Pye had his best run of the series last night, in the $5.50 8-Game, where he streamed all the way to 11th place, from a field of 4,722 entries. Though the $182.99 prize sounds modest, it still represents an excellent achievement for someone whose passion for poker is second to none, and whose primary aim is to bring new players to the mixed game tables. The tournament was won by the UK’s James “jimbomber” Finigan, who has a string of decent cashes on his career ledger, totalling more than $1.1 million.
|115-L: $11 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack||13,626||$133,535||r-w patriot||Russia||$16,659.86|
|115-M: $109 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack||2,811||$281,100||DaanOss||Austria||$41,085.26|
|115-H: $1,050 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack||397||$397,000||Jamil11||Canada||$72,321.44|
|116-L: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max||27,550||$134,995||polaac_RC||Argentina||$12,193.68*|
|116-M: $55 NLHE 8-Max||9,567||$478,350||ogurcon||Russia||$48,768.55*|
|116-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max||1,075||$537,500||robinho||Sweden||$87,775.08|
|117-L: $5.50 8-Game||4,722||$23,138||jimbomber||UK||$3,045.88*|
|117-M: $55 8-Game||1,403||$70,150||BRAZZMONKEY||Germany||$10,766.62|
|117-H: $530 8-Game||262||$131,000||Summ3L||Sweden||$25,004.95|
|123-L: $5.50 NLHE Turbo, PKO, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE||20,513||$100,514||J-Rod Fett||UK||$7,803.02†|
|123-M: $55 NLHE Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE||11,091||$554,550||abendy||Canada||$44,649.56†|
|123-H: $530 NLHE Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE||1,980||$990,000||sk2ll_m0dR||Austria||$121,922.74†|
|124-L: $11 NLHE 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Mini Sunday Supersonic SE||20,785||$213,462||Serenity1404||Denmark||$22,050.06|
|124-M: $109 NLHE 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE||5,109||$530,365||Barksdale111||Canada||$69,558.14*|
|124-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE||564||$572,945||chininhaltig||Germany||$101,067.00|
Tournaments completed: 360
Tournaments ongoing: 11
Starting today: 0
Entries so far: 2,662,376
Prize pools so far: $175,717,483
First-place prizes awarded: $24,308,012
Totals refer to completed tournaments only.
Lex Veldhuis’s record-breaking SCOOP came to an end last night when he was the last player to be knocked out of the $2,100 Sunday Warm-Up SE, busting in 29th place for $5,671.34. Before that, Lex lost a chunk with queens against aces, before a three-outer got him back in business, but then he went out in style. Well, he went out as the third wheel in a pot to decide the overall chip lead:
Mason Pye knew things could be a bit dicey when he got the last of his chips into the pot in the low buy-in 8-Game, during an Omaha round. He had a fairly attractive A♦A♣5♦K♠ pre-flop, which still looked pretty nice on the 8♠2♦J♦ flop. But he was almost precisely 50/50 against his opponent’s ragged 5♥2♣3♦8♦. And then this happened. GG Mason.
FEATURE! FEATURE! FEATURE!
In our latest SCOOP feature, a long list of SCOOP champions share their crucial tips for success in this kind of tournament series. It’s a matter of preparation, persistence and patience, but don’t take my word for it. Hear from the people who have made it happen. most recent SCOOP feature, we asked a long list of SCOOP champions what are the three things that they think they do well that have helped them to the top of the online game. It wasn’t just about pumping hot air up them, either. This is so that you can learn from them and improve your own game.
It’s been emotional for Spraggy:
My final stream of SCOOP just ended bringing to a close an incredibly intense 4 weeks. Streaming poker on Twitch is an emotionally and mentally draining endeavour. The stresses of tournament poker are amplified to an absurd degree. This series, in particular was a wild ride. 1/2
— Spraggy (@spraggy) May 31, 2020
And Fintan is done too:
Completed it mate.
— Fintan Hand (@EasyWithAces) June 1, 2020
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, Lorenzo “O”Pazzzo”” Baynes discussed his return to the poker tables after years away — a decision that earned him $115K and a SCOOP title, and got him right back in the mood. “Since my victory, I’m playing every day,” he said. Read the full interview.
Hear from some other SCOOP champions:
Seun “AfRoBiZzLe!” Oluwole on a brilliant SCOOP so far
William “JUCA_PIRAMA1” Oliveira and a rise from 2BBs
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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FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE!
There’s one more day of SCOOP left, and the indefatigable troops at Poker News will guide you through it.
Thr $2,100 Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition has the most glittering field, led by two-time SCOOP champion Steve “Mr. Tim Caum” O’Dwyer, who won a huge pot against Kahle “ROFLshove” Burns and Lex Veldhuis at the death.
Poker News will be watching the following tonight, and through to their conclusion.
LEADER BOARD LATEST
Although only 60 points still separates the top two in this intriguing Player of the Series race, time is now running out for Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak. This time tomorrow, it seems wholly likely that Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira will have it confirmed that he is the sickest sicko in SCOOP.
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 2,090 points
2 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 2,030
3 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 1,820
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK, 1,625
5 – Körrinho, Austria, 1,500
(Prizes: 1st: $50,000 + Trophy; 2nd: $20,000; 3rd: $10,000)
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Brazil scored a blank on Sunday night, allowing the UK to extend its lead to three heading into the final day. Eleven titles are still to be decided, so it’s not impossible that there are some late changes. However, the Brits are well placed to get this one won.
21: Netherlands, Canada
Nine: Mexico, Ireland, Finland
Five: Belarus, China, Poland, Lithuania, Argentina
Three: Peru, Malta, Croatia, Denmark
Two: Belgium, Japan, Uruguay, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Moldova, Latvia
One: Kazakhstan, Slovakia, North Macedonia, South Korea, Czech Republic, Macau, Cyprus, Slovenia, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, Philippines.
Nothing! It’s over.
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