SCOOP 2021: Fintan ‘easywithaces’ Hand becomes two-time champ, wins #82-H for $232K

April 25, 2021inPoker

Saturday night was the night of second titles in the Spring Championship of Online Poker 2021. It was also the night that Fintan “easywithaces” Hand had 15,000 viewers in the palm of his hand…until the power went out. Here’s all the latest.


  • Fintan Hand wins 82-H for $232K
  • Multiple two-time champions crowned
  • Brazil’s “Pabritz” defeats Veldhuis and others
  • NLHE and PLO Main Events kick off today


A masterclass from Hand, or “Mr Two-Time”

Call him Fintan “Mr Two-Time” Hand: We witnessed an absolute masterclass last night as PokerStars Pro Fintan “easywithaces” Hand manoeuvred his way through a tough final table in the $5,200 PKO (#82-H) in front of an enormous Twitch audience to win $232,156 (including bounties) and his second SCOOP title. After Wiktor “Iimitless” Malinovski (9th), “hello_totti” (8th), Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker (7th), Daris “DEX888” Pedes (6th) Jareth “jareth3542” East (5th), Andy “BowieEffect” Wilson (4th), and Jon “luckyfish89” Clark (3rd) had all fallen, Hand faced Argentina’s Lucas “landapincha” Landa heads-up. Hand entered the duel with a big chip deficit but managed to swing the stacks around and ultimately closed it out when his pocket fours held against ace-queen off. The thing is, it almost didn’t happen. Just before Hand was named the winner, a power cut in Malta completely killed Hand’s stream. The outage happened just after Hand had clicked call with the fours–which ended up being the final hand–so had he not, he may have ended up being blinded out while he sought an internet connection. Hand was able to phone into the PokerStars Twitch channel for an old-school audio-only interview though (keep scrolling to watch that). It was an absolutely wild end to an incredible event. Congrats, Finty.

Two in 2021 for “ludako123”, “chillolini”, “kashmir_uzi”: While Hand won his second overall SCOOP title last night, we saw three other players win their second of the series. Bulgaria’s “ludako123” picked up their first win near the start of the series with victory in #06-M, a $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, for $121,552. They grabbed a second trophy of 2021 last night in #82-M, the $530 Thursday Thrill, banking $134,682 (including bounties), overcoming a 2,629-entry field and a final table which included the likes of Pedro “PaDilhA SP” Padilha (6th). Meanwhile, Norway’s “chillolini” also added another trophy to the cabinet with their victory in the $215 8-Game (#83-M) for $15,469. That’s their second mixed-game title of the series, the first coming in the #12-H $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw event ($19,218, inc. bounties), and their third SCOOP title overall, having won a $215 NL Draw event in 2016 for $12,584. Then there was the UK’s “Kashmir_uzi” who took down the $1,050 NLO8 6-Max (#88-H) for $43,090 last night, having already won a $55 PLO8 6-Max (#54-M) earlier in the series for $11,687. That’s four SCOOP titles overall for kashmir_uzi, who now has more than $2.6 million in online winnings.

Another FT for Veldhuis

Brazil’s “Pabritz” defeats Veldhuis and others: We’ve seen 44 titles for Brazil so far in SCOOP and yet not one of them had gone to Pablo “Pabritz” Brito…until now. The talented Brazilian–who already has two SCOOP titles coming in 2017 ($74K) and 2019 ($218K)–put things right last night by taking down the $1,050 6-Max Turbo (#89-H) for $71,039. This was no easy feat as the final six included Lex Veldhuis (6th – $14,459), Tien “tinnoemulder” Mulder (5th – $19,880) and Dario “Secret_M0de” Sammartino (4th – $27,333). But in the end, Brito was able to defeat “OMGitshunt” of Belarus to clinch his first trophy of 2021. Brito now has $8.63 million in online earnings, his largest cash coming from his runner-up finish in last year’s $10K SCOOP Main Event ($776K). And speaking of Main Events…

NLHE and PLO Main Events kick off today: It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for. Whether you’re frantically playing satellites or casually going to jump straight in, you’re not going to want to miss the $109, $1,050 and $10,300 NLHE Main Events which all get going at 1:05pm ET today with millions guaranteed. For those who prefer four cards instead of two, the PLO 6-Max Main Events start two hours later and also come with $109, $1,050 and $10,300 buy-ins. Best of luck to everyone playing!


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*after deal


It’s Main Event day and that means a whopping $15.3M at least will be added to the total prize pools tomorrow. Last night’s action put the total incredibly close to $100 million, meaning the guarantee will been smashed with the biggest day yet still to come.

Latest standings:

Entries: 1,223,660 (inc. 249,057 re-entries)
Prize pools: $97,791,046
First place payouts: $14,509,395 (inc. $2,539,626 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 257
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Tournaments starting today: 15

(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)


Whatever you say, Mr Two-Time.


An emotional title for Pye

We’ve been catching up with some of the stars of SCOOP to talk about their latest triumphs, including:

Mason Pye’s Mixed Game Movement gaining momentum
Marcos “masaldanha94″ Saldanha: Luck at the right moments
“Marcelinhobf” puts the pieces togerher for $34K win
Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic: First ever from Montenegro — and he’s won three!
Daniel Almeida: Study brings success
Francesco “dottorsydUK” La Cognata makes the most of his free time
Elias “SinKarma” Gutierrez on winning title with 15,000 watching
Fagner “FagnerCR7” Brito one step closer to ambition of turning pro


As Fintan Hand was unable to capture his winning moment, here’s the final hand from the PokerStars stream:

And his phone-in interview afterwards:


It was Russia’s night with three new winners, but while that’s enough to pip the UK for second place, it’s still nowhere near Brazil who added two new titles of their own last night. You could say Brazil has it locked up now, but anything is possible…

Latest standings:

44 – Brazil
29 – Russia
28 – UK
17 – Sweden
12 – Netherlands
11 – Canada
10 – Finland
9 – Germany
8 – Hungary, Poland
7 – Austria, Romania
6 – Czech Republic, Norway
5 – Greece, Mexico
4 – Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ukraine
3 – Argentina, Croatia, Malta, Montenegro
2 – Estonia, Ireland, Latvia
1 – Andorra, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Isle of Man, Japan, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Slovakia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.


As you’d expect from the final SCOOP Sunday, there’s a packed schedule in-store. It kicks off early with the appropriately-named Sunday Kickoff Special Editions and ends with the Sunday Cooldown Turbo PKOs. Sandwiched in between are the enormous NLHE and PLO Main Events. Here’s today’s full schedule (all times are ET):


90-L: $5.50 NLHE Mini Sunday Kickoff SE, $35K Gtd
90-M: $55 NLHE Sunday Kickoff SE, $200K Gtd
90-H: $530 NLHE, $400K Gtd


91-L: $22 NLHE PKO, $250K Gtd
91-M: $215 NLHE PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE, $600K Gtd
91-H: $2,100 NLHE PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE, $850K Gtd


92-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event, $3M Gtd
92-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event, $5M Gtd
92-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event, $5M Gtd


93-L: $109 PLO 6-Max, PLO Main Event, $350K Gtd
93-M: $1,050 PLO 6-Max, PLO Main Event, $750K Gtd
93-H: $10,300 PLO 6-Max, PLO Main Event, $1.25M Gtd


94-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE, $100K Gtd
94-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE, $500K Gtd
94-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE, $750K Gtd


There’s been no change at the top of any of the leader boards since Friday’s report, but with a huge Sunday ahead, it’s really anyone’s game.

Here’s the latest standings:

Overall Player of the Series
1 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia – 1,535
2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 1,460
3 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 1,455
4 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 1,420 points
5 – “krakura”, Russia – 1,250 points

Winner: $25,000 + Trophy

1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 780 points
2 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia – 745
3 – Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein, Canada – 680
4 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 650
5 – Niklas “Lena900” Astedt – 640

Prizes: 1st – $15,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000

1 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 630 points
2 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 570
3 – römpsä, Finland – 430
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 425
5 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia – 420

Prizes: 1st – $10,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000 (10 players rewarded)

1 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia – 630 points
2 – Alex_Vol, Russia – 515
3 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 500
4 – phil_a-QQ, Germany – 495
5 – muggsyboges, Canada – 490

Prizes: 1st – $5,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500 (20 players rewarded)


PokerStars’ streaming army will be out in force during this SCOOP, with all of Lex VelduisSpraggyFintan “easywithaces” HandArlie “Prince Pablo” ShabanMason “Pyefacepoker” Pye and Georgina “GJReggie” James certain to be playing most, if not all, days.

The PokerStars central Twitch and YouTube account will also be streaming cards-up final table action five nights a week. Here’s the schedule.

SCOOP 2021 broadcast schedule


Day 1: Opening night salvos
Day 2: Bujitas and Brazil win big
Day 3: Shakerchi reigns as superstars dominate
Day 4: Double for Montenegro, plus Mateos and Malinowski
Day 5: Two in a night for Nevanlinna; three for Montenegro
Day 6: Lex denied by Padilha
Day 7: Two $1m+ prize pools, and more Lex
Day 8: Astedt and Mulder take customary titles
Day 9: Two in a night for Mattsson
Day 10: Viera crushes again as Moorman wins first
Day 11: Mateos does it again, huge night for Brazil
Day 12: Benitez and Badziakouski take headlines
Day 13: More titles for Leonard, Theologis, Track and WhatIfGod
Day 14: Back-to-back for Leonard as Pye claims one for Red Spade
Day 15: Glaser makes it six and first for Mathis
Day 16: Salas shines, Watson wins seventh
Day 17: Mateos wins third title, Spraggy so close


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