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A thrilling Thursday in the 2022 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) saw Fox outfox the field, Ashton add another, and Lex Veldhuis reach a huge final table. That, and more, in today’s bulletin:


  • Ashton adds a fifth SCOOP title
  • Leocir25 makes it two wins in two days
  • Fox finishes first in the $5K Freezeout
  • Lex thrills with $10K FT


Another win for Matt Ashton

MUSTAFABET must have a fifth title: In a recent poll of the best poker players of all time, conducted by Doug Polk, the name Matthew Ashton was ranked prominently by several top name pros. Hardly surprising. Ashton plays in the biggest mixed game cash games in the world; he has $2.87 million in live tournament earnings (despite rarely playing them); he won the prestigious $50K Poker Players Championship for $1.77 million and a WSOP bracelet; and until last night, the UK crusher known as “MUSTAFABET” on PokerStars had four SCOOP titles and one WCOOP title under his belt. You can now make that five SCOOP titles, as Ashton took down the $1K Razz, otherwise known as SCOOP 50-H, on Thursday night for $18,257, defeating Norway’s “Chillolini” heads-up. The event had 67 total entries and with the victory, Ashton joined the five-time club. He won his first SCOOP back in 2014, then grabbed another in 2016,  followed by two in 2019 and his fourth in 2020. He now has titles in HORSE, Limit Razz, Limit Stud H/L, Fixed Limit Hold’em, and Razz.

Two titles in two days for leocir25: The list of players who have won two SCOOP titles in 2022 continues to grow, with a couple more names added last night. First, Brazil’s “leocir25” emerged victorious in the $530 Midweek Freeze, banking $54,682 after defeating the UK’s Lucas “Bit2Easy” Reeves heads up. The SCOOP 49-M received 621 entries. Incredibly, this is leocir25’s second SCOOP title in as many days, having won a $215 NLHE event on Wednesday night. This is quite the breakout performance by one of the countless talented Brazilians who continue to crush SCOOP (there were seven Brazilian winners last night). They weren’t the only double winner on the night, though. Ireland’s “Arthouse2011” also claimed a second trophy of 2022, winning the $1K 6-Max PKO Turbo (56-H) for $49,431, including $30,312 in bounties. Arthouse2011’s first title came early in the series with a win in SCOOP 14-H: $1K PLO for $49,660. Another win would tie them with Fintan “easywithaces” Hand on Ireland’s SCOOP leaderboard.


Elio Fox was the night’s big winner

Second SCOOP for Elio Fox: The biggest winner on Thursday night was high stakes tournament crusher Elio “smokrokflock” Fox, who triumphed in the $5,200 Midweek Freeze for a $109,313 score. Fox–an American who plays out of Canada–defeated a field of 81 of the world’s best tournament players to capture the SCOOP 49-H trophy. To do so, he had to navigate a final table which included the likes of Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche, Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo, and the eventual runner-up, Latvia’s “NVoskob1986”. This is Fox’s second career SCOOP title, his first coming in 2019 when he took down a $530 PKO for $65,334. 

Lex makes $10K Thrill final table: It was an incredible evening on the Twitch poker streets last night as Lex Veldhuis reached the final table in arguably one of the toughest events of the series: the SCOOP 54-H $10K Thursday Thrill PKO. Having had no luck on his first bullet, the PokerStars Team Pro fired a second and, needless to say, it went much better. He ended the night on a rush, winning a huge pot to burst the final table bubble and claim his first bounty (worth $3,750). He’ll enter Saturday’s final table two of nine with $12,983 locked up, but saying he’ll have his work cut out for him would be an understatement. The FT also includes chip leader Ognyan “cocojamb0” Dimov, Jans “Graftekkel” Arends, Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph, Lucio “WizardOffAz” Lima, Dmitry “yurasov1990” Yurasov, Pablo “pabritz” Brito, and “Nacho124441”. You can watch the FT on Lex’s Twitch stream at 5:30 WET on Saturday.


*after deal
† denotes bounties


We added 55,000 entries to the total tally on Thursday night, while overall prize pools now stand at $42,393,302.

Latest standings:

Entries: 555,015 (inc. 139,800 re-entries)
Prize pools: $42,393,302
First place payouts: $6,667,149 (inc. $1,067,203 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 159
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Tournaments starting today: 0

(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)


Yet another Day 2 for Mr. Veldhuis, and this is the biggest one yet. Make sure you tune in Saturday to watch the conclusion.


Lex made a fantastic call to double up deep in the $10K Thursday Thrill:

Then won a huge pot to burst the final table bubble:


This is getting a bit silly now, isn’t it? With six more winners last night, Brazil now has 39 champions in 2022. Thirty-nine. That means almost 25% of SCOOP 2022 tournaments have been won a Brazilian. Incredible.

39 titles: Brazil
12: UK
10: Canada, Germany
9: Argentina, Austria
8: Hungary, Norway
5: Finland
4: Ireland, Poland, Ukraine
3: Andorra, Romania, Sweden
2: Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Estonia, Japan, Lithuania, Montenegro, Uruguay
1: Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malta, Mexico, Peru.


Is he running away with it? Patrick “pads1161” Leonard now has a solid 200-point lead at the top of the overall leaderboard, plus he’s in contention for both the medium and high too. 

Here are the latest top fives. Full standings are available on the main Player of the Series page.


Current top five:

1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 1,010 points
2 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 810
3 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 775
4 – FONBET_RULIT, Armenia – 750
5 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 695

Winner receives $25,000 cash, plus trophy.


1 – Dart Serg, Belarus – 250 points
2 – magwitch78, United Kingdom – 215
=3 – bolchacg, Brazil – 185
=3 – drinho2pac, Brazil – 185
=3 – rastafari898, Germany – 185
=3 – Rony1979, Ukraine – 185
=3 – Showdown4me, Kazakhstan – 185

Prizes: 1st – $5,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500; 4th – $1,000; 5th – $500; 6-10 – $300; 11-20 – $150.


1 – Fruble, Brazil – 405 points
2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 395
3 – bedias, Brazil – 340
4 – James “TheDrunkLife” Whittet, Hungary – 330
5 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 320

Prizes: 1st – $10,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000; 4th – $2,500; 5th – $1,500; 6-10 – $1,000.


1 – Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, Austria – 505 points
2 – Ami “UhhMee” Barer, Canada – 430
3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 425
4 – Vlad “dariepoker” Darie, Romania – 355
=5 – Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo – 335
=5 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 335

Prizes: 1st – $15,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000


DAY 1: Lex and Spraggy into the groove
DAY 2: Gusma goes 1-2 as Brazilians win five
DAY 3: Glaser hits seven for SCOOP
DAY 4: Schemion whizzes to fifth title
DAY 5: Oliver wins title, Spraggy’s near miss
DAY 6: Barer at the double as Pye final-tables twice
DAY 7: Baleeiro at the double and more for Frank
DAY 8: Hat-trick for Fintan Hand!
DAY 9: Colillas wins first SCOOP as Leonard tops leader board
DAY 10: Selouan adds SCOOP $25K to Prague title

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