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A look at all the action from the penultimate day of the 2022 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). Main Events are closing in on a winner, but who else is celebrating?


  • The final day of SCOOP 2022!
  • Barbero wins PLO Main Event
  • Kaladjurdjevic leads NLHE High – a night after near miss
  • Two new countries, and three wins for Hungary


No mistaking today’s headline news: All of the NLHE Main Events are at their final tables ahead of SCOOP 2022’s final day.

The brilliant Dejan “dejan357” Kaladjurdjevic leads the last nine in the $10K high buy-in event, with $1.14 million up top, and the chance for yet another title for the Montenegrin crusher. Perennial challenger “Sintoras” sits in third, while Vlad “dariepoker” Darie also still has an interest. Darie is looking for a third title this year.

Brazil’s “luisnrd” heads the $1K medium event, where there’s a first prize of $628K, while “ibr-rojo” of Mexico is in front in the $109 low. There are four Brazilians at that final table, including Eike “Mr. Havener” Onodera, a player very familiar to PokerStars observers. Onodera could win his second SCOOP title of the year, third overall. He is second overnight.

All the tournaments play to their winners this evening.

SCOOP 95-L: $109 NLHE Main Event
Entries: 25,534 | Prize pool: $2,553,400
Players remaining: 9 | Chip leader: ibr-rojo (Mexico)

SCOOP 95-M: $1,050 NLHE Main Event
Entries: 4,408 | Prize pool: $4,408,000
Players remaining: 79 | Chip leader: luisnrd (Brazil)

SCOOP 95-H: $10,300 NLHE Main Event
Entries: 654 | Prize pool: $6,540,000
Players remaining: 40 | Chip leader: Dejan “dejan357” Kaladjurdjevic



Nacho Barbero with a huge PLO result

Big bucks for Barbero: Jose Ignacio “Nacho” Barbero spent many successful years as a PokerStars Team Pro, winning three times on the Latin America Poker Tour (LAPT) and also taking down a £20K High Roller at EPT London for a career-best $870K score. Last night, Barbero chalked up another career best, this time on the online tables, where he plays as “PokerLoans1“. Barbero agreed a heads-up deal with Poland-based “Stroynowski”, a two-time SCOOP champion, when they were the last two standing from a field of 106 entries in the $10K PLO Main Event. Barbero took $226,367 from the agreement (Stroynowski took $5K less), and then Barbero clinched the title and the trophy. This was by some measure the biggest non-hold’em event on the SCOOP calendar this year, and Barbero’s was the second biggest prize handed to winners so far. Although it will be eclipsed by the hold’em Main Events, there’s no mistaking that this is a huge win for Barbero, and a reminder of what this supremely talented Argentinian is capable of. Both the medium and low buy-in PLO Main Events went to players from Hungary. “Nlzkm9” won the $109 for $40,628 and “beastishngry” won the $1K for $116,781.

Welcome Switzerland, New Zealand, and thousands of others: The enormous Phase tournaments — officially SCOOP 01, because they start their Phase 1s before any other tournament begins — played to their winners on Tuesday night, adding two new countries to the this year’s leader board. “rumpelstilzli“‘s victory in the $2.20 low event earned them a $20,034 and introduced Switzerland to the SCOOP winner’s list for the first time this series, while “Puhkini” won for New Zealand in the medium, collecting $65,019 and putting the antipodeans on the map. The big one — the $55 high event — went to “odddan1” of Hungary, who won $131,474 after a three-way deal. Phase tournaments also add a huge number of entries to the Stat Tracker. There were 83,833 entries across all Phase 1s of the $2.20 tournament; 55,237 into the $11 version and 24,253 into the $55. Phase 2s begin with everyone in the money — many of whom will have entered multiple times.

Kaladjurdjevic fighting on two fronts: As mentioned above, Dejan “dejan357” Kaladjurdjevic will today return to the SCOOP tables leading the $10K Main Event — but he’s had a lot less sleep than you might think. Long after the Main Event final table was set last night, Kaladjurdjevic was still hard at work, playing the deep stages of SCOOP 99-H, the $1K Series Saver. He ended up playing the very final hand, in fact — but this time lost it, meaning a heads-up defeat to Sweden’s “anonymstruts“. anonymstruts, who has a previous SCOOP title from 2019, took $153,773 for this victory, which included $66,853 in bounty payments. In securing the last of those, anonymstruts denied Kaladjurdjevic a fifth career title, a second of this year, and a win on Main Event eve. Still, it was another $107K for Kaladjurdjevic — one player whose Series really didn’t need saving. (Maybe it’s also worth noting that Sintoras, also at the Main Event final, won a $1K Side Event last night too.)


* denotes deal
† inc. bounties


All the stats from the completed Phase tournaments and the PLO Main Events are now on the Stat Tracker, which accounts for the prize pools pushing through $80 million and entries close to 1.2 million. The numbers from the hold’em Main Events will go on tonight and — spoiler — that’s going to add about $13.5 million to those prize pools!

Latest standings:

Entries: 1,198,276 (inc. 268,342 re-entries)
Prize pools: $80,416,617
First place payouts: $12,678,751 (inc. $2,553,483 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 301
Tournaments ongoing: 9
Tournaments starting today: 6

(Note: technical issues affected SCOOP last night, resulting in the cancellation of the low and medium SCOOP 104 tournaments. These tournaments do not feature in the Stat Tracker.)


Here is the full list of multiple champions in this year’s SCOOP so far:

Three time:

  • Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro
  • _sennj_
  • Ami “UhhMee” Barer
  • Ole “wizowizo” Schemion
  • Kelvin Kerber is one of our SCOOP two-timers

    Two time:

    ArtHouse2011, Aziz.Mancha, B4NKR0LL3R, BBRS999, Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Vlad “dariepoker” Darie, FishOnHeater, Kelvin “kelvin_fp:ar” Kerber, leocir25, ModzillaPL, Matt “MUSTAFABET” Ashton, Mutinio, Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt, Nuthshell, Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Odeen, Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, James “TheDrunkLife” Whittet, XD89lol<3


    Something slightly different today: three hours of amazing content from Lex Veldhuis and the coaches at BBZ. Ever wanted to know how poker coaches work, and how top players learn from them? Lex broadcast his latest post-SCOOP coaching session in full, and it was amazing.


    Although they still have interest in all of the Main Events (and the other six tournaments starting today), our Brazilian friends appear to be on the beach already. Last night was a rare blank for the South Americans. Hungary picked up three titles, while we also welcomed Switzerland and New Zealand as winners. That means 40 countries represented on the leader board this year.

    66 titles: Brazil
    24: UK
    18: Canada, Germany
    17: Austria
    14: Hungary
    13: Ukraine
    12: Argentina
    10: Norway, Sweden
    8: Bulgaria
    7: Finland, Poland
    6: Estonia, Ireland, Romania
    5: Malta, Montenegro
    4: Andorra, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Uruguay
    3: Latvia
    2: Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan
    1: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Gibraltar, Greece, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Slovenia, Switzerland, Thailand.


    With only one day left until the end of SCOOP, there won’t be any major changes in this Player of the Series race. As it has been for some time, this has been Patrick Leonard’s series. The British pro has a comfortable lead and a good standing in two of the other races as well. All that remains is to find out exactly how much he ends up taking.

    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 – 1,685 points
    2 – FONBET_RULIT, Armenia – 1,505
    3 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 1,425
    4 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 1,400
    5 – Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, Austria – 1,325

    Winner receives $25,000 cash, plus trophy.


    1 – Dart Serg, Belarus – 815 points
    2 – ekvilibryst, Ukraine – 735
    3 – rastafari898, Germany – 665
    4 – andreyayo9, Canada – 650
    5 – Bxrn, UK – 645

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


    1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 635 points
    2 – James “TheDrunkLife” Whittet, Hungary – 575
    3 – Fruble, Brazil – 565
    4 – bedias, Brazil – 530
    5 – Kelvin “kelvin_fp:ar” Kerber, Brazil – 505

    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 – 905 points
    2 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 750
    3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 620
    4 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 595
    5 – Ami “UhhMee” Barer, Canada – 570

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


    There are six more SCOOP tournaments starting — and finishing — tonight. Lift up your legs, the cleaners will be sweeping the floor and breaking down the room as you play.

    12.30pm: SCOOP 105: NLHE Progressive KO, Final Freeze
    Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
    Guarantees: $30K, $175K, $250K

    3.05pm: SCOOP 106: NLHE 7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Series Wrap-Up
    Buy-ins: $3.30, $33, $320
    Guarantees: $35K, $125K, $150K


    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
    DAY 11: Ashton and Fox victorious, Lex makes $10K FT
    DAY 12: Schemion makes it six and more for Dimov and Mattsson
    DAY 13: Montenegrin maestro strikes again
    DAY 14: Barer completes SCOOP 2022 hat-trick
    DAY 15: _sennj_ hits three on night of Norway
    DAY 16: Schemion wins hat-trick and more for Ashton and Mattsson
    DAY 17: Moraes wins one for Red Spade, pinguinho scores hat trick
    DAY 19: Salas adds another SCOOP as Main Events kick off
    DAY 20: Benitez wins battle of the Uruguayans

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