Christopher Oliver and Andrei Skortsov claim SCOOP titles on a packed Day 5, and Spraggy makes an unfortunate early final table exit. Here’s the latest SCOOP round-up.
- Spraggy’s unfortunate exit
- Christopher Oliver gets second
- $5k High Roller yields Day 5’s biggest prize
- Finland dominate in NLO8
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Spraggy’s unfortunate exit: An exciting, albeit heartbreaking experience for his Twitch viewers, Spraggy made the final table of the 17-M: $109 Deepstack event. With a $54k top prize and a fair stack, it looked like the PokerStars ambassador was all set for a big finish. But that’s about as far as it went. A few circuits later, Spraggy made a shove with AK only to get called off by pocket Aces. It was a truly unfortunate exit, made even more bitter by the timely appearance of Lex on Spraggy’s stream mere seconds before the cooler occurred (see Twitch clip of the day). Argentinian player “VivirCuestaVida” went on to win the event for $54,123.
Christopher Oliver gets his second: He’s a player who’s been around a very long time – since 2007 to be precise. Since then, Christopher “ImDaNuts” Oliver has earned over $16.5 million in online tournament winnings, including two WCOOP titles. On Day 5, the Costa Rica based pro bagged the second SCOOP title of his career. He cleared a field of 297 entries in the 17-H: $1,050 Deepstack to claim the top prize of $56,690.
Biggest prize of day in $5k High Roller: There’s nothing like a midweek High Roller to keep the blood pumping! The 18-H was there to provide. Entry numbers were humble enough, yet the $5k price tag made for epic prizes up top. “pampa27” of Argentina made it heads-up and came close to earning their second SCOOP title. They were denied by Renan “Aziz Mancha” Aziz, also hunting the second of his career. Aziz earned $114,187 for first. Pampa’s consolation prize of $79k is not too shabby either.
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Finland dominate in NLO8: In the 19-H: $1,050 NLO8, “wnbgambler” took the top spot for a total of $38,866, earning Finland their first SCOOP title of 2022. Amazingly, the top three finishers in that tournament were all from Finland. Over in the medium version of the same event, “calvin7v”, also from Finland, narrowly missed out on the top spot, finishing second. A coincidence? Or do Finnish players have a particular affinity for Omaha?
Andrei Skortsov earns fifth SCOOP title: Andrei “Premove” Skortsov has been steadily locking up SCOOP titles since 2019, earning his second in 2020, and two more in 2021. Something of an Omaha and specialist, only one of those titles came from a NLHE event. Last night, Premove earned his fifth title, again in an Omaha event, taking down the 19-M for $14,389.
B4NKR0LL3R’s bounty bonanza: Little is known about “B4NKR0LL3R”, other than that they often appear on final tables of medium and high stakes tournaments. Last night the Estonian player ran amok in the 20-H: $1,050 PKO event, taking it down for a total of $52,767 and proving that in bounty tournaments you have to, well… play for the bounties. Half of B4NKR0LL3R’s score (over $26k) came from knockouts.
pinguinho tops leaderboard to close Day 5: The final event of Day 5 was the SCOOP 26: PKO Turbo, an ideal way for players to squeeze in one more attempt at a title. “pinguinho” of Brazil came out on top in the $1,050 high stakes version, earning $34k in knockouts to bring their total prize up to $61,553. That first place finish catapults pinguinho to the top of the High leaderboard and places them in contention for the top spot on the Overall standings.
A busy night saw 22 SCOOP tournaments play down to finish, attracting an additional 61,922 entries and adding $3.8 million to the total prize pools.
Entries: 247,143 (inc. 60,675 re-entries)
Prize pools: $16,378,067
First place payouts: $2,543,843 (inc. $442,714 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 67
Tournaments ongoing: 8
Tournaments starting today: 0
(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)
TWEET OF THE DAY
Tweet of the Day comes from Mason “Pye_Face21” Pye, who currently sits third in the $109 Stud and second in the $1,050 Stud events:
24-M $109 and 24-H $1050 Stud Hi/Lo.
$6300 and $18500 up top respectively.
— Mason Pye (@pyefacepoker) May 13, 2022
Picture this. Spraggy is sat on the final table of the SCOOP 17-M. He’s looking down at AK, an ideal hand to shove. In this moment, Lex pops in to Spraggy’s stream to say Hello. Spraggy shoves. He gets called. By Aces. They call it the Curse of Lex. Is Lex responsible for Spraggy busting? You decide…
Last night’s winners came from 14 different countries, including firsts for Costa Rica, Bulgaria and Finland. Germany added three titles to their collection and the UK two. Players from Brazil earned four more titles, extending to a comfortable lead. If there was any doubt they would top the country leaderboards, it’s just been crushed.
12 titles: Brazil
5: Argentina, Germany
3: Hungary, Ukraine
2: Canada, Estonia, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania
1: Andorra, Bulgaria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Kazakhstan, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Malta, Sweden, Uruguay
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As always, there are some spectacular prizes on offer to the standout performers across the entire SCOOP festival, with the Player of the Series set to receive $25,000 in cash, plus an exclusive trophy. There are also prizes for the best performers in the low, medium and high categories.
FONBET_RULIT has maintained their position at the top of the overall standings, while Premove’s first place victory moves them up to second in both the overall and medium. Still all to play for as the series hots up for its second weekend.
Here are the latest top fives. Full standings are available on the main Player of the Series page.
1 – FONBET_RULIT, Armenia – 410 points
2 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 380
3 – pinguinho, Brazil – 365
4 – Fabahaba, Finland – 360
5 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 260
Winner receives $25,000 cash, plus trophy.
1 – Dart Serg, Belarus – 235 points
2 – magwitch78, UK -215
3 – bolchacg, Brazil – 185
3 – drinho2pac, Brazil – 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 – Bernando “bedias” Dias, Brazil – 220 points
2 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 210
3 – Fruble, Brazil – 195
4 – klauniq, Czech Republic – 150
4 – KeyserMM, UK – 150
Prizes: 1st – $10,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000; 4th – $2,500; 5th – $1,500; 6-10 – $1,000.
1 – pinguinho, Brazil – 230 points
2 – Fabahaba, Finland – 205
2 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Brazil – 205
3 – Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, UK – 200
4 – B4NKR0LL3R, Estonia – 195
Prizes: 1st – $15,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000
Friday’s are rest days. There are no SCOOP events starting today. Thursday’s Day 2s will conclude. If you can’t wait for more action, you can take part in a number of SCOOP side events. The regular schedule continues on Saturday.
SCOOP Side Event: PKO Big Knockouts
Buy-ins: $2.20, $11, $55, $215
Guarantees: $10k, $75k, $100k, $125k
SCOOP Side Event: PL Badugi
Buy-ins: $2.20, $22, $215
Guarantees: $2k, $6k, $10k
SCOOP Side Event: NLHE/PLO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $10k, $25k, $25k
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