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It’s all about a certain PokerStars-sponsored Irishman as we delve into Monday night’s action in the 2022 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP).


  • Hat-trick for Fintan!
  • Astedt and Traply win yet again
  • Double for TheDrunkLife
  • Garagnani and Alt win first


Fintan locks it up

Easy for easywithaces; Fintan wins third SCOOP title: Fintan Hand, take a bow. The Team PokerStars Ambassador from Ireland is now a three-time SCOOP champion after last night winning the $2,100 buy-in Sunday Warm-Up, otherwise known as SCOOP 34-H. Hand, who plays as “easywithaces” on PokerStars, was the dominant chip leader going into the final, with nine players left of the 283-strong starting field. He maintained that chip lead all the way through — even as Sam “SamSquid” Grafton, Martin “M.nosbocaJ” Jacobson, Jonathan “Proudflop” Proudfoot and Jens “Graftekkel” Arends were among those knocked out — and then defeated “PepaPig88”, based in Malta, heads-up. PepaPig88 had threatened an extraordinary comeback after being down to one big blind, three-handed. But Hand managed to retain his composure despite multiple double ups from his opponent and ended up with pocket queens beating A9. And then all the composure left the building as Hand dad-danced around his apartment, knocking down decorations, frightening his dog, and then hugging his pregnant girlfriend in celebration. Hand took a total $119,046 for this one, including $71,820 in bounties, and now has a title from 2020, 2021 and 2022.

No stopping Åstedt

Astedt hits SCOOP for six: Barely a day passes in the world of online poker with Niklas “Lena900” Astedt winning another major tournament. And these things don’t change when it’s SCOOP time. Last night, Astedt, the most winningest ever online poker player according to Pocket Fives, won his customary title, the sixth of his career, as he took down the $1K buy-in PLO8, or SCOOP 36-H. This one, over a field of 170 entries, earned Astedt $34,456 — and one wonders whether he even notices anymore. It’s such a commonplace occurrence. Astedt’s previous titles have come in NLO8 (twice), NLHE (twice) and FLO Hi/Lo. So he’s branching out, at least. (He’s also at the final table of the $530 NLO8, returning to play to a winner today.)

Traply in WSOP action in 2010

Yet more for Traply: Peter Traply was the first Hungarian player to win a World Series bracelet, and he also made the final table of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final in 2009. However, nothing grabbed the headlines quite as much as a moment in 2019 when Traply, under his PokerStars alias “Belabacsi“, overtook Chris Moorman as the most successful online tournament poker player. It had seemed that nobody would ever do it, and underlined just how successful Traply is. Although he might not be No 1 anymore (see Lena900 about that), Traply is still going, and last night won the third SCOOP title of his brilliant career. Traply took down the $1,050 SCOOP-33-H Sunday Kickoff, arranging a heads-up deal with “000000000136” of Malta and then closing it out, for a $66,879 payday. According to Pocket Fives, it was Traply’s 1,066th outright online tournament win, and took earnings past $16.1 million. Yeah, that’s pretty good.


Garagnani finally got his SCOOP

Garagnani wins clash of Brazilian Titans: As is so often the case, it came down to two Brazilians. Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani and Lucio “WizardOffAz” Lima were the last two players remaining in the $5,200 buy-in 8-Max Titans event, after the vast majority of an elite 111-entry field had departed. Surprisingly enough for two decorated online pros, neither had a SCOOP title to his name — but that now only applies to Lima. He was defeated heads up by his countryman, with Garagnani adding his first SCOOP win to two in WCOOP. The win came with a first prize of $161,285, which is the second-biggest of the series to date.

An overdue title for Alt too

Alt finally nabs one in SCOOP: Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt has won three WCOOP titles, alongside victories in just about every other major PokerStars series, both online and live. But until last night, his SCOOP column was bare. However Alt has now made that right: he won the $109 Sunday Kickoff, SCOOP 33-M, picking up $44,887 along the way. Alt beat a field of 3,109 entries, and denied Patrick “pads1161” Leonard his first title of this series. Leonard finished third. Alt went on to beat “marjanko89” of Ukraine heads-up. Alt also has a Platinum Pass already to the PSPC, scheduled for the Bahamas in January, and maintains his excellent form.

TheDrunkLife seeing double: With a name like “TheDrunkLife“, it was only fitting that this Hungarian player, the online alias of James Whittet, would line up a double during SCOOP. It’s true. Only a few days after he took down the $109 FLO8 title, for $7,275, Whittet returned to the top of the podium in the $109 PLO8 SCOOP 36-M. This time, the victory came with a payout of $14,909 and makes Whittet, who is also a mental game coach for poker players, the third double champion so far during this SCOOP.


*after deal
†including bounties


Although two big Sunday events are still ongoing, these stats now include almost everything from a big, big SCOOP weekend. And just look how many more tournaments are starting today!

Latest standings:

Entries: 415,422 (inc. 101,540 re-entries)
Prize pools: $27,797,710
First place payouts: $4,462,665 (inc. $789,871in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 110
Tournaments ongoing: 10
Tournaments starting today: 18

(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)


And he still had time to get to the pub. Brilliant from Fintan Hand:


The moment of the night (with the exception of the bit where the map fell off the mantlepiece and Fintan’s dog yelped at him to put him down)


Brazilians won three of the six tournaments to conclude on Sunday, and they already have more than double the titles of their closest competitors. There’s simply going to be no catching them this year, folks. Thirty countries are now on the board, however.

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


It was a frantic day in SCOOP yesterday, but the Player of the Series standings remained pretty static. That means Andrei “Premove” Skortsov remains atop the overall leader board, but there’s the ominous sight of Patrick “pads1161” Leonard now on manoeuvres.

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


Current top five:

1 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 705 points
2 – FONBET_RULIT, Armenia – 595
3 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 565
=4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 555
=4 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 555

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 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 310 points
2 – James “TheDrunkLife” Whittet – 305
3 – Fruble, Brazil – 275
4 – bedias, Brazil – 270
5 – luis_faria, Poland – 230

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 – 340 points
=2 – Ami “UhhMee” Barer, Canada – 310
=2 – Vlad “dariepoker” Darie, Romania – 310
=2 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 310
=5 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 305
=5 – FONBET_RULIT, Armenia – 305

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


Six events get started today. That’s 18 tournaments in all, and there’s a $1 million guarantee on SCOOP 44-H, which is the first Super High Roller of the series. The buy-in is $25K. There’s plenty for less deep pockets too, including a $5.50 buy-in 6+ event, if you fancy trying a new variant.

10.05am: SCOOP 42: NLHE Deep Stacks
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $65K, $150K, $150K

11.30am: SCOOP 43: PLO Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $70K, $125K, $200K

12.30pm: SCOOP 44: NLHE
Buy-ins: $215, $2,100, $25,000
Guarantees: $400K, $500K, $1 million

1.30pm: SCOOP 45: FL 2-7 Triple Draw
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $15K, $30K, $65K

3.05pm: SCOOP 46: NLHE 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $40K, $125K, $275K

4.30pm: SCOOP 47: 6+ Hold’em, 8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $15K, $25K, $50K


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

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