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Here’s the first of a daily round-up of all that’s happening in the world of SCOOP 2019:


  • SCOOP 2019 kicks off with 18 tournaments starting on Sunday
  • 105,954 entries on opening day; prize pools already more than $8.5 million
  • First three champions from Costa Rica, Sweden and Finland
  • Spraggy is Spraggy



07-L $22 NLHE Turbo
JohnnyPorn, Costa Rica, $19,846.22
Entries 6,984 Prize pool: $139,680

07-M $215 NLHE Turbo
Anton720, Sweden, $51,538.26
Entries: 1,699 Prize pool: $339,800

07-H $2,100 Turbo
Erä_Koira, Finland, $91,913.31
Entries: 239 Prize pool: $478,000


The $2,100 Turbo brought the stars to the party, and Ole “wizowizo” Schemion and Sam “SamSquid” Grafton were among those to book an early final table. But Finland’s “Erä_Koira” landed the top prize, claiming a third COOP. Erä_Koira adds this to victories in the TCOOP from 2013 and WCOOP a year later. And now here’s a SCOOP title, worth the best part of $92,000.

The guarantees were smashed in all of 18 tournaments that got started on the opening Sunday, with three tournaments boasting prize-pools of more than $1 million.

The most popular event of the day proved to be SCOOP 03-L $11 Progressive KO. There were 21,255 entries.

Ole Schemion

Ole “wizowizo” Schemion: Wizo indeed


Hats off to Benjamin “spraggy” Spragg for this exceptional fold. Keep the good times rolling, Spraggy:


The first day of competition meant we could chalk up a host of “firsts” for the 2019 SCOOP.

First player to cash in SCOOP 2019: “grabble86” finished 2,591st place in Event 02-L, earning $9.62

First bubble in SCOOP 2019: “grabble86” succeeded where “WS Lynx”, of Russia, failed. WS Lynx finished in 2,592nd and bubbled.

First champion of SCOOP 2019: The high buy-in version of SCOOP 07 concluded first, with “Erä_Koira” thereby becoming the first champion of the year at 10.41pm ET.

First player knocked out of SCOOP 2019: Japan’s “jiro1201” was the first player knocked out of SCOOP 02-L, finishing in 15,809th place.

Special mention: Lex Veldhuis was knocked out in 1,119th place (out of 1,122) in SCOOP 02-H.

First million dollar prize pool: The 1,025 entries into SCOOP 03-H built a prize pool of $1.025 million, even before the official Sunday Million, typically the biggest of poker online tournament, completed registration. Tim “Tim0thee” Adams and Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel are in the top 10 ahead of the restart.


Ole “wizowizo” Schemion put in the hours on Day 1 of SCOOP and will need to do the same on Day 2. Schemion finished seventh in Event 7, for $18,077, and he is currently 19th of 64 returning for the $1,050 PKO Day 2.

PokerStars’ pre-eminent streamer Lex Veldhuis finished the day in second place in the $215 buy-in SCOOP 05-M PLO event, with 59 players left of a starting 1,538. He’ll be back at it today, streaming on Twitch as he hunts a title.

It’s been a few months now since Ramon Collilas joined Team PokerStars Pro, basking in the warm glow of his platinum pass-gilded triumph at the PSPC. Colillas is now playing his first SCOOP as a member of the team, and picked up his first cash in SCOOP 02-H. He finished 83rd for $1,444.40.

Ramon Colillas: First SCOOP cash as a member of the team


After Spraggy’s momentous fold of the set of fives (see above) it’s only fair to show some more of his skills. Here’s the bullying Brit barrelling three times with seven high. It’s hall of fame stuff.


SCOOP 02 – NLHE – Buy-ins $5.50, $55 and $530
Brazil take the top three spots in the high buy-in event, with “rodckz” leading the way. The highest non-Brazilian is Poland’s Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich.

SCOOP 03 – NLHE Progressive KO – Buy-ins $11, $109, $1,050
In the high buy-in event, Argentina’s “El Pulgoso” is a massive chip-leader with 8,305,596, while second place (Lebanon’s “hotmark777”) has 4,788,765. PokerStars Ambassadors Leo Fernandez and Igor Kurganov both cashed this one. Fernandez finished 66th for $1,428 plus $375 in bounties, while Kurganov placed 108th for $1,100.79 plus $1,562.50 in bounties.

SCOOP 04 – NLHE – Buy-ins $22, $215, $2,100
Otherwise known as the Mini Sunday Million, the Sunday Million and the Sunday High Roller, SCOOP 04 generated two $1m+ prize-pools. In the High Roller, Dutch player “bookie87” has big chip lead with 4,497,290, followed by Chris “BigHuni” Hunichen with 3,013,938. The chasing pack includes: Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, Sergio “zcedrick” Aido and Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovsky.

SCOOP 05 – PLO – Buy-ins $22, $215, $2,100
It’s tight at the top of the high buy-in event, with three players sitting with more than 2 million in chips. “justnl2”, from Cyprus, is ahead, but Andras “probirs” Nemeth and Philippe “takechip” D’Auteuilare are on his tail. In the medium buy-in, all eyes are on Lex Velduis, who sits in second overnight.

SCOOP 06 – NLHE Big Antes – Buy-ins $11, $109, $1,050
Big Antes? Big prize-pools more like. Ireland’s Tomas “luckymo32” Geleziunas leads the high buy-in event, looking to add a second SCOOP title to his collection. He won the $55 PLO re-buy event this time last year. There’s nearly $80,000 on offer for the winner of this one.


Tournaments completed: 3
Tournaments ongoing: 15
Entries so far: 105,954
Prize pool so far: $8,575,737


It was a decent start to SCOOP for @fishunterik, who found aces and stacked two opponents. He went on to cash in 458th place, for $17.99.


SCOOP 08 – NLHE Buy-ins — $5.50, $55, $530
SCOOP 09 – 2-7 Single Draw — Buy-ins $11, $109, $1,050
SCOOP 10 – NLHE Win The Button – Buy-ins $11, $109, $1,050

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