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Another day, another title for Connor “blanconegro” Drinan. The Mexico-based American is crushing this edition of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). Read the latest from the SCOOP tables…


• Drinan lands record-equalling fourth SCOOP
• Veldhuis’ High Roller run ends in seventh
• CatLover666 purring in Heads Up
• Three wins and Brazil moves up leader board
• SCOOP 2020 extended – see new schedule


Drinan times four: Get out the record books, folks, and blow off the dust. We have a new entry to write. Connor “blanconegro” Drinan last night won a fourth title of this SCOOP festival, adding victory in the $1,050 HORSE to his three previous Omaha crowns. A similar haul has only been achieved once before in the 10-year history of SCOOP, by Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb in 2012. There are, of course, more events this time around, but there are also more players and Drinan’s complete mastery represents a breathtaking achievement in some of the most difficult disciplines. To win the HORSE, Drinan had to see off Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah heads-up, after players such as Luke “lb6121” Schwartz, Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes and Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser had all made the money but fallen short of the final. From 139 entries, Drinan was top dog yet again, and added a $30,232.50 payday. (He also made the penultimate round in the $2,100 NLHE Heads Up for good measure.)

It’s the Connor Drinan show!

Drinan’s SCOOP 2020 titles:

SCOOP-34-H: $530 PLO8
Wins: $34,420.52
378 entries, $189,000 prize pool

SCOOP-40-H: $5,200 PLO, 6-Max
Wins: $152,011.46
150 entries, $750,000 prize pool

SCOOP-45-M: $215 NLO8, 6-Max, PKO
Wins: $28,358.58 inc. bounties
1,052 entries, $210,400 prize pool

SCOOP-56-H: $1,050 HORSE
Wins: $30,232.50
139 entries, $139,000 prize pool

Twitch sensation Lex Veldhuis

Veldhuis’s High Roller run ends in seventh: He had a T-shirt that read “It’s All Good” and thousands of viewers watching his every move on Twitch, but Lex Veldhuis couldn’t quite turn the momentum into his first title in SCOOP-57H last night. Veldhuis outlasted all but six players in this 184-entry, $5,200 buy-in field, but was eventually unable to get his five big blinds to double in a hand against his countryman “zazano”. Veldhuis won $41,995 for seventh. zazano completed the job a few hours later, beating Sweden’s “Odonkor1” heads up for a $201,606 payday and the win.

CatLover666 scratches through Heads Up: The Heads Up event, played with price points of $22, $215 and $2,100, is always among the most popular on the SCOOP schedule, and duly delivered some thrilling match-ups. In the quarter finals of the high buy-in tournament, for instance, Connor “blanconegro” played Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche, while other members of the last eight included Joris “BillLewinsky” Ruijs, Francisco “Tomatee” Benitez and Phillip “Grindation” McAllister. None of them ended as champion, however. Finland’s “CatLover666” beat Ruijs in the quarter final, accounted for Nitsche in the semis, and then beat McAllister in the final match when he or she rivered a full house with AJ to beat McAllister’s pocket kings. CatLover666 took $71,400 for the win. In the medium buy-in event, “d0nkBluff” of Romania and Germany’s “$harkFlo” opted to do a deal, leaving $1,000 on the side. d0nkBluff won the match, taking $15,691 to $harkFlo’s $14,691.09. Take you hats off to Brazil’s “JJborio”, however, who won the low buy-in event from a field of 4,096. He or she had to win 11 heads-up matches in a row to bank $8,633.45.


Menne picks up a second: When Kyle “km_freestle” Menne won his first SCOOP title in 2015, he did so by beating Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb in the final round of a PLO Heads Up contest. That denied Deeb what would have been a record-equalling sixth SCOOP title at the time. Menne won his second SCOOP title last night, and in some ways it’s notable that Connor Drinan didn’t. Drinan was left languishing in 20th, pre-bubble, despite this being a $1,050 Limit Omaha event. It didn’t make it any easier for Menne, however, who needed to do battle with Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi heads up to secure the $28,546.77 first prize, and deny Shakerchi a second victory of this series. Last year’s Player of the Series Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak was also at the final, finishing sixth, as was the Chinese two-time champion “OK1OK2” who finished eighth.

Dayan happy at $530: Brazil’s Luciano “lucianodayan” Dayan has found a tournament he likes. Last year in the $530 NLHE, Dayan finished third behind “luckymo32”, and this time, in SCOOP-57-M, which was another $530 buy-in hold’em tournament, Dayan came out on top of a 1,641-entry field, earning $129,176. He needed to beat the Belarusian beast “OMGitshunt”, a former SCOOP winner and Main Event runner up, heads up, and also relegate “Bomber&Granater” into third. The final table also featured Claus “SsicK_OnE” Segebrecht and Robin “robinho” Ylitalo. But Dayan had this one in the bag — and his countryman “JUCA_PIRAMA1” also won the low buy-in edition, for $79,315.60.


Tournament Entries Prize pool Winner Country Prize
56-L: $11 HORSE 4,223 $41,385 Tsubbb UK $6,624.68
56-M: $109 HORSE 768 $76,800 thomber26 Norway $14,208.00
56-H: $1,050 HORSE 139 $139,000 blanconegro Mexico $30,232.50
57-L: $55 NLHE 12,360 $618,000 JUCA_PIRAMA1 Brazil $79,315.60
57-M: $530 NLHE 1,641 $850,000 lucianodayan Brazil $129,176.45
57-H: $5,200 NLHE, High Roller 184 $1,000,000 zazano Netherlands $201,606.00
58-L: $22 NLHE, Heads-Up, Heads-Up 4,096 $81,920 JJborio Brazil $8,633.45
58-M: $215 NLHE, Heads-Up, Heads-Up 512 $102,400 d0nkBluff Romania $15,691*
58-H: $2,100 NLHE, Heads-Up, Heads-Up 119 $238,000 CatLover666 Finland $71,400.00
59-L: $11 NLHE, PKO 18,656 $182,829 Eldon69350 UK $11,174.59†
59-M: $109 NLHE, PKO 5,408 $540,800 jonespkr Brazil $53,554.07†
59-H: $1,050 NLHE, PKO 638 $638,000 gerasag Ukraine $98,092.23†
61-L: $11 FLO8, 8-Max 3,483 $35,000 fcttom Netherlands $4,194.49*
61-M: $109 FLO8, 8-Max 796 $79,600 Vitek_vv Russia $13,507.02
61-H: $1,050 FLO8, 8-Max 136 $136,000 km_freestyle Canada $28,546.77
Daily totals 53,159 $4,759,734 $765,957

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


Tournaments completed: 177
Tournaments ongoing: 12
Starting today: 12
Entries so far: 1,205,788
Prize pools so far: $80,585,241
First-place prizes awarded: $11,529,004.65

Totals refer to completed tournaments only


Nicolas “Nicoverlast” Wright at the winning moment

We’re catching up with a lot of SCOOP winners this year, all happy to share their experiences of winning big.

Most recently, Montreal’s Nicolas “Nicoverlast” Wright told us about his revelatory tactics at the final table: walking on his home treadmill while he played on his laptop. It’s true: Wright strolled his way to victory in SCOOP-46-L and won $23,991.27 — all while keeping fit.

Click through to hear more from our long list of happy champions:

Previous winner interviews:

Swedish pro Adam “pruttzz12” Jonsson: How to beat Urbanovich, Beresford and Kurganov
Vitor “vitoradiron” Adiron: “I’ll continue working on my failures”
Guilherme “teruliro” Orrico: Two WCOOPs and now one SCOOP
“plens” targets bucket-list EPT appearance
Tapio “PikkuHUMPPA” Vihakas: “I am as lazy as a human can be”
Catalina “catam18” Marmureanu”: A result for all women in poker

Paul “pistolp999” Kroezen: A triumph of perseverence
Adam “adamyid” Owen: Defeating end-boss “veeea”
Matt “MUSTAFABET” Ashton: Tournaments are practice for cash games
Antanas “Nr1InEurope” Bakaitis: “I’m no good at Texas Hold’em!
“MarkBang”: First out to last man standing
“thegodfisher”: Busy broker finds time to win SCOOP title
Oleg “Fukuruku” Vasylchenko: Poor student becomes richer
Michael “Malicious20” Cottier: $9.5K from a $2.20 buy-in tournament!
Dimitrios “papadatos69” Papadatos: Making most of downturn in tourism
William “Williaml666” Barbosa: Best feeling ever!
Last hand double-KO gives ‘PufuMiu’ win in Event #11-L


It takes a lot to get Lex Veldhuis to leave his chair during SCOOP, especially when he’s running deep in everything he plays. But after a knock at the door last night, something tempted him away. “I could go to bed with this,” he said. What was it?

As you likely know, the central PokerStars Twitch channel is showing cards-up coverage of final table action from this SCOOP, with commentary from James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton. (It runs a day after the tournament happened, so that everyone’s cards can be exposed. Here’s how they covered an enormous pot on the $25K Super High Roller final table, in which Steve “Mr. Tim Caum” O’Dwyer found himself all in with AQ against pocket aces and pocket kings.

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The fans came out to watch Lex last night, some with sicker set-ups than others:

As for Lex himself, he’s too busy worrying about his new profile pic:


Our friends at Poker News are offering live coverage of a ton of SCOOP events and last night they guided us blow-by-blow through the $5,200 NLHE High Roller, with “zazano” outlasting a stacked field to take it down. They were also on hand for the $2,100 Heads-Up, in which several of the world’s best went mano-a-mano.

Tonight, they’ll watch as the Thursday Thrill special edition plays to its conclusion and another $5,200 High Roller PKO looks for another six-figure winner.


Sarah Herring also gave her video overview of the SCOOP Main Event, so tune in to find out what she had to say:


Brazilian players won three titles last night, pushing the country up to tied second on the leader board with 20. Although the UK managed only one success, the Brits still lead the race by some distance. It was yet another good day for the Netherlands, whose two successes help the Dutch pull clear of Germany.

Latest standings:

27: UK
20: Russia, Brazil
14: Netherlands
11: Germany
Eight: Canada
Six: Ukraine, Norway
Five: Austria, Sweden, Mexico
Four: Greece, Belarus, Hungary, Ireland, Finland
Three: Poland, China, Romania
Two: Argentina, Peru, Malta, Lithuania, Denmark, Belgium
One: Japan, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Uruguay, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, South Korea, Czech Republic, Lebanon


Day 16: Friday, May 15

Today kicks off with some 8-Game, which we have seen already on this year’s SCOOP. However, we round out the day with a shootout tournament for the first time — something to have the sit n go experts excited. It’s 6-Max and a turbo, but spaces are limited. There are 216 seats in the High buy-in, 1,296 in the medium and 7,776 in the low. Register soon to be certain of having a seat.

12.05pm ET – Event 65: 8-Game
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $35,000, $60,000, $135,000

1pm ET – Event 66: NLHE
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $200,000, $350,000, $400,000

2.15pm ET – Event 67: PLO 6-Max Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $50,000, $150,000, $350,000

3.30pm ET – Event 68: NLHE 6-Max, Turbo, Shootout
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $60,000, $120,000, $200,000


If you want to try the 8-Game tournaments today, then PokerStars School has you covered. The shootout tournament starting today is also extremely popular, and you can use all you know about Sit & Go strategy to prosper in this one.

With tons of NLHE events also still on the schedule, there’s always something valuable to be found in PokerStars School’s MTT course and the bulging Strategy section.



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