Thursday night was an absolutely incredible one for Twitch poker and the Spring Championship of Online Poker 2021 in general. We’ve no time to waste. Let’s get to all the latest.
- Magnificent Mateos wins third of the series
- “omaha4rollz” makes it two
- Spraggy just shy of maiden title
- Sweden dominates PLO8 6-Max
- Insane run for Fintan in $5K
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Hat-trick for Mateos: If you were to put money on a player to win three titles during SCOOP 2021, Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos would have been a safe bet. The Spaniard, who plays from the UK, is always a safe bet in tournaments, regardless of difficulty or field size, and he scored his hat-trick last night by taking down the $2,100 NLHE 6-Max (#84-H) for $69,809, defeating Brazil’s João “IneedMassari” Simão heads-up to top the 175-player field. Mateos had already won a $1K Super Tuesday ($146K) and a $1K PKO ($84K) this year, and this third trophy takes him to five SCOOP titles overall. Will he capture another one before the series is done? We’d never bet against Mateos.
Mateos’ five SCOOP titles:
2021 – 84-H: $2,100 NLHE 6-Max – $69,809
2021 – 13-M: $1,050 Super Tuesday SE – $146,714
2021 – 50-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO – $84,111
2020 – 79-M: $1,050 Super Tuesday SE – $164,398
2017 – 30-H: $2,100 NLHE 6-Max – $234,030
Brilliant Bujtas wins a fourth: Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujtas captured the headlines a couple of weeks ago when he defeated Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz heads-up to win the $10K NLHE High Roller for a $254K payday. He may consider himself an omaha specialist, but last night Bujtas was busy capturing a second NLHE title of the year with victory in the $5,200 High Roller (#77-H) for $201,606. That’s no easy feat. This event attracted 193 of the best in the world and resulted in a final table including Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson (8th), Bert “girafganger7” Stevens (5th), and David “dpeters17” Peters (4th). Ultimately Bujtas overcame Mario “MB TREMENDO” Bonanata heads-up, making it two runner-up finishes this series for the Uruguayan. As for Bujtas, he now has four SCOOP titles overall, his previous titles coming in 2019 ($83K) and 2016 ($37K).
So close for Spraggy: Tens of thousands tuned in to Twitch at some point last night to watch PokerStars Team Pro Ben “Spraggy” Spragg on the final table of the $1K NLHE PKO (#79-H). Spraggy played magnificently and was one flip away from capturing his first SCOOP title. Alas, his ace-jack suited couldn’t defeat the pocket fours of Russia’s “serggorelyi7”, who then had a chip lead he rode to the title. Spraggy banked $42,295 for his efforts, while serggorelyi7 won $70,923 and their first SCOOP title. It was an awesome night for Twitch poker in general, and Spraggy played a leading role in it, alongside his good friend Fintan “easywithaces” Hand. We’ll get to him in a moment…
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Two for Sweden in PLO8: “Lena900” and “C.Darwin2” might be Sweden’s shining stars, but the country has been producing poker crushers for years and two of them shined brightest in PLO8 events last night. Jerry “Perrymejsen” Odeen won the $2,100 PLO8 (#81-H) for $62,426, adding the trophy to another PLO event he won in 2019 ($29K) and taking his SCOOP tally to two. Meanwhile, his countryman “iamivar” was busy taking down the medium version, a $215 buy-in, for $23,189 and their first SCOOP title. That takes Sweden’s win count up to 16 for the series. We should also mention Canada’s “DrKamikaze1” who won their third overall SCOOP title in the $22 edition for $7,216.
“Most insane run” for Fintan: Adding to the Twitch craziness of last night was Fintan Hand, better known as “easywithaces” online, who absolutely dominated the mid-to-late stages of the $5,200 PKO High Roller (#82-H). At one point Hand had close to 400 big blinds (the nearest stack had around a third of that) plus four times the buy-in in bounties alone. “This is the most insane run of cards I’ve ever had,” Hand admitted on stream. The 222-entry field was obviously stacked and play ended with nine remaining and Hand sitting in third place. Others returning on Saturday’s Day 2 include Jon “luckyfish89” Clark, Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker, “hello_totti”, Andy “BowieEffect” Wilson, Jareth “jareth3542” East, and Wiktor “Iimitless” Malinovski. They all have $13,178 locked up plus their bounties, and all trail the massive chip leader “landapincha”. Make sure you tune in to Fintan’s stream on Saturday to watch the conclusion.
Pads1161 denied third title: While Mateos scored his hat trick last night, Patrick “pads1161” Leonard came very close to one of his own. Leonard finished second out of a 9,022-runner field in the $55 NLHE (#77-L) for $43,891, leaving Croatia’s “Dominick_Hoy” to claim the title and the $62,997 first-place prize. Leonard already has five SCOOP titles with two won this year. He has big bets placed on his leaderboard finishes–and he’s doing very well in them as you’ll see in our leaderboard standings further down this article–so it’s no surprise to see a high roller of his calibre battling in the low events alongside the medium and highs.
The final weekend of SCOOP 2021 is upon us and it’s going to be huge, with both NLHE and PLO Main Events kicking off on Sunday. We’re edging towards the $100M mark in prize pools, while an incredible $13.85 million has been awarded in first-place prizes.
Entries: 1,185,992 (inc. 240,367 re-entries)
Prize pools: $93,236,087
First place payouts: $13,853,324 (inc. $2,336,441in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 246
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Tournaments starting today: 0 (12 Side Events)
(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)
TWEET OF THE DAY
A massive congratulations to “pete_robo”, a well-known figure in the Twitch poker world, who took down his first SCOOP title last night for $10,139! His is the first title for the Isle of Man this year too…
Think that mean's i'm the best player in the house again… wait @RobinPoker_ moved out..
— Pete Robo (@pete_robo) April 23, 2021
INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!
We’ve been catching up with some of the stars of SCOOP to talk about their latest triumphs, including:
Mason Pye’s Mixed Game Movement gaining momentum
Marcos “masaldanha94″ Saldanha: Luck at the right moments
“Marcelinhobf” puts the pieces togerher for $34K win
Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic: First ever from Montenegro — and he’s won three!
Daniel Almeida: Study brings success
Francesco “dottorsydUK” La Cognata makes the most of his free time
Elias “SinKarma” Gutierrez on winning title with 15,000 watching
Fagner “FagnerCR7” Brito one step closer to ambition of turning pro
“What the f*** is going on?” – Fintan Hand was left speechless during his incredible run in the $5K.
Thanks to pete_robo’s success, the Isle of Man is now represented in our country standings. Slovakia is now on there too after “adkaf” won the #77-M $530 NLHE for $122,212. But it’s Brazil who continue to stand pretty at the top, adding three more titles last night to take their tally up to 42. Is there any way to catch them? It’s all down to the Brits and the Russians.
42 – Brazil
27 – UK
26 – Russia
16 – Sweden
12 – Netherlands
11 – Canada
10 – Finland
9 – Germany
8 – Hungary, Poland
7 – Austria
6 – Czech Republic, Romania
5 – Greece, Mexico, Norway
4 – Denmark, Ukraine
3 – Argentina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Malta, Montenegro
2 – Estonia, Latvia
1 – Andorra, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Ireland, Isle of Man, Japan, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Slovakia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.
It’s Friday, which means the SCOOP takes a day off. That doesn’t mean you have to, though, as there are 12 side events starting and ending today. Check the SCOOP 2021 tab in the PokerStars lobby for the listings, which include the fun “Showtime Hold’em” format.
LEADER BOARD LATEST
Things are really heating up as we enter the home straight. Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin has now overtaken Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna at the top of the overall board and is on course to become the first player to win both the WCOOP leader board (he won in 2020) and SCOOP board in consecutive series. They’ll both have to come out swinging over the next few days though as Patrick “pads1161” Leonard is currently in second place overall, first in the high, and fifth in the medium. Incredible.
Here’s the latest standings:
Overall Player of the Series
1 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia – 1,455
2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 1,420
3 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 1,365 points
4 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 1,345
5 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 1,185
Winner: $25,000 + Trophy
1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 780 points
2 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia – 685
3 – Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein, Canada – 675
4 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 650
5 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 620
Prizes: 1st – $15,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000
1 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 625 points
2 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 515
3 – römpsä, Finland – 430
4 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia – 420
5 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 395
Prizes: 1st – $10,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000 (10 players rewarded)
1 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia – 625 points
=2 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 495
=2 – pointsphil_a-QQ, Germany – 495
4 – B-rabbit444, Norway – 480
=5 – Alex_Vol, Russia – 470
=5 –Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 470
=5 – muggsyboges, Canada – 470
Prizes: 1st – $5,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500 (20 players rewarded)
WATCH! WATCH! WATCH!
PokerStars’ streaming army will be out in force during this SCOOP, with all of Lex Velduis, Spraggy, Fintan “easywithaces” Hand, Arlie “Prince Pablo” Shaban, Mason “Pyefacepoker” Pye and Georgina “GJReggie” James certain to be playing most, if not all, days.
Day 1: Opening night salvos
Day 2: Bujitas and Brazil win big
Day 3: Shakerchi reigns as superstars dominate
Day 4: Double for Montenegro, plus Mateos and Malinowski
Day 5: Two in a night for Nevanlinna; three for Montenegro
Day 6: Lex denied by Padilha
Day 7: Two $1m+ prize pools, and more Lex
Day 8: Astedt and Mulder take customary titles
Day 9: Two in a night for Mattsson
Day 10: Viera crushes again as Moorman wins first
Day 11: Mateos does it again, huge night for Brazil
Day 12: Benitez and Badziakouski take headlines
Day 13: More titles for Leonard, Theologis, Track and WhatIfGod
Day 14: Back-to-back for Leonard as Pye claims one for Red Spade
Day 15: Glaser makes it six and first for Mathis
Day 16: Salas shines, Watson wins seventh