It’s Main Event day! The biggest tournaments of this extended Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) all get under way. But that’s not all. Get the full lowdown from the SCOOP tables…
• Watson bags another win, and also a second place
• Brilliant Boeken denies Watson
• Simão and Chisholm claim second career titles
• “easywithaces” and “GJReggie” carry streaming hopes
• Enormous Main Events begin in NLHE and PLO!
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Watson goes one-two: There are clubs, there are exclusive clubs and then there is the one-two club. Last night, Mike “SirWatts” Watson, of Canada, became the latest member of the latter: winning an event at the same time as he was finishing runner up in another. On the one hand, it’s cruel not to close out two at the same time. But on the other, it’s just a staggering achievement whatever way you look at it. Watson resumed today with the chip lead in both the $1,050 8-Game and the $2,100 NLHE event, and clung on all the way in the hold’em. Watson’s second victory during this festival, his fifth in SCOOP since 2015, earned him another $80,642 and came after beating “hotmark777” of Lebanon heads up. Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford was fifth. Watson was denied the double victory because…
…Brilliant Boeken denies Watson: Noah “Exclusive” Boeken has been a stalwart of European poker reporting for more than 15 years. He won on the EPT in its first season, joined Team PokerStars Pro shortly afterwards, won his first (of two) WCOOP titles in 2011, and his first SCOOP title in 2013 (among countless other online accolades). Boeken is still going at the very highest level and last night won the $1,050 8-Game championship, denying Mike Watson at the last. Luke “lb6121” Schwartz was at another final, as what Lebanon’s “kimokh” and Germany’s “nilsef”. But it came down to Boeken vs. Watson at the final reckoning, with the Dutch veteran outlasting the Canadian. Boeken picked up $38,494.94 for this one.
Simão with another: João “IneedMassari” Simão has been as high as No 1 on the Pocket Fives world rankings of online players, and has documented earnings of more than $9.2 million across all sites. It points to a formidable game, particularly in big-field NLHE tournaments. Last night, however, Simão rose to the top of the 194-entry no limit Omaha hi/lo event (or NLO8), winning the second SCOOP title of his career. Simão’s first came in 2018, in a PLO Win The Button event, which means he saves his four-card best for the major festivals. Simão won $38,694.35.
Chisholm chops down stars: It may have only cost $11 to enter, but the top stars played the NLO8 6-Max and two of the last three in the 5,432-entry field were Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes and Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara, otherwise known as two of the very best in the tournament game. However, they were no match for a less heralded, but no less formidable opponent in the form of Kami “drkamikaze1” Chisholm. We first encountered Chisholm in 2012, when she won her first SCOOP title in Badugi. The second, in this NLO8, earned a further $7,574.88 and a second outright victory in this major festival.
Chopping it six ways: The biggest deal of SCOOP 2020 so far took place in the $22 buy-in NLHE overnight, in which the last six of the 13,743 players decided to chop it up. There were two Brits, and a player each from Kazakhstan, Brazil, Slovenia, and Germany who agreed to give the most money to the South American. “yteruia” took $23,877.81 back to Brazil. However, when they played it out it was “whufcmk” of the UK who took the title — a player most likely from somewhere in East London, if his username is anything to go by. The whufc could well be West Ham United football club (though the team hasn’t won much in the way of titles of late).
Hand goes for title: Twitch viewers will be spoiled for choice for content tonight with the Main Event starting and everyone who’s anyone streaming it on their channels. But you might want to start with Fintan “easywithaces” Hand, who surely offers the best chance of bagging some silverware. The PokerStars Ambassador is second in chips, of 31 remaining, in the $1,050 buy-in Afternoon Deep Stack, which started Saturday. There’s $73,652.88 up top and a field of bosses to navigate. Canada’s “RPILON” leads, with EPT champion Ognjan “cocojamb0” Dimov in fourth, poker writer Michael “M_Acevedo Acevedo in sixth, two-time WSOP Main Event final table player Antoine “A.Saout” Saout, in 10th, EPT champion Tom “hitthehole” Middleton in 11th, and Igor “lechuckpoker” Kurganov in 18th. Among others. The tournament resumes at 1pm ET.
GJReggie heads back into action: Here’s a shout-out too to streamer Georgina “GJReggie” James, who has also made a Day 2. You can follow James’s progress in the $11 Afternoon Deep Stack when she resumes in 90th of 353 remaining in SCOOP-69-L. There’s a whopping $18,299 up top in that, which is staggering for an $11 buy-in tournament. James can be found at https://www.twitch.tv/gjreggie
Don’t miss the Main Events! It’s absurd how big the SCOOP Main Events are today. There’s a guarantee of $3.5 million on the $109 low buy-in event, and $5 million on each of the medium and high buy-in versions, with $1,050 and $10,300 buy-ins. The PLO Main Events, with the same buy-ins, have $500,000, $750,000 and $1.25 million guaranteed. See the full schedule in the “Starting Today” section below.
|65-L: $11 8-Game||4,450||$43,610||King Rednax||Germany||$6,218.82|
|65-M: $109 8-Game||926||$92,600||s3c3_1978||Russia||$13,373.17*|
|65-H: $1,050 8-Game||193||$193,000||Exclusive||Netherlands||$38,494.94|
|66-L: $22 NLHE||13,743||$274,860||whufcmk||UK||$15,215.72|
|66-M: $215 NLHE||2,011||$402,200||tucatuca1987||Argentina||$60,184.74|
|66-H: $2,100 NLHE||199||$400,000||SirWatts||Canada||$80,642.40|
|71-L: $11 NLO8, 6-Max, Turbo||5,432||$53,234||drkamikaze1||Canada||$7,574.88|
|71-M: $109 NLO8, 6-Max, Turbo||1,174||$117,400||DaCus3||Germany||$14,081.11*|
|71-H: $1,050 NLO8, 6-Max, Turbo||194||$194,000||IneedMassari||Brazil||$38,694.35|
Tournaments completed: 204
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Starting today: 15
Entries so far: 1,316,702
Prize pools so far: $89,831,999
First-place prizes awarded: $12,968,498
Totals refer to completed tournaments only
There are tons of satellites running for the SCOOP Main Events, and then deep stacks and a slow structure for the actual tournaments, which are the very pinnacle of online poker.
PokerStars School has all the information you need on how to get involved, how to make sure you have the right bankroll, how to play the satellites and how to play the tournaments themselves.
Click through to get yourself properly prepared for one of the biggest days on the poker calendar:
INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!
We’re catching up with a lot of SCOOP winners this year, all happy to share their experiences of winning big.
Most recently, Cristian “Chapex” Chapoñan bagged another victory for Peru, and was quick to credit the enthusiastic Peruvian poker community for his success.
Click through to hear more from our long list of happy champions:
Previous winner interviews:
Jonathan “Corback_fr” Therme: Sunday Million winner left speechless
Nicolas “Nicoverlast” Wright: pacing a treadmill to success
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
There are two ways to win hands in poker: you either have the best hand or you get your opponent to fold a better one. Here’s Lex Veldhuis with a perfect example of each. Firstly, a gutsy bluff:
And then, well, how about a Royal Flush?
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It might have been weird, but it was also successful. Georgina “@GJReggie” James is streaming into Day 2.
After maybe one of the weirdest streams I've ever done, can safely say we made a Day 2!!
Tomorrow is gonna be quite the rail.
SCOOP 69L Day 2 + $1k Main
Can't wait ?
— GJ (@GJReggie) May 17, 2020
Here’s a great contest from James Mackenzie at OP-Poker, who is keen to get everyone playing PokerStars Fusion:
I have 6 x $55 tickets to giveaway for the @PokerStars Fusion #SCOOP2020 event next Friday! All you have to do is retweet, follow & answer correctly to the question below?
Winners will be drawn on Monday, 18/5. pic.twitter.com/ZvPrBn0L4B
— James Mackenzie (@JLHMackenzie) May 16, 2020
Cha-ching for @chechiing
— Chechiing (@chechiing) May 16, 2020
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE!
It’s not just any old Sunday. It’s SCOOP Main Event Sunday, which means an absolute raft of major tournaments get started including guaranteed prize pools of $13 million across the three price points of the Main Event.
Poker News have set themselves an ambitious goal of covering the Sunday Warm Up (H), the Phase Event (H) and all three buy-in levels of the NLHE Main Event and the PLO Main Event. Good luck them!
LEADER BOARD LATEST
First of all, check out our dedicated leader board post, which has all the latest news about prizes and standings, particularly now that SCOOP has been extended.
Meanwhile, here’s a look at how the current “overall” and Week 2 low, medium and high leader boards look. Remember, these are updated on the official leader boards page daily, so be sure to check there for latest updates.
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 1,255 points
2 – krakukra, Russia, 970
3 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 950
4 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 860
5 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK, 810
Overall leader board runs through entirety of SCOOP.
Low (Week 2)
1 – Jab0c0, United Kingdom, 185 points
2 – filfedra, Czech Republic, 170
=3 – ISmellToast, Canada, 165
=3 – JUCA_PIRAMA1, Brazil, 165
5 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia, 155
Week 2 prizes: 1st – Trophy and $5,000; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500. Top 25 win prizes.
Medium (Week 1)
1 – TheDrunkLife, Hungary, 195 points
2 – Fabahaba, Finland, 180
=3 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland 165
=3 – Körrinho, Austria, 165
5 – Kashmir_uzi, United Kingdom, 160
Week 2 prizes: 1st – Trophy and $7,500; 2nd – $5,000; 3rd – $2,500. Top 10 win prizes.
High (Week 2)
1 – Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Canada, 315 points
=2 – Joao “Naza114” Ferreira, Netherlands, 300
=2 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, United Kingdom, 300
4 – Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, Mexico, 290
5 – Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara, Japan, 285
Week 2 prizes: 1st – Trophy and $10,000; 2nd – $7,500; $5,000.
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Only nine tournaments finished yesterday, which meant the haul of two titles each for Canada and Germany were the standout performances. The UK’s solitary title pushed the leader board leaders to 30 overall, and they may now be out of sight.
23: Russia, Brazil
Five: Sweden, Mexico
Four: Greece, Belarus, Hungary, Ireland, Finland, Poland, Argentina
Three: China, Romania, Peru, Lithuania
Two: Malta, Denmark, Belgium
One: Japan, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Uruguay, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, South Korea, Czech Republic, Lebanon, Croatia, Macau, Cyprus
Day 18: Sunday, May 17
As you may have heard, it’s Main Event day. But in addition to the no limit hold’em versions, which have $13 million in guaranteed prize pools, there’s also the pot-limit Omaha Main Events, which are also massive. The $10,300 buy-in four-card showdown has $1.5 million in the guarantee, and you don’t see that very often. Of course, you can also Kickoff, Warm-Up and Cooldown.
8am ET – Event 72: NLHE Progressive KO Sunday Kickoff
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $60,000, $275,000, $500,000
10.30am ET – Event 73: NLHE Sunday Warm-Up
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $300,000, $600,000, $750,000
1pm ET – Event 74: NLHE 8-Max Main Event
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Guarantees: $3.5 million, $5 million, $5 million
3.30pm ET – Event 75: 6-Max PLO Main Event
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Guarantees: $500,000, $750,000, $1.25 million
5pm ET – Event 76: NLHE 8-Max Turbo Progressive KO Sunday Cooldown
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $150,000, $600,000, $850,000
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