SCOOP 2021: A full numerical breakdown of another superb spring series

April 29, 2021inPoker

The 2021 renewal of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) wrapped on Wednesday night, bringing the curtain down on another superb series. The $100 million series guarantee was comfortably beaten as players contested prize pools of more than $139 million over the series’ three weeks.

Here’s a full breakdown of the series, drilling down into some of the miraculous numbers. Enjoy…and look forward to next year already.


22 days of play
SCOOP 2021 ran from Sunday, April 4 until Wednesday, April 29, with Fridays designated as rest days.

102 events
306 tournaments
There were low, medium and high buy-ins in every SCOOP event, including six Main Events.

Lowest buy-in: $2.20
Two tournaments cost only $2.20 to enter:
01-L: $2.20 NLHE Phase 2, $200K Gtd
97-L: $2.20 NLHE Turbo, $20K Gtd

Highest buy-in: $25,000
Event 43-H was the $25,000 NLHE 8-Max, Super High Roller, the biggest buy-in of the series. It attracted 71 entries, including 20 re-entries, putting $1,741,275 in the prize pool. Joao “Naza114” Vieira won it, for $469,987.


There were 1,731,546 entries to SCOOP tournaments this time, including 329,989 re-entries. That means there were 1,391,567 unique entries. The average field size was 5,626.

Five biggest fields:

111,647 – 01-L: $2.20 NLHE Phase event
52,082 – 01-M: $22 NLHE Phase event
38,913 – 92-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event
36,217 – 28-L: $11 NLHE PKO
31,599 – 59-L: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max, PKO

Five smallest fields:

54 – 44-H: $2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw
57 – 12-H: $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw PKO
57 – 78-H: $1,050 FL Badugi 6-Max
62 – 52-H: $1,050 FLHE 6-Max
65 – 09-H: $2,100 HORSE


The total prize pools across all of SCOOP was $139,845,673.

Of that, $19,469,060.80 went to tournament winners.

The average prize pool was $447,990.86 and the average first prize was $63,624.38.

Five biggest prize pools:

$6,640,000 – 92-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event
$5,903,000 – 92-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event
$3,891,300 – 92-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event
$2,448,600 – 04-M: $215 NLHE PKO, Sunday Million SE
$2,162,600 – 01-H: $215 NLHE Phase 2

Five smallest prize pools:

$12,789 – 78-L: $11 FL Badugi 6-Max
$16,146 – 71-L: $5.50 NL 2-7 Single Draw PKO
$17,786 – 24-L: $5.50+R NLHE 8-Max, Rebuy
$20,000 – 69-L: $11 Stud
$21,717 – 52-L: $11 FLHE 6-Max

Five biggest first prizes:

$878,781* – kZhh (92-H: $10,300 NLHE Main Event)
$838,909 – livinmydream1 (92-M: $1,050 NLHE Main Event)
$469,987 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira (43-H: $25,000 NLHE Super High Roller)
$376,087 – Cantaloupe91 (92-L: $109 NLHE Main Event)
$265,896* – seboraptor (33-M: $530 NLHE 8-Max, Sunday Million)

*after deal

Five smallest first prizes:

$791 – just.R3m1X (71-L: $5.50 NL 2-7 Single Draw PKO)
$1,991 – HP Paque1 (78-L: $11 FL Badugi 6-Max)
$2,786 – bamboking (54-L: $5.50 PLO8 6-Max)
$2,808 – paulera292 (52-L: $11 FLHE 6-Max)
$1,742 – Bragbag (12-L: $11 NL 5-Card Draw PKO)


The bounty king Patrick “pads1161” Leonard

Of SCOOP’s 306 tournaments this year, 120 were played with bounties — meaning players were rewarded for knocking out someone else. Typically, half of the total prize pool goes into the bounty pot, with the rest being awarded according to a regular payout structure. (The exceptions are the “Total” bounty tournaments, of which there were three during this SCOOP. In these tournaments, all the money goes into the bounty pot.)

Fairly often, players make more money from bounties than from the actual prize pool, and it’s well worth taking the flips when there’s a chance you could pick up a hefty prize. Here’s a look at some of the biggest bounty payouts from SCOOP.

Biggest bounties (gross)

64-H: $5,200 NLHE PKO, Sunday HR SE
Winner: Patrick “pads1161” Leonard
Bounties: $150,234
Regular prize: $107,773

53-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, High Roller
Winner: Francisco “Tomatee” Benitez
Bounties: $146,719
Regular prize: $118,648

82-H: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, High Roller
Winner: Fintan “easywithaces” Hand
Bounties: $136,719
Regular prize: $95,437

22-H: $2,100 NLHE PKO, Thursday Thrill SE
Winner: Pedro “LgwZ” Grochocki
Bounties: $98,211
Regular prize: $83,473

64-M: $530 NLHE PKO
Winner: kleinebakker007
Bounties: $93,526
Regular prize: $116,993

Biggest bounties (as percentage of total prize)

65-H: $2,100 NLO8 6-Max, PKO
Winner: WhatIfGod
Regular payout: $28,199
Bounty prize: $54,719
Bounty percentage: 66%

59-M: $55 NLHE 8-Max, PKO
Winner: BobDoan46
Regular payout: $18,749
Bounty prize: $33,132
Bounty percentage: 64%

87-H: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max, PKO
Winner: mrG01R4NG
Regular payout: $53,465
Bounty prize: $90,000
Bounty percentage: 63%

40-H: $1,050 6+ Hold’em 8-Max, PKO
Winner: shorta222
Regular payout: $10,455
Bounty prize: $17,266
Bounty percentage: 62%

07-H: $2,100 NLHE 7-Max, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE, $350K Gtd
Winner: MAMOHT_T
Regular payout: $35,228
Bounty prize: $53,500
Bounty percentage: 60%


The ever brilliant Adrian Mateos

As usual, a handful of players not only managed to win one tournament, but hit the top spot on multiple occasions over this SCOOP series. We didn’t quite see the phenomenal exploits of Connor Drinan, who won five tournaments last year, but two players picked up a triple, and 11 others won two SCOOP tournaments apiece this time.

We should give a special shoutout to Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic, whose triple represent the only three tournaments players from Montenegro have ever won in SCOOP.

Here are the individual heroes:

Three titles

Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos (UK)
13-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE – $146,714
50-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO – $84,111 (inc. bounties)
84-H: $2,100 NLHE 6-Max – $69,809

Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic (Montenegro)
02-H: $530 NLHE PKO, SCOOP Kickoff – $78,406 (inc. bounties)
11-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max, PKO – $64,337 (inc. bounties)
17-H: $1,050 NLHE Deep Stacks – $52,743

Two titles

Chillolini, ludako123, Kashmir_uzi, Rodri “RodriDiaz3” Diaz, Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson, Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Pedro “Mr.Pedr0” D’Amato, Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujtas, Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Andriy “Andre_Hansen” Lyubovetskiy


The Player of the Series race was tightly fought throughout, with four players jockeying for position for the final two weeks. In the end (and after some issues with calculation), Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin managed to hold off Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna and “aleksandrs10” to finish at the summit. It meant that the WCOOP Player of the Series is also the SCOOP Player of the Series, which is a staggering achievement.

Lyapin’s numbers from the series are amazing. He entered tournaments 496 times (including re-entries, of course), cashing 91 times and making a frankly ridiculous 11 final tables.

He won two tournaments, finished second on four occasions, finished fourth twice and sixth three times. (He also finished seventh in a six-max tournament, so made the unofficial final table in that too.)

For all that, Lyapin didn’t top the table for in-the-money finishes. That accolade went to his countryman “aleksandrs10”, who cashed in 122 tournaments during SCOOP — more than a third of the entires schedule, and 30 more tournaments than his closest challenger.

Here’s the top five cash machines:

122 – aleksandrs10 (402 entries; cashed for $129,524.28)
92 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio (472 entries; cashed for $179,421.29)
91 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin (496 entries; cashed for $306,893.17)
86 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (523 entries; cashed for $572,710.22)
86 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (491 entries; cashed for $164,861.20)
86 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna (527 entries; cashed for $155,710.15)


Our data collectors also kept track of the number of knockouts each player was amassing during PKO or TKO events. The boss here was the Norwegian player “thomber26”, who managed to knock out 219 players during bounty events in SCOOP.

Only Russia’s “Premove” (with 203) and Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio also managed more than 200 knockouts during the series. They quashed 203 and 201 dreams, respectively. Lyapin managed an even 200.

Top five bounty hunters:

219 knockouts – thomber26
203 – Premove
201 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio
200 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin
199 – WildAirr


Total dominance from Brazil

There were winners during this SCOOP series based in 41 countries (if the Isle of Man is considered separate from the UK). It was utter domination from start to finish for Brazil, whose 50 titles represent nearly one sixth of all on offer this time around. It’s the most titles one country has ever won during a single SCOOP series since Black Friday. (The USA won more in 2010.)

Montenegro and Andorra won their first ever SCOOP titles, with three and two each from SCOOP 2020.

Countries standings:

50 – Brazil
37 – Russia
29 – UK
21 – Sweden
15 – Canada
13 – Netherlands
10 – Austria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Romania
9 – Poland
7 – Norway
6 – Argentina, Czech Republic, Greece, Mexico
5 – Bulgaria, Ukraine
4 – Belarus, Croatia, Denmark, Malta
3 – Latvia, Montenegro
2 – Andorra, Bolivia, Estonia, Ireland
1 – Belgium, Chile, Isle of Man, Japan, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Slovakia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

Players from Brazil played each other heads up on nine occasions.
Russians were heads-up four times; players from the UK were heads-up three times.
Czech players placed one-two on two occasions, and Hungary, Norway, Poland and Sweden did it once each.


Four runner-up finishes for Rinat Lyapin

There’s no doubt you’re happy if you make it to the final two players in a multi-table tournament. But finishing second still hurts. During SCOOP a number of players ended up as bridesmaid on more than one occasion. The full list of those is below, but let’s not weep too much for them. Many also went all the way to win a title (or more) as well.

Runner up four times
Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin (also won two tournaments)

Three times
Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein (also won one tournament)

Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson (also won two tournaments)
Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz
Julian “jutrack” Track (also won one tournament)
XD89lol<3 (also won one tournament)

And the countries…

Here’s how the countries leader board would look if every single heads-up battle went the other way. The short version is that Austria-based players need to up their heads-up game.

51 – Brazil
35 – Russia
34 – UK
19 – Austria
18 – Netherlands
16 – Canada
15 – Finland
11 – Germany
9 – Norway
7 – Poland, Romania, Ukraine
6 – Belarus, Czech Republic, Sweden
5 – Hungary, Mexico
4 – Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania
3 – Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Malta, Uruguay
1 – Andorra, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Denmark, Japan, Kazakhstan, Slovakia


Just before SCOOP 2021 began we went back and looked at all the previous series under this banner, from its inception in 2009 to the present day. It allowed us to put together the results from all 1,932 previous tournaments and break it all down year-by-year.

We are now able to add in the stats from this series, so here we have the SCOOP 2009-2021 Stat Tracker:

Events: 746
Tournaments: 2,238
Total entries: 11,002,096
Total prize pools: $1,136,439,084
Total first place prizes: $173,673,302

And here’s the updated countries leader board, with 79 countries now represented:

240 titles – UK
209 – Brazil
205 – Russia
194 – Canada
159 – Germany
97 – Netherlands
92 – USA
85 – Sweden
77 – Austria
62 – Mexico, Finland
56 – Norway
51 – Ukraine
50 – Poland, Romania
38 – Hungary
31 – Greece
30 – Ireland
28 – Malta
21 – Australia
26 – Argentina, Czech Republic
24 – Denmark
23 – Belarus
22 – Bulgaria
18 – Costa Rica
17 – Belgium, Lithuania
13 – Switzerland
14 – Latvia
13 – Croatia
12 – Uruguay
11 – Estonia
9 – China, Israel, Thailand
8 – Cyprus, Lebanon, Portugal
7 – Peru, Chile
6 – Spain
5 – Japan, Moldova, Panama, Serbia, Slovenia
4 – Colombia, France, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, New Zealand
3 – Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Gibraltar, Macau, Montenegro
2 – Georgia, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Slovakia, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam
1 – Antigua & Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ecuador, Indonesia, Isle of Man, Ivory Coast, Mongolia, South Africa, The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uzbekistan.


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