The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) belongs to Joao Vieira after a superlative display on Wednesday night. Here are all the details, plus news of some other brilliant winners…
• Vieira crushes everything on incredible Wednesday
• Moorman finally gets his SCOOP
• Lodge and James add more for the Brits
• Three for monopol and Gigaloff
BEHIND THE HEADLINESAmazing Vieira takes high roller; second in Super Tuesday: We have seen some incredible single-night achievements already during this SCOOP, but arguably the best yet happened on Wednesday. Joao “Naza114” Vieira, the Netherlands-based Portuguese player, found himself at two of the toughest final tables ever assembled at PokerStars, but went on to win one tournament and finish second in the other.
The tournaments in question were the $25,000 Super Tuesday Special Edition and the $2,100 “regular” Super Tuesday, both of which attracted the very toughest fields. But Vieira beat the likes of Samuel “€urop€an” Vousden (9th), Niklas “Lena900” Astedt (8th), Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford (7th), Wiktor “Imitless” Malinowski (6th), Ben “bencb789” Rolle (5th), Michael “imluckbox” Addamo (4th), Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph (3rd) and Mikita “fish2013” Badziakouski (2nd) to claim $469,987, SCOOP’s biggest prize so far, in the high roller, at the same time as he was doing battle in the $2K.
Players in that one included Bruno “great dant” Volkmann (3rd), Olli “Erä_Koira” Ikonen (4th), Artur “mararthur1” Martirosyan (5th) and “Sintoras” (6th), and Vieira was left heads-up against his similarly displaced countryman João “Xungazz” Oliveira for the title. Oliveira, based in Croatia, proved too strong at the very final reckoning, and he won the $145,456 first prize. But Vieira’s silver medal came with another $110,697, making this a half-million Wednesday night.
Vieira now has five career SCOOP titles, and the hunt is well under way for the sixth. Incredibly, Vieira also played Day 1 of the $5K Midweek Freeze and sits second of nine remaining in that one.Finally Moorman gets his SCOOP: The legendary Chris “Moorman1” Moorman is still spoken about as the absolute best player online tournament poker has ever seen, winning the Pocket Fives Triple Crown 30 times, and hitting the top spot on the global rankings on 13 occasions — often occupying top spot for many months. Until last night, however, Moorman’s incredible list of 428 online tournament wins did not include anything in SCOOP. Moorman, originally from the UK but now based in Mexico, put it right in the $1,050 NLHE 6-Max (SCOOP-45-H) where he beat a field of 440 entries to a $78,539 first prize. Moorman’s final opponent was Anton “Bomber&Granater” Wigg, and the late stages were full of top-ranked players, including Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver, Pablo “pabritz” Brito, Bruno “great dant” Volkmann, Robin “robinho” Ylitalo and Peter “Belabacsi” Traply, who all made the last two tables. But Moorman reigned supreme again — and finally has his SCOOP.
James nabs one of two for Brits: Players based in the UK haven’t had quite so much success during SCOOP 2021 as they usually do in major PokerStars series. It’s possibly just variance, but maybe it’s also because many of those originally from other countries are back home at the moment, given what’s been going on in the world. (Maybe it’s because Moorman lives in North America.) Nevertheless, SCOOP-41 proved to be a happier hunting ground last night with the $11 buy-in “low” tier belonging to “Bxrn”, who won $12,160 after a heads up deal, and the “medium” tier won by Gareth “missy_gazell” James. James is a well-known poker coach, author and podcast host, who put some of his own advice to good use and won $40,917, the biggest single cash of his career.
SCOOP Champion 2021🏆💪🥳 pic.twitter.com/csbHE9Sai4
— Gareth James (@gazelligpoker) April 15, 2021
It was only the “high” tier event that eluded the Brits, with Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves making it to the final two, of 288 entries, but losing to Argentina’s “pucho2100” heads up. It was Argentina’s first title of this series, but two out of three for the Brits isn’t bad either.
Low-stakes monopoly for “monopol”: There aren’t many players who have won three “low” designation SCOOP titles, but Germany’s “monopol” entered their number last night. monopol won two SCOOP titles last year, in a $55 PLO tournament and an $11 limit hold’em event, both in the “low” tier, and last night he or she beat a field of 2,262 entries to win the $11 Razz. So that’s field sizes of 3,217, 2,880 and 2,262 for monopol’s three wins, most recently rewarded with a $3,770 prize. The high buy-in Razz winner also became a three-time champion, when “Gigaloff”, of Russia, prevailed from a field of 95. Gigaloff also won a $215 Razz event in 2017, alongside a PLO8 tournament, and picked up a third worth $25,888 this time around.
Up, up and up goes the stat tracker, with 138 tournaments now completed. Winners of those have been awarded a combined total of more than $8 million. Another 18 tournaments get started today as we approach the mid-point of this series.
Entries: 689,382 (inc. 129,714 re-entries)
Prize pools: $54,021,782
First place payouts: $8,007,158 (inc. $1,165,841 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 138
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Tournaments starting today: 18
(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)
INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!
We’ve been catching up with some of the stars of SCOOP to talk about their latest triumphs, including:
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
Joao Vieira’s victory in the $25K High Roller was streamed cards-up in its entirety on the PokerStars Twitch channel. It was an absolute clinic, including some incredible reads that allowed him to pull off some breathtaking bluffs, and also to lay down a couple of huge hands. Watch all of this and you’ll be richly rewarded.
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Three wins for Brits boosted their flagging challenge this time, but the UK sits 14 tournaments behind Brazil and that’s a very big gap. First wins for players from Belgium and Argentina make it 31 countries now represented.
25 – Brazil
18 – Russia
11 – UK
8 – Finland, Netherlands
7 – Canada, Sweden
5 – Czech Republic, Norway, Romania
4 – Hungary, Poland, Germany
3 – Bulgaria, Denmark, Montenegro
2 – Croatia, Mexico, Ukraine
1 – Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Malta, Moldova, New Zealand, Uzbekistan.
Six events (ie, 18 tournaments) get started today, all but one of which is hold’em. But there’s variety hidden in there too, with the first limit hold’em tournament of the series, alongside the Thursday Thrill, which includes a $10K High Roller. At the end of the night, there’s a PKO Turbo, where the lowest buy-in is $5.50, so that’s a fun one. The “other” event today is a PLO8 6-Max, which should also be thoroughly enjoyable.
51-L: $5.50 NLHE, $35K Gtd
51-M: $55 NLHE, $150K Gtd
51-H: $530 NLHE, $250K Gtd
52-L: $11 FLHE 6-Max, $12.5K Gtd
52-M: $109 FLHE 6-Max, $30K Gtd
52-H: $1,050 FLHE 6-Max, $65K Gtd
53-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Mini Thursday Thrill, $500K Gtd
53-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Thursday Thrill, $1M Gtd
53-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, High Roller, $1M Gtd
54-L: $5.50 PLO8 6-Max, $12.5K Gtd
54-M: $55 PLO8 6-Max, $50K Gtd
54-H: $530 PLO8 6-Max, $85K Gtd
55-L: $22 NLHE 6-Max, $75K Gtd
55-M: $215 NLHE 6-Max, $200K Gtd
55-H: $2,100 NLHE 6-Max, $350K Gtd
56-L: $5.50 NLHE Turbo, PKO, $40K Gtd
56-M: $55 NLHE Turbo, PKO, $150K Gtd
56-H: $530 NLHE Turbo, PKO, $200K Gtd
LEADER BOARD LATEST
Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna took a night off last night — or, at least, didn’t add any Player of the Series points — and it was immediately apparent how dangerous that can be for someone challenging at the top of the leader boards. Nevanlinna’s lead in the overall standings has been cut to a mere 15 points, with the irrepressible cashing machine “aleksandrs10” now breathing down his neck. aleksandrs10 is now in the top five in low, medium and overall standings.
Here’s the latest standings:
1 – phil_a-QQ, Germany – 370 points
2 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia – 355
3 – muggsyboges, Canada – 310
=4 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 305
=4 – andreyayo9, Canada – 305
=4 – KaiHix, Netherlands – 305
Prizes: 1st – $5,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500 (20 players rewarded)
1 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 385 points
2 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 345
3 – ShipitFTW911, Sweden – 265
4 – römpsä, Finland – 250
5 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia – 240
Prizes: 1st – $10,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000 (10 players rewarded)
1 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 500 points
=2 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 435
=2 – Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein, Canada – 435
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 430
5 – Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Sweden – 420
Prizes: 1st – $15,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000
Overall Player of the Series
1 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 895 points
2 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 880
3 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 825
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 760
5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia – 690
Winner: $25,000 + Trophy
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
Two in a night for Mattsson