News of a first — and most unexpected — double champion in the 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), plus some Super High Rollers doing what they do best. Here comes the latest SCOOP bulletin…
• Kaladjurdjevic doubles up for Montenegro
• Mateos makes it three in SCOOP
• No Iimit for Malinowski in High Roller
• Tahkokallio adds silver to gold and bronze
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Another heads to Montenegro as Kaladjurdjevic strikes again: SCOOP 2021 has its first double champion, and this one is kind of special. Coming into this tournament series, no player from Montenegro had ever won a SCOOP event, but now that small country on the Adriatic has two titles, both belonging to Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic. That’s right: our first Montenegrin SCOOP champion is now our first Montenegrin two-time champion after Kaladjurdjevic won last night’s $530 buy-in PKO Freezeout. This success was worth $64,337, including $29,755 in bounties, and comes only two nights after Kaladjurdjevic won $78,406, including $34,654 in bounties, in a near identical tournament. There have been two $530 buy-in PKO events so far in SCOOP, and Kaladjurdjevic has won them both, beating fields of 1,321 and 988 entries, respectively. Montenegro moves up another place on the countries leader board as Kaladjurdjevic appears in Player of the Series contention.
Mateos comes to the party: It was always a case of when rather than if, and the answer came on Day 4. That’s how long we had to wait during this major tournament series for Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos to win his customary title. The UK-based Spaniard — a fixture at Super High Roller tables the world over, and a total menace in PokerStars tournaments — took down the Super Tuesday Special Edition, a $1,050 buy-in tournament with 873 entries and a prize pool of $873,000. Mateos beat “BRzRoll” of the Netherlands heads up and added another $146,714 to his bankroll. Mateos won a Super Tuesday Special Edition during last year’s SCOOP too, and also picked up a SCOOP title in 2017, when he won a $2K 6-Max. That’s three on the board in SCOOP, plus two in WCOOP, for one of the game’s undisputed best.
Malinowski schools high rollers: The Super Tuesday won by Adrian Mateos was officially a “medium” designation tournament, while the “high” version was a $10,300 buy-in High Roller affair. Naturally that produced an extraordinarily tough field and a brilliant final table, presided over on Wednesday night’s broadcast on the PokerStars Twitch channel. Viewers watched renowned cash-game specialist Wiktor “Iimitless” Malinowski apply his skills to the tournament arena and best a field of 105 entries, beating Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson into second place. The final table also included Christoph “26071985” Vogelsang (3rd), Pablo “pabritz” Silva (4th) and Timothy “Tim0thee” Adams (5th). Malinowski’s victory — his first in SCOOP — was worth $241,957, the second biggest winner’s payout of SCOOP 2021 so far.
“BomPang” leaves Tahkokallio short of second title: This time last year, Sweden’s “BomPang” finished in second place to Nicolas “niccc” Chouity in a $1K PLO event. This time, BomPang went one better, picking up $68,856 for the win in SCOOP-14-H, a 6-Max PLO event. Even more significantly, perhaps, BomPang denied Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio a second title of the series, beating the Finn heads up. It means that Tahkokallio has already finished first, second and third in three separate tournaments during the first week of SCOOP, explaining his dominant position in the Player of the Series race. It was an all-Nordic affair at the end of this one, with Finland’s Joni “bustoville” Jouhkimainen going out in third and Sweden’s “ShipitFTW911” in fourth. There were 375 entries and a $375,000 prize pool.
All the rest to Brazil, right? There’s no doubt Brazilian players are completely dominating this SCOOP so far and three more titles duly went to the South Americans on Wednesday night. The “low” and “medium” tiers of the 8-Max PKO went to “MrGlauber” and “verdao134” respectively, along with $4,426 and $26,844 including bounties and after deals. A little later, “Fagner CR7” won the $11 PLO for $7,716 after another deal. They were all first-time SCOOP winners but put Brazil’s tally at 12 already, double the total of any other country.
|Event||Entries||Prize pool||Winner||Country||Total prize|
|11-L: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max, PKO||15,157||$74,269||MrGlauber||Brazil||$4,426†*|
|11-M: $55 NLHE 8-Max, PKO||7,187||$359,350||verdao134||Brazil||$26,844†*|
|11-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max, PKO||988||$494,000||dejanlc357||Montenegro||$64,337†|
|13-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max||4,853||$485,300||19THEMACHINE83||Romania||$60,787*|
|13-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday||873||$873,000||Amadi_017||UK||$146,714|
|13-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max||105||$1,050,000||Iimitless||Russia||$241,957|
|14-L: $11 PLO 6-Max||6,150||$60,270||Fagner CR7||Brazil||$7,716*|
|14-M: $109 PLO 6-Max||1,551||$155,100||devyatki||Uzbekistan||$15,660*|
|14-H: $1,050 PLO 6-Max||375||$375,000||BomPang||Sweden||$68,836|
We are only four completed days into SCOOP 2021 and prize pools are already pushing $20 million. All but one of the stated guarantees has been met so far and things are looking very bright indeed. Here are the latest stats:
Entries: 231,802 (inc. 37,110 re-entries)
Prize pools: $19,769,460
First place payouts: $2,958,526 (inc. $406,387 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 45
Tournaments ongoing: 12
Tournaments starting today: 15
(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)
Here’s a grim way to end a $1K SCOOP tournament, with Fintan “easywithaces” Hand even shocked to silence.
Hand finished the tournament in 27th place, for $4,938, and also got this stylish bluff through earlier in the event.
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Brazil strengthened its stranglehold on this countries leader board, winning another three tournaments. It is still very early days, but it seems highly probable that Brazil might never be anywhere other than first in this race, right until the end. Meanwhile, welcome to the board Uzbekistan!
12 titles – Brazil
6 – Russia, UK
3 – Romania
2 – Czech Republic, Finland, Montenegro, Norway, Sweden
1 – Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Mexico, Moldova, Uzbekistan.
It’s Thursday, and in the PokerStars world that means the Thursday Thrill. The Special Edition of the regular event has a $2,100 buy-in, but there’s also the “Mini” version, with a $215 price tag, and a $22 tournament too. Guarantees on those are $250K, $750K and $1 million, for low, medium and high. Time to get excited too for the first re-buy event of the series, at the $5.50, $55 and $530 price points. There will be chaos. And for the old school, there’s also a Stud Hi/Lo event kicking off today.
21-L: $11 FLO8 8-Max, $25K Gtd
21-M: $109 FLO8 8-Max, $50K Gtd
21-H: $1,050 FLO8 8-Max, $85K Gtd
22-L: $22 NLHE PKO, $250K Gtd
22-M: $215 NLHE PKO, Mini Thursday Thrill SE, $750K Gtd
22-H: $2,100 NLHE PKO, Thursday Thrill SE, $1M Gtd
23-L: $11 Stud Hi/Lo, $15K Gtd
23-M: $109 Stud Hi/Lo, $40K Gtd
23-H: $1,050 Stud Hi/Lo, $85K Gtd
24-L: $5.50+R NLHE 8-Max, Rebuy, $75K Gtd
24-M: $55+R NLHE 8-Max, Rebuy, $200K Gtd
24-H: $530+R NLHE 8-Max, Rebuy, $300K Gtd
25-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, $50K Gtd
25-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, $150K Gtd
25-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, $225K Gtd
(All timings are ET)
LEADER BOARD LATESTWith one first, one second and one third already, Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio is riding high in the early Player of the Series leader boards, topping the overall standings and appearing in the top five of both the high and medium designations. Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladurdevic’s two victories put him in contention, while leader board regular “aleksandrs10” has appeared at the top of the medium standings.
Here’s how they stand, and a reminder of the prizes:
=1 – Alex_Vol, Russia – 140 points
=1 – KaiHix, Netherlands – 140
3 – TruthBeTold7, Canada – 135
=4 – Stefan “CrAzY_sTeFaN” Piele Dragos, Romania – 130
=4 – Jeka3200, Russia – 130
=4 – MrGlauber, Brazil – 130
Prizes: 1st – $5,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500 (20 players rewarded)
1 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 195 points
2 – Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos, UK – 160
3 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 150
4 – Alexander “Kroko-dill” Zaichenko, Russia – 140
=5 – Oledjan, Belarus – 135
=5 – ShipitFTW911, Sweden – 135
Prizes: 1st – $10,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000 (10 players rewarded)
1 – Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, Austria – 215
2 – Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic, Montenegro – 200
3 – Joni “bustoville” Jouhkimainen – 195
=4 – Samuel “€urop€an” Vousden, Finland – 180
=4 – Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 180
=4 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 180
Prizes: 1st – $15,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000
Overall Player of the Series
1 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 425 points
2 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 370
3 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 295
4 – Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, Austria – 240
5 – Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic, Montenegro – 220
Winner: $25,000 + Trophy
PLAYER PROFILES AND INTERVIEWS
We’ve been taking a look back at some of SCOOP’s most decorated performers. Here’s our series of SCOOP’s greatest players of all time:
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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.