Baleeiro doubles up, Frank makes it three and Fintan to stream another SCOOP final

May 16, 2022inPoker

We doubled the tally of double champions on Sunday night in the 2022 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), as the high-profile stars enjoyed the Sunday grind. Here’s the latest.


  • Baleeiro double from high and low
  • Frank makes it three in Cooldown
  • Fintan leads Grafton into $2K final
  • Brazil extend incredible leader board lead


Baleeiro beats masses to pick up second win: After Ami “UhhMee” Barer became SCOOP 2022’s first double champion on Saturday night, the tally almost immediately doubled. During Sunday’s play, Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, a professional player from Brazil (and sometime Twitch streamer) won his second of the series, only a couple of days after the first. What’s most remarkable about Baleeiro’s double is that he won a “high” buy-in tournament on Thursday night — SCOOP 26-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO — and then a “low” yesterday — SCOOP 29-L: $11 NLHE PKO — demonstrating the ability to beat both elite and then enormous fields. There were 337 entries into the first of those tournaments and 20,503 into the second. Baleeiro’s latest victory came with a payout of $12,205, including $3,317 in bounties.

Frank now has three SCOOP titles

Frank heats up in the Cooldown: The tough weekend grind ends for a lot of players with a stab at the Sunday Cooldown, a quick turbo freezeout that often doubles as something of a saver event if things haven’t gone well that night. That certainly seemed to be the case for Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank, whose Sunday ledger showed a lot of bullets fired in most of the big events without ever troubling the cashiers. However, Frank fired one more in the Cooldown — this week otherwise known as SCOOP-38-H: $530 NLHE — and made it count. Frank beat a field of 828 to bank $50,697, more than enough to cover the rest of his buy-ins, and to add a third career SCOOP title to his accolades. Frank, now based in Austria, previously won in 2015 and 2019 in PKO hold’em and PLO, respectively. Meanwhile, Brazil’s “masaldanha94” won the “low” buy-in version of the Cooldown, which gave them a second SCOOP success. masaldanha94 won a medium buy-in Cooldown this time last year.


GUNDIAS outguns superstars for first title: There aren’t too many more formidable opponents in online poker than Jans “Graftekkel” Arends and Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet, but they were two of the last three players when SCOOP-29-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO got to its final stages last night, from a field of 755 entries. They hadn’t accounted for the Brazil-based Spaniard Gustavo “GUNDIAS” Dias, however, a poker pro so committed to the game that he lists PokerStars as his primary employer on his LinkedIn page. Dias managed to outgun both Arends, who finished third, and Van Fleet, who was runner-up, and win the first SCOOP title of his career, as well as $103,967, including bounties. It’s Dias’ biggest online score and takes documented online tournament earnings past the $1 million mark.

Can Fintan stream another SCOOP win?

Red Spade rash in Sunday Warm-Up: Fans of Twitch poker will be spoilt for choice when Monday night action gets started later on. While the main PokerStars channel will focus on the final of the $5K Titans event and see players such as Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani, Ramiro “ramastar88” Petrone, Guillaume “nolet20” Nolet and the aforementioned Arends chase further glory, Fintan “easywithaces” Hand’s channel will also offer some mouthwatering action. Hand, who is a two-time SCOOP champion, is the chip leader in the $2K Sunday Warm Up (SCOOP 34-H), with more than two times the amount of chips of his closest challenger. That player in second is none other than Hand’s PokerStars colleague Sam “SamSquid” Grafton. Third place? Martin “M.nosbocaJ” Jacobson. Oh, and Arends is at that final too. It’s going to be a brilliant sweat to see if Hand can make it number three. (Spraggy finished that event in 14th place.)

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*after deal


The totals from most of the massive Sunday events are not yet included in the Stat Tracker, which tallies completed events only. Even so, this SCOOP is getting might big:

Latest standings:

Entries: 362,433 (inc. 88,123 re-entries)
Prize pools: $23,351,021
First place payouts: $3,475,370 (inc. $693,552 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 96
Tournaments ongoing: 15
Tournaments starting today: 9

(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)


Fintan Hand’s fitness regime is paying immediate dividends:


How did Fintan build that enormous stack in the $2K Warm-Up? Pots like this help:


Brazilians won three of the six tournaments to conclude on Sunday, and they already have more than double the titles of their closest competitors. There’s simply going to be no catching them this year, folks. Thirty countries are now on the board, however.

20 titles: Brazil
9: UK
8: Germany
6: Argentina, Austria, Canada
4: Hungary, Norway, Poland
3: Finland, Ukraine
2: Estonia, Montenegro, Romania, Sweden
1: Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malta, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay.


As always, there are some spectacular prizes on offer to the standout performers across the entire SCOOP festival, with the Player of the Series set to receive $25,000 in cash, plus an exclusive trophy. There are also prizes for the best performers in the low, medium and high categories, as follows.

Here are the latest top fives. Full standings are available on the main Player of the Series page.


Current top five:

1 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 700 points
2 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 240
3 – FONBET_RULIT, Armenia – 510
4 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 505
=5 – Fabahaba, Finland – 440
=5 – Ami “UhhMee” Barer, Canada – 440

Winner receives $25,000 cash, plus trophy.


1 – Dart Serg, Belarus – 250 points
2 – magwitch78, United Kingdom – 215
=3 – bolchacg, Brazil – 185
=3 – drinho2pac, Brazil – 185
=3 – rastafari898, Germany – 185
=3 – Rony1979, Ukraine – 185
=3 – Showdown4me, Kazakhstan – 185

Prizes: 1st – $5,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500; 4th – $1,000; 5th – $500; 6-10 – $300; 11-20 – $150.


1 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 310 points
2 – bedias, Brazil – 240
3 – Fruble, Brazil – 235
4 – luis_faria, Poland – 230
5 – Mateusz “KeyserMM” Moolhuizen, United Kingdom – 210

Prizes: 1st – $10,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000; 4th – $2,500; 5th – $1,500; 6-10 – $1,000.


=1 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, United Kingdom, – 310 points
=1 – Ami “UhhMee” Barer, Canada – 310
3 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 305
4 – Vlad “dariepoker” Darie, Romania – 290
=5 – FONBET_RULIT, Armenia – 260
=5 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes – 260

Prizes: 1st – $15,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000



Much of today’s focus will be on the restarts of the Sunday majors, but there’s also a host of fresh action starting. The 5-Card NLO8 will be a fascinating tournament to play or watch — basically, you can see a flop with anything and still might win.

12.30pm: SCOOP 39: NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $275K, $500K, $500K

1.30pm: SCOOP 40: 5-Card NLO8 8-Max
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $10K, $35K, $75K

3.05pm: SCOOP 41: NLHE
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $50K, $150K, $200K


DAY 1: Lex and Spraggy into the groove
DAY 2: Gusma goes 1-2 as Brazilians win five
DAY 3: Glaser hits seven for SCOOP
DAY 4: Schemion whizzes to fifth title
DAY 5: Oliver wins title, Spraggy’s near miss
Barer at the double as Pye final-tables twice


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