It’s Sunday. It’s the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). It’s Main Event time! But before that…

TODAY’S HEADLINES

  • Another huge win for Kahle “ROFLShove” Burns
  • Two more double champions, 12 in all
  • 30 titles for Brazil; first for Peru
  • 30,671 entries to SCOOP 57, most so far
  • “kepik” turns $11 satellite into $50K title
  • Moneymaker turns Twitch sensation
  • Main Event starts today!

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

What did you do on Friday and Saturday night? I hope you had a good time. It seems pretty obvious that Kahle “ROFLShove” Burns did: the Australian, now based in Mexico, followed up his victory in SCOOP 49-H PKO, which grossed him $312,071.45 (inc. bounties) with victory in SCOOP 52-H, for another $178.498. That’s the best part of $500K in two nights, after doing battle yesterday with Ole “wizowizo” Schemion (second), Steve “Mr. Tim Caum” O’Dwyer (fourth) and Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo (fifth).

Belgium’s “merla888” has also become a double champion of SCOOP 2019, adding victory in the $2,100 8-Game to his $2,100 NLHE triumph in SCOOP 14-H last week. This one earned him $56,035.24 to add to the $109,181.43 of last time. By my reckoning, he is now the 12th double-champion of this year’s SCOOP. (See below.)


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Add another to the list of spin-up kings. Polish player “kepik” won his/her seat into SCOOP 59-M: $215 NLHE Turbo in an $11 satellite, and late on Saturday night was the last player standing, winning $50,698.82. That’s a tidy 461,000 percent ROI, and the ninth satellite winner to go all the way in this year’s SCOOP.

When “allan sheik” won the $215 SCOOP 52-M on Saturday, he became Brazil’s 30th tournament winner of this series, nearly double the total of any other country. Russia and the UK have 17 apiece, but it’s nowhere near Brazil’s. Meanwhile, somewhere a little west of “allan sheik”, “KevinGueAC21” was winning Peru’s first SCOOP title this year.

The Main Event starts today! The Main Event starts today! This is not a drill! With buy-ins at $109, $1,050 and $10,500 and guarantees at $2.5 million, $4 million and $5 million, this is the online poker event of the year. The kick-off is 18:00 WET, with two re-entries possible through a five-hour 25 minutes late registration period (low buy-in reg period is 4 hours 45 minutes). Heaps of satellites running through the day. Get an account and join in!


TODAY’S RESULTS

Name Buy-in Entries Prize-pool Winner Country Prize
52-L: NLHE $22 13,231 $264,620 BarchWarHead Russia $31,303.93*
52-M: NLHE $215 2,642 $528,400 allan sheik Brazil $77,227.86
52-H: NLHE $2,100 469 $1,000,000 ROFLShove Mexico $178,498.00
72-L NLHE PKO $11 18,681 $183,073 Cashine94 Germany $14,648.74†
72-M NLHE PHO $109 4,789 $478,900 MPLBRUTUS Belgium $47,017.65†
72-H NLHE PKO $1,050 621 $621,000 aggro_F Cyprus $95,307.7†
56-H: 8 Game $2,100 119 $238,000 merla888 Belgium $56,035.24*
59-L: NLHE $22 7,416 $148,320 KevinGueAC21 Peru $21,036.65
59-M: NLHE $215 1,668 $333,600 kepik Poland $50,698.82
59-H: NLHE $2,100 215 $430,000 0Human0 Romania $79,735.37*

DOUBLES AT THE DOUBLE

It was only a couple of weeks ago that Jason Kirk was asking a very pertinent question: will SCOOP 2019 yield a double champion and, if so, how long would it take? Kirk determined that the first part of the question was essentially a no-brainer. There’s been at least one double-champion in every SCOOP since records began. He also wasn’t far off in predicting the date: Joao “Naza114” Vieira became this series’ first double winner on the fifth day of competition, just outside Kirk’s suggestion that it would happen through event 18-22.

Matthew “MUSTAFABET” Ashton, one of 12 SCOOP double champions

But here’s something that no one could have expected: the sheer number of double champions. At time of writing, there are still 35 events to be completed in this year’s SCOOP, and we have already had 12 double champions. That’s more than ever before, and raises the very serious prospect of a third winner. Here’s who has done the double already:

Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands)
Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser (UK)
“merla888” (Belgium)
Matthew “MUSTAFABET” Ashton (UK)
Tomas “luckymo32” Geleziunas (Ireland)
“Bagrovui” (Romania)
“guilherme12” (Brazil)
“felipebeltra” (Brazil)
Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira
Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo (Spain)
Kahle “ROFLShove” Burns (Mexico)
“Secret_M0d3” (Austria)


STAT TRACKER

Tournaments completed: 181
Tournaments ongoing: 11
Entries so far: 844,617
Prize pool so far: $74,358,477
First-place prizes awarded: $11,173,808.21


TWITCH WATCH

Chris Moneymaker is the longest serving member of Team PokerStars Pro, but who says you can’t teach and old dog new tricks? This SCOOP, Moneymaker has been getting his Lex on: in other words, he’s been streaming his SCOOP action live on Twitch.

And what do you know, Moneymaker is a natural. Here are a few Moneymaker highlights from the coming few days, and be sure to catch him as he goes for Main Event glory. No WSOP winner has every bagged a SCOOP Main, so this is clearly Moneymaker’s year.

Great call to pick up a bounty:

Moneymaker hits the river for one more:

And why not just hit a bad beat to get another one:

LEX IS GOING NOWHERE

Despite what nobody is yet calling The Moneymaker Effect on Twitch, Lex Veldhuis continues to go strong. He made Day 2 of the SCOOP 55-H $1,050 NLHE Deep Stacks, and is currently 8/18 remaining (379 entries) with 5,978,530 chips (42BB) – $69k for 1st. It was getting very late when he won this one to go to sleep on a high:


LEADER BOARD(S) UPDATE

Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak still dominating SCOOP leader board

As SCOOP reaches its business end, the Player of the Series leader boards make for very interesting reading, particularly for three men: the Portuguese duo of Joao “Naza114” Vieira and Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira (both based in the Netherlands) and Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, of Russia.

With prizes available for the top three at all levels, it’s safe to assume that all three of them will be banking some additional cash from this series. But who will actually come out on top remains open to debate, particularly in the High buy-in category. “krakukra”‘s better results in the low buy-in events could end up being decisive in the overall leader board, where there’s $25K for the winner.

Here’s the top of the four leader boards. Full details are on the official SCOOP pages.

Low ($5,000 for winner):
405 points — Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia)
350 — FONBET_RULIT (Russia)
345 — DaGenesis (UK)

Medium ($7,500 for winner):
400 — TruthBeTold7 (Canada)
380 — ImluckNuts (Russia)
330 — zilbeee (Brazil)

High ($10,000 for winner):
555 — Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands)
540 — Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia)
455 — Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira (Netherlands)

Overall ($25,000 for winner)
1,240 — Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia)
955 — Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands)
885 — Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira (Netherlands)


ONGOING TOURNAMENTS

SCOOP 55 — NLHE Deep Stacks
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
It’s pretty surprising that Ole “wizowizo” Schemion hasn’t won a title so far in this year’s SCOOP, but he’s sitting pretty as the chip-leader in the $109 buy-in in this event, with 70 (of 3,095) left. The star attraction in the $1,050 buy-in is that man Lex Veldhuis, who is eighth of 18 coming back ovenight. There’s $70K up top.

SCOOP 56 — 8-Game
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Although the high buy-in event got wrapped up in a single day, the low and medium buy-in tournaments are at their midpoint pause. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah sits in second place in the $215, with Robin “robinho” Ylitalo just behind him and Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovsky lurking. Former SCOOP champion “Zelja22” leads the way.

SCOOP 57 — NLHE Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
With 30,671 entries (inc. 9,648 re-entries) into the $5.50 buy-in event, this becomes the most popular of SCOOP so far. There’s $7,363 on offer to whoever can battle through this enormous field. The 21,023 uniques is the most of SCOOP too.

SCOOP 58 — Pot Limit 5-Card Omaha
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
There’s an OLD TIME SCOOP FAVOURITE leading the way in the $109 buy-in of this event, with Canada’s “OLD TIME GIN” heading the 37 remaining overnight. Meanwhile Jorryt “TheCleaner11” Van Hoof is part of a Dutch 1-2 at the top of the high buy-in event, with 35 left.


STARTING TODAY

It’s almost entirely no limit hold’em as the very biggest events of the series get under way. They are:

SCOOP 60 — NLHE Sunday Kickoff
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530

SCOOP 61 — NLHE Sunday Warm-Up inc. High Roller
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100

SCOOP 62 — NLHE MAIN EVENT!
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
The guarantees are enormous: $2.5 million for the low buy-in, $4 million for the medium and $5m for the high.

SCOOP 1 — Phase 2
Buy-ins: $2.20, $22, $215
Multiple phase 1s have been running all week, but here’s where it gets serious. Guarantees of $1 million and $2 million for the medium and high buy-in events respectively.

SCOOP 63 — Pot limit Omaha Six Max
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
You simply don’t get PLO tournaments online that are bigger or richer than this.

SCOOP 64 — NLHE Progressive KO TURBO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Wind down from a hectic Sunday with this gentle PKO Turbo event. (Read: Potential trip-saver.)


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