SCOOP 2019: All the news from Day 15

May 27, 2019inPoker

Wipe the tears away. There may be only one day left of the 2019 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), but what a day it will be. Let’s catch up…


  • Main Event smashes guarantees; more than $1m for winner
  • Prize pools for SCOOP 2019 surpass $100 million
  • Defending champ, and runner-up, still alive
  • Matheus”zilbee” Zilberknop becomes 13th double champion
  • Final table for Team Pro’s Moreira de Melo
  • Last day of SCOOP action!


Guarantees have been smashed in all of the SCOOP Main Event tournaments, with prize pools totalling $15.49 million across the three buy-in levels in play. At time of writing, tournaments are at their mid-way break, but they’ll play to a champion later today (Monday), when the winner of the $10,300 High Main Event will claim $1.127 million.

SCOOP Main Event stats:

Low ($109)
Entries: 33,987
Prize pool: $3.4 million
1st: $334K

Medium ($1,050)
Entries: 5,474
Prize pool: $5.475 million
1st: $778K

High ($10,300)
Entries: 662
Prize pool: $6.62 million
1st: $1.127 million

Uruguay’s Francisco “Tomatee” Benítez leads the way in the $10,300 event, but the top 20 is astonishingly brilliant. Roman “Romeopro” Romanovsky, the recent world No 1, is in second, followed by Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro and then, most notably of all, the defending champion “Tankanza” and last year’s runner-up “nailuj90“, who is eighth. Nick “caecilius” Petrangelo is in sixth and Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos is in ninth. There are 31 left and one brilliant day of play left.

The 13th double champion of this year’s SCOOP rose to the top of the podium again yesterday, when Matheus”zilbee” Zilberknop, from Pelotas, Brazil, followed up victory in SCOOP 20-M 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo with a win in SCOOP 58-M 5-Card Omaha. This former $109+R champ on PokerStars, who also made the final table at the BSOP in Punta del Este in 2016, won two of the toughest non-hold’em events of the series.

Mateus “zilbeee” Zilberknop

There was a second COOP title for Norway’s “Tinas21“, who has previously won a Mix Max title in the Turbo version of all this: TCOOP.

More Brazilian SCOOP domination

The medium buy-in PKO proved to be a microcosm of SCOOP 2019 as a whole, with a smashed guarantee and then five of the last seven places belonging to Brazilian players. “rogerdox” won it, but the yellow and green flag occupied third, fifth, sixth and seventh place too.

Team PokerStars Pro has had a fairly barren SCOOP this year, but Fatima Moreira de Melo enjoyed her Sunday, making it to fifth, from a field of 1,054, in the $1,050 PKO SCOOP 64-H. That banked the Dutch star $27,066, including bounties, for the biggest result of any Team Pro this SCOOP.

Fatima Moreira De Melo: A strike for the Red Spade

With 195 tournaments now completed and another 12 under way, SCOOP 2019 hit a major milestone overnight when the total prize-pools swelled past $100 million. There are nine tournaments still to play and a very real chance that entries top 1 million too. At time of writing, it’s at 955,673 for the series.


Tournaments completed: 195
Tournaments ongoing: 12
Entries so far: 955,673
Prize pool so far: $101,275,835
First-place prizes awarded: $11,840,653.25



Name Buy-in Entries Prize-pool Winner Country Prize
55-L: Deep Stacks $11 12,971 $127,116 CrAzY_sTeFaN Romania $16,020.12
55-M: Deep Stacks $109 3,095 $309,500 tekelson221 Austria $33,665.10*
55-H: Deep Stacks Daily Warm-Up $1,050 379 $379,000 Radogoszcz Poland $69,042.38
56-L: 8 Game $22 2,374 $50,000 naspirkataa Bulgaria $7,875.00
56-M: 8 Game $215 455 $100,000 Zelja22 Croatia $17,500.00
57-L: Progressive KO $5.50 30,671 $150,288 KMFBDDE Greece $9,850.30†
57-M: Progressive KO $55 12,941 $647,050 thehushpuppy UK $59,425.03†
57-H: Progressive KO $530 2,255 $1,127,500 tigerphil1 Austria $139,313.36†
58-L: PL 5 Card Omaha $11 4,270 $41,846 xBAPBAPx Russia $5,976.28
58-M: PL 5 Card Omaha $109 1,256 $125,600 zilbeee Brazil $19,626.96
58-H: PL 5 Card Omaha $1,050 287 $287,000 Tinas21 Norway $50,670.64
64-L: Progressive KO $11 13,964 $136,847 mahdigras UK $13,177.04†
64-M: Progressive KO Sunday Cooldown $109 6,303 $630,300 rogerdox Brazil $67,705.07†
64-H: Progressive KO Sunday Cooldown $1,050 1,054 $1,054,000 NationalPPP Malta $156,997.76†


There’s no two ways about it, this clip is mainly just a man staring at a countdown timer moaning: “Follllld!” But it’s also still very funny as Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg manages to take it out on his slow-rolling opponent.

It was another decent day for Lex Veldhuis yesterday, who finished 8th of 379 for $9,226.48 in SCOOP 55-H $1,050 NLHE Deep Stacks, plus five other small cashes. At a peak, more than 18,000 people tuned in for his tilt at the Main Event (which didn’t go quite as well). However, as he told at least one of his opponents, after a correct hero call, he’s been doing this a very long time, and will be back for one last grind today.



When “zilbeee” won a second title last night in SCOOP 58-M 5-Card Omaha, it not only banked him or her an immediate $19,626.96, it also had potentially lucrative repercussions on the leader board race, specifically at the Medium buy-in level. “zilbeee”‘s win draws the Brazilian equal first, on 440 points, with Russia’s “ImluckNuts”. There’s $7,500 for the winner of that leader board and $5,000 for second, with prizes all the way down to 10th. That was a potentially big moment.

SCOOP Medium Leader Board

1= ImluckNuts (Russia) – 440 points
1= zilbeee (Brazil) – 440
3 TruthBeTold7 (Canada) – 420
4 theNERDguy (Brazil) – 340
5 wiziwizo (Austria) – 330

Like everything else about SCOOP 2019, these leader board races will be decided tonight.


SCOOP 60 — NLHE Sunday Kickoff
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Still a long way to go in all of these events, with 37 (of 1,168) still left in the high buy-in, led by the UK’s “hoodie333”; 94 (of 5,797) left in the medium, with Norway’s “jokkee_apart” out front; and 47 (of 11,943) looking up at Russia’s “Mr.Doomguy”.

SCOOP 61 — NLHE Sunday Warm-Up inc. High Roller
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Ben “jenbizzle” Jones, Dietrich “2pacnrw16” Fast and Joao “joaovbarb” Barbosa are all in the top 12 of 20 left in the high buy-in Sunday Warm-Up. There’s a $1.18 million prize pool in that one.

Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
See above.

SCOOP 1 — Phase 2
Buy-ins: $2.20, $22, $215
SCOOP 1, the phased tournament, will also finish today after the vast majority of Phase 2 played on Sunday. AA DOCTOR, from Austria, leads in the $215 high buy-in level, with Ivan “Negriin” Luca and Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira well placed. There are 18 left in that tournament, which has a $2.3 million prize pool, 36 in the medium ($1.31 million) and 36 ($285,000) in the low.

SCOOP 63 — Pot limit Omaha Six Max Main Event
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Macau’s “neesam1405”, who won the Sunday Cooldown for $83K this time last week, is leading the way in the $109 low buy-in PLO event. COOP crusher Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb is ahead of the last 52 in the medium buy-in, with Jens “Jeans89” Kyllonen leading the 19 left in the high buy-in. Russia’s “krakukra” has all but sealed the overall leader board by also making the money in that one.


The cleaners are in and vacuuming the floor. All of these events are going to play start to finish today.

SCOOP 65 — NLHE Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050

SCOOP 66 — PLO Antes
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530

SCOOP 67 — NLHE Turbo
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530


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