The whole world has gone Game of Thrones crazy, and it seems it’s also infected the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). Read on…
While most folk of Westeros have endured a tough and bloody week, at least one resident has been finding the time to play SCOOP. And good for them. “Daenarys T“, whose poker-playing namesake is originally from the Netherlands, returned to the top of the PokerStars podium in the SCOOP 10-H event last night, winning not just the button but also $89,337. Daenarys T is one of the only players for whom that top prize might seem a little small: he/she previously won the Sunday Million Take 2 Anniversary special last April, where his victory was worth $1 million. It was after that event that we enjoyed one of the most memorable interviews we’ve conducted. “First I ran around the room for a little bit,” it began. Read the rest. For added measure, “Daenarys T” is also currently sitting sixth in the $2,100 buy-in NLHE 6-Max, with Chris “Moorman1” Moorman and Steven “SvZff” Van Zadelhof, among others, for company.
The biggest prize of the night — $176,864.32 — went to “holy h3ll”, who beat 2,406-entry strong tournament in SCOOP 08-H. Currently representing Costa Rica, “holy h3ll” has previously been based in Israel, from where he won the Sunday Million in 2015 and the Super Tuesday a year later.
We’ve encountered Jordan “JWPRODIGY” Westmorland many times over the past decade, everywhere from Macau to Monaco, Seoul to Sanremo. He is one of a large group of itinerant American online poker players, who has set up home in various countries around the globe. Wherever he’s been, he’s been winning.
Westmorland is currently playing out of Indonesia and it’s from there that JWPRODIGY won the SCOOP 10-M even last night, for $48,606.17.
You should know by now that the best way to improve your poker game is to head over to PokerStars School where there are tutorials on just about any game under the sun. And if you don’t think those guys know what they’re talking about, listen to this: on Monday night, one of PokerStars School’s Brazilian tutors, “nophilings” took down SCOOP 06-M: $109 for $40,850.43. Brazil’s other PokerStars School tutor found out that his friend was at the final table and so streamed it live on his Twitch channel to a packed rail of supporters. You can watch it from start to finish. Commentary is in Portuguese, but the game is the same.
A new entry into the ROI leader board, with Russia’s “Vitalina7997” turning a mighty 75 cents (yes, less than $1) into $5,007.44 for finishing fourth in SCOOP 08-L: $5.50 NLHE. That’s an ROI of 667659 percent!
Nine tournaments wrapped today, with “holy h3ll” claiming the biggest prize of them all.
|08-H: NLHE||$530||2,406||$1,203,000||holy h3ll||Costa Rica||$176,864.32|
|09-L: 2-7 Single Draw||$11||2,238||$21,932||Parasences||Germany||$2,636.79*|
|09-M: 2-7 Single Draw||$109||404||$40,400||dolmren||Germany||$7,507.20*|
|09-H: 2-7 Single Draw||$1,050||96||$100,000||Secret_M0d3||Austria||$26,250.00|
|10-L: Win The Button||$11||10,412||$102,038||luckyluk83*||Greece||$9,618.69|
|10-M: Win The Button||$109||3,377||$337,700||Jordan “JWPRODIGY” Westmorland||Indonesia||$48,606.17|
|10-H: Win The Button||$1,050||503||$503,000||Daenarys T||Netherlands||$89,337.64|
|11-L: 5 Card PLO PKO||$5.50||9,223||$45,193||KortKongen||Denmark||$2,567.32|
|11-M: 5 Card PLO PKO||$55||3,045||$152,250||WalterLOVale||Brazil||$15,058.84|
|11-H: 5 Card PLO PKO||$530||623||$311,500||Bagrovui||Russia||$27,384.23|
The high buy-ins of SCOOP 12 brought the stars out on a Tuesday night. Even among the 64 players remaining in the “low” buy-in event, names like Joao “Naza114” Vieira and Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford leap out, chasing Ireland’s Frank “Denman98” Lillis.
In the medium buy-in, Tom “hitthehole” Middleton, Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen, Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves and Jordan “JWPRODIGY” Westmorland are involved still, while Kristin “krissyb24” Bicknell currently tops the $10,300 buy-in event with Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski in third. Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood is in ninth, “Lena900” is in tenth and Orpen “OrpTheTurk” Kisacikoglu is in 14th.
The fixed-limit 2-7 Triple Draw, with a $2,100 buy-in, is the kind of game you might expect to be built for someone like Shaun Deeb. And sure enough, at the halfway stage, it’s Deeb leading the last 12 player, with Shaun “buck21” Buchanan and Ole “wizowizo” Schemion still involved.
Schemion is still also in the $215 buy-in version, along with Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, Adam “Adamyid” Owen and Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi.
Tournaments completed: 30
Tournaments ongoing: 9
Entries so far: 164,302
Prize pool so far: $11,563,179
Most wins: 4 — Brazil, Russia; 2 — Costa Rica, Germany, Greece, Sweden.
It’s a weird hand, a loose call, a terrible flop and then a priced-in call. It somehow becomes a double knockout and $620 worth of bounties for Lex Veldhuis. How? Watch:
SCOOP 12 — NLHE
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
It’s the Super Tuesday extravaganza, with high rollers coming out to play. See above.
SCOOP 13 — Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
SCOOP 14 — NLHE
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
SCOOP 15: NLHE
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
SCOOP 16: NL Omaha Hi/Lo
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
If you always want a reason to call, this is the game for you! If, however, you’d like to get a little better at one of poker’s most fun variants, here’s an overview of the rules and here’s a good place to start on the subject of starting hands.
SCOOP 17: NLHE
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050