SCOOP 2020: All the news from Day 1

May 01, 2020inPoker

It’s official: the 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is under way. Here’s your first daily update of what happened in the SCOOP universe…


• Nine events under way; two completed
• Guarantees obliterated as crowds flock to tables
• Greece’s “papadatos69” becomes first champion of series
• Brazil on the board early
• Andras “probirs” Nemeth enjoys great start


Events two, three and four got under way on the opening day of SCOOP, and each attracted enormous numbers. In the Mini Thursday Thrill, with a $22 buy-in, 27,948 players built a prize pool of $558,960, more than $250K above the $300K guarantee. The pattern was repeated through every event, with the high buy-in version amassing a $1.15 million prize pool, breaking the $1 million mark on the opening day.

After nine hours, 20 minutes of play in Event 4-L: $11 NLHE, SCOOP crowned its first champion when “papadatos69” of Greece prevailed from a field of 19,588 entries. The victory came after a three-handed deal, in which Norway’s “Fixxxr6_” actually took the most money, banking $15,869.35 to papadatos69’s $15,084.11. But it’s only papadatos69 who can call himself opening day SCOOP champion.

Decent start for Andras “probirs” Nemeth

Online superstar Andras “probirs” Nemeth is leading the high buy-in version of Event 4, which paused overnight with 35 players left and $95,000 on the line for the winner. He is also sitting fifth of the 35 still involved in the high buy-in PLO event, with $101K up top. For good measure, Nemeth is 66th of 95 left in Event 3-M, guaranteed another cash. (Just to complete the picture, Nemeth finished 76th in Event 2-H, out of the money, but winning his buy-in back in bounties. He whiffed in the medium version. The shame.)

Brazilian players will inevitably feature regularly in the top echelons in these SCOOP tournaments, with the South Americans a hot favourite to come out on top in the countries leader board. On the opening night, “Williaml666” bagged the first title, coming out on top of a Brazilian 1-2. “guilherme12” was beaten into second place. Williaml666 won $69,061.24 from the $109 buy-in event.



Event Entries Prize pool Winner Country Amount
04-L: $11 NLHE 19,588 $191,962.40 papadatos69 Greece $15,084.11*
04-M: $109 NLHE 4,852 $485,200.00 Williaml666 Brazil $69,061.24

*denotes deal


Tournaments completed: 2
Tournaments ongoing: 7
Entries so far: 24,440
Prize pools so far: $677,162.40
First-place prizes awarded: $84,145.35

(Totals reflect completed tournaments only)


It was a mixed bag for PokerStars’ streaming army on the opening day of SCOOP. And when there’s a mixed bag, it’s bound to be Spraggy dipping his hand in and pulling out the booby prize. Here’s an illustration of how his opening day went:

Meanwhile, Lex Veldhuis is in the black after cashing in both the low and high buy-in versions of Event 4. He finished in 2,766th in the low, for $19.15, and 38th for $3,050.90 in the high. That said, having a good hand and making it pay doesn’t always work out. It happens even to the pros…

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Blow by blow with Poker News


Our friends at Poker News are writing live coverage of several tournaments during this SCOOP festival, including the medium and high buy-in Thursday Thrill events, which are ongoing right now. Read blow-by-blow accounts of how we got here, and then pick up the coverage at 1pm ET as they play to a winner.



Positive thinking on Day 1 from @LuckyNutsPoker1

A great feeling for @DonkbetClown, who is running deep for the first time, in front of a Twitch audience too.


Twelve tournaments across the three buy-in levels on SCOOP’s first Friday, including a first glimpse at the 8-Game. See the “GET SCHOOLED” section below for more tips on how to make the most from the 8-Game. Your cheapest event today will set you back a mere $5.50 (that’s the 8-Max PKO), while there’s a $500K guarantee on the $530 buy-in version of the same event.

1pm ET – Event 5: NLHE
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $125,000, $300,000, $400,000

2.15pm ET – Event 6: 8-Game
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $30,000, $60,000, $150,000

3.30pm ET – Event 7: NLHE 8-Max Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $80,000, $300,000, $500,000

5pm ET – Event 8: NLHE 8-Max Turbo
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $35,000, $100,000, $200,000


As 8-Game makes its first appearance on this year’s SCOOP schedule, there’s never been a better time to brush up on all your mixed games. PokerStars School is the place to go, specifically its 8-Game page.

The full spread of games is as follows:

T – Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
H – Limit Hold’em
O – Limit Omaha Eight or Better (Hi/Lo)
R – Razz
S – Limit Seven Card Stud
E – Limit Stud Eight or Better (Hi/Lo)
H – No Limit Hold’em
A – Pot Limit Omaha

There’s also a super useful video — 8-Game Poker with TheLangolier, and former Team Pro from Finland, Ville Wahlbeck, also has a multi-part 8-Game tutorial. Here’s Part 1, and follow the links for the next: Wahlbeck plays $0.50/$1 8-Game session


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