This time last week, Connor Drinan didn’t have a SCOOP title to his name. Now he has two. Read all about his latest win in today’s dispatch from the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). It’s a busy one…


TODAY’S HEADLINES

• Four-card king Drinan wins again
• Sunday prize pools top $11 million
• Biggest tournament so far with 47,067 entries
• Late jostling at top of the leader boards


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Connor “blanconegro” Drinan wins a second Omaha event

Drinan makes it two: Hello again, Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, rapidly becoming the Omaha king of SCOOP 2020. Only a matter of three days since Drinan won SCOOP-34-H: $530 PLO8, the Mexico-based American went a good deal better and took down the $5,200 buy-in PLO for $152,011.46. That’s the biggest Omaha prize of the festival so far and came after beating a 150-entry field. Japan’s “kjunia” was second and Finland’s “Lateski” was third, with Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi’s seventh place marking another fine tournament for him. But Drinan was unbeatable and added his third career SCOOP title to the three he has in WCOOP.

Sunday tournaments draw enormous numbers: SCOOP’s middle Sunday is always enormous and this year is no exception. The 18 tournaments starting yesterday attracted a combined 147,515 entries, with prize pools of close to $11.5 million. There was actually a small overlay in a couple of tournaments, but otherwise guarantees were destroyed. That was particularly apparent in the Sunday Million Special Edition, where the prize pool is $1.709 million. That’s one of four $1m+ prize pools from events starting yesterday.

Always bank on the Brazilians in the big-field events

Big, bigger, biggest goes to Brazil: The $5.50 PKO event, which started on Saturday, set a new mark for number of entries during this SCOOP. With 29,598 unique players and 17,469 re-entries, the 47,067 total entries was the most so far, and they built a prize pool of $230,628. Brazilian players seem to do particularly well in these vast-field tournaments, and this time it was “AAnaKKonda” who outlasted everyone to bank $9,060 from the prize pool and a further $3,716 in bounties and earn the bragging rights as the player who has beaten the most others to win. The medium buy-in version of this event also went to Brazil, with “BigodinSagaz” prevailing from a 19,125-entry affair and earning a total $52,136.96 after a five-way deal.

Theologis earns first for new home: North Macedonia is on the SCOOP 2020 map after Alex “Pwndidi” Theologis bested the high buy-in SCOOP-39 event, and picked up $85,430.16 in the process. Theologis is a poker coach, whose videos tend to focus on hands he has played against the world’s best, and he likely found some new content from last night’s deep stages. The players ranked second and third on the current Pocket Fives rankings, Jerry “Perrymejsen” Odeen and Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford finished 15th and 10th respectively, and Theologis had to contend with Joao “Naza114” Vieira until the very end. But Theologis won the heads up duel against Vieira and earned his first major title.

Big bounty win for wifi password: It might seem as though “$w4g4l1c10u$” typed his or her wifi password into the username field when originally setting up a PokerStars account, but this Malta-based player showed some real skills to win the $530 buy-in NLHE PKO and bank a total $103,137.39. Both $w4g4l1c10u$ and Mike “munchenHB” Telker, the last two left from the 2,208-strong field, took $70,326.96 from the main prize pool, but $w4g4l1c10u$ took a total $32,810.43 in bounties too, including Telker’s, to win the event outright.


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Old favourite bags first SCOOP: Norway’s “Aftret” has been doing this a long time. Back in 2014, he or she finished second in a WCOOP event, and won the Sunday Million in 2018. Last night, it was back to the SCOOP tables and a crushing victory over a 4,177-entry field in the $109 buy-in Afternoon Deep Stack. This latest triumph came with a $59,650 winner’s prize.

Two finals for Difelice

Difelice denied as “MAMbI4” slays stars: Alex “dynoalot” Difelice made two final tables last night, finishing fifth in SCOOP-39-H for about $27K and third in SCOOP-40-M for another $28K. In the latter, Difelice was in particularly testing company, with Patrick “pads1161” Leonard finishing fourth, Calvin “cal42688” Anderson in sixth and Franciso “Tomatee” Benitez in seventh, one spot from the 6-handed official final. All of them were bettered by Russia’s “MAMbI4”, however, who beat “XD89lol<3”, of Finland, heads up. (XD89lol<3 is a pretty tough opponent too. The player behind that jumbled username is a former SCOOP Sunday Million winner.) MAMbI4 earned every penny of the $57,285.19 first prize.

Cooldown win for “PikkuHUMPPA”: Finland’s “PikkuHUMPPA” is a familiar presence in major MTTs on PokerStars, and already made the final table in the limit hold’em during this SCOOP, but took a significant leap forward late last night with victory in the high buy-in Sunday Cooldown. With noted sharks Pavel “silentm0de” Plesuv and Sam “SamSquid” Grafton vanquished in fifth and sixth, respectively, PikkuHUMPPA steamed to the title and a haul of $90,828.67, including bounties.


TODAY’S RESULTS

Tournament Entries Prize pool Winner Country Prize
39-L: $11 NLHE, Afternoon Deep Stack 19,746 $193,510.80 DinoTheSaulo Brazil $18,847.22*
39-M: $109 NLHE, Afternoon Deep Stack 4,177 $417,700.00 Aftret Norway $59,659.48
39-H: $1,050 NLHE, Afternoon Deep Stack 481 $481,000.00 Pwndidi North Macedonia $85,430.16
40-L: $55 PLO, 6-Max 4,163 $208,150.00 skalexjung Germany $26,170.69*
40-M: $530 PLO, 6-Max 668 $334,000.00 MAMbI4 Russia $57,285.19
40-H: $5,200 PLO, 6-Max 150 $750,000.00 blanconegro Mexico $152,011.46
41-L: $5.50 NLHE, PKO 47,067 $230,628.30 AAnaKKonda Brazil $12,776.67†
41-M: $55 NLHE, PKO 19,125 $956,250.00 BigodinSagaz Brazil $52,136.96†*
41-H: $530 NLHE, PKO 2,208 $1,104,000.00 $w4g4l1c10u$ Malta $103,137.39†
47-L: $5.50 NLHE, Turbo, PKO, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE 18,429 $90,302.10 Aldo1913 Germany $6,822.21†
47-M: $55 NLHE, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE 9,019 $450,950.00 Chapex Peru $41,084.92†
47-H: $530 NLHE, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE 1,425 $712,500.00 PikkuHUMPPA Finland $90,828.67†
Daily totals 126,658 $5,928,991.20 $706,191.02

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


STAT TRACKER

Tournaments completed: 123
Tournaments ongoing: 15
Starting today: 9
Entries so far: 895,548
Prize pools so far: $56,091,181
First-place prizes awarded: $7,796,929.21

Totals refer to completed tournaments only


INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!

We’re catching up with a lot of SCOOP winners this year, all happy to share their experiences of winning big. Click through to hear more from our long list of happy champions:

Previous winner interviews:

Catalina “catam18” Marmureanu”: A result for all women in poker
Paul “pistolp999” Kroezen: A triumph of perseverence
Adam “adamyid” Owen: Defeating end-boss “veeea”
Matt “MUSTAFABET” Ashton: Tournaments are practice for cash games
Antanas “Nr1InEurope” Bakaitis: “I’m no good at Texas Hold’em!
“MarkBang”: First out to last man standing
“thegodfisher”: Busy broker finds time to win SCOOP title
Oleg “Fukuruku” Vasylchenko: Poor student becomes richer
Michael “Malicious20” Cottier: $9.5K from a $2.20 buy-in tournament!
Dimitrios “papadatos69” Papadatos: Making most of downturn in tourism
William “Williaml666” Barbosa: Best feeling ever!
Last hand double-KO gives ‘PufuMiu’ win in Event #11-L


TWITCH WATCH

Elite poker players relish the tough decisions, but there’s something almost insulting about being put under intense pressure on the very first hand of a tournament. Ben “Spraggy” Spragg had only just started his Sunday Million campaign — it was the “legit first hand of the Million” — and had to make a decision for all his chips:

Meanwhile, what’s better than a tournament double up? Lex Velduis has the answer from last night’s stream:


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TOP TWEETS

Here’s a shocking run out for MatthewLakins right at a crucial moment in his tournament. It happens to us all, Matthew, but keep at it and you’ll be on the right side of this eventually.

There’s no better way to prepare for major tournaments than with a little mental conditioning. Tricia Cardner, PhD, EdD, talked to poker coach Gareth James about how to get in the right mindset:


FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE!

Poker News on the case

Our friends at Poker News are offering live coverage of a ton of SCOOP events and are currently out of their minds with tiredness after the packed Sunday schedule.

In the $5,200 Sunday High Roller, “Sintoras” leads Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson and Daniel “Oxota” Dvoress, and the updates will continue to the bitter end. An even longer day is in store in the Sunday Million, where “Rekond” is top of the pile but 263 still remain. Again, updates will continue until it’s done. There’s also the not insignificant matter of the $2,100 Sunday Warm Up, where “girafganger7” leads the way.

FULL UPDATES SCHEDULE


LEADER BOARD LATEST

We’re still not 100 percent sure whether “Week 1” is over on these leader boards, but there was another change overnight and that seems to suggest they’re still going.

Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira is still well clear in the overall standings, but with prizes due to be given out very soon, a last-gasp switch in the “low” leader board might mean some late drama. To repeat: these figures are not confirmed, but the week one standings seem to be as follows:

Overall

1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 580 points
2 – krakukra, Russia, 490
3 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 475
4 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 455
5 – Körrinho, Austria, 445

Overall leader board runs through entirety of SCOOP.

Low (Week 1)

1 – Oudendijk42, Netherlands, 265
2 – gonti89, Poland, 260
=3 – Philych_085, Belarus, 245 points
=3 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 245
5 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 240

Week 1 prizes: 1st – $2,725 in SCOOP tickets; 2nd – $2,010 in tickets; 3rd – $1,015 in tickets. Top 25 win prizes.

Medium (Week 1)

1 – Luke “lb6121” Schwartz, United Kingdom, 255 points
2 – Adam “Adamyid” Owen, Mexico, 235
3 – Jerry “Perrymejsen” Odeen, Sweden, 210
4 – SuperPoep, Netherlands, 195
=5 – XD89lol<3, Finland, 190
=5 – Premove, Russia, 190

Week 1 prizes: 1st – $5,355 in SCOOP tickets; 2nd – $2,830 in tickets; 3rd – $1,615. Top 10 win prizes.

High (Week 1)

1 – Jorryt “TheCleaner11” van Hoof, United Kingdom, 310 points
2 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 275
3 – Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn, Russia, 265
4 – Naza114, Netherlands, 250
=5 – Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, Mexico, 225
=5 – Körrinho, Austria, 225

Week 1 prizes: 1st – $10,300 in SCOOP tickets; 2nd – $5,200 in tickets; $3,150 – in tickets.


COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD

North Macedonia makes its debut on this year’s SCOOP countries leader board, while three wins for Brazil moved the South Americans closer to the top. Sunday was the first night on which players from the UK drew a blank, and that has allowed Russia, with one title, to get right back into contention.

Latest standings:

18: UK
17: Russia
12: Brazil
Nine: Germany
Eight: Netherlands
Five: Austria
Four: Ukraine, Greece, Belarus, Norway
Three: Hungary, Poland, Ireland, Sweden, Mexico, Finland
Two: Romania, Argentina, Canada, Malta
One: Japan, Peru, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Denmark, Belgium, Uruguay, China, Lithuania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia


STARTING TODAY

Day 12: Monday, May 11

Ever look at a 6-Max table and think: “Too many.” If so, today’s NLHE 4-Max should be the game for you. With buy-ins from $5.50 to $530, you should find a level to suit the bank balance as well. Today also marks the first Stud tournament on this year’s SCOOP, which should bring out some of the mixed game followers.

1pm ET – Event 48: NLHE
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $150,000, $600,000, $850,000

2.15pm ET – Event 49: Stud
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $20,000, $40,000, $65,000

3.30pm ET – Event 50: NLHE 4-Max Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $60,000, $225,000, $300,000


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