The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP)? The Connor Drinan Championship of Online Poker (CDOOP) more like. Allow us to explain…
• Drinan at it again: SCOOP hat-trick in a week
• “Corback_fr” wins Sunday Million; “Anjeyyy” takes HR
• “Pimmss” wins Warm-Up Special Edition
• $25K Super High Roller starts today
• More than 1 million entries across all tournaments
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Drinan makes it three in a week: It seems like only yesterday we were anointing Connor “blanconegro” Drinan as the king of online Omaha, but it turns out he wasn’t even done. The very next night, Drinan returned to the scene of his two previous successes and added a third SCOOP Omaha title, this time winning the $215 buy-in NLO8 event for a haul of $28,358.58, including bounties. He beat a field of 1,052 entries to do so. Drinan’s three victories in a week is sure to go down as one of SCOOP’s most remarkable achievements. Before sitting down this week, Drinan had only one SCOOP title, won in a $2,100 NLHE tournament last year. But is now a four-time champ and is one an extraordinary heater.
Is Deeb’s record in sight? With this SCOOP festival only just into its second half, Drinan will have plenty of opportunities to try to go for his fourth title (and fifth overall). The 30-year-old from Chicago is now on par with Jason Mercier, Shawn Buchanan, and “D PitcherAK” who all have taken down three events within a single SCOOP series as well. Shaun Deeb is the only player in history who has managed to go one step further, claiming four trophies in 2012.
“Corback_fr” runs hot for SM success: The Sunday Million on SCOOP’s middle weekend is always one of the most eagerly anticipated tournaments on the calendar, and the most recent renewal offers all the evidence why. It attracted 3,419 players, building a prize pool of more than $1.7 million — ie, 70 percent more than the guarantee. After two days lasting more than nine hours apiece, UK-based player “Corback_fr” emerged as the champion, striking a heads-up deal with “Murashko” from Belarus before closing it out. Corback_fr won $216,617.61 for the victory and his first major PokerStars title.
Ukraine’s “Anjeyyy” binks High Roller: Therme’s victory came at the “medium” price point in SCOOP-44, which was set at $530 for the Special Edition. The “high” event, on the other hand, demanded $5,200 to play, and that brought out 264 players with the deepest pockets. Among them was “Anjeyyy“, who is one of Ukraine’s regulars at the high stakes tournament tables, with final tables in the Sunday Million, WCOOP and SCOOP already to his name, as well as at least one Super Tuesday success. Anjeyyy capped all of those results when he prevailed in last night’s SCOOP final, banking $253,819.24 after beating Sweden’s “Odonkor1” heads up. The low buy-in version of this event, costing $55 to play, went to Germany’s “Durrden”. He picked up $100,536.45, which is a staggering score for the tournament buy-in.
Cool Pimmss: The Dutch player “Pimmss” first came to our attention for a near miss. He was runner up to Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza in a Super Tuesday Special Edition in 2017. But since then, it’s been nothing but hits, including winning two High Rollers series events last December — and now a major SCOOP title. The most recent result, in the $2,100 Sunday Warm-Up special edition earned Pimmss a total $190,243.18, which included $101,398.42 in bounties — further evidence that the PKO format really favours the brave. The UK’s “caIcuIer_”, who was second, took the same amount as Pimmss from the main prize pool ($88,844.49), but “only” $13,078.13 in bounties.Let it Floesoe: The Netherlands’ fine SCOOP continued last night with a victory in the $530 buy-in Sunday Kickoff equivalent for “Floesoe“, which was worth $75,183.24. In order to clinch the victory, Floesoe had to overcome Ognjan “cocojamb0” Dimov heads up, which is not easily done. Dimov is a former EPT and WSOP champion and knows how to close tournaments out. The pair struck a deal after “Tyrion2205” was knocked out in third, and Floesoe completed the job at the end of a marathon tournament, with 965 entries. Both the low and medium buy-in tournaments went to players from Brazil, “Rgreick” and “FellipeD”, who took $10,921.59 and $49,740.12, respectively.
“pruttzz12” bags a big one for Sweden: In all, there were four tournaments finishing yesterday with prize pools of more than $1 million, the last of which resulted in a maiden major title for Sweden’s “pruttzz12“. The event in question was the $1,050 buy-in SCOOP-46-H, a straight NLHE 8-Max, and some of the game’s titans made it to the late stages: Igor “lechuckpoker” Kurganov was eighth, Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford was sixth and Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich was fifth. However, the heads-up battle came down to “pruttzz12” and Kazakhstan’s “Lavrik-mastr”, with the Swede coming out on top. That meant a $176,202 prize and a job very well done.
|42-L: $5.50 NLHE, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE||21,639||$106,031||Rgreick||Brazil||$10,921.59|
|42-M: $55 NLHE, Sunday Kickoff SE||6,152||$350,000||FellipeD||Brazil||$49,740.12|
|42-H: $530 NLHE||965||$500,000||Floesoe||Netherlands||$75,183.24*|
|43-L: $22 NLHE, PKO||20,601||$412,020||plsc0meagain||Lithuania||$25,091.52†|
|43-M: $215 NLHE, PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE||4,769||$953,800||AfRoBiZzLe!||UK||$87,143.03†|
|43-H: $2,100 NLHE, PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE||578||$1,156,000||Pimmss||Netherlands||$190,243.18†|
|44-L: $55 NLHE, Mini Sunday Million SE||19,368||$968,400||Durrden||Germany||$100,536.45|
|44-M: $530 NLHE, Sunday Million SE||3,419||$1,709,500||Corback_fr||UK||$216,617.61*|
|44-H: $5,200 NLHE, Sunday HR SE||264||$1,320,000||Anjeyyy||Ukraine||$253,819.24|
|45-L: $22 NLO8, 6-Max, PKO||6,527||$130,540||Jab0c0||UK||$12,898.59†|
|45-M: $215 NLO8, 6-Max, PKO||1,052||$210,400||blanconegro||Mexico||$28,358.58†|
|45-H: $2,100 NLO8, 6-Max, PKO||144||$288,000||Darth Vder58||Sweden||$74,245.13†|
|46-L: $11 NLHE, 8-Max||23,944||$234,651||Nicoverlast||Canada||$23,991.27|
|46-M: $109 NLHE, 8-Max||8,141||$814,100||Ronin_go||Canada||$114,303.32|
|46-H: $1,050 NLHE, 8-Max||1,079||$1,079,000||pruttzz12||Sweden||$176,202.87|
Tournaments completed: 138
Tournaments ongoing: 15
Starting today: 9
Entries so far: 1,014,190
Prize pools so far: $66,323,624
First-place prizes awarded: $9,236,224.95
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
It was a relatively quiet night in the poker streaming world last night but Fintan “easywithaces” Hand was still happily crossing swords with the very best. Here’s a hand he played against the “hottest player in the world at the moment”, aka Connor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford. But who is the “pathetic nit”?
Meanwhile, here’s your daily reminder that when you think it only happens to you, it doesn’t only happen to you. Rough run-outs happen to everyone. “Yikes.”
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Nick Walsh of OP-Poker has a decent contest running at the moment through his Twitter account. It needs you to be a bit creative and funny, and it could earn you some tournament tickets for the SCOOP action coming up.
@Pokerstars #SCOOP #GIVEAWAY 20 x $22 SCOOP tickets // FOLLOW my twitter account + RETWEET this tweet + REPLY your answer to the following question: “What’s the best way to manage tilt” (FUNNY ANSWERS ONLY!) // T&Cs here: https://t.co/GiwkJI8zfH pic.twitter.com/AQdTYp9UWl
— Nicholas Walsh (@OP_Poker_Nick) May 11, 2020
FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE!
Our friends at Poker News are offering live coverage of a ton of SCOOP events and last night went wire-to-wire as the big Sunday events wrapped up.
They followed Pimmss all the way to the $2,100 NLHE PKO title and were watching as “Anjeyyy” won the $5,200 Sunday High Roller. There was also full coverage of “Corback_fr”‘s magnificent SCOOP Sunday Million success.
Click the links above to read how it all played out, and check back tonight for the start of the $25K Super High Roller.
LEADER BOARD LATEST
We are now into Week 2 of SCOOP, which means three fresh leader boards and another race to pick up some major bonus prizes. The new leader boards began with tournaments that started on May 10 and later, which means winners of all of the major Sundays head the early standings — except in one case. That’s the “overall” leader board, which runs through the duration of the festival, and where we find Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira still with a commanding lead.
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 650 points
2 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 515
3 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 505
4 – krakukra, Russia, 495
5 – Ti0373, Russia, 460
Overall leader board runs through entirety of SCOOP.
Low (Week 2)
1 – Jab0c0, United Kingdom, 110 points
=2 – Aldo1913, Germany, 100
=2 – Flavio32125, Brazil, 100
=2 – plsc0meagain, Lithuania, 100
=2 – RGreick, Brazil
Week 2 prizes: 1st – Trophy and $5,000; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500. Top 25 win prizes.
Medium (Week 1)
1 – AfRoBiZzLe!, UK, 120 points
=2 – Corback_fr, UK, 110
=2 – Ronin_go, Canada, 110
=4 – Chapex, Peru, 105
=4 – gloupwths, Greece, 105
Week 2 prizes: 1st – Trophy and $7,500; 2nd – $5,000; 3rd – $2,500. Top 10 win prizes.
High (Week 2)
1 – Anjeyyy, Ukraine, 105 points
=2 – Darth Vder58, Sweden, 100
=2 – Floesoe, Netherlands, 100
=2 – pruttzz12, Sweden, 100
=2 – PikkuHUMPPA, Finland, 100
=2 – Pimmss, Netherlands, 100
Week 2 prizes: 1st – Trophy and $10,000; 2nd – $7,500; $5,000.
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Although Brazil, Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands picked up two titles apiece in tournaments ending on Monday, players based in the UK managed to snag three. That further extended the Brits’ leader board dominance, especially with Russia drawing a blank.
Meanwhile, Connor Drinan continues to haul Mexico up the leader board, all but single handed. The other Mexican victory came thanks to Adam “adamyid” Owen, which means an American and a Brit are doing their adopted nation proud.
10: Germany, Netherlands
Five: Austria, Ukraine, Sweden
Four: Greece, Belarus, Norway, Mexico, Canada
Three: Hungary, Poland, Ireland, Finland
Two: Romania, Argentina, Peru, Malta, Lithuania
One: Japan, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Denmark, Belgium, Uruguay, China, Bulgaria, North Macedonia
Day 13: Tuesday, May 12
What’s the next step up from Super Tuesday? That’s right, it’s a SCOOP Super Tuesday, or maybe Super Super Tuesday, where the buy-ins go through the roof. Event 52, which starts today, has a low buy-in of $215 and a high buy-in of $25,000. That makes it our Super High Roller, with a $2 million guarantee.
Elsewhere on today’s schedule we find a 2-7 Single Draw event, with a buy-in starting at $11, and a 6-Max PLO8 event too. Everything winds down with three chaotic PKO tournaments.
12.05pm ET – Event 51: 2-7 Single Draw
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $25,000, $35,000, $75,000
1pm ET – Event 52: NLHE 8-Max Super High Roller
Buy-ins: $215, $2,100, $25,000
Guarantees: $650,000, $750,000, $2 million
2.15pm ET – Event 53: PLO8 6-Max
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $50,000, $120,000, $200,000
3.30pm ET – Event 54: NLHE
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $150,000, $350,000, $500,000
6pm ET – Event 55: NLHE 8-Max Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $60,000, $250,000, $350,000
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