The best of the best are not just skilful, they are full of stamina too. Today’s round-up from the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) has details of new wins for some of the game’s most durable talents…
• Schemion masters high roller for fourth win
• Two up for “Bomber&Granater”
• Leknes goes one-two in 5-Card Draw
• Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak is back
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Double double for Schemion: Two years ago, Ole “wizowizo” Schemion won two SCOOP titles within the space of two days, picking up his first double ‘COOP. It took him only slightly longer this time around, but Schemion completed a second double last night when he outlasted a scintillating final table to win the $10,300 High Roller, adding another $258,639.29 to his coffers. Schemion previously won SCOOP-16-H: $2,100 PLO, 6-Max during this series, and has made six other final tables. Schemion is, without doubt, one of the best tournament players in the world, with $16.3 million in live earnings too. The Vienna-based player had to navigate through a 118-entry field for this latest title, and beat a final table that included overnight chip leader Daniel “Oxota” Dvoress, who finished sixth, Sergi “srxakgirona” Reixach (fifth), Steve “Mr. Tim Caum” O’Dwyer (fourth), Wiktor “Iimitless” Malinowski (third) and, eventually, “megaliciou$$$” of Romania. In the final hand, reported by Poker News, megaliciou$$$ flopped two pair but Schemion turned a bigger two pair, which is where all the money went in. megaliciou$$$ took $200,391.37, but yet another title went to Schemion.
Two up for “Bomber&Granater”: Another Austria-based player, “Bomber&Granater”, recorded a second SCOOP triumph of the series, and again found all the right moves in a tournament that would award the most lavish riches. Bomber&Granater won the $1,050 Super Tuesday, officially listed as a “medium” level event in SCOOP, but still boasting a prize pool of $642,000 and a first prize of $112,056.84. There were 642 entries. That came in addition to Bomber&Granater’s $110,486.01 victory earlier in the series in SCOOP 36-H, another $1,050 NLHE, 8-Max event, with 633 entries. It’s “unlikely to be the last,” wrote a prescient scribe of what was a first SCOOP title. How true.
Mixed gamer Leknes goes 1/2 in Draw: Make that a triple double. Hot on the heels of the two Austrians, Norway’s Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes also picked up a second title of SCOOP 2020 last night, winning the $11 buy-in pot-limit 5-Card Draw. What’s more, he also finished second in the medium buy-in version of the same event, narrowly missing out on a highly unusual double. His victory in the $11 event required beating a field of 1,701 entries and came with a $2,521 prize, but it was most notable for its underlining of Leknes’s all-round skills. His first title this time came in the $215 buy-in pot limit Omaha Hi/Lo, and he also won the $11 Badugi for his first SCOOP title in 2017. Sharking through the low and medium buy-in events is exceptionally difficult, but Leknes seemingly does it with ease. Only “Denis XXX007” of Russia denied Leknes the “medium” title too, in a tournament in which Rui “RuiNF” Vieira finished third. To date, only Terrence “Unassigned” Chan has won two versions of the same event on the same day in SCOOP, a feat he achieved in 2009 in the fixed-limit hold’em.
Maslak is back: Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak was the Player of the Series in SCOOP last year, winning the “low”, “high” and “overall” leader board prizes. He is giving a title defence a very good crack of the whip too, having previously made seven final tables and making the money 91 occasions in this year’s series. He had to wait until last night to go all the way to a third career title, however, but he was unbeatable in the $1,050 5-Card Draw. Maslak won $19,617 for this victory, over a 49-entry field, and needed to beat fellow Russian (and ‘COOP beast) “Premove” heads up. That was after Luke “lb6121” Schwartz fell in third for the fourth time this series.
Day of Romania: Romanian players had a great day yesterday in SCOOP, with “jah1923” winning the $109 Mini Super Tuesday, for $55,501.11, and “Narcisus90” winning the $109 PLO8 6-Max for a further $15,787.37. Not only that, but “robertino_manu” was part of the three-way deal in the tournament jah1923 won and actually walked away with the most money, despite finishing second. robertino_manu took $61,644 from the prize pool. All of that was eclipsed by another second place finish, however. As noted above, “megaliciou$$$” lost heads-up to Ole “wizowizo” Schemion in the $10K, and that runner-up spot was worth $200,391. That is more than Romania’s six champions have won this year combined.
Give him them chips: Fintan “easywithaces” Hand is already a SCOOP champion this year, and he has overnight interest in two tournaments currently under way. Hand bagged 1.45 million chips in the $1,050 PKO, good for 20th place of the 33 remaining, and he has 3.45 million in the $109 buy-in version of that event, placing him 21st of 150 left. Some good streaming coming up with Fintan tonight.
|102-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE||5,619||$561,900||jah1923||Romania||$55,501.11*|
|102-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE||642||$642,000||Bomber&Granater||Austria||$112,056.84|
|102-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller||118||$1,180,000||wizowizo||Austria||$258,639.29|
|103-L: $11 PLO8 6-Max||5,374||$52,665||vpisjak||Latvia||$5,645.68|
|103-M: $109 PLO8 6-Max||1,067||$106,700||Narcisus90||Romania||$15,787.37*|
|103-H: $1,050 PLO8 6-Max||218||$218,000||PlayWMyNuts||Canada||$35,022.18*|
|106-L: $11 PL 5-Card Draw||1,701||$16,670||Senkel92||Norway||$2,521.54*|
|106-M: $109 PL 5-Card Draw||238||$25,000||Denis XXX007||Russia||$4,819.07|
|106-H: $1,050 PL 5-Card Draw||49||$50,000||krakukra||Russia||$19,617.65|
Tournaments completed: 315
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Starting today: 12
Entries so far: 2,352,758
Prize pools so far: $160,542,516
First-place prizes awarded: $22,176,429
Totals refer to completed tournaments only.
FEATURE! FEATURE! FEATURE!
In our most recent SCOOP feature, we asked a long list of SCOOP champions what are the three things that they think they do well that have helped them to the top of the online game. It wasn’t just about pumping hot air up them, either. This is so that you can learn from them and improve your own game.
The answers read like a “how to” manual for elite level poker: dedication, persistence, application, concentration. As Phil Galfond once said, “The biggest misconception in poker is that poker is its own innate skill, like saying ‘I’m good at dancing’.” The best poker players possess a vast array of skills and traits which have led them to success.
Here’s your chance to learn from the best:
You have to take the rough with the smooth when you watch the PokerStars Twitch streamers, and in this clip you’ll need to sit through Fintan “easywithaces” Hand doing “a little bit of dad dancing” and also referring to himself in the third person as “Finty”. But it was a big pot, a major knockout, and a pivotal moment on Hand’s decent run in the $1K PKO last night.
And what do you think of this one? Would you call or fold?
INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!
We’ve been catching up with numerous other SCOOP champions over the series, happy to share the secrets of their success, or simply to introduce themselves to the poker world. Hear their stories:
William “JUCA_PIRAMA1” Oliveira and a rise from 2BBs
Pedro “BigodinSagaz” Henrique: Following a path to success
László “Lackoo87gcb” Molnár: “I think I’m starting to like it!”
Cristian ‘Chapex’ Chapoñan: One for Peru
Jonathan “Corback_fr” Therme: Sunday Million winner left speechless
Nicolas “Nicoverlast” Wright: pacing a treadmill to success
Swedish pro Adam “pruttzz12” Jonsson: How to beat Urbanovich, Beresford and Kurganov
Vitor “vitoradiron” Adiron: “I’ll continue working on my failures”
Guilherme “teruliro” Orrico: Two WCOOPs and now one SCOOP
“plens” targets bucket-list EPT appearance
Tapio “PikkuHUMPPA” Vihakas: “I am as lazy as a human can be”
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
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FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE!
There’s no better way to follow all the SCOOP action than via Poker News’ live updates.
Last night, the team watched Ole Schemion win his fourth SCOOP title (relive all the action now), and took in the first day of the $5,200 6-Max Midweek Freeze. “shuhpat” of Uzbekistan leads the last 11, with “Lena900”, “prebz” and “TimOthee” in the chasing pack.
Tonight they will also pick up coverage of the $5,200 PLO High Roller, the biggest buy-in PLO event still left on the schedule.
LEADER BOARD LATEST
Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira came third in one event last night, while Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak won another one. This leader board race continues to the wire. I’ve got a feeling Maslak’s points haven’t yet been added to his tally at time of writing, but this will be updated ASAP:
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 1,910 points
2 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 1,570
3 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 1,520
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK, 1,345
5 – Muka82, Brazil, 1,330
(Prizes: 1st: $50,000 + Trophy; 2nd: $20,000; 3rd: $10,000)
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Both the UK and Brazil drew a blank on Wednesday night, though their place as the top two in the leader board now seems all but assured. Germany hold a slight edge in their mini battle with the Netherlands, while Senkel92’s victory pulled Norway back level with Sweden in the battle for the Nordic crown. Romania’s two titles pushed them alongside Greece.
11: Sweden, Norway, Austria
Nine: Mexico, Ireland
Six: Greece, Romania
Five: Hungary, Belarus, China, Poland, Lithuania
Three: Peru, Lebanon
Two: Malta, Denmark, Belgium, Japan, Uruguay, Bulgaria, Croatia, Luxembourg, Moldova, Latvia
One: Kazakhstan, Slovakia, North Macedonia, South Korea, Czech Republic, Macau, Cyprus, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia.
Day 29: Thursday, May 28
Buy-ins today range from $5.50 to $5,200, underlining SCOOP’s appeal to players of all levels and bankrolls. The cheapest event is a NLHE 6-Max, which still boasts a $60,000 guarantee, while that $5K is a PLO 6-Max affair, which will make for shark-infested waters. The Thursday Thrill will also be, well, thrilling, with a $750K guarantee on the high buy-in tournament.
10.30am ET – Event 108: NLHE
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $75,000, $250,000, $300,000
1pm ET – Event 109: NLHE 8-Max Thursday Thrill
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $300,000, $500,000, $750,000
2.15pm ET – Event 110: PLO 6-Max
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $100,000, $200,000, $400,000
3.30pm ET – Event 111: NLHE 6-Max
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $60,000, $200,000, $350,000
There are still a few chances to join the SCOOP action before things wrap up this weekend. And if you’re thinking about doing that for the first time, or maybe are returning to the tables after a break, you will be well advised to read PokerStars School’s online tutorials. They are always relevant.
PokerStars School has all the information you need on how to get involved, how to make sure you have the right bankroll, how to play the satellites and how to play the tournaments themselves.
Click through to get yourself properly prepared:
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