All the very latest from the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), where we’re in the calm before the storm of a massive final weekend…
• Matthias Eibinger adds SCOOP title to growing collection
• After bronze and silver, “lildani9” strikes gold
• Six winners from six different countries
• 6+ tournaments start today!
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Eibinger the best in Midweek Freeze: If you call yourself “iambest2” at the PokerStars tables, you had better have some game to back it up. Thankfully, Matthias Eibinger, who sits behind that moniker, has emerged over the past few years as one of the absolute cream of the crop, and he now also has a SCOOP title to add to his growing collection of accolades. Eibinger beat the 96-strong field in the $5,200 SCOOP Midweek Freeze, which finished last night, ultimately defeating Simon “IgorKarkarof” Rønnow Pedersen heads up. Eibinger won $114,703.80, which seems to be his biggest score on PokerStars. Note that in the four short years since he first appeared on the live scened, Eibinger has accumulated cashes of more than $10 million, including seven of more than $500K. This is only just the start of what could turn into one of the very best careers.
“lildani9” completes the medal collection: Before last night, Hungary’s “lildani9” had finished third and second in SCOOP events this year – first in the Sunday Million, where bronze came with a $180K prize, and latterly in the Sunday Warm-Up, where he took $34K as runner up. He now has the full set of medals after an outright win in SCOOP-107-H: $1,050 PKO, where his total haul hit $91,624.65. That included a remarkable $47,712 in bounties, which was more than the $43,911 he took from the main prize pool. lildani9’s last opponent was “kennyct31” of Romania, while former SCOOP Sunday Million winner Jonathan “Corback_fr” Therme was third. In fact, the deep stages were stacked: Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche finished fifth, “XMorphineX” was seventh, and Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza was eighth. Fintan “easywithaces” Hand streamed all the way to 22nd, but lost his last chips with Q♦10♦ to “Gedis92” of Lithuania.
|105-L: $55 NLHE 6-Max, Midweek Freeze||5,960||$298,000||11coconuts||UK||$37,188.10*|
|105-M: $530 NLHE 6-Max, Midweek Freeze||680||$400,000||drupa-lucker||Russia||$68,604.28|
|105-H: $5,200 NLHE 6-Max, Midweek Freeze High Roller||96||$480,000||iambest2||Austria||$114,703.80|
|107-L: $11 NLHE Progressive KO||29,086||$285,043||xxgo4goldxx||Finland||$19,441.61†|
|107-M: $109 NLHE Progressive KO||6,076||$607,600||pet_topgreen||Brazil||$56,854.10†|
|107-H: $1,050 NLHE Progressive KO||570||$570,000||lildani9||Hungary||$91,624.65†|
Tournaments completed: 321
Tournaments ongoing: 12
Starting today: 9
Entries so far: 2,395,226
Prize pools so far: $163,183,158
First-place prizes awarded: $22,564,846
Totals refer to completed tournaments only.
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. Most recently, Seun “AfRoBiZzLe!” Oluwole talked us through his victory in the Sunday Warm-Up, which he followed up with a final table in the 2nd Chance Main Event. It all started with a game of “Big Two” at school… Read the full interview.
Hear from some other SCOOP champions:
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
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:
Fintan Hand’s Thursday started so well, but didn’t go all according to plan. Twohands in particular took a terrible toll, and they happened back to back. In the first, “easywithaces” was looking good in 37th place of 90 in the $109. And even though he ended up with a set of jacks, the river card was “salty”:
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Last night, the team watched the opening exchanges of the $5,200 PLO, in which Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira and Noah “Exclusive” Boeken are among the big stacks. Follow it to the end tonight.
LEADER BOARD LATEST
All of our top five players on the overall leader board continue to play just about every event on the SCOOP schedule, and continue to make the money. For instance, with 14 players left overnight in the High buy-in PLO event, Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira currently sits second and Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi is ninth. Both are guaranteed some more points. They both also have chips in the Thursday Thrill, which has 103 players left. SCOOP will eventually finish after Sunday’s tournaments wrap, but expect this Player of the Series race to continue right to the end.
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 1,945 points
2 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 1,730
3 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 1,610
4 – Muka82, Brazil, 1,405
5 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK, 1,400
(Prizes: 1st: $50,000 + Trophy; 2nd: $20,000; 3rd: $10,000)
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
A comparatively small number of tournaments wrapped last night, but it was notable for the fact that the six winners came from six different countries. It had minimal impact on the overnight standings, which still shows a two-horse race at the top. Although SCOOP is entering its final weekend, there are still 51 undecided titles, so it’s officially still anyone’s game.
12: Ukraine, Austria
11: Sweden, Norway
Nine: Mexico, Ireland
Six: Greece, Romania, Hungary
Five: 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, Slovenia, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia.
Day 30: Friday, May 29
It didn’t make it on to the original SCOOP schedule, but 6+ (otherwise known as “short deck”) appears in this extended period, with buy-ins ranging from $11 through to $1,050. There are still large parts of the world, and the high roller community, for whom this is the favoured variant, so enjoy it. There’s also another heads-up, turbo, total knockout event, which is always a lot of fun. That means that the entire prize pool goes towards bounties, so you need to be ruthless…
1pm ET – Event 112: NLHE
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $175,000, $350,000, $500,000
2.15pm ET – Event 113: 6+ Hold’em 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $25,000, $50,000, $100,000
3.30pm ET – Event 114: Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom
Buy-ins: $2.20, $22, $215
Guarantees: $25,000, $150,000, $200,000
There are still a few chances to join the SCOOP action before things wrap up this weekend – and you might fancy getting involved in the 6+ action. If you do, it’s probably best you read this 6+ primer to help you avoid any rookie mistakes.
For all other poker training needs, 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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