It wouldn’t be a major festival without a title for Benny Glaser. And we only had to wait three days in this year’s Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) before the mixed game titan bared his teeth. All that and more in today’s SCOOP round-up…


TODAY’S HEADLINES

• “RunGodlike” at it again, bags seventh title
• Double Sunday Million champ wins first SCOOP
• Rebuy insanity!
• Near misses for PokerStars streaming army
• First $10K High Roller gets started


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Yet another title for Benny Glaser

Seven up for Glaser: Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser is, without question, among the very best mixed games players in world poker. He has three WSOP bracelets as proof of his live game skills, and last night added a seventh ‘COOP title when he defeated a field of 122 in the high buy-in 8-Game event. The result earned Glaser $54,853.75 and further consolidated his status as the absolute cream of the crop in the very toughest discipline.

SM champ adds SCOOP win: Russia’s “Lucky_Jew_17” has had a spectacular 12 months. He won the Sunday Million twice (becoming one of only 17 players who have done that) and last night he won his first SCOOP title, prevailing in the $530 buy-in PKO. His total haul was $124,632.24, split almost evenly between bounties and prize pool, after he beat Peru’s Diego “Die Ventura” Ventura heads up.

Bridesmaid becomes the bride: The UK’s “com 157” has twice finished second in the Super Tuesday, as well as in the Sunday Warm-Up, but became a SCOOP champion late on Saturday night in the $1,050 buy-in NLHE event. com 157 defeated the former PCA champion Dimitar “KuuL” Danchev heads up and won nearly $130K, which is the biggest single prize so far in SCOOP this year.

Russia 1, Russia 2, Russia 3: The first 1-2-3 of this year’s SCOOP happened in the high buy-in 5-Card Draw event last night as Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn took gold ahead of his countrymen “Parasol6Ka” and Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov. Kostritsyn has numerous COOP titles to his name, as well as a formidable presence at the cash tables, and this victory bagged him another $23,666.39, including bounties. This tournament also offered the first glimpse in the deep stages of the powerhouse Strebkov, who has previously dominated online tournament series. Fellow Player of the Series stalwart Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna finished third in the medium buy-in version of this event, behind Hungary’s “MarkBang“.

Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara: Beaten into second

Japan vs. Japan: For years, the most prominent and successful Japanese online player has been Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara, who has won numerous SCOOP titles, particularly in non hold’em events. Last night, Kihara could only watch as his countryman “fish_san” bagged a maiden SCOOP event — beating Kihara heads-up at the end of the $215 8-Game. It was a very rare Japanese 1-2, with fish_san winning $22,022.45 and Kihara taking $15,441.65. The UK’s Luke “lb6121” Schwartz was third. Mason “Pye_Face21” Pye‘s challenge ended in 13th. A five-way deal brought the low buy-in version to a close, with Ireland’s “Nr1InEurope” closing out for the title and a $7,825.49 payday. It was the first title heading to the Emerald Isle so far in this festival.

Rebuy!: The first rebuy event brought predictable insanity, particularly in the $2.20 low buy-in tournament. There were 13,589 players but they added a further 17,287 rebuys and 7,592 add-ons, bringing total stacks in play up to 24,879. Peru’s “Malicious20” won $9,444.66 and the title, which is fairly amazing for a tournament costing a couple of bucks. The medium buy-in version more than doubled its , with Brazil’s “cassolGana” taking the title after a three-way deal. And in the high buy-in, there were 1,082 re-buys and add-ons among the 736 players, which meant a prize pool of nearly $370,000. It was again a Brazilian coming out on top: “Eleres88” won $62,622.06.

Twitch streamers miss finals, just: In addition to Mason “Pyefacepoker” Pye, Lex Veldhuis and Ben “Spraggy” Spragg also had their Twitch viewers on the edge of their seats last night. But Veldhuis fell in 14th in the $530 PKO, picking up around $5,600 including bounties, and Spraggy finished 22nd in SCOOP-05-M, turning his $109 buy-in into $2,120.37 in an event won by Germany’s “staanemer“. The outright victory was worth $112,835.35.


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TODAY’S RESULTS

Tournament Entries Prize pool Winner Country Prize
06-L: $22 8-Game 4,039 $80,780 Nr1InEurope Ireland $7,825.49*
06-M: $215 8-Game 642 $128,400 fish_san Japan $22,022.45
06-H: $2,100 8-Game 122 $244,000 RubGodlike UK $54,853.75
07-L: $5.50 NLHE, PKO 40,388 $197,901 YouGoBrokeOk Germany $8,946.54*
07-M: $55 NLHE, PKO 15,879 $793,950 Lackoo87gcb Hungary $56,713.57
07-H: $530 NLHE, PKO 1,893 $946,500 Lucky_Jew_17 Russia $124,632.24
08-L: $11 NLHE, Turbo 13,739 $134,642 vozzz Netherlands $16,704.92
08-M: $109 NLHE, Turbo 3,022 $326,000 PokerHoney91 Germany $38,778.74*
08-H: $1,050 NLHE, Turbo 326 $326,000 PaGaOVelhinho Brazil $60,585.40
11-L: $11 NL 5-Card Draw, PKO 3,623 $35,505 PufuMiu Romania $3,396.22†
11-M: $109 NL 5-Card Draw, PKO 461 $46,100 MarkBang Hungary $6,816.94†
11-H: $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw, PKO 78 $78,000 joiso Russia $23,666.39†
12-L: $2.20+R NLHE, Turbo 13,589 $75,397 Malicious20 Peru $9,444.66
12-M: $22+R NLHE, Turbo 5,301 $263,640 cassolGana Brazil $27,014.50*
12-H: $215+R NLHE, Turbo 736 $369,054 Eleres88 Brazil $62,622.06

† inc. bounties
* denotes deal


STAT TRACKER

Tournaments completed: 27
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Entries so far: 224,106
Prize pools so far: $11,133,220
First-place prizes awarded: $1,469,511.74

Totals refer to completed tournaments only


TOP TWEETS

The seventh feels just as sweet as the first for Benny Glaser:


TWITCH WATCH

Tired of looking at the same old table design? Streamer “Papaplatte” came up with a perfect solution for the narcissists:

“How is this guy No 1 on Twitch?” asks Spraggy of Lex Veldhuis, among other questions. He’s got a point.

“Good luck us,” Veldhuis said as he got his stack in with top pair in the $530 PKO. “marlin5555” had an overpair, but…look at that happy little Oompah Loompah.


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BACK OF THE NET

A round-up of the best SCOOP coverage from across the web:

Our friends at Poker News are providing live coverage of a ton of SCOOP events, including SCOOP-10-H, which is a $1,050 PKO tournament currently at its half-way stage. The expert team of tournament reporters is catching plenty of the action that might otherwise be missed by railbirds, including this spectacular elimination of Andras “probirs” Nemeth. He went from chip leader to the rail in a matter of minutes.

SCOOP 10-H LIVE COVERAGE
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COUNTRIES CHALLENGE

Brazilian players won the medium and high buy-in versions of the rebuy event in SCOOP last night, meaning the South Americans have pulled ahead of the UK, Russia and Germany in the countries leader board. Meanwhile, all of Peru, Romania, Japan and Ireland got on the board for the first time. Here’s how the 27 titles have been distributed so far:

Five wins: Brazil
Four: UK, Russia, Germany
Two: Netherlands, Hungary
One: Greece, Poland, Ireland, Japan, Romania, Peru.


STARTING TODAY

Day 4: Sunday, May 3

It’s Sunday, it’s PokerStars, and that means a familiar pattern of no limit hold-em tournaments. You kick off, you warm up, you hit the big one, and then you cool down.

Because it’s also SCOOP, there’s even more. Both the medium and high buy-in tournaments of the Sunday Million equivalent have $1 million guarantees, as does a $10,300 buy-in High Roller, which starts at 3.30pm ET.

Buy-ins today start at $5.50, for the Mini Kickoff, and go all the way up to that big $10K. And don’t worry if you’re not a NLHE aficionado: SCOOP-16 is PLO.

8am ET – Event 13: NLHE 8-Max PKO Sunday Kickoff
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $50,000, $250,000, $400,000
POKER NEWS LIVE COVERAGE

10.30am ET – Event 14: NLHE 8-Max Sunday Warm-Up
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $100,000, $350,000, $500,000
POKER NEWS LIVE COVERAGE

1pm ET – Event 15: NLHE Sunday Million
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $275,000, $1 million, $1 million
POKER NEWS LIVE COVERAGE

2.15pm ET – Event 16: PLO 6-Max
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $80,000, $200,000, $400,000

3.30pm ET – Event 17: NLHE 8-Max High Roller
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Guarantees: $400,000, $750,000, $1 million
POKER NEWS LIVE COVERAGE

5pm ET – Event 18: NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $100,000, $250,000, $400,000


GET SCHOOLED

The full Sunday schedule means some of the richest MTTs in the world of online poker. There’s never been a better time to head to PokerStars School and learn all you need to know to go into these events with confidence sky high.

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