Happy birthday to the extended Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). For the first time, this tournament series has made it to 30! Here’s all the latest from the tables as SCOOP shows no signs of slowing down…


TODAY’S HEADLINES

• 6+ defence makes it six for SirWatts
• Celestino, Carlsson and Santos among 18 new champs
• Series doubles for “$w4g4l1c10u$”, “monopol” and “Andrej82”
• Brazil narrows gap in race for top country


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Watson conquers 6+ again: Even before last night, Mike “SirWatts” Watson already had two victories from this year’s SCOOP, as well as a runner-up finish, but it’s now time to make it three. Watson was the last man standing in the $1,050 6+ tournament (otherwise known as “short deck”), winning $29,997 for defeating a 148-entry field. With neat symmetry, victory in the 6+ gave Watson his sixth overall SCOOP title, and essentially represents a title defence. This time last year he won the 6+ high buy-in event, albeit when the price for an entry was $5,200. Both Lex Veldhuis and Spraggy cashed this event too, with Lex busting in 18th and Spraggy making a money jump before going out in 17th.

A title defence in the 6+ for Mike “SirWatts” Watson

Eight years on, a second for Celestino: Ariel “ArielBahia” Celestino is one of Brazil’s most recognisable players, with a victory on the LAPT under his belt, as well as numerous deep runs in EPT tournaments and a World Series final table to his name. He also now has two SCOOP titles after he came out on top of a Brazilian 1-2 in the Thursday Thrill Special Edition. With a $2,100 buy-in, there was 390 entries and $780,000 in the prize pool, and when all others were gone, it was only Celestino and his countryman “copag holdem” left. Celestino won the heads-up battle, and it was massive: his final bounty haul was $93,570, which eclipsed the $62,126 he won from he main prize pool. (copag holdem won “only” $12,468 in bounties.) The $155,697.10 combined total was bigger even than Celestino’s largest live score and three times what he won when he earned his first SCOOP title in 2012. That was in a $27 low buy-in hold’em event, with 22,013 runners, for which the prize was $55,048.

Top Brazilian, Ariel “ArielBahia” Celestino

Jakob “mendieta” Carlsson (10 years ago)

Carlsson back in the big time: When Liv Boeree won EPT Sanremo in 2010, sending her career into the stratosphere, she earned additional respect for the quality of the opponent she beat heads up. Jakob Carlsson was best known as “mendieta19“, a formidable talent at the online tournament tables. Boeree hasn’t been seen at the SCOOP tables this year, but Carlsson has — and last night he proved that he still has what it takes, 10 years after that night in Sanremo. Carlsson won SCOOP-109-M, the $215 buy-in PKO event, for which he earned $67,435.63 ($41,737 from the prize pool and $25,698 in bounties). There were 3,386 entries, with Hungary’s “icedavid” unable to do what Boeree did and losing heads-up.

Andre “Sira Al Aziz” Santos: PLO crusher

Santos denies “xnrobix” for PLO big one: Portuguese players are scattered across Europe these days to ensure they can still play the biggest tournaments online, and André “Sira Al Aziz” Santos is based in Croatia. It’s worth the trouble, though, especially as he continues to prosper in PLO, in particular. Last night Santos came out on top of an especially tough 110-entry field in the last $5K PLO event of this SCOOP series, bagging $111,256.53 and the title after a heads-up deal with “xnrobix” of Hungary. “xnrobix” won two WCOOP events last year, including in the equivalent $5K PLO tournament, and already has a SCOOP title from this series, in the $2,100 Sunday Cooldown from a few weeks ago. But Santos, who is a poker coach with Run It Once, was too strong for xnrobix this time and picked up the first SCOOP title of his career.


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Marci makes good: Maszat “noirduck” Marci has previously finished second in tournaments in the SCOOP and TCOOP series, as well as fourth in WCOOP. But he finally took the last step last night in SCOOP-108-H, a $1,050 no limit hold’em tournament. Marci beat a field of 356 entries to the $65,619 first prize, with Pedro Vinícius “pvigar” Garagnani the last to fall by the wayside. (All of “Körrinho”, Franciso “Tomatee” Benitez and Jens “Graftekkel” Arends were also at the final table.) Marci’s tournament earnings now stand at $2.6 million — and he also won the Big $215 on PokerStars last night, for a further $3,978.

More swag for “$w4g4l1c10u$”: The player behind the catchy “$w4g4l1c10u$” screen-name is intent on making poker reporters’ lives a nightmare, winning a second SCOOP title of the series (he has also finished runner up once) and testing our copy/paste skills to the maximum. This Malta-based wi-fi-password-posing-as-a-screenname last night won the $530 buy-in 6-Max, beating a field of 847 entries to a $59,071.62 first prize — cutting a heads up deal with Thiago “KKremate” Crema. Crema, who also already has a SCOOP victory, from 2016, walked away with more money ($61,717) but $w4g4l1c10u$ took the title, adding it to success in a $530 PKO event earlier in the series.

“Andrej82” and “monopol” win second “low” titles: The sheer number of players in the “low” buy-in events makes winning one of them a supremely difficult task. But winning two of them? Nigh on impossible. “Andrej82” and “monopol” should take a ton of applause today, therefore, after they both claimed their second low titles of the series. Andrej82, from Austria, added victory in the $2.20 NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom event to his success in the $5.50 PLO8 earlier in the series. That first tournament had 8,554 entries, while the second had 20,152. The Heads-Up Zoom victory earned him $995.60 (all of this is paid in bounties). As for Germany’s monopol, he or she won the $55 PLO 6-Max (2,880 entries) after earlier triumphing in the $11 limit hold’em 6-Max (3,217 entries). This latest victory was worth $20,845.99. To remain undefeated in two low events is some achievement, so hats off to both of these grinders.


TODAY’S RESULTS

Tournament Entries Prize pool Winner Country Prize
108-L: $11 NLHE 9,297 $91,111 geshuou Finland $10,171.59*
108-M: $109 NLHE 2,470 $250,000 crazybombs Netherlands $36,676.87
108-H: $1,050 NLHE 356 $356,000 noirduck Hungary $65,618.99
109-L: $22 NLHE 8-Max, PKO 15,821 $316,420 bet121995 Russia $23,254.47†
109-M: $215 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Mini Thursday Thrill SE 3,386 $677,200 mendieta19 Sweden $67,435.63†
109-H: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Thursday Thrill SE 390 $780,000 ArielBahia Brazil $155,697.10†
110-L: $55 PLO 6-Max 2,880 $144,000 monopol Germany $20,845.99
110-M: $530 PLO 6-Max 500 $250,000 hotmark777 Lebanon $40,048.89*
110-H: $5,200 PLO 6-Max, High Roller 110 $550,000 Sira Al Aziz Croatia $111,256.53
111-L: $5.50 NLHE 6-Max 19,181 $93,987 duxo 93 Brazil $9,783.03
111-M: $55 NLHE 6-Max 7,105 $355,250 BC1989RF Hungary $50,449.80
111-H: $530 NLHE 6-Max 847 $423,500 $w4g4l1c10u$ Malta $59,071.62*
113-L: $11 6+ Hold’em 6-Max 4,384 $42,963 nemmad Netherlands $6,131.18
113-M: $109 6+ Hold’em 6-Max 643 $64,300 mrlaing Canada $11,028.63
113-H: $1,050 6+ Hold’em 6-Max 148 $148,000 SirWatts Canada $29,997.02
114-L: $2.20 NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom 20,152 $39,498 Andrej82 Austria $995.60†
114-M: $22 NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom 11,319 $226,380 batai12 Russia $12,028.36†
114-H: $215 NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom 1,486 $297,200 samuraiUA Ukraine $34,051.03†
Daily totals 100,475 $5,105,809 $744,542

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


STAT TRACKER

Tournaments completed: 339
Tournaments ongoing: 3
Starting today: 12
Entries so far: 2,495,701
Prize pools so far: $168,288,967
First-place prizes awarded: $23,309,388

Totals refer to completed tournaments only.


TWITCH WATCH

There was heaps of interesting content on the Twitch channels last night as all of the big hitters played 6+ and heads-up Zoom, as well as their usual diet of hold’em MTTs. Lex was on Spraggy’s table for a bit, and Arlie Shaban was sat with Fintan Hand.

Here’s a good hand for Spraggy in the heads-up, which “got him right back in the game”. Ready for a couple of overbets?

And here’s some more Spraggy at his finest: following a raid from his German friends and colleagues, Spraggy managed to make quads and talk his new followers through it in what approximates to their native tongue.


INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!

Lorenzo Baynes

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, Lorenzo “O”Pazzzo”” Baynes discussed his return to the poker tables after years away — a decision that earned him $115K and a SCOOP title, and got him right back in the mood. “Since my victory, I’m playing every day,” he said. Read the full interview.

Hear from some other SCOOP champions:

Seun “AfRoBiZzLe!” Oluwole on a brilliant SCOOP so far
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.

How to be a better player

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:

The three things SCOOP winners do well (and how you can start doing them too)

Other features:

What common mistakes do players make at the tables to make them exploitable?
The roadmap to winning a SCOOP title, as outlined by 2020 champions


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LEADER BOARD LATEST

Whenever you try to rein in Rui, he just piles on more points. Yep, Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira is now through the 2,000 points barrier for this Player of the Series race and now seems unassailable. It’s been a completely dominant display for the Netherlands-based Portuguese player in this race. He’s been in the top slot pretty much from the first day and is still there as we enter the final weekend.

Latest standings:

1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 2,040 points
2 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 1,880
3 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 1,690
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK, 1,580
5 – Muka82, Brazil, 1,450

(Prizes: 1st: $50,000 + Trophy; 2nd: $20,000; 3rd: $10,000)


COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD

With 18 tournament wrapping on Friday night, the countries leader board race remains incredibly tight. Nobody from the UK won a title, despite so many being on offer, while two went to Brazil, helping the South Americans close the gap at the top.

Latest standings:

44: UK
43: Brazil
32: Russia
21: Germany, Netherlands
18: Canada
13: Ukraine, Austria
12: Sweden
11: Norway
Nine: Mexico, Ireland, Finland
Eight: Hungary
Six: Greece, Romania
Five: Belarus, China, Poland, Lithuania
Four: Argentina, Lebanon
Three: Peru, Malta, Croatia
Two: Denmark, Belgium, Japan, Uruguay, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Moldova, Latvia
One: Kazakhstan, Slovakia, North Macedonia, South Korea, Czech Republic, Macau, Cyprus, Slovenia, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia.


STARTING TODAY

Day 31: Saturday, May 30

If you have the energy for one last push, there are heaps of interesting tournaments happening all weekend, starting today. The ever-popular Afternoon Deep Stack gets things started, and the hold’em menu continues through to the Turbo 6-Max PKO to round out the evening, with guarantees of more than $250K on the medium and high buy-ins. Those mixed game masters will love the 8-Game kicking off at 2.15pm ET too, with buy-ins starting at $5.50.

10.30am – Event 115: NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack
Buy ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $75,000, $250,000, $350,000

1pm ET – Event 116: NLHE 8-Max
Buy ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $100,000, $350,000, $500,000

2.15pm ET – Event 117: 8-Game
Buy ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $20,000, $30,000, $100,000

3.30pm ET – Event 118: NLHE 6-Max, Turbo, PKO
Buy ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $150,000, $250,000, $300,000


GET SCHOOLED

There are still a few chances to join the SCOOP action before things wrap up this weekend – and this would be a great time to try the 8-Game if you’ve always been tempted. Start off with the overview of the 8-Game variants, then allow PokerStars School to take over.

PokerStars School’s Mixed Game course
Ville Wahlbeck plays $0.50/$1 8-Game
Ville Wahlbeck plays $2/$4 8-Game

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:

Am I SCOOP ready? Planning, bankroll, mindset
Gearing up for SCOOP – General tournament strategy
Multi table tournaments (MTT) course
Poker satellite strategy


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