It was the first Sunday of the 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) and it was every bit as exciting as you might expect. Squeeze in, it’s standing room only. Here’s the very latest…


TODAY’S HEADLINES

• Busiest Sunday draws thousands to SCOOP tables
• “Advanced moan” works for new champ Owen
• UK top-dog Beresford adds second title
• Holz among superstars joining High Roller action


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Room at the inn? The busiest day on the SCOOP calendar so far meant 18 tournaments starting, of which three played to a winner, as well as the completion of six of Saturday’s events. To the surprise of no one, the numbers were huge. The $215 Sunday Million Special Edition attracted 9,935 players, with the prize pool nearly doubling its guarantee, while the $2,100 Sunday Million High Roller brought out the best in the world. The top 15 of the 42 remaining overnight includes Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, Jorryt “TheCleaner11” van Hoof, Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro, Pedro “PaDiLhA SP” Padilha and Sam “SamSquid” Grafton.

A full constellation for the High Roller: The $10,300 High Roller was another star studded affair, with both Van Hoof and Holz in the last 11 of that tournament too. Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Andras “probirs” Nemeth, Daniel “Oxota” Dvoress and Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel are also still involved, with $271,790 up top. Meanwhile, Max “goodeh99” Silver leads the $2,100 PLO, which is down to its last 35 and in the money.

Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford

Top Brit is top Brit again: Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford is almost always in or around the top 10 in the online player rankings on Pocket Fives, and usually sits at the very top on the UK charts. With more than $10.5 million in documented tournament earnings across all sites, it’s easy to see why. Last night Beresford added a second SCOOP title to his bulging trophy cabinet, winning the $215 buy-in Sunday Cooldown, beating a field of 3,120 entries. Beresford won $38,579.25 from the main prize pool and a further $36,515.90 in bounties for a total haul of $75,095.15. That’s only the eighth biggest win of a spectacular career.

Adam “adamyid” Owen: Moans one in

Moaning and binking: Globetrotting Brit Adam “adamyid” Owen spent the early part of yesterday getting in what he described as an “advanced moan” on Twitter about where the guarantee had been set for the special edition Sunday Million. (He thought it was too low.) But Owen also had the good humour to admit: “Just want to be the dick who moans about the excellent tournament then binks it.” Here’s the bad news: Owen is out of the Sunday Million before the money. However, he did do a bink. That came in SCOOP-09-M – $55 Afternoon Deep Stack, where Owen beat a field of 7,898, including three-time Sunday Million champion Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov heads up, to win $55,531.49. (Moans or not, we have a lot of time for Owen at PokerStars Blog: much of his time, and his money, goes to some very good causes.)

Massive score for Passiveaggro: Russia’s “Passiveaggro” was the night’s biggest winner when he or she picked up the title in the $1,050 buy-in PKO event, which attracted 1,157 entries. With a bounty payout of $82,200.12, more than the first-place prize, Passiveaggro’s total haul came in at $161,844.81. “thegodfisher” of the UK won the medium buy-in version and “marakana1965” of Greece took down the low.


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TODAY’S RESULTS

Tournament Entries Prize pool Winner Country Prize
09-L: $5.50 NLHE, Afternoon Deep Stack 23,508 $115,189 Biodelic420 Brazil $11,789.47
09-M: $55 NLHE, Afternoon Deep Stack 7,898 $394,900 Adamyid Mexico $55,531.49
09-H: $530 NLHE, Afternoon Deep Stack 930 $465,000 Fukuruku Ukraine $77,273.17
10-L: $11 NLHE, PKO 46,890 $459,522 marakana1965 Greece $23,843.03†
10-M: $109 NLHE, PKO 11,627 $1,162,700 thegodfisher UK $99,512.34†
10-H: $1,050 NLHE, PKO 1,157 $1,157,000 Passiveaggro Russia $161,844.81†
18-L: $22 NLHE, Turbo, PKO, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE 14,872 $297,440 MePsychoUSuck Canada $22,601.04†
18-M: $215 NLHE, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE 3,120 $624,000 1_conor_b_1 UK $75,095.15†
18-H: $2,100 NLHE, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE 249 $498,000 xnrobix Hungary $86,954.04†

†inc. bounties


STAT TRACKER

Tournaments completed: 36
Tournaments ongoing: 15
Entries so far: 334,357
Prize pools so far: $16,306,971
First-place prizes awarded: $2,083,956.28

Totals refer to completed tournaments only


INTERVIEW! INTERVIEW! INTERVIEW!

William “Williaml666” Barbosa was one of the early winners in this year’s SCOOP and, as he told Martin Harris in our exclusive interview, it was the “best feeling ever”. Read everything Barbosa had to say as he reflected on his $69,000 win. FULL INTERVIEW


TWITCH WATCH

Two terrific multi-way hands here from Lex Veldhuis’s Sunday night stream.

The first started with a shove from bracelet winner Roman “Roma-Tilt” Korenev, who got a quick call. Veldhuis re-shipped with pocket sixes, and it wasn’t even slightly done yet. (Note: Veldhuis is still alive, placed 40th of 41 remaining in the $530 PKO, with $40K up top.)

In the $2K, Veldhuis woke up with kings in the cutoff and laid a trap, which you could say worked to absolute perfection:


TOP TWEETS

Nice and simple from new SCOOP winner Adam “adamyid” Owen:

What’s better than a royal flush? How about a royal flush when your opponent has a full house? That’ll do. Lukas “lukas_robo” Robinson was the man on the right side of this cooler, and got paid in full by the looks of things:


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BACK OF THE NET

A round-up of the best SCOOP coverage:

Our friends at Poker News are offering exclusive live coverage of a ton of SCOOP events, and they were kept very busy on Sunday. Follow live updates from the following tournaments as they play to a winner tonight:

SCOOP-14-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up
SCOOP-15-M: $215 NLHE Sunday Million
SCOOP-15-H: $2,100 NLHE Sunday HR
SCOOP-17-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller
FULL UPDATES SCHEDULE


Taking an early lead in the leader board race: Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira

LEADER BOARD LATEST

We’re getting into the swing of things now during this festival, and that means the Player of the Series Leader Boards are worth looking at.

Remember, this year there are two phases to the leader board race, one for the first half of SCOOP and one for the second week. Players can win SCOOP tickets from the first part and then cash prizes for the second, specifically $5,000 for the low, $7,500 for the medium and $10,000 for the high. The overall Player of the Series takes an additional $25,000 and a trophy.

Here’s how we currently stand:

Overall

1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 295 points
2 – “FONBET_RULIT”, Russia, 215
=3 – Adam “Adamyid” Owen, Mexico, 210
=3 – Senkel92, Norway, 210
5 – Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn, Russia, 205

Low (Week 1)

=1 – EPT Sem, Netherlands, 130 points
=1 – Nr1InEurope, Ireland, 130
=1 – vozzz, Netherlands, 130
4 – Sebasmch, Mexico, 125
5 – gonti89, Poland, 120

Medium (Week 1)

1 – Adam “Adamyid” Owen, Mexico, 140 points
=2 – fish_san, Japan, 130
=2 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia, 130
=2 – nkeyno, Japan, 130
5 – fedebola9, Argentina, 125

High (Week 1)

1 – Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn, Russia, 205 points
2 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 185
3 – Jorryt “TheCleaner11” van Hoof, UK, 175
4 – PaGaOVelhinho, Brazil, 155
5 – manuverd0n, UK, 130


STARTING TODAY

Day 5: Monday, May 4

“Only” four events (ie, 12 tournaments) kick off today, but there’s great subtlety and variety among them. First up it’s fixed limit hold’em, which will be greeted by groans by many, but whoops (getting bigger by fixed amounts) among the purists. We then have a six-max PKO hold’em event, a format that everyone seems to say they prefer, but which someone actually has to be quite bad at. (There’s a $1 million guarantee on the $530 buy-in version.) And then there’s a dangerous looking no limit PLO hi/lo event, which really separates the bad from the even worse. Thankfully, we end up with a sedate and normal NLHE affair, with a $11 low buy-in. Set your brain straight, and lick your wounds, with that one.

12.05pm ET – Event 19: Fixed-Limit Hold-em
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $12,000, $25,000, $60,000

1pm ET – Event 20: NLHE 6-Max PKO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $100,000, $500,000, $1 million

2.15pm ET – Event 21: 8-Max No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $15,000, $50,000, $100,000

3.30pm ET – Event 22: NLHE
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $50,000, $200,000, $300,000


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