Things got very serious on Day 5 of the 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), with 18 titles and $10 million in prize pools awarded. Rub your watering eyes and read where it all went in today’s SCOOP round-up…
• $10 million in prize pools awarded
• Four biggest first prizes of SCOOP so far
• Sunday Million heads to Slovakia
• Martirosyan and Schemion win; Holz and Glaser denied
• “MUSTAFABET” Ashton back among winners
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Money, money, money: Eighteen tournaments wrapped up on Monday, including all of the enormous Sunday events. In all, there were prize pools totalling $10,601,708 over those events, and first prizes of more than $1.6 million. Among them were the four biggest first prizes awarded so far this year, topped by Artur “mararthur1” Martirosyan’s win in the $10,300 High Roller, worth $271,790.44 (more details below).
Sunday Million title heads to Slovakia: Players from Slovakia have only recently returned to the PokerStars tables after some regulatory issues were sorted out, and “LuCasino777” will be most happy of them all. He or she was crowned champion from the 9,935-entry Sunday Million Special Edition, which paid $189,347.95 after a three-way deal. (Canada’s “Andy005” finished second, but won $219,010.57 after the deal.) It’s a first SCOOP title of the year for Slovakian players, and a first major career score for “LuCasino777”.
Martirosyan holds off Holz to win High Roller: The scintillating SCOOP schedule has persuaded just about everybody back to the poker tables, including those who are semi-retired these days. Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz doesn’t play as much as he used to, but he is no less formidable, and that makes Artur “mararthur1” Martirosyan’s achievement last night all the more noteworthy. Martirosyan beat Holz heads up in the $10,300 buy-in 8-Max High Roller, which boasted the biggest buy-in and biggest first prize of SCOOP so far. Martirosyan won $217,790.44 for victory from a final table that was one of the best assembled. In addition to runner-up Holz, Jorryt “TheCleaner11” van Hoof was third, Vicente “vicenfish” Delgado was fifth, Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira was sixth and Andras “probirs” Nemeth was eighth.
“Leqenden”‘s legend grows further: Belarus’s “Leqenden” has already won during WCOOP, and once won two Super Tuesday titles in a single year. Last night he added a SCOOP title, and a big one too: it was the $2,100 Sunday High Roller, for which he swelled his bankroll by another $196,648.22. He beat Brazil’s “chicalltreta” into second place, with Jorryt “TheCleaner11” Van Hoof making another final table, but finishing in sixth.
Schemion latest superstar to win: Just when you think, “I wonder where Ole Schemion has been this SCOOP”, the irrepressible Austria-based German pops up with a huge win. Schemion, who plays as “wizowizo”, beat a 293-entry field in the $2,100 buy-in PLO Six Max, winning $111,853.75. Schemion beat the formidable Hungarian Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujtas heads up (his username rather gives away his specialty) with “pkrbt”, who won the Omaha Main Event last year, in fourth and Max “goodeh99” Silver in fifth. There was another deep run for Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser, who came 13th. On which subject…
“acespice” denies Glaser second title: As you may well be aware, Benny “Rungodlike” Glaser is a mixed game specialist. Those three words might as well be on his birth certificate as they attach himself to his name so frequently. But when you’re good, you’re good, and Glaser played the $109 Sunday Warm Up over the weekend, and was still involved when he and his countryman “acespice” had vanquished all others. They did a deal, with Glaser banking the biggest slice — $81,530.86, which was about $30K more than he got for winning the 8-Game. However, “acespice” rallied and denied Glaser a second SCOOP title of the year. “acespice” is the official champion, winning $76,727.86, and putting Glaser (temporarily) in his place.
No stopping “compris”: “compris” already has titles in SCOOP, from 2017 and WCOOP, from the same year, and the Swedish player was back at the business end last night with victory in the $109 buy-in SCOOP-17-L. The tournament drew 7,274 players and “compris” earned $103,290 — one of the biggest payouts in a “low” buy-in tournament of the series.
One for Kazakhstan: The other huge winners of the night included Kazakstan’s “3DTemujiN”, who wrapped up victory in the high buy-in Sunday Kickoff, gaining a total haul of $166,080.20 (including nearly $35K in bounties). Ukraine’s “aJarov” won 17-M: $1,050 NLHE, 8-Max for $131,750.65, beating into second place the former EPT Deauville champion Ognjan “cocojamb0” Dimov.
Two more cards, same result for “Kaggis”: This time last year, Norway’s “Kaggis” picked up a SCOOP title in a $1,050 buy-in NLHE event, and this year the same player is a champion once more, but with four cards in his hand. “Kaggis” was the champion of SCOOP-16-M, which was the $215 PLO 6-Max, beating Finland’s “Strz” heads-up for a $52,144 payday and Norway’s first title of the year.
MUSTAFA-LIMIT-BET: Limit hold’em might not quite get the pulses racing like its no limit cousin, but the high buy-in SCOOP limit event is always one to watch with some of the world’s best coming out to play. This year was no exception, with all of Nick “nabourisk” Abou Risk, Terrence “Unassigned” Chan, “bencb789” and “krakukra” all in the last 14 in-the-money places. (There were 110 entries.) However, all of them yielded to Matthew “MUSTAFABET” Ashton, a former WSOP Poker Player’s Championship title winner, who added another SCOOP to his collection. Ashton won two SCOOP titles last year, and is also a former WCOOP winner, so this is no surprise. Ashton won $24,729.17 for this one.
|13-L: $5.50 NLHE, PKO, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE||20,591||$100,896||catam18||Romania||$5,969.11†|
|13-M: $55 NLHE, PKO, Sunday Kickoff SE||9,058||$452,900||Gelaman||Brazil||$39,635.78†|
|13-H: $530 NLHE, PKO||1,203||$601,500||3DTemujiN||Kazakhstan||$166,080.20†|
|14-L: $11 NLHE, 8-Max||21,721||$212,866||fromKapshino||Russia||$17,486.49*|
|14-M: $109 NLHE, Sunday Warm-Up SE||6,545||$654,500||acespice||UK||$76,727.86|
|14-H: $1,050 NLHE, Sunday Warm-Up SE||782||$782,000||Körrinho||Austria||$131,421.26|
|15-L: $22 NLHE, Mini Sunday Million SE||4,211||$518,100||Bomsis||Netherlands||$44,936.71*|
|15-M: $215 NLHE, Sunday Million SE||9,935||$1,987,000||LuCasino777||Slovakia||$189,347.95*|
|15-H: $2,100 NLHE, Sunday HR SE||557||$1,114,000||Leqenden||Belarus||$196,648.22|
|16-L: $22 PLO, 6-Max||8,261||$165,220||pistolp999||Netherlands||$23,194.76|
|16-M: $215 PLO, 6-Max||1,715||$343,000||Kaggis||Norway||$52,144.71|
|16-H: $2,100 PLO, 6-Max||293||$586,000||wizowizo||Austria||$111,853.75|
|17-L: $109 NLHE, 8-Max||7,274||$727,400||compris||Sweden||$103,290.90|
|17-M: $1,050 NLHE, 8-Max||921||$921,000||aJarov||Ukraine||$131,750.65|
|17-H: $10,300 NLHE, High Roller||124||$1,240,000||mararthur1||Russia||$271,790.44|
|19-L: $11 FLHE, 6-Max||3,217||$31,527||monopol||Germany||$4,541.89|
|19-M: $109 FLHE, 6-Max||538||$53,800||SM4RTASS||Netherlands||$9,518.96|
|19-H: $1,050 FLHE, 6-Max||110||$110,000||MUSTAFABET||UK||$24,729.17|
Tournaments completed: 54
Tournaments ongoing: 9
Entries so far: 431,413
Prize pools so far: $26,908,680
First-place prizes awarded: $3,685,025.09
Totals refer to completed tournaments only
INTERVIEW! INTERVIEW! INTERVIEW!
It was a dream scenario: “PufuMiu” had the chip lead three-handed, had two opponents prepared to gamble their chips, and he’d been dealt a pat straight. That’s the final instalment of how this Romanian web designer won his first SCOOP title, turning $11 into nearly $4,000. Read the rest of his terrific story: Last hand double-KO gives ‘PufuMiu’ win in Event #11-L
Previous winner interviews:
William “Williaml666” Barbosa: Best feeling ever!
Here’s something you might quite like from Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg:
Starting tomorrow! $8000 worth of tickets to giveaway. Homegames will be played and announced on stream with tickets added.
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Poker News were very busy on Sunday and Monday as the massive hold’em events crowned champions. But there’s no rest for the wicked and they’re back at it today, with the $1,050 “regular” Super Tuesday and $10,300 8-Max High Roller.
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LEADER BOARD LATEST
Jorryt “TheCleaner11” van Hoof has been hogging the headlines through this first week of SCOOP, and his results are beginning to push him up the Player of the Series Leader Boards too. Van Hoof is now third in the overall race, behind leader Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, but he has a commanding lead in the High buy-in version. Ferreira plays, and succeeds, at all buy-in levels, and he is in the top five in both low and high tables, explaining his position at the top of the overall standings.
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 $25,000 and a trophy.
Here’s how we currently stand:
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 440 points
2 – krakukra, Russia, 335
3 – Jorryt “TheCleaner11” van Hoof, UK, 315
4 – Körrinho, Austria, 305
5 – Adam “Adamyid” Owen, Mexico, 290
Low (Week 1)
1 – Senkel92, Norway, 170 points
2 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 165
3 – gonti89, Poland, 155
4 – eiro07, Austria, 140
5 – Ca$haholic, Netherlands, 135
Medium (Week 1)
1 – Adam “Adamyid” Owen, Mexico, 195 points
2 – Perrymejsen, Sweden, 170
3 – fish_san, Japan, 165
4 – Gelaman, Ukraine, 155
5 – LuCasino777, Slovakia, 155
High (Week 1)
1 – Jorryt “TheCleaner11” van Hoof, UK, 295 points
2 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 235
3 – Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn, Russia, 220
4 – Körrinho, Austria, 205
5 – PaGaOVelhinho, Brazil, 165
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
There were first titles on Monday for players from Sweden, Norway, Belarus, Slovakia, Kazakhstan and Austria, with players from the latter country winning two titles on the same day. It means that 21 different nation flags are now on the board during this SCOOP.
Thanks to Matt “MUSTAFABET” Ashton’s win in the limit event, the Union Flag of the United Kingdom still tops all at the moment, with nine registered wins. We know that at least a few tournaments were won by UK-based players who originated overseas, but Adam “Adamyid” Owen’s victory officially went to Mexico, so it’s not quite as clear cut as it seems.
Anyway, here’s the full allocation of titles so far:
Five: Germany, Brazil
Three: Hungary, Ukraine
Two: Greece, Romania, Austria
One: Poland, Ireland, Japan, Peru, Mexico, Canada, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Belarus, Norway, Sweden
Day 6: Tuesday, May 5
Add a card and shed some players. That’s the general mantra behind Event 23, which kicks off today’s SCOOP action. It’s a five-card PLO six-max affair, with a progressive bounty, and if that turns out to be too much, we then have the first 2-7 Triple Draw tournaments of this year’s SCOOP.
Those fancy variants sit alongside the week’s early highlight: the Super Tuesday Special Edition, with buy-ins of $109, $1,050 and $10,300. The medium and high events have $1 million guarantees, and they will be smashed.
Failing that, if you want to get everything wrapped up double quick, the nightly turbo is the event for you. Buy-ins start at $5.50 and it’ll be over in a flash. Unless you win. In which case, you won’t care.
12.05pm ET – Event 23: 5-Card PLO (6-Max PKO)
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $30,000, $100,000, $200,000
1pm ET – Event 24: NLHE 8-Max Super Tuesday
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300 million
Guarantees: $350,000, $1 million, $1 million
2.15pm ET – Event 25: Fixed Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $25,000, $50,000, $100,000
3.30pm ET – Event 26: NLHE 6-Max
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $80,000, $200,000, $400,000
6pm ET – Event 27: NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $40,000, $150,000, $250,000
There are some huge hold’em events today, as well as the tricky 2-7 Triple Draw and 5-Card Omaha. That means you’re going to need to dig deep into your well of skills to profit. The other top strategy for success at the SCOOP tables is to head over to PokerStars School and learn from the very best. They have tailor made courses for all variants, as well as some SCOOP-specific tips.
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