There was big, big money on the line on Wednesday in the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). And there were big, big names taking most of it away. Here’s the latest dispatch from the SCOOP tables…
• Kanit takes the cream in High Roller
• Reeves bags first and third in two major events
• China and Uruguay on the board
• How to spin $1 into a five-figure payday, SCOOP style
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Kanit gets the cream: One of the biggest personalities in world poker won the biggest prize of SCOOP so far when Mustapha “lasagnaaammm” Kanit triumphed in the $10,300 Super Tuesday High Roller last night, banking $271,790.44. Kanit prevailed from a ridiculously tough final table, in which Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos finished sixth, Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel was fourth and Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves was third. Both Carrel and Kanit are former SCOOP Main Event champions, but this time bragging rights went to the UK-based Italian. Mmmmmm. (Russia’s “Futti18” finished second.)
Reeves’ busy night ends with title: Although he could only manage third in the $10K, Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves was busy winning the $2,100 NLHE 6-Max at the same time, beating Ole “wizowizo” Schemion into second place and picking up $116,166.69. Reeves, from the UK, won $163,156 in the $10K, meaning his combined night’s haul came in at around $280,000. That’s the kind of reward you need for doing battle with the kind of sharks you find in these events. Reeves has been playing at the very top in both cash and tournaments for at least the past five years. We first encountered him at EPT Deauville in 2013, when he was a 22-year-old rookie. He is now approaching 30 as one of the very best in the world — and a SCOOP champion.
Ferreira and Schwartz denied again: Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira remains at the top of the overall Player of the Series leader board for this SCOOP, but so far he has not won a title. He got incredibly close to ending that relatively barren spell last night when he was heads up for the win against “MaxHendrix” of Russia in the Super Tuesday. The pair did a deal in which Ferreira took the most — $173,791 to MaxHendrix’s $169,484.62 — but the Russian player clinched the win. Luke “lb6121” Schwartz chalked up yet another near miss too. Schwartz was third again.
Stud heads to the Far East: China got on the board for this festival when “OK1OK2” somehow navigated his way through Norwegian waters to win the medium buy-in Stud Hi/Lo event, banking $13,275. Four of the last nine, and three of the last five, were from Norway, but Tobias ‘Senkel92’ Leknes fell in ninth, “Spokey” went out in fifth, “Aftret” was third and “johnen5” was beaten heads up as “OK1OK2” won a first title. Luke “lb6121” Schwartz made the deep stages in this one too, but was knocked out in fourth.
Stars shot down by MachineGun: The high buy-in Stud Hi/Lo was also one for the purists, with Joao “Naza114” Vieira, Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, Noah “Exclusive” Boeken, “kakukra”, Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Matt “MUSTAFABET” Ashton, Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, and Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes all making the money (16 places paid). However, Canada’s “MachineGunMK” shot them all down and won $28,665, the lion’s share of the $117,000 prize pool.
Spraggy falls short: Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg made deep runs in both the medium and low buy-in versions of SCOOP-26, but fell short of the final table in each. Spraggy won $640.39 for 132nd in the the $215 buy-in event, and $141.84 for 118th in the $22 buy-in. Better run-good next time, Spraggster.
|24-L: $109 NLHE, Mini Super Tuesday SE||6,577||$657,700||proggrezive||Argentina||$93,454.19|
|24-M: $1,050 NLHE, Super Tuesday SE||1,105||$1,250,000||MaxHendrix||Russia||$169,484.62*|
|24-H: $10,300 NLHE, High Roller||124||$1,240,000||lasagnaaammm||UK||$271,790.44|
|26-L: $22 NLHE, 6-Max||1,775||$213,220||emifran99||Uruguay||$23,656.75|
|26-M: $215 NLHE, 6-Max||2,071||$414,200||Smithstudent||Russia||$61,798.00|
|26-H: $2,100 NLHE, 6-Max||310||$620,000||Bit2Easy||UK||$116,166.69|
|28-L: $11 Stud Hi/Lo||3,620||$35,476||Vasoski||Germany||$5,226.61*|
|28-M: $109 Stud Hi/Lo||708||$70,800||OK1OK2||China||$13,275.00|
|28-H: $1,050 Stud Hi/Lo||117||$117,000||MachineGunMK||Canada||$28,665.00|
Tournaments completed: 81
Tournaments ongoing: 9
Entries so far: 585,633
Prize pools so far: $37,165,979
First-place prizes awarded: $5,134,503.01
Totals refer to completed tournaments only
INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!
We’re catching up with a lot of SCOOP winners this year, all happy to share their experiences of winning big.Antanas “Nr1InEurope” Bakaitis told us about his 8-Game victory, explaining his mixed-games secret: “I’m no good at Texas Hold’em!”. Meanwhile, Matt “MUSTAFABET” Ashton said after his win in the limit hold’em event, that he mainly uses tournaments as practice for the huge cash games that are his bread and butter.
As for Adam “adamyid” Owen, the Mexico City-based British grinder has his hands full. He’s a new dad, a charity worker, and he’s closing in on the leader boards. It’s amazing he was still able to beat “veeea” heads up for his SCOOP title this year.
Previous winner interviews:
“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
It was all going so well for Spraggy on Day 1 of SCOOP-26, where he made the money in both the low and medium buy-ins. But Day 2 was a stinker, as exemplified by this particularly nasty bad beat. At least the pain wasn’t so severe because at first Spraggy didn’t even notice…
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Meanwhile, it’s been a good SCOOP so far for @DonkbetClown. Keep grinding!
✅ Events played: 14
? Cashed: 4 / 14
2⃣ Days Two: 1 (SCOOP-02-L)
? Profit: +$107*
Tomorrow we’ll have a go at SCOOP-33-L: The $109 Thursday Thrill!
*not mentioning i’m down without SCOOP… ?
— Questje (@DonkbetClown) May 7, 2020
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FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE!Our friends at Poker News are offering live coverage of a ton of SCOOP events, so if you want to know how things went down, blow-by-blow, in the $10K won by Mustapha Kanit, or the Super Tuesday, in which “MaxHendrix” was crowned champion, click the highlighted text.
Tonight, they’ll pick up coverage of the Thursday Thrill medium and high buy-in tournaments, both of which have $1 million guarantees. Follow everything as it happens.
THE BIG SPIN-UP
As ever, you can get into most SCOOP tournaments for a lot less money than the advertised buy-in thanks to the scores of satellites running for each. If you click the “Qualify Now” button beside the tournament on the official Schedule page (scroll down), it should take you to a list of satellites.
Satellite winners have already secured some sensational ROI in this festival, with Russia’s “alexandro156” for instance turning a $1.45 satellite entry into $21,612.99, after he finished second in SCOOP-10-L. That represents an ROI of 14,904.5 percent.
Here are the top five biggest spin-ups so far:
“alexandro156” (Russia): $1.45 buy-in into $21,612.99 (ROI: 14,904.5 percent)
2nd place: SCOOP-10-L: $11 NLHE PKO
“andruta09” (Romania): $1.45 buy-in into $8,011.37 (ROI: 5,524.08 percent)
4th place: SCOOP-10-L: $11 NLHE PKO
“chikitin099” (Andorra): $5.50 buy-in into $27,009.19 (ROI: 4,909.76 percent)
2nd place: SCOOP-02-L: $22 NLHE PKO
“neGREENu” (Canada): $11 buy-in into $37,008.20 (ROI: 3,363.38 percent)
4th place: SCOOP-10-M: $109 NLHE PKO
“losero88” (GB): $7.50 buy-in into $24,709.20 (ROI: 3293.56 percent)
3rd place: SCOOP-20-M: $55 NLHE 6-Max PKO
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
The victories last night of Mustapha Kanit and Luke Reeves both went into the column for British players, even though Kanit is one of the proudest Italians around. He is based in the UK for poker, however, and so Britain claims his success. Those two scores extends the British dominance on the countries leader board, with Russia’s two title overnight also pulling them clear of Brazil and the Netherlands.
New countries to appear last night were China and Uruguay, who both earned their first titles of the year.
Six: Brazil, Netherlands
Three: Hungary, Greece, Austria
Two: Romania, Poland, Ireland, Argentina, Canada
One: Japan, Peru, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Belarus, Norway, Sweden, Argentina, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Uruguay, China
Day 8: Thursday, May 7
The Thursday Thrill meets SCOOP for three enormous tournaments today, where the guarantee on even the low buy-in event is three quarters of a million dollars. The $10,300 high roller and the $1,050 medium tournament have $1 million guaranteed. It’s mostly no limit hold’em across the board, with a nice 6-Max event to end too. The one exception is a PLO Hi/Lo tournament at 2.15pm ET.
10.30am ET – Event 32: NLHE
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $60,000, $250,000, $300,000
1pm ET – Event 33: NLHE 8-Max PKO Thursday Thrill
Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300
Guarantees: $750,000, $1 million, $1 million
2.15pm ET – Event 34: PLO Hi/Lo 8-Max
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $25,000, $70,000, $125,000
3.30pm ET – Event 35: NLHE 6-Max
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $125,000, $350,000, $400,000
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