Two double champions, a triple for Belarus and some Zooming Swedes. It’s packed and it’s frantic in today’s round-up from the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP)…
• Beresford and “Leqenden” win second titles of festival
• Three winners from Belarus; two from Sweden
• Mulder, Vieira and Drinan among other big-name winners
• Prize pools approach $50 million
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Beresford aiming for No 1 after second title: It’s been quite a week for Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford. The top-ranked British player on Pocket Fives’ rankings won SCOOP-18-M for $38,579 on Monday, and by Friday night he was a double SCOOP champion for 2020. Beresford last night won the $530 buy-in SCOOP-32-H, banking another $85,959. In between that, Beresford twice won tournaments in the PokerStars High Roller Club, for around $21K and $11K respectively, bringing his lifetime online tournament cashes to $10.8 million and leaving him breathing down the neck of Niklas “Lena900” Astedt at the very top of the global rankings. Beresford’s most recent SCOOP title came after he defeated a field of 1,072 entries and beat Brazil’s “great_dant” heads-up, with the Austria-based titan “bencb789” in third.
Another for “Leqenden” in Belarus triple: Beresford was not the only player to win a second SCOOP title of the year last night. “Leqenden“, of Belarus, was the champion in the Mini Thursday Thrill (officially SCOOP-33-L), a $109 buy-in PKO event with a stunning 9,379 runners. Last week, Leqenden defeated a field of 557 to win the Sunday High Roller and so has now pulled off the rarest of feats: winning at both the high and low buy-in price points in a single festival. Including bounties, his latest title came with a $95,405.68 paycheck, which goes into the bankroll already swelled by last week’s $196,648.22 winner’s prize. Leqenden has previously won in WCOOP and has two Super Tuesday titles to his name. (He was also not the only winner from Belarus last night as “XOTTAI5bI4” won the $5.50 NLHE for $8,706.34, beating a field of 15,479 entries and “cooltwister” won the $2,100 NLHE for $108,799.70, in a brilliant treble for Belarusians.)
Vieira joins the party: Joao “Naza114” Vieira is one of PokerStars’ most feared MTT players with three previous titles in SCOOP, and a Player of the Series accolade from 2017. Unusually for this Netherlands-based Portuguese crusher, he had to wait until the second week to win his first title this time, but made it worth the wait. Vieira picked up a total $186,342.05 ($89,119.47 plus $97,222.58 in bounties) when he won SCOOP-33-M. Vieira has arrived. Again.
“tinnoemulder” scoops biggest prize so far: Dutch players are on fire in SCOOP this time around, and “tinnoemulder” continued the red-hot streak last night when he won the $10,300 buy-in High Roller and bagged the biggest cash of the festival so far. tinnoemulder took $113,785.25 from the main prize pool and a staggering $165,000 in bounties for a total payday of $278,785.25. In truth, he earned every penny having emerged from one of the toughest final tables ever assembled. Francisco “Tomatee” Benitez was eighth, Michael “imluckbox” Addamo was seventh, Sam “SamSquid” Grafton was sixth, previous SCOOP winner “WATnlos” was fifth, Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker was fourth, Andras “probirs” Nemeth was third and Niklas “Lena900” Astedt was beaten heads up. The total prize pool weighed in at $1.17 million.
Drinan at the double: There’s seemingly no end to the list of familiar champions from this week in SCOOP, and we can add to the list Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, who last night won the $530 buy-in PLO8 for a $34,420 payday.That is Drinan’s second career SCOOP title, which he adds to his three in WCOOP, and marks a welcome return to the top echelons for the Mexico-based American. Drinan hasn’t been seen in the live arena quite as often as he was about three or four years ago, but his string of results online has been consistent. His lifetime total cash now sits at $8.25 million, according to Pocket Fives, and he has a further $11 million live. There were 378 entries to the big buy-in PLO8 event, with Drinan taking the lion’s share of the $189,000 prize pool.
Zoom favours the Swedes: Swedish players had managed only one SCOOP title between them during this year’s festival — until last night when they won the low and high buy-ins of the same event. That was the Heads Up Turbo Progressive Total KO Zoom event, which paid everything in bounties and depended on fast thinking, heads-up play. That’s how refined these Swedes are these days. “nEfErEfrE” bagged the low title, for $5,168.82, but it was “WhatIfGod” who took down $37,691.13 in the $530 buy-in affair. In 2014, WhatIfGod won two WCOOP titles within a week, but this was his first SCOOP success, having been runner-up in a 2018 Win The Button tournament.
“Premove” in the club: Russia’s “Premove” joined the swelling (but still exclusive) club of multiple ‘COOP champions last night when he added a SCOOP title to a previous WCOOP success. Premove won the $55 PLO8 event this time for $17,635, adding that victory to deuce-to-seven single draw title he won in 2017. His biggest career score came in a SCOOP Sunday Million last year where his third place was worth more than $110K, and with a mastery of so many disciplines, it seems likely we haven’t seen the last of Premove.
|32-L: $5.50 NLHE||15,479||$75,847||XOTTAI5bI4||Belarus||$8,706.34|
|32-M: $55 NLHE||6,626||$331,300||Achuienas||Lithuania||$36,734.53*|
|32-H: $530 NLHE||1,072||$536,000||1_conor_b_1||UK||$85,959.00|
|33-L: $109 NLHE, PKO, Mini Thursday Thrill||9,379||$937,900||Leqenden||Belarus||$95,405.68†|
|33-M: $1,050 NLHE, PKO, Thursday Thrill||1,350||$1,350,000||Naza114||Netherlands||$186,342.05†|
|33-H: $10,300 NLHE, PKO, High Roller||117||$1,170,000||tinnoemulder||Netherlands||$278,785.25†|
|34-L: $5.50 PLO8, 8-Max||8,554||$41,915||Andrej82||Austria||$5,885.60|
|34-M: $55 PLO8, 8-Max||2,400||$120,000||Premove||Russia||$17,635.02|
|34-H: $530 PLO8, 8-Max||378||$189,000||blanconegro||Mexico||$34,420.52|
|35-L: $22 NLHE, 6-Max||11,046||$220,920||AchoBogdanov||Bulgaria||$29,090.41|
|35-M: $215 NLHE, 6-Max||2,233||$446,600||oNinguém||UK||$66,171.73|
|35-H: $2,100 NLHE, 6-Max||285||$570,000||cooltwister||Belarus||$108,799.70|
|38-L: $5.50 NLHE, Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom||25,009||$122,544||nEfErEfrE||Sweden||$5,168.82†|
|38-M: $55 NLHE, Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom||7,464||$373,200||INTL_JONES||Germany||$19,985.42†|
|38-H: $530 NLHE, Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom||709||$354,500||WhatIfGod||Sweden||$37,691.13†|
Tournaments completed: 105
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Entries so far: 722,329
Prize pools so far: $47,993,839
First-place prizes awarded: $6,763,793.26
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.
Most recently, Romania’s Catalina “catam18” Marmureanu told Jack Stanton about turning $5 into $6,000 and staking a claim for women at the SCOOP tables. “Although it is not a major win in terms of money, it provides future bankroll security for the rest of SCOOP and most of all it gives me a boost of confidence in my game and poker abilities,” she says. Read the full interview.
Previous winner interviews:
Paul “pistolp999” Kroezen: A triumph of perseverenceAdam “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
They just keep coming for Joao Vieira, but nice to see him remember an absent friend and rival:
? 1K PKO for 186k and my 10th coop title ?
— João Vieira (@Naza114_oficial) May 9, 2020
“If we win this with ace-king, we have a very reasonable stack.” So said Spraggy, sitting in the money already in the $1,050 8-Max, with 53 players left. Poker is tough…
How are your mixed games? If you think they could do with brushing up, you could do a lot worse than tune into Mason “Pyefacepoker” Pye’s Twitch stream, where his “Mixed Games Movement” is in full swing. Last night, it was time for HORSE, and a decent cash for Pye in the $215 buy-in event. He finished 46th for $480, and it included this hand:
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FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE!Our friends at Poker News are offering live coverage of a ton of SCOOP events, and lat night they covered the Thursday Thrill events from resumption to conclusion. Read the blow-by-blow account of Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder’s win in the $10K and Joao “Naza114” Vieira’s fourth SCOOP victory, in the $1,050.
Tonight, it’s the big $5,200 PLO event, so you can watch the best reporters in the business get tangled up in the four-card game.
We’re coming to the end of the official “Week 1” standings in the Player of the Series race, at which point the first batch of prizes — a huge clutch of SCOOP tickets — will be awarded. (Week 1 runs from April 30 – May 9.) After that, we push on into Week 2, where the prizes are cold hard cash. (See below for details.)
Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira is running away in the Overall leader board standings, and also tops the “low” standings. There’s one more day for players to stake a claim in the high, medium and low leader boards.
Here’s how they currently stand:
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 560 points
2 – krakukra, Russia, 460
3 – Ti0373, Russia, 420
4 – Jorryt “TheCleaner11” van Hoof, United Kingdom, 410
5 – aleksandrs10, Latvia, 380
Low (Week 1)
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 235 points
2 – Philych_085, Belarus, 230
3 – gonti89, Poland, 225
4 – Oudendijk42, Netherlands, 210
=5 – 888GOSHA888, Russia, 205
=5 – Senkel92, Norway, 205
Week 1 prizes: 1st – $2,725 in SCOOP tickets; 2nd – $2,010 in tickets; 3rd – $1,015 in tickets. Top 25 win prizes.
Medium (Week 1)
1 – Adam “Adamyid” Owen, Mexico, 235 points
2 – Luke “lb6121” Schwartz, United Kingdom, 230
3 – Jerry “Perrymejsen” Odeen, Sweden, 200
4 – SuperPoep, Netherlands, 190
5 – Kurtkaare, Norway, 185
Week 1 prizes: 1st – $5,355 in SCOOP tickets; 2nd – $2,830 in tickets; 3rd – $1,615. Top 10 win prizes.
High (Week 1)
1 – Jorryt “TheCleaner11” van Hoof, United Kingdom, 310 points
=2 – Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn, Russia, 265
=2 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 265
=4 – bencb789, Austria, 220
=4 – Körrinho, Austria, 220
Week 1 prizes: 1st – $10,300 in SCOOP tickets; 2nd – $5,200 in tickets; $3,150 – in tickets.
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
There were first wins of the series for players from Lithuania and Bulgaria on Friday night, but the day belonged to Belarus. Three titles in a single night pushed the eastern Europeans up the countries standings alongside Ukrain, Greece and Austria.
There were two wins apiece for players from Sweden, the UK and the Netherlands, with the latter now edging ahead of Brazil. Brits still top the pile with 18 titles so far.
Seven: Brazil, Germany
Four: Ukraine, Greece, Austria, Belarus
Three: Hungary, Poland, Ireland, Sweden
Two: Romania, Norway, Argentina, Canada, Mexico
One: Japan, Peru, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Uruguay, China, Lithuania, Bulgaria
Day 10: Saturday, May 10
Prepare for a relatively sedate SCOOP Saturday with games where everyone should at least know the rules. We’ve got two no limit hold’em events, one with deep stacks and one with bounties, sandwiching an attractive PLO Six-Max affair. The highest buy-in today is for one of those PLO events: at $5,200, this will be shark infested.
10.30am ET – Event 39: NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $150,000, $300,000, $350,000
1pm ET – Event 40: PLO Six-Max
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $150,000, $250,000, $750,000
2.15pm ET – Event 41 NLHE 8-Max, Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $150,000, $600,000, $800,000
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