SCOOP 2021: All the news as the Main Events play to the money and Hand’s heater continues

April 27, 2021inPoker

2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker

We are now only two days away from the grand finale of the 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), but there’s heaps still going on. Here’s all the latest…


• Huge numbers for six Main Events
• Fourth for hot Hand
• Double for Diaz and Bolivia
• Vietnam becomes 40th country on board


A great end to SCOOP for Fintan Hand

Hand on a heater: Last Thursday morning, if you’d asked Fintan “easywithaces” Hand how his SCOOP had been going, he would have offered a diplomatic answer in keeping with his happy-go-lucky persona, but it wouldn’t have been too hard to discern the truth. It had been going horribly. But flash forward to Monday night, and Hand was on the high of his life: one major SCOOP title in the bag, won in a $5K High Roller that finished on Saturday, and chip-leading with five players left in the $2K Sunday Warm-Up SE (SCOOP-91-H). With $232,156 in the bank from the earlier win, and $85K up top in this one (plus bounties), Hand was on a heater. This time around, Hand wasn’t quite able to translate his position into a third career SCOOP title as he fell in fourth place, behind the eventual winner Dalton “daltonhb” Hobold of Brazil, who beat Austria’s “FourSixFour” heads up. But Hand won another $48,543, including bounties, and entertained tens of thousands more viewers on his Twitch channel. It’s been a simply miraculous few days for the Malta-based Irishman. As for Hobold, he adds a first SCOOP title to previous career victories in WCOOP, Winter Series and Blowout Series. This was the biggest of them all, however, and put $158,830, including $73,473 in bounties, in the bank.

Milly for first as reg closes on Main Events: Registration finally closed on all six Main Events at start of business today, meaning we have our final numbers for the biggest events on the schedule. True to form, tournaments at all three prize points are whoppers, comfortably eclipsing the guarantees and, in the case of the $10K hold’em Main Event, offering more than $1 million to its winner. The full stats are below, but the standout numbers are as follows: there were nearly 40,000 entries in the low; nearly 6,000 in the medium and more than 650 in the high. When you remember buy-ins are $109, $1,050 and $10,300, respectively, that is incredible. The tournaments are now two days through, with two still to play, and played into the money. As expected, there’s a fine list of names still involved and it’ll get even more exciting as they play to a final table tonight.

Hold’em Main Events state of play:

SCOOP-92-L: $109 NLHE Main Event
Entries: 38,913 (inc. 14,224 re-entries) | 5,436 paid
Prize pool: $3,891,300 | First prize: $376,087
Players left: 159 | Chip leader: “dammsugarn” (Sweden)

SCOOP-92-M: $1,050 NLHE Main Event
Entries: 5,903 (inc. 1,796 re-entries) | 735 paid
Prize pool: $5,903,000 | First prize: $838,909
Players left: 80 | Chip leader: “livinmydream1” (Austria)

SCOOP-92-H: $10,300 NLHE Main Event
Entries: 664 (inc. 202 re-entries) | 87 paid
Prize pool: $6,640,000 | First prize: $1,130,396
Players left: 40 | Chip leader: “Dannyz0r” (Romania)

From the PokerStars contingent, Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot cashed in 41st of the High, earning $33,361, and his elimination ended Day 3 proceedings. Ben “Spraggy” Spragg also cashed, picking up $21,328 for 71st. Lex Veldhuis is still alive in 46th place, in the the medium event, while all of Spraggy, Felix “xflixx” Schneiders, Arlie “Prince Pable” Shaban, Lasse “WisternJL” Jagd Lauritsen and tonkaaaa min-cashed the low.

Huge fields in PLO too: The buy-ins were the same for the three PLO Main Events as well, and all of those three tournaments similarly broke their guarantees. These tournaments take only three days to complete and so a winner will be named later today.

PLO Main Events state of play:

SCOOP-93-L: $109 PLO Main Event
Entries: 4,391 (inc. 1,676 re-entries) | 611 paid
Prize pool: $439,100 | First prize: $62,644
Players left: 18 | Chip leader: DaCus3 (Germany)

SCOOP-93-M: $1,050 PLO Main Event
Entries: 935 (inc. 152 re-entries) | 119 paid
Prize pool: $935,000 | First prize: $153,356
Players left: 18 | Chip leader: ZéDoBlefe11 (Brazil)

SCOOP-93-H: $10,300 PLO Main Event
Entries: 83 (inc. 51 re-entries) | 17 paid
Prize pool: $1,340,000 | First prize: $281,269
Players left: 7 | Chip leader: vovo_leo (Brazil)


Lillis puts Vietnam on the board: The race for SCOOP’s most successful country has been a one-sided affair this time around, with Brazil dominating from the off (see Countries Leader Board section below). But it’s also been gratifying to see a lot of less prominent poker-playing nations appear among the winners for the first time, and last night Vietnam won only its second ever SCOOP title. The player earning the victory was Frank “Denman98” Lillis, who perhaps doesn’t quite sound like a native Vietnamese. Indeed, Lillis has clearly recently moved over to Asia from Ireland, but it’s worked for him. Previously, Lillis had only gone so far as a third place in a SCOOP event in 2016. But his win yesterday in the $530 Freezout (SCOOP-90-H) banked him $72,645 after a heads up deal with Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich. It was the biggest score of Lillis’s career, and put his documented online cashes close to $2 million. It also put Vietnam among the winners for SCOOP 2021.

Another for Diaz and Bolivia: It seems like only a week ago that Bolivia was in the same position as Vietnam, claiming its second ever SCOOP title. And that’s because it was. But Bolivia now has three and, more significantly, the same player has won again. Rodrigo “RodriDiaz3” Díaz won last week’s $55 Sunday Kickoff and this week won the even bigger $109 Sunday Warm-Up, earning $101,011, including bounties. That result is more than three times his previous biggest score, which was his SCOOP win from a week ago, and he therefore has two first-place finishes from two final tables in this series. He has also beaten fields of 6,187 and 4,715, which is not at all easy to do. Diaz becomes the 12th player to win multiple events this year, finding his name among the esteemed company listed below:

Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos
Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic

Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson
Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna
Pedro “Mr.Pedr0” D’Amato
Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujtas
Patrick “pads1161” Leonard
Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin
Rodrigo “RodriDiaz3” Díaz


†inc. bounties
*after deal


Although we now know precisely the number of entries and the size of the prize pools in the Main Events, the stat tracker still only includes details for tournaments that are completed. We don’t know, for instance, whether players will do deals at the end of tournaments, so we can’t update the first-place payouts section until the final cards are dealt. Even so, the figures make excellent reading, with more than 1.35 million entries across the series so far.

Latest standings:

Entries: 1,357,517 (inc. 266,057 re-entries)
Prize pools: $106,043,007
First place payouts: $15,573,506 (inc. $2,892,481 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 276
Tournaments ongoing: 12
Tournaments starting today: 9

(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)


We’ve been catching up with some of the stars of SCOOP to talk about their latest triumphs, including:

Dragos “Fenryr03” Trofimov’s long road to profitability
Márton “Komarcus” Kókai looks on the bright side
Santo “kleinebakker007” Bakker follows near-miss with SCOOP win
Mason Pye’s Mixed Game Movement gaining momentum
Marcos “masaldanha94″ Saldanha: Luck at the right moments
“Marcelinhobf” puts the pieces togerher for $34K win
Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic: First ever from Montenegro — and he’s won three!
Daniel Almeida: Study brings success
Francesco “dottorsydUK” La Cognata makes the most of his free time
Elias “SinKarma” Gutierrez on winning title with 15,000 watching
Fagner “FagnerCR7” Brito one step closer to ambition of turning pro


PokerStars welcomed Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot to its ranks towards the beginning of this series, and it’s going to be thrilling to have him streaming again regularly, particularly when he makes plays like this:

Fintan Hand was one of the short stacks for much of yesterday’s $2K Sunday Warm-Up, but got through to the final table and then this happened:


There was a wide spread of winners from last night’s tournaments, barely making a scratch on the overall countries leader board. We welcomed Vietnam at the last gasp, bringing the total number of countries represented to 40. There are now only 30 unfinished tournaments in this SCOOP, so technically only Brazil, Russia, UK and Sweden can still top the table. That’s technically. In reality, this is already Brazil’s.

Latest standings:

45 – Brazil
32 – Russia
28 – UK
18 – Sweden
12 – Canada, Netherlands
10 – Finland
9 – Austria, Germany, Poland
8 – Hungary, Romania
7 – Norway
6 – Czech Republic
5 – Argentina, Bulgaria, Greece, Mexico
4 – Belarus, Croatia, Denmark, Malta, Ukraine
3 – Montenegro
2 – Bolivia, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia
1 – Andorra, Belgium, Chile, Isle of Man, Japan, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Slovakia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.


Nine more tournaments start today, although in the case of the “Phase” event, it’s actually been going on from before SCOOP official started. The multi-re-entry event, which has been running its phases for weeks, finally plays its Phase 2 tonight — and there are guarantees of $200K, $1 million and $2 million on tournaments whose buy-ins were only $2.20, $22 and $215. There also the huge Super Tuesday Special Editions, and a Zoom Heads Up event.

98-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, $150K Gtd
98-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE, $400K Gtd
98-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE, $650K Gtd

01-L: $2.20 NLHE Phase 2, $200K Gtd
01-M: $22 NLHE Phase 2, $1M Gtd
01-H: $215 NLHE Phase 2, $2M Gtd

99-L: $5.50 NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, TKO Zoom, $70K Gtd
99-M: $55 NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, TKO Zoom, $200K Gtd
99-H: $530 Heads-Up, Turbo, TKO Zoom, $250K Gtd


On the surface, not a whole lot changed in the Overall leader board race overnight, with Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin still leading. But his lead is now only 25 points as Patrick Leonard closed the gap. Remember, the only prize in the Overall category is for the winner, so second place is first loser. Seventy points separates the top four, and all the challenging players have interests in the ongoing events.

Here’s the latest standings:

Here’s the latest standings:

Overall Player of the Series
1 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia – 1,570 points
2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 1,545
3 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 1,525
4 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 1,500
5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia – 1,315

Winner: $25,000 + Trophy

1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 795 points
2 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia – 755
=3 – Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein, Canada – 680
=3 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 680
5 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 665

Prizes: 1st – $15,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000

1 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 645 points
2 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 620
3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 445
4 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia – 435
5 – römpsä, Finland – 430

Prizes: 1st – $10,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000 (10 players rewarded)

1 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia – 670 points
2 – rawsignature, Norway – 540
3 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 530
=4 – phil_a-QQ, Germany – 525
=4 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 515

Prizes: 1st – $5,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500 (20 players rewarded)

See official SCOOP page for more details


PokerStars’ streaming army will be out in force during this SCOOP, with all of Lex Velduis, Spraggy, Fintan “easywithaces” Hand, Arlie “Prince Pablo” Shaban, Mason “Pyefacepoker” Pye and Georgina “GJReggie” James certain to be playing most, if not all, days.

The PokerStars central Twitch and YouTube account will also be streaming cards-up final table action five nights a week. Here’s the schedule.

SCOOP 2021 broadcast schedule


Day 1: Opening night salvos
Day 2: Bujitas and Brazil win big
Day 3: Shakerchi reigns as superstars dominate
Day 4: Double for Montenegro, plus Mateos and Malinowski
Day 5: Two in a night for Nevanlinna; three for Montenegro
Day 6: Lex denied by Padilha
Day 7: Two $1m+ prize pools, and more Lex
Day 8: Astedt and Mulder take customary titles
Day 9: Two in a night for Mattsson
Day 10: Viera crushes again as Moorman wins first
Day 11: Mateos does it again, huge night for Brazil
Day 12: Benitez and Badziakouski take headlines
Day 13: More titles for Leonard, Theologis, Track and WhatIfGod
Day 14: Back-to-back for Leonard as Pye claims one for Red Spade
Day 15: Glaser makes it six and first for Mathis
Day 16: Salas shines, Watson wins seventh
Day 17: Mateos wins third title, Spraggy so close
Day 18: Fintan Hand becomes two-time champ, wins #82-H for $232K


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