A round-up from the opening night of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), where total series prize pools pushed through the magic $1 billion mark. Here are the full details…
• Opening night draws more than 130,000 entries
• Total SCOOP prize pools push through $1 billion
• Tahkokallio earns career hat-trick
• Mamonov denies Holz; Holz alive in sick High Roller
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Brilliant billion for SCOOP: Eighteen tournaments got under way on the opening night of the 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), with three playing to a conclusion. But with prize pools of more than $1 million awarded across those three tournaments, we crossed a landmark threshold: SCOOP players have now shared more than $1 billion between them during the series’ 12 years and one night. See “Stat Tracker” section below for more details. In all, there were 130,329 entries to SCOOP tournaments on Sunday (including 23,832 re-entries), which built prize pools of $10.4 million. They will be handed out over the first three nights of competition. Meanwhile all-time SCOOP prize pools sit at $1,000,444,302.Mamonov denies Holz: In one of poker’s most illustrious modern careers, Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz has achieved just about everything, many times over. But checking through the historical SCOOP results reveals that his solitary triumph in this tournament series came in 2015, when he won a $27 buy-in NL Draw event, which earned him $7,099. By Holz’s standards, that’s a restaurant tip. The irrepressible Austria-based German had a fantastic chance to really land himself on the SCOOP board last night when he was one of the final two players left at the end of the $2,100 high buy-in Sunday Cooldown SE, facing off against Maksim “MAMOHT_T” Mamonov of Russia. However with an enormous final bounty on the line, Holz couldn’t beat Mamonov, and it was the Russian who became a two-time champion instead. Mamonov won a $530 buy-in PKO SCOOP tournament in 2019, which earned him $116,601, and this time his triumph was worth $88,728. Of that, $53,500 came in bounties. So it’s Mamonov who becomes the latest multiple SCOOP champion, with Holz still looking for a second.
Three up for Tahkokallio: Finland’s Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio is a regular feature at the final tables of major PokerStars events, and prior to last night was already among the list of double champions in SCOOP. But you can bump him up the list on the multiple champions page after he won the medium buy-in Sunday Cooldown SE on SCOOP 2021’s opening night, and claiming a third career title. Tahkokallio previously won in 2015 and 2019, in 5-Card PLO Hi/Lo and NLHE Turbo, respectively, and last night’s success was in another Turbo. But by beating a field of 2,423 — and, most specifically, beating “cardinals970” heads-up for the final bounty — Tahkokallio won $53,010, more than half of which came in bounty payments. That’s his biggest SCOOP win and gets the series off to a flying start for the Finn.Superstars assemble on opening night: Of the 15 ongoing tournaments overnight, three deserve very special attention. First up, the Sunday Million Special Edition, with a $215 buy-in, attracted 12,243 entries which set its prize pool at $2.45 million. That’s nearly double its advertised guarantee. There are 243 players left right now, and it plays to a winner tonight. Alongside that, the $2K PLO will also name a champion, and the last 22 is ridiculous, starting with Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, who leads the pack. Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi is top five, aiming for a fifth career SCOOP title, with Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich, Richard “raconteur” Gryko, Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, and Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson also bagging overnight. And then there’s the $10K High Roller, with $1.16 million in the prize pool, more than $250K for the winner, and an even more ludicrous final nine. Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujtas is leading, from Mattsson and then Holz. Samuel “€urop€ean” Vousden is in fourth, with Michael “imluckbox” Addamo next, ahead of Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet, the newly crowned EPT Sochi champion Artur “mararthur1” Martirosyan in seventh and Dominik “Bounatirou” Nitsche eighth.
Eighteen tournaments got under way on the opening night of SCOOP, with only three playing to a conclusion. But with prize pools of more than $1 million awarded across those three tournaments, we crossed a landmark threshold: SCOOP players have now shared more than $1 billion between them during the series’ 12 years and one night. Here’s the Stat Tracker for this year’s SCOOP, which we will update every day. But please also see below for the all-time SCOOP stat tracker, confirming that new mark.
Prize pools: $1,090,420
First place payouts: $160,094 (inc. $85,699 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 3
Tournaments ongoing: 15
Tournaments starting today: 9
(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)
All-time SCOOP tracker
Total entries: 9,295,137
Total prize pools: $1,000,444,302
Total first place prizes: $154,364,335
Ben “Spraggy” Spragg was full of beans on the opening night of SCOOP, sucking on a milkshake and grabbing an extra bit of sustenance courtesy of fellow streamer Jaime Staples. Here’s the moment Spraggy manages to pick up that yummy bounty…
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Last year’s countries leader board turning into a two-way ding-dong battle between players based in Brazil and the UK. Eventually the Brits (or, at least, the players who represent Britain) came out on top by the narrowest margin, 46 titles to Brazil’s 45. With Brazil having topped all other tournament series leader boards since then, the wise money is on SCOOP spoils going to South America. But strap in for quite a battle. After day one, we have a three way tie:
1 title – Brazil, Finland, Russia
PLAYER PROFILES AND INTERVIEWS
We’ve been taking a look back at some of SCOOP’s most decorated performers. Here’s our series of SCOOP’s greatest players of all time:
LEADER BOARD LATEST
There are some incredibly tasty prizes on offer to the Players of the Series during this SCOOP, with top-ranked players in low, medium and high tournaments all in line for a bonus. That’s in addition to the $25,000 payout to the overall Player of the Series. It is obviously too early for there to have been any meaningful moves in the leader boards as yet, but here’s a reminder of what everyone is playing for.
1st – $5,000 + Trophy
2nd – $2,500
3rd – $1,500
4th – $1,000
5th – $500
6th-10th – $300
11th-20th – $150
1st – $10,000 + Trophy
2nd – $7,500
3rd – $5,000
4th – $2,500
5th – $1,500
6th-10th – $1,000
1st – $15,000 + Trophy
2nd – $10,000
3rd – $5,000
Overall Player of the Series
$25,000 + Trophy
Sunday’s action had plenty of high buy-in events, but there’s another $5K scheduled for Monday, in case you didn’t get enough. That’s the $5K NLHE SCOOP-8-H, which kicks off at 1.05ET. Mixed game fans are also in with a treat with HORSE making its first appearance of the series. Buy-ins start at $22 for anyone who fancies giving that a try.
1.05pm: SCOOP-08: NLHE
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $400K, $750K, $850K
2.15pm: SCOOP-09: HORSE
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $35K, $65K, $125K
3.30pm: SCOOP-10: NLHE 8-Max PKO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $80K, $200K, $275
(All timings are ET)
WATCH! WATCH! WATCH!
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.