There were numerous familiar winners on Sunday night in the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). Here are all the details, plus all the latest results.
• Leonard and Theologis stake their claim
• Yet more for WhatIfGod
• Reluctant Track back in the limelight
• Spraggy’s $5K run
BEHIND THE HEADLINESLeonard gets there: The British grinder Patrick “pads1161” Leonard has been a fixture on the Player of the Series leader boards this year despite not winning a title. It speaks to many, many hours at the PokerStars tables and plenty of deep runs. Leonard finally made one stick on Sunday night when he took down the $1,050 Afternoon Deep Stack, which began on Saturday, and earned him $60,953. That was the top prize from a tournament of 324 runners which concluded with an all-star final table. Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford was there, finishing in seventh, alongside Joao “Naza114” Vieira (5th), “Kashmir_uzi” (4th) and Dante “dantegoyaF” Goya (2nd). Leonard beat them all and won the fourth SCOOP title of his career, following up two from last year and one from 2017. It keeps him very much in contention in the leader board race too (see latest below).
Side bet hots up as Pwndidi wins too: You may have got wind that there’s a pretty hefty side bet going on during SCOOP between some of the game’s real titans. From what we can discern on Twitter, it’s between three teams of players: the Swedish pair Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson and Niklas “Lena900” Astedt are one team, Patrick “pads1161” Leonard and Samuel “€urop€an” Vousden are another and Alex “Pwndidi” Theologis is playing with Christian “WATnlos” Rudolph. It’s an incredible line-up, and they’re all pulling their weight. All of Mattsson, Astedt and Vousden had won at least once before last night, Leonard won the $1K, as detailed above, and then Theologis was also on top of the podium in Sunday’s action. The Greek player, now based in the UK, won the $530 PKO (SCOOP-59-H), beating a field of 1,809 entries to a first prize of $100,686, including bounties. That was the biggest prize handed out on Sunday, and is Theologis’s second SCOOP title. He also won last year, representing North Macedonia, in a $1K Afternoon Deep Stack. It now just leaves Rudolph as the only one of the six not to claim an outright win this year.
Another couple of well-known winners: Russia’s “WTFOMFGOAO” won a second career SCOOP title last night, beating Brazil’s “digao32000” heads up at the end of the $5.50 PKO 8-Max, which had 31,599 entries. It’s always an achievement to battle through one of those enormous fields to take a top prize — in this case $9,121, including bounties — but especially so for a player who has done that kind of thing before. Last year, WTFOMFGOAO won the $530 buy-in 5-Card NLO8, which was a “high” tier tournament in a specialist game. But here’s a player who can also succeed at the more populated end of the tournament calendar, and is now a multiple champion as a result. Another name that might have rung a few bells last night was “Assad91“, who won the $530 buy-in Sunday Cooldown, for $64,994, including bounties. Assad91 won two WCOOP titles in 2014 before essentially vanishing, and apparently moving from Norway to Argentina. But they’re back, claiming this latest win in SCOOP, beating a field of 1,144.
Four $1m+ prize pools on the line: The huge Sunday schedule of tournaments paused overnight with the lion’s share of four $1 million-plus prize pools still to be awarded. The “high” tier of the Sunday Warm-Up had a $1m guarantee and actually hit $1,076,000, alongside all three tiers of the Sunday Million event. The official Sunday Million Special Edition this week is the $55 PKO, which attracted 28,644 entries and built a prize pool of $1,432,200. The “medium” version is a $530 buy-in, with $1,917,500 in the middle, and the “high” is a Sunday High Roller Special Edition, costing $5,200 to play. There were 255 entries to that and a prize pool of $1,275,000. The winners are named tonight.
The standout stat on today’s tracker is the broaching of the $10 million mark in first-place payouts. Some time soon, we’re also going to pass 1 million in tournament entries, with all the big Sundays drawing huge fields and those figures not yet added to the totals. Here’s how it stands at the moment:
Entries: 913,621 (inc. 176,563 re-entries)
Prize pools: $69,240,639
First place payouts: $10,248,973 (inc. $1,756,875 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 185
Tournaments ongoing: 13
Tournaments starting today: 9
(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)
TWEET OF THE DAY
Patrick Leonard compresses this entire report into one tweet:
Amazing day! Won the $1k SCOOP for $60k, Pwndidi won the $530 SCOOP for $100k and I'm currently #1 in SCOOP Leaderboard.
— Patrick Leonard (@padspoker) April 19, 2021
INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!
We’ve been catching up with some of the stars of SCOOP to talk about their latest triumphs, including:
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
Ben “Spraggy” Spragg doesn’t always play $5K tournaments on PokerStars. It has to be a special occasion. Last night, the streamer extraordinaire decided to hop into the $5K Sunday HR Special Edition (SCOOP-64-H) and it proved to be a good decision. He made it all the way to 12th and a payout of $19K, including bounties. Here’s one of them, a big sweat against Ognjan “cocojamb0” Dimov, and you can see what it meant to Spraggy.
Meanwhile, does anyone have any cough drops for Lex Veldhuis?
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
All of the UK, Greece, Sweden and Germany won two titles overnight, which is one more than Brazil managed. For once, the South Americans were relatively quiet, winning only one event, and bringing the country’s total to 33. Their continental neighbours Chile arrived on the scene with a first victory and that’s 35 countries now represented on this year’s SCOOP leader board.
33 – Brazil
23 – Russia
16 – UK
12 – Sweden
9 – Finland, Netherlands
8 – Canada
7 – Germany, Poland
6 – Czech Republic
5 – Hungary, Norway, Romania
4 – Denmark
3 – Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Ukraine
2 – Argentina, Belarus, Croatia, Latvia, Mexico
1 – Belgium, Chile, Estonia, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, New Zealand, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.
In today’s mix, a regular hold’em, an irregular hold’em, and a blast from the past. First up is a straightforward nine-handed hold’em tournament, on the $5.50, $55, $530 price points, which is followed later on by something similar, only played with a maximum of four to the table and the extra action generated by bounties. Sandwiched between both of those is a limit stud tournament, which you don’t see a lot of these days.
(In case any high rollers are reading, there’s also a $5K buy-in hold’em side event, which kicks off a 1.05pm ET.)
68-L: $5.50 NLHE, $85K Gtd
68-M: $55 NLHE, $400K Gtd
68-H: $530 NLHE, $750K Gtd
69-L: $11 Stud, $20K Gtd
69-M: $109 Stud, $40K Gtd
69-H: $1,050 Stud, $75K Gtd
70-L: $5.50 NLHE 4-Max, PKO, $35K Gtd
70-M: $55 NLHE 4-Max, PKO, $150K Gtd
70-H: $530 NLHE 4-Max, PKO, $250K Gtd
LEADER BOARD LATEST
Jussi Nevanlinna holds firm at the top of the overall standings, but Patrick Leonard has made huge leaps in the High. It’s all hotting up…
Here’s the latest standings:
1 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia – 485 points
2 – phil_a-QQ, Germany – 430
3 – KaiHix, Netherlands – 410
4 – Muhonen, Finland – 390
5 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 385
Prizes: 1st – $5,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500 (20 players rewarded)
1 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 480 points
2 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 390
3 – römpsä, Finland – 365
4 – muggsyboges, Canada – 310
=5 – ShipitFTW911, Sweden – 305
=5 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia – 305
Prizes: 1st – $10,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000 (10 players rewarded)
1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 605 points
2 – Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Sweden – 550
3 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 530
4 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 515
5 – Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein, Canada – 460
Prizes: 1st – $15,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000
Overall Player of the Series
1 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 1,115 points
=2 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 1,055
=2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 1,055
4 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 930
5 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia – 870
Winner: $25,000 + Trophy
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.
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