The latest round-up from a massive Monday in the 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), which is now more than 100 tournaments deep.
• Here comes Lena900, claims fifth title
• More Mulder as Dutchman wins $5K
• Deep runs for Ramon and Lex. Again.
• Another huge score for freeroll hero Mr. Havener
BEHIND THE HEADLINESFive up for Astedt: In some ways the only real surprise is that we’re into the second week before writing this update, but Niklas “Lena900” Astedt last night won his first title of SCOOP 2021. The dominant Swede claimed first place in the $1,050 SCOOP-31-H, beating a field of superstars to take $85,430 and his fifth career SCOOP event. Lex Veldhuis, carrying thousands of viewers on his Twitch stream, perished in 11th in this one, falling slightly short of a final that also featured the likes of Jans “Graftekkel” Arends and Vicent “gordon0410” Bosca. But Astedt was the brightest star and the consummate closer cruised to the title once again, adding to SCOOP victories from 2017, 2018 (two) and 2019. This was only the second hold’em tournament he’s won during SCOOP, but it will almost certainly not be his last. His lifetime cashes now stand at $21.9 million, according to Pocket Fives. Another one for Mulder: It genuinely seems as though Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder has been winning everything over the past 18 months or so, including in last year’s SCOOP, Stadium Series, Blowout Series and WCOOP. He was back at it again last night, taking down the $5K High Roller Club Special Edition (SCOOP-33-H) and adding another $247K to his bankroll. That is actually the second biggest score of his career to date, behind only his third place finish in the WCOOP Main Event last year, and is his second career SCOOP title, having last year won the $10K High Roller. The final table field was predictably stacked this time, featuring Simon “C.Darwin2” Mattsson (6th), Joni “bustoville” Jouhkimainen (5th) and Christoph “26071985” Vogelsang (4th). Mulder’s final opponent was the brilliant Brazilian Pablo “pabritz” Brito, who was seeking a third title. But Meulder denied him and wrote himself into yet another major tournament recap. Colillas leaves Poles to chop: While all eyes were on Lex Veldhuis, another PokerStars ambassador made his deepest run of SCOOP so far, narrowly missing out on a first title. Ramon Colillas, still the reigning PSPC champion, has set up home in Andorra for the duration of SCOOP and he seems to be enjoying himself there. He made it to the final table of the $109 buy-in Sunday Kickoff, and ended up finishing fourth, for $21,795. After Colillas departed, “TaxationIsTheft”, of the Netherlands, went out in third, leaving two Polish players heads up. They were “Grekzorba” and “gardze_wami”, the latter being a two-time SCOOP runner-up already. After agreeing a deal — a near even split — gardze_wami again could not win the heads-up contest. That left the door open for Grekzorba to win a first, along with $52,899, and gardze_wami to become a triple SCOOP runner-up. This one came with a $52,337 consolation.
Mr. Havener having it again: Who remembers the brilliant story of Eike “Mr. Havener” Onodera, the Brazilian low-stakes grinder who won free entry to the $1,050 Big Blowout finale in January and ended up finishing in sixth, for $167K. Refresh your memory. Well, that result is no longer an aberration on Ondera’s CV as last night he claimed his first major title in the $55 Mini Sunday Million, which had a $55 buy-in and an astonishing 21,531 entries. Ondera rose all the way to the top of that enormous field and banked $110,781 for the win, denying “Ceff98” of Finland heads up. In the wake of his Big Blowout success, Ondera told us that he’d sought some coaching from Jargo “bungakat” Alaväli. Alaväli himself won a title during SCOOP last week, and now his pupil has too.
Silverstein turns silver to gold: Last week, Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein finished second to Brazil’s “LgwZ” in the $2K PKO Thursday Thrill SE. On Sunday, the Sunday Warm-Up event had a similar format “high” tier tournament, ie., another $2K PKO, with 455 entries. Silverstein is nothing if not consistent and this time he went all the way to the title, downing Mexico’s “slayerv1fan” in second place and picking up $136,653, including $65,609 in bounties. Silverstein now has two SCOOP titles in his career, having first won during the series back in 2014. The format? Yep, PKO, with a $215 buy-in.
Shota wins the short-deck: 6+ hold’em made its first appearance of the year on the SCOOP schedule and comfortably beat its guarantee at all three buy-in levels. This “fad” is sticking around. The “low” and “medium” tournaments, with buy-ins of $11 and $109, were both won by Dutch players — “Wang26” and “Lovetodo“, who took $3,719 and $9,195, respectively (inc. bounties) — while Shota “shorta222” Nakanishi won the high event, for $27,721. That was a first title of SCOOP 2021 for Japan, but coincidentally another Dutch player was the focus. That’s because Lex Veldhuis, having been knocked out of the two $1Ks he was deep in, played the 6+ event and finished ninth. And that’s not all…
Quite a night for Lex: In addition to the two day 2s he played yesterday, carried over from Sunday, and in addition to the deep run in the 6+ event, Lex Veldhuis played another couple of tournaments too. And don’t you know, he has made Day 2 in both of those as well. It means that Veldhuis will sit down tonight in seventh (of 20, from 403 entries) in the $2K NLHE 6-Max PKO, and fourth (of 49, from 352 entries) in the $1,050 NLHE Freezeout. In the second of those, the player immediately above him in the leader board is none other than fellow PokerStars streamer Fintan “easywithaces” Hand. Look out for some brilliant streaming tonight.
Sunday Million heads to final: The $530 Sunday Million Special Edition is heading into its third and final day, with a field of 4,218 entries (including 1,185 re-entries) down to its last nine. There’s a staggering $301K up top from a tournament with a $2.109 million prize pool, and Uruguay’s “elmelogno4” leads the way. Three Brazilians complete the South American contingent, with players from Poland, Malta, Germany, Austria and Ukraine also still with chips. The final will be broadcast, cards up, on the PokerStars Twitch and YouTube channels tonight.
More than 100 tournaments are now completed in SCOOP this year, which means the series is more than a third of the way through. The numbers are startling. We have already seen more than half a million entries, more than $40 million in prize pools, and winners have earned more than $6 million. That’s not even including data from the huge Sunday Million Special Edition, which is still running.
Entries: 576,121 (inc. 103,215 re-entries)
Prize pools: $42,323,584
First place payouts: $6,134,022 (inc. $977,902 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 107
Tournaments ongoing: 10
Tournaments starting today: 18
(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)
INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!
We’ve been catching up with some of the stars of SCOOP to talk about their latest triumphs, including:
It seems a shame to focus on an elimination hand after Lex Veldhuis’s three-pronged attack on Day 8 of SCOOP, but here’s how one of his Day 2s ended. Just look at the company he was keeping: Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Pedro “PaDiLhA SP” Padilha, Timothy “Tim0thee” Adams and Mike “gorodski” Gorodinsky. It was the latter who dealt the final blow:
As noted above, Lex then got involved in the short deck madness, where this kind of thing happens:
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
After a slow start, the Netherlands is racing up the countries leader board thanks to four titles on Monday night. Brazil, however, still maintains a lead of seven after two more victories. Another blank for the UK, traditionally a challenger at the top, leaves the Brits behind Russia and Finland in fourth. Croatia and Japan are newcomers.
21 – Brazil
14 – Russia
8 – Finland
7 – UK
6 – Netherlands
5 – Canada, Czech Republic, Sweden
4 – Hungary, Norway, Romania
3 – Denmark, Germany, Montenegro
2 – Poland, Ukraine
1 – Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, New Zealand, Uzbekistan
Tuesdays are becoming incredibly busy during SCOOP with 18 tournaments getting under way in a number of variants and buy-ins. To take the most spectacular first: today we have the $25K Super High Roller, which is the biggest buy-in of the series and has one of the biggest guarantees. This is the one to catch as the world’s best do battle for a minimum $1.5 million prize pool. There’s a Deuce to Seven Triple Draw event also on today’s menu, plus a five-card PLO event. Both of those should appeal to players who like to mix it up. But have no fear, hold’em fans, the other three events are all for you, including a turbo to wrap up the night.
41-L: $11 NLHE Deep Stacks, $50K Gtd
41-M: $109 NLHE Deep Stacks, $125K Gtd
41-H: $1,050 NLHE Deep Stacks, $125K Gtd
42-L: $5.50 5-Card PLO 6-Max, PKO, $35K Gtd
42-M: $55 5-Card PLO 6-Max, PKO, $125K Gtd
42-H: $530 5-Card PLO 6-Max, PKO, $225K Gtd
43-L: $215 NLHE 8-Max, $500K Gtd
43-M: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max, $750K Gtd
43-H: $25,000 NLHE 8-Max, Super High Roller, $1.5M Gtd
44-L: $22 FL 2-7 Triple Draw, $25K Gtd
44-M: $215 FL 2-7 Triple Draw, $50K Gtd
44-H: $2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw, $100K Gtd
45-L: $11 NLHE 6-Max, $50K Gtd
45-M: $109 NLHE 6-Max, $150K Gtd
45-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max, $300K Gtd
46-L: $11 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, $125K Gtd
46-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, $250K Gtd
46-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, $350K Gtd
(All timings are ET)
LEADER BOARD LATEST
Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna couldn’t convert his chip-leading position in the $2K NLHE overnight into another final table appearance, but the 60 Player of the Series points he picked up in that and other tournaments keeps him top of the overall race. However, “aleksandrs10”, a near ever-present on series leader boards, is now running him close. Another great showing from Patrick “pads1161” Leonard puts the Brit neck and neck with Nevanlinna in the high leader board too.
Here’s the latest standings:
1 – andreyayo9, Canada – 260 points
2 – Alex_Vol, Russia – 255
3 – KaiHix, Netherlands – 250
4 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 240
5 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia – 230
Prizes: 1st – $5,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500 (20 players rewarded)
1 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 310 points
2 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 270
3 – römpsä, Finland – 240
4 – JonzStars, Brazil – 210
=5 – h3pp4p01k4, Finland – 195
=5 – MonkeyBudg, Ireland – 195
Prizes: 1st – $10,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000 (10 players rewarded)
=1 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 385 points
=1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 385
3 – Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein, Canada – 340
4 – Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Sweden – 310
5 – Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic, Montenegro – 300
Prizes: 1st – $15,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000
Overall Player of the Series
1 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 780 points
2 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 720
3 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 665
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 630
5 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia – 510
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