SCOOP 2021: Lex Veldhuis gets (really) close, denied by Padilha who makes it four

April 11, 2021inPoker

Lex Veldhuis came close to winning a SCOOP title. Really close. He was denied by Pedro Padilha, who made a career fourth. Ukraine’s VladTheSlaye, a player who has been on our radar for his success in the High Roller Club, earned his first. All this and more in today’s SCOOP bulletin:


• Pedro “lgwZ” Grochocki wins $181k in Thursday Thrill
• Andrei “Premove”Skortsov earns second of career
• Lex comes very close, denied by Pedro Padilha
• High rolling reg VladTheSlaye wins first SCOOP title


Epic wins in $1M Thursday Thrill: The special edition Thursday Thrill attracted 539 entries for a total prize pool of over $1 million. With 26 players left, it looked like Yuri Martins and Mike Watson were in contention for another title, but in the end it was Canada’s “RaiseUpBlind” and Brazil’s Pedro “lgwZ” Grochocki who faced off heads-off. RaiseUpBlind came second for a total of $115,057. Grochocki got the final knockout and earned bounties of over $98k, bringing their first place total up to a whopping $181,683. This is Grockocki’s biggest ever win and first SCOOP title. Over in the Mini Thursday Thrill, “Heia_Eirik” of Norway earned a total of $91,427 for first place.

Second career title for Andrei Skortsov: Andrei “Premove”Skortsov has $1.8 million in online cashes, with three WCOOP titles to his name. He earned his first SCOOP in 2020, and just made it two career titles with an impressive win in the high stakes 8-Game event. Skortsov denied Japan’s Naoya “nkenyo” Kihara to take first place and $28,101. With huge scores in Omaha, Hold em, and 8-Game variations, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Skortov targeting more of these niche tourneys as SCOOP 2021 continues.


Pedro Padilha denies Lex SCOOP title: Undoubtedly

Pedro "PaDiLhA SP" Padilha, EPT Online 18 Champion

Ultimately, it was Pedro Padilha’s night. He earned his fourth career SCOOP title and $82k in the 29-H

the highlight of the evening, Brazil’s Pedro “PaDilhA SP” Padilha denied Lex Veldhuis his first SCOOP title in the 29-H. There were 211 entries to the tourney, and barely any of them soft. Among the final table players were five time SCOOP champion Talal Shakerchi (8th place) and four time SCOOP champion João Vieira (4th). It was an exceptional show for Lex’s fans, who followed his journey all the way to heads-up. All that stood in Lex’s way was Pedro “PaDiLhA SP” Padilha, a Brazilian pro with over $7.8 million in online cashes who was vying for his second career SCOOP. Padilha played a solid game and earned $82,354 for first place. Lex took second for $62,779, and his stream shows that he was more than happy with the result (see Twitch watch below).

VladTheSlaye is a SCOOP champion: Here’s a player who we’ve seen dominating the High Roller Club in recent years. “VladTheSlaye” of Ukraine has earned over $3.7 million in online cashes, including a second place finish in a Stadium Series Weekly Final worth $191k. But, up until now, they’ve never had a COOP title. After a heads-up deal with “b.a. angelov” to flatten out the prize jumps, VladTheSlaye took down the 29-M Freezeout for $40,726.


Event Entries Prize pool Winner Country Total prize
22-L: $22 NLHE PKO 16,363 $327,260 Hefeweizen19 Germany $22,710
22-M: $215 Mini Thursday Thrill SE 4,478 $895,000 Heia_Eirik Norway $91,427
22-H: $2,100 Thursday Thrill SE 539 $1,078,000 Pedro “LgwZ” Grochoki Brazil $181,683
27-L: $11 8-Game 3,876 $37,984 56_Hjerter Norway $5,432
27-M: $109 8-Game 831 $83,100 DTFobos Russia $12,371
27-H: $1,050 8-Game 109 $125,000 Andrei “Premove” Skortsov Russia $28,101
29-L: $22 NLHE 8-Max 8,570 $171,400 cipi22 Romania $24,053
29-M: $215 NLHE 8-Max 1,532 $306,400 VladTheSlaye Ukraine $40,726
29-H: $2,100 NLHE 8-Max 211 $422,000 Pedro “PaDiLhA SP” Padilha Brazil $82,354
30-L: $11 NLHE 7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO 10,914 $112,086 zibrdie Czech Republic $7,496
30-M: $109 NLHE 7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO 2,530 $262,639 dolimo4789 Sweden $28,188
30-H: $1,050 NLHE 7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO 305 $309,837 Powergolf Denmark $59,895

†inc. bounties
*denotes deal


Here’s the latest stats:

Entries: 370,441 (inc. 48,780 re-entries)
Prize pools: $29,973,877
First place payouts: $4,506,660
Tournaments completed: 81
Tournaments ongoing: 6
Tournaments starting today:

(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)


Twitch viewers were in on a very special treat on Saturday, with Lex Veldhuis showcasing an excellent run across several of his tables. Of particular note, of course, was his second place finish in the 29-H.

In this game changing hand, Lex makes a bet call with middle pair and wins a huge pot:

Here’s the final hand. Lex makes a standard shove, but Padilha has set a trap from the button. No hard feelings. Lex compliments the player’s skill, and seems very happy indeed with his $62k win:


Russia and Brazil both took two a piece to maintain their respective positions at the top of the country leaderboard. Norway also claimed two titles. Germany, Romania, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Sweden and Denmark all added one notch. Here’s how the leaderboards currently stand:

Latest standings:

17 titles – Brazil
13 – Russia
7 – Finland, UK
4 – Norway, Romania
3 – Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Montenegro, Sweden
2 – Canada, Germany, Ukraine
1 – Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Uzbekistan


It’s Sunday, which means there are plenty of SCOOP events to get stuck in to. Highlights include the special edition Sunday Million, with $1.5M gtd. The $55 Mini Million will bring a $500k guarantee, and there’s at least $1M up for grabs in the High Roller. Here’s today’s action:

31-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, Sunday Kickoff SE, $250K Gtd
31-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, $350K Gtd
32-L: $22 NLHE PKO, $250K Gtd
32-M: $215 NLHE PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE, $600K Gtd
32-H: $2,100 NLHE PKO, $750K Gtd
33-L: $55 NLHE 8-Max, Mini Sunday Million SE, $500K Gtd
33-M: $530 NLHE 8-Max, Sunday Million SE, $1.25M Gtd
33-H: $5,200 NLHE 8-Max, High Roller Club SE, $1M Gtd
34-L: $11 PLO8 6-Max, $35K Gtd
34-M: $109 PLO8 6-Max, $70K Gtd
34-H: $1,050 PLO8 6-Max, $150K Gtd
35-L: $11 NLHE 6-Max, $100K Gtd
35-M: $109 NLHE 6-Max, $350K Gtd
35-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max, $600K Gtd
36-L: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, $40K Gtd
36-M: $55 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown SE, $250K Gtd
36-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, PKO, High Roller Club SE, $400K Gtd


Not too much change in the player leaderboards. Nevanlinna still holds a firm lead in the Overall standings, as well as topping the High. Ilari Tahkokallio has done enough to pull into second place in the Medium and Overall, whilst Patrick Leonard has continued to edge up with consistent cashes in the series.

Here’s the latest standings:

-1 – andreyayo9, Canada – 195 points
-2 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia – 190
-3 – Alex_Vol, Russia – 185
-4 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 175
-5 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 170

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

-1 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 235 points
-2 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 205
-3 – MonkeyBudg, Ireland – 195
-4 – B–rabbit444, Norway – 170
-5 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 165

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

Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna is comfortably topping both the High and Overall leaderboards


-1 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 355 points
-2 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 315
-3 – Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic, Montenegro – 300
-4 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK – 280
-5 – ale6ka, Belarus – 255

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

Overall Player of the Series

-1 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 695 points
-2 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 555 points
-3 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 550
-4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 455
-5 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 410

Winner: $25,000 + Trophy

See official SCOOP page for more details


Mike Watson: Just call him Sir SCOOP

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:

Calvin “cal42688” Anderson
Mike “SirWatts” Watson
Shawn “buck21” Buchanan
Connor “blanconegro” Drinan
Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira


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


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