Another packed bulletin from the 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) with news of three two-time champions for the series, and another brilliant night for Brazil…
• Mateos and Lyapin win second of 2021; fourth of careers
• Mr.Pedr0 also earns second of series
• Berggren and Lyubovetskiy back to winning ways
• Brazil pick up five in one night
• Six figures for “necgaidziai” in Midweek Freeze
BEHIND THE HEADLINESMateos and Lyapin do it again: Quite simply, Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos has some absolutely mega cashes. His biggest came in the 2020 WCOOP; $543k for winning the $25k Super High Roller Sunday Slam. And prior to his latest, Mateos already had three SCOOP titles to his name, all of them huge. One of these he won earlier this series in the 13-M: Super Tuesday, a success worth $146,714. Last night, in the 50-H: $1,050 PKO, Mateos had to deal with Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, who was eliminated in third, before facing “karimmae” heads-up. After scoring an impressive $47k in knockouts, Mateos won the event for a total of $84,110. That’s his second of the series, and fourth SCOOP title of his career. That tally was matched precisely by the reigning WCOOP Player of the Series Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, who also made it two for 2021, and four overall, by taking down the $530 PKO Turbo, beating a field of 885 entries. Lyapin is creeping up the leader boards once again.
Career second for Berggren, third for “Kashmir_uzi”: Sweden’s Andreas Berggren, known on PokerStars as “MrAndreeew”, is one of Sweden’s top ranked players, with lifetime cashes of over $14.3 million. Berggren earned his first SCOOP title back in 2014 with a huge win PKO win worth over $150k. Last night he bagged a career second, winning the $530 “medium” version of the Midweek Freeze for $76,774. The London-based Brit “Kashmir_uzi” is another well-known name at the online tables, and he won a career third SCOOP title on Thursday night. Kashmir_uzi won a $55 buy-in 6-Max PLO8 tournament a year after winning a similar 6-Max PLO8 in SCOOP, with a slightly smaller buy-in. His other SCOOP victory came in 2015 in a 2-7 Single Draw event.
Mr.Pedr0 one to watch, earns second of series: We’re used to seeing familiar faces on the poker tournament circuit; the Astedts and Vieras and others who we can almost guarantee will take a title. But every now and then a player shoots up through the ranks to achieve a lot in a short space of time. “Mr.Pedr0” earned his first five figure victory in 2020, and his first SCOOP title just a few days ago, $47k for first in the 25-M: $109 Turbo. Last night, MrPedr0 took down the 50-M: $109 KO for a total of $49,492. And just like that, as if out of nowhere, Mr.Pedr0 is a double SCOOP champion. You’ve got to ask yourself, is this a new star we’ve just seen in the making?
Ukraine’s current No.1 earns second SCOOP: With over $2.5 million in online winnings, and a recent run of form that suggests he’s well on the up, Andriy “Andre_Hansen” Lyubovetskiy is currently Ukraine’s top ranked player on PocketFives. Lyubovetskiy won his first SCOOP title in 2018 in the Sunday Million SE, earning $229k. This time around, he took on a tough final table in the 55-H: $2,100 6-max event to earn $98,159 and the second SCOOP title of his career.
Brazilian players notch up five titles in one night: It’s been a standout night for Brazilian players, who notched five title wins to their tally, along with a number of final table finishes. As well as the aforementioned victory by Mr.Pedr0, “$aymon9” won the 51-M for $33,315; “paulera292” won the 52-L for $2,808; “fafinharj” won the 55-L for $18,964; and “LeoMattosAK” won the 56-M for $36,052. This cements Brazil firmly at the top of the country leader board, extending their lead over Russian players.
Over $1 million up for grabs in both Thursday Thrill and High Roller: The $10,300 PKO High Roller is currently on break with the nine-handed final table just set. Mateos is in the race again, as are highly esteemed players like Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Artur “mararthur1” Martirosyan and Dario “Secret_Mod3” Sammartino, who leads the pack, and already has $26k in bounties. The rest of the final line-up isn’t bad either, with Francisco “Tomatee” Benitez, Bruno “great dant” Volkmann, Michael “imluckbox” Addamo, Aliaksei “ale6ka” Boika and Daniel “Oxota” Dvoress also involved. The prize pool is set at over $1.2 million, so unless a deal is made the winner will take $118k plus bounties. The special edition Thursday Thrill is also on pause, with a $1.1 million prize pool and $80k plus bounties for first.
Six figure score in Midweek Freeze: The Midweek Freeze came to an exciting conclusion with “necgaidziai” from Lithuania claiming the title for knocking out heads-up opponent “DingeBrinker”. The tournament had a prize pool of $750k and, with a $5,200 price tag, the field consisted mostly of proficient pros. Joao “Naza114” Viera, star of the show on Wednesday night, came close again, but had to settle for a fifth place finish and $56k. Eventual winner necgaidziai’s previous scores are nothing to scoff at – including a $46k second place finish in the 2020 Winter Series – but this one takes it to the next level. necgaidziai earned a first SCOOP title and $157,426.
Prize pools have now topped an incredible $60 million, with a little shy of $9 million going to first place alone. With 162 tournaments completed, we are now more than half way through SCOOP 2021. Here are the updated stats:
Entries: 782,981 (inc. 147,739 re-entries)
Prize pools: $60,080,039
First place payouts: $8,969,928 (inc. $1,289,343 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 162
Tournaments ongoing: 3
Tournaments starting today: 0
(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:
Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic: First ever from Montenegro — and he’s won three!
Adan “verdao134” Aliaga’s note to self
ICM wizard Jargo “bungakat” Alaväli wins $131k
$5.50 to $5,228 payoff for Martin “SthImHero93” Eriksson
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
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Brazil claimed five SCOOP titles, which brings them well ahead of the pack and extends their lead over Russia, who added three more to their total. Sweden earned three more titles, and the UK and Ploand both took two. Here are the country leaderboards standings:
30 – Brazil
21 – Russia
13 – UK
10 – Sweden
9 – Netherlands, Finland
7 – Canada
6 – Poland
5 – Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Romania
4 – Denmark, Hungary
3 – Bulgaria, Montenegro, Ukraine
2 – Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Mexico
1 – Argentina, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, New Zealand, Uzbekistan.
Friday is the day of rest for SCOOP 2021, so there’s no official events starting today. However, you can still enjoy a number of quirky and entertaining Side Events before play resumes on Saturday:
Side Event: NL 2-7 Single Draw (7-max)
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Gtd: $8k, $18k, $35k
Side Event: PL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo (6-max)
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Gtd: $8k, $20k, $40k
Side Event: PL Fusion, PKO (6-max)
Buy-ins: $1.10, $11, $109
Gtd: 2k, $8k, $15k
Side Event: Heads-up Shootout, Turbo
Buy-ins: $2.20, $22, $215
Gtd: $2k, $10k, $25k
LEADER BOARD LATEST
Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna once again gained a little more of a comfortable lead on the Overall standings, but still has the ominous “aleksandrs10” breathing down his neck and challenging fr the $25k trophy. Patrick Leonard continues with a consistent performance, but Niklas “Lena900” Astedt has gained steam and climbed to second in the High, within 10 points of Simon Mattsson’s lead.
It’s looking like an exciting race brewing as we enter the second half of SCOOP 2021.
Here’s the latest standings:
1 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia – 420
2 – phil_a-QQ, Germany – 400 points
3 – KaiHix, Netherlands – 395
=4 – andreyayo9, Canada – 360
=4 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 460
Prizes: 1st – $5,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500 (20 players rewarded)
1 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 430 points
2 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 365
3 – römpsä, Finland – 340
3 – ShipitFTW911, Sweden – 265
4 – muggsyboges, Canada – 285
5 – B-rabbit444, Norway – 280
Prizes: 1st – $10,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000 (10 players rewarded)
1 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 530 points
2 – Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Sweden – 520
3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 500
4 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 470
5 – RaiseUpBlind, Canada – 460
Prizes: 1st – $15,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000
Overall Player of the Series
1 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 1,040 points
2 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 945
3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 760
4 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 825
5 – Zapahzamazki, Russia – 815
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 8: Two in a night for Mattsson
Day 9: Viera crushes again as Moorman wins first