SCOOP: Connor Drinan Wins Record-Breaking Fifth Title

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Connor Drinan won his record-breaking fifth 2020 SCOOP title on Tuesday.

Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan re-wrote the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker record books on Tuesday when he took down the $10K Pot Limit Omaha Main Event for an unprecedented fifth title in a single SCOOP series.

It was less than a week ago when Drinan clinched his fourth SCOOP title by winning the $1K HORSE event, tying former #1-ranked PocketFiver Shaun Deeb for the most titles in a single series. But for Drinan, the heater continued and he surpassed Deeb by besting the 159-entry field in Event #75-H ($10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event) for an online career-high $322,264.28 payday.

Two of Drinan’s titles came in Pot Limit Omaha, one in Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better, one in No Limit Omaha, and one in HORSE. Altogether, the Chicago native’s victories earned him $567,287 in total prize money, pushing his career total cashes north of $8.8 million.

Even though PokerStars has extended the 2020 SCOOP through the end of May, Drinan’s record-breaking run has come within a similar timeframe and number of events traditionally given to all players. So, anything that Drinan is able to add on in the weeks to come will simply be a bonus to one of the most amazing SCOOP performances to date.

In order for Drinan to secure the victory in the $10K Pot Limit Omaha Main Event he first had to battle against PLO specialist Jens ‘Jeans89’ Kyllonen. Kyllonen fell just short of the title and was forced to settle for second place which was good for $245,286.27. Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira’s incredible SCOOP continued as well, taking third place for $186,695.89.

The $10K SCOOP NLHE Main Event made a different kind of history on Tuesday as players battled for a chance to make the final table. For many, the road to the final table went through PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis’ Twitch stream as he gave fans a taste of what it’s like to make a deep run in the Main Event. Early in the stream, Veldhuis, who is currently the top poker streamer on Twitch, broke through his own previous viewership record of 36K viewers.

Then, after he busted his friend and fellow PokerStars ambassador Ben ‘Spraggy’ Spragg, his viewership skyrocketed past 50,000. It peaked at 58,799 which was not only a new record for Veldhuis, but an all-time record for viewers watching poker on Twitch.

Veldhuis’ amazing run ended in 15th place where he collected $62,620.42.

Just six eliminations later, the final table was set with Pieter ‘XMorphineX’ Aerts holding the overnight chip lead. Daniel ‘Oxota’ Dvoress and Brazil’s Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito are also in the top three, both eclipsing 20 million in chips.

High stakes tournament pro Michael ‘imluckbox’ Addamo, Raise Your Edge lead coach Benjamin ‘bencb789’ Rolle, and ‘Alexgirs’ are situated in the middle of the chip counts. And Max ‘goodeh99’ Silver, Alex ‘dynoalot’ Difelice, and ‘EEE27’ are situated on the short stacks.

Play resumes on Wednesday where the winner will be awarded more than $1 million.

SCOOP #74-H: $10,300 NLHE Main Event
609 entries
$6,090,000

Final Table Chip Counts

XMorphineX – 36,539,059
Oxota – 28,570,379
pabritz – 20,514,267
imluckbox – 18,739,553
bencb789 – 12,283,432
Alexgirs – 11,783,439
goodeh99 – 8,647,301
dynoalot – 8,594,592
EEE27 – 4,577,978

SCOOP #75-H: $10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event
159 entries
$1,590,000 prize pool

  1. Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan – $322,264.28
  2. Jeans89 – $245,286.27
  3. Naza114 – $186,695.89
  4. Kukenmuser – $142,100.68
  5. gavz101 – $108.157.68
  6. raidalot – $82,322.56

SCOOP #75-M: $1,050 PLO 6-Max Main Event
1,112 entries
$1,112,000 prize pool

  1. niccc – $154,039.33*
  2. BomPang – $146,539.34*
  3. Bagrovui – $86.938.38
  4. giftmyra – $60,990.08
  5. Adamyid – $42,786.53
  6. magiet12 – $30,016.10

SCOOP #75-L: $109 PLO 6-Max Main Event
6,126 entries
$612,600 prize pool

  1. The_Truht – $74,805.39*
  2. goldenmuzzle – $72,911.24*
  3. azn_baller3 – $42,264.49
  4. mapof – $29,448.72
  5. M1TR4ND1R – $20,519.03
  6. jfawn – $14,297.10

SCOOP #80-H: $1,050 5-Card PLO 6-Max
282 entries
$282,000 prize pool

  1. kjunia – $53,827.35
  2. Dundermasen – $39,898.68
  3. at0216 – $29,574.38
  4. MITS 304 – $21,921.63
  5. gavz101 – $16,249.09
  6. plastrong – $12,044.44