SCOOP: Mike Watson Wins Short Deck High Roller, Third Title Of Year

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Mike Watson now has six career SCOOP titles after winning his third of 2020 on Friday. (WPT photo)

For the third time this year Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson finished a PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker event as the last player standing. And this time he beat a “god” to do it.

Watson beat out 147 other players including his final opponent Borys ‘GODofHU’ Turitsa to win Event #113 High ($1,050 6+ Hold’em) for $29,997.02. Turitsa, who famously defeated Lex Veldhuis heads-up in PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Event #30 High ($2,100 8-Max NLHE) last September, had to settle for a $22,831.67 score while ‘Bo$$ D4wg‘ won $17,377.98 as the third place finisher.

Watson’s first two wins of the 2020 SCOOP were in Event #51 High ($1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw) and Event #66 High ($2,100 NLHE). The three wins from this year doubled his career total to six.

Watson may have been the highest profile winner on Friday, but he wasn’t the biggest. That honor belonged to Brazilian Ariel ‘ArielBahia’ Celestino after winning Event #109 High ($2,100 NLHE PKO Thursday Thrill SE) for $62,126.78 while picking up an impressive $93,570.31 from bounties collected. Fellow Brazilian ‘copag holdem’ finished as runner-up to earn $62,126.57 with $12,468.75 more coming from bounties. Harley ‘Harleyy30040’ Thrower finished in third place for $40,864.27 and just $3,875 in bounties.

Hungarian Maszat ‘noirduck’ Marci topped the 356-entry field in Event #108 High ($1,050 NLHE) to win their first SCOOP title and $65,618.99. Pedro ‘pvigar’ Vinícius Garagnani had to console himself with $49,699.38 for falling one spot short of the title. Third place went to ‘Korrinho‘ for $37,642.08.

Andre ‘Sira Al Aziz’ Santos and ‘xnrobix’ each locked up six-figure scores after chopping up nearly $219,000 in Event #110 High ($5,200 Six Max PLO High Roller). Santos went on to win the title and banked $111,256.53 as a result while ‘xnrobix’ took the remaining $107,219.12. ‘bmwcoupe’ was eliminated in third and drove away with $72,729.85.

The final two players in Event #111 High ($530 Six Max NLHE) also chopped. ‘$w4g4l1c10u$’ earned the title and added $59,071.62 to their bankroll while ‘KKremate’ ended up with a $61,717.78 payday. Just before the deal was struck, ‘OMGACEACEACE’ was eliminated in third place for $35,640.78.

The fastest event on Friday’s slate was Event #114 High ($215 Heads-Up Zoom NLHE Turbo Progressive Total KO) which went to ‘samuraiUA’. Along the way to the win, ‘samuraiUA’ collected $34,051.03 in bounties. Runner-up ‘bigfishka44’ took home $5,747.17. All prize money was in the form of bounties in this event.

Other players who spent Friday night celebrating a SCOOP victory included ‘geshuou’ (Event #108-L), ‘crazybombs’ (Event #108-M), ‘bet121995’ (Event #109-L), ‘mendieta19’ (Event #109-M), ‘monopol’ (Event #110-L), ‘hotmark777’ (Event #110-M), duxo 93 Event #111-L), ‘BC1989RF’ (Event #111-M), ‘nemmad’ (Event #113-L), ‘mrlaing’ (Event #113-M), ‘Andrej82’ (Event #114-L), and ‘batai12’ (Event #114-M).

Event #108-H: $1,050 NLHE
Entries: 356
Prize pool: $356,000

  1. noirduck – $65,618.99
  2. pvigar – $49,699.38
  3. Korrinho – $37,642.08
  4. SELOUAN1991 – $28,509.90
  5. Tomatee – $21,593.25
  6. Graftekkel – $16,354.64.
  7. leulue399 – $12,386.91
  8. lo-fi dream – $9,381.77
  9. lipe piv – $7,105.68

Event #109-H: $2,100 NLHE PKO Thursday Thrill SE
Entries: 390
Prize pool: $780,000 (including $390,000 in bounties)

  1. Ariel ‘ArielBahia’ Celestino – $62,126.78 + $93,570.31
  2. copag holdem – $62,126.57 + $12,468.75
  3. Harleyy30040 – $40,864.27 + $3,875.00
  4. jareth3542 – $31,098.95 + $6,687.50
  5. efkinis24 – $23,667.22 + $11,695.31
  6. ale6ka – $18,011.44 + $15,875.00
  7. Tomatee – $13,707.25 + $8,843.75
  8. megaliciou$$$ – $10,431.64 + $5,187.50

Event #110-H: $5,200 Six Max PLO High Roller
Entries: 110
Prize pool: $550,000

  1. Andre ‘Sira Al Aziz’ Santos – $111,256.53*
  2. xnrobix = $107,219.12*
  3. bmwcoupe – $72,729.85
  4. LLinusLLove – $55,780.12
  5. RuiNF – $42,780.54
  6. XD89lol<3 – $32,810.52

Event #111-H: $530 Six Max NLHE
Entries: 847
Prize pool: $423,500

  1. $w4g4l1c10u$ – $59,071.62*
  2. KKremate – $61,717.78*
  3. OMGACEACEACE – $35,640.78
  4. thx4urm0n3y – $25,319.66
  5. hopezACE – $17m987.40
  6. lwolfwhite – $12,778.47

Event #113-H: $1,050 6+ Hold’em
Entries: 148
Prize pool: $148,000

  1. Mike “SirWatts” Watson – $29,997.02
  2. GODofHU – $22,831.67
  3. Bo$$ D4wg – $17,377.98
  4. Hatrick1991 – $13,226.98
  5. sry2good4u – $10,067.50
  6. Zapahzamazki – $7,662.72

Event #114-H: $215 Heads-Up Zoom NLHE Turbo Progressive Total KO
Entries: 1,486
Prize pool: $297,200

  1. samuraiUA – $34,051.03
  2. bigfishka44 – $5,747.17
  3. BADEXTASY – $2,900.00
  4. Powergolf – $3,309.96