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  1. April was an absolutely mammoth month for Finnish high-stakes crusher Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro who bounced between the events of the GGPoker Spring Festival and the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker to earn over $4.4 million and take down the title of April Online Player of the Month. With more than a quarter-billion in total prize pools up for grabs between both the GGPoker and PokerStars spring series, the race for last month’s Online Player of the Month elevated to new heights. So much so that the top 18 finishers in April would have easily earned enough points to lock up the title in March. For his part, Kelopuro, who earned 8,378 total points, nearly doubled the total of Joao ’Naza114’ Vieira who won it in March. But even with so many opportunities to take home massive tournament scores, Kelopuro, who is no stranger to winning large sums of money, had a special month. He had nine six-figure scores and another fourth five-figure cashes. Of his 120 recorded results, 17 (14%) were victories and another 16 were podium finishes which resulted in a 27.5% top-3 standing in those times that Kelopuro made the money. His first major score came on April 7 when he finished in fourth place in GGSF Event #16-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $236,296. Running deep in the month’s biggest events was a reoccurring theme for Kelopuro who also won GGSF Event #49-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $522,617 and also took down Event #84-H ($25,500 Super High Roller) for another $574,878. However, Kelopuro’s largest score was his final one, a runner-up result in GGSF Event #109-H ($25,500 Sunday Millions) in which he earned $720,833 plus 1,368.09 points. It wasn’t just in the Spring Festival where Kelopuro found success. He won the Irish Poker Online Omaha High Roller for $34,647 and scored a PokerStars SCOOP 2021 title with a win in Event #25-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo) for $70,557 and 624.50 points. By the end of the month, Kelopuro’s performance propelled him to #2 in the worldwide rankings and put him in a position to retake the top spot for the first time since he last held it in November of 2019. Additionally, the $4 million surge makes him just the third player in online poker history to have earned more than $20 million in recorded online cashes, joining ‘Lena900’ and Joao Vieira in the elite club. Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson finished April in second place with 6,603 points and a total haul of more than $1.45 million in total earnings, thanks to consistent results in the GGSF events he played over on Natural8. Watson took home a GGSF title on April 10 when he won Event #28-H ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) for $52,439 and 500 points. Just days later he recorded a runner-up result in Event #49-M ($2,625 High Roller) for another $114,094 and 572.32 points. However, Watson really picked up steam in the back half of the month after he outlasted the 182-entry field of GGSF Event #83-H ($10,300 Super Tuesday) for his highest cash of the month of $363,776 plus 1,349.07 points. Two days later, on April 23, Watson was in the winner’s circle again, winning Event #93-M ($2,625 High Roller) for another $144,885 and 838.15 points. Also of note, while there weren’t enough runners to count in the Online Player of the Month standings, Watson also earned his seventh career PokerStars SCOOP title with a win in Event #78-H ($1,050 FL Badugi) for just over $20,000. Brazilian pro Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann rounded out the top three for April scoring 6,311 points over 73 recorded cashes and more than $1.1 million in earnings. Volkmann took home a PokerStars SCOOP title on April 6 in Event #15-H ($2,100 Freezeout) in which he earned $74,191 and 606.63 points, his highest single point total for the month. He also picked up two six-figure scores in the final week. The first came on April 21 in the GGSF Event #83-M ($1,050 Super Tuesday) where Volkmann finished as the runner-up for $101,206 and 554.74 points. Then, two days later, he took down a GGPoker Side Event ($5,250 Blade Special) for another $116,137. April 2021 Player of the Month Results [table id=221 /]
  2. The World Poker Tour Online Series is returning to partypoker beginning on May 14, giving players another online shot at a Main Tour title with its $3 million guaranteed Main Event. Running from May 14 through June 2, the 2021 WPT Online Series is anchored by a a $3,200 Main Event that promises online players the experience, and paydays, similar to competing in any WPT Main Tour event. The $3,200 WPT Online Series Main Event includes a $3 million guarantee and, for the winner, their name engraved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup. The Main Event will feature two starting flights, the first taking place on Sunday, May 23, with Day 1B playing out one week later on Sunday, May 30. The two fields will combine the very next day for Day 2, with players who survive that playing Day 3 on Tuesday, June 1. The final table will be played on Wednesday, June 2. Additionally, the series will feature a Mini Main Event with a buy-in of $530 which gets underway on Saturday, May 15, as well as a Micro Main Event with a $55 buy-in and a $150,000 guarantee. “The inaugural WPT Online Series back in 2020 was the first purposely-designed WPT festival to be run fully online at partypoker and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to do this all over again,” said partypoker’s Head of Poker Room Management Chris Donnachie. “The hallmark $3 million guaranteed, $3,200 buy-in Main Event is complimented by an extensive range of exciting events such as the Mini Main Event and not one, but two of the world-renowned WPT500 events.” While the entire schedule has yet to be released, players can expect a similar schedule to that of 2020 when the WPT and partypoker offered events that included a $25,500 Super High Roller, $10,300 High Roller, a WPTDeepstacks event, and the aforementioned WPT500 events. Last year’s WPT Online Series was a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under those conditions, the series flourished with the 2020 WPT Online Main Event breaking the WPT record for the most entries ever into a Main Tour tournament with 2,130 entries. In the end, after a heads-up deal with eventual runner-up Viktor Ustimov, former #1-ranked online pro Christian Jeppsson took down the first-ever WPT Online title for a $913,783.99 payday. That was back in May of 2020 and since then, a pent-up demand to play in live poker tournaments helped the WPT to break its entry record yet again. April's WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Florida saw 2,482 entries crush the $2 million guarantee and produce a prize pool of $7,446,000. The final table for this event is set to be played out on May 18 at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas with the eventual winner collecting $1,261,095. For the 2021 WPT Online Series Main Event to push those boundaries and set a new record, it would need to see a roughly 17% increase from the 2020 numbers. While the World Poker Tour would certainly enjoy seeing another massive turnout for the Online Series Main Event, it should be noted that the guarantee for 2021 has been pulled back to $3 million from the $5 million guarantee that was attached to the Main Event of last year. A field of 1,000 entries is needed to meet this year's guarantee. Despite that, the World Poker Tour and partypoker have designs on qualifying as many players as possible for the Main Event with feeder satellites starting at just $0.01 into Phase tournaments which play into weekly tournaments that offer 15 guaranteed seats into the $3,200 event. Additionally, mega satellites will be running right before both the Main Event and Mini Main Event will award a minimum of 50 seats for each. “There are a few series that are unmissable because of their prestige and the WPT Online Series absolutely falls into that category,” said partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard. “Christian [Jeppsson] winning almost $1,000,000 last year stands out to me. The festival is amazing and you get to play for big, big money but with structures that give you good play.”
  3. The GGPoker Spring Festival may be over, but the massive paydays on GGPoker continue as the 47th edition of the GGPoker Super MILLION$ wrapped up on Tuesday with Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski running white-hot to topple the 184-entry field and the take home $394,852 first-place prize. Perhaps the Spring Festival took the wind (and maybe the bankroll) out of some of the regular high rollers as this week's tournament fell 16 players short of reaching the guarantee leaving GGPoker on the hook for a $160,000 overlay. While an overlay is unusual in the Super MILLION$, a stacked final table is not. This one was no different. Joining Malinowski in the final nine was David Peters, Yuri Dzivielevski, Ami Barer, Lucas Reeves, and eventual runner-up Dario Sammartino, among others. It took nearly an hour of nine-handed play before the first player hit the rail. When folded to in the small blind, China’s ‘judd trump’ shipped their final twelve big blind stack in the middle holding [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"]. Malinowski in the small blind quickly called with [poker card="5s"][poker card="5c"] in the big blind. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3d"], awarding Malinowski’s pocket fives the pot and sending ‘judd trump’ out in ninth for $61,387. Two-time Super MILLION$ champ Lucas Reeves found himself extremely short when he put the last of his chips in on the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"]. The current #1-ranked online player in the world, Yuri Dzivielevski picked up [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"] in the small blind and reshipped forcing Ami Barer in the big blind to fold. Although dominated preflop, the flop came [poker card="jh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5s"] putting Reeves in the lead. But as the [poker card="as"] peeled off on the turn, Dzivielevski took back control of the hand. The [poker card="6h"] river completed the board and ended Reeve’s bid for a third title in eighth place for $77,468. Despite busting Reeves, Dzivielevski was still grinding a short stack. Over thirty minutes later, he played a pot against David Peters that cost him the majority of his stack. From the button, Peters opened with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"] and after Sammartino folded, Dzivielevski called holding [poker card="ts"][poker card="9d"]. The flop came [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9s"] and after Dzivielevski checked, Peters put out abet with his flopped two pair which the Brazilian called. The turn was the [poker card="qh"] giving Dzivielevski the straight, which he checked for a second time over to Peters who checked it back. The river was the [poker card="kd"] bringing in a full house for Peters. Dzivielevski put out a half-pot bet, and Peters took some time and eventually raised for most of his stack. After tanking for two minutes, Dzivielevski made the call and saw the bad news. Peters essentially doubled up while Dzivielevski was left with less than one big blind, which he lost on the very next hand ending his run in seventh place for $97,761. With six players left, Malinowski put in a raise from early position with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] and net to act, Peters shipped his final 25 big blinds with [poker card="ts"][poker card="th"]. Malinowski wasted no time in making the call and the pair flipped for the chip lead. The flop came [poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5s"], keeping Peters’ pocket tens in good shape. But when the [poker card="ac"] hit the turn, Peters was left looking for one of the remaining two tens to stay alive in the tournament. The river was the [poker card="jd"] eliminating Peters in sixth place for $123,370. Although he started the day as the chip leader, Guillaume Nolet was at the bottom of the chip counts with five left. When folded to in the small blind, Nolet moved all-in with his short stack holding [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"], and Malinowski, with a massive chip lead, opted to call holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="9d"]. The flop came [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6s"], providing a pair to Malinowski and leaving Nolet looking for help. The turn was the [poker card="2s"], opening the possibility of a backdoor flush for the Canadian. But Malinowski was running too hot and the [poker card="7h"] hit the river. Malinowski’s lead increased and Nolet was sent to the rail in fifth place for $155,688. Just two hands later, a battle of the blinds played out as table short stack Ami Barer in the small blind moved all-in with his [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"] and was quickly called by Aleks Ponakovs and his [poker card="6s"][poker card="6h"]. The flop came [poker card="6d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3c"] giving Ponakovs top set and leaving Barer drawing thin. The [poker card="8s"] turn effectively ended the hand, as Barer was drawing dead to the [poker card="7d"] river. In his fifth appearance at a Super MILLION$ final table, Barer fell in fourth place and added $196,473 to his bankroll. Just minutes later it looked like Ponakovs was in line to pick up more chips. He put in a min-raise on the button holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] which prompted Malinowski to three-bet shove his massive stack with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. Sammartino folded and Ponakovs snap-called. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"] flop was clean for the pocket queens. But, yet again, an ace hit the turn as the [poker card="ac"] gave Malinowski a stranglehold on the hand. The river [poker card="3h"] couldn’t save Ponakovs who exited in third place for $247,939. At the start of heads-up play, Malinowski held a better than four-to-one chip lead but Sammartino’s patient play chipped away at Malinowski’s lead. The pair battled for roughly an hour, with Sammartino wrestling the chip lead away for a time. But Malinowski’s heater kicked back in just in time and he bested Sammartino in a hand where he held [poker card="kh"][poker card="6d"] to Sammartino’s [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"] and the pair got it all in on the flop of a [poker card="kd"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][[poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"] board. Minutes later, it was all over. Malinowski moved all-in with his chip lead and the [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and Sammartino made the call with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"]. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="4c"][poker card="tc"][poker card="3s"] giving Malinowski a straight and missing Sammartino’s backdoor flush draw. Sammartino picked up $312,889 as the runner-up and Malinowski earned his first Super MILLION$ title and the $394,852 first-place prize. Super MILLION$ Final Table Payouts (5/4) Wiktor Malinowski - $394,852 Dario Sammartino - $312,889 Aleks Ponakovs - $247,939 Ami Barer - $196,472 Guillaume Nolet $155,688 David Peters - $123,370 Yuri Dzivielevski - $97,761 Lucas Reeves - $77,468 judd trump - $61,367
  4. This week, the poker world will once again turn its attention to PokerGO’s High Stakes Duel as reigning and defending champion Phil Hellmuth is set to take on his current sparring partner Daniel Negreanu in what amounts to a $200,000 winner-take-all heads-up battle. When these two faced off in the first match on March 31, Negreanu had the early edge and put a hurt on Hellmuth’s stack to the point where a victory for Kid Poker looked inevitable. However, as the blinds went up, Hellmuth held on and made some big hands in critical spots to double up and grind his way back. Roughly six hours into the match, Hellmuth completed his improbable comeback, winning his fourth High Stakes Duel match in a row and providing those who bet on him a reason to celebrate. For those looking to bet on the 15-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner in the re-match, once again they’ll be betting on the underdog. According to oddsmakers PokerShares, Hellmuth opened at +132 despite being the player on a four-match winning streak. Over time though, the odds got slightly longer as the line moved to +142 just 48 hours ahead of the start of the match. Conversely, it seems as if the public is still optimistic that the lessons Negreanu learned from his high-profile match with Doug Polk will come into play when he meets Hellmuth again. Negreanu opened at -149 and the line for him to walk away the winner has continued to increase, where he currently sits at -161. “Negreanu played well in the challenge against Doug Polk and improved his HU game a ton. For that reason, we make him the favorite in our opening line versus Hellmuth, who is fundamentally weaker than Negreanu,” a spokesperson from PokerShares said. “The closing line is much more a factor of bets coming in, so Negreanu being the favorite in our current odds for Round 2 and our closing odds for Round 1 simply means that the betting volume keeps coming in on Negreanu despite Hellmuth’s impressive track record in the format.” The betting volume for Round 1 is also a good indicator of how popular the first High Stakes Duel match-up between Hellmuth and Negreanu actually was. It was a boom for PokerShares, one that may repeat as the stakes for Round 2 are doubled. “The Negreanu versus Hellmuth High Stakes Duel Round 1 was the most popular single heads-up session we ever offered on our platform,” the spokesperson said. “We particularly had many bets for €100 or lower as it was the perfect match for a casual bet. [In comparison] The Galfond versus Venividi Challenge saw more five, and even six-figure, bets as the challenge was much longer and variance thus didn’t play as big a role in determining the winner of the overall challenge. The betting volume on Negreanu versus Hellmuth was larger than on a single Galfond versus Venividi session but smaller than the overall challenge.” Fans won’t have to wait much longer to see what will happen in the next chapter of the current rivalry between these two long-time poker peers. The High Stakes Duel II Hype Show kicks off the action on Tuesday, May 4 at 8 pm ET as Ali Nejad and Nick Schulman recap Round 1 and break down what fans can expect to see in Round 2. Then on Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 pm ET, Schulman returns to desk duty to host the Hellmuth and Negreanu “Weigh-In” where the players will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and trade some barbs before the cards are in the air for Round 2. Finally, just half an hour later, at 8 pm ET, High Stakes Duel II, Round 2 will go down. Hellmuth looks to make it five in a row and force Negreanu to challenge him for a third time while Kid Poker plans on booking a heads-up challenge victory.
  5. The PokerStars 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker is officially in the books. With $100 million in total prize money guaranteed and 306 total tournaments, the series proved, once again, to be one of the marquee events on the poker calendar. Now that it’s over we have the opportunity to take a look back at some of the biggest events and winners of the series, going inside some of the eye-popping numbers that made the 13th annual spring festival so successful. Exceed The Guarantee PokerStars slapped a $100 million guarantee on SCOOP 2021, marking the first time in the series’ history that the company had promised a number so high. The enthusiasm for player participation wasn’t unwarranted, as just one year ago prize pools for SCOOP 2020 pushed past the $130 million mark. As was expected, players showed up en masse and across all 102 events at three buy-in levels generated $138,204,868 in total prize money (~38% more than was guaranteed.) The break out for prize pools went as follows - $62,718,174 for the High buy-ins (45% of series total), $52,132,505 (38%) for the Medium and $23,354,189 (17%) for the Low. It’s interesting to compare the percentages of payouts to that of total entries. Over the course of 25 days of action, the series saw an astonishing 1,723,716 total entries, an average of 68,948 entries per day. There’s not a lot to take away from an average number of entries per day, except to say that PokerStars was keeping pretty busy during the series. The registration breakdown shows 55,593 total entries for the High buy-in events, 404,670 for Medium, and a massive 1,263,453 for the Low. In yet another example of “the greater the risk, the greater the reward”, just 3% of the total entries (represented by the High buy-in) collected 45% of the series payouts. The Medium buy-in events were good for roughly 23% of entries while 73% of all SCOOP registrations took place in the Low. Million Dollar Prize Pools Players wanting to splash around in massive prize pools didn’t have to look very far to find them. SCOOP 2021 featured 30 events with prize pools of $1 million or more (17 High, 10 Medium, 3 Low), only three ended up not paying out a six-figure score to the winner, deals included. Here’s a look at the ten biggest prize pools of the series. [table id=211 /] It should be expected that the SCOOP 2021 Main Events lead the way, however, it also shows some additional value to be found in the large-field Medium events as two of the next three events were categorized as such including Event #4-M ($215 NLHE PKO Sunday Million), the largest prize pool for something other than a Main Event. As a side note, the top 10 tournaments and their prize money total of $29,762,675 represented 21.5% of all the money paid out over the series. Large Field Events When it comes to which events produced the largest fields, a general rule is “how low can you go?”. Of the top 10 largest fields, nine belonged to Low buy-in events with the lone Medium event being the multi-flight Phase tournament, which some might feel is a technicality. No matter the buy-in, packed lobbies often provide a large return on investment so here’s a look at the largest events of SCOOP 2021 and the players who navigated those tough, massive fields. [table id=212 /] To The Victor Go The Spoils For both recreational players and professionals alike, the appeal of the spring series is the opportunity to play for large, potentially life-changing, sums of money. On that front, SCOOP 2021 delivered yet again. Of the 306 tournaments, 51 had winners that walked away with six-figure sums, including three champions from the Low tier. And when the big money was on the line, poker’s elite players stepped into the spotlight. All-Time Online Money List leader Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira, former #1-ranked Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard, and 2020 WSOP Main Event champion Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas all found themselves among the top 10 scores from those who took down a title. [table id=215 /] Single Biggest Scores This list looks a little different from the top 10 overall scores, with the Main Events weighing in so heavily. Here’s a look at the most eye-popping single scores of the series. [table id=216 /] It should be no surprise for those who followed along to see Romania’s ‘Dannyz0r’ at the top of the list. The Main Events dominate this category and when the $10K High ME found its final three players, they agreed to a chop which locked up the series top prize for ‘Dannyz0r’, despite not winning the event. Winner, Winner Whether it’s SCOOP or the WSOP, history has shown that over the course of a lengthy championship series, there are going to be players who win multiple titles. It was no different for SCOOP 2021 in two players, Adrian ‘Amadi_017’ Mateos and Dejan ‘dejanic357’ Kaladjurdjevic, took down three SCOOP 2021 titles while another 13 players claimed two victories. Here’s an overview of the multiple title winners and how much their victories earned them. [table id=219 /]
  6. The final day of the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker brought about some of the largest paydays of the entire series as three Main Events came to a conclusion and some last-hour heroics in the final five events saw players finishing the series on a high. After four days of play, Event #92-H ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max Main Event) has finally crowned its winner. When the tournament played down to three-handed, the posted pay jumps were enormous. There was a roughly $500,000 difference between third place and the winner. With that in mind, ‘kZhh’, ‘Dannuz0r’, and ‘KayhanMok’ opted to reduce some variance and struck a deal that, while taking a million-dollar payday for one of the players off the table, promised each of them a massive six-figure score. Despite a deal being in place, there was still an additional $50,000 and the title to play for and the final three players took their time and battled it out. In the end, Hungarian pro ‘kZhh’ pulled out the win, taking home the title and $878,718.14 for first place. Romania’s ‘Dannyz0r’ was the chip leader when the deal was made and so, despite officially finishing in second place, they still ended up the tournament's biggest winner by locking up $894,551.34 as the runner-up. Kayhan ‘KayhanMok’ Roshanfekr fell in third place and booked a $791,074.32 score, more than $184,000 than was originally posted prize for third place. SCOOP 2021 $10K PLO champion Ka Kwan ‘kaju85’ Lau started the day with a chance to make history and become a two-time Main Event winner within the same series. However, Lau’s tournament ended in seventh place for which he picked up $174,344.48. When added to his PLO victory of $283,099.34, he finished SCOOP 2021 with $457,443.82 in Main Event final table winnings. Also of note, New Zealand’s David ‘MissOracle’ Yan ended up in fifth place for $325,098.38, and Christian ‘WATnlos’ Rudolph fell one spot earlier, wrapping up in sixth place for $238,073.88 SCOOP 2021 $10K Main Event Final Table Payouts [table id=210 /] Austria’s ‘livinmydream1’ made good on their screen name after being the last player standing from the 5,903-entry field of Event #92-M ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event). For winning the Medium Main Event, they turned their $1K into a massive $838,908.55 payday, among the largest scores of the entire series. Greece’s ‘alimounda’ finished in second place, taking home $598,000.46 while ‘Morrison830’ from Argentina ended up in third, good for $426,275.10. SCOOP 92-L ($109 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event) provided an amazing return on investment for Greece’s ‘Cantaloupe91’ who won the event outright and turned their $109 investment into the $376,086.99 first-place prize. The UK’s ‘Essa_mania’ earned runner-up honors and a healthy $265,913.93 score. It was Brazilian grinder ‘carafalo’ who, on their fourth bullet, ended up in third place and collected $188,029.17 for their efforts. One Last Chance To SCOOP It turns out that the very first event of the series was one of the last to play out. That’s the deal with Phase tournaments, as players play in any number of opening flights in hopes to build a stack for Day 2 and beyond. Over the duration of the series, 10,813 players took a shot in Event 01-H ($215 NLHE Phase) and 1,111 found their way into Phase 2. In the end, the final four players agreed to a deal that allowed each of them to turn their $215 buy-in into more than $100,000. Romania’s ‘Virgilik’ locked up a career-high online score by taking down the tournament and adding $161,650.21 to his $1.4 million in career earnings. Vinicius ‘vinimiranda7’ Miranda followed suit and took home his career-high cash of $135,422.62 as the runner-up. Miranda’s countryman, Gabriel ‘Gabriellln’ Novello not only locked up new all-time high cash of $139,006.14 with his third-place finish, but he also earned roughly 50% of everything he’d earned in his young career thus far. The final player in the deal was the Netherlands ‘Killer_ooooo’ who secured $112,492.27 for fourth place, more than $27,000 than the original payout for that position. Pedro ‘pm_marke’ Marques earned his second career SCOOP title with a victory in Event #98-H ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE) where he topped the 923-entry field for $109,663.84. Samuel ‘€urop€an’ Vousden nearly picked up his third career SCOOP win but was regulated to second place for which he took home $79,255.42. And ‘Passiveaggro’ took the final spot on the podium, finishing in third place for $57,278.98. In the final freezeout of the series, Event #100-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, Final Freeze), ‘Jacob Schindler’ bested the 183 high rollers to take down the $181,516.85 first-place prize. Charlie ‘Epiphany77’ Carrel settled for second place which was good for $140,835.33 while Alexandros ‘Pwndidi’ Theologis scored his third top-three High event finish of the series, bowing out in third place for $109,271.49. There was one last chance for a big score during the 2021 series as 673-entries fired in Event#102-H ($530 7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO, Series Wrap-up). Former top-10 ranked Brazilian Belarmino ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ De Souza made the most of his last shot and took down the Hyper-Turbo for$26,917.62 plus another $27,027.28 in bounties for a total score of $53,944.90. ‘MacXone’ wrapped the series with a second-place finish which brought them a total of $32,411.36, bounties included. Russia’s ‘LUMPEN1’ ended in third place and earned $15,265.01 with an additional $7,804.69 in bounties added on. Event 01-H ($215 NLHE, Phase 2) Entries: 1,111 (10,813 total) Prize pool: $2,162,600 Virgilik - $161,650.21* vinimiranda7 - $135,442.62* Gabriellln - #139,066.12* Killer_ooooo - $112,492.27* Event #98-H ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE) Entries: 923 Prize pool: $923,000 pm_marke - $109,663.84 €urop€an - $79,255.42 Passiveaggro - $57,278.98 Event #100-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, Final Freeze) Entries: 183 Prize pool: $915,000 Jacob Schindler - $181,516.85 Epiphany77 - $140,835.33 Pwndidi - $109,271.49 Event #101-H ($1,050 8-Max, 6+ Hold’em) Entries: 99 Prize pool: $99,000 Apathy123 - $23,657.69 RussianCheeck - $18,163.29 UhhMee - $13,944.98 Event#102-H ($530 7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO, Series Wrap-up) Entries: 673 Prize pool: $342,906.96 PaGaOVelhinho - $53,944.90 MacXone - $32,411.36 LUMPEN1 - $23,069.70
  7. The penultimate day of the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker was highlighted by a flurry of Main Event action. The three tiers of Pot Limit Omaha Main Events crowned their champions while the final tables were set for each of the three No Limit Hold’em tournaments, including the $10K Main Event where there’s over $1.1 million up top. All of that, plus a few more players saw their spring series saved by picking up one of the few remaining SCOOP titles left on the schedule. Only Nine Remain The final table of Event #92 ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, Main Event) is set with Hungary’s ‘kZhh’ sitting at the top of the chip counts with 36,337,283 (roughly 130 big blinds) and in position to make a run at the $1,130,395 first-place prize. Day 2 chip leader ‘Dannyz0r’ finished the day strong as well, capturing 27,226,846 in chips which is good for second place. Norway’s Kayhan ‘KayhanMok’ Roshanfekr rounds out the top three and will start the last day with 24,481,279. The final table promises to be entertaining as, in addition to the chip leaders, experienced pro David ‘MissOracale’ Yan has a seat and over 20 million in chips. 2020 WSOP Online Poker Players Championship winner Christian ‘WATnlos’ Rudolph is still in the mix with roughly 40 big blinds and, although he’s on the short stack, Ka Kwan ‘kaju85’ Lau returns to the final table playing for a prestigious double Main Event win, having taken down the $10K PLO Main Event for over $263,000 earlier in the day. All nine players are guaranteed a minimum payday of $102,085.35. [table id=209 /] Several notable players who made the top 40 of the $10K Main Event, returned but fell just short of making Day 4. Russia’s Arsenii ‘josef_shvejk’ Karmatckii finished in 14th place for $65,263.89 while Bruno ‘great dant’ Volkmann ended up in 19th place for $52,183.09. Tuen ‘tinnoemulder’ Mulder (26th) and Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira (31st) both took home $41,724.43 paydays and Thiago ‘KKremate’ Crema (37th) and Dan ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic (38th) busted in the early part of the day and collected $33,361.35 for their deep runs. In addition to the High NL Main Event, both the Medium and Low events also reached the final table. In Event #92-M ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event) the 80 players that returned for Day 3 have been whittled down to the final nine with Greece’s ‘alimounda’ holding a healthy overnight chip lead and an inside track to the $838,908.55 first-place prize. All nine players returning in the $1K Main Event are promised at least $55,926.20. The massive 38,913-entry field of Event #92-L ($109 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event) is also down to 0.0002% of the field. UK player ‘Essa_mania’ finished Day 3 as the overall chip leader and will be looking to turn those 70 big blinds into the $376,086.99 first-place prize. Huge Paydays In PLO Main Events Event #93-H ($10,300, 6-Max, PLO Main Event) was the first of the Main Events to conclude as after three days of play Ka Kwan ‘kaju85’ Lau from Andorra topped the 134 player field to capture $263,099.34 for first as well as their first PokerStars SCOOP title. With a little over $65,000 difference between first and second place, when play reached heads-up, Lau and Denmark’s ‘LamassuShedu’ reached a deal in which ‘LamassuShedu’ locked up $234,365 (over $18,000 more than the posted second-place prize), which he ended up with as the runner-up. ‘TheBrodie5’ also earned a six-figure payday, finishing in third place for $166,176.75. Event #93-M ($1,050, 6-Max, PLO Main Event) wrapped up with longtime Swedish pro Joel ‘Odonkor1’ Nordkvist besting the 935-entry field to take home the $153,356.38 first-place prize, plus his first career SCOOP title. Brazil’s Ramon ‘ZeDoBlefe11’ Sorgatto fell just one spot short of earning his second title, finishing as the runner-up which was good for $106,859.09. Nuno ‘BrigaDatada’ Capucho ended up in third and added $74,460.22 to his bankroll. There was also a heads-up deal at the end of Event #93-L ($109, 6-Max, PLO Main Event) as Germany’s Austin ‘DaCus3’ Marks and Andoraa’s ‘Francois2323’ agreed to split up roughly $102K when they got heads up. With $3,500 and the title of SCOOP Main Event champ left on the table, Marks brought home the victory and ended up with a $59,989.02 score. For his part, ‘Francois2323’ earned $46,301.81 as the runner-up, roughly $2,500 more than the original prize for second place. Left out of the deal was third-place finisher ‘MikeDannnn’, who still managed to turn his $109 buy-in into a healthy $30,311.89 payday. It's Not Over... Consider Pavels ‘Rigapols81’ Spirins series officially saved. The Latvian pro battled through a field of 1,610 entries in Event #95-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO, Series Saver) and walked away with a handsome $104,609.90 first-place prize plus another $92,690.83 in bounties for a total haul of $197,300.73. It wasn’t a bad Tuesday for Russia’s ‘spaise411’ too, as they ended up as the runner-up but still managed a six-figure score of $129,178.59, bounties included. One week ago, Thomas ‘MarToMchat’ Boivin finished in second place in Event #86-H for just over $43,000. Here he finishes down one spot in third place and uses the $75,055.22 prize to send him over $3 million in lifetime online earnings. One of the most interesting formats on the schedule comes in the form of SCOOP #99-H ($530 NLHE, Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom). It’s fast-paced, heads-up Zoom action where the title is determined by the last player standing. However, because of the Total KO format, where there are no prizes other than bounties, where you finish is not necessarily indicative of how much money a player will take home. Here, Canada’s Elliot ‘4rebmun’ Smith made it all the way to the end, claimed his second career SCOOP trophy and $28,128,38 in total bounties. Right behind him was ‘Nacho124441’ who locked up $17,017.08 worth of KO’s. Officially in third place was Germany’s ‘BruNudel’ who won $10,983.40, the fifth-highest cash prize of the tournament. The final event of the day to finish was Event #96-H ($530 NLHE PLO, 6-Max, PKO) in which, on his third bullet, Ukraine's 'Andre_Hansen' took home his second career SCOOP victory and a total score of $29,415.78. Settling for second was the Netherlands 'tonn22' who earned themselves $26,540.46. Finally, Sweden's 'iamivar', who took home a SCOOP 2021 title in Event #81-M, finished in third place and picked up another $18,647.57. Event #93-H ($10,300, 6-Max, PLO Main Event) Entries: 134 Prize pool: $1,340,000 kaju85 - $263,099.34* LamassuShedu - $234,365* TheBrodie5 - $16,176.75 Event #93-M ($1,050, 6-Max, PLO Main Event) Entries: 935 Prize pool: $935,000 Odonkor1 - $153,356.38 ZeDoBlefe11 - $106,859.09 BrigaDatada - $74,460.22 Event #93-L ($109, 6-Max, PLO Main Event) Entries: 4,391 Prize pool: $439,100 DaCus3 - $59,989.02* Francois2323 - $46,301.81* MikeDannnn - $30,411.89 Event #95-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO, Series Saver) Entries: 1,610 Prize pool: $1,610,000 Rigapols81 - $197,300.73 spaise411 - $129,178.59 MartoMchat - $75,055.22 Event #96-H ($530 NLHE PLO, 6-Max, PKO) Entries: 446 Prize pool: $223,000 Andre_Hansen - $29,415.78 tonn22 - $26,540.46 iamivar - $18,647.57 SCOOP #99-H ($530 NLHE, Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) Entries: 713 Prize pool: $356,500 4rebmun - $28,128.38 Nacho124441 - $17,017.08 BruNudel - $10,983.40
  8. The partnership between 888poker and the World Poker Tour has proved once again to be a fruitful one as 1,087 entries piled into the lobby of the $1,050 WPTDeepStacks London Main Event to take their shot at the six-figure sums that were up for grabs. After several Day 1 flights, 177 players returned to the 888poker tables for Day 2. It was Brazilian grinder ‘paulinhoo00’ who not only made his way to the final table but navigated a tough final nine that included 888Live London champion Tom Hall and high roller extraordinaire (and 888poker ambassador) Dominik Nitsche to capture the $233,705 first-place prize. The Final Table Brazil’s ‘B. Drumond’ was the first of the final table to fall when he shipped his [9h][9c] all-in preflop into Fabiano ‘FranciscoAI’ Kovalski’s [kd][kc]. The [4d][jd][3c][ts][3s] board was clean for Kovalski’s pocket kings and ‘B. Drumond’ was sent home in ninth place for $16,305. After an open by ‘AllanSheik’ in late position with [ad][ks], 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche put in a three-bet from the small blind with his [qc][qh]. The big blind got out of the way and ‘AllanSheik’ four-bet all-in having Nitsche covered. Nitsche quickly called and the players were off to the races. ‘AllanSheik’ hit the [kh][ts][kd] flop hard and it held through the [4c] turn and the [7s] river to eliminate Nitsche in eighth place for $21,740. Two hands later short-stacked Brazilian Kelvin ‘Kelvin_Kerbe’ Kerber opened from mid-position with [kd][9d]. ‘mylly8’ put in a three-bet holding [ad][th] and when folded to Kerber shipped for not much more. ‘mylly8’ called, putting Kerber at risk. The board ran out [ah][5d][5c][4h][ts] giving ‘mylly8’ top pair and ending Kerber’s run in seventh place for $32,610. ‘mylly8’ was in good shape after that hand, but lost a big pot holding pocket aces to ‘AllenSheik’ who had [ad][8d] when the flush came in. It wasn’t long after that ‘mylly8’ shipped his short stack all-in from the small blind holding [5d][5h]. Tom ‘sheeeeeeeeet’ Hall was in the big blind with a larger stack and the [ah][tc] and so he made the call. The flop came [c][8d][9c] keeping ‘mylly8’ in the lead, but the [7c] turn gave both players a straight, however, it gave Hall the ten-high straight leaving ‘mylly8’ drawing dead to the [qc] river. ‘mylly8’ busted in sixth place for $43,480. Kovalski put in a raise holding the [ad][5d] and ‘SteliosCy’ made the call from the big blind with [jc][7c]. The flop came down [qs][7d][6d]. ‘SteliosCy’ checked to Kovalski who put in a bet. ‘SteliosCy’ then moved all-in with middle pair and with the nut-flush draw, Kovalski called putting his tournament on the line. The [jh] turn was of no help to Kovalski and neither was the [8h] river, sending him home in sixth place for $54,350. With four left, Hall found himself short and in need of a double up. His opportunity came when, from the small blind, ‘SteliosCy’ shoved on Hall holding [qh][jh] and Hall made the call with [2d][2c]. The flop came [ac][ts][8d], but when the turn came the [9d] giving ‘SteliosCy’ the straight. It was all over for Hall who watched as the meaningless [kd] hit the river and he fell in fourth place for $65,220. Then perhaps the biggest hand of the final table took place. From the button, chip leader ‘AllanSheik’ put in a raise holding [ac][as]. Then from the small blind, ‘SteliosCy’ moved all-in holding [ah][kh]. Then, ‘paulinhoo00’ in the big blind re-shipped his stack with his [jh][jd] and ‘AllanSheik’ quickly called - it was a three-way all-in with three players left. The flop came [qh][jc][7h] giving ‘paulinhoo00’ middle set and ‘SteliosCy’ the nut flush draw. The turn was the [qd] improving ‘paulinhoo00’ to a full house. ‘SteliosCy’ was drawing dead and ‘AllanSheik’ was left looking for the last ace in the deck to pull off the win. However, the river was the [6d], eliminating ‘SteliosCy’ in third place for $84,786 and flipping the chip lead to ‘paulinhoo00’ who closed it out roughly 20 minutes later. The final hand of the tournament was another cooler. ‘paulinhoo00’ and ‘AllanSheik’ got all the chips in the middle with ‘AllanSheik’ holding [tc][th] to ‘paulinhoo00’s [ts][th]. Unlike the previous hand, there was no comeback to be had and the board ran out [as][ks][3h][2d][8h] eliminating ‘AllanSheik’ as the runner-up for $130,440. Brazil’s ‘paulinhoo00’ earned $233,705 fort first and the title of WPTDeepStacks London champion. Final Table Payouts 1. paulinhoo00 - $233,705 2. AllanSheik - $130,440 3. SteliosCy - $84,786 4. Tom ‘sheeeeeeeet’ Hall - $65,220 5. Fabiano ‘FranciscoAl’ Kovalski - $54,350 6. mylly8 - $43,480 7. Kevin ‘Kelvin_kerbe’ Kerber - $32,610 8. Dominik Nitsche - $21,740 9. B.Drumond - $16,305
  9. The stakes were raised during Monday’s PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker action as the fields of the Main Events began to dwindle and the pay jumps began to soar. At the same time the Main Events were playing out, a trio of other SCOOP events crowned winners including one title going to one of Brazil’s most promising MTT grinders and another to a former online Player of the Month. $1.1 Million Up Top Just 40 players from the 664-entries in Event #92-H ($10,300, 8-Max, Main Event) are left to battle for a piece of the $6,640,000 prize pool. As overnight registrations pushed the prize pool north, the first place prize became worth $1,130,395.89 with everyone who makes the final table at the end of Day 3 assured to walk away with at least a six-figure score. Romanian pro ‘Dannuz0r’ finished the day with a healthy chip lead, being the only player to eclipse 16 million in chips (16,354,262) and will start Tuesday with over 160 big blinds. New Zealand’s David ‘MissOracle’ Yan wrapped the day second in chips with 13,782,929 and ‘kZhh’ from Hungary logged off with 11,708,894 in chips, good for third overall. There’s still plenty of online poker star power left in the final forty including current worldwide #7-ranked Bruno ‘great dant’ Volkmann, Russia’s Arsenii ‘josef_shvejk’ Karmatckii, and Tuen ‘tinnoemulder’ Mulder all of whom have a top-10 stack. Joining them in the fight for a million-dollar payday is Rui ‘RuiNF’ Ferreira, Day 1a chip leader ‘ShipitFTW911’, Dan ’SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic, Ukraine’s ‘Remo Lebo_10’, Christian ‘WATnlos’ Rudolph, and Thiago ‘KKremate’ Crema among others. The tournament is set to resume at 1:05 pm ET, where players will play down to the final eight. Just 80 Remain in Medium Main Event Event #92-M ($1,050 NLHE Main Event) also saw a nice bump in overnight registration finishing with a total of 5,903 runners and a prize pool of $5,903,000. From those thousands of players, just 80 remain in contention for the $838,908.55 first-place prize. Austria’s ‘livinmydream1’ is doing his namesake, sitting with the overnight chip lead at the end of Day 2 with 18,717,331 chips. Uruguay’s ‘elmelogno4’ is not far behind, bagging 18,235,563 for second place. ‘Palma17’ out of Russia will also have a big stack heading into Day 3, locking up 17,010,770 in third place. The aforementioned Bruno Volkmann still has a stack in the Medium Main Event as does his Brazilian countryman Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito Silva who took down a SCOOP title on April 25. Other notable names left in the field include Jack ’Swaggersorus’ Sinclair, former #1 Christopher Brammer, Luis Faria, Robin ‘robinho’ Ylitalo, and PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis, who spent the entire day streaming his journey into making Day 3. The massive 38,913-entry field of Event #92-L ($109 NLHE, 8-Max, Main Event) is now down to just 159 and one of those players is going to turn a hundred dollar bill into a $376,086.99 payday. Sweden’s ‘dammsugarn’ is likely happy about their chances to be that player, holding the overnight chip lead of 16,269,467 chips (roughly 100 big blind). ‘CaptainRobur’s second bullet is paying off as the grinder from Greece sits in second place with 15,977015 in chips. They are followed by ‘macker888’ out of Ireland who finished the night in third with 15,263,687. $10K PLO Main Event Reaches Guarantee As the only one of the six Main Events to not have eclipsed its guarantee at the end of play on Day 1, Event #93-H ($10,300 Pot Limit Omaha Main Event) was the biggest beneficiary of the extended late registration. When late reg finally closed before the start of Day 2, 134-entries had registered and generated a $1.34 million prize pool, by $90,000. The tournament played down to the final table where Brazil’s Joao ’vovo_leo’ Studart, who is still in the NLHE $10K Main Event with 40 left, will enter Day 3 with the chip lead with over 7 million in chips and have an edge on earning the $281,269.15 first-place prize. All seven players at the final table are guaranteed at least $59,046.16 when play resumes at 1:25 pm ET. More Winners Crowned Brazil’s Dalton ‘daltonhb’ Hobold locked up a career-high online score with his victory in Event #91-H ($2,100 NLHE, PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE). The current worldwide #27-ranked pro outlasted a field of 554 runners to capture the $85,357.83 first-place prize and an additional $73,472.64 in bounties for a total score of $158,830.47. En route to his first career SCOOP title, Hobold denied Darrell ‘FourSixFour’ Goh his second. Goh settled for runner-up status but enjoyed a six-figure score of $121,627.02 with bounties included. Russia’s ‘mvelt900’ rounded out the top three, finishing in third place for $93,537.45. For a little bit, it looked like PokerStars ambassador Fintan ‘easywithaces’ Hand was going to repeat his performance in Event #82-H where he took down the title and a hefty $232K payday. However, this time, with over 8,500 watching on his Twitch channel, he ended up falling in fourth place which was good for another $48,543.60. There was a deal made at the end of Event #90-H ($530 NLHE, Freezeout) between Frank ‘Denman98’ Lillis and Latvia’s ‘Colisea’ in which Lillis locked up $68,645.48 and added on the additional $4,000 left on the table for the eventual winner. In total Lillis took home $72,645.48 as well as his first career SCOOP title. For their part of the deal ‘Colisea’ earned $67,565.03 as the runner-up, more than $9,000 than the original payout for second place. Brazil’s Vinicius ‘jason13-2008’ Steves was the third-place finisher and added the $41,681.04 to his $3 million in career online earnings. At the same time as he was making a deep run in the SCOOP $10K Main Event, Dan ’SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic was busy taking down his second career SCOOP title in Event #97-H ($215 NLHE Turbo). Smiljkovic, the online player of the month back in October 2020, topped the 1,964-entry field and walked away with the $58,778.40 first-place prize. Romania’s 'rattyde' finished in second place which was good for $41,898.20 and Brazilian ‘CFAlmeida’ took home the bronze and turned their $215 into $29,289.87. Also of note, 2020 WSOP Main Event champ Damian 'pampa27 Salas made another deep run, taking fifth place for $15,176.14. Event #90-H ($530 NLHE, Freezeout) Entries: 1,002 Prize pool: $501,000 1. Denman98 - $72,645.48* 2. Colisea - $67,565.03* 3. jason13-2008 - $41,681.04 Event #91-H ($2,100 NLHE, PKO, Sunday Warm-Up SE) Entries: 554 Prize pool: $1,108.000 1. daltonhb - $158,830.47 2. FourSixFour - $121,627.02 3. umvelt900 - $93,537.45 Event #97-H ($215 NLHE, Turbo) Entries: 1,964 Prize pool: $392,800 1. SmilleThHero - $58,778.40 2. rattyde - $41,898.20 3. CFAlmeida - $29,866.50
  10. Sunday marked the beginning of the end for the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker as the six Main Events, with combined guarantees worth more than $15 million, got underway. At the same time as the Main Events were playing out, three more events played down to a winner including a pair of High buy-in events that paid out healthy six-figure scores. Of the six multi-day Main Events (three NLHE, three PLO at each of the tiered buy-ins) five have already surpassed the posted guarantee, and registration for new (and previously busted) players is available right up until the start of Day 2. While each of the Main Events promises final-table finishers a healthy payday, all eyes are on the NLHE Main Event High (Event #92-H $10,300 NLHE) which brought in 601 entries on Sunday and created a prize pool of $6,010,000. As the payouts currently stand, first-place is worth over $1 million. Sweden’s ‘ShipitFTW911’ ended Day 1 with the overnight chip lead and, along with second-in-chips ‘ZeBaronju’, has soared to more than 3,000,000 in chips (roughly 250 big blinds). UK pro Ben ‘1Don’tStop1’ Heath finished Day 1 third in chips with over 2.6 million and is just one of a number of notable names that finished towards the top of 194 players who virtually bagged at the end of the day. Jens ‘Graftekkel’ Arends, five-time SCOOP winner Adrian ‘Amadi_017’ Mateos, Linus ‘LLinusLove’ Loeliger, and PokerStars ambassador Benjamin ‘Spraggy’ Spragg all have top 25 stacks. Lex Veldhuis, former #1’s Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman, Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet, Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan and Christian ‘WATnlos’ Rudolph also finished the day with more than 1 million in chips. The final number in terms of the prize pool and entries will be locked in when Day 2 (of 4) of the $10K Main Event resumes at 1:05 pm ET. SCOOP $10K Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts [table id=208 /] Event #92-M ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Main Event) brought in 5,491 runners on Sunday and also surpassed its $5 million guarantee, currently at $5,491,000. Argentinian ‘Morrison830’ claimed the overnight lead and has the inside track, for now, on the over $780K first-place prize. The NLHE Low Event (Event #91-L $109 NLHE, 8-Max, Main Event) saw a flood of registrations and the field swelled to 35,919, helping the prize pool soar past its $3 million guarantee. Ireland’s ‘DAEBONK’ sits atop the 8,503 players who survived Day 1, but there’s always the possibility of a massive surge of registrations prior to the start of Day 2. In the events that crowned a winner on Sunday, it was success for Austria’s Jakob ‘Succeeed’ Miegel who topped the 301-entries in Event #86-H ($1,050 NLHE, Freezeout) to capture his first SCOOP title and the $56,626.06 first-place prize. It’s the fourth-highest score of his career and pushed his lifetime online earnings up over $3.5 million. Belgium’s top-ranked pro Thomas ‘MarToMchat’ Boivin took second place and added $42,890.87 to his $2.8 million in career earnings while David ‘davaman’ Lopez from the UK picked up third place honors and $32,487.38. It was a nice six-figure score for ‘mrG01R4NG’ playing out of Malta who crushed Event #87-H ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO) to earn the $53,464.75 first-place prize and an extra payday of $90,000 in bounties, bringing their total score to $143,464.75. Finnish pro Olli ‘Era_Koira’ Ikonen ended up as the runner-up and collected $53,464.42 plus an additional $5,812.50 in bounties. ‘planty07/08’ took home the bronze and a total of $43,519.23, bounties included. Longtime online pro from Sweden ‘fkiw’ took down the evening Turbo by besting the 839-runner field in Event #94-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo, PKO). They picked up $61,106 for first place plus another $77,242.12 in bounties for a total earn of $138,348.35. Veteran grinder Tomi ‘elmerixx’ Tomatee fell just short of the title, finishing as the runner-up which was good for $73,652.63. Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas nearly picked himself up a second SCOOP title but ultimately finished in third place for $48,473.32, bounties included. Event #86-H ($1,050 NLHE, Freezeout) Entries: 301 Prize pool: $301,000 1. Succeeed - $56,626.06 2. MarToMchat - $42,890.87 3. davaman - $32,487.38 Event #87-H ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO) Entries: 330 Prize pool: $660,000 1. mrG01R4NG - $143,464.75 2. Era_Koira - $59,276.92 3. planty07/08 - $43,519.23 Event #94-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo, PKO) Entries: 839 Prize pool: $839,000 1. fkiw - $138,348.35 2. elmerixx - $73,652.63 3. pampa27 - $48,473.32
  11. The 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is speeding to a conclusion as another four events wrapped up on the evening before the start of the Main Events. While players may be waiting in anticipation for the final Sunday of the series, Saturday provided its own brand of excitement as a pair of longtime grinders earned their third career SCOOP titles and one of PokerStars’ own pros battled for a victory in front of an audience of thousands. With over 14,000 viewers following the action on Twitch, PokerStars ambassador Fintan ‘easywithaces’ Hand took down Event #82-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO, High Roller) for his second career SCOOP title. Hand was rewarded with the $95,437.47 first-place prize plus another $136,718.74 in bounties for a massive total score of $232,426.12. Lucas ‘landapincha’ Landa finished in second place and walked away with his own six-figure score of $158,093,55, bounties included. And Jonathan ‘luckyfish89’ Clark ended up in third place which was good for a total haul of $78,487.21. Brazilian pro Pablo Brito ‘pabritz’ Silva, currently the #17-ranked player in the world, earned his third career SCOOP title after winning the evening Turbo, Event #89-H ($1,050, 6-Max, Turbo), for $71,038.72. The victory is the latest score in what has been a nice series for Silva, one in which he picked up two six-figure scores including a 4th place finish in Event #13-H for over $109,000 and his runner-up finish in Event #33-H where he earned just over $188,000. Finishing in second place was ‘OMGitshunt’ from Belarus who earned $51,668.83. Silva’s countryman Geovanne ’Grande_Prego’ Pereira took third in this one and will use the $37,580.52 score to soar past $900,000 in lifetime career online earnings. Also of note, while it wasn’t the same win that Hand had earlier in the day, PokerStars pro Lex Veldhuis made a deep run in this one, finishing up in sixth place for $14,459.90 It took just over eight hours for ‘Kashmir_uzi’ to claim their fourth career SCOOP title, second of the series, by besting the 223-entry field of Event #88-H ($1,050 NLO8, 6-Max). Not only did the UK grinder win all the chips, they also won the $43,089.98 first-place prize to go with it. Another longtime grinder, Canada’s ’kirbynator’, finished as the runner-up and earned $32,035.77. Argentina’s ‘Assad91’ made a deep run as well, finishing in third place for a $23,817.51 score. After having finished as the runner-up in Event #12-H, Russia’s ‘aleksandrs10’ did himself one better by winning their first career SCOOP title in Event #83-H ($2,100 8-Game) and adding the $42,645.76 first-place prize to their bankroll. Swedish grinder ‘ShipitFTW911’ worked their way into second place and picked up $31,878.36 while high stakes cash game pro Alexander ‘joiso’ Kostritsyn managed a third-place finish which was good for $23,829.59. Also of note, Russian crusher Rinat ‘Zapahzamazki’ Lyapin finished in fourth place for $17,813.01 and current All-Time Online Money List leader Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira added to his more than $23 million in career online earnings with a fifth-place finish for over $13,000. Other winners on Saturday included ‘Premove’ (Event #82-L), ‘ludako123’ (Event #82-M), ‘Pomka668’ (Event #83-L), ‘Chillolini’ (Event #83-M), ‘nicolas.ro1’ (Event #88-L), ‘tratata44’ (Event #88-M), ‘Curi_Insano’ (Event #89-L), and ‘bengkassler’ (Event #89-M). Event #82-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO, High Roller) Entries: 222 Prize pool: $1,110,000 1. easywithaces - $232,426.12 2. landapincha - $158,093,55 3. luckyfish89 - $78,487.21 Event #83-H ($2,100 8-Game) Entries: 79 Prize pool: $158,000 1. aleksandrs10 - $42,645.76 2. ShipitFTW911 - $31,878.36 3. joiso - $23,829.59 Event #88-H ($1,050 NLO8, 6-Max) Entries: 223 Prize pool: $223,000 1. Kashmir_uzi - $43,089.98 2. kirbynator - $32,035.77 3. Assad91 - $23,817.51 Event #89-H ($1,050, 6-Max, Turbo) Entries: 387 Prize pool: $387,000 1. pabritz - $71,038.72 2. OMGitshunt - $51,668.83 3. Grande_Prego - $37,580.52
  12. The final Thursday of the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker saw six events come to a conclusion with plenty of notable names finding their way into the winner’s circle. The highlights of the day included a PokerStars ambassador nearly booking his first Spring title, a Swedish crusher reminding people why he’s always in contention to be a top-ranked player, and Adrian Mateos making his case for player of the series. It’s been quite a series for Adrian ‘Amadi_017’ Mateos who picked up his third SCOOP title of 2021, fifth overall, by taking down Event #84-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max). Early in the series, the high-roller MTT specialist picked up a win in Event 13-M for $146,714.34. He grabbed his second series victory in Event #50-H where he added another $84,110.87 to his SCOOP earnings. On Thursday, he bested the 175-entry field of the 6-Max event for a $69,809.24 payday. All together, Mateos’ heater has been worth a total of just over $300,000 which, unsurprisingly, had made him one of the winningest players of the series thus far. Former #1-ranked, and partypoker pro, Joao ‘IneedMassari’ Simao found success on rival PokerStars in this one, finishing in second place for $52,768.55. Hungary’s Maszat ‘noirduck’ Marci ended up in third place and added $39,887.64 to his $4.6 million in lifetime online earnings. Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas picked up a little extra equity in Event #77-H ($5,200 NLHE, High Roller) by topping the 193-entry field and snapping up some of the $35,000 in overlay paid by PokerStars. Bujtas worked his way through a tough final table and locked up the $201,606 first-place prize and his fourth career SCOOP title. Bujtas busted Uruguay’s Mario ‘MB TRMENDO’ Bonanata in second place, which was good for a healthy $155,222.20 score. ‘DingeBrinker’, who finished as the runner-up in Event #48 for over $121K, wrapped up in third place here, adding another $119,510 to his 2021 SCOOP earnings. Like many High Rollers in this series, the final table was packed with talent. David ‘dpeters17’ Peters fell in fourth place for $92,014.10 while former #1-ranked Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens finished in fifth for $70,844.30. Additionally, Brazil’s Pedro ‘pvigar’ Garagnani and Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson also reached the final nine. The gentle needles that PokerStars ambassador Benjamin ’Spraggy’ Spragg endures from his own sponsor might sting a little more on Friday morning after the Twitch streamer fell just one spot short of capturing his first SCOOP title in Event #79-H ($1,050 NLHE, PKO). Instead of taking the title, it was Russia’s ‘serggorelyi7’ who earned their first SCOOP victory and $33,944.91 plus an additional $36,978.49 in bounties. Although it wasn’t first place, Spragg still thrilled his audience with a runner-up performance which was good for $33,944.54 and an additional $8,351.57 in bounties. Spragg’s countryman Andrew ’stato_1’ Hulme ended up in third place and walked with a total score of $22,543.96, bounties included. It wasn’t that long ago that Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Odeen was a worldwide top-5 ranked player and if he continues to post up results as he did in Event #81-H ($2,100 PLO8, 6-Max), it won’t be long before he makes a return to the elite section of the rankings. The longtime Swedish grinder took down the PLO8 event for $62,426.12 and his second career SCOOP title. He fended off Finland’s ‘XD89lol<3’ who recently captured a 2021 title of his own with a victory in Event #71-H. ‘XD89lol<3’s second-place finish marks his fourth High event podium finish and this time he earned $47,514.57 for his efforts. Brazil’s ‘mario4ndre’ took home the bronze and $36,164.99 for third place. It took just over 10 hours for Malta’s ‘zizinhooo’ to take down the 323-player field of Event #80-H ($1,050 NLHE) and capture the $60,764 first-place prize. Brazilian ‘HayasiJoao’ wrapped up as the runner-up and booked a $46,025.75 while Rui ‘sousinha23’ Sousa fell in third place which earned him$ 34,861.87. Also of note, Jonathan ‘proudflop’ Proudfoot from the UK finished in sixth place for $15,149.63 and 2019 PSPC standout Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha ended up in seventh place for a $11,474.99 score. Bulgarian grinder ‘gettingpwned’ blasted through the 467-entry field of Event #85-H ($1,050 NLHE, 7-Max, Turbo, PKO). The nightly Turbo took a minute under five hours to complete and in that time ‘gettingpwned’ turned their $1K buy-in into an $84,500.75 score, bounties included. ‘DingeBrinker’, who has been bingeing on top-three finishes as of late, took another runner-up slot and added $52,664.63 to his ever-expanding bankroll. Canada’s ‘mraink’ finished in third place and picked up $22,556.10 plus an additional $9,265.10. Other winners on Thursday included ‘Dominick_Hoy’ (Event #77-L), ‘adkaf’ (Event #77-M), ‘giwrgosm’ (Event #79-L), ‘KKing James’ (Event #79-M), ‘jppinheiiro’ (Event #80-L), ‘betsoares’ (Event #80-M), ‘drkamikaze1’ (Event #81-L), ‘iamivar’ (Event #81-M), ‘Hog1092’ (Event #84-L), ‘Aziz.Mancha’ (Event #84-M), ‘pete_robo’ (Event #85-L), and ‘DubbCitySauce’ (Event #85-M). Event #77-H ($5,200 NLHE, High Roller) Entries: 193 Prize pools: $1,000,000 ($35,000 overlay) 1. omaha4rollz - $201,606 2. MB TREMENDO - $155,222.20 3. DingeBrinker - $119,510 Event #79-H ($1,050 NLHE, PKO) Entries: 431 Prize pool: $431,000 1. serggorelyi7 - $70,923.40 2. Spraggy - $42,296.11 3. stato_1 - $22,543.96 Event #80-H ($1,050 NLHE) Entries: 323 Prize pool: $323,000 1. zizinhooo - $60,764 2. HayasiJoao - $46,025.75 3. sousinha23 - $34,861.87 Event #81-H ($2,100 PLO8, 6-Max) Entries: 154 Prize pool: $308,000 1. Perrymejsen - $62,426.12 2. XD89lol<3 - $47,514.57 3. mario4ndre - $36,164.99 Event #84-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max) Entries: 175 Prize pool: $350,000 1. Amadi_017 - $69,809.24 2. IneedMassari - $52,768.55 3. noirduck - $39,887.64 Event #85-H ($1,050 NLHE, 7-Max, Turbo, PKO) Entries: 467 Prize pool: $467,000 1. gettingpwned - $84,500.75 2. DingeBrinker - $52,664.63 3. mraink - $31,821.73
  13. There’s just one week left in the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and as the start of the Main Events draws closer, the action is heating up. Wednesday’s highlights included the reigning WSOP Main Event champion tacking on another title while one of SCOOP’s most prolific players proved himself yet again. It was another galaxy of poker superstars battling for six-figure sums in Event #72-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max) with a lobby littered with all-world talent. But when the chips were all in a single stack it was 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas who was the last man standing, collecting the $263,022.96 first-place prize. To say it didn’t come easy would be an understatement as there were zero soft spots at the final table. Linus ‘LLinusLLove’ Loeliger (8th, $44,084.52), five-time SCOOP champion Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi (7th, $56,898.60), and Christoph ’26071985’ Vogelsang (6th, $73,437.36) all made the final eight. While online poker superstars Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet (5th, $94,783.44) and Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski (4th, $122,334.12) both nearly made the podium. Austrian grinder Thomas ’WushuTM’ Muhlocker used two entries and climbed his way to third place for a $157,893 score. Finally, Christian ‘WATnlos’ Rudolph made his third bullet count as he finished as the runner-up and collected $203,787.84. In February, Salas spoke about his continued drive to be considered one of the poker world’s best players and on Wednesday he not earned his first career SCOOP title to add to his resume but the over $263K score pushed him just above $10 million in lifetime online earnings. Former pool shark turned pro pro ‘FouEnculePL’ picked up his first career SCOOP title after topping the 154-player field of Event #73-H ($2,100 NLHE, Freezeout) for $64,649.98. Brazil’s ‘Kelvin_FR:AR’ grabbed his second High Event runner-up finished of the series which was good for another $50,013.07 while ‘Kraskata85’ took home third place honors and $38,690.03. Also of note, Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet finished in fourth place for $29,930.57, his second major final table of the day. It was a profitable, if not slightly frustrating day for four-time SCOOP champion Rinat ‘Zapahzamazki’ Lyapin. The Russian pro found himself heads-up for a fifth title in two spots on Wednesday, however, in both, he was regulated to the role of runner-up and denied what would be his third High event victory of the 2021 series. First in Event #76-H ($1,050 HORSE), Lyapin battled Germany’s ‘NicoBoko’ but was unable to wrap up the victory. ‘NicoBoko’ topped the 113-entry field and clinched their first SCOOP title for $27,685. Lyapin collected $19,210 for second place and ‘Gjeddekongen’ from Norway ended up in third place and received $14,690. Then, in another small field specialty event, Event #78-H ($1,050 FL Badugi, 6-Max), Lyapin went toe-to-toe against current worldwide #8-ranked pro Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson. The Canadian online poker veteran emerged on top of the 57-entry field to capture an incredible seventh career SCOOP title and the $20,037.71 first-place prize. Watson’s latest triumph is added to a SCOOP resume that proves that he’s one of the most well-rounded players in the game today. He’s earned SCOOP titles in Pot Limit Omaha, PLO Hi/Lo, two in 6+ Hold’em (Short Deck), 2-7 NL Single Draw, No Limit Hold’em, and now FL Badugi. All told, Watson’s earned more than $370,000 in SCOOP victories alone. That left Lyapin to settle for second place once again and this time he picked up $13,271.72. His two runner-up finishes earned him a total of $32,481 on the day. But when added to his victories in Event #20-H and Event 56-H, the Russian pro has taken in more than $186,000 in High event podium finishes this year. Not to be lost, Chris ‘Apotheosis92’ Kruk finished the FL Badugi event in third place for $8,790.36 while Benny ‘RunGodlike’ Glaser and two-time 2021 SCOOP winner ‘calvin7v’ also made the final table. Other winners on Wednesday included ‘Diplomatic_Boy’ (Event #72-L), ‘J0hnny_Dr@m@‘ (Event #72-M), ‘Dexxt3r’ (Event #74-L), ‘konsti1710’ (Event #74-M), ‘Fisherman FV’ (Event #76-L), ‘luckykuck653’ (Event #76-M), ‘HP Paque1’ (Event #78-L), and ‘FAL1st’ (Event #78-M). Event #72-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max) Entries: 120 Prize pool: $1,200,000 1. pampa27 - $263,022.96 2. WATnlos - $203,787.84 3. WushuTM - $157,893 Event #74-H ($2,100 NLHE, Freezeout) Entries: 154 Prize pool: $308,000 1. FouEnculePL - $64,649.98 2. Kelvin_FR:AR - $50,013.07 3. Kraskata85 - $38,690.03 Event #76-H ($1,050 HORSE) Entries: 113 Prize pool: $113,000 1. NicoBoko - $27,685 2. Zapahzamazki - $19,210 3. Gjeddekongen - $14,690 Event #78-H ($1,050 FL Badugi, 6-Max) Entries: 57 Prize pool: $57,000 1. SirWatts - $20,037.71 2. Zapahzamazki - $13,271.72 3. Apotheosis92 - $8,790.36
  14. The bounty hunters were out in full force during Tuesday’s 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker as four of the five events that played down to a winner were a variety of PKO tournaments. However, the one event that wasn’t a PKO was the largest of the day and featured a pro who knows a thing or two about winning a major event. Marty ‘TheLipoFund’ Mathis is no stranger to picking up six-figure scores. It just wasnt that long ago that the nomadic poker vet took down the partypoker MILLIONS South America for a $774,500 payday. On Tuesday, he scored big again when he outlasted the 1,497 entry field of Event #68-H ($530 NLHE). Mathis not only added the $114,574.35 first-place prize to his bankroll but he also added his first career SCOOP title to his resume. Just like he did in the MILLIONS when he defeated Bruno ‘brunovolks’ Volkmann for the title, Mathis bested a seasoned Brazilian to claim his SCOOP victory as Brazil’s ‘TheGrinderØ’ grabbed second place which was good for $81,672.22. Mats ‘Matsull’ Ullereng from Norway finished up in third place and added $58,218.82 to his bankroll. The first of four PKO’s to wrap up on Tuesday had Ukrainian high roller ‘Remi_Lebo_10’ top the 730-entry field of Event #70-H ($530 NLHE, 4-Max, PKO) to win $25,314.75 for first plus an additional $26,059.97 in bounties for a total score of $51,374.72. His final opponent was ‘Psuedo Fruto’ from Brazil who, after taking down Event #60-H for over $41,000, added another $31,356.69 to his 2021 SCOOP earnings. In third place came Hungarian grinder ‘wemax’ who took in a total of $18,438.12, bounties included. It’s not every day that players are offered a unique online event like a big buy-in 2-7 Single Draw PKO. But Tuesday was one of those days as 70 players (and 56 re-entries) piled into the lobby of Event #71-H ($530 2-7 Single Draw, PKO). Former Sunday Million winner ‘XD89lol<3’ earned $6,181.88 plus another $7,265.60 in bounties for taking it down. Brazil’s Pedro ‘LgwZ’ Grochocki used two bullets to work his way to a second-place finish, which was good for a total score of $8,513.90. And popular former #1-ranked Ari ‘BodogAri’ Engel finished in third place, earning $5,586.10 for his efforts. The largest of the PKO events to draw to a conclusion on Tuesday was Event #73-H ($2,100 PLO, 6-Max, PKO) in which Sweden’s ‘jedimaster82’ weaved their way through the 198-entry field to capture $34,341.40 for first place plus an additional $48,359.36 in bounties for a total of $82,700.76. In addition to it being one of the largest wins of the day, it was also the first career SCOOP title for ‘jedimaster82’. Fellow Swede ‘anonymstruts’ was forced to settle for second place which brought in $34,341.29 plus $8,421.88 in bounties. A fourth SCOOP title keeps eluding Dario ‘Secret_M0d3’ Sammartino, who nabbed his third High Event podium finish of 2021 with a third-place finish here. Sammartino took home a total of $23,401.65, bounties included. Also of note, in the Medium tier of Event #73 ($215 PLO, 6-Max, PKO) Benny 'RunGodlike' Glaser grabbed his sixth career SCOOP title after topping the 1,085-entry field for a $29,548.78 score. The UK’s ‘ReWARds84’ won the evening Turbo Event #75-H ($530 NLHE, 6-Max, Turbo, PKO) for which they earned $33,052.87 plus another $32,237.20 in bounties for a total score of $65,290.07. ‘ReVenge011’ ended up as the runner-up and collected a total of $50,039.42, bounties included. Finally, Romania’s ‘alexxt7’ finished in third place and picked up a total score of $27,420.05. Other winners on Tuesday included ‘BILLYBHOY2K8’ (Event #68-L), ‘gabrielbdo23’ (Event #68-M), ‘stood_duck’ (Event #70-L), ‘enzo dimitri’ (Event #70-M), ‘just.R3m1X’ (Event #71-L), ‘ibotown’ (Event #71-M), ’139726845’ (Event #73-L), ‘challi9’ (Event #75-L), and ‘iDom1n8’ (Event #75-M). Event #68-H ($530 NLHE) Entries: 1,497 Prize pool: $750,000 ($1,500 overlay) 1. TheLipoFund - $114,574.35 2. TheGrinderØ - $81,672.22 3. Matsull - $58,218.82 Event #70-H ($530 NLHE, 4-Max, PKO) Entries: 730 Prize pool: $365,000 1. Remi_Lebo_10 - $51,374.72 2. Psuedo Fruto - $31,356.69 3. wemax - $18,438.12 Event #71-H ($530 2-7 Single Draw, PKO) Entries: 126 Prize pool: $63,000 1. XD89lol<3 - $13,447.48 2. LgwZ - $8,513.90 3. BodogAri - $5,586.10 Event #73-H ($2,100 PLO, 6-Max, PKO) Entries: 198 Prize pool: $396,000 1. jedimaster82 - $82,700.76 2. anonymstruts - $42,763.17 3. Secret_M0d3 - $23,401.65 Event #75-H ($530 NLHE, 6-Max, Turbo, PKO) Entries: 946 Prize pool: $473,000 1. ReWARds84 - $65,290.07 2. ReVenge011 - $50,039.42 3. alexxt7 - $27,420.05
  15. There were plenty of six-figure scores to be had during the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker on Monday night as a number of million-dollar prize pool tournaments crowned winners including one that saw a former #1-ranked pro earn one of the largest cashes of his career. It was back-to-back victories for Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard on Monday as, for the second night in a row, the former #1-ranked pro worked his way through a final table full of top-tier talent to book the win. While it’s nice for Leonard to now have five career SCOOP wins, undoubtedly for the UK grinder, he’s even more thrilled with the $258,007.27 first-place prize that came with it. Getting to win number five was no easy feat either with players like Linus ‘LLinusLLove’ Loeliger, Damian ‘pampa27’ Salas, and PokerStars ambassador Benjamin ‘Spraggy’ Spragg still in contention with two tables left. The final table featured a host of talented pros including Tuen ‘tinnoemulder’ Mulder (8th), Artur ‘marathur1’ Martirosyan (5th), and Dario ’Secret_M0de’ Sammartino (4th). Former #1 Bert ‘girafganger7’ Stevens climbed into third place which was good for a total score of $99,561.58, bounties included. Russian pro Arsenii ‘hello_totti’ Malinov finished as the runner-up and earned $107,772.69 plus another $40,703.13 in bounties for $148,475.82. Longtime pro Noah ‘Exclusive’ Boeken won his third career SCOOP title after outlasting the 143-entry field of Event #58-H ($5,200 PLO, 6-Max, High Roller). Boeken, with two other SCOOP victories in PLO and 8-Game, added to his non-No Limit poker resume with the victory and six-figure score of $157,426.77. Canada’s ‘roo_400’ took second place honors and also cleared six figures with a $121,004.77 payday. ‘SoGotPwned’, who earned a spot on the podium back in Event #21-H, finished in third place once again, this time winning $93,009.37. Oliver ‘sk2ll_m0dR’ Weis out of Austria not only topped the 937 entry field of Event #62-H ($530 NLHE, PKO, Freezeout), but he faced down one of online poker’s very best in heads-up play to do so. Weis racked up the bounties in this one, including the final elimination of Sweden’s Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson in order to capture his second career SCOOP title and a total score of $66,097, bounties included. Mattsson, who has already picked up a pair of SCOOP victories this year, settled for second place and collected a total of $35,649.12. Bulgarian grinder ‘ludako123’ finished in third place and walked away with a combined haul of $29,822.76. There was a chop at the end of Event #63-H ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE) as Claas ‘SsicK_OnE’ Segebrecht and the UK’s ‘xMFPx’ split up the lion’s share of the over $1 million prize pool. When all was said and done though, Segebrecht picked up the final $10,000 left for the eventual winner and walked away with a total prize of $176,351.14 and his fourth career SCOOP title. For their part of the deal, ‘xMFPx’ booked a $156,201.45 score roughly $15K above what second place was supposed to pay. Left out of the deal was third-place finished ‘Kohlrabi7’ who still earned the handsome sum of $104,687.37. Lander ‘tua133’ Lijo’s second career SCOOP title was a long time coming as the Spanish player was the last man standing in Event #66-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max), nine years after he last took home a SCOOP trophy. Back then he won an $11 buy-in NLHE Rebuy for just over $42,500. Today he’s playing in High events and on Monday he took home booked a six-figure score of $136,630.79. It continues to be a solid series for Canada’s Jonah ‘RaiseUpBlind’ Silverstein who, along with his win in Event 32-H, booked his third runner-up finish in a High event for $100,210.18. ‘nacho2390’ from Argentina claimed third place and added $73,509.83. Other winners on Monday included ‘Carster’ (Event #69-H), ‘le_chefe28’ (Event #58-L), ‘jmslee21’ (Event #58-M), ‘BetoHas’ (Event #62-L), ‘RodriDiaz3’ (Event #62-M), ‘DanyVCD’ (Event #63-L), ‘inca7bar’ (Event #63-M), ‘kleinebakker007’ (Event #64-M), ‘rafayamaki’ (Event #66-L), ‘internet93o’ (Event #66-M), ‘davey86’ (Event #69-L), and ‘Pye_Face21’ (Event #69-M). Event #58-H ($5,200 PLO, 6-Max, High Roller) Entries: 143 Prize pool: $750,000 ($35,000 overlay) 1. Exclusive - $157,426.77 2. roo_400 - $121,004.77 3. USoGotPwned - $93,009.37 Event #62-H ($530 NLHE, PKO, Freezeout) Entries: 937 Prize pool: $468,500 1. sk2ll_m0dR - $66,097 2. C. Darwin2 - $35,649.12 3. ludako123 - $29,822.76 Event #63-H ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE) Entries: 538 Prize pool: $1,076,000 1. SsicK_OnE - $176,351.14* 2. xMFPx - $156,201.45* 3. Kohlrabi7 - $104,687.37 Event #64-H ($5,200 NLHE, PKO, Sunday High Roller SE) Entries: 255 Prize pool: $1,275,000 1. pads1161 - $258,007.27 2. hello_totti - $148,475.82 3. girafganger7 - $99,561.58 Event #66-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max) Entries: 813 Prize pool: $813,000 1. tua133 - $136,630.79 2. RaiseUpBlind - $100,210,18 3. nacho2390 - $73,509.83 Event #69-H ($1,050 Stud) Entries: 70 Prize pool: $75,000 ($5,000 overlay) 1. Carster - $20,437.50 2. trollringen - $13,875 3. biurtyj - $10,500
  16. It was another busy Sunday grind for players participating in the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker as four more events wrapped up including a trio of massive Progressive Knockouts and one in which former #1-ranked UK pro Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard picked up his fourth career SCOOP title. Leonard topped the 324-entry field of Event #57-H ($1,050 NLHE, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack) to not only take home his first title of the 2021 series, his fourth SCOOP victory overall, but also $60,952.82 which he adds to his more than $12.8 million in career online earnings. Leonard had to use everything he teaches in his Run It Once Training course “Pads on Pads” (which serves as the top prize for the PocketFives #1 Number One contest) as the final table was packed with star power. Among the final nine were Jonathan 'luckyfish89' Clark (8th, $8,718.54), former #1-ranked Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford (7th, $11,510.52), and SCOOP Super High Roller winner Joao 'Naza114' Vieira (5th, $20,062.92). Finishing right behind Leonard in the standings was Dante ‘dantegoyaF’ Goya who took second place, which was good for a $46,168.25 score. And it was ‘CRmeimDabou’ who rounded out the top three and claimed $34,969.80 for finishing in third. Just two days after finishing in third place in Event #55-H, Alexandros ‘Pwndidi’ Theologis went the distance in SCOOP #59-H ($530 NHE, 8-Max, PKO) for the second SCOOP title of his career. Theologis picked up $58,484.63 for the win and added another $42,201 in bounties for the six-figure sum of $100,685.63. Austria’s ‘Gselweckle’ fell in second place which brought them a total score of $73,133.50 and Canada’s ‘goertz232323’, who also had a nice Sunday, picked up $45,680.91 for grabbing the bronze. Swedish grinder, and 2020 EPT Online Main Event winner, ‘WhatIfGod’ scored their third career PKO SCOOP victory after winning SCOOP #65-H ($2,100 NLO8, 6-Max, PKO). ‘WhatIfGod’ won the $28,199.14 first-place prize and with an additional $54,718.75 in bounties, collected a total sum of $82,917.89. Jens ‘Fresh_oO_D’ Lakemeier took in a total of $35,636.53 with bounties included as the runner-up. ‘Frank Taylor3’ finished in third place and walked away with a $26,614.67 score. In just over five hours Argentina’s ‘Assad91’ weaved their way through the 1,144 entry field of SCOOP #67-H ($530 NLHE, Turbo, PKO) to grab their first SCOOP title and the $39,280.84 first-place prize. Paired with another $25,713.30 in bounties, they booked a total score of $64,994.14. ‘AA_THE_W.55’ finished up in second place, good for $39,280.21 and an additional $17,549.27 in bounties. Finally, Brazlian ‘pitaoufmg’ exited in third place and earned a total of $31,618.41, bounties included. Event #57-H ($1,050 NLHE, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack) Entries: 324 Prize pool: $324,000 1. pads1161 - $60,952.82 2. dantegoyaF - $46,168.25 3. CRmeimDabou - $34,969.80 SCOOP #59-H ($530 NHE, 8-Max, PKO) Entries: 1,809 Prize pool: $904,500 1. Pwndidi - $100,685.63 2. Gselweckle - $73,133.50 3. goertz232323 - $45,680.91 SCOOP #65-H ($2,100 NLO8, 6-Max, PKO) Entries: 158 Prize pool: $316,000 1. WhatIfGod - $82,917.89 2. Fresh_oO_D - $35,636.53 3. Frank Taylor3 - $26,614.67 SCOOP #67-H ($530 NLHE, Turbo, PKO) Entries 1,144 Prize pool: $572,000 1. Assad91 - $64,994.14 2. AA_THE_W.55 - $56,829.48 3. pitaoufmg - $31,618.41
  17. Despite Saturday having a light schedule of events for the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, there was still plenty of action to be had. The star-studded field of the High Roller PKO which kicked off on Thursday came to a conclusion while one of the most dangerous high rollers in the game showed off his skills in the late-night Turbo. One of the most anticipated events of the SCOOP 2021 schedule wrapped up on Saturday as Event #53-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO, High Roller) drew 122-entries from high-roller heavyweights who battled for a piece of the $1,220,000 prize pool. And for those hoping to see poker superstars go toe-to-toe, the final table did not disappoint. Recent SCOOP winner Adrian ‘Amadi_017’Mateos (8th, $32,409.63), Artur ‘mararthur1’ Martiorsyan (7th, $38,923.45), and Michael ‘imluckbox’ Addamo (6th, $60,455.65) all had a seat at the final table. The Brazilians were well-represented with worldwide #7-ranked Bruno ‘great dant’ Volkmann (5th, $59,431.58) and current #1-ranked player Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Martins (4th, $101,561.51) making deep runs. Daniel ‘Oxota’ Dvoress nearly took home the title, however, he fell in third place and picked up $80,262.27 plus an additional $45,312.50 in bounties for a total haul of $125,574.77. It was also close for 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario ‘Secret_M0d3’ Sammartino, who finished in second here as well and added $118,647.68 plus $89,218.75 in bounties to his bankroll. When all was said and done, Uruguay’s Francisco ’Tomatee’ Benitez grabbed the gold for his second career SCOOP title and a total score of $265,365.86 with bounties included. It took just three and a half hours for Super High Roller savant Mikita ‘fish2013’ Badziakouski to top the 172-entry field of Event #61-H ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo). It marks the first career SCOOP title for Badziakouski who came close earlier in the series, finishing as the runner-up to Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira in the $25,500 Super High Roller. This time though it was Olli ‘Era_Koria’ Ilonen’s turn to finish in second place, which earned him $53,992.82. Thomas ‘WushuTM’ Muhlocker ended up taking third place in the Turbo, collecting $42,034.83. Brazil’s ‘Psuedo Fruto’ fired three bullets into Event #60-H ($1,050 NLHE, 4-Max, PKO) and the third time was a charm. They wrapped up the $20,396.84 first-place prize and added another $21,296.86 in bounties for a total score of $41,693.70. ‘SonOfBadger’, playing out of the UK, settled for second and earned $20,396.66 with an additional $7,343.74 in bounties. Finally, it was Bulgaria’s #3-ranked pro ‘cocojamb0’ who finished in third place and added a total of $24,441.44 to his more than $5.6 million in online career earnings. Also of note, PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis finished in seventh place, collecting $9,255.31. Other winners on Saturday included ’Sebsssx’ (Event 53-L), ‘FiatEruditio’ (Event #53-M), ‘Nick-Hale’ (Event 60-L), boemi21’ (Event 60-M), ‘whipEEr’ (Event 61-L), and Matt1nho (Event 61-M). Event #53-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO, High Roller) Entries: 122 Prize pool: $1,220,000 1. Tomatee - $265,365.86 2. Secret_M0d3 - $207,866.43 3. Oxota - $125,574.77 Event #60-H ($1,050 NLHE, 4-Max, PKO) Entries: 249 Prize pool: $249,000 1. Psuedo Fruto - $41,693.70 2. SonOfBadger - $27,740.40 3. cocojamb0 - $24,441.44 Event #61-H ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo) Entries: 172 Prize pool: $344,000 1. fish2013 - $69,352.65 2. Era_Koira - $53,992.82 3. WushuTM - $42,034.83
  18. Thursday was another big day for the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker as eight more events played down to a winner and awarded titles to 24 players. The day’s highlights included one of tournament poker’s most talented players adding to his legacy plus a little unexpected extra value for those who were on the mid-week grind. Adrian ‘Amadi_017’ Mateos took down his fourth career SCOOP title, second of the series, after besting the 477-entry field of Event #50-H ($1,050 NLHE, PKO). Mateos took home the $36,993.73 first-place prize and added another $47,117.14 in bounties for a total haul of $84,110.87. Mateos grabbed a SCOOP victory earlier in the series when he topped the 873 runners in Event 13-M ($1,050 NLHE). Even though that tournament was considered a “Medium”, it came with a massive $146,714.34 payday. Just like his earlier victory, he was forced to face down against plenty of top talent in Event #50-H including Belgian grinder ‘karimmae’ who finished in second place, earning a total of $47,743.35, bounties included. Not to mention, Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt, who is running white-hot this spring. Astedt ended up in third place, adding just $26,113.55 to his over $22 million in recorded career earnings. There was a little extra value to be had on Thursday as three different tournaments missed their advertised guarantees and provided players some (always welcome) overlay. Sweden’s ‘Grus/Snus’ navigated through the rebuy-heavy field in Event #47-H ($530 + R PLO, 6-Max) to take home their first SCOOP title. After 157 entries fired off 309 rebuys with 83 add-ons, the prize pool came up $25,500 short of the $300,000 guarantee. ‘Grus/Snus’ took full advantage and took home $60,683.52 for first place while ‘MB TREMENDO’ locked up $45,601.02 as the runner-up. ‘Samustti’ finished in third place which was good for $34,267.17. The overlay in Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, Midweek Freeze) was nearly double that of the tournament that came before it. The Midweek Freeze drew 140 runners which left it $50,000 short of the $750K guarantee. Lithuania’s ‘necgaidziai’ was the biggest beneficiary of the overlay, earning the title and the handsome $157,426.77 first-place prize. ‘DingeBrinker’ also booked a six-figure score, banking $121,869.52 as the runner-up. Dominykas ‘Mikensonas’ Mikolaitis earned $94,343.47 for finishing in third place. The end of the overlays took place in Event #52-H ($1,050 Limit Hold’em 6-Max) and it wasn’t much of a miss. The Limit event drew 62 runners, which technically missed the guarantee by just $3,000. It took just over eight hours for ‘coman567’ to min-raise his way to the $22,850.02 first-place prize and their first SCOOP victory. German grinder Julian ‘jutrack’ Track barely missed out on his second SCOOP win, falling in second place which was good for $15,134.41. ‘2bb100hands’ was the last of the five-figure winners, earning $10,024.09 for third place. In Event #51-H ($530 NLHE, Freezeout) ‘PatrickRass’ topped the 687-player field to win $58,501 for first. ‘qieng’ from Austria was the runner-up and walked away with $42,157.48 while ‘Jesper8’ captured the bronze and booked a $30,380.17 score. It was another deep run for Russia’s ‘FONBET_RULIT’ in Event #54-H ($530 PLO8, 6-Max) however the two-time SCOOP champion fell just short of acquiring a third title, falling in third place for $16,127.09. ‘onmybicycle’ did one better to finish as runner-up which paid $22,379.58. It was ‘texasilainen’, from Finland, who collected all the chips and claimed their first SCOOP title and the $31,056.39 up top. Ukraine’s ‘Andre_Hansen’ nabbed his second career SCOOP title and $98,159.82 for taking down Event #55-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max). ’FreeLancerZZ’ took second place for $72,978.36 and Alex ‘Pwndidi’ Theologis ended up in third place, padding his bankroll with a $54,256.94 score. The final event of Thursday’s schedule was Event #56-H ($530 NLHE, Turbo, PKO) which took under five hours to play to a champion. In the end, it was Russian crusher Rinat ‘Zapahzamazki’ Lyapin who walked away the winner and earned his third career SCOOP title and $69,958.97 (bounties included) for first place. Finland’s ‘mnstrkll’ was the last elimination of the night, falling in second place and banking $40,142.13 for their efforts. Julian ‘jutrack’ Track notched his second top-three finish of the evening, ending up in third place for a total payday of $22,827.75. Other winners on Thursday included ‘RUS_FISH’ (Event #47-L), ‘exstrike1’ (Event #47-M), ‘davideriksso’ (Event #48-L), ‘mrAndreeew’ (Event #48-M), ‘Castanella’ (Event #50-L), ‘Mr.Pedr0’ (Event #50-M), ‘Alcoholix20’ (Event #51-L), ‘$aymon9’ (Event #51-M), ‘paulera292’ (Event #52-L), ‘pokerqmaster’ (Event #52-M), ‘bamboking’ (Event #54-L), ‘Kashmir_uzi’ (Event #54-M), ‘fafinharj’ (Event #55-L), ‘onmybicycle’ (Event #55-M), ‘Archigram66’ (Event #56-L), and ‘LeoMattosAK’ (Event #56-M). Event #47-H ($530 + R PLO, 6-Max) Entries: 157 + 309 rebuys + 83 add-ons Prize pool: $300,000 ($25,500 overlay) 1. Grus/Snus - $60,683.52 2. MB TREMENDO - $45,601.02 3. Samustti - $34,267.17 Event #48-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, Midweek Freeze) Entries: 140 Prize pool: $750,000 ($50,000 overlay) 1. necgaidziai - $157,426.77 2. DingeBrinker - $121,869.52 3. Mikensonas - $94,343.47 Event #50-H ($1,050 NLHE, PKO) Entries: 477 Prize pool: $477,000 1. Amadi_017 - $84,110.87 2. karimmae - $47,743.35 3. Lena900 - $26,113.55 Event #51-H ($530 NLHE, Freezeout) Entries: 687 Prize pool: $343,500 1. PatrickRass - $58,501 2. qieng - $42,157.48 3. Jesper8 - $30,380.17 Event #52-H ($1,050 Limit Hold’em 6-Max) Entries: 62 Prize pool: $65,000 ($3,000 overlay) 1. coman567 - $22,850.02 2. jutrack - $15,134.41 3. 2bb100hands - $10,024.09 Event #54-H ($530 PLO8, 6-Max) Entries: 331 Prize pool: $165,500 1. texasilainen - $31,056.39 2. onmybicycle - $22,379.58 3. FONBET_RULIT - $16,127.09 Event #55-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max) Entries: 254 Prize pool: $508,000 1. Andre_Hansen - $98,159.82 2. FreeLancerZZ - $72,978.36 3. Pwndidi - $54,256.94 Event #56-H ($530 NLHE, Turbo, PKO) Entries: 885 Prize pool: $442,500 1. Zapahzamazki - $69,958.97 2. mnstrkll - $40,142.13 3. jutrack - $22,827.75
  19. In an online series that is guaranteed to feature talented final tables, one of the toughest in recent memory took place on Wednesday during the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. Nine top-tier players, including two former #1-ranked pros and the current All-Time Online Money List leader, played down to a winner in the biggest buy-in event on the SCOOP 2021 schedule. Plus, one of the most accomplished online poker pros in history, finally added a SCOOP title to his resume. It’s safe to say that the final table of Event #43-H ($25,000 NLHE, 8-Max, Super High Roller) was one of the most stacked tournaments of 2021. Of course, when the buy-ins are as big as $25K, it tends to draw online poker’s elite players. Even so, it’s a rarity to be able to look at a final table full table of screen names and be able to identify each and every player based on their outstanding accomplishments. The two-day tournament featured 51 players (with 20 re-entries) to generate a prize pool of $1,741,275 and in the end, it was current All-Time Online Money List leader Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira who took home the $469,987.05 first-place prize and his fifth career SCOOP title. The victory was a bit of a breakthrough for Vieira who has found himself at plenty of major final tables as of late but despite taking down big scores, hadn’t locked up the outright win since his PokerStars Turbo Series win on February 25. It’s also a career milestone for ‘Naza114’, as the score now serves as the largest recorded online score of his career. Mikita ‘fish2013’ Badziakouski took home the Super High Roller runner-up honors, which was good for $352,019.81, and Christian ‘WATnlos’ Rudolph captured the bronze and booked a $263,662.64. The star power didn’t stop there as former #1’s Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt (8th, $62,152.19) and Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford (7th, $82,980.28) were early casualties, while Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski (6th, $110,788.09) and Benjamin ‘bencb789’ Rolle ($147,914.86) both laddered into six-figure scores. Then, falling just outside the top three was Australia’s Michael ‘imluckbox’ Addamo, who fell in fourth place for $197,483.22. After all that he has accomplished in online (and live) poker, it may be surprising to discover that Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman hadn’t won a PokerStars SCOOP title until Wednesday night. The former #1-ranked pro finally added that accolade to his poker resume with a win in Event #45-H ($1,050 NLHE, 6-Max) for $78,539.14. Certainly, part of the reason may be that Moorman now calls Las Vegas home. However, this summer, he and his wife Katie Lindsay invested in a property in Mexico which has allowed Moorman to compete on the international stage on a more regular basis. The score ranks in Moorman’s top 20 career score and is his largest of the year. Anton ‘Bomber&Granater’ Wigg was denied his third SCOOP title as the current #24-ranked pro settled for second place and used the $56,390.92 score to leap over $5.5 million in career earnings. ‘BenArfaa10’ rounded out the top three and earned $40,488.58 for their efforts. Earlier in the day, ‘pucho2100’ picked up their first SCOOP victory with a win in Event #41-H ($1,050 NLHE, Deep Stacks). They battled through the 288-entry field to win the $54,837.07 first-place prize. Lucas ‘Bit2Easy’ Reeves came in second place, earning $41,521.49 and Aleksejs ’APonakov’ Ponakov grabbed third place and picked up $31,439.75. The final event of the night was Event #49-H ($1,050 Razz) where ‘Gigaloff’ wrapped up $25,887.50 for first place and their third career SCOOP title. ‘__akun333__’ picked up $17,575 as the runner-up while 'youre' finished in third place and received $13,300. Other winners on Wednesday included ‘Bxrn’ (Event #41-L), ‘missy_gazell’ (Event #41-M), ‘GZingano’ (Event #43-L), ‘Xungazz’ (Event #43-M), ‘Wizzyy10’ (Event #45-L), ‘lamapoopie’ (Event #45-M), ‘monopol’ (Event #49-L), and ‘maxsnel123’ (Event #49-M). Event #41-H ($1,050 NLHE, Deep Stacks) Entries: 288 Prize pool: $288,000 1. pucho2100 - $54,837.07 2. Bit2Easy - $41,521.49 3. APonakov - $31,439.75 Event #43-H ($25,000 NLHE, 8-Max, Super High Roller) Entries: 71 Prize pool: $1,741,275 1. Naza114 - $469,987.05 2. fish2013 - $352,019.81 3. WATnios - $263,662.64 Event #45-H ($1,050 NLHE, 6-Max) Entries: 440 Prize pool: $440,000 1. Moorman1 - $78,539.14 2. Bomber&Granater - $56,390.92 3. BenArfaa10 - $40,488.58 Event #49-H ($1,050 Razz) Entries: 95 Prize pool: $95,000 1. Gigaloff - $25,887.50 2. __akun333__ - $17,575 3. youre - $13,300
  20. The World Series of Poker has announced the return of the WSOP Online 2021 domestic series featuring 33 gold bracelet events taking place from July 1 through August 1 on WSOP.com. “Poker deserves a big finish to 2021 and we’re looking to heat things up this summer,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director for the WSOP. “We expect to offer great value tournaments as well as comprehensive satellites to qualify for Las Vegas in the fall.” The WSOP Online 2021 series offers events with buy-ins ranging from $333 up to through the $7,777 No Limit Lucky 7’s High Roller on July 25. While the Main Event of the series is the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship which will be held on July 31, it’s the final tournament of the series, the $500 NLHE Grande Finale, that boasts a $1 million guarantee, the largest ever guarantee offered on WSOP.com. The WSOP, known for its creative branding of its tournaments, has broken down the online schedule into a variety of themed weeks. Premiere Week gets things started with the $500 NLHE Big 500 Kick Off on July 1st and also features the time-tested tournaments “Lucky Sevens” $777 NLHE (July 7) and “Crazy Eights” $888 NLHE Event (July 8). That’s followed by Micro Madness, which features a string of four NLHE gold bracelet events with a buy-in of $500 or less. PLO Week is next up in which three of the four featured Pot Limit Omaha events will play out. Finally, Championship Week rolls out the first-ever $1,000 Online PLO Championship (July 26) as well as the $3,200 High Roller Championship (July 27), and the aforementioned $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship. Currently, players located in Nevada and New Jersey will be eligible to register and compete. And as in previous WSOP Online events, players do not need to be residents of those states, they simply need to be geo-located located in its borders to take part. With regards to any speculation that WSOP.com may go live in one of the other U.S. states that have more recently legalized and regulated online poker, such as Pennsylvania or Michigan, the WSOP.com stated that “news about availability of WSOP.com in additional states will be released pending regulatory approval.” Additionally, players outside of the U.S. should be looking forward to an announcement of an international WSOP Online event, similar to that which took place on GGPoker in 2020. The live, in-person 2021 World Series of Poker is currently scheduled to take place from September 30 through November 23 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with a complete schedule that has yet to be announced. WSOP Online 2021 Full Schedule [table id=203 /]
  21. Another six events on the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule reached a conclusion on Tuesday with one of online poker’s all-time greats taking down two titles in one day and another former #1-ranked pro adding a win to his extensive poker resume. Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson, the all-world former #1-ranked pro from Sweden, was showed off his incredible skills yet again by taking down two SCOOP titles in a single day on Tuesday. For his first, Mattsson made a heads-up money deal with Russia's ‘|Explay|’ in Event #38-H ($530 NLO8, 8-Max). However, the pair were forced to play it out for the final $1,000 in the prize pool and it was Mattsson who came out on top. He closed out the tournament and earned what would be his fourth career SCOOP title while adding $21,166.09 to his more than $17.3 million in lifetime online earnings. Although settling for second place, |Explay| negotiated a good deal that allowed him to walk away with $22,149.68 - a sum better than Mattsson’s first-place prize. Brazil’s Bernardo ‘bedias’ Dias climbed into third place, earning $13,424.38. Later in the evening, Mattsson was back to his winning ways. He topped the 461 player field of Event #46-H (8-Max, Turbo, PKO), only this time there was no deal. It took just four-and-a-half hours for the Swede to win the event outright and earn his fifth SCOOP title. Mattsson banked another $36,012.39 for first plus $38,453.10 in bounties for a total score of $74,465.49. His two titles netted him just over $95,00 - not bad for a day’s work. Earlier in the day another former #1, and current partypoker ambassador, Joao ‘IneedMassari’ Simao earned up his fourth career SCOOP title with a six-figure win in Event #37-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max, PKO). The Brazilian bested the 403-entry field and helped himself to the $62,574.92 first-place prize. He added another $78,078.12 in bounties, for a grand total of $140,653.04. Canada’s Jonah ‘RaiseUpBlind’ Silverstein, who yesterday grabbed a title of his own, finished in second place. It was his second runner-up finish of the series and this time it was good for $62,574.73. Also of note, in a bit of an oddity, Silverstein made it all the way through the entire PKO without picking up a bounty along the way. Poker Twitch streamer Jargo ‘bunkakat’ Alavali treated his viewers to a third-place finish and added $54,818.90, bounties included, to his bankroll. Russia’s ‘Lidikkkkk’ scored the victory in Event #39-H ($1,050 NLHE, Freezeout) and earned $64,881.65 with the win. Current #122-ranked Kelvin ‘Kelvin_FP:AR’ Kerber finished as the runner-up for $49,140.96, pushing his career online earnings to more than $5.7 million. Brandon ‘Tyrion2205’ Sheils from the UK ended up in third place and booked a $37,219.14 score, the fourth largest of his online career. There was more than just NLHE on tap for Tuesday as well as Poland’s ‘tmk999’ emerged as the winner in Event #42-H ($530 5-Card PLO, 6-Max, PKO) for a total of $37,223.03, bounties included. And Norway’s ‘_sennj_’ topped the 54 entries in SCOOP #44-H ($2,100 FL 27 Triple Draw) to earn $37,966.19, the second-largest online cash of his career, and his first SCOOP title. Also of note, after three days of play with massive $530 Sunday Million Special Edition (Event #33-M) played down to a winner. Poland's 'seboraptor' made a heads-up deal with Brazil's 'brunoporto12' for the bulk of the event's $2.109 million prize pool. As the official winner, 'seboraptor' took home the title as well as $265,896.39 while 'brunoporto12' locked up $249,245.46* for his part in the deal. It was also a nice payday for third-place finisher 'GamadGADOL' as well who turned the $530 buy-in into a bankroll building $150,587.66 score. Other winners on Tuesday included ‘gimley14’ (Event #37-L), ‘bauruzito’ (Event #37-M), ‘1bloodflood’ (Event #38-L), ‘dubfitz’ (Event #38-M), ‘alpinko’ (Event #39-L), ‘n1ksis’ (Event #39-M), ‘muggsyboges’ (Event #42-L), ‘_WaPetry_’ (Event #42-M), ‘PokerFreaky9’ (Event #44-L), ‘Arttyomka’ (Event #44-M), ‘Solo-warrior’ (Event #46-L), and ‘pl@ta0plomo’ (Event #46-M). Event #33-M ($530 Sunday Million SE) Entries: 4,218 Prize pool: $2,109,000 1. seboraptor - $265,896.39* 2. brunoporto12 - $248,245.46* 3. GamadGADOL - $150,587.66 Event #37-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max, PKO) Entries: 403 Prize pool: $806,000 1. IneedMassari - $140,653.04 2. RaiseUpBlind - $62,574.73 3. bungakat - $54,818.90 Event #38-H ($530 NLO8, 8-Max) Entries: 262 Prize pool: $131,000 1. C Darwin2 - $21,166.09* 2. |Explay| - $22,149.68* 3. bedias - $13,424.38 Event #39-H ($1,050 NLHE, Freezeout) Entries: 352 Prize pool: $352,000 1. Lidikkkkk - $64,881.65 2. Kelvin_FP:AR - $49,140.96 3. Tyrion2205 - $37,219.14 Event #42-H ($530 5-Card PLO, 6-Max, PKO) Entries: 519 Prize pool: $259,500 1. tmk999 - $37,223.03 2. Tiltkorv - $28,488.13 3. Dainiux - $19,458.52 SCOOP #44-H ($2,100 FL 27 Triple Draw) Entries: 54 Prize pool: $108,000 1. _sennj_ - $37,966.19 2. XD89lol<3 - $25,146.41 3. inevity - $16,655.42 SCOOP #46-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo, PKO) Entries: 461 Prize pool: $461,000 1. C Darwin2 - $74,465.49 2. kylix42 - $37,137.19 3. Fresh_oO_D - $47,871.79
  22. The 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is officially a third of the way complete as another six events came to a conclusion on Monday. The highlights of the day included the fast-paced 6+ Hold’em tournament, a pro-heavy high-roller final table, and a title takedown by one of the most accomplished online poker players in history. It’s been a busy spring for the former #1-ranked Niklas ‘Lena900’ Astedt who can’t seem to stop padding his legendary online poker resume. In addition to the three GGPoker Spring Festival titles he earned last week, on Monday, the superstar Swede bested the 481-entry field of Event #31-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max) to pick up his fifth career SCOOP title. Astedt earned $85,430.33 for first, pushing him ever-so-close to eclipsing the $22 million mark in recorded online career earnings. Vicent ‘gordon0410’ Bosca fell just one spot short of earning his second SCOOP title, having to settle for second place and the $63,229.42 that went with it. After finishing as the runner-up himself in Event #22-H, Canada’s Jonah ‘RaiseUpBlind’ Silverstein made it all the way to the end and closed out Event #32-H ($2,100 NLHE, PKO) for $71,043.99 plus an additional $65,609.35 in bounties for a total haul of $136,653.34. Joshua ‘slayerv1fan’ Hoesel added to his $3.5 million in online career earnings with his second-place finish which was good for a total score of $97,067.05, bounties included. Brazil’s Rodrigo ‘seijistar’ Seiji picked up the bronze and collected $45,621.75 plus an additional $28,835.94 in bounties. The largest score of the day belonged to #27-ranked Tuen ’tinnoemulder’ Mulder who outlasted the tough final table of Event 33-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller Club SE) to collect the $247,088.95 first-place prize, the largest score of the series thus far. The stacked final table included Jonathan ‘luckyfish89’ Clark (7th, $48,598.31), former #1 Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson (6th, $63,727.51), Joni ‘bustoville’ Jouhkimainen (5th, $83,566.50), and Christoph ’26071985’ Vogelsang (4th, $109,581.58). ‘a_new_hope13’ fell in third place, collecting $143,695.38 and Brazilan MTT pro Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito, current ranked #23 in the world, ended up as the runner-up and added $188,429.05 to his more than $8 million in career earnings. Event #34-H ($1,050 PLO, 6-Max) saw 222 entries crush the $150K guarantee with a $222,000 prize pool. ‘gangstachl9’ picked up their first-ever SCOOP title and took home the first-place prize of $42,896.64. Right behind them was ‘AngryJuice’ who scored $31,892.12 as the runner-up. Three-time SCOOP champion Tobias ’Senkel92’ Leknes fell in third place, earning $23,710.71. Croatia’s ‘mandza17’ earned their second career SCOOP title and a healthy six-figure sum with a victory in Event #35-H ($1,050 NLHE, 6-Max) for $131,550.26. ‘thelpoker’ ended up in second place, taking home $92,624.43 while ‘Killer_ooooo’ finished in third place and added $65,217.02 to their bankroll. The final event to conclude on Monday was Event #40-H ($1,050 6+ Hold’em, 8-Max, PKO), a curious tournament where, with roughly just minutes left in late registration, only 21 players remained in a field from which 11 got paid. The 6+ Hold’em (aka Short Deck) tournament took just five hours to complete and in the end, Japan’s Shota ‘shorta222’ Nakanishi took home their first SCOOP title and total score of $27,720.89. Julian ‘jutrack’ Track finished in second place, earning $12,767.73 and Poland’s ‘tmk999’ rounded out the top three and collected $7,972.49. Other winners on Monday included ‘Jupitle’ (Event #31-L), ‘Grekzorba’ (Event #31-M), ‘komarcus’ (Event #32-L), ‘Bola_Violin’ (Event #32-M), ‘Mr. Havener’ (Event #33-L), ‘pei_billy’ (Event #34-L), ‘ManOfTheFewWord’ (Event #34-M), ‘jitule53’ (Event #35-L), ‘zerodata’ (Event #35-M), ‘Wang26’ (Event #40-L), and ‘Lovetodo’ (Event #40-M). Event #31-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max) Entries: 481 Prize pool: $481,000 1. Lena900 - $85,430.33 2. gordon0410 - $63,229.42 3. anonymous123789 - $46,979.98 Event #32-H ($2,100 NLHE, PKO) Entries: 455 Prize pool: $910,000 1. RaiseUpBlind - $136,653.34 2. slayerv1fan - $97,067.05 3. seijistar - $48,505.69 Event #33-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller Club, SE) Entries: 232 Prize pool: $1,160,000 1. tinnoemulder - $247,088.95 2. pabritz - $188,429.05 3. a_new_hope12 - $143,695.38 Event #34-H ($1,050 PLO8, 6-Max) Entries: 222 Prize pool: $222,000 1. gangstachl9 - $42,896.64 2. AngryJuice - $31,892.12 3. Sengel92 - $23,710.71 Event #35-H ($1,050 NLHE, 6-Max) Entries: 775 Prize pool: $775,000 1. mandza17 - $131,550.26 2. thelpoker - $92,624.43 3. Killer_ooooo - $65,217.02 Event #40-H ($1,050 6+ Hold’em, 8-Max, PKO) Entries: 99 Prize pool: $99,000 1. shorta222 - $27,720.89 2. jutrack - $12,767.73 3. tmk999 - $7,972.49
  23. After officially taking Friday off, the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker resumed on Saturday bringing another four events to a conclusion including one of the most star-studded final tables of the series and the largest PKO to take place thus far. Over 10,000 people tuned in to watch popular Twitch streamer and PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis as he battled at the stacked final table of Event 29-H ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max). When the 211-entry field was down to just 8, Veldhuis found himself in a position to make a run at the title, however, just about every other seat at the final table was occupied by a top pro. This included five-time SCOOP title winner Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakershi (8th, $12,319.86), high-roller extraordinaire Dominik ‘Bounatirou’ Nitsche (8th, $16,161.20), and current #5-ranked Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira (4th, $36,482.11). As his competition busted, Veldhuis continued to chip up. Eventually, Aliaksei ‘ale6ka’ Boika was eliminated in third place, taking home $47,857.37. That left Veldhuis to battle for the title against Brazilian online crusher Pedro ‘PaDiLhA SP’ Padilha who had done a masterful job of taking control of the final table and accumulating a massive chip lead. In the end, Veldhuis fell to the Brazilian and closed out his stream as the runner-up with a $62,779.37 payday. Padilha earned his fourth career SCOOP title and added the $82,354.31 first-place prize to his more than $7.8 million in online career earnings. The 24-hour delay was worth the wait for Brazil’s Pedro ‘LgwZ’, Grochocki who topped the 539-player field of Event 22-H ($2,100 NLHE, PKO, Thursday Thrill SE) to capture the $83,473.31 first-place prize plus an astounding $96,210.93 in bounties for an online career-high haul of $181,684.23. ‘RaiseUpBlind’ also grabbed a six-figure sum as the runner-up, taking home $83,472.88 plus $31,585.94 in bounties for a total of $115,058.82. ‘darogio’ picked up the bronze and locked up a total score of $72,231.02. Event 27-H ($1,050 8-Game) fell just 14 players short of reaching the $125,000 guarantee. That just fine by Russia’s Andrei ‘Premove’ Skvortsov who picked up a little extra value en route to taking down his third career SCOOP title and the $28,101.31 that came with it. This marks the third year in a row that Skvortsov was won a SCOOP with his first coming in a NL Omaha H/L event in 2019 and his follow up being a PLO8 title in 2020. ’nkeyno’ earned ‘$21,552.27 as the runner-up while Sweden former worldwide #2-ranked Robin ‘robinho’ Yitalo wrapped up in third place and added $16,529.51 to his $13.3 million in online career earnings. It took less than two hours for ‘Powergolf’ to pick up the win in Event 30-H ($1,050 NLHE, 7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO). They blasted through the 305-entry field and walked away with the $28,320.93 first-place prize with an additional $31,574.20 in bounties for a total of $49,895.13. In second place was ‘wasylaa’ who, with bounties, earned $40,644.91 and on their third bullet, ‘Shipmopff’ climbed into third place which was good for a total of $30,434.48. Other winners on Saturday included ‘Hefeweizen19’ (Event 22-L), ‘Heia_Eirik’ (Event 22-M), ’56_Hjerter’ (Event 27-L), ‘DTFobos’ (Event 27-M), ‘cipi22’ (Event 29-L), ‘VladTheSlaye’ (Event 29-M), ‘zibrdie’ (Event 30-L), and ‘dolimp4789’ (Event 30-M). Event 22-H ($2,100 NLHE, PKO, Thursday Thrill SE) Entires: 539 Prize pool: $1,078,000 1. LgwZ - $181,684.24 2. RaiseUpBlind - $115,058.82 3. darogio - $72,231.02 Event 27-H ($1,050 8-Game) Entries: 109 Prize pool: $125,000 1. Premove - $28,101.31 2. nkeyno - $21,552.27 3. robinho - $16,529.51 Event 29-H ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max) Entries: 211 Prize pool: $422,000 1. PaDiLhA SP - $82,354.31 2. L. Veldhuis - $62,779.37 3. ale6ka 0 $47,857.33 Event 30-H ($1,050 NLHE, 7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO) Entries: 305 Prize pool: $309,837 1. Powergolf - $59,895.13 2. wasylaa - $40,644.91 3. Shipmopff - $30,434.48
  24. The 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker grind was in full effect on Sunday. A total of eight events were in action, three of which played down to a winner, including a Progressive Knockout that boasted one of the largest prizes of the series thus far. In Event 28-H ($1,050 NLHE, Progressive Knockout), 1,261 entries flooded the lobby to eclipse the $1 million guarantee with a prize pool of $1,261,000. In the end, Poland’s ‘MrTermo1021’ outlasted the entire field, captured the title, and walked away with the $84,966 first-place prize plus an additional $65,362.24 in bounties for a total score of $150,328.24. The decision to fire a second bullet paid off for Germany’s ‘nic81411’ who finished as the runner-up and banked $84,964.85 as well as $25,252.91 in bounties for the six-figure sum of $110,217.76. In third place was online pro Aleksejs ‘Aponakov’ Ponakovs, who added $51,888.57 plus $15,544.92 in bounties to his bankroll. Canada’s ’FeelsAbitMeh’ was likely feeling better than their screen name lets on after besting the 1,029 player field of Event 26-H ($530 NLHE, 8-Max, Deep Stacks) and earning the $84,019.44 first-place prize. It must have felt even better to outlast a final table that included a number of top-tier online pros including worldwide #34-ranked Daniel ‘SmilleThHero’ Smiljkovic from Austria who finished as the runner-up for $59,891.35. Joining them in the top three was two-time SCOOP winner Thiago ‘KKremate’ Crema who finished in third place for $42,692.59. The final event of the day to finish up was Event 36-H ($530, 8-Max, PKO, High Roller Club Special Edition). ‘Prof. Hitman’ survived through the large field of 1,188 runners and scored $40,001.19 for first place with another $32,004.74 in bounties added on for a total earn of $72,005.93. Finishing in second place was Brazil’s ‘€plov2’ who picked up $40,000.37 for their efforts and added another $20,301.75 in bounties for a total score of $60,302.12. ‘gettingpwned’ captured the bronze in this one for a total haul of $35,461.70, bounties included. Other winners on Sunday included ‘Kein Geloel’ (Event 26-L), ‘JonzStars’ (Event 26-M), ‘p0wer_player’ (Event 28-L), ‘DGR.POKEHER’ (Event 28-M), ‘SthlmHero93’ (Event 36-L), and ‘masaldanha94’ (Event 36-M). Event #26-H ($530 NLHE [8-Max, Deep Stacks]) Entries: 1,029 Prize pool: $514,500 FeelsAbitMeh - $84,019.44 SmilleThHero - $59,891.35 KKremate - $42,692.58 Event #28-H ($1,050 NLHE [Progressive KO]) Entries: 1,261 Prize pool: $1,261,000 Mr Termo1021 - $150,328.24 nic81411 - $110,217.76 Aponakov - $67,433.49 Event #36-H ($530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, High Roller Club SE]) Entries: 1,188 Prize pool: $594,000 Prof. Hitman - $72,005.93 €plov2 - $60,302.12 gettingpwned - $35,461.70
  25. The World Poker Tour and Theta Labs, a decentralized video delivery network, have announced an exclusive partnership aimed at giving poker fans the ability to own WPT digital collectibles in what the companies are calling “the world’s first real-time NFT marketplace.” The World Poker Tour is following in the footsteps of the pop-culture trail blazed by NBA Top Shot, which takes officially licensed digital collectable clips (commonly referred to as “moments”) and then sells and distributes them in varying quantities to fans as NFT (non-fungible tokens). In short, it’s like digital trading cards, but its video and its ownership are backed by blockchain. “Our exclusive NFT launch with Theta Network is one of our biggest digital initiatives to date and, for the first time ever, we’re combining our global reach of live televised poker with an NFT marketplace, giving our fans an interactive, real-time opportunity to collect a piece of the WPT poker action,” said World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska. “We are thrilled to bring some of our top poker pros, players, and celebrities to the NFT world, featuring rare and legendary WPT packs in weekly drops and running exclusive one-of-a-kind auctions for sure rare poker moments.” The launch of the new marketplace is set to take place in conjunction with the World Poker Tour televised Season XVIII premiere on Sunday, April 18 on the Bally Sports Network. The new televised season will start with a four-part co-branded cash game, the Theta Network WPT Cash Game, and will run each Sunday through May 9. During the programming, through in-show advertising and promotional segments, viewers will be directed to grab a spot in the digital line at the wpt.thetadrop.com website to possibly pick up and pack of digital moments. Out of the gate, the World Poker Tour will be paying tribute to poker ambassador and former announcer for the WPT, the late Mike Sexton. The Sexton moment, dubbed “Mike Sexton: The Legend Hand” will be extremely rare with just three in total created and will be put up for auction. In addition, the launch will offer the ability to purchase limited quantities of Base, Rare and Legendary poker packs which are likely to be designated as such by how many are minted. “We’re excited to launch the next-generation NFT marketplace with WPT, a unique opportunity to bring digital collectibles synchronized to live TV and cable broadcast to an audience of millions worldwide,” said Theta Labs CEO and co-founder Mitch Liu. “ThetaDrop maximizes earning to brand partners and creators by bringing the interactivity, real-time engagement, and personality possible only through a live stream when doing NFT drops and auctions. Theta’s proof-of-stake native blockchain means creators can be assured that minting and transacting NFTs are 100% eco-friendly, fast, and inexpensive.” The Theta Network looks to differentiate itself from the more commonly known Ethereum platform by being built with media and entertainment in mind. They claim that the speed of minting (creating) NFTs on Theta is 100x faster than on Ethereum and the cost is less than a fraction of a cent. But despite being its own network, the upside of NFT’s is the verified ownership of a digital asset and that means the ability to take/move it anywhere the owner pleases and the Theta Network assures for “seamless NFT transfer and transactions across networks” will allow fans to take their moments wherever they wish. The launch is right around the corner, at which time more details about the marketplace will become apparent. Everything from the cost of a pack, what kind of moments are included, how much the World Poker Tour might rake when trying to resell a moment, and how players featured in those moments will be compensated will all be a part of the story if the World Poker Tour’s venture carries with it the kind of excitement that has surrounded the current NFT movement. Fans who want to get in line early can do so at wpt.thetadrop.com.
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