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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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

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