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After a couple of close calls earlier in 2020, former #1-ranked PocketFiver Patrick ‘pleno1’ Leonard has clinched the PocketFives Monthly PLB award for the month of May. With every major online poker site offering a full slate of premium high-stakes events, Leonard could be found in the lobby of nearly every major tournament, living up to his reputation as one of the game’s most dedicated grinders. Although Leonard’s monthly stat sheet is usually replete with impressive scores, this May was exceptional. The partypoker ambassador managed to book a career-high online score last month with his runner-up finish in the World Series of Poker Super Circuit Online $10M Gtd High Roller. The $25,000 buy-in event saw its prize pool swell to over $12.3 million, becoming one of the largest tournaments in online poker history. Leonard’s second-place finish earned him $1,611.342 and a massive 2,320.66 PLB points. The result jettisoned him right past the $10 million mark in lifetime earnings, up to over $11.4 million and into the top 20 on the All-Time Online Money List. His heater certainly didn’t end with his seven-figure score as Leonard also spent tons of time grinding the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. He picked up his first 2020 SCOOP title on May 12 in Event #53-H ($2,100 PLO8, 6-Max) banking $52,606 and 483.74 PLB points. He booked a second 2020 SCOOP win two weeks later in Event #93-H ($215+R NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo) by outlasting the 460 runners to take home the $41,809 first-place prize and another 482.54 PLB points. The exceptional month is just what Leonard needed to lock up the top spot in May. He finished fourth in the PLB chase in February and second in March. This is his first Monthly PLB victory since October 2014. It was going to take a gigantic month for Leonard to top the incredible May performance of Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan. Drinan, a PocketFiver since 2007, went on a heater during the PokerStars SCOOP that saw him win an unprecedented five SCOOP titles in a single series, all within two weeks. His run started on May 7 when he won Event #34-H ($530 PLO8, 8-Max) for $34,421. Two days later, he took the title in Event #40-H ($5,200 PLO, 6-Max) for another $152,011. The very next day he was victorious again in Event #45-M ($215 NLO8, 6-Max, PKO) for $28,348. That streak alone had heads turning, but Drinan wasn’t done. He conquered Event #56-H ($1,050 H.O.R.S.E) for $30,233 and finished off his historic heater with his biggest victory of the series, a win in Event #75-H ($10,300 PLO Main Event) for $322,264. His 23 PLB-qualifying cashes have the Chicago native currently sitting as the #1-ranked player in Canada. May was also a big month for the UK’s Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Although he didn’t win the Monthly PLB award, as he did in April, it was the month that he became the #1-ranked online poker player in the world for the very first time. On the back of a pair of SCOOP victories, Beresford touched the top spot in the rankings for the first time on May 16 and has held the position for the past three weeks. He grabbed a SCOOP title on May 3 in Event 18-M ($215 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo, PKO) for over $38,579. He did it again in Event #32-H ($530 NLHE) for $85,959 and a monthly-high PLB score of 732.12. He finished up May with his largest score of the month by finishing third in SCOOP Event #121-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO) for over $91K. Alex ‘Dynoalot’ Difelice finished May in fourth place after racking up 1,276.54 PLB points for his third-place finish in the 2020 SCOOP Event #74-H ($10,300 Main Event) for $567,776. The deep run in the Main Event was a career-high score for Difelice who finished the month with 24 PLB-qualifying cashes, helping him to his current ranking of #62 in the world. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver, Steven ‘SvZff’ van Zadelhoff rounded out the top five for May. Zadelhoff put in a maximum grind, registering over 200 results and playing buy-ins at every level including picking up victories in the $250 buy-in and $100-buy-in Daily Special on Natural8. His spotlight score in SCOOP Event #48-H ($530 NLHE) where he had a final table finish for over $51,000. PocketFives May Monthly PLB [table id=53 /]
Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan re-wrote the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker record books on Tuesday when he took down the $10K Pot Limit Omaha Main Event for an unprecedented fifth title in a single SCOOP series. It was less than a week ago when Drinan clinched his fourth SCOOP title by winning the $1K HORSE event, tying former #1-ranked PocketFiver Shaun Deeb for the most titles in a single series. But for Drinan, the heater continued and he surpassed Deeb by besting the 159-entry field in Event #75-H ($10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event) for an online career-high $322,264.28 payday. Two of Drinan’s titles came in Pot Limit Omaha, one in Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better, one in No Limit Omaha, and one in HORSE. Altogether, the Chicago native’s victories earned him $567,287 in total prize money, pushing his career total cashes north of $8.8 million. Even though PokerStars has extended the 2020 SCOOP through the end of May, Drinan’s record-breaking run has come within a similar timeframe and number of events traditionally given to all players. So, anything that Drinan is able to add on in the weeks to come will simply be a bonus to one of the most amazing SCOOP performances to date. In order for Drinan to secure the victory in the $10K Pot Limit Omaha Main Event he first had to battle against PLO specialist Jens ‘Jeans89’ Kyllonen. Kyllonen fell just short of the title and was forced to settle for second place which was good for $245,286.27. Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira’s incredible SCOOP continued as well, taking third place for $186,695.89. The $10K SCOOP NLHE Main Event made a different kind of history on Tuesday as players battled for a chance to make the final table. For many, the road to the final table went through PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis’ Twitch stream as he gave fans a taste of what it’s like to make a deep run in the Main Event. Early in the stream, Veldhuis, who is currently the top poker streamer on Twitch, broke through his own previous viewership record of 36K viewers. Then, after he busted his friend and fellow PokerStars ambassador Ben ‘Spraggy’ Spragg, his viewership skyrocketed past 50,000. It peaked at 58,799 which was not only a new record for Veldhuis, but an all-time record for viewers watching poker on Twitch. Veldhuis’ amazing run ended in 15th place where he collected $62,620.42. Just six eliminations later, the final table was set with Pieter ‘XMorphineX’ Aerts holding the overnight chip lead. Daniel ‘Oxota’ Dvoress and Brazil’s Pablo ‘pabritz’ Brito are also in the top three, both eclipsing 20 million in chips. High stakes tournament pro Michael ‘imluckbox’ Addamo, Raise Your Edge lead coach Benjamin ‘bencb789’ Rolle, and ‘Alexgirs’ are situated in the middle of the chip counts. And Max ‘goodeh99’ Silver, Alex ‘dynoalot’ Difelice, and ‘EEE27’ are situated on the short stacks. Play resumes on Wednesday where the winner will be awarded more than $1 million. SCOOP #74-H: $10,300 NLHE Main Event 609 entries $6,090,000 Final Table Chip Counts XMorphineX - 36,539,059 Oxota - 28,570,379 pabritz - 20,514,267 imluckbox - 18,739,553 bencb789 - 12,283,432 Alexgirs - 11,783,439 goodeh99 - 8,647,301 dynoalot - 8,594,592 EEE27 - 4,577,978 SCOOP #75-H: $10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event 159 entries $1,590,000 prize pool Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan - $322,264.28 Jeans89 - $245,286.27 Naza114 - $186,695.89 Kukenmuser - $142,100.68 gavz101 - $108.157.68 raidalot - $82,322.56 SCOOP #75-M: $1,050 PLO 6-Max Main Event 1,112 entries $1,112,000 prize pool niccc - $154,039.33* BomPang - $146,539.34* Bagrovui - $86.938.38 giftmyra - $60,990.08 Adamyid - $42,786.53 magiet12 - $30,016.10 SCOOP #75-L: $109 PLO 6-Max Main Event 6,126 entries $612,600 prize pool The_Truht - $74,805.39* goldenmuzzle - $72,911.24* azn_baller3 - $42,264.49 mapof - $29,448.72 M1TR4ND1R - $20,519.03 jfawn - $14,297.10 SCOOP #80-H: $1,050 5-Card PLO 6-Max 282 entries $282,000 prize pool kjunia - $53,827.35 Dundermasen - $39,898.68 at0216 - $29,574.38 MITS 304 - $21,921.63 gavz101 - $16,249.09 plastrong - $12,044.44
More PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) action took place on Tuesday, May 12, but the day was more about what's to come than what happened. Only a few of the day's events played to a completion, as several were two-day competitions that set up for big finishes on Wednesday. Mike 'SirWatts' Watson was one of the Tuesday winners, taking the title in Event #51-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $75K Gtd. Watson topped a field of 84 entries to win $22,050. The win was Watson's fourth SCOOP title and he beat Alexander 'joiso' Kostritsyn in heads-up play. Event #55-H: $530 NL [Progressive KO], $350K Gtd was reached an end, as 'P0KERPR02.0' topped the field of 1,066 entries to win $36,672.56 plus $37,229.38 in bounties. 'PaGaOVelhinho' was runner-up for $36,671.78 plus $7,809.57 in bounties. Now, onto the events that will conclude on Wednesday. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] In Event #52-M: $2,100 NL [8-Max], $750K Gtd, a field of 440 entries generated an $880,000 prize pool. After Tuesday, 25 players remained with 'srxakgirona' as the chip leader with 4,672,294 in chips. Adrian 'Amadi_017' Mateos is second in chips with 3,451,272. Sitting in fifth chip position is Andras 'probirs' Nemeth with 2,672,844. This tournament is set to award $157,734.78 to the winner. In Event #52-H: $25,000 NL [8-Max, Super High Roller], $2M Gtd, a field of 89 entries has been whittled down to the final 10. Andras 'probirs' Nemeth leads the way with 6,061,664, so he could have quite the day given that he's fifth in chips in Event #52-M, too. In this event, Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi is second with 3,225,908 and Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion is third with 2,560,483. The event generated a $2.182 million prize pool and the winner is set to take home $521,597.77. Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard leads the final 14 players from a field of 117 entries in Event #53-H: $2,100 PLO8 [6-Max], $200K Gtd. He finished the first day with 1,572,152 in chips. There is $52,605.66 up top. Joris 'BillLewinsky' Ruijs finished with 3,122,502 in chips on the first day of Event #54-H: $1,050 NL, $500K Gtd. First place is set at $107,503.65 with 71 players remaining from a field of 609. Another player who could be in for a very big Wednesday is Joao 'Naza114' Vieira. Vieira is fifth in chips in Event #52-H: $25,000 NL [8-Max, Super High Roller], $2M Gtd, seventh in chips in Event #53-H: $2,100 PLO8 [6-Max], $200K Gtd, and sixth in chips in Event #54-H: $1,050 NL, $500K Gtd. After winning his third SCOOP title in four days, Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan maneuvered his way to seventh in chips with 71 players remaining in Event #54. Event #51-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $75K Gtd Entries: 84 Prize pool: $84,000 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $22,050 Alexander 'joiso' Kostritsyn - $15,330 Luke 'lb6121' Schwartz - $10,500 ptisan - $7,560 Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira - $5,670 serkku21 - $4,200 Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara - $3,360 Event #52-M: $2,100 NL [8-Max], $750K Gtd Entries: 440 Remaining: 25 Prize pool: $880,000 srxakgirona - 4,672,294 Adrian 'Amadi_017' Mateos - 3,451,272 clapjkspit - 3,339,973 BOOGANDEHAH - 3,242,905 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - 2,672,844 Marton 'noirduck' Czuczor - 2,549,400 Michael 'merla888' Gathy - 2,548,212 Pascal 'Pass_72' Lefrancois - 2,520,574 Luke 'Bit2Easy' Reeves - 2,293,172 IADTTMax - 2,249,980 Event #52-H: $25,000 NL [8-Max, Super High Roller], $2M Gtd Entries: 89 Remaining: 10 Prize pool: $2,182,725 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - 6,061,664 Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - 3,225,908 Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion - 2,560,483 Chun 'SamRostan' Lei Zhou - 2,044,930 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - 2,042,144 Ben 'sauce123' Sulsky - 2,018,569 VbV1990 - 1,249,913 Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz - 1,170,863 Steve 'Mr. Tim Caum' O'Dwyer - 1,038,224 €urop€an - 837,302 Event #53-H: $2,100 PLO8 [6-Max], $200K Gtd Entries: 117 Remaining: 14 Prize pool: $234,000 Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard - 1,572,152 Little Kraut - 1,436,952 Yuri 'theNERDguy' Martins - 1,355,809 Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara - 1,322,589 Noaceforme - 1,259,982 Adrijan_S - 869,524 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - 784,797 at0216 - 740,191 WushuTM - 727,132 Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton - 587,344 Event #54-H: $1,050 NL, $500K Gtd Entries: 609 Remaining: 71 Prize pool: $609,000 Joris 'BillLewinsky' Ruijs - 3,122,502 Tr!pleeeee - 2,804,791 B4NKR0LL3R - 2,318,672 Rui 'sousinha23' Sousa - 2,277,785 RUNITSRANN - 2,198,774 Joao 'Naza114' Vieira - 1,951,109 Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan - 1,926,488 dulek_jason - 1,872,225 IDontBluffM8 - 1,631,582 Pedro 'pvigar' Vinícius Garagnani - 1,614,900 Event #55-H: $530 NL [Progressive KO], $350K Gtd Entries: 1,066 Prize pool: $533,000 P0KERPR02.0 - $36,672.56 + $37,229.38 in bounties PaGaOVelhinho - $36,671.78 + $7,809.57 in bounties FrenchDawg - $21,758.28 + $7,988.28 in bounties Darwinsfish - $15,510.03 + $8,634.75 in bounties Damian 'pampa27' Salas - $11,056.07 + $562.50 in bounties bubbleboybr - $7,881.15 + $2,875.01 in bounties touchmynuts1 - $5,617.95 + $3,402.35 in bounties Rodrigo 'SELOUAN1991' Selouan - $4,004.64 + $4,263.67 in bounties fornado - $2,854.64 + $10,894.51 in bounties
Former top-5 ranked PocketFiver Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan picked up his second title of the 2020 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker on Sunday with a victory in Event #40-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max) for $152,011.46. The win marked the third SCOOP title of Drinan’s career and his second in the last three days. It was just on Friday that Drinan topped the field in Event #34 ($530 Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better) for a $34,420.52 score helping him push his lifetime career online earnings up over $8.4 million. Drinan becomes just the fourth player to score two titles during the 2020 series, joining Artur ‘marathur1’ Martirosyan, ‘Legenden’, and Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford. Also picking up a six-figure score in Event #40-H was ‘kjunia’ who grabbed $115,701.07 for finishing in second place. Right behind them was ‘Lateski’ who earned $88,064.10 for third. It was a close call for longtime grinder Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira who nearly picked up his second title of the 2020 SCOOP in Event #39-H ($1,050 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack). Ultimately, he fell one spot short, falling in heads-up play to ‘Pwndidi’ who topped the 481-entry field to take home the title and $85,430.16 first-place prize. Vieira was forced to settle for $63,784.35 as the runner-up while 'poker@luffyD' pocketed $47,623.13 for finishing in third. ‘$w4g4l1c10u$’ outlasted the 2,208 players that took a shot in Event #41-H ($530 NLHE 8-Max PKO) and earned $70,326.96 plus an additional $32,810.43 in bounties. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Michael ‘munchenHB’ Telker finished in second place adding $70,325.51 and an additional $18,533.13 in bounties to his over $11 million in total career earning. ‘tiltcaria’ wrapped up the bronze and a $41,725.84 payday with an additional $9,646.49 to go with it. Event #47-H ($530 NLHE Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown) was the only High tournament on Sunday’s SCOOP schedule that started and finished on the same day. Finland’s ‘PikkuHUMPPA’ survived the 1,425-entry field to earn $47,196.51 plus an additional $43,632.16 for first place. ’SBastin’ also picked up a handsome $47,195.57 score as the runner-up and added $11,515.14 in bounties. Longtime online grinder ’T-Macha’ ended up in third place and added $28,002.28 and an additional $16,078.08 to their bankroll. Event #39-H: $1,050 NLHE Afternoon Deep Stack Entries: 481 Prize pool: $481,000 Pwndidi - $85,430.16 Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira - $63,784.35 poker@luffyD - $47,623.13 Il-Giuglia - $35,556.72 dynoalot - $26,547.59 Don Marato - $19,821.14 quititbear - $14,799.02 BC1989RF - $11,049.33 icedavid - $8,249.72 Event #40-H: $5,200 PLO 6-Max Entries: 150 Prize pool: $750,000 Connor ‘blanconegro’ Drinan - $152,011.46 kjunia - $115,701.07 Lateski - $88,064.10 0Human0 - $67,028.62 soldatikk - $51,017.77 Sasuke234 - $38,831.40 Event #41-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max PKO Entries: 2,208 Prize pool: $1,104,000 $w4g4l1c10u$ - $70,326.96 + $32,810.43 Michael ‘munchenHB’ Telker - $70,325.51 + $18,533.13 tiltcaria - $41,725.84 + $9,646.49 Remi Lebo_10 - $29,743.58 + $22,615.17 $aymon9 - $21,202.20 + $1,640.63 Erdi1905 - $15,113.64 + $12,774.37 mrbradleyy - $10,773.54 + $6,839.84 WizardOffAz - $7,679.70 + $6,933.59 Event #47-H: $530 NLHE Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown Entries: 1,425 Prize pool: $712,500 PikkuHUMPPA - $47,196.51 + $43,632.16 SBastin - $47,195.57 + $11,515.14 T-Macha - $28,002.28 + $16,078.09 Assnacke - $19,961 + $7,185.54 silentm0de - $14,228.91 + $8,974.60 SamSquid - $10,142.86 + $2,281.26 AchoBogdanov - $7,230.20 + $5,980.47 mahmuttt88 - $5,153.90 + $1,250 estebangocu - $3,673.86 + $4,587.89