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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
As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. In September, the long-rumored sale of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino was finally announced leaving players to wonder what's next for the WSOP. Caesars Sells The Rio, Retains WSOP The rumors that the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino would be sold came to fruition in September as Caesars Entertainment Corp CEO Tony Rodio announced that New York real estate company Imperial Companies purchased the home of the World Series of Poker for $516.3 million. For poker players, the immediate concern was what exactly would happen to the World Series of Poker summer series. “The World Series of Poker will be hosted at the Rio in 2020 and Caesars will retain the rights to the event. The site of future WSOP events will be announced at a later date.” “The retention of the World Series of Poker and retention of Caesars Rewards customers are all factors that make this a valuable transaction for Caesars,” Rodio said. Now that the Rio has officially been sold and the deal closed, speculation will begin as to where the WSOP will land when their deal with Imperial Companies is complete. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Venetian’s ‘Total Prize Pool’ Scheme Earns Criticism The Venetian Poker Room in Las Vegas drew the ire of the poker community when they decided to try something new with their guaranteed in their upcoming Lucky Shot Poker Series and Drawing. Rather than offer a traditional guarantee, which can be exceeded if things go well for the poker room, allowing players to battle for larger prize pools - the Venetian rolled out a ‘Total Prize Pool’ scheme which locked in an amount no matter how many people showed up to buy-in. “Any funds collected above and beyond the total prize pool will be the sole property of The Venetian Poker Room,” the structure sheet read. This meant that while the Venetian was on the hook for the advertised prize pool, they were in the position to collect unlimited rake depending on how well the tournament did. In the end, the Venetian's Lucky Shot Poker Series and Drawing ended up with a $27K overlay. Ken Strauss Arrest Report Shows Troubling Tale After Ken Strauss’s wild display at the World Series of Poker, one that got him disqualified for exposing himself at the table, his legal troubles continued. In the end, he was arrested in September on terrorism charges. In the midst of his bizarre behavior at the Rio and a tabletop dance on a craps table at the Luxor, Strauss drew the attention of authorities based on some troubling tweets and that he told employees at the Venetian that he would ‘harm anyone who comes near him and would also harm himself.” Strauss was arrested, charged with a Class B felony and had bail set at $150,000. ‘BigBlindBets’ Wins WCOOP Main Event High stakes cash game player ‘BigBlindBets’ topped the field of 2,236 entries in the $5,200 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event to take home $1.665 million in prize money. Danilo ‘dans170’ Demetrio finished as the runner-up, taking home $1.187 million for second place while well-known high stakes pro Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi added $846,528 to his already substantial bankroll by finishing in third place. 'LarsLuzak' Crushes In September For PLB Win At one time Sami ‘LarsLuzak’ Kelopuro was more well known for his battles at the nosebleed cash game tables. In 2019, he emerged as one of the best tournament poker players of the year, rising to take the worldwide #1 rank. In September, Kelopuro added to his accolades by winning the PocketFives Monthly PLB and scoring an astounding $4.275 million in a single month thanks to the high stakes tournament scene happening on GGPoker.
[caption width="640"] Talal Shakerchi added a major online poker title to his already impressive poker resume on Tuesday.[/caption] Talal Shakerchi is a regular on the high stakes live tournament scene with over $2.6 million in lifetime earnings. The hedge fund manager isn’t a pro but certainly isn’t afraid to play against the best players in the world. And that apparently includes online. Shakerchi wrapped up the 2016 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker by taking down the $10,000 buy-in High Main Event on Monday afternoon, beating out a final table full of some of the best players in the world including Scott ‘gunning4you’ Seiver, John ‘LuckBox’ Juanda and eventualy runner up Sean ‘Nolez7’ Winter. The win earned the London-based hedge fund manager $1,468,000.88. Winter also broke the seven-figure score barrier, winning $1,048,000.23 for his runner-up performance. That wasn’t the only title handed out on Tuesday though. After 56 events and 168 total tournaments, SCOOP wrapped up with the final table of each of the three buy-in level Main Events. Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano won the mid-stakes version, beating Jordan 'Jymaster11' Young heads-up to win $578,621.27 - the winner’s share after the final four players agreed to a deal. Young, a former #1 ranked player, earned $458,393.88 for his second place finish. Mike ’SirWatts’ Watson finished ninth. The low-stakes event made for a fitting end to SCOOP. After having 20 different Brazilian players win SCOOP titles over the past two weeks, countryman Leandro ‘mmleandro’ Macedo took down the $100 buy-in event, beating out nearly 25,000 other players to win $196,058.77. He beat another Brazilian, ‘nillolok’, heads-up for the win - the first SCOOP title of his career. Event 54 (H) $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Entrants: 824* Prize pool: $8,000,001.76* Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi - $1,468,000.88 Sean 'Nolez7' Winter - $1,048,000.23 s0nny_bLacCk - $792,000.17 Scott 'gunning4you' Seiver - $596,000.13 Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa - $416,000.09 Pablo 'pablotenisis' Fernandez - $336,000.07 John ‘Luckbox’ Juanda - $256,000.05 Lasse 'IReadB00ks' Nielsen - $176,000.03 Aleksandr ‘EvnomiYa’ Mordvinov - $104,000.02 Event 54 (M) $1,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Entrants: 5,026 Total prize pool: $4,786,661.88 Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano - $578,621.27 * Jordan 'Jymaster11' Young - $458,393.88 * OMGitsH.O.H - $467,878.25 * Jerry 'hummylun' Wong - $469,033.34 * Xading - $203,433.12 iamivar - $155,566.51 rumbaii4 - $107,699.89 Ryokan - $59,833.27 Mike 'SirWatts' Watson - $38,293.29 *Four-way deal Event 54 (L): $100 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Entrants: 24,591 Total prize pool: $2,255,978.34 Leandro ‘mmleandro’ Macedo - $196,058.77* nillolok - $175,000* andreas1966 - $135,000* TimMoscow007 - $90,239.13 tnb1990 - $67,679.35 Pablos701 - $45,119.56 sebirizoR - $31,696.49 Rose Gambit - $20,303.80 Jason-Pan39 - $13,535.8