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  1. Former #1-ranked Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson won a record-breaking ninth PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker title on Day 6 of SCOOP and catapulted himself into the top spot on the overall series leaderboard. Anderson came into the day's play already holding a record eight SCOOP titles, but by the end of it, he had made that number nine by winning Event #19 (High) for $126,659. After 335 entrants had departed the $2,100 buy-in field, the final three of Anderson, Aaron Been and David 'dpeters17' Peters went to battle. Peters, fresh off the back of his fourth-place finish at the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event for $280,770, was the first to depart taking away $67,143 for third place, leaving Been the only man standing between Anderson and a ninth SCOOP title. However, Been, who has eclipsed over $3.8M in online tournament earnings, was unable to stop the formidable Anderson from achieving the accolade as the American claimed another six-figure score exactly a year to the day after his last, which came during the 2017 SCOOP series. Anderson's victory propels him to the top of the overall SCOOP leaderboard, overtaking Roman Romanovsky, in a race that will see the winner receive the trophy and a much coveted PokerStars Platinum pass to next year's PCA worth over $30,000. Elsewhere on Day 6, The UK's Jon 'luckyfish89' Clark also achieved quite a remarkable feat after taking down Event #18 (High) for his third 'Thursday Thrill' title in just over eight weeks. The SCOOP special edition 'Thrill' tournament featured a massive $1m guaranteed prize pool with 1,344 entrants all looking for the first-place prize. But it was the former Sunday Million runner-up Clark who went the distance after beating Oscar 'owilson25' Ramirez heads-up, to claim his first SCOOP title and a prize of $104,935. Canada's 'D PitcherAK' won $51,979 for coming through a 7,334 player field in the Event 18 (Medium) Mini Thursday Thrill. 'MarioDutraJR' took the silver medal for $35,971 and 'Whatzaq' took $24,894 in third. Jon 'LUFCBas' Spinks finished in a very respectable fourth-place in the mammoth Event #18 (Low) 19,648 player field. The two-time Sunday Warm-Up champion received $3,636 for his efforts as 'rawacha' took the title for $9,797. PokerStars online-pro Jaime Staples made an appearance at the Event #17 (Low) final table, with the well-known Twitch steamer securing a fifth-place finish for $1,461. 'RunGodLike' was the eventual champion for $6,201 after they beat 'Stoffers1' heads-up, who took $4,320 for second place. 'villepn' won $13,701.09 and Rui 'RuiNF' Ferreira secured $48,271 for winning Event #17 (Medium) and Event #17 (High) respectively. Ferreira was able to come through a final table which featured online phenomenon Victor 'Isildur1' Blom, who exited in sixth-place for $12,876.67 Ramiro 'ramastar88' Petrone, ($57,321), 'WhoAreYoux1' ($39,938) and Alberto 'bertotraste' Novoa ($27,828) made up the top three in Event #19 (Medium), as world no.#10 Petrone secured his first SCOOP title. 'GodOf.com' beat 'karas1926' to victory in Event #19 (Low) and jumped to the top of the SCOOP Low Leaderboard. The win earns them $21,995, with the runner-up taking $15,319. Event #23 saw three 5-Card NLO Six-Max Turbo tournaments take place with 'BigTreeStump' taking down the $530 (High) for $29,791.'Foxy1029' turned $55 into $10,512 in the (Medium) tournament after they negotiated a final table that included current world no.#1 'C. Darwin2', who finished in sixth place. The final three players agreed to a deal before 'Foxy1029' became the last player standing. And in the final result on Day 6, 'SFARRRR' took the Event #23 (Low) win for $3,277 after seeing off 'jogrepiria' ($2,180.14) in second, and 'schmidt88888' ($1,963.11) in third after once again a three-handed deal was made. Below are the SCOOP results for Friday, May 11 Event #17 (Low): $22 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 2,074 Prize pool: $41,480 RunGodlike - $6,201.94 Stoffers1 - $4,320.13 nicholaswang - $3,010.14 KeysOfCyprus - $2,097.39 jaimestaples - $1,461.40 Netinho_RJ - $1,018.26 Event #17 (Med): $215 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 373 Prize pool: $74,600 villepn - $13,701.09 EMOYI - $9,971.90 markovitsus - $7,757.86 PikkuHUMPPA - $5,282.50 Dancer King - $3,844.77 JeremiieLand - $2,798.34 Event #17 (High): $2,100 Limit Hold’em Entrants: 101 Prize pool: $202,000 RuiNF - $48,271.22 Senkel92 - $37,060.45 PikkuHUMPPA - $28,453.39 Mordnilap - $21,845.24 hotmark777 - $16,771.81 Isildur1 - $12,876.67 Event #18 (Low): $11 PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 19,648 Prize pool: $192,550.40 rawacha - $9,797.83 Ignas309 - $7,033.46 Enklereliv - $5,057.11 LUFCBas - $3,636.10 Loko12rus400 - $2,614.38 SamBakuSV - $1,879.75 myrandrea - $1,351.56 cigonas301 - $971.77 Rihard4a - $698.70 Event 18 (Medium): Mini Thursday Thrill PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 7,334 Prize pool: $733,400 D PitcherAK - $51,979.90 MarioDutraJR - $35,971.14 Whatzaq - $24,894.93 wannawinyou - $17,229.25 fiyaW - $11,924.02 Vladzikass - $8,252.40 Nevks - $5,711.35 ADREKS - $3,952.73 Servasx - $2,735.61 Event #18 (High): $1,050 Thursday Thrill PKO No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 1,344 Prize pool: $1,344,000 luckyfish89 - $104,935.81 owilson25 - $76,179.53 DanielLUCKY - $55,303.92 P0KERPR02.0 - $40,148.90 Cashcid Linc - $29,146.79 xxMaecksxx - $21,159.60 mcc3991 - $15,361.18 Lincownz - $11,151.70 MisterTipper - $8,095.78 Event #19 (Low): $22 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Entrants: 7,790 Prize pool: $155,800 GodOf.com - $21,995.76 karas1926 - $15,319.84 AadrovanRj21 - $10,674.45 strflushtome - $7,437.64 Runninggreat - $5,182.34 Mihska - $3,610.89 Event #19 (Medium): $215 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 1,913 Prize pool: $382,600 ramastar88 - $57,321.20 WhoAreYoux1 - $39,938.58 bertotraste - $27,828.10 zajac69 - $19,389.82 ziototo94 - $13,510.29 TurboDoc - $9,413.60 Event #19 (High): $2,100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Entrants: 338 Prize pool: $676,000 cal42688 - $126,659.11 AaronBeen - $92,218.70 dpeters17 - $67,143.15 power2prut - $48,886.08 NLZWERVERNL - $35,593.29 papan9_p$ - $25,915.00 Event #23 (Low): $5.50 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 4,874 Prize pool: $23,882.60 SFARRRR - $3,277.65* jogrepiria - $2,180.14* schmidt88888 - $1,963.11* PixelPi - $1,149.71 NVladislav - $801.09 BKLaw - $558.17 *Denotes a three-way deal Event #23 (Medium): $55 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 1,504 Prize pool: $75,200 Foxy1029 - $10,512.51* Kaggis - $7,725.70* mer760 - $6,798.14* justholdplz - $3,880.77 vitja1234 - $2,704.01 C. Darwin2 - $1,884.08 *Denotes a three-way deal Event #23 (High): $530 5-Card NLO Six Max Turbo Entrants: 318 Prize pool: $159,000 BigTreeStump - $29,791.28 raidalot - $21,690.49 p0cket00 - $15,792.54 BiggestFish - $11,498.35 Erä_Koira - $8,371.79 aacheckmate - $6,095.39    
  2. British poker player Jon Clark got his start in poker like many his age did. He was in the latter half of his teenage years in college when he was introduced to the game by friends. Clark took an extreme liking to poker and the rest is history, as they say. “For me, my poker journey started when I was at college,” Clark told PocketFives. “I got introduced to the game by a group of friends, of which no one really had a clue what was going on. We did however start building a love for the game and would find ourselves playing on multiple occasions weekly.” [ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] [ptable zone="GG Poker"] [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Today, Clark can be found regularly in the streets of the virtual poker world, playing as 'luckyfish89' and battling with some of the game’s best. He had a huge 2018 that included a PokerStars SCOOP title to the tune of $169,850 ($104,935 plus $64,915 in bounties) and then closed out the year with another six-figure score in December. The latter was a 19th-place finish in the partypoker MILLIONS Online event that rewrote the online poker record books. Clark scored $109,175 for that finish. Clark described he early days playing poker as a “healthy addiction,” saying that he and his friends got into the game before they were old enough to go out to local pubs, so it was poker that provided them an outlet for fun. Clark added that he didn’t really know what he wanted to do in life and that he bounced between a few jobs. He found that poker would be what he really wanted to do. “Eventually, we discovered there was a poker club in our town and things progressed and the love for the game continued to grow,” Clarke continued about his early time in poker. “I got to a level where I was making a small amount of money playing low buy-in tournaments. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life at that stage, but I believed that I had it in me to progress to a high level and pursue a dream.” He was all in on poker, but then the club he was playing at got shut down. “That’s kind of where I started panicking a little bit,” Clark said. A friend showed him the online poker ropes, a friend who was doing fairly well online and Clark felt that if his friend could do it, he could as well. “A stage came where our club was shutdown, which caused a bit of despair, leaving me with no idea on what I was going to do,” Clark said. “One of my friends from college, ‘Jareth3542,’ had been having some success in the online world, something I hadn’t really tried out yet. I started asking him a lot of questions and it got to a stage where he started staking me at micro stakes.” Clark’s start in online poker was a little slow to start. He said he wasn’t making much money at the beginning, but it was enough to get by and enough to keep him in the game. At the time, he was still living with his parents. His friend was involved with BBZ Staking and Coaching, getting staked by their team. After a handful of months staking Clark online, the friend helped Clark get into the stable. “I started at the very bottom, playing $0-22 buy-ins,” Clark said, “I was by far the weakest player in the group and had a lot of work to do to have a chance of survival in this industry. We were receiving group coaching Monday through Friday and this is where I started getting a much better grip of the game. After adding one-on-ones to my schedule with the likes of ‘bigbluffzinc,’ ‘Niet2maar3,’ and ‘BanicIvan,’ my game really started to progress and my buy-in limits were increased. Within a year I was playing weekly 1K buy-ins, EPTs, etc. “All of those guys had an impact on my progression,” Clark said. “Notably, though, it is Jordan Drummond (bigbluffzinc) who has helped me the most over the years. His coaching techniques and ability to articulate his thoughts in such a way have been huge for me. I don’t think you will find many people out there with a better ability to coach this game.” Clark has more than $2.4 million in online tournament earnings, highlighted by the two previously mentioned six-figure scores, and then in the live realm he has $185,369 in earnings. The PokerStars SCOOP event Clark won came in 2018. It was in the SCOOP-18-H $1,050 NLHE Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE tournament that attracted a field of 1,344 entries. Clark battled his way to the final table where he wound up facing ‘owilson25’ in heads-up play. Clark started heads-up play with about one-fourth of the chips that his opponent had, but he fought back to get the victory. This win was a big success for Clark and put his name in some headlines around the industry, but it was another victory that Clark views as his breakthrough. “Notably, my real breakthrough moment in poker was when I shipped the PokerStars Thursday Thrill in 2016, for just shy of $100K,” Clark said. “For me, this is one of my most memorable accolades in my poker career and really gave my future and confidence a huge boost. Winning the Thursday Thrill SCOOP in 2018 for just shy of $170K is my fondest poker memory and finally getting my first six-figure score after being so close on several occasions. The feeling of winning an event of such prestige was unbelievable.” Clark has now been with BBZ for more than four years and he’s worked his way up through the ranks to become a coach himself. “Over four years after joining the stable, I now find myself in a position where I am hosting two of the weekly group sessions, with as many as 30-40 people on the call on some occasions,” Clark said. “For anyone who wants to take their game to the next level, I would strongly advise getting involved. I also offer one-to-one coaching to the guys in the stable, as well as externally.” While the coaching he does is certainly to help others advance their games and hopefully enjoy the same career success that Clark has had, Clark also believes that becoming a coach has helped to improve his game. It’s turned him on to new ways of thinking, new tools, and more. “Running these coaching sessions was the point which really encouraged me to get my act together with the utilization of poker tools, such as PioSOLVER and MonkerSolver,” Clark said. “I was a bit of a late bloomer with these. I have been studying a huge amount in these areas this year and it is having a big impact on mine and my student’s ability.” One of the things that is very much evident when you speak to Clark is his truthfulness. If you’re looking for a poker coach, you’re going to want someone who has the ability to tell you the honest truths. In the end, that’s only going to help a student progress. Clark’s honesty came from him realizing himself that he needed to improve, to get with the times of poker, so to speak, and that’s now a lesson he looks to teach to those he coaches. “To be honest, I think I only got by without using these tools in the past as I was doing so many one-on-ones with Jordan,” Clark said. “For many people who don’t use these tools on a regular basis or at least have a top-tier coach or work with guys who do run simulations, the strong likelihood is that they will fall behind and wither out. This game is forever evolving and if you don’t stay ahead of the curve, your days will likely be numbered.” After much success in 2018, Clark is looking forward to enjoying more of it in 2019, of at least giving it his all to have another great year. He’s specifically excited for the PokerStars WCOOP series that is on the horizon. “I am looking forward to tackling the upcoming WCOOP and am aiming to go that little bit further than last year, where I picked up a third-place finish in the 2K PKO for $67K,” Clark said. “I tend to rise to the bigger occasions online and I have no doubt that I will be in the mix for some big prizes. Poker has helped me evolve as a person and I am very grateful for finding such an opportunity in life in which I thrive to improve daily.”
  3. When the final table of Event #64 ($840 Turbo Bounty NLHE) of the 2020 World Series of Poker Online started on Sunday night, India's Kartik Ved had the smallest of the eight remaining stacks with just 3.5 big blinds. Over the hour that followed Ved watched other players busting out before him while he continued to accumulate chips and he beat Konstantin Maslak heads-up to become the fifth Indian bracelet winner. Kirian Loeffler and Gueorgui Gantchev were eliminated in 10th and ninth place respectively on the final hand of hand-for-hand play on the final table bubble, setting up an eight-handed final table. Ricardo Da Silva was looking to become the fifth Brazilian bracelet winner of 2020 and thought he'd found a dream spot for a double up just five minutes after the final table started. Down to just 2.5 big blinds, Da Silva moved all in from late position with 976,618 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"] and Maslak moved all in over the top from the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"]. Maslak made top pair on the [poker card="js"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"] flop and improved to two pair thanks to the [poker card="kh"] turn. The [poker card="ks"] river actually gave Maslak a unneeded full house to eliminate Da Silva in eighth. GGPoker ambassador and fellow Brazilian Felipe Ramos followed him out the door. Action folded to Ramos on the button and he moved all in for 2,215,249 with [poker card="jc"][poker card="th"] only to have Ved call from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="9c"]. Ramos picked up an open-ended straight draw on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7d"] flop. Ved improved to two pair with [poker card="ad"] turn and the [poker card="9h"] river missed Ramos to eliminate him in seventh place. Ved found another spot just four minutes later to send another player to the rail. Jon Clark moved all in from the hijack for 3,699,024 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"] and Ved moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] having Clark covered. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="js"] flop gave Clark top two pair but left Ved with a set of jacks. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and the [poker card="ah"] river made Clark's sixth place finish official. Four minutes later, Ved further moved up the chip counts at the expense of another player's tournament life. Dan Borlan moved all in for 618,764 on the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"] and Ved called from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"]. The board ran out [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="8c"] to eliminate Borlan in fifth place. At this point Ved had 60% of the chips in play. Former #1-ranked PocketFiver Tim West was the next player sent packing. Maslak moved all in from the button for 14,631,604 with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"] and West called all in from the small blind with [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"] before Javier Fernandez called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"] flop gave Fernandez control of the pot and neither West or Maslak managed to find any salvation with the [poker card="td"] turn or [poker card="9h"] river. West was eliminated in fourth place while Fernandez tripled up. Fernandez wasn't able to create any momentum with that pot and only ended up with a 10 minute stay of execution. Maslak folded his button and Fernandez moved all in for 11,282,860 from the small blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="2d"] before Ved called from the big blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="9c"]. Both players caught a piece of the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="3d"] flop but Ved moved well ahead after the [poker card="kd"] hit the turn. The [poker card="6s"] river was no help for Fernandez and he was out in third. Ved had a better than 6-1 lead over Maslak when heads up play began. Over the first 30 minutes of heads up play, Maslak picked up a pair of double ups and eventually took over the chip lead. Ved battled back and reassumed the top spot before finally putting Maslak away. Down to an 11 big blind stack, Maslak moved all in for 17,097,520 from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="6c"] and Ved called with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"]. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"] flop changed nothing but Ved made top pair on the [poker card="jd"] turn. Needing a king to stay alive, Maslak got no good news with the [poker card="td"] river and Ved eliminated him to win the bracelet and earn Final Table Payouts Kartik Ved - $131,461.47 + $102,971.90 in bounties Konstantin Maslak - $94,520.60 + $24,270.31 in bounties Javier Fernandez - $67,961.12 + $11,534.37 in bounties Tim West - $48,864.65 + $8,093.75 in bounties Dan Borlan - $35,134.02 + $22,848.43 in bounties Jon Clark - $25,261.67 + $11,531.25 in bounties Felipe Ramos - $18,163.34 + $6,012.50 in bounties Ricardo Da Silva - $13,059.52 + $16,884.37 in bounties Gueorgui Gantchev - $9,389.90 + $11,268.75 in bounties

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