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  1. 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 /]
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. The excitement of the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker may be winding down for international players, but for grinders in Michigan and New Jersey - it’s just getting started. PokerStars has unveiled the complete schedules for both the Michigan Spring Championship of Online Poker as well as the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker. The two series will take place at the same time, running from May 8-24, and while both will feature the traditional SCOOP three-tiered buy-in format (High, Medium, and Low) the two series have been fine-tuned for each of the two U.S. markets. $2 Million for MISCOOP For the first-ever MISCOOP, PokerStars is rolling out a 40-event schedule with a $2 million total prize pool guarantee spread out over its 120 tournaments. Buy-ins range from as little as $5 for some of the Low Events up through the $1,000 NLHE High Roller on May 19. The series builds to a trio of Main Events that kick off on May 23, including the $300 buy-in High Event that comes with a $200,000 guarantee. While the schedule is heavily weighted to No Limit Hold’em, MISCOOP also offers Michiganders the chance to win a title in Pot Limit Omaha, PLO8, 5-Card PLO, 8-Game, and HORSE. Plus, there’s a variety of formats including the popular Progressive Knock Out, Heads-Up, and short-handed with a variety of Turbo, Hypers, and Deepstack events. The series will feature a MISCOOP Leader Board where players earn points for finishing in the money. At the end of the series, the top 30 players on the leader board will split up an added $10,000, with the overall series winner taking down a $3,000 prize. Those who do not make the money in any given tournament will be given another opportunity to win the very next day. Second Chance Freerolls will run daily and award $1,000 in future MISCOOP tournament tickets. As is customary, PokerStars will be offering plenty of opportunities for players to win their way into MISCOOP for the minimum. Regularly running satellites and freerolls give players the ability to enter the largest events at a fraction of the cost. Plus, there’s the MISCOOP Depositor Freeroll in which any player, new or current, who deposits $30 or more using the bonus code ‘“MISCOOP” will receive a ticket to the May 23 tournament that promises the top 50 players a seat in the $300 High Main Event. Also on PokerStars MI, there will be special $3 Sit & Go’s that will award Main Event seats. NJSCOOP Returns, Bigger Than Ever The sixth annual NJSCOOP gives Garden State grinders a bit of a different look than that of Michigan. New Jersey players will enjoy a 55-event schedule, each with three-tiered buy-in. The total of 165 tournaments brings with it $1.2 million in total prize money guaranteed. This is a marked uptick from the 96 tournaments offered in 2020 when NJSCOOP offered 48 events at two buy-in levels, making NJSCOOP 2021 the largest series schedule to date. As it is in Michigan, the High Main Event comes with a $300 buy-in and will take place on Sunday, May 23, however it differs with its $100,000 guarantee. With NJSCOOP being one of the longest-running online tournament series in the regulated market, Garden State grinders know what they are in for. Plenty of satellites to help players into the largest events for just a little investment plus a variety of games and formats to choose from throughout the series. All of the bonuses offered to Michigan players are also available in New Jersey including the Second Chance Freerolls and the Depositor Freeroll. New Jersey players just need to use the bonus code “NJSCOOP” when depositing $30 or more. A complete schedule of events for both MISCOOP or NJSCOOP is now available in the software client or to view on the PokerStars Blog.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. It was an eventful Thursday for the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker as another 24 titles were handed out including two in the same event to the same player, one to a former worldwide #1-ranked crusher, and one to the first player of the series to capture three SCOOP victories. Winning a single SCOOP title is difficult enough as it is. This is why when Dejan ‘dejanic357’ Kaladurdevic became the first player representing the country of Montenegro to win a SCOOP event on Monday it was more than noteworthy it was history-making. The fact that Kaladurdevic, just two days later, became the first player of the series to capture two titles left some authentically amazed. Now, heads are shaking at the fact that, on Thursday, Kaladurdevic once again was the last player standing in a SCOOP High event and captured his third SCOOP title in four days. The heater for Kaladurdevic continued in Event 17-H ($1,050 NLHE, Deep Stacks) where he defeated a field of 277 runners to walk away with the $52,742.60 first-place prize. Over the course of his three wins, Kaladurdevic has earned a total of $195,486.11. On Thursday it was ‘BetForNympho’ who was forced to settle for second place behind Kaladurdevic, earning $39,935.89 as the runner-up. Dario ’Secret_M0d3’ Sammartino finished in third place, taking home $30,238.92. Event 18-H ($5,200 NLHE, 7-Max) was just the second event of the series, and the first NLHE tournament, to offer players an overlay. There were 139 total entrants, generating a prize pool just $55,000 short of the event’s $750,000 guarantee. In the end Elias ‘SinKarma’ Gutierrez was one of the big beneficiaries, earning the title and $174,365 for first place. Renan ‘Internett93o’ Bruschi finished as the runner-up, which was good for $120,000 and Daris ‘DEX888’ Pedes ended up in third place and earned $82.500 for his efforts. Russia’s ’RedPh0enix’ rose up to take down his second career SCOOP title in the 251-entry field of Event 19-H ($1,050 NLO8, 8-Max, PKO), earnings a combined total of $49,069.37 for first place. Although ’FONBET_RULIT’ ended up as the runner-up, winning $24,452.08, they actually took home roughly $1,000 less than Finland’s third-place finisher ‘kiiski’ who picked up more bounties and took home a total score of $25,458.72, The PKO tournaments continue to be favorites for SCOOP players as 611 entries piled into the lobby of Event 20-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO) generating a prize pool of $611,000, more than $200K over the posted guarantee. Rinat ‘Zapahzamazki’ Lyapin from Russia took home the gold, and took banked a score of $84,004.67 including bounties. Javier ‘que_te_crio’ Fernandez ended up in second place and added $56,146.93 to his bankroll while ‘alimounda’ collected $37,636.32 for finishing in third. In Event 21 Finland’s Jussi ‘calvin7v’ Nevanlinna pulled off the rare double-SCOOP, winning two titles on the same day in the same event at different buy-in levels. First, he took down 21-H ($1,050 FLO8, 8-Max) for his sixth career SCOOP title and $23,734.84. He also collected all the chips in 21-L ($11 FLO8, 8-Max), topping the 3,211-entry field for an additional $4,533.98 and a seventh SCOOP victory. Nevanlinna has proven time and time again that he’s an excellent, well-rounded player having won SCOOP events in 8-Game, Stud Hi/Lo, NLHE, Pot Limit Omaha, and, now, Fixed Limit Omaha. Nevanlinna denied the Netherlands ‘bokkie87’ a third SCOOP title of his own, regulating him to runner-up in the High, which was good for $18,222.72. The UK’s ‘USoGotPwned’ finished up in third place in that event earning $13,990.76 to help him eclipse the $1 million career earnings mark. In the final event to play to a winner on Thursday, former #1-ranked Sami ‘Lrslzk’ Kelopuro took down his third career SCOOP title in Event 25-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo) and added $70,557.26 to his more than $16.8 million in career online earnings. Ukraine’s ‘Remi Lebo_10’ picked up $53,696.09 as the runner-up while ‘fkiw’ from Sweden took home the bronze and $40,864.27 for their efforts. Other winners on Thursday included ‘mate tdd’ (Event 17-L), ‘Cabeca Rush’ (Event 17-M), ‘zeisseli’ (Event 18-L), ‘Rosted’ (Event 18-M), ‘Linker500’ (Event 19-L), ‘MAMbl4’ (Event 19-M), ‘checkraiise’ (Event 20-L), ‘gusmaa’ (Event 20-M), ‘lazutina’ (Event 21-M), ‘MatzeB1995’ (Event 23-L), ‘zagorius’ (Event 23-M), jobrazeau (Event 24-L), ‘BisouPartout’ (Event 24-M), ‘retrytm’ (Event 25-L), ‘Mr.Pedr0’ (Event #25-M) Event 17-H ($1,050 NLHE, Deep Stacks) Entries: 277 Prize pool: $277,000 1. dejanic357 - $52,742.60 2. BetForNympho - $39,935.89 3. Secret_M0d3 - $30,238.92 Event 18-H ($5,200 NLHE, 7-Max) Entries: 139 Prize pool: $750,000 ($55,000 overlay) 1. SinKarma - $174,375 2. Internett93o - $120,000 3. DEX888 - $82,500 Event 19-H ($1,050 NLO8, 8-Max, PKO) Entries: 251 Prize pool: $251,000 1. RedPh0enix - $49,069.37 2. FONBET_RULIT - $24,452.08 3. kiiski - $25,458.72 Event 20-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO) Entries: 611 Prize pool: $611,000 1. Zapahzamazki - $84,004.67 2. que_te_crio - $56,146.93 3. alimounda - $37,636.32 Event 21-H ($1,050 FLO8, 8-Max) Entries: 103 Prize pool: $103,000 1. calvin7v - $23,734.84 2. bokkie87 - $18,222.72 3. USoGotPwned - $13,990.76 Event 23-H ($1,050 Stud Hi Lo) Entries: 83 Prize pool: $85,000 1. Sexual Drag0n - $23,162.50 2. trollringen - $15,725 3. XD89lol<3 - $11,900 Event #24-H ($530+R NLHE [8-Max, Rebuy]) Entries: 290 Prize pool: $439,855 Anjeyyy - $83,389.27 DeuceofDuc0 - $61,313.89 kreiNt - $45,082.54 Event 25-H ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Turbo) Entries: 390 Prize pool: $390,000 1. Lrslzk - $70,557.26 2. Remi Lebo_10 - $53,696.09 3. fkiw - $40,864.27
  20. It didn’t take long for the PokerStars 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker to find its first two-time series winner. It happened just four days into play and while many would have wagered that there would certainly be a player (or players) who would take down multiple SCOOP titles this year, almost no one saw it happening like this. On Monday, Dejan ‘dejanlc357’ Kaladurdevic made SCOOP history after he captured the first-ever SCOOP title for a player from Montenegro when he won the SCOOP Kickoff Event ($530 NLHE Progressive Knockout) for $78,406.21. Well, he doubled up on that effort and became the first player in 2021 to take down two events. On Wednesday, Kaladurdevic topped the 988 player field of Event 11-H ($530 NLHE, 8-Max, Progressive Knockout) to claim the $34,582.28 first-place prize and added another $29,755.02 in bounties for a total score of $64,337.30. Long-time online grinder from Latvia ‘RovoDice’ was forced to settle for second place, taking home $34,581.70 plus another $14,415.26 in bounties. Brazil’s ‘IgorHKR’ finished in third, walking away with $20,518.14 and another $3,148.44 in bounties. Nosebleed online cash game specialist (and occasional heads-up challenge taker) Wiktor ‘limitless’ Malinowski put his skills on display by topping the stacked 105-entry field of Event 13-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max, High Roller). As with many online $10K’s, the field was a who’s who of top-tier online grinders and, in the end, Malinowski finished with all the chips and banked the $241,956.69 first-place prize. Former #1 Simon ‘C Darwin2’ Mattsson finished in second place, good for $185,765.68, the fifth-largest online score of his career. Christoph ‘26071985’ Vogelsang claimed the bronze, earning $142,624.33. Adrian ‘Amadi_017’ Mateos picked up his third career SCOOP title by outlasting the 873-player field in Event 13-M ($1,050 NLHE, 8-Max, Freezeout, Super Tuesday). Mateos defeated the Netherlands’ ‘BRzRoll’ to take home the win and the $146,714.34 first-place prize. For his part, ‘BRzRoll’ also picked up a six-figure score, banking $107,614.36 as the runner-up. Aleksejs ‘APonakov’ Ponakovs had the last step on the podium and earned $78,934.91 for third place. Sweden’s ‘BomPang’ took down the final big buy-in event of the evening when they won Event 14-H ($1,050 PLO, 6-Max) for $68,835.91. ‘Fabahaba’, who just two days ago took down Event 07-M), fell just one spot short of joining Kaladurdevic in the SCOOP 2021 two-timer club finishing as the runner-up for $50,066.70. Pot Limit Omaha specialist Joni ‘bustoville’ Jouhkimainen picked up $36,415.23 for his third-place finish. Other winners on Wednesday included ‘MrGlauber’ (Event 11-L), ‘verdao134’ (Event 11-M), ‘19THEMACHINE83’ (Event 13-L), ‘Fagner CR7’ (Event 14-L), ‘devyatki’ (Event 14-M). Event #11-H ($530 NLHE, 8-Max, PKO) Entries: 988 Prize pool: $494,000 1. dejanic357 - $64,337.30 2. RovoDice - $48,996.96 3. IgorHKR - $23,666.98 Event #13-H ($10,300 NLHE, 8-Max) Entries: 105 Prize pool: 1,050,000 1. limitless - $241,256.69 2. C Darwin2 - $185,765.68 3. 26071985 - $142,624.33 Event #14-H ($1,050 PLO, 6-Max) Entries: 375 Prize pool: $375,000 1. BomPang - $68,835.91 2. Fabahaba - $50,066.70 3. bustoville - $36,415.23
  21. The start of the annual PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Pokerhas been mighty kind to PocketFiver Jason treysfull21 Mercier (pictured). He managed to score two SCOOP wins in the first eight events. His first title came in Event #5, a $2,100 Fixed Limit Badugi tournament. There were only 56 players, but the prize pool still swelled to $112,000 and the top seven left with cash. Mercier was fourth in chips entering the eight-handed final table, but built a 2:1 lead by the time heads-up play against Adam AdamyidOwen began. In the end, Mercier's title was worth $39,000; it was the first Badugi win of his career. One night later, Mercier was back at it, winning a $2,100 No Limit Five Card Draw tournament. There were 43 entrants in that one and Mercier beat out Russia's berserk64 heads-up for $34,000. The final table also featured the likes of Mike SirWattsWatson and Vladimir GVOZDIKA55 Schemelev. Mercier told PocketFives on Wednesday, "I feel good about it. I am happy to have a chance at winning the SCOOP Player of the Year title. I have never played a full SCOOP or WCOOP schedule and this time I actually am, so I'm hoping I can win it." Mercier has $1.6 million in tracked online tournament winnings, including WCOOP wins in 2010 and 2012 for almost three-quarters of a million dollars combined. He has seven SCOOP, WCOOP, and FTOPS titles under his belt. In the live arena, Mercier has $13.8 million in winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, and is #12 on poker's all-time money list. He hit it big back in 2008, introducing himself to the mainstream poker world with a win in the EPT San Remo Main Event for $1.3 million. His largest live cash was worth $1.6 million and came last year in a Super High Roller Event in Las Vegas. He was the EPT Champion of Champions in 2011. Congrats to Jason Mercier on his SCOOP run! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  22. [caption width="640"] PokerStars announced the schedule for the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP[/caption] One of the largest online poker festivals of the year is less than a month away. And this time around, it's bigger and better, with over $40 million in guaranteed prize money ripe for the taking. On Tuesday, PokerStarsannounced the schedule for the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP as it's more commonly known. The series runs for two weeks starting May 8, and this is the eighth installment of PokerStars' spring festival. Last year, 46 events ran during the 2015 SCOOP. This year, nine more are on the docket, raising the total to 55. Since every event has a Low, Medium, and High-stakes version, there are actually 165 total tournaments as part of this year's SCOOP schedule. The guaranteed prize pool is more than $40 million. Last year's SCOOP Player of the Series, Jason 'treysfull21' Mercier, said, "After a very successful SCOOP last year, winning three titles and the overall Player of the Series, I'm going to be fully focused on defending that title and taking down some more events. There are 165 tournaments and an incredible array of games and formats. It's just a great time of year for online poker players and I can't wait for the series to start." The 2016 SCOOP Main Event is a monster. Its Low-stakes version carries a $100 buy-in and a $1 million guarantee. Its Medium-stakes version has a $1,000 buy-in and a $2 million guarantee. And the High-stakes SCOOP Main Event has a rich $10,000 buy-in with a $4 million guaranteed prize pool. It should feature the best of the best that the online poker world has to offer. All three SCOOP Main Events begin on Sunday, May 22. Last year, Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit won the SCOOP Main Event outright for $1.3 million. It was his second SCOOP title and, at the time, was the sixth largest online cash ever by a member of PocketFives. Kanit defeated Emil 'Maroonlime' Patel heads-up, with the runner-up getting over $700,000. The first-ever Player's Choice event will run during the 2016 SCOOP. It's the 13th event on the docket and consists of a $7.50 No Limit Hold'em Hyper-Turbo Progressive Super-Knockout, an $82 No Limit Hold'em Eight-Max Progressive Knockout, and a $700 No Limit Hold'em Progressive Super-Knockout. The first non-heads-up High-Roller event in SCOOP history will also take place this year. It's the 24th event on the schedule and takes the form of an Eight-Max No Limit Hold'em event with buy-ins of $215, $2,100, and $21,000. Also playing out during the 2016 SCOOP will be the first Three-Max event ever (Event 45), the first Mixed-Max event ever (Event 47), and the first Phase event ever (Event 51). "Multiple Phase 1s will take place throughout SCOOP, leading up to the final Phase 1s on May 22," a PokerStars press release said about Event 51. "Phase 2s (one per stake level) will take place later on May 22." The vast majority of SCOOP events – 140 to be exact – are two-day tournaments. Three tournaments will stretch for three days and the rest will take only one day to complete. Throughout the 2016 SCOOP, a Player of the Series leaderboard will be kept. The winners of the Low, Medium, and High-stakes leaderboards will get a trophy, a WCOOP Main Event ticket, and $5,000 in cash, while the overall leaderboard winner will get a trophy and $20,000 in cash. Online qualifiers are running now, with satellites starting from $0.11 or 1 StarsCoin.
  23. [caption width="639"] Poker pros like Liv Boeree are looking forward to the 2016 PokerStars SCOOP (photo: PokerStars)[/caption] Just a few days from now, the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker will kick off. There are 55 events that have a total guaranteed prize pool of more than $40 million. Amateurs and pros alike have had May 8, the first day of the 2016 SCOOP, circled on their calendars for weeks. And plenty more have May 22, the starting date of the Main Event, highlighted multiple times. "I'm looking forward to SCOOP very much," PokerStars pro Liv Boeree said. "I'm going to be playing a few events from home in London. You'll definitely see me in the big guaranteed No Limit Hold'em events." Boeree, who is doubling as the manager of the London Royals Global Poker League team, won a WCOOP Second Chance event in 2011. Online, she took down the Sunday Warm-Up on PokerStars in 2011. And live, she won the EPT San Remo Main Event one year before that. "SCOOP is by far the biggest online festival of the year for me," PokerStars pro Jake Cody said. "I'm planning on playing three or four times a week, mainly the bigger No Limit Hold'em events with a few rest days in between. It's great preparation for the WSOP too." The Brit won a $2,100 No Limit Hold'em SCOOP event in May 2011 for $234,000. He's also a live Triple Crown winner, having won events at the WSOP, WPT, and EPT. Then there's Lex Veldhuis, who final tabled the WSOP's 40th Anniversary tournament in 2009. "This year, I'll mostly be playing the SCOOP tournaments that start at 4:00 pm CET. I stream during the afternoons, so that works best for me," said Veldhuis. "The timing is perfect because I have just gotten back into tournaments. I've been surprised at how much better my timing and patience have gotten. I can't wait to see how I fare during a bigger tournament series like SCOOP now." Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier will also throw his proverbial hat into the ring during the 2016 SCOOP. He finished second in a $1,050 Pot Limit Five Card Omaha Hi-Lo event during the 2014 SCOOP and won a $25,000 Heads-Up event in 2011. He also owns a pair of WCOOP bracelets. [caption width="640"] 'ElkY' is hunting for his second SCOOP title[/caption] "SCOOPs have always been a tournament series I really look forward to because of the number of events, structure, and three different buy-in limits," Grospellier said. "And nowadays, with Twitch, it gets even more exciting, as I will be broadcasting all my play on my channel. I plan on playing a really big schedule from my place in Prague, where I recently have moved." Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew, multi-tabler extraordinaire and Team PokerStars Online stalwart, said the series holds a special place in his heart. "This is the series that holds my largest online cash to date of $368,445. I can't wait to play it and try to outdo that performance," said Lew, who will be live-streaming much of his SCOOP on Twitch. "My plan is to play as many events as possible in order to give myself the chance to do that and I'll be playing from London." Finally, there's Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz. While not a PokerStars pro, Holz has owned COOP series over the years. His crowing achievement: taking down the 2014 WCOOP Main Event for a stellar $1.3 million. Holz is busy making preparations ahead of SCOOP's shotgun start. The German is headed to Costa Rica to bunk with other top tournament players in a mountainside house. "There will be six of us," Holz said. "It'll be me and the best German players around. It's going to be great." SCOOP runs May 8 to 22 on PokerStars.
  24. [caption width="640"] Jason Mercier is two days away from winning backt-to-back SCOOP Player of the Series titles.[/caption] No player has had more success in the history of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker than Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson and Friday afternoon he added yet another title to his resume. Anderson beat out 239 other players to win the $27 Eight Game event for the seventh SCOOP win of his career - the most of any player. And while Anderson holds the record for most SCOOP wins, Jason Mercier is doing everything in his power to break records of his own. Mercier, who was SCOOP Player of the Series in 2015, won the $215 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event for his fifth career title. The win moved Mercier to the top of the SCOOP leaderboard with just two more days of play to go. Joshua ‘slayerv1fan’ Hoesel notched the first six-figure score of his career with a win in the $2,100 No Limit Hold’em event. Hoesel and ‘hurrrrican3’ made a deal heads-up that left $10,000 and the SCOOP title to play for. Hoesel faced a 2-1 chip deficit when heads up play began but chipped away at his opponents stack and ended up with $245,782.62 and the SCOOP watch while ‘hurrrrican3’ scored $262,477.38. Event 38 (H): $2,100 No Limit Holdem Entrants: 788 *(528 entries, 260 re-entries) Prize Pool: $1,576,000 Joshua 'slayerv1fan' Hoesel - $245,782.62* hurrrrican3 - $262,477.38* TanTanSWE - $157,600.00 Shyam 'G's zee' Srinivasan - $118,200.00 Alex 'lynskey99' Lynskey - $82,740.00 Elio 'smokrokflock' Fox - $66,890.00 Anthony "wwwBTHEREcom" Gregg - $51,220.00 nadalon - $35,460.00 Caipsa - $22,221.60 Event 40 (H): $2,100 Eight Game Entrants: 125 Prize Pool: $250,000 kuhns89 - $65,000 Sergey 'Gipsy74' Rybachenko - $43,750 Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk - $32,500 RunGodLike - $21,250 Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice - $16,250 7Be/eC7 - $11,250 Event 40 (M): $215 Eight Game Entrants: 487 Total prize pool: $97,400 calvin7v - $18,506.00 cold_smile - $13,636.00 sprocketsAA - $9,983.50 sleepy_seven - $6,818.00 merla888 - $4,870.00 marwan24 - $3,116.80 Event 40 (L): $27 Eight Game Entrants: 1,912 Prize pool: $46,939.60 Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson - $7,511.62 gunnersfun - $5,632.75 sharikov_90 (Russia) $4,224.56 Gozillaah (Finland) $2,816.37 Dr Ganesha (Latvia) $1,877.58 James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst (Australia) $1,051.44 Event 41 (H): $1,050 NL Hold'em, Progressive Super KO 
Entrants:*1,559 Total prize pool:*$1,559,000 SP3WMONKEY - $130,215.58 + $31,228.96 in bounties mican_ludi - $95,099 + $48,602.46 in bounties Divved - $71,714 + $6,554.68 in bounties OMGACEACEACE - $53,006 + $6,234.37 in bounties MkMyWishFish - $38,195.50 + $17,810.52 in bounties gusmaa - $30,400.50 + $16,738.25 in bounties Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy - $22,605.50 + $8,097,65 in bounties Olorionek - $14,810.50 + $6,921.86 in bounties benatias - $8,106.80 + $6,035.15 in bounties Event 41 (M): $109 NL Hold'em, Progressive Super-Knockout Entrants: 5,824 Total prize pool: $582,400 Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura - $45,554.81 + $7,724.22 bounties cmu92 - $33,924.80 + $7,243.97 bounties xXOLIVATOXx - $24,024.00 + $7,148,74 bounties OrFrAiRe - $16,452.80+ $1,836,88 bounties 1337wannabe - $12,376.00 + $2,636.33 bounties manuverd0n - $9,464.00 + $4,004.95 bounties PokerProffs9 - $6,552.00 + $1,678.10 bounties bica999 - $3,640.00 + $1,914.90 bounties IsoHoo123 - $2,329.60 + $1,308.47 bounties Event 41 (L): $11 Progressive Super-Knockout Entrants: 18,195 Total prize pool: $181,950 chris13pao - $9,826.58 + $2,022.47 in bounties Bazuka1958 - $7,732.87 + $1,144.81 in bounties porsky12 - $5,913.37 + $897.12 in bounties 0__LATEX__0 - $4,093.87 + $163.33 in bounties muydias - $3,184.12 + $376.86 in bounties VMAX - $2,274.37 + $459.56 in bounties handbik666 - $1,364.62 + $487.29 in bounties Dmitrych77 - $818.77 + $198.07 in bounties kelsa67 - $545.85 + $321.33 in bounties Event 42 (H): $2,100 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 136 Prize Pool: $272,000 bernard-bb - $70,720.00 Antonio7 - $47,600.00 raiden_kan - $35,360.00 bratpack1979 - $23,120.00 onmybicycle - $17,680.00 WATnlos - $12,240.00 Event 42 (M): $215 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 594 Prize Pool: $118,800 Jason Mercier - $22,572 Brandon-Tino - $16,632 _Azur3_7 - $12,177 f1nsf4n7 - $8,316 Valya98 - $5,940 ZeelandBoy - $3,694.68 Event 42 (L): $27 PL Omaha Hi-Lo Six Max Entrants: 2,081 Prize pool: $51,088.55 Places paid: 264 d5t6y7 - $5,019.28* gangst3rn1 - $4,537.93* Nangino89 - $6,350.99* BeAcTlve - $5,550.41* GRZECHO77 - $1,915.82 Sur_OK1111 - $1,077.96 *Four-way deal Event 45 (H): $2,100 NL Holdem, Three Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom Entrants: 409 Prize Pool: $818,000 gortsos - $123,522.15 (+$10,302.34 in bounties) dynoalot - $71,315.39 (+$8,667.18 in bounties) €urop€an - $41,173.99 (+$14,334.37 in bounties) Event 45 (M): $215 NL Holdem, Three Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom Entrants: 2,032 Total prize pool: $406,400 Places paid: 251 HU4FU - $46,015.56 + $3,894.63 in bounties* sava-lenivec - $23,350.66 + $2,509.46 in bounties* elAsdespadas - $26,495.14 + $1,731.16 in bounties* *Three-way chop Event 45 (L): $27 NL Holdem, Three Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom Entrants: 8,577 Prize Pool: $210,565.35 PlatoonXe - $21,592.52 prize w/ $1,166.26 in bounties bebina9 - $12,463.05 prize w/ $579.65 in bounties pLAYERsvk - $7,195.54 prize w/ $249.47 in bounties
  25. [caption width="640"] Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah finally has a SCOOP bracelet to go with other titles.[/caption] Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah already has a World Series of Poker bracelet and two World Championship of Online Poker titles to his name. Wednesday he beat another longtime online grinder to win the first Spring Championship of Online Poker title of his career. Event 36 featured a series of tournaments in a variant that has become increasingly rare – Limit Hold‘em. However, the $27 buy-in event drew a respectable 1558 runners who generated a $38,248 prize pool. In heads-up play, Leah defeated Ari 'BodogAri' Engel to capture the win and a $6,312 payday. Participation was slashed in half for the $215, mid-stakes version of the event. ‘LetsJustRun’ of Russia snagged his first SCOOP win and $19,114 after taking down Mexico’s José Manuel ‘nadalon’ Nadal. Also at the final table was Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb, who was forced to make do with a $5030 payout for fifth place. Lastly, just 173 players paid the $2100 buy-in for the high-stakes Limit event, creating a $346,000 prize pool. ‘bartek901’ navigated the tough field to take home the title along with and $83,040 payout. Poker pro Jason Mercier finish in fifth, banking $22,490 for his efforts. Throughout this year’s SCOOP, Brazilian players have proven themselves with wins across many different formats and variants. Wednesday's action saw another title added to the list, which now sits at 15 this year - with another 60 events still on the docket. Wednesday’s SCOOP schedule actually kicked off with a $215 buy-in, shorthanded Pot Limit Omaha tournament that drew 1936 entrants and several hundred reentries. UK’s 'talonaquiles' topped the field, taking home his first major online title, a brand-new Movado watch and a $47,795 payday. The Pot Limit Omaha fun continued in the high-stakes edition of the event, with just under 500 runners paying the $2100 buy-in to generate a $946,000 prize pool. This time Tom 'tjbentham' Bentham took first place along with an $189,200 payout. Event 35 brought No Limit Hold‘em back into the spotlight, with the low stakes tournament attracting a large 13,526 field. ‘n1ssssr’ of the UK defeated 'Rakeback24/7' of the Netherlands in heads-up play to grab his first SCOOP title and $16,615. Nearly 5000 grinders bought into the $109 edition of the event, creating a $459,600 prize pool. For the second time that day, the UK saw one of its players take down an SCOOP title, when 'Clarkson7' bested Australia’s ‘JWPRODIGY’ for a $72,158 payday. UK grinders, ‘FrayedJuniper’ and ‘Go0se.core!’, took third and fifth place respectively. Brazil took yet another SCOOP title in the Event 35, $1050 buy-in high-stakes tournament. When all was said and done, Felipe 'Felipe52' Costa had dispatched one of poker’s toughest heads-up players, Olivier 'Adonis112' Busquet, to take home a $258,060 score. Event 34 (M): $215 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max 1936 entrants, $387,200 prize pool talonaquiles - $47,795.43 slickrick110 - $47,790.07 krapcity112 - $44,774.50 F1nntroll - $22,264.00 maggess88 - $15,178.24 Kashmir_uzi - $8,673.28 Event 34 (H): $2100 Pot Limit Omaha Six Max 473 entrants, $946,000 prize pool tjbentham - $189,200.00 T-Macha - $140,008.00 alexo18 - $104,060.00 jutrack - $71,896.00 deuces85 - $52,503.00 Dominik "Bounatirou" Nitsche - $33.583.00 Event 35 (L): $11 No Limit Hold‘em 13,526 entrants, $135,260 prize pool n1ssssr - $16.615 Rakeback24/7 - $14,249.27 xatteo - $9,468.20 REGTHERULET4 - $6,763 Domientje - $5,410.40 Bane267 - $4,057.80 drew.derzh - $2,705.20 Nadhob - $1,352.60 fabianod12 - $811.56 Event 35 (M): $109 No Limit Hold‘em 4596 entrants, $459,600 prize pool Clarkson7 - $72,158.64 JWPRODIGY - $53,773.20 frayjuniper - $37,917 NemesisMsop - $26,427 Go0se.core! - $19,533 Prof. Shark - $14,937 JulieBRIGHT - $10,341 krousmenos46 - $5,745 Jamaikaner04 - $3,676.80 Event 35 (H): $1050 No Limit Hold‘em, Super Tuesday SE 1518 entrants, $1,518,000 prize pool felipe52 - $258,060.00 Adonis112 - $189,750.00 smokrokflock - $144,058.20 simon1471 - $103,224.00 slayerv1fanl - $75,141.00 Justholdplz - $59,961.00 Iamapoopie - $44,781.00 PureRunnings - $29,601.00 SenorPokes - $16,394.40 Event 36 (L): $27 Fixed Limit Hold‘em Six Max 1558 entrants, $38,248 prize pool goleafsgoeh - $6,312.00 BodogAri - $4,723.73 manokippa2 - $3,442.40 JoeHeaton - $2,294.93 flyy1220 - $1,529.95 hanafi9 - $956.22 Event 36 (M): $215 Fixed Limit Hold‘em Six Max 503 entrants, $100,600 prize pool LetsJustRun - $19,114 Nadalon - $14,084 Gambler4444 - $10,311.50 chokitin - $7,042 shaundeeb - $5,030 lulDocuments - $3,219.20 Event 36 (H): $2100 Fixed Limit Hold‘em Six Max 173 entrants, $346,000 prize pool bartek901 - $83,040.00 Azrarn - $57,263.00 Bluf_To_Much - $43,250.00 chess87 - $29,410.00 Jason Mercier - $22,490.00 jama-dharma - $15,570.00
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