Tuesday night was the busiest yet in the 2022 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) — and the players who like this series best duly showed why. Read today’s star-studded SCOOP round-up.
- Glaser moves up to seven
- Barer, Darie, Stokkan, Stone all add more
- Leknes finishes second, twice
- $10 million now in prize pools
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Magnificent seven for Glaser: The first HORSE event of this year’s SCOOP brought out all the mixed game wizards, and they really don’t come any more wizard-like than the UK’s Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser. The headline news today is that Glaser is now a seven-time SCOOP champion having prevailed over a field of 34 entries in the $2,100 buy-in SCOOP-09-H event. This latest victory earned Glaser $31,080, but perhaps even more importantly keeps going one of SCOOP’s most amazing streaks. Glaser has won at least one tournament in this series since 2018, and now joins Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna and Mike “SirWatts” Watson in the seven-up club. (Click for the full list of multiple SCOOP champions.)
Glaser’s seven titles:
2022 – 09-H: SCOOP 09-H: $2,100 HORSE – $31,080
2021 – 73-M: $215 PLO 6-Max, PKO – $29,549
2020 – 06-H: $2,100 8-Game – $54,853.75
2019 – 13-M: 2-7 Triple Draw – $215 – $14,667.30
2019 – 41-H: 8-Game – $1,050 – $45,840.00
2018 – 17L: $22 FLHE – $6,201.94
2016 – 33H: $2,100 Stud Hi/Lo – $54,390.00
More from the HORSE: There were some other noteworthy performances across the three buy-in levels of this HORSE event, not least from Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes. Leknes finished second in both the high buy-in version, where he lost to Glaser, and in the $22 buy-in version, where he lost heads-up to Gerard “Kid_Poker47” Barclay. Leknes is stranded on three SCOOP titles, but might easily have had five if the cards had gone another way last night. Meanwhile, Denmark’s “CMoosepower” earned their fourth career SCOOP title by winning the $109 “medium” tournament in this event. CMoosepower beat Argentina’s “Assad91” heads up to continue a pretty excellent winning streak of their own. CMoosepower has won in 2012, 2014, 2018 and now 2022, skipping the odd numbers. This title was over a field of 319 entries and was worth $12,282.
More and more multiple champs: The aforementioned list of multiple SCOOP champions is going to need some heavy-duty maintenance at the end of this series, especially if we have many more events like the 6+, which wrapped last night. The $109 medium buy-in tournament went to Canada’s Ami “UhhMee” Barer, the third SCOOP title he has won, and the $1,050 high buy-in went to Matt “OLD TIME GIN” Stone, who now has four. Barer won $6,612 for beating a field of 360 entries, while Stone took $17,754 after a heads-up chop with “Simis3971”, of Lithuania. Simis3971 actually earned marginally more from the deal, but it’s Barer and Stone who move up the all-time SCOOP champions leader board.
Moolhuizen gets it done early: During last year’s SCOOP, Mateusz “KeyserMM” Moolhuizen had to wait until the final day to pick up the first title in this series of his career. He won the appropriately named “Series Wrap-Up” for $23K. Moolhuizen got things done a bit earlier this time around and snagged his second career SCOOP on the series’ third day. Moolhuizen, a native Dutchman who now plays from the UK, won SCOOP 08-M: $109 NLHE and picked up $74,099 for his troubles this time, defeating a final table that also included the PokerStars Ambassador Rafael “GM_VALTER” Moraes. Moraes finished fifth.
Reliable Darie puts Romania on the SCOOP list: If the much-touted “Year of Romania” ever comes into being, there’s a very high chance that Vlad “dariepoker” Darie is a prime mover. He’s been plugging away at the PokerStars tables, with great success, for many years and last night earned a second SCOOP title of his career. Darie was the last man standing in the $530 buy-in SCOOP-10-H PKO hold’em event, where he banked $61,429, about half of which came in bounties.
Lex bubbles; Stokkan wins: On the subject of reliable, Preben “prebz” Stokkan is another player always involved in the late stages of major tournaments on PokerStars, and if you always run deep, you’ll end up with a hatful of title. Stokkan’s latest — his second career SCOOP — came in the $2,100 buy-in 8-Max PKO Freezeout, and earned the UK-based player $65,971, including $38K in bounties. Lex Veldhuis stone-bubbled this event.
Sintoras denied twice: There have already been a handful of startling performances this year where a single player has run deep in more than one tournament at the same time. Last night, Germany’s “Sintoras” did the same, finishing fourth in the tournament won by Moolhuizen, above, and also getting to the heads-up stage of the $1,050 “High” buy-in version of that event. However, Sintoras again came up short, defeated by Uruguay’s “tigredefu297“, who earned the first SCOOP win of their career. The title came with a payday of $104,028.
With 21 results concluding on Tuesday night alone, the Stat Tracker enjoyed an immense fillip. There have already been prize pools of more than $10 million in completed events, and nearly 175,000 entries.
Entries: 173,542 (inc. 42,000 re-entries)
Prize pools: $10,186,437
First place payouts: $1,458,788 (inc. $313,506 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 39
Tournaments ongoing: 9
Tournaments starting today: 12
(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)
TWEET OF THE DAY
A simple but effective message from Benny Glaser:
— Benny Glaser (@BennyGlaser) May 11, 2022
The very definition of getting it quietly here for Lex Veldhuis:
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
Another three titles for Brazil yesterday, but the UK and Argentina both won four tournaments, so there may be some interest in this race yet. We also welcomed a clutch of new countries, including Japan.
8 titles: Brazil
2: Austria, Canada, Poland, Romania
1: Andorra, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, Sweden, Uruguay.
LEADER BOARD LATEST
As always, there are some spectacular prizes on offer to the standout performers across the entire SCOOP festival, with the Player of the Series set to receive $25,000 in cash, plus an exclusive trophy. There are also prizes for the best performers in the low, medium and high categories, as follows.
There’s a slight delay at the moment in getting the full leader board tallies through, but here are the latest overall standings, plus a reminder of the prizes.
Current top five:
1 – Ami “UhhMee” Barer, Canada – 295 points
2 – FONBET_RULIT, Armenia – 290
3 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 240
4 – pinguinho, Brazil, 220
5 – cautiioN, Brazil, 195
Winner receives $25,000 cash, plus trophy.
Prizes: 1st – $5,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500; 4th – $1,000; 5th – $500; 6-10 – $300; 11-20 – $150.
Prizes: 1st – $10,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000; 4th – $2,500; 5th – $1,500; 6-10 – $1,000.
Prizes: 1st – $15,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000
There’s a lot of lovely hold’em in play today, including a deep stacks event to get things started. Plenty of play in that. Also notice the NL08 tournament lurking there for those who prefer things a bit more wild.
11.30am: SCOOP 17: NLHE Deep Stacks
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $85K, $200K, $150K
12.30pm: SCOOP 18: NLHE 7-Max, Midweek Freeze
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $175K, $250K, $400K
1.30pm: SCOOP 19: NLO8 Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $35K, $80K, 125K
3.05pm: SCOOP 20: $11 NLHE Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $80K, $250K, $275K