It’s all about a certain PokerStars-sponsored Irishman as we delve into Monday night’s action in the 2022 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP).
- Hat-trick for Fintan!
- Astedt and Traply win yet again
- Double for TheDrunkLife
- Garagnani and Alt win first
BEHIND THE HEADLINESEasy for easywithaces; Fintan wins third SCOOP title: Fintan Hand, take a bow. The Team PokerStars Ambassador from Ireland is now a three-time SCOOP champion after last night winning the $2,100 buy-in Sunday Warm-Up, otherwise known as SCOOP 34-H. Hand, who plays as “easywithaces” on PokerStars, was the dominant chip leader going into the final, with nine players left of the 283-strong starting field. He maintained that chip lead all the way through — even as Sam “SamSquid” Grafton, Martin “M.nosbocaJ” Jacobson, Jonathan “Proudflop” Proudfoot and Jens “Graftekkel” Arends were among those knocked out — and then defeated “PepaPig88”, based in Malta, heads-up. PepaPig88 had threatened an extraordinary comeback after being down to one big blind, three-handed. But Hand managed to retain his composure despite multiple double ups from his opponent and ended up with pocket queens beating A♣9♣. And then all the composure left the building as Hand dad-danced around his apartment, knocking down decorations, frightening his dog, and then hugging his pregnant girlfriend in celebration. Hand took a total $119,046 for this one, including $71,820 in bounties, and now has a title from 2020, 2021 and 2022. Astedt hits SCOOP for six: Barely a day passes in the world of online poker with Niklas “Lena900” Astedt winning another major tournament. And these things don’t change when it’s SCOOP time. Last night, Astedt, the most winningest ever online poker player according to Pocket Fives, won his customary title, the sixth of his career, as he took down the $1K buy-in PLO8, or SCOOP 36-H. This one, over a field of 170 entries, earned Astedt $34,456 — and one wonders whether he even notices anymore. It’s such a commonplace occurrence. Astedt’s previous titles have come in NLO8 (twice), NLHE (twice) and FLO Hi/Lo. So he’s branching out, at least. (He’s also at the final table of the $530 NLO8, returning to play to a winner today.) Yet more for Traply: Peter Traply was the first Hungarian player to win a World Series bracelet, and he also made the final table of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final in 2009. However, nothing grabbed the headlines quite as much as a moment in 2019 when Traply, under his PokerStars alias “Belabacsi“, overtook Chris Moorman as the most successful online tournament poker player. It had seemed that nobody would ever do it, and underlined just how successful Traply is. Although he might not be No 1 anymore (see Lena900 about that), Traply is still going, and last night won the third SCOOP title of his brilliant career. Traply took down the $1,050 SCOOP-33-H Sunday Kickoff, arranging a heads-up deal with “000000000136” of Malta and then closing it out, for a $66,879 payday. According to Pocket Fives, it was Traply’s 1,066th outright online tournament win, and took earnings past $16.1 million. Yeah, that’s pretty good.
TheDrunkLife seeing double: With a name like “TheDrunkLife“, it was only fitting that this Hungarian player, the online alias of James Whittet, would line up a double during SCOOP. It’s true. Only a few days after he took down the $109 FLO8 title, for $7,275, Whittet returned to the top of the podium in the $109 PLO8 SCOOP 36-M. This time, the victory came with a payout of $14,909 and makes Whittet, who is also a mental game coach for poker players, the third double champion so far during this SCOOP.
Although two big Sunday events are still ongoing, these stats now include almost everything from a big, big SCOOP weekend. And just look how many more tournaments are starting today!
Entries: 415,422 (inc. 101,540 re-entries)
Prize pools: $27,797,710
First place payouts: $4,462,665 (inc. $789,871in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 110
Tournaments ongoing: 10
Tournaments starting today: 18
(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)
TWEET OF THE DAY
And he still had time to get to the pub. Brilliant from Fintan Hand:
Hat-trick of SCOOPs complete.
First time winning one in Ireland.
Makes it a little more special.
Cheers you beautiful fucks x pic.twitter.com/v3OKZR5QhJ
— Fintan Hand (@EasyWithAces) May 16, 2022
The moment of the night (with the exception of the bit where the map fell off the mantlepiece and Fintan’s dog yelped at him to put him down)
Brazilians won three of the six tournaments to conclude on Sunday, and they already have more than double the titles of their closest competitors. There’s simply going to be no catching them this year, folks. Thirty countries are now on the board, however.
22 titles: Brazil
7: Argentina, Austria, Canada
4: Norway, Poland, Ukraine
3: Finland, Sweden
2: Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Ireland, Montenegro, Romania
1: Andorra, Belarus, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malta, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay.
LEADER BOARD LATEST
It was a frantic day in SCOOP yesterday, but the Player of the Series standings remained pretty static. That means Andrei “Premove” Skortsov remains atop the overall leader board, but there’s the ominous sight of Patrick “pads1161” Leonard now on manoeuvres.
Here are the latest top fives. Full standings are available on the main Player of the Series page.
Current top five:
1 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 705 points
2 – FONBET_RULIT, Armenia – 595
3 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 565
=4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 555
=4 – Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes, Norway – 555
Winner receives $25,000 cash, plus trophy.
1 – Dart Serg, Belarus – 250 points
2 – magwitch78, United Kingdom – 215
=3 – bolchacg, Brazil – 185
=3 – drinho2pac, Brazil – 185
=3 – rastafari898, Germany – 185
=3 – Rony1979, Ukraine – 185
=3 – Showdown4me, Kazakhstan – 185
Prizes: 1st – $5,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500; 4th – $1,000; 5th – $500; 6-10 – $300; 11-20 – $150.
1 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 310 points
2 – James “TheDrunkLife” Whittet – 305
3 – Fruble, Brazil – 275
4 – bedias, Brazil – 270
5 – luis_faria, Poland – 230
Prizes: 1st – $10,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000; 4th – $2,500; 5th – $1,500; 6-10 – $1,000.
1 – Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, Austria – 340 points
=2 – Ami “UhhMee” Barer, Canada – 310
=2 – Vlad “dariepoker” Darie, Romania – 310
=2 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira, UK – 310
=5 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 305
=5 – FONBET_RULIT, Armenia – 305
Prizes: 1st – $15,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000
Six events get started today. That’s 18 tournaments in all, and there’s a $1 million guarantee on SCOOP 44-H, which is the first Super High Roller of the series. The buy-in is $25K. There’s plenty for less deep pockets too, including a $5.50 buy-in 6+ event, if you fancy trying a new variant.
10.05am: SCOOP 42: NLHE Deep Stacks
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $65K, $150K, $150K
11.30am: SCOOP 43: PLO Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $70K, $125K, $200K
12.30pm: SCOOP 44: NLHE
Buy-ins: $215, $2,100, $25,000
Guarantees: $400K, $500K, $1 million
1.30pm: SCOOP 45: FL 2-7 Triple Draw
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $15K, $30K, $65K
3.05pm: SCOOP 46: NLHE 6-Max
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $40K, $125K, $275K
4.30pm: SCOOP 47: 6+ Hold’em, 8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO
Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
Guarantees: $15K, $25K, $50K
PREVIOUS SCOOP 2022 REPORTS
DAY 1: Lex and Spraggy into the groove
DAY 2: Gusma goes 1-2 as Brazilians win five
DAY 3: Glaser hits seven for SCOOP
DAY 4: Schemion whizzes to fifth title
DAY 5: Oliver wins title, Spraggy’s near miss
DAY 6: Barer at the double as Pye final-tables twice
DAY 7: Baleeiro at the double and more for Frank