We made it! Welcome to the 33rd and final round-up from the 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), where we tally up exactly how magnificent this tournament series has been.
• Barbados on the board in brilliant style
• Simao bests O’Dwyer in clash of the titans
• Hamagami wins second Sunday Million, last tournament in SCOOP
• Series ends with 2.75m entries; prize pools top $185m
BEHIND THE HEADLINES
Barbados on the board in brilliant style: Only two players from the Caribbean island of Barbados entered the $1,050 buy-in SCOOP-121-H tournament, an 8-Max PKO affair. But when the tournament concluded after two long days of play, one of them had all the chips. The hitherto unknown “b@d0s” became the first SCOOP champion ever from Barbados, winning a mighty $270,503.21, which included $117,025 in bounties. The last of the bounties came from the UK-based “AtanasPPP”, with whom b@d0s struck a heads up deal for the main prizes, leaving only the hefty bounty to play for. (AtanasPPP took $153,477 + $13,404.) It’s b@d0s’s first ever major result on PokerStars — a Google search comes up with nothing — so we’ll look forward to trying to find the player behind the screen-name. His or her total prize is the 12th biggest handed out across the entire extended series, and represents almost exactly one dollar for every person in the tiny country.
Simao bests O’Dwyer in clash of the titans: The $2,100 Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition ended in a fairly excellent heads up battle between two of the game’s best known talents. In one corner, Joao “IneedMassari” Simao, a former online No 1 with close to $10 million in online cashes and two SCOOP titles (including one from this year). In the other, Steve “Mr. Tim Caum” O’Dwyer, a titan of the high roller live scene, who had won two SCOOP titles already during this series, including the biggest non Main Event score. (O’Dwyer’s victories were were $521,597.77 and $241,956.69.) Though O’Dwyer led for most of the day, Simao took control during heads up play and eventually won the last of the chips when he rivered a full house with pocket fours, and O’Dwyer called all-in with two pair. (Poker News have full details.) It gave Simao the title and $150,547, leaving O’Dwyer with a third six-figure score, but “only” $112,819 this time. Simao takes his career SCOOP titles to three, having won a Win The Button event in 2018 and a NL08 tournament this time.
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Sunday Million goes to Hamagami: It ended in a topsy-turvy heads-up battle that lasted well into Tuesday morning, but the last Sunday Million Special Edition of this SCOOP festival eventually went in the direction of Clark “snake8484” Hamagami from Canada. After all but two of the 30,809 entries had departed, Hamagami was left to do battle with Finland’s “TruePrayer”, and either player might have won it much sooner than the final hand. But with big bounties and $50K still on the line, the biggest part of a $3.08 million prize pool (the fourth biggest of the whole series), the pair saw the chip lead swing dramatically from one to the other. Eventually, after outdraws, double-ups and split pots, TruePrayer got the last of his chips in with A♦8♦ and Hamagami called with K♣J♣. The jack on the flop proved decisive and sent the title to Canada. Hamagami is first won the Sunday Million in 2013 and is long-time PokerStars grinder, but this is the first time he has won in SCOOP. It was worth the wait. The title came with a total haul of $196,817.83.
Joking apart, a second title for “jokkee_apart”: In total, eight players on SCOOP’s final day picked up six-figure paydays: the top three from Event #121-H, two each from Event #120-H and Event #120-M, and the winner of the big PLO tournament that also wrapped last night. That was a $2,100 buy-in 6-Max tournament, with 265 entries and a prize pool of $530,000. The title went to Norway’s “jokkee_apart”, who earned $101,164 for what was his or her second career SCOOP victory. In 2018, jokkee_apart won a low buy-in 4-Max PLO event, turning $5.50 into $3,380.73. Last night’s success represents a scaling up of everything: buy-in, prize, and even players at the table. The victory likely tastes just about as sweet.
|119-L: $5.50 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE||25,353||$124,230||plirio||Brazil||$7,444.65†|
|119-M: $55 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Kickoff SE||10,454||$522,700||tenyooo||Germany||$46,362.33†|
|119-H: $530 NLHE 8-Max, PKO||1,174||$587,000||Kjeppen||Norway||$80,213.27†*|
|120-L: $22 NLHE||11,682||$233,640||Andrey_pok21||Romania||$20,778.93*|
|120-M: $215 NLHE Sunday Warm-Up SE||3,111||$622,200||kappawhit3||Malta||$89,638.75|
|120-H: $2,100 NLHE Sunday Warm-Up SE||418||$836,000||IneedMassari||Brazil||$150,546.78|
|121-M: $109 NLHE 8-Max, PKO, Sunday Million SE||30,809||$3,080,900||snake8484||Canada||$196,817.83†|
|121-H: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, PKO||2,439||$2,439,000||b@d0s||Barbados||$270,503.21†*|
|122-L: $22 PLO 6-Max||7,139||$142,780||YYYeaHHH||Netherlands||$20,283.65|
|122-M: $215 PLO 6-Max||1,501||$300,200||Spowi07||Austria||$45,798.36|
|122-H: $2,100 PLO 6-Max||265||$530,000||jokkee_apart||Norway||$101,164.68|
With the series now concluded, we can look back on the full figures for a remarkable month-long jamboree. Records have fallen by the wayside in all departments, with more than 2.75 million entries, prize pools of more than $185 million and first-place prizes of more than $25 million. These figures are not yet 100 percent official, but they are pretty spectacular:
Tournaments completed: 371
Entries so far: 2,756,721
Prize pools so far: $185,136,133
First-place prizes awarded: $25,337,565
Next up: the Summer Series!
FEATURE! FEATURE! FEATURE!
In our most recent SCOOP feature, we asked a host of SCOOP champions what was the one thing they wish they’d known before they started playing poker. It yielded some excellent answers.
From the power of positive thinking to the more prosaic, but no less crucial, elements of bankroll management, hear how these players did it, in their own words.
Here’s your chance to learn from the best:
Improve your game with these six SCOOP winner’s tips
The three things SCOOP winners do well
What common mistakes do players make at the tables to make them exploitable?
The roadmap to winning a SCOOP title, as outlined by 2020 champions
INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!
We caught up with numerous SCOOP champions over the series, happy to share the secrets of their success, or simply to introduce themselves to the poker world.
Click through for full interviews:
Lorenzo O”Pazzzo” Baynes: A welcome return to the tables
Seun “AfRoBiZzLe!” Oluwole on a brilliant SCOOP so far
William “JUCA_PIRAMA1” Oliveira and a rise from 2BBs
Pedro “BigodinSagaz” Henrique: Following a path to success
László “Lackoo87gcb” Molnár: “I think I’m starting to like it!”
Cristian ‘Chapex’ Chapoñan: One for Peru
Jonathan “Corback_fr” Therme: Sunday Million winner left speechless
Nicolas “Nicoverlast” Wright: pacing a treadmill to success
Swedish pro Adam “pruttzz12” Jonsson: How to beat Urbanovich, Beresford and Kurganov
Vitor “vitoradiron” Adiron: “I’ll continue working on my failures”
Guilherme “teruliro” Orrico: Two WCOOPs and now one SCOOP
“plens” targets bucket-list EPT appearance
Tapio “PikkuHUMPPA” Vihakas: “I am as lazy as a human can be”
Catalina “catam18” Marmureanu”: A result for all women in poker
Paul “pistolp999” Kroezen: A triumph of perseverence
Adam “adamyid” Owen: Defeating end-boss “veeea”
Matt “MUSTAFABET” Ashton: Tournaments are practice for cash games
Antanas “Nr1InEurope” Bakaitis: “I’m no good at Texas Hold’em!
“MarkBang”: First out to last man standing
“thegodfisher”: Busy broker finds time to win SCOOP title
Oleg “Fukuruku” Vasylchenko: Poor student becomes richer
Michael “Malicious20” Cottier: $9.5K from a $2.20 buy-in tournament!
Dimitrios “papadatos69” Papadatos: Making most of downturn in tourism
William “Williaml666” Barbosa: Best feeling ever!
Last hand double-KO gives ‘PufuMiu’ win in Event #11-L
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LEADER BOARD LATEST
At the end of a thrilling Player of the Series race it seems that Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, who led pretty much from pillar to post, has clung on at the end to claim the overall leader board title. Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak was closing all the time towards the end of the series, especially after he won two late titles. But on the final day, Maslak couldn’t quite find the final table finish he needed to overhaul Ferreira, leaving the brilliant Netherlands-based Portuguese player to win the overall accolade — despite not winning a title for the first time since 2017.
Please note: these figures are yet to be confirmed, but these seem to be the final standings:
1 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, Netherlands, 2,135 points
2 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak, Russia, 2,105
3 – Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, UK, 1,895
4 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK, 1,710
5 – Körrinho, Austria, 1,600
(Prizes: 1st: $50,000 + Trophy; 2nd: $20,000; 3rd: $10,000)
COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD
It was mighty close in the end, but hats off to the players based in the UK for holding on to win this year’s SCOOP countries leader board.
No one is under any illusions that every one of the British titles was actually won by someone with a British passport. The UK has become a hub for players from across Europe to live and play online poker. It means that several of the titles went to Spanish, French, German and Dutch players now registered in the UK. But there were more winners bearing the British flag on their online accounts than from anywhere else — even though Brazil’s two titles on the last day of competition made it very close indeed.
Here are the final standings:
22: Netherlands, Canada
13: Ukraine, Norway
Nine: Mexico, Ireland, Finland
Eight: Hungary, Romania
Five: Belarus, China, Poland, Lithuania, Argentina
Four: Lebanon, Malta
Three: Peru, Croatia, Denmark
Two: Belgium, Japan, Uruguay, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Moldova, Latvia
One: Kazakhstan, Slovakia, North Macedonia, South Korea, Czech Republic, Macau, Cyprus, Slovenia, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, Philippines, Barbados.
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