SCOOP 2021: Back-to-back Leonard, plus Pye claims one for Red Spade

The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) goes from strength to strength, with $8.5 million in prizes handed out, and some all-time champions taking chunks. Here are all the details, plus all the latest results.

TODAY’S HEADLINES

• Amazing Leonard makes it two in two nights
• Pye claims one for Red Spade Twitch army
• Boeken and Segebrecht make it three and four
• Weis and Lijó also back among winners

BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Another incredible victory for Leonard

Leonard goes back-to-back, wins huge $5K: This time yesterday, the SCOOP report was all about Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, who won the Afternoon Deep Stack event and closed the gap at the top of the Player of the Series standings. Flash forward 24 hours and here we are again — and this time it’s even bigger. Leonard last night won a second SCOOP title of the year, the fifth of his career, when he took down the enormous $5K PKO Sunday HR Special Edition (SCOOP-64-H). Leonard beat the brilliant Russian “hello_totti” ($14.6 million in online earnings) heads up when those two were the last of 255 entries remaining. The final table also featured Bert “girafganger7” Stevens, Dario “Secret_M0d3” Sammartino, Artur “mararthur1” Martirosyan and Teun “tinnoemulder” Mulder, so Leonard deserved every penny of his $258,007 payout, one of the biggest of SCOOP so far. We’ll look at how it affects the Player of the Series race later in the post. In the other two tiers of SCOOP-64, “kleinebakker007” of the Netherlands won $210,519, including bounties, for taking down the $530 “medium”, while the $55 “low” tournament, officially the Sunday Million Special Edition, is paused with nine left to play to a winner tonight.

Pye’s SCOOP dream comes true

Sweet as Pye for PokerStars streamer: There’s a SCOOP champion with a Red Spade beside his name, but it’s not Lex, Spraggy or Fintan. It’s not Grafton, Talbot or Shaban either. Today we doff our backwards baseball caps in the direction of Twitch streamer Mason “Pye_Face21” Pye, who took down the $109 buy-in Stud event for a maiden major title and $6,729. Pye is one of the most enthusiastic streamers in the PokerStars team, particularly when it comes to mixed games. He is the self-appointed leader of the “Mixed Game Movement”. That campaign should gather a huge momentum boost after this success, which came over a field of 351 entries and ended in a heads up deal between Pye and “afghan heart”. (Ami “UhhMee” Barer was also at the final.) No doubt we’ll be catching up with Pye very soon, either on the PokerStars Twitch broadcast or on the Blog. He is going to be one very sweet Pye indeed. The “high” buy-in version of the Stud went to Carlos “Carster” Chadha, who now has a SCOOP victory to match his WCOOP triumph from 2017. Chadha won $20,438 for this one.

Boeken is the PLO boss

Boeken wraps up PLO: He was chip leader at the start of the final, and by its end he was still at the top of the pile. Noah “Exclusive” Boeken won a third SCOOP title on Monday night by closing out the $5K PLO Six-Max High Roller, banking $157,427 for beating a field of 143 entries. The tournament began on Saturday but its final was held over to Monday so it could be streamed live on the PokerStars Twitch channel. And it offered a rare chance for viewers to see how some of the very best four-card players do it, with the likes of Dante “dantegoyaF” Goya, Eelis “EEE27” Pärssinen and Sweden’s “ShipitFTW911” joining Boejken at the final. None could match Boeken, however, and and he added this victory to an 8-Game title from last year and a PLO Heads Up victory from 2013. Boeken also has four WCOOP victories to his name, and is still crushing the very toughest fields.

Segebrecht back for fourth title

Sick one well again: Anyone wondering whether the “SsicK_OnE” was OK this year need worry no more. Claas Segebrecht, who plays under that name, is usually a fixture during PokerStars online series but didn’t add anything to his trophy cabinet during the first two weeks of SCOOP 2021. But he put that right last night, picking up first place in the $2,100 Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition, which was worth $176,351 after a heads-up deal with the UK’s “xMFPx”. It’s par for the course for Segebrecht, who has three previous titles in SCOOP (from 2015 and two in 2016) and one in WCOOP. The Warm-Up is one of the most prestigious titles on the PokerStars calendar and it had a final table to match its standing this time. Jon “apestyles” Van Fleet and WSOP champion Damian “pampa27” Salas made it to the lates stages, for example, finishing in seventh and sixth, respectively.

Weis back at it

All Weis on the night: Oliver Weis is something of an enigma in poker, popping up here and there to record huge wins and then disappearing again. We last saw him at the PokerStars Championship in Panama, where he played a full schedule and made the final table of the High Roller. Online, he plays from Austria under the name “sk2ll_m0dR” and last night he won the second SCOOP title of his career, beating Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, of all people, heads up. The tournament was the $530 PKO Freezeout (SCOOP 62-H) and Mattsson was looking for a third title of the series. However he was second best to Weis, who claimed $66,097, exactly half of which came in bounties. Weis won a $530 Sunday Cooldown last year in SCOOP, during the series extension. Maybe he’ll stick around again now. Maybe not.
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Lijo lands a SCOOP title

Lijó lands one: UK-based players haven’t had the best SCOOP by the country’s own lofty standards, perhaps owing to the fact that many of the other European players who often reside there for poker have seen out the pandemic at home. But there definitely are still a few around, as evidenced by a first SCOOP title for Lander “TuA133” Lijó, a Spaniard living in London. Lijó won the $1K SCOOP-66-H title last night for $136,630, condemning Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein to a third runner-up finish of the series. (Silverstein does have one title too.) This final table also featured Niklas “Lena900” Astedt and Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, but they were out in eighth and seventh, respectively. Lijó continued to fly the British flag all the way to the top, adding a SCOOP victory to a WCOOP title from 2016.

A totally normal one for Brazil: In the least surprising news item of the week, Brazilian players won another three titles overnight, and took first, second and third place in two of them. It’s overkill guys! The standout victory came from Renan Carlos “Internett93o” Bruschi, a two-time Sunday Million champion, who won the first SCOOP title of his career. That’s surprising because he has a documented $5.8 million in tournament winnings, and finished runner up in a big 7-Max Hold’em event earlier this year. Bruschi went all the way in the $109 8-Max (SCOOP-66-M), beating 6,136 entries to a first prize of $87,203. The other brilliant Brazilians were “BetoHas“, who won the $5.50 Mini Sunday Kickoff for $4,774 and “rafayamaki” who picked up $18,136 for winning the $11 NLHE 8-Max (SCOOP-66-L).

Welcome back Bolivia! Earlier in this series, we saw SCOOP breaking new ground in Europe when we crowned a first ever champion from Montenegro. Last night, another vastly underrepresented country snatched a title when Rodrigo “RodriDiaz3” Díaz of Bolivia won the $55 Sunday Kickoff Special Edition (SCOOP-62-M). Bolivian players have only once before tasted SCOOP success, a full decade ago in 2011 when “crazy169” won a $530 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament, for $20K. Diaz’s prize was more than that. Even after taking the smallest slice of a three-way deal, he picked up $28,843, which included $13K in bounties. According to Pocket Fives, that brings Diaz’s lifetime cashes to $207,968 and becomes his biggest single victory. He previously finished third in a SCOOP low tournament in 2019, for $16,410, but this was bigger too than that. Good news for Bolivian poker: Diaz is only the third ranked player in the country, so more could follow.

Spraggy waiting in the wings: Nearly 700 players have already departed from SCOOP-70-H, a $530 buy-in four-max tournament, leaving 38 left. One of them is Ben “Spraggy” Spragg, who sits in fourth overall and will no doubt give his Twitch followers a fine show when the tournament resumes this evening. There’s $365K in the prize pool and $25K up top, plus bounties. Spraggy is on a roll.

TODAY’S RESULTS

†inc. bounties
*after deal

STAT TRACKER

Precisely 200 tournaments are now completed in 2021 SCOOP and we’re well on track towards one of the biggest of all time. Entries are just a handful below 1 million, with the total from the “low” buy-in Sunday Million not yet added (the tournament isn’t complete), so that milestone very much in sight.

Latest standings:

Entries: 979,616 (inc. 185,358 re-entries)
Prize pools: $77,687,297
First place payouts: $11,539,853 (inc. $2,048,058 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 200
Tournaments ongoing: 13
Tournaments starting today: 7

(Note: Stats from completed tournaments only)

TWEET OF THE DAY

Patrick Leonard had Tweet of the Day yesterday, and he’s got it again today:

Shipped the SCOOP High Roller For the Title and $260,000 #nevermissasunday pic.twitter.com/KWv1nWG0yz

— Patrick Leonard (@padspoker) April 19, 2021

INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS! INTERVIEWS!

We’ve been catching up with some of the stars of SCOOP to talk about their latest triumphs, including:

‘Marcelinhobf’ puts the pieces togerher for $34K win
Dejan “dejanlc357” Kaladjurdjevic: First ever from Montenegro — and he’s won three!
Daniel Almeida: Study brings success
Francesco “dottorsydUK” La Cognata makes the most of his free time
Elias “SinKarma” Gutierrez on winning title with 15,000 watching
Fagner “FagnerCR7” Brito one step closer to ambition of turning pro

TWITCH WATCH

Here’s the amazing moment that Mason Pye became a SCOOP champion! It’s emotional…

Meanwhile, Spraggy is ripping it in and getting there. “Nobody can stop me!”

COUNTRIES LEADER BOARD

As mentioned above, Brazilians won three events overnight and continue to sit pretty at the top, but the UK claimed four titles on Monday and so draws within striking distance of Russia. Bolivia’s inclusion for the first time since 2011 means players from 36 countries have won a title this year.

Latest standings:

36 – Brazil
23 – Russia
20 – UK
12 – Sweden
11 – Netherlands
9 – Canada, Finland
7 – Germany, Poland
6 – Czech Republic, Romania
5 – Austria, Hungary, Norway
4 – Denmark
3 – Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro, Ukraine
2 – Argentina, Belarus, Croatia, Latvia, Malta, Mexico
1 – Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Estonia, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.

TODAY’S ACTION

Tuesdays are a serious rival to Sundays for the busiest day in SCOOP, and we have five events (ie., 15 tournaments) getting under way, as well as the conclusion of Monday’s events. The Super Tuesday is the $1K “medium” gier of Event 72, which also has a $10K High Roller as its “high” price point. But there’s also a PKO Turbo to round off the evening, which you can enter for as little as $5.50. The other main highlight is the NL 2-7 Single Draw PKO, which will be absolutely wild.

12.05pm:
71-L: $5.50 NL 2-7 Single Draw PKO, $15K Gtd
71-M: $55 NL 2-7 Single Draw PKO, $25K Gtd
71-H: $530 NL 2-7 Single Draw PKO, $60K Gtd

1.05pm:
72-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max, $400K Gtd
72-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max, Super Tuesday SE, $1M Gtd
72-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max, $1M Gtd

2.15pm:
73-L: $22 PLO 6-Max, PKO, $75K Gtd
73-M: $215 PLO 6-Max, PKO, $115K Gtd
73-H: $2,100 PLO 6-Max, PKO, $175K Gtd

3.30pm:
74-L: $22 NLHE, $125K Gtd
74-M: $215 NLHE, $250K Gtd
74-H: $2,100 NLHE, $275K Gtd

5.05pm:
75-L: $5.50 NLHE 6-Max, Turbo, PKO, $50K Gtd
75-M: $55 NLHE 6-Max, Turbo, PKO, $200K Gtd
75-H: $530 NLHE 6-Max, Turbo, PKO, $300K Gtd

LEADER BOARD LATEST

We have been saying all along that the Player of the Series race is never over until the final card is dealt, and the latest moves prove it once and for all. Despite sitting at the top of the Overall leader board for almost the entire series so far, Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna is now down in third place, supplanted at the top by the streaking Patrick “pads1161” Leonard. Two big titles in as many nights puts Leonard clear in both the Overall and High leader boards, which pay a combined $40K to their winners.

Here’s the latest standings:

Low
1 – FONBET_RULIT, Russia – 510 points
2 – phil_a-QQ, Germany – 435
3 – KaiHix, Netherlands – 415
4 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 395
=5 – andreyayo9, Canada – 390
=5 – Muhonen, Finland – 390

Prizes: 1st – $5,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500 (20 players rewarded)

Medium
1 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 530 points
2 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 425
3 – römpsä, Finland – 390
=4 – ShipitFTW911, Sweden – 335
=4 – Scarmak3r, Slovenia – 335

Prizes: 1st – $10,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $7,500; 3rd – $5,000 (10 players rewarded)

High
1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 705 points
2 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 610
3 – Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Sweden – 590
4 – Jonah “RaiseUpBlind” Silverstein, Canada – 570
5 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 515

Prizes: 1st – $15,000 + Trophy; 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000

Overall Player of the Series
1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 1,160 points
2 – aleksandrs10, Russia – 1,145
3 – Jussi “calvin7v” Nevanlinna, Finland – 1,125
4 – Ilari “Fabahaba” Tahkokallio, Finland – 965
5 – Rinat “Zapahzamazki” Lyapin, Russia – 945

Winner: $25,000 + Trophy

See official SCOOP page for more details

WATCH! WATCH! WATCH!

PokerStars’ streaming army will be out in force during this SCOOP, with all of Lex Velduis, Spraggy, Fintan “easywithaces” Hand, Arlie “Prince Pablo” Shaban, Mason “Pyefacepoker” Pye and Georgina “GJReggie” James certain to be playing most, if not all, days.

The PokerStars central Twitch and YouTube account will also be streaming cards-up final table action five nights a week. Here’s the schedule.

SCOOP 2021 broadcast schedule

PREVIOUS ROUND-UPS

Day 1: Opening night salvos
Day 2: Bujitas and Brazil win big
Day 3: Shakerchi reigns as superstars dominate
Day 4: Double for Montenegro, plus Mateos and Malinowski
Day 5: Two in a night for Nevanlinna; three for Montenegro
Day 6: Lex denied by Padilha
Day 7: Two $1m+ prize pools, and more Lex
Day 8: Astedt and Mulder take customary titles
Day 9: Two in a night for Mattsson
Day 10: Viera crushes again as Moorman wins first
Day 11: Mateos does it again, huge night for Brazil
Day 12: Benitez and Badziakouski take headlines
Day 13: More titles for Leonard, Theologis, Track and WhatIfGod