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We’re getting close to the end of the 2022 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). But there’s still tons to report as the action hots up. Here’s the latest…


  • Huge Main Events smash guarantees, burst bubbles
  • Uruguay’s finest go 1-2
  • Estrada denies Gusma, lands six-figure score
  • Debus debuts on SCOOP winner’s board


Main Events blitz guarantees: Registration closed on all three SCOOP Main Events last night, which then played into the money. And there was lots of it. Players arrived in their droves for all three tournaments, busting through the guarantees and building some enormous prize pools. See “Main Event Updates” below for more details.

Francisco “Tomatee” Benitez: Won battle of the Uruguayans

Uruguay’s heroes chop Second Chance high: Poker in Uruguay is dominated by two absolute behemoths of the online game: Francisco “Tomatee” Benitez and Ramiro “ramastar88” Petrone, both of whom feature repeatedly in all major tournament round-ups. By their standards, SCOOP 2022 had been relatively quiet, but last night they ended up heads-up at the end of the $5K SCOOP 100-H Main Event 2nd Chance, taking a combined $220K back to South America. In all likelihood, Benitez and Petrone know all about one another’s games and opted to chop it when they got heads-up, with Benitez going in to claim the win and a third SCOOP career title. Petrone picked up a second runner-up finish for the year, but both had six figures each to celebrate — officially $110,521 for Benitez and $109,450 for Petrone.

Estrada denies Gusma, adds another for Andorra: On Sunday night, SCOOP had three female champions as the Women’s Event debuted in this annual series, and last night Soraya “railerita” Estrada added another — but this time in a huge open event, where she destroyed a super tough field of 309 mostly male entries. Estrada, who is one of the growing Spanish contingent playing from Andorra, won the $2K buy-in PKO Sunday Warm-Up, which came with a prize of $50,844. She added another $50,738 in bounties for a $101,582 haul — all from a $109 satellite entry. Estrada beat Pedro “gusmaa” Gusma heads-up, denying him a second title of the series (he has two runner-up finishes). It’s often difficult to know whether players are male or female based on screen-name alone, but Estrada is “out”, so to speak, and posts on Pocket Fives, which confirms she has $1.6 million in online career tournament earnings. This latest six-figure score is the second largest of her career so far — and it was cheered over the line by Spanish Twitch streamers, watching every step of the way.


Alex “Schildy1984” Debus: A SCOOP winner at last

Debus debuts on SCOOP winners’ board: Before last night, Alex ”Schildy1984″ Debus had two WCOOP titles, among numerous other accolades, but had drawn a blank in SCOOP. But the Austrian made the most of the so-called “2nd Chance” and won the $530 buy-in Main Event 2nd Chance event (SCOOP 100-M) for a $70,164 score and a first SCOOP title. There were 827 entries to this turbo, which played through in six-and-a-half hours. The “low” version went to Brazil’s “Cabeca Rush”, who also won during SCOOP last year. Cabeca Rush won the $109 Deep Stacks in SCOOP 2021, and last night’s double up came with a $39,147 prize.

Gogac sniper in the zone: It was a fine night last night for Austria’s “Gogac sniper”, who not only won one event, but also progressed to the deep stages of at least two others, and picked up three further cashes. The event they won was SCOOP 93-H: $530 NLHE Sunday Kickoff, which came with a first prize of $81,087. But there are significantly larger riches in store if things continue to run so smoothly on Tuesday night. Gogac sniper sits second in the $55 Phase event, where there’s a $1m+ prize pool (and “bencb789” in third); and ninth of 40 left in $10K SCOOOP Main Event. That’s in addition to a cash in the $1K Main (in 321st place), in the $215 Sunday Warm-Up (36th) and in the $530 Main Event 2nd chance (64th). That’s a lot of tables and a lot of success, who has previous form for winning in batches.


The SCOOP Main Events are officially enormous, with a late flurry of entries as registration closed last night pushing the prize pools further past their guarantees. In all, Main Event players are contesting more than $13.5 million — $6.5 million in the high, $4.4 million in the medium and $2.5 million in the low. It means someone is going to pick up $1.14 million for winning the $10K event, while someone is going to turn a $109 buy-in into $259K in the low.

Yesterday was all about the bubble, covered in forensic detail on the PokerStars Twitch channel. It was a drawn-out affair with multiple double-ups, until Finland’s “zerodeda” was indeed deda with zero in the $10K. That guaranteed everyone else $23K at least. Ben “bencb789” Rolle was the lone Red Spade in the money in the High, which paused overnight with Henrik “hhecklen” Hecklen leading the pack.

Lex Veldhuis, Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot and Rafael “GM_VALTER” Moraes cashed the medium, but are all now out, and there’s no Red Spade involvement in the low either, where Talbot, Steve Enriquez, Lex and Spraggy all min-cashed.

They will play to their finals tonight. Here are the latest standings.

SCOOP 95-L: $109 NLHE Main Event
Entries: 25,534 | Prize pool: $2,553,400
Players remaining: 158 | Chip leader: GoianoVix (Brazil)

SCOOP 95-M: $1,050 NLHE Main Event
Entries: 4,408 | Prize pool: $4,408,000
Players remaining: 79 | Chip leader: 000000000136 (Malta)

SCOOP 95-H: $10,300 NLHE Main Event
Entries: 654 | Prize pool: $6,540,000
Players remaining: 40 | Chip leader: Henrik “hhecklen” Hecklen (UK)


* denotes deal
† inc. bounties


SCOOP hit two major milestones last night, with more than 1 million entries now registered for the series, and more than $70 million given out in prize pools. It’s still going to be another two days until we even add the Main Event millions to that, so it’s going just fine already, thanks.

Latest standings:

Entries: 1,001,655 (inc. 256,560 re-entries)
Prize pools: $74,030,322
First place payouts: $11,780,757 (inc. $2,413,951 in bounties)
Tournaments completed: 291
Tournaments ongoing: 12
Tournaments starting today: 9


Here is the full list of multiple champions in this year’s SCOOP so far:

Ami Barer was the first triple champion this year

Three time:

  • Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro
  • _sennj_
  • Ami “UhhMee” Barer
  • Ole “wizowizo” Schemion
  • Two time:

    ArtHouse2011, Aziz.Mancha, B4NKR0LL3R, BBRS999, Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Vlad “dariepoker” Darie, FishOnHeater, Kelvin “kelvin_fp:ar” Kerber, leocir25, ModzillaPL, Matt “MUSTAFABET” Ashton, Mutinio, Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt, Nuthshell, Jerry ‘Perrymejsen’ Odeen, Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, James “TheDrunkLife” Whittet, XD89lol<3


    Ben “bencb789” Rolle is still battling on multiple fronts as SCOOP enters its endgame. In two tweets late last night, he gave a quick update, then offered insight into how you too can improve your game. The man knows!


    As Griffin Benger makes the case for two possible folds, two players in the $10K SCOOP Main Event do the exact opposite. Here’s a good example of the kind of hand that took the big one to its money bubble in double-quick time last night. Remember, you can watch more of this tournament tonight.


    One more to the total for Brazil last night, as the UK also seems to have secured a near-certain second place. There’s a tussle for the third place on the podium, however, with Canada moving ahead of Austria and Germany last night.

    66 titles: Brazil
    24: UK
    18: Canada
    17: Austria, Germany
    12: Ukraine
    11: Argentina, Hungary
    10: Norway
    9: Sweden
    8: Bulgaria
    7: Finland, Poland
    6: Estonia, Ireland, Romania
    5: Malta, Montenegro
    4: Andorra, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Lithuania, Uruguay
    3: Kazakhstan, Latvia
    2: Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan
    1: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Gibraltar, Greece, Mexico, Peru, Slovenia, Thailand.


    Although the gap narrowed very slightly at the top of the Overall standings last night, you should not be surprised to learn that Patrick “pads1161” Leonard is into the final day of the Omaha medium Main Event, so more points are coming for him. FONBET_RULIT, Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro and Andrei “Premove” Skortsov continue to jostle for second, but there’s only one prize in that Overall race.

    Here are the latest top fives. Full standings are available on the main Player of the Series page.


    Current top five:

    1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 1,620 points
    2 – FONBET_RULIT, Armenia – 1,430
    3 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 1,390
    4 – Andrei “Premove” Skortsov, Kazakhstan – 1,365
    5 – Ole “wizowizo” Schemion, Austria – 1,275

    Winner receives $25,000 cash, plus trophy.


    1 – Dart Serg, Belarus – 785 points
    2 – ekvilibryst, Ukraine – 705
    3 – rastafari898, Germany – 665
    4 – andreyayo9, Canada – 640
    5 – Bxrn, UK – 630

    Prizes: 1st – $5,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $2,500; 3rd – $1,500; 4th – $1,000; 5th – $500; 6-10 – $300; 11-20 – $150.


    1 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 595 points
    2 – James “TheDrunkLife” Whittet, Hungary – 565
    3 – Fruble, Brazil – 545
    4 – Kelvin “kelvin_fp:ar” Kerber, Brazil – 475
    5 – Aces Amin, UK – 465

    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 – 855 points
    2 – Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson, Sweden – 735
    3 – Patrick “pads1161” Leonard, UK – 610
    4 – Gabriel “pinguinho” Baleeiro, Brazil – 590
    5 – Ami “UhhMee” Barer, Canada – 565

    Prizes: 1st – $15,000 (plus trophy); 2nd – $10,000; 3rd – $5,000


    One last Tuesday, one last Super Tuesday. This time the buy-ins are $11, $109 and $1,050, lower than previously during this SCOOP. But still enormous prize pools are guaranteed. We also have a Heads Up Total KO Zoom event, which mixes things up nicely for the penultimate day.

    12.30pm: SCOOP 102: NLHE Super Tuesday
    Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
    Guarantees: $125K, $400K, $500K

    1.30pm: SCOOP 103: NLHE/PLO 6-Max, Progressive KO
    Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
    Guarantees: $20K, $50K, $100K

    3.05pm: SCOOP 104: NLHE Heads-Up TKO Zoom
    Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530
    Guarantees: $40K, $175K, $200K


    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
    DAY 8: Hat-trick for Fintan Hand!
    DAY 9: Colillas wins first SCOOP as Leonard tops leader board
    DAY 10: Selouan adds SCOOP $25K to Prague title
    DAY 11: Ashton and Fox victorious, Lex makes $10K FT
    DAY 12: Schemion makes it six and more for Dimov and Mattsson
    DAY 13: Montenegrin maestro strikes again
    DAY 14: Barer completes SCOOP 2022 hat-trick
    DAY 15: _sennj_ hits three on night of Norway
    DAY 16: Schemion wins hat-trick and more for Ashton and Mattsson
    DAY 17: Moraes wins one for Red Spade, pinguinho scores hat trick
    DAY 19: Salas adds another SCOOP as Main Events kick off

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