SCOOP 2020 Day 22: Rui Sousa Bags Huge Thursday Thrill Chip Lead

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The 2020 SCOOP continued on May 21, crowning several champions and whittling down the massive Thursday Thrill SE event from 1,047 entrants to only 61. That last event saw Rui Sousa bag a massive chip lead under the watchful eyes of the PokerNews Live Reporting team. Continue reading to discover more.

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SCOOP-85-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Thursday Thrill], $1M Gtd

Rui Sousa

A field of 1,047 starters were reduced to a more manageable 61 after the first day’s action in the SCOOP-85-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Thursday Thrill], $1M Gtd. Rui “sousinha23” Sousa is the man to catch when play resumes at 7:00 p.m. CET on May 22. Sousa finished Day 1 with 8,974,565 chips in his stack, more than double that of his nearest rival “G A W” of Romania.

Sousa was involved in a massive hand that threatens to shape the entire tournament. Brazil’s Alisson “heyalisson” Piekazewicz had been the chip leader for most the the previous levels so the pot this pair was involved in was massive.

It took place 15,000/30,000/3,750 level and Piekazewicz opened to 50,000 from early position with king-queen of clubs. Sousa called in the big blind with king-nine of spades. Sousa flopped two pair and check-called a 91,410 continuation bet. Another nine on the turn gifted Sousa a full house and he led for 102,840, which was called.

The deuce of club river gave Piekazewicz a flush, but was a very expensive second-best hand. Sousa bet 198,280, it was raise to 1,075,000 before Sousa jammed for 3,002,507. That shove was called, Piekazewicz’s stack was decimated and Sousa soared to the top of the chip counts where he remained.

While Sousa is in pole position for the $73,596 (plus bounties) top prize, he won’t have it all his own way when play resumes. A whole host of talented grinders are among the returning players, each will have a major role to play in where the title calls home.

The likes of Jamie “Ship it 2010” O’Connor, Felipe “Fepoker20” Meister, Even “PURPLE”K”99” Parkes, Mike “gorodski” Gorordinsky, Luke “Bit2Easy” Reeves, and Pete “psxfrcndhe” Chen are all still in the hunt for SCOOP glory.

1Rui “sousinha23” SousaCroatia8,974,565
2G A WRomania4,004,932
5Jamie “Ship It 2020” O’ConnorUnited Kingdom3,384,432
8William “Kabatajoe” RogerGermany3,162,436
9Felipe “Fepoker20” MeisterBrazil2,871,875

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Day 22 Results

SCOOP-81-L: $5.50 NLHE [6-Max, Midweek Freezeout], $50K Gtd

Prize Pool$77,576
Winnerederson 1308 (Brazil)
First place prize$8,635

SCOOP-81-M: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Midweek Freezeout], $250K Gtd

Prize Pool$285,150
Winnerk9 rmoeu (Brazil)
First place prize$40,534

SCOOP-81-H: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Midweek Freezeout], $350K Gtd

Prize Pool$350,000
Winnerzufo 16 (Ireland)
First place prize$61,202

It was an Irish one-two in this event with the pair from the Emerald Isle banking a combined $103,958. “zufo 16” was the player who was crowned champion after defeating Marc “14alonso14” Macdonnell heads-up.

Pete “psxfrcndhe” Chen (3rd - $29,870) and Joao “IneedMassari” Simao (12 - $4,223) were just two stellar names to make it into the money places.

SCOOP-83-L: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $250K Gtd

Prize Pool$444,480
Winner17neffetS_BR (Brazil)
First place prize$28,495

SCOOP-83-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Gtd

Prize Pool$738,200
Winnerpudelpower (Germany)
First place prize$77,026
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SCOOP-83-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Gtd

Prize Pool$500,000
First place prize$92,000

“Nacho124441” got their hands on $92,000 and a SCOOP title on May 21, They topped a field of 227 in the $2,100 buy-in PKO event. The Mexican defeated “KKing James” of Brazil heads-up for the lion’s share of the prize pool, leaving the runner-up to pad their bankroll with $68,990.

Two of poker’s superstars narrowly missed out on a final table appearance. Mike “SirWatts” Watson fell in 10th place for a total prize worth $8,772 while Niklas “Lena900” Astedt busted in ninth for $10,294 with bounties included.

In-Play Events

SCOOP-84-L: $5.50 NLHE, $75K Gtd

Players left151
Prize Pool$84,966
Chip leader99ifonly99 (United Kingdom)
First place prize$9,083

SCOOP-84-M: $55 NLHE, $250K Gtd

Players left195
Prize Pool$306,700
Chip leadersilskyer (Netherlands)
First place prize$43,590

SCOOP-84-H: $530 NLHE, $350K Gtd

Players left49
Prize Pool$372,500
Chip leaderKabatajoe (Germany)
First place prize$63,440

Germany’s “Kabatajoe” is going to have a busy day on May 22 thanks to juggling being chip leader in this event and being among the final 61 of the Thursday Thrill SE. Superstars such as this are used to playing multiple tables against the world’s best players. It could turn out to be an amazing Friday for the German.

SCOOP-85-L: $11 NLHE [Progressive KO], $150K Gtd

Players left192
Prize Pool$198,959
Chip leaderzuturunga (Argentina)
First place prize$8,625 (plus bounties)

SCOOP-85-M: $109 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill], $500K Gtd

Players left209
Prize Pool$675,800
Chip leaderBarrelbloff (Norway)
First place prize$40,847

SCOOP-86-L: $22 NLHE/PLO [6-Max], $75K Gtd

Players left140
Prize Pool$103,480
Chip leaderPULP_F1CTION (Finland)
First place prize$14,724

SCOOP-86-M: $215 NLHE/PLO [6-Max], $150K Gtd

Players left114
Prize Pool$214,400
Chip leaderpolitm69 (Romania)
First place prize$34,515

SCOOP-86-H: $2,100 NLHE/PLO [6-Max], $300K Gtd

Players left23
Prize Pool$376,000
Chip leaderElkku35 (Finland)
First place prize$74,995

Events Scheduled on May 22

Time (EDT)Time (GMT)TournamentGuarantee
1:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.SCOOP-87-L: $5.50 NLHE$100,000
1:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.SCOOP-87-M: $55 NLHE$350,000
1:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.SCOOP-87-H: $530 NLHE$500,000
2:15 p.m.7:15 p.m.SCOOP-88-L: $5.50 PL Fusion [6-Max]$15,000
2:15 p.m.7:15 p.m.SCOOP-88-M: $55 PL Fusion [6-Max]$40,000
2:15 p.m.7:15 p.m.SCOOP-88-H: $530 PL Fusion [6-Max]$100,000
3:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.SCOOP-89-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$100,000
3:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.SCOOP-89-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$250,000
3:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.SCOOP-89-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$400,000
  • Rui “sousinha23” Sousa has a massive chip lead in the Thursday Thrill SCOOP event

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