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SCOOP 2020 Day 31: Soccer Star Neymar Jr. Makes Deep Run

Neymar Jr. SCOOP PokerStars Poker Player

It's time for the final Sunday to close off the record-breaking 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) with a bang. Before those final eighteen (!) Sunday tournaments kick off, several noteworthy things happened on Saturday night over at PokerStars.

While it was all about Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira in the early weeks of SCOOP, as far as the 2020 SCOOP Player of the Year race was concerned, 2019-PoY winner Konstantin "krakukra" Maslak has been engineering a comeback in recent times to strengthen his bid at back-to-back titles. Maslak won his second title last night in SCOOP 118-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] and is now in striking distance of the Portuguese player to overtake him as the top dog. The winner of the SCOOP 2020 overall leaderboard will receive $50,000, a trophy and the accompanying bragging rights that come with it.

One of soccer's biggest stars Neymar Jr. went on a tear in that same event, ultimately ending up in 12th place. Neymar, who plays as a winger for Paris Saint-Germain as well as the Brazilian national team, is a good friend of PokerStars ambassador Andre Akkari and certainly no newcomer to poker. The Brazilian has been a representative for the Red Spade in the past as well and has one recorded live cash of R$79,440 (~$21,072) to his name but plenty of accolades under his "neymar-jr" handle, and added an score of $4,219 + $2,500 in bounties to that resumé.

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SCOOP 2020 Day 31 Results

Konstantin "krakukra" Maslak Wins Second SCOOP 2020 Title in 118-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]

Prize Pool$450,000
WinnerKonstantin "krakukra" Maslak (Russia)
First-place prize$72,947
Konstantin Maslak
Konstantin "krakukra" Maslak

Russia's Konstantin "krakukra" Maslak needed to fire three bullets into this event, but the third time proved to be the charm for the 2019 SCOOP Player of the Year as he shipped his second event of the series. Maslak won $72,947 total, with almost half of that coming from the massive bounty for finishing in first place.

With the win, Maslak, who won the 2019 SCOOP Low, High, and Overall tier leaderboards, and is now a mere 60 points behind overall leader Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira in the 2020 SCOOP Player of the Year race. Visit PokerStars for more details as this race will come to a conclusion.

In the same event, Neymar Jr. saw a deep run come to an end in 12th place for $6,719, including $2,500 in bounties, after losing a coin flip with pocket nines against vovo_leo's ace-queen. The Brazilian soccer star is known for being a big poker enthusiast while not on the pitch and has been clicking a ton of events during the lockdown. According to Poker Pro Labs, "neymar-jr"'s biggest recent cashes include a $7,249 cash in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up last month, as well as a runner-up finish in the Hot $215 for $7,094.

PlacePlayerCountryBounty PrizeRegular PrizeTotal Prize
1Konstantin "krakukra" MaslakRussia$35,047$37,900$72,947
3Mike "goleafsgoeh" LeahCanada$20,641$24,031$44,672
4Bruno "great dant" VolkmannBrazil$6,563$17,866$24,429
5wiisssppppaaUnited Kingdom$6,313$13,283$19,596
6Lorenzo "O"Pazzzo"" BaynesNetherlands$10,000$9,87519,875
7Prof. HitmanNetherlands$4,125$7,984$12,109
8Joao "vovo_leo" StudartBrazil$10,844$6,455$17,299
12Neymar Jr.Brazil$2,500$4,219$6,719

SCOOP 112-L: $11 NLHE

Prize Pool$250,272
Winner_m0ney2_89 (Russia)
First-place prize$25,420

SCOOP 112-M: $109 NLHE

Prize Pool$410,200
WinnerGaul4200 (Germany)
First-place prize$58,580

SCOOP 112-H: $1,050 NLHE

Prize Pool$500,000
WinnerMRiverAce (Philippines)
First-place prize$88,882

SCOOP 118-L: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]

Prize Pool$256,040
WinnerWangel666 (Russia)
First-place prize$18,992

SCOOP 118-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]

Prize Pool$413,400
Winnerbugiaso (Romania)
First-place prize$49,131

In-Play Events

SCOOP 115-L: $11 NLHE Afternoon Deep stack]

Players left294
Prize Pool$133,535
Chip leader$ AKELA$007 (Russia)
First-place prize$16,660

SCOOP 115-M: $109 NLHE Afternoon Deep stack]

Players left104
Prize Pool$281,100
Chip leaderLoquilloPron (Argentina)
First-place prize$41,085

SCOOP 115-H: $1,050 NLHE Afternoon Deep stack]

Players left34
Prize Pool$397,000
Chip leaderFrancisco 'chiconogue" Noqueira (Brazil)
First-place prize$72,321

SCOOP 116-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max]

Players left318
Prize Pool$134,995
Chip leaderelseppo04 (Germany)
First-place prize$13,663

SCOOP 116-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max]

Players left344
Prize Pool$478,350
Chip leaderppludwig (Germany)
First-place prize$65,773

SCOOP 116-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max]

Players left68
Prize Pool$537,500
Chip leadertekelson221 (Austria)
First-place prize$87,775

Events Scheduled on May 31

The final starting day of SCOOP is upon us! The final six events — eighteen tournaments total — will commence on Sunday, May 31, with several of them slated as two-day events that will conclude on Monday, wrapping up this month-long series.

PokerNews live reporting will be back as well to cover SCOOP 120-M, 121-M, and 121-H start to finish.

Good luck to all on the final days!

Time (EDT)Time (GMT)TournamentGuarantee
08:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.SCOOP-119-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE]$75,000
08:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.SCOOP-119-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Kickoff SE]$275,000
08:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.SCOOP-119-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$400,000
10:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.SCOOP-120-L: $22 NLHE$175,000
10:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.SCOOP-120-M: $215 NLHE [Sunday Warm-Up SE]$400,000
10:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.SCOOP-120-H: $2,100 NLHE [Sunday Warm-Up SE]$500,000
1:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.SCOOP-121-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Sunday Million SE]$500,000
1:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.SCOOP-121-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Million SE]$2,500,000
1:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.SCOOP-121-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$1,500,000
2:15 p.m.6:15 p.m.SCOOP-122-L: $22 PLO [6-Max]$100,000
2:15 p.m.6:15 p.m.SCOOP-122-M: $215 PLO [6-Max]$200,000
2:15 p.m.6:15 p.m.SCOOP-122-H: $2,100 PLO [6-Max, High Roller]$400,000
5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.SCOOP-123-L: $5,50 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE]$60,000
5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.SCOOP-123-M: $55 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown SE]$200,000
5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.SCOOP-123-H: $530 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown SE]$500,000
6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.SCOOP-124-L: $11 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Mini Sunday Supersonic SE]$100,000
6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.SCOOP-124-M: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE]$250,000
6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.SCOOP-124-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE]$250,000

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