SCOOP 2020 Day 20: Another Title for Drinan; Main Event Final Tables Confirmed

SCOOP Day 20: Another Title for Drinan as Main Event Final Tables Confirmed

Three Main Events in this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker have seen their champions crowned, with Connor "blanconegro" Drinan securing his fifth SCOOP title of the year while the No Limit Hold'em Main Events have all reached their final tables.

There was plenty of excitement at the online felts, with both Ben "Spraggy" Spragg and Lex Veldhuis attracting record Twitch viewers during their Main Event runs, with big names still present in the other two Main Events also.

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"auercan" Leading Final Nine in Low Main Event

Out of 46,238 runners in the SCOOP-74-L: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event], $3M Gtd, just nine remain in contention for the $434K first-place prize. On Day 3, they navigated through 159 remaining runners to put themselves in contention for that amazing return on investment.

Chief among them in terms of chip count is Latvia's "auercan," who sits just shy of 250 million, good for more than 60 big blinds as blinds have recently moved to 2,000,000/4,000,000/500,000. Ireland's "penguy2" trails closely behind with 241,529,453, a wide lead over third-place "GeleiaTrsk" who has 158,229,788.

Final Table Seating Draw

2LukeN73Czech Republic83,787,394
8Manuel "young_diam18" BlaschkeAustria78,509,459

For auercan, the big move came with around 30 players remaining in a three-way all-in spot. They already had a chip lead, but winning with nines against ace-king and ace-queen for a double knockout nearly doubled their stack and rocketed them far in front.

They didn't play many huge hands after but were able to cruise to the chip lead.

Two notable known names have also advanced to the final table in "LOL_U_91" and Manuel "young_diam18" Blaschke. While "LOL_U_91" held the chip lead for awhile during the closing stretch, they sit in fourth and seventh, respectively, so have some work to do to catch the top stacks.

The massive size of the field means not many known players even made Day 3, but a couple who did only to fall short of the final table were Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart and Dietrich "2pacnrw16" Fast, the latter falling in 37th.

The remaining competitors resume play Wednesday at 1 p.m. EDT with more time still remaining in the 2M/4M level and $28,981 locked up for ninth place.

Gathy at the Top of the Counts Going into the Final Table of the PokerStars 2020 SCOOP 74-M: $1,050 Main Event

Michael Gathy

Day 3 of the PokerStars 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker 74-M: $1,050 Main Event came to an end after less than six hours with the field reduced from 79 players to the final nine players. The 6,475 entries created a total prize pool of $6,475,000 but the lion-share of that money will be handed out at the final table which will start at 1:05 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 20. The eventual champion will not only walk away with the title, bragging rights, but also that incredible first-place prize of $920,067!

Standing proud at the top of the counts is Belgium's Michael "merla888" Gathy with 144,897,516 in chips. Gathy already has three SCOOP and three WCOOP titles but none of them are in any of the Main Events yet. Gathy came into the top of the counts towards the middle of the day and never really strayed far away from the chip lead but cemented it only further during the last four levels of the day. He eliminated "Those_Bros' and "xiaohuangzai" and won hands here and there but didn't really bust anyone after that. He just kept picking up pots and especially during the final table bubble, he kept putting the pressure on the rest to earn almost a third of his current stack.

Following Gathy in the counts is Luis Gustavo "gkamei09" Kamei with 118,948,902 from Brazil. And he isn't the only one sporting the Brazilian flag. Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi (80,502,898) and Matheus "mpZancan" Zancan (22,580,400) are joining him on the final table. "luelue399" (116,435,147) finished the day in third place even though they were at the top of the counts for a while. "WNDRWMN23" (42,622,598) and Jon "luckyfish89" Clark (19,545,821) are representing the United Kingdom. "Oledjan" from Belarus "bagged" 65,082,584 which is worth 41 big blinds which almost around the average. And the final player to make the final table is the Day 2 chip leader, "Tydarax" who went up and down the counts but will be happy to have made it through.

Final Table Seating Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Luis Gustavo "gkamei09" KameiBrazil118,948,90274
2João "HayashiJoão" HayashiBrazil80,502,89850
5Jon "luckyfish89" ClarkUnited Kingdom19,545,82112
6Michael "merla888" GathyBelgium144,897,51691
7Matheus "mpZancan" ZancanBrazil22,580,40014
8WNDRWMN23United Kingdom42,622,59827

Pieter "XMorphineX" Aerts Leads Final Nine Players in the 2020 SCOOP-74-H: $10,300 Main Event

Pieter Aerts

The final table of the 2020 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) SCOOP-74-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event] is set. Nine players, representing eight different countries, remain in contention for one of the most-coveted titles in the world of online poker and the lion's share of the $6,090,000 prize pool.

All finalists out of a field of 609 total entries have $95,745.15 locked up for their efforts already but the eyes are set on the SCOOP Main Event title and the top prize of $1,062,966.47 that comes along with it.

Leading the charge is Belgian poker player Pieter "XMorphineX" Aerts, who was near the top of the counts all day long and ended Day 3 with a stack of 38,539,059. High Roller regular Daniel "Oxota" Dvoress follows in second place as a late surge propelled the Canadian to a stack of 28,570,379.

Final Table Seating Draw

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Benjamin "bencb789" RolleAustria12,283,43241
2Pablo "pabritz" BritoBrazil20,514,26768
4Pieter "XMorphineX" AertsBelgium38,539,059128
5Michael "imluckbox" AddamoUnited Kingdom18,739,55362
6Alex "dynoalot" DifeliceCanada8,594,59229
7Daniel "Oxota" DvoressCanada28,570,37995
9Max "goodeh99" SilverIreland8,647,30129

Brazil's Pablo "pabritz" Brito sits in third place with a stack of 20,514,267 and enjoys a fabulous year so far as he won the $10,300 MILLIONS South America Main Event for $1,000,000 and also took down the inaugural online edition of the Irish Open for €462,100 after defeating Andras Nemeth in heads-up. On top of that, Brito already has a SCOOP title to his name from 2019 and will certainly aim to make that two by tomorrow.

Michael "imluckbox" Addamo seemed unstoppable for most of the five hours of play but eventually lost a big pot to Dvoress' aces to end up fourth in chips with 18,739,553. The final table also features streamer and poker coach Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle (12,283,432), "Alexgirs" (11,783,439), Dublin-based WSOP bracelet winner Max "goodeh99" Silver (8,647,301), Alex "dynoalot" Difelice (8,594,592) and Finland's "EEE27" (4,577,978).

Only one hand was played in level 36 at blinds of 150,000-300,000 and an ante of 37,500 when the final table bubble burst and concluded the day.

Huge Viewership for Veldhuis and Spragg on Twitch Streams

Among the 40 contenders at the start of the day were also the PokerStars ambassadors Ben "Spraggy" Spragg and Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis who streamed their sessions on Twitch and hit huge viewership numbers. Spragg had some 17,000 viewers and the deep run of Veldhuis attracted even more than that. Both were on the same table when the action recommended and some banter ensued, Spragg even tossed virtual tissues to Veldhuis and Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle.

While both scored early double ups with their short stacks and secured two pay jumps, the inevitable clash would eventually happen. Spragg defended his big blind against a button raise by Veldhuis and jammed a six-high flop with ten-six suited only to get shown the rockets by his fellow ambassador. Two bricks later, Spragg was eliminated in 30th place.

Veldhuis navigated his short stack to the final two tables and eventually ran out of steam when he jammed with ace-seven into the ace-king of Rolle and the pocket tens of Jack "Swaggersorus" Sinclair. Rolle rivered an off-suit king to remain in contention as Veldhuis departed in 15th place.

The final table will recommence on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020, as of 1.05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to play down to a champion and the PokerNews live reporting team will be there to provide all the action from start to finish.

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Pot Limit Omaha Main Events

Connor "blanconegro" Drinan Wins Record-Setting Fifth 2020 SCOOP Title and Second PLO-H Title in Event-75-H: $10,300 PLO Main Event for $322,264

Connor Drinan

Connor "blanconegro" Drinan has officially made history with his fifth tournament win in the 2020 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, topping a field of 159 in the three-day-long SCOOP-75-H: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $1.25M Gtd to win the top prize of $322,264. The win came less than a week after Drinan tied Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb's single-series record of four victories, meaning he only had to share the podium for a handful of days before finding a place in the record books all to his own.

Drinan's victory came after a roller coaster of a heads-up match with Jens "Jeans89" Kyllonen that lasted for two full hours and saw both players spend significant amounts of time as the chip leader. When all was said and done, Drinan was the one with all the chips for the fifth time this series and the second time in a high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha SCOOP Event after taking down the $5,200 Event #40-H just nine days ago.

Also at the final table was third-place finisher Joao "Naza114" Vieira, who fell just short of his second SCOOP title of the series. This marked the third time he finished in the top four in a SCOOP-H event in the last week, having also recently taken second place in Event #62-H for $102,900 and fourth in Event #52-H for $240,744.

PokerStars SCOOP-75-H Final Table Results

1Connor "blanconegro" DrinanUnited States$322,264
2Jens "Jeans89" KyllonenFinland$245,286
3Joao "Naza114" VieiraPortugal$186,695
4KukenmuserUnited Kingdom$142,100
5Gavin "gavz101" CochraneUnited Kingdom$108,157
6Talal "raidalot" ShakerchiUnited Kingdom$82,322
7Linus "LLinusLLove" LoeligerAustria$66,762

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Nicolas "niccc" Chouity Wins SCOOP-75-M: $1,050 PLO 6-Max Main Event For $154,039

Nicolas Chouity

Nicolas "niccc" Chouity just became the latest PokerStars 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker after he topped a field of 1,112 players in Event #75-M: $1,050 PLO 6-Max Main Event to walk away with the $154,039 first-place prize.

The three-day tournament came with a guaranteed prize pool of $750,000, though that number was smashed by a wide margin, amassing an official prize pool of $1,112,000. The prize pool was shared across the 143 players that made it into the money, a feat that was accomplished in the early stages of Day 2.

Chouity came into the final day sitting 12th in chips out of the 18 returning players and won a few early hands to keep that sack at bay. From there he steadily gained chips before taking a huge hit right before the start of the final table.

It was there where Chouity gained back momentum winning crucial double-ups before becoming the eventual champion after he overcame a massive 4:1 chip deficit to defeat Sweden's "BomPang" in heads-up action.

SCOOP Event #75-M Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize Money
1Nicolas "niccc" ChouityLebanon$154,039
4Mathias "giftmyra" JoelssonSweden$60,990
5Adam "Adamyid" OwenMexico$42,787
7Ignat "0Human0" LiviuRomania$23,657

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"The_Truht" Wins SCOOP-75-L PLO 6-Max Main Event for $87,059

Day 3 of the 2020 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Event #75-L: $109 [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $500K Gtd), took just three hours with “The_Truht” emerging as the winner of the grand prize of $87,059 after besting the massive field of 6,126.

Donning the flag of Ukraine, “The_Truht” started the day 11th in chips out of the 18 players who converged to compete on Day 3. They rose toward the top early as the eliminations started coming quickly from the get go.

Start of day chip leader Billy "b8chatz" Chattaway, succumbed in 11th place after having a rough start to the day and was not able to recover fully.

SCOOP-75-L: $109 PLO Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize Money
5"M1TR4ND1RUnited Kingdom$20,519
6"jfawn"United Kingdom$14,297

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In-Play Events

Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo Leads Day 1 of SCOOP-79-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller

Juan Pardo

A total of 105 entrants came out for the PokerStars 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker -79-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] creating a prize pool of $1,050,000 and play carried on until the money was reached with 13 survivors.

Finding the chip lead in this star-studded field at the end of Day 1 was Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo who bagged 4,225,689 in chips. Pardo is an accomplished player with over $3.7 million in live earnings. Last year, he won back-To-back High Rollers At EPT Barcelona in a span of just over 24 hours.

Pardo was steadily building throughout most of the day but he really caught fire at the end of the night when he scored multiple crucial eliminations in a row. First, his pair of fours held against Andras "probirs" Nemeth's queen-eight suited to eliminate Nemeth and shortly after, he took out "RickLogrado" when he flopped a set of jacks against Logrado's queens in an all in preflop situation. The next level, Chun Lei "SamRostan" Zhou was his next victim when he shoved pocket sevens into Pardo's ace-queen suited. The flop brought a queen and Zhou couldn't recover.

Pardo's nearest competitor is Linus "LLinusLLove" Loeliger with 3,615,128 and Brunno "botteonpoker" Botteon sits in third with 3,021,971.

The stakes will be high during the final day as four of the remaining thirteen players have already secured SCOOP titles this championship and will be going for another one including Jorryt "TheCleaner11" van Hoof (2,705,419), Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer (2,106,022), Luke "Bit2Easy" Reeves (1,184,433) and Connor "blanconegro" Drinan (1,686,498) who will be aiming for his sixth title of the series.

Kelopuro Leads the 88 Finalists After Day 1 of the SCOOP-79-M: $1,050 NLHE

More than half of Level 24: 17,500/35,000 with a 4,500 ante has been played, before Day 1 of the PokerStars 2020 SCOOP-79-M: $1,050 Super Tuesday SE has been ended. Out of the 937 total entries, there are 88 players still left in the field and they will contest for the SCOOP title tomorrow, during Day 2 of the event.

The chip lead honors went to Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro who managed to finish the day with a 3,580,257. Kelopuro is well-known for his cash game appearences in the nosebleed stakes, while he already has two SCOOP titles in the past, among which a Main Event title during 2011 SCOOP. His chip lead is secure enough, as "JBHInfinity" follows on second place with 3,052,674, more than half a million chips less than the leader. The Brazilian Pedro "pvigar" Garagnani rounds the top three stacks with 2,757,329.

Many other familiar names are still in the field such as Manuel "manuverd0n" Bardon, Luke "lb6121" Schwartz, Simon "Igorkarkarof" Pedersen, Connor "blanconegro" Drinan, Adrian "Amadi_017" Mateos, Simon "C. Darwin2" Mattsson, Tomi "elmerixx" Brouk, Sylvain "caIcuIer_" Loosli, Michael "M_Acevedo" Acevedo, and Anatoly "NL_Profit" Filatov.

SCOOP 79-L: Mini Super Tuesday SE

Players left200
Prize Pool$600,000
Chip leaderHendurr (Sweden)
First-place prize$85,283

Day 20 Results

SCOOP-80-L: $11 5-Card PLO

Prize Pool$55,213
Winnerdrope$tyle (Brazil)
First-place prize$7,854

SCOOP-80-M: $109 5-Card PLO

Prize Pool$158,100
Winnerrajrajrippe (Sweden)
First-place prize$20,823* (after three-handed deal)

"rajrajrippe" locked up the biggest payout in a three-handed deal and went on to secure victory in the SCOOP-80-M event ahead of "yawnkiss" ($16,580) and "AAngelODeath" ($15,048)

SCOOP-80-H: $1,050 5-Card PLO

Prize Pool$53,827
Winnerkjunia (Japan)
First-place prize$53,827

May 20th SCOOP Schedule

Time (GMT)Time (ET)EventBuy-inGuarantee
17:0013:00SCOOP-81-L [6-Max Midweek Freeze]$5.50$50,000
17:0013:00SCOOP-81-M [6-Max Midweek Freeze]$55$250,000
17:0013:00SCOOP-81-H [6-Max Midweek Freeze]$530$350,000
18:1514:15SCOOP-82-L Limit Hold'em$11$15,000
18:1514:15SCOOP-82-M Limit Hold'em$109$25,000
18:1514:15SCOOP-82-H Limit Hold'em$1,050$50,000
19:3015:30SCOOP-83-L [Progressive KO]$22$250,000
19:3015:30SCOOP-83-M [Progressive KO]$215$500,000
19:3015:30SCOOP-83-H [Progressive KO]$2,100$500,000
  • Connor "blanconegro" Drinan set a new single-SCOOP record, while Lex Veldhuis broke Twitch-records!

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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.

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