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2021 NJ&MI SCOOPs Day 1: Big Weekend Schedule Creates Tons of Winners

SCOOP got off to a big start in Michigan and New Jersey.

With the 2021 PokerStars Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker (PASCOOP) complete, it's time to move on to NJSCOOP and MISCOOP, taking place, of course, in New Jersey and Michigan, respectively.

Both events are running concurrently May 8-24 with more than $3 million in total guarantees between them spread among 285 individual tournaments, most events having a High, Medium, and Low tier. There are events for players of all sorts with buy-ins ranging from $5 to as high as $2,000 and formats from the intricate and challenging 8-game to no-frills no-limit hold'em.

After two days of play, there have been 13,473 entries total for $539,983.80 in prize money.

Click here for more information on PokerStars USA SCOOP events.

On Sunday, PokerNews provided live coverage of one event in each market.

Forlenza Keeps Hot Streak Alive

In the Northeast, Event 07-M: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Jersey Special, $35K Gtd] proved to be a rapid one. The relatively fast structure saw 112 unique entrants (with 72 reentries) dwindling down to a champion after just over seven hours of play.

After a back-and-forth heads-up battle, it was John "GameofEdges" Forlenza who took down the event and the $6,952.83 prize that went with it.

Forlenza, who has enjoyed an “unreal” last couple of months, took down another Sunday major on a different site just last week and now adds another four figures to the bankroll.

Angel "Chr0meKing" Lopez, who made several deep runs on the day, booked a second-place finish for $6,952.

Official Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1John "GameofEdges" Forlenza$6,952.83
2Angel "Chr0meKing" Lopez$5,187.18
3"OtB_RedHeron"$3,869.99
4"Hustle_Man93"$2,887.27
5"Scooby-D0O"$2,154.11
6"sri100k"$1,607.11
7"shipitshell"$1,199.01
8"el binko"$894.55
9"3mptyS0ul"$773.56

The biggest prize of the day in New Jersey went to Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro who topped a small field of 48 in 07-H: $500 NLHE, $15K Gtd for $8,621.42.

Top NJ regs Daniel "loxonbagel" Buzgon, Anthony "FlawlessBINK" Maio and Daniel "AvaGray" Lupo all grabbed titles as well.

Meanwhile, "Dkornblau" pulled off a daily double — they shipped both 02-H: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack], $20K Gtd and 08-M: $30 NLHE , $5K Gtd for a combined $6,281.83.

Recent 2021 NJSCOOP Winners

DateEventEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
May 801-H: $100 NLHE [NJSCOOP Kick Off, Nightly Stars SE], $12.5K Gtd162$14,871.60Daniel "loxonbagel" Buzgon$2,994.32
May 801-M: $30 NLHE [Kick Off], $7K Gtd318$8,681.40djjoelz$1,620.27
May 801-L: $20 NLHE [Kick Off], $5K Gtd360$6,552Lond13onE$1,201.01
May 802-H: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack], $20K Gtd94$20,000Dkornblau$5,219.53
May 802-M: $100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack], $15K Gtd150$15,000DoomSwitch91$3,283.44*
May 802-L: $30 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack], $7.5K Gtd271$7,500sicily1012$1,561.28
May 803-H: $75 NLO8 [6-Max], $4K Gtd53$4,000Anthony "FlawlessBINK" Maio$1,528.64
May 803-M: $30 NLO8 [6-Max], $1.5K Gtd46$1,50016NovaChamps18$573.26
May 803-L: $10 NLO8 [6-Max], $1.25K Gtd147$1,337.70KneadDaRiver$282.27
May 804-H: $75 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $10K Gtd154$10,510.5009123459$3,476.16
May 905-H: $100 NLHE [Sunday Marathon SE], $10K Gtd122$11,199.60CN_23_LL$2,454.90
May 905-M: $30 NLHE [Marathon], $6K Gtd222$6,060.60BigAl07094$1,182.08
May 905-L: $20 NLHE [Marathon], $4K Gtd266$4,481.20cheebsyforme$924.02
May 906-H: $75 NLHE [Sunday Warm Up SE], $5K Gtd89$6,074.25wxg1989$1,439.61
May 906-M: $30 NLHE [Sunday Warm Up, Mini], $4K Gtd159$4,340.70kyleorto86$874.03
May 906-L: $10 NLHE, $3.5K Gtd327$3,500MisAnnthr0pe$653.26
May 907-H: $500 NLHE, $15K Gtd48$22,560Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro$8,621.32
May 907-M: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Jersey Special], $35K Gtd184$35,000John "GameOfEdge" Forlenza$6,952.83
May 907-L: $30 NLHE [8-Max, Jersey Special, Mini], $8K Gtd286$8,000mikeyeager$1,516.81
May 908-H: $100 NLHE [Nightly Stars SE], $8K Gtd114$10,465.20Iraisepros$2,396.90
May 908-M: $30 NLHE , $5K Gtd196$5,350.80Dkornblau$1,062.30
May 908-L: $20 NLHE [The Big 20 SE], $3.5K Gtd231$4,204.20Gwaffy$820.07
May 909-M: $100 PLO [8-Max], $6K Gtd62$6,000thanutz001$1,864.39
May 909-L: $30 PLO [8-Max], $3K Gtd104$3,000Daniel "AvaGray" Lupo$689.26

*reflects final table deal

Three-Way Deal Ends Big MI Event

A total of 831 entries — 469 players, 362 reentries — in Event #4-H: $100 NLHE (Sunday Special SE), $80K Gtd left the prize pool $3,714.20 short of meeting the guarantee, giving players a small overlay to gun for.

After a nine-hour day on the virtual felt, Mother's Day was a special one for "fenix1234620", as they took down the title and $10,872.02 after a three-way deal with runner-up "jdrisco6" ($9,112.83) and third-place finisher Eric "Emans5000" Manssur ($9,991.72).

Official Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1"fenix1234620"$10,872.02
2"jdrisco6"*$9,112.83
3Eric "Emans5000" Manssur*$9,991.72
4"aFishNamedPete"$4,913.12
5"Eye8YourChips"$3,510.07
6"Polarithm"$2,507.70
7"FarmingYou"$1,791.57
8"GloryDaze991"$1,279.95
9"ChipzNCheese"$914.44

*denotes three-way deal

Another notable winner was "BiggYBlains22", who took down 1-H: $100 NLHE [Nightly Stars SE], $40K Gtd for $8,339.27 in a field of 511.

Recent 2021 MISCOOP Winners

DateEventEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
May 81-H: $100 NLHE [Nightly Stars SE], $40K Gtd511$46,909.80BiggYBlains22$8,339.27
May 81-M: $30 NLHE, $20K Gtd833$22,740.90I'msomeoneelse$3,830.50
May 81-L: $10 NLHE, $7.5K Gtd803$7,500mysurplusvalue$1,263.79
May 82-H: $100 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom], $20K Gtd275$5,245grandma1967$4,340.79*
May 82-M: $30 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom], $10K Gtd391$10,674.30This_Jst_In$1,934.68
May 82-L: $10 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom], $5K Gtd682$6,206.20mr nappers$1,064.78
May 93-H: $100 NLHE [Sunday Marathon SE], $30K Gtd339$31,120.20Omarrcomin$5,807.40
May 93-M: $30 NLHE [Sunday Marathon], $15K Gtd537$15,000Stozypokes$2,649.53
May 93-L: $10 NLHE [Sunday Marathon], $6K Gtd694$6,315.40ApexPred36$1,076.12
May 94-H: $100 NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $80K Gtd831$80,000fenix1234620$10,872.02*
May 94-M: $30 NLHE [Sunday Warm Up SE], $20K Gtd725$20,000TheWizOfTheRiv$3,406.59
May 94-L: $10 NLHE [Sunday Storm SE], $7.5K Gtd961$10,000ChipzNCheeze$1,648.12
May 95-H: $50 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $7.5K Gtd197$8,963.5022yardPUNT$1,807.35*
May 95-M: $15 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $3.5K Gtd187$3,500DonnyDoodles$758.6
May 95-L: $5.00 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $1K Gtd204$1,000KennyJ371$187.72
May 96-H: $50 NLHE [Turbo, Second Chance], $7.5K Gtd210$10,000248donkey$1,950.34
May 96-M: $15 NLHE [Turbo, Second Chance], $2.5K Gtd187$2,552.55jlaux7$506.82
May 96-L: $5.00 NLHE [Turbo, Second Chance], $1K Gtd213$1,000thesirtyone85$195.22
May 97-H: $50 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE], $7.5K Gtd134$7,500FireHarbaug$1,582.23
May 97-M: $15 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic], $2.5K Gtd1822,566.20Iraise U2nU512
May 97-L: $5.00 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic], $1K Gtd2121,000Dublistic196.75

*reflects final table deal

Both NJSCOOP and MISCOOP will have continued coverage here on PokerNews via daily recaps and live reporting of select events. You can find the homepage for the New Jersey coverage here and the Michigan coverage here.

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