Samuel Vousden Captures Fourth SCOOP Title; Reaches $25K FT

Samuel Vousden

Samuel "€urop€an" Vousden will not become the 2023 PokerStars Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) Main Event champion, but he did manage to take down his fourth career SCOOP title, and add $71,414 to his lifetime winnings tally.

Vousden is also five eliminations away from a fifth SCOOP title and a monster-sized $362,102 because he has navigated his way to the final table of the $25,000 Super High Roller.

Finland's Vousden was one of 1,118 entrants in the $530 No-Limit Hold'em PKO freezeout, and he bagged the largest slice of the $559,000 prize pool.

A whole host of stars reached the money place but fell shy of the final table, including Team PokerStars' Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis and Benjamin "Spraggy" Spragg, two players that have enjoyed some remarkable SCOOP results this year.

With bounties included, only two of the nine finalists did not walk away with at least five figures for their efforts. Ireland's "Chanaldo9" ($6,854) and "GlobalHappiness" of Sweden ($6,175) being that pair.

Arsenii "josef_shvejk" Karmatckii, who won a $1,050 7-Max NHLE event for $$53,329, finished seventh here ($11,050), while "grind4fame" ($10,616) crashed out in sixth.

Fifth place and $15,327 went to Thomas "MarToMchat" Boivin, fourth place and $24,582 to "xpronto," with the event progressing to the heads-up stages when Aleksejs "APonakov" Ponakovs busted in third and collected $35,722.

Vousden found himself heads-up against Germany's "DeadMonkey13," and he made short work of his final opponent. Vousden's fourth SCOOP victory came with $71,414, which left "DeadMonkey13" to claim a $46,436 consolation prize.

SCOOP 107-H: $530 NLHE PKO Freezeout Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryBountiesPrizeTotal Prize
1Samuel "€urop€an" VousdenFinland$32,947$38,467$71,414
3Aleksejs "APonakov" PonakovsLatvia$12,664$23,058$35,722
5Thomas "MarToMchat" BoivinCanada$3,458$11,869$15,327
7Arsenii "josef_shvejk" KarmatckiiMontenegro$4,941$6,109$11,050
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Mike Watson Running Hot in the Super High Roller

Mike Watson
Mike Watson

Forty-two PokerStars players created a $1,030,050 prize pool in the $25,000 Super High Roller, but only six of those entrants remain in contention for a $362,102 score.

Mike "SirWatts" Watson, who is second in chips in the $10,300 SCOOP Main Event, finished top of the pile when the curtain came down on Day 1's proceedings. Watson has locked in $54,482 but will have his sights set on the huge top prize.

Vousden returns to the action second in chips, while such luminaries as Bruno "great dant" Volkmann, Pedro "pvigar" Garagnani, Daniel "SmilleThHero" Smiljkovic, and Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood make up the rest of the final table, although htye are not there to simply make up the numbers.

The pay-jumps are substantial, with a $25,000 difference in prize money between fifth and sixth place, and a whopping $115,000 difference between first and second.

PokerStars' Twitch team is streaming all the Super High Roller final table action from 6:00 p.m. BST on May 30.

SCOOP 113-H: $25,000 NLHE Super High Roller Final Table Chip Counts

1Mike "SirWatts" WatsonCanada3,277,969
2Samuel "€urop€an" VousdenFinland2,931,212
3Brunno "great dant" VolkmannBrazil2,177,062
4Pedro "pvigar" GaragnaniBrazil974,920
5Daniel "SmilleThHero" SmiljkovicAustria825,050
6Sam "Str8$$$Homey" GreenwoodCanada313,787

"uwinitakeit" Denies Some of Poker's Elite Main Event 2nd Chance Glory

Eighty-seven players turned out in force for the $5,200 NLHE Turbo Main Event 2nd Chance, and created a $435,000 prize pool. Of that princely sum, $103,950 was reserved for the champion, and Canada's "uwinitakeit" is that player.

Any of the nine players at the final table would have made a worthy champion; the final table read like a who's who of the online poker world.

Jonathan "x_zola25" Skovsen ($13,706), Mark "AceSpades11" Radoja ($17,113), and Leonard "Grozzorg" Maue ($22,144) were the first trio of casualties at the final table. Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams ($28,654), Espen "Hymn2Nikasi" Jorstad ($37,078), and Steven "random_chu" Chew ($47,978) soon joined the list of busted players.

Benjamin Rolle
Benjamin Rolle

Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood ($62,082) saw his tournament end in third place, leaving "uwinitakeit" against Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle in a one-on-one battle for the lion's share of the prize pool.

There was no deal between the heads-up duo, so Rolle had to make do with the $80,333 consolation prize when "uwinitakeit" defeated him. The champion reeled in a $103,950 score for their impressive performance.

SCOOP 114-H: $5,200 NLHE Turbo Main Event 2nd Chance Final Table Results

2Benjmain "bencb789" RolleAustria$80,333
3Sam "Str8$$$Homey" GreenwoodCanada$62,082
4Stevan "random_chu" ChewIndonesia$47,978
5Espen "Hymn2Nikasi" JorstadUnited Kingdom$37,078
6Timothy "Tim0thee" AdamsFinland$28,654
7Leonard "Grozzorg" MaueAustria$22,144
8Mark "AceSpades11" RadojaCanada$17,113
9Jonathan "x_zola25" SkovsenDenmark$13,706

Other Selected PokerStars SCOOP Results

Allan "allan sheik" Mello helped himself to a massive $164,980 by taking down the $5,200 NHLE PKO SCOOP edition of the popular Thursday Thrill, which concluded on Sunday.

There was a $94,245 score for "pokanuktus" and a $61,299 prize awarded to Jargo "bungakat" Alavali, the latter becoming the champion of the $530 buy-in Main Event 2nd Chance.

EventEntrantsPrize PoolChampionPrize
#97-H: $5,200 NLHE PKO155$775,000Allan "allan sheik" Mello$164,980*
#97-M: $530 NLHE PKO1,452$726,000pokanuktus$94,245*
#102-H: $1,050 NLHE PKO561$561,000Dih21$89,056*
#106-H: $530 NLHE878$439,000absinttivaa$72,952
#114-M: $530 NLHE Turbo Main Event 2nd Chance776$388,000Jargo "bungakat" Alavali$61,229
#100-H: $1,050 NLHE 7-Max Turbo PKO311$311,000Arsenii "josef_shvejk" Karmatckii$53,329*
#101-H: $530 NLHE Deep Stacks541$270,500YJ98poker$47,825
#99-H: $1,050 NLHE 6-Max Turbo228$228,000fearfightr$44,056

*includes bounty payments

  • You won't believe the size of some of these 2023 PokerStars SCOOP payouts!

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