Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
High stakes progressive knockout tournaments promise a ton of action and the 2020 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Event-33-H: $10,300 NLHE High Roller certainly didn't disappoint in that regard as some of the biggest names of the online and offline world battled it out on the virtual felt.
Nine players fired the maximum allowed three bullets and none of them made it to the money as 15 players out of a field of 117 entries remain with a shot at the $1,170,000 prize pool and the SCOOP title for the eventual champion. As soon as the bubble burst, play ended for the night with a minimum cash of $10,691.40 locked up and $113,785.25 up top.
Andras "probirs" Nemeth only entered once and racked up an impressive bounty of $42,500 so far after a late rampage vaulted the Hungarian to a stack of 7,639,469. Especially the double elimination of Joris "BillLewinsky" Ruijs and "WRUUUUM" from Finland when his ten-nine suited got there to beat aces and ace-king, as well as the ace on the river against the kings of "Black88" cemented the top spot of the Hungarian.
Second in chips is another online legend in Niklas "Lena900" Astedt, who advanced with 5,017,949. Astedt took a bite out of Nemeth's stack at the end before then bursting the bubble and leaving Wiktor "limitless" Malinowski as the last player without a portion of the cash prize pool.
Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder bagged the third-biggest stack with 3,842,414 and the Dutchman is followed by Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph (2,023,519) and Thomas "WushuTM" Muehloecker (1,867,620). Plenty of other big names have a shot at a SCOOP title such as Michael "imluckbox" Addamo (1,857,154), Chun Lei "SamRostan" Zhou (1,142,099), Sam "SamSquid" Grafton (951,821), Joni "bustoville" Jouhkimainen (781,484), and Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo (560,096).
PokerStars ambassador Lex "L. Veldhuis" Veldhuis was among many big names that came and left without much to show for. In the third level of the day, the Dutchman ran kings into aces and caught no miracle. Online wizards such as Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas, Conor "1_conor_b_1" Beresford, Simon "C. Darwin2" Mattsson, Patrick "pads1161" Leonard, Joao "Naza114" Vieira and Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias had to settle for some bounty prizes only.
Recent SCOOP champions Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit, "Passiveaggro", Ilya "Leqenden" Anatsky, Jorryt "TheCleaner11" van Hoof and Talal "raidalot" Shakerchi also all fell victims of the rapid pace eliminations.
Nemeth did most of the work to reach the money bubble and it was then Astedt who held up with kings against the ace-king of Malinowski to let the bubble burst and increase his own chances of winning a fifth title.
Six of the remaining 15 players are below or just above 20 big blinds as the action will continue with blinds of 20,000/40,000 and a running ante of 5,000 when the final day kicks off at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, May 8th, 2020. The PokerNews live reporting team will be back then to deliver the high stakes action en route to crowning the next SCOOP champion.
A recap of today's action is to follow.
Niklas "Lena900" Astedt" made it 84,000 to go from early position and was called once by Thomas "WushuTM" Muehloecker in the cutoff. Wiktor "limitless" Malinowski pushed for nearly 42 big blinds out of the big blind and Astedt went over the top, which forced out Muehloecker.
Wiktor "limitless" Malinowski:
Niklas "Lena900" Astedt:
The flop and turn kept Malinowski's outs at trey and he missed out on a portion of the cash prize pool when the river came a blank. All remaining 15 players are now in the money and on break until 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time the following day.
Mathias "giftmyra" Joelsson raised it up to 88,000 from early position and was called only by Michael "imluckbox" Addamo in the big blind. They checked the flop and turn, Addamo then bet the river for 352,000 into a pot of 236,000. Joelsson called and mucked when he was shown the Jc2h] for trips jacks.
Addamo then took on Teun "tinnoemulder" as the Dutchman defended against a minraise and check-raised a flop from 72,600 to 280,000. Addamo came along to the 3s] turn on which he called a bet of 260,000 by Mulder. The on the river brought a jam by Mulder with the superior stack and that did the trick to the end hand right there without showdown.
Andras "probirs" Nemeth made it 70,000 to go from under the gun and he was called by Niklas "Lena900" Astedt in the hijack and Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph in the big blind. On a flop of , Nemeth opted for a check-raise against Astedt from 87,500 to 315,000 and Astedt called while Rudolph quickly got out of the way.
The on the turn was checked and Nemeth bet the river for 735,000, which represented a large chunk of Astedt's remaining stack. He was called and revealed for a pair and the busted nutflushdraw, which Astedt had beat with JhJc] for a set of jacks.
With several players below a million it was "Black88" that raised from the hijack and then called the shove of chip leader Andras "probirs" Nemeth in the big blind.
Andras "probirs" Nemeth:
The flop and turn provided no additional threat for the player from Russia and he needed to dodge an ace and an ace only. Sure enough, the hit on the river and that set up the money bubble on two eight-handed tables.
Right after coming back from the break, short stack "jknack10" was in the big blind with fewer than 14 big blinds in total and he faced the open-shove of Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph in the small blind. The Canadian made the call to set up the following showdown.
Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph:
The flop was a sweat as "jknack10" picked up a gutshot, however, the turn and river were both blanks to reduce the field to the final 17 contenders.
Day 1 will conclude when the money bubble has burst and the remaining 18 players are back in their seats following a scheduled 5-minute break.