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PokerStars SCOOP 2020

SCOOP-74-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event], $5M Gtd

Level Info

Level 56
Blinds 3,000,000 / 6,000,000
Ante 750,000

Players Info - Day 4

Players Left 1
Entries 9

Players Info

Entries 6475
Prize Pool $6,475,000
SCOOP-74-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event], $5M Gtd
Day 4 Completed

Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi Wins the 2020 PokerStars SCOOP 74-M: $1,050 Main Event for $920,067

poolshir • Level 56: 3,000,000-6,000,000, 750,000 ante
SCOOP-74-M Final 9 Payouts
SCOOP-74-M Final 9 Payouts

After less than three hours, Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi has won the PokerStars 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker 74-M: $1,050 Main Event for $920,067 be defeating Michael "merla888" Gathy heads-up who claimed $655,853 for his efforts. The 2020 Main Event had the biggest turnout in their history, beating the 2018 record of 5,508 field as this year 6,475 entries were collected to create a monster prize pool of $6,475,000.

Hayashi overcame a final table which also included "luelue399", Luis Gustavo "gkamei09" Kamei, "WNDRWMN23", "Oledjan", "Tydarax", Jon "luckyfish89" Clark, and Matheus "mpZancan" Zancan.

PokerStars 2020 SCOOP 74-M: $1,050 Final Table Results

1João "HayashiJoão" HayashiBrazil$920,067
2Michael "merla888" GathyBelgium$655,853
4Luis Gustavo "gkamei09" KameiBrazil$333,261
5WNDRWMN23United Kingdom$237,561
8Jon "luckyfish89" ClarkUnited Kingdom$86,048
9Matheus "mpZancan" ZancanBrazil$61,338

Start of the Day's Action

Day 2 chip leader "Tydarax" got short immediately when the lost two-thirds of their stack to "luelue399" when the latter had turned a set of fives but it would be Zancan who would be busting first when he shoved with jacks from the small blind into the ace-ten of Gathy who was sitting in the big blind. Gathy flopped two pair immediately to get the final table down to eight players. "Tydarax" doubled up twice through "Oledjan" first before Clark was eliminated by "luelue399" with ace-king. "luelue399" turned the -nut-flush which beat the flush draw of "Oledjan".

Shortly after the first break, the curtains finally closed for "Tydarax" who couldn't win their third all-in with ace-nine. Gathy had looked them up while holding queen-jack suited to river the flush. "Oledjan" had lost most of their stack already and lost the remainder to Gathy with ace-king. This time, Gathy held king-queen and turned a queen for two pair.

But this wasn't the end of all the quick bustouts as "WNDRWMN23" left in fifth place less than ten minutes later. Gathy was responsible for this one too when he held ace-seven. "WNDRWMN23"'s jack-ten couldn't connect to anything on the board as Gathy turned a flush. With almost three times as much as the second place in the counts, Gathy kept crushing the final table. But he doubled "luelue399" up first before adding even more chips to his stack even while doubling Kamei up too.

Just after the second break, Kamei was kicked out of the tournament by Gathy who was behind with ace-jack when the cards went on their backs as Kamei held ace-king but the jack on the river sealed the deal. Immediately after, "luelue399" got their shortstack in from the small blind and this time it was Hayashi who took the honor. Hayashi held ace-seven and flopped top pair. "luelue399" had some hope for a miracle when the king came on the turn but no further help came to get the tournament to the heads-up stage.

Michael Gathy
Michael Gathy finished in 2nd place for $655,853

Heads-Up Goes Badly for Gathy

Gathy went into the heads-up battle with a commanding chip lead with over 70% of all the chips in play and a deal was shortly discussed but they both decided to continue to play for the first-place prize. From there on, it seemed like Gathy could do nothing right. He did five-bet shove once to put increase his chip lead but then Hayashi made the right calls a few times to decrease the gap between them.

Hayashi then took over the chip lead when he called Gathy's button raise, they both checked through the seven-ten-queen flop, he check-called Gathy's bet with the jack on the turn for the river to complete the board with the deuce. Hayashi then check-shoved when Gathy continued with a bet and Gathy gave up.

More and more chips went Hayashi's way and then he rivered a straight to leave Gathy behind with 17 big blinds. A few more hands and chips went back and forth until in the final hand, Gathy shoved from the button for his last 12 big blinds with queen-jack. Hayashi called with ace-eight and flopped two pair before improving to a full house on the river to win the battle and that amazing first-place prize.

This concludes the PokerNews coverage of this Main Event but keep following the updates of the other Main Events and definitely make sure to come back tomorrow as we continue our coverage of the extended SCOOP schedule with SCOOP-85-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Thursday Thrill SE].

Michael "merla888" Gathy Eliminated in 2nd Place ($655,853)

poolshir • Level 56: 3,000,000-6,000,000, 750,000 ante
Gathy eliminated in 2nd place
Gathy eliminated in 2nd place

Michael "merla888" Gathy shoved from the button for 73,272,920 and was called by Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi.

Michael "merla888" Gathy: {q-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi: {a-Clubs}{8-Clubs}

The flop came {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{a-Spades} for Hayashi to hit two pair immediately.

The turn brought them the {3-Spades} to leave Gathy drawing dead as the {a-Hearts} completed the board for Hayashi to improve to a full house to win the Main Event for $920,067 while Gathy busts in second place for $655,853.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi BR 647,500,000 85,347,120
Michael "merla888" Gathy be Busted

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PokerStars Launches $50,000 Twitch Community Giveaway

KaleGozer • Level 56: 3,000,000-6,000,000, 750,000 ante
PokerStars Twitch Community Giveaway
PokerStars Twitch Community Giveaway

From May 20, PokerStars will be randomly giving away chests worth up to $215 every day to players watching PokerStars streamers. The promotion will run throughout the remainder of the SCOOP, which has been extended to May 31st with guarantees bumped to $135,000,000!

To take part, viewers must have linked their PokerStars and Twitch accounts and have their stream chat open whilst watching one of a number of streamers.

The following PokerStars streamers are ones to watch for this giveaway:

Read all the details about this promotion and how to link PokerStars and Twitch accounts over at the PokerStars Blog.


Hayashi Rivers a Straight to Leave Gathy Short

poolshir • Level 55: 2,500,000-5,000,000, 600,000 ante
Gathy loses big pot
Gathy loses big pot

Michael "merla888" Gathy raised to 10,400,000 from the button and was called by Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi.

The flop came {7-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{10-Spades}, Gathy continued with a bet of 5,940,000 after Hayashi checked who then raised it up to 23,557,600 which Gathy called.

The turn brought them the {q-Hearts}, Hayashi bet 48,380,640 and Gathy called.

The river completed the board with the {8-Spades}, Hayashi bet 112,796,006 and Gathy called but mucked when Hayashi showed {6-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} for the rivered straight.

Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi BR 562,152,880 175,334,246
Michael "merla888" Gathy be 85,347,120 -175,334,246

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Increased Chip Lead for Hayashi

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Michael "merla888" Gathy raised to 10,400,000 from the button and Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi made the call.

The flop came {2-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{3-Spades}, Hayashi check-raised the 5,400,000 continuation-bet of Gathy to 16,224,000 and Gathy reraised to 40,000,000 which Hayashi called.

The turn brought them the {q-Hearts} and both players checked to the {8-Hearts} on the river. Hayashi bet 112,200,000 for Gathy to give up on this hand.

Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi BR 386,818,634 33,878,000
Michael "merla888" Gathy be 260,681,366 -33,878,000

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Chip Lead Goes to Hayashi

poolshir • Level 55: 2,500,000-5,000,000, 600,000 ante
Chip lead for Hayashi
Chip lead for Hayashi

Michael "merla888" Gathy raised to 10,400,000 from the button and Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi opted to make the call.

They both checked through the {7-Spades}{10-Hearts}{q-Hearts} flop to the {j-Hearts} on the turn. Hayashi checked again and Gathy bet 20,680,000 which was called.

The river completed the board with the {2-Spades}. Hayashi checked for the last time and Gathy bet 59,588,400 and Hayashi shoved for 230,022,234 for Gathy to fold to.

Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi BR 352,940,634 91,238,400
Michael "merla888" Gathy be 294,559,366 -91,238,400

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Hayashi Comes Closer to Gathy

poolshir • Level 55: 2,500,000-5,000,000, 600,000 ante

Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi limped in from the button and Michael "merla888" Gathy opted to check.

The flop came {9-Clubs}{3-Spades}{7-Diamonds}, Gathy check-called the 5,000,000 bet of Hayashi.

The turn was the {a-Clubs}, Gathy checked again and Hayashi continued with a bet of 11,024,000 which Gathy called.

The river completed the board with the {a-Hearts} and Gathy checked for the last time. Hayashi bet 25,083,840 for Gathy to fold.

Michael "merla888" Gathy be 385,797,766 -26,678,000
Joao "HayashiJoão" Hayashi BR 261,702,234 26,678,000

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