Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
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.
O'Dwyer was responsible for bursting the money bubble when Sergi "srxakgirona" Reixach shoved his final crumbs with ace-three into his queens in a blind vs blind situation.
Other notables who took a shot at this event but couldn't make it through include 2020 SCOOP champions Joao "Naza114" Vieira, and Artur "mararthur1 Martirosyan as well as Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams, Orpen "OrpTheTurk" Kisacikoglu, Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood and Adrian "Amadi_017" Mateos.
The remaining 13 payers are all guaranteed to collect $22,260 but all eyes will be on the top prize of $241,957 and the top prize. Play will resume on Wednesday May 20th at 1:00 p.m. EST and action will continue at Level 19 which features a small blind of 17,500, big blind of 35,000 with a 4,500 ante.
Play has halted for the day with 13 players remaining out of a field of 105 entries. End-of-day chip counts and a recap will follow shortly.
Action folded to Sergi "srxakgirona" Reixach who moved all in for his last 210,744 from the small blind and Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer snap-called from the big blind.
Sergi "srxakgirona" Reixach:
Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer:
The flop came giving O'Dwyer a set of queens. The turn and river filled up the board and O'Dwyer improved his hand to queens full of nines, eliminating Reixach from the tournament in 14th place.
The remaining 13 players are all in the money and are guaranteed a min-cash of $22,260.
Chun Lei "SamRostan" Zhou moved all in for 632,290 from the hijack and Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo three-bet to 1,400,000 from the button.
Chun Lei "SamRostan" Zhou:
Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo:
The runout was and Pardo claimed the pot with aces and queens, sending Zhou to the exit.
Connor "blanconegro" Drinan moved all in for 820,999 from the button and Sergi "srxakgirona" Reixach called from the big blind.
Connor "blanconegro" Drinan:
Sergi "srxakgirona" Reixach:
Drinan hit a good flop of . The turn and river filled up the board and Drinan doubled up with queens and deuces.
Mike "SirWatts" Watson raised to 70,000 from mid-position and Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois defended from the big blind.
Players saw a flop of and Lefrancois checked. Watson bet 115,000 and Lefrancois check-raised all in for 1,352,046. Watson snap-called for less with his last 530,680.
Mike "SirWatts" Watson:
Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois:
Lefrancois had a ten-high flush draw and Watson was ahead with a queen-high flush draw. However, that didn't last long as the turn brought the giving Lefrancois the lead with a pair of sixes and the river completed the board for Lefrancois to take down the pot, ending Watson's run.
Jorryt "TheCleaner11" van Hoof raised to 70,000 from the hijack and Dimitri "MITS 304" Michaelides three-bet to 682,500 from the big blind. van Hoof four-bet to 1,295,000 and Michaelides called for less, putting at risk a total of 691,178.
Dimitri "MITS 304" Michaelides:
Jorryt "TheCleaner11" van Hoof:
The runout was and van Hoof took down the pot with queens and deuces, eliminating Michaelides.