Friday, June 14, 2024

PokerStars’ Lex Veldhuis in the Hunt for Back-to-Back SCOOP $5,200 Titans Titles

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Another weekend of the 2024 PokerStars Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) has come to a close on PokerStars, and there’s been plenty of action from the virtual felt to talk about.

Benny Glaser became SCOOP’s all-time number one after bagging his 11th title in SCOOP 75-L: $55 NLHE Turbo $19,590 while seasoned veteran Ilya “Leqenden” Anatsky won his fourth SCOOP title by taking down the $1,050 buy-in edition of the Thursday Thrill for $91,220.

Additionally, one week on from getting his maiden SCOOP victory, PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis has the chance to run it back in the $5,200 Titans, the battleground he came out on top of seven days ago.

Martynenko in Pole Position for $60K Payday

Vlad Martynenko
Vlad Martynenko

The $5,200 Titans is one of the flagship Sunday tournaments on PokerStars, and this SCOOP edition is no exception. As always, a plethora of high rollers turned up, with this week’s instalment attracting 123 entries and generating a $615,000 prize pool.

From the field, just nine remain, and best placed to collect the $59,669 up top is Ukraine’s Vlad “VladTheSlaye” Martynenko (3,893,326, 111BBs), who has more than double his closest rival in Vlad “dariepoker” Darie (1,718,113, 49BBs).

Veldhuis (1,442,927, 41BBs), the defending champion, rounds out the top three chip counts in his pursuit of back-to-back titles. Another player representing the Spadie brand is also in contention as Alejandro “[Papo]AR” Lococo sits in the middle of the pack with a stack of 30 big blinds.

SCOOP 78-H: $5,200 NLHE [Progressive KO, Titans] Chip Counts

Place Player Country Bounty Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Vlad “VladTheSlaye” Martynenko Ukraine $15,625 3,893,326 111
2 Vlad “dariepoker” Darie Romania $10,781 1,718,113 49
3 Lex Veldhuis Netherlands $6,250 1,442,927 41
4 Eccentric_BG Bulgaria 2500 1335216 38
5 Alejandro “[Papo]AR” Lococo Argentina $11,875 1,042,931 30
6 234241234214432 Ukraine $13,125 969,194 28
7 Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber Brazil $7,969 844,706 24
8 Alisson “heyalisson” Piekazewicz Brazil $6,719 677,814 19
9 Notmystyle Canada $2,500 375,773 11

Can Anybody Stop Team Lex?

Not only is Veldhuis having a fantastic SCOOP campaign, but his stable of horses in the inaugural SCOOP league is cantering away from Team Spraggy, Tonka, and Fintan.

Four of the top five scoring players in the SCOOP league are on Team Lex. Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (1st – 1,410pts), who won his eighth SCOOP title last week, sits atop the point leaderboard.

“Fal1st” (2nd – 1,400pts) has been doing the heavy lifting for Team Spraggy while Denis “aDrENalin710” Strebkov (3rd – 1,220pts), Jerry “Perrymejsen” Odeen (4th – 1,060pts) and Veldhuis (5th – 965pts) are other main contributors to Team Lex’s domination.

Team Points Increase
Lex 8,945 +340
Spraggy 7,220 +120
Tonkaaaa 4,940 +100
Fintan 3,715 +140

Record Breaker: Benny Glaser Becomes SCOOP’s All-Time Number One

$40K Mystery Bounty Prize for “WHATSON83!”; Hand Makes the FT

Fintan Hand
PokerStars Ambassador Fintan Hand

Another SCOOP Mystery Bounty offered up some huge prizes, most notably in SCOOP 72-H: $530 NLHE [Mystery Bounty].

In this event, a $40,000 top mystery bounty envelope was up for grabs, and the fortunate recipient of that tasty treat was fifth-place finisher “WHATSON83!”. On top of that, the Swiss-based poker player banked a further $16,823 in bounties in addition to their $10,469 payout. Their final prize came to $67,292, making them the biggest winner on the day.

“twavlo147”, also stationed in Switzerland, was the eventual champion and banked their first SCOOP title along with the $33,061 they received for their efforts.

Ambassador Fintan “easywithaces” Hand made the final table but was the first to leave in ninth place. Overall, the event had 909 entries, making for a $454,500 prize pool.

SCOOP 72-H: $530 NLHE [Mystery Bounty] Final Table Results

Place Player Country Bounty Prize Total
1 twavlo147 Switzerland $1,118 $31,943 $33,061
2 Zaiz024 Brazil $10,235 $24,169 $34,404
3 Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson Sweden $8,691 $18,287 $26,978
4 SSchranck United Kingdom $2,382 $13,836 $16,218
5 WHATSON83! Switzerland $56,823 $10,469 $67,292
6 marjan1231 Slovenia $22,662 $7,921 $30,583
7 Renan “xrenanx182” Meneguetti Brazil $2,382 $5,993 $8,375
8 Dimisi777 Belarus $13,500 $4,535 $18,035
9 Fintan “easywithaces” Hand Ireland $838 $3,431 $4,269

Brazil Gets Another SCOOP Winner in Baumgarten

SCOOP 81-H: $530 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown] was one of the six tournaments that played out to their conclusion on Sunday. Thanks to the 582 entries, the $250,000 guarantee was obliterated, with $291,000 being the final tally.

Joao Mathias “joaoMathias” Baumgarten was the player to get the lion’s share after being crowned the champion. His $23,274 in bounties and $21,897 prize ended up in a $45,171 payday.

Baumgarten became the latest Brazilian to become a SCOOP winner, continuing the takeover from the South American state in the online poker streets.

SCOOP 81-H: $530 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, PKO, Sunday Cooldown] Final Table Results

Place Player Country Bounty Prize Total
1 Joao Mathias “joaoMathias” Baumgarten Brazil $23,274 $21,897 $45,171
2 nd1mas Brazil $5,335 $21,897 $27,232
3 vvdmm Slovenia $3,426 $12,880 $16,306
4 coloradoall Brazil $4,072 $9,132 $13,204
5 AdoptAMonkey United Kingdom $5,010 $6,474 $11,484
6 Pavels “Rigapols81” Spirins Latvia $2,453 $4,590 $7,043
7 Mastermandel Austria $1,469 $3,254 $4,723

SCOOP Results from Sunday, May 19

Along with “twavlo147” and Baumgarten, four more players achieved poker glory. “budalzeira” and “Rust_A277” took down the low and medium editions of the Mystery Bounty.

“Ketamine2801” reigned supreme in the Low Sunday Cooldown while “Marcelinhobf” locked up their third SCOOP title in the Medium instalment. “Marcelinhobf’s” previous two SCOOP wins came in Pot-Limit Omaha, with the latest coming in No Limit Hold’em.

Event Field Prize Pool Winner Payout
SCOOP 72-L: $5.50 NLHE [Mystery Bounty], $60K Gtd 14,868 $72,853 budalzeira $3,703
SCOOP 72-M: $55 NLHE [Mystery Bounty], $300K Gtd 7,075 $353,750 Rust_A277 $22,246
SCOOP 72-H: $530 NLHE [Mystery Bounty], $400K Gtd 909 $454,500 twavlo147 $33,061
SCOOP 81-L: $5.50 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown, Single Re-Entry], $30K Gtd 9,979 $48,897 Ketamine2801 $3,919
SCOOP 81-M: $55 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown, Single Re-Entry], $175K Gtd 5,412 $270,600 Marcelinhobf $25,965
SCOOP 81-H: $530 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Sunday Cooldown, Single Re-Entry], $250K Gtd 582 $291,000 Joao Mathias “joaoMathias” Baumgarten $45,171

* includes bounties, ** denotes three-way deal

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