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Spraggy Turns $109 Into a $52K Score; Skvortsov Ties All-Time SCOOP Record

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The PokerStars Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) continued on May 8, crowning almost two dozen new champions. PokerNews has the inside scoop on all SCOOP matters, so pull up your favorite chair and feast your eyes on the biggest stories coming out of the latest round of PokerStars SCOOP Events.

In today’s round-up we have a fantastic ROI story, a tenth SCOOP title won, and an impressive $186,000 score to shout about.

Spraggy Banks More Than $52,000 From a $109 Satellite

Benjamin Spragg
Benjamin Spragg

Everyone loves reading about poker players turning a small investment into a massive payout, especially when that poker player is as popular as Team PokerStars’ Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg. Yesterday, PokerNews noted that Spragg had navigated his way to Day 2 of SCOOP 16-M: $1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday, but we didn’t then know that Spragg had won his $1,050 seat via a $109 buy-in satellite.

Spragg returned to the action 11th from 18 in chips but soon found himself at the star-studded nine-handed final table. After the eliminations of “sanpri,” “icho90,” and Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber, Spragg found himself in the final six and with a realistic shot at the $95,554 top prize.

The waters became less shark-infested after Gediminas “Gedis92” Uselis and Canada’s “roo_400” bowed out before Finnish superstar Samuel “€urop€an” Voudsen saw his latest deep run end in a fourth-place finish.

Spragg was only two eliminations away from taking down this event but came unstuck in third and had to make do with a $52,343 score. Usually, everyone other than a tournament’s champion is unhappy at busting, but Spragg was delighted about turning $109 into more than $52,000, and took to X/Twitter to declare his love for SCOOP.

Canada’s “uwintakeit” went on to defeat “Natrium111” heads-up to become the champion and recipient of a cool $95,554; the runner-up banked a still-welcomed $70,722.

SCOOP 16-M: $1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday Final Table Results

Rank Player Country Prize
1 uwintakeit Canada $95,554
2 Natrium111 Belarus $70,722
3 Benjamin “Spraggy” Spragg United Kingdom $52,343
4 Samuel “€urop€an” Vousden Finland $38,741
5 roo_400 Canada $28,673
6 Gediminas “Gedis92” Uselis Lithuania $21,222
7 Kelvin “Kelvin_FP:AR” Kerber Brazil $15,707
8 icho90 Austria $11,625
9 sanpri Mexico $9,277

Andrey “Premove” Skvortsov Becomes a Ten-Time SCOOP Champion

You are forgiven for not knowing much about Andrey “Premove” Skvortsov because he rarely steps into the high-stakes world which is traditionally where the poker community’s interest is highest. However, Skvortsov is an online poker legend who yesterday won his tenth SCOOP title, tying him with the legendary figures Calvin “cal42688” Anderson and Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser.

Skvortsov was one of 3,199 entrants in SCOOP 17-L: $11 PLO 6-Max, a two-day event with a $31,350 prize pool. Battling through almost 3,200 opponents is challenging at best but especially so in a game as volatile as pot-limit Omaha. Yet Skvortsov embraced strapped himself in, embraced the variance, and ultimately came out on top for SCOOP title number ten.

The champion-elect found himself heads-up against Swiss grinder “Rosekilla.” As he had done in nine previous SCOOP events, Skvortsov got the job done, his hands on $4,516, and the tenth SCOOP title of his illustrious career.

SCOOP 17-L: $11 PLO 6-Max Final Table Results

Rank Player Country Prize
1 Andre “Premove” Skvortsov Bosnia & Herzegovina $4,516
2 Rosekilla Switzerland $3,144
3 santaofis Greece $2,191
4 Matuks Brazil $1,526
5 Sanchez Juan Argentina $1,063
6 CASSIANO_PE Brazil $741
7 aschyl Austria $516

Mattsson’s Eighth SCOOP Win Came With $186,237

Simon Mattsson
Simon Mattsson

Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson is no stranger to the winner’s circle; the Swede is one of the winningest online poker players of all time, with more than $34.7 million in cashes. On May 8, Mattsson helped himself to another $186,237 and what was his eighth SCOOP victory.

Mattsson reached the final table of SCOOP 16-H: $10,300 NLHE Super Tuesday High Roller third in chips, trailing Estonia’s “DingeBrinker” and runaway chip leader Espen “Hymn2Ninkasi” Jorstad. The latter’s stack contained more than twice as many chips as anyone else’s.

It should not be surprising to discover the final table of this $10,300 buy-in event was ridiculously stacked. Such luminaries as Niklas “Lena900” Astedt, Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov, Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani, and Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo busted first but that still left the likes of Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt, and the aforementioned “DingeBinker.”

With those elite-level players out of the way, Jorstad, Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos, and Mattsson set about each other in an epic three-handed battle. Start-of-the-day chip leader Jorstad was the first of this trio to falter, collecting $104,479 for his third-place finish.

That left Mateos heads-up against Mattsson in an intriguing one-on-one battle. Mateos rarely loses when heads-up but neither does Mattsson. Something had to give in this proverbial immovable versus unstoppable object scenario. It was Mattsson who eventually came out on top and with his hands on his eighth SCOOP win and $186,237 in prize money, resigning Mateos to the $139,491 consolation prize.

SCOOP 16-H: $10,300 NLHE Super Tuesday High Roller Final Table Results

Rank Player Country Prize
1 Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson Sweden $186,237
2 Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos United Kingdom $139,491
3 Espen “Hymn2Ninkasi” Jorstad United Kingdom $104,479
4 DingeBrinker Estonia $78,254
5 Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt Austria $58,612
6 Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo Andorra $43,901
7 Pedro “pvigar” Garagnani Brazil $32,881
8 Artem “veeea” ZVezhenkov Thailand $24,628
9 Niklas “Lena900” Astedt Sweden $21,511

Team Spragg Leads the SCOOP League

Spragg’s third-place finish in the $1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday helped push Team Spragg to the top of the SCOOP League, with Spragg leapfrogging Team Lex.

The four teams have had a minor reshuffle with each captain now earning points for their respective teams, but the overall format remains the same. Who will win the inaugural SCOOP League?

2024 SCOOP Team Standings:

  1. Spraggy – 2,140pts
  2. Lex – 1,945pts
  3. Fintan – 1,130pts
  4. Tonkaaaa – 1,115pts

SCOOP Day 4 Results

Almost two dozen PokerStars players became SCOOP champions on Day 4, including Casimir “Ceis25” Seire who triumphed in SCOOP 18-H: $2,100 NLHE Progressive KO for $49,247, which was the biggest top prize aside from the tournaments mentioned above.

*Event Entrants Prize Pool Champion Prize
SCOOP 16-L: $109 NLHE [Super Tuesday] 4,081 $408,100 ukr46 $58,282
SCOOP 16-M: $1,050 NLHE [Super Tuesday] 538 $538,000 uwintakeit $95,554
SCOOP 16-H: $10,300 NLHE [Super Tuesday High Roller] 69 $690,000 Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson $186,238
SCOOP 17-L: $11 PLO 3,199 $31,350 Andre “Premove” Skvortsov $4,516
SCOOP 17-M: $109 PL 778 $77,800 grind4ever $13,215
SCOOP 17-H: $1,050 PLO 149 $149,000 Imbajimbaa $30,200
SCOOP 18-L: $22 NLHE [Progressive KO, Single Re-Entry] 8,181 $163,620 RaiseYourMoney $15,656*
SCOOP 18-M: $215 NLHE [Progressive KO, Single Re-Entry] 1,529 $305,800 Kepalas89 $41,535*
SCOOP 18-H: $2,100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Single Re-Entry] 97 $200,000 Casimir “Ceis25” Seire $49,247*
SCOOP 19-L: $5.50 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] 9,143 $44,801 ILoveScarfGuy $4,007*
SCOOP 19-M: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] 3,965 $198,250 burianjpb $20,856*
SCOOP 19-H: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] 450 $225,000 Vop444 $38,654*
SCOOP 20-L: $2.20 NLHE [Action Starter] 7,014 $13,747 LOCO-FEDE21 $1,959
SCOOP 20-M: $22 NLHE [Action Starter] 4,117 $82,340 jobrazeau $11,763
SCOOP 20-H: $215 NLHE [Action Starter] 594 $118,800 slabinson66 $20,922
SCOOP 21-L: $11 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO] 11,057 $108,359 kirovgeorgi $8,871*
SCOOP 21-M: $55 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO] 5,501 $275,050 Daniloks $31,196*
SCOOP 21-H: $320 NLHE [7-Max, Progressive KO] 810 $243,000 VincentFirst $35,446*
SCOOP 25-L: $22 NLHE [Mini Fenomeno SE] 6,052 $121,040 leipreachan1 $17,207
SCOOP 25-M: $109 NLHE [Fenomeno SE] 1,881 $188,100 $28,248
SCOOP 25-H: $530 NLHE [Fenomeno HR SE] 329 $164,500 chubb10 $30,572

*includes bounty payments

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  • Benjamin Spragg is on cloud nine after turning $109 into more than $52,000.

  • Team Spragg leads the way in the PokerStars SCOOP League.

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