Ship it to Belarus. Three cheers to alexgris. He outlasted a tough as nails field to win the 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Main Event (the highest of three price points). Initially, this event paid out over $1 million. But with escalating blinds engulfing the players, the final three chopped up the money. When the dust settled, alexgris rallied to win the SCOOP title and over $920K in cash.
The NL Main Event at SCOOP is always a big deal. It is usually tacked on to the end of SCOOP, but the folks at the Red Spade HQ decided to extend SCOOP until the end of the month. Even with the extended festival, the Main Event was still the marquee event.
The highest one with a $10K buy-in, known as SCOOP Event #74-H, had a $5 million guaranteed prize pool. The juicy guarantee never kicked in because over 415 players partook in the Main Event High and added 194 additional bullets for their shot at SCOOP glory. In total, 609 entries were involved in this $10K, which resulted a prize pool worth almost $6.1 million.
Only the top 79 places paid out with over $1 million set aside to the champion. The top three would earn at least $567K, but the winner would enjoy the majority of the spoils.
Finland's EEE27 bubbled the final table in ninth place.
The final table of eight included... alexgris, Pablo 'pabritz' Brito, Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice, Pieter 'XMorphineX' Aerts, Daniel 'Oxota' Dvoress, Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo, Max 'goodeh99' Silver, and Benjamin 'bencb789' Rolle.
The final three cut a deal. Initially, first place paid out over $1 million with $776K set aside for the runner up and $567K for third place.
Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice busted in third place for $722K, which set up a heads-up bout between alexgris and Pablo 'pabritz' Brito. It was Brazil vs Belarus for the championship and muntin of cash.
alexgris sniffed out a river-shove bluff with just King-Jack on a board with two Aces against pabritz's busted straight-flush draw. Yup, with , pabritz whiffed on a gutshot and flush draw (and a super-duperstraight flush as well). That hand and 142M pot essentially decimated pabritz, who trailed 142M to 9.9M. The tournament ended five hands later when pabritz shoved with agast .
Pablo 'pabritz' Brito banked $764,941 for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh?
And yes... alexgirs from Belarus earned a payday worth $920,595 for taking down the 2020 SCOOP Main Event.
PokerStars pro Lex Veldhuis is a well known streamer. His Twitch feed attracted record numbers during his deep run with over 54,000 live viewers at its peak. Wow, that's Yankee Stadium size! Veldhuis just missed the final table when he bowed out in 15th place.
Gianluca 'Tankanza' Speranza missed out on winning three in a row when he busted in 49th place.
Notable players who went deep and cashed in the SCOOP Main Event included... 2016 winner Talal Shakerchi, Jack Sinclair, Spraggy, Dinesh Alt, Thomas Boivin, Michael Gathy, Thomas Muehloecker, Ben Tollerene, Ricardo Sousa, Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa, Cal Anderson, Sauce123, Steve O'Dwyer, Fedor Holz, Dom Nitsche, Sam Grafton Connor Beresford, Sergi Reixach, and ZeeJustin.
2020 SCOOP Event #74-Hight - Main Event
Entrants: 415 entries, 194 re-entires
Prize Pool: $6,090,000
Final Table Results:
1. alexgirs (Belarus) $920,595.81
2. Pablo 'pabritz' Brito (Brazil) $764,941.51
3. Alex "dynoalot' Difelice (Canada) $722,074.96
4. Pieter 'XMorphineX' Aerts (Belguim) $414,959.81
5. Daniel 'Oxota' Dvoress (Canada) $303,273.47
6. Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo (UK) $221,647.98
7. Max 'goodeh99' Silver (UK) $161,991.56
8. Benjamin 'bencb789' Rolle (UK) $118,392.03
* Final three deal