Three big name pros again cemented their reputations after a busy weekend of play, and ‘scooped’ up big online titles.
Winning an online poker event’s Spring Championship is something that many players have done, yet many big names have also missed out on. Dominik ‘Bounatirou’ Nitsche was among the number of players who failed to win a SCOOP title in the $530-entry Event # 87 before his win. The tournament, a high-roller event, featured 956 teams, and had a $500,000 prize pool. While slightly short of the guarantee, missing it by 44 entries, PokerStars won’t be too disappointed, with a few thousand covering the tourney with the rake.
Nitsche ‘s win to the 888poker player was worth $82,365 and he took to Twitch after the game to walk through some of the plays on his DTO Poker Trainer. It’s safe to say Nitsche might be seeing a increase in players signing up after such a result.
While Nitsche was winning his first SCOOP crown, another player in the famous online poker series was banking his third victory, which this year was extended to surpass the GG Poker WSOP Guaranteed prize pool.
Patrick Leonard, known to many in the industry as ‘Pads,’ has this time taken down a turbo event, winning his second SCOOP of that series and dominating Event #93 (High). Leonard got the job done with an 8-Max format and a super-fast layout and won $41,809 for his efforts.
Despite this victory, and indeed his previous SCOOP title in this series, perhaps Patrick Leonard’s biggest story was the Twitter rant he went on about plunging poker prizepools. Some see it as a positive thing that especially poker sites such as Partypoker, PokerStars and GG Poker are providing more and more tournaments to support players who may not be able to play live poker and then find themselves in a position to play a little more online.
Leonard, it would be fair to say, currently takes the opposite view on this.
Have been watching online poker very closely over the last 2 months with having a stable that’s invested 10s of millions in this time, a role at one of the biggest sites + I’ve basically played HS every day. I’m 95% sure a huge financial crash is coming which will decimate us.
— Patrick Leonard (@padspoker) May 11, 2020
Leonard wasn’t the only player to earn his third SCOOP in the last few days as Unibet Tournament Director and Kenny Hallaert, a good all-round guy in the poker business, took down Event # 84, winning $47,866 after a three-way contract.
With 591 entries and 154 re-entries, the $372,500 (this time exceeding the $350,000 prizepool) prize-pool saw more than $142,000 to be chopped by the final three. Romania’s ‘Glash0’ may have been busting in 3rd place but they took home the biggest pie slice, cashing for $50,749 while runner-up ‘nefrsondaca’ won $43,486.
Hallaert took the opportunity to explain on Twitter that the win was all the sweeter because of below-par few days below the felt before it.
Got my 3rd ever SCOOP win today. Feels good after a not so good run in the last weeks despite another 5th place for $40k earlier this series. pic.twitter.com/p60PZ12D1v
— Kenny Hallaert (@SpaceyFCB) May 22, 2020