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Ireland’s Cathal Shine Banks $76,930; Brits Continue To SCOOP The Lot

Cathal Shine

The 2014 Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) continues to draw in the crowds and as a result the prize pools are bigger than ever before, which makes the continued success of British and Irish players even more enjoyable to write about.

One of the largest scores of the past couple of nights topped the scales at $76,930.00 and that impressive sum is now tucked away safely in the account of Cathal Shine, known as “shinerrr” when he is going about his business on PokerStars.

The 27-year old from Kerry was one of 1,570 players to exchange $1,050 for the chance to become the champion of the high buy-in SCOOP Event #30, the special edition of the Super Tuesday, a tournament that didn’t actually finish until two days later! Sadly, Shine couldn’t quite make it over the finishing line and eventually fell in fifth place for a career-best cash.

Shine is currently ranked seventh in Ireland for online poker tournament play although that should all change once the rankings are update on Wednesday next week.

The Medium buy-on SCOOP Event #30 saw Leon “flippetyflop” Louis’ tournament end in 15th place ($2,146.95) and Tom “Mt.Spewmore” Langley’s finish in 13th place ($2,146.95). The demise of both of those heroes left Londoner “LolS” as the sole surviving British player.

LolS almost booked another win the for the UK, but couldn’t get past Peru’s “DestinoTrece” and as a result busted in second place for a still welcomed $55,582.15 addition to his bankroll. This latest big score takes LolS past the $1 million in winnings barrier so an extra round of applause to you, sir.

In the game where the worst hand wins, yes we’re talking about Razz, there was another runner-up finish for a Brit. This time around it was Adam “Adamyid” Owen who was the bridesmaid, finished second in the $2,100 Razz event for a cool $32,560.00. Owen is a mixed game and draw specialist who can now add Razz boss to his CV.

It seems that Brits have a penchant for making poor hands judging by Owen’s runner-up finish in the $2,100 buy-in event and “TinyPea” managing to go all the way and win the $215 buy-in edition for $17,138.00. Superb stuff.

Another recipient of a SCOOP win was “NiTsuA19” who is the $27 PL Omaha Turbo Zoom champion and also $16,113.21 richer after a three-way deal. Joining out champion on the final table were fellow Brits “vurtjooze” and “ugotblufd” who busted in fourth and fifth place for $6,965.89 and $5,239.82.

Still sticking with the excitement of having four hole cards, we have to give a mention to “Skintz” who finished third for $29,137.50 in the $215 buy-in PL Omaha Turbo Zoom. Also tasting Omaha success, albeit in the $215 PL Omaha Hi/lo event, were Swansea’s Rob “robc1978” Cowen (4th for $13,601.00), while man of the moment Patrick “pads1161” Leonard and Julian “MrCoco” Gardner chopped three handed with Germany’s “Liquid_PLO.” Leonard eventually finished second ($21,521.15) and Gardner took the tournament down and scooped $28,093.88.

Today’s events are the $27, $215 and $2,100 NL Hold’em 1R1A, the $27, $215, $2,100 HORSE and one of the most action-packed events on the schedule, the $27, $215 and $2,100 NL Omaha Hi/Low.

Good luck to the British and Irish contingent who are battling away in the SCOOP today.

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