Sunday’s are huge for poker tournament players, but this Sunday was something else entirely. In addition to the usual array of Sunday Majors taking place, the PokerStars Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) kicked off and helped swell the prize pools of many of the higher buy-in events across the online poker world.
We’ll return to SCOOP a little later on, but before then we have to give a round of applause to the Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody who managed to turn $215 into $58,748.35 in less than two hours by walking away with the title of Sunday Supersonic champion.
Cody, the youngest-ever live Triple Crown winner, showed he can mix it up in the online poker world too, outlasting 1,714 opponents on his way to another online victory. Of course, the hyper-turbo nature of the Supersonic means that Lady Luck plays a major part in where the title ends up, but don’t let that detract from what is a superb victory Cody.
Another talented Brit won big this weekend when he finished in second place in The Bigger $162, which smashed its $160,000 guarantee by $109,100. Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer is a former world number one and should climb up the rankings this week on the back of this impressive score, one that weighs in at $32,292.00.
Brammer was joined at the final table by his fellow Brits Daniel “19Dan86” Rudd and “grgsmrshmllw” who bust in fourth and sixth place for scores of $17,693.32 and $9,956.70.
Also grabbing some cash at PokerStars this Sunday was double Sunday Million champion Rob “robtinnion” Tinnion who finished in eighth place in the Sunday 500 for $8,450.00 and “d7o1d1s0” who claimed the $8,330.80 seventh place prize in the Sunday 2nd Chance.
A doff of the cap also to “TheFresKer” and Kevin “torino2000” Killeen. The former finished fourth in the Sunday 6-Max for a cool $10,074.37 while the latter navigated his way to an eighth place finish in the $1,050 buy-in NL Hold’em Turbo SCOOP-04 High and banked $22,000.00 for his effort.
There are still a handful of Brits battling it out in the opening SCOOP events, which have been paused until later today. We’ll be sure to recap the action on Tuesday once those tournaments have concluded and the second day’s SCOOP events are in the bag.
On April 12, 2015, “f0rmEiTseGal” finished as runner-up in the $200,000 WHALE and bagged a $41,923.00 score. Yesterday, he won the $75,000 Sunday Crocodile for an additional $20,664.00.
The mystery player had to battle with three Englishmen and an Irishman at the final table, namely Chris “bluecheek” Moore (fourth for $5,252.10), Ivan “TripleAceIRL” Tononi (fifth for $4,391.10), Chris “WhatWudJSay” Moorman (seventh for $2,669.10) and Rob “RTinnion” Tinnion (eighth for $1,894.20).
Over in the $250,000 WHALE special edition, Ireland’s “ItsConway” collected $17,544.09 for his fourth place finish, with “03042921” busting two places earlier and scooping $11,742.11.
Shout-out also to the in-form Jonathan “jgjg3000” Gill who finished eighth in the $150,000 Mega Deep for $3,436 and to both “evianwater1” and “Dioszilla” who both won $13,000 WSOP Main Event packages in the $1,050 buy-in qualifier.
Full Tilt, partypoker and iPoker Network
Away from PokerStars and 888poker there wasn’t a ton to get excited about this week, although there were some noteworthy scores to report on.
Kevin “SuitedAcesBaby” Killeen and Niall “Firaldo87” Farrell finished second and fourth in the Full Tilt Big Ben for scores of $6,374.22 and $3,701.16 while “FourSixFour” bust in fifth place in The T-Rex for $2,800.00.
In iPoker’s €25,000 Sunday Masters, Dean “StakattakBHP” Clay finished third for €3,000 and there are plenty of our players through to Day 2 of the €300,000 guaranteed iPOPS Main Event where 152 players remain in the hunt for the €54,790 first place prize.
Lastly, Andrew “UlDuffer” Sweeney continued his solid run at the partypoker tables by banking $8,400 in the $100,000 Guaranteed High Roller, his reward for a fourth place finish.
With the SCOOP promising some huge prize pools, the coming couple of weeks could be some of the best UK & Ireland’s poker players have ever seen. Here’s hoping.