While it was all about Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira in the early weeks of SCOOP, as far as the 2020 SCOOP Player of the Year race was concerned, 2019-PoY winner Konstantin "krakukra" Maslak has been engineering a comeback in recent times to strengthen his bid at back-to-back titles. Maslak won his second title last night in SCOOP 118-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] and is now in striking distance of the Portuguese player to overtake him as the top dog. The winner of the SCOOP 2020 overall leaderboard will receive $50,000, a trophy and the accompanying bragging rights that come with it.
One of soccer's biggest stars Neymar Jr. went on a tear in that same event, ultimately ending up in 12th place. Neymar, who plays as a winger for Paris Saint-Germain as well as the Brazilian national team, is a good friend of PokerStars ambassador Andre Akkari and certainly no newcomer to poker. The Brazilian has been a representative for the Red Spade in the past as well and has one recorded live cash of R$79,440 (~$21,072) to his name but plenty of accolades under his "neymar-jr" handle, and added a score of $4,219 + $2,500 in bounties to that resumé.
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Konstantin "krakukra" Maslak Wins Second SCOOP 2020 Title in 118-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]
Konstantin "krakukra" Maslak (Russia)
Russia's Konstantin "krakukra" Maslak needed to fire three bullets into this event, but the third time proved to be the charm for the 2019 SCOOP Player of the Year as he shipped his second event of the series. Maslak won $72,947 total, with almost half of that coming from the massive bounty for finishing in first place.
With the win, Maslak, who won the 2019 SCOOP Low, High, and Overall tier leaderboards, and is now a mere 60 points behind overall leader Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira in the 2020 SCOOP Player of the Year race. Visit PokerStars for more details as this race will come to a conclusion.
In the same event, Neymar Jr. saw a deep run come to an end in 12th place for $6,719, including $2,500 in bounties, after losing a coin flip with pocket nines against vovo_leo's ace-queen. The Brazilian soccer star is known for being a big poker enthusiast while not on the pitch and has been clicking a ton of events during the lockdown. According to Poker Pro Labs, "neymar-jr"'s biggest recent cashes include a $7,249 cash in the $1,050 Sunday Warm-Up last month, as well as a runner-up finish in the Hot $215 for $7,094.
The final starting day of SCOOP is upon us! The final six events — eighteen tournaments total — will commence on Sunday, May 31, with several of them slated as two-day events that will conclude on Monday, wrapping up this month-long series.