WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST – MAY 12
₱2,393,350 (approx. US $50,000)
Amount won by Tzu Chieh Lo, from Chinese Taipei, in the Manila Megastack 5 Main Event at the PokerStars Live Manila and Asia Pacific Poker Tour last weekend. Lo bested a field of 478 to take home the ₱2,393,350 and champion’s trophy.
More info: http://psta.rs/1QYsT6i
First prize won by PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final Main Event champion Jan Bendik. The Slovakian topped a field of 1,098 players to claim €961,800 in prize money from the prize pool of €5,325,300. Bendik became the first player from Slovakia to win an EPT Main Event and his victory meant that EPT12 saw six Main Event champions from six different countries.
Blog post: http://psta.rs/1NqrfA0
Largest individual prize of SCOOP 2016 so far, won by Brazilian player Rafael ‘GM_VALTER’ Moraes. He defeated fellow Brazilian ‘Kelvin_FP:AR’ after the two players did a deal heads-up. Amazingly, players from Brazil have already won six titles from 12 completed events (36 tournaments).
Blog report: http://psta.rs/1Nrnuua
Guaranteed prize pool for the PokerStars New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker 2016 Main Event. NJSCOOP kicks off on May 15 and will run until May 29. The schedule features 27 events across two buy-in levels. The two-day Main Event features buy-ins of $50 (Low) and $500 (High) with guaranteed prize pools of $30,000 and $200,000 respectively.
More info: http://psta.rs/1SA5KJv
Jason Somerville’s cash in SCOOP-11-H, which he got for finishing ninth. It’s the largest from a Team PokerStars Pro so far this championship.
Peak number of viewers that watched Team PokerStars Pro Online player Lex Veldhuis win the PokerStars Bounty Builder tournament earlier this week via his Twitch stream. He beat 622 players to win more than $4k. Lex only began Twitch-streaming last month and his followers are increasing fast as he continues to go deep in big tournaments.
Final table video: http://psta.rs/1QZPjUZ
Episode number of the EPT Not Live podcast, which is now available to listen to online. This week, James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton recap the EPT12 Grand Final, and there’s a discussion of the PCA 2016 TV show, which is now airing, with show guest Bryn Kenney.
Listen here: http://soundcloud.com/pokerintheears/episode-46-12052016-bryn-kenney
Number of regions taking part in the eighth edition of the PokerStars Americas Cup of Poker. The popular team poker competition will take place on PokerStars from May 9 to June 6, with a live final taking place at Resorts Casino Hotel in New Jersey. Twelve teams will compete in three groups over four weeks, with the top five players from each qualified country winning one of the five available seats to represent their country in the Grand Final and play for a share of $100,000.
More info: http://psta.rs/1WptHtD
Number of cashes in SCOOP 2016 by Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer. George is number one on the all-time list of SCOOP cashes with 157 – almost 40 more than James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst, who now has 118. Obst has already chalked up 13 cashes this series, though, including a huge win in SCOOP-11-H for more than $155k; he now has a total of four SCOOP titles.
Number of all-time SCOOP titles won by Luke ‘lb6121’ Schwartz, after the UK high stakes pro took down SCOOP-6-H: $2,100 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Progressive Super-Knockout], defeating Vladimir ‘vovtroy’ Troyanovskiy from Russia for the SCOOP watch. Schwartz now has the same number of SCOOP wins as Shaun Deeb, and just one behind all-time leader Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson.
Blog story: http://psta.rs/1TGXOpB
PICTURE OF THE WEEK
Jan Bendik proves that poker’s not just a young person’s game, as the 51-year-old celebrates with the EPT Grand Final Main Event trophy. Pic credit: Neil Stoddart
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Throughout SCOOP 2016, various member of Team PokerStars will be Twitch-streaming their play in the tournaments, as they look to go deep and impart some valuable poker strategy to thousands of viewers. Don't miss the action - watch some of PokerStars' finest players right here: