22 May 12

Daily Rewind: SCOOP Main Event, WPT Round-Up, UKIPT Dublin, Cates' WSOP Giveaway

In today's Daily Rewind we close out this year's SCOOP, recap Day 3 of the WPT $25K event, see how a Welshman rose from the dead at UKIPT and check Dan Cates' WSOP Challenge.

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SCOOP Finale

PokerStars’ most successful SCOOP came to a close yesterday with a host of players taking home some serious cash.

The three main events carried buy-ins of $109, $1,050 and $10,300 with entrants across all three creating a combined prizepool of almost $11 million.

While the low and medium events attracted large fields (22,128 and 3,567 respectively), it was the high event that garnered the most interest.

63 players started Day 2, but by the time only nine remained the pace of the tournament had slowed until “B4d3m3!st3r” hit the rail. With the field thinning, PokerStrategist olekonjole fell just short of the top spot but still managed to take home $284,350 for their fifth place finish.

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SCOOP goes out with a bang

An intense deal making process then ensued when only three remained, with “GripDsNutz” demanding “an even chop and nothing else”.

Eventually the trio agreed on a split before Poland’s “sosickPL” faltered and took home $718,675. That left “sp00led” and “GripDsNutz” to fight for the remaining $80,000.

The latter’s earlier confidence seemed justified as he blasted through his opponent to walk away with his first SCOOP title as well as $798,675.

WPT World Championship Recap

PokerStrategy.com’s JonathanLittle is still in contention at this year’s WPT World Championships after another solid performance.

The American ended the day in 11th place with 495,700 chips.

Day 3’s biggest surprise was that Phil Ivey didn’t make a last minute entry. Although he’s been spotted around the Bellagio, he’s opted to skip the Main Event in favour of the $100K High Roller.

Today’s session will resume with Curt Kohlberg leading the final 45 players towards the $1,196,858 first place prize.

Check out our full recap for more chip counts and exclusive interviews.



Welshman Wins UKIPT Dublin

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Evans' epic performance
If ever there was a case for the phrase “a chip and a chair” being relevant, it was at yesterday’s UKIPT Dublin finale.

After going into the final table with just 1.2 big blinds, Richard Evans produced a Lazarus-like performance to comeback from the dead and take the title.

The Welshman had to draw on the luck of the Irish to get back into the game. But once he’d regained a healthy stack he never looked back.

A three-way chop between Evans, Stephen McGrath and Seamus Birt guaranteed the comeback kid at least €60,000.

However, a final flurry saw him come out top and walk away with the title as well as €75,000.

Doing Something Nice for Junglemandan

Last year Dan Junglemandan Cates showed his charitable side by giving one lucky player a free entry into the WSOP Main Event, and this year he’s doing the same.

He’s also throwing in free flights, accommodation and poker tuition for the lucky player.

This time around the high stakes player is challenging one member of the community to go above and beyond the call of duty and perform a good deed.

If you can do something nice for someone else, then Daniel will do something nice for you.



High Stakes Corner

“Phisherman36” continued his rollercoaster ride yesterday with a $208,226 upswing.

The yoyo player wiped $279,401 from his bankroll the previous day, but a successful 1,213 hands in the last 24 hours helped recoup the majority of his losses.

The biggest winner of the day was Terje “Terken89” Augdal. The Norwegian player banked $219,158 over the course of 3,314 hands.

His win was in stark contrast to Dan Junglemandan Cates who lost $372,531, mainly thanks to "Isildur1".

Daily Signoff

It’s always nice to end with some pretty ladies, so today we thought we’d bring you some behind the scenes footage of the Royal Flush Girls photo shoot for WPT Poker Magazine.