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PokerStars SCOOP: Aerts Leads Final 9 in NLHE High ME; Gathy Leads NLHE Medium ME FT

Pieter Aerts & Michael Gathy
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  • RUPAM THAKUR May 20, 2020
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It`s been a record-shattering Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) series so far, and the action has been on the uptick ever since the start of the six SCOOP Main Events. The three PLO Main Event crowned champions yesterday, while the trio of NLHE Main Events played down to the FT on Day 3.

The showstopper tourney at the series, Event #74-High: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max Main Event, saw Belgian player Pieter ‘XMorphineX’ Aerts claiming the chip lead. The $1,050 buy-in NLHE 8-Max Main Event $5 Million GTD formulated its final table within six hours of play. Leading the charge is online phenom Michael ‘merla888’ Gathy, who has three SCOOP titles and an equal number of WCOOP titles under his belt – none of them in Main Events yet, but that could change soon.

Meanwhile, Latvia’s ‘auercan’ leads the final nine players in the $109 buy-in NLHE 8-Max Main Event.


Event #74-H: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max Main Event $5 Million GTD – Day 3

Buy-in: $10,300

Entries: 609

Prize pool: $6,090,000

Places Paid: 79

Survivors: 9

The third day of the Event #74-High: $10,300 NLHE 8-Max Main Event kicked off with 40 contenders who played down to the nine-handed final table. Ending the day in the chip lead was Belgian poker player Pieter ‘XMorphineX’ Aerts with a stack of 38,539,059. Following Aerts is the high stakes reg Daniel ‘Oxota’ Dvoress in second place with a stack of 28,570,379. Brazil’s Pablo Brito ‘pabritz’ Silva sits in third place with 20,514,267 in chips.

Silva has in tremendous form in 2020 both live and online. He had won $1 Million at the partypoker MILLIONS South America Main Event in February, booking his biggest payday of 2020. He also shipped the inaugural online edition of the Irish Open for €462,100.

The other notables on the FT include Michael ‘imluckbox’ Addamo (18,739,553), Raise Your Edge founder, and coach Benjamin ‘bencb789’ Rolle (12,283,432), Max ‘goodeh99’ Silver (8,647,301), Alex ‘dynoalot’ Difelice (8,594,592).

Several top pros were in the running on Day 3 but fell out before the FT was formed. This included James ‘Cmon_Gasquet’ Hopkins (10th for $77,431), Artem ‘veeea’ Vezhenkov (16th for $50,642), Dinesh ‘NastyMinder’ Alt (20th for $50,642), Ignat ‘0human0’ Liviu (21st for $50,642), Michael ‘merla888’ Gathy (26th for $40,955), former champion Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi (40th for $26,786), and PokerStars Ambassador’s

Lex ‘L. Veldhuis’ Veldhuis (15th for $62,620), and Ben ‘Spraggy’ Spragg (30th for $40,955).

Pieter Aerts
Pieter Aerts


Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Pieter ‘XMorphineX’ Aerts – 38,539,059
  2. Daniel ‘Oxota’ Dvoress – 28,570,379
  3. Pablo Brito ‘pabritz’ Silva – 20,514,267
  4. Michael ‘imluckbox’ Addamo – 18,739,553
  5. Benjamin ‘bencb789’ Rolle – 12,283,432
  6. Alexgirs – 11,783,439
  7. Max ‘goodeh99’ Silver – 8,647,301
  8. Alex ‘dynoalot’ Difelice – 8,594,592
  9. EEE27 – 4,577,978


Event #74-M: $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Main Event $5 Million GTD – Day 3

Buy-in: $1,050

Entries: 6,475

Prize pool: $6,475,000

Places Paid: 799

Survivors: 9

Within six hours of play, the Day 2 field of the $1,050 buy-in NLHE 8-Max Main Event was whittled down to the FT. Leading the charge is Michael ‘merla888’ Gathy with a stack of 144,897,516. Brazil’s Luis Gustavo ‘gkamei09’ Kamei (118,948,902), and ‘luelue399’ (116,435,147) are the other two top stacks behind Gathy.

Joao ‘HayashiJoão’ Hayashi (80,502,898), Matheus ‘mpZancan’ Zancan (22,580,400), and Jon ‘luckyfish89’ Clark (19,545,821) round out the other prominent players on the FT.

Matas ‘bebaimis777’ Cimbolas (10th for $43,724), Matheus ‘zilbee’ Zilberknop (15th for $31,168),Pablo ‘elmelogno4’ Melogno (17th for $22,218),Christopher ‘lissi stinkt’ Frank (18th for $22,218),Stevan ‘random_chu’ Chew (33rd for $11,290),Michael ‘mczhang’ Zhang (48th for $8,048),Luis ‘luisdono’ Dono (65th for $8,048),Luigi ‘Il-Giuglia’ D’Alterio (66th for $8,048),David ‘MissOracle’ Yan (74th for $6,230), and

Clark ‘snake8484’ Hamagami (77th for $6,230), all posted scores on Day 3.

Michael Gathy
Michael Gathy


Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Michael ‘merla888’ Gathy – 144,897,516
  2. Luis Gustavo ‘gkamei09’ Kamei – 118,948,902
  3. luelue399 – 116,435,147
  4. Joao ‘HayashiJoão’ Hayashi – 80,502,898
  5. Oledjan – 65,082,584
  6. WNDRWMN23 – 42,622,598
  7. Tydarax – 36,884,134
  8. Matheus ‘mpZancan’ Zancan – 22,580,400
  9. Jon ‘luckyfish89’ Clark – 19,545,821

Event #74-L: $109 NLHE 8-Max Main Event $3 Million GTD – Day 3

Buy-in: $109

Entries: 46,238

Prize pool: $4,623,800

Survivors: 159

The $109 buy-in NLHE 8-Max Main Event also played down to the FT on Day 3. Latvia’s ‘auercan’ will come back on Day 4 as the chip leader with a stack of 249,877,672. The next top stacks belong to ‘penguy2’ (241,529,453) and ‘GeleiaTrsk’ (158,229,788).

Miguel ‘LOL_U_91’ Use (146,423,994), and Manuel ‘young_diam18’ Blaschke (78,509,459) are the other players in the running.

Dietrich ‘2pacnrw16’ Fast (37th for $4,791), and Joep ‘Pappe_Ruk’ van den Bijgaart (80th for $3,357) were the notable finishers on Day 3.

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. auercan – 249,877,672
  2. penguy2 – 241,529,453
  3. GeleiaTrsk – 158,229,788
  4. Miguel ‘LOL_U_91’ Use – 146,423,994
  5. UruRey – 106,265,096
  6. LukeN73 – 83,787,394
  7. Manuel ‘young_diam18’ Blaschke – 78,509,459
  8. HellRaiserSB – 51,507,922
  9. marma07 – 39,819,222


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