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SCOOP 2019: Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza wins back-to-back High Main Events and other highlights

16 days, 219 tournaments, over a million entries and more than $105 million in prize money. Another Spring Championship Of Online Poker is in the books and officially the biggest online poker series of all time.

The record breaking series had a few newsworthy highlights.

Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza wins back-to-back SCOOP High Main Events

Gianluca Tankanza Speranza
Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza – Photo PokerStars Blog

It’s the kind of headline you have to read at least twice to make sure you read it correctly.

Yes, Austria-based Italian Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza accomplished an unbelievable result by winning the SCOOP 2019 High Main Event after also having won the SCOOP 2018 High  Main Event!

After a heads-up deal with “OMGitshunt” he managed to take down the tournament, the extra $100,000 for a total score of $1,028,203, the title and probably an immovable spot in the poker record books.

SCOOP 62-H – Main Event – Top 3
Buy-in: 10,300 | Entries: 662
Prize pool: $6,620,000

1: Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza, Austria – $1,028,203.24*
2: OMGitshunt, Belarus – $924,096.07*
3: Dinesh “NastyMinder” Alt, Austria – $604,383.49

Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak tops the leaderboards

Konstantin krakukra Maslak
Konstantin krakukra Maslak

Despite there being 15 (!) double champions this series, none of them ended up on top of the leaderboards.

Instead it was Russian player Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak who topped two of the three leaderboards (Low for $5,000 and High for $10,000) and so also the overall one (for $25,000). The Medium leaderboard was won by fellow countryman Maxim „ImluckNuts“ Pisarenko.

Leaderboards Top 3 

Low
1 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) – $5,000 + Trophy
2 – carvenlys (Germany) – $2,000
3 – tvtotaliwin (Austria) – $1,500

Medium
1 – Maxim “ImluckNuts” Pisarenko (Russia) – $7,500 + Trophy
2= – TruthBeTold7 (Canada) – $3,750
2= – zilbeee (Brazil) – $3,750

High
1 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) – $10,000 + Trophy
2 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands) – $7,500
3 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira (Netherlands) – $5,000

Overall
1 – Konstantin “krakukra” Maslak (Russia) – $25,000 + Trophy
2 – Joao “Naza114” Vieira (Netherlands)
3 – Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira (Netherlands)

Australia Kahle ‘ROFLShove’ Burns wins two SCOOP titles

Kahle Burns
Kahle ‘ROFLShove’ Burn – Photo PokerStars

Yes, online poker in Australia is banned, but some Aussies haven’t given up the grind and still manage to crush at the virtual felt.

Kahle ‘ROFLShove’ Burns joined the group of double winners this series by taking down Event #52 High ($2,100 No Limit Hold’em) for $178K and a second title just one day after winning his first 2019 title and $312K.

“Lena900” keeps scoring

“Lena900”, the current #1 online tournament player ranked by PocketFives, scored again. He took down Event #18 High ($1,050 Omaha Eight or Better) for $27,707.18 after beating mixed-game crusher Benny ‘RunGodlike’ Glaser heads-up.

Lena900” finished runner-up in another event and it can be agreed that he is one of the most consistent online tournament players for the past years.

Article by Christin Maschmann

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Christin Maschmann

Besides being a passionate poker player Christin Maschmann has been working in different functions in the poker industry for over a decade. She worked as a Content & Community Manager for the poker school IntelliPoker, wrote articles for the PokerStars Blog and appeared as a host on the German poker show PokerToday. Christin is professionally trained in video and audio editing and creates content for YouTube, Social Media and iTunes. She also wrote a book about her experiences in Las Vegas.

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