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Thor Hansen Snags First SCOOP, Close Call for Chidwick
Norwegian poker legend Thor Hansen notched his first SCOOP win last night, while decorated UK pro Stephen Chidwick came up just short.
Hansen, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, stormed to victory in the $2,100 Stud event and had to defeat an absolutely stacked final table to do it.
He adds this SCOOP bracelet to a growing online résumé that already includes a WCOOP win.
Chidwick, meanwhile, narrowly missed a SCOOP title of his own, finishing second in the $215 Stud event.
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Hansen Crushes Elite Final Table, Hastings Asleep at the Switch
Thor Hansen isn't called the Godfather of Norwegian poker for nothing.
He's been playing for as long as many of today's pros have been alive, and that experience paid off last night when Hansen squared off against some of online poker's very best.
After the 66-strong starting field was cut down to the final four, Hansen found himself up against Shawn ‘buck21’ Buchanan, Bryn ‘BrynKenney’ Kenney and Brian ‘$tinger 88’ Hastings.
Kenney already has a SCOOP title under his belt while Buchanan has won both SCOOP and WCOOP events.
Four-handed it was Brian Hastings with the chip lead but as play got going Hastings mysteriously disappeared.
He eventually blinded out, finishing fourth.
After the tournament ended Shawn Buchanan tweeted official confirmation that Hastings had in fact fallen asleep at his computer.
Hansen ultimately defeated Buchanan heads-up to pocket $42,900.
Here are the full final-table results for SCOOP-11-H: $2,100 Stud:
- 1. Thor ‘osten’ Hansen (Norway) - $42,900
- 2. Shawn ‘buck21’ Buchanan (Canada) - $27,720
- 3. BrynKenney (Canada) - $19,800
- 4. Brian ‘$tinger 88’ Hastings (Canada) - $13,200
- 5. blony_tair (Germany) - $9,900
- 6. angrymoron (Belarus) - $7,260
- 7. generdir (Russia) - $5,940
- 8. FONBET_RULIT (Russia) - $5,280
Chidwick Can't Close on First SCOOP Victory
Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick has won over $3.4 million playing online poker, and when he was still too young to play live poker in Las Vegas he qualified for the WSOP Main Event over 100 times.
What he doesn't have is a SCOOP bracelet from PokerStars.
Last night he had a chance in the $215 Stud event but couldn't eke out a win against Norwegian player UwouldntKnow.
Chidwick started the final table with the chip lead and after roughly 11 hours he found himself heads-up.
But from there things went downhill for the Brit. After a long series of lost pots Chidwick found himself all-in on third street with K♥ 9♥ 8♣ against 3♦ 8♠ 8♦.
UwouldntKnow managed to make two-pair on fifth street to win the tournament and over $12.5k.
Here are the full final-table results for SCOOP-11-M: $215 Stud:
- 1. UwouldntKnow (Norway) - $12,551
- 2. Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick (UK) - $9,291
- 3. spanishfish91 (Lithuania) - $7,009
- 4. Visionary129 (UK) - $5,053
- 5. Lenze123 (Denmark) - $3,423
- 6. Stroynowski (Poland) - $2,445
- 7. TaoJ (Cyprus) - $1,793
- 8. ptruben (Portugal) - $1,467