Viktor "Isildur1" Blom Scores Huge SCOOP Victory

Viktor Blom
Viktor Blom is proving he's a threat in tournaments as well as high-stakes cash games.

The 2012 SCOOP kicked off with a bang this weekend as internet poker legend Viktor “Isildur1” Blom crushed 8,239 players to win his first SCOOP title.

Four events in this year’s Spring Championship of Online Poker are done, with three tiers of buy-ins for each, and a handful of big-name pros have already scored victories.

In addition to Viktor Blom, titles have been picked up by Brazil’s Alex Gomes, and recent EPT Monte Carlo final tablist Rodrigo Caprioli.

All told the SCOOP has generated $11,959,830. That’s over the first five events, three of which will conclude this afternoon.

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom Destroys Massive SCOOP Field

Fearless high-stakes online pro Viktor Blom has broken into the world of MTTs in a big way, beginning with his victory in the $100,000 Super High Roller event at this year’s PCA and continuing now with a big SCOOP win.

Blom went wire to wire, crushing his way through a field of 8,240 to win $247,200 in the medium tier buy-in of Event 2: $215 No-Limit Hold’em.

Viktor Blom
Blom gets even more street cred with this SCOOP win.

Not surprisingly considering the size of the field, the final stages of this event were devoid of familiar names.

Blom carried a big chip lead into his heads-up match with Canadian RaisingRay91. The two wasted little time getting the money in with Blom’s A J holding up against K 8 all-in preflop.

Here are the full final table payouts:

  • 1st: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (United Kingdom) - $247,200
  • 2nd: RaisingRay91 (Canada) - $181,889.76
  • 3rd: szwindel (Malta) - $131,840
  • 4th: Fred_Brink (Denmark) - $87,344
  • 5th: vikAAAA (Russia) - $67,568
  • 6th: rzr900rzr (Antigua and Barbuda) - $51,088
  • 7th: cloaknet (Russia) - $35,432
  • 8th: Gusparo (Hungary) - $19,776
  • 9th: lubor74 (Czech Republic) - $12,772

Not counting Blom, the best performance from Team PokerStars Pro came by way of a 55th finish by Romanian Toni Judet. Sandra Naujoks, meanwhile, finished 637th.

Alex “Allingomes” Wins Event 1 - $2,100 Buy-in

This year’s SCOOP began with a No-Limit Hold’em event of the six-handed variety and the highest tier boasted a $2,100 price tag.

784 players competed, more than doubling the $750k guarantee, and after two days of poker it was Brazil’s Alex Gomes all alone in the winner’s circle.

Alexandre Gomes
Alex Gomes increased his winnings on PokerStars to more than $1.3 million.

Gomes is a superstar in Brazilian poker. He won a WSOP bracelet in 2008, came fourth in the PCA Main Event in 2009 and proceeded to win the WPT Bellagio Cup the same year.

All told he’s got more than $3.4 million in live earnings. He’s number one on the all-time Brazilian money list and it’s not even close. Andre Akkari is in second with just $960,000.

Yesterday Gomes won $282,240 and his first SCOOP title. That brings his all-time MTT earnings on PokerStars to over $1.3 million.

Gomes defeated arturitoo of Spain heads-up who received $211,680.

Five players in all scored six-figure paydays in this event, including 2009 WCOOP Event 23 winner Str8$$$Homey who finished fourth.

Dutch tournament pro Johan “busto_soon” Van Til finished ninth.

Here are the full final table results:

  • 1st: Allingomes (Brazil) - $282,240
  • 2nd: arturitooo (Spain) - $211,680
  • 3rd: raidalot (United Kingdom) - $156,800
  • 4th: Str8$$$Homey (Canada) - $109,760
  • 5th: dirty.brasil (Canada) - $78,400
  • 6th: yasunori66 (Japan) - $47,040

Also finishing in the money were Joe “subiime” Cheong (15th), Ignat “0Human0” Liviu (31st), Chris “Genius28” Lee (36th), Mike “pipedream17” Dietrich (39th), Jonathan “apestyles” Van Fleet (43rd), Chris “ImDaNuts” Oliver (44th) and Shyam “G’s zee” Srinivasan (46th).

Rodrigo “caprioli” Caprioli Wins Second SCOOP Title

Rodrigo Caprioli
Rodrigo Caprioli scores his second SCOOP title.

Just one week ago Brazil’s Rodrigo Caprioli was at the final table of the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

He finished 5th for €315,000 in that event but managed to score an outright victory yesterday in SCOOP Event 4 High, $2,100 Badugi.

A Supernova Elite from Sao Paolo, this was Caprioli’s third SCOOP final table, and his second victory.

Caprioli overcame a tough final table that included Noah “Exclusive” Boeken, Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb and former Sunday Warm-Up winner Zimmy86 from the UK.

Bryn Kenney bubbled the tournament in eighth place.

  • 1st: caprioli (Brazil) - $39,900
  • 2nd: TheHood (Australia) - $25,650
  • 3rd:  Zimmy86 (United Kingdom) - $17,100
  • 4th: Exclusive (Netherlands) - $11,400
  • 5th: paulgees81 (Canada) - $8,550
  • 6th: Peshka1502 (Spain) - $6,270
  • 7th: shaundeeb (Mexico) - $5,130
  • 8th: BrynKenney (Spain)
About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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