2021 NJ&MI SCOOPs Day 1: Big Weekend Schedule Creates Tons of Winners


SCOOP got off to a big start in Michigan and New Jersey.

With the 2021 PokerStars Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker (PASCOOP), it’s time to move on to NJSCOOP and MISCOOP, taking place, of course, in New Jersey and Michigan, respectively.

Both events are running concurrently May 8-24 with more than $3 million in total guarantees between them spread among 285 individual tournaments, most events having a High, Medium, and Low tier. There are events for players of all sorts with buy-ins ranging from $5 to as high as $2,000 and formats from the intricate and challenging 8-game to no-frills no-limit hold’em.

After two days of play, there have been 13,473 entries total for $539,983.80 in prize money.

Click here for more information on PokerStars USA SCOOP events.

On Sunday, PokerNews provided live coverage of one event in each market.

Forlenza Keeps Hot Streak Alive

In the Northeast, Event 07-M: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Jersey Special, $35K Gtd] proved to be a rapid one. The relatively fast structure saw 112 unique entrants (with 72 reentries) dwindling down to a champion after just over seven hours of play.

After a back-and-forth heads-up battle, it was John “GameofEdges” Forlenza who took down the event and the $6,952.83 prize that went with it.

Forlenza, who has enjoyed an “unreal” last couple of months, took down another Sunday major on a different site just last week and now adds another four figures to the bankroll.

Angel “Chr0meKing” Lopez, who made several deep runs on the day, booked a second-place finish for $6,952.

Official Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 John “GameofEdges” Forlenza $6,952.83
2 Angel “Chr0meKing” Lopez $5,187.18
3 “OtB_RedHeron” $3,869.99
4 “Hustle_Man93” $2,887.27
5 “Scooby-D0O” $2,154.11
6 “sri100k” $1,607.11
7 “shipitshell” $1,199.01
8 “el binko” $894.55
9 “3mptyS0ul” $773.56

The biggest prize of the day in New Jersey went to Frank “thewholefunk” Funaro who topped a small field of 48 in 07-H: $500 NLHE, $15K Gtd for $8,621.42.

Top NJ regs Daniel “loxonbagel” Buzgon, Anthony “FlawlessBINK” Maio and Daniel “AvaGray” Lupo all grabbed titles as well.

Meanwhile, “Dkornblau” pulled off a daily double — they shipped both 02-H: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack], $20K Gtd and 08-M: $30 NLHE , $5K Gtd for a combined $6,281.83.

Recent 2021 NJSCOOP Winners

Date Event Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
May 8 01-H: $100 NLHE [NJSCOOP Kick Off, Nightly Stars SE], $12.5K Gtd 162 $14,871.60 Daniel “loxonbagel” Buzgon $2,994.32
May 8 01-M: $30 NLHE [Kick Off], $7K Gtd 318 $8,681.40 djjoelz $1,620.27
May 8 01-L: $20 NLHE [Kick Off], $5K Gtd 360 $6,552 Lond13onE $1,201.01
May 8 02-H: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack], $20K Gtd 94 $20,000 Dkornblau $5,219.53
May 8 02-M: $100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack], $15K Gtd 150 $15,000 DoomSwitch91 $3,283.44*
May 8 02-L: $30 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack], $7.5K Gtd 271 $7,500 sicily1012 $1,561.28
May 8 03-H: $75 NLO8 [6-Max], $4K Gtd 53 $4,000 Anthony “FlawlessBINK” Maio $1,528.64
May 8 03-M: $30 NLO8 [6-Max], $1.5K Gtd 46 $1,500 16NovaChamps18 $573.26
May 8 03-L: $10 NLO8 [6-Max], $1.25K Gtd 147 $1,337.70 KneadDaRiver $282.27
May 8 04-H: $75 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $10K Gtd 154 $10,510.50 09123459 $3,476.16
May 9 05-H: $100 NLHE [Sunday Marathon SE], $10K Gtd 122 $11,199.60 CN_23_LL $2,454.90
May 9 05-M: $30 NLHE [Marathon], $6K Gtd 222 $6,060.60 BigAl07094 $1,182.08
May 9 05-L: $20 NLHE [Marathon], $4K Gtd 266 $4,481.20 cheebsyforme $924.02
May 9 06-H: $75 NLHE [Sunday Warm Up SE], $5K Gtd 89 $6,074.25 wxg1989 $1,439.61
May 9 06-M: $30 NLHE [Sunday Warm Up, Mini], $4K Gtd 159 $4,340.70 kyleorto86 $874.03
May 9 06-L: $10 NLHE, $3.5K Gtd 327 $3,500 MisAnnthr0pe $653.26
May 9 07-H: $500 NLHE, $15K Gtd 48 $22,560 Frank “thewholefunk” Funaro $8,621.32
May 9 07-M: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Jersey Special], $35K Gtd 184 $35,000 John “GameOfEdge” Forlenza $6,952.83
May 9 07-L: $30 NLHE [8-Max, Jersey Special, Mini], $8K Gtd 286 $8,000 mikeyeager $1,516.81
May 9 08-H: $100 NLHE [Nightly Stars SE], $8K Gtd 114 $10,465.20 Iraisepros $2,396.90
May 9 08-M: $30 NLHE , $5K Gtd 196 $5,350.80 Dkornblau $1,062.30
May 9 08-L: $20 NLHE [The Big 20 SE], $3.5K Gtd 231 $4,204.20 Gwaffy $820.07
May 9 09-M: $100 PLO [8-Max], $6K Gtd 62 $6,000 thanutz001 $1,864.39
May 9 09-L: $30 PLO [8-Max], $3K Gtd 104 $3,000 Daniel “AvaGray” Lupo $689.26

*reflects final table deal

Three-Way Deal Ends Big MI Event

A total of 831 entries — 469 players, 362 reentries — in Event #4-H: $100 NLHE (Sunday Special SE), $80K Gtd left the prize pool $3,714.20 short of meeting the guarantee, giving players a small overlay to gun for.

After a nine-hour day on the virtual felt, Mother’s Day was a special one for “fenix1234620”, as they took down the title and $10,872.02 after a three-way deal with runner-up “jdrisco6” ($9,112.83) and third-place finisher Eric “Emans5000” Manssur ($9,991.72).

Official Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 “fenix1234620” $10,872.02
2 “jdrisco6” *$9,112.83
3 Eric “Emans5000” Manssur *$9,991.72
4 “aFishNamedPete” $4,913.12
5 “Eye8YourChips” $3,510.07
6 “Polarithm” $2,507.70
7 “FarmingYou” $1,791.57
8 “GloryDaze991” $1,279.95
9 “ChipzNCheese” $914.44

*denotes three-way deal

Another notable winner was “BiggYBlains22”, who took down 1-H: $100 NLHE [Nightly Stars SE], $40K Gtd for $8,339.27 in a field of 511.

Recent 2021 MISCOOP Winners

Date Event Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
May 8 1-H: $100 NLHE [Nightly Stars SE], $40K Gtd 511 $46,909.80 BiggYBlains22 $8,339.27
May 8 1-M: $30 NLHE, $20K Gtd 833 $22,740.90 I’msomeoneelse $3,830.50
May 8 1-L: $10 NLHE, $7.5K Gtd 803 $7,500 mysurplusvalue $1,263.79
May 8 2-H: $100 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom], $20K Gtd 275 $5,245 grandma1967 $4,340.79*
May 8 2-M: $30 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom], $10K Gtd 391 $10,674.30 This_Jst_In $1,934.68
May 8 2-L: $10 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom], $5K Gtd 682 $6,206.20 mr nappers $1,064.78
May 9 3-H: $100 NLHE [Sunday Marathon SE], $30K Gtd 339 $31,120.20 Omarrcomin $5,807.40
May 9 3-M: $30 NLHE [Sunday Marathon], $15K Gtd 537 $15,000 Stozypokes $2,649.53
May 9 3-L: $10 NLHE [Sunday Marathon], $6K Gtd 694 $6,315.40 ApexPred36 $1,076.12
May 9 4-H: $100 NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $80K Gtd 831 $80,000 fenix1234620 $10,872.02*
May 9 4-M: $30 NLHE [Sunday Warm Up SE], $20K Gtd 725 $20,000 TheWizOfTheRiv $3,406.59
May 9 4-L: $10 NLHE [Sunday Storm SE], $7.5K Gtd 961 $10,000 ChipzNCheeze $1,648.12
May 9 5-H: $50 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $7.5K Gtd 197 $8,963.50 22yardPUNT $1,807.35*
May 9 5-M: $15 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $3.5K Gtd 187 $3,500 DonnyDoodles $758.6
May 9 5-L: $5.00 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO], $1K Gtd 204 $1,000 KennyJ371 $187.72
May 9 6-H: $50 NLHE [Turbo, Second Chance], $7.5K Gtd 210 $10,000 248donkey $1,950.34
May 9 6-M: $15 NLHE [Turbo, Second Chance], $2.5K Gtd 187 $2,552.55 jlaux7 $506.82
May 9 6-L: $5.00 NLHE [Turbo, Second Chance], $1K Gtd 213 $1,000 thesirtyone85 $195.22
May 9 7-H: $50 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE], $7.5K Gtd 134 $7,500 FireHarbaug $1,582.23
May 9 7-M: $15 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic], $2.5K Gtd 182 2,566.20 Iraise U2nU 512
May 9 7-L: $5.00 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic], $1K Gtd 212 1,000 Dublistic 196.75

*reflects final table deal

Both NJSCOOP and MISCOOP will have continued coverage here on PokerNews via daily recaps and live reporting of select events. You can find the homepage for the New Jersey coverage here and the Michigan coverage here.

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