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2021 NJ/MI SCOOP Day 9: “Barney889” Claims 4th Title; Frank Funaro Wins


Now through May 24, Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) festivals are running in both Michigan and New Jersey on PokerStars.

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 nine days of play, there have been 42,834 entries total between the two markets for $2,005,185.24 in prize money.

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Funaro, Sewnig & “Barney889” Win More NJSCOOP Titles

Through 31 events (93 tournaments total) in the NJSCOOP, a combined 16,038 combined entrants have competed and $755.225.64 in prize money awarded. Among those to capture titles were Randy “Rhino609” Evans, Anthony “FlawlessBINK” Maio, and Frank “thewholefunk” Funaro (lead photo), who bested an 88-entry field to win 29-H: $250 NLHE [8-Max, Half Price Jersey Special, High Roller], $15K GTD for $4,303.87 and his second title of the series.

Dan “monkeyman067” Sewnig also had a victory over a 281-entry field in 30-M: $15 NLHE, $6K GTD for $1,145.09, which marked his third title of the NJSCOOP series.

Three is good, but four is better. That’s how many titles “Barney889” has won thus far in the 2021 NJSCOOP. What’s more, all four have come in a four-day stretch. On Thursday, they won 18-M: $30 NLHE, $5K GTD for $1,303.20 followed by 22-M: $100 NLHE [4-Max], $10K GTD for $2,335.35 on Friday. The third victory came in Saturday’s 4-L: $10 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, PKO, Zoom], $2.5K GTD for $690.70, and then on Sunday they made it four with a win in 27-L: $20 NLHE [Afternoon Bigstack 20], $3K GTD for $604.71.

Recent 2021 NJSCOOP Winners

Date Event Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
May 16 27-H: $100 NLHE [Bigstack, Sunday Marathon SE], $10K GTD 105 $10,000.00 kevincbloodgood $2,290.36
May 16 27-M: $30 NLHE [Afternoon Bigstack 30], $4.5K GTD 154 $4,500 PhuneeeMuneee $932.88
May 16 27-L: $20 NLHE [Afternoon Bigstack 20], $3K GTD 165 $3,003 Barney889 $604.71
May 16 28-H: $37.5 NLHE [Half Price Sunday Warm Up SE], $5K GTD 152 $5,221.89 69lovely $1,082.53
May 16 28-M: $15 NLHE [Half Price Sunday Warm Up, Mini], $4K GTD 258 $4,000 TopDogCD $769.91
May 16 28-L: $5.00 NLHE [Half Price Sunday Storm SE], $3.5K GTD 448 $3,500 namesor362 $577.75
May 16 29-H: $250 NLHE [8-Max, Half Price Jersey Special, High Roller], $15K GTD 88 $20,504 Frank “thewholefunk” Funaro $4,303.87
May 16 29-M: $!00 NLHE [8-Max, Half Price Jersey Special], $35K GTD 363 $35,000 st0neydanza $6,461.48
May 16 29-L: $15 NLHE [8-Max, Half Price Jersey Special, Mini], $8K GTD 448 $8,000 Randy “Rhino609” Evans $1,436.78
May 16 30-H: $50 NLHE [Half Price Nightly Stars SE], $10K GTD 253 $11,511.50 [email protected] $2,215.67
May 16 30-M: $15 NLHE, $6K GTD 281 $6,000 Dan “monkeyman067” Sewnig $1,145.09
May 16 30-L: $10 NLHE [Half Price Big 20 SE], $4K GTD 327 $4,000 TrickyNik109 $746.64
May 16 31-H: $100 PLO [6-Max], $10K GTD 73 $10,000 Anthony “FlawlessBINK” Maio $3,107.28
May 16 31-M: $30 PLO [6-Max], $6K GTD 138 $6,000 That Guy 609 $1,093.90
May 16 31-L: $20 PLO [6-Max], $3K GTD 111 $3,000 Shaibel $700.67

“RunLikeDiva” Wins Event 20-H

Through 23 events (69 tournaments total) in the MISCOOP, a combined 26,796 combined entrants have competed and $1,249,959.60 in prize money awarded. On Sunday, “GOP MACHINE” captured his second title in as many days by taking down 22-L: $10 NLHE [Turbo, Second Chance], $2.5K GTD for $581.90. That came after he won 18-L: $5 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, PKO, Zoom, Total Knock Out], $2K GTD on Saturday for $516.61.

Additionally, “Dublistic” topped a 704-entry field to win 19-L: $10 NLHE [Bigstack], $6K GTD for $1,091.40 and their third MISCOOP title fo the series, while Andrew “autokorekt” Korby claimed his first in 22-H: $100 NLHE [Turbo, Second Chance], $15K GTD for $3,186.

Andrew Korby
Andrew Korby

Also on Sunday, Event 20-H: $200 NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $100K Gtd reached its conclusion with “RunLikeDiva” standing tall as champion after defeating “mangocoin” heads-up and taking down $13,584.43 as part of an ICM deal. It marked their second title in as many days after winning Saturday’s 18-H: $50 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, PKO, Zoom, Total Knock Out], $10K GTD for $2,247.19.

The event drew 553 entries (342 unique and 211 re-entries), which was enough to surpass the guarantee and generate a total prize pool of $102,858.

MISCOOP-20-H Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 “RunLikeDiva” *$13,584.43
2 “mangocoin” *$11,102.33
3 “313pride” *$12,016.22
4 “anansipkr” *$10,974.70
5 “iConvert13” $4,968.90
6 “PowerRanges” $3,593.38
7 “CitizenPker” $2,598.63
8 “MotorCity510Reg” $1,879.26
9 “mariopartypoker” $1,359.03

*denotes four-way ICM deal

Final Table Action

“PowerRanges” held a slight lead going into the final table, but was unable to generate much momentum as the other players began eliminating each other. “mangocoin” quickly took over the chip lead after knocking out “MotorCity510Reg” and “PowerRanges” fell short in sixth place after running {a-}{q-} into the {a-}{k-} of “anansipkr”.

“313pride” briefly held the chip lead after doubling through “RunLikeDiva”, but “RunLikeDiva” would double right back after running their pocket queens into “313pride”’s pocket 10’s and holding.

Shortly after “anansipkr” won a race and eliminated “iConvert13” in fifth place, the remaining four players agreed to an ICM deal, which meant each player would be paid according to their chip count at the time of the deal (with $2,000 set aside for the eventual champion).

“anansipkr” fell in fourth place shortly after and “RunLikeDiva” had a chance to double KO “313pride” and “mangocoin”, but failed to do so after their queens got cracked by “mangocoin”’s {k-}{3-}.

Heads-up play largely consisted of small pots, with “RunLikeDiva” gradually chipping away at “mangocoin”. “RunLikeDiva” would eventually eliminate “mangocoin” in second place after cracking “mangocoin”‘s aces by drilling a flush on the river after getting all-in on the flop as an underdog.

Recent 2021 MISCOOP Winners

Date Event Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
May 16 19-H: $100 NLHE [Bigstack, Sunday Marathon SE], $30K GTD 340 $31,212.00 RazorsEdge16 $5,824.59
May 16 19-M: $30 NLHE [Bigstack], $15K GTD 550 $15,015 Rogggggy $2,652.28
May 16 19-L: $10 NLHE [Bigstack], $6K GTD 704 $6,406.40 Dublistic $1,091.40
May 16 20-H: $200 NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $100K GTD 553 $102,858 RunLikeDiva $13,584.43
May 16 20-M: $50 NLHE [Sunday Warm Up SE], $30K GTD 569 $30,000 MateoGoBlue $5,024.45
May 16 20-L: $20 NLHE [Sunday Storm SE], $12.5K GTD 650 $12,500 FlushtoRicks $2,129.33
May 16 21-H: $100 PLO [8-Max], $10K GTD 135 $12,393 [email protected] $2,725.15
May 16 21-M: $30 PLO [8-Max], $5K GTD 167 $5,000 WildWilly-AA $962.59
May 16 21-L: $10 PLO [8-Max], $2K GTD 189 $2,000 seewiggay $397.44
May 16 22-H: $100 NLHE [Turbo, Second Chance], $15K GTD 174 $15,973.20 Andrew “autokorekt” Korby $3,186.02
May 16 22-M: $30 NLHE [Turbo, Second Chance], $7.5K GTD 266 $7,500 LouisD60 $1,445.90
May 16 22-L: $10 NLHE [Turbo, Second Chance], $2.5K GTD 348 $3,166.80 GOP MACHINE $581.90
May 16 23-H: $50 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO, Sunday Supersonic SE], $7.5K GTD 149 $7,500 nateral $2,000.20
May 16 23-M: $15 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO, Sunday Supersonic], $3K GTD 179 $3,000 windaddydollars $654.14
May 16 23-L: $5 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO, Sunday Supersonic], $1K GTD 255 $1,198.50 Disaster504 $228.35

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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