SCOOP, XL Inferno, Powerfest Week 1: Linde, cal42688 Strike First

One of the heaviest online poker schedules in recent memories got off to a fast star this week with millions doled out by the biggest poker sites in the world.

Over on PokerStars famous poker pros flocked to the latest edition of SCOOP with numerous events paying out over $100,000 for first place.

Meanwhile 888poker held its first $1m-GTD event for XL Inferno with Jayser1337 winning a staggering $140,000.

Finally PartyPoker Powerfest offered a little more value for players thanks to a significant overlay in one of its opening events.

The glut of big-time online series runs until May 22 with some massive tournaments closing out one of the busiest periods of online poker ever. You can take a look at the complete schedule for all three events in our SCOOP/XL Inferno/Powerfest preview.

Here’s a look at a few of the highlights from a busy week of online poker:

Linde, Anderson SCOOP Titles

It was a busy week on PokerStars with Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde, Martin Jacobson and Ravenswood13 all taking down titles.

Charlie Carrel 3

Nice score for Charlie Carrel.

Calvin “cal42688” Anderson also took down his record eighth SCOOP title by winning the Event 13-H: $530 NLHE 3-Max Progressive Bounty.

Anderson actually leads the overall SCOOP leaderboard with 320 points.

Of course the biggest event, by far, was the $25,000 buy-in SCOOP-15-H High Roller, which Russian BIack88 took down for a staggering $702,658.

Another highlight of the week say Fedor Holz snagged the chip lead for the final table of SCOOP-05-H $2,100 PLO. Holz isn’t particularly familiar with PLO but still managed to finish fifth for $47,175.

Charlie “Epiphany” Carrel went one step further.

He accidentally registered for SCOOP-16-H $1,050 PLO 6-Max thinking it was a NLHE tournament. He went on to win the event for $67,410.

Upcoming SCOOP Events

Saturday, May 13

SCOOP-26-L $215 NLHE HU $100K GTD Starting at 13:30
SCOOP-26-M: $2,100 NLHE HU, $200K Gtd Starting at 13:30
SCOOP-26-H: $25,000 NLHE HU, $400K Gtd Starting at 13:30

Sunday, May 14

SCOOP-30-L: $27 NLHE [6-Max], $200K Gtd Starting at 11:00
SCOOP-31-M: $215 NLHE [Sunday Million SE], $1M Gtd Starting at 14:00
SCOOP-30-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max], $1M Gtd Starting at 11:00
SCOOP-31-H: $2,100 NLHE, $1M Gtd Starting at 14:00

Xandee1991, anteen Crush XL Inferno

The XL Inferno was raging on 888poker with hundreds of thousands awarded over the last week.


Anton Bertilsson at the Battle of Malta.

Brazil’s Xandee1991 outlasted 2,079 entries to take down the big $160 XL Opening Event for $53,014

Swedish pro Anton “anteen” Bertilsson took advantage of the $2,100 XL High Roller to take down $116,974.

Here’s a complete look at the $2,100 XL High Roller final table results, which featured several familiar online names:

1. anteen – $116,974
2. Kannwas – $85,800
3. R1valdo1 – $64,636
4. diosmono69 – $48,620
5. Sr.Penes – $33,176
6. grandepike – $25,740
7. cocadas – $20,020
8. peterpan_33 – $14,300
9. morewater – $10,868

Upcoming Inferno-XL Events

Sunday, May 14

XL Inferno Event 97 $160 buy-in 200k-GTD Tune Up Starts at 17:00
XL Inferno 100 $600 buy-in $200k-GTD Whale Starts at 18:00

Tuesday, May 16

XL Inferno Event 126 $52,000 buy-in $400k-GTD Super HR Chip-In Starts at 18:00

jayser1337 Scores Extra PartyPoker Powerfest Value

PartyPoker Powerfest might just be the most value-packed online series you can play this year.

That’s because there was a massive overlay in Event 13. The $215 buy-in featured a $1m guarantee and it didn’t quite reach it so PartyPoker chipped in about $300,000 to the prize pool.

That meant that players in Event 13 essentially got a crack at $300k in free prize pool money. In the end it was online player jayser1337 who got the biggest benefit as he outlasted all 3,354 entries to win $140,400.


Free cash at PartyPoker

Here’s a complete look at the final-table payouts for the event:

1. jayser1337 – $140,400
2. DonAndresPL – $125,000
3. Ryan “ineedsheet” Yu – $70,600
4. Irrelevant – $46,400
5. LifeSupport – $32,100
6. pssshhh – $22,000
7. formulacity – $15,150
8. Ut0pIA – $9,750
9. ShesgotheJack1 – $7,580

Upcoming Powerfest Events

Saturday, May 13

Powerfest #129 $109 buy-in $100K Gtd Starts at 19:00
Powerfest #130 $530 buy-in $100K Gtd High Roller Starts at 19:00

Sunday, May 14

Powerfest #152 $215 buy-in $1 Million Gtd Starts at 19:00
Powerfest #157 $530 buy-in $300K Gtd High Roller starts at 19:00