Wiktor Malinowski was the big winner this past weekend in a SCOOP event. The poker star claimed success in the $10,300 NLHE, which would have been extra special for him given that it was his first ever SCOOP success. It was an enthralling poker contest for the event, which lasted for around four hours on Wednesday evening.
However, it was to be Malinowski that was claimed the winner of the event, as he saw off Simon Mattsson in the heads-up battle over three hands. The last game would have suited Malinowski to the ground, as he has made numerous open challenges throughout his career for heads-up challenges, and could be seen as his speciality.
Malinowski Claims Maiden Title
It would have been a memorable night for Malinowski at the event, as the success was the first SCOOP crown that he has claimed during his career. It was no easy feat to win the event either, as Malinowski came up against stern competition, with some of the most famous poker players in the world also in competition. The final table was a whos-who of the poker world, but success for Malinowski highlights that he should be spoken about in the same breath.
Malinowski’s win following the heads-up with Mattsson saw him walk away from the event with $241,957 in prize money from the event. The Swedish start that was unfortunate in the heads-up challenge settled for second spot on the leaderboard, but still was able to pick up $185,766 in returns from the SCOOP event. Malinowski has now won over $708,000 in live earnings, which sees him sit in 17th place in the all-time money list for Polish players. There was also a battle for the other positions in the standings throughout the event, and you can find out about the other standings below.
Star-Studded Final Table For SCOOP Event
It was indeed a star-studded event on the final table of the event, as Christoph Vogelsang was knocked out just before the heads-up challenge. The German is a renowned star in poker, but fell just short in the run up to the latter stages. Still, he has able to claim $142,624 in prize money from the event. Pablo Brito finished in fourth place on the leaderboard, as he picked up prize money of $109,502. Canadian star Timothy Adams was the player to finish in fifth. Adams sits at second on the all-time money list for Canadian players, and picked up returns of $84,072 from this event.
Russian player ‘psihodelik31’ was next on the leaderboard, as he won $64,457 after claiming sixth spot in the standings. Royal Pignatelli was next on the leaderboard, as he picked up $49,557. The final two players on the final table were Pedro Garagnani and Joni Jouhkimainen. Garagnani picked up $38,048 in returns. Meanwhile, Jouhkimainen did exceptionally well to finish on the final table, as he got the final day underway being one of the players with the fewest chips. Regardless, he picked up $31,822 after finishing ninth.