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How Pros Prepare for SCOOP
The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is just around the corner and will kick-off from May 12-27. There's more than $115,000,000 in guaranteed prize money during the series, including over $75M GTD in SCOOP events alone and a $1,000,000 guaranteed event EVERY DAY! You can imagine then that this will be arguably the most hotly contested online poker series of the year.

Keeping that in mind we wanted to get inside the mind of a Pro poker player to see how they prepare for such a huge series. We caught up with 4 of PokerStars Team Pro's and put a few questions to them asking them what they do to prepare.
 

1. SCOOP is coming up on May 12th with $115 million Guaranteed during the Series, how will you prepare for the series, and what % of the $115 Million will you be taking home?

Felix 'xflixx' Schneiders: "I will prepare by making a realizable playing and streaming schedule so that I do not get burned out or exhausted quickly. SCOOP tourneys are slow and long tournaments over multiple days if you plan on winning them so making sure to get enough sleep, eat healthily and work out for the balance of sitting long hours in front of the computer. I am planning to take home my first 6 digit cash ever and complete my #100KGRND challenge!"

Fintan 'EasyWithAces' Hand: "I'm going home for my Mum's birthday which is on the 13th. So I'll get a nice few days of family time in before I head back to Malta on the 14th and then play every day chasing that trophy."

Ben 'Spraggy' Spragg: "Limited preparation required for me, I keep my body in the top 1% of a physical fitness year round. Healthy body, healthy mind. $115m is an absurd amount to play for, just a small piece of the pie will keep me happy."

Lex 'L. Veldhuis' Veldhuis: "What I've really learned from last few editions that's it important for me not to do too much the week before. Make sure I don't travel, don't have jetlags, don't stream a ton. It's really important to charge the batteries. This year I planned to do absolutely nothing, except for some studying here and there. Therefore I'm convinced I'm going to win 2% of the $115 million out there."
 
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2. Will you be playing many of the events and what events are you most looking forward to playing?

Felix 'xflixx' Schneiders: "I will be playing only a selected few events distributed over days with breaks. I am mostly looking forward to the Sunday Special events like the Kickoff, Warmup, and Million, as well as the Progressive Knockout events like the Thursday Thrill as those, are my favorite formats."

Fintan 'EasyWithAces' Hand: "I'll be playing the majority of the holdem events and I'll mix in some other games too. I can't wait for the main and some of the higher buy-ins I'll play this year."

Ben 'Spraggy' Spragg: "I'm gonna fire as much as I can, as much as time and mental and physical well being will allow. The Big Sundays being the most exciting."

Lex 'L. Veldhuis' Veldhuis: I will usually play the first 2 Holdem and PLO events of the day, most of the high ones in those too. For the early mixed game events I might play some small ones for variety on stream and to try something different, which is what SCOOP is perfect for. I'm looking forward the most to the Sunday SCOOPS because they get absolutely massive. They're the biggest tournaments online and every year it's a thrill to compete in them. Apart from that the Bounty Builders, which are just perfect for streaming, and co-incidentally my favorite format.

3. At the PokerStars School, we will have many new players, who are playing SCOOP for the first time. Do you remember the first time you played SCOOP and what advice would you give to these players?

Felix 'xflixx' Schneiders: "My best piece of advice is patience. With huge fields and many new, inexperienced players or ones that just play for fun or the gamble around you need to play solid Poker and this starts by selecting good starting hands preflop. Don't rush or force things, you need to be there at the end of the tournament to win it so prepare for hours and days of GRNDing!"

Fintan 'EasyWithAces' Hand: "Enjoy it. It's easy to get fixated on trying to get a trophy. Don't get me wrong I'd love one, but this is the biggest SCOOP ever, with the largest prize pools. It only comes around once per year so have some fun and hopefully, it ends up a profitable few weeks too."

Ben 'Spraggy' Spragg: "First time I played a proper SCOOP schedule was only a few years ago since I was a cash game player before. Advice is to not underestimate it, series like this come at you fast. Play satellites to try and ease the burden on your bankroll, don't just try and spam everything from the get-go if your mental game or your bankroll can't handle it. Cliche remains, it's a marathon, not a sprint."

Lex 'L. Veldhuis' Veldhuis: One of the first times I played SCOOP I wanted to play it all. I was already playing pretty high stakes and I had a huge FOMO in terms of titles and deep runs. I started playing some of the bigger mixed games too and got absolutely crushed. My advice is, if you want to try something different play the low ones, and mainly stick to your game and don't go outside your bankroll too much. If you grind 5$-20$ tournaments you can't just start playing $215's every day. Try some satellites, or be comforted with the fact there will be another COOP and you can use this as motivation to improve and move up stakes before the next one.

4. Knocking out a fellow Twitch streamer always seems to create a buzz, which streamer would you most like to bust?

Felix 'xflixx' Schneiders: "I would like to take out Lex to make him go "mimimi" on stream like a beaker, Spraggy cause he always bluffs me on stream and Fintan cause I need revenge on that clip he tweeted of him busting me once."

Fintan 'EasyWithAces' Hand: "Lex first hand of the $10k if we both satty in. The clip would be gold and it'd have the potential to be my new sub sound."

Ben 'Spraggy' Spragg: "Xflixx, he's too nice."

Lex 'L. Veldhuis' Veldhuis: My go-to answer here would pretty much always be Spraggy. However, I have to say that busting during SCOOP or during a big run in events like this is so painful, especially if you add in everything from the stream, that I don't wish that on anyone. Maybe I'm getting softer with old age. Ahh no fuck it, I'd love to bust Spraggy.

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