Espen Jorstad Wins the 2023 SCOOP $5,200 NHE Titans As He Prepares to Defend His WSOP Main Event Title

Espen Jorstad is a talented poker player who hopes to be the fifth player to bag consecutive World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event titles after Johnny Chan, Stu Ungar, Doyle Brunson, and Johnny Moss. Still, he is reviewing his playing strategy.

The poker pro won $165,317 in this week's PokerStars Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) $5,200 Titans Event edition. It was his second victory in the series after winning $35,543 in the 2023 SCOOP $215 NLHE 7-Max Turbo PKO.

What Did the Top Finalists Take Home?

  1. Espen "Hymn2Ninkasi" Jorstad from the United Kingdom-$165,317
  2. Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira from Brazil-$128,703
  3. Sam "SamSquid" Grafton from the UK-$100,199
  4. Pavel "silentm0de" Plesuv from Andorra-$78,007
  5. DNegs98 from the UK-$60,731
  6. Renan "Internett93o" Bruschi from Brazil-$47,280
  7. Daniil "NVoskob1986" Kiselev from Latvia-$36,809
  8. Ilya "Leqenden" Anatsky from Belarus-$28,657
  9. Daniel "SmileThHero" Smiljkovic from Austria-$22,629

The Tournament's Highlight

The $5,200 Titans Event attracted 164 entrants who formed an $820,000 prize pool. Yet, only the top 20 finalists cashed.

Nine players remained at the end of Day 1, each aiming the six-figure payout and title. PokerStars Twitch streamed Day 2's action on May 15. Yet, Smiljkovic was the final table's short stack and he got busted on the day's first hand.

The action's pace increased as Anatsky exited the event in eighth place. He used ace-six of diamonds to wager 6.5 big blinds against Bruschi's dominating ace-ten and lost. Kiselev followed him in seventh place.

Jorstad used pocket tens to wager 154,000 from the button before calling as Kiselev used king-queen to make a ten big blinds three-bet all-in move. The tens dominated on the ace-high board sending Kiselev packing.

Grafton from Team PokerStars eliminated Bruschi in the sixth position after 30 minutes. The latter used ace-seven of hearts to make a 140,000 min-raise in the cutoff and the former used pocket tens to make a 420,000 three-bet in the big blind. Grafton called Bruschi's 1,237,292 jam and busted him.

His great form continued when he ended DNegs98's run in fifth place. Grafton used pocket queens to open, prompted DNegs98 to make an 11 big blinds shove using pocket deuces, and called. The latter lacked help from the five community cards.

Plesuv followed DNegs98 in the fourth position despite having the largest stack earlier. His pocket eights lost to Ferreira's ace-ten thus costing him most of his chips. But, Plesuv

Didn't give up and used pocket nines to make a 12 big blinds all-in move but Jorstad's ace-eight of diamonds dominated him. Grafton had the least chips when the three-handed action began.

He used pocket queens to wager 6.5 blinds but Jorstad's ace-nine defeated him. Jorstad led Ferreira by 2:1 when their heads-up match kicked off. But he won the event several minutes after his king-jack beat Ferreira's jack-six of diamonds.


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