After realizing PokerStars made a mistake awarding him top spot for SCOOP Player of the Year, partypoker ambassadors “Patrick “Pads” Leonard publicly alerted Stars to the mistake.
After going through through his own scores, Leonard realized he couldn’t have won Player of the Year, instead the accolade should go to Russian player “Zapa”—in which could be the most sportsman-like moment of 2021.
PokerStars was quick to rectify the issue, not only awarding first place to “Zapa” but also paying out Pads $45K—for which he will donate to charity.
This is not the first Player of the Year mix up to hit the poker world. Back in 2019 Daniel Negreanu was wrongly awarded WSOP Player of the Year in a mix up—before the tile switched to its rightful owner Rob Campbell.
Campbell joins The Lock In, to discuss Pad’s decision to alert Stars to the SCOOP Player of the Year mix up.