Ever since he was 15 years old, Lorenzo “O”Pazzzo”” Baynes has always been attracted to card games.

“I started playing poker when I was a teenager, but there wasn’t anywhere near as much interest in the game as there was today,” he says.

Nevertheless, Baynes–who lives in Rotterdam in the Netherlands–became an accomplished online poker player, with career highlights including a win the $1,050 Super Tuesday back in 2011 for $59K.

“I also made the final table of the Sunday Million a couple of times,” he adds. “But from there I didn’t cash as much, and I have to admit I didn’t play online poker for a few years.”

That all changed this year, and Baynes has enjoyed an Ali-like return to the ring throughout the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) 2020.

Baynes was victorious in Event 52-L, a $215 NLHE 8-Max event which had 4,041 entries to create an $808,200 prize pool. For his victory and first SCOOP title, he banked.

“I played the SCOOP from week two onwards,” he says. “I started off winning a few thousand in different events, before taking down #52-L.

“It’s an amazing feeling to win a SCOOP, particularly in an event with more than 4,000 players. It’s never easy!”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the win has reinvigorated Baynes’ love of online poker.

“Since my victory, I’m playing every day,” he laughs. “I have a good buffer behind me! But in seriousness, the money won’t really impact my lifestyle. I have both of my feet on the ground.”

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