PokerStars has been on the cutting edge of online poker since its inception, and there is a reason it is the number one site of its kind in the world. In keeping with that tradition, PokerStars recently announced its first ever Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), a series that would provide opportunities for players of all bankrolls to become champions. And on April 2, 2009, the series got underway with a bang.
The gist of the series is to provide the ultimate in online tournament action with great structures and lucrative event guarantees. But what makes SCOOP different from other series is that it offers each tournament at three levels - high is for higher stakes players with buy-ins ranging from $500 to $25,000, low offers interesting games and championship titles with buy-ins from $5 to $250, and medium is for everyone in between. It caters to all size bankrolls and allows players maximum opportunities to play in a variety of games each day through April 13.
And players responded to the series from the start with outstanding fields that smashed guarantees. Most prize pools swelled to more than twice the guaranteed pools as tens of thousands of players came to the PokerStars felt in the first few days alone. With that, let’s get to the results from the first three days of action.
Event 1: NLHE w/rebuys, 6-max
The high-stakes tournament representing Event 1 was a $530 buy-in with a $500K guarantee, but that was immediately put down by the 672 players who entered, along with their 983 rebuys and 564 add-ons. That prize pool became $1,109,500, which seemed to evidence the success that the SCOOP would be.
As players neared the money, one of the newest Team PokerStars Pros, Peter Eastgate, was leading the pack by a fairly wide margin, but in only a few hands, he lost the lead. When the money bubble burst, he was in the middle and finally finished in 55th place. Play slowed and hours went by before the final table neared, which was when Sdouble caught the attention of players. He ultimately took eighth place and just missed the final table but had already secured a win in the Event 1 medium-stakes event. Already atop the SCOOP leaderboard, Sdouble took down well over $50K for his first night in the SCOOP series. But in this tournament, it was Sifosis who went out in seventh to allow the final six to be seated together.
BongBob had nearly a 2-to-1 chip lead and kept it through the hours of play and to the heads-up battle with AceSpaces11, which began after 8am ET. And a battle it was, one that lasted over two and a half hours. Though the two struck a money deal early that left $11,135 out for the winner, they played with extreme caution for a long while. Finally, the 20-hour tournament came to a close when BongBob put his opponent to the test with an all-in move preflop with . AceSpades11 called with , which was good until the flop of . The last two cards of and changed nothing and gave BongBob the title, champion’s watch, and $191,135 in prize money.
1st place: BongBob ($191,135.00)
2nd place: AceSpades11 ($175,000.00)
3rd place: MrTile ($113,723.75)
4th place: Jagz7 ($77,665.00)
5th place: deamon10 ($55,475.00)
6th place: pusteblume ($35,504.00)
The $55 buy-in medium stakes tournament for Event 1 garnered a total of 4,057 entries, which crushed the $200K prize pool by making it $641,350 after rebuys and add-ons. That tournament lasted almost 17 hours and finally found a well-known and much-respected online player, Isaac Baron, as its champion.
1st place: westmenloAA ($97,805.88)
2nd place: KidCardiff6 ($70,548.51)
3rd place: prinzprosper ($51,308.01)
4th place: MKKMOO ($33,439.99)
5th place: phil steve ($19,240.51)
6th place: t soprano ($10,902.96)
And the low-buy-in event of $5.50 for Event 1 was by far the biggest of the three with 27,134 players. Their amazing 45,438 rebuys and 14,434 add-ons pushed well past the $50K guarantee with a pool of more than $435K. In the end, it was Eetu100 who came out on top.
1st place: Eetu100 ($41,562.77)
2nd place: MrWhite ($29,364.53)
3rd place: bakter9 ($17,401.21)
4th place: jw32123 ($8,700.61)
5th place: canucko ($4,350.31)
6th place: AragonX ($3,045.22)
Event 2: PLO hi/lo
The first pot-limit Omaha tournament of the SCOOP series was a big draw in all three buy-in levels, and the high buy-in of $1,050 grabbed the attention of 327 players. That pushed the $200K guarantee out of the water as it stood at $327,000. The field was thick with Team PokerStars Pros, Katja Thater managing to outlast them all to finish in 66th place, though still outside the money.
The final 36 players made the cash, though most of it was reserved for the final table of nine, which started with tatta in the chip lead. He kept up the pressure to make it to heads-up action with finsfan7, who had the chip lead going into two-handed play and the making of a deal for nearly even money and $4,000 left over for the winner. The last hand finally came down to the two seeing a flop, after which the betting led to raising and tatta being put all-in. finsfan7 had for some draws, and tatta showed . The turn brought the and river the to give finsfan7 the win and $61,686.62 in prize money.
1st place: finsfan7 ($61,686.62)
2nd place: tatta ($54,234.88)
3rd place: Slavik_Krs ($36,951.00)
4th place: bleu329 ($27,795.00)
5th place: OmahaEd ($18,966.00)
6th place: Benjaphon ($14,715.00)
7th place: DenYoungGun ($11,445.00)
8th place: Kcannon ($8,175.00)
9th place: capriole ($6,213.00)
As for the medium level of Event 2, the $109 buy-in drew 2,104 players to bring the prize pool to $210,410, well past the $50K guarantee. The final 306 places were paid, with Sdouble receiving the lion’s share, and as previously mentioned, final tabling Event 1 on the same night.
1st place: Sdouble ($33,664.00)
2nd place: EDWARDHOPPER ($25,248.00)
3rd place: SmileGodLuvs ($18,325.84)
4th place: tmt326 ($12,624.00)
5th place: madddddddddd ($9,468.00)
6th place: JP OSU ($7,364.00)
7th place: Rockytherock ($5,260.00)
8th place: SharpNut ($3,576.80)
9th place: dreadpirateA ($1,893.60)
And for the low buy-in event of the first day’s PLO action, the $11 it cost to enter brought 7,622 players to the virtual felt, which created a $76,220 prize pool, far beyond the $25K guarantee. But when it came down to deciding the ultimate prize winner, it was thehoffa who claimed the first prize and SCOOP title.
1st place: thehoffa ($9,900.00)
2nd place: -$eG mAsTeR ($8,500.00)
3rd place: leaonardop4 ($5,487.85)
4th place: bstockton68 ($3,811.01)
5th place: tmxzt829 ($3,048.81)
6th place: mois64 ($2,286.61)
7th place: Henry XIV ($1,524.41)
8th place: Dr.Niebaum ($762.21)
9th place: Afferrare ($518.30)
Event 3: PL 5-Card Draw
Five-card draw has been one of the forgotten games of poker’s past until a recent resurgence in the mixed game format. The crowds that came out for the three 5-card draw events were not what PokerStars had hoped, but there were solid fields nonetheless. The high stakes event was a $1,050 buy-in tournament that drew 120 players, which didn’t come close to the $200K guarantee, but when that kicked in, it brought a nice overlay for the players. Only 12 would be paid, though, and it took a long 12 hours just to reach the final table of six.
It was sexygee in a dominating chip lead going into the final action, and that was the player who took charge of the majority of eliminations. Keeping that same dominance going into heads-up action with KONGOOR, it only took a few minutes to see the final hand occur. It started with KONGOOR raising and taking three cards, and sexygee called and took only one. KONGOOR was then all-in holding , but sexygee held the best hand with his and two pair, and he won the $54,500 first place prize.
1st place: sexygee ($54,500.00)
2nd place: KONGOOR ($36,500.00)
3rd place: JannotLapin ($28,000.00)
4th place: Drunka ($19,000.00)
5th place: CASINOICE ($14,000.00)
6th place: razgon ($10,500.00)
The medium stakes 5-card draw $109 event drew 756 players but still failed to meet the $100K guarantee, which created another overlay for the field. Out of the 108 places paid in the event, it was dmitry999 who came out on top with the $17,630 prize and event title.
1st place: dmitry999 ($17,630.00)
2nd place: wallfly ($13,000.00)
3rd place: AnAgrAmA ($10,000.00)
4th place: and230750 ($7,000.00)
5th place: shortdaddy ($5,000.00)
6th place: real_deal666 ($3,000.00)
The low buy-in portion of Event 3 came in over the top. The $11 buy-in tournament drew an astounding 4,292 players, which skated well past the $25K guarantee with a $42,920 prize pool. After the final 840 survivors were paid, the best cash payout went to xMOUSSx from Paris, who took in $6,545.31 for the victory.
1st place: xMOUSSx ($6,545.31)
2nd place: timmiq ($4,613.91)
3rd place: jeff710 ($3,326.31)
4th place: rydawgsw ($2,038.71)
5th place: paulll25 ($1,216.79)
6th place: April Tears ($643.81)
Event 4: NLHE 2x Chance Turbo
This was the fastest event of the series thus far by a long shot. It took less than five hours to complete each of the three tournaments, as the turbo 5-minute levels pushed players to move quickly. In the high level $1,575 buy-in event, there were 552 runners, 282 of whom took advantage of their second chance $1,500 rebuys, which pushed the prize pool smoothly past the $1 million guarantee to $1,251,000. Players quickly pushed past the 63-spot money bubble and on towards the final table, and Darus Suharto was the last PokerStars-related pro to finish in the event, cashing in 18th place.
The final table of nine began with PokerKai dominating the table with over 1.3 million chips, while only one other player had even eclipsed the 500K mark. PokerKai took some hits as the whirlwind table went down but made it to the final two with a chip lead of nearly 3-to-1 over buck21. Though the shorter stack evened the chips soon after, the stacks soon reverted to their original places. buck21 then moved all-in with , and PokerKai called with to see the board run out . PokerKai won the $237,690 first prize and the tournament.
1st place: PokerKai ($237,690.00)
2nd place: buck21 ($175,140.00)
3rd place: ch0ppy ($128,227.50)
4th place: gibralter11 ($97,578.00)
5th place: Yo Burger ($68,805.00)
6th place: xxjondxx ($53,167.50)
7th place: yayaya ($40,657.50)
8th place: slammedfire ($28,147.50)
9th place: Chowdahhead4 ($20,766.60)
The $162 buy-in version of this tournament also brought a stellar field of 2,887 players to the event, which pushed the prize pool to more than double the $300 guarantee after 1,487 rebuys were purchased. The $656,100 in the money pot was distributed quickly as the players flew through the money bubble and to the final table. In the end, it was Thx4UrM0ney who took over $100K for first place when the cards settled.
1st place: Thx4UrM0ney ($103,335.76)
2nd place: Belabacsi ($77,091.76)
3rd place: bowser125 ($55,112.41)
4th place: woltas ($37,725.76)
5th place: berdyfish ($28,540.36)
6th place: SOXFA83 ($21,979.36)
7th place: BeLOWaBOVe ($15,418.36)
8th place: riverburn22 ($8,870.48)
9th place: geirto ($5,576.86)
Finally, the low $16.50 buy-in turbo event drew 14,496 players, and 7,876 of them purchased rebuys to take the prize pool to $335,580, more than triple the $100K guarantee. And when it finished, kingcoles80 was king of the day with a $31,178.72 first place prize.
1st place: kingcoles80 ($31,178.72)
2nd place: ACB KGB ($29,178.72)
3rd place: Battmeister ($20,134.81)
4th place: DeCampo ($15,101.11)
5th place: chuck2003 ($11,745.31)
6th place: MuppetKing ($8,389.51)
7th place: pattherat101 ($5,033.71)
8th place: blingATL ($3,020.23)
9th place: telley80 ($2,013.49)
Event 5: NLHE Double-Shootout
A double-shootout is an interesting tournament, and the high stakes tournament that required a $1,575 buy-in was nothing if not interesting. The tournament was limited to 100 players, and whoever was able to win two tables and defeat 18 opponents would win the $45,000 first prize. But the field was thick with well-known online players like Timex and Sowerss, as well as Team PokerStars Pros like Ivan Demidov and Peter Eastgate.
By the time the final table began, several big names were still alive, with AJKHoosier1, Timex, and Eastgate the most recognizable. But the heads-up battle consisted of none of them, as only deamon10 and SvZff made it that far. deamon10 had the dominating chip lead with 341,727 chips to the 158,273 stack of SvZff, but that lead was switched several times as action continued for some time. Finally, with deamon10 holding a small lead, quite a bit of preflop raising and reraising led to deamon10 pushing all-in and SvZff calling all-in for his tournament life. Svzff showed , and deamon10 had pocket tens, so the race was on until the cards came to allow the pocket pair to hold up. deamon10 won the $45,000 and the SCOOP title.
1st place: deamon10 ($45,000.00)
2nd place: SvZff ($30,000.00)
3rd place: get crunk ($20,250.00)
4th place: Acesupper ($14,850.00)
5th place: steamraise ($10,500.00)
6th place: SixthSenSe19 ($10,500.00)
7th place: Halfrek ($6,600.00)
8th place: Timex ($5,625.00)
9th place: Peter Eastgate ($4,800.00)
10th place: AKHoosier1 ($4,125.00)
The medium level of the no-limit hold’em shootout event offered 1,000 seats for a $162 buy-in each. Players lined up to buy-in long before the event’s start time, and when it was all said and done, the ten-handed final table finished with danxxx1 in first place with $27,375.
1st place: danxxx1 ($25,425.00)
2nd place: annody ($21,000.00)
3rd place: copi ($14,175.00)
4th place: Jarral ($10,575.00)
5th place: mashek ($7,425.00)
6th place: Bounatirou ($6,000.00)
7th place: KingKobeMVP ($4,725.00)
8th place: TiltHappens ($3,750.00)
9th place: chapz805 ($2,850.00)
10th place: untamed64 ($2,100.00)
The low version of the NLHE shootout brought an impressive 9,058 players to the felt, though only 100 would receive a piece of the $135,870 prize pool. Ultimately, the player who won the $24,796.28 first prize was liberace, a skilled online player who took second place in the 2008 WCOOP main event.
1st place: liberace ($24,796.28)
2nd place: noxqsez ($17,255.50)
3rd place: PokerThun ($12,839.72)
4th place: FouTight ($9,578.84)
5th place: Chip Lohnson ($6,725.57)
6th place: jonny2jabs ($5,434.81)
7th place: BPV3 ($4,279.91)
8th place: pgppgp ($3,396.76)
9th place: ParaMarc ($2,581.54)
10th place: thedylan1 ($1,902.19)
Event 6: PLO w/1 Rebuy, 6-max
The last event of the first three days was the always-welcome pot-limit Omaha. This one provided for one rebuy and one add-on, which threw more chips into the mix and made for a $640,000 prize pool after the 143 players took 90 rebuys and 87 add-ons. That went well past the $400,000 guarantee, and it put $166,400 out there for the ultimate winner of the $2,100 buy-in event.
As the final table approached, it was Vanessa Rousso who made it the furthest of all the Team PokerStars Pros, but she ended up with a 39th place finish, more than a few places out of the money that started at 18th place. When the final table was set, the chip counts were fairly close, especially between holla@yoboy and cnew27, both with just over 180K in chips. But the latter was the first to be eliminated from the final table, and the former took third place. However, as will be mentioned shortly, cnew27 was concentrating on another final table on the low end of this tournament.
HarrisMP and Browntown19 were the heads-up players with HarrisMP beginning the battle in the lead and consistently building it up. Browntown19 fought back and edged into the chip lead, eventually pushing his way to a 2-to-1 lead. That brought them to the final hand, which started with some betting and a flop of . HarrisMP was then all-in holding , and Browntown19 showed . The turn brought a to give HarrisMP two pair, but the on the river gave Browntown19 the better two pair. Browntown19 took the title and a nice payout for the victory.
1st place: Browntown19 ($166,400.00)
2nd place: HarrisMP ($112,000.00)
3rd place: holla@yoboy ($83,200.00)
4th place: ely_cash41 ($54,400.00)
5th place: steamraise ($41,600.00)
6th place: cnew27 ($28,800.00)
The medium stakes PLO tournament required a $215 buy-in, and 848 players took their seats for the feast. In the end, there were 601 rebuys and 440 add-ons, which took the prize pool well beyond the $200K guarantee up to $377,800. In the end, sapperjuu beat out well-known online pro Eric “Rizen” Lynch for the title and $63,281.50 prize.
1st place: sapperjuu ($63,281.50)
2nd place: Rizen ($47,225.00)
3rd place: toomuchneon ($35,891.00)
4th place: Justin58 ($24,557.00)
5th place: EDWARDHOPPER ($17,001.00)
6th place: spieler52 ($11,334.00)
And finally, the low level $22 buy-in event brought 4,344 players who rebought 2,967 times and purchased 2,096 add-ons to create a $188,140 prize pool, well over the $50K guarantee. But in the end, only one player - MrNyNe - was able to turn that initial buy-in into a $19,000 final prize, though cnew27, in his second final table of the night, did some four-player negotiating when he had the lead to settle on a $28,200.37 prize, which ended up being his reward for second place.
1st place: MrNyNe ($19,000.00)
2nd place: cnew27 ($28,200.37)
3rd place: Simon Sun ($12,233.57)
4th place: I Am Benjami ($13,000.00)
5th place: SDIMOPOULOS ($5,333.77)
6th place: Lex Luthor85 ($2,822.11)
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