After a week of tournaments, the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) saw everyone from amateur players to sponsored pros like Hevad Khan winning events. There were so many players that the majority of the guarantees were left far behind for bigger and better prize pools. PokerStars had a bona fide success story on its hands.
But several days of events were still to be had before the start of the $10K NLHE main event, and those three days, which consisted of five events and five tournaments, found one player making history. Terrence “Unassigned” Chan won two tournaments, and it just so happened that they were two different buy-in levels of the same Event 20 fixed-limit hold’em event that ran concurrently. He final tabled both at the same time and won two SCOOP titles within an hour of each other. It was an amazing accomplishment and something SCOOP watchers and players will remember.
As for some details about Events 17 through 21, let’s get to it.
Event 17: NLHE (1R1A)
The high stakes version of the no-limit hold’em event required a $2,100 buy-in and offered the possibility of one rebuy and one add-on, making it an action game with quite a few chips in play. There were 268 players up for the challenge, and the purchased 210 rebuys and 226 add-ons, which made for a $1,408,000 prize pool, just past the $1 million guarantee, though only the final 27 finishers would see any part of it.
When the final table began, jakoon1985 was the chip leader, though gibralter11 and RaiNKhAN were trailing close behind. But gibralter11 was ousted in sixth place and Khan in fourth, ultimately leaving jakoon1985 and $teveyMoney to battle for the title. They first came to a chip-chop financial agreement for the prize pool and agreed to play for the extra $20K. Eventually, it was$teveyMoney who pushed with on a flop, but jakoon1985 called with . That remained good as the came on the turn and the on the river, giving jakoon1985 the win.
1st place: jakoon1985 ($266,881.13)
2nd place: $teveyMoney ($254,078.87)
3rd place: gator93 ($165,440.00)
4th place: RaiNKhAN ($123,200.00)
5th place: mendieta19 ($84,480.00)
6th place: gibralter11 ($70,400.00)
7th place: Allanon85 ($56,320.00)
8th place: t soprano ($42,240.00)
9th place: <|||||||>< ($28,160.00)
The medium level buy-in of $215 attracted 1,809 players for some rebuy action, including 1,236 rebuys and 1,320 add-ons, which created a prize pool of $873,000, soaring past the $500K guarantee. The final 270 finishers got paid, but thewh00sel won the tournament and more than $128K to boot.
1st place: thewh00sel ($128,476.91)
2nd place: RandALLin ($115,963.09)
3rd place: lipster99 ($78,570.00)
4th place: Mammola ($56,002.95)
5th place: PullenPots ($39,285.00)
6th place: allofit29 ($30,555.00)
7th place: morello05 ($21,825.00)
8th place: julianherold ($15,277.50)
9th place: fwchan ($8,730.00)
And the low stakes $22 buy-in of the event brought 9,657 players who rebought 6,546 times and purchased 6,776 add-ons to make for a $459,580 prize pool. The last 1,620 players standing received a payout, but TheChosenWun defeated BrandonPL for the title and more than $55K in first place money.
1st place: TheChosenWun ($55,037.16)
2nd place: BrandonPL ($52,045.00)
3rd place: gwaag ($32,170.61)
4th place: kingkcaz ($22,979.01)
5th place: DazzleO ($18,383.21)
6th place: Progambler 78 ($13,787.41)
7th place: LATRUITE07 ($9,191.61)
8th place: JC 2808 ($4,595.81)
9th place: roul69 ($2,872.38)
Event 18: Omaha Hi/Lo
The high $5,200 buy-in Omaha/8 tournament drew 82 players, making for a $410 prize pool and payouts out to the final nine. Going to the final table, amrasaralond had the chip lead and was all but guaranteed some of the prize money.
And amrasaralond did make it all the way to heads-up action with cpfactor, dominating throughout and to the final hand. cpfactor tried hard to overcome but finally got involved and was all-in with a full house when amrasaralond had the 6-5 low and higher full house to scoop the pot and win the tournament.
1st place: amrasaralond ($123,000)
2nd place: cpfactor ($82,000)
3rd place: Donald ($61,500)
4th place: baloo1962 ($41,000)
5th place: MKKMOO ($30,750)
6th place: FieldsOfMars ($22,550)
7th place: MarMoss ($18,450)
8th place: Hoss_TBF ($16,400)
9th place: get crunk ($14,350)
A medium level buy-in of $530 was offered in this event for Omaha enthusiasts, and 492 of them came to the virtual felt for it. A prize pool of $246,000 developed, well over the $150K guarantee.
The final table found Tom McEvoy as one of its players, though he came in as the short stack and ended up finishing in eighth place. But Lileor99 came in with the chip lead and took that same lead into heads-up action with RBC*. The last hand came when Lileo99 pushed on a flop holding , but Lileor99 called with . That held through the turn and river to give Lileor99 the title.
1st place: Lileor99 ($37,907)
2nd place: RBC* ($34,250)
3rd place: Foaming_H ($33,500)
4th place: Chouilla ($18,942)
5th place: TommyE79 ($13,284)
6th place: raconteur ($10,455)
7th place: DA DONG ($7,995)
8th place: Tom McEvoy ($5,535)
9th place: crazy169 ($3,763.80)
A low stakes Omaha/8 tournament with a $55 buy-in brought 432 players into the action, which created a $128,000 prize pool with more than $20K for the winner alone.
Going into final table play, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi was the dominating chip leader, and he made it all the way through to heads-up action, though at that point, AB444 had the lead. The two went back and forth, with The Grinder making a strong effort but going into the last hand with the deficit. It wasn’t until the entire board showed that The Grinder got all of his chips in the pot with , but AJB444 was there with to scoop it and win the event.
1st place: AJB444 ($20,103.86)
2nd place: The Grinder ($14,981.86)
3rd place: msutter ($10,630.72)
4th place: get crunk ($7,362.88)
5th place: BigHuddy ($5,506.16)
6th place: litharis ($4,225.66)
7th place: tarnishdhalo ($2,945.16)
8th place: scalpelexis1 ($1,664.66)
9th place: smoofbettor ($1,024.41)
Event 19: PL Omaha
Straight up PLO was what the players ordered, and as the SCOOP series began to wind down, the $5,200 high stakes tournament was there for the taking. A total of 190 players came to compete, though only 27 found themselves in the $50K guaranteed money.
But what it really came down to was the heads-up action, where WhooooKidd and caprioli vied for the top prize. The final hand found the two betting before the flop and turn, after which betting, raising and reraising eventually put caprioli to the test. He called all-in with for the set and straight draw, but WhooooKidd turned over for the better set and the same draw. The river of sealed the deal and gave WhooooKidd something to woo about.
1st place: WhooooKidd ($215,000)
2nd place: caprioli ($155,000)
3rd place: BobbyFi ($117,500)
4th place: Altrum Altus ($87,500)
5th place: Viking79 ($60,000)
6th place: aba20 ($50,000)
7th place: p3achy_keen ($40,000)
8th place: lilholdem954 ($30,000)
9th place: zangbezan24 ($20,000)
The medium stakes $530 buy-in PLO drew 746 players to the tables to make the prize pool pass up the $300K guarantee for a $373,000 pool. The final 108 players got paid, but it was jaeh00d who defeated vvap in the heads-up match to take more than $61K of the prize money for the win.
1st place: jaeh00d ($61,474.00)
2nd place: vvap ($54,528.00)
3rd place: DRGNI ($36,367.50)
4th place: acidca ($27,229.00)
5th place: Horoeschio ($19,209.50)
6th place: CuongHaMay ($15,479.50)
7th place: Whipsaw ($11,749.50)
8th place: dfm.dfm ($8,243.30)
9th place: melano26 ($4,774.40)
And for the low portion of PLO, a $55 buy-in was required, which was paid by the 3,303 players who entered, which guaranteed the $165,150 prize pool would be distributed among the final 585 finishers. Ultimately, badblood1 went to heads-up action with a lead over PandaTamer, but the latter came back and claimed the title in the end.
1st place: PandaTamer ($23,125.26)
2nd place: badblood1 ($22,125.26)
3rd place: chapz805 ($13,624.88)
4th place: D.Scroggins ($9,496.13)
5th place: palim ($7,018.88)
6th place: HalfOfAKenny ($5,367.38)
7th place: ringo19 ($3,715.88)
8th place: Mux-A-Lot ($2,064.38)
9th place: tautau4 ($1,321.21)
Event 20: FLHE 6-max
With a $5,200 buy-in for the fixed limit hold’em game, the high stakes tournament for this event brought 99 players to make for a $495,000 prize pool to be split amongst the final 12 finishers. Going into the final table, it was zangbezan24 in the chip lead, but he would be eliminated in fifth place.
The final two players were both well-known in the poker community. Shaun “shaundeeb” and Terrence “Unassigned” Chan found themselves nearly even going into heads-up play, but the chip lead changed multiple times over the course of the action. Finally, Chan came out to dominate on the last few hands, and on a flop and turn, Deeb put the last of his chips at risk with pocket tens, but Chan called with and top pair. An came on the river, which gave Chan the straight and the victory.
1st place: Unassigned ($134,887.50)
2nd place: shaundeeb ($90,337.50)
3rd place: nimzon ($69,300.00)
4th place: madscout ($47,025.00)
5th place: zangbezan24 ($34,650.00)
6th place: Tulkaz ($25,987.50)
The medium stakes version of this event brought 540 players willing to pony up the $530 buy-in, which bypassed the $200K guarantee for a $270,000 prize pool. But the excitement was at the final table, as Unassigned plowed through his opponents to get to heads-up action, finally took down jasjas11 after some back-and-forth chip exchanges. Unassigned, known in real life as Terrence Chan, claimed victory, which was in fact a few minutes earlier than he won the previously listed event.
It was an extraordinary achievement to take down two events simultaneously, which was good for much kudos and more than $185K for the combined winnings.
1st place: Unassigned ($51,300)
2nd place: jasjas11 ($37,800)
3rd place: Lest@t Lion ($27,675)
4th place: Victor510 ($18,900)
5th place: MCJS ($13,500)
6th place: savagegamble ($8,397)
And for the low portion of the FLHE event, there were 2,472 players who bought in for $55, and they combined to make for a $123,600 prize pool, nearly five times more than the $25K guarantee. The two heads-up players were Perumov and msp20, the former coming in with the chip lead and not stopping until he won the event.
1st place: Perumov ($19,467.01)
2nd place: msp20 ($14,214.01)
3rd place: PokerTom681 ($10,382.41)
4th place: POKERDUUDE ($6,736.21)
5th place: boohoocry ($4,303.76)
6th place: drood ($2,193.91)
Event 21: NLHE Heads-Up
A player favorite, the heads-up matches were set in the high stakes tournament - and high stakes it was with a $25K buy-in. There were 32 players up for the challenge, almost all of whom were well-known poker pros in the live and online worlds. Down to the final four, it was John Duthie who beat Dokosoko and toweliestar who won over mistakooll to make it to the final match.
As soon as play began, the two decided to chop the money at $250K per person with $60K left over for the ultimate winner. That person was determined when toweliestar won the final hand, which was worth a total of $310,000.
1st place: toweliestar ($310,000)
2nd place: John Duthie ($250,000)
3rd place: Dokosoko ($120,000)
4th place: mistakooll ($120,000)
The medium stakes heads-up championship found the cap reached at 256 players for the $2,600 buy-in. Players had to win three matches to be in the money, but ultimately, it was RunThisTable who beat 4pils&1pizza to be declared the victor.
1st place: RunThisTable ($172,800)
2nd place: 4pils&1pizza ($96,000)
3rd place: ih8pp ($51,200)
4th place: Abnoe ($51,200)
And finally, the low buy-in $270 heads-up NLHE tournament brought 1,550 players to the felt, though only 256 would be paid in the end. When it came down to the final match, blakeb beat Jakivi for the title and more than $65K in prize money.
1st place: blakeb0921 ($65,875)
2nd place: Jakivi ($34,875)
3rd place: BobbyFi ($21,312)
4th place: THAY3R ($21,312)
That was the end of the preliminary events in the 2009 SCOOP series, with only the main event to go. But with so many tournaments and so much money guaranteed in prize pools by PokerStars, it’s easy to see why hundreds of thousands of players can be found there at any given time of the day or night.
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