Not often do tournaments series end in three main events, but such was the nature of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). Each event in the series had three corresponding tournaments - high, medium, and low stakes - to allow players at all levels and bankroll situations to play in the PokerStars series. It was an experiment that was a massive success, with the vast majority of guarantees being broken and tens of millions of dollars awarded in the 22 events and 66 tournaments over the 12-day period.
The last event of the series was the Main Event, consisting of three buy-in levels as well, and it began on Sunday, April 13. Ranging from $109 to $10,300, it offered massive prize guarantees and coveted titles for players, as well as two days to play the events. With that, let’s get to the summaries of the exciting tournaments.
Event 22: NLHE Main Event
The lowest buy-in of the three main events drew 18,747 players to the $109 buy-in tournament for a massive prize pool of $1,874,700, almost double the $1 million that PokerStars guaranteed for its players in this event. Through the first day that consisted of 44 levels that were 15 minutes each, most of the field was eliminated with the exception of 26 players who returned on Day 2 to battle for significant money and the title.
It didn’t take long on the second day to find the final table players, and it was Tiktok23 who had the chip lead with 43,892,219 chips. Sador1983 had just over 40 million, Naxer followed with nearly 32 million, and JannotLapin had just less than 30 million. The rest of the players struggled in the face of the bigger stacks.
Action began on the very first hand, which found JannotLapin taking the reigns to eliminate xxRogexx in ninth place. JannotLapin kept up the pace and took out dreamer_ss in eighth for good measure. Naxer took the next turn and eliminated dhutt24 in seventh and moohaha123 in sixth place. Tiktok23 then tried to gain some momentum and did so by ousting 75champ75 in fifth place.
The final four came to a chip-chop agreement before playing on, and despite their deal, another $20K awaited the eventual winner. Subsequently, short-stacked Naxer was sent away in fourth place, and JannotLapin took over to send former chip leader Tiktok23 out in third place.
Heads-up began with nearly even chip stacks for JannotLapin and Sador1983, but JannotLapin kept up the aggression displayed throughout the final table and took the lead. After about 20 minutes, the two found themselves in the final hand that started innocently enough with a flop. Sador1983 put his tournament life on the line with and top pair, but JannotLapin called with and the flush draw. It came with the turn, and the irrelevant on the river ended the tournament with Sador1983 taking second.
JannotLapin won the $151,203.71 for the Event 22-low victory, along with a champion’s watch and a coveted SCOOP title.
1st place: JannotLapin ($151,203.71)
2nd place: Sador1983 ($113,338.23)
3rd place: Tiktok23 ($120,327.63)
4th place: Naxer ($110,562.42)
5th place: 75champ75 ($56,241.01)
6th place: moohaha123 ($37,494.01)
7th place: dhutt24 ($26,339.54)
8th place: dreamer_ss ($16,872.31)
9th place: xxRogexx ($11,248.21)
Next up was the medium stakes main event, one that required a $1,050 buy-in and found 3,198 players up for the challenge. That took the prize pool to $3,198,000 and past the original $3 million guarantee. The field dwindled during the first day’s 33 levels of play at 20 minutes per level, and the day ended with only 19 players on three tables.
When the final table was set on Day 2, it was ErikXP with a substantial chip lead over the crowd with 7,756,540 chips. weeminer was in second with more than 4.8 million, but JC Alvarado was closing in on that spot with 4,666,116. phinomenon was the extreme short stack and the only player with less than 1 million.
The short stack doubled up early and quickly climbed into the chip lead with more big hands and a double through the chip leader. phinomenon then eliminated Teejmeister1 in ninth place, but ErikXP came back to chip up and take out hasuace in eighth place to regain the lead. ErikXP stayed on point and sent fan4mizzou out in seventh, and Crisper stepped up to the plate to take care of the fallen phinomenon, who left in sixth place.
It was then that JC Alvarado, came through to climb the leaderboard, doubling through ErikXP in a monster hand and chipping up after that to sit in the top spot. Meanwhile, weeminer left in fifth place and Ericb09 in fourth, leading to JC Alvarado eliminating Crisper in third place to get to heads-up action.
JC Alvarado came in with a chip lead of more about 6.5 million over ErikXP, and it only took 11 hands to decide the match. The hand started with a flop, which was checked by both players. The prompted a significant number of chips to go into the pot, and after the on the river, ErikXP pushed all-in with , but those three sevens were no good against the pocket fives and subsequent full house of JC Alvarado. ErikXP took second place.
That left JC Alvarado, one of the newest members of Team PokerStars, with a prestigious victory and the largest tournament win of his young career. The SCOOP title, champion’s watch, and $502,086 were awarded to Alvarado for the impressive victory.
1st place: JC Alvarado ($502,086.00)
2nd place: ErikXP ($374,166.00)
3rd place: Crisper ($263,835.00)
4th place: Ericb09 ($183,885.00)
5th place: weeminer ($135,915.00)
6th place: phinomenon ($103,935.00)
7th place: fan4mizzou ($71,955.00)
8th place: hasuace ($39,975.00)
9th place: Teejmeister1 ($25,584.00)
And for the high stakes Event 22 main event, the $10,300 buy-in and $5 million guarantee brought 502 players to the virtual felt, pushing the prize pool just past the guarantee to $5,020,000. And Day 1 saw the vast majority of those players leave the tournament, the last few in the money, as 14 players stayed alive to play another day.
It didn’t take long to reach the final table, at which point j.thaddeus was the chip leader and only player over the million-chip mark with 1,150,492, while actionDJ and ragen70 were the closest behind in the 800K range. Moorman1 was the extreme short stack with less than 100K in chips, and teacuppoker had only 104,776.
It was teacuppoker who took the first spot on the rail, eliminated by $teveyMoney soon into the action. Moorman1 then took a chance to double but ran into $teveyMoney, who took Moorman1 out in eighth place. actionDJ then left in seventh, followed by Chowdahhead4 in sixth and $teveyMoney in fifth. j.thaddeus stepped up and eliminated MazeOrBowie in fourth place.
Three-handed action found j.thaddeus with over 4 million chips and PearlJammer and ragen70 both with very short stacks. PearlJammer had an amazing double through ragen70 with flopped quad deuces to beat the full house of ragen70, but ragen70 came back to double through PearlJammer. That put the well-known online pro all-in shortly thereafter against ragen70, who took him out in third place.
j.thaddeus kept a more than 3-to-1 lead over ragen70 going into heads-up play, and it didn’t take long before ragen70 decided to push it. It started on a flop of , and both players checked to see the on the turn. The betting and raising brought the on the river, which was when ragen70 moved all-in with . j.thaddeus was there with and the flush to give ragen70 a second place finish.
The Event 22-high main event title went to j.thaddeus, along with a champion’s watch and an astounding $963,338 in prize money.
1st place: j.thaddeus ($963,338.00)
2nd place: ragen70 ($715,350.00)
3rd place: PearlJammer ($527,100.00)
4th place: MazeOrBowie ($401,600.00)
5th place: $teveyMoney ($281,120.00)
6th place: Chowdahhead4 ($213,350.00)
7th place: actionDJ ($163,500.00)
8th place: Moorman1 ($112,950.00)
9th place: teacuppoker ($83,332.00)
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