The PokerStars.com SCOOP (Spring Championship of online poker) came to a close on May 19th, 2010 after two weeks of exciting poker action. The SCOOP Series started on May 2nd, 2010 and featured three tiers of buy-in costs that permitted poker players of all bankrolls to participate in the highly-competitive tournament.
Each of the thirty-eight poker events had small to high buy-in costs levels, combining to produce 114 SCOOP winners, each taking home a big cash prize and a SCOOP champion's watch. The $10,300 dollars SCOOP Main Event attracted a playing field of 23,478 players-surpassing last year's field of 22,247 poker players and creating a prize pool of more than 11 million dollars.
After more than seventeen hours of play-which is spread over two days-the high stakes championship was eventually taken home by "toetagU", who won a total of $1,162,350 dollars 1st place cash prize.
At the medium stakes buy-in level, with a $1,050 dollars buy-in cost, "Mr. M.M0ney" outwitted a 3,675 playing field to take home a total of $443,137.50 dollars. In the $109 dollars small stakes main event, "midjat" outwitted a massive playing field of 19,188 poker players to take home the $191,892 dollars cash prize. The 2010 SCOOP was a good year for Team PokerStars Pro.
Argentine poker pro Jose "nachobarbero" Barbero was one of the two Team PokerStars Pros to win poker events at the high stakes level, taking home the Event 18-H, the Turbo Fixed Limit Hold'em poker event title, for $62,780 dollars. His fellow Team PokerStars Pro member Alexey "LuckyGump" Makarov from Russia, scored even bigger with a victory in Event 17-H, the 6-ax Pot Limit Omaha with rebuys-a performance worth $150,930 dollars.
German Team PokerStars Pro member George Danzer won the medium stakes Badugi event 04-M for $10,345 dollars. The top all-around performance in the 2010 SCOOP came from another Team PokerStars Pro Online member George "Jorj95" Lind III from the US.
Lind had a good run in the SCOOP, posting 27 cash-ins worth $105,127,12 dollars, which include five final table appearances-results that earned him the 1st place spot on the SCOOP Tournament Leader Board.
For being recognized as the SCOOP "Player of the Series" Lind III will receive a trophy, a ticket to the 2010 WCOOP Main Event, a 2011 PCA prize package, a prize package for the 2010 EPT Monte Carlo and a Special Edition chip set from PokerStars.
The 2009 SCOOP Main Event was won by Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth-now a member of the UK and Ireland PokerStars Team Pro. Ainsworth had another fantastic SCOOP series, coming in 5th place in Event 19-H No Limit Hold'dem poker with Big Antes, earning $106,178,68 dollars.
Over the course of the SCOOP series, $461,936 dollars buy-ins from 130,746 unique poker players were registered, with players coming from 174 different countries. Together, they produced a cash pool of $63,802,405 dollars, surpassing the guaranteed $45,000,000 dollars.
By Michael Orwell