The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, otherwise known as SCOOP, has been a huge success for the world’s largest poker site. The Main Event started on Sunday featuring tournaments of three different buy-ins in order to accommodate players of all bankrolls.
Also held on the final starting day of play was Event #37, which featured a low-stakes buy-in of $22 ($200,000 guarantee), medium-stakes buy-in of $215 ($750,000 guarantee), and high-stakes buy-in of $2,100 (guarantee of $750,000). The Main Event featured a low buy-in of $109 with a $1 million guarantee, a medium buy-in of $1,050 for a $3 million guarantee, and a high-stakes buy-in of $10,300, which offered a staggering $5 million prize pool.
The SCOOP finale, Event #38, started on Sunday and was played as a No Limit Hold’em Two-Day event. The low-stakes tournament played down to the final 17, with play to resume on Monday at 17:00 ET. In the low-stakes tournament, there are some notable players still alive, including PokerStars Pro Andre “Aakkari” Akkari from Brazil, who had 5.9 million in chips with blinds at 150,000/300,000 with a 37,500 ante.
The medium-stakes edition of the Main Event had a $1,050 buy-in and played down to the final 24 when play was stopped after Day 1 concluded. Although the players remaining in the field aren’t household names, there are strong players left to battle it out for first place, which will pay $576,975. As a pretty sweet consolation prize, second place pays $429,975, with third paying $303,187. The chip leader going into Day 2 is “cashclctor” with 4.5 million in chips. Second place belongs to “KJulius10,” who has 3.63 million in chips. The blinds are currently 17,500/35,000 with a 4,375 ante.
In the high-stakes Main Event, the current chip leader out of the remaining 27 players is “DuckU,” who has 607,000 in chips. He has a few major tournament wins already to his credit, so given his chip lead and experience, he figures to be the heavy favorite in this one. Close on his heels are “AJinOK” with 539,000 and “siola” with 407,000 in chips.
Other notables include “niccc” from Lebanon, who finished in fifth place in the previous No Limit Hold’em event in the SCOOP series, as well as PokerStars Pro Angel “angelguillen” Guillen from Mexico. The winner of this one will take in one of the biggest first place prizes in online poker history at $1.16 million. The remaining top five will make $851,775 (second place), $627,300 (third place), $473,550 (fourth place), and $332,100 (fifth place).
The 2010 SCOOP concludes today on PokerStars.