PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) 2012

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    • #25145
      Poker Guru


      The World`s largest Online Poker Room – ‘PokerStars’ has released the schedule for its popular Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) series.

      SCOOP will be held from May 6th- May 20th featuring 38 events across all formats, each played out with high, medium and low buy-in ranges to make 114 tournaments in total. SCOOP 2011 paid out more than $40 Million, so players can surely look forward to record turnouts and bigger payouts in SCOOP 2012!

      PokerStars SCOOP 2012 Schedule:

      Sunday, May 6th
      11:00 ET – Event 01-L: $27 (2) NL Hold’em (6-Max)
      11:00 ET – Event 01-M: $215 (4) NL Hold’em (6-Max)
      11:00 ET – Event 01-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold’em (6-Max)
      14:30 ET – Event 02-L: $27 (2) NL Hold’em
      14:30 ET – Event 02-M: $215 (4) NL Hold’em
      14:30 ET – Event 02-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold’em

      Monday, May 7th
      11:00 ET – Event 03-L: $5.50 NL Hold’em (6-Max, Rebuys)
      11:00 ET – Event 03-M: $55 NL Hold’em (6-Max, Rebuys)
      11:00 ET – Event 03-H: $530 NL Hold’em (6-Max, Rebuys)
      14:00 ET – Event 04-L: $7.50 (1) FL Badugi
      14:00 ET – Event 04-M: $82 (3) FL Badugi
      14:00 ET – Event 04-H: $700 (5) FL Badugi
      17:00 ET – Event 05-L: $11 NL Hold’em (Rebuys, 2x-Turbo)
      17:00 ET – Event 05-M: $109 NL Hold’em (Rebuys, 2x-Turbo)
      17:00 ET – Event 05-H: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Rebuys, 2x-Turbo)

      Tuesday, May 8th
      11:00 ET – Event 06-L: $11 NL Draw
      11:00 ET – Event 06-M: $109 NL Draw
      11:00 ET – Event 06-H: $1,050 NL Draw
      14:00 ET – Event 07-L: $7.50 (1) NL Hold’em (Heads-Up)
      14:00 ET – Event 07-M: $82 (3) NL Hold’em (Heads-Up)
      14:00 ET – Event 07-H: $700 (5) NL Hold’em (Heads-Up)
      17:00 ET – Event 08-L: $27 (2) NL Hold’em (SuperKnockout, Turbo)
      17:00 ET – Event 08-M: $215 (4) NL Hold’em (SuperKnockout, Turbo)
      17:00 ET – Event 08-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold’em (SuperKnockout, Turbo)

      Wednesday, May 9th
      11:00 ET – Event 09-L: $27 (2) Mixed Hold’em (6-Max)
      11:00 ET – Event 09-M: $215 (4) Mixed Hold’em (6-Max)
      11:00 ET – Event 09-H: $2,100 (6) Mixed Hold’em (6-Max)
      14:00 ET – Event 10-L: $27 (2) Stud
      14:00 ET – Event 10-M: $215 (4) Stud
      14:00 ET – Event 10-H: $2,100 (6) Stud

      Thursday, May 10th
      11:00 ET – Event 11-L: $27 (2) PL Omaha (Heads-Up)
      11:00 ET – Event 11-M: $215 (4) PL Omaha (Heads-Up)
      11:00 ET – Event 11-H: $2,100 (6) PL Omaha (Heads-Up)
      14:00 ET – Event 12-L: $27 (2) NL Hold’em (Knockout)
      14:00 ET – Event 12-M: $265 NL Hold’em (Knockout)
      14:00 ET – Event 12-H: $2,600 NL Hold’em (Knockout)

      Friday, May 11th
      11:00 ET – Event 13-L: $7.50 (1) NL Hold’em (Ante Up)
      11:00 ET – Event 13-M: $82 (3) NL Hold’em (Ante Up)
      11:00 ET – Event 13-H: $700 (5) NL Hold’em (Ante Up)
      14:00 ET – Event 14-L: $55 FL Omaha Hi/Lo
      14:00 ET – Event 14-M: $530 FL Omaha Hi/Lo
      14:00 ET – Event 14-H: $5,200 FL Omaha Hi/Lo
      17:00 ET – Event 15-L: $27 (2) NL Hold’em (2x Chance, Turbo)
      17:00 ET – Event 15-M: $215 (4) NL Hold’em (2x Chance, Turbo)
      17:00 ET – Event 15-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold’em (2x Chance, Turbo)

      Saturday, May 12th
      11:00 ET – Event 16-L: $27 (2) NL Hold’em (10-Max, Shootout)
      11:00 ET – Event 16-M: $215 (4) NL Hold’em (10-Max, Shootout)
      11:00 ET – Event 16-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold’em (10-Max, Shootout)
      14:00 ET – Event 17-L: $11 PL Omaha (6-Max, Rebuys)
      14:00 ET – Event 17-M: $109 PL Omaha (6-Max, Rebuys)
      14:00 ET – Event 17-H: $1,050 PL Omaha (6-Max, Rebuys)
      17:00 ET – Event 18-L: $27 (2) Triple Stud
      17:00 ET – Event 18-M: $215 (4) Triple Stud
      17:00 ET – Event 18-H: $2,100 (6) Triple Stud

      Sunday, May 13th
      11:00 ET – Event 19-L: $27 (2) NL Hold’em
      11:00 ET – Event 19-M: $215 (4) NL Hold’em
      11:00 ET – Event 19-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold’em
      14:30 ET – Event 20-L: $27 (2) NL Hold’em
      14:30 ET – Event 20-M: $215 (4) NL Hold’em
      14:30 ET – Event 20-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold’em

      Monday, May 14th
      11:00 ET – Event 21-L: $11 Mixed NLHE/PLO
      11:00 ET – Event 21-M: $109 Mixed NLHE/PLO
      11:00 ET – Event 21-H: $1,050 Mixed NLHE/PLO
      14:00 ET – Event 22-L: $55 NL Hold’em (4-Max)
      14:00 ET – Event 22-M: $530 NL Hold’em (4-Max)
      14:00 ET – Event 22-H: $5,200 NL Hold’em (4-Max)
      17:00 ET – Event 23-L: $11 PL Omaha (1R1A, Turbo)
      17:00 ET – Event 23-M: $109 PL Omaha (1R1A, Turbo)
      17:00 ET – Event 23-H: $1,050 PL Omaha (1R1A, Turbo)

      Tuesday, May 15th
      11:00 ET – Event 24-L: $11 Triple Draw 2-7
      11:00 ET – Event 24-M: $109 Triple Draw 2-7
      11:00 ET – Event 24-H: $1,050 Triple Draw 2-7
      14:00 ET – Event 25-L: $27 (2) Stud Hi/Lo
      14:00 ET – Event 25-M: $215 (4) Stud Hi/Lo
      14:00 ET – Event 25-H: $2,100 (6) Stud Hi/Lo
      17:00 ET – Event 26-L: $27 (2) NL Hold’em (SuperKnockout, 6-Max, Turbo)
      17:00 ET – Event 26-M: $215 (4) NL Hold’em (SuperKnockout, 6-Max, Turbo)
      17:00 ET – Event 26-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold’em (SuperKnockout, 6-Max, Turbo)

      Wednesday, May 16th
      11:00 ET – Event 27-L: $27 (2) Razz
      11:00 ET – Event 27-M: $215 (4) Razz
      11:00 ET – Event 27-H: $2,100 (6) Razz
      14:00 ET – Event 28-L: $11 NL Hold’em (Big Antes, Rebuys)
      14:00 ET – Event 28-M: $109 NL Hold’em (Big Antes, Rebuys)
      14:00 ET – Event 28-H: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Big Antes, Rebuys)

      Thursday, May 17th
      11:00 ET – Event 29-L: $27 (2) 8-Game
      11:00 ET – Event 29-M: $215 (4) 8-Game
      11:00 ET – Event 29-H: $2,100 (6) 8-Game
      14:00 ET – Event 30-L: $7.50 (1) PL Omaha Hi/Lo
      14:00 ET – Event 30-M: $82 (3) PL Omaha Hi/Lo
      14:00 ET – Event 30-H: $700 (5) PL Omaha Hi/Lo

      Friday, May 18th
      11:00 ET – Event 31-L: $27 (2) NL Hold’em (1R1A)
      11:00 ET – Event 31-M: $215 (4) NL Hold’em (1R1A)
      11:00 ET – Event 31-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold’em (1R1A)
      14:00 ET – Event 32-L: $55 FL Hold’em (6-Max)
      14:00 ET – Event 32-M: $530 FL Hold’em (6-Max)
      14:00 ET – Event 32-H: $5,200 FL Hold’em (6-Max)
      17:00 ET – Event 33-L: $27 (2) NL Omaha Hi/Lo (10-Minute Levels)
      17:00 ET – Event 33-M: $215 (4) NL Omaha Hi/Lo (10-Minute Levels)
      17:00 ET – Event 33-H: $2,100 (6) NL Omaha Hi/Lo (10-Minute Levels)

      Saturday, May 19th
      11:00 ET – Event 34-L: $55 PL Omaha (6-Max)
      11:00 ET – Event 34-M: $530 PL Omaha (6-Max)
      11:00 ET – Event 34-H: $5,200 PL Omaha (6-Max)
      14:00 ET – Event 35-L: $27 (2) HORSE
      14:00 ET – Event 35-M: $215 (4) HORSE
      14:00 ET – Event 35-H: $2,100 (6) HORSE

      Sunday, May 20th
      11:00 ET – Event 36-L: $27 (2) NL Hold’em (6-Max)
      11:00 ET – Event 36-M: $215 (4) NL Hold’em (6-Max)
      11:00 ET – Event 36-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold’em (6-Max)
      12:30 ET – Event 37-L: $215 (4) NL Hold’em (Heads-Up)
      12:30 ET – Event 37-M: $2,100 (6) NL Hold’em (Heads-Up)
      12:30 ET – Event 37-H: $21,000 NL Hold’em (Heads-Up)
      14:30 ET – Event 38-L: $82 (3) Main Event – L
      14:30 ET – Event 38-M: $700 (5) Main Event – M
      14:30 ET – Event 38-H: $7,500 Main Event – H

      Guarantees will be announced when the series is posted to the PokerStars client.

      [email protected]PokerStars Blog.

    • #32210

      New PokerStars Reload Bonus

      With the Spring Championship of Online Poker coming up in just over a week’s time, PokerStars offers an exclusive reload bonus of 50% up to $250 to boost your bankroll right before the SCOOP starts.

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      The SCOOP 2012 has 40 scheduled events with a total guarantee of $30 Million.

      How to redeem the reload bonus?

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      5) Once you’ve made the qualifying deposit, the bonus will be cleared as you earn VIP Player Points (VPP’s) while you play in the PokerStars real money games.

      5) You will receive $10 in your account for every 200 VPP’s you earn. You will have a total of 30 days from the time you deposit to clear your bonus.

      Good Luck Everyone!

    • #32428
      Poker Guru

      Good Luck for SCOOP everyone!

    • #32460


      It has already been a very good 2012 for Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. His win in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller 8-max event was a landmark in his career, given that he’s always been best known as a cash-game player of the highest stakes. And he proved his abilities in that arena anew when he scored his biggest SuperStars Showdown win ever back in April, beating Isaac Haxton for $500,000 in a 5,030-hand match.

      Now Blom can add another bullet point to his list of accomplishments this year: SCOOP champion. Blom outlasted a mammoth field of 8,240 players over the course of two days of poker in SCOOP Event #2-M, a $215 no-limit hold’em freezeout. In doing so, he won his first major online poker title and proved his versatility at the table.

      Day 1 of this two-day event ran from 2:30pm ET on Sunday until the end of Level 30. Through those 30 levels, each lasting 20 minutes, Viktor Blom worked his way to a stack of 1,522,992 chips, good for 16th place among the 89 players who survived the day. His fellow Team PokerStars Pro, Romania’s Toni Judet, also made it to Day 2 with 820,148 chips, good for 46th place. The lone Team PokerStars Pro player to cash on the first day was Sandra Naujoks in 637th place ($461.44), while Kevin “WizardOfAhhs” Thurman represented Team Online in 1,047th place ($346.08).

      Day 2 began at 2:30pm ET on Monday with the players redrawing seats to resume play with 10K/20K blinds and 2.5K antes. Germany’s LoveWrecked held the lead with 2,386,671 chips, followed by Antigua’s rzr900rzr with 2,183,006 chips and Honduras’ FU_15 with 2,169,999 chips. Toni Judet had maintained his spot on the leaderboard for some timewhile the number of players below him continued to shrink, but he would eventually have the misfortune of picking up Q♣ Q♥ on the button after vitalij300 had raised in front with pocket aces. No miracles meant an exit in 55th place ($2,603.84) for the Romanian pro. It also left Blom as the lone PokerStars player in the field.

      Shifting into gear

      The young man known as Isildur1 displayed plenty of patience through the first few hours of Day 2 as the field continued to grow smaller. Though he’s known as an action player – and rightfully so – the Swede spent most of the early part of the day biding his time, looking for an opportunity to move ahead. Just after the field condensed to five tables, he found it, picking up this monster pot to move into 4th place overall with 4.14 million chips:

      That allowed him to get a little more involved the way his fans are accustomed to seeing, so his stack began to fluctuate a bit more. As the day’s second break arrived, he was 6th of the last 38 players remaining with 3,864,176 chips.

      About 12 minutes later the Swedish wunderkind would see his lot improve further. After opening for a minimum raise to 160K under the gun with J♠ J♥, Blom was called by vikAAAA in the small blind. Then EmilZapata5 shoved from the big blind for a total of 2.035 million chips. Blom didn’t waste much time isolating with an all-in move of his own, getting vikAAAA out of the way to find himself up against EmilZapata5’s T♥ T♣. The board steered clear of trouble, coming 5♣ A♠ K♠ 2♠ K♦, and suddenly Blom was the chip leader with a stack of 6,499,176 chips.

      Just about any poker player will use a chip lead to beat up on the smaller stacks, and Blom was no exception. Coupled with his reputation as one of the game’s most fearless gamblers, his position as the leader seemed to give several players the impression that all of his raises were coming light. Sometimes they were, but even the most aggressive players sometimes pick up a hand – and Blom picked up enough to expand his lead by the third break. With 22 players remaining, Blom’s 11,349,999 chips put him more than 2.5 million ahead of his nearest competition, Malta’s szwindel (8,829,507 chips).

      As the field dropped to just two tables, szwindel was seated two spots to Blom’s left. The two of them led the way at their table, both crossing the 13-million-chip mark with 14 players left. Denmark’s Fred_Brink, a former winner of the Nightly Hundred Grand, the Sunday Million, and a WCOOP Event 15 last year, closed in on them a little while later, jumping over 12.6 million chips after his K♠ 8♥ outflopped dean6745’s A♠ K♣. Then Fred_Brink surged ahead of the field after picking up a 6.37-million-chip pot with pocket aces again szwindel’s A♣ Q♥ on a queen-high board just before the day’s fourth break.

      He would remain in the leader’s spot when the bubble popped minutes later, giving him a prime opportunity to add to his reputation with a SCOOP win in a large-field tourney.

      Jostling for position

      As the final table began with blinds at 100K/200K and antes at 25K, the players were seated like so:

      Seat 1: vikAAAA (8,453,341 in chips)
      Seat 2: Fred_Brink (14,547,435 in chips)
      Seat 3: rzr900rzr (5,107,198 in chips)
      Seat 4: cloaknet (3,386,506 in chips)
      Seat 5: Gusparo (4,010,171 in chips)
      Seat 6: szwindel (11,597,376 in chips)
      Seat 7: lubor74 (7,485,800 in chips)
      Seat 8: Isildur1 (16,843,943 in chips)
      Seat 9: RaisingRay91 (10,968,230 in chips)

      It didn’t take long for the lead to change hands, though Blom’s reputation for action actually had nothing to do with the proceedings. Instead it was szwindel and lubor74 who tangled in the largest pot of the tournament.

      After the action folded to szwindel in the small blind, he came in for a small raise to 500K. Then lubor74 put in a reraise to 1.24M, and szwindel responded after some thought with an all-in bet. The call with A♥ J♥ built the pot to 15.09M chips and put lubor74 in a rough spot against szwindel’s A♠ K♠. The K♦ 7♥ 9♣ flop only made it rougher, and the 2♠ turn and 6♦ river made lubor74 the final table’s first casualty, good for 9th place and $12,772.

      For the second time of the day, szwindel held the chip lead over Isildur1, with 20.49M chips to Blom’s 16.79M. This time, however, it was Isildur1 who had position. While the two of them had plenty of time to decide which spots to pick, the players with shorter stacks had no such luxury; any good hand was a reason to push. A few orbits later, two of them would collide in the next big confrontation. With just 23K in chips separating them, both Gusparo and cloaknet were essentially putting their tournaments on the line when they clashed preflop, Gusparo with J♥ J♦ and cloaknet with A♦ K♣. Gusparo wasn’t technically eliminated by the A♥ 2♠ 2♦ 5♥ A♣ board, but he would bow out on the next hand in 8th place ($19,776).

      The action continued to move along without too many noteworthy pots until the fifth break of the day was looming. Viktor Blom’s chances of winning his first major online tournament were good before then, but they increased significantly on the final hand before that break. The opening raise to 600K – the minimum bet – came from cloaknet in the cutoff. The action folded to Blom in the small blind, and after a dip into the time bank he opted to raise to 1.435M. That cleared out RaisingRay91 in the big blind and put the decision back to cloaknet. With 2.6M already in the pot, cloaknet chose to put in a fourth bet to 3M, and Blom immediately moved all-in. His A♣ K♠ was ahead after the cloaknet called with A♠ J♦ for his entire stack of 7.2M chips, and it stayed there through the entire 8♠ 4♣ 6♦ A♦ 2♠ board. It was a 7th-place exit ($35,432) for cloaknet, and a new stack of 29.73 million chips for Blom.

      The home stretch

      Even with equal stacks, taking on Viktor Blom would be scary enough for msot players to consider. But when he outchips everyone else at the table, and the table becomes more shorthanded, the strengths of his style are maximized. He can take as many chances as he likes, especially against players in far more desperate situations than his own. So after he added to his stack further, flopping top two pair with A♥ 9♥ and outrunning rzr900rzr’s open-ended straight draw with Q♠ T♣ to eliminate rzr900rzr in 6th place ($51,088), the outcome began to look inevitable. Though szwindel momentarily closed in a bit by knocking out vikAAAA in 5th place ($67,568), calling with A♠ K♠ after vikAAAA had shoved with Q♠ 9♦, Blom surged back ahead just four hands later.

      That brutal flop kept Fred_Brink from both winning the single largest pot of the tournament so far and adding a SCOOP title to an already impressive resume. But his consolation prize was a 4th-place finish worth $87,344 – not bad for two days’ work.

      Closing it out

      Meanwhile, Blom had stacked up to 46.09 million chips. On his right was szwindel, with a stack of 25.18 million chips, and on his left was Canada’s RaisingRay91 with 11.12 million. With blinds at 200K/400K and antes at 50K, the game was essentially Blom’s to dictate. That drew some star power to the rail, with no less a luminary than Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier chiming in: “good luck to all 3 of u guys 😉 Sick feat to be here already.”

      There wasn’t much movement in the range of stack sizes at the table for a while as all three players took their turn claiming a series of small- and medium-sized pots. There was, however, plenty of action, as Isildur1 and szwindel put in several three-bets and RaisingRay91 proved himself willing to make the fourth bet all-in on a few occasions. The Canadian player inched closer to his two opponents, eventually overtaking szwindel just after the blinds went up to 250K/500K with a 62.5K ante.

      That had szwindel looking to chip back up out of third place, so when Blom opened for 1M on the button he reraised to 2.5M. Blom called with position to take a flop of 8♣ 4♠ 3♦. Acting first, szwindel led out for 2.25M, but was met with a quick raise by Blom to 5.65M. Holding Q♣ J♦ for queen-high, szwindel had a big decision to make; he eventually shoved all-in on a bluff for 18,735,650 chips. Blom, who held 8♥ 7♠ for top pair, wasted no time calling. He dodged szwindel’s six outs through the 6♥ turn and T♣ river, taking the 42.9M-chip pot and ending szwindel’s run in 3rd place ($131,840).

      The only thing standing between Blom and his first big online tournament win now was RaisingRay91. The Canadian player was at a disadvantage from the start, holding just 16.44 million chips to Blom’s 65.95 million, so it’s unsurprising that the fifth hand of heads-up play would see him all-in for his tournament life. RaisingRay91 held K♥ 8♥, good enough to four-bet all-in for 15.5M after opening on the button and seeing Blom put in a third bet. This time Blom held A♦ J♥, and it held up as the board fell Q♥ 2♣ Q♣ T♠ 6♣, sending RaisingRay91 to the rail with a healthy 2nd-place prize of $181,889.76.

      The last man standing, Blom earned $247,200. But perhaps more importantly, the cash-game legend demonstrated for the second time this year that he’s a threat to win any tournament he plays – and in a field of more than 8,000 players, no less. It was an impressive performance from start to finish for Blom, and he deserves all the congratulations that are surely coming his way.

      SCOOP Event 2-M: $215 No-Limit Hold’em
      $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool
      8,240 entrants, $1,648,000 prize pool
      1,080 places paid

      1st place: Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (United Kingdom) $247,200
      2nd place: RaisingRay91 (Canada) $181,889.76
      3rd place: szwindel (Malta) $131,840
      4th place: Fred_Brink (Denmark) $87,344
      5th place: vikAAAA (Russia) $67,568
      6th place: rzr900rzr (Antigua and Barbuda) $51,088
      7th place: cloaknet (Russia) $35,432
      8th place: Gusparo (Hungary) $19,776
      9th place: lubor74 (Czech Republic) $12,772

      With Viktor Blom’s win, SCOOP is now officially off and running at top speed.

    • #32496

      currently he is owning everybody in Scoop 03 : re-buy event..chipleader with 16 players left..Isildur1 is once sick poker player…

    • #32498
      Simon Mint

      This guys is not even human. Soooooooo tilting…………..!!!!!!!

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    • #32505
      Simon Mint

      Isildur1 leading the final table with 6 left

    • #32506

      3/6 now. 2 Scoop Final Tables..unreal

    • #32507

      3 players remaining. Go Isildur1

    • #32511

      Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom Wins Back-To-Back PokerStars SCOOP Events

      How does one follow up winning a SCOOP title? Some would just be happy to not crash and burn in the next one, others would just like a cash or better yet a final table. But to follow it up with a second win a day after, no one could not fully expect to do that.

      That is just what Viktor “Isildur1” Blom did in Event #3 of the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker. After winning Event #2 yesterday Blom went on to finish Day 1 of Event #3 third in chips. By the time he made it to the final table on Day 2 he the chip leader and was surrounded by players who also had experience on the final table of a SCOOP event. In the end they were no match for Blom as he went on to capture his second SCOOP title in as many days along with $160,000.

      The third event on the 2012 SCOOP featured a No Limit Hold’em 6-max format with an “action hour” for re-buys that would play out over two days. The action hour brought an additional 740 units to the prize pool for an addition of $370,000. Once the action hour concluded the remaining players had the add-on option to get 5,000 more chips for $500, 374 players took the add-on increasing the prize pool to $800,000 with first place to get $160,000 of that. Here is a look at the final numbers:

      Entrants: 486
      Guarantee: $400,000
      Re-buys: 740
      Add-ons: 374
      Prize pool: $800,000
      Paid Players: 54

      The first day of play concluded after the field completed 50 levels of play, but not before they got into the money. The bubble boy, treezer, just missed out on a min-cash that would have brought $3,600 to his cashier. Also just missing the money were Team PokerStar Pros Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (56th) and Eugene “E. Katchalov” Katchlaov (64th).

      The remaining 54 players played three more levels after reaching the money to conclude Day 1. It was johnxfleming sitting at the top of the leader board at the end of Day 1 with 526,075. He was followed by Sussie Smith (313,787) and Blom (234,446) to round out the top three. Here is a look at the top six to finish Day 1:

      1st: johnxfleming – 526,075
      2nd: Sussie Smith – 313,787
      3rd: Isildur1 – 234,446
      4th: instigator85 – 244,437
      5th: B4d3m3!st3r – 220,944
      6th: snake8484 – 199,398

      Day 2:

      Day 2 began with 46 players remaining at level 51, 800/1600/200. Joining Blom in Day 2 was Team Online player George “Jorj95” Lind III and Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez. Marquez was also still alive in the medium version of Event 3.

      Marquez exited this tournament in 26th place where she collected $5,200. That was not as good as her finish in the medium version where she finished 18th and collected $3,361.71, which brought her total to $8,651.71 for the two tournaments.

      She was followed by Lind who exited in 16th place collecting $7,600, leaving Blom as the only Team PokerStars member remaining.

      Blom hung around the top of the leader board on the way to the final table eventually taking the chip lead after eliminating a few of the players.

      It was the end of Day 1 chip leader, johnxfleming, who made their exit to get to the final table when his A♥6♣ could not improve enough against B4d3m3!st3r’s T♥T♦.

      The final six were now set with Blom holding the chip lead looking for his second SCOOP win in a matter of days.

      Seat 1: Isildur1 (1,645,085 in chips)
      Seat 2: snake8484 (342,898 in chips)
      Seat 3: B4d3m3!st3r (432,971 in chips)
      Seat 4: Sussie Smith (1,038,398 in chips)
      Seat 5: Ruxandescu (737,702 in chips)
      Seat 6: BiatchPeople (1,350,946 in chips)

      Blom gets the first elimination:

      The build up to the first elimination saw the two players with the largest stacks battle it out with BiatchPeople eventually taking the chip lead from Blom. Blom would not let that slow his play down as he went kept the pressure on the short stack of snake8484. Eventually snake8484 had enough and pushed back.

      Everything got started when action folded to Blom who was on the button. He raised it to 15,000, blinds were at 3,750/7,500/950. With only 131,298 to start the hand, 4,700 of that already in the middle, snake8484 moved all-in from the small blind. B4d3m3!st3r folded from the big blind and Blom called. Blom had A♦Q♦ while snake8484 held K♦8♣. The 9♦8♦5♠ flop gave snake8484 a pair and the lead in the hand, it also gave Blom some outs with any diamond giving him a flush. The J♣ turn meant nothing to either player but the 7♦ river meant the end for snake8484 eliminating him in sixth place collecting $28,400.

      Battle of the smallest stacks:

      With the smallest stack, B4d3m3!st3r, holding just under 70 big blinds one can not call them a short stack. The next smallest stack, Ruxandescu, held over 100 big blinds to start the hand.

      These two players ended up getting into a pre-flop raise war that eventually saw a seven-bet shove from Ruxandescu. It was Ruxandescu who held the lead when the cards were revealed with his A♣A♦ looking really good against B4d3m3!st3r’s A♠Q♦. The 7♦6♠2♣ flop pretty much closed the door for B4d3m3!st3r. When the 9♣ turn fell the story was finished eliminating B4d3m3!st3r in fifth place collecting $44,400.

      Blom sends another out:

      After bleeding chips and falling down just over 600,000 in chips from once having over 1,000,000 Sussie Smith found herself in a three-way hand with the two chip leaders, BiatchPeople and Blom. Chips started to fly after the three saw the J♠T♥5♣ flop. BiatchPeople was the first to act and bet 38,000. Blom then raised to 96,500 and Sussie Smith made it 180,000. BiatchPeople folded and Blom moved all-in, enough to cover Sussie Smith who called. The pairs cards were revealed with Blom holding J♥5♥ for two pair while Sussie Smith held K♥Q♠ for an open-ended straight draw. The 8♠ turn and 7♣ river did not deliver any of Sussie Smith’s outs sending her out in fourth place collecting $60,800.

      Blom Yo-Yos:

      Blom moved back into the chip lead after eliminating Sussie Smith, but that lead was short lived as his aggressive play saw his stack start to slowly decline. It was Ruxandescu who benefited the most when his T♦6♦ was just a little better than Blom’s T♣9♣ on the 6♠4♥4♦ T♥ 5♣ board.

      Blom slid down to 63 big blinds at his lowest point before he managed to get a double through BiatchPeople. The hand started with Blom limping from under-the-gun. Ruxandescu also limped, from the small blind, but BiatchPeople raised to 41,000. Blom called and Ruxandescu got out of the way. The two saw a 9♥6♥4♠ flop, BiatchPeople bet 46,000, Blom made it 142,500, BiatchPeople called then checked when the 7♦ came on the turn. Blom bet 176,500 and BiatchPeople called. Once against BiatchPeople checked the river, the Q♥. Blom moved all-in for 490,496 into a 737,875 pot. BiatchPeople called after thinking about it for a little only to see that his 8♥8♦ was not good against Blom’s Q♠9♣.

      Down to two:

      BiatchPeople managed to survive for a little while but could never get anything solid going in the right direction. He eventually ran into Ruxandescu with only three outs and just could not get there.

      BiatchPeople opened to 32,000 and was raised to 92,000 by Ruxandescu. BiatchPeople called and the pair saw the K♠Q♦3♠ flop. Ruxandescu bet 104,000 and BiatchPeople seemed content to just come along for the ride. The K♥ brought a check from Ruxandescu and a bet to 224,000 from BiatchPeople. Ruxandescu called and the pair saw the T♦ river. Ruxandescu once again checked and BiatchPeople moved all-in for 719,294 into the 854,000 chip pot. Ruxandescu called and showed Q♠Q♥ for the flopped set, turned full house while BiatchPeople only had two pair with A♣Q♣. BiatchPeople collects $88,000 for his third place finish.


      With Ruxandescu finishing off BiatchPeople he took the chip lead into heads-up play against Blom. Here is how the two started:

      Seat 1: Isildur1 (2,380,904 in chips)
      Seat 5: Ruxandescu (3,167,096 in chips)

      Ruxandescu would take the first blood increasing his chip lead in the process when the pair tangled on after seeing a T♥4♥3♠ flop. Blom checked to Ruxandescu who bet 36,125. Blom raised to 108,375 and Ruxandescu three-bet to 246,500. Blom four-bet to 425,000 and Ruxandescu called. The 4♦ brought a 289,000 bet from Blom which got Ruxandescu to move all-in for just over 3 million putting Blom at risk of being eliminated if he called. Blom eventually folded sending the 922,250 chip pot to Ruxandescu. Here is a look at how the players stood after the hand:

      Seat 1: Isildur1 (1,332,029 in chips)
      Seat 5: Ruxandescu (4,215,971 in chips)

      After slipping down to under 1 million in chips Blom wasted no time getting his chips into the middle getting a double up in the process. Ruxandescu opened to 36,000 from the small blind and Blom made it 108,000. Ruxandescu called and the pair saw the J♠T♠8♦ flop. Blom checked to Ruxandescu who bet 90,000. Blom moved all-in for 738,736 and Ruxandescu called. Blom was at risk of being eliminated with T♦4♦. His pair of tens was not as good as the Q♦Q♣ that Ruxandescu held. That all changed on the turn when Blom improved to two pair when the 4♥ came. The 2♣ river meant nothing and Blom survived to continue the battle.
      Blom managed to get another double shortly after when the pair managed to get all the chips into the middle on the 8♣3♥2♥ flop. Blom held J♥8♠ for top pair while Ruxandescu held A♥Q♥ for the flush draw. The 6♦ turn and T♣ river brought no assistance to Ruxandescu sending the 2,612,944 pot to Blom.

      It wasn’t too long before Blom managed to take the lead from Ruxandescu. Facing an open to 38,000 from Blom Ruxandescu called and the pair saw the A♣A♥8♣ flop. Ruxandescu checked to Blom who bet 40,375, Ruxandescu raised to 123,500, and Blom called. The J♣
      brought an open to 237,500 from Ruxandescu and a call from Blom. Ruxandescu checked the 5♣ to Blom who made it 650,000, the pot was at 802,750. Ruxandescu called to see the bad news as Blom rivered a flush with K♣T♥.

      Blom would not let the lead go from here out as he kept continuous pressure on Ruxandescu.

      The final hand began with Blom making it 44,000 from the small blind. Ruxandescu made it 132,000 and Blom called. The J♠9♣7♣ flop brought a 165,000 bet from Ruxandescu, Blom made it 464,750, and Ruxandescu moved all-in for 1,442,976. Blom called and showed 9♦8♠ for flopped middle pair. Ruxandescu showed 6♣5♣ for an inside straight flush draw. The 9♠ turn only improved Blom’s hand as did the 8♦ river making Ruxandescu the second player to fall to Blom in as many days for the SCOOP title. Ruxandescu collects $118,400 for his second place finish while Blom collects $160,000 along with the praise for winning two SCOOP titles in two days.

      Congrats to Viktor “Isildur1” Blom on your second SCOOP title of the 2012 series!

      SCOOP Event #3 ($530 + R NL Hold’em 6-max, Action Hour, 400k GTD) Results:

      1st place: Viktor “Isildur1” Blom – $160.000.00
      2nd place: Ruxandescu – $118,400.00
      3rd place: BiatchPeople – $88,000.00
      4th place: Sussie Smith – $60,800.00
      5th place: B4d3m3!st3r – $44,400.00
      6th place: snake8484 – $28,400.00

    • #32619

      Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb wins his third SCOOP title this year!

      Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb has been having a great time in the Stud tournaments as he picked up his third SCOOP title of the year (and fourth overall) in Event 26-H $2,100 Stud Hi/Lo. His previous two titles this year came in Event 10-H $2,100 Stud and Event 19-H $2,100 Triple Stud. He has won all three titles at the high events and he is on top of the leaderboard in both the high category and overall category. He will receive a trophy for each, a PCA 2013 package and an EPT Grand Final 2013 package providing he maintains his position at the top.

      “joacowalter” from Uruguay won his second SCOOP title for the year, both being in high events as well. He won the first in Event 5-H $1,050+R Turbo NLHE in which he earned himself a staggering $204,212.

      Event 25-H, $1,050 FL Triple Draw 2-7 [$50k Gtd]
      Entrants: 118, Total prize pool: $118,000

      1st place: joacowalter (Uruguay) $30,680
      2nd place: vovtroy (Russia) $20,650
      3rd place: Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde (Canada) $15,340
      4th place: merla888 (Belgium) $10,030
      5th place: SirWatts (Canada) $7,670
      6th place: Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo (Canada) $5,310

      Event 26-H, $2,100 Stud Hi/Lo [$75k Gtd]
      Entrants: 74, Total prize pool: $148,000

      1st place: Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (Mexico) $40,330
      2nd place: PerpCzech (New Zealand) $27,380
      3rd place: caprioli (Brazil) $20,720
      4th place: Eugene “E. Katchalov” Katchalov (Ukraine) $14,060
      5th place: Fred_Brink (Denmark) $10,360
      6th place: slammedfire (Canada) $7,770

    • #32620


      He’ll have another, if you don’t mind.

      The three-year old colt that made a late surge to win this afternoon’s running of the Preakness has nothing on Shaun Deeb. Sure, I’ll Have Another can run 45 mph and has a shot at becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. But Shaun Deeb isn’t one to stop at three titles. He didn’t even stop at four. Now, he’s officially run out of limbs on which to affix his SCOOP watches and we’ve run out of superlatives to bestow on the 26 year-old poker pro. Tonight, Deeb made history again, earning his fifth career SCOOP title and his fourth this year with a win in Event #38-H ($2,100 H.O.R.S.E.).

      It’s the Shaundeeb Championship Of Online Poker now. Any questions?
      Deeb claims not to be the strongest player in the stud events, but at this point we’re going to chalk that up to modesty. Three of Deeb’s 2012 SCOOP titles were earned in high buy-in stud tournaments and the fourth came in a rotation that’s 60% stud games. Even his heads-up opponent, Jon “LUFCBas” Spinks knew what was in store. As he wrote on his Twitter page “@JonSpinks: obv got HU with @shaundeeb and we all know what happens from there… #bendoverandacceptit.”

      The $2,100 H.O.R.S.E. event drew 85 players, the prize pool topping out at $170,000. 12 players took home a piece of it, with the champion set to earn $46,325. Taking one of their final shots at a SCOOP title this year were Team Pros Eugene Katchalov, Chad Brown, Ivan Demidov, Nacho Barbero, and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. Although none of them finished in the money, Team Online’s George “Jorj95” Lind III, already a 2012 SCOOP champion in stud hi/lo, advanced to the final table.

      Final table bubble honors went to another familiar face in the PokerStars universe. With only 5,086 remaining, BrynKenney got it all in on third street in Razz with the 4♠ up against shaundeeb’s 2♣. Kenney could only manage a J-T low by seventh, Deeb taking down the pot with 8-6-3-2-A.

      Final table chip counts:

      Seat 1: BiatchPeople (60,504 in chips)
      Seat 2: LUFCBas (73,430 in chips)
      Seat 3: Sivokhan (119,426 in chips)
      Seat 4: shaundeeb (29,214 in chips)
      Seat 5: Kroko-dill (41,686 in chips)
      Seat 6: ImaLucSac (51,687 in chips)
      Seat 7: FatalError (20,742 in chips)
      Seat 8: Jorj95 (28,311 in chips)

      Shaun Deeb finishes off Jorj95

      Jorj95 worked his 28,000 up to 42,000 in the early going, but lost about half his stack to LUFCBas in a hand of limit hold’em. Jorj95 capped the betting preflop with A♦K♥ and led both the flop and turn despite not connecting with the J♠9♦6♦3♣ board. LUFCBas raised all-in on the turn and Jorj95 called, LUFCBas tabling Q♥Q♦. The 2♦ on the river was no help for Jorj95 and he was left with 22,000. A few hands later, LUFCBas reduced Jorj95’s stack even further when he hit running flush cards. Left with only 4,051, Jorj95 raised all-in with Q♦T♦ and got two callers in shaundeeb and Kroko-dill. Deeb flopped a set of sixes and bet Kroko-dill off the hand on the turn, the board running out A♣7♠6♣4♦9♣ to end Jorj95’s run in eighth place.

      FatalError falters, Sivokhan succumbs

      Jonathan “FatalError” Aguiar grew short-stacked after folding the turn in a couple of limit hold’em pots, his stack falling to 6,725. The game changed to Omaha Hi/Lo and FatalError called a raise from the big blind, seeing a K♣6♦2♠ flop with Sivokhan and Kroko-dill. FatalError bet his last 725, Sivokhan called, and Kroko-dill raised. Sivokhan called the additional 2,275, but folded to Kroko-dill’s bet on the A♥ turn. Kroko-dill revealed A♦K♠9♦4♦ for top two pair while FatalError had middle pair with 3♣3♠6♠T♣. FatalError was looking for another six, but got the 9♥ instead, and exited in seventh place.

      The Razz round was unkind to Sivokhan, who three-bet to 6,000 on third street with the 2♣ up. BiatchPeople folded the bring-in and LUFCBas called with the 4♣ up.

      LUFCBas (X)(X) 4♣J♣A♣K♦
      Sivokhan (X)(X) 2♣K♥7♣6♣

      Sivokhan called LUFCBas’ lead bets on fourth and fifth streets and bet all-in on sixth street when he made the low board. LUFCBas called, revealing A♦5♠ in the hole. Sivokhan turned up 3♣7♣. Sivokhan paired sixes on the river and was left with a K-7-6-3-2 low while LUFCBas caught the Q♠, his Q-J-5-4-A enough to eliminate Sivokhan in sixth place.

      Kroko-dill sinks

      Moments later, BiatchPeople claimed the last of Kroko-dill’s chips. Still playing Razz, Kroko-dill raised third street, bet out on fourth, and called down the rest of the way.

      BiatchPeople (5♥)(8♠) 3♥7♣6♦J♣ (J♦)
      Kroko-dill (4♣)(9♥) A♦5♦J♥5♠ (3♦)

      BiatchPeople made an 8-7 low on fifth street and Kroko-dill’s 9-5 did not improve. Kroko-dill’s third final table of the 2012 SCOOP ended with a fifth-place finish, earning him $11,900.00.

      Shaun Deeb busts BiatchPeople

      Despite that chip infusion, BiatchPeople was the next to bust out. Evidently he didn’t get the memo not to play stud with Shaun Deeb.

      shaundeeb (X)(X) 6♥A♣7♣6♠ (X)
      BiatchPeople (X)(X) Q♦2♠K♣8♦ (X)

      LUFCBas brought it in on third street, Deeb raised to 4,000 with the 6♥ up, BiatchPeople three-bet to 8,000 with the Q♦ and Deeb called. Deeb led out on fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh, BiatchPeople putting in the rest of his chips on the river with 2♦4♦T♦ for a queen-high flush. Deeb called and revealed Q♥Q♣6♣ for sixes full of queens sending BiatchPeople to the rail in fourth place.


      As play turned three-handed Deeb was well out in front with 203,000, LUFCBas was second with 126,000 and ImaLucSac held 95,000. With betting limits of 4,000/8,000, it was still anyone’s game.

      A hand against shaundeeb and LUFCBas started a long slide for ImaLucSac. LUFCBas picked up a flush draw on fourth street in stud high and caught a running two pair on sixth and seventh street to pick up the 98k pot.

      ImaLucSac slid to 19,000 through a series of small pots and got the rest of his chips in against shaundeeb in stud hi/lo. ImaLucSac three-bet on third street with the 6♠ up and Deeb called with the A♣ showing. Deeb led out on the next two streets, ImaLucSac calling all-in on fifth.

      shaundeeb (2♠)(Q♠) A♣Q♥4♥6♦[ (K♥)
      ImaLucSac (8♠)(A♦) 6♠J♣Q♦7♣[ (9♠)

      Neither player made a low and Deeb’s pair of queens were good enough to scoop. ImaLucSac was eliminated in third place, earning $23,800 for his final table run.

      Heads-up chip counts:

      Seat 2: LUFCBas (172,121 in chips)
      Seat 4: shaundeeb (252,879 in chips)

      Deeb ground LUFCBas down to 127,000 before a stud hi/lo pot padded his lead even further.

      LUFCBas (X)(X) 6♠K♠Q♥8♦ (X)
      shaundeeb (X)(X) K♦Q♦5♣7♠ (X)

      LUFCBas brought it in on third, Deeb raised and LUFCBas called. Deeb led out on fourth street and LUFCBas called. LUFCBas check-raised on fifth, then led out on sixth. On the river, LUFCBas led again, Deeb raised, and LUFCBas called. Deeb turned over T♦9♦J♥ for a king-high straight and LUFCBas mucked.

      The game switched to limit hold’em and Deeb whittled LUFCBas down to 38,000 when he made kings up and got a river raise paid off. It was about that time when a clearly frustrated Nacho Barbero appeared in the chat box, asking Deeb his secrets to victory.

      nachobarbero (TeamPro): how do it
      nachobarbero (TeamPro): i keep comming 2nd
      nachobarbero (TeamPro): and u keep comming 1st
      shaundeeb: not 1st yet
      nachobarbero (TeamPro): yeah sorry

      Barbero might have jumped the gun there, but only by a few seconds. He’d barely pressed return when LUFCBas and shaundeeb saw a T♦8♠5♥ flop. Deeb check-called LUFCBas’ bet, then check-raised the turn when the K♣ fell. LUFCBas three-bet to 30,000, Deeb capped, and LUFCBas called all-in, turning over A♦5♣ for bottom pair. Deeb showed Q♠T♣, his pair of tens in the lead. LUFCBas needed an ace or a five but the river fell a total blank with the 6♣. Deeb locked up his fourth 2012 SCOOP title and his fifth overall, earning $46,325.00 for the win. No one was more relieved than Barbero, who, as it turns out, did not jinx Deeb in the least.

      nachobarbero (TeamPro): 1st
      GodlikeRoy (TeamOnline): lol
      nachobarbero (TeamPro): told u

      Six SCOOP events remain. Shaun Deeb is still out there, he doesn’t require much sleep and he has $236,951.39 in SCOOP earnings to play with. As our colleague Jason Mercier would say, #whenwillitend.

      2012 SCOOP Event #38-H ($2,100 H.O.R.S.E.) results

      Entrants: 85
      Places paid: 12

      1. Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (Mexico) $46,325.00
      2. Jon “LUFCBas” Spinks (United Kingdom) $31,450.00
      3. Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde (Canada) $23,800.00
      4. BiatchPeople (United Kingdom) $16,150.00
      5. Andrey “Kroko-dill” Zaichenko (Russia) $11,900.00
      6. Sivokhan (Ukraine) $8,925.00
      7. Jonathan “FatalError” Aguiar (Mexico) $7,225.00
      8. George “Jorj95” Lind III (Canada) $5,525.00

    • #32621

      Come on PG Pros will be railing tonight: intervntion, rdx, samohhh, suicidespree and kcdesi

    • #32624
      Rajat Agarwal

      Good Luck guys. Let an Indian take down the SCOOP Finals tonight ….

    • #25146
      Poker Guru

      The 2012 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker has just become the largest online series in history.

      Chew on that for a second.

      The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker just became the biggest online poker tournament series in history.

      The raw numbers tell the story better than almost any words can. The 120 tournaments that made up this year’s SCOOP had 526,154 individual entries, the biggest number since the 461,936 in SCOOP of 2010. If that’s not mind-boggling enough, this year’s SCOOP awarded $65,332,179 in prize pool and bounty money. Until this year, of all the tournament series PokerStars has ever run, the most ever awarded in prize pool and bounties was $64,230,010.

      This all happened in May of 2012.

      As I type this, the final six tournaments of the year are playing out the first of their two days. The main event entries blew up the guarantees. In total, the main events drew the following fields:

      $109 low buy in: 22,128
      $1,050 medium buy-in: 3,567
      $10,300 buy-in: 517
      All of the champions will get one of these fancy watches to go along with their riches.

      It’s all simply astounding in a way that will take a couple of days to digest. Fortunately, that’s just about how long it will take to find our main event champions.

      Tonight, those huge fields will take a break and come back for Day 2 tomorrow. After that, SCOOP will crown its final champions of 2012 on Monday.

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