The Daily SCOOP (5-15-11): Halfway-mark sadness
As a child, I'd start crying before a Peanuts cartoon even ended. Why? Because I knew when the show was over, months would pass before another one would be on the air. I hated for things I loved to end. As I've matured (and the peanut gallery can keep its snickers quiet), I've put an end to the incessant crying, but I still can't help feeling my heart twinge when something fun passes its halfway point. That's where we sit this morning as the Spring Championship of Online Poker dives headlong into its final week.
This morning marked the re-start of two identical events from Sunday. At this hour, the $22 buy-in of Event #19 has re-started, and antonioverga of Belgium leads the field with just a couple of tables remaining. More than $40,000 is on the line for first place. The $215 buy-in of that event saw a 39th place finish by Team PokerStars Pro Jan Heitmann. In the big buy-in of Event #19, Team PokerStars Pros Joep "Pappe_Ruk" van den Bijgaart and Lex Veldhuis among final 22. They are led for the moment by blumenkind53. Top prize in that contest is $188,100.
Event #20 (which looks spookily like Event #19) will re-start in just a few hours. In the low buy-in of that contest, assCARDSsin from Russia holds lead in field of 22,065 with 24 players remaining. First place will award more than $44,000. In the medium buy-in, Lithuania's samirua sits on top of the final 47 after outlasting more than 6,400 players. Finally in the $2,100 buy-in, Israel's yosef12 leads the final 24 players in the run for the $253,048 first prize.
While those events are looking for their winner, here's a look at the latest Inside SCOOP webcast. This time they get a few words from Team PokerStars Pro Alex Gomes, who recently made the EPT Grand Final final table.
To quell any halfway-mark tears you might be fighting, here's a look at a replay of the Event 17-H final table. The PLO table features delegator, Us_Alex, HN Kakaroto, e1mdopptoweliestar and adiprene1.
Finally, here's what is on tap for today:
Sunday May 15 SCOOP schedule
By this time next week, there will be no more SCOOP events to enter. Do it now before it's impossible to hold back the tears anymore!