The Daily SCOOP (5-23-11): ElkY wins $25k, Hachem still fighting in main event
Who needs Big Ben, Old Faithful, or Donald Trump's self-promotion when you have ElkY?
If you need something by which you can set your watch, it's a Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier poker victory. You just had to know one was coming in this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker. Why wouldn't it be in the biggest of all buy-ins? As Kristin Bihr reported in ElkY reigns supreme in Event #35-H ($25,500 heads-up NLHE), ElkY picked up a SCOOP watch and more than $112,000 after beating Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe for the championship.
Here are the Event #35 wraps.
Event #35: NLHE (heads-up)
With that event put to bed, now we only have to wait for the final two 2011 SCOOP events to finish up today. Event #37's Day 2 is already underway, and the main event's finals begin in just a couple of hours. The $109 low buy-in main event has 16 players remaining in the fight for the $181,000 first prize. Germany's vossiman leads the field. In the $1,050 contest, 16 players out of the original 2,505 remain with FiatEruditio on top of the hunt for the $400,000 first place purse.
The $10,300 high buy-in main event drew 380 players. Heading into Day 2, 22 remain looking to win the $735,000 first prize. The UK's 810ofclubs sits on top, and still in the hunt is Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem. The 2005 WSOP champ is currently in 14th place and sitting at the chip leader's table. Day 2 kick off at 2pm ET.
While we wait, we have just a couple of days eft to enjoy the vocal stylings of James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton on the Inside SCOOP Web Show. In the episode below you'll hear Team PokerStars Pros Jose Barbero and Tony Hachem. There is also a special appearance from the departed Nick Wealthall.
Good luck to all of those remaining alive in the 2011 Spring Championship of Online Poker. Stay tuned later today for wrap-ups from all the remaining action.