SCOOP 2012: Deeb catches Blom in Player of Series race
If Viktor "Isildur1" Blom thought he was going to run away with the overall SCOOP 2012 Player of the Series title, he probably should've consulted Shaun Deeb first. As of the most recent update, Deeb had jumped up to tie Blom for the overall lead. (Update: Deeb has now taken over the lead by a large margin.)
As has been widely and exhaustively reported, Blom won two back-to-back SCOOP titles in the first week of this year's online festival. The two first place finishes combined with a quarterfinal finish in the $2,100 PLO Heads-Up event and top 100 finish (okay, he finished 100th) in SCOOP-02-H: $2,100 NL Hold'em rocketed Blom to the very top of the overall leaderboard.
Deeb (profiled here yesterday) seems to have decided to make a run for the title, too. He's cashed seven times already, including a win in the $2,100 Stud event and a final table in the $27 NLHE turbo last night. If there was any question about whether his move to Play del Carmen, Mexico was a good one, put those concerns to rest. Deeb is on his game this year and prepared to give the King of Swing a run for his money.
The two leaders are joined in the hunt by (the only) three-time SCOOP winner, cal42688; Team PokerStars Pros ElkY and Martin Staszko; Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg; as well as a lot of other immeditely recognizable names. With nearly half of this year's events in the can, this race is shaping up to be one worth watching.
Here's what the overall leaderboard looks like at this hour.
SCOOP 2012 Player of the Series Leaderboard
As you might be aware, this year, in addition to the overall race, PokerStars is awarding Player of the Series prizes across all buy-in levels. As it stands today, Switzerland's DeeKay8686 leads the low buy-in race, Germany's cyberkanguru is on top of the medium buy-in battle, and Canada's paulgees81 is on top of the high buy-in leaderboard.
While that's how it stands now, there are still nine more days of action before the finish line. It's literally still anyone's game.
To keep an eye on the leaderboard over the weekend and into next week, check out the SCOOP Player of the Series page.