SCOOP 2013 heads to star-studded final day
It's a holiday where I am, and I'll be candid with you: I intended to take the day off. I thought things would run themselves. I thought, "Hey, the main event of SCOOP isn't even finished yet. Why worry with work?"
And then I saw just how crazy today was going to be.
If you didn't notice, yesterday's main events made SCOOP the richest online tournament series in history. In total, the festival will pay out $75,585,305.05. That alone is insane news that was worth getting out of bed for.
And then I looked at the main events' Day 2 line-ups, and...woah, mama.
The $10,300 high buy-in main event pulled in 580 players for a prize pool with $5.8 million. It's paying more than $1 million to the winner. Seventy-three of them are left. Sitting at the top of the pack is last year's Event #39-H winner 7tHEcROw7. And who is that right below him in second place? Who, indeed. That is Mr. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom. That's who it is. Last year, Blom won two titles. Now's he's in good shape to fight for a third. Also among the top ten is Mike "munchenHB" Telker. Team PokerStar Pros Leo Fernandez, Ivan Demidov, Angel Guillen, and Jake Cody made day two as well.
The $1,050 medium buy-in main event drew a whopping 4,039 players and is paying out more than $634,000 to the winner. Eighty players are left going into the final day of play. Malta DReeamzoo leads them all. Team Online's Randy "nanonoko" Lew has a better than average stack.
Made it to day 2 of SCOOP-43-M Main Event! This is my first ever day 2 of online of all of my years playing online! twitter.com/nanonoko/statu...— Randy Lew (@nanonoko) May 27, 2013
More than 23,000 people showed up for the $109 low buy-in main event. Only 90 of them remain. Poland's Pawel.Mpl is the leader heading into Day 2. Team Online's Caio Pessagno sits among the Day 2 players.
So, while today may be a holiday, it's no day to take a break from a computer screen.
All of the main events resume at 2:30 ET today. The PokerStars Blog will have full wrap-ups when the tourneys are finished. Good luck to all the players still in today.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging