Three years ago, the people at PokerStars devised a little experiment. With the already successful World Championship of Online Poker a firm fixture in the early autumn, PokerStars wanted to try something different in the spring. The idea went like this: create a tournament series like WCOOP, but give everybody a chance to play for championship titles. They called it theSpring Championship of Online Poker, better known as SCOOP, a tournament series with buy-ins for every bankroll.
Three years later, that experiment has priven successful beyond measure. Late last night, Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro proved just how successful when he won more than half a million bucks in the 2011 SCOOP $10,300 main event. As Kristin Bihr reported, 380 players entered the big event, including Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem who finished just off the final table bubble. In the end, the headline read like this: Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro seizes SCOOP Main Event title in Event #38-H ($10,300 NLHE)
When it was all said and done, here's the 2011 SCOOP by the numbers:
Among those 107,697 unique entrants were -DrawingDad- and cal42688, two players who managed to win not just one, but two SCOOP championship watches during 2011. The series-long performances were great, but not quite enough to snag the Player of the Series award. That laurel hangs nicely around the neck of Team PokerStars Online's Anders "Donald" Berg. After winning a SCOOP watch, Berg racked up enough points to earn himself the top prize, the Player of the Series trophy, a 2011 WCOOP main event ticket, a 2012 PCA prize package, and an EPT Grand Final prize package.
Here are all the wrap-ups from the final two SCOOP events of 2011.
Event #37: NLHE (6-max)
Event #38: NLHE main event
If you'd like to look back on all the wrap-ups from this year, visit the 2011 SCOOP final tables page for links to every wrap-up.
Finally, as SCOOP draws to a close, so does the Inside SCOOP Web Show. Not only does the story of host Nick Wealthall get even odder, but they also have Team PokerStars Pros ElkY and Ivan Demidov.
So, that's all, folks. SCOOP has come and gone for another year. Congratulations once again to Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro for his big buy-in main event win, and to Team Online's Anders "Donald" Berg for his Player of the Series title.