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Meet Eric 'AceQuad' Brix, your SCOOP Leaderboard champion

Eric Brix grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul called White Bear Lake in Minnesota. It was a typical middle class town in which Brix spent a lot of time fishing, waterskiing, quad biking and wrestling, a sport in which he competed at school for nine years. Anytime during that idyllic upbringing it's doubtful it would have occurred to Brix that a few years down the line he'd be living in Cancun, a 28-year-old furiously clicking the refresh button on his computer, sat next to his Mexican wife, desperately...more

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10 million man George 'Jorj95' Lind winning in life and poker


Do you know George Jorj95' Lind III? You should. Not only is he the first player to have crossed the monumental 10,000,000 VPP barrier, but the member of Team PokerStars Online is also contesting for the SCOOP 2013 leader board. Lind has racked up 15 cashes in the series so...more

SCOOP 2012: Low vs. high buy-in turbos


Turbo tournaments are very addictive. Once you start grinding them you don't want to go back to the regular ones. Be careful when you play turbo tournaments. You may never come back. The players that have a gambler's spirit inside of them tend to play these tournaments better than the...more

Finding more value in the bargain bin


Just a few days ago, PokerStars announced the schedule for this year edition of SCOOP. It'll start on May 6 and finish on May 20. In that time, there will be 40 events split in three levels of buy-in (small, medium and high) with $30 million in guaranteed prize money....more

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SCOOP winner Jan 'JacktShipper' De Smet, an old head on young shoulders


While the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Viktor Blom and George Danzer may have taken the biggest headlines it should not be forgotten that the SCOOP crowned a lot of heroes during its $75 million festival. One hundred and thirty-30 heroes, in fact (two players won two events). One of those...more

SCOOP champs around the globe


Viktor Blom doesn't do a lot of media work. Even in the few opportunities I've had to talk to him, I've walked away without a perfectly clear understanding of what we just talked about. That is a short way of explaining why you don't yet see a long, in-depth piece...more

Wow! Could you EVER make this play?


We're used to seeing some extraordinary plays in our major series like SCOOP, but sometimes a player does something that takes our breath away. Step forward Sami 'Lrslzk' Kelopuro, who pulled off a masterstroke during this hand in the $21,000 SCOOP High Roller. As you watch the hand play out...more

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As the Stars Tweet: The final days of SCOOP tweets


The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) proved to be a historic affair; in fact, it proved to have more players and award more money than any other PokerStars' series. All told, 134,183 unique players from 156 countries put up 526,154 buy-ins and were awarded $65,332,179 in prize money, more...more

SCOOP 2012: The epilogue


There's a glow that hangs around after something like the Spring Championship of Online Poker, a sort of spent, endorphin-charged euphoria that has many of us stumbling around with silly smiles on our faces. I submit that it's the natural biological reaction to a festival that became the biggest of...more

SCOOP 2012: Record-breakers, leaderboard winners, and champions


There is no overstating it. The 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker was simply amazing. It was history's biggest online poker festival. It hosted more players than any PokerStars festival ever. It awarded more money than PokerStars has ever given out in a poker tournament series. Meanwhile, one player stood...more

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The Daily SCOOP (5-24-11): Kelopuro wins big, Berg nabs Player of the Series


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...more

SCOOP: Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro seizes SCOOP Main Event title in Event #38-H ($10,300 NLHE)


From the moment the 2011 SCOOP schedule was released, the fact that the Main Event would crown its champions on May 23 did not go unnoticed. Eight years ago tonight, a 28 year-old accountant defeated a slick Vegas veteran in the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, turning a...more

SCOOP: filthyfish swims away with Event #37-M ($215 NLHE 6-max)

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Event #37 was the 2011 SCOOP's last-chance saloon. It was the last chance to rack up TLB points, make a big score, or even get unstuck before the Main Event. The lure of six-max action and a $500,000 prize pool drew 3,775 players into the fray, topping that guarantee by...more

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SCOOP: toetagU tops tough field in Event #38-High (Main Event)


A million dollars. And then some. More than what most of those winning WSOP bracelets will be taking home this summer. That's what awaited the winner of the 2010 Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event ($10,300 buy-in, NLHE) which played to its conclusion on Monday. After yesterday's Day 1,...more

SCOOP: Mr.M.M0ney Manages Main Event Medium Victory in Day 2 of Event #38-M

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Two-day tournaments have their perks. For the players remaining at the end of Day 1, it allows them to regroup, rest, and develop a strategy for the second day based on their chip stacks and notes they've accumulated about their opponents. The rest keeps them from making decisions based on...more

SCOOP: midjat holds lead for the win, Akkari 5th in Main Event-Low

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It would not take long for our final nine to be named, with sizable blinds and short-ish stack our final 17 from yesterday would play down to one in today's $109 SCOOP Main Event-Low. Andre Akkari wasted no time in improving his chip position by doubling up on the game's...more

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SCOOP: Watch the Main Event highlights


If like us you're only just catching your breath after the enthralling SCOOP series, then apologies for getting your heart racing all over again. Thing is, our friends over at have only gone and put the best bits of the Main Event on video so you can watch the...more

SCOOP: Winner j.thaddeus scores $963,338 in Event 22-H $10,300 NLHE Main Event

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When the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) was first announced to the poker community, players liked the idea. Besides the catchy name, the offerings of three buy-in levels to each tournament was more than appealing, as players at all levels of the game could find a way to make...more

SCOOP: JC Alvarado claims biggest win of career in Event #22-M, $1,050 Main Event


When Day 1 of the SCOOP $1,050 Main Event ended, the last remaining representative of Team PokerStars Pro went to sleep with a chip stack of 1.5 million. That put him squarely in the middle of the 19 runners who still had a shot at the $502,086 first prize. It...more

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