SCOOP History & Highlights
Since it started in 2009 the Spring Championship of Online Poker has fast-become the biggest online tournament series in poker.
With over $90M awarded in prizes over 56 events across 16 days, the 2016 series was a record-breaker. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, who won three titles in 2015, had another stellar series with victory in the $215 PL Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max, plus four other final table cashes. The United Kingdom enjoyed a good time of things too, with two of the three Main Event winners. It was ‘raidalot’ who defeated 824 entries to land $1.46M in the $10,000 NL Hold’em Main Event when his nut diamond flush beat the lower flush of ‘nolez7’. And his compatriot ‘Educa-poker’ took down the $1,000 version for $578,621. Brazil’s ‘mmleandro’ won the $100 NL Hold’em Event outlasting over 24,500 players for a $196,058 payday..
Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier returned to the SCOOP winner’s circle in 2015 with victory in no fewer than three events, including his first Badugi tournament win. Together with a further two final tables, it was enough to propel Mercier to the Player of the Series award. Mustapha Kanit followed up his EPT Grand Final Super High Roller win with a triumphant performance in the Main Event (High), winning $1,304,720 in style when he made quads on the final hand. The three SCOOP Leader Boards were topped by ‘JagaForever’ (Low), ‘Gambler444’ (Medium) and ‘Puropoker123’ (High), in a series that saw its $40M guarantee almost doubled with more than $76.5M awarded across 14 days of action.
The 2014 series surpassed the record-breaking numbers of 2013, with more than $80,000,000 being awarded to thousands of players from around the world, across 45 events. Big winners included Main Event Champions vandir4rek (High level, for $1,048,000 after a three-way deal), LexaLucky666 (Medium level, for $635,379) and BodogAri (Low level, for $187,669, reflecting a four-way deal). It was also a vintage year for Team PokerStars Pro, with a win for Jason Mercier, plus huge cashes and final table appearances for Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Angel Guillen, Jose Ignacio Barbero, Maxim Lykov, and Team Online’s Naoya Kihara.
A total of $75,585,305.05 was awarded across 132 tournaments, making SCOOP 2013 the biggest online tournament series in poker history. Guarantees were smashed and the winner’s roster read like a who’s who of poker legends, with Daniel Negreanu one of several Team PokerStars Pros to collect a first prize. Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom won the High Level Main Event, earning a staggering $1,096,200 for his efforts. Not to be outdone, the SCOOP Leader Boards were also packed with star names. Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki and stevie444 took down the Low and Medium Leader Boards respectively, while two-time SCOOP 2013 event winner George Danzer collected the High Leader Board honours. In the Overall Leader Board, AceQuad finished first to win a free PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT10 Grand Final Package.
SCOOP 2012 broke all records as the biggest-ever since the series began in 2009. Thousands of players from more than 150 countries took part across a schedule of 40 events and 120 tournaments, helping to create a total prize pool of $65,332,179. GripDsNutz won the high level Main Event, taking away $798,675 (reflecting a three-way chop at the final table) in cash, and the medium and low level Main Events were won by suarez_BG ($560,019) and john_tri80 ($198,725, reflecting a two-way chop) respectively. Stand-out performances elsewhere included Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom, who won two events in the space of two days for more than $400,000, and a quadruple-title win for Shaun Deeb.
The 2011 series awarded a total prize pool of $43,165,800, with players from 197 countries taking part and 114 new Champions being crowned. Sweden’s fittungen won the Low-level Main Event for $181,019, while Goldenboys from the UK scored $400,800 for winning the Medium-level tournament. The High-level Main Event was won by Finland’s Lrslzk, who walked away with a huge cash of $504,691 (amount won reflects a deal between the top five). Anders ‘Donald’ Hoyer Berg topped the Leader Board after a great run that included taking down Event 36: HORSE (High) for $36,348. Team Pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier added a SCOOP title to his long list of achievements by winning Event 35: $25,000 Heads-Up NLHE (High) for $112,500.
The 2010 SCOOP series proved to be one of the biggest ever, with 38 events and a massive combined prize pool of more than $63,000,000. Scores of new Champions were crowned, with players from all around the world winning big. The Main Event saw midjat walk away with $191,892 for winning the Low-level tournament, followed by victory for Mr.M.MOney in the Medium-level, good for a pay day of $443,137. The High-level event was won by toetagU from the USA, who picked up an incredible cash of $1,162,350 for beating 614 of the world’s best players. There was also success for Team PokerStars Pro, including numerous cash finishes, plus Championship titles for George Danzer and Jose Ignacio ‘nachobarbero’ Barbero.
SCOOP 2009 awarded over $40,000,000 in cash prizes, with 66 Champions crowned across 22 tournaments, and it all took place over 11 days of action in a range of different poker games. Big winners included thehoffa and Unassigned, who both managed to win two titles each. Players from the US won the most money and titles overall, followed closely by Germany, Canada and the UK. The series culminated with the 2-day Main Event. JannotLapin won the low-level tournament for $151,203. This was followed by a win for JC Alvarado in the medium level tournament for $502,086, and victory for Jude ‘j.thaddeus’ Ainsworth in the high level tournament, good for a huge payday of $963,338. Each SCOOP 2009 Champions also received a beautiful custom Movado ‘SCOOP Champion’ watch.