Tuesday, 14 May 2013
PokerStars' much anticipated SCOOP festival got under way on Sunday and, already, there have been more than 70,000 participants and nine winners.
It’s one of the most popular online poker festivals of the year and already the action at the virtual felt has been littered with impressive performances. Indeed, if it’s not been plucky fighters coming through mammoth fields to claim a win in the low buy-in events, then it’s some of the game’s top grinders proving their worth in the high events.Indeed, two of poker’s best MTT players, Benny Spindler and Paul Volpe, have already earned SCOOP titles by taking down Events #1 and #4 respectively. Spindler was the first to boost his bankroll with a win over a stacked field in the $2,100 No Limit Hold’em 6-max event. A total of 848 runners created a prizepool of nearly $1,700,000 which meant Spindler was able to walk away with $301,040 after besting “€urop€an” heads-up. That win marked Spindler’s second SCOOP title but as he logged off for the night, all eyes were on Event #4’s high buy-in finale where Shaun Deeb was going for his sixth SCOOP title. The online wizard is undoubtedly one of the best SCOOP players of all-time and after coming through 45 players in the $2,100 Badugi event it looked as though he was going to enhance that reputation further. Indeed, after watching the likes of British grinder Phil “Jackal69” Shaw hit the rail, Deeb just needed to overcome Paul “paulgees81” Volpe to claim another title. However, Volpe had other ideas and when his three card 3-2-A overcame Deeb’s 5-2-A the tournament came to a close with Volpe earning the $34,780 top prize. The award for the lowest entry fee and biggest prize goes to “Reshafin87” so far. The Israeli grinder managed to battle his way through 25,319 players to take to top prize in the $27 incarnation of Event #1. A final table deal between the remaining six players gave “Reshafim87” the largest share of the prizepool, but after he defeated Russia’s “alladin1980” heads-up he gained an extra few thousand dollars and a coveted SCOOP title. New players can join the the SCOOP action at PokerStars with a special bonus. Sign up using the code FREE20 and you'll receive 420 worth of free play.
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