Don't look now, but the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is just a month away. What does that mean? Well, for starters, a guaranteed prize pool of $45,000,000 will be in play.
If you don't have a PokerStars account, then we have good news for you. PokerNews has 264 SCOOP tickets up for grabs across five PokerStars SCOOP Freerolls. The freerolls take place the night before its SCOOP counterpart, and the first one kicks off May 7. To qualify, you must have a PokerNews-referred PokerStars account and earn at least 75 VPPs in April. This promotion will award over $15,000 in SCOOP tickets, so you don't want to miss it.
Since its creation in 2009, the SCOOP has certainly showcased some of the best in the game. Among the notable players who have won SCOOP watches are Daniel "steamraise" Alaei, James "Andy McLEOD" Obst, Andrew "RunThisTable" Lichtenberger, Shaun Deeb, Chris "SLOPPYKLOD" Klodnicki, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, David "WhooooKidd" Baker, and Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi.
Check out some SCOOP history and statistics that have helped make it the most lucrative online poker series that spring has to offer.
|Year||# of Tournaments||# of Buy-ins||Total Prize Money|
*SCOOP All-Time Money List
|Ryan "toetagU" Fair||$1,191,872.76|
|Jude "j.thaddeus" Ainsworth||$1,076,963.54|
|Kristoffer "Sumpas" Thorsson||$856,664.99|
|Niklas "ragen70" Heinecker||$748,558.81|
|Brad "BradL" Libson||$644,230.57|
|Jon "PearlJammer" Turner||$593,904.67|
|Steven "$teveyMoney" Merrifield||$584,116.18|
|Danny "cpfactor" Smith||$562,690.37|
|Greg "DuckU" Hobson||$547,315.61|
|Michael "Skämmes" Tureniec||$546,525.28|
*SCOOP All-Time Cashes List
|GeorgeDanzer (formerly "pusteblume")||39|
|Francis "teacuppoker" Cagney||37|
|George "Jorj95" Lind III||28|
|Brad "finsfan7" Ruben||24|
|Joe "floes" Serock||24|
|Kevin "iacog4" Iacofano||23|
|Rayan "rkruok" Nathan||23|
|David "WhooooKidd" Baker||23|
|Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi||23|
Player of The Series
Having the overall best SCOOP has not only been profitable for players who have achieved the feat, but it has also awarded a few nifty prizes and gifts. In 2009, Brett "get crunk" Richey rode five final tables and 12 cashes to a Player-of-the-Series trophy, 2009 WCOOP Main Event ticket, 2010 PCA prize package, 2010 EPT Monte Carlo prize package, and a special edition PokerStars chip set. George "Jorj95" Lind III earned top honors in 2010 for his five final tables and 27 cashes. His performance landed him a Player-of-the-Series trophy, 2010 WCOOP Main Event ticket, 2011 PCA prize package, 2011 EPT Monte Carlo prize package, and a Special Edition PokerStars chip set.
Multiple Movado Watch Winners
|Terrence "Unassigned" Chan||Limit Hold'em, Limit Hold'em||$186,187.50|
|gibralter11||PLO Hi/Lo, Badugi||$95,348.25|
|John "jmonnett" Monnette||2-7 Triple Draw, Stud||$93,010|
|thehoffa||PLO Hi/Lo, 8-Game||$23,666.67|
Perhaps the most impressive SCOOP accomplishment occurred on the night of April 12, 2009. Terrence "Unassigned" Chan owned the poker world that night, winning both the medium and high buy-in of the fixed-limit hold'em six-max event.
*More details about SCOOP statistics available at the PokerStars SCOOP statistics page..
Don't forget about the 264 SCOOP tickets that will be given away in a series of five PokerStars SCOOP Freerolls in May. All you need to qualify is to earn 75 VPPs this month.