The 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is in the books. 40 events and 120 tournaments have been completed as thousands of players battled through the low, medium and high events to try and grab a piece of the massive prize-pools on offer. Our Australian players have performed well and managed to score 3 bracelets and 19 final tables before the last five events on the schedule began. The final day of the SCOOP schedule saw Pokerstars guarantee $6.5 million in prize money. The guarantee was destroyed as the last 6 tournaments had a combined prize-pool of over $14 million.
Event 36 was the all action game Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max. $55 was the cost to enter the low and Australian try_n_buy finished in 34th place for $534. The medium was still a fair chunk at $530 to play and TheHood notched up the 20th Australian final table of the 2012 SCOOP. He finished in 3rd place for a very healthy $34,050. The high was a whopping $5,300 to play and drew 134 entrants of which 18 made the money but there wasn’t an Australian amongst them.
Event 37 was back to what some call the purest form of poker; Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em. This event had high buy-ins at every stage; the low was $215 fordycent13 was Australia’s top finisher in 25th place for $2,135. The medium event got 256 people to put down the $2,100 to enter but none of our players could make it to the business stage. Only one Aussie shelled out the whopping $21,000 required to get a seat at the high event, Ben86 has just under $1.2 million in online tournament earnings but this time he was the first person to exit in 28th place.
Event 38 was the game many see as the true test of an overall poker skill set; HORSE. In the low $27, 2,256 played and it was kema56 who was the best from Oz finishing in 60th spot for $142. $134k in online tournament earnings is shjo’s total and he added $902 to that for his 22nd place finish in the $215 medium HORSE event. There was bubble agony for Adelaide’s Andy McLEOD where he finished 13th one spot off the money in the $2,100 high event. It was that man shaundeeb who took down his 4th SCOOP bracelet by winning yet another event.
Event 39 was the extremely popular No Limit Hold’em 6-Max. The low event cost $27 to enter and had a whopping 20,838 entries. Our deepest Aussie was getonthaflor who got to 22nd place before busting out but got a nice return on his investment for a $1,635 payout to add to his lifetime online tournament winnings of $57k. In the medium, $215 was the amount you needed to have to get a seat and it was a very familiar name who kept the Australian sweat alive the longest. Jonathan ”MONSTER_DONG” Karamalikis was third in Australia’s top ten online players last week and stayed tuned to see if his 25th place finish in this event for $4,181 will impact his position this week. The high event had a huge 840 player turnout for a $2,100 entry online tournament but unfortunately no Aussie will be adding to their poker balance as a result of their participation.
Event 40 was the Main Event and the finale of the SCOOP festival. No Limit Hold’em was the game and it was scheduled to be a two day affair with 15,000 in starting chips and with the blinds starting at only 25/50 it was always going to be a serious grind. The low event was $109 and had 22,128 players. Pokerstars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospeiller once again went super deep as he just missed out on a final table in 14th. New Zealand’s slavOuchka went 6 places better as he bust in 8th for a massive $19,915 score. Australia’s hunwei took down a massive amount of money in the medium buy-in $1,050 event; he showed some Aussie guts turning down a deal but eventually had to settle for third place and $296,061. Wallaby player bluesky30 dropped the $10,300 required to enter the high main event and got a return of $24,299 by finishing in 54th place to be the last local standing.
Three bracelets and twenty-one final tables is the Australian return from this year’s SCOOP festival. There was millions of dollars on the line each night of the series and plenty of our players grabbed some of the action. The names in the records books will be jotothejo, TurnRiva and djk123 as the Australian based players to take down a bracelet. From the low leader board it was bart3r who finished the highest ranked Aussie in 58th place. Australia’s favourite poker exile djk123 was 9th in the medium final standings. Kiwi player Lyndon360 finished in 20th place in the high ladder despite only playing 4 events. Who else could win the overall standings except four time bracelet winner in 2012 other than shaundeeb but it was that man again Dan “djk123” Kelly who was the closest Australian based player finishing in 6th spot to cap a fantastic series from the man originally from Virginia in the USA.
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