The 2012 edition of the Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) festival on PokerStars.com is rumbling on with thousands of dollars being redistributed around the world every day. Up to Event 24 Australian based players have claimed two bracelets; jotothejo scooped in the medium Event 7 and TurnRiva took down the medium Event 15. The players Down Under have added fourteen final tables and some really big cashes including JACK-CRACK-R’s $185k in the high Event 21.
Event 25 was Fixed Limit Triple Draw 2-7. In the low $11 tournament it was the familiar handle of tollgate that was top of the Aussies as he came 37th for $80. The medium saw Australia’s fifteenth final table and oh so nearly bracelet number 3 but Filthy999 lost heads up and received $7,560 for his deep run. The high cost $1,050 to enter and it was Aussie bracelet winner TurnRiva again who went deepest he came 12th for $2,537.
Event 26 was another mixed game event this time Stud Hi/Lo. We haven’t heard that much from the Kiwi’s so far in the SCOOP but in the $27 low Phillyho represented well finishing 19th for $231. Yet again we had another SCOOP grinder finishing out highest placed in the $215 medium as bart3r placed 29th for $587. Shaun Deeb remarkably won his third event of this SCOOP series in the high $2,100 event but he had to overcome a skilled All Black to win. PerpCzech pushed the Stud expert all the way but eventually lost out heads-up to claim $27,380.
Event 27 was back to simple No Limit Hold’em. The big fields were back for the $11 low event as 19,289 registered for their shot at glory. The rise of New Zealand continued as akasherin came 20th for $347. The medium $109 event had just under a half a million dollars on the line but the most an Aussie extracted was $873 as Digz1984 finished 61st. The high was a $1,050 affair and Australia’s best finisher was rickwaa in a respectable 31st position for $4,598.
Event 28 saw the dawn of a new day in SCOOP land and it begun with Limit Razz. The low cost $27 entrance and katalivas demonstrated his ability to get the worst hand as he finished in 30th for $191. The medium event saw a familiar name, Andy MCLEOD, continue his hot SCOOP form as he finished deep in 15th for $1,062. ShellyCalls finished 9th to a bubble another final table for Australia in the $2,100 high but they received $4,455 into their PokerStars account.
Event 29 was No Limit Hold’em with Rebuys and Big Antes. The low event cost $11 and lukyl100 came 31st for a very nice return of $578. The medium was all about Dan “djk123” Kelly, the American now playing in Australia (we will stake a claim to him!), won the third Australian bracelet of the series for $73,040. The big pot that decided heads up came when both players made three of a kind with a 5 in their hand but Kelly’s ace-kicker sent most of the chips in play his way. The high event saw no Wallaby player make a mark.
Event 30 was the return of No Limit Hold’em SuperKnockout this time in 6-max format, half the entry fee is a bounty of each players head.
The low saw Berkyy go deep and finished 46th for $348 in addition to his bounty wins. The medium saw SCOOP bracelet winner jotothejo
finish top of the Aussies again but this time it was in 118th place for $434. The high was $2,100 entry and $1,025 on the head of each player. It was bluesky30 who was our top finisher in 35th for $3,523 plus any of those huge bounties he managed to claim.
Event 31 was the start of Day 12 of the marathon and the 8-Game Mix was being dealt out by the virtual dealers. The low $27 event saw southside274 do best for Team Down Under coming 40th for $202. 577 runners fancied a go at the medium $215 tournament and the very familiar name of bart3r notched up final table number 17 for Australia. His fantastic SCOOP was made even better with a third place finish for a sweet $11,828. The GPI top ranked player Bertrand “ElkY” Grospeiller finished third in the high but no Australian could join him in the money.
Event 32 was another challenging game as Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo was spread. The low $27 event drew a healthy 4,284 players and jadda17’s 24th place got them $272. The medium saw Adelaide’s Andy MCLEOD the top finisher again in 22nd place for $839 in prize money. The high cost $2,100 and New Zealand’s Lyndon360, who just missed a bracelet earlier in the series, scooped up $11,200 for his 7th spot.
Event 33 brought back No Limit Hold’em this time with one rebuy and one add on. A Kiwi, chhawes, performed admirably to take 64th and $659 in the $27 low. Perth based, Breknell, has won $158k playing online poker tournaments and added $2,654 to that by finishing 24th in the $215 medium event. Shaun Deeb added another SCOOP cash to his resume in the $2,100 high but no Aussie could join him on this occasion.
Event 34 was Limit Hold’em, a speciality not noted for excitement. The low was $55 to buy-in and an All Black was best Oceania finisher hav0cLOL went deep for 26th and $439. The medium event was a chunky $530 buy-in and groganchoker didn’t choke on the bubble as he squeezed into the money for $932. The high was a massive $5,200 entry fee and it was our favourite adopted Australian djk123 who remarkably went super deep again and added $46,500 to his PokerStars account for a 3rd place finish.
Event 35 was No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo. The low cost $27 and voguepergola came 46th for $139 for Australia. was $55 to buy-in and an All Black was best Oceania finisher hav0cLOL went deep for 26th and $439. The medium event drew 617 players and we had the 19th Australian final table through PaulSmiley who finished 8th for $2,776. On a final table of Paul’s, New Zealander KingPaulie finished third for a big score of $12,463. The high couldn’t find an Aussie cash from the 64 runners who participated.
Dan “djk123” Kelly did the Australian poker balance sheet a power of good in this SCOOP with a bracelet and yet another deep run in the most recent events. The New Zealand players are showing some decent form as well of late. Of course, those familiar Aussie names just keep popping up.
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