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2012 SCOOP Biggest Online Tourney Series Ever
With players in the US blocked from playing for a second straight year, a drop in attendance would have been fair to expect for the 2012 SCOOP.
Instead, the PokerStars 2012 SCOOP is now the biggest and richest online poker tournament series in history.
With a few events still ongoing but registration now closed, the official payout tally reached $65,332,179 across 120 events, beating the previous best of around $64.2 million set in 2010.
The 2012 PokerStars SCOOP has also drawn the most participants in online poker history with 526,154 entries, crushing the previous best of 461,936 in the 2010 SCOOP.
With the US market previously making up a large percentage of players, the rest of the world has picked up the slack with 156 countries represented and over 130 making cashes.
A small group of Americans who have relocated to other parts of the world have also been participating with several, including runaway Player of the Series Shaun Deeb, dominating at the tables.