Alvarado SCOOPs $500k win at PokerStars

J.C. Alvarado
J.C. Alvarado scooped a main event win in the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker.

Three levels of buy-ins equals three main event winners in PokerStars' Spring Championship of Online Poker this year.

Among those winners is newly minted PokerStars pro J.C. Alvarado, who took down the mid-level buy-in main event over a field of 3,198 players, while j.thaddeus won the high buy-in main event and JannotLapin won the low buy-in event.

All three PokerStars SCOOP main events started on Sunday with two days of action scheduled.

By the end of the first day, the low buy-in event had shrunk from 18,747 players to 26, the mid-level was down to 19 from 3,198, and the high-level main event was down to 12 players from 502 that started.

Jonathan Turner
PearlJammer picks up third-place money.

The biggest names returning for Day 2 of the events were Alvarado, who was sitting in the middle of the pack in the mid-level main event, and Jon "PearlJammer" Turner, who was looking for a spot at the final table of the high-level buy-in event.

Turner made a good run, but j.thaddeus, who walked into the final table with more than 1 million in chips, continued his domination to come up with the biggest win.

PearlJammer finished in third for a $527,100 cash. j.thaddeus and ragen70 battled for first place, with j.thaddeus coming up with winner for $963,338 first-place prize.

Final-table results:

Place Name Prize
1st j.thaddeus $963,338
2nd ragen70 $715,350
3rd PearlJammer $537,100
4th MazeOrBowie $402,600
5th $teveyMoney $281,120
6th Chowdahhead4 $213,350
7th actionDJ $163,500
8th Moorman1 $112,950
9th Teacuppoker $83,332

PearlJammer may not have been able to get the job done, but over in the mid-level buy-in main event, Team PokerStars Pro J.C. Alvarado was showing how it's done.

Starting out Day 2 in the middle of the 19 players remaining in the event, Alvarado made his way to the final table where he was still in the middle of the pack and staying out of big trouble. When play was down to five, he started to make his move and gained momentum to take him to the top spot.

When heads-up play began between Alvarado and ErikXP, Alvarado had a 19 million to 12.5 million chip lead. It only took a few hands before Alvarado turned that lead into a win.

The final-table results were:

Place Name Prize
1st J.C. Alvarado $502,086
2nd ErikXP $374,166
3rd Crisper $263,835
4th Ericb09 $183,885
5th weeminer $135,915
6th Phenomenon $103,935
7th Fan4mizzou $71,955
8th Hasuace $39,975
9th Teejmeister1 $25,584

The low buy-in main event had the biggest crowd of players to start with, but it didn't take long to find its final table of players on Day 2. Day 1 took 44 levels to play down to 26 players, but on Day 2, they were down to the final nine just after the start of the first-hour break.

From there, JannotLapin steered his way from the middle of the pack to the front to earn a $151,203.71 first-place prize.

The final-table results were:

Place Name Prize
1st JannotLapin $151,203.71
2nd Sador1983 $113,338.23
3rd Tiktok23 $120,327.63
4th Naxer $110,562.42
5th 75champ75 $56,241.01
6th moohaha123 $37,494.01
7th dhutt24 $26,339.54
8th dreamer_ss $16,872.31
9th xxRogexx $11,248.21

For more information about the SCOOP and other events, visit PokerStars.


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