Fair Scoops Seven-Figures in SCOOP Main Event
Ryan “toetagU” Fair won the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker main event Monday, collecting $1,162,350 in the process.
A pro from Coral Springs, Florida, Fair's biggest marks on the live poker scene to date were a 31st-place finish at the 2009 World Series of Poker main event that earned him $253,941 and a 13th-place finish at the World Poker Tour Festa al Lago event in 2008.
The $10,000+$300 high-stakes main event saw 615 players register Sunday, creating a $6,150,000 prize pool.
Play halted with 27 players remaining and DuckU holding the overnight chip lead.
The action resumed at 5 p.m. ET Monday and by the time they had played down to the final table, Fair found himself in the lead.
Fair took that lead into heads-up play with Kristoffer "Sumpas" Thorsson and when his jacks held against Thorsson's sevens, the title and seven-figure payday was his.
In the meantime, the mid-level $1,000+$50 main event played from 24 to a champion.
The 3,675-player field created a $3.6 million prize pool and cashclctor held the chip lead when play started again Monday.
However, he could make no better than eighth as Mr.M.M0ney went on win the title after three-way chop with cooperz0311 and Athanasios 9. Mr.M.M0ney's take was $443,137.
Finally, the $1 million guaranteed $100+$9 low version of the SCOOP main event that drew an amazing 19,188 players also played down to a winner.
midjat held the lead going into the final 17 Monday and managed to pull out the win, banking $191,892.
Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari finished fourth for $57,564.
Over two weeks and 38 events, the 2010 SCOOP saw more than $50 million in prize money awarded.
I predict that Ryan will be in the big money at the WSOP this summer in Las Vegas. He's smart, tough and determined.