SCOOP Smashes $30M Guarantee, Deeb Dominates

Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb has cashed in with two victories so far in the 2012 SCOOP on PokerStars.

The 2012 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is only half done but it has already crushed its $30 million overall guarantee.

With the numbers in for 21 of the 40 scheduled events, the 2012 SCOOP has generated $32,599,494 in prizes. And that number is expected to more than double with a week of tournaments and the main event still to come.

Sitting atop the leaderboard, thanks to two outright victories and a slew of cashes, is Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb.

But Deeb isn’t the only one who’s notched multiple wins so far in this series.

High-stakes legend Viktor “Isildur1” Blom wowed fans this week, overcoming a field of over 8,200 to win his first major online poker tournament and following it up with a win in the high buy-in tier of Event 3 just two days later.

Even more unbelievable, both players are currently still alive in Event 20 with just 21 players remaining at time of publishing.

Deeb, Blom Hunting Third 2012 SCOOP Title

Right now Shaun Deeb is in the lead for 2012 SCOOP Player of the Year with 430 points, trailed by Uruguay’s joacowalter in second with 275 and Viktor Blom in third with 250.

But depending on what happens today on PokerStars, Blom could close that gap in a big way.

Viktor Blom
Viktor Blom joins Shaun Deeb as the only players to win two SCOOP titles so far in 2012.

Deeb and Blom are among the 21 players remaining in the high buy-in tier of Event 20, $2,100 No-Limit Hold’em.

Also in the top 10 on the overall SCOOP Leaderboard are online MTT legends Anders “donald” Berg from Norway and Calvin “cal42688” Anderson, an American currently playing out of Mexico.

Anderson won two SCOOPs in the space of 24 hours last year, and Berg is the proud owner of three WCOOP titles.

But with almost half of the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker still to go, expect the leaderboard landscape to undergo some big changes.

$32 Million Awarded, 153 Countries Represented

This year’s SCOOP is hardly more than half done and already it’s massively exceeded expectations.

More than 280,000 individual entries have been recorded from players in 153 countries around the world.

In excess of 100,000 unique players have entered SCOOP events so far.

It’s too early to tell how this year’s totals will stack up against the 2011 SCOOP but it’s clear that they will surpass what we saw in the SCOOP one year ago.

In 2011 a total of $43 million was awarded over 37 events, each of which had a low, medium and high buy-in tier.

Stay tuned to our Poker News Section for continuing coverage of the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars.

About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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