Stars go for the SCOOP

J.C. Alvarado
Team PokerStars Pro J.C. Alvarado tops the list of pros still in contention for the SCOOP Main Event crown.

The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) will come to a close today with the Main Event final tables playing out on the virtual felt.

The $109 low-stakes version of the Main Event saw 18,747 entrants to start the day Sunday. Just 26 remain today and the fight will resume for the $187,470 first-place prize at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, 3198 players began the $1,050 mid-level buy-in Main Event.

Just 19 players remain now, however, with newly minted Team PokerStars Pro J.C. Alvarado headlining the list of contenders currently sitting eighth in chips.

These guys will be playing for a massive $502,086 first-place prize when things get rolling again today.

The high-stakes $10,000 buy-in Main Event drew 502 players, including some of the biggest names in poker, online and off.

They played down to 14 Sunday and when play starts up again today Full Tilt Pro Jon "PearlJammer" Turner will come in second in chips to Jonathan Delong.

Other notables in the hunt for the $963,338 pot of gold at the end of the rainbow include British online phenom Chris Moorman.

The other massive news coming out of SCOOP Sunday was the fact European Poker Tour founder and Team PokerStars Pro John Duthie made the final of the $25k Heads-Up, SCOOP's biggest buy-in tournament.

Unfortunately for Duthie, that's where he met Benny "toweliestar" Spindler, the German wunderkind who finished third at the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Spindler made quick work of Mr. EPT to grab the $310k first-place prize, leaving Duthie with a very respectable $250,000.

But the news is not all bad for the EPT crew as Hostess Kara Scott is currently making quite a splash on the live felt.

At press time, Scott had the chip lead four-handed in the Irish Open, Europe's oldest poker tournmanent.

A €600,000 first-place prize hangs in the balance there.

Check out PokerStars this afternoon after 4:30 p.m. ET to rail all the SCOOP Main Event action and PokerListings will have more on Scott and the Irish Open Tuesday.

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