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The Sunday Scoop: 2011 SCOOP Halfway Done
This Sunday the online poker MTT world was dominated by big events on PokerStars as the first half of the 2011 SCOOP came to an end.
Event 19 kicked off Sunday with Low, Medium and High variations attracting players of all levels.
Event 19 - High saw 495 players spend the $2,100 buy-in to create a prize pool of $990,000. 63 players got paid with Paolo69 of the United Kingdom finishing first for $188,100. Incredibly, eight of the 22 players who made Day 2 of this event were from the U.K. and five of them made the final table.
Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis finished 8th for $22,275 and 2009 SCOOP Mixed Hold'em champion James "Andy McLEOD" Obst finished 17th.
The Medium level of Event 19 built almost as large a prize pool as its high-stakes sibling, but it took 4,395 players to do it. With a $215 buy-in players were vying for a piece of the $879,000 prize pool, and a shot at the $138,003 first-place prize.
It took two days but Simaska outlasted the field to claim his first major score.
Event 19's low, $22 buy-in tournament absolutely crushed it's $200,000 Guarantee, ammassing a total prize pool of $410,200 from its field of 20,510.
In total over 3,500 players would get paid with $41,032 for first. Pash123 took it down, winning his second SCOOP title of 2011. He won the low version of Event 13 just one week ago when he beat over 10,000 players to win $21,298.
The high, $2,100 buy-in of Event 20 turned out to be the second-biggest event so far in this year's SCOOP. It drew 673 runners and created a total prize pool of $1,346,000. CuCbKu returned on Day 2 and went the distance, earning $253,048 and a SCOOP title. The minimum payout at that table was over $20,000.
Meanwhile, the medium buy-in variant of Event 20 saw 6,449 pay the $215 entrance fee for a shot at the huge $1,289,800 prize pool. vonBaranow was tops for $201,727.
Event 20's low buy-in drew 22,065 and created a prize pool of $441,300, well over double the $200k guarantee. dejwiz finished first, claiming the $44,141 first-place cash.
Over on Full Tilt Poker the $1 Million Guarantee went off with 2,587 runners and a swollen $1,522,000 prize pool. Germany's PreshaDroppa beat Russell "rdcrsn" Carson heads-up to take $236,339. High-Stakes regular XWINK narrowly missed the final table, finishing 11th for $15,522.