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The Sunday Scoop: SCOOP and FTOPS Rule the Day
With Sunday marking both the start of the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) and the end of the 16th Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS), the majority of the Sunday majors were put on hold.
But with millions guaranteed across the board, the sheer number of six-figure scores on offer made it one of the richest Sundays in online poker history.
If one required any indication that online poker is alive and well they need to look no further than the first event on the SCOOP schedule.
After a three-way chip chop that left $5k for first and hexchen3006 with what looked like first-place money already, he booked the win, earning $57,365.43.
But that was just the beginning of the 15-day SCOOP schedule with 38 events at three different buy-in levels.
Event 1's mid-level $215 NLHE Six-Max event drew 6,783 players creating another guarantee-breaking $1,356,600 prize pool that ensured the top three players would all earn six figures. This time it was Dantes_11 who earned the title, banking $203,493.
Finally, Event 1's top-level $2,100 NLHE Six-Max event saw 788 players register, creating a $1,576,000 prize pool with $277,848.80 for first and the top four all grabbing six figures. At press time this event was still three-handed between ArbaChamesh, baloo1962 and BadcardsAA.
The second event on the SCOOP Schedule is a two-day NLHE affair that also kicked off Sunday.
At the $2,100 top level, 1,077 registered, creating a $2.154 million prize pool. Xaston has the overnight chip lead with 33 players remaining, but names like Victor Ramdin, Johan "busto_soon" Van Til, David "RugDoctor" Williams and Jonathan "Iftari" Jaffe are close.
The tournament will resume at 5 p.m. ET with first paying $387,720 and the top five finishers all booking a six-figure score.
The mid-level $215 event drew 9,632 players. Currently 72 are left with thecooler992 leading a field that includes Ari "Bodog Ari" Engel and Ryan "g0lfa" D'Angelo. Here, the top four will earn six figures with $280k reserved for first.
Finally, Event 2's low-level $22 event attracted 26,200 players, creating a $524,000 prize pool. There are 23 left with MOOSE86GGHS in the lead in the chase for a $47,160 first-place prize. All three events resume at 5 p.m. ET.
Not to be outshined, the final day of Full Tilt Poker's FTOPS XVI drew huge numbers and created a few massive prize pools of its own.
The FTOPS $2,100 Two-Day NLHE event that drew 946 entrants Saturday ended Sunday with urbandb888 taking down the title and $450k first-place prize while FTOPS #28, a $240+$16 NLHE event, drew 4,997 players with Dihxm grabbing the much sought after FTOPS jersey and $191,020 top prize.
The $150+$13 FTOPS #29 NLHE with Rebuys event also went down, attracting 1,748 players and 3,548 rebuys to the Full Tilt felt with ambiguosity outlasting the field to rake in a $192,228.90 score.
Finally, the $600+$40 FTOPS Main Event, hosted by newly inked Full Tilt Pro Annette Obrestad, drew 4,534 players.
The $3 million guaranteed prize pool ensured the top five would all earn six figures with $513,000 reserved for first place. A deal was struck five-handed and Kirbynator went on to take the title.