The Sunday Scoop: SCOOP Steals the Headlines

Nicolas Chouity
2010 EPT Grand Final champ Nicolas "niccc" Chouity booked a six-figure score online Sunday.

With more than $10 million in guaranteed money up for grabs on PokerStars alone, including the SCOOP main event, it was another massive Sunday online.

The day truly began when 24,417 registered for PokerStars' $20+$2 SCOOP-37-L No-Limit Hold'em event, creating a guarantee smashing $488,340 prize pool. In the end, d3pp outlasted them all to claim the $46,406 first-place prize.

In the meantime, another 6,827 signed up for the $200+$15 SCOOP-37-M NLHE event. This built a $1.365 million prize pool that outpaced PokerStars' $750k guarantee. The top three players all booked six-figure scores here with shuriken555 grabbing the title and an impressive $205k share after chopping heads up with Had to be.  

The larger $2,000+$100 drew 914 players and that was enough to push past the $750k guarantee, creating a $1.8 million prize pool. The event drew a host of big names and included a deep run by 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker.

But following a three-way chop that gave jcamby33 a $276k payday, right after 2010 EPT Grand Final champ Nicolas "niccc" Chouity busted fourth for $133k, Taknapotin went on to grab the title and $234k.

Up next on PokerStars was the SCOOP main event, starting with the $1 million guaranteed $100+$9 low version that drew an amazing 19,188 players and just missed doubling the guarantee. A total of 3,150 places were paid out of a $1.9 million prize pool, but the big cash will have to wait until today as play ended with 17 players remaining.

The fight for a $191,892.59 first-place prize will begin again at 5 p.m. ET with midjat holding the chip lead and players like Team PokerStars Pro Andre "aakkari" Akkari and 2009 WSOP Main Event final table bubble boy Jordan "Scarface_79" Smith still in the running.

The mid-level $1,000+$50 main event drew a rather large 3,675 player field to create a $3.6 million prize pool. This event stopped with 24 players left and cashclctor holding the chip lead. The top six spots all pay six figures here, with first worth an astonishing $576,975.

And finally, the $10,000+$300 high-stakes main event saw 615 players register, creating a $6,150,000 prize pool, of which a whopping $1,162,350 is reserved for first. DuckU has the overnight chip lead with 27 players left.

Both of these events will play down to a winner beginning at 5 p.m. ET as well.

SCOOP may have stolen the headlines, but it wasn't the only place online poker players could find a six figure score yesterday.

Over on Full Tilt, the $240+$16 Sunday Brawl drew an impressive 2,647 players. In the end, asudetrefla took the title and $107,468.20 top prize.

Meanwhile, Full Tilt's $750k guaranteed saw 3,497 players take a shot at a $132,787.50 first-place prize.

When all was said and done, Marsall1121 walked away with the cash and the honor of winning one of online poker's biggest titles.

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