The Sun Sets on PokerStars SCOOP 2023, With $91,906,701 Paid Out
It’s a testament to the health of the real money online poker ecosystem that operators are able to host a lengthy online poker tournament series with such enormous guarantees. The recent Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) 2023 at PokerStars is a typical example, with a whopping total of $75,000,000 in guaranteed prize money for the marathon poker fest - which ran from 7 May until 1 June - being announced before a single card had been dealt!
That’s quite a commitment, but it would be fair to say that it was a result of the brains behind PokerStars' understanding of the market as well as their faith in both their product and the industry itself. Ultimately, their judgement proved absolutely correct, with an astounding $91,906,701 paid out across 121 events.
We can add to this staggering statistic the following numerical fact: SCOOP 2023 attracted a total of 1,277,595 entries to a series that, as is now usual, offered three buy-in tiers (Low, Medium and High) in a bid to allow poker fans the chance to take part in big money tournaments, regardless of bankroll.
This way, the three SCOOP No-Limit Hold'em Main Events that kicked off on 28 May 28 had buy-ins of $109, $1,050 and $10,300 respectively, with a comprehensive satellite set-up giving everyone opportunities to qualify at bargain prices. All three events – which had combined entries of 27,356 - exceeded their guarantees.
It would seem like breaking a familiar trend to not see a Brazilian bag another prestigious title, and so it went that the eventual winner of the $10,300 SCOOP Main Event was Brazil’s Felipe "lipe piv" Boianovsky who, as well as the glory, collected a cool $1,036,199 after finishing atop the field of 587 entries. Note that the prize pool reached $5,870,000...
Latvia’s “rolandinjo” picked up $600,640 for winning the 4,206-entry $1,050 SCOOP-M Main Event, while Ukraine’s “Sodaski” succeeded in pulling off a heroic comeback to win the $109 SCOOP-L Main Event, his reward for topping a field of 22,663 players being $232,582.
SCOOP $25,000 Super High Roller
Brazil had another name on the winner’s list when Bruno “great dant” Volkmann emerged victorious in the largest buy-in tournament of the series, namely the $25,000 NLHE Super High Roller Event 113-H. The 42 players generated a prize pool of $1,030,050 that included the Brazilian’s $362,102 for first.
In fact, Brazilian poker players broke their own record for most events won by a single country, with a remarkable 89 titles increasing their previous best tally of 72, set in 2022.
Bragging rights come in all forms when it comes to poker, and the race to top the Overall SCOOP 2023 Leaderboard proved an exciting one, with Thailand’s “Fal1st” emerging as the winner, his cause helped along by racking up two SCOOP titles series. The 2020 Leaderboard winner Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira finished in second, with last year’s champion,
Patrick “pads1161” Leonard this time managing fourth.
- Overall Leaderboard: Fal1st (Thailand; $25,000)
- High Leaderboard: Tobias “Senkel92” Leknes (Norway; $15,000)
- Medium Leaderboard: Jerry “perrymejsen” Odeen (Sweden; $10,000)
- Low Leaderboard: Fal1st (Thailand; $5,000)
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