There is no overstating it. The 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker was simply amazing. It was history's biggest online poker festival. It hosted more players than any PokerStars festival ever. It awarded more money than PokerStars has ever given out in a poker tournament series. Meanwhile, one player stood above them all as the clear and undeniable Player of the Series.
Shaun Deeb, the American expat living in Mexico, made SCOOP his personal playground for the past two weeks. Already a previous SCOOP champion, Deeb added four more titles in this series alone to become the all-time leading title-winner among all SCOOP players. Deeb played 115 of the 120 tournaments, cashed 27 times (more than anybody), made eight final tables (double his nearest opponent's four final tables), and won $237,528 in tournament prizes. The performance earned him the overall Player of the Series title and the high buy-in Player of the Series championship. For his Herculean efforts, Deeb will win an 2013 EPT Grand Final package and 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package.
While Deeb dominated the standings in those categories, he wasn't the only one picking up Player of the Series honors. PokerStars Team Online's George Lind won the low buy-in leaderboard, and C. Darwin2 won the medium leaderboard. Both players will pick up 2013 PCA packages.
While all of those players put on performances that will be remembered for ages, nobody earned more money in this year's SCOOP series than the $10,300 buy-in 2012 SCOOP main event winner GripDsNutz who pocketed $814,079 overall, including his $798,675 main event win. He was joined on the main event podium by medium main event winner suarez_BG and low main event champion john_tri80.
In all SCOOP awarded $65,332,179 in prizes and bounties over the two-week festival. Players from 156 countries put up 526,154 buy-ins, the biggest of any SCOOP in history. It was impressive by almost any measure.
Here are a few more superlatives from the past two weeks:
For all the numbers from this year's SCOOP and previous festivals, see the SCOOP stats page.
If you missed anything over the past two weeks, we've been on top of all the action. You can look back at all the coverage in our special 2012 PokerStars SCOOP news section.
Thanks to everyone for making this the biggest and best SCOOP yet.