SCOOP prize pools set to pass $1 billion during 2021 series

March 22, 2021inPoker

Prize pools for tournaments in the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) will pass $1 billion when the 13th renewal of the prestigious tournament series plays out at the PokerStars tables next month.

Through its first 12 years, PokerStars players have contested prize pools of $999,353,882 in SCOOP tournaments, meaning the landmark seems certain to be passed on the series’ opening weekend. The full schedule for the annual series is due to be announced this week, with enormous guarantees certain on all of the flagship events.

An analysis of the previous 12 years’ results in SCOOP tournaments, collated for the first time at PokerStars Blog, shows the $1 billion mark is in sight. Furthermore, total entries in SCOOP tournaments seems likely to pass 10 million, with 9,280,540 having contested the 1,932 tournaments through the past 12 years.

During that period, tournament winners, representing 76 countries, have banked $151,768,253. SCOOP typically ends with Main Events costing $10,300, $1,050 and $109 to enter, and which often crown champions who win more than $1 million.

SCOOP 2009-2020

Events: 644
Tournaments: 1,932
Total entries: 9,280,540
Total prize pools: $999,353,882
Total first place prizes: $154,204,241

12 YEARS OF THE BEST

PokerStars launched SCOOP in 2009, with 22 events each played at three price points: low, medium and high, meaning a total of 66 separate tournaments. The format allowed players of all levels to sample the thrills of a major online tournament series, and SCOOP has grown consistently ever since.

By 2019, there were 73 events on the schedule, with more than 1 million entries across the 219 tournaments. Prize pools for that series hit more than $105 million, with tournament winners taking $15.6 million. In 2020, with live poker events cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, SCOOP was extended to 124 events (372 tournaments) and prize pools eclipsed $185 million.

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ENORMOUS PRIZES TO POKER’S TOP STARS

Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi: Winner of SCOOP’s biggest prize

The biggest single prize in SCOOP’s history went to the UK’s Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi, who won close to $1.5 million for taking down the 2016 “high” buy-in Main Event in 2016.

Including Shakerchi, there have been eight winners of seven-figure sums in SCOOP events, and 19 more tournaments whose winners have banked more than $500,000.

Other winners of the high buy-in Main Event include Mustapha “lasagnaammm” Kanit, Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza. The latter successfully defended his 2018 title in 2019 for a spectacular double.

SCOOP'S BIGGEST WINNERS

MULTIPLE CHAMPIONS

Calvin Anderson has won more SCOOP titles thank anyone

Shakerchi is one of 193 players to have won more than one SCOOP title. He has emerged victorious four times during SCOOP, winning tournaments in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2020. He has a way to go to reach SCOOP’s standout performer, however. The Mexico-based American Calvin “cal42688” Anderson has won 10 SCOOP titles, including two each in the SCOOP series of 2011 and 2018.

Three players have six titles apiece, including another Mexico-based American Connor “blanconegro” Drinan, who won a staggering five SCOOP tournaments during the 2020 series, the most ever won in a single year. Drinan is alongside his countryman Shaun “buck21” Buchanan and Canada’s Mike “SirWatts” Watson in the overall titles leader board.

CALVIN “CAL42688” ANDERSON’S MAGNIFICENT 10

2018 – 19H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max], $500K Gtd – $126,659.11
2018 – 26H: $1,050 FLO8 [8-Max], $125K Gtd – $26,305.31
2017 – 13H: $530 NLHE [3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, Progressive KO] – $62,919.67
2016 – 40L: $27 8-Game – $7,511.62
2015 – 13H: $2,100 Stud – $36,600.36
2014 – 38H: 2,100 HORSE – $47,065.00
2013 – 25M: $215 FL Hold’em [6-Max] – $23,643.00
2011 – 25M: $215 7 Card Stud H/L – $13,090.00
2011 – 27H: $2,100 Razz – $46,200.00
2010 – 17L: $16.50 Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys [6-Max] – $26,940.51

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ALL AROUND THE WORLD

SCOOP winners through the years have represented 76 countries. Players based in the United States won 92 titles before online poker was restricted in 2011, though displaced Americans account for many of Canada’s 179 titles as well as Mexico’s 56.

The United Kingdom tops the overall SCOOP countries leader board with 211 titles, similarly benefiting from the country’s influx of professional players from Spain and France, among others. Two Brits, Benny “RunGodlike” Glaser and Luke “lb6121” Schwartz have won five SCOOP titles each.

Other SCOOP winners have come from countries as diverse as Antigua & Barbuda, the Turks & Caicos Islands, Mongolia and the Ivory Coast.

SCOOP’S TOP PERFORMING COUNTRIES:

211 titles – UK
179 – Canada
168 – Russia
159 – Brazil
149 – Germany
92 – USA
84 – Netherlands
67 – Austria
64 – Sweden
56 – Mexico
52 – Finland

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