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More than $40 Million won by PokerStars Players in the 2011 Spring Championship of Online Poker

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LONDON, UK – May 25 – The 2011 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) drew to a close in the early hours of Tuesday morning, after 15 days of intense competition that saw a total of $43,165,800 awarded to PokerStars players.

The final day saw the three Main Event champions crowned. In the $10,300 High Stakes tournament, Lrslzk – better known as Finnish pro Sami Kelopuro – took the title and $504,691.09 in prize money after topping the field of 385 players, who had combined to create a prize pool of $3,800,000 – well in excess of the $2,500,000 guarantee. However, a five-way deal saw second-placed Tagult from Germany emerge as the biggest winner, pocketing $540,124.82. Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem finished 11th for $57,000.

The $1,050 Medium Stakes tournament was won by Goldenboys from the United Kingdom, who scooped the $400,800 first-place prize after defeating FiatEruditio heads-up. Goldenboys overcame 2,504 other competitors to take the biggest share of the $2,505,000 prize pool.

Meanwhile, the $109 Low Stakes tournament saw 16,782 players take to the virtual baize to create a prize pool of $1,678,200. It meant first place was worth $181,019.67, which was won by fittungen from Sweden, who defeated Luckbox4Life from the UK heads-up.

SCOOP 2011 total figures
Across the entire series there were 403,378 tournament registrations, with players from 156 different countries represented. The most successful country was Germany, which featured 18 SCOOP watch winners. The United Kingdom was second with 14 and Russia came third with 12.

Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis played dozens of events across all three levels and summed up the SCOOP experience: "SCOOP is one of the best tournament festivals of the year, because you can pick exactly what you like. You can choose the buy-in, the game, the time of day you want to play. It offers something for everyone."

Veldhuis continued: "I've played around 60 tournaments, including High, Medium and Low Stakes buy-ins... and I think the prize pools are amazing."

Player of the Series
The 2011 SCOOP Player of the Series was won by Team PokerStars Online player Anders "Donald" Berg. Donald amassed 455 points from one victory and 23 cashes (the most by any player this year), which amounted to $131,804.54 in total winnings. He wins the Player of the Series trophy, a 2011 WCOOP Main Event ticket, a 2012 PCA prize package, an EPT Grand Final prize package and a Special Edition PokerStars chipset.
An incredibly tight race for second place saw two players tie on 420 points. EDWARDHOPPER from Denmark and DazzleO from Colombia finished level on points, but EDWARDHOPPER took the second-place prize of a 2011 WCOOP Main Event ticket, a 2012 PCA prize package and a Special Edition PokerStars chipset, by virtue of the fact he won more money than DazzleO across the Series. DazzleO receives the third-place prize of a 2011 WCOOP Main Event ticket and a Special Edition PokerStars chipset.

Three players won two events this Series. They were -DrawingDad- from Germany, cal42688 from Mexico and Eleint from Austria.

For a comprehensive list of event winners from all three stakes levels, and more SCOOP statistics, go to the dedicated SCOOP Website.

Inside SCOOP
You can still watch highlights from the 2011 SCOOP festival, including analysis and reaction from Joe Stapleton, Nick Wealthall and Team PokerStars Pros, at


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