WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST – MAY 22nd

$39,553,125
Total SCOOP prize pool from the first 32 events (96 tournaments), but with more than $15 million guaranteed still to be awarded over the final four days of competition. Players can enter events or find satellite qualifiers by logging on to PokerStars and clicking Main Lobby > Online Events > SCOOP.
More details: http://psta.rs/1EC9ra5

$1,000,000
Guaranteed first prize in the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event High, which takes place this coming Sunday at 14.30 ET. The two-day tournament has a $10,300 buy-in, $4 million guaranteed prize pool, and players can win a seat in it for free by taking part in the $400,000 SCOOP All-in Shootout Deposit Raffle on Friday, May 22 at 09.47 ET. For details of how to qualify for the Raffle go to http://psta.rs/1EC9m6b. There are also tickets to be won to the $1,050 Main Event Medium and $109 Main Event Low tournaments, which take place on Sunday at 14.30 ET.
SCOOP info: http://psta.rs/1EC9ra5

$531,258.50
Total amount won by Canadian player ‘dragonwarior’ earlier today, after the player took down SCOOP 30-H: $1,050 NL Hold’em [Super Tuesday SE] and SCOOP 33-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em [Optional Re-Entry] less than four hours apart and without any deals done at the final tables!
Blog report: http://psta.rs/1FqiMVD

HKD $25,000 (approx. US $3,225)
Buy-in to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Season 9 Main Event in Macau, which takes place May 27-31 at City of Dreams Macau. The wider festival has 13 events, which began yesterday with a $1,500 Deepstack and finishes on May 31 with a $2,500 Deepstack, as well as final tables of the Main Event, High Roller and 6-Max.
More info: http://psta.rs/1AcKGWo  

$13,000
Value of UFC 189 package up for grabs in the new Full Tilt tournament series The Stack. The deepstack festival, which takes places from May 31 to June 7, has $700,000 guaranteed across 16 low and high stakes tournaments, but with the added value of a Las Vegas holiday for two and UFC tickets to see Aldo vs McGregor for the Tournament of Champions victor.
More details: www.fulltilt.com/promotions/the-stack

€1,100
Buy-in for the inaugural Eureka Poker Tour Hamburg Main Event, which gets under way tomorrow (Friday, May 22) and continues until May 31 at the Spielbank Schenefeld. The 10-day festival features 14 events with buy-ins ranging from €60 to the €2,200 Eureka High Roller event. The €1,100 Main Event has a daily hard cap of 200 players with no alternates; updates on how many seats left will be posted daily on the Eureka Facebook page as well as at the casino and on the Eureka Poker Tour website.
More info: http://psta.rs/1QKWl2o

$250
Main Event buy-in for the Full Tilt International Poker Open’s first stop in Bray, just outside Ireland’s capital. The event runs Friday, May 22 to Sunday, May, 24.
More info: http://www.fulltilt.com/promotions/full-tilt-ipo/next-event

11
Days of poker action set for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour when it reaches Manila, Philippines on July 30. ‘PokerStars Live at City of Dreams Manila’ will host the most ambitious APPT schedule the Philpipines has ever seen.
More info: http://www.appt.com/tournaments/manila/

3
SCOOP titles won by Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier so far this year. He needs one more to tie with Shaun Deeb’s four-title haul from 2012 and two more to equal Calvin ‘cal42688’ Anderson’s current all-time record of six SCOOP victories.
Blog report: http://psta.rs/1HpUtYC

2
Number of PlaySCOOP titles won by ‘rounderintn’ from the United States. The player won Events 1 and 31, beating 518 and 104 players respectively. He picked up 14.6 million play money chips for the two wins, which is plenty to buy into the 1M buy-in PlaySCOOP Main Event this coming Sunday at 17.00 ET, which has a guaranteed prize pool of 1BN chips.

1
Award picked up last week by Full Tilt in the eCommerce category at the AIM (All Ireland Marketing) Awards 2015. The marketing team was commended for creating a compelling rebrand story. 

PODCAST OF THE WEEK
The European Poker Tour might be enjoying a summer hiatus, but for James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton there’s no such luck. The boys are back behind the mic for another EPT Not Live podcast, this week featuring Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, some memories from Monaco, and another ‘Superfan vs Stapes’ quiz.
Download it: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ept-not-live/id970248920?mt=2
https://www.pokerstars.com/ept/podcast/
https://www.pokerstars.eu/ept/podcast/

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Watch highlights of SCOOP events in the final table cards-up replays, featuring commentary from David Tuchman. See how Jason Mercier bagged his third bracelet right here: http://psta.rs/1cMZfEP