SCOOP Main Events Shell Out $12.7 Million, Ari Wins Low-Stakes Version

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The three PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Events wrapped up on Monday and, when the smoke cleared, $12.7 million had been distributed to over 26,000 total entrants. All three Main Events more than doubled their guarantees.

We’ll start with the High-Stakes Main Event, which saw Ivan “vandir4rek” Soshnikov (pictured) emerge victorious in a $10,300 buy-in tournament from a field of 657 entrants after a three-way deal. Soshnikov is an EPT High Roller champion and followed in the footsteps of Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, who won the High-Stakes Main Event last year for about the same amount.

Heads-up play between Soshnikov and Peter “Se7enTr3y” Akery lasted an hour, with A-6 outlasting K-9 for the win. Soshnikov amassed a seven-figure score, the only one given out during any of the SCOOP Main Events this year:

1. vandir4rek $1,048,000
2. Se7enTr3y $860,000
3. Better C4ll $890,820 *3-way deal
4. M.nosbocaJ $499,320
5. Grindation $350,838 (Grindation)
6. NeverScaredB $279,225 (NeverScaredB)
7. VVVILELAAA $213,525
8. sanpri $147,825
9. sat1337en $98,550

In the Mid-Stakes Main Event, LexaLucky666held onto a 5:1 chip lead to defeat EPT Loutraki champion and WCOOP bracelet winner Zimnan Zimmy Ziyard. In fact, heads-up play lasted a scant five hands, with LexaLucky666’s pocket nines crushing Ziyard’s pocket sevens when the money went in. No deal was struck in this one:

1. LexaLucky666 $635,379.00
2. Zimmy86 $473,499.00 (Zimmy)
3. marek_heinz $333,877.50 (marek_heinz)
4. secky0222 $232,702.50
5. Four-7-Kevin $171,997.50 (Kevish)
6. €urop€an $131,527.50 (European)
7. seonkett1 $91,057.50
8. Andr the gun $50,587.50
9. 1337Gambl0r $32,376.00

Last, but certainly not least, a former #1 player in the PocketFives Online Poker Rankings, Ari Engel(pictured), won the Low-Stakes Main Event after entering heads-up play against jeppinhowith a 3:1 chip lead. The prize pool was chopped four ways and Engel recorded his first six-figure tracked online score. He is over $2.3 million in career online MTT earnings and has six World Series of Poker Circuit rings, the third highest total ever behind Alex Masek (eight) and Chris Reslock (seven):

1. BodogAri $187,669.27 (Ari)
2. jeppinho $136,418.37
3. MAKKAPAKK $172,207.27 (makkapakk)
4. MoscowNo1 $117,442.65 *4-way deal
5. camikater $75,407.50
6. vlaviusz $53,862.50
7. sksjohny $32,317.50
8. capinhabr $19,390.50
9. Didcot4 $12,927.00

This year’s SCOOP was the largest one ever, with $81 million being given out over 135 tournaments. Incredibly, every single tournament surpassed its guarantee.

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