PokerStars SCOOP 2014 Comes to an End with a Bang

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Every year, the Spring Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars provides a stage for the very best online poker players, with huge tournaments and massive wins dominating the news reels. But now it is finished, with the Main Event providing a fitting finale to what has been a scintillating season of poker.

Some might say that the Main Event didn’t quite have the star quality associated with the previous incarnation of the tournament – as all fans will remember, superstar player Viktor Blom defeated Noah Boeken in the 2013 tournament – but it still had a massive payout at the end, and provided a masterclass in how to play heads-up poker at the end of a tournament.

657 players entered the tournament, all putting down $10,300 simply for the chance to play, and by the time the field had been thinned to 60 players, some huge names were still in the mix. Then they started to fall. Mike McDonald finished 34th, Phil Ivey lost most of his chips to Calvin Anderson to finish 32nd, and Eugene Katchalov bowed out in 19th to confirm the final two tables.

Ivan Soshnikov

Ivan Soshnikov

After these two tables had been thinned further, it was left to Ivan Soshnikov (winner of the EPT Prague High Roller in 2013) and Peter Akery to play for the big prize. And it was Soshnikov who came out on top, scooping the huge $1,048,000 prize (although it would have been $1.2m had a deal not been made three-handed). Akery took home a not-too-shabby $860,000 for his second placed finish.

The SCOOP Main Event certainly showed that PokerStars really know how to put on a tournament, and left us all waiting with baited breath for the 2015 version to come around. What’s more, it showed that serious money can be made while playing poker online or on a mobile! Next up? The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) at PokerStars, which starts this September!


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