Thursday March 21, 2019 at 4:13 pm

PokerStars released the dates for the 2019 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) with the first day of events kicking off on Sunday, May 12 and concluding on May 27. As per usual, there will be low, medium, and high versions of events. Cards go in the air for the Main Event set for Sunday, May 26. Stay tuned for more details.

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Better late than never, eh? SCOOP is coming. SCOOP is coming, y'all. time to get excited, pumped up, and a little crazy about the annual spring-time rite of passage: Spring Championship of Online Poker aka SCOOP. PokerStars announced the dates for 2019 SCOOP, including the Main Event, but that's it for now. The rest of the details are hush-hush. Rest assured, there will be three levels of buy-ins for players of all categories. It doesn't matter if you're a pro, or noob, or someone who recently went busto, or one of the 1%... there's an even with the right level of buy-in for you.

Last year, the 2018 SCOOP had 61 events with over $110 million in guaranteed prize pools. This year, SCOOP should be somewhere around that number, but probably higher. PokerStars set the bar with SCOOP many moons ago and they have been trying to top themselves since then.

The 2019 SCOOP kicks off (or cards go in the air) on May 12, which is a Sunday and it will be running for 15 days concluding on May 27. The Main Event, which is always the marquee event, starts on May 26.

Tankanza from Austria is the defending champion and won the 2018 SCOOP Main Event last year for a $1.1 million score.

Winning the SCOOP Main Event can put you onto a path of glory and riches. Just ask Charlie Carrel. Back in the spring of 2017, he took down the Main Event for a $1.2 million score while playing under his online moniker Epiphany77. And it was no slouch of a final table either that included Connor 'blanconegro' Drinan, Emil 'maroonlime' Patel, Simon 'C. Darwin2' Mattson, and Harrison 'gibler321' Gimbel.

In 2016, raidalot binked the 2016 SCOOP Main Event. Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi won over $1.46 million for taking down the anchor event three years ago. He was just a mere London banker then before he took the high-stakes world by storm. Scott 'gunning4you' Seiver and Sean 'Nolez7' Winter were also at Shakerchi's final table.

In 2015, a young Italian named Mustapha 'lasagnaaammm' Kanit shipped the SCOOP Main Event for a $1.3 million score. Kanit picked off maroomlime heads-up for the title. Yeah, Patel went deep in the SCOOP Main in 2015 and 2017. Kanit's final table also included Shaun Deeb. Kanit would go on to win the Sunday Million in 2016.

During the peak of the glorious online poker boom, Jude 'j.thaddeus' Ainsworth took down the 2009 SCOOP Main Event for $963K after fading a field of 502 runners. The next year, American pro Ryan Fair aka toetagU binked $1.1 million for shipping the 2010 SCOOP Main.

Finland's Sami 'Lrslzk' Kelopuro took down the 2011 SCOOP Main Event for only $504K, in the wake of the Black Friday scandal when Stars lost most of their player base overnight in April. Nick 'GripDsNutz' Grippo shipped the 2012 SCOOP Main Event for almost $800K.

The one and only Isildur1 took down the 2013 SCOOP Main Event. Viktor Blom won a cool million for his score. And that was a couple of years after his rise to fame during the peak of the poker boom when everyone tried to figure out who was this unknown Scandi killing the high-stakes PLO games online. The return of Isilur1 to prominence also coincided with the prize pool topping seven figures once again. Russia's andir4rek won the 2014 SCOOP Main Event for a cool million.

Anyway, stay tuned for more details and info for the full 2019 SCOOP schedule.

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The World Series of Poker issued a statement today to recognize Australian pro Robert Campbell as the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year and not Daniel Negreanu. They incorrectly awarded 2019 WSOP POY to Daniel Negreanu at the conclusion of the WSOP Europe because of a error in their database. After an investigation, the WSOP discovered Negreanu got awarded POY points in an event he did not cash. Campbell wins the 2019 WSOP POY with Shaun Deeb finishing in second place and Negreanu finishing in third place.

Friday November 8, 2019 at 2:58 am
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Wednesday November 6, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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Pennsylvania, now the fifth largest state in America after edging out Illinois with 12.8 million residents, officially has online poker again when PokerStars PA went online during a soft launch on Monday. The official launch will be Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 3:02 am
2019 WSOP Europe: ElkY wins Colossus for 2nd bracelet

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Monday November 4, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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Nova Scotia's Geoffrey Hum outlasted 1,109 runners and an insanely difficult final table to win the 2019 WPT Montreal at the Playground Casino in Montreal. Hum defeated Colorado's Adedapo Ajayi heads-up to win $500,000 CAD. The rest of the stacked final table had over $46 million in career cashes including Joseph Choeng, Mike Watson, Kristen Bicknell, and Swedish pro Martin Jacobsen. Hum also won a seat into the season-ending TOC in Las Vegas in 2020.

Friday November 1, 2019 at 12:15 am
2019 WSOP Europe: Alexandros Kolonias wins 2019 Main Event for €1.13 million

Greece's Alexandros Kolonias outlasted a field of 541 players to win the 2019 WSOP Europe Event #14 €10,350 Main Event. Kolonias outlasted a final four that included Italian pro Dario Sammartino, American pro Anthony Zinno, and Germany's Class Segebrecht. Sammartino, the runner-up at the 2019 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, finished in fourth place. Anthony Zinno busted in third place. Kolonias knocked out Segebrecht to win the bracelet and €1,133,678.

Thursday October 31, 2019 at 2:01 am
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WSOP Europe Main Event: Anthony Zinno leads final 6

The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event Championship is down to the final table of six players at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Anthony Zinno is the big stack with 16.8 million. Also still alive are Dario Sammartino, Rifat Palevic, Alexandros Kolonias, Anh Do, and Class Segebrecht. On Thursday, someone will win the bracelet and €1.13 million in cash. Follow WSOP for updates starting at 2pm local time in RozVegas.

Friday October 25, 2019 at 10:32 pm
2019 WSOP Europe: Chin Wei Lim wins €100K Diamond High Roller for €2.2 million

Chin Wei Lim, a high roller from Malaysia, won his first WSOP bracelet with a victory in WSOP Europe Event #12 €100,000 Diamond High Roller. Chin Wei Lim defeated Jean-Noel Thorel heads up to win the bracelet and €2,172,104. Phil Ivey went deep with an eighth-place finish. Earlier in the week, Lim took second in the €250K Super High Roller.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 at 9:55 pm
2019 WSOP Europe: Besim Hot wins €25,500 Mixed Games, denies Phil Hellmuth Bracelet #16

Besim Hot won his first bracelet with a victory in 2019 WSOP Europe Event #10 €25,500 Mixed Games Championship. Hot outlasted a difficult final table and picked off Phil Hellmuth heads-up to win €385,911. Daniel Negreanu finished in sixth place, which propelled him into the overall lead in the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race.

Wednesday October 23, 2019 at 12:32 am
2019 WSOP Europe: Aussie pro Kahle Burns wins €25,500 Platinum High Roller

Australian pro Kahle Burns won his first bracelet with a victory in 2019 WSOP Europe Event #8 €25,500 Platinum High Roller. Burns banked a score worth €596,883 for outlasting a final table that included WSOP Main Event champ Hossein Ensan, Sam Trickett, Tim Adams, Alex Foxen, and WSOP POY Leader Robert Campbell. Burns knocked out Sam Trickett in second place and denied Trickett's decade long quest to finally win a bracelet.

Tuesday October 22, 2019 at 1:45 am
2019 WSOP Europe: Siamak Tooran, Tomas Fara, Espen Sandvik, Vangelis Kaimakamis win bracelets

Action at the 2019 WSOP Europe continued at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Espen Sandvik outlasted a mixed games final table that included Jeff Madsen and Phil Hellmuth to win WSOPE Event #5 €2,500 8-Game Mix for €75,246. Siamak Tooran outlasted a field of 111 players to win WSOP Europe Event #6 €25,500 Short Deck High Roller NL for a score worth €740,996. Tomas Fara from the Czech Republic outlasted 377 runners and won WSOPE Event #7 €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter NL for €59,904. Meanwhile, Greece's Vangelis Kaimakamis faded 766 players to win WSOPE Event #3 €1,350 Mini Main Event for €167,056.

Friday October 18, 2019 at 9:38 pm
2019 WSOP Europe: James Chen wins €250,000 Super High Roller

James Chen rallied back from a short stack at the final table to win the 2019 WSOP Europe Event #4 €250,000 Super High Roller at the King's Casino in RozVegas. Chen banked €2,844,215 and outlasted a final table that included Cary Katz, Tony G, Christoph Vogelsang, and Chin Wei Lim. Chen defeated Lim heads-up for the bracelet, which would be the first ever for Taiwan.

Thursday October 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm
2019 WSOP Europe: Dash Dudley wins another PLO bracelet

American pro Dash Dudley won his second PLO bracelet of 2019. He took down his first bracelet earlier this summer in Las Vegas at the 2019 WSOP, and he added a second one with a victory in 2019 WSOP Europe Event #2 €550 PLO by fading a field of 467 players to win €51,600. In Event #1 €350 NL Opener, Jeff Lisandro made the final table but busted in 8th place. Ukraine's Renat Bohdanov went on to win the first event at the WSOP Europe.

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