Belarus’s Alexgirs Wins Biggest SCOOP Event

By Ben Hamill - May 27 2020

Belarus’s Alexgirs Wins Biggest SCOOP Event

“Alexgirs”, an online Poker champion hailing from Belarus, has just won the largest prize of the entire 2020 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) awarded so far. The player did this by acing the SCOOP $10,300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, thereby securing a fantastic $920,596.81 in tournament prize money.

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The $10,300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event is the main attraction of the annual PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker and is regarded the ultimate in high-buy SCOOP events, as well as being prestigious and the ultimate creator of online Poker championship bragging rights! There are also medium-buy and low-bay Main Events played each year. Brazil player “HayashiJoao” won the $1,050 medium-buy Main Event and Latvia’s “auercan” came in on the lower end winning the “
low-buy, or low-tier, $109 buy-in Main Event.

Less But Also More

What makes the win by “Alexgirs” to be even more remarkable that what it is at face value is the fact that the player beat a total 415 initial entries as well as 194 re-entries to get to the ultimate champion’s flagship event prize money. Incredible too is that the final 2020 SCOOP prize pool, which this year totalled to $6.09 million, crushed the guarantee by a whopping 20%.

The original first-position prize money was originally pegged at $1,062,966.47, but this was before a deal had been struck among the final three remaining players in the game in the Main Event in question. What “Alexgirs” had essentially agreed to was a slightly lesser amount in return for locking up the leading payout of the entire tournament.  

A Three-Way Win For Sure

Second in was “pabritz” from Brazil, who pocketed $764,941.51 for his efforts, followed by Canadian online behemoth player “dynoalot” who quite frankly got the best end of a 3-way deal, getting to leave the “tables” with a prize payout of a generous $722,074.96 in tow. Considering especially the fact that the original third-place award would probably have come to no more than a dime over $567,776.18, a deal was the best way to go from the Canadian champion’s point of view.

PokerStars decided earlier on to extend the 2020 SCOOP tournament so as to extend all the way through May – this in support of those players committed to staying safe by staying home. The Poker colossus a little over a week ago declared a 132-tournaments extension to the existing format, along with an additional $50 million in guaranteed prize pools.

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