Tuesday May 22, 2012 :  POKER RECORDS FALL AT 2012 S.C.O.O.P.
Times may be tough, and the US situation difficult, but this tournament was a success
With the main event settled and the final registration numbers in, Pokerstars revealed Monday that this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) has broken records and can be classed as a major success.
The remarkable performance was achieved despite the harsh economic climate everywhere and the decimated US online poker market following Black Friday.
Pokerstars claimed a new record, with funds paid out to players across 40 events, each with three levels of stakes, totalling $65,332,179, besting the previous SCOOP record of $64,230,010 set in 2010.
SCOOP 2012 also broke the record for the highest participation ever in a PokerStars ‘Championship of Online Poker’ series (SCOOP, WCOOP, TCOOP), with a total of 526,154 entries, easily surpassing the previous best of 461,936 in SCOOP 2010.
The inaugural PokerStars MicroMillions tournament festival, which took place in March this year (see previous InfoPowa reports), holds the all-time record with a total of 1,294,883 entries.
"The fact that this year’s figures have now eclipsed the amount of participants and prize money awarded from before the US market exit, shows the continued growth of poker throughout the world, with 156 countries represented in SCOOP 2012," a Pokerstars spokesman declared