Sometimes a specific hand propels you to greatness. In this instance, pocket fives was the magical hand for Gowardo. After losing a heads-up chip lead against KoRn1337, Gowardo avoided an elimination with pocket fives for a timely double up. Gowardo’s run continued with a second double up to narrowly avoid his demise. When Gowardo found pocket fives a second time during heads-up play, it once again proved to be a magical hand. Gowardo rivered a set of fives and doubled up for a third time to re-gain the lead. Eight hands later… Gowardo won SCOOP Event #2-L and sleek new champion’s watch.
The highly-anticipated Spring Championship of Online Poker has arrived. SCOOP is all grown up now. What initially began as an auspicious and earnest tournament series has blossomed into a full-blown festival of poker with 132 different events. How big has SCOOP grown in 2013 in popularity? Many SCOOP events attract massive fields so large in size that several tournaments were spread out over two days. One of those two-day events began yesterday — Event #2-L $27 NL Hold’em. Despite the modest buy-in of $27, the prize pool swelled to $654,944.90, which smashed the $400K guarantee. Event #2-L attracted 26,678 runners. The top 3,600 places paid out, with $62,237.87 set aside for the eventual champion.
The money bubble popped mid-way through Day 1. A trio of PokerStars pros secured themselves a cash – Team PokerStars Online nkeyno (Japan), PokerStars Team Pro George Danzer (Germany), and PokerStars Team Pro Marcin “Goral” Horecki (Poland).
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