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On May 8th, the 2011 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, will commence. This year’s running, the third overall, is monstrous. A total of 38 events will be held over the course of two weeks and, for each, three levels of buy-ins will be available: Low, Mid, and High.

In 2010, a total of $63 million was ultimately distributed across 38 SCOOP events. This year, $45 million is guaranteed and the actual prize pool is sure to soar much higher. Why should you play in the 2011 SCOOP? What’s the point? Text found on the PokerStars Blog explains, “If you’re just tuning in, SCOOP is a different kind of online tournament series. Instead of being for little, medium, or big bankrolls, it offers three buy-in levels for every one of its events. You can play one or all of them, depending on your ability to multitask and such.”

Satellites to 2011 SCOOP tournaments will kick off on March 14th on the world’s largest online poker site. On the popular poker forum PocketFives.com, several new players were looking forward to their first ever PokerStars SCOOP. One poster wrote, “Not bad. Depending on my work schedule, I may be able to get 5 or 6 events in! This will be my first ever major online poker event, or any major poker event for that matter.”

The three SCOOP Main Events will pan out on May 22nd beginning at 17:00 ET and offer a combined $9 million in prize money. Without further delay, here’s the complete 2011 PokerStars SCOOP schedule:

Sunday, May 8th

Event #1: 13:00 ET
Low: $22 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max, $300,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max, $750,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max, $1,000,000 Guaranteed

Event #2: 17:00 ET
Low: $22 No Limit Hold’em, $300,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 No Limit Hold’em, $1,500,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 No Limit Hold’em, $1,500,000 Guaranteed

Monday, May 9th

Event #3: 14:00 ET
Low: $5.50 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Rebuy, $250,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $55 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Rebuy, $500,000 Guaranteed
High: $530 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Rebuy, $750,000 Guaranteed

Event #4: 17:00 ET
Low: $16.50 Badugi, $25,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $162 Badugi, $25,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,575 Badugi, $50,000 Guaranteed

Event #5: 20:00 ET
Low: $11 Pot Limit Omaha Turbo Cubed, $75,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $109 Pot Limit Omaha Turbo Cubed, $200,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Turbo Cubed, $350,000 Guaranteed

Tuesday, May 10th

Event #6: 14:00 ET
Low: $11 Pot Limit Five Card Draw, $25,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $109 Pot Limit Five Card Draw, $50,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,050 Pot Limit Five Card Draw, $75,000 Guaranteed

Event #7: 17:00 ET
Low: $16.50 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Match Play, $100,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $162 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Match Play, $200,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,575 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Match Play, $400,000 Guaranteed

Event #8: 20:00 ET
Low: $11 No Limit Hold’em, $100,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $109 No Limit Hold’em, $300,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em, $600,000 Guaranteed

Wednesday, May 11th

Event #9: 14:00 ET
Low: $22 Mixed Hold’em Six-Max, $75,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 Mixed Hold’em Six-Max, $150,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 Mixed Hold’em Six-Max, $250,000 Guaranteed

Event #10: 17:00 ET
Low: $33 Seven Card Stud High, $25,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $320 Seven Card Stud High, $50,000 Guaranteed
High: $3,150 Seven Card Stud High, $100,000 Guaranteed

Thursday, May 12th

Event #11: 14:00 ET
Low: $22 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up Match Play, $50,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up Match Play, $100,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up Match Play, $200,000 Guaranteed

Event #12: 17:00 ET
Low: $27 No Limit Hold’em Knockout, $200,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $265 No Limit Hold’em Knockout, $400,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,600 No Limit Hold’em Knockout, $600,000 Guaranteed

Friday, May 13th

Event #13: 14:00 ET
Low: $16.50 No Limit Hold’em Ante Up, $100,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $162 No Limit Hold’em Ante Up, $200,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,575 No Limit Hold’em Ante Up, $300,000 Guaranteed

Event #14: 17:00 ET
Low: $55 Omaha High/Low, $75,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $530 Omaha High/Low, $125,000 Guaranteed
High: $5,200 Omaha High/Low, $225,000 Guaranteed

Event #15: 20:00 ET
Low: $16.50 No Limit Hold’em 2X Chance Turbo, $150,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $162 No Limit Hold’em 2X Chance Turbo, $400,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,575 No Limit Hold’em 2X Chance Turbo, $750,000 Guaranteed

Saturday, May 14th

Event #16: 14:00 ET
Low: $22 No Limit Hold’em Quadruple Shootout 10-Max, $125,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 No Limit Hold’em Triple Shootout 10-Max, $150,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Double Shootout 10-Max, $150,000 Guaranteed

Event #17: 17:00 ET
Low: $16.50 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Rebuy, $100,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $162 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Rebuy, $250,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,575 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Rebuy, $400,000 Guaranteed

Event #18: 20:00 ET
Low: $22 Triple Stud Turbo, $25,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 Triple Stud Turbo, $50,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 Triple Stud Turbo, $75,000 Guaranteed

Sunday, May 15th

Event #19: 13:00 ET
Low: $22 No Limit Hold’em, $300,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 No Limit Hold’em, $1,000,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 No Limit Hold’em, $1,000,000 Guaranteed

Event #20: 17:00 ET
Low: $22 No Limit Hold’em, $350,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 No Limit Hold’em, $2,000,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 No Limit Hold’em, $2,000,000 Guaranteed

Monday, May 16th

Event #21: 14:00 ET
Low: $16.50 No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha, $75,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $162 No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha, $150,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,575 No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha, $300,000 Guaranteed

Event #22: 17:00 ET
Low: $33 No Limit Hold’em Four-Max, $100,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $320 No Limit Hold’em Four-Max, $300,000 Guaranteed
High: $3,150 No Limit Hold’em Four-Max, $500,000 Guaranteed

Event #23: 20:00 ET
Low: $11 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Rebuy, $250,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $109 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Rebuy, $500,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Rebuy, $1,000,000 Guaranteed

Tuesday, May 17th

Event #24: 14:00 ET
Low: $11 Triple Draw 2-7, $25,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $109 Triple Draw 2-7, $50,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,050 Triple Draw 2-7, $75,000 Guaranteed

Event #25: 17:00 ET
Low: $22 Seven Card Stud High/Low, $25,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 Seven Card Stud High/Low, $75,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 Seven Card Stud High/Low, $150,000 Guaranteed

Event #26: 20:00 ET
Low: $11 No Limit Hold’em, $100,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $109 No Limit Hold’em, $300,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em, $600,000 Guaranteed

Wednesday, May 18th

Event #27: 14:00 ET
Low: $22 Razz, $25,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 Razz, $75,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 Razz, $150,000 Guaranteed

Event #28: 17:00 ET
Low: $11 No Limit Hold’em Big Antes Rebuy, $200,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $109 No Limit Hold’em Big Antes Rebuy, $400,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em Big Antes Rebuy, $600,000 Guaranteed

Thursday, May 19th

Event #29: 14:00 ET
Low: $33 Eight Game, $50,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $320 Eight Game, $100,000 Guaranteed
High: $3,150 Eight Game, $250,000 Guaranteed

Event #30: 17:00 ET
Low: $11 Pot Limit Omaha High/Low, $50,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $109 Pot Limit Omaha High/Low, $125,000 Guaranteed
High: $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha High/Low, $250,000 Guaranteed

Friday, May 20th

Event #31:14:00 ET
Low: $22 No Limit Hold’em Cubed, $300,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 No Limit Hold’em Cubed, $500,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Cubed, $800,000 Guaranteed

Event #32: 17:00 ET
Low: $55 Limit Hold’em Six-Max, $75,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $530 Limit Hold’em Six-Max, $150,000 Guaranteed
High: $5,200 Limit Hold’em Six-Max, $250,000 Guaranteed

Event #33: 20:00 ET
Low: $22 No Limit Omaha High/Low Turbo, $50,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 No Limit Omaha High/Low Turbo, $100,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 No Limit Omaha High/Low Turbo, $150,000 Guaranteed

Saturday, May 21st

Event #34: 14:00 ET
Low: $55 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max, $100,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $530 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max, $300,000 Guaranteed
High: $5,200 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max, $500,000 Guaranteed

Event #35: 15:30 ET
Low: $270 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Match Play, $300,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $2,600 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Match Play, $450,000 Guaranteed
High: $25,500 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Match Play, $600,000 Guaranteed

Event #36: 17:00 ET
Low: $22 HORSE, $50,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 HORSE, $100,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 HORSE, $150,000 Guaranteed

Sunday, May 22nd

Event #37: 13:00 ET
Low: $22 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max, $300,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $215 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max, $1,000,000 Guaranteed
High: $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max, $1,000,000 Guaranteed

2011 SCOOP Main Event: 17:00 ET
Low: $109 No Limit Hold’em, $1,000,000 Guaranteed
Mid: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em, $3,000,000 Guaranteed
High: $10,300 No Limit Hold’em, $5,000,000 Guaranteed

After making the final table of the Fifth Anniversary PokerStars Sunday Million tournament last weekend, one of the finishers will allegedly not be paid due to a violation of the Terms of Service of the site.

According to several reports, including the Netherlands’ second largest newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, the website Make Poker Legal, and the TwoPlusTwo forums, the sixth place finisher in Sunday’s historic tournament, “zeurrr,” will not receive the $518,402.33 he earned due to a dispute over who actually played the account.

The Dutch newspaper opened up the issue after seeking an interview with “zeurrr” following last weekend’s historic event.

A reporter from the newspaper apparently tried to contact Jimmy Jonker, who was supposed to be the man behind the “zeurrr” moniker, earlier this week by phone. When the reporter reached Jos Jonker, however, he claimed to be the player who took down the sixth place prize. After further investigation, it was learned by the newspaper that the 47-year-old Jos Jonker was the father of Jimmy, whose account listed him as being 19; in actuality, he was just 17.

The Terms of Service of PokerStars clearly address this issue. Under Clause 1.2, it states, “The Software is licensed to you by PokerStars for your private personal use. Please note that the Software is not for use by (i) individuals under 18 years of age, (ii) individuals under the legal age of majority in their jurisdiction, and (iii) individuals connecting to the Site from jurisdictions from which it is illegal to do so.”

Furthermore, the Terms of Service state what actions PokerStars can take if it finds that a player on the site is in violation. Under Clause 5.9, which addresses what PokerStars calls “fraudulent behavior,” it states, “PokerStars shall be entitled to take such action as it sees fit, including, but not limited to: immediately blocking a User’s access to the Service; terminating a User’s account with PokerStars; seizing the funds within a User’s account; disclosing such information (including the identity of the User) to financial institutions, relevant authorities, and/or any person or entity that has the legal right to such information; and/or taking legal action against a User.”

At the website Make Poker Legal, it is reported that a representative of PokerStars for the Netherlands appeared on a national television program to discuss the situation. The website reports that, during the interview, PokerStars rep Simon Keijzer stated, “Jimmy Jonker is registered as a 19-year-old, while he is 17-years-old at the moment… An underage person shouldn’t have played the tournament and he will not be entitled to the prize money.”

TwoPlusTwo posters have been discussing the incident fervently, as whoever was playing the “zeurrr” account was posting about it on the forum and Tweeting heavily on Sunday. By press time, a 700-post thread regarding the situation had emerged. Throughout the thread, there seemed to be a division of opinion as to whether the account should be paid the windfall.

Poster “Moximal” seemed to have a solid grasp of the situation when he posted, “He shouldn’t have been in the tournament to start with. He made the decision to play underage and took the risk. He should absolutely not be paid. The right thing for them to do is to keep the money and lock the account until he’s 18.”

Another poster, “pkz,” agreed: “PokerStars obviously has to act once this became public, otherwise there would be no point in having the TOS at all. I assume they would be able to lose their gaming license as well.”

Although it is believed that PokerStars has withheld the sixth place money “zeurrr” was able to negotiate in the nine-way chop, this is not confirmed. Attempts by Poker News Daily to obtain confirmation of PokerStars’ official decision have gone unanswered as of press time.

Early Monday morning, the battle in the Fifth Anniversary PokerStars Sunday Million came to a close, setting records for both its prize pool and player count.

Last week, when PokerStars announced that the guaranteed prize of the fifth anniversary of its Sunday Million would be $5 million, it was safe to assume that it would draw huge numbers. When the site added on a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 as another reward for the victor, it added fuel to an already sizzling fire.

By the time late registration had ended in the early rounds of the tournament, an astounding 59,128 players had coughed up the $200 buy-in to participate in the event. The prize pool – $11,825,600 – was the second largest in online poker history, eclipsed only by last year’s World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event. Adding in the cost of the car, the Fifth Anniversary PokerStars Sunday Million featured a prize pool that bested $12 million.

Even though the tournament was one of the largest online events ever, the pace of play was rapid. It took slightly less than five hours to get to the 7,450th place player, who would earn a minimum cashout of $354.76. The main goal, of course, was the top prize of over $1 million and that Italian sports car.

Seven hours into the tournament, players continued to drop by the wayside as the event reached the 1,000-player mark. Although the elimination of 58,000 players came quickly, the final 1,000 battled it out for the next five hours to determine the final table. Once “pbrsquad” was vanquished in tenth place, the final table was set.

According to the PokerStars Blog, this is where the tournament became more interesting. With “Syndrome1977” holding the chip lead with 107.7 million over “Bdbeatslayer” (92.6 million), the final table players took some shots at thinning the herd. After a few hands in which “Syndrome1977” gave up the chip lead to “wrzr123,’ the table was paused and discussion of a chop began.

After almost an hour of chatter, the players were able to divvy up the roughly $4.7 million remaining in the prize pool. Taking the lion’s share was the chip leader, “wrzr123,” who walked off with over $844,000, but every player came away from the deal with at least $263,000. Set aside as the remaining prize was the Lamborghini.

Over the span of the next hour-and-a-half, the combatants for the Lamborghini came down to two players. “Bdbeatslayer” went on a massive run after the deal was struck and came into heads-up play holding a 4-1 lead over “sheppyshape.” The duo battled for roughly another half-hour before “sheppyshape,” holding pocket sevens, committed his stack to the center of the table. Unfortunately for him, “Bdbeatslayer” held a dominating pair of nines. After an uneventful board, “Bdbeatslayer” was the victor of the largest PokerStars Sunday Million in history.

1. Bdbeatslayer – $671,093.81 and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
2. sheppyshape – $465,647.02
3. wrzr123 – $844,209.87
4. guccyka – $411,090.13
5. Syndrome1977 – $799,842.09
6. zeurrr – $518,402.33
7. nhar818 – $441,541.06
8. Jan10004 – $311,023.33
9. Battmeister – $263,888.06