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Sami 'Lrslzk' Kelopuro Wins SCOOP Main Event

Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier Tops Lackluster $25K Heads-Up Field


Sami KelopuroDespite not being able to offer games to the American market, PokerStars finished a successful 2011 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on Tuesday. The series-ending $10,300 main event was won by Finland’s Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro, who has won and lost millions in the high-stakes online cash games. He outlasted a field of 380 players to take home $504,000 after a five-way deal at the final table. Kelopuro’s victory brought the 2011 SCOOP to a close after 16 days, 114 tournaments and more than $40 million in prize money dispersed.

The main event’s guaranteed prize pool— cut in half as a result of Black Friday (shrinking to $2.5 million) — was divided between 45 players, with the top five finishers all taking home at least $369,000. First place was set to receive $735,300 prior to the final-table deal.

Here is a look at the final results:

SCOOP Event No. 38 ($10,300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event)

1. Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro (Finland)— $504,691.09*
2. Tagult (Germany) — $540,125,82*
3. StigR (Norway) — $390,000.00*
4. altiFC (Germany) — $369,581.05*
5. Marius “danskemann” Olsvik (Norway) — $430,002.05*
6. Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis (United Kingdom) — $167,200.00
7. GotURead (Netherlands) — $129,200.00
8. el_klonkador (Sweden) — $91,200.00
9. Hernan “HN Kakaroto” Novick (Uruguay) — $66,500.00

In the $25,000 heads-up event, Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier bested a tiny field of just nine players. The event failed to reach its guaranteed prize pool of $250,000. Other winners from the SCOOP’s high buy-in events include Cyriel “Supa4real” Dohmen, Jason “StatusUp” Lavallee, Charlie “JIZOINT” Combes, Dan “javahound” Tarnopol, Sebastian “S.Ruthenberg” Ruthenberg, Paul “Paolo69” Foltyn, Alex Jung, Calvin “cal42688” Anderson, Elad “Gambit360” Nosimaj, and Anders “Donald” Berg.