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Nick Grippo Wins PokerStars SCOOP $10,000 Main Event

‘GripDsNutz’ Captures $798,675 For Topping 517-Player Field


Nick Grippo The 2012 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker came to a close with the running of three main events, one at each of the low, medium and high buy-in levels. The largest of all was the $10,300 buy-in, which attracted 517 entrants to build a massive $5.17 million prize pool.

The field was littered with the biggest names in the online MTT world, with many making deep runs including Jamie “TheCronic420” Rosen in 34th place ($28,435), Ben “NeverScaredB” Wilinofsky in 31st place ($28,435), and Andre Akkari in 16th ($41,360).

Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo survived to three-handed play, where the remaining players agreed to a deal that evenly split the remaining $2.2 million in the prize pool, except for $80,000 that would be set aside for the eventual winner after the three played it out.

Grippo eliminated Polish player “sosickPL” in third place ($718,675), and after a tough heads-up battle got the last of the money in with 6Spade Suit6Heart Suit against the AHeart Suit3Diamond Suit for the win. The board ran out TSpade Suit5Club Suit2Club Suit8Diamond Suit5Spade Suit, and with that Grippo had earned the title of 2012 SCOOP main event champion, a commemorative watch and the $798,675 first prize. Canadian player “sp00led” earned $718,675 for their runner-up finish as a result of the deal made.

At the medium buy-in level, an impressive 3,567 players posted the $1,050 buy-in to build a $3,567,000 prize pool. The last player standing was suarez_BG from Bulgaria, who captured $560,019 for the win.

The low buy-in event cost only $109 to enter and drew an incredible 22,128 players, building a $2,212,800 prize pool that blew away the $1 million guarantee. A total of 3,150 players made the money in this event, but the lion’s share went to Greece’s john_tri80, who earned $198,726 after making a deal heads-up.

The 120 tournaments of the 2012 SCOOP had 526,154 total entries, the biggest number since the 461,936 in the 2010 SCOOP. This year $65,332,179 in prize money was awarded, topping PokerStars’ previous record for a series of $64,230,010.