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SCOOP Day 3 -- Clayton Newman, Daniel Alaei Make Two Final Tables

Alex 'AJKHoosier' Kamberis and Gordon "holla@yoboy" Vayo Each Go Deep Twice


Daniel 'steamraise' AlaeiThe PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) events are now in full swing. The SCOOP is a 22-tournament series spread out over 11 days of action. Each tournament is offered with three different sets of buy-ins ranging from low, to mid, to high stakes. Buy-ins are offered for as little as $5.50 and can be as high as $25,500. Make sure you check out the full schedule of events.

Event No. 5 -- No-Limit Hold'em Shootout

The third day of SCOOP action kicked off with a whole bunch of sit-and-gos. Win and move into the money for a shot at a big payday, lose and wait until the next set of tournaments fired up. In the low-stakes $15 buy-in tournament, a high-stakes regular slummed it up a bit and took it down. Liberace, who finished second in WCOOP main event for a seven-figure payday, bested the field of 9,058 entrants for $24,796.

The mid-stakes tournament featured a $150 buy-in and was capped at 1,000 players. danxx1 won both of his sit-and-gos and was awarded the top prize of $27,375. Just missing out on the final table was Clayton "cnew27" Newman, who finished in 14th place. Newman fell short, but made it deep in the next two events he played.

The high-stakes $1,500 buy-in tournament was capped at 100 players and featured a stellar field of notables. The final table featured Alex "AJKHoosier1" Kamberis (10th), Peter Eastgate (ninth), Mike "Timex" McDonald (eighth), Halfrek (seventh), Fabrizio "SixthSense19" Gonzalez (sixth), Daniel "steamraise" Alaei (fifth, pictured above right), Brett "get crunk" Richey (third), and Steven "SvZff" Van Zadelhoff (second). The eventual winner was deamon10, who pocketed $45,000.

Event No. 6 -- Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha with 1 Rebuy, 1 Add-on

Gordon 'holla@yoboy' VayoThe second event of the day was all about pot-limit Omaha. The low $20 buy-in tournament generated a prize pool of $188,140 and was won by MrNyNe for $19,000 after a deal was made. Clayton Newman, who bubbled the final table earlier, had no problem in this tournament and finished second for $28,200.

The mid-stakes tournament featured a $200 buy-in and created a total prize pool of $377,800. Alex Kamberis nearly made his second final table of the day, but fizzled out in 12th place. Gordon "holla@yoboy" Vayo (pictured left) also made a run, but fell just short in 10th place. Luckily, he did much better in the high-stakes version of the tournament. Eric "Rizen" Lynch nearly took it down, but was busted by sapperjuu in second place. sapperjuu won $63,281 for his victory.

The high-stakes tournament had a $2,000 buy-in, making the prize pool $640,000. The field of 143 was stacked with known professionals and the final table reflected it. Clayton Newman scored his third cash of the day with a sixth-place finish, Daniel Alaei made his second final table of the day as well with another fifth-place finish and Gordon Vayo finished third, improving on his final table bubble earlier. The eventual winner was Andrew "Browntown19" Brown, who banked $166,400. Brown won a bracelet in a 2008 Omaha eight-or-better tournament at the WSOP.

Looking Ahead

Today's action will feature H.O.R.S.E. and no-limit hold'em tournaments starting at 2:30 and 4:30 EST.

Check out the action highlights on PokerStars TV.

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