Weekend Tournament Wrap-Up

The Tournament Report is back after a couple week hiatus. Online poker tournaments have continued to thrive in our absence, with prize pools and guarantees being upped across the board. There was also some big new this week as PokerStars announced the schedule for the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker. The 38-event, 114-tournament, mega-series begins on May 6th. For those unfamiliar with SCOOP, the series has 38 events, each with three different tournaments of varying buy-in levels. This allows players of all bankroll levels to compete in SCOOP events. For example, event number one has $27, $215, and $2,100 buy-ins. Players could play in one, two, or all three buy-in levels if they choose to do so.
As for this week’s events, all six of our majors had nice turnouts. It seems the iPoker Sunday $200k has made a nice comeback, and is now consistently surpassing its $200,000 guarantee. Party Poker and Bwin also had a large amount of players in their biggest event, with each site gaining more than 1,200 players. Last but not least, PokerStars continued to rule the online tournament scene, as they had the three biggest events of the weekend. The Sunday Million nearly reached the $1,500,000 prize pool mark, and the Sunday500 crept even closer to its pre-Black Friday guarantee of $500,000. The final table results of all the events can be found below:Online poker tournaments again saw an uptick in attendance, as some of the biggest 먹튀사이트 fields of 2012 were amassed yesterday. With sites like PokerStars, Bwin, and iPoker all having great days, it seems online tournaments have fully recovered from last year’s crackdown on online poker. For the most part, all major events are back near (or even exceeding) their entrant and prize pool numbers from a year ago. Even with that improvement, it appears the major sites are not planning on slowing things down any time soon. PokerStars will be running a Turbo “Micro Millions” series starting March 15th. With 100 events ranging from $.10 to $22 buy-ins, the series will have a little bit of everything for the small-stakes grinder.
The European sites are also looking for big things come this summer. Attendance is really picking up on the iPoker Network as evidenced by the strong showing in their $200k championship yesterday. For an event that had been struggling a bit as of late, more than 1,100 players and a $233,200 prize pool was a great remedy. One of their competitors, Bwin Poker, continues to run the biggest non-PokerStars event of each Sunday. Their $300,000 guarantee Champion-Chip event actually surpassed the $400k mark for the first time in a while. Even better, the more than 2,100 in attendance was another high for the year. It seems like even though Stars might be the world’s number 1, there is quite the race between Party Poker, iPoker, and Bwin for the second spot.