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PokerStars award more than €12m in inaugural SECOOP

TAGs: European Shared Liquidity Scheme, PokerStars, SECOOP

PokerStars continues to revel in the success of the European Shared Liquidity Scheme with their recent Southern Europe Championships of Online Poker easily surpassing the €10m Guarantee.

PokerStars award more than €12m in inaugural SECOOPThe days of the Berlin Wall are long gone.

Today, we can’t see our walls.

Take the French, for example, who recently declared that the Ministry of the Armed Forces would ditch Google to prevent the Americans and Chinese from spying on them.

The land of the FIFA World Champions is not going to slice her wrist, bathe in a pool of red while sipping it from the crystal. They will not be swatted away like a fly. There will be no digital blackmail. Qwant respects your privacy, and the French will use Qwant.

Google.

Qwant.

It doesn’t matter who the French use, if the search for the word ‘poker’ they will get two returns.

1. PokerStars.

2. Man robs shop with a pillowcase over his head and a poker in his hand.

And that’s why, this week, PokerStars has announced that the first-ever Southern Europe Championships of Online Poker (SECOOP) has been a rip-roaring success.

SECOOP Drags in €12m

More than 38,000 players from France, Portugal and Spain competed in SECOOP between Oct 28 to Nov 12, with the vast majority of them coming from the land of train strikes.

The star attraction in the 149-event schedule was the €250 buy-in, €1m GTD Main Event, and it pulled in 5,215-entrants, beating the guarantee by €212,487. Across the full spectrum of events, the €10m guarantee took a stoning with €12,306,044 pulled into PokerStars’ piggy bank.

A player from France called Befuddeld won the €172,451 first prize.

SECOOP also delivered the most significant €10 and €50 buy-in events with prize pools of €237,375 and €149,382 respectively. Dav561 from France won the €50 Warm Up and Tecnicu from Spain took down the €10 Classico. There was also a standout performance from Bzh3135 from France who won back-to-back Midnight Express tournaments turning €40 into €11,591.

The shared liquidity project has been an outstanding success for PokerStars with players stumping up more than €50m across events such as FRESH, SCOOP France and Spain, TRIO Series, Galactic Series, and now SECOOP.

Meanwhile, in Italy (the rogue part of this equation), PokerStars hosted the 10th edition of the Italian Championship of Online Poker (ICOOP). The series boasted 68 events, and clawed in €4,942,126, the most significant guarantee offered in Italian online poker history. ‘SmartTrave’ won the Main Event banking €56,000.

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