Poker Pro Ryan Fair Wins $1.16 Million At SCOOP Main Event 2010May 19, 2010 7:29 am
Ryan “toetagU” Fair has won the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Main Event, after defeating a field of 615 players over two days to take down the title and the $1,162,350 first place prize.
As the play resumed at 5 p.m. on Day 2 of the $10,300 buy-in Main Event, just 27 hopefuls were left in the tournament but before long the sites only remaining representative, Team PokerStars pro Angel Guillen, was eliminated in 15th, just failing to make a final table cut.
With just nine playes left, the remaining contenders took their places at the final table, with Ryan “toetagU” Fair the clear chip leader.
First to hit the rails in ninth ($94,095) was Aussie Benjamin “delaney_kid” Delaney who was eliminated when his pocket 10’s ran into Q’s, shortly followed by Joe “jpmetalman” Patrick in eighth ($138,375) who had a similar problem holding pocket 10’s to his opponent’s pocket rockets.
The pocket 10’s caused further heartbreak after Sam “siola” Iola failed to win a race with them and exited in seventh for a $199,875 pay-day, while BongBob’s joy soon turned to disappointment after hitting a set with his pocket eights, only to have his opponent make a set of Jacks at the same time, and so he left the tournament in sixth ($261,375).
Danny “cpfactor” Smith picked up $332,100 for his fifth place finish, Greg “DuckU” Hobson collected $473,550 in fourth after having his pocket jacks taken out by big slick, while Brad “BradL” Lipson was eliminated in third earning an impressive $627,300 in the process.
The heads-up battle was eventually settled after Kristoffer “Sumpas” Thorsson’s pocket 7’s failed to improve against his opponent’s pocket Jack’s, and so the Swedish pro and winner of the winner of the 2009 Rookie of the Year award walked away the runner-up and $851,775 better off.
The victory and a massive $1,162,350 pay-day went to Ryan “toetagU” Fair, whose previous successes include finishing 31st at the 2009 WSOP Main Event for $253,941.