The Southern European Championship of Online Poker (SECOOP) kick-started on October 28th, 2018 for players hailing from France, Spain and Portugal. More than 38,000 PokerStars players from the above-mentioned countries participated in 149 SECOOP events which were scheduled between October 28th and November 12th. When the grand inaugural of SECOOP was announced, a prize pool of €10 million in prize money for over 149 events was assured but to everyone's surprise, the series awarded more than €12.3 million which is a 23% jump over the initial guaranteed prize pool.
SECOOP is the newest 'COOP' on the PokerStars calendar and the inaugural event of the same was wrapped up last week. The event was a huge success with total prize pools hitting €237,375 and €149,382 for the biggest €50 Warm Up and €10 Classico events. Having told that, the entire series awarded more than €12.3 million which is 23% more than the initial assured prize pool. SECOOP 2018 indeed made a smashing debut on the calendar of PokerStars.
Befuddled, the winner of SECOOP Main Event 2018, outlived a field of 5,215 players to turn a mere €250 buy-in into the champion's prize worth €172,451. This one was followed by user - ‘bzh3135’, who won two Midnight Express tournaments back-to-back, turning a mere investment of €40 into €11,591. The combined totals of all Southern Europe series including SCOOP France and Spain, FRESH, Galactic Series, TRIO Series and SECOOP added up to more than €50 million to the shared liquidity of PokerStars.
Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovations and Operations at The Stars Group extended a heartfelt gratitude towards everyone who played in a shared liquidity offering and contributed towards the success of this mega event. Here's what he said:
Our COOP series is one of our most loved and renowned events, and we're proud that players in Southern Europe had the chance to get involved. We've hosted a variety of new series and it is amazing to see the support from our players. I want to thank everyone that has played in a shared liquidity offering for helping to create such a success.