The 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), held over the past 17 days by PokerStars, has set a new world record for the richest ever online poker series with its prize pool of $91 million.

The total prize pool of $91m across 56 events (168 tournaments) smashed the previous record of $81m set during SCOOP 2014.

All three of the 2016 Main Events have also surpassed previous participation and prize pool records. The $10,000 Main Event (High) saw 824 entries generate a prize pool of just over $8 million, eclipsing last year’s 694 entries which played for a prize pool of $6.94m.

Meanwhile, the $1,000 Main Event (Med) attracted 5,026 entries and a prize pool of $4.8m, with the $100 Main Event (Low) featuring 24,591 entries and a prize pool of $2.2m.

Eric Hollreiser, PokerStars’ director of corporate communications, said the results highlight the strength of PokerStars’ flagship poker championships and the appetite that players from around the world have for the online poker series.

"This record-breaking prize pool is testament to the enduring popularity of online poker," he said.

"It’s also a result of the talented people and hard work exhibited by everyone at PokerStars, from the poker room tournaments team who put the schedule together, to the customer support teams helping our players get the most out of their experience.”