PokerStars’ Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is returning to Michigan, where the acronym is extended to MISCOOP, for a second year after a successful debut in 2021. And among the three states where PokerStars operates, Michigan is positioned as the porridge Goldilocks chose.
Pennsylvania has PASCOOP prize pool guarantees totaling $2 million, New Jersey has $1 million in NJSCOOP guarantees, and MISCOOP sits in the middle at $1.5 million.
Making this spring’s series unique, ’Stars is running all three SCOOPs simultaneously, from March 25 to April 11. It’s still a long way from the interstate player pooling that the online poker community continues to wait for, but the three-state simul-series will provide an interesting numerical glimpse at what a single series combining the trio of populations could look like.
From $10 to $1,000, and all points in between
Every SCOOP tournament is offered in each state at low, medium, and high buy-in levels, with 345 tournaments in all among Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
The buy-ins range from $10 all the way to $1,000 for the High Roller Main Event. There’s also a $300 buy-in Main Event that plays out over two days, as well as a $50 Mini Main Event.
“It’s so exciting to see more SCOOP events than ever on the PokerStars calendar for this year’s Spring Championship,” PokerStars Ambassador Jennifer Shahade said in a press release. “The community gets so excited and engaged when SCOOP comes around, and it’s always been perceived as being one of the most prestigious online tournaments around the world.”
As always, players hoping to compete without paying full freight can satellite in, with those qualifying tournaments costing as little as $1 — or $3 in the case of SCOOP Spin & Gos. And on April 3 and 11, PokerStars will run depositor freerolls awarding a total of $16,000 worth of Main Event tickets to Michigan players.
In a fun twist, players who enter a MISCOOP event before April 9 and don’t cash will receive a “second chance freeroll ticket,” giving them a shot to play their way into another MISCOOP tournament.
The bulk of the series is made up of no-limit hold’em tournaments, but there are also two pot-limit Omaha tournaments, one PLO/8 event, one H.O.R.S.E. tourney, one 8-game mix, and a razz competition — with each of those split into three buy-in levels.