Baby steps. But. it's always a good sign when an old school tournament series returns to US soil... or at least 6% of it. It's been over a decade since the darkest days of Black Friday in April 2011, and we still have a long way to go before online poker returns to America on a large scale. For now, online poker legal in a couple of states and PokerStars is not passing on a chance to celebrate with one of their most popular online tournament series.
SCOOP aka the Spring Championship of Online Poker returns in less than two weeks. If you live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Michigan, then you have chance to fire up PokerStars to take a shot at 2023 SCOOP beginning March 17.
"We're thrilled to announce our largest series guarantee ever to players in the US," said Severin Rasset, Managing Director of PokerStars in the US. "We've made a concerted effort to ensure that this series is accessible to all players, by curating an inclusive schedule with a wide range of buy-ins. Our aim is to provide everyone with the opportunity to compete for a coveted SCOOP trophy.”
2023 SCOOP kicks off on PokerStars on March 17 which is also St. Patrick's Day. So, it's a chance to knock back whiskey and pound green beer while busting donks at the online tables.
The US-version of SCOOP can be played in two different yet concurrent festivals. There's SCOOP in Pennsylvania (aka PASCOOP) and SCOOP for a shared pool of players in New Jersey and Michigan (MI/NJSCOOP).
PASCOOP has a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million, while MI/NJSCOOP has a $3 million guaranteed prize pool.
Both versions of the US SCOOP will have 42 events. And just like the old-school SCOOP and other COOP events, there's three buy-in levels at low, medium, and high.
Buy-ins will be as low as $10 and reach $2,500 for the high rollers.
SCOOP Phase tournaments are already underway with three versions at $10, $30, and $100 for all Phase I flights. Phase II takes place on Monday, April 3.
The 2023 SCOOP Main Event begins on Sunday, April 2 in all three states, and it's a two-day affair. The SCOOP Main Event has a $300 buy-in with a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool for PASCOOP, and a $300,000 guarantee for MI/NJSCOOP.
There's also a $50 Mini Main Event, and a $2,500 High Roller Main Event also scheduled for April 2.
Satellites are already underway for as little as $1. Ya, you can't beat one buck. And what's a PokerStars online series without Spin&Gos? You can win a seat to the SCOOP Main Event for as little as $3.
There's a SCOOP Sunday Special Championship slated for March 19 with events priced at $10, $100, and $500. This is available for PA, MI, and NJ.
Mark your calendars for March 26. That's when the SCOOP KO Special Championship will take place with buy-in levels at $20, $200, and $1,000. This special KO affair is available for all three states.
Head over to PokerStars Blog or check your state's PokerStars client to find a full schedule of events.