Time flies. It's almost May, which means it's time to get ready for 2023 SCOOP! It feels like only yesterday that PokerStars launched the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), but this upcoming SCOOP will mark the 15th anniversary of your favorite spring-time rite of passage.
The coolest thing about SCOOP is that it's a popular online tournament series for every type of player. Everyone is included, not matter if you're a beginner or a seasoned pro. There's three different price points for every event, so you can take a shot at a low, medium, or high buy-in event depending on your skill level and size of your bankroll. SCOOP and their various satellites also provides you a chance to take a shot at a bigger event in order to boost your bankroll, or see how you fare against a higher level of competition.
So, let's get down to the nitty gritty. The 2023 SCOOP will begin on May 7 on PokerStars and run through May 31. This year has 121 events and a whopping $75 million in guaranteed prize pools.
Satellites are running as we speak. You can win a seat via SCOOP Fast Track which has $300,000 in added value if you choose that route. You can get in on that action for as little as $0.50. As always, there's the Special Edition Spin & Go's for the 2023 SCOOP.
"We know that SCOOP is a time of year that the poker community set aside as there is so much to play for at all levels, whether it be the prestige of a SCOOP title, the trophy, the glory, or the huge prize pools on offer," said Scott Goodall, Poker Commercial Director from PokerStars. "Now with the full schedule released we hope our players can join in our excitement and make plans whether that's to become a SCOOP champion or to follow the action and watch many be crowned this spring."
PokerStars tracks how every player does -- in each of their respective levels. There's a special prize to everyone who ends 2023 SCOOP at the top of the SCOOP Leaderboard for low, medium, and high with $100,000 at stake. There's also the special Player of the Series trophy awarded to the overall leaderboard winner. British pro Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard took home the 2022 SCOOP Player of the Series and also topped the medium SCOOP Leaderboard.
On May 28, there's six special 2023 SCOOP Main Event tournaments this year in standard no-limit hold'em and PLO at all three buy-in levels. The SCOOP Main Event has a $12.5 million guaranteed prize pool, which is the lion's share of the $75 million total guarantee.
- The Main Event low has a $109 buy-in and a $2 million guaranteed prize pool.
- The Main Event medium has a $1,050 buy-in and $4 million guarantee.
- The Main Event high has a $10,300 buy-in and $5 million guarantee.
- The PLO Main Event low has a price tag of only $109, and that has a $200K guaranteed prize pool.
- The PLO Main Event medium had a $1,050 buy-in and $500K guarantee.
- The PLO Main Event high has a $10,300 buy-in and a $800K guarantee.
At the 2022 SCOOP, PokerStars introduced the first women's only event. It was a huge success, so it will return this year. The 2023 Women's SCOOP tournament will also have three price points: $5.50 for low, $22 for medium, and $109 for high.
"SCOOP is one of the biggest online events of the year and it's great to see that women's events will be featured on the schedule again," said PokerStars Ambassador Georgina 'GJReggie' James. "Seeing them back again just goes to show how PokerStars is continuing their commitment in featuring and showcasing women in Poker. I've had a decent run at these events in the past, so I am looking forward to battling in them again."
For more info and a complete schedule, head over to PokerStars Blog.