It's coming... the event you've been waiting for. The online poker world is experiencing another huge arms race to determine global supremacy. GGPoker, partypoker, and PokerStars are slugging it out to win the hearts and minds of online poker players in the farthest reaches of the globe this spring. Each of the big dogs will host major spring tournament festivals, but PokerStars will be dwarfing everyone with their $100 million guaranteed 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP).
The 2021 version of SCOOP includes 102 numbered events with three tiers of buy-ins, so that makes 306 total tournaments. There will be six Main Events! Yes, there's a Main Event for both NL and PLO, with three tiers of buy-ins for each. Every event has a guarantee of some sort and the 2021 SCOOP has over $100 million in guaranteed prize pools with approximately $1.7 million of guarantees per day. You gotta tune in each day because you never know which event will have an overlay.
The winner of the SCOOP Main Event typically goes on to bigger and greater things. For one, to win a major online title like a SCOOP Main Event, you gotta be damn good or running insanely good like a mythical creature. Shipping the SCOOP Main Event can be a life-altering event with the champion's screen name becoming a household name overnight. Yup, the SCOOP Main Event champ becomes a superheo in an instant as their 15 minutes of fame starts ticking for the world to see. Binking a SCOOP Main Event is also a way for unknown pros to gain credibility and instant fame. And by chance a total amateur wins it... then it's an amazing story from a marketing and poker media standpoint, because who doesn't love a rags to riches story? Whomever wins the Main Event(s) this year will master one of the largest online blowouts in the known virtual poker universe during one of the craziest times in modern history.
So... 102 events... as expected there will be a little bit for everyone. The buy-ins strt as little as $2.20 for the low-tier events, which is cool because it gives everyone a shot at SCOOP glory.
Hold'em makes up the majority of events, but there's 45 Omaha tournaments, which is great for PLOmaholics. There's also some Stud, 8-Game, 5-Card Draw, Hold'em/Omaha, Triple Draw, Badugi, and of course there's some Razz for the sadists.
For short-handed fans, there's a bunch of 6-max events. And you PKO fans? Get ready for 115 KO tournaments.
Six Main Events commence on Sunday April 25, or the last Sunday in April. There's a NL Hold'em and PLO versions with three tiers of buy-ins. The 2021 SCOOP Main Event High and Medium for the old-school NL has $5 million in guaranteed prize pools.
There's numerous avenues to grab SCOOP tickets including satellites and Spin & Go's. Oh, and there's the SCOOP TICKET MACHINE, which is doling out over $1.5 million in tickets.
For more info and a schedule, head over to PokerStars blog.