For years, online poker tournaments series were setup to cater to one group of players. Most series offered events in the $300 to $500 buy-in range. If you were lucky, you might find a series for low rollers ranging in the $50 to $150 range for buy-ins. All that changed in 2009 when Pokerstars offered the Spring Championship of Online Poker.
What is the SCOOP?
The SCOOP is a series of online events that is catered to all bankrolls. The way that this is accomplished is that every event in the series is offered in a set of three buy-ins. The low events have buy-ins ranging from $5.50 to $55 for most events. The middle events range from $55 to $530, and the high buy-in events range from $530 to $5,200. The three different buy-in events start at the same time and players can enter in as many events as they can afford.
SCOOP events are spread in all of the common games offered on Pokerstars. New to the schedule this year is a Turbo Triple Stud Event. This event allows stud based game experts the chance to show off their skills in all three stud disciplines. There are three events that can be considered “High Roller” events this year. Event #32, the Limit Hold’em 6-Max has buy-ins of $55, $530, and $5,200. Event #34 PL Omaha Six-Max offers the same buy-in levels. Event #35 is the Heads-Up Match Play NL Event with a low buy-in of $270, a medium buy-in of $2,600, and a high buy-in of $25,500. This is the largest buy-in of the SCOOP.
The SCOOP Main Event
The Main Event this year has some of the largest guarantees in online poker. The low buy-in Main Event of $109 will have a guarantee of $1 Million. The medium buy-in event with a $1,050 price tag will have a $3 Million guarantee. For those able to play in the $10,300 high buy-in Main Event, they will be treated to a guarantee of $5 Million.
Last year’s Main Event high winner, toetagU, took home a prize of $1,162,350.
Earn Your Seat
If you cannot afford to buy-in directly to an event, no problem. Pokerstars offers you multiple options to qualify for SCOOP events. The three ways are through multi-table satellites, single table satellites, and step satellites. Multi-table satellites allow you the option to buy-in for as little as a quarter or 100 FPP and award seats to events based on prize pools.
If you would rather play a smaller field, you can choose to play in single table satellites. These are usually offered at 1/10th the cost of the corresponding event and awards a seat to the winner. Some higher priced satellites offer seats to the top two finishers. In these satellites, you just have to beat up to just nine players to earn your seat.
If you are a looking for a higher buy-in event, consider step tournaments. These are a series of Sit-n-Go tournaments that allow you to work your way up in increments to a big event seat. Depending on your path, you could win a SCOOP Main Event seat for as little as $7.50 in cash. Some low level steps will take Frequent Player Points, so you could theoretically win your SCOOP seat for as little as 3 FPP.
The 2011 Spring Championship of Online Poker offers 114 total events and $45 Million in guaranteed prize money. In addition, the winner of each event will get a Movado watch commemorating the players SCOOP title. If you do not already have a Pokerstars account, head over today and sign up woth PokerStars Marketing code PSP13785 to play poker at the world’s largest poker site. Satellites are running for a seat into the Springs Championship of Online Poker.
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