Fans of tournament poker may want to keep their schedules free for the next two weeks because the latest incarnation of the PokerStars Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) is about to hit your computer screens.
This Sunday, May 10, marks the start of the 2015 SCOOP, an online festival that sees a staggering $40 million in guaranteed prize pools awarded over a 14-day period, during which time 138 multi-table tournaments will be played.
As with previous editions of the series, the 2015 SCOOP is split into three buy-in levels: Low, Medium and High. The Low events cost between $7.50 and $215 to enter (although most seem to be around the $27 mark), the Medium buy-ins range from $82 to $1,050 (most being $109 or $215), while the High buy-in events setting the elite players back between $700 and a bankroll-testing $21,000.
There’s such a wide variety of poker variants being played at SCOOP that there is literally something for everyone. No Limit Hold’em events dominate the series, but there are plenty of opportunities to showcase your Pot Limit Omaha, Badugi, Triple Draw 2-7, and Stud skills to the word. In fact, if PokerStars spreads it you can almost guarantee there will be a SCOOP event for it.
Although we’re eagerly anticipating the majority of the 2015 SCOOP events, there are two tournaments that really catch our eye, namely the Main Event and the High Roller Heads-Up.
All three buy-in levels run the High Roller on May 23, the Low costing $215 ($150,000 guarantee), the Medium setting players back $2,100 ($300,000 guarantee) and the High a cool $21,000 ($500,000 guarantee); the latter already has six players registered!
This year’s SCOOP Main Events are as big as ever, commanding buy-ins of $109, $1,050 and $10,300 and guaranteeing $1 million, $2 million and $4 million respectively.
PokerStars is running SCOOP satellites for most of the events and running them around the clock, which gives you the chance to play for huge sums of money for a small investment. It is also giving you the chance to play in the $10,300 SCOOP High Main Event for free. All you need to do is make a deposit of at least $25 using the bonus code SCOOP2015 and you’ll receive a ticket to the SCOOP All-In Shootout Deposit Raffle where there are $400,000 worth of prizes to be won.