This week, the most popular poker site on the internet, PokerStars, announced its 2010 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) schedule. PokerStars only has two major tournament series during the year, the SCOOP and the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), which is played in September. The 2010 SCOOP will feature three levels of buy-ins for each event at low, medium, and high stakes. Overall, there are 33 events and 99 tournaments on the schedule, starting on May 3rd and concluding on May 16th; a combined prize pool of $36 million is on the line
The event that will kick off the 2010 SCOOP will be on May 3rd at 14:00 ET with Event 1, a No Limit Hold’em Six-Max with Rebuys tournament. The low-stakes edition will have a $5.50 buy-in with a $250,000 guarantee, the medium-stakes version has a $55 buy-in and $500,000 guarantee, and the high-stakes edition will have a $530 buy-in and $1 million guarantee. That’s not the only event for Monday, as Event 2 will start at 17:00 ET, a Fixed Limit Badugi tournament. Buy-ins will range from $16.50 to $1,575 and the guarantees range from $25,000 to $75,000.
Tuesday, March 4th will have three events, starting with Event 3, the Pot Limit Five-Card Draw event. Buy-ins will be $11, $109, and $1,050 and guarantees will be $25,000, $50,000, and $75,000. Event 4 takes place at 17:00 ET with the No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Match Play. This popular event will have buy-ins set at $16.50, $162, and $1,575, corresponding to $100,000, $250,000, and $500,000 guarantees. Tuesday concludes with Event 5, a No Limit Hold’em tournament. Buy-ins to this event will be $11, $109, and $1,050 with $100,000, $200,000, and $500,000 guarantees.
The next day will see Event 6 kick off, a Mixed Hold’em Six-Max tournament. The buy-ins for this event will be $22 ($100,000 guarantee), $215 ($200,000 guarantee), and $2,100 ($400,000 guarantee). Wednesday only has one more event, a Seven-Card Stud tournament with buy-ins of $33, $320, and $3,150 and $25,000, $50,000, and $100,000 guaranteed prize pools.
There are many events on the slate for the SCOOP series that will exceed half-million dollar prize pools. The next event in the series that matches that description is Event 12, which will be played at 20:00 ET on May 7th. The event is a No Limit Hold’em 2X Chance Turbo with $16.50, $162, and $1,575 buy-ins and $250,000, $500,000, and $750,000 guarantees. The Pot Limit Omaha Six-Max Rebuy tournament’s (Event 14) high-stakes edition will have a $1,575 buy-in and a half-million dollar prize pool guaranteed.
May 9th is a huge day for the SCOOP, with two mega-events starting with Event 15, a No Limit Hold’em Big Antes tournament. Buy-ins for this one are $22 (low), $215 (medium), and $2,100 (high) and will have guarantees of $250,000, $750,000, and $750,000. Sunday concludes with the first two-day event of the 2010 SCOOP with Event 16, a No Limit Hold’em tournament. The low-stakes edition will have a $22 buy-in and a $500,000 guarantee, the medium-stakes edition will have a $215 buy-in and a $1.5 million guarantee, and the high-stakes edition will have a $2,100 buy-in and boast a $2 million guarantee.
The next day, another $500,000 guaranteed tournament will take place with Event 18, the No Limit Hold’em Four-Max event high-stakes edition. The buy-in will be $3,150 and the guarantee will be $500,000. The next day, another high-stakes event will reach a half-million dollar prize pool with Event 21, a No Limit Hold’em tournament. The buy-in to this event is $1,050 and the guarantee is $500,000.
The next “mega” event on the calendar for the 2010 SCOOP will be on May 14th for Event 26. This will be a No Limit Hold’em Cubed tournament. The low-stakes version will be $22 to enter and have a $250,000 guarantee, while the medium-stakes version will be $215 to enter with a $500,000 guarantee. High-stakes players can buy in for $2,100 and battle it out for their share of a guaranteed million bucks.
The final event of the 2010 SCOOP will be played on March 16th with the No Limit Hold’em Main Event, which will take place over two days. The low-stakes edition will require a $109 buy-in and have a $1 million guarantee. The medium stakes edition will be $1,050 and have a $3 million guarantee. Finally, the high-stakes edition will require a $10,300 buy-in and have a whopping $5 million prize pool.
The SCOOP is found exclusively at PokerStars, which is fully compatible with Mac OS X systems.