As the rest of the world prepares for one of the year’s largest online poker events, the annual PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, or SCOOP, poker players in the United States continue to be left out. That suddenly changed for online poker players in New Jersey this week after PokerStarsNJ announced NJSCOOP 2017.
The event begins at PokerStarsNJ on May 6 and runs for just over two weeks, concluding on May 22. There are 35 events on the NJSCOOP 2017 schedule, but that equals 70 tournaments. Unlike the regular SCOOP, which has three buy-in levels, the NJSCOOP will have only two.
That means there will be two tournaments at each level for a total of 70 tournaments in the event.
The two levels of buy-ins allow poker players of all budgets and bankroll levels to get in the game. For example, the main event in the high level buy-in section is a $500 No Limit Hold’em tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000.
In the low level buy-in section the main event is a $50 No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $30,000 guaranteed prize pool. The main event tournaments are scheduled to begin on May 21.
To make it even easier for players to qualify for the main event PokerStarsNJ is also offering special Spin & Go tournaments that award a seat in the high level main event, starting at only $4.
Freeroll Challenge is Running Weekly
There will also be an Main Event Freeroll challenge running weekly, and up to $8,000 worth of buy-in tickets to the main event are available in satellite tournaments . The buy-ins for the satellite tournaments run as cheap as $0.50.
PokerStarsNJ is estimating that the total prize pool for the entire NJSCOOP event will be $1.2 million.
The first tournaments on the schedule on the opening day of NJSCOOP are a $100 No Limit Hold’em tournament on the high level and a $10 No Limit Hold’em tournament on the low level. The $100 tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of $15,000, while the low level $10 tournament’s guarantee is $3,500.
As usual the NJSCOOP schedule is dominated by No Limit Hold’em, but there are other options as well with Omaha, Eight-Game and HORSE tournaments on the schedule. There are also several Hold’em variations, including knockouts, heads-up, turbo and six max events on tap.