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SCOOP 2012 schedule released

SCOOP logo.gifBack in the days when I worked on British national newspapers (not listening in on anyone's voicemails, I hasten to add), getting scoops was the measuring stick of success. Today is a little like old times: I've got my hands on a SCOOP scoop. And while that makes me happy, you should be pretty pleased as well. Why? This breaking news sets out the much-anticipated schedule for the 2012 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker.

Thirty eight events across all disciplines, each played out with high, medium and low buy-in ranges to make 114 tournaments, allow PokerStars players to pocket huge cash prizes throughout a festival that will run Sunday May 6 through Sunday May 20.

Thumbnail image for ept tallinn_day 2_sami kelopuro.jpgHow big are those prize payouts? I'm glad you asked, because it allows me to remind you of last year's SCOOP Main Event (High) champion Sami 'Lrslzk' Kelopuro, who took home $505,000, and that was after a five-way deal at the final table. In all, more than $40 million was paid out in SCOOP 2011.

So without further delay, feast your eyes on the SCOOP 2012 schedule below. Satellites will be announced in due course:

PokerStars SCOOP 2012 Schedule

Note: Before the Tournaments Team sets things in stone, they'd like to hear from our players with feedback on the planned events. If you'd like to give feedback on what's planned, please drop the SCOOP team a line by writing to scoop@pokerstars.com

Sunday, May 6th
11:00 ET - Event 01-L: $27 (2) NL Hold'em (6-Max)
11:00 ET - Event 01-M: $215 (4) NL Hold'em (6-Max)
11:00 ET - Event 01-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold'em (6-Max)

14:30 ET - Event 02-L: $27 (2) NL Hold'em
14:30 ET - Event 02-M: $215 (4) NL Hold'em
14:30 ET - Event 02-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold'em

Monday, May 7th
11:00 ET - Event 03-L: $5.50 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Rebuys)
11:00 ET - Event 03-M: $55 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Rebuys)
11:00 ET - Event 03-H: $530 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Rebuys)

14:00 ET - Event 04-L: $7.50 (1) FL Badugi
14:00 ET - Event 04-M: $82 (3) FL Badugi
14:00 ET - Event 04-H: $700 (5) FL Badugi

17:00 ET - Event 05-L: $11 NL Hold'em (Rebuys, 2x-Turbo)
17:00 ET - Event 05-M: $109 NL Hold'em (Rebuys, 2x-Turbo)
17:00 ET - Event 05-H: $1,050 NL Hold'em (Rebuys, 2x-Turbo)

Tuesday, May 8th
11:00 ET - Event 06-L: $11 NL Draw
11:00 ET - Event 06-M: $109 NL Draw
11:00 ET - Event 06-H: $1,050 NL Draw

14:00 ET - Event 07-L: $7.50 (1) NL Hold'em (Heads-Up)
14:00 ET - Event 07-M: $82 (3) NL Hold'em (Heads-Up)
14:00 ET - Event 07-H: $700 (5) NL Hold'em (Heads-Up)

17:00 ET - Event 08-L: $27 (2) NL Hold'em (SuperKnockout, Turbo)
17:00 ET - Event 08-M: $215 (4) NL Hold'em (SuperKnockout, Turbo)
17:00 ET - Event 08-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold'em (SuperKnockout, Turbo)

Wednesday, May 9th
11:00 ET - Event 09-L: $27 (2) Mixed Hold'em (6-Max)
11:00 ET - Event 09-M: $215 (4) Mixed Hold'em (6-Max)
11:00 ET - Event 09-H: $2,100 (6) Mixed Hold'em (6-Max)

14:00 ET - Event 10-L: $27 (2) Stud
14:00 ET - Event 10-M: $215 (4) Stud
14:00 ET - Event 10-H: $2,100 (6) Stud

Thursday, May 10th
11:00 ET - Event 11-L: $27 (2) PL Omaha (Heads-Up)
11:00 ET - Event 11-M: $215 (4) PL Omaha (Heads-Up)
11:00 ET - Event 11-H: $2,100 (6) PL Omaha (Heads-Up)

14:00 ET - Event 12-L: $27 (2) NL Hold'em (Knockout)
14:00 ET - Event 12-M: $265 NL Hold'em (Knockout)
14:00 ET - Event 12-H: $2,600 NL Hold'em (Knockout)

Friday, May 11th
11:00 ET - Event 13-L: $7.50 (1) NL Hold'em (Ante Up)
11:00 ET - Event 13-M: $82 (3) NL Hold'em (Ante Up)
11:00 ET - Event 13-H: $700 (5) NL Hold'em (Ante Up)

14:00 ET - Event 14-L: $55 FL Omaha Hi/Lo
14:00 ET - Event 14-M: $530 FL Omaha Hi/Lo
14:00 ET - Event 14-H: $5,200 FL Omaha Hi/Lo

17:00 ET - Event 15-L: $27 (2) NL Hold'em (2x Chance, Turbo)
17:00 ET - Event 15-M: $215 (4) NL Hold'em (2x Chance, Turbo)
17:00 ET - Event 15-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold'em (2x Chance, Turbo)

Saturday, May 12th
11:00 ET - Event 16-L: $27 (2) NL Hold'em (10-Max, Shootout)
11:00 ET - Event 16-M: $215 (4) NL Hold'em (10-Max, Shootout)
11:00 ET - Event 16-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold'em (10-Max, Shootout)

14:00 ET - Event 17-L: $11 PL Omaha (6-Max, Rebuys)
14:00 ET - Event 17-M: $109 PL Omaha (6-Max, Rebuys)
14:00 ET - Event 17-H: $1,050 PL Omaha (6-Max, Rebuys)

17:00 ET - Event 18-L: $27 (2) Triple Stud
17:00 ET - Event 18-M: $215 (4) Triple Stud
17:00 ET - Event 18-H: $2,100 (6) Triple Stud

Sunday, May 13th
11:00 ET - Event 19-L: $27 (2) NL Hold'em
11:00 ET - Event 19-M: $215 (4) NL Hold'em
11:00 ET - Event 19-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold'em

14:30 ET - Event 20-L: $27 (2) NL Hold'em
14:30 ET - Event 20-M: $215 (4) NL Hold'em
14:30 ET - Event 20-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold'em

Monday, May 14th
11:00 ET - Event 21-L: $11 Mixed NLHE/PLO
11:00 ET - Event 21-M: $109 Mixed NLHE/PLO
11:00 ET - Event 21-H: $1,050 Mixed NLHE/PLO

14:00 ET - Event 22-L: $55 NL Hold'em (4-Max)
14:00 ET - Event 22-M: $530 NL Hold'em (4-Max)
14:00 ET - Event 22-H: $5,200 NL Hold'em (4-Max)

17:00 ET - Event 23-L: $11 PL Omaha (1R1A, Turbo)
17:00 ET - Event 23-M: $109 PL Omaha (1R1A, Turbo)
17:00 ET - Event 23-H: $1,050 PL Omaha (1R1A, Turbo)

Tuesday, May 15th
11:00 ET - Event 24-L: $11 Triple Draw 2-7
11:00 ET - Event 24-M: $109 Triple Draw 2-7
11:00 ET - Event 24-H: $1,050 Triple Draw 2-7

14:00 ET - Event 25-L: $27 (2) Stud Hi/Lo
14:00 ET - Event 25-M: $215 (4) Stud Hi/Lo
14:00 ET - Event 25-H: $2,100 (6) Stud Hi/Lo

17:00 ET - Event 26-L: $27 (2) NL Hold'em (SuperKnockout, 6-Max, Turbo)
17:00 ET - Event 26-M: $215 (4) NL Hold'em (SuperKnockout, 6-Max, Turbo)
17:00 ET - Event 26-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold'em (SuperKnockout, 6-Max, Turbo)

Wednesday, May 16th
11:00 ET - Event 27-L: $27 (2) Razz
11:00 ET - Event 27-M: $215 (4) Razz
11:00 ET - Event 27-H: $2,100 (6) Razz

14:00 ET - Event 28-L: $11 NL Hold'em (Big Antes, Rebuys)
14:00 ET - Event 28-M: $109 NL Hold'em (Big Antes, Rebuys)
14:00 ET - Event 28-H: $1,050 NL Hold'em (Big Antes, Rebuys)

Thursday, May 17th
11:00 ET - Event 29-L: $27 (2) 8-Game
11:00 ET - Event 29-M: $215 (4) 8-Game
11:00 ET - Event 29-H: $2,100 (6) 8-Game

14:00 ET - Event 30-L: $7.50 (1) PL Omaha Hi/Lo
14:00 ET - Event 30-M: $82 (3) PL Omaha Hi/Lo
14:00 ET - Event 30-H: $700 (5) PL Omaha Hi/Lo

Friday, May 18th
11:00 ET - Event 31-L: $27 (2) NL Hold'em (1R1A)
11:00 ET - Event 31-M: $215 (4) NL Hold'em (1R1A)
11:00 ET - Event 31-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold'em (1R1A)

14:00 ET - Event 32-L: $55 FL Hold'em (6-Max)
14:00 ET - Event 32-M: $530 FL Hold'em (6-Max)
14:00 ET - Event 32-H: $5,200 FL Hold'em (6-Max)

17:00 ET - Event 33-L: $27 (2) NL Omaha Hi/Lo (10-Minute Levels)
17:00 ET - Event 33-M: $215 (4) NL Omaha Hi/Lo (10-Minute Levels)
17:00 ET - Event 33-H: $2,100 (6) NL Omaha Hi/Lo (10-Minute Levels)

Saturday, May 19th
11:00 ET - Event 34-L: $55 PL Omaha (6-Max)
11:00 ET - Event 34-M: $530 PL Omaha (6-Max)
11:00 ET - Event 34-H: $5,200 PL Omaha (6-Max)

14:00 ET - Event 35-L: $27 (2) HORSE
14:00 ET - Event 35-M: $215 (4) HORSE
14:00 ET - Event 35-H: $2,100 (6) HORSE

Sunday, May 20th
11:00 ET - Event 36-L: $27 (2) NL Hold'em (6-Max)
11:00 ET - Event 36-M: $215 (4) NL Hold'em (6-Max)
11:00 ET - Event 36-H: $2,100 (6) NL Hold'em (6-Max)

12:30 ET - Event 37-L: $215 (4) NL Hold'em (Heads-Up)
12:30 ET - Event 37-M: $2,100 (6) NL Hold'em (Heads-Up)
12:30 ET - Event 37-H: $21,000 NL Hold'em (Heads-Up)

14:30 ET - Event 38-L: $82 (3) Main Event - L
14:30 ET - Event 38-M: $700 (5) Main Event - M
14:30 ET - Event 38-H: $7,500 Main Event - H

Guarantees will be announced when the series is posted to the PokerStars client.

Legend:
(1) accepts Step 1 ticket for entry
(2) accepts Step 2 ticket for entry
(3) accepts Step 3 ticket for entry
(4) accepts Step 4 ticket for entry
(5) accepts Step 5 ticket for entry
(6) accepts Step 6 ticket for entry

- 2x-Turbo: The rebuy period is 60 minutes, twice the normal length for a turbo tournament. The starting, rebuy, and add-on stacks are tailored to fit the format.
- SuperKnockout: Buy-in and knockout amounts are equivalent. For example, in Event 08-L, $13 will go to the prize pool, $13 to the knockout pool ($1 rake).
- Ante Up: In this tournament type, (invented at PokerStars), the blinds do not rise at any point in the structure. Antes are in place from the start and rise steadily.
- 2x Chance: Players may rebuy after having been busted. Each player may rebuy a maximum of one time.
- 1R1A: Players may take up to 1 rebuy and 1 add-on. Rebuys are available at any time during the rebuy period, regardless of the player's stack size.
- Big Antes: The antes, in place from the start of the tournament, are larger than normal for a NL Hold'em structure.

While that all sinks in, why not get yourself pumped up further by looking back at the PokerStars Blog's entire SCOOP 2011 coverage here.

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