It’s almost here, folks. Strap in, because the Spring Championship of Online Poker begins in just a few weeks.
Running May 4-18, this year’s SCOOP will host 45 events guaranteeing at least $40 million in prize money across the series. Each of those events will have three buy-ins (low, medium, and high), making sure everyone has a chance to battle for a SCOOP title. Buy-ins range from $5.50 to $10,300, and there will be satellites available for every tourney.
In all, SCOOP will have 18 different games,15 different formats, 13 tournaments with $1million or bigger guarantee, and 90 tournaments with $100k,000 or greater guarantee.
Want to hop right to your planning? The 2014 SCOOP schedule is right here.
Want to know more? Yes, you do. It’s below.
You might remember, SCOOP kicked off back in 2009, and it was an immediate hit. By last year’s SCOOP, it had become the biggest online tournament series in history. In all, it paid out more than $75 million in prize money. Even the biggest of the big dogs got involved. The infamous Viktor Blom won the high buy-in Main Event. Team Pro Daniel Negreanu won his first-ever major online title in the $5,200 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max event.
“The last two months have been the sickest run of my career,” Negreanu said at the time.
Player of the Series
You want sick? You should see the Player of the Series leader board prizes.
PokerStars will keep track of all the finishes in the low, medium, and high buy-in categories. There are lots of prizes on offer. The top player in each category gets to play in the PCA for free. The overall winner will go to Monte Carlo for the EPT11 Grand Final. (You can see all the details on the SCOOP Player of the Series page.)
Last year, Team Pro Marcin Horecki won the low tier in the Player of the Series competition. Stephen Chidwick won the medium, while Team Pro George Danzer won the high. The overall leader board title went to Eric “AceQuad” Brix who won a package to this EPT Grand Final.
You’ll have a lot of chances to win one of these titles yourself. In all, there are 135 tournaments with guarantees that go all the way up to $3 million for the high buy-in Main Event.
For full details on everything, see the 2014 SCOOP homepage.
As always, we will have coverage of every final table right here on the PokerStars Blog. Win a SCOOP event, we’ll put your name in virtual lights!
Good luck, everyone. We’ll see you at the final table.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging