PokerStars US Reveals NJSCOOP and MISCOOP Details

PokerStars US Reveals NJSCOOP and MISCOOP Details

Three weeks ago, PokerStars and US online gaming partner FOX Bet announced the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) series for the US market. Specifically, PASCOOP handled the Pennsylvania players, and NJSCOOP and MISCOOP would offer series for the New Jersey and Michigan markets, respectively.

PASCOOP was the biggest of the three series, complete with 120 total tournaments (out of 40 original events) and more than $2M in guarantees. It kicked off on April 17 and continues to run through May 3. The first 10 events exceeded their guarantees by an average of 40%.

Since then, the numbers have continued to impress.

As a reminder, the PASCOOP Main Event is Event 36 on the schedule, and its three versions will take place on May 2. The low buy-in of $30 has a $20K guarantee on the prize pool, the medium of $75 has a $40K guarantee, and the $300 main Main Event offers a $200K guarantee. Each event permits up to five reentries per player.

And now, players in Michigan and New Jersey have their schedules, too. Both will run May 8-24, and together they will guarantee more than $3M in payouts.

MISCOOP for PokerStars Michigan

The Michigan Spring Championship of Online Poker – MISCOOP – will start on May 8 will be the state’s first iteration of SCOOP, as PokerStars Michigan just launched in late January 2021. This series will offer 40 events – each with a low, medium, and high buy-in – to total 120 tournaments and $2M in guaranteed prize pools.

Action will kick off on Saturday, May 8, with some NLHE events with buy-ins ranging from $10 to $100 and corresponding guarantees from $5K to $40K. Every day along the way will offer at least one event per day, with more action on the weekends. There are other game variations like Omaha and 8-Game, as well as structures like turbos and knockouts.

Ultimately, the Main Event on Sunday, May 23 will start at 18:00 local time and offer these options:

-Event 36-L: $30 buy-in NLHE MISCOOP Mini Main Event (5 reentries, $20K GTD)

-Event 36-M: $75 buy-in NLHE MISCOOP Mid Main Event (5 reentries, $40K GTD)

-Event 36-H: $300 buy-in NLHE MISCOOP Main Event (5 reentries, $200K GTD)

The main Main will stop after 7.5 hours and restart on Monday, May 24 to play for the win.

Everything will wrap up on Monday, May 24 with Event 40, a NLHE 6-Max PKO (progressive knockout) hyper-turbo with buy-ins of $5, $15, and $50 and corresponding guarantees of $1K, $2.5K, and $6K.

The PokerStars MI website offers information about the $15K Main Event Depositor Freeroll, daily Second Chance freerolls, Spin & Gos, all opportunities to win Main Event seats. There will also be an MISCOOP leaderboard competition with $10K in cash for the top 15 finishers ($3K for the winner).

NJSCOOP for PokerStars New Jersey

The New Jersey version of SCOOP is nothing new, as players in the Garden State already know about it. Last year’s NJSCOOP offered 48 events and $1.2M in guarantees. But the final numbers showed 33,738 tournament entries and $1,796,126 paid out.

The 2021 NJSCOOP is set for May 8-24 – same as in Pennsylvania – but with 55 events (totaling 165 tournaments) and $1.2M in guarantees for those prize pools.

The first day of the series will offer three Hold’em events, one as a progressive knockout with big stacks. Buy-ins for those nine tournaments will range from $10 to $200 and guarantees from $1.25K to $20K.

New Jersey players like mostly Hold’em, so their schedule is broken up by only a few Omaha events, though structures like PKO and Zoom do offer some variations.

As for the NJSCOOP Main Event, it also starts on May 23 at 18:00 local time.

-Event 51-L: $50 buy-in NLHE NJSCOOP Mini Main Event (5 reentries, $10K GTD)

-Event 51-M: $300 buy-in NLHE NJSCOOP Main Event (5 reentries, $100K GTD)

-Event 51-H: $500 buy-in NLHE High Roller Jersey Special (5 reentries, $20K GTD)

As you might notice, the high buy-in version of that Main is not a Main at all but a high roller. After years of catering to New Jersey players, PokerStars know what they want.

When it all wraps up, the last tournament is appropriately called the Last Chance event, a deepstacked tournament with buy-ins of $20, $30, and $75 with corresponding guarantees of $3K, $6K, and $8K.

NJSCOOP will not have a leaderboard competition but does have a Main Event Depositor Freeroll, daily Second Chance freerolls, and special Spin & Gos with seats to the Main. Details are on the PokerStars NJ website.


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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