Weekend Warm-Up: It's all about SCOOP and Monaco

Five things from the week on PokerStars...

The Spring Championship of Online Poker is here.
Jason Somerville looks forward to SCOOP 2017
Kevin Hart teams up with PokerStars to "make poker fun again".
Final day for Main Event and High Roller at PokerStars Championship
Bryn Kenney walks away with €1.7m after winning Super High Roller

SCOOP is back!

There are several big stories on PokerStars this weekend, but we'll start with the one that will dominate the rest of May. The Spring Championship of Online Poker is back, with 57 events on the schedule, each with high, medium and low buy-ins.


If you're the kind of player that sees a 'COOP on PokerStars and thinks it's not for you, then let SCOOP change your mind.

Buy ins are as low as $5.50 and that's before you have change to win your seat in satellites running around the clock for each tournament on the SCOOP schedule for 2017.

It starts in earnest this Sunday, although you can get started straight away with SCOOP Event 1, Phase 1, with multiple flights running until tomorrow. You can also get started on your satellite campaign by finding satellite details in the PokerStars lobby.

Some more about SCOOP

We'll have extensive coverage of SCOOP 2017 on the PokerStars Blog, with reports of each "high" final table, as well as interviews with some of the winners behind the usernames.

You can also enjoy the SCOOP experience through the eyes of the players taking part, most notably Jason Somerville, who outlines why he's excited about this year's Championship below...

And while we're on the subject of SCOOP don't forget you have your chance to vote for the Players Choice event, where you get to pick the game, whether that's a Progressive KO, Win the Button or straight up Old Maid Hi/Lo split-8 or better*. For more details, click here.

Kevin Hart brings back the fun

Back to the other story of the week which undoubtedly focused on events in Monaco.

Amid the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo, Kevin Hart announced that he was putting the fun back into poker and teaming up with PokerStars to get it done.

He convinced us. Here's the video of the press conference he called, along with Team Pro Daniel Negreanu...

Meanwhile, back at the tables...

Back at the tables just six players remain in the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® Main Event, led going into the final day by Michael Kolkowicz.

Michael_Kolkowicz_psc_mc_5May17.jpgMichael Kolkowicz leads the Main Event

Meanwhile the High Roller event is down to 27 players, and they're led by Thomas Muehloecker, with the likes of Charlie Carrel, Adrian Mateos, Igor Kurganov, Felipe Ramos, Philipp Gruissem, Timothy Adams, and Daniel Dvoress still in the running.

They have a long day ahead, playing down to a winner. You can follow action from that, and from the Main event, by clicking here.

King Kenney

While the Main Event and High Rollers will leave Monaco with a large boost to their bankrolls, one of the big winners already this week is Bryn Kenney, who won the Super High Roller event earlier this week.

bryn_kenney_champion_monte_Carlo_5May17.jpgSuper High Roller winner Bryn Kenney

As Howard Swains wrote on the PokerStars Blog, Kenney actually does this quite a lot, making this one of the least surprising headlines of the week. Kenney, from New York, took more than €1.7 million for the win, which came against Viacheslav Buldygin, Daniel Dvoress, David Peters and Ole Schemion, among others. You can read the full story here.

* I'm afraid to say we still don't offer this game.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley. What did you think about this post? Let us know on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.