SCOOP: Pros rowdy for championship kickoff

scoop2009_thn.gifThe PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker kicks off in a little more than 48 hours and it has amateurs and pros alike foaming at the mouth.

"Every big player I've talked to has cleared their schedule for the SCOOP," said Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu.

With $30 million guaranteed over 66 tournaments, SCOOP has already become appointment poker for low-limit grinders and top name pros. Beginning April 2 at 2:30pm ET, SCOOP offers three different buy-ins across 22 events. No longer is the big championship only available to people with deep pockets. You can play the first event for $5.50, $55, or $530. It's up to you.

Negreanu, who is not necessarily the easiest guy to impress, is already making his voice heard on the subject. "There is literally something for everyone, as each tournament offered throughout the series is played at three diffferent buy in levels. There is something for the low roller, the high roller, and the grinders. There are just so many cool events offered at the SCOOP, plenty of hold'em for the hold'em nuts, but for a guy like me, I love the variety."

If you don't want to just take Negreanu's word for it, you can turn your ear to Barry Greenstein. Again, he's a guy who doesn't easily impress. Again, he's pretty happy with how SCOOP looks.

"PokerStars is tournament central," Greenstein said. "And they've done it again."

Done what? Well, PokerStars has created a tournament series like you just won't see anywhere else. It's an accessible series with a ton of variety.

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"Personally, I am looking forward to the big buy-in tournaments that occur each day, especially the $10,000 HORSE, the $4,000 8-game, the $25,000 heads-up No-Limit Hold'em, and the $10,000 main event," Greenstein said. "I hope to SCOOP up some money over this two week period."

Negreanu and Greenstein are both excited to see what kind of turnout the events get.

Negreanu said, "It's hard to figure how many entries there will be at the three different buy in levels, but PokerStars is throwing down some hefty guarantees in the tournaments. I plan on playing almost daily, and I'll be giving it my all. That 8 game mixed tournament has my name written all over it!"

Greenstein is wondering how many people will go the full Monty on Scoop.

"I am curious to see how many players play all three stake levels every day," he said.

You can see a full schedule of events at the PokerStars SCOOP page. We will be covering every final table for every buy-in beginning with the April 2 events.

In the meantime, you can find satellites running all the time in the PokerStars Tournament lobby under EVENTS - SCOOP.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in SCOOP