SCOOP 2012: $30 million in guaranteed events underway

SCOOP logo.gifAnnnnnd, they're off! The 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker is underway.

Just yesterday, the Kentucky Derby, one of the world's most prestigious horse racing events dominated the sports world. It lasted just around two minutes. Its purse was $2,180,000.

By comparison, just a couple of minutes ago, the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker kicked off. It will last for two weeks. Its overall purse is guaranteed to reach $30,000,000. I mean, nothing against the Kentucky Derby, but it's not really that difficult to figure out which of these big events is more exciting. And I can almost guarantee none of the SCOOP players will be put down if they get injured.

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Event #1 of 2012 SCOOP kicks off

What's more, the world of the Kentucky Derby is pretty exclusive, and outside of wearing a silly hat or drinking mint juleps all day, it's pretty hard to be a part of the excitement. With SCOOP, it's pretty easy. It has buy-ins and satellites that are accessible for almost any bankroll.

The very first SCOOP event is now running with three different buy-ins and more than 15,000 people playing in early action. Registration is still open for that tournament and every other event over the next two weeks.

Here are some helpful links to guide you through SCOOP.

  • SCOOP web page
  • SCOOP schedule
  • SCOOP Player of the Series information
  • SCOOP history and statistics
  • Join Lee Jones on the rail for SCOOP
  • The PokerStars Blog will have wrap-ups of every SCOOP final table over the next couple of weeks. We'll also be featuring select winners' stories along the way. You could end up with your face on the front page if you play your cards right.

    Good luck this week to all the SCOOP players. Run hard!

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in SCOOP