SCOOP 2012: Officially open for business

SCOOP logo.gifI just had the pleasure of watching the very first two people register for the 2012 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. We saw the announcement. We saw the early schedule. Now, the events are posted in the PokerStars tournament lobby and the website is up and running. The first satellites start in less than an hour. It's official, folks.

SCOOP is open for business.

And what a business it shall be. Beginning May 6, there will be120 SCOOP tournaments spread out over 40 events. Every one of those 40 events will have a low, medium, and high buy-in. When you total up all the guarantees, you have a tournament series that's guaranteeing $30 million.

The centerpiece of the festival is the May 20th main event: three tournaments that will guarantee $5 million by themselves.

  • Low: $109 Main Event: $1 million guaranteed
  • Medium: $1,050 Main Event: $1.5 million guaranteed
  • High: $10,300 Main Event: $2.5 million guaranteed with $500,000 guaranteed for first place
  • So, what can such an event be worth to the likes of you? That half a million dollar figure isn't far off. Last year. Sami Kelopuro, won more than $500,000 in the main event's high buy-in.


    Looking back to last year, it proved to fairly impressive. In all, it hosted 114 events with 403,378 buy-ins from 107,697 players in 156 countries. In total, they won $43,165,800..

    Now it's time for 2012. Stay tuned for details on the 2012 SCOOP Player of the Series race and everything else that will be going on during the two-week festival.

    If you are a big user of PokerStars Steps tickets, SCOOP could make you very happy. Twenty-seven of the SCOOP events are priced perfectly for using Steps 1-6 tickets ($7.50, $27, $82, $215, $700 and $2,100). Qualifying has never been so easy. You can final all the satellites under Events > SCOOP > FPP Satellites / Cash Satellites.

    For now, visit the 2012 SCOOP website for the full schedule of tournament guarantees, satellites, and all you need to know about the upcoming SCOOP party.

    Good luck!

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in SCOOP