SCOOP Online Poker Tournaments - FAQ and Details
SCOOP is the biggest tournament series anywhere online, with thousands of players competing every year and millions of dollars in guaranteed prizes up for grabs. Here you’ll find full information and everything you need to know about taking part. If you can’t find the answer to any questions you have, please contact Support.
The ‘Spring Championship of Online Poker’, also known as ‘SCOOP’, is an annual online poker tournament series which began in 2009. SCOOP is unique in poker in that it offers Championship-level poker events to players at all stakes levels, with buy-ins ranging from $7.50 all the way up to $21,000.
SCOOP has been designed to cater for players of all bankrolls, by offering three choices of buy-in for every event. The buy-ins range from low stakes ($7.50) to very high stakes ($21,000). Each tournament features its own guaranteed prize pool.
Anyone with an account with us in good standing can enter. You can buy in directly to any event and there will be cash and StarsCoin satellites for most of the events. The majority of the events on the SCOOP schedule accept Steps tickets for entry.
Yes, you can play in as many SCOOP tournaments as you like.
You can buy in to the satellites or the events with cash or T$. You can also purchase tickets for a selection of the tournaments with your StarsCoin via the VIP Store. The majority of the events on the SCOOP schedule have their buy-ins set to amounts in line with various Steps tournaments, and accept Steps tickets for entry. For example, a Step 2 ticket has a value of $27. All $27 SCOOP events will therefore accept a Step 2 ticket for entry. Note that this applies only to SCOOP main events and satellites. Steps tickets cannot be used as partial payment for tournament entry, and cannot be combined towards a larger entry.
In most cases, for subsequent seats after the first one you win, your account will be credited with T$ equal to the buy-in plus the fee of the target event. In some cases, where the satellite is awarding tickets, each win will earn you a ticket no matter how many times you win.
In most cases, yes. If you win a seat to a SCOOP event and then unregister from it, your account will be credited with T$ equal to the buy-in, plus the fee of that event. Unregistration will be available from the tournament lobby up until two minutes before the start of each event.
There are some satellites which do not permit unregistration from the target tournament. These satellites will provide a warning message upon registration. If you register for such a satellite and win a seat, you are committed to playing in the target tournament.
Note that this registration option applies to event seats won via satellite. Event tickets awarded via promotional tournaments must be used in that event or forfeited, as they have no value outside of the tournament to which they grant admission. If you have already been awarded a ticket for a particular event, please do not play more promotional events which award the same ticket, since if you win, the additional ticket will have no value. If you have won a promotional ticket for an event, you may continue to play cash or StarsCoin satellites, and if you win you will be awarded T$ for the value of the seat. Event tickets are not transferrable.
T$ can be used to register into any of our online tournaments, and most of our live events. See the About Tournaments page to find out more. To check your T$ balance at any time, visit the USD section of the Cashier window in the client lobby.
The VIP Club is proud to bring you VIP Bash events during SCOOP 2016, and each gives you the chance to win free SCOOP seats using your StarsCoin.
All VIP Bash qualifiers will run Saturdays at 15:00 ET throughout SCOOP, with players able to buy-in using StarsCoin.
Check out the schedule below and get ready to win SCOOP seats for less!
VIP Bash events schedule
|April 30||15:00 ET||5,000||5 seats added to the $1,000 Event 1 High|
|May 7||15:00 ET||1,000||50 seats to the $100 Event 54 Low|
|May 14||15:00 ET||1,000||50 seats to the $100 Event 54 Low|
|May 21||15:00 ET||5,000||10 seats added to the $1,000 Event 54 Medium|
Each event has a minimum guaranteed prize pool, and the event champion will receive a large portion of the event’s prize pool (the largest, depending on any deals reached at the Final Table). Additionally, each SCOOP Champion will receive a premium Movado watch which commemorates their victory.
For the SCOOP events themselves, yes, and we will be there to facilitate them. All final tables will be hosted by a senior member of our Support team, and select event final tables will be hosted by a member of our Pro players. Please note that any deal will have to leave a portion of the prize pool out of the deal to be awarded to the winner. The minimum amount to be left aside will be specified in the tournament lobby. For more details about deals, please see our poker tournament rules.
No. The intent of the satellites is to produce seats into SCOOP events and not just to distribute T$ to players. Therefore, we are prohibiting final table deals during the satellites. Play to win!
Zoom poker is a fast-paced poker format in which your opponents change every hand. This is because you play against a pool of players, instead of fixed opponents on one table. The tournament plays in a Zoom format until a certain point which will be noted in the ‘Structure’ tab of the event. At that point, the tournament dealing will change to the same as that found in a regular format.
In an [*R1A] tournament, players make take rebuys during the rebuy period regardless of how many chips they have on the table at any given time. The number before the ‘R’ in *R1A indicates the maximum number of rebuys which may be taken during the rebuy period. At the end of the rebuy period, each player may take an add-on. Typically in this type of event, the size of the initial stack, the rebuy stack(s), and the add-on stack are all identical.
Ante Up is a tournament format where the blinds stay the same (at an inconsequentially small amount – usually 5/5) while the antes increase with every level. The antes are in place from the first level and progress of play in the structure is driven by the increase in antes.
Big Antes is a tournament format with antes larger than in a normal NL tournament structure.
In Knockout tournaments, a cash bounty is placed on every entrant in the tournament. Every time you eliminate somebody, you win a cash prize!
In a Knockout tournament, every player pays an extra buy-in, which serves as that player’s bounty. For example, a Knockout tournament might have a total buy-in of $4+$1+$0.40, of which $4 goes into the regular prize pool, $1 is each player’s bounty, and $0.40 is the tournament fee.
In a Super Knockout event, the size of the Knockout bounty is the same as the buy-in amount that goes into the prize pool, so there is a bigger incentive to eliminate players.
In a Progressive Super-Knockout event, when you eliminate another player, you receive half of the bounty on their head. The other half is added to your own head, increasing the size of the bounty another player will receive for taking all of your chips!
New to SCOOP 2016, we have the Progressive Knockout format, which is similar to a Progressive Super-Knockout in that 50% of the bounty won goes to the conquering player and 50% of the bounty from the eliminated player goes onto the head of the conquering player. However, a Progressive Knockout is different from a Progressive Super-Knockout in that the buy-in to knockout ratio is 4 to 1 instead of 1 to 1. For example, with a total buy-in of $200 (not including fee) in a Progressive Super-Knockout, $100 goes to the Prize Pool while $100 goes to the Knockout (Bounty) Pool. In a Progressive Knockout, $160 goes to the Prize Pool while $40 goes to the Knockout (Bounty) Pool.
Note that Event 12 is a special case, as it’s a Players’ Choice format, with 25% of the total buy-in going to the Knockout (Bounty) Pool, so the ratio there is 3 to 1.
An interesting, fun variant of rebuy tournaments, in 5-Stack tournaments each player’s starting chips are divided into equal-sized smaller stacks. Each player then decides how many of the available stacks they want to start with, and how many to keep in reserve for later. A player can reload (add available remaining stacks) later. The total number of available stacks for each player is posted in the tournament lobby and is the same for all players in that event. There is no additional cost for adding an available stack.
For example, a participant in an 5-Stack tournament may have five stacks of 1,000 chips available, for a total of 5,000 chips. At the start of the tournament, that player may choose to play with the minimum of one stack (1,000 chips), or can choose to add any or all of their four remaining stacks at that time. During the tournament, a player can choose to add remaining stacks at any time by clicking the ‘Add Stacks’ button on the table, or ‘Add Chips’ in the dealer tray or Options menu. These buttons will only be visible if stacks are still available. Note: Stacks will be added at the end of the current hand; they will not be in play during the current hand.
If a player loses all of their chips in play, they will be offered the option to add any remaining stacks, and will be required to add at least one stack. If only one stack remains, it will be automatically added. Once a player loses all of the chips available in all of their available stacks, they are eliminated from the tournament.
A limited amount of time will be available for players to add available stacks, as specified in the tournament lobby. Any stacks which have not been added by the end of that time will automatically be added to each player’s chip total.
You can see how many stacks a player has available by scrolling over their name in the lobby player list, or by scrolling over the ‘stack’ symbol by their seat at the table. If no symbol appears by a player’s seat, they have used all of their available stacks.
In SCOOP 2016, there are several ‘5-Stack’ Events.
New to SCOOP 2016, Mix-Max is a format in which the number of players per table changes during the tournament. This year in Event 47, for the first half (roughly) of the tournament, there will be 9 players per table. At a certain point, the tournament will pause and all players remaining will be moved to a 6-Max continuation of the same tournament with their chip stacks intact, and the event will then finish to completion. This will be accomplished using Phase technology, though Event 47 is not a Phase tournament in the sense of there being multiple Phase 1s, etc. For each stake level (L, M, H) of Event 47, there will be only one Part 1 (9-Max) and one Part 2 (6-Max).
Event 51 is a Phase Event.
A Phased tournament is one in which some number of levels at the beginning of the tournament are played non-concurrently from the end of the tournament, for different groups of players. Players can chose from different starting phases that begin at different times. Each starting phase will play the same amount of time, and then all remaining players will later combine in a single, larger tournament. Phased tournaments allow the schedule flexibility normally associated with smaller-field tournaments, while still enjoying the large prize pools associated with larger-field tournaments. Chip counts at the end of Phase 1 will be carried over into the next round.
For example, a tournament might have Phase 1 on Friday at 12:00, another Phase 1 on Saturday at 12:00, and then conclude with a Phase 2 tournament on Sunday at 12:00. Entrants would play for a specified number of levels (or until elimination) on Friday and/or Saturday, and all players that survive would combine to finish the tournament at 12:00 on Sunday.
When you enter a Phased tournament you must ensure that you will be available to play in the future phases, as you cannot unregister from Phase 2 (or beyond) in Phased tournaments.
Phased tournaments allow for multiple entries into the first phases. For example, if you play Phase 1 and are eliminated, you may enter another Phase 1 and start again at the beginning. You cannot qualify for the next round more than once, so if you survive Phase 1, you will then be unable to enter another Phase 1 leading to the same Phase 2. Note that if you survive Phase 1 with even one chip, you will still advance to Phase 2, and will not be able to play another Phase 1.
Most of the high-profile tournaments seen on TV are essentially phased tournaments, with the entry phases usually referred to as Day 1A, Day 1B, Day 1C, etc.
The payouts in this event will be significantly deeper than in most other tournaments, with at least 20% of the field winning cash awards.
Event 12 (originally Event 15) is the “Players’ Choice” event. Players were given the opportunity to nominate their favorite formats, and once the nominations were tallied up, Voting Booths were created and players voted for formats in each stake level. The tournaments in the client which are part of Event 12 are the formats which won the highest number of votes at each stake level.
You must be 18 years of age or of legal age of majority in your jurisdiction, whichever is greater.
The standard Tournament Rules apply. In case of dispute, our decision is final.
Will there be final table replays for the SCOOP tournaments?
Yes, the final tables of the SCOOP events will be replayed with hole cards exposed.
We wanted the name of the tournament series to refer to the time of year at which it would take place. As the majority of our players live in the Northern hemisphere, we decided that Spring Championship of Online Poker would be an appropriate name. We apologize for any confusion or offense caused to our Southern Hemisphere players. Hopefully during SCOOP, spring will be in the air!
If you have any questions about SCOOP that are not covered here, contact Support.
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