SCOOP is a lucrative event that was launched by PokerStars in 2016. The tournament has been around for two years and continues to attract players from all over the world with its ever-increasing buy-ins. This year, it attracted $4,500,000 in guarantees with only 2 days before the start of play.
The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) at PokerStars just finished up two weeks of online poker play. For the first time, the series was broadcast concurrently on platforms in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey.
The event paid out about $6.4 million in total, much above the joint guarantee of $4.5 million. The series, which took place from March 25 to April 11, drew over 100,000 submissions over 115 events.
Officials from PokerStars were ecstatic to see such a huge attendance for the tournament.
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The PokerStars SCOOP drew a large crowd.
The success of the series follows the recent approval by authorities of an extension of the country’s interstate gaming compact to include Michigan. Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware are also included.
Next year’s SCOOP might see merged player and prize pools in New Jersey and Michigan at the very least. Meanwhile, Stars gamers were treated to a three-tiered series that appealed to players of all skill levels. The buy-ins ranged from ten dollars to two thousand dollars.
Throughout the three seasons, which saw 345 SCOOP winners, there were other success stories. Stars awarded 90 championship trophies out of them.
All three events in the $300 Main Events exceeded their guarantees. “TrypotophanMan” won $40,900 in Pennsylvania after defeating an 879-strong competition.
“iRunDaMitten” won the Michigan Main Event for $33,273 after defeating a field of 689 competitors. After defeating a field of 353, “BillHuckle” was crowned New Jersey champion, earning $18,460.
BillHuckle also took home $2,251 in the NJSCOOP Event 3-H: $100 NLHE.
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April 6, 2022 — PokerStarsUSA (@PokerStarsUSA)
Winners and statistics from the SCOOP
The SCOOP results might be a good indicator for the future of online poker in the United States. On April 10, more than $1 million was distributed across the three states for activities beginning on Main Event Sunday.
The last time Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Michigan awarded more than $1 million in a single day was on April 4, 2021. This was evident during Pennsyl-MANIA, as well as the New Jersey and Michigan Classic competitions.
The PASCOOP Event 7-L: $10 NLHE Spring Special Championship attracted the biggest SCOOP field of the year. A total of 1,519 people registered for the event.
During the tournament, a PokerStars PA representative also won big. Mark “NaigoPA” Foresta qualified for eight final tables and won two of them. The biggest payday occurred in Event 21-M: $200 NLHE, when he won $20,376 after defeating 696 competitors. Among the other award winners that stood out were:
- Daniel “monkeyman067” Sewnig of New Jersey won two events in the same event. He won the High and Low variants of NJSCOOP 10: NLHE, as well as five other final table appearances.
- In Pennsylvania, “CleggsOnGG” won the $50 Mini Main Event and made deep runs in the High Roller and Main Event. Cleggs took home more than $30,000 in total from the three tournaments.
- “thekidraf04” from New Jersey had six strong finishes, beginning with a $16,400 victory in the $1,000 High Roller Main Event. Thekid also had four final table appearances after finishing second in the Mini Main Event.