There is so much opportunity available to online poker players to strike it rich and win huge payouts because online poker operators are constantly coming up with poker festivals that feature huge guaranteed prize pools.
Poker players will have a great opportunity to win big cash prizes at the 2019 Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) which takes place from May 12-27. PokerStars will once again run its popular SCOOP tournament which will have a record $75 million in total guaranteed prize money, with at least $1 million guaranteed daily throughout the tournament.
The 2019 SCOOP festival will feature 67 events categorized in three levels.
SCOOP has been sticking to their goal of allowing players of all levels to get in on the action by introducing the Low, Medium and High buy-ins in each of the events. No-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, 5-Card PLO, 2-7 Single Draw, Progressive KO events and Win the Button are just some of the poker variants and formats that players can expect throughout the action-packed series.
Six Main Events
While every event will definitely carry huge prize pools, the main highlight of the tournament will be the six SCOOP Main Events, with buy-ins of $109, $1,050 and $10,300. The events will feature both no-limit hold’em (NLHE) and pot-limit Omaha (PLO) formats, and are expected to attract massive fields.
The Main Events take place on May 26, with the NLHE 8-Max Low, Medium and High Main Events starting the action, guaranteeing $2.5 million, $4 million and $5 million respectively.
The PLO Main Event trio each offers $250,000, $500,000 and $1 million.
Last year, Germany’s “Cashcid Linc” outlasted 26,360 players to win the $109 Low Main Event. The German pro walked away with $267,584 for his first-place victory. The Medium level ($1,050 buy-in) was claimed by Hungarian player “Wildace_hun”, who topped a field of 5,508 entries to take home the top prize of $783,166. The biggest winner was “Tankaza” of Austria, who took down the $10,300 buy-in High SCOOP Main Event. The Austria pro was the ultimate survivor, besting 654 entries and going home with $1,133,160.
Satellites
SCOOP is offering players the chance to qualify for a number of events through satellites which started running on April 15. There will also be special Spin & Go’s available at PokerStars which will award winners with SCOOP tickets. Players can choose from three buy-ins: in the $2 buy-in games, players can win up to $1,050 worth of tickets, while $10,300 Main Event entries are up for grabs in the $22 editions. Players can win up to $1 million in cash, along with SCOOP Main Event entries in the $215 special edition.
SCOOP Leaderboards
The top players throughout the series will once again be rewarded with cash prizes via the SCOOP Leaderboards. For each event that a player cashes in, he or she will earn corresponding points. Those who manage to make it to the final table, or the player who finishes at the top are entitled to more points.
The Low Leaderboard offers between $100 and $5,000 in cash prizes, while the Medium Leaderboard awards between $500 and $7,500. In the High Leaderboard, cash prizes start from $5,000 all the way up to $10,000. The overall SCOOP player of the series will win $25,000 in cash and will take home a SCOOP trophy.
Last year, Finnish pro “calvin7v” emerged at the top of the Medium Leaderboard, and also secured a spot on the Low Leaderboard, enabling him to capture the Player of the Series title.
SCOOP Continues To Grow
The first-ever SCOOP series took place in 2009, awarding more than $40,000,000 in cash prizes. A total of 66 champions were crowned within 11 days of action-packed events. From there, the series has enjoyed rapid growth, attracting the best players all over the world each year, and breaking records after records. The festival returned in 2010 with a much bigger guaranteed prize pool of $63,000,000, with a new crop of winners crowned.
SCOOP 2012 proved to be a record-breaking year, with $65,332,179 in guaranteed prize pool shared by the winners. In 2013, SCOOP created a record for being the largest online tournament series in poker history, awarding a total of $75,585,305 to the winners. Again, the 2013 record was smashed the following year with a massive $80,000,000 in combined guaranteed prize pool.
SCOOP 2017 ended up awarding more than $93 million. Last year’s edition went down in SCOOP history as the largest-ever series with winners getting their own share of the guaranteed prize pool totaling $65 million, spread across 183 events.
Will 2019 yet again surpass that record? We will wait and see.

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