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The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is ON

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The 2011 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is underway! This year’s series kicked off Sunday May 8th, but with 114 events running over two weeks, you still have plenty of time to qualify for all of the upcoming events!

SCOOP events have three buy-in levels

Each SCOOP event has a low, medium, and high buy in level, making the $25,000,000 Guaranteed SCOOP tournament series the one event of the year that every online poker player can afford to play in! Plus you won’t be locked in to just playing Texas Holdem, because the SCOOP schedule offers a huge variety of poker games including not only Holdem but also; Omaha, Stud, Draw Poker, Badugi, 8-Game, HORSE and other mixed games. And with the three buy-in levels, all players can shoot to become the next SCOOP Champion, no matter what the size of their bankroll is!

Black Friday created notable changes

There have been a few changes to the SCOOP series this year in the aftermath of ‘Black Friday’ which shut US players out of the competition. The biggest change is the guaranteed prize pools being scaled down from a total of $45 Million to $25 Million. The other notable change is the starting times for all SCOOP events have moved forward 3 hours, but Extended Registration will be available for most events. The good news is - for those players lucky enough to live outside the USA, not only can you play in all of the massive SCOOP events, but you will be fading a much smaller field and have better odds of making it to the money without all the US competition.

Cash and FPP satellites are running

To make getting your SCOOP seat even more appetizing, PokerStars is running Cash and FPP Satellites to all events now that will continue throughout the series. Grab your pocket change because just $0.25 can buy you a seat in a SCOOP satellite – and they run all day, every day! And if you have Frequent Player Points (FPPs) you can put them to good use when you use them as your buy-in to special FPP satellites, where you can win a SCOOP seat for just 70 points!

Sunday, May 8th was the Day 1 SCOOP event which kicked off with the $22 buy-in six-handed No Limit Holdem contest that saw a few members of Team PokerStars Pro entered, but just two would make it far enough to cash. Matthias "mattidm" De Meulder of Team PokerStars Belgium just skimmed into the money when he finished 2,980th for $31.91 and Toni Judet of Team PokerStars Romania, managed to make it to 1,236th place for a $55.84 win. A total of 19,946 poker players created a prize pool of $398,920, almost twice the event's $200K guarantee and when the smoke cleared the winners were:

1st: willrobrobu ($34,358.84)*
2nd: SKobold ($39,000.00)*
3rd: MrRepsak ($35,000.00)*
4th: Specpro_tect ($11,967.60)
5th: Geriieee ($7,978.40)
6th: junkcardman ($3,989.20)

The * reflects three-way deal which was made among the last three players. Deal or not, a $34,358.84 payday for ‘willrobrobu’ proved to be a great investment of $22!

Are you ready to invest a little to win a lot? Then get to the PokerStars Tournament Lobby and look for the Cash and FFP SCOOP satellites under the ‘Events’ and ‘SCOOP’ tabs and reserve your seat!

If you're a PokerWorks referred player, you've been following our exclusive $15K in satellites to freeroll PokerStars SCOOP!  If you aren't a PokerWorks referred player, you should be, it pays off!

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