The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) at PokerStars is on the way with 135 events planned to kick off on May 10th-24th 2015. A tentative schedule has been released by PokerStars and to get feedback on the schedule planned for the online poker festival, Senior Manager, Tournament Schedule & Online Championships at PokerStars, Bryan Slick, went to the highly popular TwoPlusTwo MTT Community to ask for feedback.
PokerStars takes player feedback to heart and tries to work through ways to make as many happy as possible. Slick is revising the schedule for the fifth time from the feedback that's been presented. The schedule isn't set in stone but with what has been presented, players will be able to get a general idea of the festival's structure.
SCOOP is set to run low, medium, and high buy-ins all beginning at the same time for each event. With 135 events scheduled there will be 45 different starting times — look for the blind levels to vary depending on the buy-in.
The buy ins for the three SCOOP Main Events will be $109, $1,050, and $10,300. The guarantees for the three main events has not been announced yet but with the popularity of the poker festival and the massive turnout by poker players around the world, one can figure they will be much bigger than previous years.
Online poker players around the world can look forward to poker variants that include: No Limit Hold'em, Fixed Limit Hold'em, Pot Limit Omaha, Pot Limit Five Card Omaha, Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, Five Card Draw, Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, Badugi, H.O.R.S.E, and Eight Game.
The formats of the tournaments are expected to include Freeze Out, Four-Max, Rebuy, Super Progressive Knockout, Heads Up, Zoom, Six-Max, Heads-Up, and "n-stack" tournaments.
What, exactly, is a "n-stack" tournament? This is a new format that isn't available yet in the PokerStars lobby. Similar to rebuy tournaments, players begin the tournament with 1,000 chips and can rebuy — free — four times during the designated rebuy period of the tournament. Players can use the 1,000 chips or bring the 5,000 maximum chips into play, or rebuy from one to three times. Once the rebuy period has passed, all unused rebuys will be added to the player's stack.
When SCOOP hits, prepare to play, it's one of the best opportunities you'll ever have to build a massive bankroll and test your skill level in a variety of poker formats — and it's all happening at PokerStars in May!