PokerStars announces 2021 SCOOP Schedule!

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On Tuesday, March 23, the world’s largest poker room announced the schedule for one of the world’s largest online poker festivals, the 2021 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP).

This year’s SCOOP will run April 4 to April 28 and will feature 102 three-buy-in-tiered events. All told, there will be $100 million in guaranteed prize pools, bringing the total prize pools across the history of SCOOP tournaments to over $1 billion.

Last year’s SCOOP was by far the largest of all time, with 124 events tri-tiered events, for 372 total tournaments and over $185 million in prize pools. For comparison, the next-largest was in 2019, with 73 events, 219 tournaments, and $105 million in prize pools.

Key Information for SCOOP 2021

  • Takes place April 04 – April 28
  • $100 million in guaranteed prize money
  • 102 events split into three tiers for a total of 306 online poker tournaments
  • Six Main Events with combined guarantees of $15 million
  • Special SCOOP Spin & Gos with buy-ins of $4 and $22 will award SCOOP tickets
  • SCOOP Ticket Machine to award 1.5 million from March 28
  • SCOOP Fast Track gives players the chance to qualify for as little as $1 for the SCOOP Main Event-H
  • Player of the Series Leaderboard awards SCOOP tickets and $100,000 in cash prizes

What to Expect from SCOOP 2021?

With the full schedule announced and uploaded into the poker client one and a half weeks prior to the start, SCOOP 2021 will once again feature an expanded schedule. It consists of 102 events into three different buy-in categories— Low, Medium, and High. This makes a total of 306 tournaments.

Last year’s schedule initially had just 240 tournaments. However, due to the huge influx of players at the time due to the coronavirus, the schedule was expanded multiple times, ultimately extending to 372 tournaments and lasting an entire month.

SCOOP 2021 Main Events to Feature Combined Guarantees of $15 Million

The operator has unveiled the buy-ins and guarantees for the six Main Events, which feature combined guarantees of more than $15 million. One year ago, PokerStars hosted three Main Events with $13 million in gu arantees.

The Low tier Main Event with a buy-in of $109 will guarantee $3 million, it equals the same amount from last year; the Medium tier $1,050 buy-in will guarantee $5 million, also repeating the amount of the 2020 edition; and the High tier $10,300 buy-in will also retain the same trademark $5 million guarantee as last year.

However, three new Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max Main Events have been added to the schedule with $2.35 million in guarantees.

The Low tier PLO Main Event comes with a price tag of $109 and a guarantee of $350,000; the Medium tier PLO Main Event costs $1,050 to enter and pays out at least $750,000 in prize money; and the High tier PLO Main Event boasts a price tag of $10,300 and will guarantee $1.25 million.

In total, the six Main Events will represent 15% of the overall series guarantee.

SCOOP 2021 Promotions

More than $1.6 million in tickets and giveaways will be awarded by the operator for the SCOOP 2021, continuing the path of increased marketing efforts from the operator.

“We’ve ensured that players of all levels have a way into this well-loved series and have added lots of extra value and more ways to win,” Rasset added in the press release.

“And to give players a break from a busy online series schedule and for those competing in the SCOOP Player of the Series race, we will not run official SCOOP events on Fridays. Come along for the ride, have fun and play responsibly,”


The leaderboards return for the 2021 edition and will award $100,000 in cash prizes. As usual, there are four different leaderboards—one for the Low, Medium, and High tier, as well as the SCOOP Player of the Series.

The winner of the Low leaderboard will receive $5,000 in prizes and a SCOOP trophy. For the Medium leaderboard, the top prize listed is $10,000, and the winner of the High leaderboard takes home $15,000 in cash.

Furthermore, the player that finishes atop the overall leaderboard will receive $25,000 as well as the coveted SCOOP Trophy. It is an increase of $5,000 compared to the previous edition.

SCOOP Ticket Machine

A massive $1.5 million in SCOOP tickets will be given away in the SCOOP Ticket Machine. Anyone who enters SCOOP tournaments between April 4 and April 27 will gain entry to daily draws for their chance to win tickets. Players have to opt-in for this promotion in the Challenges Window.

Players receive one entry max for each day and can obtain three entries in total – one for each of the three tiers. Three different draws will take place to determine the winners of the SCOOP tickets in the Low, Medium, and High tier.

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