PokerStars Reveal Finalised SCOOP 2012 Schedule

PokerStars SCOOP 2012 SchedulePokerStars have released their finalised schedule for the fourth staging of the poker room’s Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) that will run from May 6 to 20, having released the preliminary timetable late last month.

The original schedule had included 38 events, but that has now been increased to 40 –each comprising 3 levels of buy-in for a 120 tournaments in total – which will guarantee a prize pool of at least $30 million across the board!

And this announcement has been met with excitement among Team PokerStars players, including Norwegian Online member Anders ‘Donald’ Berg and Danish Team Online player Mickey ‘mement_mori’ Peterson.

Berg – who topped last year’s SCOOP Player of the Series leaderboard following his victory in the $2,100 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event for $44,800, as well as scoring 22 other cashes and four final table appearances – is eager for next month’s series to kick off.

Anders Berg Ready For ‘Epic Tournament Series’

He said: SCOOP is always one of the highlights of the online poker calendar and I’ll be aiming to defend my Player of the Series title by playing as many events as possible.

The tournament structures are excellent, the range of games unrivalled – it’s going to be an epic tournament series for me and many other players in May.

Meanwhile, Peterson – who pocketed $444,595 for taking down the DKR35,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em main event on the European Poker Tour (EPT) Copenhagen stop back in February – is keen to improve on past SCOOP results.

He said: I’d really like to win a PokerStars SCOOP title. I have been close a lot of times but always stumbled right before the finish line. Hopefully I can win one this year.

Buy-Ins Available To Suit All Bankrolls

Of course, what makes SCOOP so attractive to players of all levels – particularly those unable to buy into the more expensive events or ones sticking to restricted bankrolls – is that it is the sole online tournament festival that offers players three distinct buy-in levels (low, medium and high) for every one of their competitions.

Fifteen days of SCOOP action culminates with the No-Limit Hold’em main event on Sunday, May 20, and this will feature buy-ins of $109 (low), $1,050 (medium) and $10,300 (high), with guarantees of $1 million, $1.5 million and $2.5 million respectively.

Among the other highlights of SCOOP 2012 is a $21,000 buy-in (high) No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up High Roller on Friday, May 19, which should attract some of the best players in the world.

There is also a Super Knockout Six-Max Turbo event that features $27 (low), $215 (medium) and $2,100 (high) buy-ins that offer $100,000, $200,000 and $400,000 guarantees – with 50% of the buy-in going into the prize pool and the other half being used as bounty on players’ head – and Eight-Game and H.O.R.S.E. tournaments that possess buy-ins of $27, $215 and $2,100 respectively.

Poker Variants Available Throughout SCOOP

SCOOP may be dominated by Texas Hold’em, but PokerStars have made certain that all the major versions of poker have been included on the schedule, including Omaha, Draw, H.O.R.S.E., Eight-Game, Stud and Badugi, while several variations have also been lined up – including Razz, Lowball, Triple Draw and Hi/Lo.

Additionally, a great selection of tournament formats are available, from freezeouts to rebuys, big antes to shootouts, 2x Chance tournaments to heads-up events, and so much more.

An interesting feature of this year’s Player of the Series leaderboard – which will see more than $100,000 in prizes and tournament tickets awarded – is the introduction of three separate levels of competition to include low, medium and high stakes events.

Each level’s winner will be awarded a trophy and a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) package for next year, so that is a prize well worth winning – although you’ll have to overcome the likes of Berg to do so.

WCOOP and MicroMillions Tickets Up For Grabs

But that’s not all, as a substantial number of entrants will also pick up tickets for future PokerStars online series such as the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and MicroMillions, while the overall leaderboard winner will be handed a package for the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo as well as a trophy.

Now, if you haven’t already checked out PokerStars’ ‘Steps’ ticket satellites, maybe now is the time to take a look, with 27 SCOOP events available using Steps 1-6 tickets ($7.50, $27, $82, $215, $700 and $2,100) to make qualifying simpler and more accessible than previously.

These Steps satellite events are already running at PokerStars, alongside the usual single-table and multi-table satellites, and can be accessed by logging into PokerStars, clicking ‘Events’, ‘SCOOP’ and ‘FPP Satellites’, ’Cash Satellites’ or ‘Steps’ to get details on what is coming up.

Of course, if you haven’t signed up at PokerStars but want to enjoy the action during SCOOP 2012, make sure to check our PokerStars review.


Remember, if you had noted down specific event dates from the provisional schedule Poker News Report published last month, be sure to check out our revised and updated calendar of tournaments below as prize pool guarantees are also now included.

PokerStars SCOOP 2012 Schedule (Finalised)

Sunday, May 6:

11:00 ET, Event 1 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max ($250,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 1 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max ($500,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 1 (high) $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max ($750,000 guaranteed)

14:30 ET, Event 2 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($400,000 guaranteed)

14:30 ET, Event 2 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($1 million guaranteed)

14:30 ET, Event 2 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($1 million guaranteed)

Monday, May 7:

11:00 ET, Event 3 (low), $5.50 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max (Action Hour, Rebuys, $150,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 3 (medium), $55 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max (Action Hour, Rebuys, $300,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 3 (high), $530 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max (Action Hour, Rebuys, $400,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 4 (low), $27 (2) buy-in Fixed-Limit Badugi ($25,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 4 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in Fixed-Limit Badugi ($50,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 4 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in Fixed-Limit Badugi ($75,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 5 (low), $11 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (Rebuys, Turbo, $200,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 5 (medium), $109 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (Rebuys, Turbo, $350,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 5 (high), $1,050 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (Rebuys, Turbo, $500,000 guaranteed)

Tuesday, May 8:

11:00 ET, Event 6 (low), $11 buy-in No-Limit Draw ($25,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 6 (medium), $109 buy-in No-Limit Draw ($25,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 6 (high), $1,050 buy-in No-Limit Draw ($50,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 7 (low), $7.50 (1) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up ($50,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 7 (medium), $82 (3) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up ($75,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 7 (high), $700 (5) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up ($125,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 8 (low), $11 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($100,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 8 (medium), $109 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($300,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 8 (high), $1,050 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($600,000 guaranteed)

Wednesday, May 9:

11:00 ET, Event 9 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em SuperKnockout ($100,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 9 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em SuperKnockout ($200,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 9 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em SuperKnockout ($400,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 10 (low), $27 (2) buy-in Stud ($25,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 10 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in Stud ($25,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 10 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in Stud ($25,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 11 (low), $7.50 (1) buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Six-Max ($25,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 11 (medium), $82 (3) buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Six-Max ($50,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 11 (high), $700 (5) buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Six-Max ($75,000 guaranteed)

Thursday, May 10:

11:00 ET, Event 12 (low), $27 (2) buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up ($50,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 12 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up ($100,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 12 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up ($200,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 13 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Knockout ($200,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 13 (medium), $265 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Knockout ($300,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 13 (high), $2,600 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Knockout ($400,000 guaranteed)

Friday, May 11:

11:00 ET, Event 14 (low), $7.50 (1) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Ante Up ($25,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 14 (medium), $82 (3) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Ante Up ($50,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 14 (high), $700 (5) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Ante Up ($75,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 15 (low), $27 (2) buy-in Fixed-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo ($25,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 15 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in Fixed-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo ($25,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 15 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in Fixed-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo ($50,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 16 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (2x Chance, Turbo, $250,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 16 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (2x Chance, Turbo, $400,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 16 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (2x Chance, Turbo, $750,000 guaranteed)

Saturday, May 12:

11:00 ET, Event 17 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em 10-Max Shootout ($75,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 17 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em 10-Max Shootout ($100,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 17 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em 10-Max Shootout ($150,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 18 (low), $11 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max (Rebuys, $75,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 18 (medium), $109 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max (Rebuys, $135,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 18 (high), $1,050 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max (Rebuys, $200,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 19 (low), $27 (2) buy-in Triple Stud ($25,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 19 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in Triple Stud ($25,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 19 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in Triple Stud ($50,000 guaranteed)

Sunday, May 13:

11:00 ET, Event 20 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($250,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 20 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($500,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 20 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($750,000 guaranteed)

14:30 ET, Event 21 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($400,000 guaranteed)

14:30 ET, Event 21 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($1 million guaranteed)

14:30 ET, Event 21 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($1 million guaranteed)

Monday, May 14:

11:00 ET, Event 22 (low), $11 buy-in Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha ($25,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 22 (medium), $109 buy-in Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha ($75,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 22 (high), $1,050 buy-in Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha ($150,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 23 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Four-Max ($100,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 23 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Four-Max ($200,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 23 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Four-Max ($300,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 24 (low), $11 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha (1 Rebuy/1 Add-On, Turbo, $75,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 24 (medium), $109 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha (1 Rebuy/1 Add-On, Turbo, $150,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 24 (high), $1,050 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha (1 Rebuy/1 Add-On, Turbo, $250,000 guaranteed)

Tuesday, May 15:

11:00 ET, Event 25 (low), $11 buy-in Triple Draw 2-7 ($25,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 25 (medium), $109 buy-in Triple Draw 2-7 ($25,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 25 (high), $1,050 buy-in Triple Draw 2-7 ($50,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 26 (low), $27 (2) buy-in Stud Hi/Lo ($25,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 26 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in Stud Hi/Lo ($50,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 26 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in Stud Hi/Lo ($75,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 27 (low), $11 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($100,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 27 (medium), $109 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($200,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 27 (high), $1,050 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em ($500,000 guaranteed)

Wednesday, May 16:

11:00 ET, Event 28 (low), $27 (2) buy-in Razz ($25,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 28 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in Razz ($50,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 28 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in Razz ($100,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 29 (low), $11 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (Big Antes, Rebuys, $200,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 29 (medium), $109 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (Big Antes, Rebuys, $300,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 29 (high), $1,050 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (Big Antes, Rebuys, $400,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 30 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em SuperKnockout Six-Max (Turbo, $100,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 30 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em SuperKnockout Six-Max (Turbo, $200,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 30 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em SuperKnockout Six-Max (Turbo, $400,000 guaranteed)

Thursday, May 17:

11:00 ET, Event 31 (low), $27 (2) buy-in Eight-Game ($25,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 31 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in Eight-Game ($50,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 31 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in Eight-Game ($75,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 32 (low), $27 (2) buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo ($75,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 32 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo ($150,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 32 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo ($250,000 guaranteed)

Friday, May 18:

11:00 ET, Event 33 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (1 Rebuy/1 Add-On, $250,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 33 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (1 Rebuy/1 Add-On, $325,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 33 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em (1 Rebuy/1 Add-On, $400,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 34 (low), $55 buy-in Fixed-Limit Hold’em Six-Max ($75,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 34 (medium), $530 buy-in Fixed-Limit Hold’em Six-Max ($75,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 34 (high), $5,200 buy-in Fixed-Limit Hold’em Six-Max ($125,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 35 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (10-minute levels, $25,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 35 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (10-minute levels, $50,000 guaranteed)

17:00 ET, Event 35 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (10-minute levels, $100,000 guaranteed)

Saturday, May 19:

11:00 ET, Event 36 (low), $55 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max ($100,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 36 (medium), $530 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max ($150,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 36 (high), $5,200 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max ($250,000 guaranteed)

12:30 ET, Event 37 (low), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up High-Roller ($125,000 guaranteed)

12:30 ET, Event 37 (medium), $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up High-Roller ($150,000 guaranteed)

12:30 ET, Event 37 (high), $21,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up High-Roller ($150,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 38 (low), $27 (2) buy-in H.O.R.S.E. ($50,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 38 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in H.O.R.S.E. ($75,000 guaranteed)

14:00 ET, Event 38 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in H.O.R.S.E. ($100,000 guaranteed)

Sunday, May 20:

11:00 ET, Event 39 (low), $27 (2) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max ($250,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 39 (medium), $215 (4) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max ($500,000 guaranteed)

11:00 ET, Event 39 (high), $2,100 (6) buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max ($750,000 guaranteed)

14:30 ET, Event 40 (low), $109 buy-in Main Event ($1 million guaranteed)

14:30 ET, Event 40 (medium), $1,050 buy-in Main Event ($1.5 million guaranteed)

14:30 ET, Event 40 (high), $10,300 buy-in Main Event ($2.5 million guaranteed)