Over the course of two weeks on PokerStars Ontario, the first-ever ONSCOOP series promises more than CAD $1.8 million over 129 events.
The first tournament of PokerStars’ premier Spring Championship of Online Poker — called SCOOP — will take place in the Ontario online poker market on March 25.
The first ONSCOOP (Ontario Spring Championship of Online Poker) tournament on PokerStars Ontario promises CAD $1.8 million in total prize money over two weeks.
For a total of 129 tournaments, 43 events have been organized, each of which is divided into three tiers: Low, Medium, and High. The buy-ins are available at over a dozen different pricing points, ranging from $5 to $2000 CDN, with the bulk falling between $10 and $500 CAD.
First-Ever ONSCOOP During the dates of March 25 to April 11
Guarantees exceeding $1.8 million CAD
129 contests include 43 competitions categorized into three categories, for a total of 43 tournaments.
Buy-ins vary from $5 and $2,000
$250,000 guaranteed in three levels. Main Event
Mixed games are present
As part of promotions, leaderboards, added-value satellites, and freerolls are offered.
The Sunday Special Championship event on March 26 has three separate tiers with corresponding guarantees of $7,500, $48,000, and $50,000 at the $20, $200, and $2000 levels. On April 4, the Super Tuesday Championship will include three buy-ins of $50, $300, and $1000, with commensurate prize pools of $10,000, $28,000, and $38,000.
The featured event is the $300 Main Championship Event with a guaranteed prize pool of $150,000 CDN. Two other Main Events follow it: a $50 buy-in Mini event with a $30,000 guarantee and a $1000 buy-in High Roller event with a $70,000 guarantee.
In addition, the operator has arranged a Main Event Trainer before the Main Championship events with total guarantees of over $70,000.
In addition to these crowd-pleasers, the operator has introduced a good variety of additional formats, including Omaha Hi/Lo, Five Card PLO, mixed rotation, and even a 5-Card Draw tournament.
Progressive Knockout (PKO) tournaments are abundant on the calendar, including a Total KO edition in which the whole buy-in is added to the bounty prize pool.
Three dozen tournaments, comprising the three Main Events, PLO, and various mixed events, have been declared Championship events.
The operator is conducting a variety of discounts to attract customers. A total of $40,000 CAD will be awarded through the Player of the Series leaderboards. In addition to the Low, Mid, and High categories, there is now a “Overall” category. There will be an extra CAD $30,000 in prize money up for grabs in freeroll tournaments and satellites over the course of the three weeks of play.
The operator has also organized a $3 buy-in Spin & Go with top prizes of $300 ONSCOOP Main Event tickets.
The news of the ONSCOOP festival comes only days after PokerStars Ontario staged its Bounty Builder series, a tournament series devoted exclusively to the PKO format. The series offered CAD $700,000 over 100 events, concluding in a Main Event with a $75,000 guarantee. Before to that series, the operator conducted the 50/50 Series with guaranteed prize money of over $250,000 CDN.
SCOOP will not just operate in the Ontario market. PokerStars has also planned SCOOP for regulated markets in the United States. Two tournaments will be held there, one for the PokerStars US shared liquidity network of New Jersey and Michigan players with $3 million in guarantees and the other for the Pennsylvania players with $2 million in guarantees.
The operator has also booked SCOOP for the segmented Italian market with a guarantee of €7.5 million, while the market in Southern Europe, which includes French, Portuguese, and Spanish players, has a guarantee of approximately €10 million.
7–31 May, PokerStars’ SCOOP will be held on the dot-com market. Nevertheless, no other information has been disclosed as of yet.
ONSCOOP 2023 is held from March 25 to April 11 by PokerStars.