The SCOOP is a special tournament series that PokerStars holds every spring since 2009 which has a special twist. Each event is available at three different stake levels, low, medium and high.
This gives players of many different skill levels and means to participate. There are buy-ins as little as $11 and as much as $10,300 for the high stakes SCOOP Main Event.
If you've ever wanted to play in a big tournament series like the World Series of Poker but the expenses of travel and those high buy-in tournaments was too much for you, the SCOOP is a good way to get a similar experience right from the comfort of your own home.
Even the low tournaments have big guarantees and could mean a big score.The thrill of playing in the special PokerStars Sunday $5 Million tournament has me wanting to take some more shots a couple of times a year at some big tournaments so I've been looking through the schedule to see what I might want to play.
There are 38 events running from May 8th to May 22nd 2011. That gives me plenty of time to improve my MTT game.
If you want to easily add the events to your calendar software on your desktop, iPhone or other device, I created some Calendar Feeds for the 2011 SCOOP Tournament Schedule that you can use. They are available as XML, iCal, or you can just view them as HTML and add them to your Google Calendar on iGoogle.
2011 SCOOP Low TournamentsXML, iCal, HTML
2011 SCOOP Medium TournamentsXML, iCal, HTML
2011 SCOOP High TournamentsXML, iCal, HTML
If you notice any problems with the entries please let me know. I'll do my best to update them if any events change.
Looking for an easy way to track your SCOOP results and publish them on your blog? Check out my MTT Bankroll Management Spreadsheet.
If you're not familiar with online poker tournaments here are some explanations of how tournaments are named that might help you:
The format for the event name is something like "Evt 99-L: $100 NLHE Turbo $500K GTD"
Evt is just short for event, 99-L signifies the number of the event and what stake level. Events range from 1-38 and stake levels are L for low, M for medium and H for high.
After that is a description of the type of tournament. What type of game is played and if there are any special features of the tournament such as a Turbo, a shootout, or if it is not a normal full ring (9 players per table) tournament such as 6-max or 4-max.
Finally there is the guaranteed prize pool marked as $xxx GTD. No matter how many players enter the tournament the prize pool will be at least the guaranteed amount. These tournaments are fairly popular and the prize pools generally are larger than the guarantees.
Some tournaments are labeled as "2-Day" tournaments that are scheduled to run over the course of 2 days.
Some abbreviations used in these calendars:
NLHE - No Limit Hold'em
PLO - Pot Limit Omaha
HU - Heads up
GTD - Guaranteed
FL - Fixed Limit
+R - Any buy-in labeled $xxx+R indicates it's a rebuy tournament where you can purchase additional chips if you lose all your initial chips during the rebuy period.