PokerStars Ups Ante on Rival Sites with $65 Million SCOOP Guarantee

The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is set to be a record breaker this year thanks to a guaranteed prizepool of $65 million.

PokerStars SCOOP 2018

PokerStars is upping the ante in a bid to reassert its MTT dominance with a record breaking SCOOP. (Image: PokerStars.com)

It marks the largest SCOOP guarantee ever. Announced on Thursday, the 2018 festival will take place between May 6 and May 21 and feature more than 180 MTTs with buy-ins starting at $11. There also will be at least one $1 million prize pool up for grabs each day.

Big Prize Pools, More Platinum Passes

Starting with the “high” buy-in Event #3 on May 6, the $1 million+ guarantees will appear daily across a variety of buy-in levels and disciplines throughout the series. Additionally, as well as boosting the amount of money up for grabs, PokerStars will be giving away five Platinum Passes.

Now an added perk for winners of a major PokerStars event, the Platinum Passes will go to the three main event champions as well as the top performer throughout the series.

Additionally, an all-in shootout will decide the fifth player to receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Bahamas for the 2019 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship.

Overlay Potential?

The decision to host the biggest ever SCOOP comes at a time when PokerStars’ is looking to reassert its dominance in the tournament arena.

After failing to meet a $10 million guarantee put up for the 12th anniversary Sunday Million in February, PokerStars last month announced their intent to try again.

Dubbed the Sunday Million Anniversary Edition: Take 2, the tournament will take place on April 22 and feature another $10 million prizepool. This time around, more satellites are being offered in the lead up to the MTT as is a selection of Platinum Passes.

Taking SCOOP’s prizepools to places they’ve never been before is PokerStars’ way of doubling down on its bid to give players some added value and prove it still has the ability to draw attract fields.

SCOOP 2018 Schedule Highlights

May 6: SCOOP-03-H – $2,100 NLHE [Progressive KO], $1M Gtd
May 8: SCOOP-11-M – $109 NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday SE], $350K Gtd.
May 9: SCOOP-14-H – $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $2.5M God
May 14: SCOOP-34-L – $5.50 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $75K Gtd
May 16: SCOOP-41-M – $215 HORSE, $75K Gtd
May 20: SCOOP-58-L – $109 NLHE [Main Event], $1.5M Gtd

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