PokerStars New Jersey has been a hit since launching late last month. The biggest brand in online poker will be hosting a Spring Championship of Online Poker in the Garden State May 15-29.
NJSCOOP will be a spin-off of the global SCOOP series which has been one of the most popular online poker events for years. The New Jersey edition will feature $1.1 million in guaranteed prize pool money in 54 tournaments over the course of 15 days.
The poker series will attract high and low stakes players. There are 27 high stakes tournaments and 27 low stakes tournaments offered. A $50 and$500 Main Event will cap off the series with $30,000 and $200,000 guarantees awarded.
Satellite qualifiers into NJSCOOP events are already taking place on PokerStars New Jersey for as low as $1. Chris Moneymaker, the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champ knows a thing or two about winning satellite tournaments. Being a Team PokerStars Pro member, he also is quite familiar with the annual SCOOP series.
“The global PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is one of the must-play poker events of the year,” Moneymaker said. “It’s awesome that it’s coming to New Jersey so that players in the region can experience the exciting tournament structures and the thrill that comes with chasing a major tournament title and big prize money. I can’t wait to play in the first NJSCOOP and I plan to stream most of my play live on Twitch. I would love to win a title in its debut year.”
2016 will be the debut year for NJSCOOP, but the global poker series has been around since 2009. It has quickly become one of online poker’s biggest and most exciting poker events of each year.
In 2009, $40 million in prizes were awarded. The biggest winner, Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth, scored $963,338 in the high-level Main Event. The man Olivier Busquet recently smashed in an MMA fight, JC Alvarado, won the medium level Main Event for $502,086.
Many other well-known online poker players have won SCOOP events over the years. That includes Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, George Danzer, Mustapha Kanit, and Jason Mercier.
Mercier, another Team PokerStars Pro, won Player of the Series last year after winning three SCOOP events and final tabling two others. Kanit, fresh off his EPT Grand Final Super High Roller victory, won the high-level Main Event in 2015 for just over $1.3 million.
PokerStars New Jersey on a Roll
NJSCOOP is likely to attract a large field because PokerStars New Jersey has been a rousing success. Already the top-ranked poker site in the Garden State, PokerStars is sure to see increased traffic during this 15-day series.
With $1.1 million in guaranteed prize money awarded, NJSCOOP will become the largest online poker series in state history. Previously, PartyPoker/Borgata’s online poker site held the record with a $1 million guarantee in the Garden State Super Series in February.