The New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker is coming back for another helping.
Following successful runs in 2016 and 2017, PokerStars will host the third-annual NJSCOOP from April 14-30.
It should be a big series, too. At least $1.3 million will be paid out this year, putting it in contention to become the largest-ever NJ online poker festival.
The 2018 PokerStars NJSCOOP spans the last two weeks in April, ending on the last day of the month. There are 40 numbered events (but actually 80 events in total), with High and Low versions of each.
The flagship event is the $500 Main Event (High) with a $200,000 guarantee. Its little cousin, the Main Event (Low) carries a $50 buy-in and a $40,000 guarantee.
Other highlights include an $80,000 guaranteed Sunday Special and a $65,000 guaranteed High Roller. There are an assortment of non-hold’em and novelty events on the calendar, too.
NJSCOOP players will also be competing for some bonus prizes that are anything but secondary.
PokerStars has begun to hand out the first of more than 300 Platinum Passes for its Player’s No-Limit Hold’em Championship next year in The Bahamas. The free passes are worth $30,000 apiece, and they’re the most-coveted tickets in poker right now.
PokerStars vowed to accommodate NJ players when it announced the promotion, and it’s making good on that promise. Two Platinum Passes are available during NJSCOOP, reserved for the High and Low Main Event winners.
Players can either buy directly into the tournaments or try to qualify via one of several satellite paths.
A couple free options are available, including the “Main Event Freeroll Challenge.” There’s also a 40-seat participation freeroll available to players who enter other select NJSCOOP events.
Paid satellites starting as low as $0.50 are already underway on PokerStars NJ, too. For those seeking an even quicker means to qualify, special $4 Spin & Go tournaments are also awarding Main Event seats right now.
PokerStars has been running SCOOP events on the international dot-com platform since 2009. Although it was long preceded by the World Championship of Online Poker, held in the winter, the spring version quickly caught on as the most-popular online event of the year.
In 2016, PokerStars ported the concept over to New Jersey for the first time. The inaugural NJSCOOP featured 54 events and $1.1 million in prize money. Those numbers were increased to 70 events and more than $1.2 million in 2017, and they’ve been bumped up again for 2018.
Incidentally, the largest tournament series ever held in New Jersey is the 2017 NJCOOP, which awarded about $1.45 million in payouts.