PokerStars has confirmed that it will have a $65 million prize pool guaranteed for the 2018 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). This will be one of the richest online poker tournaments in 2018 and online poker pros from all over the world will look to participate and take a chunk out of the guaranteed prize pool.
To celebrate its 10th year anniversary, the 2018 SCOOP will offer 183 tournaments of low, medium, and high buy-ins, with at least one $1 million guaranteed tournament taking place everyday from May 6 to 21. This year’s SCOOP does not just have a lot of prize money on offer but also prestigious Platinum Passes to worth $30,000 that includes a buy-in to the Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) in the Bahamas in 2019.
The three winners of the low, medium, and high Main Events, the player that finishes on top of the overall SCOOP leaderboard, and the All-In Shootout Challenge winner will receive a $30,000 Platinum Pass that will send them to an all-expense paid trip to the PSPC.
The full schedule of the 2018 SCOOP can be seen at the PokerStars website.
Top Contenders For 2018 SCOOP
We take a look at who are the top contenders that are likely to pose the biggest threat at the 2018 SCOOP.
Last year, player ‘madalain‘ won the low Main Event and turned his $109 to $221,516, while ROFLshove turned his $1,050 into $787,312 at the medium Main Event. The richest winner last year was ‘Epiphany777‘ (Charlie Carrel), who took home $1,200,899 after the $10,300 high Main Event. Carrel’s win was secured after he cut a deal with Harrison ‘gibler321‘ Gimbel who also had a nice payout of $1,122,873.
These online poker pros have the experience of winning at SCOOP and will once again be a threat this year. Online pros that have done well at previous SCOOP editions are also expected to be a threat. These include the likes of George Danzer who has already cashed at 148 events in SCOOP and Andy McLEOD who has cashed out in 105 events and won four high buy-in events.
Canadian players will continue to be a major force to be reckoned with at SCOOP since Canada continues to lead the online tournament with 111 Canadian event winners, followed by the UK with 86 and Germany with 64.