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Tournament players have been waiting impatiently for weeks, and today PokerStars finally released it: the 2011 SCOOP schedule. This is the third year for the wildly successful Spring Championship of Online Poker. Last year there were 38 events, and a total of $63 million was awarded over 114 tournaments. The Main Event was won by toetagU who won almost $1.2 million! This year the series is guaranteeing $45 million.

SCOOP is so unique because it suits everyone. Whether you have been playing online poker for 5 years or have yet to download free poker for the first time, this series is for you. This is because each event has three buy-ins: high, medium, and low. You can choose the buy-in level that bests suits your bankroll, or you can choose to play all three. It’s up to you!

The series starts on Sunday May 8, 2011 with two No Limit Holdem events. Event 1 features 6 max and has buy-ins of $22, $215, and $2,100 for low, medium, and high respectively. Event 2 is a standard full-ring freeze-out and features the same buy-ins as in Event 1. The guarantee for both the medium and the high in Event 2 is $1.5 million!

Last year there was a lot of criticism regarding SCOOP because the events went far too long. While it’s great to have a structure that allows for deep stacks and plenty of post flop play, many players have jobs and simply cannot afford to play until 6 am the next day. To fix this, PokerStars has made many of their tournaments 2-day events. Event 1 and 2 are both 2-day events. In fact, you will find that most of the No Limit Holdem events are scheduled for two days because they have huge guarantees and large expected turnouts.

PokerStars is one of the best US poker sites online because they offer a wide range of different types of poker, and SCOOP really highlights this fact. Whether you prefer HORSE, No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo or Triple Draw 2-7, your game is featured in SCOOP. It isn’t everyday you can say that you played $22 and $2,100 buy-in Razz tournaments at the same time!

SCOOP wraps up on Sunday May 22nd with Event 38, the No Limit Holdem Main Event. The low buy-in features $1 million guaranteed at a $109 buy-in, medium has $3 million guaranteed for $1,050, and high has a whopping $5 million guaranteed for $10,300. You just know that someone is going to be winning 7-figures on May 22nd, and several more people are going to cash in for 6-figures! SCOOP has something for everyone, so take a look at the schedule and start freeing up your days in May. See you at the tables!