NJSCOOP Returns to PokerStars NJ, May 8-24: 165 Events, $1.2M in Guarantees

Posted By Martin Harris on May 3, 2021

It’s springtime, and as flowers continue to bloom across the United States, so, too, do online poker tournament series. With similar series happening on PokerStarsPennsylvania and Michigan sites, PokerStars NJ likewise will bring back the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker this month.

The series takes place May 8-24 and features a whopping 165 tournaments, the most in NJSCOOP history. Guaranteed prize pools total just over $1.2 million across all of those events, culminating in a $300 buy-in, two-day no-limit hold’em Main Event on May 23-24 with a $100,000 guarantee.

Variety of buy-ins, game types pack NJSCOOP schedule

PokerStars MI is hosting its first-ever MISCOOP in May as well, while the PASCOOP is currently hosting its second running of the series on PokerStars PA. By contrast, the NJSCOOP has been an annual event on PokerStars NJ since 2016, though this year’s sixth running will feature more tournaments than ever before.

Like other SCOOPs, the NJSCOOP offers players three different buy-ins or “tiers” for each scheduled event — “High,” “Medium,” and “Low.” With 55 events on the schedule, that adds up to 165 distinct tournaments over the 17 days.

Buy-ins for NJSCOOP events range from as low as $5 and $10 to a couple of $500 events. As usual, the great majority of events are no-limit hold’em. However, there are a few Omaha events peppered throughout the schedule as well, with both pot-limit Omaha and no-limit Omaha hi-lo represented.

The events exhibit the usual mix of formats, with tournaments featuring different table sizes, stack depths, and structures, as well as several progressive knockout bounty events. There is also a heads-up event (Event #4), for which the three different tiers of tournaments will play out on different days (May 8, 16, and 24).

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Tournament highlights include high rollers, multiple Main Events

Highlights among the preliminary events include:

  • Event #2-H — $200 NLHE 8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack, $20K gtd. (May 8)
  • Event #7-H — $500 NLHE, $15K gd. (May 9)
  • Event #7-M — $200 NLHE 8-Max, Jersey Special, $35K gtd. (May 9)
  • Event #29-H — $250 NLHE 8-Max, Half Price Jersey Special, High Roller, $15K gtd. (May 16)
  • Event #29-M — $100 NLHE 8-Max, Half Price Jersey Special, $35K gtd. (May 16)

Because of its buy-in, the “Medium” version of Event #51 starting Sunday, May 23 has been designated as the NJSCOOP Main Event. Meanwhile, Event #51-L will serve as a “Main Event, Mini” and Event #51-H will be the series’ marquee high roller event:

  • Event #51-H — $500 NLHE 8-Max, Jersey Special, High Roller, $20K gtd.
  • Event #51-M — $300 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event – Mid, $100K gtd.
  • Event #51-L — $50 NLHE 8-Max, Main Event, Mini, $10K gtd.

Satellites and freerolls throughout NJSCOOP

PokerStars NJ will run numerous satellites into NJSCOOP events throughout the series. There will also be freerolls providing players inexpensive ways to participate in events.

Throughout NJSCOOP there will be daily Second Chance Freerolls. Those who bust from NJSCOOP events without cashing will earn automatic entry into the next day’s Second Chance Freeroll. Each of these events awards $1,000 in NJSCOOP tournament tickets.

Additionally, there will be an NJSCOOP Depositor Freeroll on Sunday, May 23. Players depositing $30 or more between now and May 23 using the bonus code “NJSCOOP” will earn seats into the tournament. The top 50 finishers in the Depositor Freeroll win entry into the $300 Main Event (Event #51-M) later that day. The freeroll is therefore awarding $15,000 worth of tournament tickets.

Also, from now through May 23 PokerStars NJ is running special $3 Spin & Go’s in which players can also win Main Event entries.

PokerStars NJ hopes to improve on recent tournament series

Looking at other tournament series on the site this year, the PokerStars NJ Winter Series in January featured 40 tournaments with $500,000 in guarantees. Ultimately players won just over $640,000 in the series.

The PokerStars NJ Bounty Builder Series in February and March featured 58 tournaments and just over $650,000 in guarantees.  players won almost $700,000 across all events.

More recently in early April, the New Jersey Classic was a one-off $500 buy-in event with a $100,000 guarantee. The tournament attracted 178 total entries. However that was about 35 entries shy of hitting the guarantee. As a result, there was an overlay of just over $16,000.

NJSCOOP may fare better for PokerStars NJ, although certainly won’t reach the heights of MISCOOP and PASCOOP, both of which should see players win over $2 million despite having fewer tournaments total (120 for each).

Take a look below at the complete NJSCOOP schedule.

2021 NJSCOOP Schedule

No.DateTime (ET)EventBuy-inGtd.
1-HMay 8 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE Kick Off, Nightly Stars SE$100$12,500
1-MMay 8 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE Kick Off$30$7,000
1-LMay 8 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE Kick Off$20$5,000
2-HMay 8 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack$200$20,000
2-MMay 8 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack$100$15,000
2-LMay 8 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack$30$7,500
3-HMay 8 (Sa)8 p.m.NLO8 6-Max$75$4,000
3-MMay 8 (Sa)8 p.m.NLO8 6-Max$30$1,500
3-LMay 8 (Sa)8 p.m.NLO8 6-Max$10$1,250
4-HMay 8 (Sa)9:30 p.m.NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom$75$10,000
5-HMay 9 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE Sunday Marathon SE$100$10,000
5-MMay 9 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE Marathon$30$6,000
5-LMay 9 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE Marathon$20$4,000
6-HMay 9 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE Sunday Warm Up SE$75$5,000
6-MMay 9 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE Sunday Warm Up, Mini$30$4,000
6-LMay 9 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE$10$3,500
7-HMay 9 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE$500$15,000
7-MMay 9 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Jersey Special$200$35,000
7-LMay 9 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Jersey Special, Mini$30$8,000
8-HMay 9 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE Nightly Stars SE$100$8,000
8-MMay 9 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE , $5K Gtd$30$5,000
8-LMay 9 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE The Big 20 SE$20$3,500
9-HMay 9 (Su)8 p.m.PLO 8-Max$200$10,000
9-MMay 10 (M)8 p.m.PLO 8-Max$100$6,000
9-LMay 10 (M)8 p.m.PLO 8-Max$30$3,000
10-HMay 10 (M)7 p.m.NLHE Nightly Stars SE$100$8,000
10-MMay 10 (M)7 p.m.NLHE$30$5,000
10-LMay 10 (M)7 p.m.NLHE The Big 20 SE$20$3,500
11-HMay 10 (M)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale$200$10,000
11-MMay 10 (M)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale$100$7,500
11-LMay 10 (M)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale$30$4,000
12-HMay 10 (M)9:30 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Turbo$100$5,000
12-MMay 11 (Tu)9:30 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Turbo$30$2,000
12-LMay 11 (Tu)9:30 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Turbo$20$1,500
13-HMay 11 (Tu)7 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Win The Button, Nightly Stars SE$100$7,000
13-MMay 11 (Tu)7 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Win The Button$30$4,000
13-LMay 11 (Tu)7 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Win The Button, The Big 20 SE$20$3,000
14-HMay 11 (Tu)8 p.m.NLHE Super Tuesday$200$17,500
14-MMay 12 (W)8 p.m.NLHE Half Price Super Tuesday$100$12,500
14-LMay 12 (W)8 p.m.NLHE Super Tuesday, Mini$30$7,500
15-HMay 12 (W)7 p.m.NLHE Nightly Stars SE$100$8,000
15-MMay 12 (W)7 p.m.NLHE$30$5,000
15-LMay 12 (W)7 p.m.NLHE The Big 20 SE$20$3,500
16-HMay 12 (W)8 p.m.NLHE 7-Max, Exit 7$200$12,500
16-MMay 12 (W)8 p.m.NLHE 7-Max, Half Price Exit 7$100$5,000
16-LMay 12 (W)8 p.m.NLHE 7-Max, Exit 7, Mini$30$4,000
17-HMay 12 (W)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO$100$5,000
17-MMay 13 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO$30$2,000
17-LMay 13 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO$20$1,500
18-HMay 13 (Th)7 p.m.NLHE Nightly Stars SE$100$8,000
18-MMay 13 (Th)7 p.m.NLHE$30$5,000
18-LMay 13 (Th)7 p.m.NLHE The Big 20 SE$20$3,500
19-HMay 13 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill$200$10,000
19-MMay 13 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE Progressive KO, Half Price Thrill$100$7,500
19-LMay 13 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE Progressive KO, Thrill, Mini$30$4,000
20-HMay 13 (Th)9:30 p.m.NLHE 4-Max, Turbo$100$5,000
20-MMay 14 (F)9:30 p.m.NLHE 4-Max, Turbo$30$2,000
20-LMay 14 (F)9:30 p.m.NLHE 4-Max, Turbo$20$1,500
21-HMay 14 (F)7 p.m.NLHE Deepstack, Nightly Stars SE$100$8,000
21-MMay 14 (F)7 p.m.NLHE Deepstack$30$5,000
21-LMay 14 (F)7 p.m.NLHE Deepstack, The Big 20 SE$20$3,500
22-HMay 14 (F)8 p.m.NLHE 4-Max$200$15,000
22-MMay 14 (F)8 p.m.NLHE 4-Max$100$10,000
22-LMay 14 (F)8 p.m.NLHE 4-Max$30$6,000
23-HMay 14 (F)9 p.m.PLO 6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO$75$4,000
23-MMay 15 (Sa)9 p.m.PLO 6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO$30$2,000
23-LMay 15 (Sa)9 p.m.PLO 6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO$10$1,000
24-HMay 15 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Rebuy$75$8,000
24-MMay 15 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Rebuy$30$6,000
24-LMay 15 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Rebuy$10$4,000
25-HMay 15 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE Nightly Stars SE$100$8,000
25-MMay 15 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE$30$5,000
25-LMay 15 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE The Big 20 SE$20$3,500
26-HMay 15 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Bigstack$200$17,500
26-MMay 15 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Half Price BigStack$100$12,500
26-LMay 16 (Su)8 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Bigstack, Mini$30$7,500
4-LMay 16 (Su)9:30 p.m.NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom$10$2,500
27-HMay 16 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE Bigstack, Sunday Marathon SE$100$10,000
27-MMay 16 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE Afternoon Bigstack 30$30$4,500
27-LMay 16 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE Afternoon Bigstack 20$20$3,000
28-HMay 16 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE Half Price Sunday Warm Up SE$38$5,000
28-MMay 16 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE Half Price Sunday Warm Up, Mini$15$4,000
28-LMay 16 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE Half Price Sunday Storm SE$5$3,500
29-HMay 16 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Half Price Jersey Special, High Roller$250$15,000
29-MMay 16 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Half Price Jersey Special$100$35,000
29-LMay 16 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Half Price Jersey Special, Mini$15$8,000
30-HMay 16 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE Half Price Nightly Stars SE$50$10,000
30-MMay 16 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE$15$6,000
30-LMay 16 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE Half Price Big 20 SE$10$4,000
31-HMay 16 (Su)8 p.m.PLO 6-Max$100$10,000
31-MMay 16 (Su)8 p.m.PLO 6-Max$30$6,000
31-LMay 17 (M)8 p.m.PLO 6-Max$20$3,000
32-HMay 17 (M)7 p.m.NLHE Nightly Stars SE$100$8,000
32-MMay 17 (M)7 p.m.NLHE$30$5,000
32-LMay 17 (M)7 p.m.NLHE$20$3,500
33-HMay 17 (M)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale$200$10,000
33-MMay 17 (M)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale$100$7,500
33-LMay 17 (M)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale$30$4,000
34-HMay 17 (M)9:30 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO, Mach$75$3,000
34-MMay 17 (M)9:30 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO, Mach$30$1,500
34-LMay 18 (Tu)9:30 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO, Mach$10$500
35-HMay 18 (Tu)7 p.m.NLHE 25% PKO, Nightly Stars SE$100$8,000
35-MMay 18 (Tu)7 p.m.NLHE 25% PKO$30$5,000
35-LMay 18 (Tu)7 p.m.NLHE 25% PKO, The Big 20 SE$20$3,500
36-HMay 18 (Tu)8 p.m.NLHE Super Tuesday$200$17,500
36-MMay 18 (Tu)8 p.m.NLHE Half Price Super Tuesday$100$12,500
36-LMay 19 (W)8 p.m.NLHE Super Tuesday, Mini$30$7,500
37-HMay 19 (W)7 p.m.NLHE Nightly Stars SE$100$8,000
37-MMay 19 (W)7 p.m.NLHE$30$5,000
37-LMay 19 (W)7 p.m.NLHE The Big 20 SE$20$3,500
38-HMay 19 (W)8 p.m.NLHE 7-Max, Exit 7$200$15,000
38-MMay 19 (W)8 p.m.NLHE 7-Max, Half Price Exit 7$100$8,500
38-LMay 19 (W)8 p.m.NLHE 7-Max, Exit 7, Mini$30$6,000
39-HMay 19 (W)9:30 p.m.NLHE 4-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO$100$5,000
39-MMay 19 (W)9:30 p.m.NLHE 4-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO$30$2,000
39-LMay 20 (Th)9:30 p.m.NLHE 4-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO$20$1,500
40-HMay 20 (Th)7 p.m.NLHE Bigstack, Nightly Stars SE$100$8,000
40-MMay 20 (Th)7 p.m.NLHE BigStack$30$5,000
40-LMay 20 (Th)7 p.m.NLHE BigStack, The Big 20 SE$20$3,500
41-HMay 20 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill$200$10,000
41-MMay 20 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE Progressive KO, Half Price Thrill$100$7,500
41-LMay 20 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE Progressive KO, Thrill, Mini$30$4,000
42-HMay 20 (Th)9:30 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Turbo$100$5,000
42-MMay 20 (Th)9:30 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Turbo$30$2,000
42-LMay 21 (F)9:30 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Turbo$20$1,500
43-HMay 21 (F)7 p.m.NLHE Nightly Stars SE$100$8,000
43-MMay 21 (F)7 p.m.NLHE$30$5,000
43-LMay 21 (F)7 p.m.NLHE The Big 20 SE$20$3,500
44-HMay 21 (F)8 p.m.NLHE 4-Max, Bigstack$200$12,000
44-MMay 21 (F)8 p.m.NLHE 4-Max, Half Price Bigstack$100$8,000
44-LMay 21 (F)8 p.m.NLHE 4-Max, Bigstack, Mini$30$4,000
45-HMay 21 (F)9 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO$75$7,500
45-MMay 21 (F)9 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO$30$3,500
45-LMay 22 (Sa)9 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO$10$2,500
46-HMay 22 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Deepstack$100$10,000
46-MMay 22 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Deepstack$30$6,500
46-LMay 22 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Deepstack$20$3,500
47-HMay 22 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE Nightly Stars SE$100$10,000
47-MMay 22 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE$30$6,000
47-LMay 22 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE The Big 20 SE$20$4,000
48-HMay 22 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Rebuy$75$8,000
48-MMay 22 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Rebuy$30$6,000
48-LMay 23 (Su)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Rebuy$10$4,000
49-HMay 23 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE Deepstack, Sunday Marathon SE$100$10,000
49-MMay 23 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE Deepstack$30$4,500
49-LMay 23 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE Deepstack$20$3,000
50-HMay 23 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE Sunday Warm Up$75$6,000
50-MMay 23 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE Sunday Warm Up, Mini$30$5,000
50-LMay 23 (Su)5 p.m.NLHE Sunday Storm$10$4,000
51-HMay 23 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Jersey Special, High Roller$500$20,000
51-MMay 23 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Main Event$300$100,000
51-LMay 23 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Main Event, Mini$50$10,000
52-HMay 23 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE Second Chance, Nightly Stars SE$100$10,000
52-MMay 23 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE$30$6,000
52-LMay 23 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE Second Chance, The Big 20 SE$20$4,000
53-HMay 23 (Su)9:30 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Sunday Supersonic SE$100$5,000
53-MMay 23 (Su)9:30 p.m.NLHE 6-Max$30$2,500
53-LMay 24 (M)9:30 p.m.NLHE 6-Max$20$2,000
54-HMay 24 (M)7 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, Nightly Stars SE$100$10,000
54-MMay 24 (M)7 p.m.NLHE 8-Max$30$6,000
54-LMay 24 (M)7 p.m.NLHE 8-Max, The Big 20 SE$20$4,000
55-HMay 24 (M)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Last Chance, Deepstack$75$8,000
55-MMay 24 (M)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Last Chance, Deepstack$30$6,000
55-LMay 24 (M)8 p.m.NLHE 6-Max, Last Chance, Deepstack$10$3,000
4-MMay 24 (M)9:30 p.m.NLHE Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom$30$6,500
TOTAL$1,202,250
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