Try Topping This: PokerStars Announces $1.1 Million NJSCOOP Tournament Series

Written By Steve Ruddock on April 26, 2016

Beginning on Sunday, May 15, PokerStars will debut its first major online poker tournament series in New Jersey – the New Jersey Spring Championships of Online Poker, or simply NJSCOOP for short.

The series will get started just a day after Jason Somerville and a contingent of Team PokerStars Pros host the Run It Up: Resorts Rumble at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, setting the stage for a fun-filled weekend for online poker players in the Garden State.

NJSCOOP is the New Jersey version of PokerStars’ popular SCOOP tournament series (which runs from May 8-22 this year), which is now in its eighth year. The NJSCOOP series is being billed as the biggest online poker tournament series in New Jersey online poker’s two-and-a-half year history.

”The global PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is one of the must-play poker events of the year,” said Chris Moneymaker, the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champion and longtime member of Team PokerStars Pro. “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.”

Daily online qualifiers to all the NJSCOOP events are currently available at, with satellite buy-ins as low as $1.

Overview of NJSCOOP events

The NJSCOOP series will feature 27 unique events, and in true SCOOP fashion, each event will take place at multiple buy-in levels.

Players accustomed to the global SCOOP series, and used to the SCOOP tournament series featuring three buy-in levels, will notice the company has eliminated the mid-level buy-in level in New Jersey. NJSCOOP features only low and high levels.

NJSCOOP will also bring several new tournament types to the New Jersey market. Even though it will be heavy on No Limit Holdem and to a lesser extent PLO tournaments, the preliminary schedule also has an 8-Game Mix event, a PLO8 event, Stud events, and even a Zoom Poker event.

In all, the 54 total tournaments are guaranteeing a total of $1.1 million in prize money, just pipping the $1 million guarantee offered during the most recent – and pretty successful – Garden State Super Series (GSSS IV) hosted by Borgata and partypoker earlier this year.

Considering GSSS IV easily met its guarantees, the total guarantees of the NJSCOOP aren’t exactly what I’d call aggressive.

That being said, the $500 high buy-in Main Event does feature an aggressive $200,000 guarantee – with the $50 low buy-in Main Event adding a $30,000 guarantee – a number that will certainly present a challenge to reach.

Once again using GSSS IV as a measuring stick, Borgata and partypoker’s $215 buy-in Main Event missed its $150k guarantee by $1,200.

The leaderboard

NJSCOOP will also incorporate a PokerStars’ tournament series staple, the leaderboard.

According to a press release by PokerStars:

“The overall leaderboard winner will receive a trophy, a special live event ticket and $2,000 cash. The live event ticket will be for an exciting to-be-announced live event. Other cash prizes are available for players who make the leaderboard.”

In all, some $10,000 in leaderboard prizes will be awarded during the NJSCOOP series.

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Steve covers nearly every angle of online poker in his job as a full-time freelance poker writer. His primary focus is the developing legal and legislative picture for regulated US online poker and gambling.

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