How to play the PokerStars SCOOP 2021

How to play the PokerStars SCOOP 2021
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Geoff Fisk
Posted on: March 23, 2021 10:58 PDT

Series offers 306 total tournaments on PokerStars from April 4-28

PokerStars unveiled the schedule for one of the most popular festivals on the online tournament calendar, and the international poker operator is going big with the guaranteed prize pools.

The 2021 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is set for April 4-28, and brings with it the largest combined guaranteed prize pool in the history of the series. The 2021 SCOOP offers $100 million guaranteed, a new high mark in the 13-year history of the series.

Per traditional Championship of Online Poker structure, just about every conceivable poker variant will be played throughout the series. Each of the 102 events offers three different buy-in tiers, as the 2021 SCOOP presents 306 total tournaments.

Let’s dive into an overview of some of the notable events on the PokerStars 2021 SCOOP schedule:

PokerStars SCOOP 2021 Main Events

Tournament Buy-in Start Date Guarantee
SCOOP 92-L No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max Main Event $109 April 25 $3,000,000
SCOOP 92-M No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max Main Event $1,050 April 25 $5,000,000
SCOOP 92-H No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max Main Event $10,300 April 25 $5,000,000
SCOOP 93-L Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Max Main Event $109 April 25 $350,000
SCOOP 93-M Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Max Main Event $1,050 April 25 $750,000
SCOOP 93-H Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Max Main Event $10,300 April 25 $1,250,000

SCOOP Main Events running April 25

Sunday, April 25 marks Main Event day for the 2021 SCOOP. The series’ six Main Event tournaments all take place that day, with a trio of buy-in tiers available for both the No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha Main Events.

SCOOP Event #92: No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max Main Event offers a $3 million guarantee for the low buy-in tier. That event, at a $109 entry fee, will likely draw some of the biggest attendance across the series.

The medium ($1,050 buy-in) and high ($10,300 buy-in) each offer $5 million guaranteed prize pools. All three iterations of SCOOP Event #92 run concurrently, starting at 1:05 pm EDT.

SCOOP Event #93: Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Max Main Event, also runs three tiers at $109, $1,050, and $10,300 buy-ins. All three begin at 3:05 EDT on April 25th, with the high tier PLO Main Event guaranteeing $1,250,000.

The SCOOP Main Events offer just a sliver of the $100 million guaranteed across the series. Several other tournaments offer prize pools in the high six-figures or more.

The low tier tournaments come at entry fees as low as $2.20, while the high buy-in events go up to $25,000 per entry.

How to play at PokerStars

The 2021 SCOOP plays out on the PokerStars main client. This online poker platform is available to players in many areas of the world but isn’t legally accessible in the U.S.

Search for in a search engine to see if you’re in an area that legally offers PokerStars. If you’re in a legal jurisdiction, you’ll be able to download the PokerStars main client.

If you’re in the U.S. or any other country that doesn’t allow access to PokerStars, you’ll automatically be redirected to, the company’s play money poker site.

Players lucky enough to enjoy legal access to PokerStars' main platform can look forward to the 2021 SCOOP kicking off with seven events (all with three tiers each) on April 4.

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