PokerStars Announces 2020 NJSCOOP Schedule

Yesterday, PokerStars announced the full schedule for the upcoming New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP). The series will offer more in 2019, which is not surprising given the fact that players in New Jersey will be at home due to the coronavirus outbreak. Taking place from April 11th to the 27th, players will have access to $1.2 million in total guarantees across 45 events.

2020 NJSCOOP Details

This years NJSCOOP will feature a total of 45 events, which is a bit more than the 41 offered last year. The series first launched in 2016 and every year, PokerStars has upped the ante so to speak and offered even more tournament options in the series.

As usual, the series will include two buy-in tiers, this way, players can compete on the lower or higher end of the spectrum. In total, there will be 90 separate tournament events. Buy-ins start at just $5 and will go up to $100 in the Low section. In the High section, there are buy-ins ranging from $50 to $1,000.

The series will include several game types and formats and will generally be the same as last year. However, the Mixed No Limit Hold’em Pot Limit Omaha event is not going to be on the schedule. The Main Event also saw a change in buy-in.

For the Main Event, the High version will include a $300 buy-in with $100,000 guaranteed. This is lower than the $500 buy-in and $130,000 prize money from 2019. The Low option has a buy-in of $50 and the guarantee is $30,000.

Giveaways for NJSCOOP

During the NJSCOOP, PokerStars is offering a few giveaways featuring extra money. On April 26th, the site will be offering a depositor freeroll. The freeroll will offer $9,000 in free tickets to the Main Event, which is set to take place the very next day. There will also be $3 Spin & Gos, offering players another chance to get into the Main Event at a super low rate.

There is also going to be a $1,000 Second Chance freeroll that will take place each day. Players who are eliminated from the events during the NJSCOOP will be automatically entered into the freeroll. The events are all-in shootouts so you don’t even need to be logged in to have a chance to win a prize.

While New Jersey will be running the SCOOP, so will Pennsylvania. The series in PA is set to begin on April 4th. We expect the schedule to be released any time now, but it has yet to be provided by PokerStars, despite the series starting before the one in New Jersey. I would imagine the schedule will be released by next week.

All eyes are going to be on the SCOOP in both states as players are sure to log in to the site in record numbers. With the coronavirus affecting players around the nation and the world, online poker has seen an uptick in participation. This SCOOP series may be ones for the record books.

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Jacqueline Packett