Ontarian poker players can kick off their Spring in style on PokerStars.ca as the Ontario Spring Championship Of Online Poker (ONSCOOP) started on Saturday.
Since PokerStars.ca—the Ontario-only arm of the PokerStars brand—only launched in June of last year, this will be the first ONSCOOP ever. As a result, PokerStars has the chance to put the best foot of their most popular poker festivals forward into the province.
To help with that, the ONSCOOP sticks to familiar patterns. The festival more or less mirrors the much larger international SCOOP events (and the U.S. state-specific SCOOP events) in laying on large guarantees, a three-tiered price structure, and a ton of promotional events.
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What to expect from PokerStars ONSCOOP
- Starting March 25 and running until April 11
- CA$1.8 million in guarantees
- A CA$300 Main Event with CA$150,000 guaranteed
- 43 events (each with three tiers, small-, medium-, and high-stakes)
- CA$100,000 in leaderboard prizes
- Satellite and freeroll promotions
The major events at PokerStars ONSCOOP
Each of the 43 tournaments comes in a small-, medium, and high-stakes edition. In total that makes for 129 events across the two-and-a-half weeks of play. These events will come with buy-ins starting as small as CA$5 and running all the way up to CA$2,000.
PokerStars will put up CA$1.8 million in guarantees across the 129 events which run from March 25 to April 11.
There will be twelve “Championship Events” (each with three tiers). This includes the Main Championship Event which will cost $300 with a CA$150k guarantee. There will also be a CA$30 Mini Main (CA$30k GTD) and a $1,000 High-Roller Main (CA$70k GTD).
Variety Is The Spice Of Life
The other championship events will be spread across a range of games. These include the usual NLH tournament variants like 6-max, bounty, and turbo event. However, there is also a good spread for anyone suffering from hold’em fatigue. There will be PLO, O8, 5-card draw, and mixed game variants among others.
There will also be all the side events you’d expect. PokerStars is using the ONSCOOP festival as a recruitment drive. So new players are offered the usual range of bonuses, but old hands can still take advantage of promotional added-value and freeroll satellites into ONSCOOP events.
For anyone who lacks the patience to play a full satellite, the PokerStars.ca SpinNGo tab now also includes $3 events with $300 ONSCOOP tickets as the top possible prize.
For players who put in the volume, there is also CA$100,000 in leaderboard prizes to compete for. CA$40,000 will go to the top scorers in the Low-Stakes, Medium-Stakes, High-Roller, and Overall categories.
Whatever type of poker you play—if you’re in Ontario for the next few weeks—ONSCOOP has you covered.