PokerStars Brings Its Popular SCOOP Series Back to New Jersey

PokerStars Brings Its Popular SCOOP Series Back to New Jersey
By Lou Monaco

The New Jersey sports betting world will have its focus on March Madness for the next three weeks, but the poker players in the state will have their eyes on madness of their own later this month.

PokerStars announced Monday that its Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), to be held March 25-April 11, will guarantee a combined total of more than $4.5 million in prizes across three states: New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Those three states are among the few that offer online poker. The others are Delaware, West Virginia and Nevada.

PokerStars is coming off a successful Winter Series that started on Jan. 22.

For the first time in its history, SCOOP will run all three series simultaneously, with the popular series set to award $1 million to New Jersey players (NJSCOOP).

Players can win their seat via depositor freeroll offers, satellites starting at $1 as well as SCOOP Spin & Go’s offered at $3, which give players a chance to win a shot at playing in the $300 Main Event.

New Jersey will offer at least 35 events for each of three stake levels and the series will feature buy-ins from as low as $10 to the highest of $1,000. This gives equal opportunities for players of all skill a chance to compete for prize money and a SCOOP trophy.  

“It’s so exciting to see more SCOOP events than ever on the PokerStars calendar for this year’s Spring Championship,” Jennifer Shahade, PokerStars Ambassador, said in a news release. “The community gets so excited and engaged when SCOOP comes around, and it’s always been perceived as being one of the most prestigious online tournaments around the world, so to have leaderboards and trophies, and all kinds of ranges of events in the U.S. just makes it so much more fun, and competitive!”

Highlights of SCOOP 2022

The highlights of the series include two-day main events ($300), mini main events ($50) and a High Roller Main Event (one in each state), beginning April 10. The High Roller Main Event pays $1,000 to the winner.

Players who are eliminated without finishing in the money from the beginning of SCOOP 2022 can get a second chance, from the beginning until as late as April 9 with a freeroll ticket to remaining SCOOP events. Players can win entry to any series via second chance freerolls awarding $500 daily from March 28-April 3 and $1,000 daily in freerolls from April 4-11.

There also will be $16,000 worth of main event tickets in each state that will be awarded to NJSCOOP players in depositor freerolls on April 3 and April 11. There are three tiers of deposit offers with promo codes associated for each – one promo code offered per player. Players can access these promo codes when they are in-state via the NJSCOOP specific link on

Must be 21+ and present in NJ to participate. T&Cs apply.

Rewards Program Introduced Tuesday

PokerStars announced Tuesday a new and improved rewards program for players in New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania.. The new program will bring more value and more transparency.

“We’re excited to bring our new PokerStars Rewards program to our community in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Michigan and give players more than ever before for playing with us,” Rebecca McAdam, the associate director of consumer engagement and public relations at PokerStars, said in an announcement. “We’ve been working hard to give our players the best program and from listening to community feedback, we know that value and transparency are key, so we’re very happy to launch a program that has truly been built with this at its heart.”

Players in New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania now can earn up to 33% in rewards. The rewards start at 15%.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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