PokerStars NJSCOOP Attracts 26K, Exceeds Prize Guarantee

PokerStars NJSCOOP Attracts 26K, Exceeds Prize Guarantee
By Lou Monaco

The PokerStars New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP), which concluded this week, attracted 26,000 entries across 163 tournaments with $1.36 million in total prize money, exceeding its $1.2 million guarantee.

Monday’s Main Event (which lasted 10 hours and went into Tuesday), had 391 entries with a prize pool of $109,480. ‘TrashNinja00’ won first place and $18,183.19. Steven “FadeOrHoldz” Madera finished as the runner-up and Sridhar “sri100k” Sangannagari finished third, both collecting more than $10,000 for their efforts.

Four players — ‘09123459’, ‘AvaGray’, ‘Barney889’, ‘TopDogCD’ — each won four online poker events during the series. Ten players — cncly1314, evanb004, IllbILLYmAC, loxonbagel, mikeyeager, monkeyman067, nuttedd, thewholefunk, TitledHard and troutray — each won three events apiece.

Series Dominates In U.S.

PokerStars' stateside SCOOP series is the largest U.S. online poker series of 2021 thus far with the main events in three states (Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) awarding more than $625,000 in total to the PokerStars community. Across all three states, PokerStars attracted more than 117,000 entries and crowned 406 SCOOP Champions.

In addition to New Jersey, online poker is legal in five other states — Delaware, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

NJSCOOP was held May 8-24.



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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