$1.43M in MISCOOP Prizes Won With 40+ PokerStars Events to Go

Written By Martin Harris on May 19, 2021

The Michigan Spring Championship of Online Poker (MISCOOP) on PokerStars MI is hurtling towards its climax this weekend. With nearly two-thirds of the 120 tournaments played, the series has already awarded more than $1.43 million.

That puts MISCOOP on pace to challenge the $2.2 million won in the site’s previous largest tournament series, the Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) that spanned parts of February and March.

Big turnouts, six-figure prize pools, some overlays

Following the format of other “SCOOP” events on PokerStars sites, each MISCOOP event features three buy-in levels: “high,” “medium” and “low.” With 40 events, that makes 120 tournaments in total, tightly packed into a 17-day schedule.

MISCOOP’s guarantees to this point have added up to almost $1.23 million, an amount the overall total of prize pools has exceeded by about $200,000. In all, the series has $2 million in guaranteed prize pools.

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There have been a number of overlays among the 78 competed events, with no less than 20 tournaments coming up shy of the needed entries to meet their guarantees. Most of the overlays have been quite small, however, with the largest just over $4,100 and the total in overlays at a little more than $18,600.

There have been two six-figure prize pools thus far in MISCOOP.

Event No. 11-H, the eight-handed High Roller, featured the series’ biggest buy-in of $2,000. With 55 entries, the prize pool reached $104,500.

Also, last weekend’s “high” version of the $200 buy-in Sunday Special, Event #20-H, came with a $100,000 guarantee. With 553 total entries, the prize pool came close to $103,000 to reach that goal.

High Roller, Main Event highlight remaining MISCOOP schedule

A number of highlights remain on the MISCOOP schedule. Another marquee tournament, the $1,000 buy-in six-handed High Roller (Event No. 27-H) with a $50,000 guarantee, is at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Meanwhile, everyone is eyeing the “high” version of this weekend’s MISCOOP Main Event, a $300 buy-in tournament with a series-high $200,000 guarantee. The two-day event begins at 6 p.m. Sunday. (Click here to see the full remaining MISCOOP schedule.)

There remain plenty of satellites for the Main Event and for other MISCOOP tournaments. There’s also the MISCOOP Depositor Freeroll at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Any PokerStars MI player who deposits $30 or more between now and 1:59 p.m. on Sunday while using the code “MISCOOP” receives an entry into the freeroll. The top 50 finishers in that tournament will win seats in that evening’s $300 Main Event, meaning $15,000 worth of tournament tickets will be up for grabs.

The MISCOOP Main Event — Mid ($75 buy-in) and MISCOOP Main Event — Mini ($30 buy-in) also start at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Comparing MISCOOP to other tournament series, US sites

As noted, MISCOOP is currently on pace to finish with a total amount awarded that will rival PokerStars MI’s MICOOP series.

The MICOOP featured 60 tournaments total. Guarantees for those tournaments were increased as the series played out, ultimately totaling almost $1.43 million. In the end, Michigan poker players won just over $2.2 million in the series.

PokerStars is no doubt also comparing the turnouts for MISCOOP with the other SCOOP series staged at its US sites.

The PASCOOP played out in Pennsylvania in April and May. That series featured 120 events and a schedule that very closely resembles the MISCOOP one. Players on PokerStars PA won $2.64 million in those events, a mark that might be difficult for MISCOOP to reach this weekend.

Meanwhile, the NJSCOOP is happening right now at PokerStars NJ, taking place over the same dates as MISCOOP. The New Jersey series has 165 total tournaments scheduled and lower guarantees throughout. Through 104 completed tournaments, NJSCOOP players have won just over $876,000.

Looking at BetMGM Poker Michigan, PokerStars’ only competitor in the state so far, the tournament series on PokerStars MI have easily bested what BetMGM Poker MI has managed to stage.

After launching in March, BetMGM Poker MI’s first major online series was the 10-tournament BetMGM Online Series in April, in which players won a little over $360,000.

BetMGM Poker MI is trying to compete with PokerStars MI again this week, with another 10-event series running May 16-23.

Here’s a look at all the turnouts, prize pools and overlays in MISCOOP events so far.

2021 MISCOOP by the numbers (Events Nos. 1-26)

EventBuy-inGuaranteeEntriesPrize PoolOverlay
1-H: NLHE [Nightly Stars SE]$100$40,000 511$46,909.80 n/a
1-M: NLHE, $20K Gtd$30$20,000 833$22,740.90 n/a
1-L: NLHE$10$7,500 803$7,500.00 $192.70
2-H:NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$100$20,000 275$25,245.00 n/a
2-M: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$30$10,000 391$10,674.30 n/a
2-L: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$10$5,000 682$6,206.20 n/a
3-H: NLHE (Sunday Marathon SE)$100$30,000 339$31,120.20 n/a
3-M: NLHE (Sunday Marathon)$30$15,000 537$15,000.00 $339.90
3-L: NLHE (Sunday Marathon)$10$6,000 694$6,315.40 n/a
4-H: NLHE (Sunday Special SE)$100$80,000 831$80,000.00 $3,714.20
4-M: NLHE (Sunday Warm Up SE)$30$20,000 725$20,000.00 $207.50
4-L: NLHE (Sunday Storm SE)$10$7,500 961$10,000.00 $1,254.90
5-H: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$50$7,500 197$8,963.50 n/a
5-M: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$15$3,500 187$3,500.00 $947.45
5-L: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$5$1,000 204$1,000.00 $71.80
6-H: NLHE (Turbo, Second Chance)$50$7,500 210$10,000.00 $445.00
6-M: NLHE (Turbo, Second Chance)$15$2,500 187$2,552.55 n/a
6-L: NLHE (Turbo, Second Chance)$5$1,000 213$1,000.00 $30.85
7-H: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE)$50$7,500 134$7,500.00 $1,202.00
7-M: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic)$15$2,500 182$2,566.20 n/a
7-L: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic)$5$1,000 212$1,000.00 $3.60
8-H: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE)$100$30,000 362$33,231.60 n/a
8-M: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$30$15,000 660$18,018.00 n/a
8-L: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$10$5,000 755$6,870.50 n/a
9-H: NLHE (Escalating Antes)$100$10,000 118$10,832.40 n/a
9-M: NLHE (Escalating Antes)$30$4,000 171$4,668.30 n/a
9-L: NLHE (Escalating Antes)$10$1,500 197$1,792.70 n/a
10-H: NLHE (Super Tuesday SE)$200$40,000 288$53,568.00 n/a
10-M: NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday SE)$50$25,000 593$26,981.50 n/a
10-L: NLHE (The Big $20 SE)$20$10,000 745$13,559.00 n/a
11-H: NLHE (8-Max, High Roller)$2,000 $80,000 55$104,500.00 n/a
11-M: NLHE (8-Max, High Roller)$500$50,000 144$67,680.00 n/a
11-L: NLHE (8-Max)$200$30,000 204$37,944.00 n/a
12-H: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, H Roller Second Chance)$200$17,500 99$18,414.00 n/a
12-M: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo)$50$12,500 298$13,559.00 n/a
12-L: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo)$20$5,000 341$6,206.20 n/a
13-H: NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE)$200$35,000 228$42,408.00 n/a
13-M: NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill SE)$50$22,500 566$25,753.00 n/a
13-L: NLHE (Progressive KO, Bounty Builder $20 SE)$20$10,000 673$12,248.60 n/a
14-H: NLHE (Rebuy)$50$15,000 143$19,838.00 n/a
14-M: NLHE (Rebuy)$15$7,500 303$12,189.45 n/a
14-L: NLHE (Rebuy)$5$3,000 239$3,312.40 n/a
15-H: NLHE (4-Max)$100$17,500 254$23,317.20 n/a
15-M: NLHE (4-Max)$30$10,000 420$11,466.00 n/a
15-L: NLHE (4-Max)$10$4,000 469$4,267.90 n/a
16-H: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$200$25,000 188$34,968.00 n/a
16-M: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$50$17,500 417$18,973.50 n/a
16-L: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$20$8,000 525$9,555.00 n/a
17-H: 5-Card PLO (6-Max)$100$7,500 126$11,566.80 n/a
17-M: 5-Card PLO (6-Max)$30$4,000 179$4,886.70 n/a
17-L: 5-Card PLO (6-Max)$10$2,000 239$2,174.90 n/a
18-H: NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Prog. KO, Zoom, Total KO)$50$10,000 224$10,192.00 n/a
18-M: NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Prog. KO, Zoom, Total KO)$15$7,500 326$7,500.00 $3,050.10
18-L: NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Prog. KO, Zoom, Total KO)$5$2,000 339$2,000.00 $457.55
19-H: NLHE (Bigstack, Sunday Marathon SE)$100$30,000 340$31,212.00 n/a
19-M: NLHE (Bigstack)$30$15,000 550$15,015.00 n/a
19-L: NLHE (Bigstack)$10$6,000 704$6,406.40 n/a
20-H: NLHE (Sunday Special SE)$200$100,000 553$102,858.00 n/a
20-M: NLHE (Sunday Warm Up SE)$50$30,000 569$30,000.00 $4,110.50
20-L: NLHE (Sunday Storm SE)$20$12,500 650$12,500.00 $670.00
21-H: PLO (8-Max)$100$10,000 135$12,393.00 n/a
21-M: PLO (8-Max)$30$5,000 167$5,000.00 $440.90
21-L: PLO (8-Max)$10$2,000 189$2,000.00 $280.10
22-H: NLHE (Turbo, Second Chance)$100$15,000 174$15,973.20 n/a
22-M: NLHE (Turbo, Second Chance)$30$7,500 266$7,500.00 $238.20
22-L: NLHE (Turbo, Second Chance)$10$2,500 348$3,166.80 n/a
23-H: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper, PKO, Sun. Supersonic SE)$50$7,500 149$7,500.00 $497.00
23-M: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper, PKO, Sun. Supersonic)$15$3,000 179$3,000.00 $476.10
23-L: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper, PKO, Sun. Supersonic)$5$1,000 255$1,198.50 n/a
24-H: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO)$200$30,000 178$33,108.00 n/a
24-M: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE)$50$15,000 402$18,291.00 n/a
24-L: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO)$20$5,000 505$9,191.00 n/a
25-H: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$100$10,000 123$11,291.40 n/a
25-M: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$30$5,000 244$6,661.20 n/a
25-L: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$10$2,000 290$2,639.00 n/a
26-H: NLHE (Super Tuesday SE)$300$40,000 213$59,640.00 n/a
26-M: NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday SE)$75$25,000 429$29,279.25 n/a
26-L: NLHE$30$10,000 499$13,622.70 n/a
TOTALS (through May 18)28,307$1,433,683.15$18,630.00
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Martin Harris is a writer and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Once a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. In 2019, his book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books.

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