PokerStars Players Win $2.35 Million in Michigan SCOOP, Topping Site’s Previous High

Written By Martin Harris on May 25, 2021 - Last Updated on May 28, 2021

The largest tournament series in Michigan online poker history completed last night on PokerStars MI. The final events of the 120-tournament Michigan Spring Championship of Online Poker (MISCOOP) played out Monday night, and in the end, Michigan players won over $2.35 million during the 17-day series.

To be fair, the history of Michigan online poker is a short one, with PokerStars (the state’s first site) having only launched in late January. Still, the MISCOOP’s numbers are impressive, exceeding PokerStars MI’s previous record of $2.2 million won in the Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) in Feb.-March.

Over 40,000 entries in 120 tourneys, Main Event awards $243K

The $2,356,657.40 in prize pools well exceeded the series’ overall total of $2 million in guarantees. There were just over 40,000 entries in the 120 tournaments, an average of about 336 per tournament.

That prize pool total was boosted considerably by the $300 buy-in Main Event (Event #36-H). The two-day no-limit hold’em tournament came with a $200,000 guarantee. There were 871 total entries in the Main Event, creating a series-high $243,880 prize pool. In the end player “Stozypokes” claimed the top prize (and second series win), earning just over $41,000 for the effort.

Like other “SCOOP” series on PokerStars, MISCOOP events each featured three distinct tiers with different buy-ins, “high,” “medium,” and “low.”

Both the “medium” and “low” Main Events had slight overlays. The $75 “Main Event – Mid” (Event #36-M) had 577 entries, just 10 shy of hitting the $40,000 guarantee. Meanwhile the $30 “Main Event – Mini” (Event #36-L) drew 709 entries and needed two dozen more to hit its $20,000 guarantee.

All told, 33 of the 120 tournaments had overlays, in most cases quite small compared to the size of the prize pools. The largest overlay was just over $4,100 in a $50 Sunday Warm-Up (Event #20-M). Overlays added up to a little more than $35,000, an average of around $1,000 per instance.

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MISCOOP best in site history, challenges PASCOOP numbers

As noted, the $2.35 million awarded in MISCOOP topped the $2.2 million won in the 60-tournament MICOOP series earlier this year. That total also compares well to other tournament series, including other SCOOP series at PokerStars’ US sites.

The Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker (PASCOOP) in April-May featured an almost identical 120-tournament schedule that similarly promised $2 million in guarantees. There PokerStars PA players won $2.64 million over the course of the series.

Meanwhile the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP) took place during the same May 8-24 period as MISCOOP. The NJSCOOP featured a different line-up of events, with 165 tournaments total and just over $1.2 million in guarantees.

After the final events completed last night, PokerStars NJ players had won about $1.36 million during NJSCOOP. More than 40% of the events (68 out of 165) had overlays.

The other online poker site in the state, BetMGM Poker Michigan, tried to compete with the final week of MISCOOP by staging the second running of its BetMGM Online Series. The fledgling site went live in late March, and for now at least remains a distant challenger to PokerStars MI’s dominance in the state.

Guarantees for the 10-tournament series that ran May 16-23 totaled $315,000. By the time the last events played out on Sunday, all but one of the tournaments ended up having overlays. In fact, the overlays added up to almost $65,000, nearly twice the total amount in overlays of MISCOOP.

In the end $316,400 was awarded, less than the $360,000 won in the first BetMGM Online Series in April.

Look below for a complete list of all the turnouts, prize pools and overlays in the 2021 MISCOOP.

2021 MISCOOP by the numbers

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
27-H: NLHE (6-Max, High Roller)$1,000 $50,000 78$74,100.00 n/a
27-M: NLHE (6-Max)$250$30,000 193$44,969.00 n/a
27-L: NLHE (6-Max, Wedenesday 6-Max SE)$100$15,000 305$27,999.00 n/a
28-H: 8-Game$200$15,000 72$15,000.00 $1,608.00
28-M: 8-Game$50$7,500 125$7,500.00 $1,812.50
28-L: 8-Game$20$3,000 164$3,000.00 $15.20
29-H: NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE)$300$40,000 180$50,400.00 n/a
29-M: NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill SE)$75$25,000 375$25,593.75 n/a
29-L: NLHE (Progressive KO)$30$10,000 518$14,141.40 n/a
30-H: NLHE (Progressive KO, 25% PKO$200$20,000 108$20,088.00 n/a
30-M: NLHE (Progressive KO, 25% PKO)$50$10,000 244$11,102.00 n/a
30-L: NLHE (Progressive KO, 25% PKO)$20$5,000 316$5,751.20 n/a
31-H: HORSE (6-Max)$100$6,000 94$8,629.20 n/a
31-M: HORSE (6-Max)$30$4,000 144$4,000.00 $68.80
31-L: HORSE (6-Max)$10$1,000 214$1,947.40 n/a
32-H: NLHE (6-Max, Win the Button)$100$20,000 178$20,000.00 $3,659.60
32-M: NLHE (6-Max, Win the Button)$50$10,000 253$11,511.50 n/a
32-L: NLHE (6-Max, Win the Button)$10$3,500 433$3,940.30 n/a
33-H: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, High Roller)$500$40,000 104$48,880.00 n/a
33-M: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO)$200$30,000 144$30,000.00 $3,216.00
33-L: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO)$50$15,000 345$15,697.50 n/a
34-H: NLHE (4-Max, Turbo)$50$10,000 143$10,000.00 $3,493.50
34-M: NLHE (4-Max, Turbo)$15$5,000 296$5,000.00 $959.60
34-L: NLHE (4-Max, Turbo)$5$2,000 313$2,000.00 $575.85
35-H: NLHE (Deepstack, Sunday Marathon SE)$100$30,000 343$31,487.40 n/a
35-M: NLHE (Deepstack)$30$15,000 548$15,000.00 $39.60
35-L: NLHE (Deepstack)$10$6,000 688$6,260.80 n/a
36-H: NLHE (MISCOOP Main Event)$300$200,000 871$243,880.00 n/a
36-M: NLHE (MISCOOP Main Event - Mid)$75$40,000 577$40,000.00 $619.75
36-L: NLHE (MISCOOP Main Event - Mini)$30$20,000 709$20,000.00 $644.30
37-H: PLO (6-Max)$200$12,500 75$13,950.00 n/a
37-M: PLO (6-Max)$50$6,000 135$6,142.50 n/a
37-L: PLO (6-Max)$20$2,000 190$3,458.00 n/a
38-H: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper, Bigstack, Sun. Supersonic SE)$100$10,000 107$10,165.00 n/a
38-M: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Bigstack)$30$6,000 199$6,000.00 n/a
38-L: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Bigstack)$10$2,000 292$2,744.80 n/a
39-H: NLHE (Nightly Stars SE)$100$25,000 357$32,722.60 n/a
39-M: NLHE$30$10,000 472$12,885.60 n/a
39-L: NLHE$10$5,000 538$5,000.00 $104.20
40-H: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Mach 50)$50$6,000 169$7,943.00 n/a
40-M: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Mach 15)$15$2,500 206$2,904.60 n/a
40-L: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Mach 5)$5$1,000 251$1,179.70 n/a
TOTALS40,373$2,356,657.40$35,447.25
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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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