PokerStars Schedules $85 Million SCOOP Amidst Tournament Turmoil, Dumps BetStars

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Ace King
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PokerStars has unveiled the schedule for its back-to-back online tournament series with MicroMillions preceding a record-breaking SCOOP just as the company gets slammed over tournaments being frozen midway and beyond due to apparent server reboots.

This year’s SCOOP kicks off on April 30 spanning nearly three weeks and has increased from an initial $75 million guarantee to $80 million. 

“SCOOP is something we look forward to each year, and hope our players do too,” said Severin Rasset, Managing Director & Commercial Officer, Poker, Product and Innovation at PokerStars. “We take pride in planning a series that gives every player in the poker community something to enjoy.”

SCOOP is set to begin at a time when the site has been plagued by technical glitches.

On Wednesday night, Gambling911.com was bombarded with messages alerting to a tournament freeze and subsequent cancellation.  Players encountered this message:

PokerStars acknowledged the issues.

Other poker sites are not immune to the slowdowns and glitches brought on by the surge in traffic as millions worldwide are confined in their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic.  But PokerStars customers continue to complain about the lack of communication.

In other news, PokerStars is dumping its BetStars sports betting brand in favor of PokerStars Sports.  Websites in the UK, Spain and a number of other countries are now re-directing the BetStars domain to PokerStars Sports.

In the US, the BetStars domain re-directs to FoxBets.  PokerStars entered into a partnership arrangement with Fox Sports to offer sports betting in some US states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The BetStars brand was introduced in 2015 in conjunction with PokerStars entry into the sports gambling sector.

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

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