- The 2022 SECOOP and ICOOP will now include a €1M GTD Sunday Millions
- Players will be competing for more than €14 million in combined guarantees starting October 30
- The two Sunday Millions were added to make up for the disruption during September’s Galactic Series
PokerStars has expanded the schedules of its two upcoming tournament series across its markets in Southern Europe and Italy.
The operator recently announced that the Southern European Championship of Online Poker (SECOOP) and the Italian Championship of Online Poker (ICOOP) will each feature a special-edition Sunday Millions, bringing the total guarantees on offer between the two festivals to over €14 million.
Sunday Millions for SECOOP and ICOOP
In September, PokerStars experienced DDoS attacks which affected its running of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on its global client and the Galactic Series which was exclusive to players in Southern Europe and Italy. The technical problems resulted in the cancellation of multiple tournaments from both festivals, including the Main Events.
PokerStars earlier announced it would run WCOOP Take 2 to make up for last month’s disruption, and now, the operator also confirmed the addition of two Sunday Millions to the SECOOP and ICOOP schedules.
Each tournament features an entry fee of €250 and comes with €1 million in guarantees. On top of that, PokerStars will also be awarding live tournament packages to winners of select SECOOP and ICOOP championship events.
PokerStars’ Regional COOPs Continue to Grow
Regional COOPs have been a staple on PokerStars’ tournament series schedule for years, with the operator initially hosting separate COOP festivals in Spain, Portugal, and France.
In 2018, the three markets agreed to share their player pools, leading to the launch of SECOOP. Since then, the festival has gotten bigger and better, with plenty of tournaments to choose from and huge guarantees to be won each year. The same goes for ICOOP.
SECOOP and ICOOP will kick off on October 30, 2022, featuring a wide range of tournaments with buy-ins ranging from €10 to €250. SECOOP, which is open to players in Spain, Portugal, and France, offers €9 million in total guarantees, while ICOOP, which is exclusive to the ring-fenced Italian market, will award at least €5.5 million in guaranteed prize money.
Running until November 20, SECOOP is headlined by a €250 buy-in Main Event which features €400,000 in guarantees. Similarly, ICOOP also features a €150,000-guaranteed Main Event that costs €125 to enter.
The Main Events will be supported by the €1 million-guaranteed Sunday Millions, making both festivals more exciting. PokerStars will also run satellites starting at €3 for both series.