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The latest edition of the Spring Championship of Online Poker is in full swing on PokerStars but it’s the players who will get to decide what game gets played in an upcoming tournament.
Once again PokerStars has opted to set aside one tournament (this time its SCOOP-57 on May 22) as a “Players’ Choice” event.
That means players can choose from four games hand-picked by Team PokerStars Pro Online. Voting will take place on Facebook.
Its a marked change from the usual SCOOP schedule, which is set months before the online series even begins.
Staples, Veldhuis Contribute Options
This year Team Online Pros Jaime Staples, Mikhail Shalamov, Randy Lew and Lex Veldhuis got the honor of putting forward their choices for Players’ Choice.
Here’s a look at each individual player picked for this year’s SCOOP:
Jaime Staples – Progressive KO
“I think my format is going to win. Progressive Knockouts are the future of tournament poker, I believe. It adds a layer of complexity and excitement that starts from the very beginning of the tournament. Also making the tournament slow down towards the end lengthens the ‘exciting parts’ of the tournament and lets the true players shine. I am pumped to play it!”
Mikhail Shalamov – Win the Button Turbo
“I think this format is great, even when you’re not in the hand you get to cheer for other people to win the pot so that you don’t have to post the big blind. It’s especially interesting when blinds are significant, so turbo format works best.”
Randy Lew – Deep Stacks Turbo
“I picked NLHE 6-max Deep Stacks Turbo because coming from a 6-max cash game background, I find that the 6-max tables are much more action-heavy and fun.
“I think a lot of times in tournaments we don’t get the option of playing with deep stacks like in cash games, so I would love to see more deeper stacked tournaments come into play. A lot of players though, myself included, can get tired after playing for very long hours so I think a turbo format fits very well in allowing us to play with deep stacks but be able to finish the tournament rather quickly.”
Lex Veldhuis – 6-max PLO
Pot Limit Omaha is a great game. There is a lot of depth to it. Even when you’re short stacked in tournaments there is a still a lot of room to play. Every street is an all-out war because people can represent so many different hands. If you thought 6-max Hold’em was fun, wait till you see PLO. It’s really fun to watch, and I’m proud to champion a tourney like this.”
You can vote for your favorite of the four options by heading over to the PokerStars Facebook page. Voting closes next Monday. The Players’ Choice tournament will close out the 2017 SCOOP on May 22.
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