PokerStars Championship Planned for All Three US Markets PokerStars Championship Planned for All Three US Markets

PokerStars' marquee tournament series brand, the Championship of Online Poker (COOP), is coming to the US once again, running across all three PokerStars markets.

From September 10 – 27, NJCOOP, MICOOP, and PACOOP will be running with $4.5 million in guarantees across the three markets.

With the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) currently running in the global market, PokerStars has announced its premier series brand will be returning to the US markets as three series, one for each market it operates in.

There are 190 events scheduled across the three series, with each featuring a $300 buy-in Main Event.

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Main Event guarantees range from $100,000 to $200,000 depending on the market, and the total series guarantee reflect the different market sizes in a similar way. As the largest, PACOOP on PokerStars PA will have the biggest guarantees at $2 million; MICOOP on PokerStars MI is in the middle at $1.5 million; and NJCOOP on PokerStars NJ, the smallest, has $1 million in guarantees across its events.

USACOOP General Info

Market Events Guarantee Main Event Guarantee
New Jersey 60 $1,000,000 $100,000
Michigan 65 $1,500,000 $150,000
Pennsylvania 65 $2,000,000 $200,000
190 $4,500,000 $450,000

In addition to the Main Events in each market, there are several other high-value games. As usual, many of the best games are juiced up versions of regular games like the Sunday Special, Super Tuesday, and the Thursday Thrill.

New Jersey Series

As the smallest US market for PokerStars, New Jersey is also the smallest COOP series. With 60 events and $1 million in guarantees, it has both fewer games and smaller overall guarantee. One of the games that was dropped from NJ which appears in other series is a PKO High Roller, but many of the rest of the games are across all markets with different prices and returns.

NJCOOP High Value Games

Game Date Buy-In Gtd
Main Event Sep 26 $300 $100,000
Sunday Special SE Sep 19 $300 $50,000
Sunday Special Sep 12 $250 $45,000
High Roller Sep 15 $1,000 $40,000
Big Kickoff Sep 11 $100 $25,000
Thursday Thrill Sep 23 $250 $30,000
Super Tuesday Sep 14 $250 $35,000

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Michigan Series

Michigan sits in the middle of the three markets. MICOOP will feature 65 games, the same as PACOOP and 5 more than NJCOOP, but there is only $1.5 million guaranteed across the games. It is also worth noting that some games, like the Big Kickoff, are a higher buy-in in MI and NJ versus PA.

MICOOP High Value Games

Game Date Buy-In Gtd
Main Event Sep 26 $300 $150,000
Sunday Special SE Sep 19 $200 $90,000
Sunday Special Sep 12 $100 $75,000
High Roller Sep 26 $1,000 $60,000
Big Kickoff Sep 11 $100 $50,000
PKO High Roller Sep 26 $500 $40,000
Thursday Thrill Sep 23 $250 $40,000
Super Tuesday Sep 21 $250,000 $40,000

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Pennsylvania Series

The Pennsylvania online poker market is the biggest one in the PokerStars USA stable. As such, PACOOP is bigger than either of the other two series. There is $2 million guaranteed across 65 events, with more value in many cases in PA than other states.

The Big Kickoff is a great example of the increased value. In NJ and MI, the Big Kickoff is a $100 buy-in for $50,000 guaranteed. The PA version has the same $50,000 guarantee attached, but PA players get a shot at that guarantee for just $50.

PACOOP High Value Games

Game Date Buy-In Gtd
Main Event Sep 26 $300 $200,000
Sunday Special SE Sep 19 $200 $100,000
Sunday Special Sep 12 $100 $100,000
High Roller Sep 26 $1,000 $75,000
Big Kickoff Sep 11 $50 $50,000
PKO High Roller Sep 11 $500 $50,000
Thursday Thrill Sep 23 $250 $55,000
Super Tuesday Sep 21 $250 $55,000

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There will be a lot of value across all the PokerStars US markets this month with three different COOP series. For players in MI and NJ, PokerStars is also offering a free Spin & Go ticket, which could put as much as $5,000 into your bankroll for COOP buy-ins, or whatever else players want to use it for.

This past spring, the operator ran a similar three-state series set under the SCOOP branding, and it was a huge success. There were more than 117,000 entries that combined for more than $6.35 million in total prizes.

This latest set of series looks to be a little more modest than the Spring version, but the final numbers remain to be seen. The COOP series run in NJ, MI, and PA from September 10 through 27, and the full schedules are now up in the lobbies.