Poker players in New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have a lot of action to look forward to over the next three weeks, as PokerStars will run its popular Championship of Online Poker (COOP) tournaments simultaneously in three states from Sept. 10 to Sept. 27.
With buy-ins starting for as little as $10 across all three festivals, the COOP events are designed to attract players of all skill levels, and with bankrolls of all sizes. We take a closer look at each festival, below.
The NJCOOP has the fewest number of events and the smallest guaranteed prize pool when compared to the PACOOP and MICOOP. PokerStars NJ has put together a total of 60 events and a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million.
The buy-ins for these 60 events start at $10 and go up to $1,000, and there are more than 10 events that have a buy-in of $30 or less. The NJCOOP Main Event has a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool and a $300 buy-in. There are four events for high-stakes players, with the most attractive event being the $1,000 High Roller Championship Trophy Event with a $40,000 guarantee.
In Pennsylvania, Stars has put together an exciting list of 69 events that feature a combined $2 million in guarantees. This makes PACOOP the second-biggest online poker festival in the Keystone state, matching the 2021 PASCOOP festival that ran in April with a $2 million guarantee.
The buy-ins for PACOOP target low-stakes, mid-stakes, and high-stakes poker players. The average buy-in across the 69 events is $136, with the minimum buy-in starting at $10 and going up to $1,000. The Main Event comes with a $300 buy-in and a $200,000 guarantee. You also have a mini Main Event, which has a $50 buy-in and a $40,000 guarantee.
PokerStars PA put together four events for high rollers. Three of those events have a $500 buy-in and a $50,000 guarantee, while the fourth event is the $1,000 HR Championship Trophy Event, which has a $75,000 guarantee.
MICOOP is designed to please casual players and those looking for some low-stakes action. The series has a total of 68 events and a guaranteed prize pool of $1.5 million. There are 17 events for low-stakes players where the buy-in is below $50, and 11 of these events have a five-figure guarantee.
The average buy-in for MICOOP 2021 is $135 and the average guarantee is $22,000. Mid-stakes players will also find a lot of action as there are several $100 events that run throughout the 18-day festival. Two events that mid-stakes players should check out are the $100 Marathon which has a $25,000 guarantee and the $100 Nightly Stars SE PKO, which has a $20,000 guarantee.
The highlight of MICOOP 2021 will be the $300 Main Event that has a $150,000 guarantee. High rollers should watch out for the $1,000 High Roller Championship Trophy Event that has a $60,000 guarantee.
PokerStars is running separate leaderboards for MICOOP, PACOOP, and NJCOOP.
- The NJCOOP leaderboard has $6,000 in prize money split among the top nine players.
- The MICOOP leaderboard has $7,500 in prize money and will be shared among the top 10 players
- The PACOOP leaderboard has $8,000 in prize money, which will be shared among the top 15 players.
- The player who tops the MICOOP and NJCOOP leaderboard will get $2,000 and a COOP trophy.
- The player who tops the PACOOP leaderboard will get $2,500 and a COOP trophy.