The Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) is finally over, and among the biggest winners to emerge at the festival was “smftt” who took down the Main Event for $56,398.35.
Michigan opened its regulated online gaming market in late January with PokerStars MI as the sole operator offering online poker. The site’s first few weeks of operations proved to be a huge success, and less than a month after its launch, it announced that the Wolverine State would have its own version of the popular COOP series, with the inaugural event running from February 20 to March 8.
MICOOP exceeded expectations after generating over $2.2 million in total prize pool, way above its initial guarantee of $1.4 million. A total of 28,830 entries took part in the series, which featured 60 events played in various formats. PokerStars will be very pleased with the initial response to its inaugural MICOOP tournament.
MICOOP Winners
The festival opened with Event #1: $100 NLHE Kick Off Nightly Star SE which was ultimately won by “PowerRanges” for $13,652 after outlasting a field of 883 entries. “smftt” dominated the final event of the series, the MICOOP Main Event, bagging the largest top prize.
Among other winners taking home five figures were “GrndChalengChmp” who took down Event #31: $250 NLHE Sunday Special for $19,161.33, “9NINENINE” who won Event #38: $250 NLHE Super Tuesday for $11,525.02, and “DegenCNol” who earned $12,749.11 after winning Event #44: $250 NLHE PKO Thursday Thrill.
“WOW $dogecoin”, “Bout2CrushU” and “Surge_Ibaka” also won big at the series, each walking away with at least $10,000 in first-place prize.
The festival also produced multiple tournament winners. “sexycaitlyn” emerged victorious in two events, Event #6: $200 NLHE Sunday Special SE and Event #11: $100 NLHE 4-Max, taking home over $14,900 in combined winnings from both tournaments. “sexycaitlyn” also made the final table of the MICOOP Main Event, finishing 9th for $3,759.82.
“Coolriver84” also capped off his MICOOP journey with two victories. The player first won Event #34: $100 NLHE 6-Max and then followed it up with another win in Event #59: $100 NLHE Nightly Stars, taking home over $12,000 in winnings between both events.
Andrew “autokorekt” Korby has had early success on PokerStars MI, winning three tournaments – a $100 NLHE Nightly Stars, a $200 Bounty Builder PKO, and a $20 Nightly event in February in just two days. The Farmington native continued his PokerStars heater on MICOOP, after winning Event #43: $100 NLHE 6-Max Turbo for $5,547.22.
MICOOP Main Event Final Table Results
The Main Event was a two-day affair, kicking off on March 7. Only 43 of the 1,284-entry field made it to Day 2, and it took just four hours for the event to crown a winner.
“smftt” was the chip leader when the final action began on Monday night, and he was able to maintain his position through to the middle of the action. With 13 players left, “Ryan Haury” grabbed the lead and “smftt” slid down to the middle of the pack. The final table was formed with the elimination of “PintiMellon” in 10th place, courtesy of the eventual winner.
The final table action began with a new chip leader, eventual runner-up finisher “zscoro”, with “smftt” second in chips. Two-time MICOOP winner “sexycaitlyn” was the shortest stack when the play started, and the player was eventually eliminated first in 9th place for $3,759.82.
Next to go was “Ryan Haury” who finished 8th for $5,274.48 after losing all of his remaining chips to “smftt”. Two more players subsequently busted at the very next level: they were “PuntnStacks” (7th, $7,399.31), and “GigglyGrizzlies” (6th, $10,380.16).
“nldoublej” settled for 5th place with $14,561.81 in winnings, and “LayThePipeDream” and “cbauer6789” followed them to the payout desk, finishing 4th and 3rd respectively for $20,427.99 and $28,657.44.
“zscoro” held the chip advantage as heads-up play began, but “smftt” eventually won more pots to claim the $56,398.93 top prize and the first-ever MICOOP Main Event title. “zscoro” earned $40,202.13 as the runner-up finisher.

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