PokerStars is bringing back its popular Championship of Online Poker (COOP) this September. The world’s leading online poker room announced that it will run simultaneous COOP events for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan poker players from Sep 10-27.
This is the first time that PokerStars will run simultaneous COOP events in all three markets. The online poker giant is not forgetting its international players as a special World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) will also take place during this same period.
COVID-19 Should Boost COOP Numbers
America is now dealing with another rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the country and a number of casinos and poker rooms are still not operating at full capacity. The COVID-19 situation is not just limited to America as multiple countries across the world deal with the delta variant.
This increase in COVID cases might once again bode well for PokerStars and its WCOOP and COOP tournaments. PokerStars is confident that its guaranteed prize pools for WCOOP and COOP tournaments will be surpassed. We take a brief look at all three markets and what one can expect in September.
PokerStars PA COOP
PokerStars enjoyed a monopoly in Pennsylvania in 2020 but the competition has become a lot more intense in 2021 with the WSOP PA and BetMGM Poker PA entering the market. PokerStars is still the number one operator in the Keystone state and wants to continue to maintain that position.
PokerStars has announced its biggest ever COOP in PA which comes with a total of 69 events and a guaranteed $2 million prize pool. The Main Event will have a $300 buy-in and a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. It will take place over two days (Sep 26-27).
When PokerStars hosted its Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event in May 2021, it brought in $284,200 in guaranteed prize money. If we go by those numbers, the COOP Main Event should surpass the $200,000 guarantee.
PokerStars MI COOP
PokerStars is also looking to set a new record in Michigan by announcing a total of 68 COOP events that will have a combined $1.5 million in guaranteed prize money. The highlight for MICOOP will be the Main Event that also has a $300 buy-in and runs from Sep 26-27. The only difference is the guaranteed prize pool is limited to $150,000.
The 2021 MISCOOP Main Event which ran in May 2021 saw a total of $243,880 in the final prize pool. It looks like PokerStars has deliberately set the guaranteed prize pool a lot lower as it looks like the MICOOP Main Event prize pool could touch the $2 million mark.
PokerStars NJ COOP
PokerStars has been in the New Jersey market a lot longer than it has been in Pennsylvania or Michigan. This is one of the reasons why PokerStars is not doing anything over the top with its NJCOOP poker festival.
The NJCOOP poker festival will have a total of 60 events and only $1 million in combined guarantees. The Main Event will also cost $300 and run from Sep 26-27. A guaranteed prize pool of $100,000 will be up for grabs.
COOP Terms and Conditions
These three COOP events will not run as interstate events and only be available as individual events. Poker players will need to be physically present in the state in order to be able to play at the respective COOP events. Each of these COOP events will award a total of seven trophies, one of which will be for the Main Event.
There are a number of satellite events taking place for these COOP events. Check out PokerStars PA, MI and NJ for more information.

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