Players in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan have another major tournament series to look forward to this month, as PokerStars USA plays host to the Champions Preseason Series from August 12-22.
The festival runs across PokerStars’ NJ, PA, and MI rooms, and is awarding $850,000 in combined prizes, as well as tickets to the site’s flagship series, Championship of Online Poker (COOP). Players in PA will compete for the biggest guarantee of $400,000, while those in NJ and MI are offered $150,000 and $300,000 in prizes respectively.
PokerStars has yet to release the full schedule of the series, but what we know so far is that each of the operator’s US sites will host a $200 buy-in Main Event, with varying guarantees. There’s $30,000 guaranteed on PokerStars NJ; $80,000 on PokerStars MI, and $100,000 on PokerStars PA. The Main Events will run simultaneously on August 22.
Freerolls & Promotions
PokerStars is offering players the chance to get into the Main Event for a cheaper price, and that’s via depositor freerolls running on all three sites on August 22, with 30 Main Event seats up for grabs. To take advantage of this offer, players only need to deposit $30 or more using the special code “CHAMPIONS”.
New players will also be awarded with a Main Event freeroll seat, on top of the standard welcome package, so if you don’t have a PokerStars account yet, now is the best time to sign up with the site. It doesn’t matter if you’re in NJ, PA, or MI, as the promo is open to all three states.
PokerStars USA’s generous welcome bonus includes $50 free play or 100% deposit match bonus up to $600. You will gain access to a great selection of games, alongside some of the best weekly guaranteed tournaments. You will also earn points and get the chance to receive exciting rewards every time you play via the operator’s loyalty rewards program which covers play across poker, casino, and sports.
To add to the excitement, Main Event winners will each receive two tickets to a professional football match of their choice, in addition to the prize money they get to take home by winning the tournament.
If that isn’t enough to convince you to participate in the Champions Preseason Series, we bet this next offer will help you make up your mind: PokerStars is dishing out tickets to the prestigious COOP series, and if you want to win a share of that, simply participate in at least one Champions Preseason event.
By playing in any tournament at the series, you will receive a Kickoff Freeroll ticket for COOP. Take part in 2 events and take home a $3 Spin & Go COOP ticket; participate in 3 events and get a $10 seat into the COOP Warm-Up event.
But wait, there’s more! At the beginning of the Champions Preseason Series, PokerStars is hosting a freeroll where players can win a share of $1,000 worth of free sports bets! The freeroll will take place on PokerStars PA, PokerStars MI, and PokerStars NJ on August 12, 13, and 14 respectively.
Busy Weeks Ahead for PokerStars
PokerStars is running the Champions Preseason Series as it gears up for the latest edition of COOP, one of the operator’s most popular online poker festivals. The series will once again take place across PokerStars’ PA, NJ, and MI markets, offering huge prizes and top-notch online action.
The operator is doing everything it can to maintain its status as the leading online poker site in the US. It currently dominates the online poker market in both Pennsylvania and Michigan, but a major shakeup may happen soon, with the arrival of fresh competition.
PokerStars’ online schedule will be busy over the next few weeks, as the site also plays host to the 2021 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), their biggest WCOOP series to date, which comes with a whopping $100 million guaranteed prize pool. The festival runs from August 22 to September 15, and features a total of 306 events.

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