PokerStars launch in Pennsylvania on November 6 generated a high level of excitement and enthusiasm among local players, and even those located in neighboring states, as reflected in traffic numbers recorded by the site during its launch week.
It’s safe to say that PokerStars PA got off to a good start, registering peaks of almost 800 players in the days after the launch. It would also be completely understandable if interest had declined in the weeks that followed as is the usual pattern experienced by new players in any market and industry. But surprisingly, things have gone well for PokerStars which was the first online poker site to launch in Pennsylvania.
Player Pool Continues to Increase
Player numbers at PokerStars PA has slowly increased week by week, hitting a seven-day average of around 400 players during the first week, 413 players on November 20, and then reaching 449 on November 26.
This early success has placed the site at the top of the US regulated online poker market in terms of traffic, even without becoming part of the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement. PokerStars PA also currently ranks 15th worldwide, on an equal footing with international online gaming operator Unibet, and faring better than other major online poker rooms such as Microgaming Poker Network and
PokerStars is hoping to leverage these strong numbers for the success of the upcoming Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) – a local version of PokerStars’ flagship international online poker tournament series Championship of Online Poker.
COOP started in 2002, and has proved a hit among online poker players on the hunt for huge-value events. The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) are the two most popular versions of the series, attracting players from all over the world, even those living in the US who usually move over to other jurisdictions in order to play.
PokerStars is aiming to achieve similar success in its first online tournament in the Keystone State.
2019 PACOOP Details
Running from November 30 – December 16, the 2019 PACOOP features a massive $1 million in guarantees spread across a total of 50 events. With the tournament just around the corner, Pennsylvanians finally get the chance to play online poker and win big at the comfort of their own homes.
There are at least two events running daily throughout the tournament, with guarantees starting at $8,000. The cream of the crop is the $300 buy-in Main Event which runs on December 15-16, and features a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000.
While majority of the events on the schedule are played in NLHE, some also take different formats, such as pot-limit Omaha, turbo, hyper-turbo, and PKO, so there’s really something in store for everyone, especially the recreational players.
More Chances to Take Part in PACOOP
PokerStars also makes sure the online festival becomes accessible to as many players as possible by running freerolls and promotions that award PACOOP tickets, thereby boosting the prize pools.
Those wanting to take part in the Main Event at a cheaper price can take part in a special freeroll where they can get their hands on one of 25 PACOOP Main Event seats to be given away. To qualify for the freeroll, they simply need to deposit at least $50 using the code PACOOP. They must do so before 1:59 pm on December 15.
Daily Second Chance Freerolls will also be running on December 1-16, with $1,250 in satellite tickets alongside PACOOP seats up for grabs. These freerolls are exclusive for players failing to reach the money in any event.
On Course for Success
Looking at the current numbers, and considering PokerStars PA’s strong start, PACOOP is expected to attract huge numbers, with players from the neighboring states also likely to join in on the action. Pennsylvania’s first online poker tournament may be small in size compared to the inaugural NJSCOOP, but it’s totally acceptable, as PokerStars may still be testing the waters, given that PA is a new market.
If PACOOP proves to be a massive success, Pennsylvanians can look forward to more huge-value tournaments, such as a Winter Series in January, Turbo Series in February, a Summer Series which usually takes place in July or August, and probably two PACOOP editions each year.

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