PokerStars PA entered the Pennsylvania market earlier this month and is wasting no time in making a big splash and establishing its presence. The online poker operator just announced the launch of its inaugural Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) will feature a total of 50 events, offering $1 million in total guarantees.
The online poker festival’s debut in the Keystone State will take place from November 30 – December 16 and will be marked by special promotions and satellites, all aimed at making the tournament more accessible to players.
PACOOP is modeled from PokerStars’ COOP brand of annual online tournament series, the biggest of which is the original World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) which started in 2002. A spring version of the series (SCOOP) was added in 2009, and since then PokerStars’ regional sites have also hosted their own versions, such as NJSCOOP (New Jersey).
2019 PACOOP — Full Details
The 50 events on the PACOOP schedule will each come with an entry fee between $30 and $750. The main attraction of the online festival is the $100,000 GTD Main Event which features a $300 buy-in and will take place on December 15.
PokerStars PA has made sure the tournament will attract as many players as possible, including those with limited bankroll, through satellites and special promotions. Those looking for cheaper ways to get in on the action should take note of the following:
Players can take part in satellites to enter into events for as low as $1. There is also a Main Event Depositor Freeroll taking place and players who make a deposit of $50 will get the chance to win a Main Event seat. A total of 25 free Main Event seats will be awarded in the Freeroll which takes place on December 15 at 2:00 PM ET.
One more way to participate in the series is by taking part in Second Chance Freerolls, which will give away satellite tickets worth $20,000 as well as free tickets to some PACOOP events. This freeroll is exclusive for players who are eliminated early in any event, without making the money.
Second Chance Freerolls will run everyday, beginning December 1, through to December 16. Winners of each freeroll will walk away with $1,250 worth of satellite tickets, plus free seats to PACOOP events.
PokerStars Still Testing PA Market
The first week of operation in Pennsylvania turned out to be a great success for PokerStars PA as the site recorded high traffic showing figures a lot higher than those recorded in New Jersey. Pennsylvania’s poker market can also benefit from the state’s large population (much bigger than NJ), with its neighboring states also home to a huge number of poker players. But surprisingly, PokerStars appears to be less aggressive in holding its first online tournament series in the Keystone state. PACOOP is smaller in size compared to the inaugural COOP event in New Jersey back in 2016, which featured more than 54 events with $1.1 million in guarantees.
The NJSCOOP held in April 2018 featured a massive $1.3 million in guarantees and was the biggest online poker tournament series ever held by PokerStars in the US regulated market. However, that figure dropped to just $1 million during the latest edition of the series which ran in October of this year.
The online poker giant could still be testing the waters as Pennsylvania is a relatively new market. Poker pros in the state can expect between 5 to 6 online tournament series each year as this is the general model that PokerStars follows in other regulated markets.
The NJ schedule for example, includes a Winter Series in January, Turbo Series in February, NJSCOOP in May, Summer Series in July or August, and NJCOOP in October.  The number is even higher in PokerStars’ dot-com and European clients, with up to eight online tournaments being held annually.
Setting New Records
If and when Pennsylvania decides to enter the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) with New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware, PokerStars will be in a strong position to dominate by combining its PA and NJ player pools.
If this happens, PokerStars will have huge potential to beat the record for the largest online tournament series in America which is currently held by the WSOP/888 network. From June to July 2019, the network hosted the WSOP Online Championships Series which ran simultaneously with the 50th WSOP in Las Vegas. The online series awarded $3.5 million in guarantees.

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