PACOOP Finishes Strong at PokerStars PA, Awards Over $2 Million Across 50 Events

Posted on October 6, 2020 - Last Updated on October 19, 2020

The 15-day, 50-event Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker wrapped up Monday on PokerStars PA. It was a big final week for the 2020 PACOOP, with consistently large fields for all events and ultimately over $2 million awarded for the series.

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All guarantees exceeded during final week, over 21K total entries

During the early going, five events had small overlays. But the latter half of the series saw all of the tournaments exceed their guarantees, in most cases by wide margins.

All told, there were 21,326 entries (including re-entries) in the series, an average of 426 per event.

Collectively, PACOOP’s 50 events had guarantees totaling just over $1.5 million. The last couple of events pushed the overall amount awarded over the $2M mark. In the end, players collectively cashed in for $2,039,132.90.

That total amount awarded is a little more than what was won during the 70-event Bounty Builder Series on PokerStars PA in July. Meanwhile, the 100-event PASCOOP in the spring awarded more than $3.2 million.

PACOOP Main Event draws over 1,000 entries, awards $283K

The two-day $300 Main Event featured a $200,000 guarantee, and with over 1,000 total entries, the prize pool ultimately totaled just over $283,000.

Sporting an appropriate username, “LetMeWin3437” triumphed to win the Main Event and earn a first prize worth more than $46,000. The winner only entered once, and there was no final table deal.

The Mini Main, a $50 version of the Main Event with a $40,000 guarantee, also attracted a large field. With more than 1,150 total entries, the Mini Main paid out more than $52,000.

Other marquee events during the final week featured large turnouts as well. That included the $500-pot-limit Omaha High Roller and its $35,000-plus prize pool, well over the $25,000 guarantee.

Other online rooms, live poker on the horizon in PA

As the only operating online poker room in the state, PokerStars PA has experienced consistent traffic this year. That has especially been the case over the last seven months, during which the coronavirus pandemic has forced live poker rooms to close in the state.

PokerStars PA may soon lose its monopoly, however, as both partypoker and WSOP.com are getting closer to opening online poker rooms in Pennsylvania. WSOP’s software provider, 888 poker, recently received license approval in PA.

Live poker may also be returning as an option sooner rather than later, with some PA poker rooms planning to reopen within the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, poker players in New Jersey are readying for the start of their own COOP series this weekend. The New Jersey Championship of Online Poker takes place Oct. 10-26, with events already available for registration in the PokerStars NJ client.

The NJCOOP schedule has 54 events, a $300 Main Event with a $125,000 guarantee and overall guarantees totaling $1 million.

Here’s a rundown of the participation and prize pools for the 2020 PACOOP.

2020 PACOOP by the numbers

EventBuy-inGuaranteeEntriesRe-EntriesPrize Pool 
1: NLHE (Nightly Stars - PACOOP Warm-Up)$100$50,000 401231$58,017.60
2: NLHE (8-Max, PACOOP - Warm-Up)$50$30,000 537271$36,764.00
3: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Deepstack)$100$35,000 226121$35,000.00*
4: NLHE (6-Max)$50$20,000 271163$20,000.00*
5: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO)$150$30,000 18094$37,729.80
6: NLHE (Sunday Special SE)$100$100,000 673444$102,540.60
7: PLO (6-Max)$100$15,000 13556$17,533.80
8: NLHE (8-Max, Sunday SuperSonic SE)$50$10,000 21055$12,057.50
9: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE)$50$30,000 524281$36,627.50
10: PLO8 (8-Max)$75$12,000 14570$14,673.75
11: NLHE (Super Tuesday SE)$200$40,000 205120$60,450.00
12: NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday SE)$20$15,000 667375$18,964.40
13: NLHE (8-Max)$150$15,000 12150$23,546.70
14: NLHE (6-Max, High Roller)$500$50,000 11653$79,430.00
15: NLHE$150$15,000 13555$26,163.00
16: NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE)$200$40,000 19690$53,196.00
17: NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thrill)$20$20,000 738511$22,731.80
18: PL 5-Card Draw (8-Max, Turbo)$100$10,000 6225$10,000.00*
19: 8-Game$200$15,000 7023$17,298.00
20: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo)$150$20,000 15769$31,120.20
21: NLHE (8-Max, Deepstack)$100$35,000 321157$43,880.40
22: NLHE (Saturday Speedway SE)$50$15,000 322156$21,749.00
23: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Marathon)$100$35,000 231134$35,000.00*
24: PLO (8-Max, Turbo)$100$10,000 7834$10,281.60
25: NLHE (6-Max)$150$25,000 12868$26,989.20
26: NLHE (Sunday Special SE)$100$100,000 653424$100,000.00*
27: NLHE (Progressive KO)$200$35,000 14664$39,060.00
28: NLHE (Sunday SuperSonic SE)$75$12,000 16240$14,241.00
29: NLHE (4-Max)$200$25,000 14778$41,850.00
30: PLO (6-Max, High-Roller)$500$25,000 5026$35,720.00
31: NLHE (Hyper-Turbo, Super Tuesday)$250$40,000 18999$68,400.00
32: NLO8 (8-Max)$100$10,000 10563$15,422.40
33: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo)$30$20,000 595349$25,771.20
34: NLHE$200$30,000 13054$34,224.00
35: Stud Hi/Lo$100$10,000 8129$10,098.00
36: NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill)$250$40,000 17989$62,444.00
37: NLHE$150$20,000 14756$27,953.10
38: FLHE (6-Max, Turbo)$200$10,000 4819$12,462.00
39: NLHE (Hyper-Turbo)$200$15,000 8220$19,380.00
40: NLHE (6-Max)$300$40,000 12061$50,680.00
41: NLHE (6-Max)$75$20,000 284131$28,323.75
42: NLHE (Turbo, Progressive KO, Deepstack)$100$25,000 322153$43,605.00
43: NLHE (Main Event)$300$200,000 626387$283,640.00
44: NLHE (Mini Main Event)$50$40,000 730427$52,643.50
45: NLHE (Progressive KO)$100$30,000 25294$31,762.80
46: PLO (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo)$100$10,000 8130$10,545.00
47: NLHE (Sunday SuperSonic SE)$75$10,000 17251$15,721.50
48: NLHE (Nightly Stars SE - PACOOP Wrap-Up)$100$35,000 379207$53,794.80
49: NLHE (8-Max, Phase 2)$50$50,000 1,8920$86,086.00
50: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Deep Hyper Turbo)$100$15,000 18563$23,560.00
TOTAL$2,039,132.90

*Events with overlays: Event No. 3 – $3,145.40; Event No. 4 – $253.00; Event No. 18 – $2,013.40; Event No. 23 – $1,493.00; Event No. 26 – $1.131.40.

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Martin Harris is a writer and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Once a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. In 2019, his book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books.

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