PokerStars PA Awards $2.6 Million in 2021 PASCOOP, Wraps With $284K Main Event

Posted By Martin Harris on May 4, 2021

Another big tournament series is in the books at PokerStars PA. And once again, online poker players in the Keystone State came out to play.

The 17-day Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker ended on Monday night. PASCOOP began strong with large turnouts early on, and kept up that pace right through to the end.

Ultimately players won just over $2.64 million in the series, well over the approximately $2.1 million in total guarantees.

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Biggest series of year so far for PokerStars PA

Such numbers exceed the totals of other 2021 tournament series on PokerStars. By comparison, the Winter Series in Jan.-Feb. awarded $1.7 million while players won just over $2 million in the Bounty Builder Series in Feb.-March.

While the 2021 PASCOOP total indicates a successful series for PokerStars PA, it doesn’t match the $3.2 million awarded during the first PASCOOP in April 2020.

That first PASCOOP featured 50 events, each with two buy-in “tiers” to total 100 tournaments.

The 2021 version followed the traditional three-tiered format of SCOOP series on PokerStars’ global site with a “High,” “Medium,” and “Low” buy-in for each event. Originally there were 40 events and 120 tournaments scheduled. However, an extra pot-limit Omaha hi-lo event was added midway through the series to make 41 events and 123 tournaments altogether.

Those events attracted just over 47,000 total entries, or 48,257 altogether counting the rebuys and add-ons from the three Event #14 tournaments.

Main Event attracts 1,000+ entries, features $284K prize pool

Unsurprisingly, the series’ largest prize pool came in the “High” version of the Main Event, a $300 buy-in two-day tournament completed last night.

That tournament came with a series-high $200,000 guarantee. With 1,015 total entries, the prize pool totaled $284,200. In the end, player “kingboss93” won the event, taking away just over $46,000 in first-place prize money with no final table deal made.

That Main Event total prize pool was well shy of the largest tournament on PokerStars PA, the $500,000 Pennsyl-Mania event in late Dec. 2020.

Among other tournament results, PokerStars PA Ambassadors Keith “whoopsboom” Becker and Mark “naigo1” Foresta continued their respective attempts to land PASCOOP titles right to the end.

Becker ultimately came the closest, adding a runner-up in Event #33-M to a couple of third-place finishes earned earlier in the series.

Overlays Scattered Among Events Total $54K

In a few instances, prize pools doubled their guarantees. That happened three times, all in “Low” buy-in events (Events #24-L, #26-L, and #29-L). That said, there were numerous overlays throughout PASCOOP, although most were small relative to the prize pools.

Ultimately 37 of the 123 tournaments (about 30%) failed to meet their guarantees. Many overlays were for only a few hundred dollars. The largest came in the “High” version of Event #32, a $100 buy-in “Win the Button” tournament. That event featured $25,000 guarantee and the overlay exceeded $6,000.

Interestingly, the largest overlays tended to come in tournaments featuring non-standard formats such as Win the Button. Four-handed tournaments, turbo progressive knockouts, Zoom (fast-fold) events, and 8-game events all had overlays as well.

In all, overlays added up to just over $54,000. However, as noted the instances where prize pools exceeded guarantees more than offset that deficit.

The 2020 PASCOOP had only four overlays totaling less than $5,000 in its 100 total tournaments.

PokerStars will be staging similar series on its other two US sites in May, with both the MISCOOP on PokerStars MI and NJSCOOP on PokerStars NJ happening May 8-24. The Michigan series will provide an interesting comparative for PASCOOP, at it follows a very similar 40-event, 120-tournament schedule.

Take a look below at all of the turnouts, prize pools, guarantees, and overlays for the 2021 PASCOOP.

2021 PASCOOP by the numbers

EventBuy-inGuaranteeEntriesPrize PoolOverlay
1-H: NLHE (Nightly Stars SE)$100$30,000 530$48,654.00 n/a
1-M: NLHE$30$15,000 842$22,986.60 n/a
1-L: NLHE$10$6,000 866$7,880.60 n/a
2-H: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$100$20,000 262$24,051.60 n/a
2-M: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$30$10,000 453$12,366.90 n/a
2-L: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$10$4,000 718$6,533.80 n/a
3-H: NLHE (Sunday Marathon SE)$100$25,000 368$33,782.40 n/a
3-M: NLHE (Sunday Marathon)$30$12,500 630$17,199.00 n/a
3-L: NLHE (Sunday Marathon)$10$5,000 731$6,652.10 n/a
4-H: NLHE (Sunday Special SE)$100$75,000 1,013$92,993.40 n/a
4-M: NLHE (Sunday Warm Up SE)$30$25,000 911$25,000.00 $129.70
4-L: NLHE (Sunday Storm SE)$10$10,000 956$10,000.00 $1,300.40
5-H: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$50$7,500 222$10,101.00 n/a
5-M: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$15$3,500 293$3,999.45 n/a
5-L: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$5$1,500 302$1,500.00 $80.60
6-H: NLHE (Turbo, Second Chance)$50$10,000 218$10,000.00 $81.00
6-M: NLHE (Turbo, Second Chance)$15$5,000 243$5,000.00 $1,683.05
6-L: NLHE (Turbo, Second Chance)$5$2,000 289$2,000.00 $685.05
7-H: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE)$50$7,500 172$8,084.00 n/a
7-M: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic)$15$3,500 210$3,500.00 $633.50
7-L: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic)$5$1,500 271$1,500.00 $266.95
8-H: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE)$100$25,000 388$35,618.40 n/a
8-M: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$30$15,000 665$18,154.50 n/a
8-L: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$10$5,000 645$5,869.50 n/a
9-H: NLHE (Escalating Antes)$50$15,000 300$15,000.00 $1,350.00
9-M: NLHE (Escalating Antes)$15$7,000 474$7,000.00 $529.90
9-L: NLHE (Escalating Antes)$5$2,500 473$2,500.00 $347.85
10-H: NLHE (Super Tuesday SE)$200$35,000 258$47,988.00 n/a
10-M: NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday SE)$50$20,000 654$29,757.00 n/a
10-L: NLHE (The Big $20 SE)$20$7,500 687$12,503.40 n/a
11-H: NLHE (8-Max, High Roller)$2,000 $100,000 53$100,700.00 n/a
11-M: NLHE (8-Max, High Roller)$500$50,000 142$66,740.00 n/a
11-L: NLHE (8-Max)$200$30,000 221$41,106.00 n/a
12-H: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, H Roller Second Chance)$200$20,000 118$21,948.00 n/a
12-M: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo)$50$10,000 302$13,741.00 n/a
12-L: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo)$20$4,000 351$6,388.20 n/a
13-H: NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE)$200$35,000 256$47,616.00 n/a
13-M: NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill SE)$50$20,000 642$29,211.00 n/a
13-L: NLHE (Progressive KO, Bounty Builder $20 SE)$20$7,500 731$13,304.20 n/a
14-H: NLHE (Rebuy)$50$20,000 398$20,000.00 $1,891.00
14-M: NLHE (Rebuy)$15$10,000 723$10,000.00 $131.05
14-L: NLHE (Rebuy)$5$4,000 775$4,000.00 $473.75
15-H: NLHE (4-Max)$100$15,000 238$21,848.40 n/a
15-M: NLHE (4-Max)$30$7,500 459$12,530.70 n/a
15-L: NLHE (4-Max)$10$3,000 496$4,513.60 n/a
16-H: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$200$25,000 177$32,922.00 n/a
16-M: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$50$15,000 456$20,748.00 n/a
16-L: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$20$7,500 602$10,956.40 n/a
17-H: 5-Card PLO (6-Max)$100$10,000 114$10,465.20 n/a
17-M: 5-Card PLO (6-Max)$30$5,000 191$5,214.30 n/a
17-L: 5-Card PLO (6-Max)$10$2,000 274$2,493.40 n/a
18-H: NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, PKO, Zoom, Total KO)$50$15,000 262$15,000.00 $3,079.00
18-M: NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, PKO, Zoom, Total KO)$15$7,500 414$7,500.00 $1,848.90
18-L: NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, PKO, Zoom, Total KO)$5$2,500 484$2,500.00 $297.80
19-H: NLHE (Bigstack, Sunday Marathon SE)$100$25,000 388$35,618.40 n/a
19-M: NLHE (Bigstack)$30$12,500 599$16,352.70 n/a
19-L: NLHE (Bigstack)$10$5,000 734$6,679.40 n/a
20-H: NLHE (Sunday Special SE)$200$100,000 598$111,228.00 n/a
20-M: NLHE (Sunday Warm Up SE)$50$35,000 748$35,000.00 $966.00
20-L: NLHE (Sunday Storm SE)$20$12,500 876$15,943.20 n/a
21-H: PLO (8-Max)$100$12,500 118$12,500.00 $1,667.60
21-M: PLO (8-Max)$30$7,500 217$7,500.00 $1,575.90
21-L: PLO (8-Max)$10$2,500 255$2,500.00 $179.50
22-H: NLHE (Turbo, Second Chance)$100$20,000 211$20,000.00 $630.20
22-M: NLHE (Turbo, Second Chance)$30$10,000 354$10,000.00 $335.80
22-L: NLHE (Turbo, Second Chance)$10$3,000 343$3,121.30 n/a
23-H: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO, Sun. Supersonic SE)$50$7,500 202$9,494.00 n/a
23-M: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO, Sun. Supersonic)$15$3,500 252$3,553.20 n/a
23-L: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO, Sun. Supersonic)$5$1,500 303$1,500.00 $75.90
24-H: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO)$200$25,000 231$42,966.00 n/a
24-M: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE)$50$15,000 478$21,749.00 n/a
24-L: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO)$20$5,000 566$10,301.20 n/a
25-H: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$100$10,000 116$10,648.80 n/a
25-M: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$30$5,000 272$7,425.60 n/a
25-L: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$10$2,000 264$2,404.40 n/a
26-H: NLHE (Super Tuesday SE)$300$40,000 203$56,840.00 n/a
26-M: NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday SE)$75$25,000 480$32,760.00 n/a
26-L: NLHE$30$8,000 599$16,532.70 n/a
27-H: NLHE (6-Max, High Roller)$1,000 $75,000 75$75,000.00 $3,750.00
27-M: NLHE (6-Max)$250$35,000 162$37,746.00 n/a
27-L: NLHE (6-Max, Wedenesday 6-Max SE)$100$20,000 334$30,661.20 n/a
28-H: 8-Game$200$15,000 64$15,000.00 $3,096.00
28-M: 8-Game$50$7,500 133$7,500.00 $1,448.50
28-L: 8-Game$20$3,000 167$3,039.40 n/a
29-H: NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE)$300$40,000 229$64,120.00 n/a
29-M: NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill SE)$75$25,000 518$35,353.50 n/a
29-L: NLHE (Progressive KO)$30$8,000 588$16,052.40 n/a
30-H: NLHE (Progressive KO, 25% PKO$200$25,000 161$29,946.00 n/a
30-M: NLHE (Progressive KO, 25% PKO)$50$15,000 383$17,426.50 n/a
30-L: NLHE (Progressive KO, 25% PKO)$20$6,500 469$8,535.80 n/a
31-H: HORSE (6-Max)$100$8,000 105$9,639.00 n/a
31-M: HORSE (6-Max)$30$4,000 181$4,941.30 n/a
31-L: HORSE (6-Max)$10$1,500 279$2,538.90 n/a
32-H: NLHE (6-Max, Win the Button)$100$25,000 205$25,000.00 $6,181.00
32-M: NLHE (6-Max, Win the Button)$50$15,000 299$15,000.00 $1,395.50
32-L: NLHE (6-Max, Win the Button)$10$4,000 480$4,368.00 n/a
33-H: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, High Roller)$500$50,000 95$50,000.00 $5,350.00
33-M: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO)$200$35,000 163$35,000.00 $4,682.00
33-L: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO)$50$20,000 464$21,112.00 n/a
34-H: NLHE (4-Max, Turbo)$50$25,000 420$25,000.00 $5,890.00
34-M: NLHE (4-Max, Turbo)$15$5,000 301$5,000.00 $891.35
34-L: NLHE (4-Max, Turbo)$5$2,000 408$2,000.00 $143.60
35-H: NLHE (Deepstack, Sunday Marathon SE)$100$25,000 299$27,448.20 n/a
35-M: NLHE (Deepstack)$30$12,500 517$14,114.10 n/a
35-L: NLHE (Deepstack)$10$5,000 615$5,596.50 n/a
36-H: NLHE (PASCOOP Main Event)$300$200,000 1,015$284,200.00 n/a
36-M: NLHE (PASCCOP Main Event - Mid)$75$40,000 816$55,692.00 n/a
36-L: NLHE (PASCOOP Main Event - Mini)$30$20,000 1,006$27,463.80 n/a
37-H: PLO (6-Max)$200$15,000 87$16,182.00 n/a
37-M: PLO (6-Max)$50$7,500 144$7,500.00 $948.00
37-L: PLO (6-Max)$20$2,500 211$3,840.20 n/a
38-H: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Bigstack, Sun. Super. SE)$100$10,000 164$15,580.00 n/a
38-M: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Bigstack)$30$6,000 274$7,726.80 n/a
38-L: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Bigstack)$10$2,000 310$2,914.00 n/a
39-H: NLHE (Nightly Stars SE)$100$25,000 438$40,208.40 n/a
39-M: NLHE$30$10,000 533$14,550.90 n/a
39-L: NLHE$10$5,000 528$5,000.00 $195.20
40-H: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Mach 50)$50$7,500 184$8,648.00 n/a
40-M: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Mach 15)$15$3,000 228$3,214.80 n/a
40-L: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Mach 5)$5$1,500 284$1,500.00 $165.20
41-H: PLO8 (6-Max)$100$10,000 118$10,832.40 n/a
41-M: PLO8 (6-Max)$30$4,000 206$5,623.80 n/a
41-L: PLO8 (6-Max)$10$1,500 267$2,429.70 n/a
TOTALS$2,112,50048,257$2,642,485.55$54,376.75

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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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