PokerStars PA Spring Championship Of Online Poker Kicks Off April 4

Written By Martin Harris on March 30, 2020 - Last Updated on March 31, 2020

As anticipated, PokerStars Pennsylvania will be running its inaugural Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker sooner than later.

The 100-event PASCOOP series begins this Saturday, running from April 4-20 and featuring a total of $2 million in guaranteed prize pools.   

Variety of games, buy-ins ranging from $5 to $500

The series is modeled after the long-running Spring Championship of Online Poker that takes place each year on the PokerStars global site. The PASCOOP will feature 50 distinct events, each with a “High” and “Low” buy-in tier.

On Sunday, April 19 will come the PASCOOP Main Event. The “High” Main has a $300 buy-in and features a $200,000 guarantee, and the “Low” Main has a $50 buy-in and features a $100,000 guarantee.

There is also a High Roller event scheduled for Wednesday, April 8. The “High” version features a $500 buy-in (the largest of the series) and a $50,000 guarantee, and the “Low” a $50 buy-in and $25,000 guarantee.

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In almost all cases, the “Low” events come with buy-ins that are 1/10th that of the “High” events. “Low” event buy-ins start at $5 and average a little over $15. “High” buy-in events begin at $50 and average about $133.

As to be expected, the majority of the events are no-limit hold’em, albeit with lots of variations in table sizes, stack depths, and structure speeds. There are also several “Progressive Knockout” bounty tournaments and fast-fold “Zoom” events mixed in as well.

There are three pot-limit Omaha events (six total, three in each tier), as well as a no-limit Omaha hi-lo event and a seven-card stud hi-lo event (two total for each).

PASCOOP satellites and freerolls

As usual, there will be satellites available to win seats into PASCOOP events.

There are also other associated events for Pennsylvania players. One is a $15K Main Event Depositor Freeroll on Sunday, April 19 with 50 seats added for the $300 “High” Main Event.

Also, players who get knocked out of PASCOOP events shy of the money will still have a chance to cash. They will be able to enter Daily $1K Second Chance All-In Shootout Freerolls.


PokerStars PA hopes to repeat the success of the PACOOP last December. The Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker was the first major series run on the site following its November launch.

The 50-event PACOOP series attracted 9,032 players and 13,456 total entries. It awarded $1,559,767 in prize money, comfortably exceeding the $1,225,000 in guarantees.

The likelihood of PASCOOP doing well is high given the recent surge in traffic on the site. The trend follows the forced closure of PA casinos in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Pennsylvania Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule

DateTime (ET)Buy-in / NameGuarantee
Saturday, Apr. 46 p.m.$100 NLHE [Nightly Stars - PASCOOP Warm-Up], $50K Gtd$50,000
Saturday, Apr. 46 p.m.$10 NLHE [PASCOOP Warm-Up], $10K Gtd$10,000
Saturday, Apr. 47:30 p.m.$50 NLHE, $35K Gtd$35,000
Saturday, Apr. 47:30 p.m.$5 NLHE, $6K Gtd$6,000
Saturday, Apr. 49 p.m.$200 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $25K Gtd$25,000
Saturday, Apr. 49 p.m.$20 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $10K Gtd$10,000
Sunday, Apr. 51 p.m.$100 NLHE [8-Max, DeepStack], $40K Gtd$40,000
Sunday, Apr. 51 p.m.$10 NLHE [8-Max, DeepStack], $8K Gtd$8,000
Sunday, Apr. 52 p.m.$50 NLHE [6-Max], $30K Gtd$30,000
Sunday, Apr. 52 p.m.$5 NLHE [6-Max], $6K Gtd$6,000
Sunday, Apr. 53:30 p.m.$150 NLHE [Progressive KO], $35K Gtd$35,000
Sunday, Apr. 53:30 p.m.$15 NLHE [Progressive KO], $8K Gtd$8,000
Sunday, Apr. 55 p.m.$100 NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $70K Gtd$70,000
Sunday, Apr. 55 p.m.$10 NLHE [Mini Special], $10K Gtd$10,000
Sunday, Apr. 57 p.m.$100 PLO [6-Max], $15K Gtd$15,000
Sunday, Apr. 57 p.m.$10 PLO [6-Max], $5K Gtd$5,000
Sunday, Apr. 510 p.m.$50 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday SuperSonic SE], $15K Gtd$15,000
Sunday, Apr. 510 p.m.$5 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Mini SuperSonic], $3K Gtd$3,000
Monday, Apr. 67 p.m.$50 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE], $30K Gtd$30,000
Monday, Apr. 67 p.m.$5 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $3.5K Gtd$3,500
Monday, Apr. 68 p.m.$150 NLO8 [6-Max], $15K Gtd$15,000
Monday, Apr. 68 p.m.$15 NLO8 [6-Max], $3.5K Gtd$3,500
Tuesday, Apr. 77 p.m.$250 NLHE [Super Tuesday SE], $50K Gtd$50,000
Tuesday, Apr. 77 p.m.$25 NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday], $20K Gtd$20,000
Tuesday, Apr. 78 p.m.$150 NLHE [Escalating Antes], $20K Gtd$20,000
Tuesday, Apr. 78 p.m.$15 NLHE [Escalating Antes], $6K Gtd$6,000
Tuesday, Apr. 79 p.m.$75 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $17.5K Gtd$17,500
Tuesday, Apr. 79 p.m.$7.50 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $5K Gtd$5,000
Wednesday, Apr. 87 p.m.$500 NLHE [6-Max, High Roller], $50K Gtd$50,000
Wednesday, Apr. 87 p.m.$50 NLHE [6-Max], $25K Gtd$25,000
Wednesday, Apr. 88 p.m.$100 NLHE [Progressive KO], $30K Gtd$30,000
Wednesday, Apr. 88 p.m.$10 NLHE [Progressive KO], $7.5K Gtd$7,500
Thursday, Apr. 97 p.m.$250 NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $50K Gtd$50,000
Thursday, Apr. 97 p.m.$25 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill], $20K Gtd$20,000
Thursday, Apr. 98 p.m.$150 PLO [8-Max], $15K Gtd$15,000
Thursday, Apr. 98 p.m.$15 PLO [8-Max], $4K Gtd$4,000
Thursday, Apr. 99 p.m.$75 NLHE [Turbo], $15K Gtd$15,000
Thursday, Apr. 99 p.m.$7.50 NLHE [Turbo], $3.5K Gtd$3,500
Friday, Apr. 107 p.m.$200 8-Game, $17.5K Gtd$17,500
Friday, Apr. 107 p.m.$20 8-Game, $4K Gtd$4,000
Friday, Apr. 109 p.m.$150 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO], $22K Gtd$22,000
Friday, Apr. 109 p.m.$15 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO], $7.5K Gtd$7,500
Saturday, Apr. 116 p.m.$100 NLHE, $25K Gtd$25,000
Saturday, Apr. 116 p.m.$10 NLHE, $5K Gtd$5,000
Saturday, Apr. 117 p.m.$200 NLHE [4-Max], $30K Gtd$30,000
Saturday, Apr. 117 p.m.$20 NLHE [4-Max], $12K Gtd$12,000
Saturday, Apr. 118 p.m.$150 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, BigStack Turbo], $25K Gtd$25,000
Saturday, Apr. 118 p.m.$15 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, BigStack Turbo], $10K Gtd$10,000
Saturday, Apr. 119 p.m.$50 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $12K Gtd$12,000
Saturday, Apr. 119 p.m.$5 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $3K Gtd$3,000
Sunday, Apr. 122 p.m.$150 NLHE [Marathon], $35K Gtd$35,000
Sunday, Apr. 122 p.m.$15 NLHE [Marathon], $8K Gtd$8,000
Sunday, Apr. 123:30 p.m.$50 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $22K Gtd$22,000
Sunday, Apr. 123:30 p.m.$5 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $3K Gtd$3,000
Sunday, Apr. 125 p.m.$200 NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $50K Gtd$50,000
Sunday, Apr. 125 p.m.$20 NLHE [Mini Special], $15K Gtd$15,000
Sunday, Apr. 127:30 p.m.$150 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Big Antes], $25K Gtd$25,000
Sunday, Apr. 127:30 p.m.$15 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Big Antes], $6K Gtd$6,000
Sunday, Apr. 1210 p.m.$75 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday SuperSonic SE], $12.5K Gtd$12,500
Sunday, Apr. 1210 p.m.$7.50 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Mini SuperSonic], $5K Gtd$5,000
Monday, Apr. 137:30 p.m.$200 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $20K Gtd$20,000
Monday, Apr. 137:30 p.m.$20 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $5K Gtd$5,000
Monday, Apr. 139 p.m.$150 PLO [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $20K Gtd$20,000
Monday, Apr. 139 p.m.$15 PLO [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo], $5K Gtd$5,000
Tuesday, Apr. 148 p.m.$200 NLHE [Super Tuesday SE], $45K Gtd$45,000
Tuesday, Apr. 148 p.m.$20 NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday], $17.5K Gtd$17,500
Tuesday, Apr. 149 p.m.$75 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $17.5K Gtd$17,500
Tuesday, Apr. 149 p.m.$7.50 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $5K Gtd$5,000
Wednesday, Apr. 157 p.m.$100 NLHE, $20K Gtd$20,000
Wednesday, Apr. 157 p.m.$10 NLHE, $5K Gtd$5,000
Wednesday, Apr. 159 p.m.$200 NLHE [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $25K Gtd$25,000
Wednesday, Apr. 159 p.m.$20 NLHE [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $7.5K Gtd$7,500
Thursday, Apr. 168 p.m.$200 NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $35K Gtd$35,000
Thursday, Apr. 168 p.m.$20 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill], $15K Gtd$15,000
Thursday, Apr. 169 p.m.$100 NLHE [8-Max], $12K Gtd$12,000
Thursday, Apr. 169 p.m.$10 NLHE [8-Max], $2K Gtd$2,000
Friday, Apr. 178 p.m.$50 Stud Hi/Lo [6-Max, Turbo, Fast Friday SE], $10K Gtd$10,000
Friday, Apr. 178 p.m.$5 Stud Hi/Lo [6-Max, Turbo], $2.5K Gtd$2,500
Friday, Apr. 179 p.m.$100 NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO], $15K Gtd$15,000
Friday, Apr. 179 p.m.$10 NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO], $3.5K Gtd$3,500
Saturday, Apr. 186 p.m.$100 NLHE [6-Max, Deepstack], $40K Gtd$40,000
Saturday, Apr. 186 p.m.$10 NLHE [6-Max, Deepstack], $8K Gtd$8,000
Saturday, Apr. 187:30 p.m.$150 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $30K Gtd$30,000
Saturday, Apr. 187:30 p.m.$15 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $7.5K Gtd$7,500
Saturday, Apr. 189 p.m.$75 NLHE [Turbo, Zoom], $25K Gtd$25,000
Saturday, Apr. 189 p.m.$7.50 NLHE [Turbo, Zoom], $6K Gtd$6,000
Sunday, Apr. 192 p.m.$100 NLHE [Progressive KO, DeepStack], $30K Gtd$30,000
Sunday, Apr. 192 p.m.$10 NLHE [Progressive KO, DeepStack], $6K Gtd$6,000
Sunday, Apr. 195 p.m.$300 NLHE [Main Event], $200K Gtd$200,000
Sunday, Apr. 195 p.m.$50 NLHE [Main Event], $50K Gtd$50,000
Sunday, Apr. 198 p.m.$100 NLHE, $25K Gtd$25,000
Sunday, Apr. 198 p.m.$10 NLHE [Progressive KO], $6K Gtd$6,000
Sunday, Apr. 1910 p.m.$75 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo], $15K Gtd$15,000
Sunday, Apr. 1910 p.m.$7.50 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo], $5K Gtd$5,000
Monday, Apr. 207 p.m.$100 NLHE, $40K Gtd$40,000
Monday, Apr. 207 p.m.$10 NLHE, $8K Gtd$8,000
Monday, Apr. 208 p.m.$100 NLHE [Phase Day 2], $50K Gtd$50,000
Monday, Apr. 208 p.m.$10 NLHE [Phase Day 2], $10K Gtd$10,000
Monday, Apr. 209 p.m.$150 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PASCOOP Wrap-Up], $20K Gtd$20,000
Monday, Apr. 209 p.m.$15 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PASCOOP Wrap-Up], $5K Gtd$5,000
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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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