PokerStars PA Upping The PACOOP Ante With An Additional $225K In Guarantees

Written By Jessica Welman on December 2, 2019 - Last Updated on December 6, 2019

The PokerStars PA Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) is hardly underway, but the site is already upping the ante, at least when it comes to guaranteed prize pools. In fact, they did it twice.

Originally the site promised $1 million in guarantees across the 50 PACOOP events. On Monday, PokerStars added $125,000 in guarantees, pushing that number to $1.125,000. The biggest boost in the prize pools was for the Main Event. The MTT had a $100,000 guarantee, but that number is now up to $125,000.

On Wednesday, PokerStars decided to reraise. The site added an additional $100,000 in guarantees, bringing the total to $1,225,000. The latest round of added money boosts the prize pool of 20 of the remaining 37 events. The Main Event prize pool still stands at $125,000.

“Our average guaranteed clearance and overall performance of this first-of-its-kind poker tournament for Pennsylvania players has exceeded our initial expectations,” said FOX Bet President Matt Primeaux.

All told, 19 of the remaining 41 events now boast bigger guarantees. The PACOOP action started this weekend and continues through Monday, Dec. 16. There are at least two tournaments a day to choose from. Buy-ins range from $50 to $500. Most tournaments are variations on No-Limit Hold’em, but Omaha and other games like Stud Hi/Lo and Eight-Game are available as well.

Updated PACOOP tournament schedule

Here is a look at the remaining PACOOP schedule and which of the tournaments now feature bigger guarantees:

EventDateTournamentNew GuaranteeNewer Guarantee
14Dec. 4$100 NL Holdem [DeepStack]$25,000
15Dec. 4$750 NL Hold'em [High-Roller, 6-Max]$40,000
16Dec. 4$150 NL Hold'Em$12,000$15,000
17Dec. 5$200 NL Hold'em [Thursday Thrill SE]$30,000$40,000
18Dec. 5$50+R NL Hold'em$15,000$20,000
19Dec. 5$100 NL Hold'em [BigStack Turbo]$15,000
20Dec. 6$300 Eight-Game [6-Max]$15,000
21Dec. 6$150 NL Hold'em [Turbo, 6-Max]$15,000
22Dec. 7$100 NL Hold'em [Deepstack, 8-Max]$20,000$30,000
23Dec. 7$150 NL Hold'em [Saturday Speedway SE]$15,000
24Dec. 8$100 NL Hold'em [Marathon]$25,000$30,000
25Dec. 8$100 PL Omaha [8-Max]$10,000$12,000
26Dec. 8$150 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Big Antes]$25,000$30,000
27Dec. 8$300 NL Hold'em [Sunday Special SE]$60,000
28Dec. 8$200 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO]$35,000
29Dec. 8$100 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo]$12,000
30Dec. 9$300 NL Hold'em [4-Max]$30,000
31Dec. 9$500 PL Omaha [High-Roller, 6-max]$20,000$25,000
32Dec. 10$200 NL Hold'em [Super Tuesday SE]$50,000
33Dec. 10$100 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max]$8,000$10,000
34Dec. 11$30+R NL Holdem [6-Max]$10,000$15,000
35Dec. 11$200 NL Hold'em$20,000$25,000
36Dec. 11$100 Stud Hi/Lo$8,000$10,000
37Dec. 12$250 NL Hold'em [Thursday Thrill SE]$30,000$35,000
38Dec. 12$150 NL Hold'em [Turbo]$20,000
39Dec. 13$200 FL Holdem [6-Max]$10,000$12,000
40Dec. 13$200 NL Hold'em [Deep, Hyper-Turbo]$10,000$15,000
41Dec. 14$300 NL Hold'em [6-Max]$30,000
42Dec. 14$75 NL Hold'em [Zoom]$15,000
43Dec. 15$100 NL Hold'em [Big Antes]$15,000$20,000
44Dec. 15$300 NL Holdem [Main Event, 2-Day Event]$125,000
45Dec. 15$50 NL Hold'em [Main Event Structure]$25,000$35,000
46Dec. 15$100 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO]$20,000
47Dec. 15$100 PL Omaha [6-Max]$10,000$12,000
48Dec. 15$75 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo]$10,000$12,000
49Dec. 16$150 NL Hold'em [Nightly Stars SE - PACOOP Wrap-Up]$25,000
50Dec. 16$100 NL Hold'em [Deep, Hyper-Turbo, 6-Max]$10,000$15,000

First weekend of PACOOP a big success

Given the amount of traffic on PokerStars PA, it isn’t surprising the PA online poker site is willing to promise bigger prize pools. The series got underway on Nov. 30 and the fields of the opening events smashed the guarantees.

The first event, a $100 No-Limit Hold’em event with three rebuys had a guarantee of $20,000. It more than doubled that with a prize pool in excess of $50,000. Event 3, which ran on Sunday had a similar result, with the $15,000 GTD tournament ending up with a nearly $35,000 prize pool.

The largest event of the opening weekend, the $200 buy-in Sunday Special, had a $50,000 guarantee. The final prize pool was $63,426 after 247 players entered and 94 re-entered. The top prize went to JustBlaze324, who pocketed nearly $12,000.

The mid-week PACOOP events continued to break the guarantees with one exception. Event 13 missed its guarantee, but only by $200.

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Jessica Welman has been a key voice in the legal betting industry since the repeal of PASPA in 2018. She contributed to and formerly managed several Catena Play-branded sites including PlayPennsylvania, PlayTenn and PlayIndiana. A longtime poker media presence, Jess has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and served as the managing editor for

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