PokerStars PA Announces $2M Guaranteed PACOOP Schedule to Run Sept. 10-27

Posted By Martin Harris on August 31, 2021

As PokerStars continues its World Championship of Online Poker on its global site, the time has arrived for the company’s US online poker rooms to follow suit.

The Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) is coming Sept. 10-27 to PokerStars PA, consisting of 69 events with guaranteed prize pools adding up to $2 million.

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Pennsylvania’s COOP boasts largest guarantees among PokerStars US sites

The third running of the PACOOP series in Pennsylvania will run alongside separate “COOP” series taking place in Michigan and New Jersey during the same dates. PokerStars sites in each of the three states are ring-fenced, meaning players will only compete against others in the same state.

The Pennsylvania version of COOP has the largest guarantees planned. In Michigan, the MICOOP will also have at least 65 events with $1.5 million in guarantees. Meanwhile in New Jersey there will be at least 60 NJCOOP events with guarantees totaling $1 million.

The 65-event schedule (at least) represents an expansion over the last running of the PACOOP. In Sept.-Oct. 2020, the PACOOP consisted of 50 events with guarantees totaling just over $1.5 million. Ultimately the tournaments attracted more than 21,000 entries (including re-entries) and awarded almost $2.04 million.

Last year’s PACOOP followed a similar schedule as the first PACOOP that played out during Nov.-Dec. 2019 not long after PokerStars PA launched. That first PACOOP was also a 50-event series with $1.225 million in guarantees and players winning close to $1.56 million.

PACOOP Main Event sports $300 buy-in, $200K guarantee, trophy for champ

As before, the PACOOP will conclude with a two-day, $300 buy-in Main Event. The tournament will begin Sunday, Sept. 26 and feature a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Again, for the Main Event Pennsylvania’s guarantee exceeds the COOP Main Event guarantees on PokerStars MI ($150,000) and PokerStars NJ ($100,000).

The Main Event will be one of seven designated “Championship Trophy Events” on the PACOOP schedule. In addition to first-place prize money, winners in those events will receive a special PACOOP trophy.

Satellites, freerolls, other promotions to run alongside PACOOP

Also following the trend set by earlier PACOOPs and other tournament series on PokerStars PA, there will be numerous satellites affording players less expensive ways to win seats into tournaments. There are other promotions and freerolls scheduled as well.

During the series, PokerStars PA’s $3 Spin & Go tournaments will randomly include Main Event tickets among the possible prizes, a $300 value.

There will also be a PACOOP Depositor Freeroll on Sunday, Sept. 26. Players who deposit at least $30 into their accounts using the promo code “PACOOP” between now and Sept. 26 will receive entry into the Depositor Freeroll. The top 50 finishers will then win entry into the Main Event starting that afternoon, meaning $15,000 worth of Main Event tickets will be up for grabs.

Also, throughout PACOOP there will be Second Chance Freerolls each day. Whenever a player busts from a PACOOP event without making the money, that player earns a free entry into the following day’s Second Chance Freeroll. These tournaments will award a total of $5,000 in PACOOP entries.

2021 PokerStars PACOOP Complete Schedule

No.DateTime (ET)EventBuy-inGtd.
1Sep. 10 (F)6 p.m.NLHE (PACOOP Warm Up)$10$10,000
2Sep. 10 (F)7 p.m.NLHE (PACOOP Big Warm Up)$100$25,000
3Sep. 10 (F)7:30 p.m.NLHE (PACOOP Turbo Warm Up)$30$7,500
4Sep. 11 (Sa)4 p.m.NLHE/PLO (8-Max, PACOOP Mixed Game Warm Up)$30$5,000
5Sep. 11 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, PACOOP Big Kickoff - Championship Trophy Event)$50$50,000
6Sep. 11 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (Escalating Antes)$150$35,000
7Sep. 11 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller)$500$50,000
8Sep. 11 (Sa)8:30 p.m.PL 5-Card Draw$50$5,000
9Sep. 12 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE (COOP Marathon)$100$30,000
10Sep. 12 (Su)3:30 p.m.HORSE (6-Max, HORSE)$100$7,000
11Sep. 12 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special)$100$100,000
12Sep. 12 (Su)6:30 p.m.PLO (8-Max)$100$15,000
13Sep. 12 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, High Roller)$500$50,000
14Sep. 12 (Su)9 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Sunday Second Chance)$50$10,000
15Sep. 12 (Su)10 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Super Sonic)$75$10,000
16Sep. 13 (M)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Battle Royale, Turbo Edition)$30$12,500
17Sep. 13 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$200$40,000
18Sep. 13 (M)7:30 p.m.PLO8 (8-Max)$100$10,000
19Sep. 14 (T)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Bigstack)$200$50,000
20Sep. 14 (T)8 p.m.FLHE (6-Max, Limit Hold 'em)$100$6,000
21Sep. 14 (T)9 p.m.PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$50$8,000
22Sep. 15 (W)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$30$15,000
23Sep. 15 (W)7 p.m.NLHE (Single Re-entry)$100$20,000
24Sep. 15 (W)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Championship Trophy Event)$250$40,000
25Sep. 15 (W)9 p.m.NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom)$100$25,000
26Sep. 16 (Th)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Deepstack $50 Bounty)$200$40,000
27Sep. 16 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Deepstack)$75$20,000
28Sep. 16 (Th)9 p.m.Stud (6-Max)$50$3,500
29Sep. 17 (F)7 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Nightly Stars SE, PKO Edition)$100$30,000
30Sep. 17 (F)8 p.m.NLHE (4-Max)$200$35,000
31Sep. 18 (Sa)3 p.m.NLHE (Afternoon Deepstack)$30$10,000
32Sep. 18 (Sa)3 p.m.Stud Hi/Lo (6-Max)$100$8,000
33Sep. 18 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Duel Threat)$50$20,000
34Sep. 18 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Duel Threat)$50$20,000
35Sep. 18 (Sa)8 p.m.PLO (6-Max, PLO High Roller - Championship Trophy Event)$250$20,000
36Sep. 18 (Sa)9 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$100$20,000
37Sep. 19 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE (Bigstack Marathon)$100$30,000
38Sep. 19 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special SE)$200$100,000
39Sep. 19 (Su)6:30 p.m.NLHE (Mini Sunday Special)$30$20,000
40Sep. 19 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE (High Roller)$500$50,000
41Sep. 19 (Su)9 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Sunday Second Chance)$100$17,500
42Sep. 20 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Nightly Stars SE, Battle Royale Edition)$100$30,000
43Sep. 20 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (COOP Freezeout)$200$20,000
44Sep. 20 (M)9 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive Total KO)$50$12,500
45Sep. 21 (Tu)7 p.m.NLHE (Super Tuesday, PACOOP Special Edition)$250$55,000
46Sep. 21 (Tu)8 p.m.NLHE (4-Max, Progressive KO)$50$20,000
47Sep. 21 (Tu)9 p.m.NLHE (Turbo, Super Tuesday, Late Edition)$75$20,000
48Sep. 22 (W)7 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Nightly Stars SE, 6-Max Edition)$100$30,000
49Sep. 22 (W)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$100$25,000
50Sep. 23 (Th)7 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill, PACOOP Special Edition - Championship Trophy Event)$250$55,000
51Sep. 23 (Th)8 p.m.NLO8 (8-Max)$50$5,000
52Sep. 23 (Th)9 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill, Late Edition)$75$20,000
53Sep. 24 (F)7 p.m.NLHE (4-Max, Stars SE, 4-Max Edition)$100$20,000
54Sep. 24 (F)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Deepstack)$200$30,000
55Sep. 24 (F)9 p.m.NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom)$20$7,500
56Sep. 25 (Sa)5 p.m.NLHE (Afternoon Bigstack)$75$20,000
57Sep. 25 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$200$30,000
58Sep. 25 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$50$20,000
59Sep. 25 (Sa)8:30 p.m.5-Card PLO (6-Max)$100$10,000
60Sep. 26 (Su)3 p.m.NLHE (Deepstack, Sunday Marathon SE)$100$25,000
61Sep. 26 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Main Event - Championship Trophy Event)$300$200,000
62Sep. 26 (Su)6:30 p.m.NLHE (Mini Main Event)$50$40,000
63Sep. 26 (Su)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, High Roller -Championship Trophy Event)$1,000 $75,000
64Sep. 26 (Su)10 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Deepstack)$100$15,000
65Sep. 27 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, PACOOP Wrap Up)$100$40,000
66Sep. 27 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Mini Wrap Up)$10$5,000
67Sep. 27 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (Phase 2)$50$50,000
68Sep. 27 (M)8 p.m.8-Game (Championship Trophy Event)$200$20,000
69Sep. 27 (M)9:30 p.m.NLHE (7-Max, Turbo, Last Chance)$150$20,000
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