PokerStars PA Players Win $2.38 Million in PACOOP, Best Showing of Three U.S. Sites

Written By Martin Harris on September 28, 2021 - Last Updated on August 9, 2022
PokerStars PACOOP Biggest Ever in 2021

PokerStars decided to “COOP” it up across all three of its American sites in September, running concurrent Championship of Online Poker series in Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Jersey.

Of the three series, the Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) posted the highest numbers. PACOOP players won nearly $2.38 million across the 18-day, 69-tournament series at PokerStars PA, besting the totals of both PokerStars MI and PokerStars NJ.

Biggest PACOOP ever in terms of total prize pools, Main Event awards $238K

Over the course of the series, PACOOP events drew consistently large turnouts with over 25,500 total entries across the 69 tournaments. The $2,378,151.65 won in those events represents the most of any PACOOP so far in this, the third running of the series.

Shortly after PokerStars PA first launched, the inaugural PACOOP came in Nov.-Dec. 2019. That series featured 50 events and awarded nearly $1.56 million. Following that, the second PACOOP in Sept.-Oct. 2020 also had 50 events and awarded close to $2.04 million.

In the end most of the 69 events exceeded their guarantees, in some cases by wide margins. Only six events had overlays totaling about $14,000. In fact, nearly half of that total came in just one of the early tournaments (the $150 “Escalating Antes” event).

Among the final PACOOP events was the $300 buy-in, two-day Main Event with a series-high $200,000 guarantee. There were 851 total entries, making the prize pool $238,280. Player “Hondoribbia” earned the largest share of that money, taking away about $36,400 for the win.

“Hondoribbia” also took away a special PACOOP championship trophy. In all, seven different players won PACOOP trophies in designated events.

PokerStars PA tops both MI, NJ in competing COOPs

As noted, PokerStars ran similar COOP series on all three of its US sites from Sept. 10-27. Keep in mind that PokerStars PA, PokerStars MI, and PokerStars NJ are each ring-fenced, meaning players can only play against others in their own state.

When comparing the three series, the PACOOP had the most total entries and awarded the most prize money. After that PokerStars MI was next in line with its 68-event MICOOP series. There, Michigan players won almost $1.79 million with over 18,600 total entries taking part.

Trailing both PA and MI was PokerStars NJ. The NJCOOP at PokerStars NJ featured 60 tournaments. Those events attracted almost 10,600 total entries with players earning just over $1.1 million across the series.

Look below for a rundown of all the fields and prize pools for all 69 PACOOP events.

2021 PokerStars PACOOP by the numbers

EventBuy-inGuaranteeEntriesPrize Pool
1: NLHE (PACOOP Warm Up)$10$10,000 1,230$11,193.00
2: NLHE (PACOOP Big Warm Up)$100$25,000 466$42,778.80
3: NLHE (PACOOP Turbo Warm Up)$30$7,500 483$13,185.90
4: NLHE/PLO (8-Max, PACOOP Mixed Game Warm Up)$30$5,000 222$6,060.60
5: NLHE (8-Max, PACOOP Big Kickoff - Championship Trophy Event)$50$50,000 1,033$50,000.00*
6: NLHE (Escalating Antes)$150$35,000 204$35,000.00*
7: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller)$500$50,000 109$51,230.00
8: PL 5-Card Draw$50$5,000 138$6,279.00
9: NLHE (COOP Marathon)$100$30,000 316$30,000.00*
10: HORSE (6-Max, HORSE)$100$7,000 81$7,435.80
11: NLHE (Sunday Special)$100$100,000 1,095$100,521.00
12: PLO (8-Max)$100$15,000 174$15,973.20
13: NLHE (6-Max, High Roller)$500$50,000 144$67,680.00
14: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Sunday Second Chance)$50$10,000 391$17,790.50
15: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Super Sonic)$75$10,000 207$14,593.50
16: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Battle Royale, Turbo Edition)$30$12,500 549$14,987.70
17: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$200$40,000 261$48,546.00
18: PLO8 (8-Max)$100$10,000 168$15,422.40
19: NLHE (8-Max, Bigstack)$200$50,000 344$63,984.00
20: FLHE (6-Max, Limit Hold 'em)$100$6,000 78$7,160.40
21: PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$50$8,000 311$14,150.50
22: NLHE (6-Max)$30$15,000 596$16,270.80
23: NLHE (Single Re-entry)$100$20,000 330$30,294.00
24: NLHE (6-Max, Championship Trophy Event)$250$40,000 247$57,551.00
25: NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom)$100$25,000 286$26,254.80
26: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Deepstack $50 Bounty)$200$40,000 238$44,268.00
27: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Deepstack)$75$20,000 444$30,303.00
28: Stud (6-Max)$50$3,500 115$5,232.50
29: NLHE (Progressive KO, Nightly Stars SE, PKO Edition)$100$30,000 429$39,382.20
30: NLHE (4-Max)$200$35,000 196$36,456.00
31: NLHE (Afternoon Deepstack)$30$10,000 419$11,438.70
32: Stud Hi/Lo (6-Max)$100$8,000 69$8,000.00*
33: NLHE (8-Max, Duel Threat)$50$20,000 490$22,295.00
34: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Duel Threat)$50$20,000 503$22,886.50
35: PLO (6-Max, PLO High Roller - Championship Trophy Event)$250$20,000 99$23,067.00
36: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$100$20,000 237$21,756.60
37: NLHE (Bigstack Marathon)$100$30,000 353$32,405.40
38: NLHE (Sunday Special SE)$200$100,000 564$104,904.00
39: NLHE (Mini Sunday Special)$30$20,000 877$23,942.10
40: NLHE (High Roller)$500$50,000 125$58,750.00
41: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Sunday Second Chance)$100$17,500 251$23,041.80
42: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Nightly Stars SE, Battle Royale Edition)$100$30,000 342$31,395.60
43: NLHE (COOP Freezeout)$200$20,000 126$23,436.00
44: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive Total KO)$50$12,500 429$19,519.50
45: NLHE (Super Tuesday, PACOOP Special Edition)$250$55,000 237$55,221.00
46: NLHE (4-Max, Progressive KO)$50$20,000 461$20,975.50
47: NLHE (Turbo, Super Tuesday, Late Edition)$75$20,000 292$20,000.00*
48: NLHE (6-Max, Nightly Stars SE, 6-Max Edition)$100$30,000 424$38,923.20
49: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$100$25,000 300$27,540.00
50: NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill, PACOOP Special Edition - Championship Trophy Event)$250$55,000 335$78,055.00
51: NLO8 (8-Max)$50$5,000 186$8,463.00
52: NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill, Late Edition)$75$20,000 405$27,641.25
53: NLHE (4-Max, Stars SE, 4-Max Edition)$100$20,000 239$21,940.20
54: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Deepstack)$200$30,000 178$33,108.00
55: NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom)$20$7,500 533$9,700.60
56: NLHE (Afternoon Bigstack)$75$20,000 272$20,000.00*
57: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$200$30,000 202$37,572.00
58: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$50$20,000 542$24,661.00
59: 5-Card PLO (6-Max)$100$10,000 110$10,098.00
60: NLHE (Deepstack, Sunday Marathon SE)$100$25,000 326$29,926.80
61: NLHE (Main Event - Championship Trophy Event)$300$200,000 851$238,280.00
62: NLHE (Mini Main Event)$50$40,000 1,012$46,046.00
63: NLHE (8-Max, High Roller -Championship Trophy Event)$1,000 $75,000 114$108,300.00
64: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Deepstack)$100$15,000 195$18,525.00
65: NLHE (8-Max, PACOOP Wrap Up)$100$40,000 470$43,146.00
66: NLHE (8-Max, Mini Wrap Up)$10$5,000 603$5,487.30
67: NLHE (Phase 2)$50$50,000 1,205$54,827.50
68: 8-Game (Championship Trophy Event)$200$20,000 140$26,040.00
69: NLHE (7-Max, Turbo, Last Chance)$150$20,000 195$26,851.50

*Events with overlays: Event No. 5 – $2,998.50; Event No. 6 – $6,909.20; Event No. 9 – $991.20; Event No. 32 – $1,665.80; Event No. 47 – $71.00; Event No. 56 – $1,436.00.

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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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