PACOOP Finishes Strong at PokerStars PA, Awards Over $2 Million Across 50 Events

The 15-day, 50-event Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker wrapped up Monday on PokerStars PA. It was a big final week for the 2020 PACOOP with consistently large fields for all events and ultimately over $2 million awarded for the series.

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All guarantees exceeded during final week, over 21K total entries

During the early going five events had small overlays. But the latter half of the series saw all of the tournaments exceed their guarantees, in most cases by wide margins.

All told there were 21,326 entries (including re-entries) in the series, an average of 426 per event.

Collectively PACOOP’s 50 events had guarantees totaling just over $1.5 million. The last couple of events pushed the overall amount awarded over the $2M mark. In the end, players collectively cashed for $2,039,132.90.

That total amount awarded is a little more than what was won during the 70-event Bounty Builder Series on PokerStars PA in July. Meanwhile the 100-event PASCOOP in the spring awarded more than $3.2 million.

PACOOP Main Event draws over 1,000 entries, awards $283K

The two-day $300 Main Event featured a $200,000 guarantee, and with over 1,000 total entries the prize pool ultimately totaled just over $283,000.

Sporting an appropriate username, “LetMeWin3437” triumphed to win the Main Event and earn a first prize worth more than $46,000. The winner only entered once, and there was no final table deal.

The Mini Main, a $50 version of the Main Event with a $40,000 guarantee, also attracted a large field. With more than 1,150 total entries, the Mini Main paid out more than $52,000.

Other marquee events during the final week featured large turnouts as well. That included the $500 pot-limit Omaha High Roller and its $35,000-plus prize pool, well over the $25,000 guarantee.

Other online rooms, live poker on the horizon in PA

As the only operating online poker room in the state, PokerStars PA has experienced consistent traffic this year. That has especially been the case over the last seven months during which the coronavirus pandemic has forced live poker rooms to close in the state.

PokerStars PA may soon lose its monopoly, however, as both partypoker and WSOP.com are getting closer to opening online poker rooms in Pennsylvania.  WSOP’s software provider, 888 poker recently received license approval in PA.

Live poker may also be returning as an option sooner than later, with some PA poker rooms planning to reopen within the next few weeks.

Meanwhile poker players in New Jersey are readying for the start of their own “COOP” series this weekend. The New Jersey Championship of Online Poker takes place Oct. 10-26 with events already available for registration in the PokerStars NJ client.

The NJCOOP schedule has 54 events, a $300 Main Event with a $125,000 guarantee, and overall guarantees totaling $1 million.

Here’s a rundown of the participation and prize pools for the 2020 PACOOP.

2020 PACOOP by the numbers

Event Buy-in Guarantee Entries Re-Entries Prize Pool  
1: NLHE (Nightly Stars – PACOOP Warm-Up) $100 $50,000 401 231 $58,017.60
2: NLHE (8-Max, PACOOP – Warm-Up) $50 $30,000 537 271 $36,764.00
3: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Deepstack) $100 $35,000 226 121 $35,000.00*
4: NLHE (6-Max) $50 $20,000 271 163 $20,000.00*
5: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO) $150 $30,000 180 94 $37,729.80
6: NLHE (Sunday Special SE) $100 $100,000 673 444 $102,540.60
7: PLO (6-Max) $100 $15,000 135 56 $17,533.80
8: NLHE (8-Max, Sunday SuperSonic SE) $50 $10,000 210 55 $12,057.50
9: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE) $50 $30,000 524 281 $36,627.50
10: PLO8 (8-Max) $75 $12,000 145 70 $14,673.75
11: NLHE (Super Tuesday SE) $200 $40,000 205 120 $60,450.00
12: NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday SE) $20 $15,000 667 375 $18,964.40
13: NLHE (8-Max) $150 $15,000 121 50 $23,546.70
14: NLHE (6-Max, High Roller) $500 $50,000 116 53 $79,430.00
15: NLHE $150 $15,000 135 55 $26,163.00
16: NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE) $200 $40,000 196 90 $53,196.00
17: NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thrill) $20 $20,000 738 511 $22,731.80
18: PL 5-Card Draw (8-Max, Turbo) $100 $10,000 62 25 $10,000.00*
19: 8-Game $200 $15,000 70 23 $17,298.00
20: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo) $150 $20,000 157 69 $31,120.20
21: NLHE (8-Max, Deepstack) $100 $35,000 321 157 $43,880.40
22: NLHE (Saturday Speedway SE) $50 $15,000 322 156 $21,749.00
23: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Marathon) $100 $35,000 231 134 $35,000.00*
24: PLO (8-Max, Turbo) $100 $10,000 78 34 $10,281.60
25: NLHE (6-Max) $150 $25,000 128 68 $26,989.20
26: NLHE (Sunday Special SE) $100 $100,000 653 424 $100,000.00*
27: NLHE (Progressive KO) $200 $35,000 146 64 $39,060.00
28: NLHE (Sunday SuperSonic SE) $75 $12,000 162 40 $14,241.00
29: NLHE (4-Max) $200 $25,000 147 78 $41,850.00
30: PLO (6-Max, High-Roller) $500 $25,000 50 26 $35,720.00
31: NLHE (Hyper-Turbo, Super Tuesday) $250 $40,000 189 99 $68,400.00
32: NLO8 (8-Max) $100 $10,000 105 63 $15,422.40
33: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo) $30 $20,000 595 349 $25,771.20
34: NLHE $200 $30,000 130 54 $34,224.00
35: Stud Hi/Lo $100 $10,000 81 29 $10,098.00
36: NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill) $250 $40,000 179 89 $62,444.00
37: NLHE $150 $20,000 147 56 $27,953.10
38: FLHE (6-Max, Turbo) $200 $10,000 48 19 $12,462.00
39: NLHE (Hyper-Turbo) $200 $15,000 82 20 $19,380.00
40: NLHE (6-Max) $300 $40,000 120 61 $50,680.00
41: NLHE (6-Max) $75 $20,000 284 131 $28,323.75
42: NLHE (Turbo, Progressive KO, Deepstack) $100 $25,000 322 153 $43,605.00
43: NLHE (Main Event) $300 $200,000 626 387 $283,640.00
44: NLHE (Mini Main Event) $50 $40,000 730 427 $52,643.50
45: NLHE (Progressive KO) $100 $30,000 252 94 $31,762.80
46: PLO (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo) $100 $10,000 81 30 $10,545.00
47: NLHE (Sunday SuperSonic SE) $75 $10,000 172 51 $15,721.50
48: NLHE (Nightly Stars SE – PACOOP Wrap-Up) $100 $35,000 379 207 $53,794.80
49: NLHE (8-Max, Phase 2) $50 $50,000 1892 0 $86,086.00
50: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Deep Hyper Turbo) $100 $15,000 185 63 $23,560.00
TOTAL $2,039,132.90

*Events with overlays: Event No. 3 – $3,145.40; Event No. 4 – $253.00; Event No. 18 – $2,013.40; Event No. 23 – $1,493.00; Event No. 26 – $1.131.40.

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