PokerStars Brings Online Championship to PA in September

PokerStars Brings Online Championship to PA in September

The PokerStars Championship of Online Poker is coming to Pennsylvania and will run simultaneously with tournaments in Michigan and New Jersey. The events begin Sept. 10 and run through Sept. 27; the tourneys in the three states combined will offer a prize pool guaranteed at $4.5 million.

The Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) will have a $2 million guaranteed prize pool across at least 65 online poker events in the Keystone State, according to a news release.

The two-day Main Event for PACOOP, each day having a $300 buy-in, begins Sept. 26 and has a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool, the release said.

In addition to Main Event prize money, winners also will be awarded trophies. There are an additional six COOP winners in Pennsylvania who also will get trophies.

The series from PokerStars provides several tournaments with buy-in levels starting at just $10. In addition, players across all three competing states can win their way to COOP by playing in qualifying events:

Options for Poker Players

$3 Spin & Go: The fast-paced, three-handed PokerStars offering will award satellite tickets into the Main Event until Sept. 26.

Depositor Freeroll: Players who deposit $30 or more and enter the “PACOOP” promo code until Sept. 26 can get a ticket to a COOP Depositor Freeroll where 50 seats in the Main Event will be on the line.

Second Chance Freerolls: A player in a COOP event who doesn’t finish with the money can get a ticket to a Second Chance Freeroll. The freeroll offered in each state will award $5,000 in tickets for the COOP.

PACOOP comes after the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) that started on Aug. 22 and ends Sept. 15. That tournament has the series’ biggest-ever guarantee at $100 million. The PokerStars’ Summer Slam ran much of June in Pennsylvania.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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