PACOOP Series Ends With More Than $2.38 Million Awarded

Popular series by PokerStars PA drew more than 25,000 entries, including “Hondoribbia,” who took home a trophy and $36,400.85.
PACOOP Series Ends With More Than $2.38 Million Awarded
September 28, 2021

More than 54,000 players registered to play in the three Championship of Online Poker (COOP) series that PokerStars ran this month in the states where it operates, with more than $5.27 million in prize money awarded.

Of the three states where PokerStars held series—Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania—the PACOOP series proved to be the most profitable for players. That series awarded more than $2.38 million to players in the Keystone State, or just under half of the total awarded at the three COOP series combined.

By comparison, MICOOP awarded about $1.79 million and NJCOOP had $1.1 million in prizes.

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The PACOOP series, which had 69 events in total, saw 25,596 entries. The most popular event entry-wise was the series’ first: a No Limit Hold’em (NLHE) on September 10 with a $10 buy-in and $10,000 guaranteed that eventually became an $11,193 prize pool. “Dionysus1888” won $1,756.69 at the event.

By far the biggest prize pool was the $238,280 up for grabs at PACOOP’s Main Event on September 26. The $200,000 guaranteed NLHE with a $300 buy-in attracted 851 players, but “Hondoribbia” ultimately prevailed and took home $36,400.85, the biggest prize of the series.

Seven players win trophies

“Hondoribbia” was one of seven players to win PACOOP championship trophies. The others included “161joe161,” who won $7,506.65 in the $50 NLHE 8-Max Big Kickoff with $50,000 guaranteed on September 11; “JesusTrackTeamC,” who took home $11,093.53 after winning the $250 NLHE 6-Max with a guaranteed prize pool of $40,000 on September 15; and “TheBigSlick74,” winner of $5,386.97 from the $250 6-Max PLO High Roller with $20,000 guaranteed that was held on September 18.

“MasterOf0ne,” winner of the $250 NLHE Thursday Thrill Progressive KO with $55,000 guaranteed on September 23, took home $16,873.75 and a trophy. Another trophy went to “LetMeWin3437” for winning the $1,000 NLHE 8-Max High Roller event with $75,000 guaranteed on September 26. The player also took home $23,673.69.

The seventh and final PACOOP trophy went to “SDotRog,” winner of $5,493.25 at the $200 8-Game event on September 27 that had a guaranteed prize pool of $20,000.

Two players, “superdonkeydave” and “TheBigSlick74,” each won three events at PACOOP. There were also five players who won two events each.

Six PACOOP events had overlays

Six of the 69 events at PACOOP had overlays. One was the $50 NLHE on September 11, which was also a trophy event.

The other five events with overlays were the $150 NLHE Escalating Antes with $35,000 guaranteed on September 11; the $100 NLHE COOP Marathon with $30,000 guaranteed on September 12; the $100 Stud Hi/Lo 6-Max with $8,000 guaranteed on September 18; the $75 NLHE Turbo Super Tuesday Late Edition with $20,000 guaranteed on September 21; and the $75 NLHE Afternoon Bigstack with $20,000 guaranteed on September 25.

According to PokerStars, none of its ambassadors for PokerStars PA—Keith Becker, Mark Foresta and Jennifer Shahade—won a PACOOP event, but Foresta made it to four tables, including one runner-up. Becker won third place in the $100 NLHE 6-Max Hyper-Turbo Deepstack with $15,000 guaranteed on September 26.

COOP Series Final Totals

Series Entries Prize Pool
PACOOP 25,596 $2,378,151.65
MICOOP 18,636 $1,787,502.10
NJCOOP 10,598 $1,105,230.80
TOTAL 54,830 $5,270,884.55
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