After Winding Up WCOOP, PokerStars Kicks Off Synchronized US Championship

After Winding Up WCOOP, PokerStars Kicks Off Synchronized US Championship

Andy Brown
Published: Sep 15, 2021 Updated: Sep 16, 2021

The coming weekend will have the closure of the main event of PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker for international enthusiasts. After this wind down, the US citizens can begin their turn. It is the first time PokerStars will be running the US Championship in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Michigan. On the 10th of September, all three series started, and it will end on the 27th of September.

The Similarities

The similarities of the three events, PACOOP, NJCOOP, and MICOOP, do not end here. The schedules of Pennsylvania and Michigan are mostly identical, with some overlap with the NJ schedule. PokerStars is expecting the PACOOP series to be the largest. Across 68 events, it guarantees $2 million, while the MICOOP has 67 events that will collect around $1.5 million. Sixty events are there for the NJCOOP with over $1 million collections.

Comparison With Earlier Reports

The guarantees revealed that for both MICOOP and PACOOP, there is an increase of $500,000. But for NJCOOP, there is no change from the previous series. On the 26th of September, the main events of the three tournaments will take place. It “features a $300 buy-in and guarantees in proportions to the series total.” It includes $150,000 for MICOOP, $200,000 for PACOOP, and $100,000 for NJCOOP. Each of these comes with a Mini Main event with a price tag of $50.

The Standard Trio Of Promotions

Every series includes:

  • Second chance freerolls for the ones busting any COOP event without cashing
  • $3 Spin & Go satellites
  • Depositors Freerolls that will give them a chance to win a Main Event entry on depositing $30 at least

The Difference Between The Three Series

The MI and PA series are identical, but the significant difference is a single event. PACOOP has one event more than MICOOP. The addition of this event has increased the number by one for PACOOP. Besides that, one more difference noticed by Online Poker Report was an event that has 8-max in MI and 6-max in PA.

The First Step Of Combination: Is It Synchronization?

Online Poker Report claimed that the reason behind the staggering series was to permit players to participate in more than one game. But it is only possible if they are ready to travel to do so. For Philadelphia area players, it is easy as some city’s suburbs are lying across the NJ state line. If this is the situation, what is the need to synchronize the series? The answer is with implementing the shared liquidity arrival.

About New Jersey-Nevada-Delaware Compact

The official from MI has declared that they are planning to join the New Jersey-Nevada-Delaware Compact. They might do this by the end of this year. If this happens, it will be the last run for NJCOOP and MICOOP as they will get replaced by a combined series. However, Pennsylvania has been quiet regarding this plan. Smashing three different events in a single one can lead to a massive change for some sites.

Andy is a skilled recreational gambler for more than 11 years. His primary focus is on the regulated US online casino and poker markets. Editor-In-Chief at
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