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  1. Thursday night’s PokerStars PA SCOOP schedule was highlighted by a pair of fast and furious head-up, progressive total KO tournaments. The events, which were played as ZOOM tournaments, gave Pennsylvania grinders a different look from the standard No Limit Hold’em tournaments that dominate the schedule. The goal of these heads-up battles is to blast through as much of the opposition as possible, collecting bounties along the way. In the end, how successful you are isn’t directly correlated with what ‘rank’ you end up with. With the entirety of the buy-in placed in the bounty pool, and zero dollars placed in a separate prize pool like traditional PKO’s, a player could only get paid if they took out an opponent. In Event #36-H ($200 No Limit Hold’em Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) it was ‘Dragon Kenney’ that not only outlasted the entire field of 197 entries, but also walked away as the biggest heads-up winner taking home $9,153.20 in bounties. He beat ‘wnunley’ in the final match, who picked up $1,986.43 along the way. While ‘wnunley’ technically came in second, he was third in total money earned as ‘HBGgolfSIM’, who finished in fourth place, earned $2,737.69 in bounties. ‘BirdBrain64’ also picked up four-figures worth of bounties, capturing the fourth-highest total of $1,499.63 for their efforts. In the lower buy-in Event #36-L ($20 NLHE Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom) it was ‘NellyAA74’ who was the last player standing, taking home $1,269.24 in total bounties. ‘Chaserr11’ was the official runner-up, turning their $20 buy-in into $713.94 in bounties. ‘theraps316’ officially took home the bronze earning $645.02 in bounties, but it was ‘Clauso224215’ that took home the third-largest score of the tournament, wrapping up in sixth place but walking away with $700.19. Although he didn’t get to the end in the Heads-Up event, ‘BirdBrain64’ finished off the evening with the biggest score of the night by taking down Event #35-H ($100 NLHE) for a $9,611.71 score. Right behind him was ‘kdQuel’ who fell in second place, earning $6,974.93. PokerStars PA reg ‘BMM2019’ also managed to climb into the top three, adding $5,061.70 to their bankroll for third place. During heads-up play in Event #35-L ($10 NLHE), ‘thpinal’ was faced with a four-to-one chip deficit when he made the one time offer to chop evenly - no ICM. “If I double man, I swear I won’t chop I’m just telling you that…” he stated in chat but ‘starrynight42’, undeterred, opted to play it out. “No worries, I’d rather play. Even if you double it’s all good.” he typed in the chatbox. Within five hands ’thpinal’ doubled. With the stacks even, ‘thpinal’ quickly offered an even chop yet again which ‘starrynight42’ ended up agreeing to. The pair played it out for the title, which was earned by ‘thpinal’ who also picked up an extra $125 for first for a total of $1,385.35. As the runner-up, ‘starrynight42’ earned $1,260.35 in the chop. ‘win 1023’ was the third-place finisher, picking up $795.38. Event #35-H: $100 NLHE 594 entries $54,529.20 ($20K Gtd) BirdBrain64 - $9,611.71 kdQuel - $6,974.93 BMM2019 - $5,061.70 pariszoo11 - $3,673.27 NeillyAA74 - $2,665.69 TABLECAPTAINNNN - $1,934.49 StashMoney14 - $1,403.86 love2playpoker - $1,018.78 TightIsRight570 - $739.33 Event #35-L: $10 NLHE 1,042 entries $9,482.20 ($5K Gtd) thpinal - $1,385.35* starrynight42 - $1,260.35* nin1023 - $795.38 Joesgut - $571.88 seanfitz84 - $411.19 Godwinski - $295.85 huntem708 - $212.57 olephillyboy4 - $152.84 Event #36-H: $200 NLHE Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom 197 entries $36,642 ($25K Gtd) Dragon Kenney - $9,153.20 in bounties wnunley - $1,986.43 in bounties Morris Wanchuk - $927.09 in bounties HBGgolfSIM - $2,737.69 in bounties BirdBrain64 - $1,499.63 in bounties king12929 - $1,023.01 in bounties Event #36-L: $20 NLHE Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom 916 entries $16,671.20 ($7.5K Gtd) NellyAA74 - $1,269.24 in bounties Chaserr11 - $713.94 in bounties theraps316 - $645.02 in bounties bradman123 - $332.40 in bounties the0ne08 - $398.84 in bounties Clauso224215 - $700.19 in bounties
  2. Just six weeks after the conclusion of the first full-scale tournament series in Pennsylvania online poker history, the Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker, PokerStars PA is ready to do it again. The PokerStars PA Winter Series runs January 25 - February 1 and features 30 events and $675,000 in total guarantees with buy-ins ranging from $30 up to $500. PACOOP had more events (50) and $1.225 million in guaranteed prize pools. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“BetMGM NJ”] The Winter Series gets underway on Saturday, January 25 with three events: $50 The Warm-Up ($20,000 Guarantee) $100 The Anthem ($30,000 Guarantee) $200 The Coin Toss Turbo PKO ($15,000 Guarantee) The following day, Sunday, January 26, is the busiest day of the eight-day series. Six events are on the schedule that day with $164,000 in total guarantees. The highlight is the Blitz Sunday Special Special Edition with a $50,000 guarantee and a $200 buy-in. The Main Event Players who played in the PACOOP Main Event will find the Winter Series Main Event to be a familiar setting. Just like PACOOP, the Winter Series Main Event has a $300 and the guarantee is $100,000. The Main Event begins on February 1 at 5 pm ET. The PACOOP Main Event guarantee was initially announced as $100,000 before PokerStars increased the guarantees on a number of events, including the Main, based on strong turnout in the opening week of play. The PACOOP Main Event attracted 640 players for a $179,2000 prize pool. Ryan 'Gyea0' Gerber took it down for $31,335.64. Main Event Satellites Abound Players looking to get into the Winter Series Main event on a budget will be happy to know that PokerStars is already running satellites. Buy-ins range from $20 to $50. On February 1, a $50 buy-in Mega Satellite is guaranteeing 20 seats to the Main Event. Players can re-enter up to two times during late registration. Second Chance Freerolls Players who bust out of any Winter Series event before making the money will find a consolation prize in their account: a Second Chance All-in Shootout Freeroll ticket. The ticket can be used on any of the Second Chance All-in Shootout Freerolls that run daily from January 26 - February 1. PokerStars PA 2020 Winter Series Schedule Date Time (ET) Name Game Buy-in Guarantee Jan 25 5:00 pm The Warm-Up - NLHE NLHE $50 $20,000 Jan 25 7:00 pm The Anthem - Nightly Stars SE NLHE $100 $30,000 Jan 25 9:00 pm The Coin Toss - Turbo PKO NLHE $200 $15,000 Jan 26 1:00 pm Kick-Off - Deepstack NLHE $100 $25,000 Jan 26 2:00 pm The Return - 6-Max NLHE $50 $20,000 Jan 26 3:30 pm Play Action - PKO NLHE $150 $30,000 Jan 26 5:00 pm The Blitz - Sunday Special SE NLHE $200 $50,000 Jan 26 6:00 pm First Down - Mini Sunday Special NLHE $30 $15,000 Jan 26 7:00 pm The Handoff - PLO PLO $100 $12,000 Jan 26 10:00 pm The Block - Supersonic SE NLHE $75 $12,000 Jan 27 7:00 pm The Juke - 4-Max NLHE $100 $15,000 Jan 27 8:00 pm The Spin - Battle Royale SE NLHE $50 $20,000 Jan 27 9:00 pm The Tackle - Variable Levels NLHE $150 $15,000 Jan 28 7:00 pm The Sack - Super Tuesday SE NLHE $250 $40,000 Jan 28 7:30 pm The Punt - Mini Super Tuesday NLHE $30 $15,000 Jan 28 9:00 pm Half-Time - Turbo PKO NLHE $100 $15,000 Jan 29 7:00 pm The Turnover - High Roller NLHE $500 $35,000 Jan 29 8:00 pm The Drive - PLO, 6-Max PLO $50 $8,000 Jan 29 9:00 pm The Redzone - Turbo NLHE $150 $15,000 Jan 30 7:00 pm The Touchdown - Thursday Thrill SE NLHE $200 $35,000 Jan 30 7:30 pm Extra Point - Mini Thrill NLHE $50 $20,000 Jan 30 9:00 pm Deep Hyper-Turbo NLHE $100 $15,000 Jan 31 7:00 pm The Onside Kick - Vanilla NLHE $100 $10,000 Jan 31 8:00 pm The Snap - PKO, Big Antes NLHE $150 $15,000 Jan 31 9:00 pm Hail Mary - Turbo NLHE $50 $8,000 Jan 31 10:00 pm The Catch - Deep Hyper-Turbo NLHE $100 $10,000 Feb 1 3:00 pm The Comeback - PKO, 8-Max NLHE $100 $15,000 Feb 1 5:00 pm The Big Game - Main Event NLHE $300 $100,000 Feb 1 6:30 pm Overtime - Mini-Main NLHE $50 $25,000 Feb 1 8:00 pm Victory Parade - Turbo PKO NLHE $100 $15,000
  3. Regulated online poker in the US made some leaps in 2019, and if the market can have a similar legislative year in 2020 as it did in 2019, things will be moving along quite nicely. In 2019, Pennsylvania online poker went live, West Virginia entered the regulated arena, and Michigan redeemed itself. Pennsylvania Goes Live As the saying goes, it’s better late than never. Following up on Pennsylvania’s regulation of online poker in late 2017, Kevin O’Toole, executive director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, announced in April of 2019 that that PA online poker would go live on July 15. The announcement was a very welcomed one, especially by players in the Keystone State. With a population of 12.8 million, Pennsylvania would become the largest state to have regulated online poker, topping New Jersey’s 8.9 million. Just days after O’Toole’s announcement on when Pennsylvania online poker would go live, it was revealed that seven casinos had been approved to operate online poker in the state, including PokerStars and partypoker. After plenty of time had passed between signing of the bill and the PGCB’s announcement on when online poker would go live in Pennsylvania, things were finally moving forward. As the days rolled by, more and more poker players become anxious for what was to come in Pennsylvania, but unfortunately the launch date of July 15 was not going to happen. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months as the wait went on. Finally, the poker community received the news that PokerStars was to begin testing real-money online poker in Pennsylvania on November 4. PokerStars PA’s soft launch proved a success and the site officially went live on November 6, 2019. Less than two weeks after opening its virtual doors, PokerStars PA announced the first-ever Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker. The series called for 50 events and $1 million in combined prize pool guarantees. The inaugural PACOOP got off to a roaring start, so much so that organizers opted to bump up the guarantees for the events not once but twice. As 2019 came to a close, PokerStars was the only operator live in Pennsylvania. The site has shown solid numbers, both in tournaments and cash games, and it will be interesting to see which operator decides to be next in line. With other operators in play, we’ll be able to get our first look at the competitive landscape in the Keystone State, although PokerStars PA has done well to get a head start by launching in November 2019. The best thing to come from PokerStars PA’s launch was the lack of hiccups exhibited elsewhere, like when New Jersey launched, for example. The regulated online poker industry is more mature in the US and a lot has been learned and improved upon in the time since NJ launched regulated online poker. Going forward, we anticipate other states that come on board will have a similarly streamlined launch phase to what we saw in Pennsylvania. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Michigan Redeems Itself At the end of 2018, it was thought that Michigan was going to be the next state to regulate online poker. Just days before Christmas, Michigan lawmakers passed a bill to legalize online poker. All that was needed was a signature from Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan would be off and running towards launch. Snyder had other plans, though. Days after the bill was sent to Snyder’s desk by lawmakers, Snyder vetoed the bill. Just about one year passed and a bill that included regulated online poker was back on the governor’s desk in Michigan, only this time it was the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Unlike her predecessor, Whitmer signed the bill into law. With a state population of nearly 10 million, it is hoped that Michigan regulated online poker will be similar to what can be seen in Pennsylvania upon launch. Whitmer was involved in the process of drafting the bill, which lended itself to greater confidence that the bill would get signed into law once it reached her desk. The bill does have language in it that does not allow for interstate liquidity, as Whitmer had concerns over online slot revenues potentially leaving the state. Things might eventually change for Michigan to allow interstate player pooling, but we’ll have to wait and see in that regard, just like what’s happening in Pennsylvania. West Virginia Legalizes Online Poker Before Michigan became the sixth state to legalize online poker and before regulated online poker went live in Pennsylvania, West Virginia became the fifth state to welcome legalized online poker. Via passing of the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act, online poker is now regulated in the Mountain State. The bill was approved overwhelmingly by both the House and Senate in West Virginia before it was sent to the desk of Gov. Jim Justice. Justice did not act on the bill before the 15-day deadline, which allowed the bill to become law. Those in West Virginia are still waiting for the next steps to take place, as regulators are currently working on putting everything in place that will lead up to launch. Although one of the smaller states in the US in terms of population, with a figure of 1.8 million, the more states that are on board with regulated online poker, the better. Wire Act Only Applies To Sports Betting Entering the 2019 WSOP, there was some uncertainty surrounding the WSOP.com online gold bracelet events that were set to take place across the interstate player pools of Nevada and New Jersey. But at the beginning of June, Judge Paul Barbadoro of the US District Court concluded that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting. "I hereby declare that § 1084(a) of the Wire Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1084(a), applies only to transmissions related to bets or wagers on a sporting event or contest," Barbadoro wrote in conclusion. "The 2018 OLC Opinion is set aside." The new opinion came following the Department of Justice's claim that the Wire Act applied to all forms of online gambling, which is what caused the uncertainty to surround the WSOP.com online gold bracelet events. The new opinion, however, gave the green light for interstate WSOP.com online gold bracelet events to move forward without issue. As regulated online poker continues to try and make strides, the new opinion from Barbadoro was very much viewed as a win. What followed was a record-breaking year for WSOP.com online gold bracelet events. WSOP.com Named Official NFL Sponsor Although WSOP.com, which is currently live in Nevada and New Jersey and has interstate player pooling across the two states, did not launch operations in a new state in 2019, it did have an exciting bit of news announced. In November, it was announced that WSOP.com was named an official sponsor of the NFL. The partnership stemmed from an earlier announcement at the beginning of the year when Caesars Entertainment Corporation, parent company of the WSOP and WSOP.com, was selected as the first-ever Official Casino Sponsor of the NFL. As part of the partnership, WSOP.com launched the ‘Sit ‘N’ Go to the Super Bowl’ promotion to provide players with the opportunity to win a trip for two to Miami for Super Bowl LIV. Looking Ahead To 2020 As we said off the top, if 2020 continues with the same sort of advancements that happened in 2019, regulated online poker in the US will be moving along nicely. What this means is one or two new states coming on board and at least one more operator going live in Pennsylvania. Both Michigan and West Virginia have passed bills to regulated online poker, but timetables have yet to be determined for when sites will go live. It seems that online poker will be live in Michigan before West Virginia, but for now we’re left waiting to see what’s next from these two states. Best hopes are that Michigan, due to its size, has an efficient timetable to and through launch, mirroring the success of Pennsylvania’s launch. In Pennsylvania, look for WSOP.com to go live sometime in 2020. Of course, without interstate liquidity sharing, WSOP.com players in Pennsylvania will be separate from those playing in Nevada and New Jersey. Competition within a market is almost always a good thing and having a powerful brand such as the WSOP alongside PokerStars in the market should help raise the bar for what’s offered to PA online poker players in addition to providing a second option of play. WSOP.com going live in Pennsylvania, if it were to happen ahead of the 2020 World Series of Poker, could positively affect the massive live festival that takes place in Las Vegas every summer, too. An online gold bracelet event likely wouldn’t be in the cards, but satellites offering players opportunities to win their way to compete in WSOP gold bracelet events in Las Vegas would certainly be expected. WSOP.com has already started running satellites for the 2020 WSOP for players in Nevada and New Jersey. With a new governor in office, Kentucky is a state to watch in 2020. Rep. Adam Koenig tried to push through legislation in 2019 but ultimately fell short in an effort to legalize both online poker and sports betting. Koenig has said he will try again in 2020 and his efforts could be supported by one very important person. The state’s former governor, Matt Bevin, was against gambling. The state’s new governor, Andy Beshear, who previously served as Kentucky’s attorney general, appears to be very much for regulated gambling. As attorney general, Beshear urged legislators to allow legalized gambling. Much like a new governor helped get regulated online poker over the finish line in Michigan, Beshear could be pivotal in Kentucky getting legalized online gambling, including online poker.
  4. As we move into 2020, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of 2019. December saw one of the largest online poker tournaments ever, a new state regulating online poker, and Pennsylvania players getting their first taste of COOP action. MILLIONS Online Chopped Up Again For the second year in a row, the partypoker MILLIONS Online was chopped up by the final two players. This time, 'frenchsniperrr’ and ‘Lucio’ each ended up with a $2.2 million score. The official winner, ‘frenchsniperrr’, banked $2,259,113.58 for first place while ‘Lucio’ took $2,222,511.43 as the runner-up. After Day 1A finished, all eyes were on 'jiggidyjigjohn', who finished with the chip lead. A partypoker promotion offered the Day 1A chip leader a $1 million bonus if they went on to win the event. Unfortunately for 'jiggidyjigjohn', they had to settle for a 42nd place finish for $52,725. The event drew 2,109 runners to build a total prize pool of $21,090,000 to beat the guarantee and make it the second-largest online poker tournament prize pool of all time behind only the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online event. The buy-in for the 2019 event was bumped up from $5,300 to $10,300 - one of a handful of things that PocketFives Editor in Chief Lance Bradley believes need to be changed for the 2020 event in an effort to break the record for largest online poker tournament ever. Alex Foxen Wins WPT Five Diamond to Clinch GPI POY Alex Foxen captured the 2018 GPI Player of the Year title and spent all of 2019 doing his best to defend it. He ended up doing just that in dramatic fashion. Foxen captured the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic for $1.694 million and more than enough points to lock up a second consecutive poker GPI POY title. The unlimited re-entry event drew 1,035 runners to break the record for largest Five Diamond ever. “It feels, I don’t know… surreal,” Foxen said in the moments following the win. “It’s kind of hard to put into words, but it feels amazing. The last time I got to this spot, I was a little bit disappointed in the way that I played heads up. It’s just incredible to get the opportunity again and be fortunate enough to pull out the win. I don’t have words.” Runner-up Toby Joyce collected $1,120,040 for his efforts. This was the fourth consecutive year that the Five Diamond field saw an increase. Season XV had 791 entries, Season XVI had 812, and Season XVII last year had 1,001. Pennsylvania Online Poker Players Enjoy First Big Series Just weeks after the launch of online poker in Pennsylvania, Keystone State grinders got their first taste of what a big online series was like. The inaugural PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker actually kicked off in late November, but most of the events took place in December and PokerStars executives had to be happy with the overall turnout. PokerStars actually bumped up the overall guarantees for the series twice. First on December 2, going from $1 million to $1.125 million, and then again on December 4, with another $125,000 being added to the prize pools. The Main Event was won by 'Gyeao' for $31,335.64. The event had a $150,000 guarantee but the 640 entries in the $300 buy-in event helped the prize pool balloon to $179,200. PACOOP was the first time that some of the best online poker players in the state got a chance to show their mettle. Six players, lead by 'Gyea0', managed to earn more than $20,000 over the course of the entire series. Michigan Legalizes Online Poker - For Real In late 2018, online poker players in Michigan were excited and then heartbroken when the Michigan legislature passed a bill to legalize online poker only to have then-Governor Rick Snyder veto the bill out of spite just days before leaving office. It took nearly 12 months, but another bill was passed on December 10 and then signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on December 28. This made Michigan the sixth state to pass online poker legislation, joining Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
  5. The inaugural Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker may have helped establish PokerStars in Pennsylvania, but thanks to strong consistent results over the course of the 50-tournament schedule, it also helped establish some newfound poker stars in Pennsylvania. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] 'NeolithicFarmer' Dominates PACOOP PLB Leaderboard While PocketFives isn't yet able to track all PokerStars PA results, we were able to put together a PACOOP Leaderboard based on the PocketFives Rankings Formula. The name at the top of the leaderboard will not be a surprise to anybody that followed the daily PACOOP recaps on PocketFives.com. 'NeolithicFarmer' cashed 17 times, including wins in Event #25 ($100 Pot Limit Omaha) and Event #30 ($300 No Limit Hold’em Four Max), to pick up 958.78 PLB points and top the leaderboard by a wide margin. The next biggest total was nearly 100 points behind. 'fubadbeatbob' also had two wins, Event #15 ($750 High Roller) and Event #50 ($100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Deep Hyper-Turbo), to finish with 860.04 PLB points. Third place went to 'CleggsOnGG', who managed to accumulate 805.09 points despite never picking up a victory. PACOOP POCKETFIVES LEADERBOARD RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 NeolithicFarmer 958.78 2 fubadbeatbob 860.04 3 CleggsOnGG 805.09 4 mcmullend17 714.29 5 AllinWithAJoff 705.01 6 luap215 702.11 7 wolfofbrdst 643.28 8 Allin1out 597.36 9 A Frequent ? 582.37 10 MrMonkeyJones 566.47   Main Event Champ Headlines PACOOP Earnings List It should come as no surprise to anybody that the winner of the Main Event topped the PACOOP earnings flist. 'Gyea08' took down the 640-played, $300 buy-in Main Event for $31,335.64 - the single highest cash in PokerStars PA history. That cash alone was enough to put them on top of the PACOOP earnings list, but they also managed to cash two other times in earlier events to bring their total winnings to $32,042.64. No other player even came close to cracking the $30,000 mark. It's also not a surprise to see 'NeolithicFarmer' near the top of this list. Their $26,577.02 in winnings was the second-highest total for any player in the Keystone State. An impressive $10,228.10 came from their two victories. Right behind 'NeolithicFarmer' was another two-time champ. 'fubadbeatbob' picked up $13,334.40 from their win in Event #15 ($750 Six Max High Roller) and then added an additional $11,935.10 from a dozen other cashes, including a victory in Event #50 ($100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Deep Hyper-Turbo). Just 30 players managed to cash for at least $10,000 over the 50-event series and only six of them reached the $20,000 mark. PACOOP EARNINGS LEADERS RANK PLAYER EARNINGS 1 Gyea08 $32,042.64 2 NeolithicFarmer $26,577.02 3 fubadbeatbob $25,269.50 4 Clementine101 $24,183.87 5 lilholdem952 $23,652.64 6 king12929 $20,465.69 7 CleggsOnGG $19,586.24 8 luap215 $17,700.40 9 MrMonkeyJones $17,683.54 10 soccerdad29 $17,163.26   'CleggsOnGG' Leads List of PACOOP Cashers Nobody finished in-the-money more often than 'CleggsOnGG'. Picking up 18 cashes over the course of the series, 'CleggsOnGG' beat 'NeolithicFarmer' by just a single cash. Those 18 cashes earned the online poker player $19,586.24. Coming in third on the total cashes leaderboard was 'mcmullend17' with 15. 'Allin1out' had 14 and then four players tied for the #5 spot with 13 in-the-money finishes. PACOOP CASHES LEADERS RANK PLAYER CASHES 1 CleggsOnGG 18 2 NeolithicFarmer 17 3 mcmullend17 15 4 Allin1out 14 5 fubadbeatbob 13 5 AllinWithAJoff 13 5 BDGEJLM 13 5 22EPL 13 9 RiverMeDaddy 12 10 luap215 11 10 wolfofbrdst 11 10 LemonCake122 11   PACOOP Odds & Ends Five players were able to win two tournaments each. Joining 'NeolithicFarmer' and 'fubadbeatbob' in the two-time champion club were 'HeavyLizard' (Events #3 and #13), 'wolfofbrdst' (Event #13 and #33) and 'RevoltingBlob12', who had the rare feat of winning back to events (Events #36 and #37). Two players put together streaks over cashing in four consecutive events. 'KnightsofNight' did it events #43 thru #46. They narrowly missed out on six straight cashes, having found the money in Event #41 before finishing just 11 spots out of the money in Event #42. 'EPL22' also had a four cash streak after finishing in-the-money in events #12 - #15. There were 16 players who had streaks of three.
  6. When PokerStars PA first released the schedule for the inaugural Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker, the $300 Main Event was set to have a $100,000 guarantee. Strong returns in the first week of PACOOP forced PokerStars to up the guarantee to $125,000. Turns out, that wasn't big enough. Sunday's Main Event drew 640 entries from 420 unique players to push the final prize pool to $179,200, beating the guarantee by 43%. Just 75 players advanced to Day 2 with 'I.Ogimura' sitting on top of the rest of the field. The top 10 chip counts heading into Day 2 include a number of Pennsylvania players who have had strong PACOOP performances to date. Action resumes at 7 PM ET. Top 10 Chip Counts I.Ogimura - 537,906 fubadbeatbob - 392,070 BDGEJLM - 271,432 youngmoney915 - 316,655 lilholdem952 - 275,260 M$Z$01234 - 250,400 anamlr - 231,604 BigRed196732 - 212,395 NeolithicFarmer - 210,777 Angito1981 - 209,922 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] 'PLANTandDTS' Rides to Victory in Event #43 The first event on Sunday's schedule, Event #43 ($100 No Limit Hold'em w/Big Antes), went to 'PLANTandDTS' who saored past the 332 other entries to wint $5,695.89. The final prize pool of $30,569.40 blew right past the $20,000 guarantee. Runner-up 'NoamSayng' took home $4,184.55 while 'A Frequent ?' picked up another PACOOP cash, coming in third place for $3,074.35. Other players who managed to earn PACOOP titles on Sunday included 'JimTMCL' (Event #45 – $50 NLHE w/Main Event Structure), 'anamlr' (Event #46 – $100 NLHE PKO), 'ScooterMcShovin' (Event #47 – $100 Six Max PLO Turbo) and 'R1chardOnYoFace' (Event #48 – $75 Sunday SuperSonic SE). PACOOP Event #43 – $100 No Limit Hold'em w/Big Antes 333 Total Entries (218 Unique Entries, 115 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $30,569.40 PLANTandDTS - $5,695.89 NoamSayng - $4,184.55 A Frequent ? - $3,074.35 AzzJack#28 - $2,258.70 OpticruxPrime - $1,659.45 KnightsofNight - $1,219.18 $tacksMcgee - $895.72 WarrenBluffit - $658.08 SMhawks06 - $483.48 PACOOP Event #45 – $50 No Limit Hold’em w/Main Event Structure 830 Total Entries (560 Unique Entries, 270 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $37,765 JimTMCL - $6,354.03 Hoops7676 - $4,657.09 garlicfrmer $3,413.63 aldrich801 - $2,502.18 Ronnie Raymond - $1,834.09 bigdoritoTito - $1,344.38 AhhhDevilEther - $985.43 uwillmiss- $722.31 M0BSTYLE - $529.45 PACOOP Event #46 – $100 No Limit Hold’em PKO 336 Total Entries (247 Unique Entries, 89 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $30,844.80 anamlr - $3,204.54 + $2,363.19 in bounties A Frequent ? - $2,402.93 + $1,146.93 in bounties TeamVillage - $1,801.94 + $695.65 in bounties TYCA45 - $1,351.27 + $1,013.01 in bounties AllinWithAJoff - $1,013.31 + $357.87 in bounties Sonic FXS - $759.87 + $68.85 in bounties tobykeith121 - $569.82 + $876.38 in bounties KnightsofNight - $427.30 + $269.67 in bounties TireMan1989 - $320.43 + $309.84 in bounties PACOOP Event #47 – $100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha Turbo 122 Total Entries (87 Unique Entries, 35 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $12,000 ScooterMcShovin - $2,672.48 Mr.20InchArms - $1,973.59 HandsomeJames - $1,404.82 BullseyeMD - $1,018.54 GUTTERBALL321 - $738.47 gendaddy1982 - $535.42 PACOOP Event #48 – $75 Sunday SuperSonic SE 148 Total Entries (120 Unique Entries, 28 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $12,000 R1chardOnYoFace - $2,487.42 MikeBlizz - $1,895.67 AllinWithAJoff - $1,444.74 AshyL4rry22 - $1,101.07 anamlr - $839.15 Mcatcal - $639.53 BDGEJLM - $487.40 TYCA45 - $271.46 Brikdog2424 - $2823.10
  7. The two events on Saturday's PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker scheduled blitzed right past the guarantee giving Pennsylvania online poker players a reason to be excited for the Main Event which begins on Sunday and carries the largest guarantee of the series. 'Dynasty0304' Tops Event #41 for $8.5K 'Dynasty0304' made their way through 144 other entries in Event #41 ($300 Six Max No Limit Hold'em) to pick up their first PACOOP victory and a $8,586.02 payday. Second-place finisher 'MrManayunk' took home $6,270.78 and 'JKimSr' earned $4,579.92 for coming in third place. The 145-entry field came from 88 unique players and created a $40,600 prize pool, easily beating the $30,000 guarantee. PACOOP Event 41– $300 Six Max No Limit Hold'em 145 Total Entries (88 Unique Entries, 57 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $40,600 Dynasty0304 - $8,586.02 MrManayunk - $6,270.78 JKimSr - $4,579.92 CleggsOnGG - $3,344.98 FrosyTheProsty - $2,443.04 22EPL - $1,784.39 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] 'StashMoney14' Stashes Nearly $5K in ZOOM Event Win While ZOOM isn't yet available for cash games or other tournaments on PokerStars PA, it did end on the PACOOP schedule and players showed up in droves. Event #42 ($75 Six Max No Limit Hold'em ZOOM) had 240 unique entries and after 155 re-entries, a 395-player field turned the $15,000 guarantee into a $26,958.75 prize pool. 'StashMoney14' navigated their way through the entire field to win the title and $4,912.76. Falling one spot short earned 'aaronbeq1' $3,427.10 while 'ZSafern2019' wound up with $2,390.85. PACOOP Event 42– $75 Six Max No Limit Hold'em ZOOM 395 Total Entries (240 Unique Entries, 155 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $26,958.75 StashMoney14 - $4,912.76 aaronbeq1 - $3,427.10 ZSafern2019 - $2,390.85 Thicc Rick - $1,667.94 kjdoyle03 - $1,163.60 riverjamjon - $811.77 PACOOP Day 16 Schedule Event # Time Buy-In Event Guarantee 43 2:00 pm $100 No Limit Hold'em w/Big Antes $20,000 44 5:00 pm $300 The Main Event $125,000 45 6:00 pm $50 No Limit Hold'em w/Main Event structure $35,000 46 8:00 pm $100 No Limit Hold'em w/Progressive KO $25,000 47 9:00 pm $100 Pot Limit Omaha $12,000 48 9:00 pm $75 Sunday SuperSonic SE $12,000
  8. It took until the mid-way point of the second week of the PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker before players started winning multiple titles. 'NeolithicFarmer' did it on Monday and 'wolfofbrdst' won their second title on Tuesday. On Thursday however, a player did something nobody else from Pennsylvania has done yet: won back-to-back PACOOP titles. 'RevoltingBlob12' Takes Over, Wins Thursday Thrill On Wednesday, 'RevoltingBlob12' took down Event #36 ($100 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo) for $2,496.57. They showed up for work on Thursday and beat out a 169-player field in Event #37 ($250 Thursday Thrill PKO) for $6,032.42 plus another $4,553.71 in bounties to become the first player to win consecutive tournaments. 'KnightsofNight' finished as runner-up for $2,093.36 and $3,414.72 in bounties while third place finisher 'tobykeith121' won $2,560.68 while failing to collect a single bounty. PACOOP Event #37 – $250 Thursday Thrill PKO 169 Total Entries (122 Unique Entries, 47 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $39,377 RevoltingBlob12 - $4,553.71 + $6,032.42 in bounties KnightsofNight - $2,093.36 + $3,414.72 in bounties tobykeith121 - $2,560.68 + $0 in bounties Catfur77 - $1,920.24 + $633.46 in bounties SQU0ZE - $1,439.97 + $946.57 in bounties 2inthehole379 - $1,079.83 + $291.25 in bounties 22EPL - $809.76 + $582.50 in bounties mcmullend17 - $607.23 + $480.56 in bounties MyTurnNotYours - $455.36 + $466 in bounties [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] 'Phishfan717' Ran Better Than An Antelope to Win Event #38 'Phishfan717' beat out a 156-player field in Event #38 ($150 No Limit Hold'em Turbo) to take home their first PACOOP win and $4,452.71. The final player that 'Phishfan717' eliminated was 'jjtes1', who earned $3,393.45 as the runner-up. Third place went to 'tyfense6' who banked $2,586.23. PACOOP Event #38 – $150 No Limit Hold’em Turbo 156 Total Entries (118 Unique Entries, 38 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $21,481.20 Phishfan717 - $4,452.71 jjtes1 - $3,393.45 tyfense6 - $2,586.23 DMac8822 - $1,971.02 Great Daneo - $1,502.16 Jexbananer - $1,144.83 Allin1out - $872.50 $tacksMcgee - $664.95 gslow1 - $506.78 PACOOP Day 14 Schedule Event # Time Buy-In Event Guarantee 39 7:00 pm $200 Limit Hold'em $12,000 40 9:00 pm $200 No Limit Hold'em Deep Hyper-Turbo $15,000  
  9. After seeing players win a second PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker title on both Monday and Tuesday, the Wednesday slate featured three Pennsylvania players working their way into the winner's circle for the first time. 'ArdentCensor' Wins Big in Small Buy-in Event The smallest buy-in event on the 2019 PACOOP schedule, Event #34 ($30 Six Max NLHE w/rebuys) had 334 players who fired 389 rebuys and another 94 add-ons to blow past the $15,000 guarantee and build a $22,304.10 prize pool. 'ArdentCensor' outlasted everybody and their rebuys to win the event and earn $4,185.57. 'luap215' continued their strong PACOOP with a runner-up finish for $3,016.05. That makes nine cashes for 'luap215' including a runner-up finish in Event #18 and a win in Event #26. Third place finisher 'kswartzl' won $2,173.41. PACOOP Event #34 – $30 Six Max NLHE w/rebuys 334 Total Entries (334 Unique Entries, 389 Re-buys, 94 Add-ons) Prize Pool: $22,304.10 ArdentCensor - $4,185.57 luap215 - $3,016.05 kswartzl - $2,173.41 BDGEJLM - $1,566.19 Bummluck47 - $1,128.62 SCORPI0N WINS - $813.30 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] 'Boomer24709' Ok in Defeat of 'MoscowMueller' The biggest prize pool from Wednesday's schedule came from Event #35 ($200 No Limit Hold'em as 173 entries built up a $32,178 prize pool, well past the $25,000 guarantee. 'Boomer24709' picked up $6,478.78 and the title after beating 'MoscowMueller' heads up. 'MoscowMueller' had to settle for the runner-up score of $4,937.68. 'CleggsOnGG' finished third for their 13th cash of the series. PACOOP Event #35 – $200 No Limit Hold'em 173 Total Entries (114 Unique Entries, 59 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $32,178 Boomer24709 - $6,478.78 MoscowMueller - $4,937.68 CleggsOnGG - $3,763.25 iamafarmer - $2,868.16 Turniptruck39 - $2,185.98 TheOGLifecooler - $1,666.04 StraightButter - $1,269.77 Jexbananer - $967.76 JKimSr - $737.58 'RevoltingBlob12' Takes Home Stud Hi-Lo Title While most of the schedule is No Limit Hold'em, there is a sprinkling of other games and Wednesday's schedule included the only Seven Card Stud tournament of the series and it was the Hi-Lo variety. 'RevoltingBlob12' topped the 111-entry field to win $2,496.57. Runner-up 'tommyh1022' earned $1,732.26. Aubrey 'RiverMeDaddy' Williams finished third for $1,324.67. PACOOP Event #36 – $100 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 111 Total Entries (81 Unique Entries, 30 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $10,189.80 RevoltingBlob12 - $2,496.57 tommyh1022 - $1,732.26 RiverMeDaddy - $1,324.67 jETHROE bODINE - $917.08 HeavyLizard - $662.33 Kozielectricity - $509.49 idafoldbitch - $407.59 PrisoneMike73 - $305.69 PACOOP Day 13 Schedule Event # Time Buy-In Event Guarantee 37 7:00 pm $250 Thursday Thrill Special Edition $35,000 38 9:00 pm $150 No Limit Hold'em Turbo $20,000
  10. The past seven days of the PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker has seen three different players each win themselves a second title. On Friday night, Pennsylvania poker history was on the line as one of the most dominant MTT players in the state had a shot at becoming the first to pick up a third victory. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] 'dirtymaxhype' Tops Only Limit Hold'em Event The field in Event #39 ($200 Six Max Limit Hold'em) fell one player short of hitting the $12,000 guarantee. The 64-entry field came from 42 unique players and lead to just a $96 shortfall. Beating out the 63 other entries earned 'dirtymaxhype' a $3,545.06 payday. Runner-up 'BDGEJLM' earned $2,437.75 for their efforts while 'Lirek154' pockted $1,676.43 for coming in third place. PACOOP Event #39 – $200 Six Max Limit Hold'em 64 Total Entries (42 Unique Entries, 22 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $12,000 dirtymaxhype - $3,545.06 BDGEJLM - $2,437.75 Lirek154 - $1,676.33 jjtes1 - $1,152.74 SCORPI0N WINS - $792.69 3everjobless - $545.09 'NeolothicFarmer' Denied Historic Win in Event #40 'NeolithicFarmer' has already won two PACOOP tournaments over the past 15 days and late Friday night they were on the verge of picking up another one when they lost heads-up to 'keithsutton302' in Event #40 ($200 NLHE Deep Hyper-Turbo). 'keithsutton302' eliminated 'NeolithicFarmer' to earn $3,931.19 and their first PACOOP title. 'NeolithicFarmer', who has wins in Event #25 ($100 Pot Limit Omaha) and Event #30 ($300 No Limit Hold’em Four Max), took home $2,936.58 for coming in second. 'OnlyHope541' capped off the podium finishers, earning $2,193.66 for finishing in third place. PACOOP Event #40 – $200 No Limit Hold’em Deep Hyper-Turbo 85 Total Entries (72 Unique Entries, 13 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $16,150 keithsutton302 - $3,931.19 NeolithicFarmer - $2,936.58 OnlyHope541 - $2,193.66 LemonCake122 - $1,638.69 HeaterlSreal - $1,224.12 Physics Wiz 67 - $914.44 MrGold2013 - $683.09 2ndBestNoGood - $510.28 Catfur77 - $459.91d, PACOOP Day 15 Schedule Event # Time Buy-In Event Guarantee 41 6:00 pm $300 No Limit Hold'em $30,000 42 9:00 pm $75 ZOOM No Limit Hold'em $15,000
  11. That's a wrap, Pennsylvania. The inaugural Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker is officially done and dusted. Late Tuesday night, 'Gyea08' beat out the final 75 players who made Day 2 of the PACOOP Main Event to pick up a record-setting cash. That win was actually one of three events that brought the 50-tournament PACOOP to a close on Tuesday. 'Gyea08' Wins PACOOP Main Event Day 2 of the $300 buy-in Main Event began with 75 players still in the hunt for Main Event title. As the night drew to a close, 'Gyea08' beat 'lilholdem952' heads-up to win the PACOOP Main Event for $31,335.64, the highest single MTT score in PokerStars PA history. For finishing as the runner-up, 'lilholdem952' banked $22,968.70. Third place finisher 'Clementine101' had to settle for $16,835.98. 'I.Ogimura', who started Day 2 as the chip leader, was eliminated on the final table bubble in 10th place. PACOOP Event #44 – $300 Main Event 640 Total Entries (420 Unique Entries, 220 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $179,200 Gyea08 - $31,335.64 lilholdem952 - $22,968.70 Clementine101 - $16,835.98 OnlyHope541 - $12,340.73 sprduke1290 - $9,045.72 stockkid9987 - $6,630.50 TheBigSlick74 - $4,860.13 Schwalke - $3,562.47 BJLUD76 - $2,611.28 'andurltldog2' Denies 'NicoHughes' Second Win 'NicoHughes' had already won a PACOOP title and posted a runner-up finish and found himself heads-up against 'andurltldog2' with a guarantee of doing one of those two things again in PACOOP Event #49 ($100 Nightly Stars SE PACOOP Wrap-Up). Unfortunately for the New Jersey Devils fan, he was once again forced to settle for bridesmaid status as 'andurltldog2' beat him to take home the title and $6,788.06. 'NicoHughes' ended up with a $4,989.28 exclamation point on his own PACOOP performance. Third-place went to 'TheChipKelly' for $3,667.30. PACOOP Event #49 – $100 Nightly Stars SE PACOOP Wrap-Up 408 Total Entries (274 Unique Entries, 134 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $37,454.40 andurltldog2 - $6,788.06 NicoHughes - $4,989.28 TheChipKelly - $3,667.30 Mcatcal - $2,695.59 luap215 - $1,981.35 seh239239 - $1,456.36 NeillyAA74 - $1,070.47 CleggsOnGG - $786.83 2inthehole379 - $578.35 Second Time Just as Sweet for 'fubadbeatbob' When the final event on the schedule finished, 'fubadbeatbob' joined the rare group of players who took home two PACOOP titles over the past 17 after their victory in PACOOP Event #50 ($100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Deep). 'fubadbeatbob' took home $3,484.05 for the win while 'chris412pitts' eanred $2,527.33 as the next-best finisher. Bronze medal finisher 'AshyL4rry22' banked $1,833.42. PACOOP Event #50 – $100 Six Max No Limit Hold’em Deep Hyper-Turbo 183 Total Entries (141 Unique Entries, 42 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $17,385 fubadbeatbob - $3,484.05 chris412pitts - $2,527.33 AshyL4rry22 - $1,833.42 PetCheetah101 - $1,330.03 SugarDaddyPA - $964.85 BDGEJLM - $699.94
  12. The PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker continued Tuesday with two more events featuring two of the series' most active players picking up wins. 'ButtonM@sher', who already has a runner-up finish and four other PACOOP cashes, took down their first title while 'wolfofbrdst' became the second Pennsylvania player to win a second title. 'ButtonM@sher' Breaks Through in Super Tuesday Four days after falling one spot short of the win in Event #20 ($300 Eight Game Mixed), 'ButtonM@sher' topped the 262-entry field in Event #32 ($200 Super Tuesday SE) to win $9,617.42. '$tacksMcgee' finished as runner-up and earned $7,168.35 while 'dontphnkwmy<3' finished third for their 9th cash of the series earning $5,343.01. The 262 entries came from 190 unique players, putting the collected prize pool $1,268 short of the $50,000 guarantee. PACOOP Event #32 – $200 Super Tuesday SE 262 Total Entries (190 Unique Entries, 72 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $50,000 ButtonM@sher - $9,617.42 $tacksMcgee - $7,168.35 dontphnkwmy<3 - $5,343.01 Brikdog2424 - $3,982.47 NeolithicFarmer - $2,968.37 EpicJoe Jr - $2,212.51 mcmullend - $1,649.12 dabigquk1 - $1,229.19 KnightsofNight - $916.19 'wolfofbrdst' Tops NLO8 for Title #2 For the second time in two days, a player won a second PACOOP title. On Monday, 'NeolithicFarmer' took down Event #30 ($300 NLHE Four Max) to become the first player to win twice. On Tuesday, 'wolfofbrdst' defated 124 other players to win Event #33 ($100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo) for their second title. The win came with $2,811.40. Runner-up 'MrGold2013' earned $1,950.75 while 'dntphnkwmy<3' took home $1,491.75 as the bronze medalist. The event drew 125 total entries from 88 unique players to push past the $10,000 guarantee for an $11,475 prize pool. On December 4, 'wolfofbrdst' won their first title in Event #14 ($100 DeepStack NLHE). PACOOP Event #33 – $100 No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 125 Total Entries (88 Unique Entries, 37 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $11,475 wolfofbrdst - $2,811.40 MrGold2013 - $1,950.75 dntphnkwmy<3 - $1,491.75 hunterm708 - $1,032.75 SMhawks06 - $745.87 idonthavetime - $574.75 BDGEJLM - $459.00 juntacadaveres - $344.25 PACOOP Day 12 Schedule Event # Time Buy-In Event Guarantee 34 7:00 pm $30 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys $15,000 35 8:00 pm $100 No Limit Hold'em $25,000 36 9:30 pm $200 Seven Card Stud $10,000
  13. Poker players in Pennsylvania have been flocking to the PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker events so much so that PokerStars has twice upped the guarantees on a number of the events to meet the demand. Sunday's six-event schedule was the first time since PACOOP started that a majority of the events failed to meet the posted guarantee as four of the six tournaments had an overlay. 'jkat333' Tops 350 Marathon Runners The first event on Sunday's slate had no problem meeting the guarantee. 'jkat333' topped the 350-entry field in Event #24 ($100 Marathon NLHE) for a $5,986.75 score. Runner-up 'jobrashin55' took home $4,398.18 while 'dontphnkwmy<3' had to settle for $3,231.30 as the third place finisher. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The tournament had a $30,000 guarantee and ended up surpassing that by $2,130 thanks to 258 unique entries and 92-re-entries. PACOOP Event #24 - $100 Marathon NLHE 350 Total Entries (258 Unique Entries, 92 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $32,130 jkat333 - $5,986.75 Jobrashin55 - $4,398.18 dntphnkwmy<3 - $3,231.30 ohhhhJAYbird - $2,374.01 BlurryClue - $1,744.16 ButtonM@sher - $1,281.42 Schwibbs1 - $941.45 TheBigSlick74 - $691.67 str8_up working - $508.16 'NeolithicFarmer' Hunts Chips, Gathers Victory in PLO The great game of Pot Limit Omaha was represented on Sunday but was the first tournament of the day to have an overlay. Just 76 unique players created a 113-entry field in Event #25 ($100 Pot Limit Omaha) to fall $1,626.60 short of the $12,000 guarantee. 'NeolithicFarmer' beat 'A Frequent ?' heads-up to win the PACOOP title and $2,773.72. 'A Frequent ?' took home $2,064 for their efforts while 'EpicJoe Jr' ended up with a bronze medal and $1,535.92. PACOOP Event #25 – $100 Pot Limit Omaha 113 Total Entries (76 Unique Entries, 37 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $12,000 NeolithicFarmer - $2,773.72 A Frequent ? - $2,064.00 EpicJoe Jr - $1,535.92 HeavyLizard - $1,142.95 juntacadaveres - $850.52 soccerdad29 - $632.91 kaylasdad5 - $470.97 Cagle09 - $350.47 Big Antes Equals Big Score for 'luap2015' After outlasting 177 other entries, 'luap2015' defeated 'Ambiter' heads-up to win Event #26 ($150 NLHE w/Big Antes) for $6,012. 'Ambiter' took home $4,361.23 and 'bhall6334' earned $31,63.80 as the third-place finisher. The event had 179 total entries for 128 unique players for a $5,231.70 overlay on a $30,000 guarantee. PACOOP Event #26 - $150 No Limit Hold'em w/Big Antes 179 Total Entries (128 Unique Entries, 51 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $30,000 luap2015 - $6,012.00 Ambiter - $4,361.23 bhall6334 - $3,163.80 deadtosolve - $2,295.13 iamafarmer - $1,664.97 TheBigSlick74 - $1,207.83 Overlay Highlights Sunday Special SE The biggest guarantee on the 2019 PACOOP schedule to date ended up being just a bit too big, apparently. Event #27 ($300 Sunday Special SE) had a $60,000 guarantee and needed 215 players to make that number but the 138 unique players rebought 63 times to fall $3,720 short. Taking home the lion's share of that $60,000 was 'soccerdad29'. Beating 'ToddLaxmen' heads-up earned 'soccerdad29' $11,797.95 and a PACOOP title while 'ToddLaxmen' earned $9,001.21. Third-place finisher 'youbestnotmiss' pocketed $6,867.51. PACOOP Event #27 – $300 Sunday Special SE 201 Total Entries (138 Unique Entries, 63 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $60,000 soccerdad29 - $11,797.95 ToddLaxmen - $9,001.21 youbestnotmiss - $6,867.51 Clementine101 - $5,239.59 FenixDeNoche - $3,997.56 MrMonkeyJones - $3,049.95 wolfofbrdst - $2,326.97 Dkoot74 - $1,775.37 europeantook - $1,354.53 'chucksaucey925' Picks Up Bountie and PACOOP Title Event #28 ($200 NLHE Progressive KO) also had an overly, albeit a small one, but 'chucksaucey' was more than happy to take advantage and topped the 184-entry field to win $3,985.68 from the prize pool and an impressive $4,950.57 in bounties. The final bounty that 'chucksaucey925' picked up on Sunday was 'KERMIT_the_FROG', the runner-up pocketed $2,988.78 from the prize pool and $1,970.42 in bounties. Third-place finisher 'MiracleManDan' collected $2,241.26 and an additional $284.82 in bounties. PACOOP Event #28 - $200 NLHE Progressive KO 184 Total Entries (143 Unique Entries, 41 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $35,000 chucksaucey925 - $3,985.68 + $4,940.57 in bounties KERMIT_the_FR0G - $2,988.78 + $1,970.42 in bounties MiracleManDan - $2,241.26 + $284.82 in bounties donkeypoker101 - $1,680.71 + $459.20 in bounties mcmullend17 - $1,260.35 + $534.76 in bounties Joshmo789 - $945.13 + $69.75 in bounties The311usion - $708.75 + $244.13 in bounties A Frequent ? - $531.48 + $342.94 in bounties Aquatin - $398.56 + $383.63 in bounties 'ActionDave35' Proves Ready for SuperSonic Challenge The Sunday SuperSonic had no trouble beating the $12,000 guarantee with 143 total entries from 118 players. 'ActionDave35' took down the event for a $2,816.02. Second-place finisher 'brent1760' pocked $2,146.06 and 'PocketDueces22' quacked their way to a $1,635.56 score for coming in third. PACOOP Event #29 – $100 Sunday SuperSonic SE 143 Total Entries (118 Unique Entries, 25 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $13,585 ActionDave35 - $2,816.02 brent1760 - $2,146.06 PocketDueces22 - $1,635.56 iamafarmer - $1,246.50 Schwibbs1 - $949.98 Turniptruck39 - $724.00 adpriestes13 - $551.78 LemonCake122 - $420.52 keller22687 - $320.49
  14. While a lot of people might have been had their attention on the college football Conference Championships on Saturday, some of the best online poker players in Pennsylvania were chasing a championship of their own. Day 8 of the PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker featured two events, both No Limit Hold'em, with over $50,000 in prize money. ChasingDonkeys Chops Deepstack The final two players of Event #22 ($100 Deepstack NLHE) decided to chop up over $12,000 in prize money after outlasting 415 other entries. 'ChasingDonkeys' took home $6,343.72 and the title after beating 'MrChillibin' heads-up. Runner-up status earned 'MrChillibin' $5,593.72 while 'NeillyAA74' banked $3,472.28 as the third-place finisher. PACOOP Event #22 – $100 Deepstack No Limit Hold'em 417 Total Entries (281 Unique Entries, 136 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $38,280.60 ChasingDonkeys - $6,343.72* MrChillibin - $5,593.72* NeillyAA74 - $3,472.28 CleggsOnGG - $2,762.50 tyfense6 - $2,039.24 Davethetyrant - $1,505.34 The168 - $1,111.22 GimmyTheLoot1 - $820.29 IMadeAWheel - $676.29 'An0ldLady' Flies Down Speedway While the first event on the day had little trouble hitting the guarantee, the second event just squeaked past the posted number. The $150 Saturday Speedway drew 113 total entries to create a $15,560.10 prize pool, just past the $15,000 guarantee. 'An0ldLady' beat everybody to win $3,563.78 and their first PACOOP title. Runner-up 'johnyewest37' picked up $2,683.36 and 'AllinWithAJoff' posted another strong result, coming in third-place for #$2,020.49. PACOOP Event #23 – $150 Saturday Speedway 113 Total Entries (86 Unique Entries, 27 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $15,560.10 An0ldLady - $3,563.78 johnyewest37 - $2,683.36 AllinWithAJoff - $2,020.49 kjdoyle03 - $1,521.37 mcmullend17 - $1,145.54 luap215 - $862.56 BDGEJLM - $649.48 ohhhhJAYbird - $489.04 LemonCake122 - $431.36 PACOOP Day 9 Schedule Event # Time Buy-In Event Guarantee 24 1:00 pm $100 Marathon NLHE $30,000 26 3:30 pm $150 Big Antes NLHE $30,000 28 7:00 pm $200 No Limit Hold'em PKO $35,000  
  15. The inaugural PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker is just over a week away, and for the first time ever, online poker players in Pennsylvania will get the chance to go head-to-head over the course of 17 days. The schedule features 50 events and comes with exactly $1 million guaranteed. Players will have choices every day as to which tournaments they want to take a shot in, but PocketFives has identified the five must-play events. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Somebody Gets to Be the First Champ Things kick off on November 30 with Event #1, the $100 buy-in NLHE PACOOP Warm-Up, which replaces the regularly scheduled 'Nightly Stars' event. The $20,000 guarantee is 2.66 times higher than the normally scheduled Saturday nightly tournament. This event will need to draw 218 players if PokerStars is hoping to avoid an overlay (before fees). Along with having a shot at the seventh-largest guaranteed prize pool, winning this particular event means you'll forever get to call yourself the first-ever PACOOP Champ. The structure gives players a 10,000-chip starting stack and 10-minute levels, with antes kicking in from the beginning. Players can re-enter up to three times anytime in the first two hours and 50 minutes. Little Buy-in, Big Reward Event #12, the $30 buy-in NLHE Mini Super Tuesday, is a value-seekers dream. This is the lowest buy-in event on the schedule and comes with a $10,000 guarantee. It's likely going to have little trouble hitting that number as it runs 30 minutes after Event #11, the $250 Super Tuesday Special Edition, begins so you can count on a big prize pool for just $30. The levels are 10 minutes long and players get a 20,000 starting stack. There's a maximum of three re-entries available in the first 2.5 hours of play. Mixing It Up Most of the schedule is No Limit Hold'em - 41 events to be exact. So those who like other games might be hard-pressed to find some action. The one event that mixed game players can't afford to pass up is Event #20. It's a $300 buy-in 8-game mixed event with $15,000 guaranteed. The game rotation includes Limit Deuce-to-Seven, Limit Hold'em, Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Limit Razz, Limit Stud, Limit Stud Hi-Lo, NLHE, and Pot Limit Omaha. Players get a 5,000-chip stack to start and the game changes every eight minutes. Players can re-enter up to a maximum of three times in the first three hours. Possible Overlay Alert If you're looking for a potential overlay to take advantage of, then you may want to brush up on how to play some No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo. Event #33 is a $100 buy-in No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo event with an $8,000 guarantee. It'll need 88 entries to meet that guarantee which might not be possible given that this will be the first NLO8 tournament in Pennsylvania history. The same event drew 71 runners during the 2019 New Jersey Championship of Online Poker. The event features a 10,000 starting stack and 10-minute levels and players can re-enter up to three times during the three-hour late registration window. This Is the Main Event The marquee event on any series schedule should always be the Main Event and PACOOP is no different. It has a $300 buy-in and the largest guaranteed prize pool of the series at $100,000. The NJCOOP Main Event had an identical buy-in, guarantee, and structure and drew 373 runners for a $104,440 total prize pool. There's a good chance a number of the top New Jersey online poker players make the drive into Pennsylvania to jump into this one. Players can re-enter up to five times during the 5.5-hour late registration window.
  16. The soft launch has come and gone, two sets of Sunday Majors have played out, the first major tournament series in the history of regulated online poker in Pennsylvania has been announced. And that's just the first two weeks in the life-cycle of the first regulated poker site in Pennsylvania history. PokerStars PA launched officially on November 6 after working through a two-day soft launch period required by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. While the soft launch was a necessary regulatory hurdle, for Matt Primeaux, President of FOX Bet/PokerStars USA, it offered an opportunity to get real-time feedback from players who haven't been able to play on PokerStars for over eight years. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] "Generally speaking we tend not to soft launch with our full product offering, as was the case in PA. Instead, this is rolled out gradually over the period. So, although we learn a huge amount from a technical perspective, the real lessons from our customers begin once we’ve received full regulatory approval and we’re up and running with all games, stakes, and titles," Primeaux said. "After that, the learning doesn’t stop. We’ll listen very closely to feedback, monitor play, and tweak things like formats, user journeys, structures and software features over time." In all likelihood, PokerStars PA will remain as the only choice for poker players in Pennsylvania through the end of the calendar year. Primeaux knows that being first is an opportunity to grab precious market share but also comes with some pressure to give a poker-thirsty market a top-shelf product right out of the gate. "We know how passionate Pennsylvania poker players are and being first-to-market allows us to feed their passion and set the tone for online poker in the state. We’ve watched the comments on social media and we’ve been asked plenty of questions online and even at live events. When it came to us soft launching, the numbers spoke for themselves. It’s amazing to work with that level of enthusiasm and to be able to live up to our reputation by being the first site to bring online poker to Pennsylvania." The launch of PokerStars PA had a vastly different feeling to it than the launch in New Jersey where six other sites were already operational before PokerStars NJ went live. That presented a set of challenges that were new for Primeaux and the US-based team. "When we arrived in New Jersey with PokerStarsNJ.com we had months of online poker data and observations from other operations to draw upon and use to inform our offer," Primeaux said. "So we had a head-start knowing which games and formats players preferred. For Pennsylvania, it’s a new set of fun challenges that we are tackling as we monitor player behaviour to serve a massive, engaged and avid fan base." With a population of 12.8 million, there are more people living in Pennsylvania than there are in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware - the three states combined their player pools to increase liquidity - have combined. Despite the fact that Pennsylvania and New Jersey share a border, the two states remain in separate player pools, largely because of the delayed opinion on the newest interpretation of the Wire Act, but Primeaux remains hopeful they can convince the necessary parties to combine into one player pool "We have shared our views regarding the benefits of shared liquidity with various levels of government in Pennsylvania and those conversations are ongoing," Primeaux said. Gaming, whether or online or land-based, continues to be an issue for each state to deal with as their lawmakers see fit. Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang recently made it a point to bring up the possible benefits of offering federal legislation for online poker and allow states to opt-in to one larger network. Primeaux is cautious about not wanting to put support behind any one politician or party and would rather focus on furthering the process of educating regulators at all levels about the various benefits widespread regulation would bring. "We support the regulation of online gaming, including licensing and taxation regimes and pooled poker liquidity, which we believe will promote sustainable online gaming markets that are beneficial for consumers, governments and the citizens of the regulating jurisdiction, operators and the gaming industry as a whole," Primeaux said.
  17. Just last week, PokerStars NJ announced their fourth annual NJ Championship of Online Poker schedule with $1 million guaranteed through 50 events over a 17-day period in October. By all accounts, PokerStars is the front-runner to become the first online poker site to launch in a Pennsylvania with many speculating Keystone State grinders could be clicking buttons beginning in October. A Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) - could very well be a key component of what is sure to be a much-hyped launch period. With a population of 12.8 million, Pennsylvania is a larger potential poker market than the current inter-state group of New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. Using the 2019 NJCOOP schedule as a template and keeping in mind that PokerStars is only available in New Jersey, online poker players in PA just might find themselves in the middle of a two-week-long festival with nearly $1.5 million in guaranteed prize money in the very near future. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] [ptable zone="GG Poker"] Guaranteed Prize Pools For the first time in the four-year history of NJCOOP, the total guaranteed amount across all events took a dive in 2019. The inaugural event in 2016 featured 43 different events and a total guarantee of $1.2 million. In 2017 and 2018, the scheduled expanded to 46 events and the prize pool remained at $1.2 million. For 2019 however, the events increased again, this time to 50, but the total guaranteed amount dropped to just $1 million. This shouldn't be any reason for alarm for Pennsylvania online poker players, however. While the number of events on any potential PACOOP schedule is likely to be in the ballpark of 50, the total guaranteed prize pools will need to reflect the population gap between New Jersey and Pennsylvania and the excitement over the launch of online poker in a new state. Those two factors should push the total guaranteed amount of $1.5 million. Individual event guarantees outside of the Main Event will most likely fall in the range of $12,500 for the smaller events and as high as $90,000 for the Sunday Special Special Edition events. Conversely, given that PA operators have been able to launch their online poker verticals since July 15 and haven't yet done so tells you that PokerStars may take a very cautious approach to the schedule. The Main Event A two-week-long festival with 50 events played on PokerStars is sure to get the adrenalin pumping, but the highlight of every COOP schedule around the world is always the Main Event. Again, a quick look across state lines into New Jersey gives us some perspective on just what to expect. The 2019 NJCOOP Main Event has the lowest buy-in and guarantee in NJCOOP history. For the first three years, the buy-in was $500 with guarantees of $200,000 (2016 & 2017) and $150,000 (2018). For 2019, as part of the overall drop in guaranteed prize pools, the Main Event features a $100,000 guarantee and just a $300 buy-in. It's important to note that in the first three years, the guarantee was never met but fell within a few players of hitting the promised amount. The PACOOP Main Event should feature a $150,000 guarantee with a $300 buy-in. Players looking for bigger buy-in events will need to look to the High Roller events which usually include buy-ins of $500 and $1,000. Game Selection Mixed game players in PA are going to need to show a little bit of patience. A majority of the PACOOP schedule is likely going to be No Limit Hold'em with Pot Limit Omaha players having the second-best schedule to choose from. The PokerStars PA client will probably offer 6+ Hold'em (Short Deck), 7 Card Stud and Duece to Seven varieties, but outside of a single Eight Game event, mixed game players will be on the sidelines watching for now.
  18. The first 12 events on the PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker, including the first two on Tuesday's schedule, all managed to meet their guarantee but as registration closed in Event #13, the number of entries failed to cover the guarantee for the first time in PACOOP history. Tuesday's marquee event for Pennsylvania players, Event #11 ($250 Super Tuesday SE), attracted 204 total entries from 143 unique players to build a $47,532.50 prize pool against a $40,000 guarantee. '5BETCHET' outlasted everybody to pick up $9,346.42 and the PACOOP title. Runner-up 'adamrosen94' earned $7,130.76 while third-place finisher 'deadtosolve' won $5,440.44. PACOOP Event #11 – $250 NLHE Super Tuesday SE 204 Total Entries (143 Unique Entries, 61 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $47,532.50 5BETCHET - $9,346.42 adamrosen94 - $7,130.76 deadtosolve - $5,440.44 13mikj - $4,150.80 RevoltingBlob12 - $3,166.87 KERMIT_the_FR0G - $2,416.17 Allin1out - $1,843.42 LemonCake122 - $1,406.45 MrMonkeyJones - $1,073.05 'PetCheetah101' took down Event #12 ($30 Mini Super Tuesday) after the final five players agreed to the first chop in PACOOP history. 'PetCheetah101' ended up with $2,861.63 as the runner-up. 'Keystone3550' won $2,329.55 for finishing in third, 'tpt123123' got $2,083.94 as the fourth-place finisher and 'JONJAY64' won $1,757.09 for finishing in fifth. The event had 824 total entries for a $22,495.20 prize pool on a $15,000 guarantee. PACOOP Event #12 – $30 Mini Super Tuesday 824 Total Entries (561 Unique Entries, 263 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $22,495.20 PetCheetah101 - $2,861.63* browniewithnuts - $2,143.13* Keystone3550 - $2,329.55* tpt123123 - $2,083.94* JONJAY64 - $1,757.09* JKimSr - $800.79 FloptimusPrime1 - $586.98 kswartzl - $430.25 scorpio610 - $315.37 The final event on Tuesday's schedule, Event #13 ($150 NLHE w/Escalating Antes), needed 146 total entries to meet the $20,000 guarantee but ultimately fell 14 entries short to become the first PACOOP event unable to meet the guarantee. 'HeavyLizard' took full advantage and earned $4,383.74 for an outright victory. 'PetCheetah101' almost picked up a second win on the day before ultimately settling for second place and a $3,334.63 payout. 'ToddLaxmen' came third for $2,536.61 PACOOP Event #13 – $150 No Limit Hold'em w/Escalating Antes 132 Total Entries (85 Unique Entries, 47 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $20,000 HeavyLizard - $4,383.74 PetCheetah101 - $3,334.63 ToddLaxmen - $2,536.61 fubadbeatbob - $1,929.56 TrainedSeal - $1,467.79 MrMonkeyJones - $1,116.53 king12929 - $849.33 jbk15212 - $646.07 TeamTess100 - $491.46 The first of 19 events that PokerStars PA recently increased the guarantee for is part of the Wednesday PACOOP schedule. Event #14 ($100 NLHE DeepStack) went from a $20,000 guarantee to $25,000. PACOOP Day 5 Schedule Event # Time Buy-In Event Guarantee 14 7:00 pm $100 DeepStack $25,000 15 8:00 pm $750 High Roller $40,000 16 9:00 pm $150 No Limit Hold'em $15,000  
  19. Just a day after increasing prize pool guarantees for the ongoing Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker by $125,000, PokerStars PA went ahead and added even more guaranteed money to the series. Twenty-one events saw a bump in the prize pool guarantee. Some of those events had already undergone a guarantee increase, while others were seeing a boost for the first time. All told, an additional $100,000 was added across the events, bringing the total guarantees on the first-ever PACOOP to $1.225 million. The $300 buy-in PokerStars PACOOP Main Event did not see a second prize pool guarantee bump, although the guarantee was raised from $100,000 to $125,000 on the first round of enhancements. But, five other events on the day the PACOOP Main Event kicks off, December 15, saw their prize pool guarantees grow. Event #43 ($100 NL Hold’em Big Antes) went from $15,000 to $20,000, Event #45 ($50 NLHE - Main Event Structure) went from $25,000 to $35,000, Event #46 ($100 NLHE Progressive KO) went from $20,000 to $25,000, and Event #47 ($100 Six Max PLO) and Event #48 ($75 Sunday SuperSonic SE) both went from $10,000 to $12,000 on this latest round of increases. The largest increases on this latest round came in the form of three $10,000 bumps. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Online poker players in Pennsylvania can start taking advantage of these new guarantees beginning on Wednesday, December 4, with Event #16 ($150 NL Hold’em). The guaranteed prize pool for that tournament was bumped by $3,000, going from $12,000 to $15,000. Event #17 ($200 Thursday Thrill SE) went from $30,000 to $40,000 after originally going from $25,000 to $30,000. Event #22 ($100 Deepstack Eight Max NLHE) was pushed up to $30,000 from $20,000 after it was originally scheduled with a $12,000 guarantee. Event #45 ($50 NLHE Hold’em - Main Event Structure) first had a guarantee of $20,000 and it was bumped to $25,000 on Tuesday and now to $35,000. Below are the events that saw their prize pool guarantee increased with Wednesday's announcement. Event # Date Buy-in Tournament Previous New Difference 16 December 4 $150 NL Hold’em $12,000 $15,000 +$3,000 17 December 5 $200 NL Hold’em [Thursday Thrill SE] $30,000 $40,000 +$10,000 18 December 5 $50 NL Hold’em $15,000 $20,000 +$5,000 22 December 7 $100 NL Hold’em [Deepstack, 8-Max] $20,000 $30,000 +$10,000 24 December 8 $100 NL Hold’em [Marathon] $25,000 $30,000 +$5,000 25 December 8 $100 PL Omaha [8-Max] $10,000 $12,000 +$2,000 26 December 8 $150 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Big Antes] $25,000 $30,000 +$5,000 31 December 9 $500 PL Omaha [High-Roller, 6-max] $20,000 $25,000 +$5,000 33 December 10 $100 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max] $8,000 $10,000 +$2,000 34 December 11 $30 NL Hold'em [6-Max] $10,000 $15,000 +$5,000 35 December 11 $200 NL Hold’em $20,000 $25,000 +$5,000 36 December 11 $100 Stud Hi/Lo $8,000 $10,000 +$2,000 37 December 12 $250 NL Hold’em [Thursday Thrill SE] $30,000 $35,000 +$5,000 39 December 13 $200 FL Hold'em [6-Max] $10,000 $12,000 +$2,000 40 December 13 $200 NL Hold’em [Deep, Hyper-Turbo] $10,000 $15,000 +$5,000 43 December 15 $100 NL Hold’em [Big Antes] $15,000 $20,000 +$5,000 45 December 15 $50 NL Hold’em [Main Event Structure] $25,000 $35,000 +$10,000 46 December 15 $100 NL Hold’em [Progressive KO] $20,000 $25,000 +$5,000 47 December 16 $100 PL Omaha [6-Max] $10,000 $12,000 +$2,000 48 December 16 $75 NL Hold’em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] $10,000 $12,000 +$2,000 50 December 16 $100 NL Hold’em [Deep, Hyper-Turbo, 6-Max] $10,000 $15,000 +$5,000 Entering Wednesday, December 4, 13 events on the 2019 PokerStars PACOOP schedule had been completed. Of those 13, 12 had very easily surpassed the guaranteed prize pool amount. The only event to fall short of the guarantee was Tuesday's Event #13 ($150 Escalating Antes NLHE). That event had a $20,000 guarantee and needed 146 entries to get there. It ultimately fell 14 entries short, so while it missed the guarantee, it wasn't a massive way off. Below is a look at how the PACOOP events have performed to date. Event # Date Buy-in Tournament Guarantee Prize Pool 1 November 30 $100 Nightly Stars PACOOP Warm-Up $20,000 $50,122.80 2 November 30 $200 NLHE Turbo PACOOP Warm-Up $15,000 $21,390 3 December 1 $100 Eight Max Deepstack NLHE $15,000 $34,608.60 4 December 1 $100 Big Antes NLHE $15,000 $18,543.60 5 December 1 $150 NLHE Progressive KO $25,000 $38,142.90 6 December 1 $200 Sunday Special SE $50,000 $63,426 7 December 1 $100 Six Max PLO $10,000 $16,707.60 8 December 1 $50 Sunday SuperSonic SE $10,000 $13,650 9 December 2 $50 NL Battle Royale SE $10,000 $30,803 10 December 2 $75 PLO Hi-Lo Eight Max $10,000 $15,492 11 December 3 $250 Super Tuesday SE $40,000 $47,532 12 December 3 $30 Mini Super Tuesday $15,000 $22,495 13 December 3 $150 Escalating Antes NLHE $20,000 $20,000  
  20. After two days and eight events that all easily surpassed the guarantees, PokerStars PA has upped the guarantees for the ongoing Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker by $125,000. The eight events on Saturday and Sunday beat their posted guarantee by an average of 66.77%. Things got off to a rousing start on Saturday when Event #1 ($100 Nightly Stars PACOOP Warm-Up) drew 546 runners to create a $50,122.80 prize pool on a $20,000 guarantee. The next day, Event #3 ($100 Eight Max Deepstack NLHE) drew 377 runners for a $34,608.60 prize pool on a $15,000 guarantee. Event # Date Buy-in Tournament Guarantee Prize Pool 1 November 30 $100 Nightly Stars PACOOP Warm-Up $20,000 $50,122.80 2 November 30 $200 NLHE Turbo PACOOP Warm-Up $15,000 $21,390 3 December 1 $100 Eight Max Deepstack NLHE $15,000 $34,608.60 4 December 1 $100 Big Antes NLHE $15,000 $18,543.60 5 December 1 $150 NLHE Progressive KO $25,000 $38,142.90 6 December 1 $200 Sunday Special SE $50,000 $63,426 7 December 1 $100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha $10,000 $16,707.60 8 December 1 $50 Sunday SuperSonic SE $10,000 $13,650 Nineteen of the 42 remaining events now have larger guarantees, including the Main Event, which got the biggest bump of all going from $100,000 to $125,000. The total guaranteed for PACOOP is now $1.125 million. Thanks to these increases, the Pennsylvania series is now bigger than the recently completed New Jersey Championship of Online Poker which had a $100,000 guaranteed Main Event and $1,000,000 guaranteed overall. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] The first event with an increased guarantee is Event #14 on December 4 which went from $20,000 to $25,000. Along with the $25,000 increase for the Main Event, two other events saw their guarantees increased by five figures. Event #24 ($100 Marathon NLHE) went from a $10,000 guarantee to a $25,000 guarantee and Event #32 ($200 Super Tuesday SE) had its guarantee bumped from $40,000 to $50,000. Event # Date Buy-in Tournament Previous New Difference 14 December 4 $100 DeepStack NLHE $20,000 $25,000 +$5,000 17 December 5 $200 Thursday Thrill SE $25,000 $30,000 +$5,000 19 December 5 $100 BigStack Turbo NLHE $12,000 $15,000 +$3,000 21 December 6 $150 Six Max NLHE Turbo $12,000 $15,000 +$3,000 22 December 7 $100 Eight Max Deepstack NLHE $12,000 $20,000 +$8,000 23 December 7 $150 Saturday Speedway SE $12,000 $15,000 +$3,000 24 December 8 $100 Marathon NL Hold'em $10,000 $25,000 +$15,000 26 December 8 $150 Big Antes Six Max NLHE $20,000 $25,000 +$5,000 27 December 8 $300 Sunday Special SE $55,000 $60,000 +$5,000 28 December 8 $200 No Limit Hold'em PKO $30,000 $35,000 +$5,000 29 December 8 $100 Sunday SuperSonic SE $10,000 $12,000 +$2,000 32 December 10 $200 Super Tuesday SE $40,000 $50,000 +$10,000 38 December 12 $150 Turbo NLHE $15,000 $20,000 +$5,000 42 December 14 $75 Zoom NLHE $12,000 $15,000 +$3,000 43 December 15 $100 Big Antes NLHE $12,000 $15,000 +$3,000 44 December 15 $300 Main Event $100,000 $125,000 +$25,000 45 December 15 $50 NLHE w/Main Event Structure $20,000 $25,000 +$5,000 46 December 15 $100 No Limit Hold'em PKO $15,000 $20,000 +$5,000 49 December 16 $150 Nightly Stars SE - PACOOP Wrap-Up $20,000 $25,000 +$5,000
  21. Thursday's schedule for the inaugural PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker included three events with the Thursday Thrill SE PKO taking the top position on the marquee. That event drew 249 entries from within Pennsylvania borders with the final two players chopping up nearly $9,000 in prize money while one of the other events fell just a few players short of making the guarantee. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Thursday Thrill Gets Chopped Up 'ATCJKoff' and 'Run1tUp12' each took home $4,383.85 after making a heads-up deal in Event #17 ($200 Thursday Thrill SE PKO). 'ATCKJoff' earned an additional $5,979.53 in bounties after finishing in first place. 'Run1tUp12' added $#1,450.38 in bounties. Third-place finisher 'FloptimusPrime1' ended up with $2,817.52 from the prize pool and $383.63 worth of bounties. The 249-player field pushed the prize pool to $46,314 to beat the $40,000 guarantee. PACOOP Event #17 – $200 Thursday Thrill SE PKO 249 Total Entries (175 Unique Entries, 74 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $46,314 ATCJKoff - $4,383.85* + $5,979.53 Run1tUp12 - $4,383.85* + $1,460.38 FloptimusPrime1 - $2,817.52 + $383.63 MurkyTanbles - $2,112.84 + $932.91 Primzo2510 - $1,584.41 + $127.88 Suprubr14 - $1,188.13 + $331.31 Jmlorzy - $890.97 + $633.57 mcmullend17 - $668.13 + $93.00 DakDakAce - $501.03 + $784.69 Overlay #2 as Rebuy Madness Falls Short For just the second time in 18 tournaments, a PACOOP event missed out on the guarantee. Event #18 ($50 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys) had a 208-player field that added 174 re-buys and another 55 add-ons to bring the total entries to 437 - just $116.50 short of the $20,000 guarantee to join Event #13 ($150 No Limit Hold’em w/Escalating Antes) as the only events with an overlay to date. This one also came down to a deal. 'Allin1out' and 'luap215' made a deal heads-up that saw 'Allin1out' and 'luap215' guarantee themselves $3,768.01 and $3,122.05 respectively. They left $500 to play for and 'Allin1out' claimed that after eliminating 'luap215' in second place. 'Turniptruck39' secured a $2,285.76 score for finishing in third-place. PACOOP Event #18 – $50 No Limit Hold'em w/rebuys 437 Total Entries (208 Unique Entries, 174 Re-buys, 55 Add-ons) Prize Pool: $20,000 Allin1out - $3,768.01* luap215 - $3,122.05* Turniptruck39 - $2,285.76 youngmoney915 - $1,749.22 SugarDaddyPA - $1,338.62 NickFiletARmy - $1,024.40 wolfofbrdst - $783.94 A Frequent ? - $599.93 VooDooT5M - $459.11 'bouttime2019' Denies 'Jesushadgr8abs' Second PACOOP Win Through 18 events, no player has managed to capture a second PACOOP title. On Thursday, 'Jesushadgr8abs' was heads-up with a chance to become the first two-time champ but was ultimately denied by 'bouttime2019' who topped the 176-entry field to win $3,253.11. 'Jesushadgr8abs' had to settle for a $2,479.24 payday. Third-place finisher 'Run_good_gringo' came in third spot for $1,889.55. PACOOP Event #19 – $100 No Limit Hold'em Big Stack Turbo 176 Total Entries (146 Unique Entries, 30 Re-entries) Prize Pool: $16,156.80 bouttime2019 - $3,253.11 Jesushadgr8abs - $2,479.24 Run_good_gringo - $1,889.55 jjtes1 - $1,440.12 joshmcf89 - $1,097.59 Allin1out - $836.53 thesickonee - $637.56 Vertimax - $485.92 luap215 - $370.34 PACOOP Day 7 Schedule Event # Time Buy-In Event Guarantee 20 7:30 pm $300 Eight Game Mix $15,000 21 9:30 pm $150 Six Max No Limit Hold'em Turbo $15,000  
  22. Buckle up Pennsylvania, you're getting your own COOP. The Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) is coming to PokerStars PA later this month with a seven-figure guarantee. The inaugural PACOOP begins November 30 and runs through December 16 with 50 events and buy-ins ranging from $30 to $750 with $1,000,000 guaranteed across all events. The Main Event is a $300 buy-in two-day affair beginning on December 16 with a guarantee of $100,000. “The Championship of Online Poker, or COOP, is one of our most prestigious events and we’re proud to give Pennsylvania its own,” said Matt Primeaux, President, FOX Bet. “Players in PA have already shown their excitement for PokerStars so we took things to the next level with a $1 million series guarantee and plenty of ways to get in on the action.” While a majority of the schedule is No Limit Hold'em, there are five Pot Limit Omaha events, highlighted by the $500 PLO High Roller on December 9 that comes with a $20,000 guarantee. Mixed game aficionados will want to jump into the $300 Mixed Game event on December 6. That event carries a $15,000 guarantee. PokerStars PA launched earlier this month and continues to be the only PA online poker site. PokerStars Ambassador Jennifer Shahade, a Pennsylvania resident, is chomping at the bit to be able to play for a title in her home state. “I’m thrilled to see PokerStars’ COOP coming to Pennsylvania this December, giving PA players the chance to play in a world-renowned poker series and vie for titles," Shahade said. "Having online poker in Pennsylvania has been amazing so far. I felt chills playing my very first Sunday session, and there was such a buzz at the tables. I can't wait to see everyone battling to be the first PokerStars PA champion.” Players who deposit at least $50 using the PokerStars PA Promo Code 'PACOOP' before 1:59 on December 15 will be given entry to the Main Event Depositor Freeroll which is awarding 25 $300 seats to the PACOOP Main Event. There are also daily freerolls for players who get knocked out of WCOOP events before making the money. Each of these 16 freerolls will award $1,250 in satellite tickets and entries to PACOOP event tickets. The 2019 New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) wrapped up in late October with $1,000,000 guaranteed. While the Sunday Majors schedule in PA has been bigger than it's New Jersey counterpart, the PACOOP schedule comes in on the cautious side. The NJCOOP Main Event had an identical $300 buy-in and $100,000 guaranteed. 2019 PACOOP Schedule Event Name Date Time Buy-in Guarantee 1 $100 NL Hold'em [Nightly Stars - PACOOP Warm-Up] Nov-30 6:00 pm $100 $20,000 2 $200 NL Hold'em [Turbo - PACOOP Warm-Up] Nov-30 8:00 pm $200 $15,000 3 $100 NL Hold'em [Deepstack, 8-Max] Dec-01 1:00 pm $100 $15,000 4 $100 NL Hold'em [Big Antes] Dec-01 2:00 pm $100 $15,000 5 $150 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO] Dec-01 3:30 pm $150 $25,000 6 $200 NL Hold'em [Sunday Special SE] Dec-01 5:00 pm $200 $50,000 7 $100 PL Omaha [6-Max] Dec-01 7:00 pm $100 $10,000 8 $50 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] Dec-01 10:00 pm $50 $10,000 9 $50 NL Hold'em [Battle Royale SE Progressive KO] Dec-02 7:00 pm $50 $10,000 10 $75+R PL Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max] Dec-02 8:00 pm $75 $10,000 11 $250 NL Hold'em [Super Tuesday SE] Dec-03 7:00 pm $250 $40,000 12 $30 NL Hold'em [Mini Super Tuesday] Dec-03 7:30 pm $30 $10,000 13 $150 NL Hold'em [Escalating Antes] Dec-03 8:00 pm $150 $20,000 14 $100 NL Holdem [DeepStack] Dec-04 7:00 pm $100 $20,000 15 $750 NL Hold'em [High-Roller, 6-Max] Dec-04 8:00 pm $750 $40,000 16 $150 NL Hold'Em Dec-04 9:00 pm $150 $12,000 17 $200 NL Hold'em [Thursday Thrill SE] Dec-05 7:00 pm $200 $25,000 18 $50+R NL Hold'em Dec-05 8:00 pm $50 $15,000 19 $100 NL Hold'em [BigStack Turbo] Dec-05 9:30 pm $100 $12,000 20 $300 Eight-Game [6-Max] Dec-06 7:30 pm $300 $15,000 21 $150 NL Hold'em [Turbo, 6-Max] Dec-06 9:30 pm $150 $12,000 22 $100 NL Hold'em [Deepstack, 8-Max] Dec-07 5:00 pm $100 $12,000 23 $150 NL Hold'em [Saturday Speedway SE] Dec-07 8:00 pm $150 $12,000 24 $100 NL Hold'em [Marathon] Dec-08 1:00 pm $100 $10,000 25 $100 PL Omaha [8-Max] Dec-08 2:00 pm $100 $10,000 26 $150 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Big Antes] Dec-08 3:30 pm $150 $20,000 27 $300 NL Hold'em [Sunday Special SE] Dec-08 5:00 pm $300 $55,000 28 $200 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO] Dec-08 7:00 pm $200 $30,000 29 $100 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] Dec-08 9:00 pm $100 $10,000 30 $300 NL Hold'em [4-Max] Dec-09 7:00 pm $300 $30,000 31 $500 PL Omaha [High-Roller, 6-max] Dec-09 8:00 pm $500 $20,000 32 $200 NL Hold'em [Super Tuesday SE] Dec-10 7:00 pm $200 $40,000 33 $100 No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max] Dec-10 8:00 pm $100 $8,000 34 $30+R NL Holdem [6-Max] Dec-11 7:00 pm $30 $10,000 35 $200 NL Hold'em Dec-11 8:00 pm $200 $20,000 36 $100 Stud Hi/Lo Dec-11 9:00 pm $100 $8,000 37 $250 NL Hold'em [Thursday Thrill SE] Dec-12 7:00 pm $250 $30,000 38 $150 NL Hold'em [Turbo] Dec-12 9:00 pm $150 $15,000 39 $200 FL Holdem [6-Max] Dec-13 7:00 pm $200 $10,000 40 $200 NL Hold'em [Deep, Hyper-Turbo] Dec-13 9:00 pm $200 $10,000 41 $300 NL Hold'em [6-Max] Dec-14 6:00 pm $300 $30,000 42 $75 NL Hold'em [Zoom] Dec-14 9:00 pm $75 $12,000 43 $100 NL Hold'em [Big Antes] Dec-15 2:00 pm $100 $12,000 44 $300 NL Holdem [Main Event, 2-Day Event] Dec-15 5:00 pm $300 $100,000 45 $50 NL Hold'em [Main Event Structure] Dec-15 6:00 pm $50 $20,000 46 $100 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO] Dec-15 8:00 pm $100 $15,000 47 $100 PL Omaha [6-Max] Dec-15 9:00 pm $100 $10,000 48 $75 NL Hold'em [Sunday SuperSonic SE, Hyper-Turbo] Dec-15 10:00 pm $75 $10,000 49 $150 NL Hold'em [Nightly Stars SE - PACOOP Wrap-Up] Dec-16 7:00 pm $100 $20,000 50 $100 NL Hold'em [Deep, Hyper-Turbo, 6-Max] Dec-16 9:00 pm $150 $10,000
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