PokerStars Pennsylvania Guarantees $1m for First-Ever PACOOP

  • PokerStars is currently the only online poker site available in Pennsylvania
  • Site went live on November 4, celebrating with the launch of a $1m tournament series
  • 50 events will be played between November 30 and December 16
  • Main Event will take place on the final day of the series with a $100,000 prize pool
PokerStars PA has announced the launch of the Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP), which promises $1 million in guaranteed prize pools. [Image:]

Celebrating a successful launch

Following a successful two weeks since going live in the Pennsylvania market, PokerStars has announced the launch of a new tournament series.

PokerStars has a monopoly in the Pennsylvania online poker market, having launched initially on November 4. As a result of being the sole operator in the space for the time being, PokerStars is looking to capitalize by getting as many players signed up as possible.

$1m has been guaranteed for this new 50-event series

The online poker giant will be using its Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) to do so. A total of $1m has been guaranteed for this new 50-event series.

Tournaments to suit all bankrolls

PACOOP kicks off on November 30 with a $100 warm-up event. The series will conclude on December 18 with the $300 buy-in Main Event, which will boast a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Buy-ins will begin at $35 and go as high as $750. Naturally, the series will be dominated by No-Limit Hold’em events. There will also be Pot-Limit Omaha, Eight-Game Mixed, Stud Hi/Lo, and Fixed-Limit Hold’em events.

Satellite events will be taking place over the next few weeks, with buy-ins starting as low $1. Tickets to the Main Event will also be up for grabs. There will also be some freerolls tournaments running throughout the series.

Matt Primeaux, president of the Stars Group, recently spoke about the launch of PACOOP, stating: “The Championship of Online Poker, or COOP, is one of our most prestigious events and we’re proud to give Pennsylvania its own.”

Strong start in Pennsylvania

The decision to launch this new series follows a successful few weeks for PokerStars since launching in the Keystone State. Within just a few days of becoming the first legal online poker platform in Pennsylvania, almost $1m was won by players

Elaborating on the launch, Matt Primeaux said:

We’re proud to say we’re currently the only online provider offering all three forms of regulated gaming in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

More online poker operators will be entering the market in the coming months. With PokerStars getting off to such a strong start, other entrants into the market will have to bring something special to try and wrestle dominance away from PokerStars.

Online poker is only legal in a few US states. There has not been too much success to date in the likes of New Jersey. The hope is that the higher population in Pennsylvania will pay dividends going forward for the online poker scene. 

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