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
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.