Online poker in Pennsylvania is on a roll.
PokerStars and PokerStars Casino launched on the FOX Bet app in Pennsylvania earlier this month, making the world’s largest online poker site the first poker operator to go live in PA.
Now they have announced a championship with a $1 million guarantee beginning this month.
Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker – PACOOP
Known as the Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) series, the 50-event series from PokerStars PA runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 16.
PACOOP will include a variety of tournaments with buy-ins from $30 to $750.
Satellite games start at just $1.
The $300 buy-in Main Event closes out the championship on Dec. 15 with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.
COOP events are a PokerStar signature
PokerStars markets the COOP series wherever they are in a market, including in nearby New Jersey.
Matt Primeaux, president of FOX Bet, explained:
The Championship of Online Poker, or COOP, is one of our most prestigious events and we’re proud to give Pennsylvania its own. 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.
There are a variety of ways to get in on the action and find a set at the table beside the satellites.
- Main Event Depositor Freeroll: This will award 25 Main Event tickets, worth a total of $7,500. That takes place on December 15 at 2 p.m. ET. See the PokerStars site for details.
- Second Chance Freeroll: PACOOP players who get knocked out without making money still have a shot. Each freeroll will award $1,250 in satellite tickets and entries to PACOOP events, totaling $20,000. Freerolls run daily beginning at 6 p.m. ET from December 1 to 16, except on Sundays when they begin at 3 p.m. ET.
Strong opening for PokerStars
At several points during launch week, more players were online in PA than on the company’s established site in NJ.
PokerStars Ambassador Jennifer Shahade, who lives in PA, said:
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. Having online poker in Pennsylvania has been amazing so far.