PokerStars Kicks Off Synchronized US Championships This Week, As International WCOOP Winds Down

PokerStars Kicks Off Synchronized US Championships This Week, As International WCOOP Winds Down

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This coming weekend marks the Primary Event for PokerStars’ Planet Championship of On the internet Poker (WCOOP) for international players. As that series winds down, however, US players are about to get their own turn.

For the first time ever, PokerStars will be operating its US Championships in fully concurrent fashion in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan. All three series kick off this Friday, Sep. ten, and will run for far more than two weeks just before concluding on Sep. 27.

The similarities don’t end with the dates, either. In reality, the schedules for the Michigan and Pennsylvania series are practically identical, save for their guarantees. The New Jersey schedule has some overlap as well, though it has fewer events general and much more significant differences.

As effectively as synchronizing the 3 series, PokerStars made one particular other large alter this time around: It has added trophies! Every single series has seven tournaments designated as Championship Trophy Events. The company didn’t release a preview of what the trophies will look like, but they’re presumably similar to these that it has been providing out for each event at the international WCOOP. This is the 1st time it has included such physical prizes for on-line events given that it dropped the idea of WCOOP bracelets in 2016.

WCOOP Trophy

WCOOP 2021 Trophy / Credit: PokerStars

Michigan and Pennsylvania are close to-identical

Based on the traffic enjoyed by its a variety of web sites and the history of earlier series, PokerStars expects the Pennsylvania series – PACOOP – to be the largest of the three. It guarantees $two million across 68 events for that series. The Michigan series – MICOOP – has nearly as many events, at 67 total, but a far more modest $1.five million in combined guarantees.&nbspFor New Jersey, NJCOOP consists of 60 events and guarantees just a hair more than $1 million.

Those guarantees represent a $500,000 boost apiece for PACOOP and MICOOP, whilst NJCOOP‘s total is unchanged from final year. All 3 Principal Events start on Sep. 26, function a $300 purchase-in, and have guarantees in proportion to the series totals: $200,000&nbspfor PACOOP, $150,000&nbspfor MICOOP&nbspand&nbsp$100,000&nbspfor NJCOOP. Every single is accompanied by a Mini Main Event with a $50 cost tag.

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Differences in between the 3 series

As described, the Pennsylvania and Michigan series are almost identical. Aside from guarantees, the most notable difference is that the PACOOP schedule has one occasion that MICOOP does not. PACOOP-06 is&nbspa $150 get-in NLHE event with Escalating Antes and a $35,000 guarantee.

The addition of that occasion signifies the occasion numbers are off by 1, but for instance MICOOP-09 has the very same purchase-in and format as PACOOP-10, as do MICOOP-ten and PACOOP-11 and so on. Even some of the guarantees are the exact same, but most MICOOP events guarantee about 20-30% much less than their PACOOP equivalent.

Aside from this, the only difference On the internet Poker Report&nbspnoticed was one particular occasion which is 6-max in Pennsylvania but 8-max in Michigan.

NJCOOP has an identical very first day (save for guarantees) to the other two, but departs from the formula after that. It even contains some formats that the others don’t, such as Rebuy, Bubble Rush and Win The Button.

Such similarities haven’t been the norm

It was also the case with this year’s Spring Championships that MISCOOP and PASCOOP were related. That tends to make sense, as both are fairly new markets where PokerStars holds the lion’s share of traffic. Pennsylvania’s population is about 30% larger than Michigan’s, so the distinction in guarantees follows naturally from that.

Nevertheless, the spring series weren’t very as comparable as this month’s. Especially, MISCOOP’s schedule had a handful of far more game and format variants than PASCOOP’s.

A lot more importantly, even so, it hasn’t generally been the case that PokerStars runs the a variety of state series concurrently. Even though MISCOOP and NJSCOOP had been simultaneous, PASCOOP took location earlier. Prior to that, PokerStars has generally taken the approach of staggering series in the 3 states. Sometimes they’ve taken spot one right after the yet another, whilst other instances every series has began partway by way of the a single just before.

Is synchronization the initial step to combination?

OPR has speculated that the purpose for staggering series was to permit players to participate in a lot more than one, if they’re prepared to travel to do so. This is particularly easy for players in the Philadelphia region, considering that some of the city’s suburbs lie across the state line in New Jersey.

If that is the case, even though, why synchronize the series this time about? The answer most likely has to do with the impending arrival of shared liquidity. Michigan officials have stated they’re aiming to join the New Jersey-Nevada-Delaware compact, and may do so by year’s finish. If that is the case, then this will be the final run for MICOOP and NJCOOP, as they’ll surely be replaced by a combined series as soon as the sites are sharing traffic.

Pennsylvania has been mum about its plans or lack thereof. Nonetheless, the basic expectation is that with federal interference out of the picture thanks to the outcome of the Wire Act case, the Keystone State will follow Michigan’s lead sooner or later.

This fall’s schedules might indicate optimism on the element of PokerStars in this regard. Smashing three distinct series into one particular would mean a big change for at least some of the internet sites, one which some players might object to. Producing the 3 series as comparable as feasible ahead of time would soften the shock. This is of course pure speculation, but the timing tends to make sense.

Full schedules for PACOOP, MICOOP and NJCOOP

Here are the complete schedules for all three series. Because each is very extended, use the jump links below to skip to the a single of your option:

On all three schedules, events awarding a trophy have this marked in bold in the Format column.

PACOOP – $two million assured

# Date Buy-In Game Format GTE
1 Sep. 10 $10 NLHE Vanilla $10k
2 Sep. ten $one hundred NLHE Vanilla $25k
3 Sep. ten $30 NLHE Turbo $7.5k
four Sep. 11 $30 NLHE/PLO eight-Max $5k
five Sep. 11 $50 NLHE 8-Max TROPHY $50k
six Sep. 11 $150 NLHE Escalating Antes $35k
7 Sep. 11 $500 NLHE eight-Max PKO $50k
eight Sep. 11 $50 PL 5-Cd. Dr. Vanilla $5k
9 Sep. 12 $one hundred NLHE Marathon $30k
ten Sep. 12 $one hundred HORSE six-Max $7k
11 Sep. 12 $one hundred NLHE Vanilla $100k
12 Sep. 12 $100 PLO eight-Max $15k
13 Sep. 12 $500 NLHE 6-Max $50k
14 Sep. 12 $50 NLHE eight-Max Turbo $10k
15 Sep. 12 $75 NLHE 6-Max Hyp. PKO $10k
16 Sep. 13 $30 NLHE 6-Max Tb. PKO $12.5k
17 Sep. 13 $200 NLHE 6-Max PKO $40k
18 Sep. 13 $one hundred PLO8 eight-Max $10k
19 Sep. 14 $200 NLHE 8-Max Deep $50k
20 Sep. 14 $100 FLHE 6-Max $6k
21 Sep. 14 $50 PLO six-Max PKO $8k
22 Sep. 15 $30 NLHE six-Max $15k
23 Sep. 15 $100 NLHE Single Re-Entry $20k
24 Sep. 15 $250 NLHE six-Max TROPHY $40k
25 Sep. 15 $one hundred NLHE HU Tb. PKO $25k
26 Sep. 16 $200 NLHE 8-Max PKO Deep $40k
27 Sep. 16 $75 NLHE 8-Max PKO Deep $20k
28 Sep. 16 $50 Stud six-Max $4k
29 Sep. 17 $one hundred NLHE PKO $30k
30 Sep. 17 $200 NLHE four-Max $35k
31 Sep. 18 $30 NLHE Deep $10k
32 Sep. 18 $one hundred Stud Hi Lo six-Max $8k
33 Sep. 18 $50 NLHE eight-Max $20k
34 Sep. 18 $50 NLHE eight-Max PKO $20k
35 Sep. 18 $250 PLO six-Max TROPHY $20k
36 Sep. 18 $100 NLHE eight-Max Tb. Zoom $20k
37 Sep. 19 $100 NLHE Deep Marathon $30k
38 Sep. 19 $200 NLHE Vanilla $100k
39 Sep. 19 $30 NLHE Vanilla $20k
40 Sep. 19 $500 NLHE Vanilla $50k
41 Sep. 19 $one hundred NLHE 8-Max Turbo $17.5k
42 Sep. 20 $100 NLHE 6-Max PKO $30k
43 Sep. 20 $200 NLHE Freezeout $20k
44 Sep. 20 $50 NLHE eight-Max Tb. Full PKO $12.5k
45 Sep. 21 $250 NLHE Vanilla $55k
46 Sep. 21 $50 NLHE 4-Max PKO $20k
47 Sep. 21 $75 NLHE Turbo $20k
48 Sep. 22 $100 NLHE 6-Max $30k
49 Sep. 22 $100 NLHE six-Max Tb. Zoom $25k
50 Sep. 23 $250 NLHE PKO TROPHY $55k
51 Sep. 23 $50 NLO8 eight-Max $5k
52 Sep. 23 $75 NLHE PKO $20k
53 Sep. 24 $one hundred NLHE 4-Max $20k
54 Sep. 24 $200 NLHE six-Max Tb. Deep $30k
55 Sep. 24 $20 NLHE HU Tb. Complete PKO Zm. $7.5k
56 Sep. 25 $75 NLHE Deep $20k
57 Sep. 25 $200 NLHE eight-Max PKO Deep $30k
58 Sep. 25 $50 NLHE 8-Max PKO Deep $20k
59 Sep. 25 $one hundred five-Card PLO six-Max $10k
60 Sep. 26 $one hundred NLHE Deep Marathon $25k
61 Sep. 26 $300 NLHE Principal Occasion TROPHY $200k
62 Sep. 26 $50 NLHE Mini Primary Event $40k
63 Sep. 26 $1,000 NLHE eight-Max TROPHY $75k
64 Sep. 26 $one hundred NLHE 6-Max Hyp. Deep $15k
65 Sep. 27 $100 NLHE eight-Max $40k
66 Sep. 27 $ten NLHE 8-Max $5k
67 Sep. 27 $50 NLHE Phased $50k
68 Sep. 27 $200 eight-Game TROPHY $20k
69 Sep. 27 $150 NLHE 7-Max Turbo $20k

MICOOP – $1.5 million assured

# Date Buy-In Game Format GTE
1 Sep. ten $ten NLHE Vanilla $10k
two Sep. 10 $one hundred NLHE Vanilla $20k
3 Sep. ten $30 NLHE Turbo $6k
four Sep. 11 $30 NLHE/PLO 8-Max $4k
five Sep. 11 $one hundred NLHE eight-Max TROPHY $50k
6 Sep. 11 $500 NLHE eight-Max PKO $40k
7 Sep. 11 $50 PL five-Cd. Dr. Vanilla $4k
8 Sep. 12 $100 NLHE Marathon $25k
9 Sep. 12 $100 HORSE six-Max $6k
10 Sep. 12 $one hundred NLHE Vanilla $75k
11 Sep. 12 $one hundred PLO 8-Max $12k
12 Sep. 12 $500 NLHE 6-Max $40k
13 Sep. 12 $50 NLHE eight-Max $8.5k
14 Sep. 12 $75 NLHE 6-Max Hyp. PKO $8k
15 Sep. 13 $30 NLHE 6-Max Tb. PKO $10k
16 Sep. 13 $200 NLHE 6-Max PKO $30k
17 Sep. 13 $one hundred PLO8 8-Max $8k
18 Sep. 14 $200 NLHE 8-Max Deep $32.5k
19 Sep. 14 $100 FLHE six-Max $5k
20 Sep. 14 $50 PLO 6-Max PKO $7k
21 Sep. 15 $30 NLHE six-Max $12k
22 Sep. 15 $100 NLHE Single Re-Entry $15k
23 Sep. 15 $250 NLHE six-Max TROPHY $30k
24 Sep. 15 $100 NLHE HU Tb. PKO $10k
25 Sep. 16 $200 NLHE eight-Max PKO Deep $22.5k
26 Sep. 16 $75 NLHE eight-Max PKO Deep $15k
27 Sep. 16 $50 Stud 6-Max $3k
28 Sep. 17 $100 NLHE PKO $20k
29 Sep. 17 $200 NLHE four-Max $25k
30 Sep. 18 $30 NLHE Deep $8.5k
31 Sep. 18 $one hundred Stud Hi/Lo six-Max $six.5k
32 Sep. 18 $50 NLHE eight-Max $15k
33 Sep. 18 $50 NLHE 8-Max PKO $15k
34 Sep. 18 $250 PLO 6-Max TROPHY $15k
35 Sep. 18 $100 NLHE eight-Max Tb. Zoom $17.5k
36 Sep. 19 $one hundred NLHE Deep Marathon $25k
37 Sep. 19 $200 NLHE Vanilla $90k
38 Sep. 19 $30 NLHE Vanilla $15k
39 Sep. 19 $500 NLHE Vanilla $40k
40 Sep. 19 $one hundred NLHE eight-Max Turbo $12.5k
41 Sep. 20 $100 NLHE 6-Max PKO $25k
42 Sep. 20 $200 NLHE Freezeout $15k
43 Sep. 20 $50 NLHE eight-Max Tb. Complete PKO $10k
44 Sep. 21 $250 NLHE Vanilla $40k
45 Sep. 21 $50 NLHE four-Max PKO $5k
46 Sep. 21 $75 NLHE Turbo $12.5k
47 Sep. 22 $100 NLHE six-Max $25k
48 Sep. 22 $50 NLHE 8-Max Tb. Zoom $10k
49 Sep. 23 $250 NLHE PKO TROPHY $40k
50 Sep. 23 $50 NLO8 eight-Max $4k
51 Sep. 23 $75 NLHE PKO $15k
52 Sep. 24 $100 NLHE four-Max $17.5k
53 Sep. 24 $200 NLHE six-Max Tb. Deep $20k
54 Sep. 24 $20 NLHE HU Tb. Complete PKO Zm. $6k
55 Sep. 25 $75 NLHE Deep $15k
56 Sep. 25 $200 NLHE eight-Max PKO Deep $25k
57 Sep. 25 $50 NLHE 8-Max PKO Deep $15k
58 Sep. 25 $one hundred five-Card PLO six-Max $8.5k
59 Sep. 26 $one hundred NLHE Deep Marathon $25k
60 Sep. 26 $300 NLHE Primary Occasion TROPHY $150k
61 Sep. 26 $50 NLHE Mini Primary Event $30k
62 Sep. 26 $1,000 NLHE eight-Max TROPHY $60k
63 Sep. 26 $100 NLHE six-Max Hyp. Deep $10k
64 Sep. 27 $100 NLHE eight-Max $30k
65 Sep. 27 $ten NLHE 8-Max $4k
66 Sep. 27 $50 NLHE Phased $40k
67 Sep. 27 $200 eight-Game TROPHY $15k
68 Sep. 27 $150 NLHE 7-Max Turbo $15k

NJCOOP – $1 million guaranteed

# Date Get-In Game Format GTE
1 Sep. ten $10 NLHE Vanilla $5k
2 Sep. 10 $100 NLHE Vanilla $8k
three Sep. ten $50 NLHE Turbo $6k
four Sep. 11 $100 NLHE eight-Max TROPHY $25k
5 Sep. 11 $300 NLHE six-Max $22.5k
6 Sep. 11 $75 NLHE 6-Max Tb. Zoom $12.5k
7 Sep. 12 $200 NLHE eight-Max Deep $25k
eight Sep. 12 $150 NLHE eight-Max PKO $20k
9 Sep. 12 $250 NLHE Vanilla $45k
10 Sep. 12 $30 NLHE Vanilla $12.5k
11 Sep. 12 $one hundred PLO six-Max $7.5k
12 Sep. 12 $150 NLHE six-Max Hyper $10k
13 Sep. 13 $100 NLHE 4-Max PKO $20k
14 Sep. 13 $75 PLO8 8-Max Rebuy $10k
15 Sep. 14 $250 NLHE TROPHY $35k
16 Sep. 14 $30 NLHE Vanilla $10k
17 Sep. 14 $150 NLHE Escalating Antes $15k
18 Sep. 14 $100 NLHE Bubble Rush $10k
19 Sep. 15 $100 NLHE PKO $20k
20 Sep. 15 $1,000 NLHE 6-Max TROPHY $40k
21 Sep. 15 $150 NLHE six-Max $15k
22 Sep. 16 $200 NLHE PKO Deep $20k
23 Sep. 16 $20 NLHE PKO Deep $5k
24 Sep. 16 $100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo $8k
25 Sep. 17 $300 8-Game TROPHY $15k
26 Sep. 17 $200 NLHE 6-Max Tb. PKO Deep $10k
27 Sep. 18 $100 NLHE eight-Max Deep $12.5k
28 Sep. 18 $300 NLHE 8-Max PKO $20k
29 Sep. 18 $100 NLO8 8-Max $6k
30 Sep. 18 $one hundred NLHE 7-Max Turbo $7.5k
31 Sep. 19 $one hundred NLHE Marathon $10k
32 Sep. 19 $one hundred NLHE/PLO six-Max $6.5k
33 Sep. 19 $150 NLHE 6-Max PKO Large Antes $20k
34 Sep. 19 $300 NLHE TROPHY $50k
35 Sep. 19 $200 NLHE PKO $25k
36 Sep. 19 $100 NLHE 6-Max Hyper $8.5k
37 Sep. 20 $300 NLHE 4-Max PKO $22.5k
38 Sep. 20 $one hundred HORSE 6-Max $six.5k
39 Sep. 21 $200 NLHE 8-Max Deep $32.5k
40 Sep. 21 $20 NLHE 8-Max Deep $7.5k
41 Sep. 21 $50 NLHE 6-Max Total PKO $7k
42 Sep. 22 $30 NLHE 6-Max $10k
43 Sep. 22 $200 NLHE Vanilla $17.5k
44 Sep. 23 $250 NLHE 8-Max PKO TROPHY $30k
45 Sep. 23 $30 NLHE 8-Max PKO $7.5k
46 Sep. 23 $150 NLHE Turbo $15k
47 Sep. 24 $200 FLHE 6-Max $6.5k
48 Sep. 24 $200 NLHE six-Max Hyp. Dp. $10k
49 Sep. 25 $200 NLHE six-Max PKO $17.5k
50 Sep. 25 $20 NLHE six-Max PKO $5k
51 Sep. 26 $one hundred NLHE Huge Antes $12k
52 Sep. 26 $300 NLHE Principal Event TROPHY $100k
53 Sep. 26 $50 NLHE Mini Main Event $22.5k
54 Sep. 26 $one hundred NLHE 6-Max Win the Button $10k
55 Sep. 26 $200 NLHE eight-Max Turbo $12k
56 Sep. 26 $75 NLHE 6-Max Hyper $eight.5k
57 Sep. 27 $100 NLHE eight-Max $20k
58 Sep. 27 $20 NLHE 8-Max $5k
59 Sep. 27 $150 NLHE 8-Max Turbo $10k
60 Sep. 27 $one hundred NLHE HU Tb. Total PKO Zm. $7.5k

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