KEYSTONE CRUSHER: PokerStars SCOOP Tops $2 million in Pennsylvania

The second edition of the PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) wrapped up recently with more than $2 million awarded.

The series ran from Sept. 19 to Oct. 5 and topped the $1.5 million guarantee by a hefty margin. The results also exceed the first PACOOP held last year, which awarded $1.6 million.

Only five events didn’t meet guarantees – a nice result considering there were so many tournaments. The Events in Pennsylvania exemplify the continued growth of legal US online poker. Revenue numbers have dropped a bit over the last couple months, but remain at historical highs.

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From twenty-buck ticket to PACOOP champion

The biggest story of the series was the road for “LetMeWin3437” to winning the $300 Main Event. The new champion began by winning a $20 Second Chance Freeroll ticket and turned that into a $46,319 score.

A key hand just before the final table saw LetMeWin in a crazy all-in situation against two other players. LetMeWin was all in with pocket Queens against his opponents’ Aces and Kings.

What looked like a tough cooler turned in LetMeWin’s favor however. He was able to outdraw his opponents and stay alive.

The Main Event attracted a field of 1,013 entries with a $283,640 prize pool. That was a nice leap over the $200,000 guarantee.

The Main Event wasn’t LetMeWin3437’s only win and that username seemed to become reality. He also took down the Event 45: $100 NLHE Progressive Knockout for $5,490 to become a double champion. It was quite a PACOOP run.

A look at the PACOOP statistics

PokerStars’ Pennsylvania online poker platform continues to score big numbers in 2020. That certainly was the case with the PACOOP as well.

Here’s a look at some other key statistics from the series:

  • There were 21,326 entries across the 50-event schedule.
  • TryptophanMan” also became a double PACOOP champion after show some skills in Pot Limit Omaha. Tryptophan won Events 7 ($100 PLO Six-Max) and 30 ($500 PLO Six-Max High-Roller) for a total of $12,209.
  • Two players also managed to score a triple crown. “KennyTheRipper” won Events 25, 38, and 41 for a combined prize of $11,944. “AllinWithAJoff” took down Event 16, 31, and 37 for a total payday of $26,195.

Here’s a look at the complete PASCOOP statistics:

Event Buy-in Guarantee Entries Re-Entries Prize Pool
1: NLHE (Nightly Stars – PACOOP Warm-Up) $100 $50,000 401 231 $58,017.60
2: NLHE (8-Max, PACOOP – Warm-Up) $50 $30,000 537 271 $36,764.00
3: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Deepstack) $100 $35,000 226 121 $35,000.00*
4: NLHE (6-Max) $50 $20,000 271 163 $20,000.00*
5: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO) $150 $30,000 180 94 $37,729.80
6: NLHE (Sunday Special SE) $100 $100,000 673 444 $102,540.60
7: PLO (6-Max) $100 $15,000 135 56 $17,533.80
8: NLHE (8-Max, Sunday SuperSonic SE) $50 $10,000 210 55 $12,057.50
9: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE) $50 $30,000 524 281 $36,627.50
10: PLO8 (8-Max) $75 $12,000 145 70 $14,673.75
11: NLHE (Super Tuesday SE) $200 $40,000 205 120 $60,450.00
12: NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday SE) $20 $15,000 667 375 $18,964.40
13: NLHE (8-Max) $150 $15,000 121 50 $23,546.70
14: NLHE (6-Max, High Roller) $500 $50,000 116 53 $79,430.00
15: NLHE $150 $15,000 135 55 $26,163.00
16: NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE) $200 $40,000 196 90 $53,196.00
17: NLHE (Progressive KO, Mini Thrill) $20 $20,000 738 511 $22,731.80
18: PL 5-Card Draw (8-Max, Turbo) $100 $10,000 62 25 $10,000.00*
19: 8-Game $200 $15,000 70 23 $17,298.00
20: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo) $150 $20,000 157 69 $31,120.20
21: NLHE (8-Max, Deepstack) $100 $35,000 321 157 $43,880.40
22: NLHE (Saturday Speedway SE) $50 $15,000 322 156 $21,749.00
23: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Marathon) $100 $35,000 231 134 $35,000.00*
24: PLO (8-Max, Turbo) $100 $10,000 78 34 $10,281.60
25: NLHE (6-Max) $150 $25,000 128 68 $26,989.20
26: NLHE (Sunday Special SE) $100 $100,000 653 424 $100,000.00*
27: NLHE (Progressive KO) $200 $35,000 146 64 $39,060.00
28: NLHE (Sunday SuperSonic SE) $75 $12,000 162 40 $14,241.00
29: NLHE (4-Max) $200 $25,000 147 78 $41,850.00
30: PLO (6-Max, High-Roller) $500 $25,000 50 26 $35,720.00
31: NLHE (Hyper-Turbo, Super Tuesday) $250 $40,000 189 99 $68,400.00
32: NLO8 (8-Max) $100 $10,000 105 63 $15,422.40
33: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo) $30 $20,000 595 349 $25,771.20
34: NLHE $200 $30,000 130 54 $34,224.00
35: Stud Hi/Lo $100 $10,000 81 29 $10,098.00
36: NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill) $250 $40,000 179 89 $62,444.00
37: NLHE $150 $20,000 147 56 $27,953.10
38: FLHE (6-Max, Turbo) $200 $10,000 48 19 $12,462.00
39: NLHE (Hyper-Turbo) $200 $15,000 82 20 $19,380.00
40: NLHE (6-Max) $300 $40,000 120 61 $50,680.00
41: NLHE (6-Max) $75 $20,000 284 131 $28,323.75
42: NLHE (Turbo, Progressive KO, Deepstack) $100 $25,000 322 153 $43,605.00
43: NLHE (Main Event) $300 $200,000 626 387 $283,640.00
44: NLHE (Mini Main Event) $50 $40,000 730 427 $52,643.50
45: NLHE (Progressive KO) $100 $30,000 252 94 $31,762.80
46: PLO (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo) $100 $10,000 81 30 $10,545.00
47: NLHE (Sunday SuperSonic SE) $75 $10,000 172 51 $15,721.50
48: NLHE (Nightly Stars SE – PACOOP Wrap-Up) $100 $35,000 379 207 $53,794.80
49: NLHE (8-Max, Phase 2) $50 $50,000 1892 0 $86,086.00
50: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Deep Hyper Turbo) $100 $15,000 185 63 $23,560.00
TOTAL $2,039,132.90

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What’s next for PokerStars?

While another series in PA hasn’t been announced yet, it’s a good bet more is on the way. Despite some live poker rooms and tournaments returning, Pennsylvania live poker rooms remain closed. Online poker remains the only option for many.

And despite some news that other operators may be moving into the state, Stars still remains the sole operator. It continues to reap rewards for its quick move into the Keystone State.

The championship action has now shifted to New Jersey, where NJCOOP kicked off over the weekend. That series features 54 events with a $1 million guarantee and runs through Oct. 25.

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