The second annual run of PokerStars’ Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) is in the books. It was, by and large, a modest success with only a few wrinkles.
Running from September 19 through October 5, PACOOP took place much earlier this year than last. The 2019 series took place in December. There wasn’t an opportunity to hold it earlier, as the site itself had only just launched a month before. This year’s timing, prior to the equivalent New Jersey series in October, will probably be the norm in future, as it creates more balanced spacing with the Summer and Winter Series.
PokerStars set the total guarantees for the series at $1.5 million. That’s higher than last year’s series, yet lower than the $2 million guaranteed for the Spring Championship (PASCOOP) in April, when traffic was at an all-time high due to cancellation of sports and closure of casinos nationwide.
Even so, PASCOOP did manage to clear the $2 million mark in prize pools, although only just barely. In total, PokerStars distributed $2,039,133 to players across 50 events, while collecting $158,182 in rake.
The Main Event guaranteed $200,000 and drew 1013 entries for a prize pool of $283,640. This year’s new Phased event also performed well. It guaranteed $50,000 on just a