PokerStars US COOP: Buzgon Binks in NJ, TheBigSlick74″ Wins Back-to-Back PACOOP Titles

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The prestigious PokerStars Championship of Online Poker (COOP) is currently running in a trio of US states in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey.

All three PokerStars US-facing sites offer state-specific versions of the COOP, with each running concurrently September 10-27.

The Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) guarantees $2 million across 69 events on PokerStars PA. The two-day PACOOP Main Event runs Sept. 26-27, with a $300 buy-in and $200,000 in guaranteed prize money on the line.

The 2021 Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) offers 68 events, with a combined guarantee of $1.5 million. The upcoming series marks the second time the MICOOP has run on PokerStars MI, which launched in January 2021. .

New Jersey poker players are well familiar with the NJCOOP series, which returns to PokerStars NJ with a schedule of 60 events. The guarantees add up to $1 million for the 2021 NJCOOP, including the $300 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Main Event Sept. 26-27.

PokerNews is providing live reporting coverage on selected events from all three US COOP series. Here’s a look at the most recent winners.

Daniel “loxonbagel” Buzgon Wins NJCOOP Title

On Sunday, four more NJCOOP events crowned winners including Event #27: $100 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack], $12.5K GTD, a tournament that attracted 145 runners and saw well-known poker pro Daniel “loxonbagel” Buzgon (lead picture) come out on top to claim the title and accompanying $2,766 first-place prize.

PokerNews will return for more NJCOOP coverage on Sunday, September 19th at 5 p.m. EST for Event #34: $300 NLHE Championship Trophy Event, so be sure to tune in then!

Recent 2021 NJCOOP Winners

Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Event #27: $100 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack], $12.5K GTD 145 $13,311 Daniel “loxonbagel” Buzgon $2,766.18
Event #28: $300 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, $100 Bounty], $20K GTD 83 $23,240 jafilo schwartz $6,447.13
Event #29: $100 NLO8 [8-Max], $6K GTD 51 $6,000 AMZBC $2,292.92
Event #30: $100 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo], $7.5 GTD 114 $10,465 blazemdm $2,211.84

“TWOsl0w4u” Wins MICOOP PLO 6-Max High Roller

MICOOP Final Hand

MICOOP Event #34: $250 PLO 6-Max High Roller – Championship Trophy Event concluded on Saturday, with “TWOsl0w4u” taking down the trophy and $6,332 after defeating “Meatballs9000” heads-up.

The event drew a total of 124 entries, generating a $28,892 prize pool, which nearly doubled the $15k guarantee.

The brisk blind levels led to the tournament lasting a mere six hours, with the money bubble bursting after “zscoro” got all in with a combo draw and whiffed against a flopped straight of “jjjj7777505”.

It didn’t take long from there to reach the final table after a slew of eliminations, including Paul “grandma1967” Mattioda, who was eliminated in 11th place after losing most of his chips to “TheColonelAngus”.

MICOOP Event #23 Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 “TWOsl0w4u” $6,332
2 “Meatballs9000” $4,773
3 “TheColonelAngus” $3,597
4 “KRB48326” $2,711
5 “Upay4mySushi” $2,043
6 “Dublistic” $1,540
7 [email protected] $1,217

PokerNews coverage of the 2021 MICOOP continues Sunday, September 19 with updates from Event #37: $200 NLHE Sunday Special SE.

Recent 2021 MICOOP Winners

Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Event #30: $30 NLHE [Afternoon Deepstack], $8.5K GTD 384 $10,483.20 Jason0318 $1,901.78
Event #31: $100 Stud Hi Lo [6-Max], $6.5K GTD 65 $6,500 ChaaarliesHouse $2,019.75
Event #32: $50 NLHE [8-Max, Dual Threat], $15K GTD 420 $19,110 oompa747 $3,431.67
Event #33: $50 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Dual Threat], $15K GTD 400 $18,200 PowerRanges $3,295.94
Event #35: $250 PLO [6-Max, PLO High Roller], $15K GTD 124 $28,892 TWOsI0w4u $6,332.78
Event #35: $100 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom], $17.5K GTD 197 $18,084.60 This_Jst_In $3,556.15

“TheBigSlick74” Claims Back-to-Back PACOOP Titles

PACOOP Final Hand

The latest event of the 2021 PACOOP has wrapped up on Saturday night, and after nearly six hours of pot-limit Omaha action, “TheBigSlick74” emerged victorious in Event #35: $250 PLO [6-Max High Roller], $20K GTD after simply crushing the final table.

They earned all but one elimination on their way to a first place victory of $5,387 over the 99-entry field.

“TheBigSlick74” came into the final table as the chip leader, and they would never lose that title at any point. Here is how the final table played out.

PACOOP PLO High Roller Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 “TheBigSlick74” $5,387
2 “Brother Justin” $4,065
3 “soccerdad29,” $3,067
4 “TheBiggZigg” $2,314
5 “anachronismKB” $1,746
6 “LetMeWin3437” $1,318
7 “gibson8686isbk” $1,015

“TheBigSlick74” didn’t stop there as they also topped a 237-entry field to win Event #36: $100 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Zoom], $20K GTD for $4,196.49 to go back-to-back in the PACOOP.

Our PACOOP coverage continues this Sunday, September 19 with Event #38: $200 NLHE Sunday Special SE.

Recent 2021 PACOOP Winners

Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Event #31: $30 NLHE [Afternoon Deepstack], $10K GTD 419 $11,438.70 ActuallLy $1,688.07
Event #32: $100 Stud Hi Lo [6-Max], $8K GTD 69 $8,000 11thHourLuck $2,485.84
Event #33: $50 NLHE [8-Max, Dual Threat], $20K GTD 490 $22,295 Phranman $3,963.53
Event #34: $50 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Dual Threat], $20K GTD 503 $22,886.50 nylman $3,308.32
Event #35: $250 PLO [6-Max High Roller], $20K GTD 99 $23,067 TheBigSlick74 $5,386.97
Event #36: $100 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Zoom], $20K GTD 237 $21,756.60 TheBigSlick74 $4,196.49

Tournament buy-ins for each COOP series begin as low as $10. Satellites qualifiers into COOP tournament also run throughout each series. Main Event tickets are on the line in $3 Spin & Go’s, which run up until the start of the Main Event on Sept. 26. ‘

Sept. 26 also sees Depositor Freeroll’s at all three PokerStars US sites, with all players that deposit at least $30 using a state-specific promo code (PACOOP, MICOOP, or NJCOOP) granted entry. The top 50 finishers in each depositor freeroll win a $300 ticket to their respective Main Event.

All players eliminated short of the money ladder in any COOP event also get entry to a Second Chance Freeroll the following day. The Second Chance Freerolls will award $5,000 in COOP tickets in each state’s series.


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