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  • PokerStars reveals the 2020 NJCOOP with $1 million in guaranteed prize pools
  • The event will take place on October 10 and run through October 26
  • NJCOOP’s Main Event will offer $125,000 in guaranteed prize money

With WCOOP completed, PokerStars has announced a six event for the New Jersey poker community with the 2020 NJCOOP $1 million event taking place on October 10.

PokerStars Returns to New Jersey with another COOP Series

Following the success of the Champions of Online Poker Series in the United States, PokerStars is bringing more events to American poker players. Shortly after the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) ended, PokerStars revealed a new version of its COOP initiative.

The 2020 New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) is considered one of the most exciting events in the state and will kick off on October 10 and continue all through October 26.

PokerStars is presently running the PACOOP series in Pennsylvania due to end on October 5. However, due to Wire Act restrictions, players who wish to participate in any of these events will need to be physically present in either state.

The NJCOOP series will run with a fixed $1 million prize pool in guarantees, similar to 2019’s edition. The main event will feature a $125,000 guaranteed prize pool that is subject to change as per player participation and contributions.

Once again, PokerStars wants players to have the opportunity to qualify via satellite events, including the Spin & Go’s events. For those who fail to make the cut, there will be Second Chance Freerolls as a last resort.

Details about the Upcoming 2020 NJSCOOP

  • Date: October 10 – October 26
  • Platform: PokerStars NJ
  • Prize pool: $1 million GTD
  • Main Event: $125,000 GTD
  • Satellite Events: Daily Second Chance Freerolls, Sit & Go Satellites

The current number of tournaments as part of the event is still not clarified, but traditionally, NJCOOP features between 40 and 50 tournaments. The main event’s prize pool has been varying as well.

It started out with a bang in 2016 when the Main Event was worth $200,000, but it has been reduced to $150,000 and then $100 in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Online poker traffic has been steady.

New Jersey’s cash games traffic has gone up by 30% since the pandemic hit and the website has been posting at least $1 million in revenue since March. Despite the positive results so far, PokerStars has not tried to push the envelope too much with the latest installment of the NJCOOP.

One of the reasons why is that the operator’s probably wants to maintain a vibrant variety of events across the United States. Meanwhile, the buy-in for the Main Event has not been revealed yet, but most people expect it to be anything between $300 and $500.

The total number of events is yet to be specified as well, but as mentioned, players may expect up to 50 events this year. The buys-in are all likely to range from anything between $25 and $1000.

PokerStars has so far hosted five events in New Jersey, including the Winter Series, Bounty Builder Series, Summer Series, and others.