PokerStars has made the 2018 NJCOOP bigger than last year

PokerStars NJ Championship Of Online Poker Guarantees Over $1 Million

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At the end of September, the next edition of the PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) will hold the first of 47 events collectively guaranteeing over $1 million.

PokerStars is also rewarding players who don’t reach the money payouts.

Any player who finishes a tournament without making the prize money will receive a ticket to a Second Chance Freeroll, where they can win tickets into other NJCOOP events and satellites.

The series will award three Platinum Passes to the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC). Each pass is worth $30,000, including the $25,000 entry fee to the PSPC.
The Platinum Pass includes six nights’ accommodation at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, in the Bahamas and $2,000 in travel expenses and room folio.

PokerStars Ambassador Chris Moneymaker said:

“I’m looking forward to playing and streaming another great online tournament series in New Jersey with over $1 million in guaranteed prize pools, hoping the recent success from NJSCOOP continues into this tournament series. The Main Event, as well as the $86 Moneymaker PSPC Tournament, is a great opportunity for New Jersey players to win big and get their hands on a $30,000 PokerStars Platinum Pass.”

The first Platinum Pass of the NJCOOP will be awarded to the winner of Event No. 6, the $86 Moneymaker Tour Event which takes place on Sunday, Sept. 30.

The other two passes will be awarded to the winner of the Main Event Entrants All-in Shootout, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and the Entrants All-in Shootout on the same day.

NJCOOP mixes up the action

Events run from Sept. 29 to Oct. 15. Tournament buy-ins range from $25 to $1,000 and there is a full schedule of satellites available including freerolls for players who make a deposit of $50 or more:

“Players who deposit $50 or more using the code ‘NJCOOP’ before 18:59 ET on Saturday, October 13 will get a ticket to the NJCOOP $10K Main Event Depositor freeroll, where the top 20 players will be awarded with a $500 Main Event entry.”

There will be NJCOOP $4 Spin & Go satellites running from September 18 until October 14. Top prize will be a $500 ticket to the NJCOOP Main Event.

The 47-event schedule includes tournaments for players who enjoy missed games and pot-limit Omaha as well as the more popular no-limit hold’em format.

Some of the series highlights are:

  • Event No. 42 $500 No Limit Hold’em Main Event ($150,000 guarantee): Two-day event beginning on Sunday, Oct. 14
  • Event#25 $450 NL hold’em Sunday Special ($60,000 guarantee) on Sunday, Oct. 7
  • Event# 31 $1,000 NL hold’em High Roller ($50,000 guarantee) on Tuesday, Oct. 9
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Comparing to NJCOOP 2017

The 2017 NJCOOP carried one event less with 46 tournaments, and $1.2 million guaranteed. PokerStars advertised for the week there will be a total of $1.5 million in guaranteed prize pools, but NJCOOP on its own is smaller.

One prediction worth making is that the 2018 Main Event, and the two High Roller events, event No. 29 the $500 PLO High Roller and Event No. 31 the $1,000 NLHE High Roller will all make their guarantees.

Both High Roller events missed last year. The NLHE event by a single entry and the PLO event by six entries. The NJCOOP Main Event has now gone two years in a row without hitting its guarantee, so this year players may pile in the hope of a third year of overlay.

- A former founder of Poker Industry Pro and Head of Content at PokerNews publisher iBus Media, Joss Wood is a graduate in English from the University of Birmingham. Joss also holds a master’s degree in Organisational Development from the University of Manchester. His career path has taken him from the British Army, through business and finance to seven years as a successful professional poker player.
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