2020 PASCOOP to award at least $2 million across 100 events

PokerStars Guarantees For April’s PASCOOP Among Largest In Modern US Online Poker

Last week, PokerStars announced the schedule for the fifth annual New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP) and promised details about the inaugural equivalent in Pennsylvania.

As revealed previously, the Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PASCOOP) will indeed begin on April 4 and offer $2 million in combined guarantees across its events. There will be 100 events in total, consisting of 50 tournaments with two buy-in tiers apiece. The series runs until April 20.

Since NJSCOOP begins on April 11, there are 10 days of overlap between the two series. This would ordinarily make it easy for players to cross between the two states in order to participate in both series. Social distancing measures and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 could make that difficult in this instance, however.

You can find the full schedule for the 2020 PASCOOP below.

PASCOOP bigger, faster, more progressive

The schedule PokerStars drew up for the 2020 PASCOOP closely mirrors its NJ counterpart. Buy-ins start from $5 for the low tier and $50 for the high tier.

There aren’t quite as many large buy-ins in Pennsylvania, however, and the ceiling is lower. For instance, NJSCOOP’s High Roller and 8-Game events have high tier buy-ins of $1,000 and $500 respectively, while PASCOOP’s are $500 and $200.

There’s a one-to-one correspondence between most events in terms of scheduling and game type, and many of the buy-ins line up as well. The main difference between the two schedules is that most PASCOOP events have higher guarantees than their NJSCOOP equivalents.

With $2 million in guarantees, PASCOOP will be PokerStars’ biggest US online poker series to date. That’s still not as much as the $3.5 million that WSOP offered for its online championships in 2019. PokerStars, however, doesn’t have the twin advantages of interstate liquidity sharing and a world-renowned live tournament series pulling in players from around the world.

There are also considerable differences in terms of specific formats. Overall, the schedule for PASCOOP is a bit more varied. NJSCOOP has only 10 PKOs and 11 turbos or hyper-turbos in 48 events. PASCOOP’s 50 events include 17 PKOs and 15 turbos or hyper-turbos.

PASCOOP’s opening weekend also includes one more event each day than NJSCOOP’s — three on Saturday and six on Sunday.

50 Main Event seats up for grabs

The promotions for PASCOOP are also similar to NJSCOOP’s.

There is a Main Event Depositor Freeroll on Sunday, April 19, which will award 50 seats to the following day’s high tier Main Event worth $300 apiece. That’s 20 more than are being given away in New Jersey.

Pennsylvania players also get the same consolation prize as their NJ peers. Anyone busting out of a PASCOOP event without making the money gets a free entry to a $1,000 all-in shootout freeroll. Entry is automatic, and the player doesn’t even need to be logged in for their chance to win a prize.

PASCOOP Main Events have the same buy-ins as NJSCOOP but bigger guarantees. The low tier has a $50 buy-in while the high runs at $300. Their guarantees are $50,000 and $200,000 respectively, compared to $30,000 and $100,000 in New Jersey.

Full 2020 PASCOOP schedule

Here is the schedule for the 2020 PASCOOP on PokerStars:

April 41High$100NLHE [Nightly Stars - PASCOOP Warm-Up]$50,000
April 41Low$10NLHE [PASCOOP Warm-Up]$10,000
April 42High$50NLHE$35,000
April 42Low$5NLHE$6,000
April 43High$200NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$25,000
April 43Low$20NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$10,000
April 54High$100NLHE [8-Max, DeepStack]$40,000
April 54Low$10NLHE [8-Max, DeepStack]$8,000
April 55High$50NLHE [6-Max]$30,000
April 55Low$5NLHE [6-Max]$6,000
April 56High$150NLHE [Progressive KO]$35,000
April 56Low$15NLHE [Progressive KO]$8,000
April 57High$100NLHE [Sunday Special SE]$70,000
April 57Low$10NLHE [Mini Special]$10,000
April 58High$100PLO [6-Max]$15,000
April 58Low$10PLO [6-Max]$5,000
April 59High$50NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday SuperSonic SE]$15,000
April 59Low$5NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Mini SuperSonic]$3,000
April 610High$50NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE]$30,000
April 610Low$5NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]$3,500
April 611High$150NLO8 [6-Max]$15,000
April 611Low$15NLO8 [6-Max]$3,500
April 712High$250NLHE [Super Tuesday SE]$50,000
April 712Low$25NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday]$20,000
April 713High$150NLHE [Escalating Antes]$20,000
April 713Low$15NLHE [Escalating Antes]$6,000
April 714High$75NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]$17,500
April 714Low$7.5NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]$5,000
April 815High$500NLHE [6-Max, High Roller]$50,000
April 815Low$50NLHE [6-Max]$25,000
April 816High$100NLHE [Progressive KO]$30,000
April 816Low$10NLHE [Progressive KO]$7,500
April 917High$250NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE]$50,000
April 917Low$25NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill]$20,000
April 918High$150PLO [8-Max]$15,000
April 918Low$15PLO [8-Max]$4,000
April 919High$75NLHE [Turbo]$15,000
April 919Low$7.5NLHE [Turbo]$3,500
April 1020High$2008-Game$17,500
April 1020Low$208-Game$4,000
April 1021High$150NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO]$22,000
April 1021Low$15NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO]$7,500
April 1122High$100NLHE$25,000
April 1122Low$10NLHE$5,000
April 1123High$200NLHE [4-Max]$30,000
April 1123Low$20NLHE [4-Max]$12,000
April 1124High$150NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, BigStack Turbo]$25,000
April 1124Low$15NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, BigStack Turbo]$10,000
April 1125High$50NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$12,000
April 1125Low$5NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$3,000
April 1226High$150NLHE [Marathon]$35,000
April 1226Low$15NLHE [Marathon]$8,000
April 1227High$50NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]$22,000
April 1227Low$5NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]$3,000
April 1228High$200NLHE [Sunday Special SE]$50,000
April 1228Low$20NLHE [Mini Special]$15,000
April 1229High$150NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Big Antes]$25,000
April 1229Low$15NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Big Antes]$6,000
April 1230High$75NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday SuperSonic SE]$12,500
April 1230Low$7.5NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Mini SuperSonic]$5,000
April 1331High$200NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]$20,000
April 1331Low$20NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]$5,000
April 1332High$150PLO [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$20,000
April 1332Low$15PLO [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$5,000
April 1433High$200NLHE [Super Tuesday SE]$45,000
April 1433Low$20NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday]$17,500
April 1434High$75NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$17,500
April 1434Low$7.5NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$5,000
April 1535High$100NLHE$20,000
April 1535Low$10NLHE$5,000
April 1536High$200NLHE [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom]$25,000
April 1536Low$20NLHE [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom]$7,500
April 1637High$200NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE]$35,000
April 1637Low$20NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill]$15,000
April 1638High$100NLHE [8-Max]$12,000
April 1638Low$10NLHE [8-Max]$2,000
April 1739High$50Stud Hi/Lo [6-Max, Turbo, Fast Friday SE]$10,000
April 1739Low$5Stud Hi/Lo [6-Max, Turbo]$2,500
April 1740High$100NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO]$15,000
April 1740Low$10NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO]$3,500
April 1841High$100NLHE [6-Max, Deepstack]$40,000
April 1841Low$10NLHE [6-Max, Deepstack]$8,000
April 1842High$150NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$30,000
April 1842Low$15NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$7,500
April 1843High$75NLHE [Turbo, Zoom]$25,000
April 1843Low$7.5NLHE [Turbo, Zoom]$6,000
April 1944High$100NLHE [Progressive KO, DeepStack]$30,000
April 1944Low$10NLHE [Progressive KO, DeepStack]$6,000
April 1945High$300NLHE [Main Event]$200,000
April 1945Low$50NLHE [Main Event]$50,000
April 1946High$100NLHE$25,000
April 1946Low$10NLHE [Progressive KO]$6,000
April 1947High$75NLHE [Hyper-Turbo]$15,000
April 1947Low$7.5NLHE [Hyper-Turbo]$5,000
April 2048High$100NLHE$40,000
April 2048Low$10NLHE$8,000
April 2049High$100NLHE [Phase Day 2]$50,000
April 2049Low$10NLHE [Phase Day 2]$10,000
April 2050High$150NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PASCOOP Wrap-Up]$20,000
April 2050Low$15NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PASCOOP Wrap-Up]$5,000
- Alex is a journalist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Now site runner for Online Poker Report, he has been writing about poker and the online gambling industry in various capacities since 2014.
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