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NJCOOP 2020 Arrives This Weekend With A Crowd-Pleasing Schedule

NCOOP runs from October 10 through 26

PokerStars’ New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) kicks off this weekend. It’s the fifth run of the annual fall series in the Garden State.

NJCOOP will run from Oct. 10 through 26 and features a total of 54 events. The guarantees total $1 million, as has been the norm most years.

Buy-ins range from $20 up to $1,000. The Main Event starts on Oct. 25, has a $300 buy-in, guarantees $125,000, and runs over the course of two days. Its Mini cousin starts at the same time and has the same structure, but costs a mere $50 and guarantees $25,000.

For those on a budget, there’s a Main Event Depositor Freeroll at 1:59 p.m. the same day, requiring only a $30 deposit using the appropriate PokerStars bonus code. There’s also a special NJCOOP Spin & Go priced at $3, with cash prizes and a 2.5% chance of playing for a Main Event ticket.

Finally, there are the now-standard Second Chance All-in Shootout Freerolls, running daily. Anyone busting an NJCOOP event without cashing gets a free entry, and each freeroll awards $20,000 in tickets to try again.

Next door in Pennsylvania, PACOOP wrapped up on Monday. Slightly larger than its New Jersey cousin, it guaranteed $1.5 million and ultimately paid out over $2 million in prizes.

What’s new this year

In broad strokes, this year’s NJCOOP schedule isn’t too different from previous years’. The total guarantees, range of buy-ins, approximate number of events, and focus on No-Limit Hold’em are all standard at this point.

That said, there have been some significant changes. PokerStars is pushing hard on those formats most preferred by players. This year’s schedule features:

  • 33 short-handed events, more than half the schedule, up from 19 last year
  • 16 progressive knockouts, more than triple the five last year
  • 16 turbo or hyper-turbo tournaments, up from nine in 2019

There are a few new games in the mix as well: Badugi, H.O.R.S.E., and 5-Card Omaha. To make room, some less-popular novelty formats are out. The two Bubble Rush events are gone, as are Win the Button, Escalating Antes, and a Mixed NLHE/PLO tournament.

As far as guarantees go, the Main Event, Mini Main Event, and Phase tournament all promise to be bigger this year. Conversely, PokerStars has lowered its expectations for the two High Rollers somewhat.

Full NJCOOP 2020 schedule

Here’s the full list of events with their dates, buy-in, format, and guarantee. Good luck at the tables!

DateBuy-inEvent NameGuarantee
10-Oct$10001: $100 NLHE$25,000
10-Oct$5002: $50 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$12,500
11-Oct$15003: $150 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack]$20,000
11-Oct$10004: $100 NLHE [Progressive KO]$15,000
11-Oct$20005: $200 NLHE$400,000
11-Oct$5006: $50 NLHE$15,000
11-Oct$10007: $100 PLO [6-Max]$8,000
11-Oct$15008: $150 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo]$12,000
12-Oct$5009: $50 NLHE [8-Max, Big Antes]$10,000
12-Oct$10010: $100 NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO]$20,000
13-Oct$25011: $250 NLHE$40,000
13-Oct$3012: $30 NLHE$10,000
13-Oct$10013: $100 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$10,000
14-Oct$10014: $100 NLHE [Progressive KO]$20,000
14-Oct$1,00015: $1,000 NLHE [6-Max, High Roller]$45,000
14-Oct$10016: $100 PLO [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$7,500
15-Oct$20017: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$20,000
15-Oct$2018: $20 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$8,500
15-Oct$10019: $100 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo]$10,000
16-Oct$20020: $200 8-Game$12,500
16-Oct$15021: $150 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$10,000
17-Oct$10022: $100 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack]$12,500
17-Oct$10023: $100 NLO8 [6-Max]$7,500
17-Oct$20024: $200 NLHE [Turbo, Bigstack Turbo]$10,000
18-Oct$10025: $100 NLHE [Marathon]$10,000
18-Oct$15026: $150 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$22,000
18-Oct$30027: $300 NLHE$50,000
18-Oct$10028: $100 5-Card PLO [6-Max]$6,500
18-Oct$20029: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$15,000
18-Oct$10030: $100 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$10,000
19-Oct$50031: $500 PLO [6-Max, PLO High Roller]$15,000
19-Oct$15032: $150 NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO]$10,000
20-Oct$20033: $200 NLHE$35,000
20-Oct$2034: $20 NLHE$8,500
20-Oct$15035: $150 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]$15,000
21-Oct$20036: $200 NLHE [8-Max]$20,000
21-Oct$10037: $100 HORSE$30,000
22-Oct$25038: $250 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$30,000
22-Oct$3039: $30 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]$10,000
22-Oct$15040: $150 NLHE [Turbo]$15,000
23-Oct$15041: $150 FLHE [6-Max]$6,000
23-Oct$20042: $200 NLHE [7-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO]$12,000
24-Oct$20043: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack]$15,000
24-Oct$10044: $100 PL Badugi [6-Max]$6,000
24-Oct$7545: $75 NLHE [8-Max, Zoom]$15,000
25-Oct$10046: $100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Big Antes]$12,500
25-Oct$30047: $300 NLHE [Main Event]$125,000
25-Oct$5048: $50 NLHE [Mini Main Event]$25,000
25-Oct$10049: $100 PLO [6-Max]$7,500
25-Oct$20050: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]$15,000
25-Oct$7551: $75 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo]$10,000
26-Oct$10052: $100 NLHE$22,000
26-Oct$10053: $100 NLHE [8-Max, Phase, Day 2]$35,000
26-Oct$15054: $150 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]$12,500
Alex Weldon
- Alex is a freelance writer and artist living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He has been doing data-based analysis of the online gaming industry since 2016.
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