NJCOOP Concludes, PokerStars NJ Players Win $1.1 Million Across Series

Written By Martin Harris on September 29, 2021 - Last Updated on December 12, 2023

Sunday night PokerStars New Jersey dealt the final hands of this year’s New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP).

In the end, New Jersey players collected just over $1.1 million in winnings across the 18-day series. That amount rivaled last year’s total, though was well behind what players won in similar COOP series at PokerStars’ other two US sites in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

About one-third of NJCOOP events have overlays, including $100K gtd. Main Event

This year’s NJCOOP schedule featured 60 tournaments, 59 of which completed. (One $100 buy-in no-limit hold’em/pot-limit Omaha 6-max. event does not appear in the client and presumably did not run.)

Those tournaments attracted almost 10,600 total entries, with the prize pools ultimately adding up to $1,105,230.80. By comparison, that nearly matches what the 2020 NJCOOP awarded when players won about $1.12 million. Earlier this year in May, players won about $1.36 million in the New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker.

That total exceeded the just over $1 million in total guarantees for NJCOOP, although there were a number of overlays throughout the series. In all 18 different tournaments came up shy of their guarantees, with those overlays adding up to just over $38,000.

The $300 buy-in, two-day Main Event was one of the events that had an overlay. The tournament had a series-high $100,000 guarantee, and with 334 total entries came about 24 shy of hitting the total, thereby having a $6,480 overlay. Player “sri100k” took the NJCOOP Main Event title, earning just over $18,600 for the victory.

“sri100k” also won a NJCOOP championship trophy for that Main Event win, one of seven PokerStars NJ players who won trophies in specially designated events.

Pennsylvania, Michigan COOPs outperform NJCOOP

Of the three COOP series run by PokerStars on each of its US sites from Sept. 10-27, the New Jersey series was outdone by the ones at PokerStars’ two newer sites PokerStars PA (that launched in Nov. 2019) and PokerStars MI (that launched in Jan. 2021). All three sites are ring-fenced, meaning players on each can only compete against others in their own state.

Pennsylvania had the biggest COOP, awarding over $2.38 million in the 69-tournament PACOOP series that drew nearly 26,000 total entries.

Michigan came next with its 68-event MICOOP. There the tournaments attracted more than 18,600 entries and players won almost $1.79 million.

Here is a look at the field sizes, prize pools, and overlays for all of this year’s NJCOOP events.

2021 NJCOOP by the numbers

EventBuy-inGuaranteeEntriesPrize PoolOverlay
1: NLHE (NJCOOP Warm Up)$10$5,000 535$5,000.00 $131.50
2: NLHE (NJCOOP Big Warm Up)$100$8,000 172$15,789.60 n/a
3: NLHE (Turbo, NJCOOP Turbo Warm Up)$50$6,000 181$8,235.50 n/a
4: NLHE (8-Max, NJCOOP Big Kickoff - Championship Trophy Event)$100$25,000 298$27,356.40 n/a
5: NLHE (6-Max)$300$22,500 75$22,500.00 $1,500.00
6: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$75$12,500 166$12,500.00 $1,170.50
7: NLHE (8-Max, Deepstack)$200$25,000 94$25,000.00 $7,516.00
8: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO)$150$20,000 137$20,000.00 $1,135.10
9: NLHE (Sunday Special)$250$45,000 194$45,202.00 n/a
10: NLHE (Mini Sunday Special)$30$12,500 400$12,500.00 $1,580.00
11: PLO (6-Max)$100$7,500 73$7,500.00 $798.60
12: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE)$150$10,000 81$11,542.50 n/a
13: NLHE (4-Max, Progressive KO)$100$20,000 227$20,838.60 n/a
14: PLO8 (8-Max, Rebuy)$75$10,000 132$10,000.00 $991.00
15: NLHE (Super Tuesday, NJCOOP Edition - Championship Trophy Event)$250$35,000 178$41,474.00 n/a
16: NLHE (Mini Super Tuesday)$30$10,000 434$11,848.20 n/a
17: NLHE (Escalating Antes)$150$15,000 123$16,937.10 n/a
18: NLHE (Turbo, Bubble Rush)$100$10,000 135$12,393.00 n/a
19: NLHE (Progressive KO)$100$20,000 244$22,399.20 n/a
20: NLHE (6-Max, High Roller - Championship Trophy Event)$1,000 $40,000 37$40,000.00 $4,850.00
21: NLHE (6-Max)$150$15,000 120$16,524.00 n/a
22: NLHE (Progressive KO, Bigstack)$200$20,000 133$24,738.00 n/a
23: NLHE (Progressive KO, Bigstack)$20$5,000 359$6,533.80 n/a
24: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo)$100$8,000 121$11,107.80 n/a
25: 8-Game (Championship Trophy Event)$300$15,000 67$18,760.00 n/a
26: NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, BigStack)$200$10,000 93$17,298.00 n/a
27: NLHE (8-Max, Deepstack)$100$12,500 145$13,311.00 n/a
28: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, $100 Bounty)$300$20,000 83$23,240.00 n/a
29: NLO8 (8-Max)$100$6,000 51$6,000.00 $1,318.20
30: NLHE (7-Max, Turbo)$100$7,500 114$10,465.20 n/a
31: NLHE (Marathon)$100$10,000 106$10,000.00 $269.20
33: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Big Antes)$150$20,000 117$20,000.00 $3,889.10
34: NLHE (Championship Trophy Event)$300$50,000 190$53,200.00 n/a
35: NLHE (Progressive KO)$200$25,000 129$25,000.00 $1,006.00
36: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo)$100$8,500 112$10,640.00 n/a
37: NLHE (4-Max)$300$22,500 95$26,600.00n/a
38: HORSE (6-Max)$100$6,500 71$6,517.80n/a
39: NLHE (8-Max, Bigstack)$200$32,500 202$37,572.00n/a
40: NLHE (8-Max, Bigstack)$20$7,500 457$8,317.40n/a
41: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive Total KO)$50$7,000 221$10,055.50n/a
42: NLHE (6-Max)$30$10,000 455$12,421.50n/a
43: NLHE$200$17,500 131$24,366.00n/a
44: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill, NJCOOP Edition - Championship Trophy Event)$250$30,000 140$32,620.00n/a
45: NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill)$30$7,500 391$10,674.30n/a
46: NLHE (Turbo)$150$15,000 117$16,110.90n/a
47: FLHE (6-Max)$200$6,500 29$6,500.00$1,106.00
48: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Deep)$200$10,000 68$12,920.00n/a
49: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Saturday Battle Royale)$200$17,500 120$22,320.00n/a
50: NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO)$20$5,000 309$5,623.80n/a
51: NLHE (Big Antes)$100$12,000 141$12,943.80n/a
52: NLHE (Main Event - Championship Trophy Event)$300$100,000 334$100,000.00$6,480.00
53: NLHE (Mini Main Event)$50$22,500 443$22,500.00$2,343.50
54: NLHE (6-Max, Win the Button)$100$10,000 99$10,000.00$911.80
55: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Sunday Second Chance)$200$12,000 81$15,066.00n/a
56: NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo)$75$8,500 104$8,500.00$1,168.00
57: NLHE (8-Max, NJCOOP Wrap Up)$100$20,000 227$20,838.60n/a
58: NLHE (8-Max, Mini Wrap Up)$20$5,000 317$5,769.40n/a
59: NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Last Chance)$150$10,000 81$11,153.70n/a
60: NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom)$100$7,500 109$10,006.20n/a

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Martin Harris is a writer and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Once a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. In 2019, his book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books.

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