In this column, we deliver you the latest and most interesting online poker industry news from across the world and all platforms.
PokerStars USA hosts COOP series
With the highly exciting $100 million guaranteed World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) running across PokerStars’ global market, the online poker giant has lined up a premier series solely dedicated to its US counterpart. Beginning September 10, 2021 through the 27th, the Championship of Online Poker (COOP) features a total of 190 events (60 for New Jersey, and 65 each for both Michigan and Pennsylvania), boasting a prize guarantee of $4.5 million altogether.
Each series is set to host a $300 Main Event with its guarantee based on the specific market volume. As the biggest market in PokerStars USA’s stable, the PA site offers the largest combined tournament guarantee and a Main Event with at least a $200,000 prize pool.
PokerStars PA – $2,000,000 across 65 events, Main Event ($200,000)
PokerStars MI – $1,500,000 across 65 events, Main Event ($150,000)
PokerStars NJ – $1,000,000 across 60 events, Main Event ($100,000)
Last May’s SCOOP festival in the three regulated markets recorded huge successes as it smashed its guarantees and awarded a total of $6.35 million in prize money. While the COOP series appears to be a tad less eventful, players can expect a similar level of thrill and action as the leading brand continues to increase its dominance across the states. The full schedule for COOP is now up on the site’s respective lobbies for those looking to join the games.
Chico Poker Network’s $2.5M GTD Championship Online Poker Series
Another US-friendly network is pumping up its tournament poker action this September as it brings an equally awaited festival after several months since its last offering. As such, Chico Poker Network marks the start of their signature Championship Online Poker Series (COPS) on Labor Day, September 6, 2021 and will run through the 27th for 22 days of fun-filled action.
Over $2,500,000 in guaranteed prizes across 222 events is lined up for the online festival with buy-ins spread out in three tier levels: Low ($5.5-$11), Medium ($18-$55), and High ($75-$215). An additional three high roller events are seen on schedule with a price tag of $320 for players in search for higher stakes. The most enticing event yet seems to be the COPS #83-H: $300,000 Gtd $109 Championship Event, set to run on the series’ last Sunday, September 26. Other Main Events on previous Sundays are also noted below for its juiced up prize guarantees during COPS’ three-week schedule.
September 12, 2021, Sunday, 1:00 PM (ET)
COPS #25-L: $10,000 Gtd Main Event (Buy-in: $5.50)
COPS #25-M: $3,0000 Gtd Main Event (Buy-in: $22)
COPS #25-H: $200,000 Gtd Main Event (Buy-in: $109)
September 19, 2021, Sunday, 1:00 PM (ET)
COPS #54-L: $10,000 Gtd Main Event (Buy-in: $5.50)
COPS #54-M: $30,000 Gtd Main Event (Buy-in: $22)
COPS #54-H: $200,000 Gtd Main Event (Buy-in: $109)
September 26, 2021, Sunday, 1:00 PM (ET)
COPS #83-L: $8,000 Gtd Championship Event (Buy-in: $5.50)
COPS #83-M: $30,000 Gtd Championship Event (Buy-in: $22)
COPS #83-H: $300,000 Gtd Championship Event (Buy-in: $109)
Partypoker announces changes on Sit & Go games
To end the month, partypoker shared in its official blog site a few major changes across its Sit & Go tournament offerings. As of August 27, the online operator has removed some unpopular formats from the lobby “due to a lack of liquidity, while other SNG will have a slight rake increase.”
- Turbo 6-Max [18 players]
- Progressive KO
- Hyper 9-Max
- Double or Nothing Hyper 8-Max
- Triple Up 6-Max
- Hyper 9-Max Triple Up
- Hyper 6-Max [36 players]
- Hyper 6-Max [18 players]
- 45 Players – Turbo
While partypoker assures its clients that the elimination of these formats would have minimal effect on their gaming experience, players might find the increased rake across all buy-ins a bit more unfavorable.
Formats with Increased Rake
- Double or Nothing Hyper 6-Max
- Double or Nothing Turbo
- Double or Nothing Turbo 6-Max
- Heads-Up Hyper Turbo
- Heads Up Turbo
- Hyper 6-Max
- Turbo 6-Max
€650,000 Unibet Online Series XIII
Running its third edition this year alone, Unibet’s flagship tournament series is back this September with a busy line up of 105 events. The Unibet Online Series XIII (UOS), running from September 12-26, 2021, welcomes players of all bankrolls as it posts buy-ins from as low as €0.25 to as high as €1,100. With €650,000 in prize money to be awarded, the €200,000 GTD Unibet Open Online serves to be the festival’s main highlight, surely enticing many to gear up for its €1,100 price tag.
In addition, €21,000 in prizes is dedicated across its five leaderboards – Nano, Low, Mid, High, and Overall, as well an exclusive heads up match against one of the site’s ambassadors, Dara O’Kearney, Ian Simpson, David Lappin, or all three! Click on Unibet’s Poker Offers tab to see the full schedule of UOS XIII tournaments.