PokerStars US COOP: "kyleorto86" Binks NJ Super Tuesday; Mattioda Wins Again

Paul “grandma1967” Mattioda

The prestigious PokerStars Championship of Online Poker (COOP) is currently running in a trio of US states in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey.

All three PokerStars US-facing sites offer state-specific versions of the COOP, with each running concurrently September 10-27.

The Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) guarantees $2 million across 69 events on PokerStars PA. The two-day PACOOP Main Event runs Sept. 26-27, with a $300 buy-in and $200,000 in guaranteed prize money on the line.

The 2021 Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) offers 68 events, with a combined guarantee of $1.5 million. The upcoming series marks the second time the MICOOP has run on PokerStars MI, which launched in January 2021. .

New Jersey poker players are well familiar with the NJCOOP series, which returns to PokerStars NJ with a schedule of 60 events. The guarantees add up to $1 million for the 2021 NJCOOP, including the $300 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Main Event Sept. 26-27.

PokerNews is providing live reporting coverage on selected events from all three US COOP series. Here’s a look at the most recent winners.

A Super Tuesday for "kyleorto86"

Dkornblau Final Hand

The 2021 New Jersey Championship of Online Poker continued on Tuesday with another signature event, NJCOOP Event #15: $250 NLHE Super Tuesday NJCOOP Edition Championship Trophy Event, which smashed the $35,000 guarantee with a total of 178 entrants (108 players and 70 re-entries) for a total of $41,474 in the prize pool. After a brisk six-and-a-half-hour day on the felt, it was "kyleorto86" who earned the title, the NJCOOP Championship Trophy, and $8,350 by besting "Dkornblau" in heads-up action.

"kyleorto86" made their first big splash just after the money bubble broke, winning a flip to eliminate "wxg1989" and help propel them to the second largest stack at the start of the final table. After they eliminated "troutray" in eighth place, they held the chip lead for the remainder of the final table, never looking back in route to a dominating performance and the coveted NJCOOP Championship Trophy.

NJCOOP Event #15 Final Table Results

6Sridhar "sri100k" Sangannagari$2,147
7Michael "[email protected]" Gagliano$1,637

In other Tuesday NJCOOP news, “Tagubhai” topped a 123-entry field to win Event #17: $150 NLHE, $15K GTD for $3,712, which marked their second title after having bested a 194-entry field to win Event #9: $250 NLHE [Sunday Special], $45K GTD for $8,973.

Here's a look at all those who captured titles on Tuesday:

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #15: $250 NLHE [Super Tuesday Championship Trophy Event], $35K GTD178$41,474kyleorto86$8,350.39
Event #16: $30 NLHE, $10K GTD434$11,848.20Renorick1946$2,127.69
Event #17: $150 NLHE, $15K GTD123$16,937.10Tagubhai$3,712.43
Event #18: $100 NLHE [Turbo, Bubble Rush], $10K GTD135$12,3931025191$2,343.17

PokerNews will continue coverage of the 2021 NJCOOP on Wednesday with NJCOOP Event #20: $1,000 NLHE 6-Max High Roller Championship Trophy Event, $40K Gtd, so be sure to tune in tomorrow at 8 p.m. EST to see who the next NJCOOP Championship Trophy winner will be.

Paul “grandma1967” Mattioda Nabs 2nd MICOOP Title

Paul Mattioda
Paul Mattioda

Over in Michigan, Paul “grandma1967” Mattioda navigated a 46-entry field to win Event #19: $100 FLHE [6-Max, Limit Hold'em], $5K GTD for $1,200, which was his second title in three days after having taken down Event #11: $100 PLO [8-Max], $12K GTD for $2,862.

Coverage of the 2021 MICOOP continues on Wednesday with Event #23: $250 NLHE 6-Max Championship Trophy Event, $30K Gtd, so be sure to tune in to PokerNews for all the action!

Recent 2021 MICOOP Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinner Prize
Event #18: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Bigstack], $32.5K GTD248$46,128248donkey
Event #19: $100 FLHE [6-Max, Limit Hold'em], $5K GTD46$5,000Paul “grandma1967” Mattioda
Event #20: $50 PLO [6-Max, PKO], $6.5K GTD217$9,873.50Wolfenbanger

Trio of PACOOP Titles Awarded on Tuesday

PokerNews PACOOP coverage continues Wednesday, September with Event #24: $250 NLHE 6-Max Championship Trophy Event.

Recent 2021 PACOOP Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #19: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Bigstack], $50K GTD344$63,984TightIsRight570$11,812.13
Event #20: $100 FLHE [6-Max, Limit Hold'em], $6K GTD78$7,160.40hbekanich$1,598.61
Event #21: $50 PLO [6-Max, PKO], $8K GTD311$14,150.50Keystone3550$2,786.90

Tournament buy-ins for each COOP series begin as low as $10. Satellites qualifiers into COOP tournament also run throughout each series. Main Event tickets are on the line in $3 Spin & Go’s, which run up until the start of the Main Event on Sept. 26. ‘

Sept. 26 also sees Depositor Freeroll's at all three PokerStars US sites, with all players that deposit at least $30 using a state-specific promo code (PACOOP, MICOOP, or NJCOOP) granted entry. The top 50 finishers in each depositor freeroll win a $300 ticket to their respective Main Event.

All players eliminated short of the money ladder in any COOP event also get entry to a Second Chance Freeroll the following day. The Second Chance Freerolls will award $5,000 in COOP tickets in each state’s series.

  • Check out recent winners from the NJCOOP, MICOOP, and PACOOP online series.

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