PokerStars US COOP: Stanton "Stonniepokes" Tentnowski Wins 2nd NJCOOP Title


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.

Stanton "Stonniepokes" Tentnowski Claims 2nd NJCOOP Title

Stanton Tentnowski
Stanton \"Stonniepokes\" Tentnowski

On Wednesday, it was the high roller's time to shine in the 2021 New Jersey Championship of Online Poker, as Event #20: $1,000 NLHE (6-Max, High Roller) Championship Trophy Event saw twenty-four players hit the felt in search of a coveted NJCOOP Trophy. With an additional thirteen re-entries, the tournament fell short of the advertised $40,000 guarantee, with PokerStars kicking in the additional $4,850 to the prize pool.

After a speedy day of just under five hours, it was Stanton "Stonniepokes" Tentnowski who locked down his second NJCOOP title of the series and an $18,143 payday.

Tentnowski, who earned his first 2021 NJCOOP win in Event #7: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack], $25K GTD for $5,925, is an established New Jersey online crusher, and this score marks his eighth five-figure cash in the state of New Jersey according to Tentnowski overcame a tough field of grinders on a single bullet, and won a key flip in the end to lock up the big score and the hardware.

NJCOOP $1,000 High Roller Results

1Stanton "Stonniepokes" Tentnowski$18,143

PokerNews will return for more NJCOOP coverage on Sunday, September 19th at 5 p.m. EST for Event #34: $300 NLHE Championship Trophy Event, so be sure to tune in then!

Also on Wednesday, Naichang "cncly1314" Chen also won his second title of the series when he topped a 120-entry field to win Event #21: $150 NLHE [6-Max], $15K GTD for $3,149. A few days earlier, he had won Event #12: $150 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE], $10K GTD for $2,815.

Wednesday 2021 NJCOOP Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #19: $100 NLHE [PKO], $20K GTD244$22,399.20thebojangler$4,849.66
Event #20: $1,000 NLHE [6-Max, High Roller Championship], $40K GTD37$40,000Stanton "Stonniepokes" Tentnowski$18,142.99
Event #21: $150 NLHE [6-Max], $15K GTD120$16,524Naichang "cncly1314" Chen$3,148.81

"PimpMyBalance" Wins MICOOP 6-Max Championship

MICOOP Final Hand

On Wednesday, MICOOP Event #23: $250 NLHE 6-Max Championship Trophy Event ended with "PimpMyRide" standing tall aschampion after defeating "mewmewMEOW" heads-up to collect a cool $9,071.

The tournament drew 198 entries, generating a $46,134 prize pool, which was enough to easily surpass the $30k guarantee.

The tournament's turbo-like structure ensured fast-paced action, which led to the entire tournament being played out in just over six hours.

MICOOP Event #23 Final Table Results

6Henry "xlzou1990" Zou$1,986

"PimpMyRide" is a regular grinder of the MICOOP series and has had several cashes before today's victory, including a third place finish in Event #31: $250 NLHE [Sunday Special SE] during the MICOOP series earlier this year.

PokerNews coverage of the 2021 MICOOP continues Saturday, September 18 with updates from Event #34: $250 PLO 6-Max High Roller Championship Trophy Event.

Korby Continues to Crush

Also, on Wednesday, Andrew "autokorekt" Korby topped a 468-entry field to win Event #21: $30 NLHE [6-Max], $12K GTD for $2,272. If that name sounds familiar it’s because back in March, Korby won three tournaments in two days.

While none of those were official MICOOP events, it was still a nice little heater for the 32-year-old who has been playing the game since the age of 14.

"Nothing crazy but still not bad," he told PokerNews. Korby usually plays $1-$2 and $2-$5 pot-limit Omaha but has been grinding tournaments now that PokerStars has come to Michigan (he's happy to no longer be traveling over the border to Windsor, Canada to have to play).

"It's nice to have some early success on the new Michigan PokerStars as it's been a long time coming since we've been able to play on here," said Korby, a self-taught player who as put in "lots of hours" and experienced "crazy swings" playing PLO.

Korby can now call himself a MICOOP champion!

Recent 2021 MICOOP Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #21: $30 NLHE [6-Max], $12K GTD468$12,776.40Andrew "autokorekt" Korby$2,272.40
Event #22: $100 NLHE [Single Re-entry], $15K GTD277$25,428.60jdrisco6$4,852.47
Event #23: $250 NLHE [6-Max Championship], $30K GTD198$46,134PimpMyBalance$9,071.51
Event #24: $100 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, PKO, Zoom], $10K GTD132$12,117.60ChipzNCheeze$3,370.75

"JesusTrackTeamC" Wins PACOOP 6-Max Championship

PACOOP Final Hand

The latest event of the 2021 PACOOP was a massive success, as 247 players came out to play some short-handed poker tonight in Event #24: $250 NLHE 6-Max Championship Trophy Event, $40K GTD. In the end, it was "JesusTrackTeamC" who put together an impressive final table performance on their way to winning the lion's share of the $57,551 prizepool. Check out the final table breakdown below.

PACOOP Event 24 Final Table Results


Our PACOOP coverage continues this Saturday, September 18 with Event #35: $250 PLO 6-Max High Roller Championship Trophy Event.

Recent 2021 PACOOP Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #22: $30 NLHE [6-Max], $15K GTD596$16,270.80Azkal34$2,845.56
Event #23: $100 NLHE [Single Re-entry], $20K GTD330$30,294Tomghlll$5,104.75
Event #24: $250 NLHE [6-Max Championship Trophy Event], $40K GTD247$57,551JesusTrackTeamC$11,093.53
Event #25: $100 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, PKO, Zoom], $25K GTD286$26,254.80pokaroka31$4,149.59

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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