PokerStars US COOP: 3rd Titles for Casey Hatmaker & Naichang Chen

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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.

Casey “superdonkeydave” Hatmaker Wins 3rd PACOOP Title

In the past couple of days, the 2021 PACOOP has minted five winners including Casey “superdonkeydave” Hatmaker (lead photo), who nabbed his third title of the series. He topped a 238-entry field to win Event #26: $200 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Deepstack $50 Bounty], $40K GTD for $9,372.86.

He previously won Event #15: $75 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PKO, Super Sonic], $10K GTD for $3,327.95 as well as Event #7: $500 NLHE [8-Max, PKO High Roller], $50K GTD for $13,895.77.

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

Recent 2021 PACOOP Winners

Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Event #26: $200 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Deepstack $50 Bounty], $40K GTD 238 $44,268 Casey “superdonkeydave” Hatmaker $9,372.86
Event #27: $75 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Deepstack], $20K GTD 444 $30,303 anachronismKB $5,820.77
Event #28: $50 Stud [6-Max], $3.5K GTD 115 $5,232.50 budha2012600 $1,222.01
Event #29: $100 NLHE [PKO, Nightly Stars SE, PKO Edition], $30K GTD 429 $39,382.20 G1LL3TT3 $7,043.32
Event #30: $200 NLHE [4-Max], $35K GTD 196 $36,456 Dr.DogTrucK $7,271.50

“BishPlz94” Claims 2nd MICOOP Title

In recent days, five more winners emerged in the 2021 MICOOP including “BishPlz94”, who topped a 292-entry field to win Event #28: $100 NLHE [PKO, Nightly Stars SE], $20K GTD for $5,802.57. It was their second win of the series after having navigated a 413-entry field to win Event #15: $30 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo PKO, Battle Royale], $10K GTD for $2,145.27.

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

Recent 2021 MICOOP Winners

Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Event #25: $200 NLHE [8-Max, PKO, Deepstack $50 Bounty], $22.5K GTD 163 $30,318 SimpinAintEasy $7,185.04
Event #26: $75 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, PKO, Deepstack], $15K GTD 266 $18,154.50 drock45467 $3,698.68
Event #27: $50 Stud [6-Max], $3K GTD 66 $3,003 femininewiles $933.13
Event #28: $100 NLHE [PKO, Nightly Stars SE], $20K GTD 292 $26,805.60 BishPlz94 $5,802.57
Event #29: $200 NLHE [4-Max], $25K GTD 163 $30,318 Meatballs9000 $6,173.16

Naichang “cncly1314” Chen & “MisAnnthr0pe” Get 3rd NJCOOP Title

Naichang Chen
Naichang “cncly1314” Chen

Another day another NJCOOP title for Naichang “cncly1314” Chen, who claimed his third of the series after topping a 121-entry field to win Event #24: $100 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $8K GTD for $2,442.54.

It came a day after he bested a 120-entry field to win Event #21: $150 NLHE [6-Max], $15K GTD for $3,149. A few days before that, he had won Event #12: $150 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE], $10K GTD for $2,815.

Similarly, “MisAnnthr0pe” earned a third title. After winning Event #2: $100 NLHE [NJCOOP Big Warm Up], $8K GTD for $3,179 on the first day of the series, they claimed two more titles in back-to-back days. First, they took down Event #23: $20 NLHE [PKO], $5K GTD for $1,224.20 and then followed that up with a victory in Event #25: $300 8-Game Championship, $15K GTD for $5,829.21.

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!

Recent 2021 NJCOOP Winners

Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Event #22: $200 NLHE [PKO, Bigstack], $20K GTD 133 $24,738 NikkieBlueEyes $5,396.16
Event #23: $20 NLHE [PKO], $5K GTD 359 $6,533.80 MisAnnthr0pe $1,224.20
Event #24: $100 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $8K GTD 121 $11,107.80 Naichang “cncly1314” Chen $2,442.54
Event #25: $300 8-Game Championship, $15K GTD 67 $18,760 MisAnnthr0pe $5,829.21
Event #26: $200 NLH [6-Max, Turbo, PKO, BigStack], $10K GTD 93 $17,298 Malakia1212 $4,289.57

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.

*Image courtesy of SHRPO.


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