First-Ever MICOOP Series Starts Feb. 20 At PokerStars Michigan

Written By Martin Harris on February 9, 2021 - Last Updated on March 18, 2024

PokerStars‘ brand new Michigan online poker room just launched on Jan. 29, and after one week has already become PokerStars’ busiest US site.

Like a poker player building a big stack early, PokerStars Michigan will look to ride that momentum with its first major tournament series, the Michigan Championship of Online Poker.

The first MICOOP will play out Feb. 20-Mar. 8. There are 60 events planned, with guarantees totaling just over $1 million. The series will climax with a two-day, $300 buy-in Main Event with a $125,000 guarantee. The PokerStars poker client announced the upcoming tournament.

Visit PokerStars Michigan and sign up to join the MICOOP. 


60 events, $1M in guarantees for first MICOOP series

The early (and packed) tournament schedule at PokerStars MI has largely mirrored those featured at PokerStars NJ and PokerStars PA. Thus it was no surprise to see the MICOOP schedule also resemble previous COOP series PokerStars has hosted in New Jersey in Pennsylvania.

Each of those sites most recently ran such a tournament series last fall.

The PACOOP took place at PokerStars PA from late September to early October. It featured 50 events with guarantees totaling $1.5 million, ending with a $200,000 guaranteed, $300 buy-in Main Event. Ultimately players won just over $2 million in those events.

The NJCOOP happened a little later at PokerStars NJ in October, featuring 54 events with $1 million in guarantees. There, the Main Event also had a $300 buy-in with a $125,000 guarantee attached. In the end, players won about $1.12 million over the course of the series.

The first MICOOP will have more events than either of those COOPs, though its guarantees conform more closely to those of the NJ online poker championship.

2021 MICOOP at PokerStars schedule highlights

A quick skim of the MICOOP schedule yields a few tournaments that Michigan players will likely be highlighting:

  • Event #1 – $100 NLHE Kickoff, Nightly Stars SE, $30K gtd. (Feb. 20)
  • Event #6 — $200 NLHE Sunday Special SE, $40K gtd. (Feb. 21)
  • Event #18 — $500 NLHE 6-Max. High Roller, $35K gtd. (Feb. 24)
  • Event #31 — $250 NLHE Sunday Special SE, $50K gtd. (Feb. 28)
  • Event #41 — $250 PLO 6-Max. High Roller, $12.5K gtd. (Mar. 3)
  • Event #55 — $300 NLHE Main Event, $125K gtd. (Mar. 7)
  • Event #56 — $50 NLHE Mini Main Event, $35K gtd. (Mar. 7)

Most of the events are no-limit hold’em, of course, although there are several non-NLHE tournaments peppered here and there. Those include multiple pot-limit Omaha events (high only, hi-lo, and 5-card). There are also pot-limit five-card draw, seven-card stud hi-lo, H.O.R.S.E., and 8-game mix events.

As with other COOP series, there are also satellites and freerolls associated with MICOOP. The satellites start as low as $2.

There will be a Main Event Depositor Freeroll on Mar. 7. Any player depositing $30 or more while using the bonus code “MICOOP” between now and then earns entry into the tournament. The event will award a total of 35 seats into the Main Event.

There will also be daily Second Chance Freerolls throughout MICOOP for players who bust shy of the money in series events. Those events will also award tickets into other MICOOP tournaments.

Take a look below for the full 2021 MICOOP schedule at PokerStars Michigan.

2021 Michigan Championship of Online Poker Schedule

No.DateTime (ET)Event (Gtd.)Buy-in
1Feb. 20 (Sa)6:00 p.m.NLHE [MICOOP Kick Off, Nightly Stars SE], $30K Gtd$100
2Feb. 20 (Sa)7:00 p.m.$20 NLHE [Rebuy], $10K Gtd$20
3Feb. 20 (Sa)8:00 p.m.$50 NLHE [8-Max], $20K Gtd$50
4Feb. 21 (Su)2:00 p.m.$100 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstacks], $25K Gtd$100
5Feb. 21 (Su)4:00 p.m.$50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Sunday Warm Up SE], $10K Gtd$50
6Feb. 21 (Su)5:00 p.m.$200 NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $40K Gtd$200
7Feb. 21 (Su)5:30 p.m.$25 NLHE [Sunday Special Mini], $12.5K Gtd$25
8Feb. 21 (Su)7:00 p.m.$100 PLO [8-Max], $10K Gtd$100
9Feb. 21 (Su)8:00 p.m.$75 NLHE [Second Chance], $7.5K Gtd$75
10Feb. 21 (Su)10:00 p.m.$50 NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE], $5K Gtd$50
11Feb. 22 (M)7:00 p.m.$100 NLHE [4-Max], $15K Gtd$100
12Feb. 22 (M)8:00 p.m.$50 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE], $20K Gtd$50
13Feb. 22 (M)9:00 p.m.$50 PLO8 [8-Max], $7.5K Gtd$50
14Feb. 23 (Tu)8:00 p.m.$200 NLHE [Super Tuesday SE], $30K Gtd$200
15Feb. 23 (Tu)8:30 p.m.$30 NLHE [Super Tuesday Mini], $15K Gtd$30
16Feb. 23 (Tu)9:00 p.m.$50 PL 5-Card Draw [Turbo], $3K Gtd$50
17Feb. 24 (W)7:30 p.m.$100 PLO [6-Max], $7.5K Gtd$100
18Feb. 24 (W)8:00 p.m. $500 NLHE [6-Max, High Roller], $35K Gtd$500
19Feb. 24 (W)8:30 p.m.$50 NLHE [6-Max], $20K Gtd$50
20Feb. 25 (Th)8:00 p.m.$200 NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $30K Gtd$200
21Feb. 25 (Th)8:30 p.m.$30 NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill Mini], $15K Gtd$30
22Feb. 25 (Th)9:00 p.m.$30 5-Card PLO [6-Max, Turbo], $3K Gtd$30
23Feb. 26 (F)5:00 p.m.$100 FLHE [6-Max], $5K Gtd$100
24Feb. 26 (F)8:00 p.m.$100 NLHE [Big Antes], $7.5K Gtd$100
25Feb. 26 (F)8:30 p.m.$150 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo], $10K Gtd$150
26Feb. 27 (Sa)6:00 p.m.$50 HORSE [Turbo], $3K Gtd$50
27Feb. 27 (Sa)7:00 p.m.$50 NLHE [Rebuy], $10K Gtd$50
28Feb. 27 (Sa)8:00 p.m.$100 NLHE [Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE], $10K Gtd$100
29Feb. 28 (Su)2:00 p.m.$100 NLHE [8-Max, Marathon], $25K Gtd$100
30Feb. 28 (Su)4:00 p.m.$50 NLHE [Sunday Warm Up SE], $12.5K Gtd$50
31Feb. 28 (Su)5:00 p.m.$250 NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $50K Gtd$250
32Feb. 28 (Su)5:30 p.m.$30 NLHE [Sunday Special Mini], $15K Gtd$30
33Feb. 28 (Su)7:00 p.m.$50 PLO [8-Max, Turbo], $5K Gtd$50
34Feb. 28 (Su)8:00 p.m.$100 NLHE [6-Max], $10K Gtd$100
35Feb. 28 (Su)10:00 p.m.$75 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE], $10K Gtd$75
36Mar. 1 (M)7:00 p.m.$50 NLHE [4-Max], $10K Gtd$50
37Mar. 1 (M)8:00 p.m.$100 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE], $25K Gtd$100
38Mar. 2 (Tu)8:00 p.m.$250 NLHE [Super Tuesday SE], $35K Gtd$250
39Mar. 2 (Tu)8:30 p.m.$50 NLHE [Super Tuesday Mini], $20K Gtd$50
40Mar. 2 (Tu)9:00 p.m.$50 Stud Hi-Lo, $5K Gtd$50
41Mar. 3 (W)8:00 p.m.$250 PLO [6-Max, High Roller], $12.5K Gtd$250
42Mar. 3 (W)8:30 p.m.$30 PLO [6-Max], $5K Gtd$30
43Mar. 3 (W)9:00 p.m.$100 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo], $10K Gtd$100
44Mar. 4 (Th)8:00 p.m.$250 NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $35K Gtd$250
45Mar. 4 (Th)8:30 p.m.$50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill Mini], $20K Gtd$50
46Mar. 4 (Th)9:00 p.m.$20 NLHE [Turbo], $15K Gtd$20
47Mar. 5 (F)6:00 p.m.$10 NLHE [6-Max, Rebuy], $10K Gtd$10
48Mar. 5 (F)8:00 p.m.$75 NLHE, $15K Gtd$75
49Mar. 5 (F)9:30 p.m.$20 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo], $5K Gtd$20
50Mar. 6 (Sa)6:00 p.m.$50 8-Game, $3K Gtd$50
51Mar. 6 (Sa)7:00 p.m.$50 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom], $15K Gtd$50
52Mar. 6 (Sa)8:00 p.m.$50 NLHE [Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE], $5K Gtd$50
53Mar. 7 (Su)2:00 p.m.$50 NLHE [8-Max, Marathon], $10K Gtd$50
54Mar. 7 (Su)4:00 p.m.$100 NLHE [Progressive KO], $30K Gtd$100
55Mar. 7 (Su)5:00 p.m.$300 NLHE [Main Event], $125K Gtd$300
56Mar. 7 (Su)6:00 p.m.$50 NLHE [Main Event Mini], $35K Gtd$50
57Mar. 7 (Su)7:30 p.m.$200 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo], $20K Gtd$200
58Mar. 7 (Su)10:00 p.m.$100 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE], $10K Gtd$100
59Mar. 8 (M)7:00 p.m.$100 NLHE [Nightly Stars SE], $30K Gtd$100
60Mar. 8 (M)9:00 p.m.$20 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive KO, Zoom], $10K Gtd$20
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