MICOOP Returns to PokerStars MI in September With 68 Events, $1.5M Guaranteed

Written By Martin Harris on August 31, 2021

For the second time this year, PokerStars will host a Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) at PokerStars MI.

Typically, the series is an annual affair. But after launching early this year, PokerStars MI is catching up with a second MICOOP in 2021.

The series will run Sept. 10-27 and feature 68 events with guaranteed prize pools adding up to just over $1.5 million.

PokerStars MI hopes to replicate successes of first MICOOP, MISCOOP

The first MICOOP took place at PokerStars MI in Feb.-March of this year, not long after the site launched. What started out as a 60-tournament series with $1 million in guarantees saw big turnouts early on. Those results encouraged PokerStars MI to increase the guarantees in many events and push the total to $1.43 million in guarantees.

Ultimately, nearly 32,000 total entries (including re-entries) together built MICOOP prize pools totaling more than $2.2 million for the series.

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Since then, PokerStars MI also staged a Michigan Spring Championship of Online Poker in May. Featuring three tiers of buy-ins, that 120-tournament series ultimately awarded just over $2.35 million to Michigan players.

The second MICOOP’s 68-event schedule features a variety of games and buy-ins — ranging from as low as $10 up to a $1,000 high roller event.

PokerStars will run COOP series on all three of its US sites over the same 18-day period in September. PokerStars’ US sites are each ring-fenced, meaning players only compete against others from the same state.

In Pennsylvania on PokerStars PA, the PACOOP will feature 69 events and $2 million in guarantees. In New Jersey on PokerStars NJ, the NJCOOP has 60 events scheduled, with just over $1 million in guarantees.

MICOOP Main Event features $150K guarantee, winner’s trophy

As with the first MICOOP, the series will culminate with a $300 buy-in, two-day Main Event starting Sunday, Sept. 26. This time around, the MICOOP Main Event comes with a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool attached.

Over in Pennsylvania, the Main Event will have a higher $200,000 guarantee. In New Jersey, the guarantee will be set lower at $100,000.

The first MICOOP Main Event in March was huge. It attracted 1,284 total entries and featured a prize pool of almost $360,000.

Adding to the fun this time, the MICOOP Main Event winner will collect a handsome MICOOP trophy to go along with first-place prize money. In fact, there will be seven “Championship Trophy Events” on the schedule, each of which will award winners with some additional hardware.

MICOOP promotions, freerolls to run alongside series

As with other tournament series at PokerStars MI, the MICOOP in September will feature associated promotions for players.

Throughout the series, PokerStars MI will be adding $300 Main Event tickets as potential prizes for those playing the site’s $3 Spin & Go’s.

There will additionally be a MICOOP Depositor Freeroll the afternoon of Sept. 26 main event. Any PokerStars MI player who deposits at least $30 between now and then while using the promo code “MICOOP” will receive an entry into the freeroll. The top 50 finishers will earn seats in that day’s Main Event. (That’s a total of $15,000 worth of tickets.)

There will also be Second Chance Freerolls happening throughout MICOOP. If a player busts shy of the cash in a MICOOP event, that player will automatically receive an entry into the following day’s Second Chance Freeroll. Over the course of the series, another $5,000 in MICOOP tickets will be awarded in those freerolls.

There will also be numerous satellites for MICOOP events. Indeed, some of those are already starting to appear in the PokerStars MI client. Take a look below at the full MICOOP schedule.

2021 MICOOP: Complete schedule for Sept. 10-27

No.DateTime (ET)EventBuy-inGtd.
1Sep. 10 (F)6 p.m.NLHE (MICOOP Warm UP)$10$10,000
2Sep. 10 (F)7 p.m.NLHE (MICOOP Big Warm Up)$100$20,000
3Sep. 10 (F)7:30 p.m.NLHE (Turbo, MICOOP Turbo Warm Up)$30$6,000
4Sep. 11 (Sa)4 p.m.NLHE/PLO (8-Max, MICOOP Mixed Game Warm Up)$30$4,000
5Sep. 11 (Sa)6 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, MICOOP Big Kickoff - Championship Trophy Event)$100$50,000
6Sep. 11 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller)$500$40,000
7Sep. 11 (Sa)8:30 p.m.PL 5-Card Draw$50$4,000
8Sep. 12 (Su)2:30 p.m.NLHE (MICOOP Marathon)$100$25,000
9Sep. 12 (Su)3 p.m.HORSE (6-Max, HORSE)$100$6,000
10Sep. 12 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special)$100$75,000
11Sep. 12 (Su)6:30 p.m.PLO (8-Max)$100$12,000
12Sep. 12 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, High Roller)$500$40,000
13Sep. 12 (Su)9 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Sunday Second Chance)$50$8,500
14Sep. 12 (Su)10 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Super Sonic)$75$8,000
15Sep. 13 (M)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Battle Royale, Turbo Edition)$30$10,000
16Sep. 13 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale)$200$30,000
17Sep. 13 (M)7:30 p.m.PLO8 (8-Max)$100$8,000
18Sep. 14 (T)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Bigstack)$200$32,500
19Sep. 14 (T)8 p.m.FLHE (6-Max, Limit Hold 'em)$100$5,000
20Sep. 14 (T)9 p.m.PLO (6-Max, Progressive KO)$50$6,500
21Sep. 15 (W)6 p.m.NLHE (6-Max)$30$12,000
22Sep. 15 (W)7 p.m.NLHE (Single Re-entry)$100$15,000
23Sep. 15 (W)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Championship Trophy Event)$250$30,000
24Sep. 15 (W)9 p.m.NLHE (Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom)$100$10,000
25Sep. 16 (Th)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Deepstack $50 Bounty)$200$22,500
26Sep. 16 (Th)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Deepstack)$75$15,000
27Sep. 16 (Th)9 p.m.Stud (6-Max)$50$3,000
28Sep. 17 (F)7 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Nightly Stars SE, PKO Edition)$100$20,000
29Sep. 17 (F)8 p.m.NLHE (4-Max)$200$25,000
30Sep. 18 (Sa)4 p.m.NLHE (Afternoon Deepstack)$30$8,500
31Sep. 18 (Sa)4 p.m.Stud Hi/Lo (6-Max)$100$6,500
32Sep. 18 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Duel Threat)$50$15,000
33Sep. 18 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Duel Threat)$50$15,000
34Sep. 18 (Sa)8 p.m.PLO (6-Max, PLO High Roller - Championship Trophy Event)$250$15,000
35Sep. 18 (Sa)9 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$100$17,500
36Sep. 19 (Su)2:30 p.m.NLHE (Bigstack Marathon)$100$25,000
37Sep. 19 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Sunday Special SE)$200$90,000
38Sep. 19 (Su)6:30 p.m.NLHE (Mini Sunday Special)$30$15,000
39Sep. 19 (Su)7 p.m.NLHE (High Roller)$500$40,000
40Sep. 19 (Su)9 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Sunday Second Chance)$100$12,500
41Sep. 20 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Progressive KO, Nightly Stars SE, Battle Royale Edition)$100$25,000
42Sep. 20 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (MICOOP Freezeout)$200$15,000
43Sep. 20 (M)9 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive Total KO)$50$10,000
44Sep. 21 (Tu)7 p.m.NLHE (Super Tuesday, MICOOP Special Edition)$250$40,000
45Sep. 21 (Tu)8 p.m.NLHE (4-Max, Progressive KO)$50$5,000
46Sep. 21 (Tu)9 p.m.NLHE (Turbo, Super Tuesday, Late Edition)$75$12,500
47Sep. 22 (W)7 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Nightly Stars SE, 6-Max Edition)$100$25,000
48Sep. 22 (W)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Turbo, Zoom)$50$10,000
49Sep. 23 (Th)7 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill, MICOOP Special Edition - Championship Trophy Event)$250$40,000
50Sep. 23 (Th)8 p.m.NLO8 (8-Max)$50$4,000
51Sep. 23 (Th)9 p.m.NLHE (Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill, Late Edition)$75$15,000
52Sep. 24 (F)7 p.m.NLHE (4-Max, Stars SE, 4-Max Edition)$100$17,500
53Sep. 24 (F)8 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Deepstack)$200$20,000
54Sep. 24 (F)9 p.m.NLHE (Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom)$20$6,000
55Sep. 25 (Sa)4 p.m.NLHE (Afternoon Bigstack)$75$15,000
56Sep. 25 (Sa)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$200$25,000
57Sep. 25 (Sa)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Progressive KO, Bigstack)$50$15,000
58Sep. 25 (Sa)8:30 p.m.5-Card PLO (6-Max)$100$8,500
59Sep. 26 (Su)2:30 p.m.NLHE (Deepstack, Sunday Marathon SE)$100$25,000
60Sep. 26 (Su)6 p.m.NLHE (Main Event - Championship Trophy Event)$300$150,000
61Sep. 26 (Su)6:30 p.m.NLHE (Mini Main Event)$50$30,000
62Sep. 26 (Su)8 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, High Roller -Championship Trophy Event)1,000$60,000
63Sep. 26 (Su)10 p.m.NLHE (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Deepstack)$100$10,000
64Sep. 27 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, MICOOP Wrap Up)$100$30,000
65Sep. 27 (M)7 p.m.NLHE (8-Max, Mini Wrap Up)$10$4,000
66Sep. 27 (M)8 p.m.NLHE (Phase 2)$50$40,000
67Sep. 27 (M)8:30 p.m.8-Game (Championship Trophy Event)$200$15,000
68Sep. 27 (M)9:30 p.m.NLHE (7-Max, Turbo, Last Chance)$150$15,000
TOTAL$1,500,500

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Martin Harris is a writer and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Once a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. In 2019, his book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books.

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