PokerStars PA’s Promising Start Could Be An Indication of PACOOP Success
It’s been close to a month since PokerStars PA launched and so far the online poker room has had a very good start, with traffic numbers enjoying a steady increase over the last few weeks. PokerStars was the first online poker operator to launch operations in Pennsylvania and recorded a peak of almost 800 players, way ahead of numbers registered by PokerStars NJ when it launched back in March 2016.
The latest figures show PokerStars PA is still faring well in terms of traffic numbers, reaching a seven-day average of 450 players, up from 413 last week, representing a gradual increase since it launched on November 6. What’s more interesting is that PokerStars PA has managed to outclass all the other regulated markets in the US, despite the fact that it has yet to join the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA) which is currently in place between New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.
The rest of the market has now been attracting a seven-day average of around 300 players, down from 350 during the days when PokerStars PA was still waiting to launch, indicating a potential player crossover.
Boosting PACOOP Numbers
The momentum has become even more intense after it was announced that Pennsylvania would have its own version of the popular PokerStars-sponsored Championship of Online Poker tournament series.
The Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker (PACOOP) is scheduled to run from November 30 – December 16, and PokerStars PA is hoping to build on its strong start to attract more players to the upcoming tournament.
PACOOP becomes the first major tournament in Pennsylvania’s regulated online poker market, and is expected to draw huge numbers, considering that players physically located within the state can now take a shot at huge prizes without going elsewhere.
The schedule features 50 events, with $1 million in total guarantees up for grabs. The main highlight of the festival is the $300 Main Event, a two-day affair featuring $100,000 in total prize pool.
To drive up the numbers, PokerStars is giving away 25 PACOOP Main Event tickets through a special freeroll taking place on December 15. Those eliminated in any PACOOP event without making the money will also get a second shot via Second Chance Freerolls running daily on December 1-16. Satellite seats worth $1,250, alongside tickets to PACOOP events are on offer.
The PACOOP schedule is filled with tons of other events in different formats, including Turbo, Hyper-Turbo, Deepstack, and Progressive KO. Depending on the outcome of the upcoming PACOOP, PokerStars might run many more huge tournaments in the Keystone State in the near future.