October 24 will be a big day for PokerStars USA. The company recently announced it will be running new installments of its marquee events, Pennsyl-MANIA, the Michigan Classic, and the New Jersey Classic.
All three tournaments will begin at 5 p.m. ET on October 24th and run as two-day tournaments, finishing on Monday, October 25th. The tourneys will each have $300 buy-ins with satellites starting as low as $15. Guarantees will vary depending on the state, all of which will total $700,000 in guaranteed prize money.
- Pennsyl-MANIA (PokerStars PA) – $350,000 guaranteed prize pool
- Michigan Classic (PokerStars MI) – $250,000 guaranteed prize pool
- New Jersey Classic (PokerStars NJ) – $100,000 guaranteed prize pool
Another path to entry for players is winning a seat via depositor freerolls that will run the day of the event and award a combined $15,000 in tickets to the events
Yet another path is through a $300 deposit match offer that awards tickets to the event. Tickets may also be awarded through $3 Spin & Go’s on each site.
“COOP” Main Event Structures Featured
The trio of one-off special events announcements comes just a month after the PokerStars USA COOP Series (PACOOP, MICOOP, and NJCOOP), all of which spanned three weekends from September 10-27.
From those three COOP series, PACOOP awarded nearly $2.38 million across 69 events. In comparison, MICOOP’s 68 events awarded $1.78 million of its own, and NJCOOP also awarded seven figures in prizes, with $1.1 million distributed across its 60 events.
As mentioned, the two “Classic” events and Pennsyl-MANIA will each run over two days, offering the same type of deep-stacked structure that allows for plenty of play from start to finish. In that structure, late registration will remain open for five hours with up to five re-entries during that time, and Day 1 will conclude after seven-and-a-half hours of play before playing down to a winner the following evening.
What Field Sizes Are Expected?
This past April, the inaugural versions of the Michigan and New Jersey Classics ran concurrently with the second annual Pennsyl-MANIA tournament after its inaugural showing in May 2020.
The Michigan Classic had an ambitious $500K guarantee that it fell shy of meeting, as 1,551 entries created a 13% overlay for the event.
The New Jersey Classic came with a much smaller guarantee of $100K, though its increased buy-in of $500 drew 178 entries and overlaid by 16% itself. Pennsyl-MANIA was the lone event to surpass its $400K guarantee, with 1,476 entries creating a prize pool of $413.2K.
More recently, the $300 NJCOOP Main Event drew 334 entries at $300 apiece and saw Sridhar “sri100k” Sangannagari take the top prize of $18,660; MICOOP Main Event nearly doubled that in 632 entries with “WadeDavenport” earning $31,014 of the $176,960 total prize pool for their win. The PACOOP Main Event was the biggest of the three, with 851 entries generating a total prize pool of $238,280 and paying $36,400 to “Honoribbia” for first place.
If the past indicates what’s to come later this month, recent successes coupled with lower guarantees should bring about a successful weekend on all PokerStars USA sites.
Can I Play Multiple Tournaments (Or All Three)?
Pennsylvania poker sites and Michigan poker sites currently have “fenced-in” player pools, meaning all who compete must be located within their respective state lines. New Jersey poker sites share player pools with Nevada and Delaware. However, PokerStars USA serves neither market, effectively putting all three of its platforms into the same territory regarding shared player pools.
In other words, all three player pools are always separate from one another, and that is true for these events just the same.
Of the three markets, PokerStars PA regularly gets the highest traffic volume and tournament field sizes, which is reflected by offering the highest guarantee. PokerStars MI has only been live since January 2021 but quickly gained traction within the state, and its $250K guarantee ensures more than 800 players’ worth of entries will go into the prize pool no matter what.
PokerStars NJ has been running the longest of the three, launching in March 2016. Nonetheless, its traffic is also the smallest on the PokerStars USA network, though the $100K guarantee attached to the New Jersey Classic will still pay out an excellent five-figure score to the winner.