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Suspense can be brutal, especially for New Jersey online poker players who were quite anxious to see the first-ever NJCOOP schedule. The World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars is the largest online tournament series in the poker universe, and as that wrapped up on the dot-com site just days ago, New Jersey players wanted a taste.

PokerStars delivered this week in the form of all of the details of the NJCOOP series set for the latter part of October, complete with $1.2 million in guarantees.

NJCOOP bigger than NJSCOOP

After PokerStars entered the New Jersey market earlier this year, the site offered the first taste of the NJSCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) for its new players. There were 54 tournaments, $1.1 million in guarantees, and it was a smashing success.

The upcoming NJCOOP looks to do even better with even more in guaranteed prize money for fewer tournaments. The schedule boasts of 43 tournaments, all set to run between October 15 and October 31. Players will have quite a few variations from which to choose, from Hold’em to Omaha and Stud. There will be turbos and rebuys, 6-max and 4-max tables, Zoom and Speed-Down, and even some heads-up and progressive super knockout action.

As for the Main Event, it will be a two-day tournament on October 30 and 31 with a $500 buy-in and $200K guarantee. It will be the culmination of 16 days of a much-anticipated series.

In addition, NJCOOP will be tracking the players in the series on the leaderboard to determine the Player of the Series. That player will win $2K in PokerStars NJ tournament dollars, but there will be a total of $10K in prizes to deliver to the 15 players who make the top of that leaderboard.

Online and Live Mixer

As the NJCOOP begins to wind down at the end of the month, players will be coming from all over the world to participate in the first-ever PokerStars Live Festival, set to kick off on October 29 and run through November 6.

As players emerge from behind their laptops, they can jump right in to the series of more than 50 live tournaments at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. There will be buy-ins ranging from $100 to $5,000, including the $1,100 buy-in NLHE Main Event, as well as themed tournaments, blackjack, roulette, video poker, and slot machine action.

Many of the Team PokerStars Pros residing in or near the United States are already planning to attend the Festival, like Chris Moneymaker and Jason Somerville. “I’m looking forward to playing and streaming NJCOOP on Twitch in my hunt to win a title in its debut year,” said Somerville.

Action for Everyone

The purpose of the Festival, as well as NJCOOP, is to offer something for every type of player with every type of bankroll. The online series will have buy-ins as low as $15, but players can compete in online satellites for as little as $1. Those qualifiers are already running, and there are satellites available for the Festival events, too.

Anyone is welcome to compete in the PokerStars NJCOOP as long as they are within the borders of the state of New Jersey when they do. Visitors to the state are welcome to sign up and compete, especially those who will be in Atlantic City for the Festival and want to participate in the final weekend of the online series.

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer has been a freelance writer in the poker industry for a decade. She left a full-time job with the World Poker Tour to tell the stories of poker. She now lives in St. Louis, writes about poker while pursuing other varied interests, and speaks her mind on Twitter… a lot.