Earlier this year, PokerStars announced the North American Championship of Online Poker (NACOOP), an online tournament series giving players the chance win a Vegas Gold Pass that’ll combine NAPT action and an Oracle Red Bull Racing Fan Experience in November.
The NACOOP, which runs Sept. 15-Oct. 2, features 315 tournaments across various games and buy-ins, including 61 Championship Trophy events, and has over $7 million in guaranteed prize money up for grabs.
The USCOOP, which consists of the merged markets of Michigan and New Jersey, will offer 89 tournaments with buy-ins from $10-$2,500 with $3 million in guarantees, while the PACOOP in Pennsylvania will have 89 events with $2.5 million in guarantees. Meanwhile, the Ontario market will offer 137 tournaments with $1.5 million (~$2 million CAD) in guarantees.
Whether you are playing in Ontario, Pennsylvania or in the merged Michigan and New Jersey pool, here are five tournaments you don’t want to miss during 2023 NACOOP.
The Open Championship
What better way would there be to start NACOOP than by taking down one of the Open Championship events?
For players in Michigan and New Jersey, USCOOP 06: $100 NLHE [The Open Championship] will feature a $50,000 guarantee, while the PACOOP 06: $100 NLHE [The Pennsylvania Open Championship] boasts a $40,000 guarantee.
Meanwhile, players in Ontario can take part in ONCOOP 12: $500 NLHE [8-Max, Ontario Open Championship], an event with a $35,000 guarantee.
High Roller Thrill Championship
Another championship event worth checking out is the High Roller Thrill Championship, which will certainly pad the bankrolls of any players that make deep runs.
In shared liquidity, the $500 buy-in High Roller Thrill Championship boasts an $80,000 guarantee, while the Pennsylvania offering has a slightly smaller guarantee of $75,000.
While there is no Thrill Championship for Ontario, there are other High Roller events worth checking out like the $28,000 guaranteed ONCOOP 27: $500 NLHE [8-Max, Monday High Roller].
Sunday Special Championship
The Sunday Special is a staple of PokerStars and that makes the Sunday Special Championship a must-play event.
In Pennsylvania, the $200 buy-in event will feature a $125,000 guarantee, while the USCOOP offering of the same buy-in has a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool up for grabs.
There won’t be a Sunday Special Championship in Ontario, so check out other Sunday events like the $60,000 guaranteed ONCOOP 70: $1,000 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, NLHE PKO Championship].
PKO HORSE Championship
If you want an event that combines the bounty format with mixed games, look no further than the Progressive KO HORSE Championship.
An event that is exclusive for the Ontario market, the ONCOOP 79: $300 HORSE [Progressive KO, HORSE Championship] boasts a $10,000 guarantee and will surely attract the best mixed game players Ontario has to offer.
Of course, the Main Events are the primary draw of NACOOP as each of them will give players a chance to win an NAPT Golden Pass Package.
The PACOOP 81: $300 NLHE [Main Event, 2-Day] offers a $250,000 guarantee in addition to the Golden Pass Package, while the USCOOP 81: $300 NLHE [Main Event, 2-Day] has a guaranteed prize pool of $325,000. Meanwhile, the Ontario Main Event offers a $150,000 guarantee.
Take a look at the full NACOOP schedule for each market here.