PokerStars Michigan Online Poker Championship Starts Sept. 10

PokerStars Michigan Online Poker Championship Starts Sept. 10
By Lou Monaco

The Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) from PokerStars starts Sept. 10 and goes through Sept. 27. It will have a guaranteed prize pool of $4.5 million across three states with Pennsylvania and New Jersey also joining in the online poker event.

MICOOP will have a $1.5 million prize pool over at least 65 events for Michigan gamblers, according to a news release.

Players in Michigan will be looking to reach the two-day Main Event, each at a $300 buy-in, on Sept. 26. The event will award a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool in Michigan. On top of the Main Event prize, winners in the Main Event will earn trophies. Another six winners in Michigan will receive a trophy as well.

Michigan law allows for interstate poker. It was signed into law in January.

Buy-in Levels, Paths Forward

There are a variety of buy-in levels in the MICOOP with the first starting at $10. Michigan players can win their way to the championship through the following:

  • $3 Spin & Go: The three-handed tournament from PokerStars has a random prize pool that awards Main Event satellite tickets until Sept. 26.
  • Depositor Freeroll: Players deposit $30 or more and enter the “MICOOP” promo code from until Sept. 26 to get into the COOP Depositor Freeroll which has 50 Main Event seats available.
  • Second Chance Freerolls: There is a Second Chance Freeroll for players who don’t make the money. Each freeroll in each state could award $5,000 in COOP tickets.

WCOOP Running Now

The MICOOP will follow the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker that began Aug. 22 and runs through Sept. 15. It features a $100 million guarantee, the series’ largest ever.

PokerStars also held a big Summer Stacks event In Michigan that began June 12 and ran until June 28.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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