On Sunday at 5 p.m. ET, PokerStars will run the $300 buy-in MICOOP main event, which boasts a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. A solid five-figure prize will go to the winner. The event was originally slated to have a $125,000 prize pool, with PokerStars deciding this week to raise it. The demand for online poker in the state is very apparent, but PokerStars also set the bar relatively low on the original guarantee.
PokerStars will need more than 660 players to meet the new guarantee, up from more than 410 for the original, which it should do easily. It’s also running low-stakes satellites to the tournament.
The main event is a two-day tournament, so play will be paused (likely at the final table) before action resumes Monday evening to crown an inaugural series champion.
For those with smaller budgets, there’s also a “mini” main event, which features a $50 buy-in and a $35,000 guaranteed prize pool. That event starts at 6 p.m. ET Sunday.
Both events are Texas hold’em, also known as the “Cadillac of poker.”
The 60-event MICOOP series is the first of its kind in the Wolverine State, which follows PokerStars’ launch in late January. It remains the sole regulated poker site in Michigan.
The games are confined to the state of Michigan, as PokerStars MI can’t share players with its sister platforms in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. That could be in the pipeline, as all three states have the legal framework in place to eventually pool liquidity.
A single championship series with a combined player pool among those three states would be popular.