NJCOP Opens With Massive Freeroll, Big Score for “Chopitup99″

The first ever New Jersey Championship of Online Poker kicked off on Saturday with a freeroll for $50,000 worth of cash and NJCOP buy-in. The final nine players from the 2,292 player field all earned a $2,000 package comprised of buy-ins for each NJCOP event. With Event #2 starting just three hours later nobody took a bigger advantage than “Chopitup99” who went on to final table Event #2 later in the evening.

NJCOP Event #1 (NLHE) – $50,000 Freeroll

Buy-in: Freeroll
Players: 2,292
Prizepool: $50,000 (cash + NJCOP buy-ins)

The $50,000 kickoff freeroll was open to anybody who made a deposit in the month of April and had a field of 2,292 players. 819 of them walked away with at least a small piece of NJCOP action. After just over six hours of play on Saturday, “ItStartsHere77” came out on top of the massive field, earning $500 cash and $2,000 worth of buy-ins to the rest of the NCJOP schedule. Each of the nine players at the final table earned the $2,000 package with first through third earning $500, $300 and $200 cash respectively.

NJCOP Event #1 Final Table Payouts

  1. ItStartsHere77 – $500 + $2,000 Package to all NJCOP Events
  2. rolpolyBK – $300 + $2,000 Package to all NJCOP Events
  3. SHIELD33 – $200 + $2,000 Package to all NJCOP Events
  4. miw210x – $2,000 Package to all NJCOP Events
  5. NYR7769 – $2,000 Package to all NJCOP Events
  6. somers515 – $2,000 Package to all NJCOP Events
  7. Chopitup99 – $2,000 Package to all NJCOP Events
  8. lolfishaments – $2,000 Package to all NJCOP Events
  9. DoubleDogDevil – $2,000 Package to all NJCOP Events

NJCOP Event #2 (NLHE) – $20,000 Guaranteed

Buy-in: $91 + $9
Players: 319
Prizepool: $29,029

The 319 players in Event #2 easily surpaassed the $20,000 guarantee with a $29,029 prizepool being split amongst the final 63 players. When “yankee85″ and “mikestarski” got to heads-up the two players agreed to a deal which saw “yankee85” walk away with  $5,036.22 while “mikestarski” earned $4,4732.43. “Chopitup99″, who finished seventh in Event #1, turned his freeroll into cold hard cash with a fifth place finish and $1,074.07 score.

NJCOP Event #2 Final Table Payouts

  1. yankee85 – $5,036.22
  2. mikestarski – $4,732.43
  3. Kanish29 – $2,467.46
  4. flycoolj – $1,596.59
  5. Chopitup99 – $1,074.07
  6. jjdubs – $841.84
  7. PlantLeaf – $682.18
  8. Cheeks99 – $551.55
  9. BeanTaco – $420.92

NJCOP continues Sunday with three events on the schedule:

  • Event #3 – $100,000 Guaranteed ($25,000 for first) – $200 – 5:00 pm
  • Event #4 – $10,000 Guaranteed (PLO w/rebuys) – $50 – 6:00 pm
  • Event #5 – $20,000 Guaranteed (Bounties) – $100 – 7:00 pm
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Lance Bradley

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Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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