Daniel “loxonbagel” Buzgon Among Recent NJCOOP Winners

Daniel "loxonbagel" Buzgon

Right now on PokerStars NJ, the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) is in full swing. PokerNews is busy offering live updates from the 54-event series, which will run through October 26 and offers up $1 million in total guarantees.

The crown jewel of the series is of course the $300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, which boasts a $125,000 guarantee. That one takes place Sunday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. local time. PokerNews will not only live report the tournament, but we’ll also stream the action on our Twitch channel.

The series has completed 32 tournaments thus far, and already there have been two players — “ISlowRollYou” and “coldandwarm” — who’ve claimed multiple titles. You can see a list of all the winner at the bottom of this article.

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Buzgon Wins Event #20: $200 8-Game, $12.5K GTD

A break from big-bet-only games came by way of NJCOOP-20: $200 8-Game, $12.5K GTD on Friday night, and it proved to be a hit. The eight-game mixed event drew 81 entries (56 entrants and 25 re-entries), generating an overall prize pool of $15,066 that was paid out to the top 11 players.

When the dust settled, Daniel “loxonbagel” Buzgon was the last player standing, coming out on top after a nearly hour-long final table after he entered as the chip leader.

One by one, players fell until three remained, and just a mere 20 minutes then went by as Buzgon continued to pull away from the pack to take down the top prize of $3,674.77.

Place Player Prize
1 Daniel “loxonbagel” Buzgon $3,674.77
2 senor stinks $2,799.94
3 p0k3rking33 $2,133.43
4 Drunk Spew $1,625.57
5 LargeFarva99 $1,238.61
6 AxyAnderson $943.76
7 FlyinAlbo22 $719.10

“snapcallzzz” Wins 2020 NJCOOP Sunday Special SE

Michael Haberman
Michael Haberman finished as runner-up.

On Sunday, the 2020 NJCOOP continued with Event #27: $300 NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $50K GTD. The tournament attracted 131 players who rebought 100 times, meaning the hefty $50,000 was easily eclipsed by $14,680. The top 31 players all took a slice of the prize pool home, but after seven-and-a-half hours of play, it was “snapcallzzz” who took home $12,613.85 for the victory.

“snapcallzzz” started the final table fourth in chips, but found himself with nearly half the chips in play after rivering the nut flush against eventual fourth-place finisher “icecube2”. Mike “FortheThr1ll” Haberman kept lurking all the way into heads-up play and even managed to briefly take the chip lead during the half-hour heads-up battle.

A cooler hand would spell the end of Haberman’s run in second place, however, as Haberman flopped trips with an ace kicker, only for “snapcallzzz” to flop a full house, and Haberman couldn’t avoid disaster and sent the rest of his chips to “snapcallzzz” after jamming on the river.

Place Player Prize
1 snapcallzzz $12,613.85
2 Mike “ForTheThr1ll” Haberman $9,428.59
3 BEINGGHOSTED $7,047.75
4 icecube2 $5,268.10
5 xsunny8891x $3,937.84
6 laura33188 $2,943.48
7 Tony “JoEiSiNz” Sinishtaj $2,200.21
8 Dan “monkeyman067” Sewnig $1,644.63
9 Ryan “ISlowRollYou” Hohner $1,229.34

Others to finish in the top 31 and earn a payday were “senor stinks” (11th – $1,060), Alex “Uber_N00ber” Astashkevich (15th – $913), “xaverian412” (24th – $787) and Mike “mmenz08816” Menzer (28th – $678).

“MartinChatwn” Wins Event #15: $1,000 High Roller

Anthony Chin
Anthony Chin finished in second place.

On Wednesday, the 2020 NJCOOP continued with Event #15: $1,000 NLHE [6-Max, High Roller], $45K GTD.

The tournament attracted 29 players who rebought 28 times, which meant the 57-entry field resulted in a $54,150 prize pool.

Once registration closed only 14 players remained meaning only half of them would be getting paid with the eventual winner taking home a $20,693.42 first-place prize.

After nearly six hours of play, it was “MartinChatwn” coming out on top to win the tournament for $20,693.42.

“MartinChatwn” began the final table as the chip leader and they went on a complete tear as they eliminated every single player to claim victory.

Place Player Prize
1 MartinChatwn $20,693.42
2 Anthony “supremetny” Chin $12,791.30
3 Jason “TiltedHard” Lawhun $7906.75
4 David “coles93” Coleman $4,887.43
5 Daniel “AvaGray” Lupo $3,021.09
6 iFoldN0T $2,604.56
7 Rock Matthew $2,245.45

“mrblonde2020” Wins Sunday Special

NJCOOP Event 5 Final Hand

On Sunday, October 11 the second day of the 2020 NJCOOP continued with Event #5: $200 NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $40K GTD. The tournament attracted 136 players who rebought 57 times, which meant the 193-entry field resulted in the advertised $40,000 prize pool. That will be paid out to the top 26 players with the eventual winner taking home a $7,940.59 first-place prize.

After nearly eight hours of play, it was “mrblonde2020” coming out on top to win the tournament for $7,940.59. “mrblonde2020” began the final table in the middle of the pack but built up throughout the final table. Still, he always seemed to be behind “Mummy’s Bitch”, who was the chip leader for much of the final table.

However, during heads-up play “mrblonde2020” came on strong despite starting down 2:1 in chips. A couple of doubles saw him take over the chip lead, and not long after it was over when both players flopped two pair, with the kicker making all the difference.

Place Player Prize
1 mrblonde2020 $7,940.59
2 Mummy’s Bitch $6,034.16
3 Brian “Wsopboy1997” Sherrier $4,585.46
4 Deansk1138 $3,484.58
5 Joe “LCC102515” Cappuccio $2,647.99
6 senor stinks $2,012.26
7 KooluerU $1,529.15
8 xsunny8891x $1,162.03
9 flip_fllop13 $883.04

“zhatka” Wins Opening Event

NJCOOP Event 1 Final Hand

It took just under seven hours of play for the first NJCOOP to finish out, and “zhatka” took home the lion’s share of the prizepool, $4,467.47, after a deal with his heads up opponent, “Chalmisi6.” Those two players were two parts of a big three at the top of the chip counts when the final table started, and they would stay near the top throughout.

“Chalmisi6” started heads-up play with “zhatka” at a heavy disadvantage, but he was able to score a number of double-ups, before ultimately taking the lead for a bit. At that point, the two players made a deal, and form that point on, it was once again the “zhatka” show.

On the final hand, “Chalmisi6” would get his final eight big blinds in good, but a lucky seven on the river gave “zhatka” the title.

Place Player Prize
1 “zhatka” $4,467.47
2 “Chalmisi6” $3,967.48
3 “ohhh hellooo” $2,680.80
4 “bgtpoker” $1,996.23
5 Sanjeev “sandman9876” Datta $1486.47
6 Mike “mmenz08816” Menzer $1,106.89
7 “nickybrunson” $824.23
8 “D-DUB1969” $613.76
9 “miceli86” $457.03

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2020 NJCOOP Winners Thus Far

Date DoW Start Time Event Name Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
10-Oct Sat 19:00 NJCOOP 01: $100 NLHE [NJCOOP Warm-Up], $25K Gtd 276 $25,336.80 zhatka $4,467.47
10-Oct Sat 20:30 NJCOOP 02: $50 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, NJCOOP Warm-Up], $12.5K Gtd 245 $12,500.00 StarBoltPoker $2,349.58
11-Oct Sun 14:00 NJCOOP 03: $150 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack], $20K Gtd 148 $20,379.60 xsunny8891x $4,235.07
11-Oct Sun 15:30 NJCOOP 04: $100 NLHE [Progressive KO], $15K Gtd 169 $15,514.20 BurntBagels $1,561.87
11-Oct Sun 17:00 NJCOOP 05: $200 NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $40K Gtd 193 $40,000 mrblonde2020 $7,940.59
11-Oct Sun 17:30 NJCOOP 06: $50 NLHE [Mini Special], $15K Gtd 341 $15,515.50 Q8kickass $2,895.52
11-Oct Sun 19:00 NJCOOP 07: $100 PLO [6-Max], $8K Gtd 72 $8,000 AvaGray $2,242.07
11-Oct Sun 22:00 NJCOOP 08: $150 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE], $12K Gtd 64 $12,000 JohnnyMania $3,728.73
12-Oct Mon 19:00 NJCOOP 09: $50 NLHE [8-Max, Big Antes], $10K Gtd 300 $13,650 Maris6121 $2,588.10
12-Oct Mon 20:00 NJCOOP 10: $100 NLHE [4-Max, Progressive KO], $20K Gtd 196 $20,000 steve5779 $4,368.54
13-Oct Tue 19:00 NJCOOP 11: $250 NLHE [Super Tuesday SE], $40K Gtd 179 $41,708 Requalsl $8,279.56
13-Oct Tue 19:30 NJCOOP 12: $30 NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday], $10K Gtd 451 $12,312.30 bgtpoker $2,196.58
13-Oct Tue 20:30 NJCOOP 13: $100 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $17.5K Gtd 180 $17,500 mikeyeager $5,061.26
14-Oct Wed 19:00 NJCOOP 14: $100 NLHE [Progressive KO], $20K Gtd 262 $24,051.60 Road2daMoney $5,479.27
14-Oct Wed 20:00 NJCOOP 15: $1,000 NLHE [6-Max, High Roller], $45K Gtd 57 $54,150 MartinChatwn $20,693.42
14-Oct Wed 21:00 NJCOOP 16: $100 PLO [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $7.5K Gtd 64 $7,500 iFoldN0T $2,519.25
15-Oct Thu 19:00 NJCOOP 17: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $20K Gtd 166 $30,876 Ioxonbagel $8,096.08
15-Oct Thu 19:30 NJCOOP 18: $20 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Mini Thrill], $8.5K Gtd 503 $9,154.60 amadaeatsdogs $1,863.27
15-Oct Thu 21:00 NJCOOP 19: $100 NLHE [7-Max, Turbo], $10K Gtd 126 $11,566.80 Luckydog765 $2,689.41
16-Oct Fri 19:30 NJCOOP 20: $200 8-GAME, $12.5K Gtd 81 $15,066 Daniel “Ioxonbagel” Buzgon $3,674.77
16-Oct Fri 21:00 NJCOOP 21: $150 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo], $10K Gtd 100 $13,770 ISlowRollYou $3,270.22
17-Oct Sat 18:00 NJCOOP 22: $100 NLHE [8-Max, Deepstack], $12.5K Gtd 222 $20,379.60 toddchipman $3,974.53
17-Oct Sat 20:00 NJCOOP 23: $100 NLO8 [6-Max], $7.5K Gtd 56 $7,500 VEGASEDDY69 $2,866.15
17-Oct Sat 20:30 NJCOOP 24: $200 NLHE [Turbo, Bigstack Turbo], $10K Gtd 64 $11,904 coldandwarm $3,698.90
18-Oct Sun 14:00 NJCOOP 25: $100 NLHE [Marathon], $10K Gtd 146 $13,402.80 DabledoreNJ $2,778.23
18-Oct Sun 15:30 NJCOOP 26: $150 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $22K Gtd 169 $23,271.30 Wizard81 $4,307.35
18-Oct Sun 17:00 NJCOOP 27: $300 NLHE [Sunday Special SE], $50K Gtd 231 $64,680 snapcallzzz $12,613.85
18-Oct Sun 19:00 NJCOOP 28: $100 5-Card PLO [6-Max], $6.5K Gtd 54 $6,500 BurntBagels $1,228.44
18-Oct Sun 20:30 NJCOOP 29: $200 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO], $15K Gtd 105 $19,530 KneadDaRiver $5,165.27
18-Oct Sun 22:00 NJCOOP 30: $100 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE], $10K Gtd 97 $10,000 coldandwarm $2,335.39
19-Oct Mon 20:00 NJCOOP 31: $500 PLO [6-Max, PLO High Roller], $15K Gtd 31 $15,000 ISlowRollYou $7,339.32
19-Oct Mon 22:00 NJCOOP 32: $150 NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO], $10K Gtd 74 $10,545 TobogganM.D. $3,419.79

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