World Championship of Online Poker Begins September 7th

Published September 7, 2014 by Arthur M

World Championship of Online Poker Begins September 7th

The World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) runs from September 7th until September 28th, with 66 events and $40 million in prizes up for grabs.

Sunday, September 7th, sees the start of the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) at PokerStars. Billed as the biggest online tournament of the year, from what is certainly by far the biggest online Poker site, the WCOOP runs for 3 weeks, and sees 66 events during which a guaranteed prize pool of some $40 million will be paid out.

WCOOP Rounds

With satellite tournaments already running, now is the time to aim for entry to the WCOOP. The games themselves begin at 8 a,m, on Sunday 7th, (EST), with the Kickoff game which features a $109 buy-in and a guaranteed $700,000 prize pool. Later, at 11.00 EST, the second game begins, which has a $750,000 prize pool and a $215 buy-in.

Each day, throughout the games, there are at least 2 or 3 tournaments, with prize pools from around $50,000 to $1,000,000 and more. Some of these are high roller tournaments, where buy-ins can be $1,000+, although some games have relatively low buy-ins of around $200 but still carry huge prize pools.

The whole WCOOP culminates in the No Limit Hold'em Main Event on Sunday 28th September. For a $5,200 buy-in players can compete for part of a $10,000,000 prize pool, with the overall winner guaranteed to receive at least $1,500,000.

This is the 13th WCOOP event, and back in 2002, for the inaugural one, there were just 9 games, and a total prize pool of $750,000. For the 2002 event, 258 entrants started out, with the champion winning $65,000, although within a couple of years the prize pool had grown to over $2,000,000 and the final winner received $424,000. In 2013, the estimated prize pool was the same $40,000,000 as this year, but in the end over $55,200,00 was paid out.

Largest Online Poker Room

With over 50 million registered players, PokerStars is by far the biggest online Poker room in the world. It offers the biggest range of games, plus live Poker tours, weekly $1 million tournaments, and on 2011, a world record breaking 59,000 players competed for a prize pool of $11,000,000.

PokerStars and  its parent company was sold for a huge $4.9 billion in August 2014 to the Amaya Gaming Group.

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