PokerStars Announces 2012 WCOOP ScheduleThursday, August 30th, 2012 by Ryan
PokerStars is known as the biggest and most popular online poker site in the game today. They not only feature a ton of different levels of cash games, but many massive tournaments as well. Their tournaments range from different types of events, but also feature quite a few different large guarantees as well. On top of all of this though, PokerStars features large tournament series’ for their players, and one of the largest series’ that they offer is the WCOOP tournament, which stands for the 2012 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. This series runs over 22 days, and features 65 different tournaments for players. Most importantly, they are going to feature tournaments for all different levels of players, including quite a few big ones for the high rollers.
The tournaments are going to vary in the size of the buy-in, but one of the largest is going to be a tournament that features a $5,200 buy-in, and is the Main Event. In the Main Event of the 2012 WCOOP, the guaranteed first place pay out will be at least one million dollars. There are also going to be three different $10,000 buy-in events that are offered, as well as a Player of the Series leader board so players know where they stack up against the other players in the series. Overall, there will be more than $30 million in guaranteed prize pools out there.
The World Championships of Online Poker is the largest and most popular tournament series out there, and it starts up this coming Sunday, the first of September. The day is going to begin with three different tournaments, which include a $215 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em event, a $215 normal No Limit Hold’em event, and a $10,300 High-Roller event all on the opening day.
If you are looking for comparisons to last year’s events, the 2011 WCOOP at PokerStars featured over $47 million awarded over the three week series, and this was actually the first time the series had been held since United States players were not allowed to get in on the action. This was a bit down on the numbers from back in 2010 when it was a $63 million guarantee given to players, but that was before the situation with Black Friday occurred. I feel pretty confident that the 2012 WCOOP has a chance to be able to surpass the 2011 numbers in terms of total prize pools given out.
As previously mentioned, the Player of the Series winner is going to get a nice prize package for their efforts. They way that you win this is by earning the most WCOOP points throughout the event, and you will receive a Champion’s trophy, a customized poker chip set, a 2013 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo Grand Final prize package, a 2013 PCA prize package, and a 2013 TCOOP Main Event ticket as well! Overall, if you are looking to play in quite a few of the events, shooting for this goal is definitely one that everyone will want to aim for.