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PokerStars Announces Schedule for $75 Million WCOOP

Written By: Maya Michaels | August 21, 2019 | Posted In Poker News

The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is just around the corner with this highly-coveted PokerStars tournament set to begin on September 5, running to September 25.

Spreading across 73 exciting events, this tournament features a $75 million guaranteed windfall which makes it the greatest-ever in the festival’s history. The 20-day event will thus build upon the last year’s edition, adding $5 million on top of the $70 million in total prize money in 2018.

WCOOP will follow the same pattern of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP).

As a result, we will have a three-tier buy-in competition featuring a total of 219 tournaments. All of those will come in low, medium and high buy-in variations.

The Main Event is definitely pièce de résistance of the festival, featuring a $55 buy-in low version with $1.25 million guaranteed. Furthermore, there is also a High buy-in variation with $5,200 and guaranteed prize money in excess of a whopping $10 million.

The 2019 novelty is three Pot Limit Omaha Main Event(s) with three-level buy-ins:

  • $109
  • $1,050
  • $10,300

The three Pot Limit Omaha Main Events feature a total guarantee worth $2,000,000. These tournaments will be held on the same day as the NLHE Main Events.

This year, WCOOP will also debut its charity event.

The Mini Sunday Million Edition is an event boasting $400,000 in prize money and comes with a $55 buy-in. The organizers, PokerStars, have pledged to donate $5 from each player’s buy-in to Right to Play. This is a global organization aiming to protect and empower children to overcome poverty through sport and play.

One of the exciting features will return this year as well with PokerStar announcing it will also run the “Player of the Series” competition. Three most consistent players across the entire tournament will pocket $500,000 in total prizes.

The ‘Player of the Series’ leaderboard is divided into four different tiers: Low, Medium, High and Overall. The Overall winner will scoop a trophy alongside the check for $20,000.

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