PokerStars Opens a Book on the WCOOP Super High Rollers

PokerStars WCOOPPokerStars has opened a betting market for the WCOOP Super High Rollers event which will add a little more drama to the unique online tournament.

Most people who regularly watch sporting events on the TV or over the Internet will agree that the outcome of an event is far more interesting if you have money riding on the participants. Having a bet also gives you an opportunity to add a little to your bankroll – if you win – and get one over on the bookies.

Having recently entered the sports betting market, PokerStars has started offering odds on a wide variety of betting opportunities. Now they offering punters the opportunity to have a flutter on one of their own events – the $51,000 buy-in World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) Super High Rollers event that starts this coming Sunday September 20th.

How to Have a Bet on the Event

The opportunity to have a bet on the WCOOP Super High Rollers is open to PokerStars account holders playing on .com, .eu, and .uk sites, and finding the current betting odds is easy. Simply click on the “Sports” icon at the top of the poker client, then “A-Z Sports” to the right of the menu bar, and select “Poker”. To access a list of every player for whom betting odds are being offered, select “Outrights”.

At the time of writing, thirty-eight players are listed with their odds of winning the Super High Rollers event alongside their name. Punters have the choice on betting on their favourite player to win the event outright, or can bet “each-way” – a flutter consisting of a win bet (at the full odds) and a place bet which pays one quarter of the odds if your selected player finishes in the first three. Place only betting is not available on this event.

Who Can I Have a Bet On?

The list of players consists of many well-known PokerStars pros, some of the world´s greatest online tournament players and a few names that some punters may not be familiar with – but who may well be “dark horses”. The betting is headed by Jason Mercier, Chris Moorman and Daniel Negreanu (each at 12/1), with selected other names in the list including:

14/1 Tobias Reinkmeier (PokerNoob999)
Phillip Gruissem (philbort)
Daniel Colman (mrGR33N13)
Ole Schemion (wizowizo)
Phil Galfond (Mrsweets28)
16/1 Sorel Mizzi (zangbezan24)
Jason Somerville (jcarverpoker)
20/1 Timofey Kuznetsov (Trueteller)
25/1 Vladimir Troyanovsky (vovtroy)
33/1 Andrey Streltsov (I am Bobbie – our tip for a value bet)

Not all of the players listed in the betting are guaranteed to start the event and, if you bet on a player “who is not dealt a card”, your stake will be returned to you. Watch out for price fluctuations as the event gets closer (prices are correct at the time of publication) and betting will be suspended at 6:30pm (BST) on Sunday when the first cards are dealt. A new market will be formed at the end of Day 1 for punters who want to hedge their bets or wait until the field is a little smaller.

“The Most Talked About Online Tournament of the Year”

According to Stephen Frisk – the Managing Director of Sports Betting at PokerStars – the WCOOP Super High Roller is “the most talked about online tournament of the year” (there may be a certain offshore site that would dispute that statement). He told the PokerStars blog:

With the added spice that having a bet on it brings, fans and players from around the world can rail their favourite player and win money even if they don’t have a spare $51k lying around.

If you want to find out who is currently entered for the million dollar guaranteed WCOOP Super High Roller event (WCOOP #47) before placing your bet, you can find a list of players in the tournament lobby. Although the tournament itself kicks off at 6:30pm (BST) on Sunday, late registration is open for four hours. Day 1 will come to a close when only eight players remain, with the final table starting at 6:30pm (BST) on Monday 21st September.