The world´s biggest online poker site has released the schedule for the world´s biggest online poker series – the World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP).
The 2014 WCOOP gets underway a month from today and comprises of sixty-six poker tournaments guaranteeing more than $40 million in prize money. PokerStars have started their countdown to the poker-fest by releasing the full schedule of events and opening up the mega-path “steps” route to the $5,200 buy-in two-day WCOOP Main Event which starts on Sunday September 28.
The schedule of WCOOP begins with the $109.00 buy-in WCOOP NLHE “Kick-Off” on Sunday September 7 which is guaranteed for $700,000 and, for the following three weeks thereafter, players can win top prizes in a rich selection of poker disciplines which includes the most popular formats of NL Hold´em, Omaha, and Stud. Mixed poker games are well represented in the schedule, as well as Heads-Up tournaments, Draw Poker games, turbo events and the well-liked progressive KO tournaments.
All of the WCOOP tournaments are worth participating in (or attempting to qualify for) and they are nicely spaced out at a rate of three a day in order that players can focus on one event at a time. The highlights that we at PokerNewsReport will certainly be aiming to make an impression in include:
|7th September||#2||6-Max NLHE Sunday Warm-Up||$ 700,000||$ 215|
|9th September||#8||6-Max NL Omaha Hi/Lo||$ 75,000||$ 215|
|11th September||#13||NLHE Progressive Super KO||$ 300,000||$ 215|
|12th September||#18||NLHE Turbo Zoom||$ 400,000||$ 320|
|16th September||#30||NLHE Super Tuesday (2-Days)||$ 1,000,000||$ 1,050|
|20th September||#42||HORSE||$ 75,000||$ 320|
|25th September||#57||6-Max FL Hold´em||$ 100,000||$ 215|
|27th September||#63||HORSE||$ 200,000||$ 2,100|
|28th September||#65||8 Game – High Rollers Edition||$ 500,000||$ 10,300|
|28th September||#66||WCOOP Main Event (2-Days)||$ 10,000,000||$ 5,200|
Naturally, our participation in the later events will depend on how well we perform in the earlier ones, and we will be making use of PokerStars´ comprehensive satellite schedule to enter as many tournaments as possible – including the mega-path route to the WCOOP Main Event which was launched yesterday.
Mega-Path to WCOOP Main Event
In addition to widespread range of cash satellites and Sit n Go qualifiers, PokerStars is hosting a mega-path route to the WCOOP Main Event, with Frequent Player Point buy-ins starting from just 1 FPP! There are eight stages to the mega-path, and players can buy-in at any stage along the way – for example, you can buy-in to Stage 3 for 300 FPPs or Stage 6 for 10,000 FPPs.
Elevation up to the next stage is dependent on how many players compete in the qualifier you are participating in, and the mega-path final (which has a direct buy-in of 110,000 FFPs) will be played on Sunday September 28 at 14:29 (ET) – just one minute before the WCOOP Main Event gets underway (fortunately the Main Event has a five-hour late registration period).
Full details of the WCOOP Schedule can be found on the dedicated WCOOP web page, while details of the satellites and mega-path route can be found in the PokerStars client.
WCOOP Player of the Series
Naturally our primary goal for the 2014 WCOOP is to emulate German poker player “PlayinWasted” who overturned a massive chip deficit in the heads-up against compatriot “Allanon85” to win last year´s WCOOP Main Event for $1,493,499; but we will also be running an inter-office competition to see who gets closest to being “Player of the Series”.
Each event in the WCOOP awards points towards the Player of the Series leaderboard depending on the nature of the game and how well players perform in it. The prize for the winner of the competition is a Champion´s trophy, a 2015 PCA Package, a 2015 EPT Grand Final Package and entry into the 2015 Turbo Championships of Online Poker Main Event.
There is also a 2015 PCA Package available to the runner-up in the competition, and players who finish in second, third, fourth or fifth place will win a seat into the 2015 Turbo Championships of Online Poker Main Event.
Now all we need to do is convince the boss to give us three weeks off of work to play in the PokerStars 2014 WCOOP!