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Finding the best value in online poker tournaments became a bit more difficult as of late as at least a couple major poker sites reduced the prize pool guarantees of popular events.

Partypoker turned down the music at one of its weekly parties – the $200,000 Guaranteed. pointed out that last Sunday’s $200K GTD was dropped to $150,000, much to the chagrin of online poker players who have enjoyed over $200,000 in overlays during the course of the last year.

Also on the chopping block was Full Tilt’s Sunday Brawl. That event typically offered a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool, but that total was reduced 25%, making the new guarantee $75,000. Overlays were not common for Sunday brawlers and the reduction in guarantee means that exceptional value will likely not be found there in the future.

PokerScout attributes at least part of the decrease in prize pool guarantees to the summer months that typically find less poker players logging on at their favorite sites. Whether those reductions are permanent or temporary remains to be seen. The traffic-tracking website warns players that we may see additional tournament guarantee downsizing at other sites as well.

No Reduction at PokerStars WCOOP

Bucking the trend of reduced guarantees and forging its own path is industry leader PokerStars, who recently announced that the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) will offer a $10 million guarantee for the Main Event – the same as last year. Players interested in getting a piece of that massive prize pool will need to pony up the buy-in of $5,200, or grab a seat via an abundance of satellites being played right now.

The 2015 WCOOP Main Event is scheduled for September 27. Summer will be over by then and perhaps online poker players who find other things to do during the warmer months will have returned to the virtual felt. They did so last year when the prize pool of the 2014 WCOOP Main Event reached $10,710,000.

The WCOOP has been a favorite of players since 2002 and has grown tremendously in its 13-year existence. From humble beginnings in 2002 that featured only nine events and $730,000 in collective prize money, last year saw the $40 million in guaranteed prize money over 66 events absolutely smashed when $61,934,886 was paid out.

Test Your WCOOP Knowledge

Are you an online poker aficionado who has been following PokerStars and the WCOOP from the outset? Here is your chance to prove it! See if you can answer the following question pertaining to WCOOP history.

Here’s a hint: Remember that U.S. players have been shut out from playing at PokerStars since Black Friday in 2011. Keep in mind also that the population of Trinidad & Tobago is about 1.3 million.

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.