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PokerStars Announces 2013 WCOOP to be Biggest Ever

The 2013 version of the mega-popular World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) at PokerStars promises to be the largest in its 12-year history with a guaranteed prize pool of $40 million over 66 events.

Scheduled to kick-off on September 8 and run for 23 days through September 30, the 2013 WCOOP will conclude with the two-day $5,200 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event set for September 29-30. The Main Event alone guarantees $8 million, which is an increase of $3 million over last year’s guarantee. The champion will take home at least $1,250,000.

Buy-ins start at $109 for the first event on the schedule and run the gamut all the way up to a $10,300 buy-in for the High Roller Heads-Up and 8-Game tourneys. Each and every event will have satellites available featuring a wide selection of buy-ins and qualifying paths to gain entry to the 66 WCOOP events.

“The World Championship of Online Poker is definitely the biggest online tournament series of the year,” said Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier. “My goal is to try and play as many events as possible and regain the overall leadership in bracelets.”

Grospellier has two WCOOP bracelets on his resume and is chasing Dan Kelly and his total of four. But the beauty of the WCOOP is that any player with a PokerStars account can also join in the chase.

While the goal is to win as many WCOOP titles as possible, PokerStars does recognize consistency with a leaderboard race. The talented player who manages to capture first place in the leaderboard competition will be awarded with a package to the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), Main Event entries to the 2014 WCOOP, Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), Turbo Championship of Online Poker, and a Leader Board Champion’s Trophy.

The overall value of besting the field in the leaderboard race is more than $33,000. Finishers in 2nd through 10th place will also win Main Event seats to the above-mentioned online poker tournaments. The number of seats won is dependent upon the players’ final position on the leaderboard.

PokerStars is honoring the fairer sex by rewarding a Woman of the Series prize to the top-ranked lady on the leaderboard. A PCA package valued at $3,500 is on hold for the WCOOP’s most consistent female player. Also, ladies who make the final table of a Women’s Sunday tourney or a Women’s Guaranteed during August 25-31 will be credited with World Championship Steps entries for a shot at making it into high-stakes events via satellites.

To date, more than $300 million has been awarded in the WCOOP since 2002. The series has a rich history and is highly regarded by both poker pros and a large number of recreational players who dream of achieving pro stardom. The full tournament schedule can be found at


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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.