The 2013 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) kicks off next Sunday and has guaranteed a prize pool payout of $40 million over 66 events.
Running from September 8-29, the WCOOP will host six events with a prize pool of at least $1.5 million. The $5,200 buy-in Main Event is slated for Sept. 29 and offers a whopping $8 million guarantee and $1,250,000 to the winner.
The lowest buy-in found on this year’s schedule is $109, with most of the entry fees requiring an outlay of either $215 or $320 to take a virtual seat. But there are satellites running now that permit players to enter WCOOP events for as low as $1.
Also on tap are additional prizes such as those distributed to winners of the Player of the Series Leader Board contest and a full menu of 2nd chance events.
The WCOOP has been hosted by PokerStars annually since 2002. The first year saw only nine events and $730,000 in guaranteed prize money. That was prior to the online poker boom in 2003. The WCOOP has gradually added more events each year and as time marched on, eventually grew bigger and landed at the 66 tournaments on schedule for this its 12th year.
Last year, more than $55 million was won by tourney players who competed in over 65 events. The WCOOP’s biggest year was 2010 when $63,157,150 in prize money made its way into the accounts of PokerStars’ players who finished in the money in 62 events. Of course, that was prior to Black Friday and the absence of U.S. players the past two seasons has unfortunately reduced prize pool numbers.
Some notable statistics in WCOOP history include the $2,285,759.17 won by “POTTERPOKER,” who reigns as the all-time money winner. “PearlJammer” leads in cashes with 59, a quite commanding lead over his nearest pursuer, “osten,” who made it to the virtual cashier cage 46 times in WCOOP events.
Three players are tied for the lead in final table finishes with eight, with Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier being one of them. The bracelet lead belongs to “djk123” with four. Despite not being represented the last two years, United States players hold a tremendous lead in bracelets won with 111, far ahead of Canada’s 39.
Remember to mark Sunday, September 8 at 8:00 ET on your calendar as the start of WCOOP 2013’s first event. It’s a $109 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em with $500,000 guaranteed. Three hours later, the guarantee jumps to $1 million in event no. 2, $215 No-Limit Hold’em [6-Max].