The 2015 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) to be hosted by PokerStars from September 6-27 will feature 70 events and guarantee $45 million to players who finish in-the-money.
Included among the 70 events is the largest ever buy-in in the history of online poker, a $51,000 Super High Roller on Sept. 20 that guarantees a prize pool of $1 million. Another featured tournament at the 2015 WCOOP is the Main Event on Sept. 27 that promises $10 million in prize money.
14 and Counting
This latest version of WCOOP will be number 14. The annual online poker festival began humbly in 2002, paying out $730,000. Last year, $61,934,886 went to winning players spread out over 66 events.
With four more events scheduled this year and the record-breaking $51K buy-in, PokerStars appears poised to surpass last year’s payout totals. The 2015 prize pool guarantee of $45 million is $5 million more than 2014.
The 2015 WCOOP will feature 15 “Championship” events with larger entry fees that include game variants such as Stud, Draw, Omaha, and, of course, Hold’em. There are also a trio of three-day events, all NLHE but with an assortment of buy-ins and guarantees: $700 – $1.5M GTD; $2,100 – $2M GTD; and the $5,200 Main Event – $10M GTD. Click here for the complete tournament schedule.
PokerStars wants to give as many players a chance to participate in WCOOP events as possible and is hosting a number of satellites as a result. Cash qualifiers begin at just $1 in various formats including SitnGos, MTTs and Step tournaments. Players can also buy-in to the $5,200 Main Event Mega Path satellites with their Frequent Player Points (FPPs).
Mega Path sent 77 players to the WCOOP Main Event last year. Three years ago, ‘maratik’ won the Main Event and a $1 million prize after qualifying with only 40 of his FPPs.
Additional Accolades and Prizes
The best players throughout the WCOOP will be vying for a “Player of the Year” title that comes complete with $20,000 in cash, a Champion’s Trophy, and a Main Event seat to the 2016 Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP). Leaderboard places 2-10 receive anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 in cash and TCOOP Main Event entries in 2016. All told, $53,000 in prizes will land in the hands of the top 10 leaderboard finishers.
Poker Hall of Famer and top ambassador for PokerStars, Daniel Negreanu, will be among the WCOOP combatants. Fresh off an 11th place finish in the WSOP Main Event, KidPoker stated that he’s “excited to test my skills against the best of the best, online.”