PokerStars knows that player input is of the utmost importance when planning an online poker series. Lately, the site has been spending more time asking for and implementing suggestions from players, and the upcoming Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) is a prime example.
In late November, Senior Manager of Online Championships Bryan Slick posted the tentative 2017 TCOOP schedule on the PokerStars blog. The firm information was the dates, set for January 18-29, and the rest was open for player feedback. In what has become a tradition of sorts, the time for suggestions was open, and Slick noted that he not only listens but depends on that input before finalizing the schedule.
By December 5, the team had compiled information they received from players and incorporated it into the 2017 TCOOP schedule in order to release a final version.
The TCOOP 2017 schedule has been finalized. See it here: https://t.co/xCr841cQMI It's going to be an incredible series!— Bryan Slick (@StaffBryanS) December 6, 2016
All in all, Slick noted that “15 separate feedback points were addressed in some way – in some cases impacting multiple events per point – via improvements to the series.” Examples of changes made per players’ input include:
- Event 4 changed from 1R1A turbo to Hyper-Turbo Progressive Knockout due to popularity.
- Event 8 changed to 6-Max NLHE Turbo PKO due to popularity of 6-Max.
- Event 17 changed from 9-Max to 8-Max.
- Event 20 changed from 8-Max Turbo to 6-Max Hyper-Turbo.
- Saturday and Sunday event times changed to accommodate more players.
- Event 34 changed from PLO H/L to 5-Card PLO H/L due to player demand.
- Several event days and times changed to better times and for more satellite availability.
- Event 56 lowered buy-in to $82 per player requests.
- Event 63-L added for low-stakes companion to Main Event.
Final Schedule Now Available Except Guarantee Amounts
The entire 2017 TCOOP will boast of $15 million in guarantees, which is the same as in 2016. However, the guarantee amounts for individual events will not be revealed until the tournaments appear in the PokerStars client sometime in the first few days of January.
What we do know is the schedule with the 65 events, dates, and times. Also, the number of 65 events is quite an increase over the 50 tournaments available in this year’s TCOOP. The new events may be familiar to some players who competed on the live circuit or participated in player feedback sessions at live series, but they are new to some online players.
For example, Bubble Rush is a tournament that plays out very quickly until the bubble is reached, at which the structure goes back to normal. In a turbo event, the first part of the tournament may be played at something resembling lightning speed. The Win the Button tournaments award the button to the winner of each previous hand. Phase events include No Limit Hold’em and Omaha Hi/Lo, and Players’ Voice partners NLHE with a non-No Limit event. For those two TCOOP Players’ Voice tournaments, players will be able to vote on the games to be included.
The series will ultimately wrap on Sunday, January 29, with a plethora of events, two of them being billed as Main Event tournaments. Event 63 will be a $1K NLHE Turbo with one reentry available, and Event 63-L will be a $27 low-stakes edition of the NLHE Turbo Main Event but with two reentries on the table. The very last event on the schedule will be a $700 NLHE Wrap-Up in the form of 6-Max Hyper-Turbo Ultra-Deep action with reentries.
Player of the Series
As always, TCOOP will offer a Player of the Series leaderboard, this time with some prizes that have already been announced. The player with the most points at the end of the series will win a trophy, $10K in cash, and a 2017 SCOOP Main Event seat.
The second place finisher will win a SCOOP Main Event seat and $5K in cash, and the third place player will get the seat along with $2,500 in cash. SCOOP Main Event tickets will go to those finishing sixth through tenth, with other SCOOP seats for the rest of the top 200 players on the leaderboard.