With 12 events remaining in PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), a minimum of $57 million is guaranteed to be paid out when all is said and done following Sunday’s Main Event.
That makes the original guaranteed prize pool of $40 million for all 66 events look almost miniscule. The guarantee has been eclipsed by 42.5% and may be closer to 50% after a Main Event champion is crowned.
Recent highlights include Ireland taking home its first bracelet in this year’s WCOOP campaign. Event #47, a $320 No-Limit Hold’em 3x Chance saw fellow countrymen “gavonater” and “BIGMICKG” finish 1-2, assuring Ireland of the title once heads-up play began. A three-way deal with “FaNjkEEE” was brokered, but the Ukrainian had to settle for third place and $85,816 while the top two took home $117,708 and $105,389, respectively.
Players in Event #49 who may have never heard of the Faroe Islands are aware of it now. That country under the sovereignty of Denmark and situated between Norway and Iceland won its first ever WCOOP bracelet when “forhelviti” bested the field of 1,042. The Faroe Islander is $56,268 richer and is now the pride of his country that boasts roughly 50,000 residents.
All eyes will be on Event #66 on Sunday, September 29, when the $5,200 buy-in Main Event kicks off. It’s not too late to win a satellite to the $8 million guaranteed tourney that will conclude the 2013 WCOOP over at PokerStars.