PokerStars is gearing up for its annual WCOOP series, the 2018 version is set to award a whopping $116 million in prize pool money from September 2-17.
The series takes place on the global PokerStars client and, as has been the case since Black Friday in 2011, many American grinders will hop on a plane and fly to Canada, England, and other places where the site is available.
In the US, PokerStars is only available in New Jersey, although players in the Garden State can’t access the global site. The world’s most popular poker site will soon also be available in Pennsylvania once online gambling licenses are approved.
What is WCOOP?
The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is an annual poker series that began in 2002 before the internet poker boom. Since then, the series has grown to almost unthinking heights.
Each WCOOP tournament has three buy-in levels (low, medium, high). There are 60 events during the series that is scheduled for September 2-17.
WCOOP is so popular because it gives players at all levels an opportunity to win big bucks. Even the micro-stakes grinders can get in on the action for as little as $5.50, and the high rollers will enjoy the $1,000 and above events.
As is the case each year, the biggest event is the Main Event. The 2018 WCOOP Main Event kicks off September 16. This tournament only has a high and low buy-in option. The low buy-in Main Event costs $55 to enter and has a $1 million guarantee.
The high buy-in level is set at $5,200 to enter and guarantees at least $10 million in prize pool money will be awarded, one of the largest guarantees in online poker history.
What are the Top Events?
The highest buy-in events, including the Main Event, will get the most attention from the poker media and poker fans. There are many interesting tournaments on the WCOOP schedule, with the following being the most intriguing:
Top 2018 WCOOP Tournaments to Follow
Sept 2, (High) $2,100 8-Max Progressive KO ($1 million guaranteed)
Sept 4, (Medium) $1,050 8-Max Super Tuesday ($1 million guaranteed)
Sept 5, (Low), $5.50 Deep Stack ($50,000 guaranteed)
Sept 5, (High), $25,000 PLO High Roller 6-Max ($1 million guaranteed)
Sept 5, (High), $2,100 Heads-Up High Roller ($256,000 guaranteed)
Sept 6, (Medium) $1,050 8-Max Progressive KO ($1 million guaranteed)
Sept 6, (Low), $11 5-Card Draw ($50,000 guaranteed)
Sept 9, (High), $5,200 NLH High Roller ($1 million guaranteed)
Sept 9, (Medium), $109 Half-Price Sunday Million ($1 million guaranteed)
Sept 12, (High), $25,000 8-Max High Roller ($2 million guaranteed)
Sept 16, (Low), $55 NLH Main Event ($1 million guaranteed)
Sept 16, (High), $5,200 NLH Main Event ($10 million guaranteed)