The PokerStars 2008 WCOOP


July 11, 2008

World Championship of Online Poker - PokerStars

2008 World Championship Online Poker - Poker StarsPokerStars announced this week, the return of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). The 2008 WCOOP will commence in early September but there are plenty of ways to start qualifying for the event right now. PokerStars has announced the Main Event will take place on September 21, 2008, and will be a $10 Million Dollar guaranteed tournament.

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What is the WCOOP?

Hosted by online poker room PokerStars and similar in format to the World Series of Poker, the World Championship of Online Poker is the largest online poker tournament of its kind on the Internet. With 33 events and a guaranteed prize pool of $30 Million dollars, the WCOOP is one of the largest poker tournaments live or online in the world. The $30 Million guaranteed is actually double the guaranteed of 2007.

As with the World Series of Poker, players get to compete in a number of different events spread out over different time periods. The main event is No Limit Hold’em, but there are tournaments covering a diverse range of poker games including, Hold’em, Omaha, Stud, Razz, HORSE, 2-7 Draw, Pot Limit Omaha High, Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, and 5 Card Draw.

History of the World Championship of Online Poker

The WCOOP began in 2002 as the first place prize for the Main Event was just over $65,000, won by Swedish player “‘MultiMarine“. Each subsequent year, the guarantees and the prize money have increased, showing the popularity of this poker tournament format and the popularity of PokerStars and poker in general. Previous winners of the WCOOP Main Event include:

  • 2003 - DeOhGee - $222,750
  • 2004 - Ragde - $424,945
  • 2005 - Panella86 - $577,342
  • 2006 - Pro player J.C. Tran - $600,000
  • 2007 - Ka$ino - $1.38 Million

Overall, the United States has taken home the most bracelet winners at the WCOOP with 56, followed by Sweden with 10, Canada 6, Denmark 3, and Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway with 2.

Qualifiers for the 2008 (WCOOP) World Championship of Online Poker

There are a number of ways to qualify to participate in the 2008 WCOOP and of course PokerStars has plenty of opportunities for you to earn your way there.

1. PokerStars Steps Qualifiers

You can qualify by playing in the PokerStars Steps Sit n Go Satellites. Buy-ins start as low as $7.50 or 500 FPP (Frequent Player Points). If you finish in the top 2 in one of the Step satellites, you will win a seat at the next Step satellite up. If you make it to Step 6, you compete in the final for one of 3 seats to the $10 Million Main Event. Full details of the PokerStars Steps Sit N Go Satellites.

The Steps satellites are available now as of July 2008. Simply log into your PokerStars account and click on Events and then WCOOP.

2. Cash Qualifiers - Start at $2.20

3. FPP (Frequent Player Point Satellites) - Start at 100 FPPs

4. FPP WCOOP Freerolls - get in to the WCOOP for FREE through WCOOP Freerolls.

5. MTT Satellites

Again, log into your PokerStars account, click on Events, and then WCOOP. You will be able to find whatever qualifier you would like to participate in. All of these options are available now in July 2008.

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