The poker players of the world are impatiently waiting for the big day – the day the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) kicks off at PokerStars – when they can feast on three solid weeks of rock-around-the-clock poker. Not only will these poker players get a chance to test their skills against the rest of the world, they will have the opportunity to win life changing money.
The WCOOP’s all time statistics to date are: Total Prize Money - $219,522,450; Total Number of Buy-Ins – 416,095; Total Number of Events – 228; with all of those stats set to change in less than a week, here are a few more fun facts about PokerStars WCOOP:
• WCOOP ’08 featured 33 events and total prize money of $39,958,000 awarded.
• The 8th biggest WCOOP money winner of all time is Sumpas from Sweden. He’s won a total of $1,038,991.
• Several notable players have finished in 8th place in WCOOP events. They include former World Champion Peter Eastgate in the WCOOP 2009 $25,500 NL Heads Up event, and EPT creator John Duthie in the $10,300 No Limit Hold’em high-roller event the same year.
• Bahrain is currently the only country with precisely 8 WCOOP cashes.
• Kenya and Congo have 8 entries each in WCOOP events.
• Although Israel has relatively few entries in WCOOP, they have an impressive 8 final table appearances.
• Despite being one of the best represented countries in WCOOP, the UK had to wait until ’08 to win their first bracelet. Things have gone better in recent years, as they now have a total of 8 bracelets – the same number as Germany.
• 8- Game is the most complete test of a poker player’s ability, and it debuted in WCOOP ’08. The first event of this type took place on September 8 of that year. It was event 8.
• Pat Pezzin was the most prolific Team PokerStars Pro casher in last year’s WCOOP. He cashed 8 times.
• ‘Twisty’ from Canada was the first ever WCOOP 8th place finisher in event 1, in 2002.
• Scott ‘emptyseat88’ Fischman has 3 final tables to his name and cashed 24 times since 2004.
• If you finished 88th in event 7, 2005, you’d have won $888.
• Only one tournament has been featured in every single WCOOP, that’s the $530 buy-in Limit O8 (Omaha Hi/Lo). In 2011, it’s event 36, but most frequently it’s been event number 8.
• Event 8 in 2011 is a game you won’t find anywhere else, it’s a $215 Triple Stud event.
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