In just a few short days the biggest poker tournament in the world - the World Championship of Online Poker - will kick off at the biggest poker site in the world - PokerStars. PokerStars run to becoming the biggest online poker site was fueled by Chris Moneymaker's magnificent feat in taking down the World Series of Poker Main Event Championship. But Moneymaker didn't make it all happen, PokerStars did. By ensuring game integrity, continually updating and upgrading game choices, limits, tournaments, security, Freerolls, and with the addition of PokerStars Women, Home Games, and Super Sundays, PokerStars has stepped forward as the world leader in online poker.
And to keep giving online poker players what they want, PokerStars will spread three weeks of non-stop poker action with massive amounts of money waiting at the finish line when it kicks off the WCOOP on September 4th. Take a read on the following and brush up on your WCOOP trivia while you wait:
- WCOOP ‘07 consisted of 23 events, and short-handed tournaments appeared for the first time. The combined prize pool smashed the $20,000,000 barrier, coming in at $24,218,600. More than 40,000 players from over 100 countries took part.
- The Main Event in ’07 was the first online tournament to exceed a prize pool of $7M!
- It wasn’t until 2007 that WCOOP had its first winner with a 7 in their user ID. The feat has since been achieved by 11 others. The next person to do it was ‘Cardinal7’ that same year. It was event 7.
- Netherlands Antilles and Cayman Islands have both notched up 7 cashes in WCOOP events.
- Kyrgystan, Gabon and Oman have had just 7 entrants each in WCOOP.
- Norway holds sixth place on the All Time leader board for events won by country with 7 bracelets.
- Three years before becoming world champion, Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem made his one appearance at a WCOOP final table. He took 7th place in a $320 NLHE event – good for a shade over $3,000.
- 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo was one of the inaugural events in 2002, however straight 7 Card Stud was not introduced to WCOOP until the following year.
- Only one event in WCOOP is dealt 7-handed, and that’s 2-7 Single Draw.
- Last year saw strong performances from Team PokerStars Pros. Barry Greenstein kept going deep and finished with 7 cashes. Jason Mercier finished the series as the 7th highest earning player with total winnings of $484,587.
- 7 of the nine world champions have come from the US.
- Historically 7% of all WCOOP entries have been from Canada.
- This year, event 7 is a Pot Limit 5-Card Draw tournament with a $75K guarantee.
- In 2007, Vanessa Rousso achieved the biggest ever WCOOP cash for a Team PokerStars Pro. She came 2nd in the Main Event for a little over $700K.
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