The big day is almost here, the day when you can line up your snacks, your favorite beverage, grab your mouse, and settle in to play non-stop poker for three weeks. It’s a complete dream for most online poker players that are serious about their game and stacking cash into their bankrolls. PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker rolls out all the challenges with game choices and limits and in each, you have the chance to win life-changing money.
Here’s a little WCOOP history to tickle your grey matter and get you ready for the action:
- WCOOP ‘03 paid out a total of $2,700,000 over 11 events. This year it will have 62 events with $30,000,000 guaranteed in prize money.
- The 3rd most successful WCOOP player ever is ‘liberace.’ He placed second in the Main Event 2008 as well as several other big finishes to give him over $1,430,000.
- Last year’s Event 3 ($215 No Limit Hold’em) was won by ‘joao bauer’ of Brazil. He has cashed 3 times altogether in the WCOOP winning nearly $330,000.
- ‘ElmerFudd’ of the United States was the first person to ever finish 3rd in a WCOOP Main Event. He took home over $27,000.
The 3rd most successful country in terms of number of WCOOP cashes is Germany with 3,870 in-the-money finishes.
- Ryan ‘g0lfa’ D’Angelo is out on his own as the most prolific WCOOP bracelet winner. He’s won 3 times and cashed over $324,000. Impressively, every time he has final tabled the tournament he has gone on to win it.
- There are three countries that have each one 3 WCOOP bracelets. Finland is a long time success story, with their first win coming in 2006. The other two are among the new breed of poker powerhouses – Brazil (one win in 2009, two in 2010) and Russia (all 3 wins in 2010). Look out for more wins from them in 2011!
- Costa Rica and Poland are both former winners of the World Cup of Poker, and both have 3 WCOOP final table appearances.
- Bosnia, Macedonia and Uzbekistan each have 3 WCOOP cashes to their credit.
- Honduras, Liberia and the Falkland Islands have all been represented in WCOOP events on 3 occasions.
- Coming 3rd in WCOOP events appears to be habit forming, with many players having done so more than once. ‘Linden_Arden’ was the first to do so, managing it in back to back events in the first ever WCOOP.
- On average there are 3 events every day for the 3 weeks duration of WCOOP.
- Most WCOOP events will have 3 hours of late registration available, so you don’t have to be on time to get in on the action!
- This year event 3 is $215 No Limit Hold’em tourney taking place at 14:00 ET with a guarantee of $1.25M.
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