All the poker grinders of the world are licking their lips at the massive opportunities and non-stop action that’s going to kick off at PokerStars in the very near future. It’s the biggest poker tournament in the world and runs for three weeks straight and awards millions of dollars to the top players in each tournament. It’s the World Championship of Online Poker coming to your desktop on the 4th of September at PokerStars.
But the WCOOP isn’t only about the grinders, it’s about the pro players too. Daniel Negreanu is playing online now and practicing his game – and he’s very excited about playing the WCOOP. PokerNews caught up with him specifically about the WCOOP - catch all of it here.
You may even run into Daniel Negreanu in one of the tournaments, he says he will try to play every day except when he’s traveling and he’s really hoping to score a WCOOP bracelet.
Here are a few WCOOP facts that you may not know:
- WCOOP ’02 was the first ever held. The nine events generated $730K in total prize pools. The Main Event was won by Swedish player ‘Multimarine’ who defeated an otherwise all-American final table to take the $65K first prize.
- WCOOP ’02 was a heartbreaking series for ‘boon1,’ who achieved back to back 2nd place finishes in events 6 & 7. It must have been too much to take, as he’s not been seen cashing in WCOOP since.
- Despite coming 2nd in the Main Event 2008, American player ‘liberace’ was the tournament’s big winner. A five-way deal was struck that awarded the biggest share to him. To this day he sits third on the all time money list with over $1.4M in winnings.
- Users with the number 2 in their names have won 22 WCOOP bracelets from 2002 to 2009.
- There are eight players with two bracelets to their credit. The most recent member of the elite group is ‘Xaston’ who picked up both his bracelets during the 2010 WCOOP.
- WCOOP 2008 saw the introduction of 2-day events. ‘NYC P.I.MP’ was the first ever winner under these conditions, securing $257K in event 20 of that year. The longer format is now used commonly where the tournament is expected to run long – there are 22 such tournaments this year.
- The 2X Chance tourney format was introduced to WCOOP 2 years ago. The format allows you to make a single rebuy if you lose your first stack. Try it for yourself in event 44.
- Last year, ‘AlexKP’, ‘Ifeedurfam’, ‘mustbetilt’ and ‘Trickey7’ all won a WCOOP bracelet having entered only 2 of the events.
- There are 192 players that have made two or more WCOOP final table appearances.
- Team PokerStars Pros Barry Greenstein and Chris Moneymaker both have 22 life time WCOOP cashes. Joining them on that figure is Team Online’s Shane ‘shaniac’ Schleger, who has relocated this year just in time to improve on that total.
- Top of the lifetime cashes list for Team PokerStars Pro is Humberto Brenes, who has made the money 27 times. His best finish was a 2nd place in a 2006 PLO event.
- The biggest ever WCOOP cash from a Team PokerStars Pro is $700K from Vanessa Rousso’s 2nd place finish in the 2007 Main Event.
- Spain, France and Greece all have 2 WCOOP bracelets to their credit.
- Lebanon, Malta, Singapore, and Portugal have all been represented at 2 WCOOP final tables.
- St Lucia, Sudan, San Marino and Syria have all played in 2 WCOOP events.
- Event 56 in last year’s series was the 222nd WCOOP tournament.
- This year, Event 2 is the always star-studded $10,300 No Limit Hold’em High Roller tournament. ‘CrabMaki’ from the UK is the defending champion, having beaten Team PokerStars Pro Ville Wahlbeck into 2nd place.
Take time out from the rest of the world and become immersed in all the possibilities that the WCOOP has to offer. While you’re contemplating, playing, planning, and stacking, keep in mind that PokerWorks has a $20,000 Freeroll series this month with PokerStars. Read all about it here!