WCOOP: Brown looking for another homerun

by Chad Brown

WCOOP will be starting Friday, and I for one will be looking forward to it.

Two years ago in the then biggest buy-in of online poker history--the first $5,000 HORSE event--I was fortunate to come in 1st place, winning about $225,000. It was very exciting moment in an already-great year. I went on to win Bluff Magazine's Player of the Year. I think that was the year that PokerStars really started to separate itself from everyone else as the best in the world in online tournaments.

I cashed in the WCOOP Main Event in the following year. Better than that, my fianceé Vanessa Rousso came in 2nd place winning more than $700,000. What was memorable about that was we were in Phoenix, AZ for a baseball tournament I was playing in. Outside of poker, baseball is my passion. During part of the tournament, Vanessa was actually playing in our dugout and all my teammates were rooting her on. My team made it to semifinals, falling short of our goal of winning the championship, but to all my my friends there,it was amazing how much money Vanessa won playing part of the time in the dugout. They thought it was the coolest thing in the world.

So with WCOOP coming up, whether you're playing in a baseball tournament or your passion is safaris in Africa, bring your laptop and don't miss out on PokerStars' new record-breaking buy-ins this year. Who knows? Maybe you will impress your friends and bring home a big check.

The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker begins this Friday, September 5 at PokerStars.com. Chad Brown is a member of Team PokerStars Pro.

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