Weekend planner: WCOOP, Sunday Million live, Macau, & Megastack planning
We've just found the last of the Barcelona sand in our shoes. We miss the paella and tapas. We're already ready to have as much fun as we had at PokerStars Championship Barcelona. So, why not just barrel into the weekend as hard as we can. Here's what's up over the next few days. (Spoiler alert: It's WCOOP, people)
It's here, ladies and gentlemen. The World Championship of Online Poker begins on Sunday and will run for the rest of the month. It's going to be a monster. We're expecting more than $60 million in prize money to get paid out between now and the end of the series.
Earlier this week, we told you that tournament organizers had added a new $10,000 event to the schedule. So, in all, there will be 82 championship events and 82 low tier buy-in events to play. The big one, a $5,200 $10 million guaranteed Main Event, will be the one we're watching the closest, but for now it all begins on Sunday with the first four events.
08:00--WCOOP-01-H $215 NLHE [Sunday Kickoff SE], $300K Gtd
11:00--WCOOP-02-H $530 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Warm-Up SE], $1M Gtd
14:00--WCOOP-03-H $1,050 NLHE [Sunday Million SE], $1.5M Gtd
16:00--WCOOP-04-H $530 NLO8 [8-Max], $200K Gtd
As always, the PokerStars Blog will have full coverage of every final table and all the big stories that pop up between now and the end of the series.
Good luck to all who are taking a shot.
SUNDAY MILLION LIVE
As you might have heard, PokerStars is running its first ever Sunday Million live this weekend in Rozvadov, Croatia. We've sent our team there to cover the action beginning on Sunday, and it looks to be one heck of a good time.
Our Stephen Bartley (who is getting a much-deserved day off today) wrote earlier about this event in his 5 Things You Might Not Know About Sunday Million Live. It's a good primer on what we're about to see.
In the meantime, keep your eyes open for reports from the floor by our own Alex Villegas (and on our German blog courtesy of Robin Scherr). Stay tuned for coverage beginning Sunday afternoon.
MACAU POKER CUP
If you can't wait for coverage to start on Sunday, maybe you'll be interested in our Macau Poker Cup action. We've already kicked it off today with live updates from the Baby Dragon. Brad Kain is doing an outstanding job for us, and he'll be joined very soon by Jack Stanton as they take on the Red Dragon and high roller events.
Keep an eye on our PokerStars Macau coverage page for all the action in the coming week.
Hey, hey, the Megastack series is headed to the Iberian peninsula. PokerStars' favorite big time low-buy-in series will be hitting three stops beginning in just nine days. For the folks who think big but are more comfortable starting small, you'll get championship poker action on convenient weekend dates.
Each of the tournaments will offer a 50,000 starting stack for a €170 buy-in. There will be three flights available with one re-entry per flight.
Want to start your planning? Check this out:
Event Dates: 10th - 17th September, 2017.
Main Event Dates: 13th - 17th September, 2017.
Event Dates: 4th - 8th October, 2017.
Main Event Dates: 4th - 8th October, 2017.
Event Dates: 4th - 10th December, 2017.
Main Event Dates: 7th - 10th December, 2017.
If that's not enough for you, please have a look at any of these links to learn about some of the more important news of the week.
Poker in the Ears Episode 96: You might have seen Scarf Guy on our PokerStars Championship Barcelona coverage. Now you can hear from him in the new Poker in the Ears episode. LISTEN HERE.
New live event satellite rules: In an effort to encourage more recreational qualifiers to win satellite seats to live events, PokerStars has established some new rules. You can read about them here.
Ultimate Dublin Tavern Tour: If you are planning a trip to the PokerStars Festival in Dublin and fancy a pint or ten, can we offer you this deep dive into the taverns of Dublin? Read about it here.
Koray Aldemir tops Barcelona leader board: You might have heard about this Leader Board contest we have running. You can see how Koray Aldemir made it to the top right here.
Have a great weekend, and happy WCOOPing, y'all.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.