TCOOP: How long does it take to win a championship?

13996-TCOOP-thumb.pngA lot of you (and frankly, a lot of us) wondered how long it might take to finish a PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker event. After all, it sometimes takes a couple of days to win a championship in SCOOP or WCOOP tournaments. Accounting for the time investment in addition to the buy-in is not an easy thing.

So, when PokerStars announced TCOOP, a lot of people like Ivan Demidov were understandable excited.

"Turbo COOP is a great idea for me," Demidov told us. "I don't really have time to play 15 hour sessions anymore, so turbo tournaments are my best way to participate in big tournaments."


Demidov in the decidedly slower action at the PCA this year

Like Demidov, we're all pressed for time. So, we asked the people with the calculators and abacuses at PokerStars to look into their crystal balls and offer some sort of prediction on how long it will take to finish each event.

This is not an easy thing to do. There is variance in all of life's endeavors, and this is no exception. However, we at least have some sort of idea about how long each event might take to finish.

If you're gearing up to play one of the TCOOP events, here is a handy little primer on how long you should expect your championship run to take.

  • The Fast Ones (1.5 to 2.5 hours): If you really need to get in and out fast, look for the Hyper Turbo events. They will be the fastest of all and you could win a championship in less time than it takes to watch a movie.
  • The Less Popular Ones (3.5 to 4.5 hours): Let's be honest, just like high school, there are some really cool things that just aren't as popular as others. In TCOOP, those kinds of events are the ones that will take around four hours to finish. If this is the kind of time-frame you're looking for, consider Razz, Triple Stud, 8-Game, HORSE, Stud, and some of the Omaha events.
  • The Long Ones (4.5-6.5 hours): This pretty much comprises just about everything else on the schedule. Keep in mind, even though we call them the long ones, they still will only last half as long as a normal tournament or even less.
  • Remember, these are all just estimations, and they could be wildly off. Or as they say, your results may vary. In any case, this thing is going to be big, it's going to be fast, and it's going to award no less than $10 million over the course of the next week and half. It all kicks off tomorrow at noon ET.

    As If you needed further proof this series is the real deal, the PokerStars Blog writers are limbering up their fingers at the very moment to cover every final table of the festival. Beginning tomorrow afternoon, you will be able to find a recap up every event on our TCOOP coverage page.

    For full information, a schedule, and satellites for the series, check out the TCOOP home page.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in TCOOP