PokerStars announces TCOOP 2017 schedule

Hello again, everyone! I'm pleased to announce that the schedule for the 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) is set after much discussion and consideration of feedback. The schedule is shown below. Please note that the guarantees for individual Events will be posted when the Events are deployed to the PokerStars client. The overall guarantee for the series is $15,000,000!

In preparation for this series, quite a lot of feedback was incorporated into the changes which were made before setting the final version. I'll highlight the changes, most of which were made in response to feedback, below. Note that some changes will be mentioned twice, in cases where the change involved applies to multiple days.

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2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker - All Times ET

Wednesday, January 18th

  • Event 01 - 08:00 - $215 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Kickoff] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 02 - 10:00 - $82 PL Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
  • Event 03 - 12:00 - $82 NL Hold'em [Turbo]
  • Event 04 - 14:00 - $27 NL Hold'em [Hyper-Turbo, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
  • Event 05 - 16:00 - $82 NL Hold'em [8-Max, Turbo, Bubble Rush]

Change:

  • --Event 04 was changed from a 1R1A Turbo to a Hyper-Turbo PKO in response to feedback from players, who pointed out that the Hyper-Turbo PKOs offered in our regular schedule are quite popular.

Thursday, January 19th

  • Event 06 - 09:00 - $215 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Progressive Knockout (33%)]
  • Event 07 - 11:00 - $82 PL Omaha [6-Max, Win the Button]
  • Event 08 - 13:00 - $82 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout (100%)] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 09 - 15:00 - $82 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Turbo]
  • Event 10 - 17:00 - $320 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Fat Thursday SE] (Re-Entries Available)

Changes:

  • --The buy-in on the 6-Max Event was increased from $215 to $700, based on player feedback that there were no PLO Events available above $215.
  • --The $700 PLO Event was swapped with the $82 PLO Win the Button Event, giving the $700 a better slot later in the series (better time, later: more time to run satellites).
  • --Event 08 was changed to 6-Max based on player feedback.
  • --Event 10 was changed from $82 NLHE Zoom to a $320 Special Edition of the Fat Thursday, in response to player feedback that the Fast Friday Special Edition is a Zoom and that we didn't need Zoom on back-to-back days, and also that a Special Edition of the Fat Thursday would be very popular.

Friday, January 20th

  • Event 11 - 08:00 - $82 PL Omaha [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
  • Event 12 - 10:00 - $82 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout]
  • Event 13 - 12:00 - $27 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Win the Button, Rebuys]
  • Event 14 - 14:00 - $320 NL Hold'em [Fast Friday SE, Zoom] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 15 - 16:00 - $82 Stud Hi/Lo [Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)

Change:

  • --Swapped old Events 15 and 41, spreading out NL Hold'em better on the schedule, ensuring that there are two NL Hold'em Events on January 25th, as opposed to only one as in Version 6 of the schedule.

Saturday, January 21st

  • Event 16 - 10:00 - $700 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Zoom, Ultra-Deep] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 17 - 12:30 - $7.50 NL Hold'em [8-Max, Big Splash]
  • Event 18 - 14:00 - $215 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Heads-Up]
  • Event 19 - 15:30 - $82 NL Hold'em [Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 20 - 17:00 - $82 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]
  • Event 21 - 18:30 - $27 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE] (Re-Entries Available)

Changes:

  • --Changed Event 17 from 9-Max to 8-Max based on player feedback.
  • --Swapped old Events 19 and 38 based on feedback that we should have a big NL Hold'em Event in the middle of the Saturday schedule.
  • --Changed Event 20 from 8-Max Turbo to 6-Max Hyper-Turbo based on player feedback that we needed a couple of NL Omaha Hi/Lo Hyper-Turbos. After the changes, we have four Turbo NLO H/L and two Hyper-Turbo NLO H/L Events.
  • --Compressed the spread of Event times on Saturdays to start the day at a more reasonable time for all players.

Sunday, January 22nd

  • Event 22 - 10:00 - $215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
  • Event 23 - 11:30 - $215 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Bubble Rush]
  • Event 24 - 13:00 - $215 NL Hold'em [Players' Voice Event]
  • Event 25 - 14:00 - $700 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Progressive Knockout (50%)] (1 Re-Entry Available)
  • Event 26 - 16:00 - $82 PL Omaha [3-Max, Zoom, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
  • Event 27 - 18:00 - $215 NL Hold'em [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE] (1 Re-Entry Available)

Changes:

  • --Compressed the spread of Event times on Sundays to start the day at a more reasonable time for all players.
  • --Swapped the time slots of the $215 NLHE Players' Voice and $700 NLHE PKO Events in response to feedback, giving the better slot to the more expensive Event, adding a bit of satellite qualification time.

Monday, January 23rd

  • Event 28 - 08:00 - $82 PL 5-Card Omaha [6-Max, Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 29 - 10:00 - $82 NL Hold'em [3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
  • Event 30 - 12:00 - $82 FL Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max, Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 31 - 14:00 - $215 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, 10-Stack]
  • Event 32 - 16:00 - $27 NL Hold'em [Win the Button, Bubble Rush, Progressive Knockout (75%)] (Re-Entries Available)

Tuesday, January 24th

  • Event 33 - 09:00 - $27 NL Hold'em [Little Splash]
  • Event 34 - 11:00 - $82 PL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
  • Event 35 - 13:00 - $82 Stud [Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 36 - 15:00 - $700 NL Hold'em [8-Max, Turbo, Ultra-Deep]
  • Event 37 - 17:00 - $320 NL Hold'em [Fat Tuesday SE]

Changes:

  • --Changed Event 34 from PLO H/L to 5-Card PLO H/L in response to feedback that we were missing a 5-Card variant of PLO H/L.
  • --Changed Event 36 from 9-Max to 8-Max in response to feedback regarding the popularity of 8-Max.

Wednesday, January 25th

  • Event 38 - 08:00 - $82 NL Single Draw 2-7 [Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 39 - 10:00 - $215 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
  • Event 40 - 12:00 - $700 PL Omaha [6-Max, Turbo]
  • Event 41 - 14:00 - $82 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Big Antes] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 42 - 16:00 - $27 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Final Day 1]

Changes:

  • --Swapped old Events 19 and 38 based on feedback that we should have a big NL Hold'em Event in the middle of the Saturday schedule.
  • --The $700 PLO Event was swapped with the $82 PLO Win the Button Event, giving the $700 a better slot later in the series (better time, later: more time to run satellites).
  • --Swapped old Events 15 and 41, spreading out NL Hold'em better on the schedule, ensuring that there are two NL Hold'em Events on January 25th, as opposed to only one as in Version 6 of the schedule.
  • --Removed n-Stack element from Event 40 based on feedback that we should have at least one "vanilla" 6-Max PLO Event on the schedule.

Thursday, January 26th

  • Event 43 - 09:00 - $82 NL Omaha [6-Max, Progressive Knockout (50%)] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 44 - 11:00 - $11 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Splash]
  • Event 45 - 13:00 - $82 Razz [Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 46 - 15:00 - $700 NL Hold'em [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
  • Event 47 - 17:00 - $27 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Turbo]

Changes:

  • --Changed Event 44 to 6-Max in response to player feedback.

Friday, January 27th

  • Event 48 - 08:00 - $82 NL Draw [Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 49 - 10:00 - $215 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Turbo]
  • Event 50 - 12:00 - $215 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Ante Up, Progressive Knockout (50%)]
  • Event 51 - 14:00 - $82 FL Hold'em [6-Max, Turbo] (Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 52 - 16:00 - $700 NL Hold'em [Progressive Knockout (33%)]

Changes:

  • --Changed old Event 52 to NLO H/L from PLO H/L in response to player feedback that an Ultra-Deep Hyper-Turbo would play better as No Limit than it would as Pot Limit.
  • --Swapped old Event 52 with old Event 57, putting each Event in a better slot.

Saturday, January 28th

  • Event 53 - 10:00 - $215 HORSE [Turbo]
  • Event 54 - 12:30 - $215 PL Omaha [Turbo, Heads-Up]
  • Event 55 - 14:00 - $82 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Mix-Max, Part 1: 9-Max]
  • Event 56 - 15:30 - $82 Players' Voice #2 [non-NLHE]
  • Event 57 - 17:00 - $215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Win the Button]
  • Event 58 - 18:30 - $82 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE] (Re-Entries Available)

Changes:

  • --Changed old Event 52 to NLO H/L from PLO H/L in response to player feedback that an Ultra-Deep Hyper-Turbo would play better as No Limit than it would as Pot Limit.
  • --Swapped old Event 52 with old Event 57, putting each Event in a better slot.
  • --Lowered buy-in on non-NLHE Players' Voice Event in response to feedback.
  • --Compressed the spread of Event times on Saturdays to start the day at a more reasonable time for all players.

Sunday, January 29th

  • Event 59 - 08:00 - $215 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Ultra-Deep]
  • Event 60 - 10:00 - $700 8-Game [Turbo]
  • Event 61 - 11:30 - $3,000 NL Hold'em [8-Max, Turbo, High-Roller] (1 Re-Entry Available)
  • Event 62 - 13:00 - $27 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Final Day 1]
  • Event 63 - 14:00 - $1000 NL Hold'em Main Event [Turbo] (1 Re-Entry Available)
  • Event 63-L - 14:00 - $27 NL Hold'em Main Event [Turbo, Low-Stakes Edition] (2 Re-Entries Available)
  • Event 64 - 16:00 - $11 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Big Splash]
  • Event 65 - 18:00 - $700 NL Hold'em Wrap-Up [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Ultra-Deep] (Re-Entries Available)

Changes:

  • --Compressed the spread of Event times on Sundays to start the day at a more reasonable time for all players.
  • --Swapped time slots of NLHE Ultra-Deep and 8-Game in response to feedback that 8-Game was starting too early.
  • --Increased buy-in on Event 61 in response to feedback that we needed a more expensive High-Roller Event. We'll evaluate the success of this Event before considering hosting $5K or $10K Events in future TCOOPs.
  • --Changed Event 61 from 9-Max to 8-Max in response to player feedback.
  • --Changed Event 62 from 8-Max to 9-Max.
  • --Added Event 63-L in response to voluminous feedback that a low-stakes companion for the Main Event would be very popular. This Event should be one of the biggest, most popular Events in TCOOP.

As you can see above, quite a lot of changes were made for this series, the overwhelming majority of them in response to feedback from our players. Looking at our feedback roll-up sheet, I can see that 15 separate feedback points were addressed in some way - in some cases impacting multiple Events per point - via improvements to the series. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback on TCOOP 2017! It's quite gratifying to see so much interest in the series, and extremely satisfying to be able to incorporate so much of what has been requested this year.

TCOOP will appear in the PokerStars client in the first few days of January. In the meantime, we'll be getting various items ready in preparation for launch day. One of those items, the prize table for the Player of the Series competition, is already finished. Here are the prizes for which players will be competing in January:

TCOOP 2017 - Player of the Series Prizes

Place(s)

Prize

1st

Champion's Trophy, $10,000 Cash, SCOOP 2017 - Main Event [M] Ticket

2nd

$5,000 Cash, SCOOP 2017 - Main Event [M] Ticket

3rd through 5th

$2,500 Cash, SCOOP 2017 - Main Event [M] Ticket

6th through 10th

SCOOP 2017 - Main Event [M] Ticket

11th through 50th

SCOOP 2017 - Main Event [L] Ticket

51st through 75th

SCOOP 2017 - $55 Deadline Turbo Ticket

76th through 100th

SCOOP 2017 - $27 Deadline Turbo Ticket

101st through 200th

SCOOP 2017 - $7.50 Deadline Turbo Ticket

Lastly to mention, we'll be opening the nomination period for the Players' Voice Events soon, giving our players the opportunity to tell us what formats will be played in Events 24 ($215 NLHE) and 56 ($82 non-NLHE).

TCOOP 2017 kicks off with Event 01 in a little more than six weeks!

Thank you again to everyone who has provided feedback. See you on the tables in January!

Bryan Slick
@PokerStars in TCOOP