2008 WCOOP in the books--the record books

The dust never settled because there was no dust. The clouds never lifted because there were no clouds. If it had happened in a live casino, those things might have happened. But this monstrosity of a poker festival all happened online at PokerStars. It was nearly beyond description. No trite turn of phrase was available. It simply was what it was: a nearly $40 million poker tournament series that saw nearly 23,000 unique players compete for some of the most coveted titles in poker.

It wasn't always this way. It's not been too many years since PokerStars was an innovator, offering a brick-and-mortar style poker festival that players could battle from the comfort of their lazy chair. While PokerStars was creating the mold for future series of the like, no one would've ever guessed back then that the World Championship of Online Poker would become bigger than nearly every other tournament series--live or online--on planet Earth. Just look at the hard numbers.

Events played: 33
Total Number of Buy-Ins: 55,758
Number of unique players: 22,873
Total Prize Money: $39,958,000.00
Countries represented: 119
Countries cashed: 80


For a complete numbers break down, visit the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker statistics page.

This was a whole new year for WCOOP. As it always has, PokerStars did not rest on a six-year accumulation of laurels. The tournament team put together an amazing schedule that was as innovative as it was fun to watch. It introduced new events. It introduced two-day tournaments. All the while, PokerStars once again broke the mold with live coverage and highlights at PokerStars.tv. Heck, even we here at the PokerStars Blog tried something new with live blog coverage from the beginning to the end of every tournament (check out all the live blog and wrap up links at the end of this post).

There were 33 champions in 2008 WCOOP, but only one who could claim the Main Event title. That honor went to South Carolina Gamecock fan ckingusc who, after cutting a deal at the final table, won more than $1.2 million.

Here's a complete list of winner's from this year's WCOOP.

EventEntrants Winner First Prize

NL Hold'em [6-max]

7,217

shane147

$200,856.66

PL 5-Card Draw

1,024

ImBillMcNeal

$34,201.60

Limit Hold'em

2,258

cwp394

$73,385.00

2-7 Triple Draw

734

playitsafe

$24,809.20

High-Roller NL Hold'em

321

dorinvandy

$617,925.00

NL Hold'em*

7,351

Calvin32

$452,086.50

PL Omaha [6-max]

2,457

Mary 717

$71,730.20

8-game Mixed Event

1,128

Ulett_23

$50,797.28

NL Hold'em [4-max]

3,290

jonasof87

$95,410.00

Razz

1,288

dinho_style

$43,096.48

PL Omaha Hi/Lo

1,733

92848

$88,383.00

Mixed Hold'em [6-max]

1,496

Randers

$66,000.00

NL Hold'em w/Rebuys

2,234

lrdvoldemort

$207,772.50

7-Card Stud

627

Mildred53

$28,608.50

NL Hold'em [Heads-Up]

2,048

Huxfluxen

$89,744.00

PL Omaha [1R1A]

1,223

Andy McLEOD

$98,280.00

PL Hold'em [6-max]

960

poker1O1

$80,400.00

HORSE

2,091

Sensor

$57,421.66

High-Roller HU NL Hold'em

64

stevesbets

$560,000.00

NL Hold'em*

3,467

NYC P.I.M.P

$257,953.38

7-Card Stud Hi/Lo

525

weaktight

$42,735.78

Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo [6-max]

620

BUCKIZ6

$55,800.00

NL Hold'em [1R1A]

1,159

ddrufnek

$194,902.00

NL 2-7 Single Draw

308

luvgamble

$42,000.00

PL Omaha w/rebuys

748

shaundeeb

$144,112.50

NL Hold'em [6-max]

3,273

rubenrtv

$135,687.64

NL Hold'em Triple Shootout

729

TheActionKid

$76,545.00

Limit Omaha Hi/Lo

829

Big10

$69,801.88

NLHE w/Rebuys [6-max]

852

PiKappRaider

$211,133.76

PL Omaha

742

salamandra24

$97,291.28

Limit Hold'em [6-max]

580

aasezz

$107,300.00

HORSE

125

DocHolatchya

$287,500.00

NL Hold'em Main Event*

2,185

ckingusc

$1,265,432.23



You can be sure PokerStars is already thinking about next year's WCOOP. Said one tournament organizer, "This year we had 33 events. What's next? Forty?"

At this point, it's simply impossible to say. The only thing that's sure is that if this year's innovative and professional schedule was any indication, we have a lot of fun ahead of us at PokerStars in the coming year.

Congratulations to everyone who cashed in at this year's WCOOP. For a complete look at this year's PokerStars Blog coverage, check out any of the links below.

  • WCOOP Winner interviews
  • PokerStars.tv WCOOP highlights
  • Event 1
  • Event 2
  • Event 3
  • Event 4
  • Event 5
  • Event 6
  • Event 7
  • Event 8
  • Event 9
  • Event 10
  • Event 11
  • Event 12
  • Event 13
  • Event 14
  • Event 15
  • Event 16
  • Event 17
  • Event 18
  • Event 19
  • Event 20
  • Event 21
  • Event 22
  • Event 23
  • Event 24
  • Event 25
  • Event 26
  • Event 27
  • Event 28
  • Event 29
  • Event 30
  • Event 31
  • Event 32
  • Event 33
  • Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in WCOOP