2009 WCOOP: On the precipice of a broken record

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgIt's here. It's really here.

We realize we've mentioned this more than a couple of times in the past few weeks. We realize we've begun to sound a bit like a broken record. We realize the anticipation can only last so long. We felt it was worth repeating. And now, we'll repeat ourselves again.

The World Championship of Online Poker is here. It's really, really here.

In 24 hours, or more specifically Thursday at 14:30 ET, WCOOP will kick off with a $215 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max event. Just a couple of hours later, Event #2 will be on with the $215 Razz event.

Speaking of broken records, we can't really go on the record here, but if what we're hearing is correct, you can expect to see several WCOOP records shattered over the next couple weeks. The tournament series already guarantees $40,000,000 over the 45 events. If we were betting men, we'd wager you can expect a lot more money than that in play.

Among the thousands of people who will be playing in the 45 events are the members of Team PokerStars Pro from around the world. We're expecting every one of the team's members to be in action at some point, including bracelet holders Chad Brown and Greg Raymer.


Since the PokerStars Blog sucked in its first breath of ether in 2005, WCOOP has been a part of our major coverage. This year is no different. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll wrap up every one of the WCOOP events with hand replays, big plays, and the results you have come to expect. We'll introduce you to the winners and tell you the back stories behind the wins. We expect members of Team PokerStars Pro to be chiming in with their thoughts and let us know how they're doing. Finally, we have once again assembled a team of poker blogging pros to live blog the two-day main event. Be sure to check in with us on a regular basis for all the news you missed after you crashed for the night. Also, if you have a great story from WCOOP, let us know about it by sending an e-mail to blog@pokerstars.com.

If you haven't been able to scrape together a big enough bankroll yet, fear not. The tourney team behind WCOOP is constantly launching new satellites. You can plan your whole series and line up the satellites you want by going to WCOOP.com or clicking on Events>WCOOP in the PokerStars lobby.

We'd like to wish good luck to everyone who plays over the next two and half weeks.

And to repeat...

It's here.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in WCOOP