WCOOP 2010: Giving the fish (in Finland) a miss

marcin_horecki_snowfest_day1a.jpgby Marcin Horecki
The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is THE event for all online poker players. You will not find any bigger, better and more exciting tournament poker series anywhere else! Starting on September 5th on PokerStars and lasting for three weeks there will be 62 tournaments of various size, game type, buy-in amount and structure. It does not matter if you are a Texas Hold'em, Omaha or another game specialist, you will definitely find something for yourself.

WCOOP prize pools in 2009 exceeded $50 million and 2010 will be even bigger with more events and a higher guaranteed prize pool! Jovial Gent took down the Main Event and over $1.7 million for his excellent play. This year it can be anyone including me... or you!

Over the last two years at this time of the year I was not only looking for fish at the poker tables - I was fishing in real life in Finland. We used to go with a few keen friends, catching pikes and perches during the day, and playing bridge, and obviously Texas Hold'em in the evenings. You will not find a fast and reliable internet connection deep in the forests and lakes, so I usually was not able to play all the events I wanted.

But this year will be different. I decided to stay at home, play more events and hopefully with some good decisions and a good run of cards score some nice results for Poland. We are a big country by European standards, but poker is relatively young and only now beginning to really grow, so we haven't had as many good results as we would like.

On the other hand we have a lot of young talent so I hope we can finally show some spectacular results in the WCOOP - and also in Season 7 of the European Poker Tour.

I am really looking forward to this year's WCOOP. See how you can qualify on the WCOOP site. Good luck at the tables!


Simon Young
@MrSimonYoung in WCOOP