2011 WCOOP: Another run for the bracelets

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgIt is WCOOP time soon. Or the way I schedule things: WCOOP is only two EPTs away. First EPT Tallinn, then EPT Barcelona, then WCOOP. That's pretty much how my calendar looks every year. Instead of months I have EPTs, WSOPs, SCOOPs and WCOOPs.

What I like about the PokerStars WCOOP series, as well as SCOOP, are those rare high stakes online tournaments. You don't get to play them many times a year and they are always a thrill. I did good in last year's WCOOP $10,000 high roller and finished second, netting over $400,000. I like to think I play better poker when the pain of losing is there. That's when your mind is really in the game.

For this year's WCOOP I will be playing most of the higher buy-in tournaments and some smaller ones, too. I'm usually multi-tabling since I play cash games at the same time.

I can understand some people losing focus when multi-tabling, but that's not the case with me. Multi-tabling helps me to stay more patient. My number one problem in poker is curiosity. I like to play hands and see flops. And if I play only one or two tables I'm in a constant danger of starting to play way too loose.

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Ville Wahlbeck

From the Team PokerStars Pros, my picks for this year's WCOOP bracelet success are Eugene Katchalov, Pat Pezzin and JP Kelly. They are great players and have stamina to grind through the whole series. They are also solid all-around players who can play all poker variants. I will put my bets on them.

Visit the official PokerStars WCOOP site to see the full tournament schedule, as well as details of how you can qualify for much less than the tournament buy-in.

Good luck!

Ville Wahlbeck is a member of Team PokerStars Pro from Finland.

Ville Wahlbeck
@PokerStars in WCOOP