WCOOP 2011: 48-hour countdown
Enough joking around. Enough silliness. This is it. In just 48 hours, the 2011 PokerStars Championship of Online Poker will be underway. Thousands of people all over the world will be fighting for at least $30 million in prize money over the next three weeks. Try to find many other people who will compete for that kind of money this weekend.
The PokerStars Blog will be wrapping up every event at its close. There are also some very neat (but, as yet, still sorta secret) things coming related to WCOOP. We'll be talking more about those in the coming day. For now, however, we'll dispatch with the pleasantries and hyperbole. You need details. Bookmark this page for all all the links you'll need for the next three weeks. WCOOP schedule
WCOOP Leaderboard information
WCOOP Hall of Fame
Finally, before we take Saturday to collect our thoughts, here is the last we expect to hear from our local numerologist and WCOOP expert Bunker Bob. He sent out this note out of the WCOOP bunker this morning with instructions to leave him alone until the first event begins. "I have to meditate," he said.
Good luck and godspeed, WCOOP players.
TWO DAYS TO GOWCOOP '02 was the first ever held. The nine events generated $730K in total prize pools. The Main Event was won by Swedish player 'Multimarine', who defeated an otherwise all-American final table to take the $65K first prize.
WCOOP '02 was a heartbreaking series for 'boon1', who achieved back to back 2nd place finishes in events 6 & 7. It must have been too much to take, as he's not been seen cashing in WCOOP since.
Despite coming 2nd in the Main Event 2008, American player 'liberace' was the tournament's big winner. A five-way deal was struck that awarded the biggest share to him. To this day he sits third on the all time money list with over $1.4M in winnings.
Users with the number 2 in their names have won 22 WCOOP bracelets from 2002 to 2009.
There are eight player with 2 bracelets to their credit. The most recent member of the elite group is 'Xaston' who picked up both his bracelets during the 2010 WCOOP.
WCOOP 2008 saw the introduction of 2-day events. 'NYC P.I.MP' was the first ever winner under these conditions, securing $257K in event 20 of that year. The longer format is now used commonly where the tournament is expected to run long - there are 22 such tournaments this year.
The 2X Chance tourney format was introduced to WCOOP 2 years ago. The format allows you to make a single rebuy if you lose your first stack. Try it for yourself in event 44.
Last year, 'AlexKP', 'Ifeedurfam', 'mustbetilt' and 'Trickey7' all won a WCOOP bracelet having entered only 2 of the events.
There are 192 players that have made 2 or more WCOOP final table appearances.
Team PokerStars Pros Barry Greenstein and Chris Moneymaker both have 22 lifetime WCOOP cashes. Joining them on that figure is Team Online's Shane 'shaniac' Schleger, who has relocated this year just in time to improve on that total.
Shane SchlegerTop of the lifetime cashes list for Team PokerStars Pro is Humberto Brenes, who has made the money 27 times. His best finish was a 2nd place in a 2006 PLO event.
The biggest ever WCOOP cash from a Team PokerStars Pro is $700K from Vanessa Rousso's 2nd place finish in the 2007 Main Event.
Spain, France and Greece all have 2 WCOOP bracelets to their credit.
Lebanon, Malta, Singapore and Portugal have all been represented at 2 WCOOP final tables.
St Lucia, Sudan, San Marino and Syria have all played in 2 WCOOP events.
Event 56 in last year's series was the 222nd WCOOP tournament.
This year, Event 2 is the always star-studded $10,300 No Limit Hold'em High Roller tournament. 'CrabMaki' from the UK is the defending champion, having beaten Team PokerStars Pro Ville Wahlbeck into 2nd place.