WCOOP 2011 less than one week away

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgI haven't spoken to Bunker Bob in days. He'll occasionally send a trained meerkat out of a small hole in his WCOOP bunker's roof with a note, but Bob's last words to me were, "One week out. No more talking."

If you dont know, Bunker Bob is out man on the inside of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. He spends 23.5 hours per day pounding on a calculator and slapping an abacus around. While we're not entirely sure of responsibilities in the grand scheme of WCOOP, we know for a fact, he's getting his game face on. WCOOP begins in six days. There are no more weekends to prepare. There are no more Mondays to wake up and reflect. This time next week, we'll already be in to Day 2 of Sunday's events.

A few minutes ago, Bob's meerkat (Sully) scurried out of a hole with this note in his mouth. We've transcribed Bob's scrawl to this translation:

Six days to go

  • WCOOP '06 consisted of 18 events and generated total prize pools of $18,673,00.
  • WCOOP was 6 years old before short-handed tournaments were added to the WCOOP schedule. Nowadays 6-Max is an important part of the series with twelve events to choose from this year.
  • The current record for final tables is 6, held jointly by three players, 'Rabscuttle' (USA), 'Andy McLEOD' (Australia) and Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier.
  • Last year, 6 players won more than $500K over the course of the series.
  • WCOOP brings out the best in the Nordic nations. Norway is the 6th most successful country by money won, followed closely by Denmark. Both have combined cashes totalling over $6M.
  • Countries that have 6 WCOOP cashes to their credit include Azerbaijan, Paraguay and Ecuador.
  • Hungary won their one and only WCOOP bracelet in '06.
  • Both Razz and mixed games (HORSE) made their debut in WCOOP '06.
  • The Main Event in WCOOP '06 ended in a 6 way deal. When the tourney played out to a conclusion it was tournament legend JC Tran who finished with all the chips. His share of the $6M prize pool was over $600K.
  • WCOOP '06 witnessed the first ever multiple bracelet winner when Canadian 'spawng' took down event 4. Later in the series, WCOOP experienced it's first multiple winner in a single series when Kyle 'kwob20' Bowker won both the of the $530 Hi/Lo tourneys.
  • Team PokerStars Pros Chris Moneymaker and Victor Ramdin have both had 6th places finishes in WCOOP events.
  • Event 6 this year is going to be big, it's the No Limit Hold'em Turbo event with re-buys. The guarantee is $500K, but that could be blown away!
  • Poker hasn't fully caught on yet in Africa, and yet Ghana and Madagascar have both had six entries each in WCOOP events. That's the same number as the Isle of Man, home of PokerStars HQ.
  • For all you need to know, visit the PokerStars WCOOP web page.

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    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in WCOOP