WCOOP 2011: Moving day
It's that time of year again, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is back! I'm sure a lot of you are wondering as to why I would be so excited about the WCOOP since I currently live in the USA. Well the reason is because I'm going to be relocating over to Canada just in time for the WCOOP! The WCOOP really is just that huge that I'm planning my relocation just to make sure that I don't miss it. The WCOOP is the biggest online tournament series in online poker and it gets bigger and better every year. Having come back from the World Series of Poker (WSOP) without any major results, the WCOOP is my chance for redemption. Missing the WCOOP is like a sin for a professional poker player. It's just like missing the Main Event of the WSOP or missing the championship match in any sporting event.
Having played a whole schedule during the WSOP, I'm feeling pretty good about the WCOOP. I think I picked up a lot of skills while 1 tabling, and now that I'm going to be back in the online scene, I should only be more comfortable. The one thing that really stands out to me about the WCOOP is that it really does feel like a world tournament to me because anyone from their computer can compete from anywhere in the world. No one has to worry about buying plane tickets or reserving hotel rooms so the extra expenses are non-existent. Also with the buy-ins as low as $109, the money gap narrows as more players are able to enter this tournament within a reasonable budget. All in all, I'm just excited about playing some more tournaments.
The great thing about the WCOOP is that you can rail some really cool final tables. I really like watching the high roller events, especially the $10,300 NL High-Roller Heads-Up tournament. Great thing about a heads-up match is that both players start on equal terms with the same amount of chips and it really is just a battle between minds. Heads up matches are really fun to rail as the game gets really loose and there's a lot of action. I'm actually very interested in seeing Isildur1 enter this tournament to see how he does. The guy is really fast at learning and adapting so it's always fun to rail his matches.
Another great thing that I really like where you can learn a lot especially from the high-roller heads-up tournaments are the replays. If you catch the replays, they replay the tournaments with all of the hole cards shown so that you can really learn a lot whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player. I think it's something that not a lot of people take advantage of when learning in poker from high-level players.
Lastly, my favorite event is got to be the Main Event. Quite simply, the chance of winning $1 million or more over the weekend is just amazing! In order to have a chance at winning that kind of money in a live tournament, it almost always takes a whole week. Online poker is my roots, so I'm glad to have the chance where I'm most comfortable! Wish me luck and hopefully you get to see me at a final table!