Breaking news: Pokerstars 2012 WCOOP schedule released

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgHold the presses and don't you dare hit that refresh button: the 2012 WCOOP schedule is here. The largest, richest and most eagerly anticipated online poker series in the world is on our doorsteps with the highs and lows of the World Series but a fading memory (and green or red number on bankroll ledgers).

So, to the eagerly awaited WCOOP. Scroll down and you'll find the working schedule for 2012 - and it looks a cracker, a 22-day online festival of poker which starts with a $215 six-max and a $10,300 High Roller and takes you through 62 events culminating in a $5,200 main event that guarantees a minimum $1,000,000 pay day for first place!

If it's anything like last year's - and it will be - it's going to be sensational. The 2011 WCOOP created a bank-busting, guarantee-smashing $47,120,800 in prize monies. That's a phenomenal amount of cash. If you stacked it in quarters it would reach to the moon and back three times over. Maybe. Either way it's a whole lot of money up for grabs, which you can gun for through satellites or direct buy-ins. Last year two of the big winners were WCOOP main event winner Thomas 'Kallllle' Pedersen and Joel Adam '2FLY2TILT' Gordon.

Pedersen took down the biggest online poker event of the year for a staggering $1,260,018.50 while Gordon's consistency gifted him the Player of the Series award after scoring $96,097.55 in cashes. That leader board win grossed him a further EPT Grand Final prize package, a SCOOP main event ticket and a PCA package, not to mention the trophy and special chip set. All in all, it was a very profitable series despite almost ending in boxer shorts calamity.

Thomas 'Kallllle' Pedersen


The 2012 WCOOP working schedule (all times in ET)

Sunday, 02 September
Event 01 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em (6-Max)
Event 02 - 12:30: $10,300 NL Hold'em (High-Roller)
Event 03 - 14:30: $215 NL Hold'em

Monday, 03 September
Event 04 - 11:00: $320 PL Omaha
Event 05 - 14:00: $320 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Shootout, No Late Reg)
Event 06 - 17:00: $215 NL Hold'em (Rebuys, Turbo)

Tuesday, 04 September
Event 07 - 11:00: $215 NL Draw
Event 08 - 14:00: $215 Triple Stud
Event 09 - 17:00: $1,050 NL Hold'em

Wednesday, 05 September
Event 10 - 06:00: $265 PL Omaha (Knockout)
Event 11 - 11:00: $320 NL Hold'em (Ante Up)
Event 12 - 14:00: $215 NL Hold'em (Heads-Up, No Late Reg)

Thursday, 06 September
Event 13 - 06:00: $215 PL Omaha H/L (6-Max, 1R1A)
Event 14 - 11:00: $265 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Knockout)
Event 15 - 14:00: $215 Razz

Friday, 07 September
Event 16 - 11:00: $215 PL Omaha (6-Max)
Event 17 - 14:00: $215 NL Single Draw 2-7
Event 18 - 17:00: $320 NL Hold'em (10-Minute Levels))

Saturday, 08 September
Event 19 - 11:00: $109 NL Hold'em
Event 20 - 14:00: $215 FL Hold'em

Sunday, 09 September
Event 21 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em
Event 22 - 14:30: $530 NL Hold'em

Monday, 10 September
Event 23 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em (4-Max)
Event 24 - 14:00: $320 7-Card Stud
Event 25 - 17:00: $215 PL Omaha (Turbo, 1R1A)

Tuesday, 11 September
Event 26 - 11:00: $320 Mixed Hold'em
Event 27 - 14:00: $320 FL Badugi
Event 28 - 17:00: $1,050 NL Hold'em

Wednesday, 12 September
Event 29 - 06:00: $265 NL Omaha H/L (6-Max, Knockout)
Event 30 - 11:00: $530 NL Hold'em (10-Max, Triple Shootout, No Late Reg)
Event 31 - 14:00: $320 8-Game

Thursday, 13 September
Event 32 - 06:00: $320 NL Hold'em (6-Max)
Event 33 - 11:00: $320 PL Omaha (6-Max, 1R1A)
Event 34 - 14:00: $320 Triple Draw 2-7

Friday, 14 September
Event 35 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em (Rebuys)
Event 36 - 14:00: $530 FL Omaha H/L
Event 37 - 17:00: $215 P/NL Hold'em (The Big Game Format)

Saturday, 15 September
Event 38 - 11:00: $530 NL Hold'em (Heads-Up, No Late Reg)
Event 39 - 14:00: $320 HORSE

Sunday, 16 September
Event 40 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em
Event 41 - 12:30: $10,300 NL Hold'em (High-Roller Heads-Up, No Late Reg)
Event 42 - 14:30: $1,050 NL Hold'em

Monday, 17 September
Event 43 - 11:00: $320 PL Omaha (Rebuys, 6-Max)
Event 44 - 14:00: $320 NL Hold'em (2X Chance)
Event 45 - 17:00: $265 NL Hold'em (Turbo, Knockout)

Tuesday, 18 September
Event 46 - 11:00: $320 Mixed NL Hold'em/PL Omaha
Event 47 - 14:00: $530 7-Card Stud H/L
Event 48 - 17:00: $1,050 NL Hold'em

Wednesday, 19 September
Event 49 - 06:00: $215 NL Hold'em (1R1A)
Event 50 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em (Big Antes)
Event 51 - 14:00: $320 PL Omaha H/L

Thursday, 20 September
Event 52 - 06:00: $320 NL Hold'em
Event 53 - 11:00: $530 NL Hold'em (6-Max)
Event 54 - 14:00: $2,100 PL Omaha (6-Max)

Friday, 21 September
Event 55 - 11:00: $530 NL Hold'em (1R1A)
Event 56 - 14:00: $1,050 FL Hold'em (6-Max)
Event 57 - 17:00: $215 NL Omaha H/L (Ante Up)

Saturday, 22 September
Event 58 - 11:00: $530 PL Omaha (Heads Up, No Late Reg)
Event 59 - 14:00: $2,100 HORSE

Sunday, 23 September
Event 60 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em
Event 61 - 12:30: $10,300 8-Game (High-Roller)
Event 62 - 14:30: $5,200 NL Hold'em Main Event ($1M Gtd to 1st)

There will be guarantees but they're currently getting nailed down at PokerStars HQ. There is still room for manoeuvre, suggestions, ideas and feedback so fire your ideas, thoughts and comments to wcoop@pokerstars.com. Don't forget to bookmark the WCOOP website which will be your one stop shop for all things WCOOP. In the meantime you can check out who has got previous, just in case they turn up on any of your early tables...

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in WCOOP