WCOOP 2013: The WCOOP $8,000,000 Main Event starts Sunday

We're turned the final corner of the World Championship of Online Poker and are powering down that WCOOP home straight with a mind-boggingly $8,000,000 guarantee on the $5,200 Main Event (WCOOP-66).

There's currently 279 players signed up for the tournament, which starts this Sunday at 14:30 ET, giving a nice overlay of more than $6.5m at the moment. That's unlikely to stay that way with a whole bunch of satellites running for the event starting from as little as a $1.10 entry satellite. There's several deadlines satellites being held on Sunday with buy-ins ranging from $215 up to $2,100 and either 10 or 25 seats guaranteed. It's going to be an incredible tournament with $1.25m guaranteed for the win! It's pretty incredible stuff. Just remember that last year's winner, Maratik, qualified for just a handful of FPPs.

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The two-day Main Event starts with a 20,000 stack and the 30-minute levels start with blinds of 25/50 (just the 400 big blinds then). If you really back yourself then try out the $10,300 8-Game High Roller - or perhaps just rail it.

-Rebus9180- is still bossing it at the top of the of the WCOOP Leader Board and has a wide 90 point lead in the chase for the richly rewarded Player of the Series title.













Check out the WCOOP-51 final table replay


Some players that certainly have enough of a roll to get involved in the Main Event include the last few WCOOP winners, details of which you can find below. Click through the blue header to read the tournament report for that event.

WCOOP-53: $215 NLHE (3x Chance, Big Antes)
Entrants: 1,903 (922 re-buys)
Prize pool: $565,000
Places paid: 252

1st place: dadowiec (Poland) $90,400
2nd place: John "kleath" Leathart (Malta) $67,800
3rd place: vic_xcite (Sweden) $50,850
4th place: idacir_bra (Brazil) $37,148.75
5th place: villepn (Finland) $26,837.50
6th place: T0MyK (Czech Republic) $20,905
7th place: dracon_19408 (Russia) $15,255
8th place: z_balata (Sweden) $9,887.50
9th place: Kaggis (Norway) $5,650

WCOOP-55: $320 NLHE
Entrants: 1,526
Prize pool: $457,800.00
Places paid: 198

1. RichieA7s (Lithuania) -- $67,857.80*
2. Dejan "dejanaceking" Divkovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) -- $64,904.20*
3. manics16 (Sweden) -- $42,346.50
4. ThrowMaNickl (Romania) -- $31,130.40
5. Shippotamus (Netherlands) -- $22,432.20
6. KaptianKush (Canada) -- $17,854.20
7. FrankTaylor3 (Russia) -- $13,276.20
8. ZingaBoy (Brazil) -- $8,698.20
9. Bertuzzi76 (Sweden) -- $4,715.34

*denotes a two-way deal.

WCOOP-56: $530+R NLHE
Entrants: 724 (656 re-buys, 584 add-ons)
Prize pool: $982,000
Places paid: 99

1. 68ioweyou1 (Canada) - $118,756.05*
2. analtmezer (Germany) - $114,164.12*
3. elementx8 (New Zealand) - $122,714.35*
4. jpous (Portugal) - $123,581.48*
5. pistecaloze (Netherlands) - $51,064
6. lemontree90 (Austria) - $41,244
7. Dan "Danny98765" Smith (Canada) - $31,424
8. ShankingYou (Costa Rica) - $21,604
9. KingKobeMVP (Mexico) - $12,766

* denotes four-handed ICM deal.

WCOOP-57: $215 FLHE
Players: 769
Prizepool: $153,800
Places paid: 99

1. CoooKay (Canada) $28,222.30
2. DingDingDing (Sweden) $20,147.80
3. morans350 (Canada) $15,226.20
4. mdif (Russia) $11,458.10
5. stevopoulin (Belarus) $7,997.60
6. danmark2000 (Denmark) $6,459.60
7. ASB95 (Russia) $4,921.60
8. tuzanjon10 (Argentina) $3,363.60
9. Bastenok (Russia) $1,999.40

is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in WCOOP