Coming up this weekend - the WCOOP Challenge Series
We've all got to have a little something to look forward to in our lives, like a birthday or a trip, or some sort of special event. It's that thing that helps us swing our legs out of bed each morning and take on the day.
For poker players, currently inhabiting that wilderness between their last high stakes event and the start of the new European Poker Tour season, August can be a lonely month. Even WCOOP, the most highly anticipated online poker series anywhere is still a little more than a month away. We're sorry, but it's true.
But don't despair. How about a little Challenge Series action to tide you over?
The WCOOP Challenge Series promises a three-day weekend packed full of top draw poker, with nine events - starting this week - combining for a guarantee $7million prize pool. Sunday's Main Event alone has a guaranteed $2 million at stake.
It all gets underway on Friday, with Event #1, a $500,000 guaranteed NL Hold'em contest with a $109 buy-in getting things started at 13:00 ET. That's followed at 17:00 ET by Event #2, a $215+R NL Hold'em Turbo.
That should at least get you in the mood for three more events on Saturday, before we bring the Challenge Series to a close with four more events on Sunday, concluding with the $2,100 NL Hold'em [Re-entry] Main Event.
If all that sounds beyond your bankroll it doesn't mean you should count yourself out of the fun.
Over the three days PokerStars will also be running WCOOP Challenge Series satellites as well as special Deadline Turbos, all to be found under Events > WCOOP in the PokerStars lobby. You could find yourself catapulted into a seat for as little as $7.50.
Friday August 1, 2014 (all times ET)
13:00 WCOOP Challenge 01: $109 NL Hold'em [The Big $109 SE] $500k Gtd
17:00 WCOOP Challenge 02: $215+R NL Hold'em Turbo, $500k Gtd
Saturday August 2, 2014
11:00 WCOOP Challenge 03: $700 NL Hold'em [Progressive Super Knockout] $600k Gtd
14:30 WCOOP Challenge 04: $1,050 NL Hold'em [8-Max] $600k Gtd
17:00 WCOOP Challenge 05: $215 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Turbo] $250k Gtd
Sunday August 3, 2014
11:00 WCOOP Challenge 06: $215 NL Hold'em [Sunday Warm-Up SE] $750k Gtd
13:00 WCOOP Challenge 07: $700 PL Omaha [6-Max, 1R1A] $300k Gtd
14:30 WCOOP Challenge 08: $215 NL Hold'em [Sunday Million SE] $1.5m Gtd
15:30 WCOOP Challenge 09: $2,100 NL Hold'em Main Event [Re-entry] $2m Gtd
For now, we hope this serves as a useful pre-occupation, or at the least something to get you out of bed.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.