WCOOP 2014: All the details you'll need as the clock ticks down
We called it WCOOP day about a month ago. It was the day we on the PokerStars Blog put the summer behind us and turned instead towards the start of the World Championship of Online Poker. The build-up if you like, some preamble ahead of what is always the highlight of the online poker calendar.
Since then we've provided a few teasers of what's to come - nothing too drastic, just enough to whet the appetite.
For instance, we looked back at a few WCOOP final tables and explored the potential Triple COOP winners for 2014. We also talked to George Danzer, the highest place Team PokerStars Pro on the leader board last year, about his plans to do exactly the same again.
We followed that up with a look at whether Russian players will continue to dominate the online game. Then we examined which players you should follow on Twitter during WCOOP for a glimpse at what it's like to be in the thick of it - all chosen for their entertainment value, and reluctance to post pictures of their cats.
Now though we turn to the real business of WCOOP, now less than 48 hours away.
If you're not already clued up, WCOOP 2014 runs from 7-28 September . Ahead of us are 66 events, combining for a guaranteed $40 million in prize money, some $10 million of which is reserved for the Main Event.
The first event begins at 08:00 ET on Sunday, "WCOOP-01", a $109 buy-in NL Hold'em tournament with a $700,000 guarantee. That's followed by the second of three tournaments that day. Event #2 is the Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition, a $215 buy-in 6-Max with a further $750,000 guaranteed. The weekend is capped off with Event #3, the Sunday Million Special Edition, with a $215 buy-in and a massive $1.5 million guarantee.
Not at all bad for day one.
But in some ways WCOOP has already started. You can earn your seat to all WCOOP events via satellite, which are well and truly up and running, with buy-ins to suit every size of bankroll. You can find satellite information in the PokerStars lobby, with similar information about the full schedule of WCOOP events on the dedicated WCOOP webpage.
That's also where you'll find tournament details, information about the current leader board standings, statistics, even a little WCOOP history. And if there's anything else you need to know and can't find it, then the FAQ page should prove useful.
Throughout the three weeks of WCOOP action we'll be bringing you reports of each event on the PokerStars Blog, as well as interviews with some of the winners. They'll also be regular updates on the Player of the Year standings, plus everything else in between. And don't forget, for the first time ever you'll be able to watch the $10 million guaranteed Main Event live on PokerStars.tv, albeit with a 10-minute delay.
It's all to come on PokerStars and now the waiting is nearly over.
Happy WCOOP everyone.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.