How many FPPs does it take to get into WCOOP Main Event?
It takes 12 PokerStars Frequent Player Points to make it into the $5,200 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event.
In theory, perhaps it's less. It practice, it could be a lot more. But for Dominik Martan (known as DomMarty on PokerStars) it took exactly twelve. It makes him the record-holder for cheapest WCOOP Main Event entry in history, and by the end of the month, it could turn his world upside down.
"It's a big experience," he said. "I never done this before, so it's a big moment for me."
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Martan qualified for the Main Event through Mega Path satellites using only a few FPPs, and now he is up for a prize guaranteed to be at least $1.5 million. That's a big jump from his previous biggest win: €2,258.
The 20-year-old from the Czech Republic's Karlovy Vary has been playing on PokerStars since he turned 18. As he prepares for college, he's having a hard time wrapping his head around what it means to play in such a big and prestigious event. He has a small bankroll and has only ever been able to afford tournaments with buy-ins of €200 or less.
With that said, he's not spent his FPPs on stress balls or t-shirts. He spends them all working to qualify for tournaments, and that's how he ended up with a $5,200 Main Event entry.
To get some sort of idea about how valuable this is for our man from the Czech Republic, think a little bit about the relative value of FPPs. If you were able to turn FPPs into money, the 12 it cost Martan to win his WCOOP entry would amount to somewhere in the neighborhood of 19 cents.
A few kilometers from where Martan lives, a lunch of beef broth with vegetables and liver balls, marinated beef sirloin in creamy sauce with wild cranberries and bread dumplings, and apple strudel with walnuts and whipped cream costs around $11. If Martan wanted to add a beer or coffee to that meal, it would cost around $3.20.
Now think about that for a second.
The cost of getting into WCOOP for Dominik Martan is less than the change he would have to put on top of that $3 to get a beer with his lunch.
Seriously, all of you get up right now and go to your couch. Dig under the cushions. I'll wait.
You're almost guaranteed to find more than 19 cents in there. Look at it in your hands. It looks like nothing. For Martan, the FPP-equivalent of it means he gets to play a dream tournament, one that could end in a dream result.
"If I make the final table," he said, "it will change my life."
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Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging.