How to play the WCOOP $51K

This is sort of silly, isn't it? A $51,000 online poker tournament? That's just crazy talk. Who would do that? Who could possibly afford to play it?

Well, that remains to be seen, but in any case, that tournament is happening. On September 20th, WCOOP will host its first ever $51,000 tournament. Legends like Daniel Negreanu and Ike Haxton are already signed up.

And you're sitting here thinking, "Brother, there is no way I could ever play in that tournament."

Brothers and sisters, this is the part where I tell you that you're wrong. If you want to play in the $51K, but don't have the money to do so, we have one shot for you. Keep reading to find out how you can do it for as little as 50 Frequent Player Points.

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Right now, at any time of day, you can play 50 FPP tournaments that can get you on a ladder to play in this Saturday's VIP Bash contest. First prize in that tournament? You guessed it. You'll be playing alongside Daniel Negreanu and Ike Haxton in the $51,000 WCOOP event. But, even if you don't hit the top spot, you can win one of 26 other big time WCOOP entries.

• 1st - WCOOP $51,000 Entry
• 2nd to 9th WCOOP $5,200 Entry
• 10th to 27th WCOOP $1,050 Entry

Want to start a little bit higher on the ladder? You can do that, too.

Here's how the FPP satellite schedule shakes out.

Round 1 (50 FPPs) STT's running continuously
Round 2 (500 FPPs) 4 times daily at 08:15 ET, 10:15 ET, 14:15 ET and 17:15 ET
Round 3 (5,000 FPPs) Saturday September 12, 12:00 ET
Final (25,000 FPPs) Saturday September 12, 14:30 ET

You can find all the satellites by searching for VIP Bash in the Online Events - WCOOP - FPP Satellites tab.

What's more, even if you don't have a PokerStars account yet, earning 50 FPPs isn't that hard to do once you get started playing. Even a small deposit would get you on the road to earning the FPPs you need to play, and, if you;'re lucky, the $51,000 WCOOP event.

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Brad Willis
@BradWillis in WCOOP