WCOOP 2016: Start your campaign today
You've waited all year long. You've played your TCOOPs, your SCOOPs, your MicroMillions. It's all been great, but now you're ready for the big dog, the big money, and the chance to be a world champion.
That time is now.
As of just a few minutes ago, the Pokerstars World Championship of Online Poker is open for business.
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As of this moment, you can begin playing a big array of satellites for WCOOP.
WCOOP kicks off in full September 4, but the first official day of play is August 28 when you can begin playing the Day 1 phases of WCOOP Event #1. There will be several of those that will eventually lead to a massive Event #1 kickoff.
For the next three weeks, WCOOP will host more than 80 world championship events, including the $102,000 buy-in biggest-in-online-poker-history Super High Roller. That will all lead up to the $10 million guaranteed Main Event. First prize? At least $1.5 million.
Here are some of the highlights:
*WCOOP-01: Sep 4, 08.00 ET - $109 NLHE [$1m GTD Phase tournament]
*WCOOP-23: Sep 10, 10.00 ET - $10,300 NLHE [Heads-Up, High-Roller]
*WCOOP-28: Sep 11, 12.30 ET - $102,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High-Roller]
*WCOOP-53: Sep 18, 12.30 ET - $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High-Roller]
*WCOOP-70: Sep 23, 13.00 ET - $21,000 PL Omaha [6-Max, High Roller]
*WCOOP-74: Sep 24, 13.00 ET - $10,300 Eight-Game Championship
*WCOOP-78: Sep 25, 14.00 ET - $5,000 NL Hold'em Championship Main Event
* $1,050 Marathon Event (WCOOP Event 03), the first four-day event in PokerStars Championship history
* Players' Choice events (WCOOP 48 and 50) - one NL Hold'em, one non-NL Hold'em
* Mix-Max events: WCOOP-49: NL Hold'em (8-Max to 4-Max to Heads-Up) and WCOOP-76: PL Omaha (9-Max to 6-Max)
* 3-Max Progressive Knock-Out Zoom events - NLHE (WCOOP-20) and PLO (WCOOP-08)
* Win the Button event (WCOOP-59), a format proven popular at PokerStars-sponsored live events, where the person who wins the hand gets to be 'on the button' for the next hand.
If you're planning a Player of the Year campaign, it's best you start now. The overall Player of the Year wins a Champion's Trophy, Ultimate Bahamas Experience (worth $40,000), and TCOOP Main Event ticket. Second to fifth places on the Leader Board receive cash prizes ranging from $10,000 to $2,500 plus 2017 TCOOP Main Event tickets, while sixth to tenth-place players are rewarded with 2017 TCOOP Main Event tickets. In total more than $70,000 worth of added prizes will be awarded to the top 10 players.
Also, keep your eye out for the Mini-WCOOP, a companion series offering fun events with affordable buy-ins and WCOOP-style play. It's not a championship series, but it's a good way to get a taste of what it's like to play on the big stage.
For more information, visit the WCOOP information page.
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Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis.