Wednesday, 7th June 2023 21:25
Home / Poker / A closer look at WCOOP Take 2 schedule, Main Events and standout tournaments

It’s finally time for the greatest end to a WCOOP series that we’ve ever seen.

By now we all know what happened. WCOOP 2022 was ticking along nicely, crushing its guarantees and building to its grand finale before a rude interruption forced postponement of the Main Events.

But we don’t like to dwell on the past. And we’ve got no reason to. WCOOP Take 2 starts this weekend, giving us five more days of action. There are more tourneys, more satellites, and the Main Events have heavily boosted guarantees.

This is not defeat. It is triumph.

In this article, we unpick the WCOOP Take 2 schedule in detail, remind you of how to satellite into the Main Events, and show low stakes players what’s on offer.

Key Info

Dates: Saturday, November 5 — Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Tournaments: 66
Total guarantees: $27,918,500

Where were we?

At the end of the regular WCOOP schedule, our 2022 stat tracker looked like this:

Tournaments completed: 301
Entries: 982,068 (inc. 210,584 re-entries)
Prize pools: $79,501,449
First-place prizes: $13,318,741 (inc. $2,838,826 in bounties)

Until Take 2 plays out, WCOOP 2022 isn’t officially over, and so the country leaderboards and Player of the Series race are still on. That is, technically speaking. In actual fact, players from Brazil have bagged 60 titles in WCOOP 2022, far more than second place UK with 32 titles.

The POS leaderboards are a little closer. Rui Ferreira is out in front in the Overall and High, and he looks set to stay at the top, unless one of his competitors has a serious run. We’re looking at you Joao Viera.

With $27,918,500 in guarantees coming up, we know WCOOP 2022 will end up with more than $100 million in overall prizes paid.


Rui Ferreira playing in 2021

Rui Ferreira is ruling the roost

WCOOP Take 2 Main Events

Let’s make no mistake about it. The Take 2 NLHE Main Events are going to be something special. There’s $15 million in guaranteed prizes to be won across all three, which is a $2.5 million boost compared to their original payouts.

WCOOP $109 NLHE Main Event Low – $3m guaranteed – increase of $500,000
WCOOP $1,050 NLHE Main Event Medium – $5m guaranteed – increase of $1m
WCOOP $10,300 NLHE Main Event High – World Championship of NLHE – $7m guaranteed – increase of $1m

Taking place on Sunday, each tournament is 4-days, so settle in for a generously structured game of poker. If you make it to final few players in any one of these, you’re talking at least six figures. These tourneys are about to change lives.

Main Event satellites

On the run up to WCOOP Take 2, PokerStars have been running additional satellites with added seats to get as many players as possible through.

Here’s a quick rundown of Main Event satellites:

WCOOP $109 NLHE Main Event-L – Freebuys, SNGs from $3.60, MTTs from $5.50, feeders from $0.55
WCOOP $1,050 NLHE Main Event-M – MTTs from $22, feeders from $0.55,
WCOOP $10,300 NLHE Main Event-H – MTTs from $55, feeders from $0.55, Fast Track

There’s still plenty of opportunities to gain lower cost entry via satellite. It’s actually possible to gain entry to any of the Main Events for as little as $0.55 with feeders (or even for free with freebuys).

Spraggy’s in? Are you?


Standout events

With 66 tournaments on the WCOOP Take 2 schedule, there’s something for everyone. The Main Events are the obvious focus, but you’ll find huge payouts every single day during the series.

Highlights include PKOs with half million dollar prize pools, a Women’s Event, the Take 2 Special with $1.85 million on offer across all three tourneys, the Second Chance Turbo Main Event, and much more.

Here are some of the standouts:

Event 03: PKO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $150K, $400K, $500K

Event 08: PKO Sunday Warm-Up
Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
Guarantees: $200K, $600K, $600K

Event 10: PKO Women’s Event
Buy-ins: $5.50, $22, $109
Guarantees: $3.5K, $10K, $25K

Event 13: PKO Take 2 Special
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $175K, $700K, $1M

Event 15: ME 2nd Chance (Turbo)
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $250K, $300K, $400K

Event 17: Super Tuesday
Buy-ins: $55, $215, $1,050
Guarantees: $175K, $200K, $400K

Event 20: Take 2 Closer
Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200
Guarantees: $125K, $150K, $350K

Mixed game madness

WCOOP Take 2 embraces the mixed game movement, offering six events (18 tourneys) in a format other than Hold ‘em. First up, the PLO Main Events. The high stakes championship offers $1 million in prizes. All three are stunning.

WCOOP $109 PLO Main Event Low – $109 PLO, $250K Gtd
WCOOP $1,050 PLO Main Event Medium – $1,050 PLO, $600K Gtd
WCOOP $10,300 PLO Main Event High – $10,300 PLO World Championship of PLO, $1M Gtd

Aside from the PLO Mains, WCOOP Take 2 offers NLO8, 5-Card PLO, HORSE and 8-Game events. Here’s the full list of non-hold ‘em events:

Event 02: 8-Game
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $15K, $35K, $60K

Event 04: NLO8
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $15K, $35K, $80K

Event 14: HORSE
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $10K, $30K, $50K

Event 18: 5-Card PLO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $20K, $60K, $85K

Event 21: PLO
Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050
Guarantees: $25K, $75K, $125K

WCOOP Take 2 on a budget

It’s an exciting time for players of all bankroll levels. WCOOP Take 2, as always, will cater to all.

If you are playing on a budget, we recommend you take at least a couple of shots at the low cost Main Event satellites mentioned earlier. It’s a great opportunity to join in with the biggest PokerStars tourneys of the year.

Aside from that, low stakes players won’t have to look far to find affordable events they can buy in for directly. There are no less than 15 tourneys running for $11 or less – six at $5.50, the lowest entry cost of the series.

You can buy in directly for all 15 tourneys, spread nicely across all five days, for $132. Here’s the full list:

01-L: $5.50 WCOOP Take 2 Kickoff, $40K Gtd
02-L: $11 8-Game, $15K Gtd
03-L: $11 PKO, $150K Gtd
04-L: $11 NLO8, $15K Gtd

06-L: $5.50 6-Max, PKO, Turbo, $30K Gtd
07-L: $5.50 Sunday Kickoff, $50K Gtd
10-L: $5.50 PKO Womens Event, $3.5K Gtd
12-L: $11 PKO Sunday Cooldown, $85K Gtd
13-L: $11 Take 2 Special (PKO), $175K Gtd
14-L: $11 HORSE, $10K Gtd

16-L: $11 NLHE (Turbo), $50K Gtd
18-L: $11 5-Card PLO, $20K Gtd
19-L: $5.50 Heads Up Progressive Total KO, Zoom, $40K Gtd
21-L: $11 PLO, $25K Gtd
22-L: $5.50 NLHE Series Wrap-Up, PKO hyper, $30K Gtd

High rollers won’t be disappointed. There are 12 tourneys running at $1,050; one at $2,100; two at $5,200; and two $10,300 tourneys.


Related Articles

Latest Articles

Study Poker with Pokerstars Learn, practice with the PokerStars app