World Championship of Online Poker FAQ
The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) includes 70 separate events and a $45,000,000 guaranteed prize pool!
Below you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the 2015 series. If you still can’t find what you are looking for here, contact email@example.com.
Now in its fourteenth year, the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker is a series of tournaments which brings players from around the world together to compete for WCOOP bracelets and of course, millions of dollars in cash prizes. The World Championship is the game’s premier online poker series.
You can buy directly into the events themselves with cash, tickets or T$. Tickets to enter may be purchased in the VIP Store, or may be won in certain satellites which will be marked as awarding tickets. Satellites can be entered using cash and T$, and some accept FPPs. Some tournaments and satellites can be entered using Steps tickets.
Yes, in most cases. If you win a seat to a WCOOP event and then unregister from it, your account will be credited with T$ equal to the buy-in + fee of that event.
Unregistration will be available from the tournament lobby up until two minutes before the start of each event.
Note that this registration option applies to event seats won via satellite. Event tickets are not transferrable. Event tickets awarded via promotional tournaments must be used in that event or forfeited, as they have no value outside of the tournament to which they grant admission. Some other satellite tournaments, including many with an FPP buy-in, prohibit unregistration. Each of these satellites contains a warning, which appears prior to registration.
If you have already been awarded a ticket for a particular event, please do not play more promotional events which award the same ticket, since if you win the additional ticket will have no value. If you have won a promotional ticket for an event and are registered for that event, you may continue to play cash or FPP satellites to that same event, and if you win you will be awarded T$ for the value of the seat.
T$ can be used to register into any PokerStars online tournament. VIPs can also sometimes use T$ to buy directly into live events. See the About Tournaments page to find out more.
To check your T$ balance at anytime, please visit the Cashier window through the PokerStars lobby.
Absolutely! We will hold multiple satellites throughout the course of qualifying which are open exclusively to PokerStars VIPs. These special events may include added seats or seats at a higher-than-normal ratio, in either case giving our VIPs many great opportunities to qualify.
Also, VIPs will have the option of purchasing entry tickets to WCOOP events via the VIP FPP Store.
Yes. Two hours after the start of most events, a 2nd Chance event for that particular WCOOP event will begin. Each 2nd Chance event will have the same structure as the event for which it follows, though the buy-in will be slightly less and the levels will rise faster than in the corresponding WCOOP event. T$ will be accepted for entry to 2nd Chance events. Bracelets will not be awarded to 2nd Chance event winners and Player of the Series points are not awarded.
The prize is two-fold. For starters, each event has a minimum guaranteed prize pool. On top of the cash, players will be competing for a coveted gold and diamond WCOOP bracelet that will be awarded to the winner of each event.
For the WCOOP events themselves, yes, and we will be there to facilitate them. However, please note that any deal will have to leave a portion of the prize pool out of the deal to be awarded to the winner. The minimum amount to be left aside will be specified in the tournament lobby. For more details about deals, please see our poker tournament rules.
No. The intent of the satellites is to produce seats into the WCOOP and not just distribute T$ to people. Therefore, we are prohibiting final table deals during the satellites.
For subsequent seats after the first one you win, your account will be credited with T$ equal to the buy-in + fee of the target event.
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The standard PokerStars Tournament Rules apply. Please read the poker tournament rules.
[1R1A] indicates that players are allowed 1 rebuy and 1 add-on each within the tournament. For example in a $500 event, players may begin with 7,500 chips each. While their stack is 7,500 chips or less, they may purchase another 7,500 chips for an additional $500. At the end of the rebuy period (specified in the tournament lobby), all remaining players may make a one-time purchase of 10,000 additional chips for $500.
[Ante Up] is a tournament format where the blinds stay the same while the antes increase with every level. Antes start from the first level.
[Re-Entry] indicates that players may re-enter the tournament once they have lost all of their chips. When re-entering, a player will receive a new starting stack and be randomly seated at a new starting seat in the tournament. Re-entry is available in such tournaments for the duration of the late registration period.
[Big Antes] is a tournament format where the both the blinds and the antes increase with each level. Additionally, antes start from the first level. The structure of these tournaments has a higher ante to blind ratio than the normal structure.
In Knockout tournaments, a cash bounty is placed on every entrant in the tournament. Every time you eliminate somebody, you win a cash prize!
In a Knockout tournament, every player pays an extra buy-in, which serves as that player’s bounty. For example, a Knockout tournament might have a total buy-in of $4+$1+$0.40, of which $4 goes into the regular prize pool, $1 is each player’s bounty, and $0.40 is the tournament fee.
In a Super Knockout event, the size of the Knockout bounty is the same as the buy-in amount that goes into the prize pool, so there is a bigger incentive to eliminate players.
In a Progressive Knockout tournament, a percentage of every knockout bounty goes to increasing the bounty of the player who caused the knockout. For example, if a player has a $10 bounty on him and the increase percentage for the tournament is 25%, then the player who knocks him out would win $7.50 and their bounty would increase by $2.50. If a player in the same tournament had increased their own bounty to $20 then the player who knocked them out would get $15 and increase their own bounty by $5.
A Phased tournament is one in which a number of levels at the beginning of the tournament are played non-concurrently from the end of the tournament, for different groups of players. Players can choose between different starting phases that begin at different times. Each starting phase will play the same amount of time, and then all remaining players will later combine in a single, larger tournament. Phased tournaments allow the schedule flexibility normally associated with smaller-field tournaments, while still enjoying the large prize pools associated with larger-field tournaments. Chip counts at the end of Phase 1 will be carried over into the next round.
In the case of Event 01, the final Phase 01 will be played on Sunday, September 6th at 08:00 ET. Phase 02, in which all players who have finished previous Phase 01s with chips will combine to play out the rest of the tournament, will begin at 12:00 ET on September 6th. Once the Event has combined in Phase 02, it will play out like a normal tournament.
Please note that if you play in any of Event 01’s Phase 01s, you must ensure that you will be available to play in Phase 02, as you cannot unregister from Phase 02.
Event 01 allows for multiple entries into the Phase 01s. For example, if you play in a Phase 01 on August 31st and are eliminated, you can enter into another Phase 01 later the same day or at any point before Phase 02. However, note that you cannot qualify for Phase 02 more than once, so if you still have chips at the end of any Phase 01, you will not be able to play in any further Phase 01s.
Most of the high-profile tournaments seen on TV are essentially phased tournaments, with the entry phases usually referred to as Day 1A, Day 1B, Day 1C, etc.
These events will pause at the point stated in the tournament lobby and will be resumed the following day at the same time Day 1 began. For most 2-day tournaments, just before play resumes on Day 2, seats will be re-drawn and players will be randomly re-seated. For some tournaments, re-seating is not done. See the individual tournament lobby for complete details.
WCOOP is indeed the World Championship of Online Poker, and each Event winner is indeed a Champion. Having said that, this year for the first time we have decided to set 15 of the events apart by marking them as the annual Championship in the particular type of tournament being played. Each of these Events has a special structure written specifically for the annual Championship format in WCOOP and will play down to the final three tables before pausing for the end of Day 1. We’ll bring the last three tables’ worth of players back on Day 2 to play for the Championship and the glory of being known as online poker’s Champion in the given genre for 2015!
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