The world’s largest online poker tournament presented by PokerStars.com is set to kick off in mid September with a guaranteed $10 million prize pool.
The fifth annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) gets underway on September 16 with the first of 18 poker events.
This year’s WCOOP is expected to attract players from more than 80 nations, who will compete for gold bracelets and millions in cash prizes.
The tourney will run over the course of 16 days, starting with the $200 buy-in Razz (Seven Card Stud) tournament.
The cyber poker event will end on October 1 with the single richest tournament in online poker — the $2,500 buy-in no limit hold’em tournament, which offers a guaranteed prize pool of $3 million.
Following the lead of the recently completed World Series of Poker, the 2006 WCOOP will introduce a H.O.R.S.E. event for the first time ever in a major online tournament.
H.O.R.S.E., a rotation of five different varieties of poker (hold’em, Omaha High-Low, Razz, Stud and Eight-or-Better) is the ultimate test of all-around poker skill.
With a buy-in of $5,000 and a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool, the H.O.R.S.E. tourney is expected to attract many of the top names in online poker. The special event, in fact, will be hosted by poker pro Barry Greenstein, sometimes known as "The Robin Hood of Poker, who is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful cash and tournament players.
"Prestigious tournaments such as the PokerStars.com World Championship of Online Poker, are the ultimate way to improve your game and experience the excitement of big tournament play," Greenstein said.
Last year’s WCOOP attracted more than 19,000 players who generated $12.8 million in prize money — making it the third largest poker spectacle — live or online — in the world. PokerStars officials predict this year’s tourney will set new records.
For players who don’t want to invest the tournament buy-ins, PokerStars will be running satellites to the major events around the clock, with buy-ins starting as low as $3.30.
For more information or a complete schedule, visit the PokerStars.com web site.