Mark those calendars. The 2019 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is coming. It's just around the corner. A total of 73 events will take place with 219 total tournaments. There will be three tiers of buy-ins as per usual (low, medium, and high) for 72 events. The Main Event only has two buys-ins without a medium.
In all, there will be $75 million up for grabs in guaranteed prize money at the 2019 WCOOP. The 2018 WCOOP only had a $70 million guarantee.
With low, medium, and high buy-in ranges, the WCOOP will be perfect for players with various bankrolls and levels of experience.
The lowest buy-in is only $2.20. Man, that's less than a cup of good coffee.
The Main Event begins on Sunday September 22 with a low-tier worth $5.50 buy-in and a high-version with a $5,200 buy-in. As per usual, the WCOOP Main Event comes with guaranteed prize pools. The low has a $1.25 million guarantee and the high has a $10 million guarantee. Both should get cracked for sure.
But it's online poker. Weird things happen. You never know which smaller events might miss their guarantee to keep an eye every day during WCOOP for a potential overlay alert.
Last year, Dutch player 'wann2play' outlasted 2,044 entrants to win the 2018 WCOOP Main Event for over $1.35 million.
If you dig Short Deck hold'em, then you have a chance to play the fast-growing format in the 2019 WCOOP. PokerStars introduced 6+ hold'em earlier in the year, which is their version of Short Deck. There will also be a $1,050 buy-in Short Deck High Roller on the docket.
There's a special charity event this year (buy-in at $55) with $5 from the entry fee going toward Right to Play charity. The event, which also doubles as a Mini Sunday Million Edition, has a $400K guarantee.
If you dig UFC, then you're in luck. PokerStars and UFC partnered up to do a bunch of cool things. One of them includes a special weekend getaway to NYC for tickets to UFC 244. The 2019 WCOOP includes four UFC-branded events.
What's a COOP without a leaderboard? There will be leaderboards for three different tiers of buy-ins along with the general leaderboard. Prizes will be awarded to the player on top (like $20K to the overall leader). Leaderboard winners in low/med/high will be dubbed "Player of the Series", which is one of those distinctions that goes a long way in some circles.
Of course, satellites for the 2019 WCOOP will be running including Spin & Go. Check the lobby for more details.
For more info, head over to PokerStars Blog to check out the full schedule of events for 2019 WCOOP.