Get ready for WCOOP. Yes, after nearly 50 weeks of waiting, the 2020 version of the World Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars will commence on Sunday, August 30 and run over the next four Sundays for 225 total events and chances to win a WCOOP. The change-up tis year will be no Friday tournaments, or time off from the crazy pandemic grind.
"With many live poker events cancelled and people staying indoors, there has been an increase in online tournament activity this summer," said Luke Staudenmaier, Head of PokerStars Poker Operations in a statement. "Because those who compete in the WCOOP Player of the Series race will likely appreciate a break each week during the series, we will not run official WCOOP events on Fridays. Those who want to play on Fridays? Well, we'd like to run some special side events on these days."
As always, the WCOOP has three special levels of buy-ins or tiers to satisfy all types of players. You will find buy-ins starting as low as $2.20 and run as high as $25,000 for those high balla types that love the thrill of High Roller events.
No Limit will always be king in the MTT realm. But there's plenty of PLO, 5-Card PLO, and mixed games on this year's WCOOP schedule. Short-deck will be included with a 6+ Hold'em Event #17. There's also 8-Game, Triple Draw, Badugi, 2-7 Single Draw, 5-Card Draw, LHE, Omaha 8, PLO-O8, Mixed NL/PLO, HORSE, Razz, and Stud 8.
The WCOOP Main Event has been one of those life-defining tournaments. It either put a new player on the map for the first time, or gave a somewhat established player street cred as one of the best of the best online tournament players.
The 2020 WCOOP Main Event begins on Sunday, September 20. There will be three tiers of buy-ins for the Main Event this year starting from $55 to $530 to $5,200. In the past there were only two tiers, but the folks at PokerStars HQ felt a little generous this year and added three tiers.
The low-version of the Main Event has $55 buy-in and a $1.25 million guarantee. The medium-version has a $530 buy-in and a $2 million guaranteed prize pool. The big whopper of them all, the high-version of the Main Event has a $5,200 buy-in and a $10 million guaranteed prize pool. The winner typically banks a seven-figure first-place prize.
WCOOP Main Event winners in the past included... JC Tran (2006), Carter King (2008), Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Timoshenko (2009), Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz (2014), Jonas Lauck (2016), Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff (2017).
BigBlindBets from the UK is the defending champion after fading a field of 2,236 runners in the 2019 WCOOP Main Event to win $1.6 million.
Just like the popular Stadium Series, the final tables for certain WCOOP events will be live stream with commentary from your favorites announcers.
Click here to check out a complete schedule of events for the 2020 WCOOP.