PokerStars, the biggest online poker website in the world will once again host the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) in September 2016. The company has released a tentative schedule and has confirmed that the tournament will feature a total of 82 events including the $102,000 Super High Roller (8-max single reentry).
The WCOOP is expected to start on September 4 and will feature a number of interesting events such as the $10,000 Heads Up High Roller scheduled for September 10; a $10,000 High Roller event scheduled for September 11; a $21,000 6-max PLO High Roller event scheduled for September 23 and the WCOOP Main Event which is scheduled for September 25. The Main Event has a buy-in for $5,000 and a guaranteed prize of $1.5 million to the eventual winner.
PokerStars has also confirmed that during this time it will also host another tournament that will be similar to a mini WCOOP that will be similar to the Main WCOOP but the buy-ins will be a lot lower to enable as many online poker players as possible to participate. Buy-ins are expected to range between $1.10 to $11 and only the Mini WCOOP Main Event will have a buy-in of $50. The mini WCOOP will not feature under the WCOOP tab on the PokerStars client since it is not considered to be a part of the WCOOP. The company is also yet to confirm if the structure of the mini WCOOP events will be similar to the main WCOOP events.
PokerStars is yet to confirm on the schedule for both tournaments and has asked its players to currently share their feedback about the proposed schedule and WCOOP events via its blog.
In a blog post, Bryan Slick, Senior Manager, Tournament Schedule & Online Championships at PokerStars said “There will be an extremely limited selection of satellites to Mini-WCOOP Events, which will run on the same dates and at the same times, in the same formats, as the WCOOP Events which each one mirrors (thus the reason there’s no need to post the schedule). Mini-WCOOP Events will not be in the WCOOP Events tab in the client, as they are not part of WCOOP proper.”
Some of the other events featured during the three week online tournament include $1,000 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship on September 9; $1,575 NL Hold’em on September 15 and a $2,100 NL Hold’em on September 18.