Hey gang, as you probably already know, the seventh annual Poker Stars World Championship of Online Poker kicks off today. This year, Poker Stars has added nine new events to the festivities and is expecting a record turnout.
Overall, there are 33 events in this year’s program, culminating in a $10 million guaranteed No Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event that will be held over two days on September 21 and 22.
As InfoPowa points out, the tournament has enjoyed incredible growth since it first started in 2002. That year, the entire program featured only nine events, the biggest of which drew only about 500 players. The total count over eight days was 2,452 players, and the consolidated prize pool was just under $800,000.
Since then, WCOOP has broken its own participation and jackpot records with each and every year. The prize pools now rival those of the big land tourneys. (Last year saw a total of 40,280 players participating.)
This year’s event is set to outdo all previous tournaments. Buy-ins range from $215 to $5,200 for the Main Event and $10,300 for the H.O.R.S.E. tourney, guaranteeing something for everyone. There are at least $1 million in prize pools in seven events on this year’s schedule, with the Main Event carrying a minimum prize pool of $10 million.