World Championship of Poker Online (WCOOP 2008)


The large and live poker tournaments brought to you by the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour get a lot of attention from the public and media alike. There’s nothing more exciting than watching hundreds of top notch poker players compete for millions in prize money, except maybe participating. The World Championship of Online Poker gives you a chance to do just that, and from the comfort of your own home too.

Who

The World Championship of Online Poker is sponsored and run by online poker site giant Poker Stars. They started the Championship in 2002, and the participation level and prize pool has grown wildly every year since. This year’s tournament will be the biggest yet in every way imaginable. Anyone can qualify via Poker Stars many cash, sit-n-go, and steps satellite tournaments, but if you miss your chance there you can always buy in directly.

What

The WCOOP 2008 boasts 33 events over 16 days with a prize pool of at least $30,000,000 guaranteed. The main event alone boasts prizes of $10,000,000+. Of course there are plenty of Hold ‘em events, but you can pretty much choose your poison here with 5-card Draw, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, 2-7 Triple Draw, HORSE, 7-card Stud, 2-7 Single Draw, and a special eight game event. Buy-ins for these events range from $215 to $25,500. The buy-in for the main event is $5,200. Be sure to use some of the great poker bonuses that Pokerstars in handing out in order to increase the tournament sizes and help towards your buy-in money.

Where

All of these events will be held online through a special portal designed and supported by PokerStars.com.

When

Satellite qualifying tournaments are being held now and will continue through August. The first event of the WCOOP 2008 will begin on Friday, September 5 at 2:30pm. The NL Hold ‘em Main Event begins on Sunday, September 21 at 4:30pm. The Main Event is a two-day event and will end on Monday, September 22, effectively ending the whole tournament and crowning the 2008 champion. The specific start times for each event may change depending on the size of the playing field.

Why

With a few dollars and a lot of skill you could win your way to a chair in the WCOOP 2008’s Main Event. But if you’re not lucky enough to win a place via the satellites, the buy-ins for each WCOOP event are fairly reasonable and far easier than playing sit-n-go’s for days. This is one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) tournaments anywhere-online or off! You don’t have to take time off work, fly across the country, or camp out in Vegas for a week to participate. Last year’s Main Event champion took home well over $1 million. It’s the kind of money you simply don’t see every day, especially online. So why not take this rare chance at instant online poker stardom?

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