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$70M, Trip to Bahamas up for Grabs in WCOOP 2018

PokerStars' World Championship of Online Poker will be held on September 2 to 17, 2018, with a sure US$70 million prize pool for more than 60 events.

This year’s edition of the annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) will offer the largest guaranteed prize pool in online poker’s history, host PokerStars has announced.

PokerStars will hold the tournament’s 17th installment in a span of 16 days from September 2 to 17, 2018, with an overall guaranteed prize pool of more than US$116 million—US$70 million from WCOOP events alone. The online poker company claimed that this prize pool is by far larger than that of any online tournament guarantee in history.

Players can also win a trip to the Bahamas as PokerStars promised that six Platinum Passes to next year’s PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) are up for grabs. Each pass will serve as an entry ticket to the 2019 tournament held in the Bahamas. Winners of the Platinum Passes will receive a US$25,000 buy-in to the PSPC, lodging at a popular resort, and some pocket cash.

Bettors can compete to take for themselves a slice of the prize pool by playing in some of WCOOP’s 61 events with varying buy-ins. Some of these tables include staples such as No-Limit Omaha-8, Pot-Limit Omaha, Stud 8, and No-Limit 5-Card Draw, among others. Similar to most poker tournaments, the WCOOP main event tables will be played using No-Limit Texas Hold ’em.

3 Buy-In Levels

Starting this year, PokerStars will implement a new buy-in system to let all players enjoy the tournament. The online poker company announced all events—with the exception of the main table—would have three different buy-in tiers catering to players with different bankrolls.

Gamblers can choose between playing in the event’s Low level, Medium level, or High buy-in level for each event. The main event has only the Low and High options.

Severin Rasset, director of Poker Innovation and Operations at PokerStars, said:

“Each year, players from around the world come together at PokerStars to battle it out in the WCOOP. The three-tier buy-in system that we have introduced this year means that everyone can enjoy the WCOOP action over 16 days, giving everyone a shot at becoming a PokerStars world champion of online poker.”

Buy-ins range from as low as US$2.20 for the US$250 thousand guaranteed prize pool No Limit Hold ‘em event, to as high as US$25,000 of both US$1 million guaranteed No Limit Hold ‘em and US$2 million guaranteed Pot-Limit Omaha.

Related: PokerStars Launches New Poker Variant, Unfold Hold’em

Become a Legend

Even without leaving their beloved couches, players can etch their names into the online poker history records by joining PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker in September 2018. They can join winners of previous tournaments into the hall of fame, including last year’s main event winner Steven van Zadelhoff who won more than US$1.6 million on the final table alone.

To enter the tournament, prospective players should create an account on the PokerStars network and fund their accounts with cash. They can either win satellite tournaments to gain entry to the WCOOP, or they can buy in directly to the tournament. Bettors, however, should make sure they are of legal age before earning a seat to one of the most prestigious online poker tournaments in the scene.

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