This November, high-rollers looking for a tournament can skip the luggage and airport lines and play from the comfort of their own home. PokerStars, one of the world’s largest online poker sites, is making room for the big players – and plain old big spenders – in this year’s World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) with a $51,000 “Super High Roller” no-limit hold’em tournament.
The largest buy-in in online poker tournament history has a $1 million guarantee and roughly 40 players are expected to compete. The $51,000 buy-in is more than twice the previous record for an online tournament ($25,000).
PokerStars Team Pros Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu and Jason Mercier are already confirmed for the event. Negreanu – who has six WSOP bracelets on his resume and two World Tour titles – just missed the November Nine in the World Series of Poker this year, while Mercier won his third World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet this summer.
The WCOOP has been an annual event since 2002, when it featured nine events and awarded $730,000 in combined prizes. The event has grown exponentially since, awarding over $61 million in 22 days last year.
Although they’re not yet committed to this year’s event, big names such as Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, George Danzer, and Eugene Katchalov have competed in the WCOOP in recent years.
The Championship includes a variety of different poker games including: limit, pot limit, and no-limit Texas hold’em; seven card stud and seven card stud hi/lo; along with five card stud, badugi, and 2-7 triple draw.
The $5,200 buy-in, $10 million guaranteed no-limit Main Event will run at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sep. 27. Satellites into the 2015 Main Event are currently running in the PokerStars lobby.
In addition to the cash prize, the WCOOP winner receives an engraved, 14-karat gold bracelet.
(Photo courtesy raulbarraltamayo, Creative Commons.)
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