|PokerStars.com has announced that its fifth annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is to take place on September 16, with players from more than 80 countries competing in 18 tournaments for a guaranteed prize pool of $10 million.|
The WCOOP will run over the course of 16 days, starting with the $200 buy-in Razz (Seven-Card Stud Low) tournament, and ending on October 1st with the $2,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, offering cash prizes of $3 million. One of the highlights of this year’s tournament is set to be the online tournament debut of H.O.R.S.E., a rotation of five varieties of poker which is expected to draw some of the sport’s top names.
Team PokerStars spokesperson Barry Greenstein said, “Prestigious tournaments such as the PokerStars.com WCOOP are the ultimate way to improve your game and experience the excitement of big tournament play. The WCOOP is a popular event with the established stars of online poker, and the H.O.R.S.E. tournament is bound to attract the elite.”
The 2005 WCOOP tournament series attracted 19,727 players and generated $12,783,900 in prize money making it the third largest online and terrestrial poker spectacle in the world.