|The world’s largest online poker tournament got underway this week at PokerStars.com, with the announcement that this year there is a record $4 million in prize money up for grabs. The World Championship of online poker will run until August 8th with twelve events, culminating in the final big money No Limit Hold’ em tournament.|
'Poker is one of the hottest trends in the world right now. Poker players from anywhere in the world can try their hand in PokerStars' World Championship of Online Poker and leave with the largest cash prizes ever won online,' said Lee Jones, PokerStars Poker Room Manager, and best selling poker author. 'And since we offer satellites for these events for as little as $3, anyone has a chance to win. In fact, through our Frequent Player Point program, we're giving away more than half a million dollars in free entries, so the next huge winner could get there for free.'
Those who aren’t lucky enough to qualify for free can expect buy-ins of $200 for the early events, right through to $2,500 for the main Hold ’em event. Guaranteed prize pools range from $100,000 to $1.2 million.