PokerStars has recently released the schedule for the 2019 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). Launched in 2002 as a sort of online counterpart to the World Series of Poker, the WCOOP is the internet’s largest poker tournament series. This year, the tournament will run from September 5 to 25. It will feature 73 events, 219 tournaments, and guaranteed prize pools of over $75 million.
Most of the events in this year’s WCOOP will have three buy-in tiers. The only exception is the main event, which will only have two tiers. The format being followed this year is relatively new for the WCOOP. Since its launch until 2017, each event in the championship was just a single tournament.
The main event, which is known as Event #70, will begin on September 22. Of the two tiers in this event, one is known as the ultimate main event in the WCOOP. This is the high buy-in tier that costs $5,200 to enter and has a guaranteed prize pool of $10 million. The low buy-in tier runs concurrent to the high buy-in one. It costs $55 to enter and has a guaranteed prize pool of $1.25 million. The complete 2019 WCOOP schedule can be viewed on the PokerStars website.
Asked to comment on how the WCOOP caters to players of a wide variety of bankroll levels, PokerStars Managing Director and Commercial Officer of Poker Severin Rasset said: “We aim to give all our players a chance to find a tournament for them. That’s why we are offering a large range of formats, buy-ins, and plenty of routes to qualify. The 20-day tournament series is going to be huge for everyone and we can’t wait to see the results.”
Other than the regular tournament prizes, players can also compete for additional cash through the WCOOP leaderboards. Each buy-in tier will have its own leaderboard. You can earn points for cashing in events. The top three point earners for every leaderboard will win a minimum of $1,000. The top overall point earner in the entire 2019 WCOOP series will win $20,000 and be named Player of the Series.
PokerStars is also giving out extra prizes on September 15 in a special UFC event. This event will have four buy-in levels, and each level will be named after a fight weight class. The winner of each tournament will be rewarded with a prize package of UFC 244 in New York, inclusive of airfare and hotel accommodation.
Considering the amount of money involved in this series, it is expected for things to get tense, especially during the end stage of each tournament. This is why PokerStars is allowing deals to be made at final tables. They are also willing to facilitate these deals. In order to maintain the game’s integrity, players will have to leave money on the table for which to play. Typically, the amount left should not be more than 5% of the remaining prize pool.
Deals are not allowed in most of the qualifiers for the 2019 WCOOP, including the special Spin & Go’s. All players who manage to win a seat in WCOOP events will be automatically registered in that particular event, and withdrawals are not allowed. Players who win multiple seats in the same event will be rewarded with PokerStars tournament dollars.