With the largest live poker tournament drawing to a close (until the October Nine take to the tables), players are gearing up for the next exciting event in the circuit – PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). The online poker room recently released its 2012 WCOOP schedule, which features most of the events on last year’s list. The tournament, set to start on 2nd September, will have one of the up-and-coming poker variants on the circuit – Badugi. It will be a fixed limit game with a $320 buy-in. On the WCOOP schedule, it is marked as Event 27, which will take place on 11th September at 14:00.
Badugi Makes First Appearance at the 2009 WCOOP
The first time Badugi made it to the WCOOP list in 2009, veteran poker professional Raymond Davis won the title. He bested a field of 3,786 to make it to the top after playing in the $320 buy-in event. As a new poker variant on the tournament scene, it caught the interest of many other professional players like Gavin Griffin, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker and Vanessa Rousso, who were part of the field Davis defeated.
Last year, Thomas Pedersen earned the top spot in the WCOOP, which was the biggest event played online in 2011 with a massive $1,260,018 in prize money. Joel Adam Gordon took the title of the Player of the Series when he accumulated over $96,000 in cash. This placed him at the top of the leaderboard, and bought him a prize package with tickets to play in the EPT Grand Final, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP).
Upcoming: 2012 WCOOP
This year’s WCOOP will be a 22 day poker tournament with a number of high-roller and short-handed events that will be a part of the total 62 played online. The main event this year will require a $5,200 buy-in and come with a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000,000 for the player who places first. If this year’s tournament follows along the same lines as last year’s, the prize pool can exceed the $47,000,000 generated in 2011.
This year too, there will be guaranteeds which the online poker room will announce in the coming weeks. There are two routes to the tournament – buying-in directly or qualifying through satellites for each event on the tournament schedule. The 2012 WCOOP will be the tenth year of the tournament series. Players from across the world come to win bracelets and cash prizes that go up to millions.
How to enter the poker tournament
To enter the tournament, players should have a real money account with PokerStars. A player who doesn’t have an account but wants to participate in WCOOP will have to download the poker software from the site. The client is free and downloadable on PCs and Macs. The feature-rich, innovative software allows players to select language and location settings. Find out about the other impressive features of the online poker room in our PokerStars review.
Once the software is installed on a PC/ Mac, a player can buy-in directly to the WCOOP, play in satellites for just $1, and win a seat to the online tournament or, exchange Frequent Player Points to enter satellites which lead to the event. There are three buy-in options a player can use – tournament dollars, cash or tickets. The VIP store at PokerStars has tickets to the 2012 WCOOP which can be purchased or won. If won, the tickets will be marked as ‘awarded’.
Tournament dollars are part of PokerStars’ Tournament Money system in which players get to exchange their tickets for tournament dollars after unregistering from the event for which the entries were to be used. The online poker room allows players to unregister from the WCOOP if they win a seat. Tournament dollars (fee and buy-in to the event) will be credited to the player’s account. They can be used to register for other events that PokerStars holds year-round. Players have the option of unregistering from the 2012 WCOOP till two minutes before the event starts.
Special Offers for Poker VIPs
For its VIPs, PokerStars will hold special events which lead up to the 2012 WCOOP. In the coming weeks, the poker room will conduct several satellites which will be open to VIPs. The events will be accompanied by special offers that will give VIPs more chances than usual to enter the WCOOP. For instance, the events may be accompanied by offers for additional seats or entries provided at a higher than standard ratio. Another perk for VIPs is the chance to buy tickets to the tournament through the VIP Frequent Player Points Store.
One of the reasons the WCOOP is extremely popular among players is that it comes with more chances to win than other tournaments. The WCOOP will have Second Chance events which will commence three hours after the games they are to follow. The events will have the same structure as that of the one for which they are held. For instance, if the Fixed Limit Badugi has a Second Chance event, it will have the same limits and seats as the first. However, there will be a difference between the two – the buy-in for the Second Chance event will be less than that for the first.