PokerStars WCOOP Begins Today with Four Events

PokerStars WCOOP Begins Today with Four Events

The first day of the PokerStars 2020 World Championship of Online Poker is here. It has been two weeks since PokerStars announced its annual WCOOP, and it’s ready to go.

Action will kick off today, Sunday, August 30. There are four events with three buy-in levels of each, creating a day of 12 tournaments with WCOOP titles awaiting their winners. The series will run through September 23 with a total of 225 individual WCOOP tournaments and more than $81 million in prize pool guarantees.

The 75-event series is the 19th iteration of WCOOP, a staple in the poker industry and the series that set the bar for all others to follow it through the years. And it kicks off today.

2020 WCOOP Details

When PokerStars announced the series, players may have waited to finalize their schedules, but it starts today. It’s time.

The complete schedule is here, which will be updated with results as the series progresses. Since PokerStars has always been good about providing daily updates on its events, this will be the place to go for information.

As an example of what is on tap, here is today’s lineup:

–Event 2-L:  $109 NLHE 8-Max Progressive Sunday Slam ($1.5M GTD)

–Event 2-M:  $1,050 NLHE 8-Max Progressive Sunday Slam ($2M GTD)

–Event 2-H:  $10,300 NLHE 8-Max Progressive Sunday Slam ($1.5M GTD)

–Event 3-L:  $55 PLO 6-Max ($125K GTD)

–Event 3-M:  $530 PLO 6-Max ($250K GTD)

–Event 3-H:  $5,200 PLO 6-Max High Roller ($750K GTD)

–Event 4-L:  $22 NLHE ($100K GTD)

–Event 4-M:  $215 NLHE ($250K GTD)

–Event 4-H:  $2,100 NLHE ($500K GTD)

–Event 5-L:  $5.50 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Mini Sunday Cooldown ($50K GTD)

–Event 5-M:  $55 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown ($250K GTD)

–Event 5-H:  $530 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO Sunday Cooldown ($500K GTD)

But what happened to Event 1? That is a phased tournament that actually began on August 17. There are starting days running through September 21. Phase 2 will then gather the survivors on September 21 to play for the win.

–Event 1-L:  $2.20 NLHE ($250K GTD)

–Event 1-M:  $22 NLHE ($1M GTD)

–Event 1H:  $215 NLHE ($2M GTD)

Of course, that phased event will play out in the end, but there is also a Main Event. In fact, there are three No Limit Hold’em Main Event tournaments and three PLO Main Events.

–Event 72-Low: $55 buy-in NLHE 8-Max Freezeout Main Event ($1.25M GTD)

–Event 72-Medium:  $530 NLHE 8-Max Freezeout Main Event ($2M GTD)

–Event 72-High:  $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Freezeout Main Event ($10M GTD)

–Event 73-Low:  $109 PLO 6-Max Main Event ($300K GTD)

–Event 73-Medium:  $1,050 PLO 6-Max Main Event ($750K GTD)

–Event 73-High:  $10,300 PLO 6-Max Main Event ($1.25M GTD)

Bargain WCOOP Prices

Satellites are always a great way to obtain entries into WCOOP events at a fraction of the price. This year, PokerStars is offering more ways to find satellites than in the past.

There are MTT and SNG satellites at a fraction of the event buy-ins. For example, players can earn a seat into a $109 buy-in event via a $5.50 satellite and into a $22 buy-in event for as little as $1.10.

Within that range of satellites, there are special WCOOP Spin & Gos at the $4 and $22 price range with prizes as high as a $5,200 Main Event seat.

Fast Track satellites also offer a chance to start at just $1. Winners move to $11 rounds, then up to $109, and then $1,050 rounds. The final Round 4 action guarantees five seats in each to the $5,200 Main Event.

There are $81,637,000 in guaranteed prize pools awaiting. The 2020 WCOOP is on.




About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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