This year's World Championship of Online Poker will feature a total of forty-five poker events and a guaranteed cash pool of $40 million. The WCOOP main event will have a $10 million prize cash pool guarantee. Last year's WCOOP Main Event champion Carter "ckingusc" King said on September 2nd, 2009 that he don't think that any other online poker tournament even compares with the WCOOP.
He said that it is the biggest online poker series of the year. He added that it is like their WSOP and he is very excited about it. Last year, Carter outwitted more than 2,000 players and edged out a final table that included AKJHoosier1 to take home the 1st place cash prize of $1.3 million. The total cash pool contained $10,925,000 which easily surpasses most live poker events.
This year, PokerStars is introducing several brand new features to the well-known online poker series. For the 1st time in the event's history, there will be poker events in 5-card draw and Badugi. PokerStars will also feature a brand new low buy-in "Stimulus" event, which is patterned after the World Series of Poker event with the same name.
Participants will have a chance at World Championship of Online Poker glory for only $190, complete with a $1 million guaranteed cash pool. King said that the Stimulus is a fantastic event. He added that the $1 million guaranteed money pool is big. PokerStars will also be featuring 3 high-roller poker events this year with buy-in costs ranging from $10,000 for the No-Limit Holdem event to $25,000 for the No-Limit Holdem Heads-Up event.
With stiff competition from online poker series like Full Tilt's Online Poker Series (FTOPS) and even PokerStars' own Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) event organizers have gone out of their way to make the WCOOP the top online poker series of the year.
PokerStars officials decided not to include the multiple buy-in events that were predominate in this year's SCOOP. Every poker event in the 2009 SCOOP had a low, medium and high buy-in costs version. This decision seems to be acceptable with players. King said that he is in favor of keeping the WCOOP as it is since the schedule is good. There will be different ways to qualify for every poker event in this year's WCOOP and satellite buy-in costs begin at just $1 dollar. Even King, who presumably has enough money to buy-in directly, stated that he usually plays in satellite events. The 2009 WCOOP will run until September 20th, 2009 when the $10 million guaranteed main poker event starts off.