Poker professionals are spending some quality time in Las Vegas right now, participating in the World Series of poker and anxiously waiting for the main event. The ones who already scooped a prize in a side tournament are celebrating and very few of them are paying attention to what happens over the Internet. That’s why, poker rooms have a hard time keeping players interested, but PokerStars doesn’t let this temporary situation have a deterring effect on its commitments to host the WCOOP.
The World Championship of Online Poker is the pinnacle of online poker and it is virtually as important as the World Series of Poker for those who compete exclusively over the Internet. The prize pool has been gradually increased every year and last time the competition was held, players were guaranteed to compete for no less than $9 million. This time, the bar has been lifted and those who pay the buy-in for the main event should know that in the worst-case scenario, they will still be playing for $10 million.
Past performance serves as an accurate indicator for future results and in this particular case it suggest that the barrier will be once again crossed. Whenever poker players find out that the guaranteed prize pool has been increased, they doubled their efforts, in an attempt of winning as much as possible. The natural result is that the prize pool grows even further and organizers are quite confident that in 2014, the World Championship of Online Poker will split more than $11 million.
In order to participate in this tournament, players will have to pay the standard amount of $250, which is on par with most of the events held by PokerStars. The similarities between the WCOOP and other flagship tournaments don’t end here, because players can also participate in satellites and earn a seat at the main event. The process is straightforward, because each qualifier will award a predetermined number of seats to the next stage and the most successful players will participate in the main event for free.
Those who are not in Las Vegas and have no intention in participating in land-based competitions, will probably find this proposition irresistible. Time is not exactly of the essence, because there are several weeks left before the competition begins, but there is no point in delaying the inevitable. The sooner they jump on the bandwagon, the better the chances to win one of these satellites and make an appearance at the World Championship of Online Poker.