PokerStars announced the schedule for the 2017 World Championship of Online Poker today and it’s a big one with over 160 events and over $700k in added value.
The biggest change for this year’s WCOOP is the addition of 81 more events in a brand-new “Low” tier where buy-ins start at just $11.
This year’s edition will run from Sept. 3-25. The crown jewel of the series remains a $5,200 buy-in Main Event that goes off Sept. 24 and will offer a gargantuan $10m guaranteed prize pool.
Crack Chests, Win WCOOP Tickets
PokerStars recently introduced a brand-new loyalty program that centered around randomized chests.
Similar to rewards in several popular video games, PokerStars Chests award a variety of randomized prizes. The program is aimed primarily at recreational players who can potentially win very large prizes even if they are relatively new at poker.
PokerStars will be doling out over $700k in WCOOP tickets through chests over the following weeks.
Earning chests is as simple as putting in a certain volume of real-money hands.
Meanwhile WCOOP always brings a handful of new events and this year the most-talked about new inclusion would most likely be the special phased HORSE event.
The event will feature five starting phases and each one will focus on a specific game: Limit Hold’em, Omaha-8, Razz, Seven-Card Stud or Seven-Card Stud Eight-Or-Better.
Phase 2, and the rest of the tournament, will take place in the traditional HORSE format with all games represented.
HORSE doesn’t usually get a ton of attention from the majority of poker players but it’s a fantastic way to test your mettle across several different games.
The All-New Low Tier
For years WCOOP has been the premiere online series of choice for serious grinders but low and mid-stakes MTT grinders have been left out of the action.
While the Spring Championship of Online Poker always had three different buy-in levels all the WCOOP buy-ins were relatively high.
That’s changed this year as PokerStars is introducing a Low tier that will offer buy-ins starting at $11.
That’s not to say WCOOP-Low won’t offer anything for hardcore grinders. Low tournaments represent a second chance for players to get in on their favorite events of the series.
There will also be some larger events as the Low high rollers still top out at a sizable $1,050. The Main Event will also have a $215 buy-in with a guarantee that’s yet to be announced.
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Here’s a look at the complete 2017 WCOOP schedule straight from PokerStars: