PokerStars has unveiled the schedule for the 2022 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), arguably the most prestigious online poker series on the schedule. From September 4-28, WCOOP features 322 tournaments and $85 million in guaranteed prize pools.
This is the 21st edition of the series, but this year there is a small difference. For the first time, PokerStars is featuring a dozen “World Championship” events, with the winner of each dubbed the World Champion in that particular discipline. Game types include Badugi, HORSE, Pot-Limit Omaha, 8-Game Mix, as well as No-Limit Hold’em variants like Progressive Knockout, 6-Max, and Heads-Up.
As always, events have three different price points: low, medium and high. As such, there are six tournaments that will be considered main events, three each in No-Limit Hold’em and three in Pot-Limit Omaha, as follows:
WCOOP 92-L: $109 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, $2.5 Million Guaranteed
WCOOP 92-M: $1,050 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, $4 Million Guaranteed
WCOOP 92-H: $10,300 No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, $6 million guaranteed
WCOOP 94-L: $109 Pot-Limit Omaha Main Event, $250,000 Guaranteed
WCOOP 94-M: $1,050 Pot-Limit Omaha Main Event, $600,000 guaranteed
WCOOP 94-H: $10,300 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship, $1 million guaranteed
As you can see, two of the main events are considered World Championships. Also note the “high” No-Limit Hold’em Main Event buy-in, as it doubled to $10,300 this year.
And just like the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), the WCOOP is launching the first women’s event in its history. All three buy-in tiers have combined guarantees of $38,000 and will take place on September 25. There is also a Women’s World Championship event on September 18 with a $530 buy-in and a guaranteed prize pool of $65,000.
Each winner of a WCOOP event will receive a trophy; winners of main events and leaderboards will receive larger versions of the material. World Champions will also receive special trophies for their achievements.
As is always the case with PokerStars, there are several ways to access WCOOP events for less than the buy-in. Fast Track satellites run daily until September 25 with buy-ins as low as 50 cents. And unsurprisingly, special Spin & Go’s are available with WCOOP prizes.
Last year’s WCOOP winners can enter the Champions Freeroll for a chance to earn a spot in the $10,300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event. A total of $50,000 in WCOOP will be awarded in the freeroll, which will be held on September 5.