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2011 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Kicks Off September 4

2011 WCOOP

Three weeks, 62 events, $30,000,000 in guaranteed prize-pool money. This can only mean one thing: the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is back! Each year PokerStars is host to the WCOOP and SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker), the largest tournament series on the virtual felt. The 2011 WCOOP will undoubtedly have a different feel to it because of the effects of Black Friday, but it may not be as significant as you think. Many of the game's top players have been on the move and will return to the virtual felt in time for the 2011 WCOOP. In fact, Adam "Roothlus" Levy (in Canada for the time being) took down the PokerStars $11 re-buy for more than $4,500 on his first day back on the online scene.

This year's edition will mark the 10th WCOOP, and in the previous nine years, players have achieved impressive feats. After winning two bracelets in the 2009 WCOOP, Ryan "g0lfa" D'Angelo was back in 2010 to claim another bracelet, winning just shy of $200,000 for his efforts. D'Angelo has made three final tables in his WCOOP career and won each of them to top the all-time WCOOP bracelet list.

PlayerWCOOP Bracelets
Ryan “g0lfa” D'Angelo3
Dan “djk123” Kelly2
Anders “Donald” Berg2
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier2
Kyle “kwob20” Bowker2
Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb2
Jaime “Xaston” Kaplan2

When you talk online poker tournament series, James "Andy McLEOD" Obst is perhaps the most consistent player across the board. With four final tables made in the 2010 WCOOP, Obst led all participants in that category and is now tied with Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Steve "Rabscuttle" Cowley for six career WCOOP final tables made. Obst also happens to lead in SCOOP final tables made, too, with eight.

PlayerWCOOP Final Tables
James "Andy McLEOD" Obst6
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier6
Steve "Rabscuttle" Cowley6
Dan "Lenny" Heimiller5
Thor "osten" Hansen5
Ryon "7CardRyon" Nicholson4
Dan "djk123" Kelly4
Greg "DuckU" Hobson4
Matt "plattsburgh" Vengrin4
Christoph "Sassenage" Wolters4

Tyson "POTTERPOKER" Marks topped a field of 2,443 to win the 2010 WCOOP $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event for $2,278,097.50. Ten players have earned seven figures in the WCOOP in their careers, and not surprisingly, each has final-tabled the Main Event.

PlayerWCOOP Earnings
Tyson "POTTERPOKER" Marks$2,285,759.17
Yevgeniy "Jovial Gent" Timoshenko$1,733,944.87
Kyle "ka$ino" Schroeder$1,380,781.12
Tyler "Udon Wannit" Kenney$1,290,533.20
Carter "ckingusc" King$1,269,422.89
Kristoffer "Sumpas" Thorsson$1,035,991.09
Dmitry "Russian_nuts" Stelmak$1,027,291.47
Dan "djk123" Kelly$1,025,065.41

Leading the way with the most career WCOOP cashes is Thor "osten" Hansen. Most notably, Osten finished runner-up in a $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em two-day event in the 2010 WCOOP, falling just short against Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier.

PlayerWCOOP Cashes
Thor "osten" Hansen37
Dan "Lenny" Heimiller35
Jon "PearlJammer" Turner34
Stu "thedonator" Paterson30
Anders "Donald" Berg29
George "Jorj95" Lind III29
Rayan "rkruok" Nathan29
Steve "Rabscuttle" Cowley29
James "Andy McLEOD" Obst28

Predictions for 2011 WCOOP

As of now, Anders "Donald" Berg is registered for 57 out of the 62 events. Berg topped the 2011 SCOOP leaderboard with 23 cashes, including a watch (the WCOOP bracelet equivalent), so the Norwegian certainly knows how to handle a heavy schedule. He is also no stranger to success in the WCOOP, with two bracelets to his name. With WCOOP wins in the Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball in both 2007 and 2010, and a SCOOP win in HORSE, Berg is quite the mixed game specialist. We believe that Berg's online tournament series success will continue with an excellent 2011 WCOOP.

Also due for big things in the 2011 WCOOP is Toby "810ofclubs" Lewis. Currently registered for 38 events, Lewis will raise a few eyebrows during the next few weeks. In the 2011 SCOOP he final tabled the Main Event, earning $167,200 for his sixth-place finish. Expect more big results from the Brit by the time the 2011 WCOOP wraps up.

Here is a look at the 2011 WCOOP schedule:

Sunday, September 4

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
10:00 a.m.WCOOP-01: $200+$15 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max Two-Day$1,000,000
12:00 p.m.WCOOP-02: $10,000+$300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller$1,250,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-03: $200+$15 No-Limit Hold’em Two-Day$1,250,000

Monday, September 5

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-04: $300+$20 Pot-Limit Omaha$300,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-05: $300+$20 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout Six-Max$175,000
5:00 p.m.WCOOP-06: $200+$15 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo with Re-buys$500,000

Tuesday, September 6

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-07: $200+$15 Pot-Limit Draw$75,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-08: $200+$15 Triple Stud$50,000
5:00 p.m.WCOOP-09: $1,000+$50 No-Limit Hold’em Two-Day$600,000

Wednesday, September 7

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
6:00 a.m.WCOOP-10: $200+$50+$15 Pot-Limit Omaha Knockout$225,000
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-11: $300+$20 No-Limit Hold’em Ante Up Two-Day$300,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-12: $200+$15 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Two-Day$225,000

Thursday, September 8

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
6:00 a.m.WCOOP-13: $200+$15 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Six-Max 1R1A$125,000
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-14: $200+$50+15 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max Knockout Two-Day$500,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-15: $200+$15 Razz$125,000

Friday, September 9

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-16: $200+$15 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max$250,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-17: $200+$15 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Lowball$25,000
5:00 p.m.WCOOP-18: $300+$20 No-Limit Hold'em 10-Minute Levels$350,000

Saturday, September 10

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
10:00 a.m.WCOOP-19: $100+$9 No-Limit Hold'em$800.000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-20: $200+$15 Limit Hold’em$100,000

Sunday, September 11

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
10:00 a.m.WCOOP-21: $200+$15 No-Limit Hold’em$1,250,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-22: $500+$30 No-Limit Hold'em Two-Day$1,500,000

Monday, September 12

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-23: $200+$15 No-Limit Hold’em Four-Max$500,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-24: $300+$20 Stud$50,000
5:00 p.m.WCOOP-25: $200+$15 Pot-Limit Omaha Turbo 1R1A$225,000

Tuesday, September 13

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-26: $300+$20 Mixed Hold’em Six-Max$225,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-27: $300+$20 Badugi$50,000
5:00 p.m.WCOOP-28: $1,000+$50 No-Limit Hold’em Two-Day$600,000

Wednesday, September 14

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
6:00 a.m.WCOOP-29: $200+$50+$15 No-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Knockout$100,000
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-30: $500+$30 No-Limit Hold’em Triple Shootout 10-Max Two-Day$275,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-31: $300+$20 8-Game$100,000

Thursday, September 15

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
6:00 a.m.WCOOP-32: $300+$20 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max$350,000
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-33: $300+$20 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max 1R1A$300,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-34: $300+$20 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball$50,000

Friday, September 16

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-35: $200+$15 No-Limit Hold’em with Rebuys$550,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-36: $500+$30 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo$175,000
5:00 p.m.WCOOP-37: $100+$9 8-Game 10-Minute Levels$50,000

Saturday, September 17

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
10:00 a.m.WCOOP-38: $500+$30 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Two-Day$350,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-39: $300+$20 HORSE$125,000

Sunday, September 18

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
10:00 a.m.WCOOP-40: $200+$15 No-Limit Hold’em$1,000,000
12:00 p.m.WCOOP-41: $10,000+$300 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads-Up$150,000
4:00 p.m.WCOOP-42: $1,000+$50 No-Limit Hold'em$1,500,000

Monday, September 19

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-43: $300+$20 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max with Re-buys$350,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-44: $300+$20 No-Limit Hold’em 2X Chance$400,000
5:00 p.m.WCOOP-45: $200+$50+$15 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Knockout$400,000

Tuesday, September 20

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-46: $300+$20 Mixed Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha$225,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-47: $500+$30 Stud Hi/Lo$50,000
5:00 p.m.WCOOP-48: $1,000+$50 No-Limit Hold’em Two-Day$600,000

Wednesday, September 21

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
6:00 a.m.WCOOP-49: $200+$15 No-Limit Hold’em 1R1A$400,000
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-50: $200+$15 No-Limit Hold’em Big Antes$350,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-51: $300+$20 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo$175,000

Thursday, September 22

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
6:00 a.m.WCOOP-52: $300+$20 No-Limit Hold'em$400,000
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-53: $500+$30 No-Limit Hold’em with Rebuys$600,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-54: $2,000+$100 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max Two-Day$450,000

Friday, September 23

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
11:00 a.m.WCOOP-55: $500+$30 No-Limit Hold’em 1R1A$600,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-56: $1,000+$50 Limit Hold’em Six-Max$150,000
5:00 p.m.WCOOP-57: $200+$15 No-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 10-Minute Levels$75,000

Saturday, September 24

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
10:00 a.m.WCOOP-58: $500+$300 Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up Two-Day$125,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-59: $2,000+$100 HORSE Two-Day$200,000

Sunday, September 25

Time (EDT)EventGuarantee
10:00 a.m.WCOOP-60: $200+$15 No-Limit Hold'em Two-Day$1,250,000
12:00 p.m.WCOOP-61: $10,000+$300 8-Game High Roller Two-Day$500,000
2:00 p.m.WCOOP-62: $5,000+$200 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event Two-Day$5,000,000

*Data regarding WCOOP statistics obtained from

PokerStars is launching Mega Satellite Week to celebrate the WCOOP and give players the opportunity to win their way into the events. Beginning Aug. 29, two Mega Satellites will run every day for the week. PokerStars is guaranteeing 2,075 seats into 13 events.

Date (All times ETD)TimeSatelliteSat TIDEvent TargetSeats Gtd$ Gtd
8/2911:00WCOOP-01 Sat: $22 NLHE [6-Max, 125 Seats Gtd]4321084161 - $215 NLHE, 6-Max125$26,875
8/2914:00WCOOP-03 Sat: $22 NLHE [125 Seats Gtd]4321093673 - $215 NLHE125$26,875
8/3011:00WCOOP-04 Sat: $33 PLO [75 Seats Gtd]4321238064 - $320 PLO75$24,000
8/3014:00WCOOP-06 Sat: $3.30+R NLHE [3x-Turbo, 100 Seats]4321380846 - $215 NLHE+R, Turbo100$21,500
8/3106:00WCOOP-10 Sat: $27 PLO [KO, 75 Seats Gtd]43214387310 - $265 PLO, KO75$19,875
8/3111:00WCOOP-11 Sat: $33 NLHE [Ante Up, 100 Seats Gtd]43213048311 - $320 NLHE, Ante Up100$32,000
9/106:00WCOOP-13 Sat: $22 PLO H/L [75 Seats Gtd]43211090413 - $215 PLO H/L75$16,125
9/111:00WCOOP-14 Sat: $27 NLHE [KO, 6-Max, 100 Seats Gtd]43214247414 - $265 NLHE, 6-Max, KO100$26,500
9/211:00WCOOP-16 Sat: $22 PLO [6-Max, 75 Seats Gtd]43211215816 - $215 PLO, 6-Max75$16,125
9/217:00WCOOP-18 Sat: $33 NLHE [100 Seats Gtd]43213942818 - $320 NLHE, 10-Min Lev100$32,000
9/310:00WCOOP-19 Sat: $11 NL Hold'em [1,000 Seats Gtd]43213555619 - $109 NLHE1000$109,000
9/314:00WCOOP-20 Sat: $22 FLHE [100 Seats Gtd]43212091220 - $215 FLHE100$21,500
9/316:30WCOOP-62 Sat: $215 NLHE [25 Seats Gtd]432140897The Main25$130,000

We will be providing in-depth daily recaps of the WCOOP, so be sure to keep it here at PokerNews to stay up to date on all of the exciting action as it occurs.

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