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WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event]

Welcome to Day 1 of the 2020 WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Main Event]

2020 WCOOP

As of 1.05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), the highly anticipated flagship event of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker 2020 will kick off and feature a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000,000. Nearly 90 minutes prior to the start, there are already more than 430 players registered and that number is certain to grow in the hours to come.

The pinnacle event of the festival has been taking place since 2002 and players from the United States have earned the most titles, including big names as J. C. “area23JC” Tran, Carter “ckingusc” King and Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko.

Also among the winners is none other than Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz who earned the title in 2014, followed by regulars of the international poker circuit such as Jonas “llJaYJaYll” Lauck and Steven “ SvZff” van Zadelhoff.

The defending champion is the UK's Fraser “BigBlindBets” Russell who defeated a field of 2,236 entries in 2019 and took home $1,665,962.04, the third-biggest winner prize in the history of the event.

WCOOP-72-H: $5,200 NLHE Main Event Day 1 Level Structure

LevelDurationSmall BlindBig BlindAnte
130 min5001,000125
230 min6001,200150
330 min7001,400175
430 min8001,600200
530 min1,0002,000250
630 min1,2502,500325
730 min1,5003,000375
830 min1,7503,500450
930 min2,0004,000500
1030 min2,5005,000625
1130 min3,0006,000750
1230 min3,5007,000875
1330 min4,0008,0001,000
1430 min4,5009,0001,100
1530 min5,00010,0001,250

Day 1 will feature a total of 15 levels of 30 minutes each with a starting stack of 250,000 and the late registration will remain open until 1.05 p.m. EST the following day, five minutes prior to the restart of Day 2. During the late registration period, up to two re-entries are available and the tournament will play down to a champion throughout the next four days.

DayDateStart TimeFurther Info
1September 20th, 20201.05 PM ESTPlay 15 levels of 30 minutes
2September 21st, 20201.10 PM ESTPlay concludes when 72 remain
3September 22nd, 20201.05 PM ESTPlay concludes when 9 remain
4September 23rd, 20201.05 PM ESTPlay down to a winner

The PokerNews live reporting team will provide all the action from start to finish, and the final day will also be broadcasted on the PokerStars Twitch channel with cards-up coverage and commentary on a delay of at least 20 minutes.

Tags: Carter KingFedor HolzFraser RussellJC TranJonas LauckSteven van ZadelhoffYevgeniy Timoshenko