PokerStars Announces Schedule for 2014 World Championship of Online Poker

PokerStars Announces Schedule for 2014 World Championship of Online Poker 0001

The richest online poker tournament series in the world is returning in September.

On Wednesday, PokerStars unveiled the schedule for the 2014 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). The annual series will offer a wide variety of games and formats in 66 events from Sept. 7-28 with $40 million in guaranteed prize money.

The festivities begin Sunday, September 7 at 08:00 ET with a $109 no-limit hold'em WCOOP Kickoff event. There will also be a pair of $215 no-limit hold’em events on the opening day schedule, including a Sunday Million special tournament with $1.5 million guaranteed.

As always, the festival will be highlighted by the $5,200 buy-in Main Event with a $10 million guaranteed prize pool. The two-day Main Event will take place September 28-29 and, for the first time ever, the final will be broadcast live. Commentary will be provided by the EPT Live team of James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton, plus members of Team PokerStars.

Also for the first time, PokerStars is running a side promotion that will see four protégés win training from Team PokerStars Pros (Andre Akkari, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov and Vanessa Selbst), and receive buy-ins to three events, including the $5,200 Main Event. The public vote to see who gets chosen to become the four protégés will begin on August 15 and can be followed at the PokerStars Facebook page.

Last year, PokerStars handed out more than $62 million across 66 events, crushing the $40 million in guarantees being offered. The total number of tournament entrants across the series was 144,945, up nearly 15 percent on the 2012 total of 126,041.

The biggest winner of the 2013 series was Germany’s"PlayinWasted" for winning the $5,200 Main Event. The 2013 Main Event was dominated by Germans as each of the top three players hailed from Germany and locked up seven-figure paydays after a three-way deal. With the victory, "PlayinWasted" added his name to a WCOOP Main Event champions list that includes Thomas Pedersen, Tyson Marks, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Carter King, and Marat "maratik" Sharafutdinov.

Online qualifiers to all the 2014 events are now live, with cash buy-ins starting from less than $1 and Frequent Player Point satellites from just 1 FPP. Here's a look at the 2014 WCOOP schedule (all times EDT):

Sunday, September 7

Event 01 - 08:00: $109 NL Hold'em [WCOOP Kickoff]
Event 02 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE]
Event 03 - 14:30: $215 NL Hold'em [Sunday Million SE]

Monday, September 8

Event 04 - 11:00: $320 PL Omaha [6-Max]
Event 05 - 14:00: $320 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Shootout]
Event 06 - 17:00: $215+R NL Hold'em [Turbo]

Tuesday, September 9

Event 07 - 11:00: $215 NL Draw
Event 08 - 14:00: $215 NL Omaha H/L [6-Max]
Event 09 - 17:00: $1,050 NL Hold'em [Super Tuesday SE]

Wednesday, September 10

Event 10 - 08:00: $215 PL Omaha [Knockout]
Event 11 - 11:00: $320 NL Hold'em [Ante Up]
Event 12 - 14:00: $215 NL Hold'em [Heads-Up]

Thursday, September 11

Event 13 - 06:00: $215 NL Hold'em [Progressive SKO]
Event 14 - 11:00: $530 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Knockout]
Event 15 - 14:00: $320 Stud H/L

Friday, September 12

Event 16 - 11:00: $215 PL Omaha [6-Max, Progressive SKO]
Event 17 - 14:00: $215 NL Single Draw 2-7 [Re-Entry]
Event 18 - 17:00: $320 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Zoom]

Saturday, September 13

Event 19 - 11:00: $109 NL Hold'em
Event 20 - 13:00: $ $320 NL Hold'em [Progressive SKO]
Event 21 - 15:00: $320 PL Omaha H/L [6-Max]

Sunday, September 14

Event 22 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em [Sunday Warm-Up SE]
Event 23 - 12:30: $10,300 NL Hold'em [8-Max, Re-Entry, High Roller]
Event 24 - 14:30: $700 NL Hold'em

Monday, September 15

Event 25 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em [4-Max]
Event 26 - 14:00: $320 Stud
Event 27 - 17:00: $215 PL Omaha [Turbo, 1R1A]

Tuesday, September 16

Event 28 - 11:00: $320 Mixed Hold'em
Event 29 - 14:00: $320 FL Badugi
Event 30 - 17:00: $1,050 NL Hold'em [Super Tuesday SE]

Wednesday, September 17

Event 31 - 08:00: $215 PL 5-Card Omaha H/L [6-Max, 2R1A]
Event 32 - 11:00: $700 NL Hold'em [Progressive SKO]
Event 33 - 14:00: $320 8-Game

Thursday, September 18

Event 34 - 06:00: $320 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Re-Entry]
Event 35 - 11:00: $320+R PL Omaha [6-Max]
Event 36 - 14:00: $320 Triple Draw 2-7

Friday, September 19

Event 37 - 11:00: $215+R NL Hold'em
Event 38 - 14:00: $530 FL Omaha H/L
Event 39 - 17:00: $215 NL Hold'em [6-Max, 10-Min Levels]

Saturday, September 20

Event 40 - 11:00: $1,050 NL Hold'em [6-Max]
Event 41 - 13:00: $530 NL Hold'em [Progressive SKO]
Event 42 - 15:00: $320 HORSE

Sunday, September 21

Event 43 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em [Sunday Warm-Up SE]
Event 44 - 12:30: $10,300 NLHE [High-Roller Heads-Up]
Event 45 - 14:30: $2,100 NL Hold'em

Monday, September 22

Event 46 - 11:00: $320 PL 5-Card Omaha [6-Max, 1R1A]
Event 47 - 14:00: $320 NL Hold'em [Re-Entry]
Event 48 - 17:00: $215 NL Hold'em [Turbo, Knockout]

Tuesday, September 23

Event 49 - 11:00: $320 Mixed NL Hold'em / PL Omaha
Event 50 - 14:00: $530 Razz
Event 51 - 17:00: $1,050 NL Hold'em [Super Tuesday SE]

Wednesday, September 24

Event 52 - 06:00: $215 NL Hold'em [1R1A]
Event 53 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em [Re-Entry, Big Antes]
Event 54 - 14:00: $2,100 PL Omaha [6-Max, Re-Entry]

Thursday, September 25

Event 55 - 06:00: $320 NL Hold'em [6-Max]
Event 56 - 11:00: $530+R NL Hold'em
Event 57 - 14:00: $215 FL Hold'em [6-Max]

Friday, September 26

Event 58 - 06:00: $530 NL Hold'em [1R1A]
Event 59 - 11:00: $215 NL Omaha H/L
Event 60 - 14:00: $1,050 FL Hold'em [6-Max]

Saturday, September 27

Event 61 - 11:00: $700 PL Omaha [Heads-Up]
Event 62 - 13:00: $700 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Progressive SKO]
Event 63 - 15:00: $2,100 HORSE

Sunday, September 28

Event 60 - 11:00: $215 NL Hold'em [8-Max]
Event 61 - 12:30: $10,300 8-Game [High-Roller, Re-Entry]
Event 62 - 14:30: $5,200 NL Hold'em Main Event

For more information, visit PokerStars.com.

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