The 2014 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) began this Sunday on PokerStars. The largest online poker series of the year features 66 events with a staggering $40,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools. If the first three events are any indication of how big this series will get, the guarantee will be crushed.
WCOOP 2014 kicked off with a $109 no-limit hold'em $700,000 guarantee. When registration closed, 10,129 runners had taken their virtual seat creating a prize pool of $1,012,900, more than $300,000 over the guarantee. There were 1,350 places paid and the champion will receive $144,647.
After 30 levels, play on Day 1 was suspended with 32 players left in the field. Portugal’s “luis_faria” had the biggest stack with 5,577,487 chips. Canadians “FBurnz01” and “roo_400” sit in eighth and ninth position with 2,426,033 and 2,062,027 respectively. Play is set to resume at 8 a.m. EST on Monday morning.
Event 2 took the place of the usual $215 Sunday Warm-Up, creating a special edition Sunday Warm-Up, boosting the prize pool to $750,000. When registration closed, 6,348 entries built a prize pool of $1,269,600. Players reached the money when they were down to 840, and first place had a promise of $193,617. Event 2 was scheduled as a two-day event, and play was halted at Level 31. When play was suspended, Belgium’s “Sion08” had 2,898,643 to sit on top with 57 players remaining. Five Canadians are left in the field with “Explamation” at the top of the list in 20th position. Play will resume at 11 a.m. EST.
The Sunday Million also received special edition status. The top Sunday major was introduced as Event 3 with a $1,500,000 guarantee. It did not disappoint as 11,634 entries shattered the guarantee, boasting a prize pool of $2,326,800. There will be 1,530 places paid with the winner earning $323,663.
“XmasParty666” of Slovenia leads the 160 players left battling for the title when play was halted at the end of Level 30. Canadians Ami “UhhMee” Barer, second-highest career online tournament money leader Sebastian “p0cket00” Sikorski, “SilentPurple”, “youaremelon”, “weekesy333”, “gagdan80”, and PokerStars Team Pro Chris “Money800” Moneymaker were all deep in the mix.
Keep your eyes on PokerNews Canada for all of your WCOOP updates as the largest online poker series plays out over the next three weeks.