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  • PokerStars to host $100m GTD World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), as the biggest tournament yet
  • The event has allocated over $970 million since it first launched in 2001, and has been running for over 20 years now
  • PokerStars will offer various incentives that complement its tournament offer and add more opportunity for players of merit to win

WCOOP is back with a new record-setting prize pool which will reach $100 million for the upcoming event between August 22 and September 15.

Poker Gets Bigger with PokerStars $100m GTD WCOOP

Since 2001, PokerStars has allocated close $1 billion in what has turned out to be one of the longest-running events of all time, WCOOP. The latest iteration of the tournament set to debut on August 22 and run through September 15 will add another $100 million to the total prize pool, with WCOOP awarding some $970 million in the past 20 years.

With this PokerStars is essentially taking on GGPoker’s WSOP and WPT World Online Championships, which are equally substantial events, but still come short of the prize pool allocated by PokerStars across its network of tournaments.

This year’s edition will come with 102 championship events more, leading to a total of 306 tournaments that will have three buy-in levels. This will further allow flexibility and make it easier for poker players to enter without breaking their budgets.

WCOOP Events Remain Accessible despite Huge Prize Pool

Overall, the events will have a buy-in entry that varies from $5.50 to $10,300. With $100 million on the line, though, PokerStars is expecting a lot of action that will push the guaranteed prize pool well beyond the target, allowing successful participants to win more.

One small hiccup, however, is whether players can take on the grind. WCOOP has attractive events to enjoy, but there are numerous tournaments happening right now, which begs the question if players will have the stamina to keep going for three weeks of intense play.

However, there are a handful of events that will come with substantial prize pools, which may tempt some players into giving those events priority. PokerStars will also be running Low, Medium, and High Leaderboards that will award $100,000 for the most successful players.  

PokerStars will run a number of bonuses and freerolls in the period on top of the $100 million tournament series. You may find a full schedule of WCOOP events on the official page.