It’s the most anticipated schedule announcement of the year, and finally it is with us. Today, PokerStars announced full details of the 2021 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), which will run from Sunday, August 22 through Wednesday, September 15.
It’s the 20th edition of WCOOP, and the series schedule is the biggest and best yet.
There will be 102 events over the 15 days of competition, all featuring tournaments at three price points: low, medium and high. That means 306 tournaments in all and a staggering $100,805,000 in guaranteed prize pools.
You read that right. For the first time, WCOOP has a series guarantee of more than $100 million.
WCOOP 2021 OVERVIEW
102 events; 306 tournaments $100 million series guarantee $5K buy-in Main Event with $10 million guarantee 62 tournaments costing $11 or less to play Trophy for all champions
This ensures that in the 20th year of WCOOP, total prize pools through two decades of the online game’s most prestigious series will pass $1 billion. The current total, through series from 2002 to 2020, stands at $972,894,032. We will pass the $1 billion mark in the first week of this year’s series.Winners of every tournament will win an exclusive WCOOP trophy!
As ever, the centrepiece is the WCOOP NLHE Main Event, which begins on Sunday, September 12. The high buy-in is $5,200 and boasts a guaranteed prize pool of $10 million. The medium and low buy-in versions cost $530 and $55 to enter, respectively, and have $2.5 million and $1.5 million guaranteed.
Other highlights include a $25,000 entry Super High Roller, with a $3 million guarantee, and five tournaments with a $10,300 buy-in, in PLO and 8-Game as well as no limit hold’em.
You don’t need the budget of a high roller to play, however. Twenty-three tournaments have an entry fee of only $5.50 and a further 39 tournaments are priced at $11 to play.
As ever, there are hundreds of satellites running, including some freerolls, to give you access to the WCOOP action for a fraction of the advertised entry fee.
With games ranging from hold’em to HORSE; 8-Game to 2-7 Triple Draw; 6+, razz and badugi, there is something for everyone on the schedule.