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PokerStars WCOOP 2017

2017-08-18 13:55:03

PokerStars is the world’s premier destination for online poker. The site controls an estimated two-thirds of the online poker market with over 15,000 daily players playing with real money. PokerStars hosts daily tournaments as well as the two biggest online poker tournaments in the world, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). The World Championship of Poker, held every September, is the company’s flagship event and the 2017 edition is shaping up to be their biggest one yet.

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The first PokerStars WCOOP took place in 2002 and consisted of 9 events with a prize pot of more than $730,000. The first event was the $100+9 Limit Hold’em which attracted an impressive 565 players. The inaugural tournament was won by Swedish player MultiMarine who scooped the top prize of $65,450. PokerStars also awarded $5,000 in cash to the Best All Round Player, The Beat, who won 3 of the 9 events of the series.

Since then the event has grown exponentially, last year a total of $773,504,875 was awarded in prizes across 82 events. The Main Event attracted more than 2,000 players and was won by German player IIJaYJaYII who took home a massive $1.5m, the largest ever prize won at the tournament. Elsewhere Dan ‘djk123’ Kelly claimed his 5th WCOOP title and Daniel Negreanu won in dramatic fashion over Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom in the $2,100 HORSE Championship.