Poker Stars Regional Promotional Rundown

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In addition to its regular promotional offerings for all its players everywhere around the world, PokerStars also hosts a vast assortment of regional promotions exclusively for players living in particular geographic areas. Here is a rundown of just some of the ones running right now at the site:

Icelandic Poker Championship seats worth $550 available through October 6 for players in Iceland wishing to take part in the country’s biggest live poker tourney, taking place in Reykjavic.

WCOOP Ticket Blast awards 118 WCOOP seats valued at more than $19K between now and September 10 for players in Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Romania, Poland, The Netherlands, Montenegro, Luxemburg, Hungary, Herzegovina, Greece, FYROM, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Croatia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, and Albania for as little as $0.22, with five additional tourneys qualifying players for special seat-added freeroll tournaments.

ACOP Platinum Series Mega Giveaway awards seats in the HKD $500,000 main event in Macau, with free and low cost qualifiers running now, awarding seats in one of three weekly finals plus hundreds more in tournament tickets, all for players anywhere in Asia.

Hot August is a multi-phase promotion made up of daily low-stakes tourneys awarding cash prizes and league points, with additional cash awarded to the top 200 players weekly, as well as tickets into the next WCOOP, all for as little as $0.11, but only available to players living in  Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Russia, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Estonia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in regional promotions at PokerStars. Check the site’s promotional page for the full list of special geo-specific offers running now.

Daniel Negreanu Dominates at the PokerStars’ WCOOP

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Daniel Negreanu is one of the best live poker players out there today, but after his recent Pokerstars World Championship of Online Poker, he’s shown that he has more than the ability to be one of the best online poker players as well.  Negreanu has won four World Series of Poker gold bracelets, two World Poker Tour titles, and has a total of 26 final table appearances at the WSOP.  He now has quite an impressive 2011 PokerStars’ WCOOP to put on his resume as well.

Negreanu had one of the best WCOOP’s out of any player, and also in recent history as well.  Negreanu decided to participate in 52 out of the 62 total events, and pulled in an impressive 15 cashes; which makes for a very strong 28.8% cash rate.  Overall, those fifteen cashes were good for a $119,193 payday at the end of the WCOOP.  Negreanu said that his biggest reason for the strong play was his level of preparation.  He also ran a stats program on his computer, and took notes on his opponents’ play during the events.

Another story that is interesting about Negreanu’s strong play, is the fact that he actually played the events from four different countries.  He started out in Barcelona, and moved to Montenegro, Budapest, and London, which tells a major story about how well-focused he was throughout.

Negreanu’s 15 cashes made up the second most out of any player who played the event, and his 28.8% cash rate is nearly double what the other 91 PokerStars Team Pro’s were able to finish at.  Another impressive stat about Negreanu’s 2011 WCOOP was the fact that his two highest finishes came from the two highest buy-in events that he bought into.  Negreanu bought into multiple different events, ranging from No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, Triple Stud, and an 8 game event as well.  His two highest finishes came in Event #41, which was a $10,300 No Limit Hold’em Event, that he finished in 4th place and took home $48,000; and the other was Event #61, which was a $10,300 buy-in 8 game event, that he finished in 5th place in and took home $52,500.

Negreanu will look to build on this strong WCOOP performance as events like the World Poker Tour continue to host events all around the world.

2011 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event Kicks Off

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The PokerStars’ WCOOP is not only one of the largest online poker tournaments on PokerStars, but also in the online poker world in general.  The WCOOP Main Event recently saw an increased buy-in of $5,200 back in 2008, and has had over 2,000 players enter it consecutively since then.  While they were not expecting nearly as many players for this years event after Black Friday, the event still drew an impressive 1,627 entrants.  This number can be compared to the highest of all time, which came last year when 2,443 players entered.

When you check out the WCOOP event you’ll see multiple big name players on the entrant list, and you’ll also find that this event is so popular that some of the big named poker pros in the United States actually moved out of the country to compete in the PokerStars WCOOP.  The event featured an incredible prize pool of $8,135,000, and it will payout a total of 189 players.  Both first and second place for this even will earn over $1 million, with first place taking home $1.4 million, and second place getting just over $1 million.

You’ll find that online poker tournaments run a bit differently than live tournaments do, and that they will typically get into the cash within one day; just as the 2011 WCOOP Main Event did.  When the day ended, there were 176 players remaining out of the starting field.

When the day came to an end there were some big named players still in the hunt, with players like Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Johnny Lodden, Mathias de Muelder, Luke Schwartz, Niki Jedlicka, Jared Bleznick, David Bach, Steve Gross, Tom Marchese, Mmickey Petersen, Mike Leah, and many more.  As far as the top ten goes heading into the final day, we have “NUTZBOT” holding down the top spot with 649, 769 chips, and is followed by “dan82mur” with 600,527 chips.  There is one other player with over 500k in chips, as “zivziv” has 587,440 and is in third place.  The remainder of the top ten comes in between 400,000 and 500,000 chips.

The 2011 PokerStars WCOOP Main Event should be a very interesting finish, and will pay out its final table some very nice pay days.

PokerStars Turns On WCOOP Radio

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The 2011 Poker Stars World Championship of Online Poker is on now, running through the end of September and consisting of 62 events including a $5 million guaranteed main event. And as of September 7th, you can hear all the action and behind-the-scenes activity through Poker Stars radio’s WCOOP Show. With hosts Jon Stapledon, of FOX TV’s PokerStars Big Game fame, and PokerStars UKIPT host Nick Wealthall, the WCOOP Show on PokerStars radio promises to include special guest appearances and interviews and updates on the WCOOP events taking place. The WCOOP radio show will also feature an assortment of call-in opportunities with $50,000 in prizes to be given away.

Among these call-in opportunities are the Daily Tourney, a $1 Hyper Turbo online tournament. After each of these events are over, PokerStars radio will get in touch with the winner by phone. If the winner answers with that day’s Phrase That Pays, they win a $215 tournament ticket into their choice of a Steps 4 satellite, a WCOOP event of equivalent value or a Sunday Majors event of equivalent value.

Another promotion for radio listeners of the WCOOP Show is the Giveaway Freebuy. This promo also involves a special password spoken in each program to find players to seed into a freeroll tournament with a $0.10 rebuy from which the top 3 winners get 1,000 FPPs each and the top winner gets a bonus opportunity in a future show to claim a second prize of a Step 2 ticket or risk it for a shot at a Step 3 ticket. These are just a couple of examples of the opportunities to win money at this year’s WCOOP just by listening to the radio.

Poker Stars Women Get Extra WCOOP Treatment

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The Poker Stars World Championship of Online Poker is coming up, and in keeping with the continuing effort of PokerStars to appeal to its growing numbers of women at the online poker tables (and to attract even more), they’re holding a special WCOOP 2011 promotion for ladies only.

Here’s how it works. All women who reach a final table at either a Women’s Sunday event or a Women’s Poker League event will automatically win a free seat in a WCOOP Step Satellite.

Women’s Poker League events take place twice daily with a $0.10 buy-in and twice daily with a $1.10 buy-in. The final table players at each of these will earn themselves a $7.50 WCOOP Step 1 Satellite tournament ticket regardless of how they fare at the final table from that point onward. The Women’s Sunday event takes place every Sunday and offers its final tablers a $27 WCOOP Step 2 satellite tournament ticket.

In addition, once the 2011 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker comes and goes, the woman who finishes highest on the WCOOP Player of the Series Leaderboard will be named Woman of the Series and win a $3,500 2012 PCA Women’s prize package that, just like it sounds, includes free entry into the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Women’s event.

The 2011 WCOOP takes place from September 4 – 26 and spanning the 22 days includes 62 poker tournament events with a combined guaranteed prize pool of over $30 million.

All unused Step Ticket prizes from this promotion will expire on September 25.

Poker Stars Releases 2011 WCOOP Schedule

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It’s time once again for another World Championship of Online Poker, courtesy of the slightly smaller but still world’s largest poker site: Poker Stars.

The 2011 World Championship of Online Poker (or WCOOP, for short) consists of 62 tournaments ranging from No Limit Hold’em to Fixed Limit Badugi and everything in between. Over half-a-dozen events have prize pools topping $1 million, several reaching $1.5 million. The action takes place from September 4 – 25 with most days seeing at least two, sometimes three or four, events. It all leads up to the main event, of course, taking place September 25 for a direct buy-in of $5,200 and a guaranteed prize pool of at least $5 million with a guaranteed 20% (that’s $1 million minimum) going to first place.

Buy-ins for WCOOP 2011 start at $109 and climb to $10,300 for the several high-roller events. But the site is already holding satellite tournaments awarding seats in the series’ various events for much lower cost, starting at only 100 FPPs (Frequent Player Points) or $1. There are also STEPS Sit and Go satellites into the 2011 WCOOP as well.

There will also be a leaderboard running to determine the WCOOP Player of the Series, who will win a massive prize package that includes a Champions Trophy, an EPT (European Poker Tour) Season 8 Grand Final prize package, a 2012 SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) main event entry, a prize package into the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and a special edition poker chip set.

Poker Stars Reveals 2011 WCOOP Schedule

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The Poker Stars World Championship of Online Poker is one of each year’s most eagerly anticipated online poker tournament series, with a main event first prize last year that topped $2 million. Now the time is nearing for another incarnation of the PokerStars WCOOP.

The 2011 PokerStars WCOOP starts September 4 and will consist of 62 events. The schedule features buy-ins that range from $109 to $10,300. One of those $10,300 high roller events takes place on day 1. Another takes place exactly two weeks later, on Sunday September 18, and this time it’s a heads-up event. The main event, taking place one week after that on Sunday September 25, has a $5,200 buy-in and an as yet undisclosed guaranteed prize pool. Each weekend day of the series between and including September 4 and 25 will feature two WCOOP 2011 events, while each weekday in that period will feature three events.

In fact, none of the prize pools for the 2011 WCOOP have been released yet. But at least, with the schedule out, players can start to clear their calendar. And for those who enjoy a bit of variety in their poker, these are not just No Limit Hold’em games either. Some are Pot Limit or Fixed Limit. Some are Omaha, Stud or Draw, even HORSE. The schedule features Freezeouts, Shootouts and Knockouts, events with 6-max tables, 10-minute levels and 8 games mixed.

As they do every year, Poker Stars will be holding satellite qualifiers awarding free seats into each of the WCOOP 2011 tournaments.