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WCOOP pays out record-breaking $73 million

10 Oct 2016

(PRESS RELEASE) -- PokerStars' flagship online tournament series, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), has completed another record-breaking year with a guarantee-busting $73,718,745.19 total prize pool across 82 events from 4-27 September. PokerStars, an Amaya brand, also launched a complementary series, Mini-WCOOP, offering low-stakes entry into the WCOOP experience for the first time.

Mini-WCOOP generated a total prize pool of $3,947,555.76 contested by 168,117 unique players from 154 countries. To celebrate globally, PokerStars is giving an even wider audience the chance to take part in WCOOP action with four Play Money WCOOP events taking place over two days in November:
  • 12 November, 13:00 ET: 1M Play Chip NL Hold'em [Play WCOOP Kickoff]
  • 12 November, 16:00 ET: 2M Play Chip NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max]
  • 13 November, 11:00 ET: 5M Play Chip NL Hold'em [6-Max, Win the Button]
  • 13 November, 14:00 ET: 20M Play Chip NL Hold'em Main Event

WCOOP highlights
The 2016 WCOOP surpassed the 2015 record by more than $7 million attracting 24,533 unique players from 126 different countries.
  • The three-day WCOOP Main Event featured a $10,052,879 total prize pool, surpassing the $10 million guarantee, and was one of the five richest PokerStars tournaments of the year.
  • PokerStars also added the richest buy-in online tournament ever held: the $102,000 Super High Roller event, which was won by 'bencb789' from Sweden, who beat Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz to the $1,172,360.60 first prize.
  • Event #70: $21,000 PLO [6-Max, High-Roller] broke a record of its own by generating the biggest ever Omaha prize pool of just over $1.9 million. 'ludovi333' beat 92 other entries to the top prize of $462,182.17.
  • Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu beat Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom heads-up in the finale of Event #71: $2,100 HORSE Championship. Negreanu took the lion's share of the $294,000 prize pool, after fighting it out heads-up with the online phenom to claim the title and $61,865.

Further information about these events can be found on PokerStars Blog.

The PokerStars Twitch channel featured an exclusive broadcast with the winner of the $102,000 buy-in Super High-Roller, 'bencb789', who took part in a live discussion about playing the highest stakes in online poker, taking questions and reviewing key hands. Viewers were able to send hand histories using PokerStars' 'Boom!' hand re-player to receive feedback and advice.

Player of the series
The World Championship of Online Poker Player of the Series was 'SixthSenSe19' from Uruguay, who finished ahead of second-placed 'blanconegro' from Mexico. 'SixthSenSe19' won the Champion's trophy, an Ultimate Bahamas Experience and a Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) Main Event ticket.

PokerStars introduced Mini-WCOOP this year, providing players with a lower-stakes series to run alongside WCOOP. Mini-WCOOP generated a total prize pool of $3,948,559. Arguably the most notable win of the 82-event series was when French nurse and poker enthusiast Iwan 'Ethanolol' Robert simultaneously won Mini-WCOOP Event #27 and #28 topping fields of 18,856 and 11,982 respectively. An interview with Robert can be found on PokerStars blog.

"Throughout its history, WCOOP has enjoyed huge growth and consistently broken its own records. This year, we offered more Events than ever and are proud to have introduced a companion series in Mini-WCOOP, providing a lower-stakes Championship-level experience, one that was enjoyed by 168,117 unique players and surpassed virtually all of our expectations," said Bryan Slick, Senior Manager, Online Championships.

For further information and stats about WCOOP 2016, go to the PokerStars website.
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