First ever $10m WCOOP Challenge Series rounds off December Festival

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – November 26, 2013 – PokerStars today announced the launch of the December Festival, which will see more than $27 million won by players across 22 days of special tournament and ring game promotions.

The festival will take place from December 1-22 and include a host of popular promotions, including Double Vision Sundays, Million Dollar Sundays, Golden Sit & Go’s, a special $700k Milestone Hand giveaway, and a December Mission Week.

The festival will then culminate on the weekend of December 20-22 with the first ever $10 million WCOOP Challenge Series, which is a special spin-off series of the World Championship of Online Poker, featuring eight WCOOP tournaments, a $10 million guaranteed prize pool, and 2014 World Championship Main Event tickets in additional prizes for the event winners.


Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis said: “The festive season is usually a great time to play online poker and this year it’s going to be unmissable. I’ll play all the big Sunday tourneys, hope to win a milestone hand bonus in the ring games, and be going after a WCOOP Challenge Series title – it would be so cool to book my World Championship of Online Poker 2014 Main Event seat now.”

Festival Schedule

  • December 1 – Double Vision Sunday (2 x Sunday Kick-off, 2 x Sunday Warm-Up, 2 x Sunday Storm, 2 x Sunday Million)
  • December 2-8 – $500,000 to be given away in Golden Sit & Go’s
  • December 8 – Million Dollar Sunday 1 ($1m GTD Sunday Warm-Up, $5m GTD Sunday Million)
  • December 9-15 – $500,000 to be won in December Mission Week (see for more details on how to take part)
  • December 15 – Million Dollar Sunday 2 ($1m GTD Sunday Storm, $1m GTD Sunday 500)
  • December 16-22 – $700,000 Milestone Hand giveaway (300 milestone hands with bonuses every one million hands on hand IDs that end in six zeroes)
  • December 20-22 – $10m WCOOP Challenge Series (8 Challenge Series events – each champion wins a WCOOP 2014 Main Event ticket + cash prize)

December Festival Graphic


These are the eight WCOOP Challenge Series events that will take place from December 20-22:

Friday, December 20

13.00 ET – WCOOP Challenge 01: $109 NLHE ($500k GTD)

17.00 ET – WCOOP Challenge 02: $215+R NLHE Turbo ($1m GTD)

Saturday, December 21

11.00 ET – WCOOP Challenge 03: $700 NLHE Progressive Super KO ($1m GTD)

15.00 ET – WCOOP Challenge 04: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max] ($1m GTD)

Sunday, December 22

11.00 ET – WCOOP Challenge 05: $215 NLHE ($1m GTD)

13.00 ET – WCOOP Challenge 06: $1,050+R PLO ($500k GTD)

14.30 ET – WCOOP Challenge 07: $215 NLHE ($2m GTD)

15.30 ET – WCOOP Challenge Main Event: $2,100 NLHE ($3m GTD)