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POKERSTARS LAUNCHES BIGGEST EVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF ONLINE POKER


Players from across the globe to compete for $40 million in guaranteed prizes

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – August 8, 2013 – PokerStars today officially announced the schedule for the World Championship of Online Poker 2013, which will take place from September 8-29 and be the largest to date with 66 events.

The 2013 World Championship is guaranteeing a total of $40 million, with a two-day $5,200 NL Hold’em Main Event set for September 29-30, which guarantees $8 million – $3 million more than last year – and at least $1.25 million for first place. Check out the full tournament schedule at http://www.pokerstars.com/wcoop/tournaments/ or open the file below.

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Two-time online World Championship bracelet winner, Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, said: “The World Championship of Online Poker is definitely the biggest online tournament series of the year… My goal is to try and play as many events as possible and regain the overall leadership in bracelets. I think Dan Kelly has four, so I really would love to have five, but it’s a long way to go because I have two.”

TOURNAMENTS AND SATELLITES

The 2013 World Championship has a huge range of buy-in levels, from the $109 series opener – the aptly named ‘Kickoff’ – to the $10,300 High Roller Heads-Up and 8-Game events, and dozens of diverse tournaments in between. Online satellites are now running for every event, with a multitude of qualifying paths and buy-ins available, which make the series accessible to players with any bankroll. Log onto PokerStars and click ‘Events’ > ‘WCOOP’ > ‘All’ in the lobby for more details.

PLAYER OF THE SERIES

In addition to the individual World Championship titles, PokerStars also rewards players for consistency in the series, awarding big prizes to those who cash in and final-table lots of events. The top prize on this year’s Leader Board is a Champion’s Trophy, a 2014 PCA package, and 2014 Turbo Championship of Online Poker, Spring Championship of Online Poker, and World Championship of Online Poker Main Event tickets, with a combined value of more than $33,000. Players who finish 2nd to 10th on the Leader Board will receive a combination of future Turbo Championship, Spring Championship and World Championship Main Event tickets depending on their finishing position. For more information, please visit http://www.pokerstars.com/wcoop/player-of-the-series/.

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This year there is also a ‘Woman of the Series’ prize for the highest-placing female player on the Leader Board, with the prize being a $3,500 PCA package ($1,100 tournament entry plus hotel and travel expenses). As extra encouragement any player who final-tables a Women’s Guaranteed or Women’s Sunday tourney during the week of August 25-31, will receive World Championship Steps tickets for a chance to satellite into the events.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

The World Championship of Online Poker, which began in 2002, is not only the longest-running online poker series but also the richest, with well over $300 million in prize money awarded to date. It has long been regarded by players and media as a ‘must-play’ event that pitches world-class poker pros against aspiring recreational players, all in pursuit of life-changing sums of money. The World Championship gold and diamond bracelets awarded to event winners are the most iconic prizes in online poker.

MAIN EVENT HEROES

Last year’s Main Event, which was won by Russian player ‘maratik’ for $1 million, was a highlight. The low stakes recreational player bought in to a satellite qualifier with just 40 Frequent Player Points and went on to qualify through several rounds to win his $5,200 seat. He then topped a field of 1,825 players, beating some of the world’s very best players, to win the $1 million first prize.

However, many former PokerStars World Championship winners come from the high stakes professional poker world, too, including JC ‘area23JC’ Tran (current chip leader of the final nine in the World Series of Poker Main Event, which resumes in November), who was a World Championship Main Event winner in 2006, and Yevgeniy ‘Jovial Gent’ Timoshenko, who took down a $1.7 million victory in the 2009 Main Event.

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ABOUT POKERSTARS

PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving a global poker community of more than 50 million registered members. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of the world’s top players, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and with the best security online. More than 100 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars.com, which is more than any other site.

PokerStars.com and PokerStars.eu operate globally under licenses from the Isle of Man and Malta governments, respectively. PokerStars also holds separate government licenses in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Italy, Spain and Germany.

PokerStars is a member of The Rational Group, which operates gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and the European Poker Tour. Rational Group entities in the UK and Isle of Man were collectively recognised as one of the UK’s best workplaces when they were awarded a top 25 position by the Great Place to Work Institute in its UK’s Best Workplaces – Large category in both 2012 and 2013.

WCOOP RELOAD BONUS

The $40,000,000 guaranteed World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) starts September 8, and you can give your bankroll a boost just in time with the WCOOP Reload Bonus. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, simply reload your existing PokerStars account using the bonus code ‘WCOOP’ and you’ll receive a 25% bonus up to $150!

The 2013 WCOOP schedule includes 66 guaranteed events. Highlights include the $8,000,000 guaranteed Main Event, which includes a massive first prize of $1,250,000 set aside for the winner! There are also additional prizes on offer with the Player of the Series Leader Board, and if you miss out on becoming a new world champion, there’s also a full schedule of 2nd Chance events. Use your bonus cash to buy-in directly to WCOOP events, or win your seat for less with hundreds of satellites running now.

How the WCOOP Reload Bonus works

Qualifying deposits must be made before 23:59 ET, September 6. From the time you make your qualifying deposit, you will have 30 days to clear the bonus, and it will be released in increments of 10 for all currencies. This offer is limited to one deposit per player.

The clearance rate for the bonus is 20 VIP Player Points (VPPs) for every $1 of bonus (26 VPPs per €1, 30 VPPs per £1, 20 VPPs per CAD $1). The maximum amount of bonus you can earn is $150 (€115, £100 or CAD $150). The minimum amount players need to deposit to be eligible is $20 (€16, £14 or CAD $20)

To reload your account, open the PokerStars software and click ‘Cashier’. See the Real Money page for a list of deposit options for players in your region, including how you can deposit using your mobile device.

Please Note: Cashing out before making a qualifying deposit will make you ineligible (including transfers to our sister site Full Tilt Poker). Transfers from player-to-player, or from linked Full Tilt Poker accounts are not eligible for this offer.

Contact support@pokerstars.eu if you have any questions about the WCOOP Reload Bonus.

 

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