World Championship of Online Poker FAQ
The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) includes 82 separate events and more than $50,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools!
Below you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the 2016 series. If you still can’t find what you are looking for here, contact Support.
Now in its fifteenth year, the World Championship of Online Poker is a series of tournaments which brings players from around the world together to compete for millions of dollars in cash prizes. The World Championship is the game’s premier online poker series.
You can buy directly into the events themselves with cash, tickets or T$. Tickets to enter may be purchased in the VIP Store, or may be won in certain satellites which will be marked as awarding tickets. Satellites can be entered using cash and T$, and some accept StarsCoin. Some tournaments and satellites can be entered using Steps tickets.
Yes, in most cases. If you win a seat to a WCOOP event and then unregister from it, your account will be credited with T$ equal to the buy-in + fee of that event.
Unregistration will be available from the tournament lobby up until two minutes before the start of each event.
Note that this registration option applies to event seats won via satellite. Event tickets are not transferrable. Event tickets awarded via promotional tournaments must be used in that event or forfeited, as they have no value outside of the tournament to which they grant admission. Some other satellite tournaments, including many with a StarCoin buy-in, prohibit unregistration. Each of these satellites contains a warning, which appears prior to registration.
If you have already been awarded a ticket for a particular event, please do not play more promotional events which award the same ticket, since if you win the additional ticket will have no value. If you have won a promotional ticket for an event and are registered for that event, you may continue to play cash or StarCoin satellites to that same event, and if you win you will be awarded T$ for the value of the seat.
T$ can be used to register into any online tournament. VIPs can also sometimes use T$ to buy directly into live events. See the About Tournaments page to find out more.
To check your T$ balance at anytime, please visit the Cashier window through your game lobby.
Absolutely! We will hold multiple satellites throughout the course of qualifying which are open exclusively to our VIPs. These special events may include added seats or seats at a higher-than-normal ratio, in either case giving our VIPs many great opportunities to qualify.
Also, VIPs will have the option of purchasing entry tickets to WCOOP events using StarsCoin.
No. 2nd Chance events will no longer feature on the WCOOP schedule, effective 2016.
The winner of each event will earn 100 points for the Player of the Series Leader Board, possibly with a multiplier depending on the size of the tournament. The overall winner of the Player of the Series Leader Board will win a premium package to our annual live poker event in The Bahamas.
For the WCOOP events themselves, yes, and we will be there to facilitate them. However, please note that any deal will have to leave a portion of the prize pool out of the deal to be awarded to the winner. The minimum amount to be left aside will be specified in the tournament lobby. For more details about deals, please see our poker tournament rules.
No. The intent of the satellites is to produce seats into the WCOOP and not just distribute T$ to people. Therefore, we are prohibiting final table deals during the satellites.
For subsequent seats after the first one you win, your account will be credited with T$ equal to the buy-in + fee of the target event.
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The standard Tournament Rules apply. Please read the poker tournament rules.
[1R1A] in an event title indicates that players are allowed to take one rebuy and 1 add-on each within the event. During such an event, the rebuy and add-on will each cost the same (in both buy-in and rake) as the initial entry cost, and will provide the player with the same number of chips as the initial entry cost. In a 1R1A event, each player may take a maximum of 1 rebuy. What is unique about a 1R1A, as opposed to other types of rebuy tournaments, is that each player may take their rebuy whenever they like, no matter how many chips they have in their stack. The same applies to a 2R1A event, which is also offered in WCOOP, the only difference from a 1R1A being that players may take a maximum of 2 rebuys during the rebuy period, instead of 1.
[Ante Up] is a tournament format where the blinds stay the same while the antes increase with every level. Antes start from the first level.
[Big Antes] is a tournament format where the both the blinds and the antes increase with each level. Additionally, antes start from the first level. The structure of these tournaments has a higher ante to blind ratio than the normal structure.
In Knockout tournaments, a cash bounty is placed on every entrant in the tournament. Every time you eliminate somebody, you win a cash prize!
In a Knockout tournament, every player pays an extra buy-in, which serves as that player’s bounty. For example, a Knockout tournament might have a total buy-in of $4+$1+$0.40, of which $4 goes into the regular prize pool, $1 is each player’s bounty, and $0.40 is the tournament fee.
In a Progressive Knockout tournament, a percentage of every knockout bounty goes to increasing the bounty of the player who caused the knockout. For example, if a player has a $10 bounty on him and the increase percentage for the tournament is 25%, then the player who knocks him out would win $7.50 and their bounty would increase by $2.50. If a player in the same tournament had increased their own bounty to $20 then the player who knocked them out would get $15 and increase their own bounty by $5.
In this year’s WCOOP Progressive Knockouts, the percentage of the buy-in which is allocated to the Knockout Bounty is indicated in parenthesis after the word ‘Knockout’ in the title. So, for example, an event which is labelled as ‘$215 NL Hold’em [Progressive Knockout (25%)]’ has the following buy-in: $150 (buy-in toward prize pool) + $50 (buy-in toward knockouts) +_$15 (rake).
WCOOP is indeed the World Championship of Online Poker, and each event winner is indeed a Champion. Each of these events has a special structure written specifically for the annual Championship format in WCOOP.
These events are Phase tournaments, and will have multiple Day 1s leading up to the final Day 1s which are shown on the schedule. Players may participate in any Day 1 they like leading up to the final Day 1. Once all Day 1s are concluded, Day 2 will be played, consisting of all players who have qualified. Players qualify for Day 2 by successfully outlasting their competition through a specified number of levels to be played in each Day 1. Players who fail to qualify for Day 2 in any Day 1 may play in another Day 1, as many times as they like until they qualify or until there are no more Day 1s.
Players who participate in any Day 1 must ensure that they’re available to play in Day 2, as it is not possible to unregister from Day 2.
Win the Button is a new game type, a format which has gained popularity in live tournaments. In this format, the winner of each hand gains the Dealer button for the next hand, ensuring that they will be in a prime position to act for all betting rounds for the next hand.
In an [n-Stack] tournament, players get a certain number of stacks which they can choose to put into play at any point in the tournament up to a certain point in play which will be displayed in the tournament lobby. At the point in time which is displayed in the lobby, any stacks which have not been put into play voluntarily will be forced into play. Until that time, players can hold them in reserve and they will not count toward betting. For example, if a player has 2 stacks held in reserve and goes ‘All-In’, only the stacks currently in play will be part of the “All-In” bet, thus if the player loses the hand, he or she is not eliminated and can continue to play with the 2 reserved stacks.
In a Mix-Max event, the players per table will change at a given point in the tournament. There are two Mix-Max events in this year’s World Championship of Online Poker. In the NL Hold’em Mix-Max Event, the players per table setting will change twice, the first time from 8 players per table to 4 players per table, the second time from 4 players per table to heads-up. In the PL Omaha Mix-Max Event, the players per table setting will change once, from 9 players per table to 6 players per table.
In a Mix-Max event, all payouts are made in the final stage.
There are two Players’ Choice events in WCOOP 2016. In early August, we will be communicating the nomination process with our players. After a period of collecting nominations from our players, we will then put a number of Voting Booth tournaments in the client, asking players to vote for their favorites by registering for the dummy tournaments which represent the top nominated tournaments. Once all votes are tallied, the tournaments with the highest number of registered players will become the formats which will be played as the Players’ Choice events for WCOOP 2016. Once the winning tournaments are decided, the Voting Booth tournaments will be destroyed and the buy-ins used for the voting process will be returned to all those who voted.
Event 03 will be a long event, playing out over four days (yes, really!), and will be one in which patience will be quite a virtue when it comes to winning! The structure in this event, which will start at 12:30 ET on Sunday, September 4, will be extremely deep. Day 2 will begin on Monday, September 5 at 12:30 ET, and will be paused manually by our staff at a point to be determined, which will be published in the event’s lobby. Day 3 will begin on Tuesday, September 6 at 12:30 ET, and will be paused manually by PokerStars staff when the final table is reached. Day 4 will begin on Wednesday, September 7, at 12:30 ET.
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