Ten Years of WCOOP

November 18, 2011

When PokerStars saw its 100th sign up back in 2002, the excitement spawned the idea for an online tournament to the likes of the World Series of Poker. So was born the World Championship of Online Poker. PokerStars hosted the first WCOOP in 2002 which consisted of an impressive nine events. The first event, a $109 Limit Hold ‘em, attracted 656 players and was won by “fingaz,” who won the first ever WCOOP title and $15,000 for his efforts. A week later, Sweden’s “MultiMarine” won the first WCOOP Main Event, which saw a player field of 656 players. He took ho me $65,450. Those were the good old days of online poker.

Since 2002, when the total prize money divvied out totaled more than $266 million, the WCOOP has grown to substantial levels, with dozens of events hosted each year, and in 2010, the Main Event alone awarded more than $12 million. It is a force to be reckoned with, and these stats just prove that Internet poker isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Next year, the WCOOP will run for its 11th time, and this year, PokerStars turns 10. Both are impressive numbers, especially in this online gambling economy and considering everything the sport has been through.

Only three people in the history of the WCOOP have won three bracelets at the event. Those three would be Team PokerStars Online pro Anders “Donal” Berg, Daniel “djk123” Kelly, and Ryan “g0lfa” D’Angelo. It is one of the more prestigious titles in poker.

It is doubtful that the 2012 WCOOP will be any less than ever. Here’s to 10 years of PokerStars!

Don’t miss out on any of the 10th anniversary promotions going on at PokerStars right now.


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