On this page, we take a look at two of the poker industry’s top online poker tournaments, the WCOOP and the WCP.
Sponsored by PokerStars, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is the web’s largest online poker tournament, and takes place each September on the PokerStars website.
THE WCOOP tournament got its start back in 2002, and has now grown to become the online equivalent to the live World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament which takes place in Vegas yearly. Maintaining a similar structure as that of the WSOP, WCOOP consists of a series of tournaments in which online gambling players compete in a variety of different poker games. The poker games usually featured are Limit, Pot Limit and No Limit Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha High and Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, Razz, 5 Card Draw, 2-7 Triple draw, 2-7 Single Draw and mixed limit games, HORSE and Badugi. WCOOP’s main event is No Limit Hold’em.
The winner of each WCOOP event receives cash and an engraved 14-karat gold bracelet from PokerStars.
Wouldn’t you know that another one of the big online tournaments is sponsored by PokerStars again. The WCP is a live poker event / online poker event hybrid – a yearly poker tournaments that begins preliminary rounds online, with the finals typically playing out in Barcelona, Spain Last year in 2009, though, the finals were held at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas.
The WCP tournament starts off with 46 teams, each of which consists of 5 members from 39 nine different countries – all of which compete in a series of one-on-one or heads up No limit Texas Hold ‘em poker games. The 46 teams are divided into 8 regional groups, and each group competes for a spot at the finals. The prize pool has historically totaled $200,000.
Many people like to claim that they are good at poker when they win a hand but it takes so much more than just one little victory to show me that you are a winner. There re a lot of subtle nuances & one must constantly be sharpening their skills in order to stay on top. One of the best ways to see how good of a poker player you are is to enter a tournament. I mean a big one not some little one. The reason behind this is that it takes real skill over the long haul to do well consistently at the tournaments rather that just getting lucky from time to time. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while. Consistence takes self control, intelligence & skill. Their is not too much luck involved in it at all.