By Nathan Carroll, Rakeback.com Staff Writer
Pokerstars has decided to follow up on the tremendous success of its annual tournament extravaganzas, the World Championship of Online Poker and the Spring Championship of Online Poker, by introducing a set of new tournament series: the Regional Championships of Online Poker. The RCOOPs are comprised of 13 different tournament series, each available exclusively to players from a certain part of the globe.
Each of the 13 RCOOPs consists of 11 events. The schedules are very similar in the formats of each contest, starting off with a rebuy tournament, and ending things with a big buy-in NLHE main event. There are a few small differences between regions, however. The USA coop is very centered on NLHE and features 7 card stud hi/lo as its only non-flop game, while several of the other COOPs offer HORSE and pot-limit 5 card draw.
While the formats may be similar, the buy-ins and guaranteed prize pools of each series are vastly differing. The USA COOP will be the largest, with $3,275,000 in guaranteed prizes and buy-ins from $55 to $530. The Germanics COOP (Germany, Austria, & Switzerland) comes in seond with €828,00—approximately $1,150,000—guaranteed money and buy-ins from €55 to €530, while the Baltics COOP (Latvia, Lithuania, & Estonia) occupies the other end of the spectrum with $43,000 in guarantees and buy-ins from $11 to $215.
Each RCOOP will play out over a period of 7 or 10 days sometime in the next few months. The Russian Open COOP is the first to get underway, kicking off on October 31st. The USA COOP will run from November 21-28, and the UK & Ireland COOP will run from December 5-12.
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