The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is the most prestigious online tournament series of the year. The Main Event guarantees $10 million in prize money with a minimum of $1.5 million going to the winner.
The series began 10 days ago and events are unrolling quickly. The Main Event will be played on September 27, so there is still time to satellite into the $5,200 buy-in event.
For the serious high rollers, this Sunday, September 20, event 47 beckons. The 8-Max, Super High-Roller comes with a $51,000 buy-in, the highest ever offered online. There aren’t any $1 satellites, but PokerStars is offering a $17,340 6-Max Hyperturbo which offers two seats to the big event. Blinds increase every nine hands.
Ike Haxton and Daniel Negreanu have already registered.
In total, PokerStars is guaranteeing $45 million across all 70 events of the series.
PokerStars Team Pro Jason Somerville is live streaming his WCOOP events on Twitch. There is a short delay, so other players can’t see his cards while he is playing, but after just a few minutes, viewers get to see how a top Pro plays a big online poker tournament.
Somerville has already made two final tables, with every hand live streamed on Twitch. Over 37,000 viewers turned up to watch him at the final table of the $700 NL Hold'em [Progressive Super-Knockout], $750K GTD where he won $22,673 from the prize pool and $15,666 in knockout bounties.
Five days later he won another $22,000 for a third place finish in the $1,050 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship event.
Jason Somerville is credited with bringing online poker to Twitch. The live streaming service now provides a fantastic opportunity to watch players making decisions at the virtual tables in real time. On the Rakeback.com Twitch channel, you can watch “UpGunners,” play every Friday at 6pm EST. Real name Claire, from Taiwan, but playing in Poland goes the extra mile by not using a HUD while she plays.
The biggest ever Twitch streamed win happened this weekend, when British online pro Rupert “JohnLegend” Elder won $124k for taking down the Americas Cardroom Million Dollar Sunday. At the final table he managed to outplay Emil “whitelime” Patel, who became famous as a member of the TV show, Two Months, Two Million Dollars.
Alexander "Assassinato" Fitzgerald came in ninth place. He missed out on a final table deal that saw the final five all take home over $81,000.
By Joss Wood Rakeback.com Content Manager
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