PokerStars Reveals $80 Million WCOOP Schedule for 2023

PokerStars has finally released the schedule of events for the 2023 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and, this year, there’s a guaranteed $80 million to play for.


PokerStars has released the official WCOOP schedule for 2023 and confirmed that this year’s total guaranteed prizepool will be $80 million. (Image: PokerStars)

News of WCOOP 2023 broke in early July. PokerStars announced that the 22nd World Championship of Online Poker would take place between September 10 and October 4. The initial teaser also provided a breakdown of the new satellite system through which more players will have a chance to win a seat in the $10,300 main event from as little as $0.01.

Now, after letting the dust settle, PokerStars’ tournament team has stirred things up once again by publishing the full schedule of events. Topping the bill, as ever, is the WCOOP main event, but there will be over 100 other MTTs to choose from.

Something for everyone on 2023 WCOOP schedule

Those hunting for WCOOP championship trophies can enter 11 events covering a variety of poker variants, including Hold’em, Omaha, Razz, 8-Game, and HORSE. PokerStars is also hosting a $215 Women’s World Championship with a $35,000 guarantee on September 30.

All WCOOP events will take place across three buy-in levels: low, medium, and high. This also applies to the main event, which will have $12.5 million in guaranteed prize money spread across three tournaments:

  • Oct. 1: $109 WCOOP Main Event (Low) – $2,500,000 guarantee
  • Oct. 1: $1,050 WCOOP Main Event (Medium) – $4,000,000 guarantee
  • Oct. 1: $10,300 WCOOP Main Event (High) – $6,000,000 guarantee

WCOOP MTTs start at $5.50 and go up to $25,000, but players who want to extract more value from the $80 million series as a whole can enter satellites costing as little as $0.55. You can click here to see the full list of 108 WCOOP events.

Added value could help break WCOOP records

There’s plenty of value on the schedule without the new qualification system PokerStars implemented earlier this year. However, with more ways to qualify, previous records could be broken. Add to this the fact there is $100,000 in additional prize money up for grabs via leaderboard promotions, as well as championship freerolls, and there’s a lot of potential.

In fact, when you look back at the statistics from 2022, you can see that WCOOP has a habit of breaking records. Indeed, when the final events were over last year, $85 million guarantee had been soundly beaten.

WCOOP 2022 stats

  • Tournaments completed: 367
  • Entries: 1,184,919 (including 273,917 re-entries)
  • Prize pools: $108,569,090
  • First-place prizes: $17,001,233 (plus $3,225,152 in bounty prizes)

Those are impressive numbers, but PokerStars 2023 WCOOP could be even bigger. The 25 days’ worth of online poker action gets underway on September 10 and, by October 4, we’ll know if this year’s series has surpassed expectations.

Written by
Daniel Smyth
Dan Smyth is a poker media journeyman who politely reminds CardsChat readers that poker is played all around the world, not just America.

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