World College Poker and PokerStars have partnered together for a unique summer online poker event where one lucky and skillful young poker player will receive a valuable prize in July.
The 2021 World College Poker Championship Main Event, a freeroll tournament on the PokerStars.net play money site, is open to college students aged 18 and over worldwide. Participants must show an active student ID from a college, university, or vocational school to prove they’re actually in school.
At the end of the tournament, the winner will receive a PokerStars European Poker Tour package valued at approximately €8,000, along with a PokerStars engraved trophy. Additionally, the champion will, one day, take on poker legend Patrik Antonius in a heads-up match.
The runner-up won’t go home empty-handed and will also receive some valuable prizes, including a live poker training session with high-stakes pro Matt Berkey, the founder of the Solve for Why poker training academy in Las Vegas. Travel and accommodations are included in the package.
World College Tour offers a unique format
The World College Tour’s tournament format differs from a standard online poker MTT in that it starts as a regional event. On July 24, competitors from around the world will compete in one of six regional tournaments where the top 50 finishers will advance to the second round. Round 2 will take place on July 31 and will include all 300 players combined together in one tournament.
That session will conclude when the tournament reaches its final 45 players, each of whom will return to the PokerStars poker site for Round 3 on August 7. On that day, the World College Poker Championship Main Event will play down to the final table of six.
All players at the final table will a custom gaming chair and subscriptions to Solve for Why and Jonathan Little’s PokerCoaching.com training sites. The date for the final table hasn’t yet been set, but the World College Poker organization and PokerStars hope for a live finale. That decision will be based on future COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Although the event is free to enter and is being played on a play money platform (PokerStars.net), there are some countries and US states that are excluded due to local regulations. Those exclusions include players from Spain, Italy, and Portugal, along with those who reside in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey.