The most prestigious series in online poker is exactly 6 days away and to help kick things off for the upcoming 62 championship events, here's a look at some fun facts and figures we've compiled about the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP):
- WCOOP ’06 consisted of 18 events and generated total prize pools of $18,673,00.
- WCOOP was 6 years old before short-handed tournaments were added to the WCOOP schedule.
- Nowadays 6-Max is an important part of the series with twelve events to choose from this year.
- The current record for final tables is 6, held jointly by three players, ‘Rabscuttle’ (USA), ‘Andy
McLEOD’ (Australia) and Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier.
- Last year, 6 players won more than $500K over the course of the series.
- WCOOP brings out the best in the Nordic nations. Norway is the 6th most successful country by money
won, followed closely by Denmark. Both have combined cashes totalling over $6M.
- Countries that have 6 WCOOP cashes to their credit include Azerbaijan, Paraguay and Ecuador.
- Hungary won their one and only WCOOP bracelet in ’06.
- Both Razz and mixed games (HORSE) made their debut in WCOOP ’06.
- The Main Event in WCOOP ’06 ended in a 6 way deal. When the tourney played out to a conclusion it
was tournament legend JC Tran who finished with all the chips. His share of the $6M prize pool was
- WCOOP ’06 witnessed the first ever multiple bracelet winner when Canadian ‘spawng’ took down event 4. Later in the series, WCOOP experienced it’s first multiple winner in a single series when Kyle ‘kwob20’ Bowker won both the of the $530 Hi/Lo tourneys.
- Team PokerStars Pros Chris Moneymaker and Victor Ramdin have both had 6th places finishes in
- Event 6 this year is going to be big, it’s the No Limit Hold’em Turbo event with re-buys. The guarantee
is $500K, but that could be blown away!
- Poker hasn’t fully caught on yet in Africa, and yet Ghana and Madagascar have both had six entries
each in WCOOP events. That’s the same number as the Isle of Man, home of PokerStars HQ.
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