Countdown to the WCOOP: 7 Days to Go
The most prestigious series in online poker is exactly 7 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 ‘07 consisted of 23 events, and short-handed tournaments appeared for the first time. The
combined prize pool smashed the $20,000,000 barrier, coming in at $24,218,600. More than 40,000
players from over 100 countries took part.
- The Main Event in ’07 was the first online tournament to exceed a prize pool of $7M!
- It wasn’t until 2007 that WCOOP had its first winner with a 7 in their user ID. The feat has since been
achieved by 11 others. The next person to do it was ‘Cardinal7’ that same year. It was event 7.
- Netherlands Antilles and Cayman Islands have both notched up 7 cashes in WCOOP events.
- Kyrgystan, Gabon and Oman have had just 7 entrants each in WCOOP.
- Norway holds sixth place on the All Time leader board for events won by country with 7 bracelets.
- Three years before becoming world champion, Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem made his one
appearance at a WCOOP final table. He took 7th place in a $320 NLHE event – good for a shade over
- 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo was one of the inaugural events in 2002, however straight 7 Card Stud was not
introduced to WCOOP until the following year.
- Only one event in WCOOP is dealt 7-handed, and that’s 2-7 Single Draw.
- Last year saw strong performances from Team PokerStars Pro. Barry Greenstein kept going deep and
finished with 7 cashes. Jason Mercier finished the series as the 7th highest earning player with total
winnings of $484,587.
- 7 of the nine world champions have come from the US.
- Historically 7% of all WCOOP entries have been from Canada.
- This year, event 7 is a Pot Limit 5-Card Draw tournament with a $75K guarantee.
- In 2007, Vanessa Rousso achieved the biggest ever WCOOP cash for a Team PokerStars Pro. She came 2nd in the Main Event for a little over $700K.
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