In this column, we deliver you the latest and most interesting online poker industry news from across the world and all platforms.
Pokerstars’ WCOOP 2023 boasts $80M in guarantees
Online tournament grinders are up for a very busy autumn season with a ton of exciting festivals hitting the screens beginning this September. Online poker giant Pokerstars for one, is not missing out on the fun and is already counting down the days before their flagship World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) goes live on September 10. The longest running festival will see a 25-day line up through October 4, covering a total of 340 tournaments for a guaranteed prize pool of $80,000,000.
Similar to its predecessors, the awaited WCOOP 2023 will host a variety of games covering poker formats Stud, Razz, H.O.R.S.E., 5 Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, Badugi, and Short Deck Hold’em, in addition to the usual Hold’em and Omaha variants. Buy-in for the events range from $5.50 to as high as $25,000, and are split across three buy-in levels – Low, Medium, High, well ensuring that the lineup favors players of all bankrolls.
The packed schedule includes three Main Events, each starting on October 1st.
- $109 WCOOP Main Event-L – $2,500,000 guaranteed
- $1,050 WCOOP Main Event-M – $4,000,000 guaranteed
- $10,300 WCOOP Main Event-H – $6,000,000 guaranteed
Aside from the three Main Events listed above, the festival also showcases a dozen Championship events available amongst the site’s lengthy list of offerings enumerated below.
WCOOP 2023 Championship Events Schedule
|September 10, 2023, Sunday||World Championship of Progressive KO NLHE: $5,200 NLHE, $1M Gtd|
|September 13, 2023, Wednesday||World Championship of HORSE: $1,050, $100K Gtd|
|September 14, 2023, Thursday||World Championship of 2-7 Triple Draw: $1,050, $50K Gtd|
|September 17, 2023, Sunday||World Championship of 6-Max NLHE: $5,200, $700K Gtd|
|September 18, 2023, Monday||World Championship of PLO8: $1,050, $165K Gtd|
|September 19, 2023, Tuesday||World Championship of Heads-Up NLHE: $5,200, $200K Gtd|
|September 20, 2023, Wednesday||World Championship of Razz: $1,050, $65K Gtd|
|September 25, 2023, Wednesday||World Championship of 8-Game: $2,100, $150K Gtd|
|September 28, 2023, Saturday||World Championship of NL 2-7 Single Draw: $1,050, $60K Gtd|
|September 30, 2023, Monday||World Championship, Women’s Event: $215 NLHE $35K Gtd|
|October 1, 2023, Tuesday||WCOOP 98-H: World Championship of NLHE: $10,300 Main Event, $6M Gtd|
|October 1, 2023, Tuesday||WCOOP 100-H: World Championship of PLO: $10,300 Main Event, $750K Gtd|
WSOP Online on Natural8 – GGNet underway
Leading network Natural8 – GGNet is once again dominating the online poker scene with its ongoing World Series of Poker Online leaving players all over the globe tuned in for the hopes of clinching a gold bracelet. This season’s festival through October 2nd, features a total of 33 bracelet events highlighted by two key tournaments – #28 WSOP Online Main Event and #33 GGMillion$ Super High Roller.
“WSOP Online is a testament to GGPoker’s commitment to bringing unparalleled poker experiences to players worldwide, and promises an exhilarating journey filled with intense competition, incredible skill, and the ultimate honor of becoming a WSOP Online champion.”, stated GGPoker in its press release.
A fresh feature in this year’s festivities is the newly introduced Continental Freeroll promotion wherein players are grouped into four categories – Americas, Europe, Mediterranean, and Asia Pacific, based on their nationality upon event registration. For every bracelet winner hailed, all participants (excluding satellite players) in the said event under the same continent will automatically qualify for a chance to claim a share of the $2,000,000 in freeroll guarantees.
Aside from this, four Continental Leaderboards will also be up throughout the schedule wherein four champions by the end of the tournament series will take home a $35,000 WSOP Paradise VIP package for the December games in the Bahamas. The package includes a $25,000 entry to the $10M GGMillion$ High Rollers Championship and $10,000 for luxury accommodations, making the global competition undeniably more exciting than ever.
WSOP Online Upcoming Bracelet Events
|Date||Day||UTC||Event||Buy-in||Continental Freeroll Prize|
|Sep 9||Sat||18:00||#15: $800 Ultra Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em||$800||$50,000|
|Sep 10||Sun||18:00||#16: $1,050 Secret Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha||$1,050||$25,000|
|Sep 11||Mon||18:00||#17: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER in Paradise, $5M GTD [Live Final 100]||$1,500||$100,000|
|Sep 12||Tue||18:00||#18: $5,000 Short Deck Championship [3-Stack]||$5,000||$10,000|
|Sep 14||Thu||18:00||#19: $777 LUCKY SEVENS Bounty 7-Handed NLH||$777||$50,000|
|Sep 16||Sat||18:00||#20: $1,000 DOUBLE CHANCE NLH [2-Stack]||$1,000||$50,000|
|Sep 17||Sun||17:00||#21: $1,500 WSOP GGMasters HR Freezeout NLH||$1,500||$100,000|
|Sep 18||Mon||18:00||#22: $400 COLOSSUS, $3M GTD [Day 2]||$400||$100,000|
|Sep 18||Mon||18:00||#23: $400 PLOSSUS, $1M GTD [Bounty, Final Stage]||$400||$100,000|
|Sep 19||Tue||18:00||#24: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship||$10,000||$50,000|
|Sep 21||Thu||18:00||#25: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em||$525||$50,000|
|Sep 23||Sat||18:00||#26: $10,000 Heads Up NLH Championship [No Late Reg, 128 Cap]||$10,000||$10,000|
|Sep 24||Sun||18:00||#27: $500 FIFTY STACK Pot-Limit Omaha||$500||$25,000|
|Sep 25||Mon||18:00||#28: $5,000 WSOP Online MAIN EVENT, $25M GTD [Day 2]||$5,000||$100,000|
|Sep 26||Tue||18:00||#29: $25,000 GGMillion$ Super High Rollers Championship||$25,000||$50,000|
|Sep 28||Thu||18:00||#30: $2,100 6-Handed Bounty No-Limit Hold’em||$2,100||$25,000|
|Sep 30||Sat||18:00||#31: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller||$5,000||$10,000|
|Oct 1||Sun||18:00||#32: $1,500 The Closer NLH [Bounty Turbo]||$1,500||$100,000|
|Oct 2||Mon||18:00||#33: $10,300 GGMillion$ High Rollers NLH, $10M GTD [Day 2]||$10,300||$100,000|
$50M in prizes to be won at WPN’s Online Super Series XL
US-friendly Winning Poker Network is jumping on the bandwagon with their very own Online Super Series (OSS) XL underway through October 2nd. A supersized version of the network’s flagship Online Super Series, this month’s festivities boast a record prize pool of over $50,000,000 in guarantees making it the site’s biggest tournament series ever. The monthlong schedule features a series of highlights including several Main Events, multiflight tournaments, and Mystery Bounty formats, all at different price levels players can afford.
Buy-ins for the events range entirely from $0.10 to $2,650 with a generous lineup of satellites available on the daily, for players to take advantage of. In addition to this, the network is also giving away an additional $60,000 in leaderboard cash prizes and tournament tickets for those looking to score more bonuses.
- $2,650 buy-in $2,500,000 GTD
- $1,050 buy-in $2,500,000 GTD
Day 1A: Sunday, September 24th
Day 1B: Sunday, October 1st
Day 2: Monday, October 2nd
Final Table: Tuesday, October 3rd
Other Main Events:
- $2,650 buy-in $500,000 GTD PLO on Sunday, September 24th
- $109 buy-in $500,000 GTD: Day 1 on Sunday, October 1st, Day 2 on Monday, October 2nd
- $630 buy-in $2,000,000 GTD
- $215 buy-in $2,000,000 GTD (Mystery Bounty – Top bounty $200K)
- $66 buy-in $1,000,000 GTD (Mystery Bounty – Top bounty $100K)
Day 1 Flights: Sunday, September 3rd – Monday, October 2nd
Day 2: Monday, October 2nd
Other Multiflight Events:
- $16.50 buy-in $300,000 GTD (Mystery Bounty – Top bounty $30K)
- $2.50 buy-in $75,000 GTD (Mystery Bounty – Top bounty $7.5K)
Day 1 Flights: Sunday, September 3rd – Sunday, October 1st
Day 2: Sunday, October 1st
PokerBros’ DSOP End of Summer Series
While the online poker tournament arena is being flooded with great value festivals left and right, PokerBros is hitting the social poker scene with the 22nd edition of its Diamond Series of Poker (DSOP) End of Summer Series. Running through the 10th, players can still catch up on the action with the festival’s crown jewel set to run this Sunday night or early morning of the 11th.
The concluding event of the ten-day lineup DSOP XXII Championship, posts a buy-in of 350 for a guaranteed pot of 222,000. With relatively smaller and softer fields, the upcoming tournament is definitely not one to miss for all recreational and poker professionals alike. Giving players another advantage is also the series’ Early Bird promotion where entries recorded until Level 2 receive an extra 20% added to their starting stack.
DSOP XXII End of Summer Series Schedule