Just like poker book authors occasionally need to prove at the poker table that their advice is worth following, poker bloggers sometimes need to enter the felt battlefield as well. PokerStars is giving them a chance to do it for free this weekend for a shot at big prizes.
The PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker is scheduled for Sunday starting at 3 p.m. (EST). Now in its third year, the WBCOOP has gotten even bigger with $40,000 in prizes to be given out.
The first year the WBCOOP was hosted, easywind, from Massachusetts, took home the top prize of a Caribbean Adventure prize package. In 2006, Daleroxxu was declared the WBCOOP champion and received a World Series of Poker Main Event prize package.
This year the top prize is once again a $12,000 prize package to the Caribbean Poker Adventure, sending the top blogger to Paradise Island for the European Poker Tour event.
What else does the poker site have in store for winners in that $40,000 prize pool? A 50" plasma screen TV for second place is a good start, though all the prizes are well worth the time to register and play on Sunday.
- 1st place - $12,000 Caribbean Poker Adventure prize package that includes the buy-in for the EPT tournament plus travel and accommodations
- 2nd place - Pioneer 50" plasma screen TV
- 3rd place - Blogger's Prize Package that includes a widescreen 24" computer monitor, a Canon Rebel digital SLR camera and a Sony Camcorder
- 4th place - Player's Prize Package that includes a brand new poker table and deluxe 500-piece clay chip set to pimp out your home game, and a ticket to the weekly PokerStars Sunday Million.
- 5th place - Sunday Million Marathon Package that includes entry into eight $215 buy-in tickets to the Sunday Million to use whenever you want
- 6th place - The Big Ones Package which includes a ticket to the $530 buy-in Sunday Million and a $1,050 Sunday Million
- 7th place - A ticket to the quarterly $1,050 Sunday Million
- 8th place - Canon Rebel digital SLR camera
- 9th place - Luxury poker chip set
- 10th place - Bubbler's Book Bonanza which includes every book from the PokerStars FPP store library
- 11th-18th place - XBox 360 Elite
- 19th-27th place - 160gb iPod
- 28th-36th place - 80gb iPod
- 37th-45th place - 8gb iPod
- 46th-81st place - Traveler's Package that includes a PokerStars duffle bag and a set-up of plastic PokerStars cards.
The final-table players will also get the added benefit of having their blog linked from the PokerStars blog as well.
Bloggers interested in participating will need to go to PokerStars and download the software if they're not already players at the site. Once they've done that, they can sign up for the WBCOOP and they'll be issued a ticket to register for the event on Sunday.