PokerStars Intros WCOOP Challenge Series, $27m in December Guarantees

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The December festival has treats for both tournament and cash-game players.

Over 22 days in December PokerStars is busting out $27 million in special tournaments and ring-game promotions, including the first-ever WCOOP Challenge Series.

The online festival kicks off December 1 and concludes December 20-22 with the inaugural WCOOP Challenge Series, a spin-off series featuring eight WCOOP events and $10 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Already-popular PokerStars promotions will be running for the duration of the December festival including Double Vision Sundays, Million Dollar Sundays, Golden Sit & Go's, a special $700k Milestone Hand giveaway and a December Mission week.

“The festive season is usually a great time to play online poker and this year it’s going to be unmissable,” said Dutch PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis.

“I’ll play all the big Sunday tourneys, hope to win a milestone hand bonus in the ring games, and be going after a WCOOP Challenge Series title.”

To sweeten the deal PokerStars will also be giving away tickets to the 2014 WCOOP Main Event during the spin-off series.

“It would be so cool to book my World Championship of Online Poker 2014 Main Event seat now!” added Veldhuis.

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December Festival Schedule:

  • December 1 – Double Vision Sunday (2 x Sunday Kick-off, 2 x Sunday Warm-Up, 2 x Sunday Storm, 2 x Sunday Million)
  • December 2-8 – $500,000 to be given away in Golden Sit & Go's
  • December 8 – Million Dollar Sunday 1 ($1m GTD Sunday Warm-Up, $5m GTD Sunday Million)
  • December 9-15 – $500,000 to be won in December Mission Week (see for more details on how to take part)
  • December 15 – Million Dollar Sunday 2 ($1m GTD Sunday Storm, $1m GTD Sunday 500)
  • December 16-22 – $700,000 Milestone Hand giveaway (300 milestone hands with bonuses every one million hands on hand IDs that end in six zeroes)
  • December 20-22 – $10m WCOOP Challenge Series (8 Challenge Series events – each champion wins a WCOOP 2014 Main Event ticket + cash prize)

WCOOP Challenge Series Schedule

Friday, December 20

  • 13.00 ET – WCOOP Challenge 01: $109 NLHE ($500k GTD)
  • 17.00 ET – WCOOP Challenge 02: $215+R NLHE Turbo ($1m GTD)

Saturday, December 21

  • 11.00 ET – WCOOP Challenge 03: $700 NLHE Progressive Super KO ($1m GTD)
  • 15.00 ET – WCOOP Challenge 04: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max] ($1m GTD)

Sunday, December 22

  • 11.00 ET – WCOOP Challenge 05: $215 NLHE ($1m GTD)
  • 13.00 ET – WCOOP Challenge 06: $1,050+R PLO ($500k GTD)
  • 14.30 ET – WCOOP Challenge 07: $215 NLHE ($2m GTD)
  • 15.30 ET – WCOOP Challenge Main Event: $2,100 NLHE ($3m GTD)


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