The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) can truly be considered the most accessible and international poker series to date, boasting player registration from over 50 different countries worldwide.
Considered by some to be the "Olympics of Poker," the 2005 WCOOP began with a $500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament. Boasting a record breaking 3,062 players, the tournament was the largest major online poker tournament in the history of poker and one of only two tournaments ever hosted to boast over 3,000 participants; the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event was the other.
First place prize for the 2005 WCOOP Event #1 was $306,200. The total prize pool amounted to just over $1.5 million, and paid out to a grand total of 324 players.
Organizers are thrilled with the results, citing that the previous record breaker had a player turnout of 1,642; and this happened to be the 2004 PokerStars WCOOP Event #1, a $500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament.
PokerStars is offering the option to view each event live by simply logging on to PokerStars. Live radio coverage of the events can be heard on the website as well, featuring former WSOP Main Event champions as guest commentators, including Greg Raymer (2004), Chris Moneymaker (2003), and Tom McEvoy (1983). Other popular poker playing guests will join the broadcast during the two week run of the WCOOP, which ends with the Main Event on Sunday, September 18th.
Please see PokerStars for further details.