Save the Dates: 2022 WCOOP on PokerStars Announced (September 4 – 28)

Save the Dates: 2022 WCOOP on PokerStars Announced (September 4 – 28)

The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP for short) will be held on PokerStars for the 21st time this year. The poker giant has now announced the dates for its most important online tournament series of the year. From September 4 to 28, around 300 tournaments will be held over a period of 25 days.

The exact schedule is yet to be announced, but it is expected that the tournament series will have a similar program as in previous years. Last year, PokerStars guaranteed a total of $100 million in prize money for the 20th anniversary of the WCOOP. That guarantee was easily surpassed with a total of $122 million in prize money played out. This year, it seems likely that the entire tournament series will be a little bit smaller. PokerStars has temporarily pulled out of several major markets, including Russia and the Netherlands, for legal reasons. Nonetheless, the WCOOP will continue to be one of the biggest tournament series of the year in 2022, offering many tournaments with million-dollar guarantees.

While the WCOOP will be a series with high buy-ins and expensive tournaments, PokerStars is currently running a tournament series that is far more affordable. Running until July 31, the MicroMillions guarantees a total of $4 million in prize money.

WCOOP by the Numbers

The WCOOP has been held annually on PokerStars since 2002. The Main Event of the series has been the biggest and most important PokerStars tournament every year since 2004.

Initially, the buy-in for the Main Event was $1,050. In 2004, it was raised to $2,600 and in 2008, the price was doubled to $5,200. Since then, the WCOOP Main Event has always had the same buy-in.

The player numbers for the WCOOP Main Event have always been at the same level since 2008, at around 2,000 entries. In the last two years, the target of 2,000 entries was not quite reached and the tournament had a small overlay as PokerStars continued to guarantee $10,000,000 in prize money.

This is how the player numbers and prize pool of the WCOOP Main Event have developed since 2002:

WCOOP Player Numbers
WCOOP Player Numbers

All WCOOP Main Events

YearEntriesPrize MoneyWinnerCountry
2002238$238,000MultiMarineSweden
2003891$891,000Joseph "DeOhGee" CordiUnited States
2004843$2,104,500Edgar "Ragde" SkjervoldNorway
20051,494$3,735,000Jordan "Panella86" BerkowitzUnited States
20062,510$6,275,000J.-C. "area23JC" TranUnited States
20072,998$7,495,000Kyle "ka$ino1" SchroederUnited States
20082,185$10,925,000Carter "ckingusc" KingUnited States
20092,144$10,720,000Yevgeniy "Jovial Gent" TimoshenkoUnited States
20102,443$12,215,000Tyson "POTTERPOKER" MarksUnited States
20111,627$8,135,000Thomas "Kallllle" PedersenDenmark
20121,825$9,125,000Marat "maratik" SharafutdinovRussia
20132,133$10,665,000David "PlayinWasted" KaufmannGermany
20142,142$10,710,000Fedor "CrownUpGuy" HolzGermany
20151,995$10,000,000Kristof "Coenaldinho7" CoenenBelgium
20162,091$10,052,880Jonas "llJaYJaYll" LauckGermany
20172,183$10,915,000Steven "SvZff" van ZadelhoffNetherlands
20182,044$10,220,000Ezequiel "eze88888" WaigelArgentina
20192,236$11,180,000Charles "BigBlindBets" RussellUnited Kingdom
20201,977$10,000,000Andre "PTFisherman23" MarquesPortugal
20211,965$10,000,000Sergey "CrazyLissy" DenisovRussia

Where do the WCOOP Winners Come From?

Although PokerStars has not operated in the US since Black Friday in 2011, most WCOOP Main Event winners come from the United States. From 2003 to 2010, seven out of eight tournaments were won by an American player.

In subsequent years, the winners came from a wide variety of countries, with only Germany (three winners) and Russia (two winners) recording multiple winners so far.

CountryWCOOP Main Event Winners
United States7
Germany3
Russia2
Sweden1
Norway1
Denmark1
Belgium1
Netherlands1
Argentina1
United Kingdom1
Portugal1

The Most Famous WCOOP Winners

Only a few players who won the WCOOP Main Event were unknowns in the scene or were not able to celebrate further success in the live and online scene later on.

The most famous winners are Fedor Holz from Germany, who won over $30 million in live tournaments during his career, J.C. Tran, who won several major titles during his career and finished 5th in the WSOP Main Event in 2013, and Yevgeniy Timoshenko who had several WSOP deep runs and won one WPT title.

The craziest story of a winner certainly goes to Russian player Marat "maratik" Sharafutdinov. By profession, Sharafutdinov was a cab driver at the time and he played only tournaments with a buy-in of $4 or less until his phenomenal WCOOP run. He qualified for the WCOOP Main Event via satellite and when it came to negotiating a deal at the final table, he succinctly demanded, "I wont million" (sic!). He won, got his million and the next day he was back at the PokerStars tables - continuing to play the $4 tournaments.

These are the live winnings (via Hendon Mob database) and big live titles of all WCOOP Main Event winners:

PlayerCountryLive WinningsBig Titles
Joseph CordiUnited States$722,176
Edgar SkjervoldNorway$300,784
Jordan BerkowitzUnited States$17,200
J.-C. TranUnited States$13,306,3862 Bracelets, 2 WPT Titles, WSOP Main (5th place in 2013)
Kyle SchroederUnited States$6,223
Carter KingUnited States$432,453
Yevgeniy TimoshenkoUnited States$7,826,8961 WPT Title
Tyson MarksUnited States$358,682
Thomas PedersenDenmark$672,770
Marat SharafutdinovRussia$0
David KaufmannGermany$36,501
Fedor HolzGermany$33,655,8092 Bracelets
Kristof CoenenBelgium$19,168
Jonas LauckGermanyN/A1 Bracelet
Steven van ZadelhoffNetherlands$2,519,800
Ezequiel WaigelArgentina$1,434,752
Charles RussellUnited Kingdom$7,477
Andre MarquesPortugal$282,908
Sergey DenisovRussia$0

There are still about two and a half months until the start of the 2022 WCOOP. The exact schedule will be announced soon and there will be numerous affordable satellites for the tournaments. Until then, numerous other tournaments are running on PokerStars, such as the MicroMillions now and the Sunday Million (now a permanent Knock-Out-Tourney) every Sunday.

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