World Championship of Online Poker Date and Prize Announced

World Championship of Online Poker Date and Prize Announced

The most wonderful time of the year for online poker players is on the horizon as the Stars Group has officially announced the start date and prize pool available for the 2018 World Championship of Online Poker.

This year an absolutely massive $116 million in guarantees will be on the table and players will have unprecedented facility to take part in the action as what’s been a big year for the sport of poker can only get bigger.

Press Release Points to Success in Year’s Past

The group officially announced the starting date and prize pool of the heavily anticipated tournament via a press release on Thursday.

The release broke down last year’s numbers and pointed to plenty of reason to be excited for this year’s offering. With the World Series of Poker having a huge year of it’s own, there’s lots of reason for optimism and big expectations related to player involvement.

The 2017 WCOOP total series prize pool exceeded its advertised guarantee of $60 million and paid out a WCOOP record of $90.6 million, marking a 16.5% year-over-year increase over the $77.8 million paid out in 2016. It was only surpassed in 2017 by the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), which paid out approximately $94 million and continues to hold the record as the largest ever online poker series based on aggregate pay-out amount. In 2018, SCOOP exceeded its advertised guarantee of $65 million, ultimately paying out approximately $91 million in prizes and becoming the second largest ever online poker series behind the 2017 series.

Buy-ins for All Budgets Available

One of the newest innovations to be introduced to this year’s tournament will be a three-level (Low, Medium and High) buy-in system. This will allow players of all different levels of personal budget to take part in the Main Event as buy-in fees will range from as low as $2.2 to as high as $25,000.

The two Main Event tournaments will feature guaranteed prizes of $1 million for medium level entrants and and $10 million for high level. The first will cost $55 to enter while the second with the considerably larger prize pool will cost a steeper $5,200. It’s higher risk higher reward as is the drill in most major gambling events.

The extensive schedule kicks off September 2nd, while the main events both take place on September 16th. There will be a wide variety of poker events even outside the normal Hold’em formats including HORSE.

The cash will be flowing throughout the two-week event as around 180 events are slated. Of those scheduled, 125 feature prize pools of $100,000 or higher and 23 of those feature at least $1 million in guaranteed prize money.

According to, these are some of the key events with some of the biggest possible prizes.

  • Sept. 2 – Event #3 (High): $2,100 NLH Progressive KO ($1M guaranteed)
  • Sept. 2 – Event #4 (Medium): $215 NLH Sunday Million ($1M guaranteed)
  • Sept. 2 – Event #5 (High): $1,050 PLO 6-Max ($500,000 guaranteed)
  • Sept. 4 – Event #12 (High): $10,300 8-Max High Roller ($1M guaranteed)
  • Sept. 5 – Event #15 (Low): $5.50 NLH Deep Stacks ($50,000 guaranteed)
  • Sept. 5 – Event #16 (High): $25,000 PLO 6-Max ($1M guaranteed)
  • Sept. 8 – Event #25 (High): $2,100 8-Game Mix ($250,000 guaranteed)
  • Sept. 15 – Event #54 (High): $10,300 8-Game High Roller ($750,000 guaranteed)
  • Sept. 16 – Event #55 (Low): $55 NLH Main Event ($1M guaranteed)
  • Sept. 16 – Event #55 (High): $5,200 NLH Main Event ($10M guaranteed)

Hoping to Match Last Year’s Thrills

Last year’s champion was Malta-based Steven “SvZff” van Zadelhoff who scored both a massive cash prize and incredible accolade for his career as a poker player. Zadelhoff won an incredible $1.6 million prize as the main event champ and the tournament as a whole collected 2,183 entries.

After a record-setting WSOP Main Event, those figures could be in line to improve drastically. Over 123,865 people took part in the event representing a 2.4 percent increase from the year before. The result was a whopping 28 players becoming millionaires in a day and an unprecedented amount of buzz generated for a tournament capped by an epic duel between eventual champ John Cynn and Tony Miles.