Published on September 5th, 2008 2:57 am EST

world championship of online poker 2008 - logoThe 2008 World Championship of Online Poker gets underway on Friday at 14:30 ET with the $1 million dollar guarantee No Limit Hold'em 6-Max event. Just two hours later, the PL 5-Card Draw event (with a guarantee of $100,000) will get underway. Both events will have buy-ins of $215.

This will kick off a hectic 18 days of action, with the 2-day Main Event wrapping up on September 22nd. The Main Event this year will have a ridiculously big guarantee - ten million dollars. Pokerstars is guaranteeing a total of $30 million dollars over the 33 events.

There will be a number of new events this year, including the $10,300 "High-Roller" No Limit Hold'em event with a $2 million dollar guarantee, and the $25,500 "High-Roller" Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em event with a $1.6 million dollar guarantee.

Everyday but one (September 21st) will have two events taking place in the same day. September 7th and September 14th will be particularly big days on the site. On September 7th, you have the $10,300 "High-Roller" event with a two million dollar guarantee and a $530 No Limit Hold'em Two-Day event with a three million dollar guarantee. On September 14th, you will have the $25k Heads-Up "High-Roller" event with a $1.6 million dollar guarantee, and a two-day $1,050 No Limit Hold'em event with a three million dollar guarantee.

Nothing else comes close to matching the sheer size and prestige of the WCOOP. Many pros actually book time off just so that they can focus on the WCOOP - I'm not sure that you can say the same thing about Full Tilt's FTOPS. It's quite insane to think that this year's WCOOP main event will likely have 1/6th of the prize pool that the 2008 World Series of Poker main event had. That's mind-boggling to me, and quite a jump from the $238,000 that was guaranteed in the 2002 WCOOP main event.

We'll cover as many of the events as we can over the coming weeks. Good luck to everybody that is planning on playing.


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