The Fall World Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars (WCOOP) is traditionally held in mid-September, at the very beginning of the high season. Also, the start is always associated with the world series. After the WSOP is over, players have a couple of weeks to rest, after which it’s time for a tight WCOOP grind.
However, this year the dates of the championship are shifted – the autumn series will be held from August 22 to September 15. The reason for the postponement of the festival is obvious – Stars do not want to have any problems with the World Series of Poker Online, which is scheduled for GGPokerOK.
WSOP Online kicks off August 1st and promises just as high a guarantee as 2020. But for the Main Event, the prize pool has been significantly reduced – from $25,000,000 to $20,000,000. The buy-in remains the same – $5,000.
At the same time, PokerStars claims a record WCOOP guarantee with a minimum of $100,000,000, which is $20,000,000 more than last year’s prize pool. The episode’s schedule has not been disclosed. Most likely, players will find traditional multiple buy-in levels and $25,000 tournaments.
For the first time, a leader adapts to the industry
This year has been unique in the online poker world. Last month, PokerStars lost its place as the leader in cash game players and is now consistently ranked second in the rankings. Probably, this fact forced the “red spades” for the first time in a long time to reconsider the loyalty program and promise to give the participants up to 65% rakeback.
But the uniqueness of 2021 is differently – this is the first year that PokerStars has adjusted to other festivals. Operators typically wait for WCOOP or SCOOP dates to be announced before adjusting their own schedules.
In the coming year, Stars had to move the autumn championship for the first time in order not to compete with the series at GGPokerOK. This can only mean that PokerStars continues to lose its leadership position in the poker industry.