PokerStars to Host Largest-Ever Buy-in Online Tournament
Super High Roller tournaments are common place in the live poker world and now PokerStars is introducing one to the next edition of the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP).
Scheduled for Sunday 20 September, one week prior to the $5,200 buy-in WCOOP Main Event, the $50,000+$1,000 Super High Roller is sure to attract some of the world’s best-known players to the virtual felt of PokerStars. The world’s largest online poker site believes at least 20 players will compete in this historic event as is evident by the $1 million guarantee.
Two players who are set to battle it out are two of PokerStars’ Team Pros, namely Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier.
Speaking of the Super High Roller, Negreanu said:
Over the last few years we have seen the emergence of Super High Roller events at live events across the globe. I think it only makes sense that the world’s largest poker site is also the host of the largest buy-in online poker tournament ever. I’, excited to test my skills against the best of the best online.
Mercier, who won his third World Series of Poker bracelet this summer, is also eager to play in the new Super High Roller.
“I’m really excited about playing in the biggest buy-in online tournament ever. It’ll be an awesome challenge to go up against such tough competition for the biggest stakes! I can’t wait.”
Although yet to confirm if they are playing, UK & Ireland PokerNews would be extremely surprised if a significant number of PokerStars’ stable of pros didn't buy-in. The likes of Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Vanessa Selbst, Barry Greenstein, Eugene Katchalov, Theo Jorgensen, Johnny Lodden and Team Online Isaac Haxton are no strangers to the live version of High Rollers and Super High Rollers so could all enter the online equivalent.
The UK should also be well-represented with high-stakes regulars such as Sam Trickett, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, Chris Moorman, Paul Newey, Talal Shakerchi, Charlie Carrel, Patrick Leonard, Toby Lewis, Max Silver all being well-versed in big buy-in events.
The only other WCOOP tournament locked into the schedule is the $5,200 buy-in $10 million guaranteed Main Event that runs at 7:30pm on Sunday 27 September. Satellites into the 2015 WCOOP Main Event are now running in the PokerStars lobby and start as low as a single Frequent Player Point or $1.65.