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The 11th PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is fast approaching. There are $30m in tournament guarantees for 65 events spread over 22 days. Events start on Sunday September 2 and continue through September 23.

WCOOP 2011 paid out over $47m, 25% less than WCOOP 2010’s record breaking $63m. The total payout for WCOOP 2012 should be a good proxy measure of how much the industry has recovered from the impact of Black Friday.

This year sees events for every game type offered by PokerStars. Tournament structures include double shootout, triple shoot out and knock out formats. Eighteen of the events run over two days.

There are three $10,300 High Roller events; NL Hold’em, NL Hold’em Heads Up and an 8 Game tournament which starts just two hours before the $5,200 Main Event.

For those with less substantial bankrolls there is a $109 NL Hold’em event and a wide variety of events with a $215 buy in.

Everyone who cashes in an event will win points on the WCOOP Player of the Series Tournament Leader Board. First prize comprises: The Champion’s trophy; 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) package; 2013 EPT Grand Final package; 2013 TCOOP Main Event ticket and a custom chip set.

The premier online tournament series has grown from the original nine event series launched in 2002 when $730k was awarded in prizes and the Main Event had a $1,050 buy in. Last year 1,672 players stumped up $5,200 each to play the two day Main Event. Thomas “Kallllle” Pedersen emerged as the winner taking home $1,260,019 and the WCOOP Gold Bracelet.

2012 World Championship of Online Poker Schedule All times ET

Sunday, 02 September
11:00 – Event 01: $215 NL Hold’em (6-Max) (2-Day Event)
14:30 – Event 02: $215 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)

Monday, 03 September
11:00 – Event 03: $320 PL Omaha
14:00 – Event 04: $320 NL Hold’em (6-Max, Shootout, No Late Reg)
17:00 – Event 05: $215 NL Hold’em (Rebuys, Turbo)

Tuesday, 04 September
11:00 – Event 06: $215 NL Draw
14:00 – Event 07: $215 Triple Stud
17:00 – Event 08: $1,050 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)

Wednesday, 05 September
06:00 – Event 09: $265 PL Omaha (Knockout)
11:00 – Event 10: $320 NL Hold’em (Ante Up) (2-Day Event)
14:00 – Event 11: $215 NL Hold’em (Heads-Up, No Late Reg) (2-Day Event)

Thursday, 06 September
06:00 – Event 12: $215 PL Omaha H/L (6-Max, 1R1A)
11:00 – Event 13: $530 NL Hold’em (6-Max, Knockout) (2-Day Event)
14:00 – Event 14: $215 7-Card Stud H/L

Friday, 07 September
11:00 – Event 15: $215 PL Omaha (6-Max)
14:00 – Event 16: $215 NL Single Draw 2-7
17:00 – Event 17: $320 NL Hold’em (10-Minute Levels)

Saturday, 08 September
11:00 – Event 18: $109 NL Hold’em
13:00 – Event 19: $320 NL Hold’em
15:00 – Event 20: $215 FL Hold’em

Sunday, 09 September
11:00 – Event 21: $215 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)
12:30 – Event 22: $10,300 NL Hold’em (High-Roller) (2-Day Event)
14:30 – Event 23: $700 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)

Monday, 10 September
11:00 – Event 24: $215 NL Hold’em (4-Max)
14:00 – Event 25: $320 7-Card Stud
17:00 – Event 26: $215 PL Omaha (Turbo, 1R1A)

Tuesday, 11 September
11:00 – Event 27: $320 Mixed Hold’em
14:00 – Event 28: $320 FL Badugi
17:00 – Event 29: $1,050 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)

Wednesday, 12 September
06:00 – Event 30: $215 NL Hold’em (Ante Up)
11:00 – Event 31: $530 NL Hold’em (10-Max, Triple Shootout, No Late Reg) (2-Day Event)
14:00 – Event 32: $320 8-Game

Thursday, 13 September
06:00 – Event 33: $320 NL Hold’em (6-Max) (2-Day Event)
11:00 – Event 34: $320 PL Omaha (6-Max, 1R1A)
14:00 – Event 35: $320 Triple Draw 2-7

Friday, 14 September
11:00 – Event 36: $215 NL Hold’em (Rebuys)
14:00 – Event 37: $530 FL Omaha H/L
17:00 – Event 38: $215 PNL Hold’em

Saturday, 15 September
11:00 – Event 39: $700 NL Hold’em (Heads-Up, No Late Reg) (2-Day Event)
13:00 – Event 40: $320 NL Hold’em (6-Max)
15:00 – Event 41: $320 HORSE

Sunday, 16 September
11:00 – Event 42: $215 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)
12:30 – Event 43: $10,300 NL Hold’em (High-Roller Heads-Up, No Late Reg)
14:30 – Event 44: $2,100 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)

Monday, 17 September
11:00 – Event 45: $320 PL Omaha (Rebuys, 6-Max)
14:00 – Event 46: $320 NL Hold’em (2X Chance) (2-Day Event)
17:00 – Event 47: $265 NL Hold’em (Turbo, Knockout)

Tuesday, 18 September
11:00 – Event 48: $320 Mixed NL Hold’em/PL Omaha
14:00 – Event 49: $530 Razz
17:00 – Event 50: $1,050 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)

Wednesday, 19 September
06:00 – Event 51: $215 NL Hold’em (1R1A)
11:00 – Event 52: $215 NL Hold’em (Big Antes) (2-Day Event)
14:00 – Event 53: $320 PL Omaha H/L

Thursday, 20 September
06:00 – Event 54: $320 NL Hold’em
11:00 – Event 55: $530 NL Hold’em (Rebuys)
14:00 – Event 56: $2,100 PL Omaha (6-Max)

Friday, 21 September
11:00 – Event 57: $530 NL Hold’em (1R1A)
14:00 – Event 58: $1,050 FL Hold’em (6-Max)
17:00 – Event 59: $215 NL Omaha H/L

Saturday, 22 September
11:00 – Event 60: $700 PL Omaha (Heads Up, No Late Reg) (2-Day Event)
13:00 – Event 61: $320 NL Hold’em (SuperKnockout)
15:00 – Event 62: $2,100 HORSE

Sunday, 23 September
11:00 – Event 63: $215 NL Hold’em (2-Day Event)
12:30 – Event 64: $10,300 8-Game (High-Roller)
14:30 – Event 65: $5,200 NL Hold’em Main Event ($1M Gtd to 1st) (2-Day Event)

Most 2-Day events will pause after 10 hours of play. Events 08, 29, and 50 will pause after 8 hours of play. Shootout format 2-day events will pause with the following number of players remaining: Event 11: 64 players, Event 31: 10 players, Event 39: 32 players, Event 60: 16 players.