Online poker has been around since the 1990’s, but the real online poker boom didn’t take place until the 2000’s. One of the factors that contributed to the poker boom was the advent of televised poker tournaments, such as World Poker Tour (WPT). Pretty soon, large poker tournaments with huge prize pots began to appear online as well.
Poker sites that offer online poker tournaments doesn’t have to worry about seating participants, and the players doesn’t have to leave their home to go to a casino. Because of this, it is not uncommon to see poker tournaments online attracting tens and thousands of players. Also, poker sites can make a profit even from online poker tournaments with really low buy-ins, something that would be hard to achieve offline.
In addition to the standard scheduled online poker tournaments, poker sites sometimes arrange poker series – special events comprised of numerous poker tournaments online. Examples of such online poker series are the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) and the iPoker Online Poker Series (iPOPs). Online poker series usually have leader boards where players that perform well throughout the series receive extra awards.
World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP)
World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is arranged by PokerStars in September each year. The first WCOOP consisted of nine tournaments; by 2012 the number had increased to 61 and the schedule included three $10 300 high rollers. In addition to prize money, the winner of each WCOOP tournament is rewarded with a 14 carat gold bracelet.
One of the best source of information and poker news about WCOOP is the PokerStars blog.
Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP)
Just like WCOOP, the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is arranged by PokerStars. As the name suggests, it takes place in spring. The first SCOOP was played in April 2009, while SCOOP 2010-2012 took place in May. SCOOP distinguishes itself by always offering the same tournament format at three different levels: low, medium and high. The medium buy-in is normally ten times the low buy-in, and the high buy-in is normally about 100 times the low buy-in.
When SCOOP premiered on April 2, 2009, the three tournaments available that very first day were these:
Low: $5.50 No Limit Hold’em w/rebuys [6-max]
Medium: $55 No Limit Hold’em w/rebuys [6-max]
Large: $530 No Limit Hold’em w/rebuys [6-max]
For more information and poker news regarding SCOOP, go to the SCOOP section in the PokerStars blog
iPoker Online Poker Series (iPOPs)
iPoker Online Poker Series (iPOPs) is an online poker series available on the iPoker Network. A long row of online poker rooms participate in iPOPs, such as Paddy Poker Poker, Expekt Poker, William Hill Poker and Bet365 Poker.
iPOPs is a comparatively young poker series; it premiered in late November 2011 with a total of $1 million in guarantee pots. iPOPs 2011 consisted of just four tournaments, including a Main Event that combined online poker with an offline final. The 27 final players was flown to Prague in December where they played down to a winner at the Ambassador Casino.
More news and information about iPOPs is available at ipoker.com/ipops.