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The world’s premier online poker tournament series returns, and this year the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker will be bigger than ever. This is the event where the rewards are huge and the best players gather to play for millions of dollars. In this year’s series there’s a guaranteed combined prize pool of $40,000,000 and you can qualify for as little as $1. Legends of the game will be made, fortunes won, and you can be part of it.

WCOOP 2009 will run 45 events, including three High Roller events, and will conclude with the No Limit Hold’em Main Event which has a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000,000. Take a look at the schedule to find out more about all of the events, buy-ins and start times.

Last year at the WCOOP, PokerStars awarded $39,958,000 in prize money over 33 events, with ‘ckingusc’ being crowned Main Event champion, scooping $1,265,432 for first place. Team PokerStars Pro also had a strong WCOOP in 2008, with Chris Moneymaker and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier posting stand-out results.

Online qualifiers for the WCOOP will begin July 5. To find the tournaments in the PokerStars lobby, click the ‘Events’ and ‘WCOOP’ tabs, or simply type ‘WCOOP’ into the Event Filter.

Satellites start from as little as $1 or 100 FPP. Qualifiers will run around the clock, and there are buy-ins to suit all bankrolls. You can also qualify for the WCOOP via PokerStars Steps satellites.

The 2009 WCOOP is set to be the biggest event series in the history of online poker. Make sure you are part of it!