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As many online poker players already know, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is just around the corner. 17 days from now, on September 4, PokerStars launches the series, which in 2011 will include 62 events and $30 million in guaranteed money. Hands down, the WCOOP is the largest online poker series every year. This is the first WCOOP since Black Friday, which has invited a new bonus offering from PokerStars.

Exclusive to players based in Canada, PokerStars is offering deposit bonuses in the form of WCOOP freerolls. New players in Canada making their initial real money deposits can use PokerStars’ bonus code “WCOOP 1ST” to receive a multiple entry ticket. The ticket gains the player free access to all three of the WCOOP Depositor freerolls, being played at 19:00 ET on August 18, 19, and 20.

Existing Canadian players are also eligible for a PokerStars bonus, if depositing $50 or more. By using the bonus code “WCOOP $50”, existing players receive the same multiple entry ticket. Finally, PokerStars is offering one last freeroll option. If existing players deposit a minimum of $20, use code “WCOOP $20” to receive a single entry ticket into one of the freerolls of your choice. The freerolls include $15,000 in pool money to be won.

In the meantime, while players wait for the WCOOP to come up, PokerStars is running a VIP Club Mega Month promotion. August, typically a slower time at the online tables, is just the opposite at PokerStars. The promotion gives all August PokerStars players SilverStar, GoldStar, and PlatinumStar statuses ten times faster. Until the end of September, and the beginning of the WCOOP, take advantage and rack up those VPPs.