THE STARS GROUP’S POKERSTARS CONCLUDES LARGEST-EVER ONLINE POKER SERIES WITH 1.1 MILLION ENTRIES AND $100 MILLION IN PRIZES
TORONTO – September 20, 2018 – The Stars Group today announced that its PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) concluded earlier this week as the largest-ever online poker series with more than 1.1 million entries. The tournament awarded nearly $100 million in prizes during the two-week long schedule of events, comfortably exceeding its advertised guarantee of $70 million and surpassing last year’s series and the previous prize pool record set in 2017 during PokerStars’ Spring Championship of Online Poker, which awarded $94 million.
The tournament also set a record for the number of entries to an online poker tournament with more than 1.1 million entries from 148,000 unique players representing 140 countries.
WCOOP 2018 offered a 185-event schedule consisting of low, medium and high buy-in levels ranging from $2.20 to $25,000. A total of seven Platinum Passes to the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC), worth around $30,000 each, were also awarded to the winners of headline events. Overall, the series paid out more than 150,000 individual cash prizes and more than $15 million in first-place prizes.
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The Stars Group is a provider of technology-based product offerings in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries. Its brands have millions of registered customers globally and collectively are leaders in online and mobile betting, poker, casino and other gaming-related offerings. The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, BetEasy, Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo, and Sky Poker, as well as live poker tour and event brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 19 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, Australia, and the Americas. The Stars Group’s vision is to become the world’s favorite iGaming destination and its mission is to provide its customers with winning moments.
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