PokerStars 2012 WCOOP offering FL Badugi Tournament

The 2012 WSOP may be over with, but that doesn’t mean the poker tournament world will suddenly go dormant. After all, PokerStars is currently gearing up for the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), which will once again offer tens of millions of dollars in prize money. Going beyond the money, Badugi enthusiasts will certainly be pleased to know that their favorite game is going to be represented in the 2012 WCOOP. This being said, let’s look at the upcoming Badugi tournament in detail along with what else to expect in the WCOOP.

Fixed Limit Badugi Tournament Details

On September 11th, 2012, PokerStars is holding a $320 Fixed Limit Badugi event. Seeing as how Stars is the world’s largest poker site, this will be the biggest online Badugi tournament of the year! It’s difficult to say exactly how large the prize pool will grow, but when looking at last year, this event drew 292 players and offered $87,600 total.

Former Canadian salesman Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah took first place along with $17,082. He was followed by Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee who earned $12,702 for finishing second. MacPhee especially brought some star power to this event because he has $2.3 million in live tournament winnings and dates British poker beauty Liv Boeree. Now here’s a quick look at the top finishers from the 2011 WCOOP Fixed Limit Badugi tourney:

1. GoLeafsGoEh (Canada) – $17,082
2. ImaLuckSac (Canada via US) – $12,702
3. nada123455 (South Korea) – $9,636
4. PUCIPUCO (United Kingdom) – $7,008
5. Ig123456789 (Ukraine) – $4,818
6. G DeBora (Canada) – $3,504
7. spieler52 (Russia) – $2,628
8. Kroko-dill (Russia) – $2,190
9. PokerArtChee (Singapore) – $1,752
10. “[email protected]” (Russia) – $1,752

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What Else to expect from the 2012 WCOOP

This year’s installment of the WCOOP will feature a total of 62 tournaments, and we can expect the collective prize pool to approach the $47.1 million that was offered in 2011. All 62 tourneys mirror the schedule from last year, which makes things easy on returning players this time around. The 22-day online poker extravaganza kicks off on September 2nd, 2012 and runs until September 23rd.

Plenty of players will be fixated on the $5,200 WCOOP Main Event, which takes place on the final day at 2:30pm ET. $1 million is guaranteed to the top finisher, and at least $5 million will be paid out overall. Of course, when looking at the 2011 Main Event, it’s a given that both of these figures are going to be much larger than the guarantee. Danish poker pro Thomas “Kalllllle” Pedersen earned $1,260,018 for winning the 2011 tournament, and the prize pool reached $8,135,000 on the strength of 1,627 entrants.

As you’ll see in the top finishers list below, Badugi winner Mike Leah collected $560,000 for taking third place:

1. Kallllle (Denmark) – $1,260,018
2. Vojta_R (Czech Republic) – $710,000
3. GoLeafsGoEh (Canada) $560,000
4. BackDoorovic (Sweden) $650,000
5. VadziMoney (Belarus) $750,000
6. WhySoSrsSon (United Kingdom) – $222,085
7. jle90 (Mexico) – $162,700.00
8. OU THE NICK (Germany) – $122,025
9. dan82mur (Romania) – $81,350
10. LoneHixx (Canada) – $53,691

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Other Big Poker Tournaments

While the 2012 WCOOP Main Event highlights the 62-tournament schedule, there are going to be lots of other interesting tourneys too. Here is a quick look at some of the most notable tournaments from both a monetary and variety standpoint (all times ET):

September 2nd, 2012
Event #1 @ 11:00am – $215 NL Hold’em 6-max, $1.5 million prize pool in 2011
Event #2 @ 12:30pm – $10,300 NLHE High Roller, $2 million prize pool last year
Event #3 @ 2:30pm – $215 NLHE, $2 million offered in 2011

September 3rd, 2012
Event #4 @ 11:00am – $320 PL Omaha, $509k prize pool last year

September 4th, 2012
Event #8 @ 2:00 pm – $215 Triple Stud, $107k in 2011
Event #9 @ 5:00 pm – $1,050 NLHE, $1.237 million offered last year

September 8th, 2012
Event #19 @ 11:00am – $109 NLHE, $1.74 million in 2011

September 9th, 2012
Event #21 @ 11:00am – $215 NLHE, $1.696 million last year
Event #22 @ 5:30pm – $530 NLHE, $1.87 million in 2011

September 11th, 2012
Event #27 @ 2:00pm – $320 Badugi, $87.6k offered last year
Event #28 @ 5:00pm – $1,050 NLHE, $1.146 million in 2011

September 16th, 2012
Event #40 @ 11:00am – $215 NLHE, $1.666 million last year
Event #41 @ 12:30pm – $10,300 NL Heads-up High Roller, $320k in 2011
Event #42 @ 2:30pm – $1,050 NLHE, $2.207 million offered last year

September 19th, 2012
Event #51 @ 2:00pm – $320 PL Omaha Hi/Lo, $272.1k in 2011

September 22nd, 2012
Event #59 @ 2:00pm – $2,100 H.O.R.S.E., $282k last year

September 23rd, 2012
Event #60 @ 11:00am – $215 NLHE, $1.933 million offered in 2011
Event #61 @ 12:30pm – $10,300 8-Game High Roller, $700k last year
Event #62 @ 2:30pm – $5,200 Main Event, $8.135 million in 2011

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2012 WCOOP Satellites

Obviously many of the WCOOP tournaments have buy-ins that are too large for the average recreational player. However, there are plenty of satellites currently running at PokerStars for every event – including Fixed Limit Badugi. These qualifiers give players an extremely cheap opportunity to earn tournament seats. We should also mention that some satellites only require Frequent Player Points (FPPs) for the buy-in, rather than money. Satellites will be running up until the Main Event, so sign up at PokerStars and start playing!

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