PokerStars WCOOP Wraps Up Take 2 Weekend, Awards Over $108 Million

After the first attempt came to an abrupt halt, PokerStars’ WCOOP Take 2 wrapped up the Championship series in style.
PokerStars WCOOP Wraps Up Take 2 Weekend, Awards Over $108 Million
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November 14, 2022

There are few online series as big as PokerStars' World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). This year, it took a little longer than usual to finish it out after technical issues forced a halt on the final weekend of the series, but its Take 2 weekend has now brought the series to a close on a high note.

Canadians figured prominently in the WCOOP standings this year, with 15 titles going to Canucks throughout the series. There were $108 million in prizes, though some of that money had to wait until the final weekend resumed.

The initial running of PokerStars’ marquee series went smoothly for most of the run, but as the series moved into the grand finale, which included three big Main Events, things went off the rails and a major DDoS attack forced the action to come to a halt. That left several big tournaments unfinished, on top of the three levels of the Main Event, but there was no way PokerStars would leave it at that.

Once the system was back up and running, the WCOOP Take 2 was scheduled to make sure the 2022 WCOOP was completed. The final weekend of play is now in the books, bringing the series total to more than $108 million with almost 1.2 million entries.

Take 2 Main Event Breaks its Guarantee

The highlight of the WCOOP Take 2 weekend was the Main Event. As always with the WCOOP, there were three levels of the Main Event, with buy-ins at $109, $1050, and $10,300. The Main Event High was the highlight of the weekend in terms of performance as well — with 760 entries, the tournament handsomely broke its $7 million guarantee, reaching $7.6 million in prize money.

That put the Main Event High almost 9% above the guarantee, but it was not the best performer of the series in terms of percentage increase. The honor went to WCOOP 20-L: $55 Take 2 Closer, $125K Gtd. The tournament ended with 14% over the guarantee, with $142,550 in total prizes.

Overall, the Take 2 weekend came close to hitting its total guarantees. There was $19,830,000 guaranteed during the rebooted final weekend, and in the end, there was $19,794,780 collected — less than $100k off the mark. Given that there was $251k in fees collected from the Main Event Low alone, the small shortfall should not be a concern for the operator, and it gave players some extra value in several tournaments.

Only a third of the games on the Take 2 weekend broke their guarantees, with 12 events missing the mark. That said, most of them missed by minimal amounts.

2022 WCOOP Take 2 Summary

Events 18
Total Gtd $19,830,000
Total Collected $19,794,780
Total Prizes $20,570,473
Total Entries 75,072
Games Above Guarantee 6

Canadians had a solid WCOOP overall but did not figure among the winners on the Take 2 weekend. Still, over the entire 2022 WCOOP, players from Canada bagged 15 titles. Since Ontarians were not eligible to play in the global WCOOP series, there was one title for every 1.6 million eligible Canadians.

With more than $108 million in prizes, this ended up as the second-biggest WCOOP of all time, trailing only last year’s $122 million event.

WCOOP is now in the books for 2022. It took a second installment to wrap things up, but with more than $108 million in total prizes, it was yet another massive championship series. See below for the full results from the Take 2 weekend and some numbers for the 2022 WCOOP.

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2022 WCOOP Full Summary

Tournaments 367
Entries 1,184,919
Prize pools $108,569,090

2022 WCOOP Take 2 Results

Event Entries Guarantee Prize pool Collected Diff from Gtd % Diff from Gtd
WCOOP Main Event-Low $109 NLHE, $3M Gtd 27,914 $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $2,791,400 -$208,600 -6.95%
WCOOP Main Event-Medium $1050 NLHE, $5M Gtd 4,646 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $4,646,000 -$354,000 -7.08%
WCOOP Main Event-High $10,300 NLHE, $7M Gtd 760 $7,000,000 $7,600,000 $7,600,000 $600,000 8.57%
WCOOP PLO $109 Main Event-Low, $250K Gtd 2,105 $250,000 $250,000 $210,500 -$39,500 -15.80%
WCOOP PLO $1050 Main Event-Medium, $600K Gtd 573 $600,000 $600,000 $573,000 -$27,000 -4.50%
WCOOP PLO $10,300 Main Event-High, $1M Gtd 92 $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $920,000 -$80,000 -8.00%
13-L: $11 PKO Take 2 Special, $175K Gtd 16,337 $175,000 $175,000 $163,370 -$11,630 -6.65%
13-M: $109 PKO Take 2 Special, $700K Gtd 7,064 $700,000 $706,400 $706,400 $6,400 0.91%
13-H: $1050 PKO Take 2 Special, $1M Gtd 1,103 $1,000,000 $1,103,300 $1,103,000 $103,000 10.30%
20-L: $55 Take 2 Closer, $125K Gtd 2,851 $125,000 $142,550 $142,550 $17,550 14.04%
20-M: $530 Take 2 Closer, $150K Gtd 326 $150,000 $163,000 $163,000 $13,000 8.67%
20-L: $5200 Take 2 Closer, $350K Gtd 69 $350,000 $350,000 $345,000 -$5,000 -1.43%
21-L: $11 PLO 6-Max 2,272 $25,000 $25,000 $22,720 -$2,280 -9.12%
21-M: $109 PLO 6-Max 584 $75,000 $75,000 $58,400 -$16,600 -22.13%
21-L: $1050 PLO 6-Max 114 $125,000 $125,000 $114,000 -$11,000 -8.80%
22-L: $5.50 PKO 7-Max Series Wrap-Up, $30K Gtd 6,168 $30,000 $30,223 $30,840 $840 2.80%
22-M: $55 PKO 7-Max Series Wrap-Up, $100K Gtd 1,872 $100,000 $100,000 $93,600 -$6,400 -6.40%
22-L: $530 PKO 7-Max Series Wrap-Up, $125K Gtd 222 $125,000 $125,000 $111,000 -$14,000 -11.20%

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