PokerStars' most prestigious online series, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), has awarded a record-breaking $104.7 million across 20 days of top tournament action. The series surpassed its $75 million guarantee by almost $30 million when more than 1.2 million total entries pushed the prize pool into the PokerStars history books. The WCOOP record was previously held by last year's series, which generated a prize pool of over $99 million.
New UFC themed tournaments awarded four packages worth $3,500, alongside big money prizes, to UFC 244: Masvidal vs. Diaz in New York, where PokerStars UFC Ambassador Johnny Walker will be in action The Main Event High is still running, with $1.6 million up for grabs for first place.
Southern Europe also enjoyed success with the Galactic Series in Spain, France, and Portugal awarding €19,419,783 over 23 days of play. The series exceeded its advertised €15 million guarantee and also beat last year's €17,105,960 prize pool. In addition, Italy's Galactic Series broke its €3 million guarantee to hit €3,799,329.
In January, PokerStars broke the record for the largest-ever prize pool for a $25,000 buy-in poker tournament when the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship (PSPC) awarded $26.5 million. In April, the 13th Anniversary edition of its Sunday Million online tournament became the second biggest in the series' history, totaling 61,342 entries with a prize pool of $12,268,400. In May, its Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) paid out $105 million, the first-ever online poker tournament to beat the $100 million milestone, while the company also celebrated dealing its 200 billionth hand.
Earlier this month the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona set a new PokerStars record as the biggest stop in the EPT's 16-year history, awarding more than €52.9 million to players from 95 different countries.