Daniel Negreanu Aiming High At World Championship of Online Poker 2011

The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is a premier series of online poker tournaments organised by PokerStars.
Between 2002 and 2010, 228 events have been played with more than $200 million in prize money awarded to the thousands of players taking part from all around the world.
Now the 2011 WCOOP is already underway with 62 events scheduled to run from September 4th to 25th, and one player hoping to improve on last year’s result is Canadian pro Daniel Negreanu.
The Team PokerStars Pro, who only relatively recently turned his attention to the online arena, said doing well in the online equivalent to the WSOP would be an extra feather in his cap, and elaborated further by saying:
“It would mean a lot to me, specifically, because I have never had a lot of success online and that’s like a new frontier for me that I want to break through.”
Last year, Negreanu managed four cashes at WCOOP 2010, including finishing 11th out of 133 player in Event #61: $10,000 8-Game tournament for $28,595.
This year, Negreanu said he was hoping to play at least in half of the events, and was now quite comfortable playing around three events at a time. Elaborating further on where he would be playing from, Daniel explained:
“Well I’m going to try to play every day, except for [when] I have to travel from Barcelona to Montenegro, then Montenegro to Budapest. Then I have an event I’m doing in Budapest one day, so those will be the only three days I plan on missing…I’m just praying that the Internet connection is good in Montenegro and Budapest.”
Good luck to Daniel at WCOOP 2011. In the meantime, here are the top 15 earning countries since 2002. The US’ position at the top of the list is now likely to gradually change with the US market now cut off from the online poker action taking place around the world:
United States: $103,489,223
Canada: $20,200,337
United Kingdom: $14,598,835
Sweden: $10,410,439
Germany: $9,314,376
Russia: $7,602,961
Norway: $6,558,037
Denmark: $6,331,317
Netherlands: $5,437,089
Australia: $4,003,943
Finland: $3,576,839
Brazil: $3,059,979
France: $2,800,696
Spain: $2,591,227
Austria: $2,190,961

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