Poker is very much an individual pursuit, so when a rare chance comes around to represent your country in a team event comes around, you have to grab it with both hands. For the eighth year running, PokerStars has announced the World Cup of Poker. The annual event pitches teams of amateurs and pros from every country to play for cash and national pride. The final table takes place live at the PCA in January.
You can represent your country as a Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder or Striker, by qualifying exclusively at PokerStars. Stage 1 qualifiers start between August 20-21, with buy-ins ranging between free, $11, and invite only for TLB winners.
If a player wins a qualifier from their respective country, they move on to Stage 2, where the knockout rounds will see the seven best teams progress to the live final at the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January.
You can even represent your country in the World Cup of Poker without risking a cent of your own money. Make your first-ever real money deposit using the bonus code "WCP8" and you’ll be rewarded with a free $11 Stage 1 ticket (Midfielder), in addition to the regular 100% First Deposit Bonus up to $600.
This deposit will also qualify you for our PokerNews exclusive WCOOP Freeroll Event #1 on August 27, as long as you deposit before August 21, use marketing code "POKERNETWORK", and sign up through PokerNetwork.
If playing for your country wasn’t incentive enough to play, you will also reap the rewards of the PokerStars VIP Club Mega Month. All of August, players have been able to leapfrog the VIP rankings as PokerStars has reduced the qualification requirements by 90%.
So you can fast track your way to Platinum Star VIP for just 750 VPPs in August, rather than the usual 7,500 required. You can also get to Gold Star for 300 instead of 3,000, and Silver Star for 75 points instead of 750.
If you sign up to PokerStars through PokerNetwork, not only can you participate in this promotion, you can also qualify for any future exclusive promotions we have with PokerStars (The value of which has been in the hundreds of thousands over the last few years), and a 100% up to $600 first deposit bonus. Don't forget to use marketing code "POKERNETWORK".
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