World College Poker (WCP) has teamed up with PokerStars.net for the free-to-play 2021 World College Poker Championship Main Event, open to students 18 and over around the globe. This will be the first time that the event is available globally.
World College Poker was created to, “cultivate an online community of student players who have a burning passion for the game of poker.” WCP has now teamed up with PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site and home to some of the largest online tournament championship series, including the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP).
The upcoming WCP Championship will consist of four stages, with players divided into six global regions at registration, which will compete online at PokerStars.net starting on July 24th.
- Round One (July 24) – All registrants across the globe will compete in a Round One tournament exclusive for their region. In each region, entrants will play down to 50 players who will move on to Round Two.
- Round Two (July 31) – The 300 qualifiers from Round One will compete to be one of 45 players going through to Round Three. Their chip stacks will be carried from Round Two to Round Three.
- Round Three (August 7) – The remaining 45 players, who will all receive PokerStars swag bags, will then play down to the final six.
- Round Four – Final Table (TBA) – The top six finishers will compete live** or online to be crowned the 2021 World College Poker Main Event Champion. More details are expected to be announced soon.
WCP’s College Championship main event is open to students aged 18 and over with a valid student ID who are currently enrolled at colleges, universities, and vocational schools worldwide. Players from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey cannot participate in the WCP events at PokerStars.net, per local regulations.
In addition to the bragging rights that come along with securing the WCP title, a host of prizes will also be up for grabs, including a European Poker Tour (EPT) package (~€8,000, value), an engraved PokerStars trophy for the winner, and custom gaming chairs for the six finalists.
Solve For Why Academy, a comprehensive poker training company founded by high-stakes star Matt Berkey, will award the runner-up a three-day trip to Las Vegas, an academy seat, and round-trip airfare.
“I began playing poker in high school for fun, mostly penny stakes and stud variations. During college, I really began to take it seriously,” commented Berkey. “The Moneymaker boom had taken the world by storm and being a baseball player, I always had a game in the back of the bus. It wasn’t long before those games graduated to higher stakes at the casino and eventually a career in this industry. Events like the WCP Championship didn’t exist back then, but I would have given anything to learn and compete with my peers during that time.”
Pot-limit Omaha training site PLO Quick Pro is awarding vacation packages for the top three finishers, as well as special hotel packages for the six finalists. Additional prizes include a private lesson with top players such as World Poker Tour Player of the Year Jonathan Little and poker coach Alex Fitzgerald, who has accrued more than $3.5M in career tournament earnings. Fitzgerald has worked with thousands of players and has published hundreds of training videos. “Some of the wildest games I ever played were in college. It’s great World College Poker is organizing a championship event for college players. They’re taking these games to the next level and offering epic prizes. I love it!” Fitzgerald commented.
Patrik Antonius, high stakes superstar and First Land of Poker app (FLOP) co-founder will also battle the overall winner in a heads-up challenge at PokerStars.net.
“I wish world college poker was around when I was in school,” said Antonius.
WCP has also partnered with Breinfuel, a new cerebral beverage that evolved from coffee, energy drinks, and nootropics to help overall brain functions to increase focus, alertness, and productivity. All-time WSOP bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth, two-time WPT champion Jonathan Little, and poker content star and professional player Jeff Gross have all partnered with Breinfuel, as well.
“Breinfuel is the perfect partner for our global college poker championship,” said WCP co-founder, Craig Tapscott. “Students can use it to increase focus and mental acuity, whether it be for exams, sports, or online social games like poker. We are thrilled to be working with Breinfuel.”
Additional corporate sponsors include SolveForWhyAcademy.com, PLOQuickPro.com, First Land of Poker (FLOP), PokerCoaching.com, RunGood Gear, RedChipPoker.com, PokerHeadRush.com, PokerPowher.com, D&B Publishing, Bill Perkins, Aquarian Bookshop, Gosha’s Organics, Magical Gnome Media, Above The Felt Entertainment, and the preferred playing cards of WCP – FadedSpade.
Card Player is also among the sponsors for the WCP. The final 45 players in this event will all receive a digital subscription to Card Player Magazine, along with the top three female players in the field.
A full listing of prizes can be found on the WCP website’s prizes page.
Registration is now open to compete for a shot at the main event title and a spot in poker history at worldcollegepoker.com/registration. All entrants will receive a $100 Hotel Savings Card bonus from PLOQuickPro.com for simply signing up to play.
To learn more about the 2021 World College Championship Main Event, future WCP events, the company’s Campus Rep and Intern Programs, and Sponsorship Opportunities, head to worldcollegepoker.com.
**Live event scheduling will work in compliance with local guidance and regulations and may change depending on the most up-to-date information and situation analysis.