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Taste Glory with the ECOOP

The online poker boom has seen the emergence of online poker championships. They may not match the World Series of Poker or World Poker Tour in terms of prestige, but they still offer juicy prize pools and plenty of action.

PokerStars pioneered the concept of online poker championships with its WCOOP and SCOOP series, and was matched by Full Tilt Poker when it introduced the FTOP's. Titan Poker has followed in a similar vein, and with the US market in disarray, the ECOOP (European Championships of Online Poker) could well be the hottest ticket in town.

The inaugural ECOOP was in 2007, and included 10 days of tournaments with a $2.5 million guaranteed prize pool.

The sixth edition of these Titan Poker tournament event was just last year, and boasted a whopping $5.1 million guaranteed prize pool with an additional $11k in bounties. The 14 day festival began with a $215, $250k guaranteed Hold'em event, and culminated in the $1500 Main Event with $1.5 million guaranteed.

The schedule included a diverse range of events, including the $250 Limit 7 Card Stud, $109 Omaha Hi/Lo and $215 'Quadric' Event, which incorporated Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo and 7 Card Stud variations. Winner of the $2.5k High Roller Hold'em event 'xalexbrucex' pocketed a handsome $164k for his efforts.

To add a bit of spice to proceedings, Titan Poker slapped $11k worth of bounties across 7 events. Titan boasts a formidable roster of pros, with the most notable name being Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi. Mizzi has racked up over $3.5 million in live tournament winnings.

Talented British youngster Sam Trickett also featured as one of the bounties. Trickett cashed an impressive six times at the 2010 WSOP, and could be seen playing the high stakes cash games at this year's Aussie Millions.

Satellites to the ECOOP VI started from as low as $2. But, to avoid excluding lower stakes MTT players from the poker frenzy, Titan introduced the Mini ECOOP. The ten day festival included events with buy-ins as low as $5. The $75 Main Event generated a $300k guaranteed prize pool. For more information, click here: http://www.titanpoker.com/tournaments/ecoop/may-2010.html

The ECOOP has never been held in the same regard as the WCOOP or FTOP's, so the competition should be softer. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2011 ECOOP.