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Pokerstars' 2011 World Championship of Online Poker Underway

Pokerstars' 2011 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) began Sunday with over 17,000 players taking part so far.

The first event drew more than 7,500 players for the first event, a guaranteed $1,000,000 prize pool $200 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max Two-Day tournament. After that, another 10,107 poker hopefuls signed up for a $200 No-Limit Hold'em Two-Day tournament.

The beginning tournament saw Ashley Mason win the first tournament, winning the grand prize of $430,000 while his second place opponent "xraypies" took home $310,000.

Even with a big start to the WCOOP, not everything went smoothly for PokerStars. On Monday evening European Time, a glitch occured and crashed the PokerStars site for a bit less than an hour, causing fury among tournament players.

A message released by PokerStars during the glitch said: "All tournaments have been paused while we attempt to resolve the issue affecting gameplay. Tournaments will resume as soon as possible. When we are ready to resume, we will post a 5-minute warning before doing so."

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