Meet Coenaldinho7, online poker’s new World Champion

Meet Coenaldinho7, online poker’s new World Champion

On Tuesday night, a Belgian who goes by the PokerStars name Coenaldinho7 won the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, banking $1.3 million and online poker’s most coveted bracelet.

It was clear from the outset that this would be no ordinary final table, and by the time Coenaldinho7 won, it was clear he was no ordinary champion. Before the final table even started, Coenaldinho7 was begging for a deal. He hoped everyone would take half a million dollars out of the prize pool and then play winner-take-all for the rest. For the better part of four hours, he couldn’t get a consensus. It wasn’t until four players remained that the hold-outs finally agreed to a rather modified ICM deal. And it was not without some chat that got a little contentious at times.

We asked him for a picture of himself, but he demurred. Seriously, the only thing he would offer is this.

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So, who is this guy?

Here’s what we know.

Coenaldinho7 has no interest in being a big poker name. That is, he’s not going to reveal his real name nor his face today.

“Personal, job related, and security reasons,” he told us.

That understood, he’s not as secretive about other parts of his life. Coenaldinho7 comes from Limburg, Belgium. At 36 years old, he’s still an active soccer and tennis player. He and his girlfriend (more on her later) have a newborn son. He spends his days as the head of transport for a Belgian meat producer. When he’s not doing that, he’s swamped at home.

“My biggest hobby at this moment is working day and night, weekends, and holidays in our house to try and get it renovated before the winter,” he said. “Somehow I think I will manage now.”

While his newfound riches might go a ways toward helping with the house, Coenaldinho7 can’t buy extra time on the clock.

“With work and a five-month-old baby, I don’t get spare or free time,” he said. “I must say these three nights (of WCOOP Main Event) were tough. No sleep, the next day at work as usual, and in the evening babysitting (my girlfriend often works late). When she arrived, I’d be at my computer…making history as it turned out.”

We wanted to know more about his history and the history he made. Here’s an edited version of what Coenaldinho7 was willing to reveal.

Pokerstars Blog: How does this win compare to your other poker experiences both financially and emotionally?

Coenaldinho7: I started online poker in 2004, and have been attracted to it ever since. You understand the simple rules in five minutes of Texas Hold’m, but I realized I had a lot to learn about odds, tactics, bluffs, steals, positions, you name it. YouTube was a source to see legends in action, and I thought to myself, “When I can afford to register for a decent main event of any kind, I will prove to myself and whomever it concerns that I can do this.”

Only recently I have had some more means to do so, but $5,200 is (or was) a lot of money for me, too. I pulled (my WCOOP entry) off for $1,700 in a S&G. So, I entered the 2015 WCOOP Main Event, and I worked my ass off for three nights. I won. It feels bizarre.

I have experience with final tables but for $5,000-$20,000. This is something else, I must admit. Now, I believe it has been all worth it because I learned, learned, and learned. I am not the best player around, but instead of gambling, I steal, bluff and change tactics every hand.

I am thinking of quitting my stressful job, enjoying life even more, and maybe becoming a frequent visitor of online and live poker events. I’m not sure, though. I’m a good friend, an even better dad, working my butt off at my work and in my house. So, one can say I’ve already accomplished a lot, but I’ve known for 11 years–really this sounds unbelievably shallow, but it’s true–I could pull this off and become even more successful in life.

You wanted a deal from the very beginning. Tell us why you pushed so hard and what you think now that you won.

Coenaldinho7: It’s very simple. Nothing to lose at that point. I got my $100,000 and chose this tactic: constantly misguiding the others, or trying to at least, to let them believe I was so desperate to make these crazy request for deals, they didn’t know what to think of me. That–and I am so convinced of this–made my 3-bet steals look much stronger. Along the way I realized this did not make me very popular, but I was in fact entertaining the table and the spectators. I kept this strategy until the end, still shifting tactics on the table however. It worked, and I really got a feeling this ship wasn’t about to wreck before docking at its destination.

What are your plans for the money?

Coenaldinho7: Nothing spectacular except thinking about career move, finalizing my house without much help of my own two hands now, and spoiling the missus, my son, and my family and friends. No new car, no luxury, trying to help a good cause now and then…other than my own

You said your girlfriend hates poker. What did she say after you won?

Coenaldinho7: She was in shock. I told her about the $100,000 I already had before she turned in, and she couldn’t believe that for starters. After I won, she was sleeping. I sent her an email with the tournament results listing my name on top and highlighting $1.3 million, and than I shouted at the stairs that she had to wake up to read a urgent email.

She sent back that this is not realistic anymore and came down with a sad face saying that she was loving our life as it was going and why did I change that forever now? I understood her immediately and told her we’re not changing a lot right now.

Today she was enthusiastic and planning stuff. Go figure.

Anything else you want people to know about you

Coenaldinho7: I’m not gonna be the man I’m supposed to be anymore. With my hand on my heart, I am much sweeter, calmer, and more reserved than the chat yesterday. Believe me: All tactics. All tactics.


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WCOOP 2015: Coenaldinho7 carries the day, wins Main Event, $1.3 million ($5,200 NLHE)

WCOOP 2015: Coenaldinho7 carries the day, wins Main Event, $1.3 million ($5,200 NLHE)

What a wild three weeks it has been! Seventy tournaments, with more than $66 million won between them, making it the richest-ever World Championship of Online Poker in its 14-year history on PokerStars.

As is customary, the festival culminated with the Main Event, the $5,200 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament that poker players around the world point to each year as the most coveted title to win online. For the first time the tournament took place over three days, and as it happened it produced three $1 million winners thanks to a four-handed final table deal from which Coenaldinho7 of Belgium emerged as the champion.

Coenaldinho7 entered the final table ninth out of nine in chips, and indeed was begging for some kind of chop even before the final table began. Such a deal was ultimately made, and the Belgian went on from there to win the title, a cool $1.3 million, and the WCOOP Main Event bracelet.

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Day 1: From 1,995 to 246

There were just under 900 players seated when the first hands were dealt on Sunday, although by the third hour of play twice that many had bought in. By the time late registration closed at the six-hour mark, a total of 1,995 players had registered for the event, which meant a prize pool of $10,000,000 would be divided between the top 243 finishers with a cool $1,760,500 scheduled to go to the winner barring a final table deal.

By then the field had already been carved down under 1,400 players, with the Swiss player amountain sitting on a mountain of chips (relatively speaking) to enjoy being an early leader. Team PokerStars Pro Jan Heitmann was also among the top 10 at that point, though would unfortunately slide to be knocked out shy of the cash later on Day 1.

A couple of hours later the field had shrunk below 1,000, with Henrick “hhecklen” Hecklen of Denmark then sitting in first position, then two more hours after that the field had been whittled under 500 with Poland’s AlwaysiNduCe — who would be around a lot longer in this one — then leading the way.

They continued to push toward the bursting of the money bubble, with earlier leader amountain among those hitting the rail in 315th. At last the scheduled stoppage of play arrived with 246 players making it to the end of the night — three eliminations shy of the cash.

EspenasApart of Norway was the overnight chip leader with a big stack of more than 1.4 million chips, with several recognizable names on the first page of the counts including Jason “TeamWispy” Helder, Adam “Adamyid” Owen, Isaac “westmenloAA” Baron, Shyam “G’s Zee” Srinivasan, and Alex “MrKloutt” Casals. Also still in the hunt were Team PokerStars Pro Adi Agarwal and Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara of Team PokerStars Pro Online.

Day 2: From 246 to 9

Day 2 began with a couple of quick knockouts, then a lengthy 45-minute bubble before two-time WCOOP winner Jonathan “Iftarii” Jaffe unfortunately fell in 244th to burst the bubble.

The bustouts came quickly thereafter, and just three hours into the day they were down to 100 players with Team PokerStars Pro Online member Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (197th, $13,000), Isaac “westmenloAA” Baron (151st, $14,500), Adam “Adamyid” Owen (140th, $15,000), Jason “TeamWispy” Helder (121st, $16,000), and Henrik “hhecklen” Hecken (116th, $17,000) among the fallen, and FOO-92 sitting in the top spot. FOO-92 made the WCOOP Main Event final table in 2012, finishing sixth the year Marat “maratik” Sharafutdinov of “i wont million” fame won after qualifying with FPPs.

Speaking of, as the tournament continued to whittle down we became increasingly intrigued with the progress of Dominik “DomMarty” Martan who qualified for the event with just 12 FPPs. Martan was in the top 20 to start Day 2, and still had a big stack until later in the evening before finally falling in 53rd for a $25,000 cash. Read more about Martan’s wild ride here.

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Dominik “DomMarty” Martan

The field continued to shrink, with Shyam “G’s Zee” Srinivasan (94th, $19,000) among those cashing. Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee had won a key hand versus Martan just before his knockout, and with FOO-92 still leading MacPhee would fall soon thereafter in 47th, also good for $25,000.

Others falling over the latter stages of Day 2 included Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick (45th, $28,000), Alex “MrKloutt” Casals (44th, $28,000), Aaron “aejones” Jones (37th, $28,000), 2014 SCOOP Main Event (High) champion Ivan “vandir4rek” Soshnikov (35th, $32,000), Tommy “TMoney0209” Miller (30th, $32,000), and Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson (29th, $32,000).

After having challenged for the lead not too long before, David “dpeters17” Peters next slid to fall in 28th ($32,000), and with three tables left Sure_Shot-TP had moved up into the top spot with Team PokerStars Pro Adi Agarwal in third position and FOO-92 having fallen back below the average.

Nopaleva, who final tabled the $51K Super High Roller (Event #47) to finish fourth, was part of the next group of knockouts, going out in 23rd ($37,000). Then Agarwal would jump into the chip lead a little later after his [Qd][Qs] held versus MountainRo$e’s [Ah][Kc] to knock the latter out in 22nd ($37,000). Then when Pascal “Pass_72” Lefrancois went out in 19th (also worth $37,000), they were down to the final two tables with Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn the new chip leader.

Having slipped to short-stacked status, FOO-92 then fell in 18th, followed by Tatiana “Mysters_Y” Barausova (17th) and tnxcomeagain (16th), each of whom earned $43,000 for their finishes. Sure_Shot-TP (15th) and adamde2ori (14th) followed them to the rail, then shortly after Adi Agarwal was all in with [Ad][Qs] versus chip leader Kostritsyn’s [Ah][Kc]. The board ran out nine-high, and Agarwal finished in 13th, like the previous two knocked out players earning $53,000.

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Team PokerStars Pro Adi Agarwal

Clutch Hero met a similar fate to Agarwal, running [Ah][Js] into Kostritsyn’s [As][Ac] to go out in 12th. Just a moment later lyonsden6 took [5h][5d] up against Ravic85’s [As][5s] and watched an ace come among the community cards to go out in 11th.

They went to hand-for-hand, and it wasn’t long before WICKED617 was all in with [Ks][Qc] against AlwaysiNduCe’s [Ac][Kh]. The board didn’t help WICKED617, whose like Clutch Hero and lyonsden6 earned a $63,000 payday.

The final nine reassembled around a single table, and after playing a single small-pot hand play was paused for the night with Kostritsyn still in front. Here’s how the stacks looked then:

1. Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn (Russia) — 19,815,627
2. AlwaysiNduCe (Poland) — 18,662,305
3. K.T.A.-1985 (Czech Republic) — 17,782,920
4. Ravic85 (Russia) — 11,153,871
5. Nolet20 (Canada) — 10,786,197
6. beertjes79 (Belgium) — 8,237,109
7. bindernutnut (Canada) — 5,118,148
8. Rory “Mr.Kingball” Brown (Ireland) — 4,489,837
9. Coenaldinho7 (Belgium) — 3,703,986

Day 3: From 9 to a Champion

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Each of the final nine was guaranteed at least $100,000 (ninth-place money), but all were eyeing the seven-figure prizes up top.

The final day began with Ravic85 appropriately reprising maratik’s famous “i wont million” line in chat. Meanwhile as noted the short stack Coenaldinho7 was already proposing a nine-way deal before the first hand of the day was dealt, though the suggestions went unheeded. Then it only took a little over five minutes for the first final table elimination to occur.

bindernutnut bounced in ninth

With the blinds at 125K/250K, bindernutnut opened for 500,000 from early position, then watched K.T.A.-1985 three-bet to 1.2 million from the hijack seat. It folded back around to bindernutnut who shoved all in for 4,968,148 total, and K.T.A.-1985 called.

bindernutnut showed [Ah][Ks] and needed help from the board to best K.T.A.-1985’s [9d][9h]. But the community cards didn’t cooperate, coming [7h][Jd][5c][5d][9c], and bindernutnut’s run was halted in ninth as K.T.A.-1985 became the new leader.

Kostritsyn cut down in eighth

“We have passed the point of buying luxury cars and are moving onto house purchases” cracked final table host and Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein in the chat box as play continued. “Who are you calling ‘we’?” asked Kostritsyn in response.

Short stacks Coenaldinho7 and Rory “Mr.Kingball” Brown both enjoyed double-ups before the first hour was done, bringing both back to the pack as AlwaysiNduCe took over the chip lead.

More than an hour went by, during which time Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn slipped to less than 6.5 million to become one of the shorter stacks. Kostritsyn was looking to earn a second WCOOP bracelet after having bested a field of 1,612 in a $1,050 NLHE event in 2010 for a $269,284.60 payday.

Then with the blinds up to 175K/350K, Kostritsyn min-raised to 700,000 from middle position, AlwaysiNduCe called from a seat over, and beertjes79 came along as well from the big blind.

The flop came [Td][8d][5c], and after beertjes79 checked, Kostritsyn bet 1,077,500 and AlwaysiNduCe called. Both checked the [4c] turn, then the river brought the [Jd] and an all-in push from joiso for 4,640,972. AlwaysiNduCe made the call.

AlwaysiNduCe had [Tc][Ts], having flopped top set. Meanwhile Kostritsyn had but [9s][6s] — a busted straight draw — and the Russian was sent railward in eighth.

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Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn

K.T.A.-1985 KO’d in seventh

Play continued, then with the blinds at 200K/400K it was beertjes79 jamming for almost 4.35 million from early position and then-short K.T.A.-1985 calling all in for 3,690,090 after posting the big blind.

beertjes79 had [As][Jc] and two live cards versus K.T.A.-1985’s [7c][7s], and while the [4c][3c][3h] flop hit neither of them the [Ac] paired beertjes79’s ace. The river was the [Kc], and K.T.A.-1985 fell in seventh.

Brown downed in sixth

Just four hands later, Rory “Mr.Kingball” Brown was the one open-raising all in, this time from the button for 4,329,674 (not quite nine big blinds). Chip leader AlwaysiNduCe called the shove from the big blind, turning over [Ad][Tc] while Brown needed help with [Js][8s].

The flop rolled out [2h][5s][As], pairing AlwaysiNduCe but giving Brown flush hopes. But the turn was the [Th] and river the [8c], leaving AlwaysiNduCe with two pair, Brown with one, and a sixth-place finish for Mr.Kingball.

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Rory “Mr.Kingball” Brown

Like anyone going so deep in such an event, It was a case of congratudolences for Brown, who afterwards tweeted the news of his finish to his followers:

Great fun to go so deep. Overall great result for the world. $273k might not have covered the bar bill had I won this thing😂. #WCOOP #poker

— Rory Brown (@TheFranchise_) September 29, 2015

Deal? No… no deal

Soon the final five stopped proceedings in order to talk about a deal to reapportion most of the $4,723,000 of the prize pool left to be distributed.

As mentioned, the scheduled payouts had $1,760,500 going to the winner. From there it was $1,210,000 (2nd), $790,000 (3rd), $562,500 (4th), and $400,000 (5th).

At the time AlwaysiNduCe was the big chip leader with more than 48.6 million with Coenaldinho7 having climbed up into second position as the nearest challenger with not quite 20.9 million.

Both “ICM”-based figures and “chip chop” numbers were produced, leaving $200,000 to the side for the winner in each case. Here’s a table showing how those numbers looked:

Position/Player Chips ICM Chip chop
1. AlwaysiNduCe 48,659,784 $1,275,189.01 $1,630,763.26
2. Coenaldinho7 20,874,672 $997,236.02 $927,987.94
3. Ravic85 15,924,484 $907,764.12 $802,781.69
4. beertjes79 9,914,478 $765,756.94 $650,769.20
5. Nolet20 4,376,582 $577,053.91 $510,697.91

All but AlwaysiNduCe liked the look of the “ICM” figures, with the eager-to-deal Coenaldinho7 even declining asking for extra to make a seven-figure score. “I could say hey no I want 1 million,” typed Coenaldinho7, “but i settle, I agree.”

Meanwhile AlwaysiNduCe insisted on the “chip chop” numbers which if agreed to would actually give AlwaysiNduCe a chance to earn more than the 1st-place prize if AlwaysiNduCe went on to win. The others all said no to that, and after several minutes of discussion no deal was made.

Ravic85 run out in fifth

A big hand followed soon after that saw Coenaldinho7 double through AlwaysiNduCe to grab away the chip lead, although AlwaysiNduCe was able to wrestle it back shortly afterwards.

Nolet20 then doubled through beertjes79 to climb out of the chip cellar, then some time later beertjes79 was able to double-up through Coenaldinho7 with queens versus jacks to survive as well.

A little later Nolet20 min-raised to 1.2 million and got a couple of callers in Coenaldinho7 (small blind) and Ravic85 (big blind).

The flop came [6d][2c][Td]. Coenaldinho7 checked, Ravic85 bet 1,692,500, Nolet20 called, and Coenaldinho7 called as well. The turn was the [9c]. Coenaldinho7 again checked, and this time Ravic85 shoved all in for 6,544,684. Nolet20 responded by reraise-pushing, forcing a fold from Coenaldinho7.

Ravic85 turned over [Ks][Th] for top pair of tens, but Nolet20 had [Ad][As] for a better pair. The river [Ah] improved Nolet20 further to a set, and Ravic85 was out in fifth.

We have a deal!

A big hand followed between Nolet20 and AlwaysiNduCe — one in which Nolet20 shoved the river, forcing a fold by AlwaysiNduCe — and suddenly Nolet20 was the chip leader with four remaining. The Canadian was building on a big finish just a couple of months ago — a victory in the MicroMillions 11 Main Event in which Nolet20 topped a 55,524-entry field to turn $22 into $89,854.

At that point everyone checked their “Discuss a deal” boxes once more, and the tournament was paused again. This time Nolet20 was the leader, Coenaldinho7 next, AlwaysiNduCe third and beertjes79 fourth. This time they only looked at “ICM” numbers, again leaving $200K aside for which to play:

Position/Player Chips ICM
1. Nolet20 34,920,904 $1,160,775.10
2. Coenaldinho7 31,565,948 $1,127,632.33
3. AlwaysiNduCe 20,367,912 $984,463.92
4. beertjes79 12,895,236 $850,128.65

After the “ICM” numbers were delivered, AlwaysiNduCe asked the others for a “full 1 000 000” and Nolet20 quickly answered “no.” At that AlwaysiNduCe suggested they play a few more hands in order to try to chip up and get in a position to get the $1 milly, but beertjes79 stepped up to say “i m ok with 800,” being willing to give up just over $50K if needed to make the deal happen. Coenaldinho7 also agreed to take $1.1 million even to help.

From Coenaldinho7 and beertjes79, then, AlwaysiNduCe got enough to get to $1 million even and Nolet20 took the rest, making the final figures…

Nolet20: $1,223,000.00
Coenaldinho7: $1,100,000.00
AlwaysiNduCe: $1,000,000.00
beertjes79: $800,000.00
Left To Play for place 1: $200,000.00

That’s right… three millionaires! And if beertjes79 could pull off a comeback, there’d be a fourth, too, with the $200K still in play!

The quartet took a quick five-minute break before resuming play, and Coenaldinho7 typed a quick note before leaving the computer:

Coenaldinho7: I m gonna wake my girlfriend, she hates poker…
Coenaldinho7: thats bout to change

beertjes79 bumped in fourth

Soon after play resumed, AlwaysiNduCe and Nolet20 were all-in preflop but both had ace-jack suited and split the pot. Two hands later Coenaldinho7 raised 3x to 2.4 million from the button, beertjes79 jammed for 15,295,236 from the blinds, and Coenaldinho7 called.

beertjes79 had [As][Jh] but was behind Coenaldinho7’s [Ac][Qs], and after a [Ks][Ts][5d][9d][4h] runout beertjes79 was done in fourth.

No further than third for Nolet20

After starting the day as the short stack, Coenaldinho7 was now the chip leader with three left. Coenaldinho7 built up further, then AlwaysiNduCe grabbed the lead again after getting all in on the turn on a king-high board with an overpair of aces versus Coenaldinho7 top pair of kings and surviving.

Then came a hand that saw Nolet20 min-raise to 1.6 million from the button, AlwaysiNduCe three-bet to 4 million from the small blind, and Nolet20 call. The flop came [2s][Th][8c] and AlwaysiNduCe fired a bet of 4 million which Nolet20 called. The turn then brought the [2h] and a check from AlwaysiNduCe, and after Nolet20 bet 4,888,888, AlwaysiNduCe stuck around.

The river was the [6s]. AlwaysiNduCe checked once more, and Nolet20 pushed all in with the 19,200,016 left. AlwaysiNduCe called, turning over [Kd][Kc] for kings and deuces. That beat Nolet20’s [Kh][Ts] for a lesser two pair, and they were down to two.

Coenaldinho7 outlasts AlwaysiNduCe heads-up, collects bracelet

Heads-up began with AlwaysiNduCe enjoying a better than 2-to-1 chip advantage with 69,848,728 to Coenaldinho7’s 29,901,272. But within minutes Coenaldinho7 picked up a couple of big pots to even the match.

Before long Coenaldinho7 had pushed up over 76 million and had a 3-to-1 lead over AlwaysiNduCe who’d slipped under 24 million. Then came a hand in which AlwaysiNduCe min-raised from the button to 2 million, Coenaldinho7 called, and the pair saw a flop come [5d][2d][Tc].

Coenaldinho7 checked, and AlwaysiNduCe continued with a bet of 2 million. Coenaldinho7 then check-raised to 6 million, AlwaysiNduCe called, and the turn brought the [Ks]. At that Coenaldinho7 led for 15 million, AlwaysiNduCe raised all in to 15,468,728, and Coenaldinho7 called for the extra chips.

Coenaldinho7: [Th][7c]
AlwaysiNduCe: [Kh][5c]

AlwaysiNduCe had flopped one pair and turned a second, and had a big advantage over Coenaldinho7’s pair of tens. But then came the river… the [Td]! Trip tens, giving Coenaldinho7 the pot, the extra $200,000, and the WCOOP Main Event bracelet!

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Drama right to the final card

Congratulations to Coenaldinho7, this year’s WCOOP Main Event champion whose $1.3 million prize equals that won by Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz in this event a year ago. And big kudos also to AlwaysiNduCe, Nolet20, and beertjes79 for making it to the four-way deal and securing huge paydays for themselves as well.

WCOOP-69: $5,200 NL Hold’em Main Event
Entries: 1,995

Prize pool: $10,000,000

Places paid: 243

1. Coenaldinho7 (Belgium) $1,300,000.00*
2. AlwaysiNduCe (Poland) $1,000,000.00*
3. Nolet20 (Canada) $1,223,000.00*
4. beertjes79 (Belgium) $800,000.00*
5. Ravic85 (Russia) $400,000.00
6. Rory “Mr.Kingball” Brown (Ireland) $273,000.00
7. K.T.A.-1985 (Czech Republic) $200,000.00
8. Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn (Russia) $150,000.00
9. bindernutnut (Canada) $100,000.00

* = denotes a four-way deal leaving $200,000 for the winner

Thanks for following our coverage here on the PokerStars Blog of all 70 events of this year’s World Championship of Online Poker. Remember, you can check the WCOOP page for complete results.

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WCOOP 2015: William Arruda on one “hellzito” of a win

WCOOP 2015: William Arruda on one “hellzito” of a win

The before and after reactions of WCOOP winners is typically quite stark. Take William “hellzito” Arruda for example.
How about the before?

“I live with my wife and she barely knows the rules, so she tries to avoid staying close when I’m playing. I’m also not always in the best mood while I’m playing, so I feel a little awkward when someone is watching.

And the after?

“My first reaction was to scream!”

And so celebrating in his usual Friday night bar with friends (and presumably back on friendly terms with his wife) a first WCOOP win gradually sunk in for the Brazilian. It was a big one, and he talked to the PokerStars Blog about this career landmark.

First the key moments in the event as he remembered it:

“Usually the Super Tuesday has like 800 entries, while this one had 1722, so this was one of the must-play events,” he said. “When I got to the final table I knew that I couldn’t do much, because there were two very good and aggressive players with big stacks in my direct left. So I didn’t get in despair when I was short stack, I just waited while the other players were going all-in, all-in, because I knew that I would have a chance to make top three.”

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Having started his career as a live player Arruda still considers tournament selection to be a vital part of his game. But does that apply to the online game, particularly ahead of a series like WCOOP?

“I think preparation happens naturally during the whole year, when we are trying to improve to play our best overall. When you think too much of one specific event, or change your style for that series or event, you usually end up playing worse overall. But I studied hard most of time and did a lot of coaching to my students. I think this was what has helped me the most.”

But while Arruda has a sensible streak – amounting to a greater regard for ICM than a mere title, he admitted that WCOOP, and the prestige attached, made this one slightly different.

“After you have some experience, you start to think much more about the money and not the tittle,” said Arruda. “In a regular tournament after, say, a deal, I don’t care who’s gonna win the tournament, but in this event I felt different. And I never had a feeling like that. This time I really wanted the tittle, not just the money.

That meant a first prize of $259,202 after a two way deal, well-earned after a two and a half hour heads up contest. Read the full report of Arruda’s triumph here.

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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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Run It Up features WCOOP main event

Run It Up features WCOOP main event

I probably don’t have to tell you about PokerStars Team Pro Jason Somerville’s “Run It Up” stream on the Twitch platform. If you’re not aware of it, please go to this link and then, when you can tear yourself away, come back here:

This is what we’re talking about

Good to have you back (or at least time-sharing while you watch the mechanical crow). Jason certainly made a dent in the WCOOP prize pool, making three final tables and cashing eight – eight – times. He also had a magical day on September 7 when he made the final table of a progressive super knockout NLHE event, cashing for about $38k. But more importantly, he peaked at 37,000 viewers, and at one point was the most watched channel on Twitch. Yes, children, more than every single League of Legends or DoTA player.

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On September 7, 2015, Jason “JCarverPoker” Somerville won Twitch.

Now about tonight… it’s the final table of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) main event, with a shade over $1.7 million for the winner (second place is a “paltry” $1.2 million). Alas, Jason is not at that table but he’s going to watch it from the rail during his Twitch stream tonight, and share his strategic and tactical thoughts with his Run It Up fans.

Here are the details:

• He won’t see hole cards – what he sees on the client will be exactly what you see if you fire up the PokerStars client and go to tournament #1,245,236,838. Or simply search in the main lobby search bar for “WCOOP main event”.
• He’ll be on a ten-minute delay so what you see on the client will be discussed on his stream ten minutes later. If you drop spoilers into the Twitch chat stream, don’t be surprised if you get silenced.
• If he has personal information about a particular player, he won’t be sharing that with us. So if he knows that, “Susie Boggs does not have a river check-raise bluff. Ever” we won’t be hearing about it.
• To keep things hopping and the action flowing, he’ll be playing his regular $1k Super Tuesday event, so you’ll be bouncing back and forth between the two events (one he’s playing, one he’s commentating) depending on where the action is.

The bottom line is that Jason’s Twitch stream is going to be the place to gather on the rail of the final table of the most prestigious event of the online poker year. And maybe watch Jason crack yet another final table.

We’ll see you on the rail.


Lee Jones is the Director of Poker Communications at PokerStars and has been part of the professional poker world for over 25 years. You can read his occasional Twitter-bites at @leehjones.

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WCOOP 2015: All done bar the Main Event shouting

WCOOP 2015: All done bar the Main Event shouting

We’re into Day 25 of WCOOP 2015, the last day of play in WCOOP 2015.

Today’s highlights:

–The Main Event reaches its final table with Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn the current chip leader.
–The 8-Game Championship was won by krakukra, with Shaun Deeb’s sixth place putting him top of the leader board.
Caesar 425 wins Event #67.

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WCOOP Main Event update

Here it is, the line up of the Main Event final table, with more than $1.7 million to the winner.

Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn (Russia) 19,815,627
AlwaysiNduCe (Poland) 18,662,305
K.T.A.-1985 (Czech Republic) 17,782,920
Ravic85 (Russia) 11,153,871
Nolet20 (Canada) 10,786,197
beertjes79 (Belgium) 8,237,109
bindernutnut (Canada) 5,118,148
Mr.Kingball (Ireland) 4,489,437
Coenaldinho7 (Belgium) 3,703,986

We’ll have a full final table report on the PokerStars Blog shortly after things wrap up tonight.

Round up of latest results

The banners hang forlornly, empty champagne glasses lay abandoned on trestle tables, and celebratory balloons litter the ballroom floor. WCOOP may now be coming to an end for another year, but we still have the consolation of one more day of action, with the Main Event concluding later today.

It’s been a long Championship, with 70 events and more than $66 million in prize money, more than any other WCOOP in history. Today’s final; should provide the send-off it deserves.

There were two events to conclude yesterday though. In Event #67 Caesar325 won a first bracelet and a first prize of $227,384.96 in the NLH 8-max Sunday Warm-Up special edition. Read Jason Kirk’s report of that one here. Then came the 8-Game Championship. As Martin Harris reported, krakukra went on to win it, but it was perhaps more significant for the result posted by Shaun Deeb His sixth place was enough to put him top of the WCOOP Player of the Series leader board.

Click through the links below for full reports.

Event #67: $215 NL Hold’em (8-Max, Optional Re-Entry, Sunday Warm-Up SE)
Entrants: 8,872 (6,529 entries, 2,343 re-entries)
Prize pool: $1,774,000
Places paid: 1,120

1. Caesar325 (United Kingdom) $227,384.96*
2. girafganger7 (Belgium) $217,000*
3. pokerjamers (Mexico) $141,952
4. ienutz (Romania) $106,464
5. suarez_BG (Bulgaria) $70,976
6. vladsilver (Russia) $35,488
7. npomocc (Moldova) $17,744
8. Vakio¤Ässä (Finland) $10,646.40
* denotes results of a heads-up deal

Event #68: $10,300 8-Game Championship
Entries: 91

Prize pool: $910,00
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Places paid: 12

1. krakukra (Russia) $214,050.00*
2. Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen (Denmark) $200,000*
3. Andrew “ClockWyze” Pantling (Canada) $127,400.00
4. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) $86,450.00
5. Brian “aba20” Townsend (Canada) $63,700.00
6. Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (Mexico) $47,775.00

* denotes a two-way deal leaving $14,050.00 for the winner

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today

All that’s left to play is the WCOOP Main Event final table. Nine players left, playing down to a winner, with play set to restart at 14.30 ET.

Leader board

Barring any terrible oversight on our part (and hey, it’s happened before) we make Shaun Deeb the Player of the Series for WCOOP 2015. None of those in the Main Event are with reach of Deeb, who scored 18 cash finishes, reached three final tables and won one.

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Find all the leader board details right here

Tweet of the day

Ben Warringtom (@Benwa1) making the most of what’s left of WCOOP 2015.

#wcoop main event rail. Because you can never learn enough #poker pic.twitter.com/fEZvjEP1VA

— Ben Warrington (@Benwa1) September 28, 2015

Image of the day

It’s not much to look at now, but give it a few hours…

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Stats of the Championship

–There have now been a total of 557 WCOOP bracelets won.
–There have been more than a million all time entries, with more than $513 million in prize money.
–There were 109,904 entries for 2015. That’s 26,594 unique players from 122 countries.

That’s it

There are no more events to play, but you can still find all the details about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage.

In the meantime, as always, send us your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: All hail! Caesar325 wins Event #67, $215 NLHE (Sunday Warm-Up SE)

WCOOP 2015: All hail! Caesar325 wins Event #67, $215 NLHE (Sunday Warm-Up SE)

After nearly a month of guarantee-busting prize pools, strong performances from accomplished poker players from around the world, and dramatic battles over bracelets, WCOOP 2015 is finally coming to an end. That means the Special Editions of the Sunday majors are saying goodbye, too. This weekend was the last chance to wrap up a title in one, and Caesar325 took full advantage by winning more than $211,000 in Event #67.

The final Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition of WCOOP 2015 kicked off yesterday at 11:00 a.m. ET, offering players 10,000-chip starting stacks, 8-max tables, and up to three optional re-entries during the extended registration period. That was attractive enough to draw a field of 6,529 players, who combined for an additional 2,323 entries to drive the total prize pool to $1,774,000.

After 30 levels of play, when the tournament paused for the night, there were just 112 players remaining. Holding the chip lead by less than 100 chips at the end of Day 1 was Belgium’s girafganger7, whose 2,198,857 chips just topped KingGorn’s 2,198,765. Team PokerStars Pro’s Kosei “K.Ichinose” Ichinose was also in the mix in 13th place with 1,318,278 chips.

Day 2 was just as grueling as the first. The journey from 112 to the final table of eight took more than eight hours. Kosei Ichinose fell along the way, finishing in 31st place ($5,323), as did all but two of the players who had been in the top 10 chip counts at the end of Day 1: Moldova’s npomocc, a 2011 SCOOP champion who had been in 10th to start the day, and girafganger7, who was still in possession of the chip lead.

With blinds and antes at 150K/300K/37.5K, they faced off with these six players:

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Seat 1: vladsilver (10,674,628 in chips)
Seat 2: girafganger7 (17,990,116 in chips)
Seat 3: npomocc (8,346,640 in chips)
Seat 4: Caesar325 (12,624,448 in chips)
Seat 5: suarez_BG (11,239,071 in chips)
Seat 6: ienutz (15,353,268 in chips)
Seat 7: pokerjamers (8,592,864 in chips)
Seat 8: Vakio¤Ässä (3,898,965 in chips)

The action got started on the first hand with a npomocc raise to 717K and a call from SCOOP 2015 champ Vakio¤Ässä in the big blind. Both players checked the [Td] [8c] [7s] flop, leading Vakio¤Ässä to bet 998K on the [5s] turn. npomocc, who had hit a set with [5c] [5d], raised all-in, and Vakio¤Ässä called with [Th] [9h] for top pair and an open-ended straight draw. The [3s] changed nothing on the river, sending Vakio¤Ässä to the rail in 8th place ($10,646.40).

girafganger7 dominated as play continued. The leader chipped up to 28.4M before re-raising all-in from the big blind with [Qs] [9s] after short-stacked ienutz opened in the cutoff for a small raise to 844K. ienutz called for 8.1M total with [As] [Kh] and doubled to 16.8M when the flop brought an ace.

Though girafganger7 remained the chip leader, it was with a much slimmer lead than before, and the Belgian would fall out of the lead a few hands later after taking a 2.4M-chip stab at a pot worth 4.5M on the river of a [5c] [Kd] [As] [Jh] [7d] board. Caesar325, who had called girafganger7’s cutoff raise before the flop, checked the flop, and check-called 979K on the turn, and called that river bet with [Ac] [Qs] to become the new leader with 18.1M chips.

girafganger7’s move from the penthouse was merely temporary, though. Dealt [Ac] [Ad] on the next hand, the Belgian player opened for 910K and called when npomocc moved in for 12.1M from the cutoff. npomocc’s [4c] [4h] couldn’t catch a two-outer on the [3h] [8c] [5h] [Ks] [7s] board, giving girafganger7 the 25.2M chips in the middle and knocking out npomocc in 7th place ($17,744).

Another pair of aces figured into the next knockout, this one just a few hands later after the blinds and antes jumped to 250K/500K/62.5K. 2014 SCOOP finalist suarez_BG called with [Ad] [As] in the big blind after vladsilver moved in for 2.6M from the cutoff with [Ah] [7c]. An inside straight draw briefly flared up on the turn before being extinguished on the river of the [9c] [Jd] [9s] [8c] [4h] board, and vladsilver was gone in 6th place ($35,488).

Eight hands later, suarez_BG would be the one holding an ace and facing off against a big pair. The Bulgarian player opened the action in the cutoff with a raise to 1.25M, then shoved for 12.7M after girafganger7 re-raised to 3.1M in the big blind with [Kd] [Ks]. girafganger7 called and suarez_BG’s [Ad] [Qs] failed to improve on the [4d] [5s] [Tc] [5d] [3d] board, busting the Bulgarian in 5th place ($70,976).

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With more than double anybody else’s chip stack at the four-handed table, girafganger7 controlled the pace of play and won plenty of pots with no contest. Caesar325 stepped in to claim a few pots, too, stealing the blinds and antes and then knocking pokerjamers off a preflop raise with an all-in re-shove. But Caesar325’s big step forward came after opening for 1.4M in under the gun with [Kd] [Ks]. ienutz jammed for 10.7M on the button with [Ah] [6h] and came nowhere close to making a hand after Caesar325 called. The board came [8c] [4d] [Qc] [8d] [Ts], kings and eights won the 22.7M-chip pot, and ienutz left in 4th place ($106,464).

girafganger7 won nine of the next 11 pots and pokerjamers took the other two, but Caesar325 took the 13th with a bang. girafganger7 folded on the button and Caesar325, holding [Ks] [3d], raised to 22M in the small blind. pokerjamers called all-in as a 65.5-percent favorite with [As] [Jh] and had to have been stunned to see the flop come down [3h] [3c] [3s]. Drawing dead from there, pokerjamers exited in 3rd place ($141,952).

An hour and 17 minutes into the final table, a heads-up duel that would last nearly that long was just getting started:

Seat 2: girafganger7 (50,335,730 in chips)
Seat 4: Caesar325 (38,384,270 in chips)

The first order of business was a deal. It was accomplished with a minimum of haggling, leaving $20,000 on the table for the winner and setting the stage for a pitched 142-hand battle between the two players. With 11 lead changes and both players facing elimination at multiple points, it was worthy of the WCOOP stage it was played on.

Caesar325 almost didn’t get the chance to make it that kind of fight, getting down to 14.3M before doubling up with [5c] [3d] in the big blind. That came after check-raising all-in with an open-ended straight draw against girafganger7’s top pair of kings with [Kc] [6s] and catching an ace on the river to double up.

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Even surviving that was just a license to withstand a withering assault from girafganger7, who soon enough had Caesar325’s stack back down in the teens. Then Caesar325 doubled up again with [Ad] [Qd] against girafganger7’s [Ah] [7h], getting back to 36.8M. That proved to be a stepping stone to the first lead change, which came after limp-calling a raise on the button, calling bets on the [Qd] [Qc] [Kh] flop and [8s] turn, and moving all-in for 22.7M on the [Ks] after girafganger7 checked.

girafganger7 folded there but retook the lead quickly, wearing Caesar325 back down to 15M within about 20 hands. Then Caesar325 moved back ahead with pocket queens. And then girafganger7 doubled with [6c] [6d] against [Ac] [Jh] to pull the two player to within a single 1M-chip big blind of one another.

The balancing pull was so strong that even after winning a 71.3M-chip pot all-in before the flop with [6c] [6s] against girafganger7’s [Ac] [9c], leaving girafganger7 with just 17.3M, the Belgian player was still able to retake the lead. But with the 600K/1.2M/150K blinds and antes exerting major pressure, the match couldn’t last forever.

Caesar325 finally limped in from the button and re-raised all-in with [6c] [6h] after girafganger7 three-bet to 3M in the big blind. girafganger7 called with [Kc] [Qd] and threatened to catch any of a number of Broadway cards to take the lead from the [9h] [7s] [Jh] flop on. But the [9d] turn and [Ah] didn’t see any threats materialize, and Caesar325 won the pot to bring the tournament to an end.

For girafganger7, holding the chip lead from the end of Day 1 until the start of heads-up play was good for a deal share of $217,000. Caesar325, meanwhile, earned the extra $20K on the table for a total first-place prize of $227,384.96. Congratulations to both players on closing out this WCOOP in style.

WCOOP 2015: Event #67, $215 NL Hold’em (8-Max, Optional Re-Entry, Sunday Warm-Up SE)
Entrants: 8,872 (6,529 entries, 2,343 re-entries)
Prize pool: $1,774,000
Places paid: 1,120
1. Caesar325 (United Kingdom) $227,384.96*
2. girafganger7 (Belgium) $217,000*
3. pokerjamers (Mexico) $141,952
4. ienutz (Romania) $106,464
5. suarez_BG (Bulgaria) $70,976
6. vladsilver (Russia) $35,488
7. npomocc (Moldova) $17,744
8. Vakio¤Ässä (Finland) $10,646.40
* – denotes results of a heads-up deal

This might be the last Special Edition during WCOOP 2015, but the Sunday Warm-Up runs every week along with lots of other great tournaments. Click here to get a PokerStars account today.

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: krakukra cracks tough $10K 8-Game field, collects Event #68 win

WCOOP 2015: krakukra cracks tough $10K 8-Game field, collects Event #68 win

The 2015 World Championship of Poker Main Event — due to complete tomorrow — is getting a lot of the focus at the moment over at PokerStars. But another marquee event also took place over the last couple of days, the star-studded $10,300 buy-in 8-Game Championship that predictably drew many of poker’s greats inspired to challenge for one of the more coveted bracelets of the WCOOP.

After two days of intense competition, it was Russia’s krakukra outlasting a talented final table that included Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb, Brian “aba20” Townsend, Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah, Andrew “ClockWyze” Pantling, and Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen to earn a first career WCOOP bracelet and a big $214,050 payday.

krakukra won after striking a heads-up deal with the gritty Jensen. Here’s the story of how krakukra did it.

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Play began Sunday afternoon, and by the second hour Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu had shot out to an early lead with about 40 players seated, although as he tweeted to his followers it was “way too early” to put too much meaning into it.

Indeed, by the six-hour mark and end of late registration, a total of 91 players had signed up, building a total prize pool of $910,000 (way over the $500K guarantee) to be split among the top 12 finishers.

By then just 59 were left, with Fresh_oO_D — leader of the 2015 WCOOP Player of the Series as the final tournaments of the festival began — sitting in first position ahead of another player familiar with POY races, EPT11 Player of the Year Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich.

A couple of hours after that the field was already down under 30 players, with Fresh_oO_D having been knocked out in 44th, Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu having just been eliminated in 30th, and eight-time ‘COOP winner Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb sitting in first position.

Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich would go out a bit later in 22nd, then as the night neared its conclusion calvin7v ran [Ad][Jh] into ClockWyze’s [As][Ah] in a NLHE hand to go out in 14th, meaning the money bubble had arrived.

The short stacks hung on for a good while after that before finally Vladimir “GVOZDIKA55” Shchemelev was knocked out in a pot-limit Omaha hand versus Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier to finish 13th. Then on the very last hand of Day 1, Daniel “steamraise” Alaei was eliminated in 12th — also in a PLO hand (versus Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah) — to collect a $22,750 cash.

With that play paused until Monday, with Andrew “ClockWyze” Pantling leading a tough group of very familiar usernames among the final 11. Here’s how the stacks looked overnight:

1. Andrew “ClockWyze” Pantling (Canada) — 305,343
2. Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen (Denmark) — 225,945
3. Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov (Russia) — 165,746
4. Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (Mexico) — 146,441
5. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) — 117,431
6. Ronny “1-ronnyr3” Kaiser (Switzerland) — 101,819
7. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier (Canada) — 93,711
8. krakukra (Russia) — 81,574
9. Brian “aba20” Townsend (Canada) — 59,482
10. Dan “djk123” Kelly (Australia) — 41,507
11. Team PokerStars Pro Online George “Jorj95” Lind III (Canada) — 26,001

Day 2 then began amid the 2-7 triple draw round, and on just the third hand of the day George “Jorj95” Lind III of Team PokerStars Pro Online lost the last of his short stack to Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah to finish 11th. Shaun Deeb then felted Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier in 10th in another 2-7 triple draw hand, and in short order the last two red spades alive in the tournament were done, each earning $22,750 for their finishes.

Dan “djk123” Kelly — who just won the weekly $215 pot-limit Omaha over the weekend, has four WCOOP titles (and two SCOOPs), and eight cashes in this year’s WCOOP before this one — was the next to fall in ninth in a limit hold’em hand against Andrew “ClockWyze” Pantling. Ronny “1-ronnyr3” Kaiser next fell in eighth place in a hand of limit Omaha hi/lo versus krakura.

Then as Deeb and Leah chatted about the WCOOP Player of the Series — which Deeb’s deep run in this event catapulted him into the top spot — Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov was knocked out in seventh by krakukra in a hand of seven-card stud. Like Kelly and Kaiser, Makarov earned $34,125 for his finish.

With Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah the new chip leader among the final half-dozen, the final table was underway.

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Seat 1: Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) — 321,468
Seat 2: krakukra (Russia) — 195,998
Seat 3: Brian “aba20” Townsend (Canada) — 231,587
Seat 4: Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (Mexico) — 198,395
Seat 5: Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen (Denmark) — 173,638
Seat 6: Andrew “ClockWyze” Pantling (Canada) — 243,914

The final six made it to the day’s third hour of play, then in the pot-limit Omaha round it was Shaun Deeb raising 2x to 10,000 from early position and getting one caller in Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen from a seat over.

The flop came [2c][Th][7d], and Deeb led for 13,700. Jensen raised to 68,600, Deeb responded by pushing all in for 139,295 total, and Jensen called.

Deeb had [Kc][Jh][Js][Tc] for an overpair of jacks while Jensen showed [Ac][Ts][9c][7s] for top two pair, tens and sevens. The turn was the [4c] and river the [3s], and Deeb was out, his quest for a fourth WCOOP title and a ninth ‘COOP overall cut short by a sixth-place finish.

Don’t feel too bad for Deeb, though — this marks his 18th cash of this year’s WCOOP, including his victory last week in Event #44 ($215 NLHE)!

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Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb

Play continued with krakukra moving out in front and Brian “aba20” Townsend slipping to become the short stack.

Then a hand of 2-7 triple draw arose (limits 6,000/12,000) that saw Townsend raise from the button and Andrew “ClockWyze” Pantling call from the big blind. Pantling drew three and Townsend one, and Pantling check-called a bet from Townsend. On the second draw Pantling took two while Townsend stood pat, and after Pantling checked, Townsend bet his last 11,871 and Pantling called.

Pantling drew one card on the last draw while Townsend stood pat again, then turned over [9h][7c][6h][4c][2s] for a 9-low. Pantling outdrew him, however, turning over [7d][6c][4s][3c][2d], and Townsend was out in fifth.

Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah was looking for another WCOOP bracelet this series — having won Event #27 ($215 PLO) and come close by finishing runner-up in Event #34 ($320 NLHE 6-Max) — and his third overall. Alas for Leah, he was the next to grow short, and after a series of third-street bets in a razz hand found himself all in on fourth street versus Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen.

The players showed their down cards, and Leah had ([2s])([3h]) / [Jd][5c] while Jensen showed ([4s])([6h]) / [9s][7d]. Leah then drew [Qd][7s][2c] to finish with a J-7-5-3-2, while Jensen picked up [Ah][9h][6s] to win with a 9-7-6-4-A and knock out Leah in fourth.

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Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah

The remaining three players trudged onward toward the day’s four-hour mark, with Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen pushing out further to a commanding lead while Andrew “ClockWyze” Pantling became the short stack.

Then in the stud hi/lo round, Pantling brought it in with the [8d] showing, krakukra raised to 20,000 with the [Ac] up, and Pantling called. Pantling then called bets from krakukra on fourth and fifth, the latter putting him all in.

ClockWyze: ([2h])([4s]) / [8d][6s][9c]
krakukra: ([Th])([5d]) / [Ac][5c][Ts]

Pantling had a good draw to a low while krakukra’s tens and fives was well in front for the high. krakukra would pick up [Qc][3d] to remain with two pair. But unfortunately for Pantling he’d draw [6d][9s] to miss his low and pick up a lesser two pair, ending his run in third.

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Andrew “ClockWyze” Pantling

Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen had the advantage to start heads-up play with 850,134 to krakukra’s 514,866. Jensen was seeking a second WCOOP bracelet to go along with the one he earned in a $215 razz event in 2011. Meanwhile krakukra was making an eighth cash in this year’s WCOOP and as noted was seeking a first-ever WCOOP title.

krakukra swiftly closed the gap between the pair during the remainder of the stud hi/lo round, but by the end of no-limit hold’em Jensen was back up to a 2-to-1 chip advantage.

Pot-limit Omaha came next, and before that round could finish krakukra had pulled even again and had nudged out in front when the pair decided to talk about a possible deal. krakukra had 690,139 and Jensen 674,861, and “ICM”-based numbers (leaving $10K for which to play) were soon produced.

The difference between the two suggested was just over $800 ($202,427.38 for krakukra and $201,622.62 for Jensen), and after a little bit of back-and-forthing they decided on each getting $200K even and the remaining $14,050 going to the winner.

Jensen grabbed the lead back shortly thereafter, but as they continued into 2-7 triple draw krakukra began building again, with Jensen being all in twice before the switch to limit hold’em.

At one point krakukra began a hand with 1,312,778 to Jensen’s 52,222, but the latter was able to survive several more all-ins, then was at risk once more on the flop with the board showing [5d][Kh][3s], Jensen holding [9h][8c], and krakukra [Qh][3d]. The turn and river next came [7c] then [6s], pulling Fred_Brink back from the brink of elimination to keep the tournament going.

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Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen

From there Jensen would claim a few more pots, and suddenly he was back in the lead. But again krakukra pushed back, and by the Omaha hi/lo round came another instance of Jensen being all in and then scooping a pot.

They moved to razz and the same pattern continued, with Jensen on fumes and surviving all-ins to avoid the knockout. Then just after the game turned to stud, the end finally arrived.

With krakukra sitting on just over 1.2 million, Jensen down under 160,000, and the limits 50,000/100,000, Jensen raised third street, krakukra three-bet, Jensen raised all in, and krakukra called:

Fred_Brink: ([Td])([Kc]) / [Qh]
krakukra: ([As])([8s]) / [4s]

The race was on, but while krakukra was able to pair up on fifth, Jensen never could improve on his king-high:

Fred_Brink: ([Td])([Kc]) / [Qh][7c][Js][5h] / ([8h])
krakukra: ([As])([8s]) / [4s][2h][4c][9d] / ([6d])

Finally, after what ended up being a nearly two-hour heads-up duel, krakukra had won.

Congratulations to krakukra for taking down one of the tougher WCOOP bracelets to win, and kudos also to Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen for making it to the heads-up deal to secure himself a $200K payday as well.

WCOOP-68: $10,300 8-Game Championship
Entries: 91

Prize pool: $910,00
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Places paid: 12

1. krakukra (Russia) $214,050.00*
2. Frederik “Fred_Brink” Jensen (Denmark) $200,000*
3. Andrew “ClockWyze” Pantling (Canada) $127,400.00
4. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) $86,450.00
5. Brian “aba20” Townsend (Canada) $63,700.00
6. Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (Mexico) $47,775.00
* = denotes a two-way deal leaving $14,050.00 for the winner

For the latest on the WCOOP Player of the Series Leaderboard — and to see if Shaun Deeb manages to hang on to the top spot — check that WCOOP page.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: After a big weekend attention now turns to the Main Event

WCOOP 2015: After a big weekend attention now turns to the Main Event

We’re into Day 23 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the penultimate update with only three events still to finish.

Today’s highlights:

–The WCOOP Main Event began yesterday with 246 of the 1,995 starting field remaining. Day 2 begins at 14.30 ET.
EspenasApart from Norway leads. Team Online’s Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara and Adi Agarwal still in contention.
Calvin “cal42688” Anderson recorded his second WCOOP win in Event #63, tying Shaun Deeb with eight career COOP wins.

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WCOOP Main Event update

And so the big one got under way yesterday. The WCOOP Main Event is a three-day event so there’s still plenty of action to come, but we are on the bubble, with 243 players getting paid and 246 remaining from an original field of 1,995.

Leadings as of now is Norwegian player Espenas with more than 1.4 million chips (blinds are 6,250/12,500 + 250 ante). A min cash right now will be worth $12,000 with $1,760,500 from a prize pool of $10 million put aside for the winner.

But to look at the list of players still in contention is to see an event still wide open:

Adam “Adamyid” Owen has had a great WCOOP, with four final tables and ten cashes.
–Familiar names such as Isaac “WestmenloAA” Baron, PlayinWasted, veeea, CHUFTY, and Exclusive all remain.
eisenhower1, who won Event #61 over the weekend, is also among the last 246. So too are Stephen “Stevie444” Chidwick and Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee.
–Team Pros Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara and Ari Agarwal are also in the field.

Round up of latest results

With the Main Event turning heads it would be easy to miss some significant winners over the weekend, most significant of them all perhaps being Calvin “cal4268” Anderson who scored his second WCOOP title in Event #62, and his eighth COOP title. Not only is that a great personal achievement, it also ties Shaun Deeb with the most COOPs, Deeb having won his eighth only last week (he could yet make it nine in Event #68).

Easylimp also earned his second COOP in Event #58, while omaha4rollz and Christian “eisonhower1” Jeppsson did the same in Events #60 and #61 (Mike “Timex” McDonald reaching another final table in the latter, finishing seventh).

Kyle “KJulius10” Julius has all manner of achievements on his resume, but going into the weekend that did not include a WCOOP title. That changed in Event #63, a fixed limit hold’em tournament, which he won late on Friday. The former Sunday Million winner, and PCA runner-up, picked up $36,720 along with the title.

Meanwhile there were wins for uremyatm in the PLO head-up, Joel “jbrown8777” Brown in the 6-max PLO, and calvin7v in Event #70, which was his third COOP title. Maicoshaa won Event #66, a HORSE contest. Team Pro George Danzer finished third.

Click through the links below for full reports.

Event #58: $530 NL Hold’em (Ultra-Deep)
Entrants: 1,132
Prize pool: $566,000
Places paid: 117

1. easylimp (United Kingdom) $81,597.76*
2. Stümpper88 (Argentina) $69,895.60*
3. whiteser (Ireland) $78,868.64*
4. lechuckpoker (United Kingdom) $41,035.00
5. Jig Flippin (Canada) $28,526.40
6. 10111420 (United Kingdom) $22,866.40
7. VyruAlus (Lithuania) $17,206.40
8. pol17pl (Poland) $11,603.00
9. biszibosz (Poland) $7,075.00
* denotes three-way deal

Event #60: $2,100 No-Limit Hold’em (Progressive Super-KO, Thursday Thrill SE)
Entrants: 1,216
Prize pool: $2,432,000 ($1,216,000 regular, $1,216,000 bounty)
Places paid: 144

1. omaha4rollz (Hungary) $212,556.80 + $78,945.28 in bounties
2. Vlad “dariepoker” Darie (Romania) $154,432 + $24,273.43 in bounties
3. Killer_ooooo (Israel) $115,520 + $43,632.79 in bounties
4. Patrick “pmahoney22” Mahoney (Mexico) $86,336 + $18,523.43 in bounties
5. rojorulez (Argentina) $60,800 + $7,250 in bounties
6. deuces85 (Canada) $48,640 + $5,765.62 in bounties
7. erikkke (Hungary) $36,480 + $8,531.25 in bounties
8. keves1717 (Israel) $24,320 + $31,078.12 in bounties
9. TTPlayer18 (Germany) $13,984 + $10,937.50 in bounties

Event #61: $700 NL Hold’em [1R1A]
Entries: 518 (Rebuys: 249, Add-ons 295)
Prize pool: $706,230.00
Places paid: 72

1. Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson (Sweden) $105,942.56*
2. A.Tricarico (Belgium) $95,124.33*
3. 42ayay (Sweden) $102,259.09*
4. VitinhO Dzi (Brazil) $54,379.71
5. blakjak19 (Cyprus) $38,136.42
6. 0Human0 (Romania) $30,014.77
7. Mike “Tîmex” McDonald (Canada) $22,952.47
8. PolecatRider (Germany) $15,890.17
9. RGRGINDIA (India) $10,805.31
* denotes a three-way deal

Event #62: $320 PL Omaha H/L
Entrants: 649
Prize Pool: $194,700
Places Paid: 84

1. Calvin “cal42688” Anderson (Mexico) $36,019.50
2. Ogom3z (Mexico) $26,868.60
3. ismo
4. kedvedert (Hungary) $13,629.00
5. fish_san (Japan) $9,735.00
6. neilcaterham (United Kingdom) $5,841.00

Event #63: $1,050 FL Hold’em Championship [6-Max]
Entrants: 153
Prize pool: $153,000
Places paid: 24

1. Kyle “KJulius10” Julius (Canada) $36,720.00
2. Dancer King (Russia) $25,321.50
3. Mrdawwe (Sweden) $19,125.00
4. Naza114 (Czech Republic) $13,005.00
5. Andrey “Kroko-dill” Zaichenko (Russia) $9,945.00
6. Beeeehto (Brazil) $6,885.00

Event #64: $700 Pot-Limit Omaha [Heads-Up]
Entrants: 293
Prize pool: $192,185
Places paid: 32

1. uremyatm (Denmark) $51,890.01
2. hateAll686 (Belarus $28,827.75
3. BenyamineX (Netherlands) $15,574.80
4. Dave “riverdave” Penly (United Kingdom) $15,374.80

Event #65: $700 NL Hold’em (6-Max, Progressive Super-Knockout)
Entries: 2,119

Total prize pool: $1,409,135 (half regular, half bounties)
Places paid: 276

1. Joel “jbrown8777” Brown (Canada) $110,970.75 (+ $31,406.80 in bounties)
2. huiiiiiiiiii (Austria) $82,786.68 (+$21,009.65 in bounties)
3. Mariano “P.Iv3Y” Martiradonna (Malta) $61,649.65 (+ $15,158.15 in bounties)
4. Luis “Turko_man” Rodriguez (Finland) $40,512.63 (+ $24,469.68 in bounties)
5. Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (Austria) $26,421.28 (+ $7.798.07 bounties)
6. advenje (Netherlands) $14,866.37 (+ $3,766.56 bounties)


Event #66: HORSE Championship
Entrants: 134
Prize pool: $268,000
Places paid: 24

1. Maicoshaa (Russia) $58,290
2. DerRaeuber (Austria) $41,540
3. Team PokerStars Pro George “GeorgeDanzer” Danzer (Austria) $32,160
4. to0dey (Russia) $22,780
5. Christer “lennart” Johansson (Sweden) $14,740
6. Bernardo “bedias” Dias (Brazil) $12,060
7. ilushan (Russia) $9,380
8. Georgios “GeoManousos” Sotiropoulos (Austria) $7,370

Event #70: $1,050 NLHE [Turbo, Optional Re-Entry]
Entrants: 1,847
Prize pool: $1,847,000
Places paid: 198

1. calvin7v (Finland) $309,372.50
2. ZISIMO7 [2] (Austria) $226,257.50
3. baeks22 (Germany) $170,847.50
4. Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (United Kingdom) $125,596.00
5. Danny “DannyN13” Noseworthy (Canada) $90,503.00
6. nailuj90 [2] (Germany) $72,033.00
7. Aaralynn (Mexico) $53,563.00
8. BruceWizayne (Canada) $35,093.00
9. John “bullyon” Buglion (Australia) $19,024.10

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today

All of the 70 events on the WCOOP 2015 schedule have now begun, with three events left to conclude. While the Main Event finishes tomorrow two events with end today.

Still to conclude

Event 67: NL Hold’em (8-max Optional re-entry, Sunday Warm-Up SE) 112 of 8,872 players remaining
Event 68: 8-Game Championship – 11 of 91 players remaining

Click here for the full schedule of remaining events in this year’s WCOOP.

Leader board

As things stand Shaun Deeb is 35 points behind Fresh_oO_D, who has 385 points. However, Deeb is one of the remaining 11 players in the 8-Game. It’s a six handed event which means Deeb is guaranteed to tie for first place. Unless he finishes in sixth place or better, in which case he will go top.

There are other possibilities, including Adamyid, currently in ninth place with 290 points (admittedly he might have to win the Main Event).

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Find all the leader board details right here

News from the rest of the weekend

It proved a text book busy weekend. And while the big scores were in WCOOP, the big players were keeping themselves busy in the other weekend majors.

Kosei Ichinose, who is still in the WCOOP Main Event, won the Saturday PLO 6max.
Dan “djk123” Kelly won the $215 weekly PLO.
RuiNF, a former WCOOP leader board contender, won the $82 Weekly PLO
–Current leader board pace setterFresh_oO_D won the $55 Saturday PLO Hi/Lo
Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich won the WCOOP 2nd Chance HORSE
Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson, who won WCOOP Event 61, came second in the Sunday Kick-off.

The weekend’s top 10 scorers

$109+R Sunday Rebuy: chiconogue (Brazil) $65,412.00
$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max]: Bazeman11 (Mexico) $53,478.38
$215 Sunday 2nd Chance: brainwash (Australia) $51,782.00
WCOOP 2nd Chance 70: $530 NL Hold’em [Turbo, Optional Re-Entry]: DaNuts90 (Germany) $50,248.01
WCOOP 2nd Chance 67: $109 NL Hold’em [8-Max, Optional Re-Entry]: Rhyno2008 (Uruguay) $43,996.77
$320 Saturday Super-Knockout: JSlash (Sweden) $38,967.61
$109 Sunday Kickoff: matt86ck (Poland) $33,024.00
$215 Weekly Turbo NLHE: DonkCommited (Costa Rica) $32,317.80
The Weekender: $530 NLHE [8-Max, 2-Day]: hownorez (Czech Republic) $29,955.54
$11 Sunday Storm: JJelic (Croatia) $27,710.90

Find all the results from the weekend of September 26-27, 2015 on PokerStars

Tweet of the day

Ft of 1k limit wcoop! Don’t really know what I’m doing…fun nonetheless

— Kyle Julius (@KJulius10) September 26, 2015

Image of the weekend

The final hand of the Dream Team Collection $1 million all-in shootout, won yesterday by XXX thanks to a fortuitous river card.

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Stats of the day

A total of $66,245,305 was paid out in prize money during this year’s WCOOP, the largest amount ever for a WCOOP series.

On to Day 24

This is the penultimate daily report for this year’s WCOOP. Tomorrow we’ll wrap up events #67 and #68, and potentially know who will win the Player of the Series. That will leave the Main Event final report on Wednesday to wrap things up.

There are no more events to play, but you can still find all the details about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage.

In the meantime, as always, send us your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: Maicoshaa redeemed, Danzer 3rd in Event #66, $2,100 HORSE Championship

WCOOP 2015: Maicoshaa redeemed, Danzer 3rd in Event #66, $2,100 HORSE Championship

Even for the best of players, being heads-up for a WCOOP bracelet isn’t the kind of situation that comes around too often. Miss out once and you never know if you’ll find yourself with the chance to win one again, much less make it back in the same year. Russia’s Maicoshaa did just that in the $2,100 HORSE Championship and then made the most of the opportunity, outlasting a tough final table that included Team PokerStars Pro’s George Danzer to walk away with $58,290 and a first career COOP title.

The high buy-in and rotation of five limit games kept the field for Event #66 elite and intimate at 134 players, good for a $268,000 prize pool to be split among the top 24 players. They played 35 fifteen-minute levels on Day 1, cycling through the game rotation seven times and whittling the field down to 20 players at night’s end.

Maicoshaa sat in third place overnight with 117,664 chips, behind only Narcisus90 (137,428) and 2002 WCOOP Limit Hold’em bracelet winner Christer “lennart” Johansson (127,579). Danzer sat further back in 13th place, while four-time WCOOP 2015 finalist Adamyid, Event #6 champ Matt “plattsburgh” Vengrin, past Super Tuesday and Sunday Million winner Georgios “GeoManousos” Sotiropoulos, and past SCOOP & WCOOP winner Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick held on to even shorter stacks.

Narcisus90, Adamyid, plattsburgh, and stevie444 would fall short of the final table, but the others held on through the 6K/12K/1,200 Razz round to face off with some other battle-tested competitors:

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Seat 1: Team PokerStars Pro George “GeorgeDanzer” Danzer (76,830 in chips)
Seat 2: ilushan (205,527 in chips)
Seat 3: Bernardo “bedias” Dias (92,180 in chips)
Seat 4: Maicoshaa (191,994 in chips)
Seat 5: DerRaeuber (224,537 in chips)
Seat 6: Christer “lennart” Johansson (246,928 in chips)
Seat 7: Georgios “GeoManousos” Sotiropoulos (80,262 in chips)
Seat 8: to0dey (221,742 in chips)

The table played through 8K/16K/1.6K Stud without any major shifts but things changed when the game changed to Stud Hi-Lo. lennart had the bring-in with the [3s], and GeoManousos completed to 8K with the [Ad] showing. George Danzer called with the [5h], and ilushan, a finalist in Event #29, called with the [4d]. GeoManousos ended up all-in on fourth street, where Danzer paired with the [5s], and the two-time WCOOP winner check-called ilushan’s bets on fifth, sixth, and seventh streets, showing down ([7d] [3d]) [5h] [5s] [9h] [Ac] ([2h]) to scoop 162K with a pair of fives and a 7-5-3-2-A low. ilushan mucked (x-x) [4d] [6d] [Ah] [9c] (x), and GeoManousos mucked (x-x) [Ad] [7c] [Kh] [Jd] (x) to leave in 8th place ($7,370).

Losing that pot left ilushan with 56K, and after folding on fifth street a few hands later the Russian player was left with just 6,065 chips as the game changed to 8K/16K Hold’em. After Bernardo “bedias” Dias doubled up on the first hand with [Td] [Th] against Maicoshaa’s [Ad] [Qh], ilushan was forced all-in from the big blind on the second. George Danzer played his [Jc] [Jd] conservatively from the small blind, check-calling Dias’s bet on the [6d] [Ts] [4h] flop and then checking down the [Qc] turn and [Jh] river. Danzer’s set of jacks beat Dias’s pair of tens with [Ks] [Th], and ilushan mucked and left the tournament in 7th place ($9380).

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Dias, the past Sunday Million and Super Tuesday winner appearing at his first WCOOP 2015 final table, was left with 82K there and mostly stayed out of the way for the rest of the hold’em round, saving 62K for the 10K/20K Omaha hi-lo round. He opened his final hand for 20K in the hijack seat with 42K left behind and called lennart’s re-raise from the small blind, seeing the [3h] [2c] [Kc] flop. The action went bet-raise-call, then a bet and a call all-in on the [Kh] turn. lennart’s [Qh] [Qd] [6d] [3s] for kings and queens was ahead for the high pot, but bedias’s [Ad] [7c] [4s] [2h] was drawing to scoop both halves if he could hit a wheel straight on the river. Any low card would have saved half the pot for Dias, too, but the [Th] came instead, giving lennart a 135K-chip scoop and knocking Dias out in 6th place ($12,060).

Short-stack showdown

With Dias gone, Russia’s to0dey, the SCOOP 2015 $2,100 Razz champion, became the short stack with 109K. Already a thin stack for flop games with four betting streets, it became thinner when the antes and extra betting street rolled back around with 10K/20K/2K Razz. to0dey was left with 59K after tangling with Danzer, who raised with the [Ac] faceup on third after to0dey completed to 10K with the [2s]. to0dey check-called on fourth and fifth streets, checked sixth, and folded on seventh with (x-x) [2s] [6c] [Qc] [8s] (x) showing to Danzer’s (x-x) [Ac] [6d] [Qs] [4c] (x).

That dropped further to 45K through bring-ins and antes before t0odey faced off with lennart. to0dey started with ([4s] [5c]) [3h] [6d] before going runner-runner-runner for two pair for a Q-6 low. Somehow lennart only made a K-Q low after starting with ([8h] [2s]) [5h], and to0dey doubled to 90K. That number would dip and rise again as the game shifted to 12K/24K/2.4K Stud, remaining well behind lennart before the past WCOOP bracelet winner, appearing at his second final table of this series after Event #29, squared off with George Danzer.

to0dey brought in the hand in question with the [2s], Danzer completed with ([4c] [Jc]) [4s] for a split pair of fours, and lennart called with ([8s] [5d]) [5s] for a split pair of fives. lennart made eights and fives with the [8d] on fourth street and continued to bet through sixth before checking behind Danzer on seventh with a full board of ([8s] [5d]) [5s] [8d] [2c] [9c] ([Kh]). Danzer showed ([4c] [Jc]) [4s] [Qh] [Ks] [As] ([Js]) for jacks and fours, taking the 159K-chip pot to slide into second place.

lennart lost another pot a few hands later to DerRaeuber, missing both straight and flush draws and failing to even make a pair after starting with ([Ks] [Qd]) [Jd]. Left with 32K, he got it all-in on the next hand with a split pair of kings on third street. Maicoshaa came along with a three-card flush draw that turned into the real deal with a board of ([Js] [4s]) [5s] [Ts] [6c] [Jh] ([Qs]). lennart’s kings never improved further, and he departed in 5th place ($14,740).

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to0dey was still the short stack with four players left but managed to double to 168K behind a full house, sevens full of sixes, against Maicoshaa’s fives and fours. That put the Russian neck-and-neck with George Danzer, while Maicoshaa still had the lead and DerRaeuber was still holding three times as many chips as either Danzer or to0dey. Danzer eventually edged back ahead as the game changed to 12K/24K/2.4K Stud Hi-Lo, leaving to0dey in need of a double-up once again.

The Russian got the opportunity shortly thereafter, bringing it in with ([2h] [7h]) [5h] and calling Maicoshaa’s completion to 10K to pick up the [4h] on fourth street. to0dey led out there and then called bets on fifth and sixth before both players checked down seventh street. to0dey had improved mildly to a pair of deuces but had no low with ([2h] [7h]) [5h] [4h] [Tc] [2d] ([Jd]). Maicoshaa’s ([Kc] [3s]) [Ah] [7d] [7c] [6h] ([Jh]) also had no low, but it was good for the high pot with a pair of sevens. That left to0dey with 5,072 chips, barely enough to cover two antes, and two hands later the Russian player’s run ended in 4th place ().

Danzin’ for a third bracelet

George Danzer was now the short stack with just under 10 big bets and two opponents to work against:

Seat 1: Team PokerStars Pro George “GeorgeDanzer” Danzer (229,107 in chips)
Seat 4: Maicoshaa (699,524 in chips)
Seat 5: DerRaeuber (411,369 in chips)

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Danzer mostly stayed out of the way for the remainder of the Stud Hi-Lo round, waiting for the last hand of the level to scoop one 223K-chip pot against Maicoshaa with a runner-runner pair of aces on sixth and seventh streets to go along with the 6-5-4-3-A low he made on sixth. But when 16K/32K Hold’em came around he would drop back to 125K after calling a pre-flop raise and bets on the flop, turn, and river from DerRaeuber. The Austrian’s [Th] [7h] had gone from a steal before the [4c] [Ad] [6s] flop to a stab on it, a pair of tens on the [Ts] turn, and three of a kind on the [Td] river. Danzer dipped into his time bank before making that final call on the river but ended up mucking, giving DerRaeuber the 224K chips in the middle.

Danzer finished out the Hold’em round with a double to 195K, his [Ad] [Th] holding up unimproved against DerRaeuber’s [Ac] [7d] on an [8d] [5c] [Qc] [Qd] [Qs] board, but he couldn’t maintain the momentum on 16K/32K Omaha Hi-Lo. Danzer dropped 48K raising on the button and calling Maicoshaa’s small-blind three bet before folding to the Russian player’s bet on the [9h] [Kh] [Tc] flop. It was then his turn to three-bet from the big blind when Maicoshaa raised on the button, and though he check-called 16K on the [6d] [2c] [5d] flop, he check-folded to Maicoshaa’s bet on the [2d] turn. Down to 35K, he would double up twice to end the level essentially where he began it.

The chase for a third WCOOP bracelet would end for Danzer during the 20K/40K/4K Razz round. He called DerRaeuber’s bets on third and fourth with ([Ad] [2d]) [9d] [Qd] before making a Q-9 with the [3d] on fifth and raising all-in. DerRaeuber called with ([3h] [5c]) [7s] [8h] [Kd] for a K-7, then promptly caught the [Ac] on sixth to make an 8-7 low. Danzer had drawn the [4d] on sixth, so any five, six, seven, or eight would have won him the pot when DerRaeuber paired with the [7c] on seventh street. But Danzer caught the [Qc], his 9-4 low couldn’t beat DerRaeuber’s 8-7, and the two-time WCOOP-winning Team PokerStars Pro was gone in 3rd place ($32,160).

Redemption song

Maicoshaa, earner of cashes in three different HORSE game WCOOP Championships during this series (14th in Event #18, 2nd after a heads-up deal in Event #32, and 7th in Event #54), was now within one spot of a bracelet for the second time in this WCOOP, while DerRaeuber was guaranteed at least a runner-up finish in just the Austrian player’s second cash of the series:

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Seat 4: Maicoshaa (1,026,082 in chips)
Seat 5: DerRaeuber (313,918 in chips)

Maicoshaa had been in the lead when a deal was struck in Event #32, only to eventually finish second. DerRaeuber threatened to make this duel a repeat by drawing to within less than one small blind with three big pots early on, but Maicoshaa quickly turned around with a five-big-bet pot to get back to 792K, just over 245K ahead of DerRaeuber. It was a pattern that would repeat for several levels.

By the time the Razz round was complete, Maicoshaa was back to 1M chips. DerRaeuber began to claw back with a 408K-chip pot early in the 20K/40K/4K Stud round, with a split pair of queens holding through sixth street before becoming two pair on seventh. Maicoshaa’s split pair of sixes would have won the pot otherwise, having become nines and sixes on the river, but instead DerRaeuber pulled back to within less than four big bets. But that progress all disappeared after Maicoshaa won 368K uncontested on the river with a (x-x) [4h] [8c] [Jh] [9h] (x) board when DerRaeuber mucked (x-x) [8s] [6c] [Ad] [Qs] (x).

The see-saw trend continued at the start of the 25K/50K/5K Stud Hi-Lo round when DerRaeuber started with a split pair of jacks that turned into a flush after drawing four straight clubs, good for a double to 411K. But every time DerRaeuber began threatening to even the chip counts, Maicoshaa would win another pot to put DerRaeuber back on the ropes, and 25K/50K Limit Hold’em kicked off with Maicoshaa back to 1M chips once again.

DerRaeuber opened the final hand with a raise to 50K on the button, holding [Ah] [4s], and then called Maicoshaa’s re-raise with [Kh] [7h] to see the [7s] [4h] [7c] flop. The rest of DerRaeuber’s 103K in chips went in there, the board ran out [9c] [Qc], and Maicoshaa’s trip sevens brought the WCOOP 2015 HORSE Championship to a close.

DerRaeuber’s second cash of WCOOP 2015 was worth $41,540. And Maicoshaa, after having come so close just a week ago, held on for the bracelet and $58,290. Congratulations on making the second try count!

WCOOP 2015: Event #29, $700 Seven-Card Stud Championship
Entrants: 134
Prize pool: $268,000
Places paid: 24
1. Maicoshaa (Russia) $58,290
2. DerRaeuber (Austria) $41,540
3. Team PokerStars Pro George “GeorgeDanzer” Danzer (Austria) $32,160
4. to0dey (Russia) $22,780
5. Christer “lennart” Johansson (Sweden) $14,740
6. Bernardo “bedias” Dias (Brazil) $12,060
7. ilushan (Russia) $9,380
8. Georgios “GeoManousos” Sotiropoulos (Austria) $7,370

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Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: Joel “jbrown8777” Brown takes down Event #65, $700 NL 6-Max PKO

WCOOP 2015: Joel “jbrown8777” Brown takes down Event #65, $700 NL 6-Max PKO

The three-week, 70-event long World Championship of Online Poker is coming to an end on PokerStars, but there are still more bracelets left to be claimed.

Joel “jbrown8777” Brown has been consistently picking up cashes for the last three weeks, and today he picked up a WCOOP bracelet as well after topping a field of 2,119 to win Event $65, a $700 buy-in six-handed no-limit hold’em tournament featuring progressive super-knockout bounties. Between his first-place prize and all of the bounties Brown earned, Brown walked away with a cool $142,377.55 to go along with his first WCOOP bracelet.

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That big field meant a total prize pool of $1,409,135, half of which was split by the top 276 finishers and the other half went toward those progressive super-KO bounties.

Not long after the bubble burst on Saturday, it was 2014 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event winner Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz sitting on top of the counts with over 360,000 chips at a time when his nearest challenger only had around 225,000.

A couple of hours later they were down under 100 players, with Luis “Turko_man” Rodriguez having moved into the top spot with Holz still in the top five.

Play continued through the end of the 28th twenty-minute level, with the field narrowing to just 42 players to end the first day of play. Russia’s AironVega had grabbed the top spot before the last hands were dealt Saturday. Here’s how the top of the counts looked overnight:

1. AironVega (Russia) — 1,000,705
2. Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (Austria) — 961,349
3. Mariano “P.Iv3Y” Martiradonna (Malta) — 799,766
4. Luis “Turko_man” Rodriguez (Finland) — 696,429
5. huiiiiiiiiii (Austria) — 696,429
6. mr.valerius (Russia) — 678,044
7. VaRiAnCe_BF (United Kingdom) — 637,744
8. Dtorres1 (Canada) — 583,665
9. FaceRolly (Romania) — 568,990
10. uremyatm (Denmark) — 568,794

Also still in the hunt with below average chips were a couple of members of Team PokerStars Pro Online, Jorge “Baalim” Limon (in 29th position) and Grzegorz “DaWarsaw” Mikielewicz (in 34th).

On Day 2 it took an hour for the field to be trimmed to 30, with Grzegorz “DaWarsaw” Mikielewicz among the fallen in 37th for $2,113.70 plus $2,867.78 worth of bounties. An hour after that they were down to 19, with sanjizzy the new chip leader, Team PokerStars Pro Online’s Jorge “Baalim” Limon in second position, and Holz and Rodriguez occupying the next two spots in the counts.

Forty-five minutes later they were down to 12, with Limon the new chip leader as the only player with more than 3 million.

VaRiAnCe_BF (12th), byoon (11th), and pokerturo (10th) would next go out, each picking up $6,482.02 from the regular prize pool plus the bounties they’d collected. Then mahmuttt88 went out in ninth, and after losing a couple of big hands Limon slipped from the top of the leaderboard to the bottom before falling in eighth.

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Team PokerStars Pro Online’s Jorge “Baalim” Limon

A short while later sanjizzy finally went out in seventh to burst the final table bubble, like mahmuttt88 and Limon earning $9,863.94 plus bounties.

Nearly five hours into Day 2 the final table was set, with Luis “Turko_man” Rodriguez back in first.

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Seat 1: Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (Austria) — 1,582,398
Seat 2: Joel “jbrown8777” Brown (Canada) — 2,401,480
Seat 3: Mariano “P.Iv3Y” Martiradonna (Malta) — 1,813,256
Seat 4: advenje (Netherlands) — 1,269,128
Seat 5: Luis “Turko_man” Rodriguez (Finland) — 4,601,156
Seat 6: huiiiiiiiiii (Austria) — 4,225,082

Just a few hands into the final table, the blinds were 40,000/80,000 when Mariano “P.Iv3Y” Martiradonna open-raised all in from the small blind and advenje called all in from the big blind for nearly 1.03 million. P.Iv3Y had [Qd][6d] and advenje [Ks][Qs], and when the board came [Ac][5h][6s][2d][As] P.Iv3Y had aces and sixes to knock advenje out in sixth.

After that Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz found himself the short stack, and with the blinds up to 50,000/100,000 open-pushed his stack of about 1.36 million from the cutoff, getting called by Luis “Turko_man” Rodriguez in the big blind. Holz had [Ah][Qs] but had run into Rodriguez’s [Ad][Kd], then when the flop came [5d][Jd][3d] Holz was already drawing dead to finish fifth.

That makes Holz’s sixth cash of this year’s WCOOP, including another final table in the $51K Super High Roller (Event #47).

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Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz

Rodriguez was in front with four players left, but Mariano “P.Iv3Y” Martiradonna stole the chip lead away after winning a big all-in with pocket sevens against Rodriguez’s pocket tens when four hearts came to give Martiradonna a flush.

It wasn’t long after that Rodriguez was open-shoving for a little over 1.38 million (not quite 14 BBs) from the button with [9h][9d], then huiiiiiiiiii reraise-pushed from the small blind to isolate with [Ac][Kc]. The board rolled out [Tc][7h][3c][Jc][3s], meaning Rodriguez had fallen to another flush to exit in fourth.

That makes 10 cashes for Rodriguez in this year’s WCOOP!

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Luis “Turko_man” Rodriguez

Just five hands later, Joel “jbrown8777” Brown opened with a 2x raise to 200,000 from the button, Mariano “P.Iv3Y” Martiradonna three-bet to 586,425 from the small blind, Brown reraise-pushed all in and Martiradonna called all in with the 3,744,098 he had left behind.

Martiradonna showed [As][Qs] and needed help versus Brown’s [As][Ks]. But the board brought five low cards — [2s][8c][4c][Jc][7d] — and Martiradonna was done in third.

Brown had nearly a 2-to-1 edge to begin heads-up play with 10,238,382 to huiiiiiiiiii’s 5,654,118. Brown was making his eighth cash of the 2015 WCOOP while huiiiiiiiiii was making a seventh cash, but both were looking for a first bracelet.

After more than 20 minutes of battling between the pair the gap had narrowed considerably, with Brown only slightly ahead when two decisive hands happened in succession to end the tournament in rapid fashion.

In the first, Brown opened the action with a 2x raise to 280,000 from the button. huiiiiiiiiii responded with a three-bet to 770,000, Brown called, and the flop came [6s][4s][Qd]. huiiiiiiiiii check-called a bet of 700,000 from Brown, then check-called another bet of 1.54 million after the [3c] turn.

The river was the [7d] and both players checked this time. huiiiiiiiiii showed [Jd][Js] for jacks, but Brown’s [Qs][Tc] for queens was better and huiiiiiiiiii was back down under 4.7 million.

The tournament’s last hand then began with a button-raise to 280,000 by huiiiiiiiiii, called by Brown. The flop came [Qh][Th][6d], and it was Brown doing the check-calling this time after huiiiiiiiiii continued for 309,400. The turn was the [7s]. Brown checked again, huiiiiiiiiii hired 721,550 this time, and Brown called once more.

The river brought the [2c] and one more check by Brown. huiiiiiiiiii bet small — 157,890 — and Brown responded with a check-raise shove all in. huiiiiiiiiii called with the 3,181,100 left behind, turning over [Qd][Js] for a pair of queens.

But queen-ten had proven best for Brown again as he turned over [Qs][Td] for two pair, and it was all over — Brown had won.

Congratulations to Joel “jbrown8777” Brown, Event #65 champion!

WCOOP-65: $700 NL Hold’em (6-Max, Progressive Super-Knockout)
Entries: 2,119

Total prize pool: $1,409,135 (half regular, half bounties)
Places paid: 276

1. Joel “jbrown8777” Brown (Canada) $110,970.75 (+ $31,406.80 in bounties)
2. huiiiiiiiiii (Austria) $82,786.68 (+$21,009.65 in bounties)
3. Mariano “P.Iv3Y” Martiradonna (Malta) $61,649.65 (+ $15,158.15 in bounties)
4. Luis “Turko_man” Rodriguez (Finland) $40,512.63 (+ $24,469.68 in bounties)
5. Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (Austria) $26,421.28 (+ $7.798.07 bounties)
6. advenje (Netherlands) $14,866.37 (+ $3,766.56 bounties)


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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: uremyatm withdraws $51k from Event #64 ($700 PLO Heads-Up)

WCOOP 2015: uremyatm withdraws $51k from Event #64 ($700 PLO Heads-Up)

There’s nowhere to hide heads-up. There’s no checking out. There’s no folding your way to a pay jump. In the final eight of this event, no one exemplified that spirit better than uremyatm. Twice before, uremyatm came close to a COOP title. He finished fourth in Event #20-H ($2,100 PLO 6-Max) at the 2014 SCOOP and came in sixth out of nearly 7,000 players in a 2013 TCOOP $27+R NLHE event. Today, uremyatm prevailed, besting this $700 PLO Heads-Up field to win his first WCOOP bracelet and over $51k.

289 players bought in to Event #64, creating a $192,185.00 prize pool. 32 places were paid, with first place set to earn $51,890.01.

Day 1 continued until 16 players remained. They reconvened Sunday at 11am EDT and took an hour and twenty minutes to play down to our eight quarterfinalists.

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THE QUARTERFINALS

hateAll686 def. #Linathedog

#Linathedog had hateAll686 on the ropes early, chipping up to 11,500. however, hateAll686 undid a lot of that damage when he turned a king-high flush and got his river bet paid off. HateAll686 moved back up to 5,198 in chips and four hands later, doubled to 9,976. Although #Linathedog turned a king-high straight with [6d][Th][Jd][Qh] on a [Kh][Tc][4c][9d] board, the [9c] rivered, making hateAll686 a flush with [As][5c][Ts][Kc]. HateAll686 ran his stack up to 13,225 when #Linathedog got the rest of his chips in preflop.

#Linathedog [Ac][Ad][3h][Jc]
hateAll686 [Kd][Kh][Qh][2h]

For the third time in this match, a king-high flush bailed out hateAll686. #Linathedog’s aces were good through the turn, but hateAll686 rivered a heart on the [Jh][7d][4h][2c][9h] board to punch his ticket to the semifinals.

uremyatm def. “1pante”

Uremyatm took a substantial lead on Hand #7 when he called the flop and fired the turn and river on a [8c][7d][6c][3s][8s] board. “1pante” folded on the river and uremyatm won the 4,752 pot without a showdown. Uremyatm moved up to 12,000 in chips, but fell back a bit when “1pante” doubled twice in three hands. Holding 8,900 in chips to “1pante”‘s 6,100, uremyatm opened for a min-raise to 120 with [As][2c][4s][8s]. “1pante” three-bet to 360 and uremyatm called. The flop fell [8h][5s][3d], giving uremyatm the wheel. “1pante” check-called uremyatm’s 538-chip bet, then checked again when the [Kc] turned. Uremyatm bet ,796, “1pante” moved all-in for 5,200 and uremyatm quickly called. “1pante” turned over [Ad][3h][Qh][Kd] for kings up and did not improve when the [2s] rivered. “1pante” departed in seventh place and uremyatm advanced to the semifinals.

riverdave def. plattsburgh

Riverdave struck big on Hand #2, taking down a 4,900-chip pot on the river without a showdown. He maintained that lead and chipped up to 12,000 before plattsburgh committed the rest of his chips on a [Jd][6d][6h] flop.

plattsburgh [Qs][Js][8d][7d] (jacks and sixes, jack-high flush draw)
riverdave [Ad][3d][9d][Ks] (nut flush draw)

Riverdave improved to aces and sixes when the [Ac] turned and rivered the [4c] to end plattsburgh’s run in sixth place.

BenyamineX def. njåguar

These two kept the chip counts pretty even until deep in the second level, when njåguar took down two big pots and moved up to 11,453. BenyamineX answered by calling all-in on a [Ks][8h][3d] flop with [Kc][Jc][8c][7c] for top two pair. Njåguar turned over [As][Ah][Td][4c]. The [Qd] turn didn’t change much, but the [8s] river made BenyamineX eights full of kings. BenyamineX doubled to 6,638 and doubled again a few hands later after moving in on the flop with a made a nine-high straight. Njåguar called with top pair and the nut flush draw, but couldn’t catch up. BenyamineX locked up the win a few hands later. After betting the flop and turn on a [Ah][Jh][Jd][4c] board, BenyamineX fired a third time when the [9h] rivered. Njåguar called all in and turned up [Kh][Th][9d][7c] for an ace-high flush, but it was no good against BenyamineX’s jacks full with [Ad][Qh][Js][7s].

THE SEMIFINALS

uremyatm def. riverdave

This match lasted all of three hands. On Hand #3, riverdave min-raised to 100 and uremyatm called. All the money went in on the [Ah][5h][3s] flop, riverdave making the final raise, a five-bet shove for 7,225.

uremyatm [Ad][2h][4s][9h] (five-high straight, flush draw)
riverdave [3d][3h][5c][Th] (set of threes)

Uremyatm had the lead with the wheel and riverdave needed to pair the board or find the case three. The [6d] on the turn improved uremyatm to a six-high straight and the river blanked with the [Jd], sending uremyatm to the final match. For his fourth-place finish, riverdave earned $15,374.80.

hateAll686 def. BenyamineX

HateAll686 had ground his stack up to 9,300 before hitting the nut flush draw on a [Qd][Td][9h] flop. HateAll686 check-called 270 from BenyamineX and hit his flush when the [3d] turned. HateAll686 checked and BenyamineX checked behind. The river was the [6d] and hateAll686 checked his flush again. This time, BenyamindX fired 459 and hateAll686 raised to 2,277. BenyamineX called, but could not beat hateAll686’s [Ad][9d][6h][5h]. HateAll686 moved up to 12,037 on the hand and was up to 12,685 when he made aces and sixes with [Ah][Js][6s][2h] on a [As][8h][6h] flop. BenyamineX bet 960 with [Ac][Kc][Th][4d], hateAll686 raised and BenyamineX called all in. HateAll686’s hand held up on the [Qc] turn and the [2d] river and BenyamineX hit the rail in third place.

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THE FINAL ROUND: uremyatm vs. hateAll686

HateAll686 struck first. After uremyatm four-bet to 1,350 preflop, hateAll686 check-raised uremyatm’s 1,000 bet on the [7s][5c][4s] flop to 5,700. Uremyatm gave up his hand and hateAll686 took the early lead. However, uremyatm struck back before the first level was out, getting three streets of value on a [8c][7h][2s][4c][Kc] board. Uremyatm hit running clubs to make a flush with [Kh][9c][6c][4h] and moved back up to 6,100 in chips.

HateAll686 had clawed back to slightly better than even in chips with 7,778 to uremyatm’s 7,222, when uremyatm retook the chip lead with back to back pots. In the first pot, fireworks went off on the river with the board reading [5d][2d][2c][Qs][3d]. Uremyatm checked, hateAll686 bet 224 and uremyatm raised to 647. HateAll686 three-bet to 1,868 and uremyatm came back over the top for 5,896. That bet was enough for hateAll686 to give up his hand and uremyatm raked in the 4,028-chip pot. Then, on the next deal, hateAll686 check-called uremyatm’s flop and turn bets on the [Ks][Qc][4d][3d] board. The river was the [6s] and hateAll686 checked a third time. Uremyatm fired 1,899 and hateAll686 gave it up again as uremyatm moved up to 10,367 in chips.

Uremyatm was up to 11,497 when he opened for a 3x raise to 240 on the button. HateAll686 three-bet to 720 and uremyatm called. The flop came down [6s][5s][4s] and hateAll686 bet 1,440. Uremyatm raised and hateAll686 called off his remaining 1,343.

hateAll686 [Jh][Jd][6h][3d] (pair of jacks, open-ended straight draw)
uremyatm [Qc][8s][7c][7d] (eight-high straight)

The [4d] turn made hateAll686 jacks and fours, but the river fell the [8d] and uremyatm locked up his first WCOOP win.

Congratulations to uremyatm on his first WCOOP bracelet! He banked $51,890.01 for the win, while runner-up hateAll686 earned $28,827.75.

Event #64: $700 Pot-Limit Omaha [Heads-Up]
Entrants:293
Prize pool: $192,185
Places paid: 32

1. uremyatm (Denmark) $51,890.01
2. hateAll686 (Belarus $28,827.75
3. BenyamineX (Netherlands) $15,574.80
4. Dave “riverdave” Penly (United Kingdom) $15,374.80

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1,300,000 | Fedor Holz crowned 2014 champ

1,300,000 | Fedor Holz crowned 2014 champ

September 2014 saw Fedor Holz collect over $1M, defeating Yuri Martins heads-up to win PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event. The final table also included WPT Champions Club member Faraz Jaka and online poker legend Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. The 2015 WCOOP Main Event kicks off later today – best of luck to all participants! Top 5 | 2014 WCOOP Main Event 1st Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (GER) 2nd Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (BRA) 3rd Class “neckbr4ke” Stoob…

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WCOOP 2015: Jeppsson owns final table wins Event #61 title, McDonald seventh

WCOOP 2015: Jeppsson owns final table wins Event #61 title, McDonald seventh

There is no denying that Mike “Timex” McDonald has been on a hot streak. Live or online here at PokerStars does not seem to matter. While McDonald would headline the WCOOP Event #61 final table it would be Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson owning the storyline and the day as he dominated from two tables on to claim the title and $105,942.56 after a three-way chop with A.Tricarico and 42ayay.

At the beginning of day two eisenhower1 held a slight chip lead over 42ayay and Ce$ar$pa. By the end of the first hour with 13 remaining, eisenhower1’s 2.7 million chip stack would tower over 42ayay (740K) and Mike “Timex” McDonald (710K) with blinds moving on to 8K/16K ante 2K.

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McDonald of course is fresh off a fourth place finish at the EPT Barcelona worth €269,400 and taking the day one lead in the WCOOP Event #47 $51K Super High Roller, finishing fifth for $172K. McDonald will have his work cut out for him to claim a WCOOP bracelet as Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson is no stranger to high-stakes play with a Super Tuesday title in his pocket and final tabled this year’s SCOOP Main Event-High, taking sixth for $294K.

Twenty minutes into the second hour calvin7v would collect $8,474.76 in 11th place as hand-for-hand play did not stop the aggression on either table with a potential six-figure difference between first and tenth. With an average of 30BBs, players regularly three-betting preflop and holding little fiscal concern over the possible big payday.

VitinhO Dzi was one card away from collecting 8K after getting it all-in with king-ten versus blakjak19’s pocket tens. But, the river was nice enough to extend VitinhO Dzi’s play as the rivered pair of kings continued the tense hand-for-hand period.

15 minutes before the second hourly break with the blinds up to 12.5K/25K ante 3,125 42ayay would min-raise as salaliitto shoved all-in for 297,016 chips. Salaliitto is no stranger to Major final tables making it to both the Sunday Warm-Up and Sunday Million plus SCOOP 2015’s Event #30-H earning $111K in fourth place. Adding another COOP final table would need to wait as 42ayay’s pocket nines [9h][9d] would flop a set [3d] [7c] [9s] [6s] [4s] and outrace salaliitto’s [Jd][Td] to start the final table below:

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Seat 1: RGRGINDIA (195723 in chips)
Seat 2: VitinhO Dzi (583700 in chips)
Seat 3: Mike “Timex” McDonald (867766 in chips)
Seat 4: 0Human0 (775775 in chips)
Seat 5: A.Tricarico (750491 in chips)
Seat 6: 42ayay (1320354 in chips)
Seat 7: PolecatRider (393177 in chips)
Seat 8: Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson (2750657 in chips)
Seat 9: blakjak19 (327357 in chips)

McDonald would keep his hopes alive for a WCOOP bracelet but the first elimination from this final table would clip a few chips from his stack. The third hand in with the blinds staying the same, blakjak19 would shove UTG for 317,982 as RGRGINDIA called all-in for less. On to McDonald who re-shoved and covered both players with pocket queens [Qh][Qd]. Good news for RGRGINDIA holding the other two queens in the deck [Qs][Qc]. However, blakjak19’s pocket sevens [7s][7d] decided to spoil the chop party after hitting a set on the flop [2h] [5h] [7c] [Ks] [9h] to take the 887K pot and knockout RGRGINDIA in ninth place ($10,805.31).

Timex waits for no one. After losing that sizable pot he got right back up and would square up his stack just before the second hourly break. With the blinds moving up to 15K/30K ante 3,750 McDonald would open to 60,300 as PolecatRider called from the big blind. After the [As][7s][Kd] flop PolecatRider would check-call the 45K bet to see a [5s] on the turn. Checking again, McDonald shoved as PolecatRider paused before making the call with a pair and the nut flush draw [Qs][Kh]. But, Timex’s pair of aces [4d][Ad] would safely cross the river [7c] shipping $15,890.17 to PoleCatRider in eighth place.

Is there someone famous at this table? Team PokerStars Online Pro Felix “xflixx” Schneiders welcomed the sizable 1,500+ (and growing) railbirds to the final table during the break as Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson’s stack still towered over the other players to start the third hour.

The crowd would grow to 1,850 spectators during this hand. With the blinds up to 20K/40K ante 5K McDonald’s stack would take a sizable hit six minutes prior after trying to convince Jeppsson to lay down a rivered wheel with a paired board. With a little under 500K chips left, Timex would three-bet shove all-in from the big blind over a raise by A.Tricarico. The original raiser made the call with pocket jacks [Jh][Js] as McDonald’s sixes [6c][6s] needed assistance. Both players would end up with a flush on the [As] [Ks] [2s] [3s] [9h] board as Mike “Timex” McDonald’s run for the Event #61 bracelet ended in seventh place ($22,952.47).

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Mike “Timex” McDonald — seventh place ($22,952.47)

After going nearly the entire hour without an elimination there were two within seven minutes of each other. 0Human0 decided to challenge the chip leader’s opening raise with a shove from the big blind. Jeppsson was up to the fight making the call with big slick [Kd][As], racing against 0Human0’s pocket eights [8d][8c]. The [Qd] [Qs] [Ts] [Ks] [3h] board would extend Jeppsson’s chip lead as 0Human0 collected $30,014.77 in sixth place.

Shortly after blakjak19 took away $38,136.42 in fifth place, the two shortstacks decided to try their luck combining their stacks. With the blinds up to 25K/50K ante 6,250 VitinhO Dzi shoved for 518,621 as A.Tricarico followed suit for 792,121 chips turning over [7d][Ad]. VitinhO Dzi’s [Ts][Ks] was dead after the turned boat [2d] [Ac] [7h] [As] [3d] but earned a sizable $54,379.71 in fourth place.

After VitinhO Dzi was pulled away from the table 42ayay seemed to have the answer for everything. 42ayay would methodically pick away at Jeppsson’s stack while taking over the chip lead and getting Jeppsson to type out the shark emote as a nod towards 42ayay’s run.

As 42ayay started appearing human again, but still holding a million chip lead on A.Tricarico and Jeppsson, they would pause for one of the quickest chops I have covered for the WCOOP in eight years. Almost as fast as Schneiders was able to type out the amounts, all three players typed “I agree” to the figures below with $10K set aside for the champion:

42ayay: $102,259.09
eisenhower1: $95,942.56
A.Tricarico: $95,124.33

Close to the fourth hourly break 42ayay and Jeppsson would get to the river with four million chips in the pot. Both players flopped trips, but Jeppsson held the better kicker (which also hit the river for the unnecessary boat).

Shortly after the double-up, with the blinds up to 40K/80K ante 10K 42ayay would shove for 1.54 million as Jeppsson made the call with [Ad][5s]. Kicker problems for 42ayay’s [2d][As] would not improve on the [Ks] [4s] [3d] [6s] [7h] board. 42ayay, the third place finisher, would get the biggest slice of the chop ($102,259.09) but no jewelry.

Jeppsson would bring a 6.5 million to 1.39 million chip lead to heads-up play trying to finish off what he barely missed during the SCOOP series this year.

And he did.

After agreeing to skip the five minute break, it would only take a total of eight minutes to claim his first WCOOP title.

With the blinds holding, Jeppsson would min-raise from the button as A.Tricarico called to see the [9c][8s][3c] flop. Jeppsson followed through with a 128,695 bet but A.Tricarico check-raised all-in for a little more than a million. Holding a flopped two pair [3d][9d] Jeppsson called as A.Tricarico’s [8c][6h] would not catch up on the turn [Jh] nor [7s] river. After the seven fell, Jeppsson was free to call himself WCOOP champion, winning Event #61 and $105,942.56!

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Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson — WCOOP 2015 Event #61 Champion ($105,942.56)

WCOOP-61: $700 NL Hold’em [1R1A]
Entries: 518 (Rebuys: 249, Add-ons 295)
Prize pool: $706,230.00
Places paid: 72

1. Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson (Sweden) $105,942.56*
2. A.Tricarico (Belgium) $95,124.33*
3. 42ayay (Sweden) $102,259.09*
4. VitinhO Dzi (Brazil) $54,379.71
5. blakjak19 (Cyprus) $38,136.42
6. 0Human0 (Romania) $30,014.77
7. Mike “Tîmex” McDonald (Canada) $22,952.47
8. PolecatRider (Germany) $15,890.17
9. RGRGINDIA (India) $10,805.31

* = denotes a three-way deal

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WCOOP 2015: easylimp adds second COOP in Event 58 win ($530 NLH Ultra-Deep)

WCOOP 2015: easylimp adds second COOP in Event 58 win ($530 NLH Ultra-Deep)

The final weekend is upon us for the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker. Tons of huge games of all varieties available for anyone looking for big action. Event 58 provided players with plenty of room to maneuver with another run of the Ultra-Deep format.

The blinds would rarely play a factor as the stacks stayed well ahead of the structure and it seemed to be a popular game to play. PokerStars put a $150,000 Guarantee on this $530 buy-in event which seemed a little mild when all the accounting was complete. Meeting the guarantee was never in question, it was how far it would go over. Not content to double it, or triple it, the field blasted more than $400,000 on top.

The 1,132 players created a $566,000 prize pool paying out to the last 117 remaining. The final eight players would all receive a five-digit payout while the winner would earn more than $100,000. They played down to the last four tables and 32 players took an extra-long break before returning for Day 2. VyruAlus was the overnight leader with whiteser and Jigs Flippin not far behind.

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There were plenty of big results among those returning, some looking for redemption. lechuckpoker has a lot of big final table appearances but has yet to be the last player standing. He made two Super Tuesday and a SCOOP final table in 2013, a Sunday Million fourth place finish in 2011, and a WCOOP final table in the glory days of 2009.

tnxcomeagain finished second in the 2014 SCOOP-M 8-Max event in May then followed that up with a Sunday Million win two weeks later. Nearly $350,000 for two results, a nice ROI. Jigs Flippin already has success this series with a runner-up finish in Event 28 ten days ago.

Two players were looking for a chance to get the second part of a Triple COOP. The numerically-happy 10111420 picked up a SCOOP title this past spring when he captured the 4-Max Medium title. He came very close to adding a WCOOP earlier in this series with a second place finish in Event 20.

easylimp has some of the biggest results of the returning players. The UK-grinder picked up a TCOOP title in 2014 and continued a great year with a Super Tuesday win and WCOOP second place finish in Event 37.

Everyone was in contention after making it this far with these deep stacks. They kicked things off for Day 2 and began the grind down towards the final table.

Keeping with the Ultra-Deep theme, they reached the final table bubble and threw out a parachute. After 16 rounds of hand-for-hand action (30 minutes worth) between the two tables, it finally ended in a big race with easylimp’s [jc][js] catching a turned set against OlegOmsk’s [ah][qh]. The matter was settled and they all virtually moved as one to the final table.

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Event 56 Final Table

Seat 1: 10111420 (8,777,931 in chips)
Seat 2: lechuckpoker (3,292,932 in chips)
Seat 3: biszibosz (5,086,242 in chips)
Seat 4: pol17pl (5,134,917 in chips)
Seat 5: whiteser (3,663,078 in chips)
Seat 6: easylimp (11,224,285 in chips)
Seat 7: Jigs Flippin (8,254,954 in chips)
Seat 8: VyruAlus (8,622,175 in chips)
Seat 9: Stümpper88 (2,543,486 in chips)

Blinds: 80,000/160,000 with 20,000 Ante

biszibosz races out the door

The average stack starting the final table was nearly 40 big blinds deep with no one sweating a short stack. They pushed chips around the table for a while before two of them found something worth fighting over.

lechuckpoker open shoved from the cutoff and biszibosz called on the button after his stack moved to the bottom of the counts. The blinds got out of the way and lechuckpoker was ahead with [4h][4d] against [ad][js].

The race almost ended early on the set-making [9d][4c][2c] flop but biszibosz had a small glimpse of hope in the form of a gutshot wheel draw on the [3d] turn. It wasn’t meant to be and biszibosz was the first off the final table when the river came [7d]. He picked up $7,075 for his 9th place finish and everyone else was guaranteed a five-digit payday.

pol17pl can’t win with JackAce

Just one orbit later and another player found himself in trouble with the troublemaking JackAce. lechuckpoker min-raised it up to 400,000 and pol17pl moved all-in with [ad][js] to get folds from the rest of the table.

It was a quick, easy call for lechuckpoker with [kc][kh]. A dry [qs][9c][5h][4c][qc] run out for both hands and lechuckpoker’s kings stayed ahead the entire way. JackAce gets another one and pol17pl was goine in 8th place for $11,603.

Stop and go poker; VyruAlus can’t get there

After two quick eliminations at the final table, the remaining seven players settled in for another long stretch of small ball. It wasn’t until VyruAlus took a stand that the fireworks were lit again.

It all began when Jigs Flippin opened to 545,000 before VyruAlus went aggressive and shoved his 15 big blinds next to act. The button and small blind dropped their hands but lechuckpoker reshipped from the big blind to get a fold from Jigs Flippin.

lechuckpoker was ahead once again, this time with [th][ts] against VyruAlus’s [kd][qh]. lechuckpoker improved his hand on the [jc][tc][2h] flop while VyruAlus picked up an open-ended straight draw. The [4d] gave him no help and lechuckpoker added the overkill full boat when the river was a knockout [2d]. An unfortunate end for the returning Day 2 leader but the $17,206 payout should soften the blow.

10111420 can’t count a winner

Two minutes after VyruAlus was sent out, 10111420 decided it was a good place to make a move. He opened for a min-raise from early position and easylimp three-bet to 1,689,000 from the small blind.

10111420 came over the top with a four-bet shove for over 8 million, a strong move with [tc][td] that might have given him the pot right there. But easylimp was holding [ah][kd] and ready to flip some coins. It landed easylimp-side up on the [ad][kc][js] flop while 10111420 added a gutshot Broadway draw to the two remaining tens in the deck.

The [7d] turn was no help and the [6s] river sent 10111420 out of the tournament in 6th place. A nice run for 10111420 to make his second final table of the series but he was unable to add a WCOOP to his SCOOP title.

Jigs Flippin wasn’t flippin; another JackAce victim

They hit the stop portion of the “stop and go” action at the Ultra-Deep final table with the five remaining players just moving chips around the table. Jigs Flippin was the shortest of the five and decided he wasn’t waiting for the blinds to reach him again.

He open-shoved from under the gun for his ten big blinds and Stümpper88 did the same with his 21 big blind stack next to act. The button and blinds moved out of the way and Jigs Flippin saw his problem. He was at risk with [qs][js] and dominated by [ac][jd].

Jig Flippin did pick up a gutshot draw on the [9c][8c][4h] flop but couldn’t find a save as it completed [8d][kc] to send him out in 5th place for $28,526.

lechuckpoker falls short again

lechuckpoker did well to make it this far but the end was nigh. The elimination of Jigs Flippin moved him to the bottom of the four-handed counts but this time waited until after a flop to get frisky.

lechuckpoker called a three-bet from whiteser to see the [9s][7h][3h] flop and immediately shoved after a continuation bet. whiteser called the all-in with [ah][7s] to outkick lechuckpoker’s [8d][7d]. He was drawing thin to stay alive then missed the [3c] turn and [6s] river to go out in 4th place. A nice jump from the final table bubble he survived.

Let’s make a deal; whiteser gets slick

Seat 5: whiteser (24,398,928 in chips)
Seat 6: easylimp (18,303,701 in chips)
Seat 9: Stümpper88 (13,897,371 in chips)

Blinds: 200,000/400,000 with 50,000 Ante

The three players quickly decided to pause the clock to discuss a deal to spread the remaining prize pool a little more evenly. whiteser had the clear lead and was given the biggest chunk when negotiations were complete.

Getting that nice slice of the pie made whiteser ramp up the aggression and his chips started going elsewhere. The deal meant he was going to get a big payout no matter what happened but he probably didn’t expect [as][kh] to be his undoing.

It was a quick slide to third best stack and he put them in the middle after Stümpper88 min-raised his button. easylimp let his hand go and Stümpper88 quickly called with [kd][kc]. whiteser couldn’t connect his overcard on the [qh][9c][4h] flop but added a gutshot draw on the [tc] turn.

No love for whiteser on the [3s] river and our former three-handed chip leader was gone in third for a very nice $78,868.

Begin the long, slow battle

Seat 6: easylimp (24,657,902 in chips)
Seat 9: Stümpper88 (31,942,098 in chips)

Blinds: 250,000/500,000 with 62,500 Ante

Stümpper88 began heads up play with a small lead and neither play slipped up or went crazy with the stack so deep. They exchanged the lead several times and were in no hurry.

The first big swing came more than 30 minutes after the start of heads up. Stümpper88 made a couple big bets in a hand that built a 12 million deep pot before he checked the river and his king-high was no good against middle pair.

That hand swung the momentum toward easylimp but 20 minutes later it moved back. It was a pretty mellow pot with the board reading [ks][th][8h][4c][6d] when easylimp raised enough to put Stümpper88 all-in.

Stümpper88 let his time bank tick all the way down to one second before calling with top pair [kd][5d], good enough to take the huge 49 million pot, leaving easylimp with less than ten big blinds.

Seat 6: easylimp (7,865,404 in chips)
Seat 9: Stümpper88 (48,734,596 in chips)

Blinds: 400,000/800,000 with 100,000 Ante

But a little thing like being short stacked didn’t hold easylimp back, he quickly doubled. Then doubled again and wielded his stack to build back another small lead. An impressive comeback completed after 75 minutes of heads up action.

It might have gone for another hour if each didn’t hit one big, final hand. It was limped to the [js][5d][3h] flop and easylimp check/called a 1 million chip bet to see the [7d] turn. It was another check/call from easylimp, but for 2.3 million this time around.

He finally pulled the trigger with a river check/raise to put Stümpper88 all-in and he called with his flopped set [3s][3c]. A very fine heads up hand but second best when easylimp tabled his turned straight [6h][4s].

A crazy hand to finish a deep, long, tough battle that began with nine Ultra-Deep players and ended with an impressive heads up battle. Stümpper88 had several chances to win the title but had to settle for a runner-up result and $69,895.

easylimp joins the ranks of players with two legs of the Triple COOP. This victory plus his 2014 TCOOP win will put him in contention for that honor next spring. Until then, he has $81,597 added to his bankroll and the title of WCOOP champion.

WCOOP-58: $530 NL Hold’em (Ultra-Deep)
Entrants: 1,132
Prize pool: $566,000
Places paid: 117

1. easylimp (United Kingdom) $81,597.76*
2. Stümpper88 (Argentina) $69,895.60*
3. whiteser (Ireland) $78,868.64*
4. lechuckpoker (United Kingdom) $41,035.00
5. Jig Flippin (Canada) $28,526.40
6. 10111420 (United Kingdom) $22,866.40
7. VyruAlus (Lithuania) $17,206.40
8. pol17pl (Poland) $11,603.00
9. biszibosz (Poland) $7,075.00
* = denotes three-way deal

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WCOOP 2015: How things look going into the final weekend

WCOOP 2015: How things look going into the final weekend

We’re into Day 20 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the latest update with 12 of 70 events now left to finish.

Today’s highlights:

–A win for maggess88 in Event #56 denies Peter “Belabacsi” Traply a Triple Coop.
aDrENalin710 wins a fourth COOP title (his second WCOOP) in Event #59.
Fresh_oO_D leads the Players of Series contest going into the final weekend.

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Round up of latest results

While we wouldn’t want to continue to dwell on those who nearly did, rather than those that have, we would be remiss not to send a hat tip the way of Peter Belabacsi” Traply, who came second in Event #56. All things considered if was a good day at work for the Hungarian, who as Al Rash reported, won nearly $100,000 for his second place. But a win for Traply would have elevated him to the level of Triple Coop winner (WCOOP, TCOOP and SCOOP titles), a club that so far has only two members.

But it wouldn’t be a triple coop worth winning had it been made easy, which is just one of the reaons maggess88 deserves credit. He picked up a well-earned first bracelet and a first prize of more than $132,000.

Elsewhere there was a win for IAmSoSo in Event #57 (read the report here) and aDrENalin710 in Event #59, who secured a fourth COOP title, this one being his second WCOOP. Read that familiar story here courtesy of Heath Chick.
Here are all the day’s scores in full:

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Event #56: $530+R NL Hold’em
Entrants: 560 (376 Rebuys, 467 Add-ons)
Prize pool: $701,500
Places paid: 72

1. maggess88 (Germany) $132,583.50
2. Peter “Belabacsi” Traply (Hungary) $97,157.75
3. Ben “vindog03” Vinson (United Kingdom) $71,553.00
4. dreamland23 (Argentina) $54,015.50
5. superf1sh (Norway) $37,881.00
6. rodckz (Brazil) $29,813.75
7. Mike “Tîmex” McDonald (Canada) $22,798.75
8. Giuseppe “Ansgar2000” Pantaleo (Germany) $15,783.75
9. No Shock (Canada) $10,732.95

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Event #57: $2,100 PL Omaha Championship (6-Max)
Entrants: 374
Prize Pool: $748,00
Places Paid: 48

1. IAmSoSo (Sweden) $129,263.31 *
2. RealCrapDad (Denmark) $136,276.69 *
3. EEE27 (Finland) $84,150.00
4. JohnyK91 (Netherlands) $57,970.00
5. Vladimir ‘vovtroy’ Troyanovskiy (Russia) $43,010.00
6. Mikal ‘mikal12345’ Blomlie (Norway) $28,050.00
* denotes a deal between the final two players

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Event #59: $215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max – $100K Guaranteed
Entrants: 878
Prize Pool: $175,600
Places Paid: 114

1. aDrENalin710 (Russia) $28,680.74*
2. Kar0lka (Lithuania) $24,438.26*
3. Bebop86 (Canada) $17,103.44
4. smily (Switzerland) $11,853.00
5. oldjunior (Romania) $8,341.00
6. elmelogno4 (Uruguay) $5,268.00
* denotes heads-up deal

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today

Three more events are scheduled today, with two set to finish later.

Today
Event 61: $665 NL Hold’em (1R1A) 11.00ET
Event 62: $300 PL Omaha Hi/Lo (6-max) 14.00 ET
Event 63: $1,000 FL Hold’em Championship (6-max) 17.00 ET

Still to conclude
Event 58: NL Hold’em (Ultra-Deep) 32 of 1,132 players remaining
Event 60: NL Hold’em (Prog Super KO) 39 of 1,216 players remaining
Note: Team Pro Andre Akkari is currently in ninth place

Click here for the full schedule of remaining events in this year’s WCOOP.

Leader board

Very little change at the top of the leader board going into the final weekend. Fresh_oO_D is still top with 385 points, extending his lead slightly to 45 points ahead of second place theNERDguy. Shaundeeb remains in third place with 345 points.

See the latest standings below.

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Find all the leader board details right here

Tweet of the day

Got some groceries, put the pj’s on, it’s #wcoop time! @PokerStarsNL ♠️♥️♣️♦️ pic.twitter.com/10AyQGF2mB

— Fatima MoreiradeMelo (@Fatimademelo) September 24, 2015

Stats of the day

So far…

Most money won: tobi123456 $654,500.00
Most cashes: Fresh_oO_D with 15
Most final tables: Adamyid with 4
Most money by country: Canada with $5,393,481.79
Most cashes by country: Canada with 1,418
Most final tables by country: Canada with 49
Most entrants by country: Canada with 9,776
Most events won by country: Canada with 5

On to Day 21

It’s not all about the weekend. Some 12 events (plus the regular card of weekend majors) in which to strike gold.
Find out the details, and everything there is left to know about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage.

In the meantime send us your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: maggess88 denies Traply Triple COOP in Event 56 win ($530+R NLH)

WCOOP 2015: maggess88 denies Traply Triple COOP in Event 56 win ($530+R NLH)

The final weekend is almost here for 2015 World Championship of Online Poker players and they were given a small tournament, big prize pool gift before the really big games take off.

Event 56 was a $530 No Limit Hold’em tournament with unlimited rebuys during the late registration period plus a bonus add-on if they decided to stick around that long. The tournament drew 560 players and they popped the rebuy button 376 times then threw another 467 add-ons in there.

All told they created a $701,500 prize pool to easily surpass the $500,000 Guarantee with some big money loaded up top. The final table would all bank at least $10,000 with the winner getting the only six-digit payout; $132,583 is a nice goal.

Day 1 finished after they already hit the final table, not a normal occurrence but that left the last nine players with plenty of ammunition to fire at pots. There were plenty of big names remaining including Mike “Tîmex” McDonald.

The high roller specialist is just a small cash away from having $12 million in live career earnings though he has yet to break through in a major online event. He has five live cashes over $1 million and finished 2nd in the 2014 PCA Main Event. McDonald came close to combining his High Roller skills and first online major just a few days ago. He was deep in the $51,000 WCOOP Super High Roller but went out in 5th place.

Peter “Belabacsi” Traply had the most interesting story coming in to the final table. Traply is one of only a handful of players in line this series for the elusive Triple COOP honors. Traply won his first SCOOP title in 2010 then followed up with a TCOOP title in 2013 and second SCOOP that spring. If he could pull off the win today, he would join James “Andy MCLEOD” Obst and Shawn “buck21” Buchanan as only the third player with a title from WCOOP, SCOOP, and TCOOP each.

Not to be left behind, Ben “vindog03” Vinson has some impressive results himself, especially over a short span in 2014. Vinson made a lot of money in a few days when he finished fourth in a Sunday Million event for a nice chunk then followed it up with an outright win in the next Super Tuesday tournament. He was another to keep an eye on at the Day 2 restart.

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Event 56 Final Table

Seat 1: Giuseppe “Ansgar2000” Pantaleo (404,875 in chips)
Seat 2: Ben “vindog03” Vinson (776,735 in chips)
Seat 3: rodckz (387,870 in chips)
Seat 4: superf1sh (375,692 in chips)
Seat 5: dreamland23 (1,136,359 in chips)
Seat 6: Peter “Belabacsi” Traply (512,234 in chips)
Seat 7: Mike “Tîmex” McDonald (537,674 in chips)
Seat 8: No Shock (445,796 in chips)
Seat 9: maggess88 (565,765 in chips)

Blinds: 6,000/12,000 with 1,500 Ante

Final table starts out with the ol’ suck/resuck

There were plenty of chips in play with all the rebuying and fast Day 1 play. The nine players took some time to get their feet under themselves and feel each other out, it took 30 minutes to get the first major hand and it was a good one.

Vinson opened the action from middle position with a little raise to 35,000 and superf1sh three-bet it up to 87,621. No Shock had to like a little of the action four-bet shoved with a big hand. It was a quick call and No Shock saw his dilemma, his big hand wasn’t so big after all.

No Shock: [qs][qd]
superf1sh: [as][ad]

No Shock was in trouble but the dealer gave him a potential bailout on the [qc][8d][2d] flop. It looked like a tough beat for superf1sh when the [4s] turn dropped before he hit the two-out [ac] river to complete the classic suck/resuck. A very swingy hand for No Shock but he was the first eliminated from the final table, picking up $10,732 for his efforts.

No second leg for Pantaleo

While the majority fo the attention was on Traply and McDonald, Pantaleo was also looking for another major title. He had the first part of the Triple COOP with a SCOOP win 2014 and close to adding a WCOOP title.

He came to the final table with one of the shorter stacks and was never able to run it up. He moved all-in for a tick over ten big blinds and rodckz moved in over the top to isolate. It worked and Panteleo’s [kh][jh] was live against [ad][qh].

He caught the flop but rodckz hit it a little better when it came [ah][ks][3s]. It left Panteleo drawing very thin and he missed as the board completed [6h][as] to cut him short of the second leg, gone in 8th place for $15,783.

maggess88 has not time for Tîmex

It took more than one hand to knock out one of our most accomplished players at the final table. Even someone with McDonald’s record has to win some flips to get a title. He lost one and was gone soon after.

The hand to really damage McDonald came against maggess88 after a lengthy stretch of play with few big hands. It was a battle of the blinds with maggess88 getting all-in with [ac][tc] in the small blind against McDonald’s [9h][9s] in the big.

maggess88 hit right on the [ad][jd][2h] flop and McDonald never caught up. He was left with less than four big blinds and lasted only a few more hands. McDonald put his last chips in the middle with [ac][3c] but lost to Traply’s [5c][5h] flopped set, rivered full house. McDonald ran deep but could not pick up his first COOP title.

rodckz climbs the ladder, cashes out

rodckz was never a big stack at the final table despite his KO of Panteleo but slowly moved up the payout ladder until he had to make a move one hand after McDonald was gone. He was down to peanuts when he moved all-in from the big blind with [ad][jc] after Traply opened with [js][9d].

It was less than a min-raise and the bet was quickly called. rodckz was ahead for the double up but Traply hit his lone live card on the [kh][9h][4d] flop. Not a good situation for rodckz then only went downhill on the [2c] turn and [7c] river to send him out in $29,813 for a nice payday.

superf1sh makes it three-for-three

After such a long draught of big hands, they tore through two hands with two eliminations and tried again on the next one. This time it didn’t take a bad beat to get them one player closer to a champ.

superf1sh was under ten big blinds when action folded to him in the small. He put them all in the middle with [tc][7c] and maggess88 called in the big with [td][9d]. superf1sh needed that same type of flop Traply found on the previous hand but the board ran dry for both with [ad][ac][4s][2d][ts] and the kicker played to send him out.

dreamland23 goes to sleep after leading

Three staight knockout hands and they took a little break. They woulnd’t get another big pot until an near-marathon five hands later. And this time around they waited longer than preflop action to get things moving.

It was three-way action to the [qc][8c][7d] flop between Traply, maggess88, and dreamland23. Traply and dreamland23 checked before maggess88 led out for 135,200 to get a fold from Traply and call from dreamland23.

It was a check/raise from dreamland23 after the [4s] turn facing a maggess88 299,000 bet. The move was for all his chips and maggess88 quickly called with the flopped set [8d][8h]. It was bad timing for dreamland23, he was drawing dead with top pair [qs][jd]. There was no miracle card available and he was gone in 4th place for $54,015.

Vinson can’t duck Jacks

Three-handed action settled down after the quick string of eliminations boosted the average stack and they could all see a six-digit payout at the end. Vinson was in no danger of getting blinded down but found a pair to get things moving.

He was over 30 big blinds when he got into a preflop raising war with maggess88. Vinson opened the action from the button and maggess88 popped it back with a big blind three-bet. Vinson responded with a shove holding [2d][2h] but his baby pair was in deep trouble when maggess88 called with [jd][js].

Vinson needed another duck or miracle cards but found none of them. The virtual dealer ran out a [kd][8d][7c][8s][7d] board to send Vinson out in 3rd place and set up a potential Triple COOP title.

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Peter “Belabacsi” Traply gets heads up for Triple COOP honors

maggess88 denies Triple COOP to Traply with Event 56 win

Seat 5: maggess88 (3,568,020 in chips)
Seat 9: Peter “Belabacsi” Traply (1,574,980 in chips)

Blinds: 17,500/35,000 with 4,375 ante

maggess88 began heads up play with a healthy chip lead but Traply wasn’t going to give up the battle easily. His “short stack” was still 100 big blinds deep and they settled in for the long haul.

Despite the gap in tournament results, maggess88 never let Traply get a toehold. They went at each other for more than 30 minutes with Traply slowly getting deeper in the hole. He finally took a stand and it was one final tough beat to close out Event 56.

Traply was ground under ten big blinds and all-in from the button with [qs][th]. maggess88 called with the better hand but [kh][jd] was out flopped when it came [qh][5h][3c] to give Traply the lead. maggess88 paired the [jc] to give him more river outs and he nailed the [kd] to hand a tough loss on Traply.

It was an impressive run for the Hungarian champ but he will have to wait for another chance to add to his SCOOP and TCOOP titles, he will have to be content with the $97,157 consolation prize. maggess88 never gave up at the final table and rode it all the way to his first WCOOP title and a very healthy $132,583 payout.

WCOOP-56: $530+R NL Hold’em
Entrants: 560 (376 Rebuys, 467 Add-ons)
Prize pool: $701,500
Places paid: 72

1. maggess88 (Germany) $132,583.50
2. Peter “Belabacsi” Traply (Hungary) $97,157.75
3. Ben “vindog03” Vinson (United Kingdom) $71,553.00
4. dreamland23 (Argentina) $54,015.50
5. superf1sh (Norway) $37,881.00
6. rodckz (Brazil) $29,813.75
7. Mike “Tîmex” McDonald (Canada) $22,798.75
8. Giuseppe “Ansgar2000” Pantaleo (Germany) $15,783.75
9. No Shock (Canada) $10,732.95

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WCOOP 2015: Sonnelin the big winner as Obst and Chattaway go close (again)

WCOOP 2015: Sonnelin the big winner as Obst and Chattaway go close (again)

We’re into Day 19 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the latest update with 55 of 70 events now completed.

Today’s highlights:

David “Mrdawwe” Sonelin is the big winner of the day, earning $348,000 in the Super Tuesday Special Edition.
–There are wins for I_Mr_U_Bean, villpn and Skint Paddy.
James “Andy McLEOD” Obst and Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway both denied more bracelets.

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Round up of latest results

It was another day of WCOOP in which almost winners were as noteworthy as those who claimed WCOOP titles.

In Event #52 Henri “I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto took his first WCOOP title in the PLO 6-max, starting off what would be a good day for Finland. That win was worth $70,000 ahead of a field of more than 800 players, as Martin Harris reported. Then the Super Tuesday Special Edition was brought home by David “Mrdawwe” Sonelin who, as Jason Kirk wrote, picked up $348,000 in the process.

Perhaps it’s the nature of the more esoteric poker varieties that means final tables are always top heavy with talent, such as the case for Events #54 and #55.

The former was the Razz Championship, won by another Finnish player villepn, who collected the $40,000 and a second COOP title. He could only do that by denying James “Andy McLEOD” Obst a second WCOOP (and a sixth COOP overall). Then there was Adam “Adamyid” Owen in sixth place, a player who has notched up a fourth final table and edged his way into the top ten on the Player of the Series leader board. If that wasn’t a tough enough line-up, Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah finished in eighth place, his third final table. Read Pauly McGuire’s full report here.

Then in Event #55 Skint Paddy denied Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway his first WCOOP and a third COOP title in the PL 5-Card Omaha 6-max. Thor “osten” Hansen finished in sixth place, his third final table of this year’s WCOOP. Jason Kirk was on this story as well.

Here are all the weekend’s scores in full:

Event #52: $530 PL Omaha (6-Max, 3-Stack)
Entries: 802

Prize pool: $401,000

Places paid: 102

1. Henri “I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto (Finland) $70,696.30
2. terror777727 (Bulgaria) $52,130.00
3. vovkawow (Russia) $40,100.00
4. GrovSnus (Sweden) $28,070.00
5. zaza38 (Finland) $20,050.00
6. arman359 (Israel) $12,030.00


Event #53: $2,100 No-Limit Hold’em (Super Tuesday SE)
Entrants: 1,062
Prize pool: $2,124,000
Places paid: 126

1. David “Mrdawwe” Sonelin (Sweden) $348,695.15*
2. Anjeyyy (Ukraine) $309,744.85*
3. Amit “bblacklegend” Jain (India) $206,028
4. gifted08 (United Kingdom) $153,990
5. Barrrii (Belgium) $107,049.60
6. dodavi (Israel) $84,960
7. fishbones11 (Canada) $63,720
8. Rui “sousinha23” Sousa (Hungary) $42,480
9. Cesar “Ce$ar$pa” Garcia (United Kingdom) $25,488
* denotes results of a heads-up deal

Event #54: $1,050 Razz Championship
Entrants: 1,624
Prize Pool: $1,624,00
Places Paid: 198

1. villepn (Finland) $40,020.00
2. James “Andy McLEOD” Obst (Australia) $28,520.00
3. lacabanhita (United Kingdom) $22,080.00
4. calvin7v (Finland) $15,640.00
5. Beeethoven87 (Poland) $10,120.00
6. Adam “Adamyid” Owen (United Kingdom) $8,280.00
7. Maicoshaa (Russia) $6,440.00
8. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Lead (Canada) $5,060.00

Event #55: $215 PL 5-Card Omaha (6-max, 1R1A)
Entrants: 250 (142 re-buys, 129 add-ons)
Prize pool: $156,300
Places paid: 36

1. Skint Paddy (Ireland) $34,386
2. Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway (United Kingdom) $23,992.50
3. Chesnokkk (Belarus) $17,974.50
4. mitarachi89 (India) $12,504
5. luk45zp (Poland) $9,378
6. Thor “osten” Hansen (Norway) $6,252

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today

Three more events are scheduled today, with two set to finish later.

Today
Event 58: $500 NL Hold’em (Ultra-Deep) 08.00 ET
Event 59: $200 NL Omaha Hi/Lo (6-max) 11.00 ET
Event 60: $1,000 NL Hold’em (Prog Super KO, Thursday Thrill SE) 14.00 ET

Still to conclude
Event 56: NL Hold’em (rebuys) 9 of 560 players remaining
Event 57: PL Omaha Championship (6-max) 18 of 374 players remaining

Click here for the full schedule of remaining events in this year’s WCOOP.

Leader board

Fresh_oO_D remains at the top with 385 points, 40 points ahead of second placed shaundeeb. TheNERDguy, who won his first bracelet yesterday (after numerous near misses) is in third place on 335 points.
See the latest standings below.

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Find all the leader board details right here

Quote of the day

“My Poker Stars avatar represents my hero – it is… Black Dynamite! It may sound a little silly, but this movie is a must-watch! If you do, you will understand!”

Event #39 Triple Draw winner Gieras.

On to Day 20

There are now only four days left. The situation is getting desperate. We recommend maximum effort in a bid to win a WCOOP title this year before they run out. You should also by now have received by email details on how to adopt the “recovery position”.*

Find out the details, and everything there is left to know about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage.

In the meantime send us your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.

* Please don’t look, there is no email.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: David “Mrdawwe” Sonelin seizes the day in Event #53, $2,100 NLHE (Super Tuesday SE)

WCOOP 2015: David “Mrdawwe” Sonelin seizes the day in Event #53, $2,100 NLHE (Super Tuesday SE)

This week’s WCOOP Super Tuesday Special Edition had a huge prize pool, a final table lineup full of regulars with past success battling for hours, savvy dealmaking, and a 139-hand heads-up duel between two past WCOOP finalists. You probably couldn’t do much better than WCOOP 2015’s Event #53 if you were ever somehow tasked with putting together an epic WCOOP final table under the one condition that you couldn’t populate it with names that TV watchers would know well. Perhaps that’s a statement that’s up for debate, but new WCOOP champion David “Mrdawwe” Sonelin will surely agree that the tournament’s final result was right on the money.

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WCOOP 2015 Event #53 champ David “Mrdawwe” Sonelin

This special edition featured a $2,100 buy-in and a $1.5 million guaranteed prize pool. Even at twice the normal price, that enticed a field of 1,062 players, about double the turnout for most Super Tuesdays, to turn up. Together they built a $2,124,000 prize pool to be split among the top 126 finishers. Day 1 wrapped up after 30 levels of play with most of those players having already claimed their payouts, including Team Pro Jason “jcarverpoker” Somerville, who finished 85th for $4,672.80.

Leading the way overnight was SCOOP 2013 & 2014, WCOOP 2014, and Sunday Million finalist Cesar “Ce$ar$pa” Garcia with 658,784 chips. That was good for a bit more than 100 big blinds on the 3,200/6,400/800 level, enough of a cushion to carry Garcia to the final table in third place. Three other players from the Day 1 Top 10 – Mrdawwe, gifted08, and Barrrii – would also go on to the final. So would two of the three smallest stacks: Israel’s dodavi started Day 2 36th of 38 and scraped into the final table as the short stack, while MicroMillions III winner Amit “bblacklegend” Jain went from 35th of 38 to second of nine:

Together with a lineup of other players with past appearances in major PokerStars tourneys, they would play four and a half hours of poker en route to Sonelin’s victory.

Seat 1: Anjeyyy (2,562,509 in chips)
Seat 2: Rui “sousinha23” Sousa (753,129 in chips)
Seat 3: fishbones11 (1,228,342 in chips)
Seat 4: gifted08 (1,003,794 in chips)
Seat 5: Cesar “Ce$ar$pa” Garcia (1,727,627 in chips)
Seat 6: Barrrii (325,360 in chips)
Seat 7: dodavi (265,281 in chips)
Seat 8: Amit “bblacklegend” Jain (1,945,964 in chips)
Seat 9: David “Mrdawwe” Sonelin (807,994 in chips)

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Though Ce$ar$pa came in third in chips, he would end up being the first player to collect a final table payout. He took a 500K-chip hit early on in a blind-versus-blind hand where 2014 SCOOP finalist Barrrii flopped a set of sixes, called bets on the flop and turn, and then bet small for value on the river. That still left 1.3M chips for Ce$ar$pa to work with, but then next orbit’s small blind started with a three-bet of gifted08’s button raise. It ended with a bet and fold to gifted08’s re-raise, dropping Ce$ar$pa’s stack to 901K.

After bluffing off a few more chips in the big blind the orbit after that, stabbing at a pot on the river against fishbones11, Ce$ar$pa had 682K left. A few hands later he picked up [Ac] [Ks] and wound up four-betting all-in after opening for 77K and having Mrdawwe re-raise to 175K in the small blind. Mrdawwe called with [Jc] [Js], the pair held on the [Qd] [Td] [2s] [9s] [7s] board, and Cesar Garcia’s day ended in 9th place ($25,488).

One orbit later, short-stacked dodavi, a Sunday Million finalist back in January, picked up [Jd] [Js] and outran Rui “sousinha23” Sousa’s straight draw with [Qh] [Jh] for the double to 422K. Another nine hands went by before dodavi picked up [Qd] [Qh] and doubled up again, this time to 748K through fishbones11’s [As] [Qc].

sousinha23, a past Sunday Warm-Up and SCOOP 2014 finalist who hadn’t won a pot in 20 hands since the loss to dodavi, eventually picked up [As] [Qh] and moved in for 287K after Mrdawwe opened for barely more than a minimum raise to 88K. Mrdawwe folded, but only after gifted08 had already called [9c] [9d]. A full house on the [9h] [Jd] [Js] flop left sousinha23 in need of running aces or queens for a bigger boat, but the [2c] and [4d] came instead and sousinha23 left in 8th place ($42,480).

dodavi’s magic streak continued with a double in the next orbit, to 980K with [Ad] [8h] against Mrdawwe’s [Ac] [2h]. That left Mrdawwe with a slim lead over bblacklegend, 2.26M to 2.14M, but on the next hand bblacklegend defended the big blind with [Ad] [7h], made top pair on the [As] [6c] [2d], and called down Anjeyyy’s bets to win a 1M-chip pot and take the lead with 2.72M.

gifted08 was able to close in on that territory and stake a claim to third place three hands later after being dealt [Ad] [Ah] under the gun, having fishbones11 call in the big blind with [Ac] [Jh], and watching the flop come jack-high. fishbones11 was all-in by the turn and drawing to the last two jacks in the deck, but the [5c] on the river gave gifted08 the 1.95M-chip pot and left fishbones11 with a stack worth slightly more than one ante. After being forced all-in on the next hand with [7s] [3c], fishbones11 departed in 7th place ($63,720).

dodavi had been hanging on by a thread throughout Day 2, but it finally snapped with the tournament six-handed. The Israeli player opened the hand with a 675K-chip stack and raised to 90K in the cutoff with [Qh] [Jd]. Anjeyyy called in the big blind with [Kc] [Qc] and then check-called dodavi’s all-in bet as an 86-percent favorite to win the hand. That improved to 100 percent when the [Td] turn and [Tc] river came down, and dodavi’s magic ride ended in 6th place ($84,960).

No deal

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With blinds and antes now at 22,500/45,000/5,625, there wasn’t a lot of separation between the five remaining players:

Seat 1: Anjeyyy (1,819,470 in chips)
Seat 4: gifted08 (1,847,322 in chips)
Seat 6: Barrrii (1,930,536 in chips)
Seat 8: bblacklegend (2,469,499 in chips)
Seat 9: Mrdawwe (2,553,173 in chips)

Talk of a potential deal came up. After 15 minutes play resumed, though, as Mrdawwe wanted the chip chop numbers (“i like my situation here”) and nobody else was willing to stray from ICM.

Within minutes Mrdawwe would actually be the first player to survive an all-in situation, having folded on the river when gifted08 raised all-in with a potential flush on the board and then doubled back to 2.63M on the next hand with [Ad] [Qd] against Barrrii’s [9d] [9c]. Losing that coin flip left Barrrii with only 118K, all of which went in the middle in a four-way pot two hands later. Mrdawwe won that one, showing down [Kh] [Ts] for a pair of kings on the [2s] [Jh] [Kd] [5d] [Qc] board, and Barrrii mucked, leaving in 5th place ($107,049.60).

Deal talk came up again but Mrdawwe, back in the lead with 3.49M chips, wasn’t interested. A combination of consistent aggression with the bigger stack and hitting a few hands just good enough to win when a bigger pot developed had Mrdawwe up to 4.59M while all three other players were sitting between 1.91M and 2.07M. That eventually became 5.6M without the rest of the table improving, which is where it was when gifted08 moved all-in for 720K on the button. Mrdawwe called with [As] [Kd], which dominated gifted08’s [Ks] [2s], and when neither hand improved, gifted08’s day concluded in 4th place ($153,990).

Mrdawwe’s streak continued seven hands later after bblacklegend opened for 120K on the button. Mrdawwe re-raised to 286K in the small blind with [8h] [8s] and then called when bblacklegend jammed for 1.91M on a bluff with [9d] [7s]. Three nines and a few backdoor draws were all bblacklegend had on the [5d] [4d] [Tc] flop, and the draws dried up on the [Ah] turn. The [6s] hit the river, and bblacklegend hit the rail in 3rd place ($206,028).

Long-time player, first-time WCOOP winner

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Seat 1: Anjeyyy (2,395,582 in chips)
Seat 9: Mrdawwe (8,224,418 in chips)

It had already been nearly three and a half hours since the beginning of the final table when Mrdawwe’s and Anjeyyy’s heads-up match began. Both players had previously made WCOOP final tables without winning a title – Mrdawwe took 5th in WCOOP 2014 Event #40, and Anjeyyy was a finalist in WCOOP 2013 Event #45 – but only one could earn the bracelet today.

The leader applied pressure consistently but lost a chance to seal up first place early when Anjeyyy’s [Ks] [Qh] rivered a king-high straight to beat Mrdawwe’s [Ac] [8s]. Another double-up 10 minutes later with [Ts] [Td] against Mrdawwe’s [Ah] [Jd] gave Anjeyyy 4.33M, and when the Ukrainian player suggested looking at a deal, Mrdawwe was game. Within seven minutes they had struck one, leaving $30,000 on the table for the winner, and play resumed with Mrdawwe still in the lead.

Anjeyyy actually managed to take the lead for a short while after that, thanks to a series of smaller pots over a stretch, but then Mrdawwe picked up [8c] [8h] on the button, bet all three streets for value, and took a 3.07M-chip pot at showdown with the board reading [5s] [3d] [7s] [3c] [Jd].

The match went on another 15 minutes after that and the pattern of mostly small pots continued to play out until a surprise ending. The 139th and final hand of heads-up play saw Mrdawwe open for 160K on the button and call Anjeyyy’s re-raise to 440K to see the [Ad] [2h] [Qh] flop. Anjeyyy led out for 350K there, 880K on the [Kd] turn, and all-in for 2.54M on the [6c] river, and Mrdawwe called every bet without too much hesitation. Anjeyyy had been barreling with [Js] [2d] for a lowly pair of twos the whole way, and Mrdawwe ended the proceedings four hours and 29 minutes after the final table had begun by showing [Ah] [4h] for a pair of aces.

Anjeyyy’s runner-up share of the deal came to $309,744.85. With the winner’s $30K, David “Mrdawwe” Sonelin earned a total of $348,695.15. Congratulations to both players on their hard-earned paydays!

WCOOP 2015: Event #53, $2,100 No-Limit Hold’em (Super Tuesday SE)
Entrants: 1,062
Prize pool: $2,124,000
Places paid: 126
1. David “Mrdawwe” Sonelin (Sweden) $348,695.15*
2. Anjeyyy (Ukraine) $309,744.85*
3. Amit “bblacklegend” Jain (India) $206,028
4. gifted08 (United Kingdom) $153,990
5. Barrrii (Belgium) $107,049.60
6. dodavi (Israel) $84,960
7. fishbones11 (Canada) $63,720
8. Rui “sousinha23” Sousa (Hungary) $42,480
9. Cesar “Ce$ar$pa” Garcia (United Kingdom) $25,488
* – denotes results of a heads-up deal

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: Henri ” I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto collects Event #52 bracelet, $70K ($530 PLO, 3-Stack)

WCOOP 2015: Henri ” I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto collects Event #52 bracelet, $70K ($530 PLO, 3-Stack)

A pot-limit Omaha tournament with a $530 buy-in, Event #52 of this year’s World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars attracted many accomplished PLO players, and in the end a couple of them — terror777727 of Bulgaria and Henri “I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto of Finland — were left to battle for the title.

After a lengthy final duel it was Koivisto managing to withstand terror777727’s challenge to secure the win. For his fantastic finish, the Finnish player earned a nifty $70,696.30 first prize. Here’s the story of how he did it.

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As a “3-stack” tournament, players each had three stacks of 5,000 chips each they were able to use whenever they liked up through the first 17 fifteen-minute levels, after which the unused stacks would be put into play. Ultimately 802 players took part, making the prize pool $401,000 — more than four times the event’s $100K guarantee.

The first day saw them play down past the 102-player mark and the bursting of the bubble, with Day 1 finally concluding with 20 players remaining. terror777727 had the edge at that point, with Koivisto in third position. Here’s how the top of the counts appeared overnight:

1. terror777727 (Bulgaria) — 1,204,750
2. KingGorn (Canada) — 1,097,107
3. Henri “I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto (Finland) — 1,037,227
4. francispoker (Canada) — 968,906
5. brights88 (Lebanon) — 846,062
6. Conger88 (Ireland) — 769,109
7. pm_marke (Czech Republic) — 723,360
8. gaucho47 (Switzerland) — 714,250
9. vovkawow (Russia) — 571,456
10. VejVo (Sweden) — 550,274

It took about 70 minutes on Day 2 for the 20 returners to play down to 12 players gathered around the final two six-handed tables, at which point terror777727 was still in first position after having more than doubled in chips to 2.64 million.

kelnel PPP (12th), KingGorn (11th), and francispoker (10th) were swiftly knocked out thereafter, each earning $5,213 for their finishes. Then over the next half-hour PAW717 (ninth), brights88 (eighth), and VejVo (seventh) followed them to the rail, each collecting $7,819.50.

With Henri “I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto having pushed way out in front after building up to more than 5.4 million, the final table was underway.

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Seat 1: Henri “I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto (Finland) — 5,404,338
Seat 2: GrovSnus (Sweden) — 823,515
Seat 3: vovkawow (Russia) — 1,450,708
Seat 4: arman359 (Israel) — 434,886
Seat 5: zaza38 (Finland) — 1,115,771
Seat 6: terror777727 (Bulgaria) — 2,800,782

At the end of the first final-table orbit, the blinds were 25,000/50,000 when the table’s short stack, arman359, opened for 150,000 from the small blind and zaza38 called from the big blind. The flop came [Js][3c][7s], prompting an all-in push for 234,886 from arman359 and a call from zaza38.

arman359 had [Ad][Ah][Ts][8d] for an overpair while zaza38 had flopped a huge wrap draw plus a flush draw with [Qs][Th][9h][8s]. The [2s] fell on the turn, giving zaza38 a spade flush and making the river [Jh] no matter, sending arman359 railward in sixth.

Not long before the day’s two-hour mark, the next knockout came.

After zaza38 min-raised to 120,000 from the button, terror777727 three-bet to 420,000 from the small blind. It folded back to zaza38 who reraised back to 1.32 million total. terror777727 then repopped it with a pot-sized reraise, and zaza38 called all in with the 180,657 left.

Both players had big starting hands as zaza38 was double-suited with four Broadway cards with [Ah][Kh][Qd][Td] while terror777727 had drawn [Ad][Ac][Kc][Ks]. The board brought a queen and four low cards, coming [Qh][8s][9s][8c][5c], leaving terror777727 with the best hand and knocking zaza38 out in fifth.

They made it to the two-hour break with Henri “I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto still in front with almost 5.5 million while terror777727 wasn’t far back with about 4.82 million. Once play resumed, it only took a few more hands for the field to be cut to three.

With the blinds still 30,000/60,000, terror777727 opened for 132,000 from the button, GrovSnus reraised to 426,000 from the big blind, and terror777727 called. The flop came [Ah][3d][Td], and after GrovSnus pushed all in for 242,950, terror777727 called right away.

GrovSnus had flopped top set with [Ac][Ad][8c][7s] while terror777727 had a Broadway wrap with [Ks][Qh][Jh][4d]. The [Kd] fell on the turn to complete a straight for terror777727, and after the [6d] river GrovSnus was done in fourth.

Nearly a half-hour passed, then with the blinds up to 40,000/80,000 a hand arose that saw vovkawow open for 170,000 from the button, then terror777727 reraised to 590,000 from the small blind. After Koivisto folded, vovkawow four-bet to 1.85 million, terror777727 reraised back, and vovkawow called all in with the 325,701 left.

It was aces versus kings as terror777727 had [Ah][Ac][Qh][Jd] while vovkawow showed [Kc][Kd][4s][3s]. The board ran out [Jh][5c][7c][4h][8h], resulting in a flush for terror777727 and a third-place finish for vovkawow.

Henri “I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto had the edge to start heads-up play with a little over 6.29 million to terror777727’s just over 5.73 million.

terror777727 was looking to add a WCOOP title in PLO to a SCOOP victory collected in 2013, also in a PLO tournament (the $215 PLO Heads-Up). Meanwhile Koivisto was making his second deep run in a PLO event this WCOOP, having finished 13th in the $215 PLO (Event #15) two weeks ago.

The heads-up duel would last more than 45 minutes, with terror777727 seizing the lead away early on, then Koivisto grabbing it back and pushing out to a big advantage for much of the rest of the way. Finally with Koivisto up close to 10.2 million and terror777727 down to less than 1.84 million, the final hand took place.

The blinds were 80,000/160,000, and terror777727 opened for 480,000 from the button with Koivisto making the call. The flop came [Qs][5d][6d], prompting Koivisto to lead for 960,000. terror777727 responded with an all-in push with the 1,356,073 left, and Koivisto called.

I_Mr_U_Bean: [8s][6h][5c][2s]
terror777727: [Ad][Jc][Jd][7s]

The flop had given Koivisto a leading two pair. The [Ad] followed on the turn to give terror777727 some hope, but the river was the [5s], filling a full house for Koivisto to give him the tournament’s final pot and the title.

Congratulations to Henri “I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto for outlasting a big field to earn his first WCOOP bracelet and a cool $70K-plus first prize.

WCOOP-52: $530 PL Omaha (6-Max, 3-Stack)
Entries: 802

Prize pool: $401,000

Places paid: 102

1. Henri “I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto (Finland) $70.696.30
2. terror777727 (Bulgaria) $52,130.00
3. vovkawow (Russia) $40,100.00
4. GrovSnus (Sweden) $28,070.00
5. zaza38 (Finland) $20,050.00
6. arman359 (Israel) $12,030.00


It’s the final week of the 70-event World Championship of Online Poker, climaxing on Sunday with the $5,200 Main Event with a $10 million guaranteed prize pool. Visit the the WCOOP page for results thus far and a schedule of what’s left to play out.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: theNERDguy is finally cool (and other stories)

WCOOP 2015: theNERDguy is finally cool (and other stories)

We’re into Day 18 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the latest update with 44 of 70 events now completed.

Today’s highlights:

Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins finally won his first WCOOP bracelet after several near misses in Event #51, picking up a first prize of $58,000 along the way.
–There were also wins for 3P3NIPA in Event #48, Popiedejopie in Event #49, and vick23789 in Event #50.
–There are now just five days left of WCOOP 2015.

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Round up of latest results

3P3NIPA kicked off the day’s results by taking down the Sunday Million Special Edition for an enormous pay day of more than $500,000. The prize pool alone, topped up by a field of 1,502, was in excess of $3 million, all of which was reported on by Jason Kirk for the PokerStars Blog.

Popiedejopie followed that with a win in the NL Hold’em Optional Re-entry event, worth $100,000 to the Dutchman who, as Pauly McGuire reported, had to step over some high stakes grinders along the way. Vick23780 won Event #50, a knockout, for more than $90,000 and bounties. Read that story here.

Then there was theNERDguy, whose efforts to win just won COOP have previously faltered at the last hurdle. As we reported, he finished runner-up in the WCOOP Main Event last year, has done the same in TCOOP and has reached third in WCOOP. That curse was finally laid to rest yesterday though when he won Event #51 and a first prize of more than $58,000. Take a little inspiration from his story here.

Here are all the weekend’s scores in full:

Event #48: $2,100 No-Limit Hold’em (Sunday Million SE)
Entrants: 1,502
Prize pool: $3,004,000
Places paid: 198

1. 3P3NIPA (Czech Republic) $503,170
2. toril274 (Russia) $367,990
3. GaryT20 (Ireland) $277,870
4. BrigaDatada (Czech Republic) $204,272
5. JohnyK91 (Austria) $147,196
6. 2pacnrw16 (Germany) $117,156
7. Ch33s3z0r (Russia) $87,116
8. AQUA RAIDER (Canada) $57,076
9. Pascal “Päffchen” Hartmann (Austria) $30,941.20

Event #49: $530 NL Hold’em (Optional Re-Entry)
Entrants: 1,377 (1,129 entries; 248 re-entries)
Prize Pool: $688,500.00
Places Paid: 153

1. Erik “Popiedejopie” van den Berg (Netherlands) $100,801.30 *
2. Clarkson7 (United Kingdom) $89,727.07 *
3. HC_68 (Austria) $79,776.73 *
4. holy h3ll (Israel) $47,919.60
5. WICKED617 (Netherlands) $34,080.75
6. mandza17 (Croatia) $27,195.75
7. Grayson “gray31” Ramage (Canada) $20,310,75
8. KuuL (Bulgaria) $13,425.75
9. pabritz (Brazil) $7,573.50
* Denotes a deal among the final three players

Event #50: $215 No-Limit Hold’em (Knockout)
Entrants: 3,562
Prize pool: $723,086 ($576,153.50 regular, $146,932.50 bounty)
Places paid: 450

1. vick23789 (Canada) $90,458.29 + 16 bounties @ $41.25 ea.
2. teruliro (Brazil) $67,409.95 + 4 bounties
3. Andre_Hansen (Ukraine) $47,820.74 + 5 bounties
4. Flshman (Belarus) $33,128.82 + 9 bounties
5. WhoAreYoux1 (Belgium) $24,665.13 + 12 bounties
6. FireFaux (Canada) $18,724.98 + 14 bounties
7. gavonater (Ireland) $12,963.45 + 18 bounties
8. mrzm0118 (Canada) $7,201.91 + 8 bounties
9. naruhhudesu (Japan) $4,609.22 + 8 bounties

Event #51: $1,050 PL Omaha Hi/Lo Championship (6-Max)
Entrants: 272
Prize Pool: $272,000
Places Paid: 36

1. Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) $59,840.00
2. nizmo jiz (Australia) $41,752.00
3. Mindalterer (Costa Rica) $31,280.00
4. omaha4rollz (Hungary) $21,760.00
5. onmybicycle (Netherlands) $16,320.00
6. jj20002 (Venezuela) $10,880.00

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today

Three more events are scheduled today, with two set to finish later.

Today
Event 55: $300 PL 5-Card Omaha (6-max 1R1A) 08.00 ET
Event 56: $500 NL hold’em (rebuys) 11.00 ET
Event 57: $2,000 PL Omaha Championship (6-max) 14.00 ET

Still to conclude
Event 52: Pl Omaha (6-max, 3-stack) 13 of 802 players remaining
Event 53: NL Hold’em (Super Tuesday, SE) 38 of 1062 players remaining
Event 54: Razz Championship 24 of 184 players remaining

Click here for the full schedule of remaining events in this year’s WCOOP.

Leader board

At some point this starts to get pretty tense. Let’s remember that there is $20,000 cash, and a TCOOP Main Event ticket for winning the leader board when WCOOP finishes early next week. And a trophy. Did we mention the trophy?

Right now top spot belongs to Fresh_oO_D from Germany, with 385 points. Behind him is shaundeeb (whose interview you can now read on the PokerStars Blog) on 345 points, with RuiNF on 320.

See the latest standings below.

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Find all the leader board details right here

Quote of the day

“My son will probably get a trip to the toy store, but besides that nothing really changes.”

–Matthew “mjw006” Wakeman on where the money will go after winning WCOOP Event #36. Read the full interview here.

On to Day 19

Seriously, if you intend to win a WCOOP title this year you’d better get a move on before the last events get under way this Sunday.

Find out the details, and everything there is left to know about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage.

In the meantime send us your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: 3P3NIPA banks $503K win in Event #48, $2,100 NLHE (Sunday Million SE)

WCOOP 2015: 3P3NIPA banks $503K win in Event #48, $2,100 NLHE (Sunday Million SE)

Sundays are already the best day of the week at PokerStars even before the three annual COOP series roll around. That’s when the regular Sunday majors become Special Editions, with all the attendant boosted prize pools and paydays. If making it to the final in one of these events is tough enough to do that managing it twice is worth celebrating, making that second appearance a $503,170 win, as the Czech Republic’s 3P3NIPA did today, is truly priceless.

3P3NIPA’s first taste of Sunday COOP greatness came earlier this year at the final table of the Sunday Kickoff Special Edition during SCOOP 2015. That event’s prize pool paled in comparison to that of WCOOP 2015’s Event #48, a Special Edition of the Sunday Million with a $2,100 buy-in. With a field of 1,502 players building a $3,004,000 prize pool, the first-place prize in this tournament was worth almost as much as all the buy-ins together during 3P3NIPA’s SCOOP adventure.

Day 1 gave each player 15,000 starting chips and lasted the first 20 levels of play. Day 2 saw most of the 198 payouts distributed, including to Team Online’s Randy “nanonoko” Lew (26th place, $12,016) and Caio “Pessagno” Pessagno (84th, $5,707.60) and Team Pro’s Johnny Lodden (90th, $5,707.60) and Marcin “Goral” Horecki (163rd, $3,755). It didn’t take quite as long to finish as Day 1, pausing for the evening when stanman420 of Costa Rice was knocked out in 10th place on Level 36. That left these nine players to return for Day 3 with 25K/50K/6,250 blinds and antes:

Seat 1: BrigaDatada (2,297,082 in chips)
Seat 2: 3P3NIPA (3,649,910 in chips)
Seat 3: AQUA RAIDER (959,916 in chips)
Seat 4: Pascal “Päffchen” Hartmann (1,522,870 in chips)
Seat 5: Ch33s3z0r (2,747,946 in chips)
Seat 6: toril274 (3,326,766 in chips)
Seat 7: 2pacnrw16 (1,056,163 in chips)
Seat 8: JohnyK91 (586,960 in chips)
Seat 9: GaryT20 (6,382,387 in chips)

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Making it to Day 3 was worth a minimum of $30K, but everybody at the table was looking further up the pay table. Six-figure scores started rolling in at sixth place, with six-figure pay jumps reserved for the top two finishers.

There was room for patience with 30-minute blind levels, but the action got going early thanks to a pair-versus-pair confrontation that kicked off just after the blinds and antes climbed to 30K/60K/7.5K. 3P3NIPA min-raised in early position and then called after Pascal “Päffchen” Hartmann, who beat 3P3NIPA heads-up to win the Super Tuesday earlier this year, re-raised all-in for 1.58M, showing [Ad] [As] to the latter’s [Th] [Tc]. The board ran out [2s] [6d] [3s] [9s] [Ah], 3P3NIPA won the 3.32M chips in the middle, and Päffchen left in 9th place ($30,941.20).

Five hands later, AQUA RAIDER was caught in a nearly identical situation, opening all-in for 676K with [Qc] [Qs] only to be called by JohnyK91, who held [Ad] [Ac] in the big blind and had the Canadian player covered by 14K. The [Kh] [7c] [8c] [Js] [2d] board offered no help, and AQUA RAIDER evaporated in 8th place ($57,076).

Musical chairs

Ch33s3z0r, a bracelet winner during WCOOP 2014, picked up a big pair four hands after that and got action by limping on the button. toril274 did the same from the small blind, prompting a 956K-chip all-in bet from 2pacnrw16 in the big blind. Ch33s3z0r re-raised with [Kc] [Kh] to drive toril274 out of the pot and then caught top set on the [Ks] [5d] [Jd], leaving 2pacnrw16’s [Ah] [Td] with a 16.6-percent chance to win the hand. That chance improved to 25 percent on the [7d] turn before becoming 100 percent with the [Qc] on the river, giving 2pacnrw16 the double to 2.02M and dropping Ch33s3z0r’s stack to less than 10 big blinds.

The race to stay out of the basement was on. Ch33s3z0r jammed with [Kh] [8d] in the small blind an orbit later and got caught by toril274’s [Ah] [Ts] in the big blind, but the board made a ten-high straight to keep Ch33s3z0r in the game with 1.24M. Then JohnyK91 won a flip with [Ad] [Qc] to 2pacnrw16’s [6d] [6h] to leave the German player in last with 715K.

The three of them would jostle for position over the next 37 hands as the blinds and antes progressed through the next two levels, moving from 30K/60K/7.5K all the way to 50K/100K/12.5K, but none of that jostling resulted in any serious forward momentum. The end result was that all three were now under intense pressure to make something happen.

The impasse finally came to an end when Ch33s3z0r picked up [Td] [Th] in the big blind. toril274, who had opened for the minimum raise to 200K under the gun with [Qs] [Jc], called Ch33s3z0r’s all-in bet for 504K more and spiked a queen on the turn of the [As] [4c] [2c] [Qd] [4d] board, bringing Ch33s3z0r’s tournament to an end in 7th place ($87,116).

No showdowns for the next nine hands didn’t mean no action at all, but it might have been better for 2pacnrw16 if it had. Of the three pots won after the flop during that stretch, the biggest one saw the German player lose nearly 700K defending the big blind against 3P3NIPA only to fold to an all-in bet on the river. That left 2pacnrw16 with 11 big blinds and just one move after being dealt [Ah] [9s] four hands later. The German player shoved in the cutoff and was called by BrigaDatada, who had [As] [Jd] in the big blind. The [2c] [9d] [Qd] was a promising start, but the [Jc] turn and [8c] left BrigaDatada with a pair of jacks, topping 2pacnrw16’s pair of nines to end the German’s run in 6th place ($117,156).

JohnyK91 looked for a better outcome on the next hand, moving in from the cutoff for 895K with [Qd] [Jc]. BrigaDatada was in the small blind with [As] [Ts] and called, taking down the 1.95M-chip pot when the [7c] [7s] [5d] [9s] [6d] board improved neither hand. With that, JohnyK91 finished in 5th place ($147,196).

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For the first time at this final table, everyone had at least 40 big blinds to work with. The tenor of play changed as a result, with those holding the shorter stacks more willing to engage by calling rather than re-raising all-in, but the end result was still that the big stacks got bigger. They just had to apply pressure at inflection points to do so, rather than winning at showdown after calling a shove from a small stack.

That left GaryT20 (a finalist in Event #21) and BrigaDatada within a single big blind of one another as the blinds and antes advanced to 60K/120K/15K. Then GaryT20 opened on the button with [Ac] [5c] and shoved all-in after BrigaDatada re-raised to 775K in the small blind with [9h] [9d]. The pair was 65 percent to win before the flop came [4c] [Jd] [As], and just eight percent after. With no nine on the turn or river, BrigaDatada was left with one big blind. Two hands later the Czech player was forced all-in from the big blind with [4s] [3c] and was knocked out by GaryT20 in 4th place ($204,272).

A series of unfortunate events

Three-handed play would last for 112 hands and was dominated in the early going by GaryT20, whose combination of consistent aggression and winning the occasional showdown was good enough to pick up close to 40 big blinds and move into a firm chip lead with 13.M to 3P3NIPA’s 7.2M. toril274 was stranded at the other end of the leaderboard with 2.1M and couldn’t even catch a break picking up pocket kings – 3P3NIPA had the other two in the hole and both players chopped the pot.

3P3NIPA began chipping away at GaryT20’s advantage after that split pot, shaving a few big blinds off here and there while toril274 hovered around the 2M-chip mark. The Czech player finally turned things around for good about 40 hands after that point, raising on the button with [Ks] [Qc] and firing barrels on the [6c] [7c] [Jc] flop and [3h] turn before making a value bet of two-thirds the pot with a pair on the [Kh] river. GaryT20 made a withdrawal from the time bank before eventually calling and mucking.

That gave 3P3NIPA the 4.4M chips in the pot and the lead for the first time since just after BrigaDatada’s exit, but the major tipping point came on the next hand. GaryT20 limp-called 3P3NIPA’s 420K raise in the small blind with [As] [5h] and check-called another 475K with top pair on the [Kh] [2h] [Ac] flop before checking again on the [Jd] turn. 3P3NIPA checked there as well and called when GaryT20 bet 1.02M in 1.84M on the [6d] river, showing down [Js] [6h]. A position bluff on the flop and a free card on the turn made two pair, GaryT20 mucked, and 3P3NIPA won the 3.89M chips in the pot.

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3P3NIPA kept up the pressure, toril254 stole enough blinds and antes to stay afloat, and GaryT20 was caught in between for the next 35 hands or so. The Irish player finally found a spot to break out of the slump when toril254 jammed from the small blind with [Qh] [5c], waking up to [Th] [Ts] and making the call with 746K behind, but the deck had other plans entirely. GaryT20 went from being a 72-percent favorite before the flop to drawing all but dead after it fell [Qs] [Qd] [5h], making a full house for toril2574. Running tens for four of a kind were GaryT20’s only hope to re-steal the pot, but the [3c] and [6h] arrived on the turn and river instead.

GaryT20 picked up [Jc] [Jh] on the next hand but was again smacked around by the deck when the board came [2c] [6d] [5c] [4d] [3c] to make a six-high straight for both GaryT20 and 3P3NIPA, who had called in the big blind with [8h] [4h]. The Irish player’s bumpy saga sounded a brief high note a few hands later after calling all-in from the big blind with [Qd] [8c], discovering that toril274 had raised with [Ah] [As], and then making a queen-high straight on the turn to crack said aces. But just a few more hands after that, GaryT20 shoved on the button with [Ah] [8h] and 3P3NIPA called with [As] [9c]. The [9s] [Jd] [2d] [3c] [4d] board gave 3P3NIPA a pair of nines and the pot, and GaryT20’s wild ride came to an end in 3rd place ($277,870).

Aaaaaaand scene

With the epic three-handed portion of the final table having concluded the tournament’s rising action, heads-up play served as denouement. toril274 offered to look at numbers for a deal, but 3P3NIPA, leading by 9.1M chips with blinds and antes at 80K/160K/20K, preferred to play it out. toril274 managed to make some headway in the first few hands, but it all disappeared after three-betting 3P3NIPA’s check-raise on a [6c] [3s] [2d] flop, checking behind on the [Ad] turn, and folding to an all-in bet on the [8s] river.

That still left toril274 within striking distance, but 3P3NIPA all but sealed things up four hands later by flopping trip jacks out of position after three-betting before the flop with [Jc] [3d]. It took calling toril274’s semi-bluff bet on the river of a [Qd] [Jh] [Jd] [8c] [Qh] board, made with [8d] [4d], but that win left toril274 with only 1.4M chips. Five hands later, 3P3NIPA shoved with [8d] [7c] on the button, caught a pair of eights on the [4s] [Ah] [8c] flop to jump ahead of toril274’s [Kd] [9d], and stayed ahead through the river to bring the tournament to its end.

Finishing runner-up was good for $367,990, a new personal best for toril274 by more than $300,000. And 3P3NIPA’s $503,170 score topped that runner-up finish to Päffchen in the Super Tuseday this spring to set a new personal best as well. Congratulations to both players for coming up big in the right event!

WCOOP 2015: Event #48, $2,100 No-Limit Hold’em (Sunday Million SE)
Entrants: 1,502
Prize pool: $3,004,000
Places paid: 198
1. 3P3NIPA (Czech Republic) $503,170
2. toril274 (Russia) $367,990
3. GaryT20 (Ireland) $277,870
4. BrigaDatada (Czech Republic) $204,272
5. JohnyK91 (Austria) $147,196
6. 2pacnrw16 (Germany) $117,156
7. Ch33s3z0r (Russia) $87,116
8. AQUA RAIDER (Canada) $57,076
9. Pascal “Päffchen” Hartmann (Austria) $30,941.20

Jason Kirk is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: Rounding up another six figure day

WCOOP 2015: Rounding up another six figure day

We’re into Day 17 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the latest update with 44 of 70 events now completed.

Today’s highlights:

Ben “Ben86” Tollerene wins the biggest buy-in online event ever staged, earning $616k in the $51K Ultra High Roller event.
WhoAreYoux1 from Belgium wins $129k in the 6-max ultra-deep event.
TheBeefTank earns more than $186k in this week’s WCOOP Sunday Million Special Edition.

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Round up of latest results

It was always going to be about the Ultra High Roller today, won yesterday by Ben “Ben86” Tollerene. The Canadian performed brilliantly in a final table populated by players accustomed to similar plaudits. Players such as 2014 WCOOP Main Event Champion Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre, and Mike “Timex” McDonald, who took the lead into the final eight. Martin Harris was on hand to record the action. Read his report here.

The other action wasn’t exactly small fry. WhoAreYoux1 won $129,000 in the 6-max ultra-deep event, knowing full well who is heads-up opponent was – Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde, who settled for $122,000. Al Rash has the story.

Then there was $186,000 for the winner of the Sunday Million Special Edition, also known as WCOOP event 45. That went to TheBeefTank from the Netherlands, who rolled over a field of 6,282 into first place, as Pauly McGuire reported for the PokerStars Blog.

Here are all the weekend’s scores in full:

Event #45: $1,050 NL Hold’em (6-Max, Ultra-Deep)
Entrants: 912
Prize pool: $912,000
Places paid: 114

1. WhoAreYoux1 (Belgium) $129,214.04*
2. Dylan “ImaLucSac” Linde (Canada) $122,249.94*
3. lehout (Netherlands) $113,244.83*
4. say wow (Belarus) $61,560.00
5. hdjgkfkgsdl (Germany) $43,320.00
6. Sowiet Wings (Russia) $27,360.00
* denotes a three-way deal

Event #46: $215 NL Hold’em (Sunday Warm-Up SE)
Entrants: 6,282
Prize Pool: $1,256,400
Places Paid: 810

1. TheBeeftank (Netherlands) $184,120.03 *
2. deoxyribo (Canada) $133,095.70 *
3. thugmoneymkr (Mexico) $129,122.80 *
4. Supa4real (Netherlands) $70,986.60
5. xXAlex1337Xx (Germany) $53,397.00
6. muka_gaming (Brazil) $40,833.00
7. entim (Ireland) $28,269.00
8. wywrotX (Canada) $15,705.00
9. Leandro “leopeluca” Csome (Argentina) $10,051.20
* denotes a deal among the final three players

Event #47: $51,000 NL Hold’em (8-Max, Super High Roller)
Entries: 46
Prize pool: $2,300,000

Places paid: 6

1. Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (Canada) $616,518.34*
2. José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre (United Kingdom) $560,412.13*
3. Nikita “fish2013” Bodyakovskiy (Belarus) $594,069.53*
4. Nopaleva (Russia) $230,000.00
5. Mike “Tîmex” McDonald (Canada) $172,500.00
6. Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (Austria) $126,500.00
* denotes a three-way deal

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today

Three more events are scheduled today, with two set to finish later.

Today
Event 52: $500 PL Omaha (6-max, 3-Stack) 11.00 ET
Event 53: $2,000 NL Hold’em (Super Tuesday SE) 14.00 ET
Event 54: $1,000 Razz Championship 17.00 ET

Still to conclude
Event 48: NL Hold’em
Event 49: NL Hold’em (Optional Re-entry)
Event 50: NL Hold’em (Knockout)
Event 51: PL Omaha Hi/Lo Championship (6-max)

Click here for the full schedule of remaining events in this year’s WCOOP.

Leader board

Fresh_oO_D from Germany remains top of the leader board on 365 points, but Shaun Deeb has closed the gap to 20 points with a cash in Event #45 yesterday.

Here’s how things look.

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Find all the leader board details right here

The world beyond WCOOP

This doesn’t exist. Or at least is won’t until next week.

Quote of the day

“I play a lot of “Destiny”, drink beer, and grill. That’s my life outside of poker.”
— Three time WCOOP champion Shaun Deeb.

Borderline irrelevant fact of the day

The win of $616,518.34 by Ben “Ben86” Tollerene was the single biggest first prize pay-out so far in WCOOP, but it was only good for second on the money list this year (so far at least). Top spot is still held by tobi123456.

tobi123456 = $654,500.00
Ben86 = $622,777.56

On to Day 18

There are just 19 WCOOP events for 2015, so it’s time to start putting your support network in place for when it’s all over early next week. Alternatively let the next six days be the sand in which to bury your head.

Find out everything there is left to know about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage, and good luck to everyone playing this weekend, whether in WCOOP or other events.
In the meantime send us your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: Ben “Ben86” Tollerene rules $51K Super High Roller, earns $616K after three-way deal (Event #47)

WCOOP 2015: Ben “Ben86” Tollerene rules $51K Super High Roller, earns $616K after three-way deal (Event #47)

There’s been nothing like it before — not on PokerStars, not anywhere. A $51,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament, conspicuously standing out on the 70-event 2015 World Championship of Online Poker schedule from the day it was released. As might be expected, the big, big buy-in attracted big, big names — lots of them — and after two days’ worth of poker it was online star Ben “Ben86” Tollerene walking away with all of the chips and a first-place prize worth $616,518.34.

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Ben “Ben86” Tollerene

Tollerene’s payout came following a three-handed deal with José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre and Nikita “fish2013” Bodyakovskiy, both of whom also managed better than half-million-dollar scores. FPP winner Nopaleva and a couple of other familiar usernames on PokerStars — Mike “Tîmex” McDonald and Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz — were also among the cashers in this one.

This marks Tollerene’s second big ‘COOP win in a High Roller event after his victory in the $21,000 Heads-Up High Roller during the 2013 SCOOP series, good for a better than $200K payday. Here’s the story of how he won the biggest buy-in online poker tournament there has ever been.

Day 1

Play kicked off at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon with 23 players already in seats and satellites still firing off all about. An hour later the total number of registrants had increased to 34, then an hour after that they were up to 39.

As the field grew, though, early knockouts were occurring as well. ICEMAN2710 was the first player eliminated after pocket queens failed versus OtB_RedBaron’s aces. Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi then ran pocket kings into the aces of Daniel “mrGR33N13” Colman. And VbV1990 lost a short stack with a pair of jacks against David “dpeters17” Peters’s aces.

While pocket aces were helping others, they failed Jason “jakoon1985” Koon who had his aces cracked after José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre turned a set of deuces, sending Koon railward.

By the three-hour mark 32 players remained from what was then a 42-entry field, with Team PokerStars Pro Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu sitting 32nd of 32. Over the next hour four more players joined in, bringing the total field to 46 entries, the total prize pool to $2.3 million (more than twice the $1M guarantee), with the top six places paid and an eye-popping $851,000 scheduled for the winner barring a final-table deal.

Negreanu would soon thereafter go out in 30th after taking [Qc][Qs] up against Chris “BigHuni” Hunichen’s [Ad][Ks] and failing to survive when a king came on the turn. Fellow Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier went out just a short while later (in 26th) in very similar fashion, losing with [Qd][Qh] aginst cuffme’s [Ad][Kc]. In between those eliminations, Ike Haxton of Team PokerStars Pro Online would go out in 28th after his [As][Qd] failed to improve against cuffme’s [Js][Jh].

Several of poker’s best had already hit the rail, including Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich, Sam “Str$$$Homey” Greenwood, and Ivan “Negriin” Luca (just to name a few). And more would follow, among them Pascal “Pass_72” Lefrancois (24th), Thomas “WushuTM” Muehloecker, Dan “Danny98765” Smith (22nd), and Ole “wizowizo” Schemion (20th).

Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov was the early leader on Sunday, then José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre spent some time in first position before Mike “Tîmex” McDonald grabbed the top spot during the early evening where he would remain for the rest of the night, ahead of David “dpeters17” Peters in second position who added chips after felting Daniel “mrGR33N13” Colman in 17th.

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Mike “Tîmex” McDonald

The last red-spade sporting player in the field, Alex “Kanu7” Millar of Team PokerStars Pro Online, would next fall in 16th when his jacks couldn’t hold against Nick “caecilius” Petrangelo’s [Ad][8c]. Sam “Lrslzk” Kelopuro (15th) and Igor “lechuckpoker” Kurganov (14th) continued the parade of recognizables to the exit, followed by Educa-p0ker (13th), Nick “caecilius” Petrangelo (12th), Roman “Roma-Tilt” Korenev (11th), and forhayley (a.k.a. Russian high-stakes regular “Dima”) (10th).

The final table bubble lasted for 20 minutes, with a short-stacked Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen hanging on valiantly until finally reraise-pushing with [Qh][Tc] and watching José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre call with [As][Qd]. An ace fell on the flop, a ten on the turn, and a blank on the river, and Hunichen was done in ninth.

They’d played almost exactly eight hours’ worth of poker to get from 46 down to eight, and with two more eliminations still to go before the money, play was paused for the night. Here’s how the stacks looked then:

1. Mike “Tîmex” McDonald (Canada) — 237,712
2. José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre (United Kingdom) — 214,540
3. David “dpeters17” Peters (Canada) — 195,294
4. Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (Canada) — 193,912
5. Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (Austria) — 145,222
6. Nikita “fish2013” Bodyakovskiy (Belarus) — 69,783
7. Nopaleva (Russia) — 53,427
8. cuffme (United Kingdom) — 40,110

Day 2

Twenty minutes into the second day of play, the blinds were 1,000/2,000 when the table’s short stack cuffme opened for 4,600 from middle position. It folded to Ben “Ben86” Tollerene in the small blind who made it 11,000 to go, and when cuffme responded with an all-in push for 35,610, Tollerene made the call.

cuffme had picked up a pair with [9s][9c], but Tollerene had a better one with [Jc][Jh]. The board ran out [4d][7c][As][5c][Jd], giving Tollerene a set and ending cuffme’s run in eighth.

The money bubble had arrived — and it was a big one, with $126,500 due the sixth-place finisher and a big zero for the one taking seventh. By then Tollerene had moved up into the lead, while Nikita “fish2013” Bodyakovskiy and Nopaleva were the short stacks hoping to avoid bubbling.

Nopaleva had earned a spot in the event via the WCOOP VIP Bash (with FPPs), and after folding through several orbits had become the short stack with less than 40,000. Nopaleva then picked up [Kh][Kd] and managed to double through David “dpeters17” Peters to earn a little breathing room.

Nopaleva turtled up again, folding through the next half-hour or so as they crossed the day’s two-hour mark. Then with the blinds at 2,500/5,000 a hand arose that saw Nikita “fish2013” Bodyakovskiy open-shove a stack of just over 126,000 from the cutoff seat, and David “dpeters17” Peters call all in for a little more than 111,000 from the button. The blinds folded, Peters showed [As][Ks], and Bodyakovskiy tabled [Ac][Qd].

The flop came [9c][Kc][Tc] and turn the [Kd], giving Peters trip kings. But alas for him the river was the [6c], filling a flush for Bodyakovskiy and causing Peters to bubble in seventh.

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David “dpeters17” Peters

About five minutes later Nikita “fish2013” Bodyakovskiy was open-pushing again, this time from the small blind for just over 241,000, and a short-stacked Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz called all in from a seat over with a little more than 95,000 (about 19 BBs).

The 2014 WCOOP Main Event champion had [5c][5s] and was hoping the small pair would hold against Bodyakovskiy’s [Ad][7c], and through the [Qc][2h][8s] flop and [Td] turn the small pair was still best. But Bodyakovskiy enjoyed another good river — the [7d] — giving him a better pair and stopping Holz in sixth.

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Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz

Just three hands later, Mike “Tîmex” McDonald — at the time fourth of five and only ahead of the short Nopaleva — opened for 11,000 (just over 2x) from the cutoff and José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre called from the big blind.

The flop came [7s][4c][Jd], and Latorre check-called a 10,000 continuation bet from McDonald. The turn was the [2s] and again the action went check-bet-call, with Tîmex betting 20,000 this time, leaving himself just a little under 40,000 behind.

The river brought the [Kc] and another check from Latorre. McDonald pushed all in, and Latorre called more time.

McDonald showed [Qd][Js] for a pair of jacks, but Latorre had [Ad][Jh] for the same hand with a better kicker, and McDonald was done in fifth.

Just three hands later it was finally Nopaleva’s turn to bid the tournament adieu after having laddered up nicely. After Nopaleva open-pushed for just over 51,000 (about 10 BBs) from the small blind with [Ts][6s], Ben “Ben86” Tollerene called from the big blind with [Ac][8d].

The board came [As][4c][Kd][2s][Qd], and they were down to three — still, that was one terrific trick for Nopaleva to turn FPPs into a cool $230K score.

The final trio reached the break that came at the day’s two-and-a-half-hour mark, at which point a deal discussion arose with Ben “Ben86” Tollerene on top with 409,960, Nikita “fish2013” Bodyakovskiy close behind with 404,456, and José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre third with 335,584.

“ICM”-based numbers were soon produced — $596,518.34 for Tollerene, $594,069.53 for Bodyakovskiy, and $560,412.13 for Latorre, with $20K left for which to play — and after only a short pause all three agreed and play resumed.

They battled on into the day’s fourth hour with Tollerene pushing further ahead and Bodyakovskiy slipping back to an even shorter stack. Then with the blinds at 3,000/6,000, Latorre opened from 15,300 from the small blind, Bodyakovskiy reraised all in for just over 150,000 from the big blind, and Latorre called.

Bodyakovskiy had [6c][6d] and was racing versus Latorre’s [Ah][Jh]. The [3s][Ad][As] flop dramatically shifted the advantage, though, giving Latorre trips. The turn was the [5s] and river the [2c], and and Bodyakovskiy was out in third though cashed for nearly $600K thanks to the deal.

Heads-up play began with Ben “Ben86” Tollerene in front with 665,280 to José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre’s 484,720. With the blinds still just 3,000/6,000 the pair might have gone on much longer, but as it happened the end would arrive less than five minutes later.

Over the next 10 hands during Latorre gradually narrowed Tollerene’s lead down to just over 40,000 (not quite seven BBs).

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José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre

Latorre then raised to 13,500 from the button, Tollerene three-bet to 42,000, and Latorre called. The flop came a coordinated [9d][Td][7s]. Tollerene checked, Latorre bet 42,000, and Tollerene called. Both players then checked after an intriguing-looking [Jd] fell on the turn.

The river brought the [6s] and an all-in push from Tollerene, and Latorre called with his last 468,520. They tabled their hands…

Cejakas14: [9h][9s]
Ben86: [8h][7h]

Latorre had a set of nines, but Tollerene had made a jack-high straight to win the pot, the extra $20K, and the WCOOP bracelet.

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Ben “Ben86” Tollerene

Congratulations to Ben “Ben86” Tollerene for beating out one of the toughest fields ever assembled for an online tournament to win more than $616K. And kudos also to José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre and Nikita “fish2013” Bodyakovskiy for making it to the three-handed deal to ensure themselves handsome paydays as well in this historic event.

WCOOP-47: $51,000 NL Hold’em (8-Max, Super High Roller)
Entries: 46
Prize pool: $2,300,000

Places paid: 6

1. Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (Canada) $616,518.34*
2. José Ángel “Cejakas14” Latorre (United Kingdom) $560,412.13*
3. Nikita “fish2013” Bodyakovskiy (Belarus) $594,069.53*
4. Nopaleva (Russia) $230,000.00
5. Mike “Tîmex” McDonald (Canada) $172,500.00
6. Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (Austria) $126,500.00
* = denotes a three-way deal

There’s a still a week’s worth of events left to go in the 70-event World Championship of Online Poker, culminating with the $5,200 Main Event with a $10 million guaranteed prize pool. Check the WCOOP page for a complete of the remaining events.

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Black Friday devastation turns to retirement and riches

Black Friday devastation turns to retirement and riches

Darren Maroni had just made the leap.

He was going to be a professional poker player, and he was going to do it online. The dream–at least that part of it–lasted barely more than a year before poker’s Black Friday. April 15, 2011, turned Maroni from an online poker player into…well, not much of anything.

“I basically did nothing from April 15 until the WSOP that year which put me in an even worse spot,” Maroni admitted. “I brought my meager roll to Vegas with a plan to run it up at the Series & continue the grind or go busto and seek out a regular job.”

In the binary world of big time or busto, Maroni ended with the zero.

Busted and beaten, Maroni re-evaluated and discovered his decision didn’t necessarily have to be so binary. There was another option. He had a friend (known as Quadchrazs) who had some money to lend. It wasn’t much, especially considering Maroni had to move to Canada to play. But, with a loan in place, Maroni began to play $2 buy-in 180-player SNGs.

“I had to start lower than I was used to because finances were really tight, but I now possessed a focus and drive like I never had before,” Maroni said. “I had a new appreciation for the opportunity to play poker, and I did not want to waste it. Five months after that 180-man grind began, with the loan paid back, I began my first of three Supernova Elite years.”

Practice retirement

One can only grind the 180s so long. Maroni burned out in 2014, moved to Florida, and didn’t play a hand of poker for four months.

“Essentially this was a practice retirement,” Maroni said, “and it was awesome!”

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While he didn’t officially come out of retirement, he thought it might not be too bad to find a nice place with some nice weather where he could occasionally play online. Turns out, that place exists in Playa del Carmen, the home away from home for many of America’s exiled online players. The plan was to just keep doing what he did before, but then he ended up at dinner with friend Aaron “abarone68” Barone, and the subject of Spin & Go tourneys came up.

“Aaron told me that he’d been giving them a try lately and that they seemed like a great option,” Maroni said.

So, Maroni went home and gave the tourneys a spin.

“I decided that day to give this new format a shot and soon felt another surge of motivation to study, put in hours at the tables, and endure swings,” he said. “I didn’t have to endure very long, because about five weeks in, I spun the $180,000 Spin & Go and won it!”

You read that right. Maroni, known as live@pompeii on PokerStars, who was just a few weeks into dabbling with Spin & Go tourneys, won $180,000.

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Now, that’s basically all he does on PokerStars. He grinds Spin & Gos.

“I love the freedom a quick format gives to my schedule,” he said.

Freedom’s riches

Maroni needs his freedom, because he is not your typical poker player. He’s awake at 5:30am every morning. Indeed, at a time many poker players are going to bed, Maroni is racing the sun.

“Getting out that early helps me avoid the worst of the heat here in Playa,” he said.

About 18 months ago, Maroni decided to start running. He needed to lose weight and found that putting foot to pavement was a good way. He dropped 50 pounds in short order.

“I am now as obsessed with running as I once was with poker. Poker taught me what it takes to be an expert at something. I’m beginning to take the same detail-oriented approach to running, and really enjoying the process,” he said.

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Obsessed with his new life, now 29, Maroni is now more focused on qualifying for the Boston Marathon and contining his efforts with another online group of friends. Team Shenanigans counts miles instead of big blinds, and it’s now a big of Maroni’s life.

No WCOOP plans…gone awry

When it came time to plan for WCOOP…Maroni didn’t. His focus was on the Disneyland Half Marathon which conflicted directly with the beginning of WCOOP. Maroni left Playa for the race with no regrets.

When he came back, he realized he still had some money left from a Supernova Elite credit that he hadn’t spent on SCOOP entries. He figured he might play some WCOOP events.

So, at one point, he decided to enter WCOOP Event #11. And, of course, he placed second, banking nearly $50,000.

With that money locked up, he wondered what would happen if he entered another event. He chose Event #20, and, again, of course, he made the final table. This time he placed fifth for another $30,000.

Retirement Redux

It’s time to quit again. Sort of.

See, Maroni stopped figuring this poker this as a career a long time ago. That he has won a quarter-million bucks in the meantime is irrelevant. He has other plans.

He’s going to soak up the sunshine in Mexico until spring of next year. Then he will pack up his running shoes and move back to the United States. He’s going to get his MBA.

“I can’t emphasize enough how much I appreciate the experiences I’ve had with this game,” Maroni said. “I’ve met so many great people and learned so much, but I just feel ready to move on to something new. Probably.”

You’ll note he qualifies it with the “probably.”

That’s because WCOOP isn’t over, and now that he has a lot more discretionary cash, he’s strongly considering playing the WCOOP Main Event.

“Seems like a good time for one last big shot!” he said.

If you have any doubts about whether it will be his “last big shot,” you aren’t alone. The way Maroni runs–no pun intended–that last big shot could end up changing his plans again…this time to the tune of more than a million bucks.


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WCOOP 2015: Third bracelet for Deeb while Ultra High Rollers reach final

WCOOP 2015: Third bracelet for Deeb while Ultra High Rollers reach final

We’re into Day 16 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the latest update with 44 of 70 events now completed.

Today’s highlights:

Shaun Deeb wins a third WCOOP title in Event #44, his eighth COOP title in all.
–There were eight bracelets won over the weekend, including wins for Matthew “mjw006” Wakeman and Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen.
–The $51,000 Ultra High Roller is down to eight players, led by Mike “Timex” McDonald, with the final table beginning later today.

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Round up of latest results

The big headline of the weekend was Shaun Deeb’s third WCOOP win. As Kristin Bihr reported, the past five years have been busy for Deeb. He got married, became a father, and won various poker titles live and online, including a WSOP bracelet. So in short this is a continuation of that theme. It’s the eighth COOP win for Deeb, which is now two more than anybody else. Read the full report on the PokerStars Blog.

In other news, the final eight players in the $51K Ultra High Roller (the biggest buy in for an online poker tournament ever) return later today to play down to a winner. They’ll be led by Mike “Timex” McDonald, who appears to be doing to online high roller events what he typically does to live ones. With blinds on their return set at 1k/2k 250 ante, the full line up is below:

Tîmex (Canada) 237,712
Cejakas14 (United Kingdom) 214,540
dpeters17 (Canada) 195,294
Ben86 (Canada) 193,912
CrownUpGuy (Austria) 145,222
fish2013 (Belarus) 69,783
Nopaleva (Russia) 53,427
cuffme (United Kingdom) 40,110

Elsewhere Jason Somerville did it again, and by that we mean reach a final table. This time it was in Event #43, a H.O.R.S.E. contest won by hangoverdose. Read Heath Chick’s report here.

Here are all the weekend’s scores in full:

Event #36: $215 NL Hold’em (1R1A)
Entrants: 1,040 (592 Rebuys, 648 Add-ons)
Prize pool: $456,000
Places paid: 135

1. Matthew “mjw006” Wakeman (Australia) $82,080.00
2. Edison82 (Brazil) $58,504.00
3. ramastar88 (Argentina) $43,776.00
4. Barrrii (Belgium) $32,832.00
5. TheiF83 (Cyprus) $22,800.00
6. FabOne1986 (Germany) $18,240.00
7. Brixinka (Czech Republic) $13,680.00
8. alwayswin222 (Germany) $9,120.00
9. gambler6868 (Cyprus) $5,472.00

Event #38: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Progressive Super-Knockout, Thursday Thrill SE)
Entrants: 1,748
Prize Pool: $1,748,00 (Regular prize pool: $874,000; Bounty prize pool: $874,000)
Places Paid: 198

1. antispeed (Lebanon) $146,395.00 + $29,375.45 bounties
2. salaliitto (Finland) $107,065.00 + $51,403.26 bounties
3. doofus86 (Malta) $80,845.00 + $3,000 bounties
4. Respect_Lt (Lithuania) $59,432.00 + $11,812.49 bounties
5. calo88 (Argentina) $42,826.00 + $18,697.24 bounties
6. Danny “DannyN13” Noseworthy (Canada) $34,086.00 + $6,347.65 bounties
7. kleath (Malta) $25,346.00 + $10,355.46 bounties
8. markovitsus (Estonia) $16,606.00 + $20,691.39 bounties
9. shibonimo (Canada) $9,002.20 + $8,597.64 bounties

Event #39: $700 Triple Draw 2-7 Championship
Entrants: 189
Prize Pool: $125,685
Places Paid: 24

1. gieras (Poland) $30,164.51
2. Amke (Russia) $20,800.86
3. Naza114 (Czech Republic) $15,710.62
4. Durmitor26 (Montenegro) $10,683.22
5. Fresh_oO_D (Germany) $8,169.52
6. Adam “Adamyid” Owen (United Kingdom) $5,655.82

Event #40: $530 NL Hold Em’ (6-Max, Shootout)
Entrants: 720
Prize pool: $360,000.00
Places paid: 36

1. Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen (Mexico) $69,825.33*
2. Luigi da BP (Hungary) $64,634.67*
3. juarnes (Belgium) $41,400.00
4. Michel “FreeLancerZZ” Dattani (Czech Republic) $28,800.00
5. Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (Hungary) $21,600.00
6. KornmeisterX (Germany) $14,400.00

Event #41: $320 NLHE Ante up
Entrants: 572
Prize pool: $171,600
Places paid: 72

1. 89rhino89 (Russia) $22,038.82*
2. RocknRollax (United Kingdom) $24,002.10*
3. Bobl124 (Estonia) $19,592.68*
4. edgarbrit1 (Vietnam) $16,442.81*
5. vovtroy (Russia) $14,105.39*
6. Mikal “mikal12345” Blomlie (Norway) $7,293.00
7. GX91 (Malta) $5,577.00
8. ramminn (Iceland) $3,861.00
9. jedi9000 (Canada) $2,625.48
*= reflects the results of a five-handed deal that left $3,000 in play for the winner

Event #42: $215 NL Hold ‘Em (Rebuys)
Entrants: 1,078
Prize pool: $583,000.00 (956 rebuys, 881 add-ons)
Places paid: 135

1. bolivianSWAG (Malta) $104,940.00
2. PaDiLhA SP (Brazil) $74,798.90
3. dadowiec (Poland) $55,968.00
4. Carter “cswidler” Swidler (Canada) $41,976.00
5. villepn (Finland) $29,150.00
6. gaboi20012 (United Kingdom) $23,320.00
7. KKremate (Brazil) $17,490.00
8. Raistj (Israel) $11,660.00
9. skyboy69 (Malta) $6,996.00

Event #43: $320 HORSE
Entrants: 450
Prize Pool: $135,000
Places Paid: 64

1. hangoverdose (Greece) $25,650.00
2. Creatiff111 (Russia) $18,900.00
3. Fresh_oO_D (Germany) $13,851.00
4. Some1Nebo (Australia) $10,125.00
5. BtrGetThere (Finland) $6,750.00
6. Pthelegend (Canada) $4,725.00
7. Jason “jcarverpoker” Somerville (Canada) $3,375.00
8. gkap13 (Cyprus) $2,700.00

Event #44: $215 NLHE 4-Max
Entrants: 1,593
Prize pool: $400,000
Places paid: 208

1. Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb (Mexico) $68,000.00
2. jackadam (Hungary) $41,328.00
3. Dejan “dejanaceking” Divkovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) $23,960.00
4. master beto (Costa Rica) $14,580.00
5. Sherfy (Mexico) $9,336.00

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today

Three more events are scheduled today, with two set to finish later.

Today
Event 49: $500 NL Hold’em (Optional re-entry) 11.00 ET
Event 50: $161.75 NL Hold’em (Knockout) 14.00 ET
Event 51: $1,000 PL Omaha Hi/Lo Championship (6-max) 17.00 ET

Still to conclude
Event 45: NL Hold’em (6-max, ultra-deep) 14 of 912 remain
Event 46: NL Hold’em (Sunday Warm-Up SE) 91 of 6,282 remain
Event 47: NL Hold’em (Ultra High Roller, Optional re-entry) 8 of 46 remain
Note: Mike “Timex” McDonald leads going into the final table, which starts at 12.30 ET

Leader board

Fresh_oO_D now tops the leader board having scored his 13th and 14th cashes over the weekend, both of them final tables. That puts him on 365 points, which is 30 ahead of second placed Shaun Deeb who won his third WCOOP title yesterday. Former leader RuiNF is in third place with 305 points.

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The world beyond WCOOP

There was plenty of action WCOOP or otherwise taking place over the weekend, with the top ten none-WCOOP event winners below.

$530 Sunday 500: Carsandi (United Kingdom) $83,520.00
$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max]: jackziyang (United Kingdom) $56,179.12
$109+R Sunday Rebuy: VL-Hannibal (United Kingdom) $54,751.13
$215 Sunday 2nd Chance: +Liquidez.es (United Kingdom) $48,756.00
The Weekender: $530 NLHE [8-Max, 2-Day]: Anjeyyy (Ukraine) $43,985.20
WCOOP 2nd Chance 46: $109 NL Hold’em: Bebop86 (Canada) $36,624.51
WCOOP 2nd Chance 45: $530 NL Hold’em [6-Max, Ultra-Deep]: CSWAMI (Canada) $33,658.67
$320 Saturday Super-Knockout: 10Badboy10 (Russia) $31,692.53
$109 Sunday Kickoff: diw.2303 (Romania) $30,637.14
WCOOP 2nd Chance 42: $109+R NL Hold’em: ShippityShip (Australia) $30,192.80

Click here to find all the tournament results on PokerStars for the weekend September 19-20, 2015.

On to Day 17

It may be the last week of WCOOP 2015 but there are going to be plenty of highlights, starting with the final table of the $51k Ultra High Roller.

Find out everything there is to know about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage, and good luck to everyone playing this weekend, whether in WCOOP or other events.

In the meantime send us your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.


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Mike “Timex” McDonald leads final 8 in WCOOP $51K

Mike “Timex” McDonald leads final 8 in WCOOP $51K

The buy-in was bigger than any tournament in online poker history. It cost players $51,000 apiece to get into the World Championship of Online of Poker Super High Roller, and when registration closed, 46 people from around the world had signed up.

Tonight, eight of those players remain. When they return on Monday, two of them will walk away with nothing. The top six are guaranteed $126,500. The winner will pull in $851,000.

As the tournament breaks for the night, Mike “Timex” McDonald sits at the top.

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While one of his biggest pots of the day (an all-in pre-flop [as][5s] vs [ad][kc] confrontation) came against Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, the beat did not knock Holz out. The onetime WCOOP Main Event champion still has a chance at the bracelet, too.

For now, though, McDonald sits on 118 big blinds.

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McDonald said to be working on a “Five on the River” memoir

When players return to action they will be at 1,000/2,000/250 blinds and antes.

Here’s how they stack up.

Tîmex (Canada) 237,712
Cejakas14 (United Kingdom) 214,540
dpeters17 (Canada) 195,294
Ben86 (Canada) 193,912
CrownUpGuy (Austria) 145,222
fish2013 (Belarus) 69,783
Nopaleva (Russia) 53,427
cuffme (United Kingdom) 40,110

The final eight are due back at 12:30pm ET on Monday. We’ll have full coverage of the final table right here on the PokerStars Blog.


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WCOOP 2015: 89rhino89 assaults Ante Up field in Event #41 ($320 NLHE Ante Up)

WCOOP 2015: 89rhino89 assaults Ante Up field in Event #41 ($320 NLHE Ante Up)

RocknRollax had the world on a string. He carried his overnight chip lead onto the final table, then took out perhaps the tournament’s biggest remaining threat, three-time WCOOP champ Mikal “mikal12345” Blomlie in sixth place. Still holding a significant chip lead, he made a five-handed deal, ensuring he would leave the tournament’s biggest winner. However, when keeping that lead mattered most, RocknRollax lost focus, opening the door for the scrappy 89rhino89. Ninth of ten in the chip counts to start Day 2, 89rhino89 doubled up early at the final table and busted GX91 in seventh place to put him in contention. When the grind of short-handed play tired his opponents, 89rhino89 found another gear and surged ahead. Heads-up, 89rhino89 came back from a 2 to 1 chip defecit and claimed his first WCOOP bracelet, although RocknRollax came away with the most cash thanks to the deal.

Event #41’s NLHE Ante Up format enticed 572 players, their $320 buy-ins combining to create a $171,600 prize pool. 72 places were paid with $32,432.40 set aside for first place.

To give you an idea of the vast amount of play provided in this event, all told, it took more than 10 1/2 hours to reach a final table and another four hours for the final table to play down to a winner, despite reaching a deal five-handed. In the Ante Up format, there is considerably more short-handed play involved when the field reduces from three tables to one. When playing five or six-handed instead of nine-handed, there are fewer antes in the pot to start the action, rather than small and big blinds that constantly whip around the table, gobbling up chips.

Day 1 went on for 27 levels and play was suspended for the evening on the final table bubble, with ten players left. Here’s a look at the overnight chip counts:

RocknRollax (United Kingdom) 636,593
mikal12345 (Norway) 554,036
GX91 (Malta) 305,330
vovtroy (Russia) 299,443
edgarbrit1 (Vietnam) 237,459
Bobl124 (Estonia) 231,463
jedi9000 (Canada) 190,594
ramminn (Iceland) 168,601
89rhino89 (Russia) 132,931
dougiedan678 (United Kingdom) 103,550

If several of those names look familiar, you’re not alone. Mikal “mikal12345” Blomlie is a three-time WCOOP bracelet winner and earned Player of the Series honors in 2012. Davide “GX91” Marchi was runner-up the Sunday Million earlier this year, banking a cool $135k. 89rhino89 took down the Super Tuesday this March, and vovtroy has made quite a splash in this year’s WCOOP, cashing nine times and making three final tables thus far. Going into this event, vovtroy was tied for 11th place in the 2015 WCOOP Player of the Series race.

Action resumed Saturday at 5pm EDT and it only took twenty minutes to set the final table. Short stack dougiedan678 moved all-in for 128,902 and the action folded around to the big blind where GX91 called. Dougiedan678’s [Qd][Jd] was dominated by GX91’s [As][Qc] and did not improve on the [5h][3d][2h][Th][3h] board. GX91 raked in the pot and dougiedan678 went out on the final table bubble.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: RocknRollax (531,141 in chips)
Seat 2: ramminn (186,739 in chips)
Seat 3: edgarbrit1 (176,996 in chips)
Seat 4: 89rhino89 (242,677 in chips)
Seat 5: jedi9000 (254,549 in chips)
Seat 6: mikal12345 (463,341 in chips)
Seat 7: Bobl124 (254,737 in chips)
Seat 8: GX91 (516,410 in chips)
Seat 9: vovtroy (233,410 in chips)

89rhino89 ended Day 1 as the second-shortest stack, but got a huge boost when his [Qc][Qh] flopped top set against mikal12345’s [As][Ks]. 89rhino89 doubled to 482,000 while mikal12345 slipped to 221,000. However, mikal12345 rebounded when he three-bet shoved preflop behind jedi9000’s 117,284 all-in. This time, mikal12345’s [Ac][Kd] rivered a pair of kings vs. jedi9000’s pocket sevens, and he departed the final table in ninth place.

Two hands later, ramminn moved in for 34,315, 89rhino89 called and GX91 put the squeeze on, making it 75,120 to go. 89rhino89 got out of the way and GX91 turned up [Ac][Ks]. Ramminn’s [As][6d] was dominated and he exited in eighth place after getting no help on the board.

The final seven traded pots for more than an hour before another player was eliminated. 89rhino89 picked up [Ad][Js] and opened for 23,555 when GX91 shoved for 187,000 from the big blind. 89rhino89 called and was dismayed to see GX91’s [Ah][Qc]. However, 89rhino89 caught running diamonds on the [6c][7d][8d][5d][4d] board to make an ace-high flush, ending GX91’s run in seventh place. Then, on the very next deal, mikal12345 four-bet shoved preflop with [Ad][Qs] and three-bettor RocknRollax called with [4d][4c]. RocknRollax’s small pair held up on the [9c][6h][3h][2c][2h] board and mikal12345 was suddenly on the rail in sixth place.

With that pot, RocknRollax moved up to 1.22 million and a few hands later, the final five agreed to pause the action and discuss a potential deal. Here’s how they stacked up at the time:

RocknRollax – 1,239,647
Bobl124 – 571,179
89rhino89 – 519,308
edgarbrit1 – 326,290
vovtroy – 203,576

Team Online’s George “Jorj95” Lind III was on hand to assist the players and per their request, he provided ICM numbers. This seemingly fatigued group quickly agreed to the shares and with an additional $3,000 still at stake for the winner, cards went back in the air.

Only a few hands in, four players limped in to see a [Qc][2d][8d] flop. Edgarbrit1 checked, 89rhino89 bet 14,440 and vovtroy raised to 45,035. Edgarbrit1 got out of the way and 89rhino89 reraised to 94,035. Vovtroy moved in for 190,000 and 89rhino89 called with [Qd][8c] for top two pair. Vovtroy’s [Ah][Qs] was roundly outflopped and the [8s] turn gave 89rhino89 a full house. For fifth place, vovtroy earned $14,105.39 along with another 55 WCOOP leaderboard points. He now sits in fourth place in the Player of the Series race with 250 points behind Aftret, Fresh_oO_D and RuiNF, who are all tied for the lead with 295 points apiece.

The antes were up to 8,000 when edgarbrit1 ran afoul of the poker gods. In a four-way pot limped to a [3s][3d][2d] flop, edgarbrit1 made trips with [3h][9d] and led out for 13,333. 89rhino89 folded and Bobl124 raised to 37,967, only to have RocknRollax come over the top for all 1.24 million of his chips. Edgarbrit1 called and RocknRollax crushed his dreams, rolling over [Jc][3c]. The turn was the [6h] and the [Jd] river made RocknRollax threes full, ending edgarbrit1’s run in fourth place.

When three-handed play commenced, RocknRollax was way out in front with 1.8 million, 89rhino89 held 658,000 and Bobl124 was the short stack with 393,000.

89rhino89 surged to 1.27 million in chips off a rush where he won six out of seven pots, but gave most of it back to Bobl124. The money went in on a [Jh][Td][6d][4d] board and 89rhino89 turned over [2d][9d] for a flush. However, the [7d] river made Bobl124 a higher flush with [Jd][Th].

Down to 478,000, 89rhino89 turned Broadway holding [Js][7s] on a [Ts][Qh][As][Kh] board vs. RocknRollax, who flopped bottom set with pocket tens. The rest of 89rhino89’s money went in on the turn and RocknRollax called, but he did not get the full house he needed when the river fell the [4c]. Then, on the next deal, Bobl124 three-bet shoved for 488,000 from the big blind and button raiser RocknRollax called. Bobl124’s [Ad][7h] did not improve vs. RocknRollax’s pocket nines and Bobl124 went out in third place.

Heads-up chip counts

Seat 1: RocknRollax (1,903,875 in chips)
Seat 4: 89rhino89 (956,125 in chips)

Antes were 12,500 when heads-up play began and RocknRollax passed the 2 million mark in short order. 89rhino89 was down to 553,000, but doubled up when his [Kd][Qd] turned a pair of queens and RocknRollax missed his flush draw with [Jd][3d]. 89rhino89 doubled to 1.1 million and three hands later, check-called RockRollax’s flop, turn, and river bets on a [8h][5d][4c][Jh][9h] board. 89rhino89 showed only a pair of fives, but they were good enough to catch RocknRollax’s bluff with [Qd][3c]. 89rhino89 moved up to 1.87 million, leaving RocknRollax on 984,000.

A few hands later, 89rhino89 opened for 15,555 on the button and RocknRollax three-bet to 57,380. 89rhino89 called and they saw a [Js][7s][4s] flop. RocknRollax led out for 72,380 and 89rhino89 called. The turn brought the [6c] and RocknRollax fired another 144,760. 89rhino89 called and the river fell the [Th]. RocknRolax bet 289,520, 89rhino89 moved all-in for 1.74 million, and RocknRollax called off his remaining 251,000.

RocknRollax showed [Qh][Tc] for a pair of tens, but 89rhino89 had flopped a flush with [Ks][8s] and locked up the WCOOP title.

Congratulations to 89rhino89 on a stunning come-from-behind win! In addition to his first WCOOP bracelet, 89rhino89 banked $22,038,82. After leading the pack since the end of Day 1, RocknRollax had to settle for second place, but thanks to the five-handed deal, he collected the largest share of the prize pool at $24,002.10.

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Event #41: $320 NLHE Ante up
Entrants:572
Prize pool: $171,600
Places paid: 72

1. 89rhino89 (Russia) $22,038.82*
2. RocknRollax (United Kingdom) $24,002.10*
3. Bobl124 (Estonia) $19,592.68*
4. edgarbrit1 (Vietnam) $16,442.81*
5. vovtroy (Russia) $14,105.39*
6. Mikal “mikal12345” Blomlie (Norway) $7,293.00
7. GX91 (Malta) $5,577.00
8. ramminn (Iceland) $3,861.00
9. jedi9000 (Canada) $2,625.48

*= reflects the results of a five-handed deal that left $3,000 in play for the winner

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WCOOP 2015: Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen claims bracelet in Event #40 (6-max, Shootout)

WCOOP 2015: Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen claims bracelet in Event #40 (6-max, Shootout)

“King of the Olds”.

Hard to believe this tournament series started in 2002 with a total of nine events and $730K in combined prizes. Now, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) boasts $45 million in guarantees (which are usually crushed as Event #40’s NLHE 6-Max Shootout was by $110K) and 70 different chances to claim a bracelet.

One name has popped in these tournaments for awhile in the final table reports as he has been playing since 2004 or 05′ from his memory. Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen would weave through four tables, and after chopping with Luigi da BP, took away his first WCOOP title and $69,825.33.

Down to the money bubble on day one, 35 players already locked up their seats to the penultimate table while watching m8675309a and AmarthZeïdes scramble for the last chair guaranteeing $3,978.00. Seven minutes before the seventh hour of play with the blinds up to 250/500 ante 60, m8675309a would bully shove 26,126 chips from the button as AmarthZeïdes made the call for 3,254 all-in holding [Qs][7c]. Well, m8675309a’s [Jh][9h] got something to hold on to after flopping a jack and rivering a flush [Jd] [Kd] [6h] [7h] [5h] to open up the prize pool to the remaining 36.

At the next table someone finally got m8675309a’s number as the Tommy Tutone fan would not make it to day two finishing in 19th place and receiving the same $3,978.00 as the other 30 players who fell short of making the second day.

Among those missing out: Manni1822 (tenth place) who final tabled Event #17 (also a six-max event) earning $61K in third place. SCOOP 2015 Event #29-H champ Emil “Maroonlime” Patel and Connor “blanconegro” Drinan who nearly binked the Super Tuesday.

Plenty of players looking for yet another major win at PokerStars including Patrick “pads1161” Leonard already claiming a bracelet this year taking down Event #17 while locking up $108K. Old school represented by Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen with final tables in all three COOP series. KornmeisterX already has a final table this year in Event #12 and Michel “FreeLancerZZ” Dattani owns a Super Tuesday title.

But the day for the bracelet would actually start before the first card was dealt as the player jockeyed to assure their overnight nap would be profitable. However, the figures put out by Rasmussen and Leonard did not catch enough interest as the chat box went cold while the action heated up.

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The first hour of play watched KornmeisterX get crippled early on as juarnes got max value on a flopped straight. KornmeisterX would step lightly, and found a couple of spots to double up but would only take 959 chips from a starting stack of 5,000 into the second hour with blinds at 40/80 ante 10.

After the break the lithe motions of KornmeisterX’s shortstack would quickly stumble. Five minutes into the second hour of play with the blinds moving up on the next hand, Michel “FreeLancerZZ” Dattani was not in a generous mood and open shoved from the small blind holding [6s][Kd]. KornmeisterX decided [Tc][Jd] was enough from the big blind to take a shot and was rewarded with trips on the [Th][4d][Td] flop. But, running diamonds on the [3d] turn and [9d] river shipped $14,400.00 to KornmeisterX in sixth place.

It would take awhile but the action hands waited until the later part of the hour.

First, with blinds up to 80/160 ante 20 Patrick “pads1161” Leonard’s chances at a second WCOOP bracelet year would need to hold off until the next tournament. Leonard open shoved 3,111 chips from the small blind as juarnes took a shot and called with [Qd][Kc] from the big blind. Right timing, right call, right result as the [5h] [4s] [Jc] [8c] [Ts] board sent Leonard to the rail receiving $21,600.00 in fifth place. With the fifth place finish, Leonard vaulted into ninth place in the WCOOP 2015 Player of the Series race

Three hands later and five minutes before the third hourly break, Michel “FreeLancerZZ” Dattani would open from the cutoff as Luigi da BP three-bet from the button. Dattani shoved for 5,668 with [Qc][As]. Regret may have settled in after Luigi da BP called and turned over big slick [Ah][Ks]. A king on the flop [6d] [Kh] [8d] [9d] [3c] ended this one by the turn as Dattani scooped up $28,800.00 in fourth place.

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Michel “FreeLancerZZ” Dattani

At the break Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen would hold a slight lead on Luigi da BP as juarnes held only a third of their stack. Despite the willingness to chop at the beginning, the chat box remained silent.

Seat 1: THAY3R (12826 in chips)
Seat 3: juarnes (4326 in chips)
Seat 6: Luigi da BP (12848 in chips)

Ten minutes into the third hour with the blind up to 80/160 ante 20, Luigi da BP would raise to 342 as juarnes made the call in the big blind to see a [Ts][Jd][7c] flop. Luigi followed through with a 362 chip bet as juarnes went for broke with a check-raise all-in for 2,717. Luigi had no problem calling with aces [Ad][Ac] as juarnes showed the slowed played kings [Kc][Kd]. The cooler played out in Luigi’s favor with a [Td] on the turn and [As] river as juarnes picked up $41,400.00 in third place.

The old school player had to be taught a new trick on how to find the deal button. Luckily Luigi was able to assist Rasmussen as the chat silence was broken. Team PokerStars Online Pro Grzegorz “DaWarshaw” Mikielewicz stepped in to help out our final two.

Luigi asked “icm or chipchop
Rasmussen replied “they’re the same
Luigi trying to keep light in a tense moment of being one player away from a WCOOP title, showed a bluff and said “I’m kidding!”.

Both of them also showed their age here as Luigi asked about Rasmussen’s first tourney. “2004 or 05” was the reply as Mikielewicz jumped in with 2004 as well, older than Luigi’s 2006.

After the comedy routine was done both players quickly agreed to the figures below (leaving $5K aside for the champion):

THAY3R (Mexico) $64,825.33
Luigi da BP (Hungary) $64,634.67

After the six minute mini-break for the chop talks, just three hands later THAY3R went to work claiming a huge 14.1K pot to take a lead which he would not let go.

Another ten minutes later with the blinds up to 100/200 ante 25 and Rasmussen now holding a 26.2K to 3.7K chip lead, he would min-raise from the button as Luigi da BP made the call. Luigi would try a small check-raise at the coordinated [Jc][9c][7h] flop, but Rasmussen made the call. [Th] turn and Luigi jumped all-in for 2,427 as Rasmussen called with the straight [Kd][8c]. Luigi showed a higher straight draw [Qc][5d], but the “King of the Olds” would take home the bracelet as the [Jd] river shipped $69,825.33 and the Event #40 title to Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen!

WCOOP-40 $530 NL Hold Em’ (6-Max, Shootout)
Entrants: 720
Prize pool: $360,000.00
Places paid: 36

1. Thayer “THAY3R” Rasmussen (Mexico) $69,825.33*
2. Luigi da BP (Hungary) $64,634.67*
3. juarnes (Belgium) $41,400.00
4. Michel “FreeLancerZZ” Dattani (Czech Republic) $28,800.00
5. Patrick “pads1161” Leonard (Hungary) $21,600.00
6. KornmeisterX (Germany) $14,400.00

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WCOOP 2015: Close calls for Team Pros as we head into the weekend

WCOOP 2015: Close calls for Team Pros as we head into the weekend

We’re into Day 13 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the latest update with 36 of 70 events now completed.

Today’s highlights:

ekziter wins Event #33 (FL Badugi Championship) collecting $18,000. Jason Mercier finishes fifth.
–French pro Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard win Event #34 to deny Mike “Goleafsgoeh” Leah a second WCOOP bracelet. Johnny Lodden finishes fifth.
–In Event #35 Viebu wins $83,000 in the PLO 6-max.
–The 8-Game, Event #37, is won by TheFish77, with Eugene Katchalov missing out in second place.

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Round up of latest results

This was another day in which the players finishing just behind the winners stood out as much as those collecting silverware.

In Event #33 ezkiter won his first bracelet, and a first for Belarus this year in the FL Badugi Championship. It proved to be well earned, with Adam “Adamyid” Owen finishing in second, as well as Jason Mercier in fifth and kroko-dill in seventh. Al Rash watched all of it, and you can read his report here.

In Event #34 Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard was adding a WCOOP title to his resume. The Frenchman, now playing out of Malta, has more than $1.5 million in live tournament earnings, and earned another $92,000 for this. As Martin Harris reported, it was nearly a story about Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah’s second bracelet in a week, but he was stopped in second place. Johnny Lodden finished fifth.

As Jack Stanton reported, Viebu from Israel took down Event #35, a PLO 6-max, for $83,000 ahead of Valdimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy, while The Fish77, won Event #37, an 8-Game contest. Eugene Katchalov closed out a day of near misses for Team PokerStars Pro, finishing runner up. Heath Chick has the story.

eugene_katchalov_wcoop_18sept15.jpgLaugh, otherwise you’ll cry: Eugene Katchalov finished second in Event #37

Here are the scores in full:

Event #33: $700 FL Badugi Championship
Entrants: 113
Prize pool: $75,145
Places paid: 16

1. ekziter (Belarus) $18,410.55
2. Adam “Adamyid” Owen (United Kingdom) $12,774.65
3. secky0222 (Japan) $9,768.85
4. ViTaMin_F22 (China) $6,763.05
5. Jason Mercier (Canada) $4,884.42
6. Jamie Keeler (United Kingdom) $3,757.25
7. Andrey “Kroko-dill” Zaichenko (Russia) $3,005.80
8. Gambler4444 (Austria) $2,254.35

Event #34: $320 NL Hold’em (6-Max, Optional Re-Entry)
Entries: 2,016 (1,481 entries, 535 re-entries)

Prize pool: $604,800

Places paid: 252

1. Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard (Malta) $95,256.00
2. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) $71,064.00
3. Gleb “psyhoagromor” Kovtunov (Ukraine)
4. Keep2p34Ch” (Morocco) $34,776.00
5. Team PokerStars Pro Johnny “johnnylodden” Lodden (Norway) $23,708.16
6. pellompogos (Cyprus) $13,547.52


Event #35: $320+R PL Omaha [6-Max]
Entries: 553 (649 rebuys and 433 add-ons)
Prize pool: $490,500
Places paid: 72

1. viebu (Israel) $83,040.17*
2. rmdr (Germany) $78,824.83*
3. Vladimir ‘vovtroy’ Troyanovskiy (Russia) $50,276.25
4. Shhh00kem (Canada) $34,335.00
5. Konstantinos “arxigos” Nanos (Austria) $24,525.00
6. Joel “Odonkor1” Nordkvist (Sweden) $15,696.00
* indicates prize money after a heads-up deal was made

Event #37: $320 8-Game
Entrants: 533
Prize Pool: $159,900
Places Paid: 72

1. TheFish77 (Norway) $30,381.00
2. Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine) $22,386.00
3. Leon_Javur (Estonia) $16,389.75
4. Jonas Palsgård “Palsgaard1” Christensen (Denmark) $11,193.00
5. isDatLekker? (Netherlands) $7,995.00
6. Raabinator93 (Germany) $5,116.80

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today

Three more events are scheduled today, with two set to finish later.

Today
Event 39: $665 Triple Draw 2-7 Championship 11.00 ET
Event 40: $500 NL Hold’em (6-max shootout) 14.00 ET
Event 41: $300 ET NL Hold’em (Ante Only) 17.00 ET

Still to conclude
Event 36: NL Hold’em (1R1A) 7 of 1,040 remaining
Event 38: NL Hold’em (Progressive Super KO) 55 of 1,748 remaining

Leader board

RuiNF remains at the top going as we pass the half way mark on 295 points, with Aftret in second with 240. The only major change a the top is the emergence of Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah in fourth place, following a runner up finish in Event #34 yesterday.

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Find all the leader board details right here

Quote of the day

“I was all over the place actually. I normally never drink alcohol while I play online, but I had to pour myself a glass of wine to calm my nerves. It went down rather quickly and I think I had finished almost three by the time the game was over.”

— Josefine “Trymean77” Forssberg, interviewed about her Event #23 WCOOP win on the PokerStars Blog. Read the full interview here

Dubious fact of the day

TheFish77 becomes the second player this year with “77” in their username to win a WCOOP title, after Trymena77 in Event #23.

On to the weekend

As Jamie Staples pointed out, there are only ten days of WCOOP left. But while that might be tragically true there’s still plenty of action left, especially this weekend, when WCOOP and the Sunday Majors combine for some big results.

You can find out everything there is to know about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage, and good luck to everyone playing this weekend, whether in WCOOP or other events.

In the meantime send us your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStars Blog. Good luck to everyone this weekend.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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Family, faith, and a third glass of wine: Trymean77’s keys to WCOOP success

Family, faith, and a third glass of wine: Trymean77’s keys to WCOOP success

Calmness in a clutch moments in poker is a trait to which not all of us can lay claim. While some, steadfast and almost without emotion, operate at optimal efficiency regardless of circumstance, others must rely on more traditional coping mechanisms, tested over centuries, and proven by the Dutch to enhance courage and confidence.

There may be players who occupy a middle ground – I hear deep breaths sometimes work – but others, like Josefine “Trymean77” Forssberg, 33, winner of WCOOP Event #23, choose tradition when facing the prospect of a first WCOOP final table.

“I was all over the place actually,” she said. “I normally never drink alcohol while I play online, but I had to pour myself a glass of wine to calm my nerves. It went down rather quickly and I think I had finished almost three by the time the game was over. >_

josefine_forssberg_18sept15.jpgJosefine Forssberg

There are two things you notice when talking to Forssberg. The first is that she speaks from the heart. The second is that she uses this symbol >_

It also downplays her obvious talent, now officially tested in the toughest of online theatres. Previous wins have included the Women’s Sunday, which prompted her once to say how she felt she could only win the little events. It would seem the reality is otherwise.

“It was really exciting and rather nerve wrecking to be honest,” she said. “I’m not used to going deep in big events, the money jumps are crazy and it’s a bit difficult to come up with the best strategy when you haven’t really been in that spot before. I’m pretty sure my tactic wasn’t optimal for ICM, I kinda just went for it.”

Forssberg hadn’t actually planned on playing that day. A cash finish in the Sunday Million the previous weekend earned her around $2,000, (“I withdrew most and lost the rest”). But she deposited again to play the hyper satellite for Event #23, and “binked it first try”.

And so she found herself going deep in her first big buy-in Omaha event.

“There weren’t many key moments as such as I chipped up pretty early and didn’t have to jeopardize my stack until just before the final table. One funny spot that was also rather important for my momentum was when a guy decided to stack off about 40 bb with top pair and a gut shot which made me a massive chip leader.

Another key pot fell for Forssberg before the final table, which led to a brave call from her opponent before she hit a straight.

“I had to jump up and down for like a minute before I could proceed playing.”

Jumping up a down aside (there may or may not be a correlation with glasses of wine consumed) Forssberg’s confidence held in tact through to the end.

“I’m really happy with how I played and I can’t complain about the way I was running. Even though I lost chunks a few times I never lost my confidence and I kept coming back and chipping up without having to risk too much and picking really good spots for it as well.”

A self-confessed procrastinator, who recently moved back to her native Sweden from London, she learned to play poker after watching TV, soon realising that to be good at it meant years of hard work.

But poker hasn’t really been a priority for Forssberg this year. You might say it was sadness rather than celebration that preoccupied the past year, following the death of her mother nine months ago. It’s something that has brought her a renewed closeness to her family, which can often be the perfect base on which to build an achievement like that of last week. No one would ever say poker was all that important in the general scheme of things, but few would challenge the importance of having a family to which you can turn, and with whom you can share moments like this.

Not that she was thinking clearly when the last card was dealt.

“I tried to focus, but had to scream like WHOOOAAAAAHHHHH to friends when I doubled up or got away with a massive bluff. >_

Unconventional (she then went for a swim in the sea), amiable, and a little inspiring, it’s a win that would make anyone feel a little better. And if not a glass of wine might help. >_


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: TheFish77 denies Katchalov in Event #37 ($320 8-Game)

WCOOP 2015: TheFish77 denies Katchalov in Event #37 ($320 8-Game)

It’s rather exciting when a Team PokerStars Pro makes a deep run at a major title such as those on offer at the World Championship of Online Poker. There are many reasons why a player is chosen to adorn the red spade of PokerStars, but above all, it’s about a player’s skill, and success, on the poker felt.

We’ve seen some great runs by Team PokerStars Pros already this series and we came awfully close to adding another WCOOP title for the team today as Ukrainian Eugene Katchalov navigated his way through the field in WCOOP Event #37 to reach heads-up play. Katchalov found himself matched against a player called TheFish77, but this Norwegian was no fish as he was able to overcome the pro to claim an impressive victory.

It was Event #37 of the World Championship of Online Poker — a $320 8-Game event which attracted a strong field of 533 entrants. They created a prize pool of $159,900 to easily surpass the advertised guarantee.

George Danzer, Adrienne Rowsome, Bertrand Grospellier, Jason Somerville, Jason Mercier and 2003 World Champion Chris Moneymaker were all in the field representing Team PokerStars but they would fall short of the money for the top 72 players.

When Russia’s Iwantbearich was bounced out on the bubble, the remaining players had secured a minimum $511.68.

There were a couple of red spades making a deep run in this one. Japanese star Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara reached 15th place for a $1,487.07 however it was Eugene Katchalov who was making big waves as the chip leader entering the final two tables.

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Katchalov was able to maintain his stack on one table while TheFish77 was running rampant on the other. TheFish77 was catching cards and betting with aggression as his table quickly became short-handed.

birddy420, who claimed to be playing his first ever 8-game tournament, was the one to bubble the final table. The luck didn’t go his way late and when birddy420 committed in a hand of Omaha Hi-Lo, he was narrowly pipped for the high and low by TheFish77 as our final table was set:

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Final Table Line up
Seat 1: isDatLekker? (110,560 in chips)
Seat 2: Eugene Katchalov (288,659 in chips)
Seat 3: Raabinator93 (227,834 in chips)
Seat 4: Leon_Javur (715,862 in chips)
Seat 5: TheFish77 (1,101,214 in chips)
Seat 6: Jonas Palsgård “Palsgaard1” Christensen (220,871 in chips)

Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov was in the middle of the pack, but caught an early double up with a pretty 7-4-3-2-A in Razz against TheFish77.

However Raabinator93 wasn’t quite so fortunate to become the first eliminated from our final table. The game had switched to Seven-Card Stud, and after a series of raises, all the chips were in on third street. Raabinator93 started with a pair but could improve no further on a board of [7s][Qc][7h][6c][4s][As][3h] as TheFish77 had that well covered with [Td][Qs][Qd][Tc][Jd][7c][Ac] for queens and tens. That left Raabinator93 to pick up $5,116.80 for sixth place.

The chips were heavily on one side of the table with TheFish77 and Leon_Javur well out in front while the other three tried to survive.

isDatLekker? found quads at the right time but had to split the pot in Stud Hi-Lo, however the double up came in No Limit Holdem when isDatLekker?’s ace-queen held against Leon_Javur’s dominated ace-five.

It was the No Limit Holdem round where Eugene Katchalov also made a move with pocket aces landing a big double up through the open-ended straight draw of TheFish77.

It would take until the Pot Limit Omaha round for the next casualty with isDatLekker? the one to go. With the chips all-in preflop, isDatLekker? went with [6s][Qd][As][Qc] but ran into Palsgaard1’s [7h][Kd][Kh][8d]. The board ran out [2c][Js][Th][5d][9s] to give Palsgaard1 the bottom end of a straight to take it down and eliminate isDatLekker? in fifth place for $7,995 in prize money.

TheFish77 continued to surge at the top of the counts, winning more than a fair share of pots to accumulate more than two-thirds of the chips in play with four players remaining.

Leon_Javur took a couple of hits during Triple Draw before Katchalov started to make a few moves with well-timed aggression in the Limit Holdem round. When Katchalov got three streets of value with ace-ten on a ten-high board against TheFish77, it was Katchalov who was into the chip lead.

The blinds got hold of Jonas Palsgård “Palsgaard1” Christensen who was all in preflop during Limit Holdem. Both TheFish77 and Katchalov made the call and fired a bet into the side pot on the flop before Katchalov gave it up on the turn. The board read [Ah][6d][Ac][7s] and Palsgaard1 was hopeful that [9c][7c] was good, but TheFish77 was all over that board with [ad][7d] for a full house! The river was the [th] leaving Palsgaard1 to pick up $11,193 for fourth place.

Two hands later and three became two as Leon_Javur was sent to the rail. Again it was Limit Holdem that did the damage, with Leon_Javur four-betting all in preflop against TheFish77. It was [8d][9h] for Leon_Javur against the [ad][td] of TheFish77. The flop landed [3s][3c][8h] and Leon_Javur had snuck ahead but that all changed again on the [Th] turn as TheFish77 paired the ten. The river bricked the [5c] to send Leon_Javur home in third place for $16,389.75 in prize money.

Heads-up chip counts
Seat 2: E. Katchalov (1,247,248 in chips)
Seat 5: TheFish77 (1,417,752 in chips)

Things were pretty even when heads-up play commenced with TheFish77 holding a narrow lead over the Team PokerStars Pro.

With the blinds so large in the limit games, it didn’t take long for the chips to pass back and forth. Katchalov grabbed the early advantage but TheFish77 fought back with six pots in a row to take a two-to-one lead.

Big pots were exchanged during Omaha Hi-Lo before a crucial hand went the way of TheFish77 during Razz. There were bets on every street with TheFish77 showing up with a pretty 6-5-4-3-2 to scoop a pot worth 800k.

TheFish77 continued to grind down Katchalov who just couldn’t get anything going before the final hand unfolded during Seven-Card Stud.

The chips were all in on third street with the boards running out as follows:

TheFish77: [Ks][8s][3c][7c][Qd][6c][3d]
Katchalov: [2h][7d][2s][5c][Qc][Jd][8c]

Katchalov started with a lowly pair of ducks which had the lead all the way until the river where TheFish77 paired the three to nudge ahead and claim the title!

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Congratulations to Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov on a tremendous run. He fell just short of the WCOOP title but did pick up $22,386 in prize money for his runner-up result.

However on this occasion it would be Norwegian TheFish77 who topped the pro to collect the title and $30,381 in prize money. Congratulations!

WCOOP-37: $320 8-Game – $100K Guaranteed
Entrants: 533
Prize Pool: $159,900
Places Paid: 72

1. TheFish77 (Norway) $30,381.00
2. Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine) $22,386.00
3. Leon_Javur (Estonia) $16,389.75
4. Jonas Palsgård “Palsgaard1” Christensen (Denmark) $11,193.00
5. isDatLekker? (Netherlands) $7,995.00
6. Raabinator93 (Germany) $5,116.80

The 2015 World Championship of Online Poker is only just past the half-way mark with over 70 events throughout the series. Check out the WCOOP home page for the full schedule of events.

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Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: Veni, vidi, viebu! Vladimir ‘vovtroy’ Troyanovskiy vanquished, viebu victorious

WCOOP 2015: Veni, vidi, viebu! Vladimir ‘vovtroy’ Troyanovskiy vanquished, viebu victorious

There were four differents attempts at making a deal in this event. Four. I’ll tell ya, they’re a stubborn bunch, these PLO geniuses. But we’ll get into the deal-making squabbles a bit later.

Tonight was the second and final day of event 35 of the 2015 WCOOP, a $320+R PL Omaha [6-Max] tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of a quarter of a million. When there’s rebuys involved, that amount was always likely to grow, and grow it did to $490,500 after 553 entries, 649 rebuys and 433 add-ons.

The most familiar face was that of Russian high roller Vladimir ‘vovtroy’ Troyanovskiy, a man who – if his performance at EPT Deauville in February was anything to go by – needs little sleep to crush at the poker tables. Any guesses at what he got up to last night would be pure speculation.

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He don’t need no sleep… – Vladimir ‘vovtroy’ Troyanovskiy

But the player who came out on top tonight was Israel’s viebu, who took home a monster pay day of $83,040.17. Back in 2009 he won $38,991.05 plus an Audi TT RS in a $1 Million Turbo Takedown tournament, but we’re sure his first ever WCOOP title is even sweeter than that sweet ride.

Day two kicked off with just seven players remaining, each guaranteed a $10,300.50 pay day. It meant we needed just one bust out to get our final table of six, and within 15 minutes of play resuming the spotlights were on. The first player leaving the tournament was the shortest stack coming into the day, Supernova player ComptonMasta from Canada, who exited in 7th.

Under the spotlights

Here’s a look at the chip counts at the beginning of this final table:

1. rmdr (Germany) 1,706,855
2. viebu (Israel) 1,212,106
3. Vladimir ‘vovtroy’ Troyanovskiy (Russia) 1,082,641
4. Shhh00kem (Canada) 1,038,180
5. Konstantinos “arxigos” Nanos (Austria) 441,843
6. Joel “Odonkor1” Nordkvist (Sweden) 289,375

Konstantinos “arxigos” Nanos has a TCOOP PLO victory for $55K, Sunday Warm-Up win for $112K, and several SCOOP and WCOOP final tables, so a win here would have given him his second COOP title. Meanwhile, Shhh00kem is a very accomplished player, having taken down the Super Tuesday and scoring a massive $430,650 with a runner-up finish in the 2012 $10,300 NLHE High Roller.

We also had chipleader rdmr from Germany, a former SCOOP final tablist, as well as Joel “Odonkor1” Nordkvist, an extremely talented high stakes cash game player.

rdmr wasted no time in proposing a deal, something he would continue to deal throughout, despite being the chip leader for much of it. “You guys want to take an early look on numbers? Fine playing it all the way out but just throwing it out there,” he said, but got no response.

Entering the final table with just under ten big blinds was always going to making things challenging for Sweden’s Odonkor1, but unfortunately anything resembling a comeback wasn’t to be in this event. With the blinds at 12,500/25,000, viebu min-opened to 50,000 and arxigos called from the small blind. Having seen his stack drop to just 138,175, Odonkor1 raised all-in and viebu called the 88,175 more. Now arxigos decided to put all his remaining chips at risk too, and also moved all-in for 532,686 total. Veibu called the 384,511 more and the cards were flipped.

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arxigos: [Ac][Ad][7h][Kc]
viebu: [4h][7d][Qd][Kh]
Odonkor1: [Qs][9s][2d][Qh]

The flop fell [ks][2h][5c], meaning the aces of arxigos were in front. The [4s] on the turn gave Odonkor1 a flush draw and saw viebu take the lead with two pair, kinds and fours, but the [5d] on the river paired the board, meaning the aces were back in use. With a higher two pair, aces and fives, arxigos scooped both pots and Joel “Odonkor1” Nordkvist was sent to the rail with 6th place money worth $15,696.

More talk of deals, more players bust

At this point the five remaining players were considering a deal and opted to see the chop numbers. Rdmr, who posed the question of seeing the numbers at the very beginning of this final table, was chipleader at the time and again suggested that the table take a peek. After tournament host and Team PokerStars Online’s Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew presented the numbers, rdmr then requested more than the ICM figures presented – something which other members of the table didn’t take too kindly to, notably Vladimir ‘vovtroy’ Troyanovskiy. The players didn’t reach an agreement, and Vlad and rdmr would develop something of a trolling rivalry moving forward.

Shortly after the first of three potential deals fell through, we lost another player. It was a roller coaster orbit or two for arxigos, who had gone from having roughly a million in chips after the big hand which eliminated Odonkor1, to a stack of just 135,605. With 45,000 in the middle as the cards were dealt, arxigos put out a committing bet of 105,000 which chipleader rdmr called. Now viebu bumped the price of poker up to 450,000, leading to arxigos calling off his remaining 30,605 and rmdr getting out of the way.

viebu: [6h][Td][Ad][Ah]
arxigos: [Jh][Qh][9d][Th]

The flop was the [3c][8h][6d], giving arxigos a gutshot, but veibu’s aces were still in the lead. The turn was the [6s], which discounted the aces giving viebu a set of sixes, and the [4c] on the river changed nothing. Konstantinos “arxigos” Nanos collected $24,525 for 5th.

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Konstantinos “arxigos” Nanos

Now down to four, the players decided to consider a chop once again. Vovtroy had won a few pots off of rdmr by this point, giving him the chiplead.

“Oh you’re that rich Russian whale. don’t worry, we’ll deal when he busts,” said rdmr of vovtroy, perhaps with a tongue firmly in his cheek, as one quick Google of Vlad shows he could very well be rich, but he’s far from a cash machine.

The next player to exit was Shhh00kem of Canada. With just under 18 big blinds he held the shallowest stack of the final four, so would need to make something happen to get back in this thing. After rdmr made it 75,000 to go, Shhh00kem raised to 240,000 – a large percentage of his chips. Rdmr wasted no time in setting his opponent all-in, which was called.

Shhh00kem: [As][Jd][Ks][3d]
rdmr: [Qs][Ah][Ad][6d]

To the flop we went, and it arrived with the [7c][6c][4h] – nothing for Shhh00kem. The [7s] on the turn changed nothing, and although the [js] on the river gave him two pair, it wasn’t enough to beat rdmr’s aces and sevens. For 4th place Shhh00kem won $34,335.

Once again the tournament was paused to discuss a deal, and once again there was no agreement.

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As rdmr’s stack grew, vovtroy’s shrank. With the stacks at 3M for rdmr, 1.7M for viebu and 947,466 for vovtroy, the Russian found a much needed double up through the chip leader. The blinds had gone up to 20,000/40,000 and vovtroy opened for 84,000 only to see rdmr raise to 292,000, which was called.

We went to a flop of [7s][Ts][Jd] and after rdmr bet 624,000 – just about all of his opponents stack – vovtroy put his remaining chips in and was called.

rdmr: [8s][Qs][2h][Ah]
vovtroy: [Qh][3h][7d][Ks]

Both players had draws a plenty, and the turn was always going to be an action card. It was the [8c], giving rdmr a pair, but the [9h] gave both players a straight. As vovtroy’s was higher, he took down the pot and shot up to 1,934,932.

Not long after vovtroy became chipleader again, taking the role of consistent aggresor, but soon lost a big to his rival rdmr. Vlad dropped to around 1,000,000 while the other had about 2,300,000 each. Just a few hands later with the blinds at 25,000/50,000 it was viebu’s turn to take a commanding lead, with roughly 2,800,000 to vovtroy’s 1,400,000 and rdmr’s 1,500,000.

The fall of vovtroy

We would lose Vladimir ‘vovtroy’ Troyanovskiy in third. The blinds were now 30,000/60,000 and vovtroy opened to 120,000, finding a caller in his nemesis rdmr. The flop of [8s][4c][3s] saw rdmr fire out 144,000, which was called, resulting in the [kc] on the turn. Leading out again was rdmr with a bet of 588,000, and now vovtroy moved all-in for 767,652 which was called.

rdmr: [6s][7h][5s][7c]
vovtroy: [Jd][9c][Jc][3h]

Troyanovskiy was ahead but rdmr had a huge drawing hand. The [kc] on the turn only improved vovtroy’s hand, adding a club flush draw, but the [4s] on the river completed rdmr’s spade flush draw and sent the Russian to the rail with third place money of $50,276.25.

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It would take just one hand of heads-up play before another deal was discussed. “Fine to just play for bracelet and 5k, so up to u,” said rdmr, to which viebu responded “50 50 buddy, that’s my minimum”.

But after the numbers were presented – $78,824.83 for rdmr, $78,040.17 for viebu with $5,000 left to play for – both players agreed and after four attempts, a deal was made. With a ton of money each locked up, the players wished each other luck and we got right back to the action.

The final stretch

It was a topsy turvy head-up war which at times saw both players have a demanding lead over the other. Ultimately though it was Israel’s viebu who would come out victorious.

At the beginning of the final hand, rdmr had just 671,228 to viebu’s 5,099,772. It was a timid start to the hand, with viebu simply completing the 80,000 big blind and rdmr checking his option. The flop came the [2s][Th][6h] and rdmr bet 99,200, only to see viebu raise 358,400 to 457,600. Now rdmr moved all-in for 591,228 and viebu called the remaining 133,628.

rdmr: [Td][Jc][5s][3s]
viebu: [7s][6s][8s][2c]

viebu’s twos and sixes were ahead of rdmr’s tens, but there was still hope. The [ad] on the turn didn’t provide much help though, and the [8d] on the river only improved viebu’s hand to eights and sixes.

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A big congratulations to our winner, viebu, who took down $83,040.17 for his first WCOOP championship, and also to rdmr, who wins a mighty fine $78,824.83 for finishing second.

WCOOP-35: $320+R PL Omaha [6-Max]

Entries: 553 (649 rebuys and 433 add-ons)
Prize pool: $490,500
Places paid: 72

1. viebu (Israel) $83,040.17*
2. rmdr (Germany) $78,824.83*
3. Vladimir ‘vovtroy’ Troyanovskiy (Russia) $50,276.25
4. Shhh00kem (Canada) $34,335.00
5. Konstantinos “arxigos” Nanos (Austria) $24,525.00
6. Joel “Odonkor1” Nordkvist (Sweden) $15,696.00

*indicates prize money after a heads-up deal was made

There are plenty of WCOOP events left for you to play leading up to the Main Event on September 27th – check out the schedule here.

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Jack Stanton is a professional journalist and a freelance writer for PokerStars.

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WCOOP 2015: Victory for Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard, stops Mike Leah short of 2nd win in wk.; Lodden 5th (Event #34, $320 NLHE 6-Max, Opt. Re-Entry)

WCOOP 2015: Victory for Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard, stops Mike Leah short of 2nd win in wk.; Lodden 5th (Event #34, $320 NLHE 6-Max, Opt. Re-Entry)

It looked for a while like a WCOOP bracelet would be going to a red-spade sporter this afternoon, as Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden had the chip lead late in Event #34, a $320 buy-in no-limit hold’em affair with optional re-entry.

Then it appeared Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah might be earning his second WCOOP bracelet this week — and third overall — as he led to start the final table and was ahead during heads-up play.

But in the end it was Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard playing from Malta outlasting Lodden in fifth and Leah in second to earn the bracelet and a handsome $95,256 first prize.

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Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard

There were 1,481 players taking part in this one, and with 535 re-entries taken the total prize pool added up to $604,800 — over three times the $200K guarantee. When play concluded on Day 1 just 30 players remained, with Canada’s Christopher “UncleAnte9” Lockhart the frontrunner among them and Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden in second position.

Also standing out near the top of the leaderboard at night’s end were Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah in fourth position, fresh off winning Event #27 ($215 PLO 6-Max Progressive Super-KO) on Monday, and European Poker Tour founder John “Blessed” Duthie who took runner-up in this year’s kickoff Event #1 ($109 NLHE).

Here’s how the top of the leaderboard looked to begin Day 2:

1. Christopher “UncleAnte9” Lockhart (Canada) — 738,949
2. Team PokerStars Pro Johnny “johnnylodden” Lodden (Norway) — 651,906
3. LearnToFlyy (United Kingdom) — 610,071
4. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) — 584,505
5. gregor7878 (Poland) — 565,654
6. Marko “Kuconi” Bošković (Serbia) — 555,380
7. 10Badboy10 (Russia) — 551,826
8. Be@trixKiddo (Canada) — 513,176
9. Nelisschuif7 (Malta) — 467,564
10. John “Blessed” Duthie (United Kingdom) — 423,313

It would take almost two hours for the 30 returners to play down to 12, with Christopher “UncleAnte9” Lockhart (who finished 18th) and John “Blessed” Duthie (knocked out in 16th) among those hitting the rail along the way. By then Lodden had moved into the top spot, with Leah still among the top five.

Over the next 15 minutes hdjgkfkgsdl (12th), Nelisschuif7 (11th), and João “Naza114” Vieira (10th) were all eliminated, picking up $6,048 apiece.

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João “Naza114” Vieira

toril274 (ninth) and Noah “dirty.brasil” Vaillancourt (eighth) followed, then Mike Leah won a big hand to knockout Be@trixKiddo (seventh), with those three each taking away $9,072.

On the strength of that big pot, it was “goleafsgoeh” out in front as the final table began.

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Seat 1: Team PokerStars Pro Johnny “johnnylodden” Lodden (Norway) — 1,727,421
Seat 2: Gleb “psyhoagromor” Kovtunov (Ukraine) — 1,190,668
Seat 3: Keep2p34Ch” (Morocco) — 869,576
Seat 4: Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) — 3,636,563
Seat 5: pellompogos (Cyprus) — 1,484,883
Seat 6: Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard (Malta) — 1,170,889

The final six wished each other good luck, with Lodden chiming in “hopefully the most lucky wins!”

A little less than a half-hour into the final table, the blinds were 17,500/35,000 when it folded around to pellompogos in the small blind who shoved all in for just under 400,000, and Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard called from the big.

pellompogos had [Qs][8d] and was in need of help versus Kerignard’s [Ks][Qc]. The board didn’t provide any, however, coming [2s][3s][5h][Jh][Jd], and pellompogos was done in sixth.

About 20 minutes after that, Lodden had slipped down to about 620,000 (about 15-and-a-half big blinds) to become fifth of five, and after watching leader Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah open from the minimum from the cutoff, Lodden shoved from the small blind and Leah called.

Lodden had [6s][6d] while Leah held [As][Tc], and the [Ac][2h][9d] flop swiftly had Lodden searching for one of the two remaining sixes to survive. Alas for the Norwegian, the turn was the [Jh] and river the [Qs], giving Leah the pot and Lodden a fifth-place finish.

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Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden

Less than five minutes later Keep2p34Ch” was the one shoving all in from under the gun for just under 680,000 (about 17 BBs) and getting called by Gleb “psyhoagromor” Kovtunov from the big blind. Keep2p34Ch” had [9h][9c] but Kovtunov had woken up with [Qs][Qc], and five cards later — [Ts][6c][Ah][3d][4s] — they were down to three.

The fourth-place finish marked another nice score for Keep2p34Ch” who just won the Super Tuesday a couple of months ago and chatted with PokerStars Blog about it afterwards.

The final three battled onward, then just after the day’s four-hour mark came another knockout.

Lean was leading with just over 5.36 million, Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard was next with about 3.71 million, and Gleb “psyhoagromor” Kovtunov had become the short stack with just a touch under 1 million even.

Kerignard opened with a just-over-2x rise to 105,000 from the small blind, Kovtunov shoved from the big blind, and Kerignard called in a flash. Kovtunov had [Kc][9s] but Kerignard had him crushed with [Ah][Ac], and after the board rolled out [2c][5c][9d][8s][Js] Kovtunov was out in third.

That’s a seventh cash during this year’s WCOOP for Kovtunov. He’s following up a strong WCOOP last year on PokerStars, too, when he earned a bracelet (and a big $242K payday) in a $1,050 NLHE event.

Here we were again, watching Leah for the second time this week battling heads-up for a WCOOP bracelet. Earlier this week Leah had been behind to start heads-up play, but today he enjoyed a slight lead with a little less than 5.36 million to Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard’s 4.72 million.

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Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah

On just the fourth hand between the pair — while Kerignard was asking about a possible deal and Leah was declining — the Canadian won a 4.3 million-plus chip pot to move up over 7.8 million versus his opponent’s less than 2.3 million.

Kerignard gradually fought back, however, and about 20 minutes later had edged in front of Leah to claim the advantage. Fifteen minutes after that Kerignard was up over 8.95 million to Leah’s 1.12 million when the following hand took place.

The blinds were 40,000/80,000, and Leah opened by raising to 160,000 from the button. Kerignard responded with an all-in push, and Leah called with what he had left, turning over [Ac][Kd] and seeing he was ahead of Kerignard’s [Ah][7s].

But the flop came [5d][7h][4c], hitting Kerignard’s kicker to put the player from Malta in the lead. The turn was the [9c] and river the [6c], and Leah had come one spot shy of a second bracelet of the series and third overall as Kerignard had won.

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Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard

Congratulations to Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard for topping a big field and tough final table to earn the hardware in Event #34.

WCOOP-34: $320 NL Hold’em (6-Max, Optional Re-Entry)
Entries: 2,016 (1,481 entries, 535 re-entries)

Prize pool: $604,800

Places paid: 252

1. Yorane “viirusss” Kerignard (Malta) $95,256.00
2. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) $71,064.00
3. Gleb “psyhoagromor” Kovtunov (Ukraine)
4. Keep2p34Ch” (Morocco) $34,776.00
5. Team PokerStars Pro Johnny “johnnylodden” Lodden (Norway) $23,708.16
6. pellompogos (Cyprus) $13,547.52


We’re only today crossing the midway point of the 70-event World Championship of Online Poker. Visit the WCOOP page for a complete (and instantly updated) list of results so far, the Player of the Series Leader Board, and a full schedule of what’s still to come.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: RuiNF tops leader board (again) at halfway stage

WCOOP 2015: RuiNF tops leader board (again) at halfway stage

We’re into Day 12 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the latest update with 32 of 70 events now completed.

Today’s highlights:

nafnaf_funny wins Event 30, leaving Conor “blanconegro” Drinan in second.
RuiNF is denied a second bracelet in Event #31, by eventual winner aricontre.
gettingpwned wins Event #32 ahead of Track, Kihara, and Kenney.

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Round up of latest results

There were various stories tucked into the three most recent WCOOP events, and not just relating to the winners.

In Event #30, nanaf_funny from Russia took the first prize of more than $38,000, denying runner-up Conor “blanconegro” Drinan a first WCOOP bracelet. As Martin Harris wrote for the Blog, it was one of those events that almost took as long to say as to play, it being a five-card-Omaha-hi-lo-six-max-two-rebuys-one-add-on tournament. Read his report here.

Event #31 was a little shorter in name, it being the Super Tuesday Special Edition. Its 1,624 players combined for a prize pool exceeding $1.6 million, which was won by aricontre from the United Kingdom. But it had been a close thing for RuiNF, a WCOOP winner last week, who narrowly missed out on a second title. As Pauly McGuire reported, he finished fourth, which should be enough to send him back to the top of the WCOOP leader board.

Lastly there was Event #32, won by gettingpwned, recording his second COOP win in the FL Omaha Hi/Lo Championship. In doing so they saw off some tough opposition. Bryn Kenney would finish seventh, behind Team Online’s Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara in sixth and former EPT Prague winner Julian Track in fifth. Read Jason Kirk’s report here.

Here are the scores in full:

Event #30: $215 PL 5-Card Omaha H/L (6-Max, 2R1A)
Entries: 396 (340 rebuys, 215 add-ons)
Prize pool: $190,200
Places paid: 54

1. nafnaf_funny (Russia) $38,040.00
2. Connor “blanconegro” Drinan (Mexico) $28,149.60
3. lozzz (United Kingdom) $20,922.00
4. Gambler4444 (Austria) $14,455.20
5. snafer1 (Poland) $10,556.10
6. AngryJuice (Finland) $6,752.10


Event 31: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Super Tuesday SE)
Entrants: 1,624
Prize Pool: $1,624,00
Places Paid: 198

1. aricontre (United Kingdom) $272,020.00
2. luffyou15 (Canada) $198,940.00
3. bartek901 (Mexico) $150,220.00
4. Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira $110,432.00
5. WhaTisL0v3 (Malta) $79,576.00
6. TISSO1709 (Germany) $63,336.00
7. ¿¿toneecho?? (United Kingdom) $47,096.00
8. Hoegh93 (Denmark) $30,856.00
9. onel4play (Romania) $16,727.20

Event #32, $1,050 FL Omaha Hi/Lo Championship (8-max)
Entrants: 208
Prize pool: $208,000
Places paid: 32

1. gettingpwned (Germany) $36,700*
2. Maicoshaa (Russia) $37,660*
3. Ben “BensBenz” Yu (Mexico) $23,920
4. grindhardcor (United Kingdom) $17,680
5. Julian “jutrack” Track (Germany) $11,440
6. Team Online Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (Japan) $9,360
7. Bryn “BrynKenney” Kenney (Mexico) $7,280
8. bokkie87 (Netherlands) $5,720
* denotes results of a heads-up deal

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today

Three more events are scheduled today, with three more set to finish

Today
Event 36: $200 NL Hold’em (1R1A) 08.00 ET
Event 37: $300 8-Game 11.00 ET
Event 38: $500 NL Hold’em (Progressive Super KO) 14.00 ET

Still to conclude
Event 33: FL Badugi Championship (13 of 113 remaining)
Note: Jason Mercier in contention for a third WCOOP bracelet.
Event 34: NL Hold’em (6-max, Optional re-entry) (30 of 2,016 remaining)
Note: Johnny Lodden returns second in chips
Event 35: PL Omaha w/Rebuys (6-max) (7 of 553 remaining)

Leader board

As alluded to earlier RuiNF’s fourth place finish in Event #32 puts him back at the top of the leader board after making way for Aftret yesterday. RuiNF now has 290 points, ahead of Aftret’s 240. Shaun Deeb has moved up in to fourth place while Jason “jcarverpoker” Somerville drops out of the top ten.

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Find all the leader board details right here

Today’s dubious fact

ReiNF is the first and only player to reach 10 cashes in WCOOP so far. Three other players, Jason Mercier, nizmo jiz and shaundeeb have nine cashes each, although Mercier looks certain to record his tenth cash later today.

Image of the day

The numbers behind Jason Somerville’s record breaking Twitch appearance as he reached the final of Event #7 last week.

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On to Day 13

WCOOP is now just about at the half way stage with Event #35 (of 70) starting later today. Find out everything there is to know about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage, and good luck to everyone playing this weekend, whether in WCOOP or other events. Send us your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: aricontre denies RuiNF second bracelet and wins Super Tuesday SE Event #31 ($1,050 NL)

WCOOP 2015: aricontre denies RuiNF second bracelet and wins Super Tuesday SE Event #31 ($1,050 NL)

It’s been a good week for Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira who won Event #14 and notched his first WCOOP victory (but second overall COOP title). Five days later in WCOOP Event #31, Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira’s good fortune continued as he advanced to the final table in a marathon-like Battle Royale that seemed like it would never end. Alas, Ferreira luck finally ran its course when he busted in fourth place after getting ambushed by aricontre’s pocket Aces. Some of that “good juju” was transferred from Ferreira to aricontre, who rallied back from a 3-1 deficit during a grueling hour-long heads-up match to win Event #31.

2015 WCOOP Event #31 $1,050 NL Super Tuesday Special Edition drew 1,624 runners. The created a prize pool worth $1,624,00. The top 198 places paid out with $272,020.00 set aside for the champion.

The Super Tuesday SE Day 1 ended with only 58 players making the cut. Canada’s bluffyou15 ended Day 1 as the big stack with 962K.

The action Day 2 picked up early on and went from a meandering to brisk pace. With 27 to go RuiNF out in fron with 1.8M. With 19 to go ¿¿toneecho?? surged over 2M and seized the lead when [Jh][Jd] held up against Be@trixKiddo’s [Ah][Kd].

With 11 left in the hunt, Hoegh93 catapulted into the lead after doubling up with [Kd][Kh] against WhaTisL0v3’s [Ad][Jh]. WhaTisL0v3 flopped a Broadway straight, but Hoegh93 flopped a set and turned a boat.

With ten to go, action went hand-for-hand, Brazil’s paranoid999 failed to double up with a dominated [Kd][Ts] against bartek901’s [As][Kc]. An Ace on the flop sealed paranoid999’s fate in tenth place.

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WCOOP Event #31 – Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: onel4play (1,517,575)
Seat 2: WhaTisL0v3 (843,808)
Seat 3: Hoegh93 (3,234,485)
Seat 4: ¿¿toneecho?? (2,203,987)
Seat 5: RuiNF (190,2073)
Seat 6: bartek901 (1,535,418)
Seat 7: aricontre (1,192,241)
Seat 8: bluffyou15 (2,892,776)
Seat 9: TISSO1709 (917,637)

The final table commenced during Level 42 with blinds at 15K/30K and a 3,750 ante. Denmark’s Hoegh93 sat atop the big stack with 3.2M, while Malta’s WhaTisL0v3 was the shorty with 843K. The final table included Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira, who won a 2014 SCOOP and shipped a WCOOP five days ago. Meanwhile, Javier “aricontre” Contreras once went deep at the EPT11 London and he once finished third in the Sunday Million.

By the end of Level 43, bluffyou15 took over the lead and passed 4M when bluffyou15’s [Jc][9c] outflopped ¿¿toneecho??’s [As][Ks] to win a 2.1M pot. The short stack was aricontre with 890K.

onel4play eliminated in 9th place

After almost an hour of inaction, we saw our first bustout at the final table. Short-stacked onel4play open-shoved for 286,420 with [As][7d] and WhaTisL0v3 called with [6s][6d]. The board ran out [Qs][6h][5c][Tc][Jd]. WhaTisL0v3 flopped a set of sixes and sealed the deal. For a ninth place finish, Romania’s onel4play took home $16,727.20.

With eight remaining, bluffyou15 led with 4.3M and bartek901 was right behind with 3.95M. Meanwhile, RuiNF was short worth 818K.

Hoegh93 eliminated in 8th place

It’s never pretty to get it all in with A-Q vs. Big Slick. Alas, Hoegh93 min-raised to 90,000, bartek901 re-raised to 219,500, Hoegh93 four-bet shoved for 869,697 with [Ad][Qc], and bartek901 called with [As][Kc]. Neither player improved on a board of [9s][3s][2d][3h][7c] and bartek901 won the pot with Ace-King-kicker. For eighth place, Hoegh93 earned $30,856.00.

With seven to go, bartek901 led with 4.5M and bluffyou15 was not far behind with 4.1M. The shorty was ¿¿toneecho?? with 500K.

¿¿toneecho?? eliminated in 7th place

Another incident of A-Q vs. A-K. This one was borderline regicide… aricontre opened to 153,000, WhaTisL0v3 shoved all-in for 1,099,409 with [Ad][Qd], ¿¿toneecho?? called all-in for 668,428 with [Ah][Kc]. The board ran out [5s][3d][2h][Qc][7h]. WhaTisL0v3 turned a pair of Queens to win the pot. ¿¿toneecho??’s Big Slick never improved and even missed a gutshot Wheel draw for a potential chopped pot. For a seventh-place finish, ¿¿toneecho?? earned $47,096.00.

With six remaining RuiNF was the new leader with 3.5M, but the shortstack — TISSO1709 — had 2.2M.

TISSO1709 eliminated in 6th place

Six-handed lasted a full level before someone busted… aricontre opened to 184,000, TISSO1709 shoved for 1,313,575 with, and aricontre called with [As][8h]. The board finished up [Tc][Td][4d][7c][9s] and neither player improved, yet aricontre won the pot with an Ace-nine-kicker. Germany’s TISSO1709 was knocked out in sixth place, which paid out $63,336.00.

With five remaining and the final table approaching its fourth hour… aricontre rocketed to over 7.3M, followed by RuiNF (2.7M), bluffyou15 (2.6M), WhaTisL0v3 (2M), and bartek901 (1.4M).

WhaTisL0v3 eliminated in 5th place

Five-handed went quick all things considered. WhaTisL0v3 bombed it all-in for 1,305,832 with [Kc][Jd] and aricontre called with [As][Qs]. The flop was [Jc][Td][2d] and WhaTisL0v3 took the lead. The turn was the [6h] and the river was the [Qc], which improved aricontre to a pair of Queens. WhaTisL0v3 was dunzo in fifth place, which paid out $7,9576.00.

With four to go, aricontre was still ahead with 7.6M, followed by bartek901 (3.8M), RuiNF (2.9M), and bluffyou15 (1.7M)

RuiNF eliminated in 4th place

Looks like RuiNF will have to wait another day to win a second WCOOP bracelet… aricontre opened to 246,000, RuiNF bombed it all-in for 2,594,497, bartek901 shoved for 4,482,138, and aricontre called all-in for 4,155,252. Three-way.

aricontre: [Ah][As]
bartek901: [9h][9s]
RuiNF: [Ad][Qc]

Aces in a three-way pot made aricontre nervous. The board ran out [Ks][7c][5d][Jc][6d]. Pocket Aces held up for aricontre, who won both the main pot and the side pot. bartek901’s pocket nines were no good and bartek901 was crippled with a left with barely 80K. RuiNF failed to improve A-Q and busted out in fourth place, which paid out $110,432.00.

bartek901 eliminated in 3rd place

Two hands later, it was all over. bartek901 called all-in for 107,658 with [Ad][3s] but ran into aricontre’s [Jh][Jd]. The board finished up [8d][4s][2h][Jc][6c] and aricontre won with a set of Jacks. Mexico’s bartek901 earned $150,220.00 for a third-place finish.

HEADS-UP: aricontre (United Kingdom) vs. bluffyou15 (Canada)
Seat 7: aricontre (11,747,887)
Seat 8: bluffyou15 (4,492,113)

With two to go, aricontre appeared to have a decent edge. This matched lasted approximately an hour before someone finally went down.

After the first thirty minutes, bluffyou15 pulled even after winning a 2.5M pot with two pair. The tides had turned and bluffyou15 was ahead 3-1 in chips. But then aricontre embarked on a tsunami of a rush with the biggest destruction coming when aricontre won an 8M pot by snapping off bluffyou15’s [Qs][Qd] with [9s][8c] (for a turned straight to beat two pair). The two pulled even and at that juncture, aricontre never looked back.

bluffyou15 eliminated in 2nd place; aricontre wins WCOOP Event #31 Super Tuesday SE!

Once aricontre saw daylight and pulled even, it was only a matter of time before this event was over…  aricontre dragged 12 out of the last 13 hands to bink this tournament.

On the final hand…  bluffyou15 trailed 11.9M to 4.3M… bluffyou15 min-raised 280,000, aricontre re-raised to 847,029, bluffyou15 four-bet shoved for 4,296,882 with [Ad][9h], and aricontre called with [Ah][Th]. Neither player improved on a board of [Jd][6d][5h][8d][4c]. aricontre won the pot with an Ace-ten kicker.

For a runner-up finish, bluffyou15 earned $19,8940.00.

Congrats to Javier “aricontre” Contreras for winning Event #31 Super Tuesday SE. First place paid out $272,020.00.

WCOOP-31: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Super Tuesday SE)
Entrants: 1,624
Prize Pool: $1,624,00
Places Paid: 198

1. aricontre (United Kingdom) $272,020.00
2. luffyou15 (Canada) $198,940.00
3. bartek901 (Mexico) $150,220.00
4. Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira $110,432.00
5. WhaTisL0v3 (Malta) $79,576.00
6. TISSO1709 (Germany) $63,336.00
7. ¿¿toneecho?? (United Kingdom) $47,096.00
8. Hoegh93 (Denmark) $30,856.00
9. onel4play (Romania) $16,727.20

 Visit the WCOOP home page for a complete schedule of remaining events. Plus, find out who is in contention for Player of the Series.

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Pauly McGuire is an author and freelance contributor to PokerStars.

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WCOOP 2015: Last laugh for nafnaf_funny, Event #30 champ; Connor Drinan 2nd ($215 PLO H/L 5-Card, 6-Max, 2R1A)

WCOOP 2015: Last laugh for nafnaf_funny, Event #30 champ; Connor Drinan 2nd ($215 PLO H/L 5-Card, 6-Max, 2R1A)

All right, folks… we’re up to Event #30 of this year’s World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars. Spread across the 70 events of the series are a mind-boggling number of variations on our favorite card game, and with Event #30 there were a number of wrinkles adding to the fun.

With a $215 initial buy-in, the game was pot-limit Omaha. That’s four hole cards (typically), not two. Also, they played it “hi/lo,” making for lots of split pots and scoops. It was short-handed, too (6-max), meaning more action for all. Players could rebuy twice and add-on once as well, which added excitement during the period before late registration closed.

Finally, just for extra funsies, they added an extra hole card, making it “PL 5-Card Omaha H/L (6-Max, 2R1A).” Got all that? Good.

After a long first day and short second one, Russia’s nafnaf_funny came away with the victory, claiming a WCOOP bracelet and $38,040 first prize after outlasting Connor “blanconegro” Drinan heads-up to win. Here’s the story of nafnaf_funny’s triumph.

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A total of 396 took part in the event, and with 340 rebuys and 215 add-ons the total prize pool added up to $190,200 — nearly twice the $100K guarantee. It took a little over six hours on Day 1 for that field to play down to 54 players and the cash bubble to burst, at which point Singontiko, playing from the Netherlands, was leading the way.

Later Tuesday night they reached the scheduled end of play with just 10 players left, Singontiko having been the last eliminated in 11th place to earn a $2,662.80 payday.

Among those who remained, eventual champ nafnaf_funny enjoyed the end-of-day chip lead by a wide margin with almost twice the stack of the nearest challenger. Connor “blanconegro” Drinan and a couple of former SCOOP champs, Gambler4444 and Jamie_KK, were part of the final 10 as well. So was Chillolini, the Norwegian who outlasted Team PokerStars Pro Jamie Somerville and several other tough final tablists to win this year’s Event #18 ($1,050 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship).

Here’s how the counts looked during the overnight break:

1. nafnaf_funny (Russia) — 1,214,777
2. lozzz (United Kingdom) — 652,084
3. Connor “blanconegro” Drinan (Mexico) — 634,252
4. snafer1 (Poland) — 449,974
5. Chesnokkk (Belarus) — 407,348
6. Gambler4444 (Austria) — 356,843
7. AngryJuice (Finland) — 355,826
8. Chillolini (Norway) — 265,867
9. Jamie_KK (United Kingdom) — 221,153
10. Afrodaviac (Norway) — 196,876

In the very first hand of Day 2, Jamie_KK was felted by Chesnokkk to finish 10th (worth $2,662.80). Then close to a half-hour after that Afrodaviac fell in a hand against leader nafnaf_funny to finish ninth ($4,184.40).

Over the next few minutes came two more knockouts, with nafnaf_funny responsible for both. First Chesnokkk went out in eighth to the leader, then Chillolini fell in seventh, with both earning $4,184.40.

With an even greater lead for nafnaf_funny, the final table was underway.

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Seat 1: snafer1 (Poland) — 369,058
Seat 2: Connor “blanconegro” Drinan (Mexico) — 719,060
Seat 3: AngryJuice (Finland) — 282,698
Seat 4: lozzz (United Kingdom) — 696,430
Seat 5: nafnaf_funny (Russia) — 2,418,803
Seat 6: Gambler4444 (Austria) — 268,951

It only took a few hands for nafnaf_funny to earn yet another knockout to trim the field to five.

With the blinds at 10,000/20,000, Angry Juice opened with a pot-sized raise to 70,000 from the button, then nafnaf_funny repopped it to 220,000 from the big blind. AngryJuice then pushed all in for 252,698 total and the leader called.

Angry Juice showed [Ah][Qh][7h][5s][4c] while nafnaf_funny had [Ac][As][Th][9d][8h]. The board ran out [Kh][3d][Kc][Qc][Ad], which gave nafnaf_funny a winning full house and ended Angry Juice’s run in sixth — one spot better than the seventh-place showing (and final table near-miss) Angry Juice had in Event #22 ($1,050 NL Omaha Hi/Lo).

A short while later a change occurred at the top of the counts when Connor “blanconegro” Drinan managed a huge double through nafnaf_funny to take over first position.

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Connor “blanconegro” Drinan

They’d just crossed the day’s one-hour mark when the next elimination occurred. The blinds were still 10,000/20,000, and after nafnaf_funny opened for 46,872 from the cutoff, snafer1 three-bet to 160,616 from the SB, leaving just 33,442 behind. nafnaf_funny reraised back, and snafer1 called all in.

snafer1 had [Ac][Qs][9d][3d][2c], hoping to scoop both halves of the pot with high and low cards, while nafnaf_funny also had a two-way starter with [Ks][Kh][8c][3c][2h]. But the [Td][Ts][Kd] flop took the low out of the equation, giving nafnaf_funny a full house and leaving snafer1 drawing dead to finish fifth.

The blinds increased to 15,000/30,000, and a hand arose that started with a min-raise from the button by lozzz with Gambler4444 calling from the big blind. The flop came [Ks][2h][3s], prompting an all-in push for 133,704 by Gambler4444. lozzz made the call.

With [Kh][Jd][9c][4h][3h] Gambler4444 had two pair (kings and treys) and a not-so-great chance for a low, while lozzz had [Ac][Ad][Qc][8s][4s] for aces and a draw to the nut-low hand. The turn and river then brought a pair of eights — [8c], then [8h] — which gave lozzz trip eights and an 8-4-3-2-A low to scoop the pot and knock Gambler4444 out in fourth.

Three-handed play continued thereafter, with nafnaf_funny soon retaking the lead and pushing up to more than 3.2 million to the 1.1 million of Drinan and just under 440,000 for lozzz.

Then with the blinds at 20,000/40,000, nafnaf_funny raised to 90,000 from the button and lozzz called from the big blind. The flop came [5c][7s][2d]. lozzz checked, nafnaf_funny bet 82,174, lozzz shoved for 348,655, and nafnaf_funny called.

lozzz had [Td][7h][4d][3c][2h], having flopped a 7-5-4-3-2 low along with two pair and a straight draw. Meanwhile nafnaf_funny had [Ac][6d][5s][5d][4h], having both a better low (7-5-4-2-A) and a better set of fives. The turn was the [Ts] and river the [9h], and with lozzz’s knockout they were down to two.

Heads-up started with nafnaf_funny sitting behind a stack of just over 3.66 million, more than three times Drinan’s 1.08 million.

The latter chipped up slightly over the next nine hands, then on the 10th one the blinds were 20,000/40,000 when nafnaf_funny raised to 92,000 from the button, blanconegro called, and the flop came [6s][Td][3d].

Drinan checked, nafnaf_funny led for 124,680, Drinan check-raised to 558,040, nafnaf_funny reraised back, and Drinan called all in with the 534,312 he had left.

blanconegro: [Kd][9c][8h][8d][2c] — king-high flush draw to high, 8-6-3-2 draw to low
nafnaf_funny: [Ks][Th][Tc][5c][3s] — set of tens (high), backdoor low draw

The turn brought the [6c], pairing the board and giving nafnaf_funny a full house to lock up the high half of the pot. Drinan could still survive with a split if an amenable low card fell, but the river was the [Ts].

nafnaf_funny had to grin at least at having made quads — and probably even laughed out loud — as the card meant winning the pot, first prize, and the bracelet.

Congratulations to nafnaf_funny who adds a WCOOP title to a MicroMillions victory back in 2012.

WCOOP-30: $215 PL 5-Card Omaha H/L (6-Max, 2R1A)
Entries: 396 (340 rebuys, 215 add-ons)
Prize pool: $190,200
Places paid: 54

1. nafnaf_funny (Russia) $38,040.00
2. Connor “blanconegro” Drinan (Mexico) $28,149.60
3. lozzz (United Kingdom) $20,922.00
4. Gambler4444 (Austria) $14,455.20
5. snafer1 (Poland) $10,556.10
6. AngryJuice (Finland) $6,752.10


We’re nearing the halfway point in the 70-event World Championship of Online Poker. Check out the WCOOP page for the full skinny regarding the remaining schedule of events.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: Bracelets, bad beats, and Badugi

WCOOP 2015: Bracelets, bad beats, and Badugi

We’re into Day 11 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the latest update with 29 of 70 events now completed.

Today’s highlights:

Wiisssppppaa can out shouting to win Event #26 and a first prize of $275,000.

–There was a second WCOOP bracelet for bajskorven8 in Event #28.

TIETYMM earned a first bracelet in the Stud Championship, earning nearly $20,000

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Round up of latest results

As Jack Stanton pointed out in his report for the PokerStars Blog, wiisssppppaa is a tweeter. So when he went quiet during the closing stages of Event #26 that could only mean good things. It later proved the case, as the UK pro won his first bracelet and a first prize of $275,800. The report is well worth a read, and includes a screen shot of one three-way hand that only a picture will do justice to.

In Event #28 it was bajskorven8 who had something to shout about, winning a second WCOOP bracelet in the 6-max event. That was worth more than $95,000 to the Swede who can now show off jewellery on both wrists. Pauly McGuire has the full story.

Meanwhile in Event #29 Thor “osten” Hansen was reaching his second final table of the night in the Stud Championship (having cashed behind wiisssppppaa earlier on). Hansen earned $4,129 (and $56,407. 96 on the night), but it was TIETYMM who took the bracelet, and a first prize of nearly $20,000. Jason Kirk was on hand to write it up.

Here are the scores in full:

Event #26: $700 NLHE [Sunday Million SE]
Entries: 3,418

Prize pool: $2,272,970
Places paid: 432

1. Andy ‘wiisssppppaa’ Taylor (United Kingdom) $275,850.02*
2. asq201 (Australia) $202,233.81*
3. ModzillaPL (Canada) $278,109.54*
4. ham1l_I0n (Ukraine) $188,000*
5. nemesis278 (Russia) $97,737.71
6. ratboy x (Canada) $75,008.01
7. Thor ‘osten’ Hansen (Norway) $52,278.31
8. flopped6810 (Canada) $29,548.61
9. Keith ‘Kungfumonk’ Johnson (United Kingdom) $18,183.76
* indicates prize money after a four-way deal was made

Event #28: $320 NL Hold’em (6-Max)
Entrants: 2,014
Prize Pool: $604,200
Places Paid: 252

1. bajskorven87 (Sweden) $95,161.50
2. Jigs Flippin (Canada) $70,993.50
3. Monio81 (Bulgaria) $52,867.50
4. Skrigepas (Denmark) $34,741.50
5. forcadellmg (Mexico) $23,684.64
6. Nick “FU_15” Maimone $13,534.08

Event #29, $700 Seven-Card Stud Championship
Entrants: 138
Prize pool: $91,770
Places paid: 24

1. TIETYMM (Germany) $19,960.06
2. Fresh_oO_D (Germany) $14,224.35
3. Randy “RolldUpTrips” Ohel (Mexico) $11,012.40
4. Christer “lennart” Johansson (Sweden) $7,800.45
5. Multifox (Austria) $5,047.35
6. Thor “osten” Hansen (Norway) $4,129.65
7. Kiryl “angry moron” Radzivonau (Belarus) $3,211.95
8. ilushan (Russia) $2,523.67

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today

Three to start, three more to finish

Today
Event 33: $665 FL Badugi Championship 08.00 ET
Event 34: $300 NL Hold’em (6-max, optional re-entry) 11.00 ET
Event 35: $300 PL Omaha w/rebuys (6-max) 14.00 ET

Still to conclude
Event 30: 11.00 ET, PL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo (6-max, 2R1A) 10 of 396
(Chillolini going for a second WCOOP bracelet in a week)
Event 31: 14.00 ET, NL Hold’em (Super Tuesday SE) 58 of 1,624
Event 32: 17.00 ET, FL Omaha Hi/Lo Championship (8-max) 25 of 208
(Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara returns in 8th place while Jason Mercier is in 18th. Others include Bryn Kenney, mikal12345, and shaundeeb)

Video of the Day

Watch Team Pro Jason Somerville break the Twitch record on his way to a WCOOP final table.

We’re not saying you need to Twitch it, but you can open a PokerStars account in minutes and take on WCOOP yourself by clicking here. Not only will you have access to the full WCOOP schedule, but you can enter any one of the WCOOP satellites now running. Get all the details you’ll need on the WCOOP homepage

Leader board

Fourth place in Event #27 moved Aftret up one place into top spot on the WCOOP Player of the Series leader board, with 240 points. That’s narrowly ahead of previous leader RuiNF, now in second place, with 230.

TIETYMM, a winner yesterday moves into the top ten, as do shaundeeb. Jason “jcarverpoker” Somerville also remains in the top ten.

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Find all the leader board details right here

Today’s dubious fact

Players from Canada and the United Kingdom are in a race to top certain statistics in WCOOP 2015.

Canada is $4,869.30 ahead of the UK in terms of Money Won by Country
Canada (with 1,005) is 69 cashes ahead of the UK
Canada and the UK each have 24 final tables
The UK (with 6,500) has had 27 more entries than Canada
Players from both Canada and the UK have won three events

Image of the day

A picture says a thousand words. In this case most likely all of them expletives…

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On to Day 12

WCOOP continues today as we head towards the half way mark. Find out everything there is to know about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage, and good luck to everyone playing this weekend, whether in WCOOP or other events. Send us your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStars Blog.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: wiisssppppaa quietly wins the “small matter” of $275,850 in E#26

WCOOP 2015: wiisssppppaa quietly wins the “small matter” of $275,850 in E#26

It started with a tweet…

It seems like it was a good Sunday for Andy ‘wiisssppppaa’ Taylor – a British online pro with more than $1M in online tournament earnings. On Monday he celebrated a successful day by returning to play in Event#26 of the WCOOP 2015 – a $700 special edition of the Sunday Million. He entered the day 92nd of a remaining 256, and sent out a tweet to his followers letting them know.

Won the turbo MD yest for 14k & a few other deep runs along with 92/256 WCOOP milly back ina few hrs playing for the small matter off $356k

— wiisssppppaa (@lllmurphlll) September 14, 2015

So on Tuesday, it was somewhat odd to see that wiisssppppaa hadn’t tweeted at all.

You see, he’d made the final table of 9 in this event – which had 
3,418
 entries and a prize pool of $2,272,970. But there was no word from Taylor on Twitter of this achievement. I assumed wiisssppppaa was just quiet by name, quiet by nature. He simply sat down at his computer on Tuesday evening and went to work.

And then he went and won it. His first WCOOP title, and biggest online score to date in the staggering $275,850.02 first place prize (following a four-way deal). Well wiisssppppaa, if you won’t give yourself a shout out – we’ll do it for you.

The final table

Seat 1: ham1l_I0n (Ukraine) 4,709,670
Seat 2: Thor ‘osten’ Hansen (Norway) 3,972,325
Seat 3: Andy ‘wiisssppppaa’ Taylor (United Kingdom) 2,562,273
Seat 4: nemesis278 (Russia) 5,486,853
Seat 5: Keith ‘Kungfumonk’ Johnson (United Kingdom) 1,553,483
Seat 6: ModzillaPL (Canada) 5,028,414
Seat 7: flopped6810 (Canada) 2,832,943
Seat 8: asq201 (Australia) 3,792,176
Seat 9: ratboy x (Canada) 4,241,863

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This was a strong line-up. Canada’s ModzillaPL had more than $1.3m in tournament winnings, and was no stranger to massive final tables after finishing 7th in the 9th anniversary Sunday Million $9m guaranteed in March 2015 for $336,550. We also had two other players based in Canada: flopped6810 is an accomplished player with a Sunday Warm Up win under his belt, while ratboy x has more than half a million in winnings.

Our chipleader coming into this event was Russia’s nemesis278, whose biggest tournament score came from a win in the Sunday Storm for $29k in June 2014, while Keith ‘Kungfumonk’ Johnson is a well-respected British high-stakes player who took down the inaugural Eureka Poker Tour title for €58,400 back in 2011 and won the €2k IPT High Roller in March of this year for €144,500.

Then we had ham1l_I0n from the Ukraine, a regular at the $100/$200 6-max cash tables on PokerStars, and asq201 from Australia. But arguably the player we were most happy to see at this final table was Thor ‘osten’ Hansen – a legendary player considered the “Godfather of Norwegian poker”. Not only does Hansen have a WCOOP title, he’s also living an incredible and inspirational life – check out this heart-warming interview with Sarah Herring at EPT11 Barcelona in 2014 and you’ll see what I mean.

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Thor ‘osten’ Hansen – the Godfather of Norwegian poker

Cards in the air

It was a dream start for wiisssppppaa. Having entered the final nine with the second lowest chip stack, he immediately doubled up and shot into second place. With the blinds at 50,000/100,000/12,500, ham1l_I0n min-opened and Thor ‘osten’ Hansen three-bet to 862,500. The hefty raise didn’t scare wiisssppppaa though, who four-bet jammed all in for 2,549,773 total. The rest of the players folded as did the original raiser, leaving osten to make the call.

wiisssppppaa: [kc][ac]
osten: [jc][jd]

The flop fell [7c][3s][2h] – not much help to the player at risk. The turn, however, was a big help – the [8c] meant any club, ace or king would secure the double up for wiisssppppaa. The [3c] on the river completed his flush and he was now sitting pretty.

Shortly after we lost our first player. Keith ‘Kungfumonk’ Johnson came into the final table with the shallowest stack and had to get busy early. With a stack of just under 15 big blinds he opened to 200,000, and it folded around to nemesis278 in the big blind who made the call. The flop came [jd][ah][6h] which nemesis278 checked over to the original raiser, who put out a continuation bet of 240,000. Now nemesis278 shoved and Johnson snap called. He was in front with the [qh][ad] but he’d need to hold against his opponent’s [kh][jh]. The [8d] on the turn was safe, but the river proved deadly; the [jc] gave nemesis278 trips and the Kungfumonk couldn’t live to fight another day. Johnson’s consolation prize for 9th? $18,183.76.

The action never stops

The next player to have his tournament on the line was Norway’s Thor ‘osten’ Hansen, who doubled up with [Jc][Js] against ModzillaPL’s [as][qc], then picked up another 700k pot shortly after to get himself right back in it.

Flopped6810 wouldn’t be so lucky. With the blinds now 60,000/120,000/15,000, ham1l_Ion made it 240,000 and the action folded to flopped6810 in the big blind who shoved for 2,076,891 and was called. It was [as][ts] for flopped6810, and he’d need help against his opponent’s [ks][ad] – but it wasn’t to be. The board ran out [js][kd][5c][5h][9s] and the Canadian won $29,548.61 for his 8th place finish.

Having picked up some steam not too long prior, the legend that is Thor ‘osten’ Hansen would leave this tournament in 7th. The blinds had gone up again and asq201 min-opened only to see osten shove for 2,628,104. He called and the cards were revealed: [Qs][Ac] for osten against the [jh][js] of asq201. It was a race we’d already seen tonight and on that occasion osten won the flip, but he couldn’t do it twice. No ace or queen on the board meant the “Godfather of Norwegian poker” became our 7th place finisher – good for $52,278.31.

We were down to six players. In just one hand we’d be down to four.

Double elimination? Let’s make a deal

Poker can be a cruel game. Try taking a look at the image below and telling us otherwise.

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The blinds were 80,000/160,000/20,000 and ModzillaPL made it 352,000 to play. ratboy x called, and nemesis278 bumped the price of poker up to 1,024,000. Now ModzillaPL shoved enough to put both players all-in, and ratboy x called (for 3,926,444) as did nemesis278 (for 4,349,606). Nemesis278 had the hand he’d been waiting for – [as][ah], while ratboy x had the second best holding with [kc][ks], and trailing them all was the original raiser with [qd][qs]. ratboy x faced guaranteed elimination unless a king peeled off, while ModzillaPL would lose more than half his stack.

As you can see from the image above, lady luck shone on ModzillaPL in this one. Unlucky nemesis278, but we hope you enjoy the $97,737.71 for 5th. Ratboy x, who had less chips at the beginning of the hand, was our 6th place finisher and won $75,008.01.

And how did the other players react at this? Well, the instant pay jump up two spots was very welcome indeed.

“Cooler town” said asq201, while wiisssppppaa simply said “Like!”

The 4 remaining players agreed to view ICM chop numbers, and were presented with the following amounts.

ModzillaPL: $278,109.54
wiisssppppaa: $243,850.02
asq201: $218,114.27
ham1l_I0n: $172,119.54

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$30,000 was left to play for the winner. The players seemed to be on the verge of agreeing, before the shortest stack ham1l_I0n said “$188,000 and I agree” – which was not met well by wiisssppppaa who replied “Good luck with that”. It was a feeling MozillaPL, the monster chip leader, shared – but asq201 said he was willing to give up the roughly $16,000 to secure the deal. He did, and the deal was done. The cards were back in the virtual air.

ham1l_I0n and asq201 double, then one of them busts

Having just locked up $188,000, the short stack got a much-needed double up through second shortest, when in a blind versus blind hand ham1l_I0n won with pocket aces against asq201’s ace jack.

The pain was short lived as asq201 then doubled up himself through the chip leader. Asq201 moved all-in for 3,043,241 under the gun and was called by ModzillaPL in the big blind, who was way ahead with [ah][qd] against [5d][as]. The flop was favourable to asq201 though, and the eventual board of [ts][5h][3d][3c][6h] secured the win.

The player shortest going into the deal would be the first to exit after it. ham1l_I0n shoved for his last 1,796,006 with [qh][8c] only to run into the pocket rockets of wiisssppppaa, and that was all she wrote – we were down to three.

The two big stacks seemed to be running away with it at first, but asq201 staged quite a comeback, managing to get his stack above 6,000,000. Then, with the blinds at 100,000/200,000/25,000 he had his breakthrough.

Wiisssppppaa raised to 450000, ModzillaPL folded and asq201 three-bet to 996,000. After the Brit made the call, we saw a flop of [Ts][Qs][Qh] which caused asq201 to continue his aggression with a 675,000 bet. Now wiisssppppaa elected to raise 925,000 more to 1,600,000 only for asq201 to shove for 5,635,205 which was called.

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asq201: [Td][Th]
wiisssppppaa: [Js][9s]

Both players had flopped huge, but the full house of asq201 was way ahead. Only the king or eight of spades could win it for wiisssppppaa – meaning the [as] turn and [ad] river were no good. A big pot shipped to asq201 and wiisssppppaa was down to just over 3 million.

But this is poker, and anything can happen…

Wiisssppppaa’s first double up came when his [4s][4d] held up against ModzillaPL’s [as][qs]. Then he did it again four hands later, when his [jd][qs] outflopped ModzillaPL’s [7c][7d]. Back up to almost 14,000,000, the momentum was truly on the Brit’s side, but asq201 wasn’t being shy about putting chips in the middle either. The player who gave up $16,000 earlier became an even bigger chipleader when he took down an almost 6,000,000 pot by flopping a flush and checking it all the way against wiisssppppaa. But in the very next hand the Brit doubled up again when his [5h][5d] held up against the [ad][kd] of asq201.

Exhausting this poker business isn’t it?

Well, there was no rest for the wicked as we soon had our third place finisher. ModzillaPL had been chipleader for much of the final table, but with a few flips having gone against him, he found himself all-in on a board of [3d][kh][2s][8d] with [5d][6d] chasing either a diamond or a four against asq201’s set of threes. The [ah] on the river changed nothing though, and the player who locked up the most money in this tournament was gone, taking his $278,109.54 and hitting the rail.

The chip stacks were fairly even throughout the heads-up battle, until one massive hand swung the tournament in the Brit’s direction. Wiisssppppaa opened the button to 675,000 (with blinds at 150,000/300,000/37,500) and faced a three-bet from asq201 to 1,200,000. After calling, the flop fell [ks][3d][9s] and asq201 continued for 1,237,500, which again was called. Now asq201 opted to check, leading to a bet of 3,465,000 from wiisssppppaa. Asq201 called and the river was the [6h], and he checked it once more. Wiisssppppaa took his time and shoved for 11,936,412 with 11,880,000 in the middle. Asq201 went deep into the tank and eventually folded.

“I think I folded the best hand,” asq201 wrote in the chat.

“I think you did too,” came the response.

And three hands later it was over. A pre-flop betting war led to an all confrontation between wiisssppppaa’s [9c][9h] and dominating chipstack against asq201’s [ac][js]. The flop of [4c][ks][9s] practically sealed our second place finisher’s fate, but the [2s] on the turn provided some hope for a flush. The [ah] was not the suit he was looking for though, and the Brit took this one down for his first WCOOP title and biggest online score to date.

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A big shout out to Andy ‘wiisssppppaa’ Taylor – winner of Event#26.

WCOOP-26: $700 NLHE [Sunday Million SE] $1.5M Guaranteed

Entries: 3,418

Prize pool: $2,272,970
Places paid: 432

1. Andy ‘wiisssppppaa’ Taylor (United Kingdom) $275,850.02*
2. asq201 (Australia) $202,233.81*
3. ModzillaPL (Canada) $278,109.54*
4. ham1l_I0n (Ukraine) $188,000*
5. nemesis278 (Russia) $97,737.71
6. ratboy x (Canada) $75,008.01
7. Thor ‘osten’ Hansen (Norway) $52,278.31
8. flopped6810 (Canada) $29,548.61
9. Keith ‘Kungfumonk’ Johnson (United Kingdom) $18,183.76

*indicates prize money after a four-way deal was made

Fancy winning a tournament quietly yourself? There are plenty of WCOOP events left for you to play.

Don’t have a PokerStars account? Then what are you waiting for – sign up today.

Jack Stanton is a professional journalist and a freelance writer for PokerStars.

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WCOOP 2015: Big win for tobi123456 while Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah wins second bracelet

WCOOP 2015: Big win for tobi123456 while Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah wins second bracelet

We’re into Day 10 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the latest update with 26 of 70 events now completed.

Today’s highlights:

MaPuHo4Ka09 wins Event #24, the Sunday Warm-Up special edition, for a first prize of more than $150,000.
tobi123456 win the 8-max High Roller worth more than $650,000, plus a WCOOP bracelet to add to a SCOOP.
Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah, switches live success for online, winning Event #27 and his second WCOOP bracelet.

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Round up of latest results

The Sunday Warm Up is typically big, but turn it into a WCOOP and things get crazy. The beneficiary this time was MaPuHo4Ka09, who earned a first prize of $150,000. Read the full report by Jason Kirk on the PokerStars Blog.

Then there was the 8-max High Roller, with a prize pool of $3.4 million from which eventual winner tobi123456 took an enormous $654,500. As Pauly McGuire reported, the competition was fierce but the stakes high, with Andrew “RunThisTable” Lichtenberger finishing second.

Finally popular pro Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah won his second WCOOP bracelet in Event #27. Leah has more than $4.7 million in live tournament earnings, as well as success online. This win was worth $28,432 to the Canadian, plus $8,794 in bounties. Heath Chick has the full report.

Here are the scores in full:

Event #24, $215 No-Limit Hold’em (Sunday Warm-Up SE)
Entrants: 6,190
Prize pool: $1,238,000
Places paid: 810

1. MaPuHo4Ka09 (Ukraine) $150,338.68*
2. majster88 (Poland) $115,190.50*
3. Z-ENERGIES (United Kingdom) $118,585.92*
4. Martin “nizmo jiz” Kozlov (Australia) $125,631.40*
5. ValterBr@nco (Brazil) $52,615
6. KillerNorbit (New Zealand) $40,235
7. rSMig (Canada) $27,855
8. TrondheimAAA (Norway) $15,475
9. ItourAdAStra (Hungary) $9,904
* denotes results of a four-way deal

WCOOP-25: $10,300 NL Hold’em (8-Max, Optional Re-Entry, High-Roller)
Entrants: 340 (300 entries; 40 re-entries)
Prize Pool: $3,400,000
Places Paid: 48

1. tobi123456 (Germany) $654,500.00
2. Andrew “RunThisTable” Lichtenberger $484,500.00
3. Alexandros “mexican222” Kolonias $365,500.00
4. Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway (United Kingdom) $263,500.00
5. Tomatee (Uruguay) $178,500.00
6. ICEMAN2710 (Russia) $127,500.00
7. elmerixx (Finland) $93,500.00
8. whereisdonny (Thailand) $76,500.00

WCOOP-27: $215 PL Omaha (6-Max, Progressive Super-Knockout)
Entries: 1,777 

Prize pool: $355,400

Places paid: 228

1. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) $28,432.42 (+ $8,794.49 in bounties)
2. 75TGI (Germany) $21,324.00 (+ 6,787.46 in bounties)
3. Jonas “Palsgaard1” Palsgård Christensen (Denmark) $15,993.00 (+ $3,709.36 in bounties)
4. Orjan “Aftret” Skommo (Norway) $10,662.00 (+ in $1,858.58 bounties)
5. Mayu “marroca5” Roca (Colombia) $7,108.00 (+ in $3,044.52 bounties)
6. youngblood51 (Germany) $4,193.72 (+ in $3,521.08 bounties)


For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today


Three more events to start, three more to finish…

Today
Event 30: PL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo (6-max, 2R1A) 11.00 ET
Event 31: NL Hold’em (Super Tuesday SE) 14.00 ET
Event 32: FL Omaha Hi/Lo Championship (8-max) 17.00 ET

Playing to a finish today
Event 26: NL Hold’em (Sunday Million SE) 9 of 3,418 remaining.
Event 28: NL Hold’em (6-max) 26 of 2014 remaining
Event 29: 7 Card Stud Championship, 14 of 138 remaining

Leader board

RuiNF leads for a second day, although the gap to second place was narrowed by Aftret of Norway, who finished fourth in Event #27.

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Get all the leader board standings for WCOOP 2015 right here

Tweet of the day

Got Heeeeeeeeem!! 🙂
#WCOOP -27
#BraceletHunteded
#2 of the wcoop variety

— Mike Leah (@GoLeafsGoEh) September 15, 2015

Fact of the day

William “B8chatz” Chattaway fell short of a Triple Coop in Event 24. But the $263,500 he won for fourth place was the largest of any UK player so far in WCOOP 2015.

On to Day 11

WCOOP 2015 continues until Sunday September 27 and the Main Event. Find out everything there is to know about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage, and good luck to everyone taking part. Send us your thoughts and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStars Blog.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah grabs Event #27, 2nd bracelet ($215 PLO 6-Max Prog Super-KO)

WCOOP 2015: Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah grabs Event #27, 2nd bracelet ($215 PLO 6-Max Prog Super-KO)

With more than $4.7 million in live tournament earnings — including more than a dozen titles, a WSOP bracelet, and a $5K NL Turbo win at the 2014 PCA — Canada’s Mike Leah is no stranger to collecting trophies, bracelets, or whatever other hardware comes with winning poker tournaments. He’d even won a WCOOP bracelet before tonight on PokerStars where he plays as “goleafsgoeh.”

Now Leah has a WCOOP bracelet for his other wrist, too, after having taken down Event #27, a $215 six-handed pot-limit Omaha event featuring progressive super-knockout bounties. Leah topped a field of 1,777 to earn the win and a total of $37,226.91 counting all the bounties he collected.

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Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah after his 2014 PCA win

That big field built a total prize pool worth $355,400 (half regular prize pool, half bounties). It took about six hours for the group to be whittled down to 228 players and the money bubble to burst, at which point BROCKLESNARR was in first position with the chip lead and nearly $1K worth of bounties already.

Four hours after that BROCKLESNARR had recently gone out in 20th for a $1,021.77 cash plus over $2K worth of bounties, and with 12 players left 75TGI was in first position.

xllllll (12th), Michael “ShiFtYFiNGeR” Guzzardi (11th), and uknowProsky* (10th) were the next players eliminated, each earning $1,777 from the regular prize pool and as much as twice that amount (for xllllll) in bounties.

Asul was the next knockout in ninth, then a short while later JWilshere_19 (eighth) and Doncabelero (seventh) were both knocked out in the same hand, with those three each earning $2,665.50 from the regular prize pool with only Asul taking away more than that in bounties.

75TGI still had a big stack — and the most bounty money collected to that point — but Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah had moved ahead and into first position for the start of the six-handed final table.

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Seat 1: 75TGI (Germany) — 2,230,486
Seat 2: Orjan “Aftret” Skommo (Norway) — 530,055
Seat 3: Jonas “Palsgaard1” Palsgård Christensen (Denmark) — 1,700,705
Seat 4: Mayu “marroca5” Roca (Colombia) — 1,347,266
Seat 5: Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) — 2,491,103
Seat 6: youngblood51 (Germany) — 585,385

The final six battled a short while, then as the tournament moved into its 13th hour a hand arose that saw Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah open with a min-raise to 80,000, then youngblood51 three-bet to 300,000 from a seat over. It folded back to Leah who called, and the pair watched the flop come [9s][7h][Jh].

Leah led with a bet more than the 145,788 youngblood51 had behind, and the latter called all in. It was [Ad][Qh][5d][4h] and a flush draw for Leah while youngblood51 turned over [As][Ac][Kh][5s] for an overpair of aces. The turn then brought the [6h], filling the flush, making the river no matter, and sending the two-time SCOOP winner youngblood51 railward in sixth.

About five minutes later 75TGI min-raised to 80,000 from UTG and got two callers in Mayu “marroca5” Roca (small blind) and Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (big blind). The flop came [3c][2c][Js], and it checked to 75TGI who bet 120,000. Roca then raised to 520,000, causing Leah to fold. 75TGI made it 1.8 million to go, and Roca called with the 867,538 he had behind.

Roca had [Kc][Jd][Tc][3c] for top two pair and a flush draw while 75TGI had [Ad][Jh][7s][3d] for the same two pair. The turn was the [6d] and river the [6h], turning both players’ two pair into jacks and sixes, with 75TGI’s ace kicker winning the hand to end the one-time WCOOP winner and one-time SCOOP champ Roca’s run in fifth.

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Mayu “marroca5” Roca

Four-handed play proceeded with 75TGI having retaken the lead with Leah the nearest big stack while Orjan “Aftret” Skommo and Jonas “Palsgaard1” Palsgård Christensen battled with stacks of 15-20 big blinds.

Then came two knockouts in two hands, with Leah collecting both bounties.

First it was Orjan “Aftret” Skommo limping from the button to see a [5c][Kc][4d] flop with Leah playing from the big blind. Leah checked, Skommo bet 125,000, Leah check-raised to half a million, Skommo pushed for 513,409 total, and Leah called.

Skommo had [As][Kd][9s][4h] for kings and fours while Leah had [Qd][8d][3c][2c] for both flush and straight draws. The turn was the [Jd], keeping Aftret in front, but the river was the [5d] to complete a backdoor diamond flush for Leah, and Skommo was done in fourth. That makes seven cashes for Skommo and a second fourth-place finish after achieving the same result in Event #18 ($1,050 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo).

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Orjan “Aftret” Skommo

The next hand saw Christensen raise the pot to 175,000 from the button and both Leah and 75TGI call from the blinds. The flop came [2s][Ts][Ah], Leah bet 210,000, 75TGI folded, Christensen raised all in for 261,761, and Leah called.

Palsgaard1 turned over [Ad][Qc][6c][3d] for a pair of aces while Leah had [As][Td][9s][6s] for aces and tens. The river was the [3s] to give Christensen a lesser two pair, then the [4d] river changed nothing, stopping Christensen in third, his fifth cash of the WCOOP.

Those two pots helped Leah close the gap somewhat as leader 75TGI started heads-up play with just over 5.15 million to Leah’s 3.73 million.

The pair battled nearly a half-hour, reaching the break that came to mark the day’s 13-hour mark. By then Leah had grabbed the advantage, sitting with just about the same stack his opponent had before up almost 5.16 million to 75TGI’s 3.72 million.

They’d push back and forth for another 20 minutes, with 75TGI briefly grabbing the chip lead before Leah seized it back again. Then with Leah having pushed back up over 6.76 million to 75TGI’s 2.11 million, the final hand took place.

The blinds were 40,000/80,000, and after a button raise to 160,000 from Leah and a call from 75TGI, the flop came [3h][6h][2s]. Both checked, then after the [Js] turn 75TGI check-called a bet of 160,000 from Leah.

The river brought the [3s] and a bet of 480,000 from 75TGI. Leah responded with a pot-sized push and 75TGI called with the 1,316,237 behind.

75TGI turned over [As][Td][Tc][4s] for an ace-high flush, but Leah had [Kc][Jc][Jd][7d] for jacks full of treys, good for the pot, the last bounties, and the WCOOP bracelet.

Got Heeeeeeeeem!! 🙂
#WCOOP -27
#BraceletHunteded
#2 of the wcoop variety

— Mike Leah (@GoLeafsGoEh) September 15, 2015

Congratulations to Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah who earns his second WCOOP title after earning his first in a Badugi event back in 2011.

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Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah

WCOOP-27: $215 PL Omaha (6-Max, Progressive Super-Knockout)
Entries: 1,777 

Prize pool: $355,400

Places paid: 228

1. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah (Canada) $28,432.42 (+ $8,794.49 in bounties)
2. 75TGI (Germany) $21,324.00 (+ 6,787.46 in bounties)
3. Jonas “Palsgaard1” Palsgård Christensen (Denmark) $15,993.00 (+ $3,709.36 in bounties)
4. Orjan “Aftret” Skommo (Norway) $10,662.00 (+ in $1,858.58 bounties)
5. Mayu “marroca5” Roca (Colombia) $7,108.00 (+ in $3,044.52 bounties)
6. youngblood51 (Germany) $4,193.72 (+ in $3,521.08 bounties)


We’re still not even halfway through the huge 70-event WCOOP schedule. Check the the WCOOP page for the full remaining schedule.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: Germany’s tobi123456 beats Andrew “RunThisTable” Lichtenberger heads-up to win High-Roller Event #24 ($10,300 NL 8-Max, Optional Re-Entry)

WCOOP 2015: Germany’s tobi123456 beats Andrew “RunThisTable” Lichtenberger heads-up to win High-Roller Event #24 ($10,300 NL 8-Max, Optional Re-Entry)

Germany’s tobi123456 thwarted Billy “b8chatz” Chattaway’s attempt at winning an elusive Triple COOP. Earlier this year, 8chatz won a TCOOP and SCOOP, but needed a WCOOP win to secure a Triple COOP. With four remaining, tobi123456 picked off b8chatz in …

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WCOOP 2015: RuiNF among the big winners over busy weekend

WCOOP 2015: RuiNF among the big winners over busy weekend

We’re into Day 9 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the latest update with 23 of 70 events now completed.

Today’s highlights:

There were ten WCOOP results over the weekend, but highlights included:

Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira adds a WCOOP title to the SCOOP title won earlier this year in Event #14.
Nlzkm9 beats the likes of Ben Vinson and Chris Brammer to win Event #15.
Chillolini won Event #18, but Jason Somerville almost stole the show again, Twitching his way to third place (and watched online by 27,000 people).
Trymean77 finally won a big one, taking down Event#23 to collect more than $31,000.

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Round up of latest results

In short it was a busy weekend. But here’s the (slightly) longer version.

Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira won Event #14 ahead of 1,454 entries (there was an optional re-entry). It marked his second ‘COOP success of the year following his SCOOP success last year. It was not his only result this weekend. He nearly made it two titles in as many days, finishing sixth in Event #19. Al Rash has the report.

Nlzkm9 from Hungary won Event #15 to collect $57,362. As Martin Harris reported, it required getting through a difficult final table, one that included Ben “vindog03” Vinson, and Chris “NigDawG” Brammer. But he did so to collect a first bracelet.

A lot of players might have attracted some attention over the weekend, but only Jason Somerville could officially back it up with numbers. In his case that number was 27,000 – the number of people who tuned in to watch him reach the final table of Event 18 live on Twitch. It wasn’t a record (he set that several days prior when that tally reached 34,000) but they did see him come close again. This time he finished third to eventual winner Chillolini. Check out the report by Kristin Bihr for the full story.

Lastly, a hat tip to Trymean77, a former Women’s Sunday winner, who once said she could win the small ones but never the big ones. She proved herself totally wrong in fine style this weekend, winning Event #23 for more than $30,000. Read Pauly McGuire’s report here.

Here are those scores in full:

Event 14: $215 NL Hold’em (Big Antes, Optional Re-Entry)
Entrants: 1,454 (418 re-entries)
Prize pool: $374,400
Places paid: 234

1. Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira (Czech Republic) $59,904.00
2. pkace666 (United Kingdom) $44,928.00
3. Ryan “ProtentialMN” Laplante (Canada) $33,696.00
4. Mike “munchenHB” Telker (Cyprus) $24,616.80
5. leitalopez (Argentina) $17,784.00
6. sosickPL (Poland) $13,852.80
7. imluckbox (Australia) $10,108.80
8. serhiy1989 (Ukraine) $6,552.00
9. funwheel (Thailand) $3,744.00

Event 15: $215 PL Omaha (1R1A)
Entries: 740 (405 rebuys, 418 add-ons)

Prize pool: $312,600

Places paid: 99

1. Nlzkm9 (Hungary) $57,362.10
2. kalashn1kovv (Slovenia) $40,950.60
3. wuutti (Finland) $30,947.40
4. UziStuNNa (Hungary) $23,288.70
5. Ben “vindog03” Vinson (United Kingdom) $16,255.20
6. MeJohann (United Kingdom) $13,129.20
7. Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer (United Kingdom) $10,003.20
8. akia86 (Germany) $6,877.20
9. magic_mente (Slovenia) $4,063.80


Event 16: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Progressive Super-Knockout, Thursday Thrill SE)
Entrants: 1,828
Prize Pool: $1,828,000 (Regular prize pool: $914,00; Bounty prize pool: $914,000)
Places Paid: 216

1. Liskacha (Bulgaria) $149,941.70 + $37,760.20 bounties
2. actaml (Poland) $109,680.00 + $40,795.84 bounties
3. leopeluca (Argentina) $82,260.00 + $12,248.03 bounties
4. Negriin (Argentina) $61,238.00 + $16,976.54 bounties
5. Francisco ‘chiconogue’ Nogueira (Brazil) $43,415.00 + $14,031.23 bounties
6. FaZeHigh (Netherlands) $34,275.00 + $23,873.99 bounties
7. Howié (Belgium) $25,135.00 + $14,881.81 bounties
8. gray31 (Canada) $15,995.00 + $10,226.56 bounties
9. pablotenisis (United Kingdom) $9,140.00 + $7,140.62 bounties

Event #17: $700 NLHE 6-Max, 3-Stack
Entrants: 959
Prize pool: $637,735.00
Places paid: 120

1. Patrick “pads1161” Leonard $108,415.51
2. Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovskyi $81,311.21
3. Manni1822 (Germany) $61,860.29
4. JJ@mess (Czech Republic) $43,047.11
5. HKN291209 (United Kingdom) $30,292.41
6. OMGACEACEACE (Poland) $19,132.05

Event #18: $1,050 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship
Entrants: 185
Prize pool: $185,000
Places paid: 24

1. Andre “Chillolini” Messmer (Norway) $40,237.50
2. raconteur (United Kingdom) $28,675.00
3. Team PokerStars Pro Jason “jcarverpoker” Somerville (Canada) $22,200.00
4. Orjan “Aftret” Skommo (Norway) $15,725
5. TIETYMM (Germany) $10,175.00
6. raidalot (United Kingdom) $8,325.00
7. dimas78 (Russia) $6,475.00
8. Mikal “mikal12345” Blomlie (Norway) $5,087.50

WCOOP-19: $320 NL Hold’em (Turbo, Zoom)
Entrants: 1,916
Prize Pool: $574,800.00
Places Paid: 252

1. moshmachine (Russia) $91,968.00
2. kylef89 (Sweden) $68,976.00
3. antroff (Sweden) $51,732.00
4. Siegmann (Denmark) $37,793.10
5. Barrrii (Belgium) $27,303.00
6. Rui “RuiNF” Ferreira (Czech Republic) $21,267.60
7. Yayoshow (Canada) $15,519.60
8. VicBiggs (Canada) $10,059.00
9. WiljamK (Finland) $5,748.00

Event #20: $109 NLHE (Optional Re-Entry)
Entrants: 7,268
Prize pool: $726,800
Places paid: 990

1. SQUA99 (Romania) $85,205.12*
2. 10111420 (United Kingdom) $85,368.81*
3. mr.valerius (Russia) $79,885.13*
4. DiegoCheblii (Brazil) $39,974.00
5. live@pompeii [two re-entries used] (Mexico) $30,525.60
6. AA Full Mike (Netherlands) $23,257.60
7. Raaadzio91 (Poland) $15,989.60
8. @TrashBlade@ (Brazil) $8,721.60
9. guimoura (Brazil) $5,632.70
* denotes a three-way deal

Event #21: $530 NLHE Progressive Super-Knockout
Entrants: 2,394
Prize pool: $1,197,000
Places paid: 308

1. fixfixfix (Switzerland) $95,760.72 + $25,707.39 in bounties = $121,468.11
2. Nomarbles1 (Canada) $71,820.00 + $25,468.63 in bounties = $97,288.63
3. firas71 (Brazil) $52,129.35 + $20,959.86 in bounties = $73,089.21
4. AntagSS (Ukraine) $35,910.00 + $1,671.87 in bounties = $37,581.87
5. 4erepashka (Russia) $26,932.50 + $7,804.55 in bounties = $34,737.05
6. NhFy (Sweden) $20,947.50 + $4,020.49 in bounties = $24,967.99
7. lov10k (United Kingdom) $14,962.50 + $6,126.93 in bounties = $21,089.43
8. GaryT20 (Ireland) $10,174.50 + $4,345.69 in bounties = $14,520.19
9. FONBET_RULIT (Russia) $5,386.50 + $5,142.56 in bounties = $10,529.06

Event #22: $1,050 NL Omaha Hi/Lo Championship
Entrants: 239
Prize pool: $239,000
Places paid: 30

1. chickensssss (Canada) $50,356,78*
2. MarekW13 (Poland) $42,853.22*
3. Stevie “stevie444” Chidwick (Mexico) $28,680.00
4. rtspurs (Ireland) $19,120.00
5. Martin “nizmo jiz” Kozlov (Australia) $14,340.00
6. jj20002 (Venezuela) $9,799.00
* reflects the result of a heads-up deal that left $4,000 in play for the winner

WCOOP-23: $215 PL Omaha (Knockout)
Entrants: 1,368
Prize Pool: $277,704 (Regular Prize Pool: $221,274.00; Bounty Prize Pool: $56,430.00)
Places Paid: 171

1. Trymean77 (Sweden) $31,729.37 * + 11 bounties
2. MaxSinctin (Russia) $28,337.34 * + 11 bounties
3. kuhns89 (Austria) $26,208.89 * + 11 bounties
4. zidix (Bulgaria) $15,046.63 + 5 bounties
5. sslazio904 (Russia) $10,953.06 + 12 bounties
6. tvtotaliwin (Switzerland) $8,740.32 +4 bounties
7. RadioSurvive (Australia) $6,527.58 + 16 bounties
8. fer_90_1 (Colombia) $4,314.84 + 10 bounties
9. theNERDguy (Brazil) $2,389.75 + 11 bounties
* Denotes a deal among the final three players

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Top ten winners

It wasn’t all WCOOP this weekend, with the biggest winners from the weekend Majors listed below:

WCOOP 2nd Chance 25: $1,050 NLH [8-Max, Optional Re-Entry]: tRaMp$d0PrAy (Mexico) $91,390.00
$530 Sunday 500: filfedra (Czech Republic) $84,150.00
$109+R Sunday Rebuy: GeraldoCesar (Brazil) $63,029.50
$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max]: blanconegro (Mexico) $57,754.79
$215 Sunday 2nd Chance: Spowi07 (Austria) $50,592.00
WCOOP 2nd Chance 26: GOGOGOGO#1 (Germany) $43,257.51
WCOOP 2nd Chance 24: EvnomiYa (Russia) $39,664.77
The Weekender: $530 NLHE [8-Max, 2-Day]: elmerixx (Finland) $38,712.69
$215 Weekly Turbo NLHE: phounderAA (Czech Republic) $33,928.20
$109 Sunday Kickoff: RuiNF (Czech Republic) $32,512.00

Click here for the full list of tournament results on PokerStars for the weekend of September 12-13, 2015.

Coming up today

Today
Event #27: $100 PL Omaha (6-max Progressive Super KO) 11.00 ET
Event #28: $300 NL Hold’em (6-max) 14.00 ET
Event #29: $665 7-Card Stud Championship 17.00 ET

Still to play
Three events conclude today
Event #24: NL Hold’em (Sunday Warm-Up SE) 88 of 6190 remaining
Event #25: NL Hold’em (8-max, High Roller) 42 of 340

To look ahead at the entire schedule visit the WCOOP 2015 homepage.

Leader board

The leader board now has some meat on it, with 23 of the 70 events now completed. Two final tables this weekend did wonders for RuiNF who jumped into the lead with 215 points (8 cashes), some way ahead of second placed Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich with 165 points. Jason “jcarverpoker” Somerville has also moved into the top ten thanks to his second final table. He’s tied for fourth place with 155 points (4 cashes).

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Find all the leader board details right here

Tweet of the weekend

An easy decision…

join me live as I try to make uncle dnegs proud in the Stud 8 #WCOOP day two! @RealKidPoker http://t.co/SC8PJ500mJ pic.twitter.com/vMkouHZpSS

— Jason Somerville (@JasonSomerville) September 12, 2015

On to week two

We’re not in to week two of WCOOP 2015 with more than 50 events still to play. Discover everything there is to know about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage, and as always send any thoughts or comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStars Blog.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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37,000 | Twitch Fans Unite

37,000 | Twitch Fans Unite

The king of poker on Twitch, Jason Somerville, made a deep run in Event #7 – NLH Progressive Super-Knockout during the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), currently happening at a computer near you. Somerville’s Run It UP! warriors were in full force as a record 37,000+ people were simultaneously watching him have to settle for a 6th place finish in the event. Top 5 | WCOOP Event #7 – NLH Progressive Super KO 1st ‘Showtime43’ (CAN),…

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37,000 | Twitch Fans Unite

37,000 | Twitch Fans Unite

The king of poker on Twitch, Jason Somerville, made a deep run in Event #7 – NLH Progressive Super-Knockout during the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), currently happening at a computer near you. Somerville’s Run It UP! warriors were in full force as a record 37,000+ people were simultaneously watching him have to settle for a 6th place finish in the event. Top 5 | WCOOP Event #7 – NLH Progressive Super KO 1st ‘Showtime43’ (CAN),…

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2015 WCOOP: Bulgaria’s Liskacha survives final table quagmire to win Super-KO Event #16 ($1,050 NL Thursday Thrill SE)

2015 WCOOP: Bulgaria’s Liskacha survives final table quagmire to win Super-KO Event #16 ($1,050 NL Thursday Thrill SE)

Marathon final tables test your patience and discipline. You can have all the skill and ability in the world, but if you cannot maintain focus for an extended period of time, then you’re doomed to fail when it counts the most. The final table in WCOOP Event #16 hit a lull when it got down to six players. During that 100-minute stretch, the entire dynamic of the final table had shifted and changed a dozen times. Coming out of that arduous dead zone, Liskacha shifted gears into aggro-mode. The Bulgarian chipped up to an immense lead and eventually got down to heads-up against Poland’s actaml. Liskacha failed to put actaml away early and the short stack went into full-blown “alligator blood” mode to extend their battle to over 90 minutes. But similar to the extended lull in the middle of the final table, Liskacha hunkered down and regained focus. Liskacha patiently waited for another opportunity to finish off actaml and finally landed a crushing blow to become the newest WCOOP champ.

2015 WCOOP Event #16 $1,050 NL Hold’em (Progressive Super-Knockout, Thursday Thrill Special Edition) attracted 1,828 runners to this two-day affair. They contributed to a total prize pool worth $1,828,000, with a fair split of $914,000 devoted to the regular prize pool and bounty prize pool. The top 216 places paid out with $149,941.70 set aside to the champion. In this Progressive Super-KO format, each player begins with a $500 bounty and whenever someone is eliminated, the winning player collects half the bounty and the other half is added to their initial bounty.

Day 1 ended with 63 players advancing to Day 2 and marty7 (United Kingdom) sat in the top spot with 744K.

Day 2 progressed slowly and the final table was even slower. When action started hand-for-hand with 10 remaining, three big stacks were jockeying for the top spot: Liskacha (Bulgaria) held the lead with 3.1M, with actaml (Poland) and chiconogue (Brazil) right behind. UK’s pablotenisis was the shortest stack with barely 420K. One of the other short stacks, Vitorbrasil, made a final stand with [2c][2h] against Howié’s [Kh][Qh]. Vitorbrasil’s pocket deuces held up through the turn but the [Qc] spiked on the river and Howié won the pot. Vitorbrasil bubbled off the final table in tenth place, which paid out $7,220.60. Howié picked up a bounty worth $4,796.87 for picking off Vitorbrasil and Howié’s own bounty increased to $14,881.81.

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WCOOP Event #16 – Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: Howié (2,408,904)
Seat 2: Negriin (1,268,355)
Seat 3: pablotenisis (318,556)
Seat 4: actaml (3,500,108)
Seat 5: Liskacha (3,589,587)
Seat 6: chiconogue (3,181,272)
Seat 7: leopeluca (1,605,675)
Seat 8: FaZeHigh (1,481,587)
Seat 9: gray31 (925,956)

The final table commenced during Level 43 with blinds at 17.5K/35K and a 4,375 ante. Liskacha held the lead with approximately 3.6M, and pablotenisis was struggling with only 318K. The final table featured Francisco ‘chiconogue’ Nogueira, who won a WCOOP last year.

BOB DYLAN’S BLUES: pablotenisis eliminated in 9th place

The final table quickly saw an exit when one of the shorties hit the road… pablotenisis insta-shoved for 274,806 and FaZeHigh re-shoved for 1,420,337, and everyone else bailed. Heads-up. FaZeHigh was ahead with [Qc][Qs] against pablotenisis’s [Kc][Js]. The board ran out [9h][7d][2d][Tc][4h]. Although pablotenisis turned a gutshot draw, it never filled in and pablotenisis failed to improve. FaZeHigh faded a straight and pocket Queens held up for the win. For a ninth-place finish, pablotenisis earned $9,140.00.

DOWN THE HIGHWAY: gray31 eliminated in 8th place

The final table played for almost two levels before we saw a second elimination. One of the biggies took out a small stack… actaml min-raised to 90,000 and gray31 called from the big blind. Both players checked the flop of [5h][3h][3s]. When the [Qs] fell on the turn, gray31 fired out 112,500, actaml bumped it to 315,000, and gray31 called. The [2h] hit the river, gray31 shoved for 377,873 and actaml called.

gray31: [7h][4h]
actaml: [5c][5s]

Although gray31 rivered a flush, it was meaningless because actaml flopped a full house. Poland’s actaml won the pot and collected $5,113.28 for busting gray31 and their own bounty increased to $21,417.95. Alas, Canada’s gray31 was knocked out in eighth place and took home $15,995.00.

THE GIRL FROM NORTH COUNTRY: Howié eliminated in 7th place

Howié opened to 111,000, actaml called, and chiconogue called. The flop was [Ah][Th][3h] chiconogue checked, Howié bet 200,875, actaml called, and chiconogue folded. Heads-up. All the money went in on the turn when the [Jc] fell.

Howié: [Ad][Kd]
actaml: [Qh][9h]

Howié flopped top pair, but actaml flopped a flush. The [Tc] on the river did not help Howié. Poland’s actaml won the pot and Howié busted out in seventh place, which paid out $25,135.00. Poland’s actaml earned another bounty. This one was worth $7,440.91, and actaml’s own bounty increased to $28,858.85. With six to go, actaml was closing in on 6M and leopeluca was last with 866K.

SLOW DOWN

The dreaded slowdown. With six left in the hunt, the lead changed hands several times, but no one was ever close to busting. Negriin became the new leader with 5.7M, while FaZeHigh was the shorty with 1.1M.

A HARD RAIN’S GONNA FALL: FaZeHigh eliminated in 6th place

Six-handed lasted nearly 100 minutes before someone finally bowed out. FaZeHigh bombed it all-in for 994,685 with [As][Qd] and actaml woke up with [Jd][Jh]. The board ran out [Tc][4h][2s][Jc][Qh]. FaZeHigh turned a Broadway gutshot draw, but never got there on the river. Instead, FaZeHigh backdoored a pair of Queens, which were no match against actaml’s set of Jacks (which popped up on the turn). FaZeHigh busted in sixth place, which paid out $34,275.00. Poland’s actaml earned a bounty worth $11,937 for picking off FaZeHigh and their own bounty jumped to $40,795.84.

With five remaining, Liskacha was closing in on 7M, followed by Negriin (4.4M), actaml (3.5M), leopeluca (2.5M), and chiconogue (777K).

TALKIN’ WORLD WAR III BLUES: chiconogue eliminated in 5th place

Five-handed lasted a couple of hands. Negriin min-raised to 200,000, super-short chiconogue moved all-in for 517,204 and Negriin called. A desperate chiconogue attempted to double up with [Kc][5c] against Negriin’s [As][6s]. Although chiconogue flopped a flush draw, the Brazilian never got there. The board finished up [Jc][Jh][2c][7s][Jd] and neither player improved. Negriin won the pot with an Ace-kicker. For a fifth-place performance, chiconogue took home $43,415.00. Negriin picked up $7,015.62 for chiconogue’s bounty. Meanwhile, Negriin’s own bounty increased to $16,976.54.

With four to go… Liskacha still led with 7.7M, followed by Negriin’s 5.3M. Bringing up the rear was leopeluca with 2.1M.

DON’T THINK TWICE, IT’S ALRIGHT: Negriin eliminated in 4th place

Liskacha was in full bully mode and open-shoved for 11,243,316 and Negriin called all-in for 1,827,796 with [9c][9s]. Liskacha had overcards with [Qc][Tc]. The board finished up [Kd][Qd][8h][5h][Ad]. Liskacha flopped a pair of Queens to win the pot. Negriin was dunzo in fourth place, which paid out $61,238.00. Liskacha earned another bounty. This one was worth $8,488.27. Liskacha’s own bounty was bumped up to $11,238.27.

With three remaining, Liskacha sat atop a mountain of chips with 13.2M, followed by actaml’s 3M and leopeluca’s 2M.

BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND: leopeluca eliminated in 3rd place

Liskacha went on the attack and shoved for 13,246,112 with [Qd][4c] and leopeluca called all-in for 1,577,338 with [Ac][7s]. Despite the better hand, leopeluca never improved. The board finished up [Jh][Ts][3d][9c][Qs] and Liskacha rivered a fortuitous Queen to win the pot. Argentina’s leopeluca was knocked out in third place, which paid out $82,260.00. Liskacha earned another bounty — $6,124.02 for busting leopeluca. Liskacha’s own bounty increased to $17,362.28.

HEADS-UP: actaml (Poland) vs. Liskacha (Bulgaria)
Seat 4: actaml (3,319,050)
Seat 5: Liskacha (14,960,950)

Almost a 5-to-1 edge for Liskacha. The final heads-up battle would be waged over four levels.

Level 50… actaml doubled up and avoided an elimination by making a straight with [Td][6d] against Liskacha’s [Qs][Jh] and two pair. Near the end of the level, actaml struck again and doubled up a second time in a 7.5M pot that was a battle of two pair (Jacks and Eights vs. Eights and Sixes).

Level 51… actaml dominated this level playing small ball and nearly pulled even. By the end of the level, actaml was only down 9.8M to 8.4M.

Level 52… Liskacha applied pressure and picked up a trio of pots worth 1.2M to get back over 13M. Liskacha chipped away had actaml on the ropes for the rest of the level.

Level 53… the final outcome would be determined less than ten hands.

MASTERS OF WAR: actaml eliminated in 2nd place; Liskacha wins WCOOP Event #16 Super-KO!

Going into the final hand, actaml was down to 4M and Liskacha was over 14.2M… actaml min-raised to 320,000, Liskacha bumped it up to 680,000, actaml four-bet shoved for 3,999,700 and Liskacha called. Liskacha was way ahead with [Kc][Kd] against actaml’s [9h][9c]. The board finished up [Jh][7h][7c][Qh][8d] and Liskacha’s Kings held up to win the pot with two pair — Kings and sevens. Unfortunately, actaml was unable to improve and busted out in second place. Liskacha collected a bounty on actaml worth $20,397.92, and Liskacha’s own bounty increased to $37,760.20.

For a sensational runner-up performance, actaml earned $109,680.00.

Congrats to Bulgaria’s Liskacha for winning Event #16! First place paid out an impressive $149,941.70.

WCOOP-16: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Progressive Super-Knockout, Thursday Thrill SE)
Entrants: 1,828
Prize Pool: $1,828,000 (Regular prize pool: $914,00; Bounty prize pool: $914,000)
Places Paid: 216

1. Liskacha (Bulgaria) $149,941.70 + $37,760.20 bounties
2. actaml (Poland) $109,680.00 + $40,795.84 bounties
3. leopeluca (Argentina) $82,260.00 + $12,248.03 bounties
4. Negriin (Argentina) $61,238.00 + $16,976.54 bounties
5. Francisco ‘chiconogue’ Nogueira (Brazil) $43,415.00 + $14,031.23 bounties
6. FaZeHigh (Netherlands) $34,275.00 + $23,873.99 bounties
7. Howié (Belgium) $25,135.00 + $14,881.81 bounties
8. gray31 (Canada) $15,995.00 + $10,226.56 bounties
9. pablotenisis (United Kingdom) $9,140.00 + $7,140.62 bounties

Visit the WCOOP home page for a schedule of remaining events and take a peek at the leader board to find out who is in contention for Player of the Series.

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Pauly McGuire is an author and freelance contributor to PokerStars.

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WCOOP 2015: Nlzkm9 plows through PLO field, wins Event #15 ($215 PLO, 1R1A)

WCOOP 2015: Nlzkm9 plows through PLO field, wins Event #15 ($215 PLO, 1R1A)

In pot-limit Omaha, four hole cards instead of two mean generally speaking you have to do better than be dealt a big pair to win what’s in the middle. But sometimes that’s enough, as happend for Nlzkm9 on the final hand of the 2015 WCOOP Event #15, a $215 PLO tournament with one rebuy and one add-on.

Dealt a pair of kings on the tournament’s final hand, the pair would hold for Nlzkm9, earning the Hungarian the tournament’s final pot, a $57,362.10 first prize, and a shiny WCOOP bracelet.

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There were 740 entries total coming out for this one on Thursday, and after taking 405 rebuys and 418 add-ons that group built a $312,600 prize pool, well over the $200K guarantee. They played all of the way down to just 23 players on Day 1, with Germany’s akia86 ending the night with the chip lead and Nlzkm9 sitting in fourth position.

Here’s how the top 10 looked to start today’s final day of play:

1. akia86 (Germany) — 662,756
2. UziStuNNa (Hungary) — 602,204
3. Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer (United Kingdom) — 541,539
4. Nlzkm9 (Hungary) — 527,115
5. kalashn1kovv (Slovenia) — 510,077
6. Ben “vindog03” Vinson (United Kingdom) — 468,595
7. wuutti (Finland) — 462,734
8. magic_mente (Slovenia) — 418,008
9. MeJohann (United Kingdom) — 380,444
10. chininhaltig (Germany) — 345,449

Within the first half-hour on Friday five players had hit the rail, including TCOOP winner Smertin (22nd) and SCOOP champ aaa1 (20th), both of whom earned $1,563 for their finishes. Meanwhile Nlzkm9 had surged to the top of the counts, having swiftly built up over 1.1 million, at the time about 300,000 clear of Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer in second position.

Over the next hour nine more players would be sent railward. Desolas (18th), 1dönertasche (17th), and HeadShotFyoV (16th) each earned $2,188.20 for their finishes. Two-time SCOOP winner Stroynowski (15th), YaaGy (14th), and Henri “I_Mr_U_Bean” Koivisto (13th) were next out, picking up $2,813.40 apiece. And sauce3000 (12th), komarolo22 (11th), and chininhaltig (10th) each were felted thereafter, each earning $3,438.60.

With kalashn1kovv the new leader and Brammer still second in chips, the final table was underway.

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Seat 1: wuutti (Finland) — 836,216
Seat 2: MeJohann (United Kingdom) — 872,918
Seat 3: kalashn1kovv (Slovenia) — 1,359,872
Seat 4: UziStuNNa (Hungary) — 524,191
Seat 5: Nlzkm9 (Hungary) — 971,435
Seat 6: magic_mente (Slovenia) — 499,983
Seat 7: Ben “vindog03” Vinson (United Kingdom) — 987,468
Seat 8: akia86 (Germany) — 622,952
Seat 9: Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer (United Kingdom) — 1,139,965

Just a few minutes into the final table, the blinds were 15,000/30,000 when magic_mente opened for 66,000 from the small blind, getting a call from Ben “vindog03” Vinson in the BB. The flop came [8s][3h][9d], magic_mente led for 63,360, and Vinson called. The turn then brought the [Ah] and another bet from magic_mente of 243,196. This time Vinson responded with a raise-shove all in and magic_mente called with the not quite 100,000 left behind.

magic_mente had [Kh][Jh][Td][5s] and was drawing while Vinson held [Ad][Kc][8d][5h] for top pair of aces. The river was the [Kd], and magic_mente was done in ninth.

Nearly a half-hour later they were into the day’s third hour of play when akia86 opened with a pot-sized raise to 175,000 from early position, wuutti reraised all in for just over 500,000 from a couple of seats over, and akia86 called with the almost 175,000 left behind.

akia86 was double-suited with [Ad][8d][7c][2c] while wuutti held [Kh][Kc][6h][4d]. The board rolled out [3s][7h][Qh][9h][Th], making a flush for wuutti and sending akia86 off in eighth.

Play continued with kalashn1kovv remaining in front while Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer slipped to seventh of seven. Then came a hand that saw Brammer open for the maximum, betting 210,000 from early position and leaving himself about 270,000 behind.

It folded to Nlzkm9 in the big blind who reraised pot, and Brammer called all in, showing [Ah][Kh][Jd][8s] while Nlzkm9 had [Kd][Kc][8h][8c]. The community cards brought lots of clubs, coming [6c][3c][9c][Jc][7s], giving Nlzkm9 a flush and stopping Brammer in seventh.

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Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer

A huge hand developed shortly thereafter, one beginning with Nlzkm9 raising to 120,000 from early position. MeJohann three-bet to 420,000 from the small blind, Nlzkm9 called, and the flop came [5d][Td][4c]. That prompted an all-in bet of 772,918 from MeJohann, and Nlzkm9 was there with the call.

MeJohann turned over [Ac][Kc][Qd][7d] for a diamond flush draw, while Nlzkm9 had [Jc][Tc][8d][6d] for top pair, a lesser flush draw, and a gutshot to a straight. The turn was the [Qh], giving MeJohann a better pair, but the river brought the [6s] to make a second pair for Nlzkm9 and thrust the Hungarian into the chip lead. That knocked out MeJohann in sixth, the fifth cash already in this year’s WCOOP for the U.K. player on PokerStars.

Two more knockouts quickly followed, carrying things up to the day’s three-hour mark.

First it was Nlzkm9 opening with a 2x raise to 160,000 from the cutoff and watching Ben “vindog03” Vinson call from a seat over. kalashn1kovv then three-bet to 680,000 from the big blind, forcing a fold from Nlzkm9 but Vinson called. The flop then came [5s][2d][9h], prompting kalashn1kovv to shove all in and Vinson to call off with the almost 280,000 he had left.

Vinson had [Qh][Ts][9s][8d] for nines and overcards while kalashn1kovv had [6c][5h][4d][3h] for a big wrap to a small straight. The turn was the [Ac], keeping Vinson in front, but the river was the [6s] to make that straight for kalashn1kovv and knock out Vinson in fifth.

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Ben “vindog03” Vinson

Just two hands later UziStuNNa limped in from the small blind, Nlzkm9 raised to 240,000 from the big, and UziStuNNa called. The flop brought three Broadway cards — [Jh][Kh][Qc] — and after UziStuNNa checked, Nlzkm9 fired 120,000. UziStuNNa then check-raised all in for almost 700,000, and Nlzkm9 called.

UziStuNNa had [As][Tc][7h][3s] and Nlzkm9 [Ah][Qd][Ts][5h], meaning both had flopped straights though Nlzkm9 had a redraw to a heart flush. The turn was the [3h], bringing the flush, making the [7c] no matter and eliminating UziStuNNa in fourth.

Hour number four of Day 2 began with Nlzkm9 way ahead with about 4.17 million, kalashn1kovv next with just over 2.04 million, and wuutti third with a shade under 1.6 million.

Almost 15 minutes later, the blinds were 40,000/80,000 when Nlzkm9 opened for 200,000 from the small blind, wuutti three-bet to 600,000 from the big, Nlzkm9 made it 1 million to go, wuutti pushed for about 1.35 million total, and Nlzkm9 called.

Nlzkm9: [Ad][Qc][Jd][7c]
wuutti: [Kc][Qh][9c][8c]

The board came [Ad][5c][7d], then [Kd], then [3h], giving wuutti a just a pair of kings while Nlzkm9 had made two pair. wuutti was out in third, and heads-up play began with Nlzkm9 sitting on 5.26 million versus kalashn1kovv’s 2.55 million.

Eighteen hands later the gap between the pair had narrowed with Nlzkm9 down just under 4.44 million and kalashn1kovv up to almost 3.38 million.

Then with the blinds at 50,000/100,000 a preflop raising war erupted with kalashn1kovv min-raising to 200,000 from the button, Nlzkm9 making it 600,000, kalashn1kovv four-betting to 1.8 million, Nlzkm9 shoving all in, and kalashn1kovv calling with what was left behind.

Nlzkm9: [Ah][Kd][Ks][8d]
kalashn1kovv: [9h][8h][7c][6c]

Nlzkm9 had been dealt that big pair and was single-suited. Meanwhile kalashn1kovv was double-suited with a rundown of middle cards and was looking for some cooperating community cards to come to prolong the match.

The flop came promisingly for kalashn1kovv, coming [5h][Qd][9d] to provide a pair and a wrap draw although another diamond would mean doom. The turn and river were both blanks, though, coming [3c] then [Th], meaning Nlzkm9’s pair of kings had held to win the pot and the title.

Congrats to Nlzkm9 for besting a big WCOOP field to win the bracelet and a first prize worth more than $57K.

WCOOP-15: $215 PL Omaha (1R1A)
Entries: 740 (405 rebuys, 418 add-ons)

Prize pool: $312,600

Places paid: 99

1. Nlzkm9 (Hungary) $57,362.10
2. kalashn1kovv (Slovenia) $40,950.60
3. wuutti (Finland) $30,947.40
4. UziStuNNa (Hungary) $23,288.70
5. Ben “vindog03” Vinson (United Kingdom) $16,255.20
6. MeJohann (United Kingdom) $13,129.20
7. Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer (United Kingdom) $10,003.20
8. akia86 (Germany) $6,877.20
9. magic_mente (Slovenia) $4,063.80


So much has happened already and it’s still only the first week of the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker. Head over to the WCOOP page for info about the rest of the 70-event schedule, as well as results so far and updated totals in the Player of the Series race currently led by none other than EPT11 Player of the Year Dzmitry “Colisea” Urbanovich.

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WCOOP 2015: Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich denied fourth COOP title by Ti0373 – who wins his third

WCOOP 2015: Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich denied fourth COOP title by Ti0373 – who wins his third

2012 feels like a long time ago. The Olympics took place in London; Barack Obama was re-elected for his second term as US President; and The Dark Knight Rises took more than a billion dollars in cinemas around the world.

It was also – going by his online tournament results – the best year in the history of Russian player Ti0373’s career. Let’s have a look at some of his 2012 results:

1st – WCOOP-57: $530 NLHE – $182,629
1st – WCOOP-39: $700 NLHE Heads Up – $120,600
3rd – FTOPS Main Event – $253,932
3rd – WCOOP-34: $320 PL Omaha – $55,560

Pretty outstanding, by anyone’s standards. Two WCOOP titles within a week of each other? Incredible.

Well the dark knight from Russia has risen again, taking down his third WCOOP title and $20,402.23 in Event 12, a $700 NL Draw tournament.

It wouldn’t be a walk in the park though. Online poker changes faster than most games, and since 2012 strategies have evolved, training sites have become more popular, and players became a lot better. A new generation of geniuses came to fruition between 2012 and now, one of which was Poland’s Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich.

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Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich close to fourth COOP title

He won a WCOOP and SCOOP event in 2014 and his second SCOOP title in May, as well as some astonishing live results which led to us calling the last EPT season the ‘year of Urbanovich‘. Here are just a few of his live scores since March 2015:

1st – EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller €1,446,600 ($1,595,368)
1st – EPT Malta €25,500 High Roller €572,300 ($605,929)
2nd – EPT Barcelona €50,000 NLHE Super High Roller €841,500 ($949,967)
3rd – EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo €10,200 NLHE Turbo €101,600 ($114,997)

Both Ti0373 and Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich were on this final table. Both were chasing another WCOOP championship. But there could only be one winner.

Here’s how it happened

Looking through the list of players who went deep in this event is like watching the sad part of an award ceremony when they show the black and white video of the people we’ve tragically lost; Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz (33rd), Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier (31st), Ole ‘wizowizo’ Schemion, Kevin ‘ImaLuckSac’ MacPhee (24th), Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier (23rd), PokerStars Team Online’s Naoya ‘nkeyno’ Kihara (15th – $1,020.11), Jon ‘PearlJammer’ Turner (11th – $1,687.10), and falling just one place shy of our final six-handed table was two-time WCOOP champion and five-time SCOOP champion Shaun Deeb (7th – $2,550.27).

There was no rest for Naoya ‘nkeyno’ Kihara either, as after his deep run ended he would stay at the office (his computer) and become our tournament administrator for this event. His services would be needed as we had some deal discussions at three handed play, but we’ll get to that.

Just before we lost our 6th place finisher, here’s how the final table stacked up:

1. KornmeisterX (Germany) 287,751
2. Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich (Poland) 237,832
3. Ti0373 (Russia) 223,201
4. KaptianKush (Canada) 192,104
5. llambias (Argentina) 181,338
6. Vladimir ‘GVOZDIKA55’ Shchemelev (Russia) 57,774

Shortstack Vladimir ‘GVOZDIKA55’ Shchemelev was the first player to fall. The Russian banker and high-stakes player has over $1.6 million in online cash games winnings, and he’s proved he knows his way around tournament play too. After discarding one card in a heads up pot with Ti0373 only to see his fellow Russian discard three, GVOZDIKA55 shoved all in for 49,654, which was called. His [ah][8c][ks][8s][3c] for a pair of eights wasn’t enough to beat Ti0373’s [jh][js][ts][2h][jc] for a set of jacks, and he hit the virtual rail with $3,531.15 for his efforts.

Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich was a healthy chip leader for a while, but Ti0373 wasn’t about to let his chance at a third WCOOP slip away from him. He battled his way into the chiplead not long into five-handed player, and he wouldn’t relinquish the lead again.

Next to go was the chipleader coming into the final table, Germany’s KornmeisterX. It just wasn’t meant to be as a few big pots didn’t go his way, and he’d eventually bust to Urbanovich in an all-in pre-draw hand. Kornmeister drew one card, Urbanovich stood pat – unsurprisingly as he’d been dealt [5s][3s][ts][as][7s] for an ace-high flush. KornmeisterX’s two pair, eights and threes, couldn’t compete and he’d have to settle for fifth place prize money – $5,100.55.

And then there were four

Although Argentina’s llambias was very short stacked with just 37,784 and blinds at 3000/6000, it didn’t stop Ti0373 and Urbanovich from tangling with each other.

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In one big pot, Urbanovich made it 12,000 and Ti0373 bumped it up to 27,887, which was called. Both players discarded three cards, and Ti0373 lead out for a min-bet of 6,000. Urbanovich made a huge raise to 50,000 and got a call from the chipleader, and the cards were revealed: [4s][4h][6d][tc][kd] for Urbanovich, giving him a pair of fours, and [jd][ks][ad][as][8h] for Ti0373, whose pair of aces took down the hefty pot of 167,774.

Things got worse for Urbanovich when he doubled up Canada’s KaptianKush to 320,920 a few hands later, but he was still well and truly in the running for his fourth COOP title.

However, so now was KaptianKush.

“I can gamble I guess”

Neither of those players would be the next to go – that duty would lie with llambias. With the blinds still at 3000/6000, the player from Argentina moved all-in for 42,284 and was called by Urbanovich, who drew three cards. Llambias drew two and then showed [3h][7h][kd][jd][ah] for just ace high, which trailed Urbanovich’s pair of tens. Fourth place money was $6,669.95.

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After several orbits of three-handed play, Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich was the short stack. He was in a hand with big chipleader Ti0373 when the three players started to discuss a deal. With all three expected to hit the ‘pause’ button to see some chop number after the hand was over, Urbanovich typed in the chat “I can gamble I guess. GL guys” and shoved all in for 123,699 with 73,566 in the middle. It was a risky move on the verge of locking up more than third place money, especially as Ti0373 had more than 700,000 in front of him, but it worked.

“Someone had a monster ;)” said KaptainKush, “I respect the heart if he was bluffing lol. Post HH” – meaning he was trying to get Urbanovich to reveal his hand.

“U gonna see everything” he snapped back.

“ye but I hate waiting” KaptianKush said, speaking for all of us watching.

The players then saw the proposed ICM numbers:

Ti0373: $16,745.60
KaptianKush: $13,801.85
Colisea: $12,788.13

With $1,000 left to play for the winner. However, all three players decided to carry on and wished each other luck. And then almost immediately, we’d lose Urbanovich.

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Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich out in third – $10,201.10

Urbanovich called from the small blind and Ti0373 made it 18,000 to play. There was a shove from Urbanovich for 117,385 total and it was called, leading to Urbanovich drawing three cards and his opponent taking two. Urbanovich had managed to end up with two pair, eights and sixes, but it wasn’t enough – Ti0373 had a set of sixes and four time COOP winner and Poland’s all time money winner Dzmitry Urbanovich was out in third place.

From here on it was smooth sailing for Ti0373. Nothing against KaptianKush of course, he just had a pretty big mountain to climb as at one point he was outchipped ten to one.

In the end, he moved all in for 67,545, and with a stack of 1,109,455 Ti0373 made the call and both players drew three. Once again two pair wasn’t enough: KaptianKush’s [3s][3c][qc][qs][js] was behind Ti0373’s [tc][td][3h][7d][ts] and we had our winner.

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Congratulations to Ti0373 who took down his third WCOOP championship and a first place prize of $20,402.23.

2012 really doesn’t seem that long ago now.

WCOOP-12: $700 NL Draw Championship

Entries: 118
Prize pool: $78,470
Places paid: 18

1. Ti0373 (Russia) $20,402.23
2. KaptianKush (Canada) $13,732.25
3. Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich (Poland) $10,201.10
4. llambias (Argentina) $6,669.95
5. KornmeisterX (Germany) $5,100.55
6. Vladimir ‘GVOZDIKA55’ Shchemelev (Russia) $3,531.15

There’s plenty of WCOOP action still to come – check out all the events at the WCOOP home page.

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Jack Stanton is a professional journalist and freelance writer for PokerStars.

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WCOOP 2015: Kashmir_uzi quick on the draw while all hellzito breaks loose

WCOOP 2015: Kashmir_uzi quick on the draw while all hellzito breaks loose

We’re into Day 5 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the latest update with 16 events now started.

Today’s highlights:

Kashmir_uzi wins Event #08, collecting $20,178 for first place as well as a WCOOP bracelet to go with a SCOOP title.
–In Event #09 William “hellzito” Arruda triumphs after a marathon heads-up to win the Super Tuesday Special Edition, more than $260,000 and a first WCOOP bracelet.

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Round up of latest results

There’s nothing like a no-limit single draw event to remind you of a world outside hold’em, not that some of us understand it. But while you or I might still struggle to understand the complexities and nuances of the game, others seem to have it cracked, including the cast, led by eventual winner Kashmir_uzi, who reached the final table of Event #08, the NL Single Draw 2-7 Championship.

Interestingly they are all the type of player who has conquered hold’em at some point in their careers, and who presumably wanted to add other challenges to their poker careers. They have evidently done so with aplomb, as Martin Harris reported for the PokerStars Blog.

The other event to finish since our update yesterday was Event #09, the Super Tuesday Special Edition which, well, went big. The heads-up may have lasted for two and a half hours, but then again what do you expect when first prize turned out to be more than $259,000?

William “hellzito” Arruda of Brazil, earned that after a two way deal with bullyboy1978 from Ireland, who was at least compensated with $240,000. It was a close run thing for Team Pro Jason Mercier in this event, who finished 15th. Pauly McGuire entrenched himself in this one to bring the report, which you can read here.

Here are the two scores in full:

Event #08: $700 NL Single Draw 2-7 Championship
Entries: 134
Prize pool: $89,110

Places paid: 21

1. Kashmir_uzi (United Kingdom) $20,718.11
2. Puurle (Switzerland) $14,57.60
3. raconteur (United Kingdom) $9,802.10
4. EvnomiYa (Russia) $7,128.80
5. Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) $5,346.60
6. Ami “UhhMee” Barer (Canada) $4,009.95
7. Mohsin “sms9231” Charania (Canada) $3,118.85


Event #09: $1,050 NL Hold’em (Super Tuesday SE)
Entrants: 1,722
Prize Pool: $1,722,000
Places Paid: 198

1. William “hellzito” Arruda (Brazil) $259,202.80 *
2. bullyboy1978 (Ireland) $240,177.20 *
3. Tom “tollgate” Grigg (Australia) $159,285.00
4. Phill “Grindation” Mcallister (United Kingdom) $117,096.00
5. 88118811 (Argentina) $84,378.00
6. Dimsevich (Lithuania) $67,158.00
7. gusmaa (Brazil) $49,938.00
8. Elmagico19A1 (Netherlands) $32,718.00
9. Kyle Aiken (Costa Rica) $17,736.60
* = denotes a two-way deal

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today

Plenty to get your teeth into today with three more events starting:

Event 14: $200 NL Hold’em (Big Antes, Optional re-entry) 08.00 ET
Event 15: $200 PL Omaha (1R1A) 11.00 ET
Event 16: $500 NL Hold’em (Progressive Super KO) 14.00 ET

In addition there three events that play out to a winner later today.

Event 11: NL Hold’em (Progressive Super KO) (66 of 3,569 remain)
Event 12: NL Draw Championship (7 of 118 remain including “Colisea” and Shaun Deeb)
Event 13: NL Hold’em Heads-Up (64 of 1,021 remain)

We’ll have final table reports for all three events later today.

Video of the Day

Watch a great demonstration of High Rollering in these highlights from Event #03 of WCOOP, featuring the $10,000 Heads-Up tournament. Here you’ll find both the semi-finals and final in detail, a great way to get inside the minds of some of the world’s best online heads-up players.

If that’s stirred you into opening a PokerStars account yourself, you can do so by clicking here. Not only will you have access to the full WCOOP schedule, but you can enter any one of the WCOOP satellites now running. Get all the details you’ll need on the WCOOP homepage.

Leader board

As was the case yesterday, reidir tops the leader board with no change to his 130 points. In fact the only difference in the top five is the addition of Single Draw 2-7 winner Kashmir_uzi, who with 110 points joins those tied for third place.

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All the leader board details can be found here

Stats and more Stats

Event #13 of WCOOP, which comes to a close later today, might look like an ordinary WCOOP contest, but is has a little more significance, historically speaking. With there having been 487 WCOOP events prior to this year’s championship, Event #13 is the 500th event ever held. A small piece of history perhaps for one of the 64 players still in contention.

You’ll find more on the WCOOP statistics page. Remember to Tweet us @PokerStarsBlog if you find anything bizarre. We’d love to hear what you find.

Tweet of the day

Randy Lew is right…

Qualify to the $51,000 #WCOOP biggest buy-in online tournament for as little as 50 FPPs !!! Look at the photo! pic.twitter.com/Ckc2PDTBtG

— Randy Lew (@nanonoko) September 10, 2015

Today’s dubious fact

With 500 WCOOP events now played two countries – the United States (676 finals) and Canada (508) – can claim to average at least one player at each and every final table.

On to Day 6!

That’s all for today. As WCOOP continues, find out everything there is to know about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage. In the meantime good luck to everyeon taking part. We’ll see you in the headlines tomorrow.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: Ain’t no denyin’ Kashmir_uzi, Event #8 champ ($700 NL Draw 2-7)

WCOOP 2015: Ain’t no denyin’ Kashmir_uzi, Event #8 champ ($700 NL Draw 2-7)

There’s a lot that’s hidden in draw poker.

Unlike flop games (with community cards) or stud games (with up cards), in draw games — such as Event #8 of this year’s WCOOP, the $700 No-Limit Single Draw 2-7 Championship — everyone’s entire hand is kept private. Only choices made regarding discards and betting provide clues regarding the relative strength of a player’s holding.

There are other factors, too, including the player’s image and style, that might provide hand reading clues. A lot of times when playing online, it’s hard to know who you’re up against — unless, of course, you reach the final table of a tournament like this one, where many of poker’s best known and top-ranked talent tend to congregate.

Such was the case again, and after outlasting top players like Mohsin “sms9231” Charania, Ami “UhhMee” Barer, and Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins — plus a number of other ‘COOP stars who just missed the final table — it was Kashmir_uzi of the U.K. taking away the WCOOP bracelet and a $20,718.11 first prize.

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The event drew 134 runners, creating a $89,110 prize pool that easily exceeded the $50K guarantee. The top 21 finishers split the winnings, and on the first day of play on Tuesday the 134 who started played all of the way down to just 12, with Shaun “shaundeeb” Deeb — he of the two WCOOP titles and five SCOOP wins — being the last player eliminated on Day 1, going out in 13th for a $1,782.20 cash.

Among others eliminated just before Deeb who also made the cash were two-time ‘COOP winner Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick (16th), one-time SCOOP winner Dylan “ImaLucSac” Lynde (17th), Martin “nizmo jiz” Kozlov (18th), six-time ‘COOP winner Dan “djk123” Kelly (19th), and Niklas “Lena900” Astedt (20th), each of whom made $1,559.42.

Here’s how the counts looked overnight for the final dozen:

1. bolivianSWAG (Malta) — 195,157
2. raconteur (United Kingdom) — 178,539
3. Ami “UhhMee” Barer (Canada) — 149,938
4. Mohsin “sms9231” Charania (Canada) — 131,255
5. Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) — 128,939
6. EvnomiYa (Russia) — 119,212
7. Kashmir_uzi (United Kingdom) — 114,428
8. Demonic16 (Hungary) — 82,006
9. Puurle (Switzerland) — 68,510
10. Aftret (Norway) — 67,504
11. doriansolo (Canada) — 62,830
12. RunGodlike (United Kingdom) — 41,682

Short stacks RunGodlike (12th) and doriansolo (11th) were both eliminated within the first 15 minutes of play on Day 2, earning $1,782.20 apiece. Aftret (10th) was the next to go, and after slipping in the counts start-of-day leader bolivianSWAG fell as well (ninth). Demonic16 then followed (eighth), with the latter three each earning $2,227.75.

With seven left the final table was set. The Brazilian Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins had the lead at that point, but with the blinds still small there was much poker left to be played.

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Seat 1: EvnomiYa (Russia) — 139,624
Seat 2: Kashmir_uzi (United Kingdom) — 227,472
Seat 3: raconteur (United Kingdom) — 187,189
Seat 4: Puurle (Switzerland) — 250,943
Seat 5: Ami “UhhMee” Barer (Canada) — 174,566
Seat 6: Mohsin “sms9231” Charania (Canada) — 80,010
Seat 7: Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) — 280,196

They’d nearly reached the one-hour mark for the day, and it was long after the first break that the first final table elimination took place.

With the blinds 1,600/3,200, Ami “UhhMee” Barer (who has two SCOOP titles on PokerStars) opened with a button raise to 10,014, then Mohsin “sms9231” Charania (who also has won two SCOOPs) three-bet all in from the small blind for 52,340. Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins called the shove from the big blind, and Barer called as well. All three players discarded a single card, and Barer and Martins each checked.

The at-risk Charania showed [8h][7c][4c][4s][3s], having paired up. Meanwhile Martins had made a 10-low with [Td][8d][4h][3d][2s], and after Barer mucked the pot was pushed to Martins as Charania was sent railward in seventh.

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Mohsin “sms9231” Charania

About 40 minutes later, Kashmir_uzi opened from UTG with a just-over-2x raise to 8,800. By then Ami “UhhMee” Barer had become short-stacked, and three-bet all in for almost 26,000 from the button. At that Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins put in a four-bet from the blinds, chasing Kashmir_uzi.

Martins then stood pat while Barer drew one card, and Martins turned over [Jd][7h][6c][5c][3d] for a jack-low. Barer had been drawing live, but turned over [Td][Tc][6d][4h][2c] for a pair of tens and had to settle for a sixth-place finish.

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Ami “UhhMee” Barer

The remaining five would battle on for more than an hour-and-a-half more, then with the blinds up to 4,000/8,000 it was raconteur opening with a raise to 18,000 from the cutoff, Puurle reraising to 58,888 from the button, then Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins shoving from the small blind for 231,930 total. It folded back around to Puurle who called and then stood pat while Martins drew one.

Martins turned over [Qh][9c][8d][7h][3d] for a Q-low, but Puurle had been dealt a pat-nine with [9s][8c][6d][5h][2s], and Martins was done in fifth.

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Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins

They’d nearly reached the day’s four-hour mark when a hand arose that saw raconteur raise to 22,500 from the button, then EvnomiYa shoved from the big blind for 282,526 (just over 28 BBs) and raconteur called. Both stood pat, and EvnomiYa tabled [Js][8s][7s][3h][2c] hoping the J-8 would be enough. Alas for the Russian, raconteur had that beat with [Tc][9h][8c][5c][3c], and EvnomiYa’s run ended in fourth.

The final trio battled onward, with Puurle edging in front with over 630,000, Kashmir_uzi next with about 468,000, and raconteur third with just under 240,000.

Then after Kashmir_uzi opened for the minimum from the button to 24,000, raconteur jammed from the small blind (for about 20 BBs) and Kashmir_uzi called. Both drew a single card, then raconteur turned over [Td][8s][7s][4h][4s], having paired up the four. Kashmir_uzi’s draw went better, though, resulting in a hand of [Tc][8h][7c][5c][2h], and raconteur was done in third.

Heads-up started with Kashmir_uzi in front with 719,954 versus Puurle’s 620,046. The British player immediately began to widen the gap, pushing up over 1 million as the Swiss player fell back under 250,000. Purrle managed to chip back right away, though, edging back up close to half a million before the final hand suddenly took place.

With the blinds at 6,000/12,000, Kashmir_uzi raised from the button to 28,800, and Puurle responded with a three-bet to 77,777 which Kashmir_uzi called.

Both players stood pat, each giving the other something to consider as the final betting round began.

Puurle acted first, and took the option to shove all in with the 409,177 sitting behind. Kashmir_uzi called the push.

Puurle turned over [Qh][Th][7h][6d][5s] for a Q-low, but Kashmir_uzi had drawn better with [9h][7d][5d][3d][2d] for a nine and it was all over — Kashmir_uzi had won.

Congratulations to Kashmir_uzi, whose Shangri-La beneath the summer moon now includes a WCOOP bracelet to go along with the SCOOP watch won this past May in a $2,100 NL 2-7 Single Draw event.

WCOOP-08: $700 NL Single Draw 2-7 Championship
Entries: 134
Prize pool: $89,110

Places paid: 21

1. Kashmir_uzi (United Kingdom) $20,718.11
2. Puurle (Switzerland) $14,57.60
3. raconteur (United Kingdom) $9,802.10
4. EvnomiYa (Russia) $7,128.80
5. Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) $5,346.60
6. Ami “UhhMee” Barer (Canada) $4,009.95
7. Mohsin “sms9231” Charania (Canada) $3,118.85


We’re still only a few days into the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker, with the majority of the 70-event schedule still to come. Check out the WCOOP page for the full schedule of remaining tournaments.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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How to play the WCOOP $51K

How to play the WCOOP $51K

This is sort of silly, isn’t it? A $51,000 online poker tournament? That’s just crazy talk. Who would do that? Who could possibly afford to play it?

Well, that remains to be seen, but in any case, that tournament is happening. On September 20th, WCOOP will host its first ever $51,000 tournament. Legends like Daniel Negreanu and Ike Haxton are already signed up.

And you’re sitting here thinking, “Brother, there is no way I could ever play in that tournament.”

Brothers and sisters, this is the part where I tell you that you’re wrong. If you want to play in the $51K, but don’t have the money to do so, we have one shot for you. Keep reading to find out how you can do it for as little as 50 Frequent Player Points.

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Right now, at any time of day, you can play 50 FPP tournaments that can get you on a ladder to play in this Saturday’s VIP Bash contest. First prize in that tournament? You guessed it. You’ll be playing alongside Daniel Negreanu and Ike Haxton in the $51,000 WCOOP event. But, even if you don’t hit the top spot, you can win one of 26 other big time WCOOP entries.

• 1st – WCOOP $51,000 Entry
• 2nd to 9th WCOOP $5,200 Entry
• 10th to 27th WCOOP $1,050 Entry

Want to start a little bit higher on the ladder? You can do that, too.

Here’s how the FPP satellite schedule shakes out.

Round 1 (50 FPPs) STT’s running continuously
Round 2 (500 FPPs) 4 times daily at 08:15 ET, 10:15 ET, 14:15 ET and 17:15 ET
Round 3 (5,000 FPPs) Saturday September 12, 12:00 ET
Final (25,000 FPPs) Saturday September 12, 14:30 ET

You can find all the satellites by searching for VIP Bash in the Online Events – WCOOP – FPP Satellites tab.

What’s more, even if you don’t have a PokerStars account yet, earning 50 FPPs isn’t that hard to do once you get started playing. Even a small deposit would get you on the road to earning the FPPs you need to play, and, if you;’re lucky, the $51,000 WCOOP event.

Ready to sign up for PokerStars? Click here to get an account.

Are you going to play? Follow us on Twitter at our @PokerStarsBlog account and let us know!


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WCOOP 2015: Klingons, miracles and statistics

WCOOP 2015: Klingons, miracles and statistics

We’re into Day 4 of WCOOP 2015. Here’s the latest update with ten events played.

Today’s highlights:

MiracleQ wins Event #5, collecting $101,575.49 for first place as well as a first WCOOP bracelet.
Plattsburg wins Event #6, picking up his second WCOOP bracelet, and a winner’s cheque of $90,157.72.
Reidir wins the red eye, taking down Event #10, a FL Hold’em 6-max, for $20,862.

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Round up of latest results

There were two events played out to a conclusion yesterday, with a third completed in the early hours of this morning.

Taking them in order, Event 5 was a 6-max hold’em contest won by Russian player MiracleQ. As Martin Harris reported, this miracle happened against some pretty formidable opposition in the form of Nick “FU_15” Maimone, David “davidv1213” Vamplew, David “EzPaTuLa” Cabrera, and Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank who would finish second. Read the full report on the PokerStars Blog.

Event #6 was perhaps a little less orthodox, won by Matt “Plattsburg” Vengrin, a previous WCOOP winner and self-confessed Klingon (you read that right). As our reported Jack Stanton put it, when was the last time you heard mention of “Klingon blood wine” at a final table? Well then this was a glorious first. Stanton’s report is well worth a read, and Plattsburgh once more proved himself an entertaining winner.

Lastly Event #10 was won by reidir a few hours ago. It was a first WCOOP bracelet for the Brazilian who earned a first prize of $20862 after defeating a field of 549. Read the full report by Heath Chick on the PokerStars Blog.

Here are the scores in full:

EVENT #05: $215+R NLHE (6-Max)
Entries: 1,256 (1,304 rebuys, 980 add-ons)
Prize pool: $708,000

Places paid: 168

1. MiracleQ (Russia) — $101,575.49*
2. Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank (Germany) $88,758.09*
3. David “EzPaTuLa” Cabrera (United Kingdom) $83,662.42*
4. David “davidv1213” Vamplew (United Kingdom) $45,666.00
5. Nick “FU_15” Maimone (Honduras) $29,877.60
6. StEeEINuTz (Canada) $19,470.00

* = denotes a three-way deal

EVENT #06: $700 PL Omaha [6-Max, Monday PLO SE]
Entries: 769

Prize pool: $511,385
Places paid: 102

1. Matt ‘Plattsburgh’ Vengrin (Mexico) $90,157.72
2. Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane (United Kingdom) $66,480.05
3. fjutekk (Sweden) $51,138.50
4. MaTitheone (Poland) $35,796.95
5. Cashcid Linc (Germany) $25,569.25
6. Ravenswood13 (Malta) $15,341.55

EVENT #10: $215 FL Hold’em (6-Max)
Entries: 549
Prize pool: $109,800

Places paid: 72

1. reidir (Brazil) $20,862
2. Dancer King (Russia) $15,372
3. CatPuppy1999 (Germany) $11,254.50
4. GRAILKO (Poland) $7,686
5. Jabracada (United Kingdom) $5,490
6. tatianita032 (Colombia) $3,513

For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.

Coming up today

It’s another full day of WCOOP action, with three more events getting started.

Event 11: $100 NL Hold’em (Progressive Super KO) 08.00 ET
Event 12: $665 NL Draw Championship 11.00 ET
Event 13: $300 NL Hold’em (Heads-Up) 14.00 ET

There are also two more events due to conclude today.

Event 8: NL Single Draw 2-7 Championship
Event 9: NL Hold’em (Super Tuesday, SE)

We’ll have final table reports for both later today.

Leader board

After nearly ten events the leader board is now starting to fill up. The early leader is reidir, who won event 10 earlier today. He has 130 points courtesy of his win (100 points), a 54th place finish in Event #02 (25 points) and a 1,152nd place finish in Event #04 (5 points).

Plattsburgh, who won Event #06 is in second place with 115 points, while I am Bobbie and MiracleQ are tied in third place with 110 points each.

Check out the current standings, along with how points are calculated, on the WCOOP homepage.

Statistics

Our WCOOP statistics page is the type of place that will transform any wet afternoon. On it you can dig up all sorts of fun stuff, such as:

Ahhh Is It? and I am Bobbie already have five WCOOP cashes each.
–Players from the United Kingdom are the first to earn more than $1 million, some way ahead of Russian players on $563,000.
–The UK has also provided the most players, with 2,888.
–Only one Spaniard has ever won a WCOOP title

Lastly

–Event #13 of WCOOP, a NL Hold’em Heads-Up tournament, which starts at 2pm ET today, is by our reckoning the 500th WCOOP event ever staged.

You’ll find more on the WCOOP statistics page. Be sure to Tweet us @PokerStarsBlog if you find anything properly interesting.

Dubious fact of the day

Matt “Plattsburgh” Vengrin once got banned from an arcade. It’s true.

Matt_plattsburgh_Vengrin_9sept15.JPGSir, step away from Donkey Kong: double WCOOP winner Matt “plattsburgh” Vengrin

That’s today’s recap. Don’t forget the WCOOP homepage is your resource for everything about the Championship, including how you can win your way into events in satellites. You’ll also find the full schedule of 70 events. And if you don’t have a PokerStars account signing up couldn’t be easier. Click here to start your campaign for WCOOP glory.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: reidir rises above the limit in Event #10 ($215 FL Holdem 6-Max)

WCOOP 2015: reidir rises above the limit in Event #10 ($215 FL Holdem 6-Max)

Limit Holdem isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but the World Championship of Online Poker continue to prove there is a demand for one of the most traditional forms of poker.

Event #10 of the 2015 WCOOP schedule would see a strong field of 549 players pony up $215 for the Limit Holdem 6-Max Event to exceed the advertised guarantee. Bertrand Grospellier, Andre Akkari, Luka Kovač, Eugene Katchalov, George Danzer, Matthias de Meulder, Jason Mercier and Naoya Kihara were all in the field representing Team PokerStars but they would be bounced out short of the money for the top 72 players.

Another to feel the pain of defeat was Russian krakura who was the unfortunate bubble, leaving everyone else with a minimum $351.36 safely secured.

Just as we had seen a day earlier, Jason “jcarverpoker” Somerville was making waves with another deep run in a WCOOP event, much to the delight of his legion of railbirds. There wouldn’t be a repeat final table this time around though as Somerville was eliminated in 23rd place for a $768.60 return.

When former WCOOP champion Mrp1neApple was eliminated on the final table bubble in seventh place, our final table was set.

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Final Table Line up
Seat 1: reidir (795,903 in chips)
Seat 2: tatianita032 (118,190 in chips)
Seat 3: CatPuppy1999 (654,659 in chips)
Seat 4: Dancer King (414,688 in chips)
Seat 5: Tom “Jabracada” Hall (604,442 in chips)
Seat 6: GRAILKO (157,118 in chips)

With the blinds kicking off the final table at 6,000/12,000, there were already a few short stacks under pressure, and one of those would be tatianita032.

tatianita032 was all in preflop with [ah][3c] and got action from two opponents who played out a big side pot on a board of [7s][4h][6h][7h][Jc]. On the river, GRAILKO was all in with CatPuppy1999 calling it down with [ac][7c] for trip sevens. However GRAILKO showed [kh][9h] for the flush to more than double up as tatianita032’s ace-high was left to head to the rail in sixth place for a $3,513.60 score.

High stakes player and promoter, Tom “Jabracada” Hall was the highest profile player on the final table, but with five players left, Jabracada started to slide onto the short stack after missing a few flops. Jabracada landed a double up with ace-king against the pocket fives of reidir when a king landed on the river, but he couldn’t mount a comeback.

The blinds got hold and Jabracada was short when he found [4d][4s] and stuck the rest of his chips in the middle. There was plenty of action with three callers, but by the river on the [8h][Ac][2s][5c][8d] board, Dancer King was the only opponent standing. Dancer King showed [tc][8c] for trip eights and that was too much for Jabracada who was eliminated in fifth place for $5,490.00.

GRAILKO had done well to survive after coming into the final table as one of the shorties, but the end would come in fourth place.

GRAILKO was almost down to the felt when all in with [4c][7s] against reidir’s pocket aces, but a couple of fours on the flop and a seven on the turn would give GRAILKO a full house for a rather incredible double up.

However the comeback was short lived as GRAILKO couldn’t find another good spot to accumulate chips. Blinded down to three big blinds, GRAILKO went with [3s][6s] preflop against reidir’s [qs][jd]. The board of [Qh][Js][3h][7s][8d] brought two pair for reidir, sending GRAILKO home with $7,686.00 for fourth place.

reidir and Dancer King were the big stacks as CatPuppy1999 would slip back before a raising war erupted in a battle of the blinds with reidir. CatPuppy1999 three-bet preflop in the big blind, and then raised a bet on a [as][2c][5d] flop. When the [6c] hit the turn, the final chips were in the middle with CatPuppy1999 showing [kd][5c] for a pair of fives, but reidir had a real hand with [ah][9d] for top pair. The river was the [qs] to leave CatPuppy1999 to depart in third place for $11,254.50.

Heads-up chip counts
Seat 1: reidir (1,567,856 in chips)
Seat 4: Dancer King (1,177,144 in chips)

reidir would hold the chip lead into heads-up play with Dancer King in what would turn out to be quite an intense battle.

The chips would swing back and forth on several occasions. Dancer King took over the lead and looked a chance to go all the way, but ultimately it would be the aggression of reidir that would arrest control. Not a lot of pots went to showdown, but reidir was able to grind down Dancer King slowly but surely in true Limit Holdem grinding fashion.

When on the short stack, Dancer King would survive several all-in clashes, one with a life-saving deuce on the river to make trips against reidir’s better pair to continue the battle.

However when reidir flopped a straight in a three-bet pot and got value on every street, reidir was just one hand away from victory.

The final hand would see Dancer King, with around four big blinds, raise it up from the button, reidir three-bet and Dancer King was committed all in with [tc][8s]. However the timing wasn’t great as reidir showed up with a monster [kc][ks]! Dancer King caught a pair but it wasn’t enough on a board of [4s][3h][7d][Ts][9s].

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Dancer King picked up $15,372 for second place, but in the end it would be Brazil’s reidir who would claim the WCOOP title along with an impressive $20,862 in prize money.

With that victory we believe that reidir will take the lead in the WCOOP Player of the Series leaderboard…at least for now!

WCOOP-10: $215 FL Holdem 6-Max – $75K Guaranteed
Entrants: 549
Prize Pool: $109,800
Places Paid: 72

1. reidir (Brazil) $20,862.00
2. Dancer King (Russia) $15,372.00
3. CatPuppy1999 (Germany) $11,254.50
4. GRAILKO (Poland) $7,686.00
5. Tom “Jabracada” Hall (United Kingdom) $5,490.00
6. tatianita032 (Colombia) $3,513.60

The 2015 World Championship of Online Poker is just getting started with over 70 events across the series. Check out the WCOOP home page for the full schedule of events playing out over the next three weeks.

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Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a freelance contributor to PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: We have a two-time champ in Event #6…but it’s not a human.

WCOOP 2015: We have a two-time champ in Event #6…but it’s not a human.

“After this is over, we should have some Klingon blood wine… that is what honourable warriors do.”

When was the last time you heard that at a poker table? Then again, when was the last time you played poker with an extraterrestrial?

Let me explain.

In Event #6 of the WCOOP 2015, the $700 PL Omaha [6-Max, Monday PLO SE], a champion from last year has just won their second WCOOP crown. The thing is – he says he isn’t human. He actually identifies himself as a Klingon – the extraterrestrial humanoid warriors from Star Trek.

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You see, for a long time we were under the impression that Matt ‘plattsburgh’ Vengrin, who took this event down for $90,157.72 and his second WCOOP title in consecutive years, was a dude from New York, who had moved to Mexico after Black Friday in order to continue plying his trade on the online felt. Brad Willis, PokerStars Head of Blogging, even interviewed him last year following his win in a $320 NLHE WCOOP event.

It turns out we were wrong.

“I am a KLINGON. If you doubt it, a demonstration CAN be arranged!” Vengrin announced in the chat to tournament monitor and member of Team PokerStars Online Mickey ‘mement_mori’ Petersen.

We’re still waiting to hear back on whether or not those arrangements were made…

The trek to stardom

A total of 769 players entered this event, and several big names made the money including Team PokerStars Pro ElkY (58th – $1,585.29), Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard (16th – $4,449.04) and Chris ‘Moorman1’ Moorman (90th – $1,278.32).

However, two levels into Day 2, with the blinds at 10,000/20,000 and having reached a final table of six, the chip stacks weighed up like this:

1. gavz101 (United Kingdom) – 1,818,878
2. fjutekk (Sweden) – 1,142,113
3. Cashcid Linc (Germany) – 1,054,463
4. plattsburgh (Mexico) – 796,022
5. MaTitheone (Poland) – 593,863
6. Ravenswood13 (Malta) – 326,161

It was a talented bunch. As well as the eventual winner we had Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane, an online nosebleed cash game beast and accomplished tournament player too, having already won a SCOOP event back in 2010. The Brit came into the final table with a dominant chip lead.

Also present was Germany’s Cashcid Linc, who won the Super Tuesday for $77,911 only in July, and has also won a Pokerstars.fr SCOOP event in the past. Ravenswood13 is another high-stake cash game phenom, while Sweden’s fjutekk is a skilled $25/$50 PLO cash game player in his own right.

The human starts huge, but the Klingon clings on

You don’t reach the top of the nosebleeds without knowing a thing or two, and throughout this final table Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane showed us why he’s considered one of the best.

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Ravenswood13 would be his first victim and our 6th place finisher. He opened for 44,800 and both gavz101 and Cashcid Linc called from the small and big blinds, respectively. The [5c][3s][8h] flop caused the chipleader to lead at it with a bet of 90,000, which got a fold from the player to his left. The short stack was going nowhere, however, and shoved for 317,361 total. The snap call meant the cards were flipped: [8s][9h][7h][6s] for Ravenswood13, for a juicy wrap and top pair, but still currently trailing the [ac][8c][9d][3h] two pair of the SCOOP champion. The [5h] turn made things interesting – a wrap and a flush draw is one heck of a PLO hand. But the [as] on the river sealed the deal and the six-max was now down to five.

From this point, gavz101 was unrelenting in his quest to become a double COOP champ. In one hand he took half the stack of Cashcid Linc, then just a few hands later it was fjutekk’s turn to lose a few hundred thousand. He doubled up MaTitheone three hands after that, and then did the same for Cashcid Linc again just a couple of hands later (although, at that point, Cashcid Linc was in the big bling with just five bigs behind). Despite all of this action, gavz101 still had twice as many chips as his next opponent.

Cashcid Linc was the next to fall. A heads up all-in pot with fjutekk saw, by the turn, a board of [8d][qs][6s][ac], giving the German player two pair and the nut flush draw. However, the hand was trailing fjutekk’s top two pair, and couldn’t improve on the river. We had our final four.

With the freshly-gained chips and confidence, fjutekk began to take it to the chipleader, scooping a 1,300,000 pot against gavz101 in just the very next hand. Here’s how the chip stacks looked then:

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Matt ‘Plattsburgh’ Vengrin, AKA the Klingon, was doing just that – clinging on and staying hopeful. He even complimented gavz101 for his skills as a “warrior”. It was only after MaTitheone was eliminated in fourth place by the chipleader that the Klingon warrior began his descent to the stars, doubling up through gavz101 and winning big pots from fjutekk, who eventually busted out in third place.

With blinds at 20,000/40,000, the Swede opened to 100,000 and got a three-bet from gavz101 to 340,000. After calling, the two saw a flop of [ah][6s][qs] which gavz101 fired into with a 240,000 bet. At this point, fjutekk moved all in for 1,412,774 which was called. It was [7c][ac][td][6d] for the Swede, and [kc][ks][jh][js] for gavz101. Despite being ahead with two pair, fjutekk was only a 49.3% favourite to win against the flush and straight draws of his opponent. The [th] turn completed the straight, and the [8h] river changed nothing. We were heads up.

Klingon vs Cochrane – champion vs champion

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Both the Klingon – Matt ‘Plattsburgh’ Vengrin – and Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane were playing for their second COOP titles and a first prize of more than $90,000, which made the battle very exciting indeed. Not that you’d know it from the chat box though.

“Gavz. After this is over, we should have some Klingon blood wine… that is what honourable warriors do,” said Vengrin. “Agreed,” replied Cochrane.

Gavz101 was a big chipleader with 4,265,278 to plattsburgh’s 1,502,222 – but this is PLO, and it doesn’t take long for things to change. The Klingon went on a tear winning pot after pot, one of which was worth more than 1.6 million. He eventually took his first lead of the final table.

“Gamble time I think,” said gavz101 as his stack became shorter and shorter. The Klingon’s response was short and sweet: “Okie.”

It wasn’t going to end without a fight though. Gavz101 doubled up and re-took the chip lead when his made hand held against plattsburgh’s wrap, but just like that the Klingon regained his edge. With blinds at 25,000/50,000 and 600,000 in the pot already by the flop of [jc][qh][3d], gavz101 fired for 250,000 which was called. The turn was the [5d] and now the bet was 750,000; this time, though, plattsburgh shoved for 1,826,266 and was called.

plattsburgh – [8d][5s][qc][7c]
gavz101 – [td][ad][jd][kh]

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The Brit had was behind but his draw was enormous – any ace, king, ten, nine or diamond would give him the win…but the [6s] meant the pot (and massive chiplead) slid to plattsburgh. Three hands later and it was over when gavz101’s [2h][6h][8d][8c] was out flopped, turned and rivered by plattsburgh’s [3h][td][ks][2s], eventually giving him a winning hand of tens full of kings.

So what have we learnt tonight?

– Matt ‘Plattsburgh’ Vengrin is a Klingon
– He’s also now a two-time WCOOP champion
– Gavin ‘gavz101’ remains an online poker beast
– Mickey ‘mement_mori’ Petersen isn’t interested in arranging a Klingon demonstration

But where will the honourable warriors meet to drink their Klingon blood wine? That’s what we really want to know…

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THE KLINGON! Or perhaps Matt ‘plattsburgh’ Vengrin to his friends…

WCOOP-06: $700 PL Omaha [6-Max, Monday PLO SE]

Entries: 769

Prize pool: $511,385
Places paid: 102

1. Matt ‘Plattsburgh’ Vengrin (Mexico) $90,157.72
2. Gavin ‘gavz101’ Cochrane (United Kingdom) $66,480.05
3. fjutekk (Sweden) $51,138.50
4. MaTitheone (Poland) $35,796.95
5. Cashcid Linc (Germany) $25,569.25
6. Ravenswood13 (Malta) $15,341.55

Take a look at the the WCOOP page for info and reports from the entire 2015 series. Enjoy!

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Jack Stanton is a professional journalist and freelance writer for PokerStars.

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WCOOP 2015: It happens for MiracleQ, Event #5 champ ($215+R NLHE, 6-Max)

WCOOP 2015: It happens for MiracleQ, Event #5 champ ($215+R NLHE, 6-Max)

Out of 1,256 entrants, the six making the final table of WCOOP Event #5, a $215 buy-in 6-max. no-limit hold’em event with rebuys, represented a talented group including David “EzPaTuLa” Cabrera, David “davidv1213” Vamplew, Nick “FU_15” Maimone, and Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank — all accomplished players with an impressive collection of live and online achievements between them.

In the end, though, it was Russia’s MiracleQ who managed to overcome the tough line-up and carry away the bracelet, earning a nifty $101,575.49 prize as well following a three-handed final table deal.

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Those 1,256 players took 1,304 rebuys and 980 add-ons, creating a big $708,000 prize pool that easily topped the event’s $500K guarantee.

The first day of play involved players working their way through 28 fifteen-minute levels. They were able to reach the final two tables just before play concluded, and after Sweden’s Perrymejsen went out in 18th place for a $5,841 cash, the tournament was paused overnight with neverfoldQ5 of Austria and eventual champ MiracleQ sitting atop the leaderboard as the only players with more than 1 million chips.

Here’s a look at how everyone’s chip counts looked to conclude Day 1, with a number of familiar folks among those still in the hunt:

1. neverfoldQ5 (Austria) — 1,127,785
2. MiracleQ (Russia) — 1,121,826
3. cube.com (Germany) — 967,536
4. Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank (Germany) — 929,536
5. David “davidv1213” Vamplew (United Kingdom) — 889,193
6. Vinny “BgsaPnaples” Maglio (Canada) — 857,885
7. David “EzPaTuLa” Cabrera (United Kingdom) — 855,848
8. StEeEINuTz (Canada) — 852,113
9. deivid29 (Czech Republic) — 782,365
10. Wesley “ZeelandBoy” Wiemes (Malta) — 743,728
11. ‘Chas3r.007 (Netherlands) — 712,127
12. Evgeniy “as1025” Zaytsev (Russia) — 690,663
13. Joep “Pappe_Ruk” van den Bijgaart (Netherlands) — 619,035
14. Ahhh Is It? (United Kingdom) — 534,923
15. Nick “FU_15” Maimone (Honduras) — 406,312
16. lteopepe88 (Hungary) — 261,958
17. Pandochka515 (Russia) — 227,509

Over the first hour of play on Tuesday, five of the short stacks fell — Pandochka515 (in 17th), lteopepe88 (16th), Evgeniy “as1025” Zaytsev (15th), Ahh Is It? (14th), and Joep “Pappe_Ruk” van den Bijgaart (13th) — all earning $5,841. Down to two tables, MiracleQ had assumed the top spot with more than 1.86 million.

Wesley “ZeelandBoy” Wiemes was next out in 12th, and after having slipped in the counts neverfoldQ5 followed him to the rail in 11th. Vinny “BgsaPnaples” Maglio followed in 10th, with those three each earning $8,142 for their finishes.

Then amid a lot of all-ins and double-ups, deivid29 (ninth), cube.com (eighth), and eventually ‘Chas3r.007 (seventh) successively fell, earning $12,036 apiece, and after almost two-and-a-half-hours of play on Day 2, the final table was set. After starting the day as one of the short stacks, Nick “FU_15” Maimone was on top with six players remaining.

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Seat 1: David “davidv1213” Vamplew (United Kingdom) — 1,400,566
Seat 2: MiracleQ (Russia) — 1,661,984
Seat 3: StEeEINuTz (Canada) — 3,032,395
Seat 4: Nick “FU_15” Maimone (Honduras) — 3,118,487
Seat 5: Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank (Germany) — 2,048,133
Seat 6: David “EzPaTuLa” Cabrera (United Kingdom) — 1,318,435

It took a full hour before the first final table knockout occurred.

It happened in a hand that saw EPT7 London Main Event champion David “davidv1213” Vamplew open with a just-over-2x raise to 176,000 from early position, then StEeEINuTz push all in for 846,001 total from the button. The blinds folded and Vamplew called, showing [Ah][Qd] versus StEeEINuTz’s [Ac][Td]. The board came [9c][5c][Kh][9d][7d], and StEeEINuTz was done in sixth.

About 15 minutes later it was Nick “FU_15” Maimone open-pushing for just over 1.97 million (not quite 20 BBs) from the cutoff, then Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank reraised from the button to chase the blinds. Maimone had [8c][8s] but had run into Frank’s [Jd][Js], and five cards later — [5h][Tc][5d][Qs][6h] — they were down to four.

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Nick “FU_15” Maimone

A couple of orbits later David “davidv1213” Vamplew was the one open-pushing, in his case from the button for 867,240 (not quite nine BBs), and getting called by MiracleQ. Vamplew had [Ad][Ks] and was racing against MiracleQ’s [5s][5c]. The community cards came [2c][7d][6s], then [8s], then [Js], and with no improvement to his hand, Vamplew’s run had ended with a fourth-place finish.

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David “davidv1213” Vamplew

Soon the tourney was paused, and with MiracleQ leading (with 5,173,634), Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank next (with 4,306,874), and David “EzPaTuLa” Cabrera in third (with 3,099,492), the final trio had a deal discussion. The group quickly agreed to an “ICM”-based chop — leaving $10,000 on the table for which to play — and soon cards were back in the air.

Once the deal was made, it didn’t take much longer for players to reach the finish line.

Just seven hands later, David “EzPaTuLa” Cabrera had slipped under 640,000 (less than six-and-a-half BBs), and after posting the small blind open-pushed and was called by MiracleQ. Cabrera had [Ah][2d] and a small preflop edge against MiracleQ’s [Ks][Qs], but the flop came [3d][Qd][3c] to hit the latter’s hand. The turn was the [6c] and river the [Ts], and just like that they were down to two players.

The stacks were nearly even to start heads-up play between MiracleQ (6,555,371) and Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank (6,024,629). Frank was looking to add a WCOOP title to the SCOOP one he earned on PokerStars last May after taking down the $1,050 NLHE Progressive Super KO event for $158K-plus.

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Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank

They remained close for the first few hands, then MiracleQ claimed a few medium-sized pots to create some distance between the pair. Before long they had only been at it for a few minutes, but MiracleQ was already up over 10.7 million to Frank’s almost 1.86 million when the final hand took place.

The blinds were 50,000/100,000 with a 12,500 ante, and after Frank limped in from the button, MiracleQ raised to 300,000 and Frank called. The flop came [4s][5h][6c]. MiracleQ led for 262,500, then Frank raised to 1,148,000, leaving just 26,062 behind. MiracleQ responded with a reraise, and Frank called off with the last of his stack.

MiracleQ: [9d][9h]
lissi stinkt: [Kc][8c]

MiracleQ had an overpair while Frank was drawing. The turn then brought the [6d] and the river the [Ac]. MiracleQ’s nines had held up, earning the Russian the title.

Congratulations to MiracleQ for winning Event #5, a six-figure payday, and a shiny new WCOOP bracelet. Kudos also to Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank and David “EzPaTuLa” Cabrera for getting to the three-handed deal and banking handsome paydays for themselves as well.

WCOOP-05: $215+R NLHE (6-Max)
Entries: 1,256 (1,304 rebuys, 980 add-ons)
Prize pool: $708,000

Places paid: 168

1. MiracleQ (Russia) — $101,575.49*
2. Christopher “lissi stinkt” Frank (Germany) $88,758.09*
3. David “EzPaTuLa” Cabrera (United Kingdom) $83,662.42*
4. David “davidv1213” Vamplew (United Kingdom) $45,666.00
5. Nick “FU_15” Maimone (Honduras) $29,877.60
6. StEeEINuTz (Canada) $19,470.00
* = denotes a three-way deal

The 70-event 2015 World Championship of Online Poker is just getting started. Visit the WCOOP page for results from all the events, the updated Player of the Series leaderboard, and a full schedule of remaining tournaments.

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How many FPPs does it take to get into WCOOP Main Event?

How many FPPs does it take to get into WCOOP Main Event?

Twelve.

It takes 12 PokerStars Frequent Player Points to make it into the $5,200 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event.

In theory, perhaps it’s less. It practice, it could be a lot more. But for Dominik Martan (known as DomMarty on PokerStars) it took exactly twelve. It makes him the record-holder for cheapest WCOOP Main Event entry in history, and by the end of the month, it could turn his world upside down.

“It’s a big experience,” he said. “I never done this before, so it’s a big moment for me.”

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Martan qualified for the Main Event through Mega Path satellites using only a few FPPs, and now he is up for a prize guaranteed to be at least $1.5 million. That’s a big jump from his previous biggest win: €2,258.

The 20-year-old from the Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary has been playing on PokerStars since he turned 18. As he prepares for college, he’s having a hard time wrapping his head around what it means to play in such a big and prestigious event. He has a small bankroll and has only ever been able to afford tournaments with buy-ins of €200 or less.

With that said, he’s not spent his FPPs on stress balls or t-shirts. He spends them all working to qualify for tournaments, and that’s how he ended up with a $5,200 Main Event entry.

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To get some sort of idea about how valuable this is for our man from the Czech Republic, think a little bit about the relative value of FPPs. If you were able to turn FPPs into money, the 12 it cost Martan to win his WCOOP entry would amount to somewhere in the neighborhood of 19 cents.

A few kilometers from where Martan lives, a lunch of beef broth with vegetables and liver balls, marinated beef sirloin in creamy sauce with wild cranberries and bread dumplings, and apple strudel with walnuts and whipped cream costs around $11. If Martan wanted to add a beer or coffee to that meal, it would cost around $3.20.

Now think about that for a second.

The cost of getting into WCOOP for Dominik Martan is less than the change he would have to put on top of that $3 to get a beer with his lunch.

Seriously, all of you get up right now and go to your couch. Dig under the cushions. I’ll wait.

You’re almost guaranteed to find more than 19 cents in there. Look at it in your hands. It looks like nothing. For Martan, the FPP-equivalent of it means he gets to play a dream tournament, one that could end in a dream result.

“If I make the final table,” he said, “it will change my life.”

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WCOOP 2015: Duthie and Somerville among stars of opening day

WCOOP 2015: Duthie and Somerville among stars of opening day

I may not have hidden it very well, but waking up on Monday morning without WCOOP scores to pore over was a disappointment. It’s what comes with a bad memory and failure to recognise that WCOOP events are not ordinary events. They take time to mature and blossom. You have to wait, but the rewards are worth it, as we woke up to this morning.

Five results came through since yesterday, most being the conclusion of two day events (and one three day one), with the prize pools reflecting just how appealing a WCOOP bracelet really is.

Included among them was John “Blessed” Duthie, not a winner last night exactly, but a runner-up. To anyone who wasn’t around to witness the spark that become the European Poker Tour, Duthie was the man who created it. The short version of this oft told story is that he came up with the idea in his bath tub. The longer version includes some back breaking journeys around Europe getting the right people together, and the right organisations on board. It meant that on the outside you saw what would quickly become the richest and most prestigious poker tour in the world. On the inside was Duthie’s persistence and hard work, the legacy of which is still going strong today.

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All that came from his background in poker and television. So known already as an accomplished live tournament player, yesterday he proved himself a master of the online one as well. He picked up $145,605 as runner-up to RcknTheSbrbs. For his part RcknTheSbrbs who took his first WCOOP title, to add to a Super Tuesday, and a first prize of $200,352.

It’s worth noting a couple of things about the WCOOP opener. For one thing it was the first event to technically be played over three days (Phases 1 and 2 preceded the final day of play). For another, it attracted 17,130 players.

Juswhackit won Event #02, which was a special edition Sunday Warm-Up played over two days, while the Sunday Million special edition, officially known as WCOOP Event 4 was won by V7JCV21 of the UK. This one got the biggest all-in-one-go field of the opening day. Some 8,673 players created a prize pool of $1,734,600, of which V7JCV21 took a rather marvellous $260,193.

Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz, well known to the online and live realms (with $1.7 million won in the latter), was the first High Roller winner of this year’s WCOOP. He topped 56 players in Event 3, a heads-up tournament which earned him $196,000

Finally, while events 5 and 6 play today, Event 7 came to a close, a $700 Progressive Super Knock-0ut won by Showtime43, who collected $98,048 + $28,470 in bounties. But ti wasn’t showtime43’s performance that was most notable. Star of the show was Team Pro Jason “jcarverpoker” Somerville.

jcarver-twitch-wcoop_8sept15.jpgJason Somerville multi-tasking on his way to sixth place in Event #7

He’d Twitched every moment of the tournament, all the way through to the final table. While he earned $22,673.50 (plus $15,666.29 in bounties), more significantly he picked up 37,000 simultaneous viewers along the way. He finished sixth, but reached number one in most watched Twitch channels.

That’s yesterday’s idleness well and truly forgotten.

Latest results: Big fields mean big wins

Five box scores from overnight, all detailed below.

WCOOP-01: $109 NL Hold’em (WCOOP Kickoff)
Entries: 17,130

Prize pool: $1,713,000

Places paid: 2,250

1. RcknTheSbrbs (Costa Rica) $200,352.48
2. John “Blessed” Duthie (United Kingdom) $145,605.00
3. pccp1 (Denmark) $111,345.00
4. Adam “Adamyid” Owen (United Kingdom) $77,085.00
5. josh12000 (Switzerland) $59,955.00
6. Howié (Belgium) $42,825.00
7. dan1lych (Ukraine) $29,121.00
8. Raphael “tiarc” Wimmer (Austria) $15,417.00
9. 00SKIP (Canada) $10,278.00

WCOOP 2015: Event #2, $215 No-Limit Hold’em (6-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE)
Entrants: 5,135
Prize pool: $1,027,000
Places paid: 660

1. juswhackit (Ecuador) $156,617.50
2. Robi.gool (Brazil) $112,970
3. TY4Stacks2 (Sweden) $82,160
4. ElarnToPaly (Finland) $52,017.55
5. avibin (Israel) $30,810
6. ervinbet (Romania) $16,432

WCOOP-03: $10,300 NLHE (High-Roller, Heads-Up)

Entries: 56

Prize pool: $560,000

Places paid: 8

1. Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz (Sweden) $196,000
2. forhayley (Russia) $112,000
3-tie. Ullerup Tve “Tochminator” Hansen (Denmark) $56,000
3-tie. s0nny_bLacCk (Germany) $56,000
5-tie. I am Bobbie (Belarus) $35,000
5-tie. Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy (Russia) $35,000
5-tie. David “MissOracle” Yan (New Zealand) $35,000
5-tie. VbV1990 (Russia) $35,000


WCOOP 2015: Event #4, $215 No-Limit Hold’em (Sunday Million SE)
Entrants: 8,673
Prize pool: $1,734,600
Places paid: 1,170

1. V7JCV21 (United Kingdom) $260,193.87
2. komarolo22 (Uruguay) $190,806
3. papatudin (Brazil) $130,095
4. nmafra7 (Australia) $87,423.84
5. Masta_shadow (Netherlands) $69,384
6. I JEFF I (Austria) $52,038
7. NoTilit (Lithuania) $34,692
8. thesilbysays (Canada) $19,947.90
9. paul_peaches (Australia) $13,443.15

WCOOP-07: $700 NL Holdem Progressive Super-Knockout – $750K Guaranteed
Entrants: 1,843
Prize Pool: $1,225,595
Places Paid: 234

1. Showtime43 (Canada) $98,048.91 + $28,470.05
2. Keep3r (Austria) $73,535.70 + $20,052.43
3. TheGreatPike (Norway) $55,151.77 + $15,816.96
4. Mr.Bittar (Brazil) $40,291.43 + $19,504.32
5. sanpri (Mexico) $29,107.88 + $7,281.17
6. jcarverpoker (Canada) $22,673.50 + $15,666.29
7. Tankanza (Austria) $16,545.53 + $2,452.17
8. spaise411 (Russia) $10,723.95 + $4,447.15
9. pokerpimps81 (Canada) $6,127.97 + $2,950.91

You can find the complete list of results from WCOOP 2015 on our dedicated results page.

Leader board update: Pointless!

Today’s leader board is about as meaningful as opening day of the football season. Consider all the winners above to be joint top and we’ll see how that changes tomorrow. You can check out the leader board throughout the Championship on the WCOOP homepage.

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Today’s dubious fact: A great day for Ecuador

Juswhackit’s win for Ecuador is the first ever for that nation in WCOOP. It’s also Ecuador’s first cash, first final table, and first win. What a day.

Tweet of the day:

2nd day of #WCOOP and I have already seen 3 different regs tell people to go die in various ways, going to be a great series! #UnderPressure

— Mickey Petersen (@mickeydp) September 7, 2015

Coming up: Day 3

The third day of WCOOP 2015 will include three new events getting started.

Event 8: $665 NL Single Draw 2-7 Championship
Event 9: $1,000 NL Hold’em (Super Tuesday Special Edition)
Event 10: $200 FL Hold’em (6-Max)

In addition two events conclude today.

Event 5: $200 NL Hold’em (6-max, rebuys)
Event 6: $665 PL Omaha (6-Max)

Click here to find the complete WCOOP schedule

Want to learn a bit of history surrounding WCOOP? We have just the place, with all the results dating back to the first edition of WCOOP way back in 2002. And if that inspires you to open a PokerStars account, then you’ll find all you need clicking here.

Send your comments to @PokerStarsBlog. We’d love to hear from you.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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23,000 | The Bankroll

23,000 | The Bankroll

Twitch phenom Jaime Staples is prepared to dip into a bankroll set at between $15,000 and $23,000 to play a full schedule at the World Championship of Online Poker which started on Sunday. In total, there are 31 events on PokerStaples’ WCOOP calendar. The always entertaining Canadian will stream all events via his Twitch account! Top 5 | PokerStaples’ WCOOP Highlight Events 1- $109 Multiple-Flight kickoff 2- $215 Sunday Warm-Up Six-Max 3- $51,000 Super High Roller (only…

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23,000 | The Bankroll

23,000 | The Bankroll

Twitch phenom Jaime Staples is prepared to dip into a bankroll set at between $15,000 and $23,000 to play a full schedule at the World Championship of Online Poker which started on Sunday. In total, there are 31 events on PokerStaples’ WCOOP calendar. The always entertaining Canadian will stream all events via his Twitch account! Top 5 | PokerStaples’ WCOOP Highlight Events 1- $109 Multiple-Flight kickoff 2- $215 Sunday Warm-Up Six-Max 3- $51,000 Super High Roller (only…

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WCOOP 2015: RcknTheSbrbs rules Event #1 ($109 NLHE); John Duthie runner-up

WCOOP 2015: RcknTheSbrbs rules Event #1 ($109 NLHE); John Duthie runner-up

Event #1 of this year’s World Championship of Online Poker — the first of 70 events (!) on the three week-long schedule — was something unique. For the first time in WCOOP’s 14-year history, an event would require players to play on three different days — an initial “Phase 1,” then a two-day “Phase 2” — to make the final table and have a shot at the first WCOOP bracelet of the series.

The winner of this historic event — a $109 buy-in no-limit hold’em affair with re-entry opportunities — was Costa Rica’s RcknTheSbrbs, no stranger to deep runs in big events on PokerStars including previously winning a Super Tuesday. RcknTheSbrbs earned a cool $200,352.48 first prize to go along with the bracelet.

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Seventy of these will be claimed over the next three weeks

And right there at the end to present RcknTheSbrbs with one final challenge was none other than the man who helped found PokerStars’ own European Poker Tour, John “Blessed” Duthie, who also earned a handsome prize of $145,605 for finishing runner-up.

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John “Blessed” Duthie

Before telling how RcknTheSbrbs and Duthie managed to battle all of the way to the tournament’s final hand, let’s quickly sort out the tournament’s unique format.

Way back on August 30 the first of the “Phase 1” flights were played out, each lasting 14 fifteen-minute levels with the survivors all earning spots in Sunday’s “Phase 2.” Those flights continued to be staged twice per day throughout the week, with five more on Saturday and another one Sunday morning to total 18 of them. Players who played and busted a Phase 1 could come back to try a subsequent one until getting through to Sunday’s second phase.

Ultimately there were 17,130 entries in those “Phase 1” flights, which added up to a total prize pool of $1,713,000 (besting the event’s $1.5 million guarantee). 2,502 players survived to Sunday’s Phase 2, but since only the top 2,250 spots paid the bubble hadn’t quite burst yet. jbrown8777 of Canada enjoyed the chip lead at that point and would start play on Sunday in first position.

Phase 2 began with 15 twenty-minute levels played on Sunday, during which time the field was whittled down to just 151 players, with jbrown8777 falling along the way in 302nd for a $685.20 score. The survivors then took another break, coming back on Monday to finish out Phase 2 and see who among them would be claiming the first WCOOP bracelet of the series. Here’s how the top of the counts looked when play resumed on Monday:

1. pokermeplezz (Australia) — 1,971,623
2. Adam “Adamyid” Owen (United Kingdom) — 1,918,051
3. gregor7878 (Poland) — 1,759,450
4. Stultitia99 (Belgium) — 1,686,465
5. RcknTheSbrbs (Costa Rica) — 1,546,469
6. pluis679 (Netherlands) — 1,531,590
7. 00SKIP (Canada) — 1,389,174
8. RovoDice (Latvia) — 1,269,806
9. Apotheosis92 (Canada) — 1,119,915
10. stralucescu (Belgium) — 1,103,015

Once play began on the final day, it took almost four hours for the 151 returners to play down to just 18. At that point start-of-day leader pokermeplezz had recently hit the rail in 22nd for a $3,169.05 cash, while fellow Aussie jstclkdabtn had ascended to the top of the counts with more than 9.2 million.

It took a little over 90 minutes more for nine more to fall. Stultitia99 (18th), KennethKenny (17th), and PIPI tapis! (16th) were the next out, each earning $3,511.65 for their finishes. dadaking001 (15th), jstclkdabtn (14th), and 4ceJON (13th) followed, picking up $5,139 apiece. Then Matthew101 (12th), Singontiko (11th), and Ahhh Is It? (10th) successively fell, with each cashing for $6,852 for not quite making the final table.

With Howié the new chip leader with a stack of just over 20 million, the final table was underway.

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Seat 1: josh12000 (Switzerland) — 4,987,553
Seat 2: pccp1 (Denmark) — 11,027,215
Seat 3: John “Blessed” Duthie (United Kingdom) — 5,109,106
Seat 4: RcknTheSbrbs (Costa Rica) — 12,241,560
Seat 5: dan1lych (Ukraine) — 15,106,426
Seat 6: Adam “Adamyid” Owen (United Kingdom) — 7,916,662
Seat 7: 00SKIP (Canada) — 4,341,929
Seat 8: Howié (Belgium) — 20,003,554
Seat 9: Raphael “tiarc” Wimmer (Austria) — 4,915,995

It would take nearly an hour for the first final table knockout to occur, with a couple of the short stacks surviving all-ins during the interim. Finally it was Adam “Adamyid” Owen opening with [Ad][Qc], 00SKIP reraising all-in for just over four big blinds with [Kd][Qs], and Owen calling. The board ran out ten-high, and 00SKIP was out in ninth.

Shortly after it was Raphael “tiarc” Wimmer pushing for a tad over four BBs and getting called by both pccp1 and John “Blessed” Duthie. The latter two checked the [Qh][4d][8c] flop, then a bet from pccp1 after the [Kd] chased Duthie. pccp1 had [8d][8h] for a set while Wimmer was drawing live with [Ad][Jd], but after the [2s] river Wimmer was out and they were down to seven.

The next knockout was a big one, starting with a mid-position min-raise by pccp1 to 1.2 million, an all-in by dan1lych reraise to just over 10.1 million from the small blind, and a call from pccp1. It was [As][Ts] for dan1lych and [8s][8d] for pccp1, and after the [5s][9h][Qc][6h][4h] board the eights had held and dan1lych was done in seventh.

Next it was Howié open-shoving from early position for about 5.16 million (about six-and-a-half BBs) and getting one caller in RckntheSbrbs in the big blind. Howié had [Kc][Qh] and needed help against RcknTheSbrbs’s [As][Jh], but the eight-high board didn’t provide it and Howié’s run was over in sixth.

During that same level, Adam “Adamyid” Owen opened from under the gun with a raise for just over 1.72 million (a little more than 2x BB), then watched josh12000 make it almost 4.7 million to go from a seat over — leaving just 10 chips behind. It folded back to Owen who called the raise, and after the two saw a flop come [6d][6s][Qc], Owen led and josh12000 called with those last few chips.

josh12000 had [As][Qd] for queens and sixes, but Owen had flopped trips with [Jc][6h]. The turn was the [3s] and river the [4d], and josh12000 was done in fifth.

A littel later Owen — who we recently saw mixing it up at EPT Barcelona — was the one pushing all in, open-raising for just over 13 million (about 13 BBs) from UTG and getting called by his fellow countryman Duthie in the small blind. Owen had [7c][7h] while Duthie showed [Ks][Qd]. The board rolled out [Jd][9c][8c][Qs][3c], the turn queen giving Duthie the big pot and sending Owen railward in fourth.

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Adam “Adamyid” Owen

As three-handed play continued RcknTheSbrbs built a big lead with over 65 million while the other two — John “Blessed” Duthie and pccp1 — hovered around 10 million. Then came a hand in which pccp1 open-raised for about 9.75 million from the button with [As][Qs] and RcknTheSbrbs called from the big blind with [Ac][8s]. An eight came on the flop — the cards coming [Ts][8h][6h] — and after the [2c] turn and [Td] river, pccp1’s run was over in third.

RcknTheSbrbs began heads-up with a big lead with about 75.8 million to Duthie’s just over 9.8 million. The latter battled gamely, though couldn’t make much headway. Then, just over eight hours into this third day of poker for the two, the final hand arrived.

It began with an all-in button push by RcknTheSbrbs, with Duthie calling with the almost 12.9 million left (just over 10 BBs) after posting the big blind. RcknTheSbrbs had [6h][6c] while Duthie had two live cards with [Qd][Th]. The community cards came [9h][5h][4c], then [Ac], then [4s], and it was over — RcknTheSbrbs was the Event #1 champion.

Congratulations to RcknTheSbrbs, who showed remarkable consistency over the three days of this event. In the Phase 1 flight chosen by RcknTheSbrbs, the player led all survivors from that group, then after the first day of Phase 2 had a top 10 stack before taking the event down today for a nice $200K-plus score.

And kudos as well to John “Blessed” Duthie, who after having earlier overseen the early phases of the EPT’s growth and development, successfully negotiated his way through the phases of this event to come just one spot shy of the win.

WCOOP-01: $109 NL Hold’em (WCOOP Kickoff)
Entries: 17,130

Prize pool: $1,713,000

Places paid: 2,250

1. RcknTheSbrbs (Costa Rica) $200,352.48
2. John “Blessed” Duthie (United Kingdom) $145,605.00
3. pccp1 (Denmark) $111,345.00
4. Adam “Adamyid” Owen (United Kingdom) $77,085.00
5. josh12000 (Switzerland) $59,955.00
6. Howié (Belgium) $42,825.00
7. dan1lych (Ukraine) $29,121.00
8. Raphael “tiarc” Wimmer (Austria) $15,417.00
9. 00SKIP (Canada) $10,278.00

Take a look at the the WCOOP page for all the details about the 70-event series, most of which is still to come!

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz takes down $10K High-Roller Heads-Up (Event #3)

WCOOP 2015: Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz takes down $10K High-Roller Heads-Up (Event #3)

Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz has over $1.7 million in live tournament cashes, but it’s in the high-stakes online games where the Swedish player has long held sway, his reputation as one of the most difficult competitors on the virtual felt even predating that other swingy Swede, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. And after topping one of the tougher fields around in Event #3 of this year’s WCOOP, the $10,300 High-Roller Heads-Up event, Thuritz has further sealed his status as one of the game’s best.

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One of three $10K events on this year’s WCOOP schedule, the “High-Roller Heads-Up” predictably attracted many of poker’s elite players, with 56 ultimately taking part to build a big $560,000 prize pool, nearly double the event’s $300K guarantee.

Sunday saw three rounds’ worth of matches conclude with eight players still standing, outlasting tons of tough competitors like Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, Alex “Kanu7” Millar and Ike Haxton of Team PokerStars Pro Online, three-time ‘COOP winner Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro, Thuritz’s fellow countryman and 2013 SCOOP Main Event (High) champ Blom, and 2014 WCOOP Main Event champion Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, just to name a few.

Quarterfinals

Kicking things off on Monday, the Round of 8 matches were as follows:

Quarterfinals
Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz vs. I am Bobbie
VbV1990 vs. s0nny_bLacCk
forhayley vs. David “MissOracle” Yan
Ullerup Tve “Tochminator” Hansen vs. Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy

s0nny_bLacCk took the lead early versus VbV1990, then ground down the latter to finish things off in less than half an hour. On the final hand fifth street made a straight for VbV1990 but a flush for s0nny_bLacCk, giving the latter the win.

The next match to complete pitted forhayley, the Russian high-stakes player also known as “Dima,” and the Aussie star David “MissOracle” Yan.

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David “MissOracle” Yan

The pair stayed even much of the way. Then after forhayley had edged in front a big pot brewed inside of the one-hour mark to end the match. A river card gave Yan two pair and forhayley a straight, ending Yan’s run and giving “Dima” a spot in the semifinals.

The match between Ullerup Tve “Tochminator” Hansen and Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy was likewise a back-and-forth affair, with Troyanovskiy enjoying a small lead for much of the way before Hansen edged in front and at last finished off the Russian in just under 90 minutes. In the final hand both players flopped top pair of kings, Hansen turned two pair, then all the chips went in on the river to spell the end for Troyanovskiy.

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Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy

The last duel to conclude was the one between Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz and I am Bobbie, taking almost two hours. In that one, I am Bobbie — who final-tabled the 2015 SCOOP Main Event (High), finishing fourth — jumped out to a more than 3-to-1 lead early on, but Thuritz fought back and would enjoy the edge for most of the second half of the match. Finally Thuritz saw a pair of sevens outlast I am Bobbie’s king-queen, and the final four was set.

Semifinals

Semifinals
Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz vs. s0nny_bLacCk
Ullerup Tve “Tochminator” Hansen vs. forhayley

Both of the semifinals matches started similarly, with Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz jumping out to a big lead early against s0nny_bLacCk while forhayley likewise seized the advantage right away versus Ullerup Tve “Tochminator” Hansen.

Both Thuritz and forhayley maintained their leads as the one-hour mark of the matches approached, then a hand arose in Thuritz’s match that saw both players turn flushes, but Thuritz’s was the better one to send s0nny_bLacCk to the rail and give Thuritz the first finals spot.

Meanwhile Ullerup Tve “Tochminator” Hansen was battling and eventually evened things versus forhayley as they moved into hour number two. They continued to see-saw back-and-forth all of the way to the three-hour mark, by which point forhayley had reopened a large lead. But Hansen managed to double-up twice, and the stacks were even once more.

But soon forhayley took a huge lead again after making a set versus Hansen’s two pair. A few hands later Hansen was all in with pocket sixes versus forhayley’s ace-five, an ace fell on the turn, and the finals were set.

Finals

Finalist Players defeated
Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz Kranshan, OLD TIME GIN, Ivan “Negriin” Luca, I am Bobbie, s0nny_bLacCk
forhayley bigpimponlin, Doug “WCG|Rider” Polk, Ankush “pistons87” Mandavia, David “MissOracle” Yan, Ullerup Tve “Tochminator” Hansen

Both players had mowed down five formidable foes to reach the final match, and after taking a short break the sixth match for each began.

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forhayley — or “Dima” — won the first two small pots to lead briefly early on, but Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz soon went in front and would slowly build his lead further over the next half-hour. Finally after forhayley had been ground down to less than 2,000 while Thuritz was up over 18,000, it was the latter opening with a more-than-3x raise to 210, forhayley shoving all in, and Thuritz calling.

ChaoRen160: [Kh][Qh]
forhayley: [3d][3s]

The [2d][5s][Ts] flop meant forhayley’s treys were still in front, but the [Ks] landed on the turn to swing the advantage to Thuritz. The river was the [7d] and it was all over — Thuritz had won.

Congratulations to Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz for overcoming a difficult series of opponents to win the bracelet and $196K first prize, and kudos as well to others making it to the money in this especially challenging event.

WCOOP-03: $10,300 NLHE (High-Roller, Heads-Up)
Entries: 56

Prize pool: $560,000

Places paid: 8

1. Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz (Sweden) $196,000
2. forhayley (Russia) $112,000
3-tie. Ullerup Tve “Tochminator” Hansen (Denmark) $56,000
3-tie. s0nny_bLacCk (Germany) $56,000
5-tie. I am Bobbie (Belarus) $35,000
5-tie. Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy (Russia) $35,000
5-tie. David “MissOracle” Yan (New Zealand) $35,000
5-tie. VbV1990 (Russia) $35,000


This year’s 70-event World Championship of Online Poker is just getting started. Check the WCOOP page for the full schedule of events playing out over the next three weeks.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2015: Hurry up and wait as Championship gets underway

WCOOP 2015: Hurry up and wait as Championship gets underway

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And so this weekend the waiting came to an end with the start of the World Championship of Online Poker – wall-to-wall action with some enormous fields and big paydays to go with them. No seriously it did. It’s just that we don’t have any winners yet.

Just as we told you last week, WCOOP 2015 kicked off on Sunday with the first four events of the 70 event schedule, all of which press on into a second day. In effect, WCOOP has, so far at least, been one big tease. Sorry about that.

But that all changes later today, and while there may not be winners to report on there was progress, which we’ve summarized below.

WCOOP Event #01 $109 NL Hold’em
There were 2,502 players at the start, reduced to 151 at the pause. Leading at the break is pokermeplezz of New Zealand, who has more than 1.9 million (the big blind is currently 16K). It restarts at 4pm UK (11am ET) with more than $200K waiting for the winner.

WCOOP Event #02 $215 NL Hold’em 6-max, Sunday Warm Up, SE
Just 57 of the 5,135 players who started now remain. They’re led by NickSen88 who has 3.75 million chips (big blind 20K). Also still in contention is Marcin “Goral” Horecki, in 38th place with 563K. Things resume later today at 4pm UK time (11am ET), with $156,000 for the winner.

WCOOP Event #03 $10,300NLHE High Roller Heads-Up
There were 56 high rollers at the start, a number now reduced to eight, all of who have reached the money. Those eight are:
ChaoRen160 (Sweden)
Forhayley (Russia)
I am Bobbie (Belarus)
MissOracle (New Zealand)
S0nny_bLacCk (Germany)
Tochminator (Denmark)
VbV1990 (Russia)
Vovtroy (Russia)

Play starts again at 5.30pm UK time (12.30pm ET), with $196,000 for the winner.

WCOOP Event #04 $215 NL Hold’em Sunday Million, SE
There was an enormous field for this one, with 8,673 players registered. Of those 119 play on into Day 2, with $260,000 for first place. MarcosBubu from the United Kingdom leads with 2.2 million chips (big blind 20K). Meanwhile Team Pro Jason Mercier is in 98th place with 340K. The top 1170 players finish in the money, with Christophe de Meulder and Martin “AABenjaminAA” Hruby among them. Event #04 restarts at 7.30pm UK time (2.30pm ET).

So in the absence of any headline winners, the victors of other weekend majors take the limelight, starting with MrMaximize, who took down the Sunday500 for $74,700. There were also wins for Moorman1, and two for Pinguinho. There were also sizeable wins for players winning the WCOOP second chance events, WCOOP do-overs if you will, including TEENageTuRtL from Argentina, and jasven06, from India.

Here are the top ten winners from the weekend:

$530 Sunday 500: MrMaximize (Mexico) $74,700.00
$109+R Sunday Rebuy: ImaLucSac (Canada) $55,980.17
$11 Sunday Storm WCOOP Special: madroo75 (Hungary ) $25,905.91
$320 Saturday Super-Knockout: Gronî (Austria) $25,744.41
The Weekender: $530 NLHE [8-Max, 2-Day]: blakjak19 (Cyprus) $23,591.25
WCOOP 2nd Chance 03: $1,050 NL Hold’em [Heads-Up]: TEENageTuRtL (Argentina) $22,400.00
WCOOP 2nd Chance 02: $109 NL Hold’em [6-Max]: jasven06 (India) $19,844.48
$215 Weekly Turbo NLHE: Durrden (Germany) $18,295.20
$215 Weekly 6-Max NLHE: pinguinho (Australia) $14,514.00
WCOOP 2nd Chance 01: $55 NL Hold’em: flopped6810 (Canada) $10,696.62

Click here for the full list of winners on PokerStars for the weekend September 5-6, 2015.

You’re not limited to being a spectator during WCOOP 2015, even if some of the buy-ins do make your bankroll creak. Throughout the championship you can win your seat via many of the satellites currently running, including for the main event later this month (which are already running). And if you don’t already have a PokerStars account, you can get one very easily by clicking here.

The WCOOP schedule is yours to jump into, and you can find all the details, including satellite information, as well as Player of the Series standings, on the WCOOP homepage. It’s a great player for fans and players alike.

A lot to look forward to, even if we are still waiting for the first result. That changes later today, and we’ll have all the details right here on the blog.

As always you can send us your thoughts and comments to us on twitter: @PokerStarsBlog. In the meantime good luck to everyone at the tables this week, whether you’re still in a WCOOP event, about to play one, or trying to qualify. Let us know how you get on.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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#70 | The Events

#70 | The Events

The 2015 edition of PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker kicked off on Sunday as a grand total of 70 events will be presented during the three-week series. ‘CrownUpGuy’, also known as German star Fedor Holz, won the Main Event last season. This year’s Main Event is set to begin on September 27 – the winner will walk away with $1,500,000! Top 5 | 2014 WCOOP Results 1st Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz (GER) 2nd Yuri “theNERDguy”…

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WCOOP 2014: Alan “Mr Negreanu” Gold on being Player of the Series… and that username

As we reported–amid what proved a big day for headlines–the WCOOP Player of the Series was won yesterday by British player Alan “Mr Negreanu” Gold, securing the title in the hours before the Main Event came to a conclusion. Gold topped the leader board with 350 points, earned from a whopping 17 cashes over the 66 WCOOP events.

Gold put in a remarkable effort and got remarkable results in return. What’s more the results book him seats in both the PCA and EPT Grand Final Main Events in January and May of next year, not to mention one in the TCOOP Main Event in between.

We spoke to Gold shortly after his victory, taking the chance to look back on three weeks of hard work and graft, as well as a nerve wracking conclusion which had the title hanging in the balance right until the end.

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First though we had a more pressing question. What was the story behind his rather conspicuous screen name?

“I hate my screen name,” said Gold, 32, and from Scotland. “It’s cringey! I think I picked it in 2003 after watching Daniel on TV. What I would give to change it! No offence to Daniel, I’d just rather have another name. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t like his screen name to be Mr Gold either!”

It may be an unusual name for a player who has made a reputation by results, but then after 17 cashes it has lost some of that obvious connotation – a bit like when you repeat a word over and over again until it loses its meaning. Now “Mr Negreanu” has come to be a familiar tag on the pay-out lists of online tournaments everywhere, including the WCOOP. Recording 17 cashes (second only to Russian player vovtroy”), meant Mr Negreanu reached the stage where it seemed every event he played turned to, well, Gold.

“At one point I was actually really disappointed if I bricked all three tournaments in a day,” Gold said, although the effort to play, to cash, and in one instance nearly win, comes at some price.

“This is the hard bit about these big series and MTTs in general,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for full time tournament grinders. The hours are brutal to say the least. I honestly don’t know how they do it. I only did it for three weeks but it was essentially ‘gg social life’. I’m also a single parent to two young kids aged four and two, which is not easy at the best of times never mind on two hours sleep! Thankfully I had a lot of help where needed from family.”

That help, combined with 11 years’ experience as a professional player, gave Gold an edge. There was also something to be said for being familiar with a variety of games. Gold’s cashes were eclectic to say the least, coming in hold’em, Stud, pot-limit and five-card Omaha, triple draw, and even Badugi.

“It helps when you play all different games (this also keeps the boredom and monotony to a minimum), but it essentially doesn’t mean anything. “The only thing that matters is how much money you won. I’d rather have less cashes and more money of course.”

It was in Event #15 that Gold came closest to a WCOOP title, finishing second to janik446 in a Stud Hi/Lo contest. In fact, of the top five finishers on the leader board only Gold and RolldUpTrips were without a win, although missing out by the narrowest of margins didn’t really concern Gold in the grand scheme of things.

“It was stud/8 so the prize pool wasn’t huge, there was only a $7k difference between first and second and there’s a $30k or so prize for player of the series,” he said, before adding. “I would have loved to have won one though.”

But this being the leader board, Gold’s WCOOP meant looking out for other results as much as his own. Particularly those of Assad91, whose two WCOOP 2014 wins in the space of a week put him within reach of top spot going into the Main Event, more so as he reached Day 2. For Gold it meant keeping an eye on his opponents.

alan_gold_portrait_wcoop_1oct14.jpgGold in action on the UKIPT

“There were some absolutely fantastic players, but fortunately nobody put together a great weekend, myself included. It’s not easy to final table tournaments at will! What Assad91 and Aggro Santos did, winning two big WCOOP titles, is way more impressive. But hey-ho, the rules are the rules!”

Here’s how “Mr Negreanu” accumulated the 350 points it took to win WCOOP Player of the Series.

WCOOP-01: $109 NL Hold’em — 295th place, 15 points
WCOOP-02: $215 NL Hold’em – 411th place, 10 points
WCOOP-06: $215+R NL Hold’em – 193rd place, 5 points
WCOOP-11: $320 NL Hold’em – 94th place, 5 points
WCOOP-15: $320 Stud H/L, $100K Guaranteed — 2nd place, 80 points
WCOOP-16: $215 PL Omaha – 33rd place, 25 points
WCOOP-19: $109 NL Hold’em – 932nd place, 5 points
WCOOP-22: $215 NL Hold’em – 535th place, 10 points
WCOOP-24: $700 NL Hold’em – 30th place, 25 points
WCOOP-29: $320 FL Badugi – 20th place, 20 points
WCOOP-35: $320+R PL Omaha – 19th place, 25 points
WCOOP-36: $320 Triple Draw 2-7 – 22nd place, 20 points
WCOOP-43: $215 NL Hold’em — 1,069th place, 5 points
WCOOP-46: $320 PL 5-Card Omaha – 6th place, 50 points
WCOOP-53: $215 NL Hold’em – 298th place, 5 points
WCOOP-54: $2,100 PL Omaha – 28th place, 20 points
WCOOP-58: $530 NL Hold’em – 22nd place, 25 points
Total: 350 points

From all of that what did Gold consider to be the high points?

“I was proud of a few performances, and not so proud of some others!” he said. “Unfortunately I ran really badly in a few when it mattered most. It’s hard to get deep that often and not have a huge score somewhere along the line. This is another reason I respect the MTT players, just to keep picking yourself up after the disappointment of getting so close to huge cashes and keep playing day in and day out. It’s hard work.”

While Gold is humble in the face of more seasoned MTT players, it’s hard not to wonder why he might not consider himself among that group given the details on his own resume, starting with his live record.

Last year he won UKIPT Galway, picking up €187,000. Back online he earned $84,000 in the WCOOP Challenge Series last month, the perfect preparation for the real thing.

But perhaps Gold’s outlook on the game differs slightly. As he put it, his real achievement is not measured in tournament wins or numbers on a spreadsheet. It’s more about supporting himself and his family for the past ten years. There’s no stricter bottom line than that. Regardless of whatever else is going on in your life you have to perform at your best at the tables, something that Gold is certainly familiar with.

“The last year or so has been my roughest at the tables of my career. I’ve had a lot of personal problems to deal with and it definitely affected my poker game so badly, a lot worse than it should have honestly. Hopefully I’ve turned the corner now and can get back on top of things and start playing better again.”

Thankfully, the evidence on this latter point seems to suggest “yes”.

And so Gold will be the newest WCOOP Player of the Series to travel to both the PCA and EPT Grand Final next year. How exactly did he celebrate when he knew that top spot was his?

“I went to sleep!” confessed Gold. “I told some family and friends. My brother Joe would probably be the happiest ’cause he gets to go on another couple of free trips! I think he’s getting used to them!”

But then all this success, this hard three week slog, means a little more than just a trip to the sunshine this winter.

“It’s great to have some time off for a while and I get to spend a lot more time with the kids,” he added. “That makes me more happy than anything right now.”

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2014: As Holz wins Main Event “Mr Negreanu” named Player of the Series

After three weeks, 66 events, and some $61,934,886 in prize money, the 2014 running of the World Championship of Online Poker is now at an end. No more morning reports to read, no more scanning the tournament schedule every day, no more juicy contests between some of the best players in the business.

It was all brought to a close in the early hours of this morning with the herculean efforts of Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, winner of the $5,200 buy-in Main event and recipient of the title, the winner’s bracelet and a first prize of $1.3 million. One can only imagine how that kind of achievement must feel.

fedor_holz_wcoop_me_winner_30sept14_2.jpgMain Event winner Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz

As Martin Harris explained in his report on the PokerStars Blog, it proved to be an all-star finale. At the final table alone there were some formidable players, not least Faraz “The-Toilet 0” Jaka, who would depart in fifth place (only after a six-way deal that netted him $945,000, second only to the winner), but also that most feared of usernames Isildur1, that of Viktor Blom, who would be first to depart the final table in ninths place.

viktor_blom_wcoop_30sept14.JPGOut in ninth place: Viktor “Isildur1” Blom

Holz defeated them all. He arrived at the final table in first place, and left it in first place. Three handed he found himself massively out-chipped, and may well have thought his chances of success were all but finished. But he rallied to win the most sought after title in the online game. It’s a story that will never really get old.

“It is the most prestigious tournament in Online Poker – so yes, it means pretty much everything to me poker-wise,” said Holz in an interview with the PokerStars Blog. “I’ve always been a very competitive person when it’s about poker, so there is nothing comparable to winning this bracelet for me.”

Here’s the full result from the Main Event final table.

WCOOP 2014: Event #66 ($5,200 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event)
Entries: 2,142

Prize pool: $10,710,000.00
Places paid: 270

1. CrownUpGuy (Austria) — $1,300,000.00*
2. Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) — $708,251.21*
3. neckbr4ke (Germany) — $651,430.61*
4. Elior “Crazy Elior” Sion (United Kingdom) — $780,227.66*
5. Faraz “The-Toilet 0” Jaka (Poland) — $945,000.00*
6. 19Dan86 (United Kingdom) — $769,813.52*
7. Dylan “Pokerl)eviL” Hortin (Canada) — $214,200.00
8. MaltLiquor40 (Canada) — $160,650.00
9. Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (United Kingdom) — $107,100.00
* denotes six-way deal

While he now basks in this moment (he certainly didn’t seem sleepy, even after 13 hours at the table), there was another contest still ongoing, concluding a short while before the Main Event came to an end.

Going into the Main Event the Player of the Series competition was still wide open. As we detailed last week, the Player of the Year is usually the first to reach about 400 points. Going into the last day Alan “Mr Negreanu” Gold, a former UKIPT winner, had 320 of them, and had led the leader board after what seemed like an endless string of results, which included a second place in Event #15 and a second final table a week or so ago.

alan_gold_wcoop_30sept14.jpgWCOOP 2014 Player of the Series: Alan “Mr Negreanu” Gold

And so, as he was eliminated from the Main Event, all Gold could do was watch the leader board for one last agonising day, looking on as the only man capable of snatching the title away played on into the last hours of the Main Event.

That man was Assad91. Whereas Mr Negreanu was topping the charts without a title to his name, Assad91 had two of them from WCOOP 2014 alone. He would need to go deep though, very deep, and when he finally exited the Main Event in 145th place, it became clear it would not be enough. The top spot, and the package to the PCA and EPT Grand Final Main Events, along with a TCOOP Main Event ticket, was in the hands of Mr Negreanu.

Here are the top Player of the Series standings.

WCOOP 2014 Player of the Series final standings

1. Alan “Mr Negreanu” Gold (United Kingdom) 350 points
2. psyhoagromor (Ukraine) 340
3. Assad91 (Norway) 335
4. brianm15 (Costa Rica) 310
4. mikal12345 (Norway) 310
4. RolldUpTrips (Mexico) 301
4. WhatIfGod (Sweden) 301

(Second place psyhoagromer also receives a 2015 PCA package and a TCOOP Main Event ticket. The remaining players in the top five all receive TCOOP Main Event tickets).

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the finale to WCOOP proved as dramatic as it was. But it seemed that at every stage there was a cliff hanger to keep you on the edge of your seat, every moment like the last episode of a box set.

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The first came at the end of Day 1, when the action paused at the hand-for-hand stage on the stone cold bubble. Had it been a TV drama it would have been scripted as such–some 271 players remaining with only 270 guaranteed to finish in the money.

Laying in 271st at that point was Olga “alfaromea” Ermolcheva with 6,300 (the big blind at that time was 5,000). She was notable for various reasons.

Olga Ermolcheva_wcoop_30sept14.jpgOlga Ermolcheva

First of all she would likely be all in from the start, almost denied the opportunity to actually click a button as play restarted. But more importantly she was one of the four Protégés, winners of a special competition to receive mentoring from a Team PokerStars Pro ahead of playing three of the larger WCOOP tournaments–including the Main Event. For the price of entry into that competition – a mere $5.50 – she was now on the brink of a min-cash worth more than $12,000. Or at least, as play paused overnight, she was on the brink of losing it.

Ermolcheva though was not the only one. Three of the four Protégés remained within the last 271 players, proof it seemed that their Team Pro mentors knew what they were talking about. The best finishing Protégé would be headed to the PCA Main Event.

But first they had other business on their minds.

So when play restarted all eyes were on Ermolcheva. Miraculously she survived. As the bubble burst she was still in her seat, reaching 258th spot before crashing out, no doubt delighted with a pay day of $12,316.50.

As for the Protégé competition itself that would be won by Arseny “asfin88” Shurapchikov (trained by ElkY), who finished best in 139th place, collecting not just that PCA package but $15,529.50. Allan “Justino” Justino (trained by Andre Akkari) earned 14458.50 for his 171st place finish.

There were other notable runs from players we’d become familiar with over the course of WCOOP 2014.

Matt “Plattsburgh” Vengrin, who we featured earlier in the Series finished 263rd.

PokerStars Team Online’s Alex “Kanu7” Millar finished in 262nd.

PokerStars Team Online’s Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara finished in 245th

Former EPT Grand Final winner Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo finished in 234th

Assad91, who won two WCOOP titles this year, finished in 145th

Team PokerStars Pro Mathias De Meulder finished in 91st

Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody finished in 59th

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari, who mentored the best placed Protégé, finished in 16th

andre_akkari_wcoop_30sept14.jpgAndre Akkari finished in 16th position

Chip leader after Day 1 Viking8844 finished in tenth place

Now though it’s all over. A month or so ago we told you all there was to look forward. It was some schedule; one that we felt back then would go on for ever. Now it’s over. What exactly are we all supposed to do now?

Take heart in the fact that the poker world goes on, and there’s always MicroMillions to come a little later in the year. For now though we can only reflect on what has proved a memorable WCOOP, with the help of the WCOOP webpage, which details all the results, the reports, the final standings and all the statistics from the 66 events played.

Congratulations to Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz, to Alan “Mr Negreanu” Gold and all the WCOOP 2014 winners.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2014: Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz on how it feels to be the newest Main Event Champion

A few hours ago CrownUpGuy (“I just like Crowns”), won the WCOOP 2014 Main Event and a first prize of $1.3 million after a compelling finale that boasted the type of line-up that only ever produces a worthy champion.

To anyone with a connection to Google though “CrownUpGuy” was Fedor Holz; a young German player who has had something of a break out year in 2014, notably in the European Poker Tour season opener in Barcelona last month. There he won a €2k side event, came fourth in the next, then cashed in the Main and High Roller events before finishing the week with another side event final table.

fedor_holz_sideevent_ept100_wcoop_30sept14.jpgFedor Holz winning at EPT100 Barcelona

So few poker people woke up this morning surprised to find his name topping the list as the Main Event finished. In fact to many it would have been confirmation of what they already suspected–that Holz was among the most exciting new players in the game.

He certainly proved that over the summer (admitting that the hardest thing he’d ever had to do was bluff Olivier Busquet) and now has proved it again in the most prestigious online poker event in the world.

Here Holz–who evidently right now is wide awake even after a 13 hour session–gives an honest, revealing and thoughtful account of his win and of his career so far, all with hints of joy that right now are nothing short of contagious.

Q. How are you feeling right now? Has the result sunk in yet?

FH: I feel great. I always wanted to run deep in such a tournament and it feels amazing to win the biggest tournament of the year. It’s my biggest achievement so far and I can’t put in words how happy I am that I am that fortunate. I think I’ll take it.

Q. Talk me through the tournament. How was your day one, and what were your thoughts coming into day two and then again as you reached the final table?

FH: My Day 1 went pretty well. I think I played pretty steady and took the right spots. I ended with a good stack, so after my third place in the Bigger $109 I was really confident going into Day 2. I slept until 5pm on Sunday to be completely focussed for the whole grind and I think that favoured me in the end of Day 1. On Monday I slept until 8pm and then took a shower, ate something and started playing.

2014WCOOP-66-final_table_30sept14.jpgthe WCOOP 2014 Min Event final table

Q. Were there any moments when you came close to being eliminated?

FH: Actually I don’t really remember, because I played a lot of tables. I think I was down to 10k at some point, but I had a big stack for the majority of the tournament. In the end it was much more of a rollercoaster, but I always managed to fight my way back.

Q. You had some very tough opposition at the final table. Who did you consider to be the biggest threats?

FH: I respect all of them. I think Elior (Eliot “Crazy Elior” Sion) is the biggest boss though for playing it from his Ipad!

Q. At what point during the final did you think “I can win this”?

FH: I believed in it from the beginning. I think a big part of success is having the right mind-set. When I struggled I motivated myself by watching motivational videos and I got right back into it. Believing in yourself and making the right decisions is the key to winning, in my opinion.

Q. Three-handed you were the short stack. Did you worry at that stage that the title was slipping away?

FH: I just tried to pictured myself taking this tournament down and I didn’t think about the possibility of me busting – and happily I somehow made it happen.

Q. Who was with you as you played the final table?

FH: I’m happy that I wasn’t alone. My roommates checked in from time to time and where railing me in their rooms, because they wanted to get some sleep. But when we made the deal they joined me and railed. Before that another good poker friend of mine came by for a couple of hours so I had someone to talk to in between hands and in breaks. That was nice. I’m super happy with how I played, I was focused the whole way through and I think I played my best possible game.

fedor_holz_wcoop_me_winner_30sept14.jpgFedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz

Q. So what did you do in the moments after you won your title?

FH: I called my mother and after that my roommates and me went to a cafe right around the corner and got some delicious breakfast. That’s our ritual after shipping something big and I think this one qualifies!

Q. How special is it to win the WCOOP Main Event?

FH: It is the most prestigious tournament in Online Poker – so yes, it means pretty much everything to me poker-wise. I’ve always been a very competitive person when it’s about poker, so there is nothing comparable to winning this bracelet for me.

Q. The second day lasted something like 13 hours. How difficult is it to remain focused and to concentrate for all of that time?

FH: I prepared well by sleeping well, so I was super focussed the whole way and never felt tired. I think that was a big part of it all as well.

Q. How had your WCOOP been up to the Main Event?

FH: Sadly I couldn’t play more events. I’ve just been travelling in California so I just played this Sunday, so it was the first big WCOOP event I played this series. I just skipped the tough grind right into heaven I guess, haha!

Q. You’re quite new to the poker scene. Can you tell me a little about your background?

FH: I’ve been playing poker for about three years now. I’ve always just played on PokerStars, it’s my favourite site, because everything is so smooth on there and they have an incredible support. I started taking it seriously two and a half years ago when I quit my studies. I was playing low stakes, but I spent every free minute thinking and playing poker and connecting with other players. After a year of struggling I started showing off results and I never really looked back since then.

Q. Do you have any plans for the money you won in WCOOP?

FH: Yes – I always wanted to buy a house for my family in Germany, because it would increase their living quality by a ton and it would make me really happy to see that. I can now make that happen – that was my main motivation and I can’t put in words how much that means to me.

Q. It’s been quite a year for your so far in the game. Who would you say you most admire in the game?

FH: It’s tough to name one. If I could chose who to talk poker with I’d definitely pick Ike Haxton, Phil Galfond, Doug Polk and Dan Colman. I think Ike and Phil are extremely clever. All their posts and everything they say is just so smart and mature.

Doug in my opinion is the best cash game player out there and super fun to talk to. He has an extreme work ethic and his love for the game is admirable. Dan’s feeling for changing game situations, ICM and how to apply it to certain situations is just amazing.

Last but not least: Olivier Busquet. Such a nice and relaxed human being. It’s always a pleasure to have him at the table. I try to watch all the footage I can get on those guys and I really enjoy watching them talk and play. I haven’t had the pleasure yet to talk too much to most of them so maybe soon!

olivier_busquet_wcoop_30sept14.jpgHero status: Olivier Busquet

Q. Finally, how much does this win mean to you?

FH: I want to be a change. I want to be a positive influence on as many people as possible and that’s why I set very high standards for myself. Although I’m just 21 I’ve been through very tough times as well as I’ve had a lot moments of joy. We never had much money when I grew up, but my mother loves me more than anything so money never mattered to me as much as it did to others. I don’t see it as a disadvantage, I just see it as a valuable experience.

When I started playing poker I wanted to get better at poker – I loved the challenge. But after a year of struggling and living a shitty life I realised I have to drastically change my life. I just wanted to live a better life and have more of those positive experiences instead of always comparing “what have I achieved in comparison to others” – because that always ended in me being disappointed comparing it to societies standards.

Then I accepted quitting my studies and didn’t take it as a failure anymore, because it was clearly the right decision and it dragged me down mentally. I decided to travel the world with a good poker friend (without much money it’s even more fun!) and I couldn’t have done anything better. I don’t think my success was the reason for my progress, I’d like to think it was the other way around.

But after all I became who I am right now because of those guys I met on my way. For us it’s not just a game, it’s sharing a dream. Some of them became my closest friends and my idols in life. They are grounded, mature, clever and they know so much more about life than I do. They enriched my life and they are the reason why I became so successful – even more important a way happier person. I’m pretty sure they don’t even know how big of an impact they had on me and I think this is a good way to tell them.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2014: CrownUpGuy conquers Main Event, collects $1.3M; Jaka 5th, Blom 9th ($5,200 NLHE)

What a wild three weeks it has been for the 2014 World Championship of Online Poker, with an incredible $61,934,886 won over the course of 66 events. And with the $5,200 Main Event sporting a $10 million guarantee, it was no surprise to see many of poker’s best battling it out with many making deep runs at the seven-figure first prize. After battling through two long days and an especially talented final table, Austria’s CrownUpGuy walked away with a massive $1.3 million first prize and the WCOOP Main Event victory following a six-handed final table deal.

The final nine alone featured numerous stars, including Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins, Elior “Crazy Elior” Sion, Faraz “The-Toilet 0” Jaka, Dylan “Pokerl)eviL” Hortin, and the swingy Swede Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. And as the report below shows, there were many other representatives of poker’s elite among those CrownUpGuy topped for the win.

A total of 2,142 entered the event, building a prize pool of $10,710,000 that bested that guarantee and originally scheduled a $1,820,700 reward for the winner before that six-way chop evened the payouts at the end. Here’s the story of CrownUpGuy’s two-day odyssey that ended with a claim upon online poker’s most coveted title.

Day 1: From 2,142 to 271

The field had already swelled to 1,000 players as the first hands were dealt at 14:30 ET on Sunday. But with five full hours of late registration and satellites continuing to run into the early evening, the total number of entrants — and the prize pool — was certain to grow considerably.

Quick KO for KidPoker

“Today is gonna be a fun day of #WCOOP action with the $10k 8-Game and the $5k main event!” tweeted Team PokerStars Pro Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu before play began. “Looking forward to a LONG day.”

Alas for Negreanu, while he’d earn a 19th-place finish in Event #65 (the $10,300 8-Game Mix) to finish just shy of the cash there, as far as the Main Event was concerned his day would be over in a flash.

They’d played just over half an hour with Negreanu still sitting with just over 18,000, a little under the starting stack fo 20,000. That’s when a hand arose that saw Negreanu open with a min-raise to 100 from early position, Randal “RandALLin” Flowers call from a couple of seats over, then rh300487 three-bet to 425 from the cutoff and both Negreanu and Flowers call.

The flop came [6c][8s][9c], prompting a leading bet of 750 from Negreanu. Flowers made it 2,550 to go, and after rh300487 stepped aside, Negreanu reraised back to 5,900 total and Flowers called. The [As] then fell on the turn, and after Negreanu shoved for his last 11,796, Flowers called once more.

Negreanu showed [9s][9h] for a flopped set, but Flowers had [7c][5c] for a straight, and after the [Kh] river Kid Poker was one of the very first to fall.

Fast start for Fair; Cody collecting

Another player named Negreanu would be among the early eliminations on Sunday as well — Alan “Mr Negreanu” Gold of the United Kingdom who came into this 66th and last event of the WCOOP with the Player of the Series lead. After getting knocked out during the afternoon, Gold would have to sweat the finishes of his nearest challengers, including Assad91 who with an 18th-place finish or better could pass Gold at the finish line (more on that below).

As play moved later into the afternoon, Flowers continued the momentum he earned from that knockout to chip up further and assume the top spot in the counts. Meanwhile Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody likewise enjoyed a fast start early to find a spot inside the top 10 as players continued to late register.

Cody would maintain an above average stack as play moved into the fourth hour of Day 1, during which the number of players registered moved up over 2,000 to ensure the $10 million guarantee would be met. Meanwhile the new chip leader was a familiar name — Ryan “toetagU” Fair, winner of the 2010 SCOOP Main Event (High).

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Ryan “toetagU” Fair

Field continues to shrink

At last they reached the five-hour mark and the close of late registration, with the final tally of 2,142 entrants making for that monstrous prize pool of $10,710,000 to be divided among the top 270 finishers.

At that point several hundred had already followed Negreanu to the rail, and an hour later just under 1,400 were still left with 99NvrLosez leading the way and Team Online member Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara sitting just outside top 20.

Skipping ahead to the tournament’s 10-and-a-half-hour mark, they were down to less than 450 players with Hattnaf, HonestPete, and BriDge2PaiN the new leaders and Team Online’s Alex “Kanu7” Millar then sporting the highest-ranked red spade with a top 30 stack.

The bubble that lasted 12 hours

Day 1 was scheduled to come to a close at the end of Level 22. As players pushed through the last half-hour level of the night the field shrunk to less than 300, then before the end arrived they’d reached hand-for-hand play as just 271 players battled at the 31 remaining tables.

By then Viking8844 and Damian “pampa27” Salas had pushed into the top spots, both nudging up over the 600,000-chip mark. And that’s where play concluded, just a single elimination away from the bursting of the money bubble!

Here’s a look at the overnight top 10:

1. Viking8844 (Israel) — 613,924
2. Damian “pampa27” Salas (Argentina) — 610,340
3. Alexander “AlexKP” Petersen (Denmark) — 576,763
4. Demonic16 (United Kingdom) — 556,264
5. dickler1 (United Kingdom) — 524,759
6. Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) — 487,609
7. Marko “drjovaside” Jovović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) — 472,155
8. Andreas “daskalos20” Christoforou (Cyprus) — 453,059
9. neckbr4ke (Germany) — 447,547
10. 444446 (Lebanon) — 439,647

Among the Team PokerStars Pros, Matthias “mattidm” de Meulder (in 48th position), Jake “jakecody” Cody (in 80th), and Andre “aakkari” Akkari (in 228th) remained with chips, while Team Online was represented by Alex “Kanu7” Millar (in 131st) and Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (in 234th).

Day 2: From 271 to 1

Stout out, bubble bursts

With less than 44,000 to start Day 2, Kihara was one of the short stacks although his intentions — like everyone else still alive — was not to be the 271st finisher. “I made day2 of WCOOP main event!” Kihara tweeted to his followers. “We are still hand for hand, but I have 10bb stack. I never bubble unless I get monster at the first hand.”

There were a few dozen other players in Kihara’s same position (or worse) to start the day, and as it happened it would only take a single hand for Matt “All_in_at420” Stout to become the unfortunate player to land one spot out of the money.

“Welp just busted on the stone bubble of the #WCOOP Main Event on the first hand back of day 2, JJ-AK,” Stout tweeted to his followers, adding an appropriate hashtag — “#sigh.”

Grippo grabs lead, then Blom bursts ahead

Soon after that Alex “Kanu7” Millar (262nd) and Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara (245th) were eliminated, both joining the group of min-cashers taking away $12,316.50. By the half-hour mark the field had already been cut down to almost 200, with 2012 SCOOP Main Event (High) winner Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo having catapulted to the top of the leaderboard.

Play continued with the field further winnowing, with Assad91 one of those knocked out in 145th for a $14,994 cash. That left the Norweigian still shy of catching Alan “Mr Negreanu” Gold who pending the final offical tally appears to have locked up the WCOOP Player of the Series.

After just two hours of play for the day the field had already shrunk to 120 players with yet another former SCOOP Main Event (High) champ having risen to the top of the counts — none other than 2013 winner Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.

De Meulder down, Cody crushed

The field was whittled down under a 100 players, with Ryan “toetagU” Fair briefly reclaiming the chip lead.

Soon two Team PokerStars Pros found themselves at the same table, and after a min-raise by Andre Akkari from under the gun, his teammate Matthias de Meulder reraise-shoved his last 14 big blinds from the button and Akkari called right away.

De Meulder had [Kd][Qh] and Akkari [Ad][Kc], and when the board brought no help for de Meulder he was out in 91st ($19,813.50).

A short while later the other remaining Team PokerStars Pro, Jake Cody, open-raised his short stack all in and ended up being called in two spots. Ultimately Cody’s [Ad][9d] couldn’t outrun either CrownUpGuy’s [Jd][Jh] or CherryOnT0p’s [Kh][Kc], and Cody was out in 59th ($24,097.50).

Down to 18, Pokerl)evil pushes in front

By the time they reached the six-and-a-half-hour break for Day 2, just 27 players remained around the final three tables, with Nick “GripDsNutz” Grippo (33rd, $33,201) among the eliminated. Viktor “Isildur1” Blom was back on top again with just over 4.8 million, well ahead of flaszeczka in second position with about 3.36 million. And Andre “aakkari” Akkari was still there and hanging on as well in the bottom third with a below average stack of just over 600,000.

Before long nine more had fallen — EzPaTuLa (27th), RibyJl9R (26th), Andreas “daskalos20” Christoforou (25th), Jordan “Jymaster11” Young (24th), Jason “TheMasterJ33” DeWitt (23rd), Hiren “hustla16” Patel (22nd), Marko “drjovaside” Jovović (20th), and dickler1 (19th) — each of whom earned $38,556 for their finishes.

While Isildur1 had slipped back to the middle of the back and Akkari continued to nurse a short stack, Dylan “Pokerl)evil” Hortin had assumed the top spot in the counts.

Finding a final table

Ryan “toetagU” Fair’s run next ended in 18th, followed by diemaus36o in 17th. Then Akkari open-raised all in with his last eight BBs from the button with [Kd][Js], got called by benislovas in the big blind with [4s][4c], and after the board brought no help for the Brazilian he hit the rail in 16th, like the previous two knocked out players earning $44,982.

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Team PokerStars Pro Andre “aakkari” Akkari

donvito1st (15th), flaszeczka (14th), and Sunday Million 7th Anniversary Special winner Andrius “benislovas” Bielskis (13th) were the next out, each taking away $54,621 for their finishes.

Victor “Isildur1” Blom then lost a big preflop all-in with pocket jacks against Crazy Elior’s pocket kings to drop to last in the counts. After that Event #53 winner Francisco “chiconogue” Nogueira (12th), Jeremy “EndlessJ” Menard (11th), and start-of-day-2 leader Viking8844 (10th) were the next three to fall, taking away $65,331 apiece.

With CrownUpGuy the new chip leader with more than 12 million and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom the short stack, the final table was underway.

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Seat 1: 19Dan86 (United Kingdom) — 7,735,672
Seat 2: Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) — 2,476,920
Seat 3: neckbr4ke (Germany) — 6,194,753
Seat 4: Faraz “The-Toilet 0” Jaka (Poland) — 3,105,327
Seat 5: Dylan “Pokerl)eviL” Hortin (Canada) — 4,286,399
Seat 6: Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (United Kingdom) — 1,284,346
Seat 7: CrownUpGuy (Austria) — 12,627,617
Seat 8: Elior “Crazy Elior” Sion (United Kingdom) — 3,122,846
Seat 9: MaltLiquor40 (Canada) — 2,006,120

Isildur1 fizzles in ninth

It was shortly after midnight and just a few hands into the final table when the next knockout occurred.

With the blinds 50,000/100,000, the action folded to Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in the middle position who open-pushed all in for 1,059,346. Elior “Crazy Elior” Sion called the shove from a couple of seats over, and when everyone else folded their cards were revealed.

Blom had [Td][9d] while Sion turned over [Ad][Kd]. The board ran out [3d][6d][4c][3c][Jh], and with no improvement to his hand Blom hit the rail in ninth.

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Viktor “Isildur1” Blom

MaltLiquor40 drained in eighth

On the very next hand, MaltLiquor40 open-raised all in for 1,768,620 from the cutoff seat, then watched as Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins reraised all in from the small blind to isolate.

MaltLiquor40 had [9h][9c] but was behind the [Js][Jd] of Martins, and five cards later — [7d][4h][6h][6c][Ks] — MaltLiquor40 was done in eighth.

Pokerl)eviL bedevilled in seventh

It would take another 40 minutes for another to fall, during which stretch the blinds moved up to 70,000/140,000.

A hand arose in which Elior “Crazy Elior” Sion open-raised to 280,500 from early position, then neckbr4ke three-bet to 575,125 from the button. Faraz “The-Toilet 0” Jaka folded the small blind, then Dylan “Pokerl)eviL” Hortin shoved all in from the big blind for 1,270,072. Sion then reshoved, forcing a fold from neckbr4ke.

Pokerl)eviL: [Qc][Qd]
Crazy Elior: [Ts][Tc]

Hortin had the big preflop edge, but the flop came [7d][Td][5d] to give Crazy Elior the lead with a set of tens. Hortin still had a flush draw, but the turn was the [5s] to fill up Crazy Elior and eliminate flush outs. The river was the [9c], and Hortin was out in seventh.

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Dylan “Pokerl)eviL” Hortin

A six-way chop, then 19Dan86 86’d in sixth

The final six played on a short while, then stopped the proceedings to talk about a possible deal. CrownUpGuy still led with about 12.97 million, Faraz “The-Toilet 0” Jaka was next with almost 8.92 million, Elior “Crazy Elior” Sion third with about 5.95 million, 19Dan86 fourth with just over 5.76 million, Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins fifth with about 4.94 million, and neckbr4ke last with almost 4.29 million.

Both “ICM”-based figures and “chip chop” numbers were presented, leaving a whopping $200,000 aside for which to play in each case. The discussion went on for more than 45 minutes, with the group finally coming to an agreement upon figures based on the “ICM” with the two leaders successfully negotiating for a little more from the bottom two stacks.

With $200K and the Main Event bracelet still up for grabs, play continued, and not long afterwards 19Dan86 would lose a big preflop all-in versus Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins when the latter’s [Qc][Qd] held up against 19Dan86’s [Ad][Kh].

Not long after the blinds were 70,000/140,000 when 19Dan86 open-pushed for 2,448,310 from the button with [As][7s], got called by neckbr4ke in the big blind with [Ah][Qc], and the board came [Kc][4s][2c][Jh][3h] to knock 19Dan86 out in sixth.

The-Toilet 0 flushed in fifth

They continued on into the 80,000/160,000 level, and as Day 2 approached the end of its 12th hour it was Faraz “The-Toilet 0” Jaka opening for 320,000 from the cutoff, then CrownUpGuy reraised to 724,400 from the button. It folded to Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins who made it 1,499,999 to go from the big blind. Jaka responded with another reraise to 2,732,721, CrownUpGuy folded, Martins shoved and Jaka called with 5,142,395 he had behind.

theNERDguy: [Td][Th]
The-Toilet 0: [9c][9h]

Jaka’s pocket pair was pipped by the tens of Martins, and five cards later — [2s][4c][Kh][Qh][Qc] — he was on the rail in fifth, although had claimed a cool $945,000 thanks to the deal.

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Faraz “The-Toilet 0” Jaka

Crazy Elior crashes in fourth

About 10 minutes later CrownUpGuy made a min-raise to 320,000 from UTG, then Elior “Crazy Elior” Sion reraise-pushed for 1,985,443 from the button. The blinds folded and CrownUpGuy called, turning over [Kd][Qd] while Sion had [Ad][Jc].

The [4s][7s][Kh] flop paired CrownUpGuy’s king to swing the advantage, then the [Qc] made two pair for CrownUpGuy while giving Sion hopes of hitting a river ten to make Broadway. But the fifth street brought the [2h], and Crazy Elior was done in fourth.

neckbr4ke knocked out in third

They moved into the day’s 13th hour, and eventually Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins moved out in front with more than 24.2 million, with neckbr4ke next with about 13.5 million and CrownUpGuy third with right at 5.3 million.

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Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins

However, CrownUpGuy managed to double through Martins after turning a flush versus Martins’s top pair and straight draw, then quickly added more to even the stacks before retaking the chip lead.

Then with the blinds at 125,000/250,000, neckbr4ke raised to 500,000 from the button, CrownUpGuy reraised to 1,333,337 from the small blind, neckbr4ke pushed all in for 6,415,074 total, and CrownUpGuy called.

neckbr4ke had [Jc][Jd] and was hoping the pair would hold against CrownUpGuy’s [Ac][Kd]. But the flop came [5d][As][Qs] to give CrownUpGuy a pair of aces. The [Ts] turn did provide gutshot possibilities for neckbr4ke, but the river was the [2d] and neckbr4ke’s run ended in third.

Two guys left, one leaves as champ as CrownUpGuy ousts theNERDguy

With that hand CrownUpGuy would have about a 2-to-1 chip lead to begin heads-up play with 27,956,040 to Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins’s 14,883,960.

They’d play a dozen hands during which CrownUpGuy chipped up further to 32.6 million to Martins’s almost 10.1 million, then after more than 13 hours of play on Day 2 the event’s final hand at last arrived.

It began with a min-raise to 600,000 from the button by CrownUpGuy and a call from Martins. The flop came [8c][Td][4d] and both players checked. The turn then brought the [Jd], and when Martins led for 750,000, CrownUpGuy called.

The river was the [Ts]. This time theNERDguy led for 1.8 million. CrownUpGuy responded by pushing all in and Martins called with with 6,975,049 he had left.

Martins had [4c][4h] for a full house, fours full of tens. But CrownUpGuy revealed [Th][Tc] for quad tens — an appropriately big hand to win the big pot and big first prize.

Congratulations to CrownUpGuy who by adding the extra $200,000 post-deal walked away with $1.3 million for winning this year’s WCOOP Main Event. Kudos as well to all of the other players involved in that six-way deal and to others making deep runs through a tough tourney field to close another historic WCOOP series.

WCOOP 2014: Event #66 ($5,200 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event)
Entries: 2,142

Prize pool: $10,710,000.00
Places paid: 270

1. CrownUpGuy (Austria) — $1,300,000.00*
2. Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins (Brazil) — $708,251.21*
3. neckbr4ke (Germany) — $651,430.61*
4. Elior “Crazy Elior” Sion (United Kingdom) — $780,227.66*
5. Faraz “The-Toilet 0” Jaka (Poland) — $945,000.00*
6. 19Dan86 (United Kingdom) — $769,813.52*
7. Dylan “Pokerl)eviL” Hortin (Canada) — $214,200.00
8. MaltLiquor40 (Canada) — $160,650.00
9. Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (United Kingdom) — $107,100.00

*= reflects the results of a six-way deal that left $200,000 in play for the winner

Thanks for following our coverage all series long of the 2014 World Championship of Online Poker. Read reports on all 66 events here on the PokerStars blog, and see the WCOOP homepage for results and other statistics from the three-week long series.

Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2014: Proteges on the bubble and a contest wide open

A little earlier today we recapped events of the weekend, events that were dominated by the overnight scores in the WCOOP Main Event.

As things stand there are 271 players remaining, with only 270 guaranteed to finish in the money. The action was paused on a knife edge, with alfaromea currently the short stack with a little more than a single big blind to her name.

What we didn’t mention is that alfaromea is in fact Olga Ermolcheva, one of the four Proteges who won a promotion to receive tutoring from a Team PokerStars Pro ahead of the WCOOP series, and all for the princely sum of $5. Now she’s one place away from a guaranteed min cash of $12,316.50 — if she can survive what could be a brutal first few minutes.

Olga Ermolcheva_wcoop_29sept14.jpgOn the stone cold bubble: Olga “alfaromea” Ermolcheva

But that’s not all. Ermolcheva is not the only Protégé still in the Main Event. It turns out that three of the four protégés are still in the running, leaving the entire Protégé contest wide open.

Ironically it was the fourth protégé, Rob Glenister, who led going into the Main Event, and looked most likely to win the first prize of a trip to the PCA Main Event. Now, after elimination, he is the only one of the four unable to win, with the highest placed finisher tonight when play resumes guaranteed to win the package.

Here’s how they’ll return.

136th place: Arseny “asfin88” Shurapchikov (trained by Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier)

236th place: Allan “Justino” Justino (trained by Andre Akkari)

271st place: Olga “alfaromea” Ermolcheva (trained by Eugene Katchalov)

Shurapchikov is the best placed of the three Protégés. Having managed just two hours sleep (“Nerves didn’t allow me to have a rest more long!”), it’s about keeping his concentration, but anyone in his position would be hard pressed not to let their mind wonder.

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What was uppermost in his mind? Winning the Protégés contest or the Main Event itself?

“The victory in competition of the Protégés is a main objective,” he said. “But if there is a good hand, I will play it to the showdown.”

One last point to make is that Justino’s coach Andre Akkari is also still in the main event field–just to keep things interesting. Or awkward, depending on how things turn out.

“His tips were very valuable,” said Justino, “I played every hand remembering his advice. I am very grateful to him, and I promise not to disappoint him!”

Either way it seems the mentoring most certainly worked.

You can find out how they get on for yourself when play resumes in the WCOOP Main Event at 19:30 BST today. If they reach the final table you can follow all the action on the webcast, presented by James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton, which starts at 05:30 BST tomorrow.


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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WCOOP 2014: Jani “kiiski” Vilmunen wins his second WCOOP bracelet in Event #65 ($10,300 8-Game, High Roller)

The $10,300 8-Game High Roller event is typically the WCOOP’s smallest field and arguably its most deadly. With two tables remaining, nearly every seat was filled by a familiar screen name and when the final table formed the odds were stacked in favor of crowning a repeat WCOOP champion. Sunday Million champion Rory “Mafews”Mathews was the only final table player going for his first WCOOP bracelet, the other five were all gunning for their second. Ultimately, it came down to two noble mixed-game warriors who just happen to be good friends– Jani “kiiski” Vilmunen and Noah “Exclusive” Boeken. With their chip counts deadlocked, they elected to do an even chop of the remaining prize pool and after a forty-minute battle for the last $10,000, Vilmunen came away with the win and captured his second WCOOP bracelet.

The $10,300 High Roller 8-Game event drew 104 entries and more than doubled the $500k guarantee with a final prizepool of $1,040,000.00. 18 players earned a share of it with the champion taking home $270,400.00. Red Spade bannermen in the field included Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov, ElkY, George Danzer, Naoya “nkeyno” Kihara and Daniel Negreanu, who went out on the money bubble in 19th place.

Team Online’s George “Jorj95” Lind III and Team Pro Theo Jorgensen were still in the hunt with two tables remaining. Jorgensen, however, had fallen on the short stack. With the betting limits up to 5,000/10,000 and the game 2-7 triple draw, Jorgensen opened for a raise and Andrey “Kroko-dill” Zaichenko called from the big blind. Kroko-dill drew three cards and Jorgensen took two. Kroko-dill check-called Jorgensen’s 5,000 bet and discarded two on the second draw. Jorgensen drew one. Kroko-dill led out and Jorgensen called off his remaining 572 in chips. On the third draw Jorgensen stood pat and Kroko-dill drew one. Kroko-dill hit an 8-7-4-3-2 low and Jorgensen’s T-9-6-3-2 went up in flames, ending his run in 11th place.

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Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen, 11th place

George “Jorj95” Lind III followed Jorgensen to the rail a short time later. In limit hold’em, the action was folded to Lind in the small blind. He raised to 10,000, Matthew “MUSTAFABET” Ashton three-bet to 15,000, and Lind called. Lind check-raised the [Th][9s][8h] flop, MUSTAFABET reraised and Lind called. The rest of Lind’s chips went in on the [9d] turn and he revealed [8c][7d] for two pair and an open-ended straight draw. However, MUSTAFABET had a better two pair and a better straight draw with [Js][Jh]. The river blanked out with the [3s] and Lind was eliminated in ninth place, good for $33,800.00.

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Team Online’s George “Jorj95” Lind III, 9th place

Other notable cashes en route to the final table included Marco “NoraFlum” Johnson (18th), Benjamin “MagicDeal” Pollak, Cesar “Ce$ar$pa” Garcia (16th), Christian “CMoosepower” Elgstrøm (15th), Artem “roi kin23” Litvinov (14th), Alexandre “BiatchPeople” Luneau (12th), Bryn Kenney (10th), and Stevie “stevie444” Chidwick (8th).

Following Lind’s elimination, it took another hour to reach the final table. Betting limits were up to 8,000/16,000 with seven players remaining. The game was Stud Hi/Lo when MUSTAFABET brought it in for 2,400 with the [6d] and Iteopepe88 completed with the [Ah] up. MUSTAFABET called. Iteopepe88 led out on fourth, MUSTAFABET raised, and Iteopepe88 called. Iteopepe88 bet his last 11,000 on fifth and MUSTAFABET looked him up.

MUSTAFABET ([9c][7c]) [6d][9s][Td][Tc] ([3c])
Iteopepe88 ([4d][7s]) [Ah][Kh][2s][9d] ([4s])

MUSTAFABET had a pair of nines for high and Iteopepe88 had four to a seven low when the money went in. Although MUSTAFABET improved to tens and nines on sixth street, Iteopepe88 missed his low and rivered a pair of fours, ending his run on the final table bubble.

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Final table chip counts

Seat 1: Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov (51,322 in chips)
Seat 2: Rory “Mafews” Mathews (230,397 in chips)
Seat 3: Andrey “Kroko-dill” Zaichenko (202,450 in chips)
Seat 4: Noah “Exclusive” Boeken (485,821 in chips)
Seat 5: Matthew “MUSTAFABET” Ashton (266,098 in chips)
Seat 6: Jani “kiiski” Vilmunen (323,912 in chips)

LuckyGump eliminated in sixth place

This high roller final table was as stacked as they come. Five of our final six were already WCOOP bracelet winners, the U.K.’s Mafews the only challenger.

kiiski, 2009 WCOOP $2,100 PLO 6-Max
MUSTAFABET, 2009 WCOOP $215 PLO 6-Max
Kroko-dill, 2010 WCOOP, $215 PLO8 6-Max 1R1A
Exclusive 2011 WCOOP $320 Mixed Hold’em 6-Max
LuckyGump 2012 WCOOP, $320+R PLO 6-Max

Additionally, three of those five also hold SCOOP titles– Kroko-dill, LuckyGump, and Exclusive.

LuckyGump was the shortest stack coming in to the final table and on Hand #7, he three-bet third street in a hand of Stud Hi/Lo, then committed the rest of his chips on fourth vs. MUSTAFABET.