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.

duthie-wcoop_8sept15.jpgJohn Duthie in WCOOP action

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.

Event #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

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

Event #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

Event #04: $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

Event #07: $700 NL Holdem Progressive Super-Knockout
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.


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.

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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.

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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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