WCOOP 2015: Hurry up and wait as Championship gets underway
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:
I am Bobbie (Belarus)
MissOracle (New Zealand)
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.