10 great moments in the history of WCOOP (Part II)

If you missed part one of this piece, you'll find the first five great WCOOP moments here: 10 great moments in the history of WCOOP (Part I)

In part two, we've got five more moments from the history of our beloved World Championship of Online Poker that are well worth revisiting.

2016's $100K Super High Roller

But before we get to that, let's breakdown the most successful players, and countries, since the WCOOP began (in terms of bracelets won).

We told you in part one about Dan 'djk123' Kelly's incredible 2009 performance, in which he won two bracelets and finished fourth in the Main Event for a combined $1M. Since then Kelly has won three more WCOOP titles, making him the only player in the world with five bracelets.

Check out the only players to have won three or more WCOOP events in the table below:

POKERSTARS NAMEREAL NAMEWCOOP TITLES
djk123Dan Kelly5
aDrENalin710Denis Strebkov4
shaundeebShaun Deeb4
DonaldAnders Berg3
g0lfaRyan D'Angelo3
Kroko-dillAndrey Zaichenko3
mikal12345Mikal Blomlie3
Ti0373Gleb Tremzin3

Kelly represents the USA at the top of that list, and the USA also tops the rest of the world when it comes to the most WCOOP bracelets won. Take a look:

COUNTRYWCOOP TITLES
USA103
CANADA80
RUSSIA60
UNITED KINGDOM50
MEXICO35
SWEDEN31
NORWAY24
GERMANY24
NETHERLANDS23
FINLAND17

Now, let's get down to it. Here are five more fantastic WCOOP moments, in no particular order.


The first post-Moneymaker Main Event

In its second year, the WCOOP had grown slightly from nine events to 11, with a mixture of Hold'em, Omaha and Stud tournaments. Following on from Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker's now legendary WSOP Main Event victory, the WCOOP saw a surge in new players all hoping to follow in his footsteps.

A massive $891,000 prize pool was created in the $1,050 No Limit Hold'em Main Event, which was ultimately won by DeeOhGee for $222,750. Just one year later and with the Moneymaker effect in full force, 2004's WCOOP gave away more than $6 million, with more than 10,000 players taking part.

Speaking of Moneymaker, he's currently on a tour of the USA giving out Platinum Passes at low buy-in events. Click here to find out more.


POTTERPOKER'S 2010 Main Event victory

By the time 2010 rolled around, the WCOOP had grown to epic proportions. That year (the last one before Black Friday) saw the largest Main Event prizes ever.

The $5,200 Main Event attracted 2,443 entrants, creating a massive prize pool of $12,215,000. It was Tyson 'POTTERPOKER' Marks who took it down, winning $2,278,097 - still the biggest prize ever given for winning an online poker tournament. Second and third place finishers joeysweetp and Russian_nuts also both collected over a million dollars each.

Tyson 'POTTERPOKER' Marks

You can read more about that event right here.


Lex's PLO live stream

One of our favourite developments over the years is a player's ability to live stream their WCOOP runs on Twitch.

Team PokerStars Online's Lex Veldhuis did just that last year, documenting his play for thousands of viewers in a $1,050 PLO event. Lex ended up making the final table, and with $120,000 up top it made for excellent viewing. Check it out below:

We're sure to get more amazing Twitch content from the likes of Lex, Jason Somerville, Fintan Hand, Ben Spragg, Jaime Staples, Jeff Gross, Kevin Martin, Randy Lew, Felix Schneiders, and Mikhail Shalamov this year.

Remember: the 2018 WCOOP kicks off on September 2nd.


Negreanu defeats Isildur1 for HORSE title

"If you were asked to name your dream poker heads-up match up, it would be hard to go past Daniel Negreanu versus Viktor Blom -- two players who have revolutionized the game of poker in completely different ways."

Daniel Negreanu

That's what we wrote back in 2016, when Kid Poker went up against the online phenom in the $2,100 HORSE Championship. Fans of both, and fans of mixed games, tuned in to watch the two battle. And while the prizes weren't astronomical, the quality of poker on show more than made up for it.

Negreanu went on to win it for $60,000 and his first WCOOP title. He also went over the final table with Jason Somerville on Twitch, so to hear hand-by-hand analysis, check out the video below.

Watch Daniel Negreanu #WCOOP HORSE Final Table review w/ holecards! @JasonSomerville from runitup on www.twitch.tv

$100,000 Super High Roller - live on Twitch

The grandaddy of all the big buy-in Twitch streams has to be Jason Mercier's 2016 performance (alongside Jason Somerville) in the biggest buy-in online tournament ever: the $100,000 Super High Roller.

Jason Mercier

Fans got to tune in and watch Mercier battle against the game's best for an unprecedented buy-in. We won't spoil how he got on, or how many bullets he fired, as you can watch the whole thing in its entirety below.


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