The Official WBCOOP Live Blog

At 4pm, more than 2000 of the best blogging poker players in the world will be fighting in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker. My role with PokerStars precludes my participation in the event (in which I would be sure to fold myself to the bubble). Thus, I've assigned myself the task of keeping tabs on WBCOOP as it unfolds. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail at blog@pokerstars.com if you take the head off one of the bounties or something else comes up that seems blog-worthy. Good luck to everyone. Remember, you're fighting for the following prizes:


2nd-9th -- $1,500 World Series of Poker entry
10th place -- $1,000 online heads-up match with Team PokerStars' Wil Wheaton
11th-20th -- $370 seat in the PokerStars WSOP 150-Seat Guaranteed tournament
21st-40th -- 4GB iPod Nano
41st-50th -- $215 Seat in Sunday Million
51st-54th -- PokerStars Letterman's Jacket

4:00pm-- The cards are in the air. Good luck, all!

4:05pm-- 50 players down in the first five minutes? What is this? A freeroll?

4:11pm--In case you missed it, here are the bounty prizes:

ADB DaVoice -- (aka Rick Charles) Known in the poker world as The Voice of Poker, Charles is a longtime radio man with a passion for poker. Charles was one of the original PokerStars players. He also hosted PokerStars Radio during the 2005 World Championship of Online Poker.

Bounty: Entry into PokerStars $370 buy-in 150 WSOP Seat Guaranteed event on July 16.

FellKnight -- RGP regular and king of the Rampage betting system, the Canadian military man is about to take the plunge into pro poker play.

Bounty: Entry into PokerStars $370 buy-in 150 WSOP Seat Guaranteed event on July 16.

Guinness -- (aka The BlogFather), the man who inspired just about every existing poker blog on the Internet. Reclusive and secretive, most people aren't sure if he is a sober housewife, a little person from the Midwest, or a fulltime professional poker player.

Bounty: Entry into PokerStars $370 buy-in 150 WSOP Seat Guaranteed event on July 16.

Up4Poker -- (aka The LuckBox) Known widely for his ability to suck out on the best hand. He recently declared, "Just make sure you get in behind, because if I have outs, you're going down. I'm The Luckbox. And don't you forget it!"

Bounty: Entry into PokerStars $370 buy-in 150 WSOP Seat Guaranteed event on July 16.

WilWheaton -- Member of Team PokerStars and host of the weekly PokerStars WWdN Invitational series. Wheaton is a lifelong actor, writer, and poker player. Look for him online at PokerStars and in Las Vegas during the 2006 World Series of Poker.

Bounty: PokerStars hat, shirt, and fleece.

4:14pm-- Some news from the PokerStars news wire:

A chip and a chair story is beginning with one player who reports:

"I was down from 2000 chips to 30 chips, and now come back to earth at 810." - doctorsabe

In other news, xxanity pulled his first royal flush ever.

4:18pm--The Luckbox (Up4Poker) is in full effect. Known for his ability to suck out, he got his money in with pocket tens vs a set of sixes. No doubt, a ten on the river. The bounty, friends, is still available.

4:38pm--400 players gone in 40 minutes. Moving fast, fast, fast.

4:40pm-- In other comeback kid news, MsBrownEyes has rebounded from 500 to more than 2000.

4:56pm--The winner of last year's WBCOOP, easywind, has drifteed off into the breeze. He's out.

5:00pm-- A the break, we have 1498 players remaining. Your current leader is silenthedges

5:20pm--Bounty gone. phenompoker just took out ADBDaVoice to win a seat in the $370 PokerStars 150 WSOP Seat Guaranteed Event.

5:26pm-- FellKnight has been knocked out. We're working to find who to award the bounty to.

5:35pm-- Word on the street was Wil Wheaton was about to give up the ghost and his bounty. Instead, he sucked out for the win.

5:46pm-- Wil Wheaton apparently does not want to give up his bounty. He's now moved his stack up to better than average.

5:50pm--Bounty gone. Guinness is taken out by smaily. Smaily gets a seat in the $370 PokerStars 150 WSOP Seat Guaranteed

5:58pm-- Hey look! PokerStars Caribbean Adventure winner stevejpa is playing in WBCOOP! And he has chips!

6:00pm-- This just in. DIAMONDxxx was the lucky player to knock out FellKnght and win a seat in the $370 PokerStars 150 WSOP Seat Guaranteed

6:02pm-- The Luckbox (Up4Poker) lives up to his name, surviving an all in with A8 vs. AT. No bounty awarded on him yet.

6:03pm--At the break, TheRempel is your chip leader.

6:16pm--Magus978 just took out Wil Wheaton to win a PokerStars hat, fleece, and shirt.

6:23pm--The bounties are gone. Hallos just took out Up4Poker to win a seat in the $370 PokerStars 150 WSOP Seat Guaranteed.

6:39pm-- In other news, it appears the winner of the PokerStars-sponsored 2005 World Poker Blogger Tour in event is still in contention. Everybody watch out for glyphic. He's a monster.

7:00pm---- Now we must bid goodbye to stevejpa who just lost to AlwaysAware with AKs vs pocket kings. That hand crippled him. He was out on the next hand with A5 vs 77.

7:12pm-- Well, here we are at the break and TheRempel maintains the chip lead. With a little more than 100 players left in the event, it looks like we'll get to the prizes in the next hour. Good luck to the remaining players.

7:56pm--Looks like Blogger has woken up. We're nearing the bubble. Good luck to everyone!

8:05pm-- We've made it to the prizes.

51st-54th -- PokerStars Letterman's Jacket

51. BEWYZ
52. HAWKHILL7
53. pologuy64
54. Saddlepoint

8:13pm-- At the break...we have a new chip leader: Manero

8:24pm--

41st-50th -- $215 Seat in Sunday Million

41. vanish222
42. Tbone19
43. Petrescumari
44. sonicpuke
45. KingJackman
46. Vagabond
47. LatesJ
48. mgoalie01
49. brs847
50. HKornfeld

8:34pm--It's iPod Nano prize time and everybody is excited. Dropping like flies.

8:50pm

21st-40th -- 4GB iPod Nano

21. Puffn420
22. irishluck82
23. kmkfan2003
24. seamus j
25. Slaxalot
26. yestbay1
27. elrobobo
28. pjs24
29. tobytobey
30. manrico86
31. Saber Snap
32. Randy72560
33. nukejuggler
34. FWJay
35. JulieOh
36. Ankhorahil
37. psandman
38. Zacchaeus
39. adamkeith
40. NWsixer

9:23pm--Almost to the final table. At the break, thelivewire is your chip leader.

11th-20th -- $370 seat in the PokerStars WSOP 150-Seat Guaranteed tournament

11. TheOutfit217
12. dkpw
13. PhenomPoker
14. doubleuwhy
15. hacker59
16. TheRempel
17. khanwoman
18. Milo Damon
19. ctwxman
20. JimmyTheCrab

9:32pm--Final table

10th place -- $1,000 online heads-up match with Team PokerStars' Wil Wheaton

10. Manero

10:18pm--With four players remaining and the difference prize money a very big reality, the play has tightened up. Who is going to win this thing?

2nd-9th -- $1,500 World Series of Poker entry

2. ZbjaffeZ
3. thelivewire
4. max1090
5. Tomstra
6. glyphic
7. cashdaddy69
8. HoodedMan
9. silenthedges

10:39pm-- We have a winner!

1st -- World Series of Poker Main Event package (valued at $12,000)

1. Daleroxxu

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in WBCOOP