WBCOOP: snowsharkpe takes down Event #1

They have played countless hands of poker and written countless words about the victories and defeats. Now, they are facing off to determine who is the top blogger of 2008.

For the first time ever, the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker is playing out as a series of events. The seven-event series is putting the world's top poker playing bloggers against each other in a variety of poker disciplines. The top 72 players in each of the six preliminary events will face off this Sunday in a battle for blogging supremacy and for a chance to play at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and on the European Poker Tour.

Event #1 was a Pot-Limit Omaha affair that drew 450 of the world's bloggers to the virtual felt. The top 72 players earned a seat in this weekend's final. The final 45 players got at least a PokerStars Step 2 ticket and had a chance at event bigger prizes.

The five-hour event saw the kind of hard-core gambling you'd expect from an Omaha event. The final table players were all guaranteed at least two $215 tournament tickets and had a chance at the first prize, three $215 tournament tickets, one $530 tournament ticket and a $11 tournament ticket.

Top honors in Event #1 went to Italy's snowsharkpe who, like everyone in the top 72 won a seat to the final, but also more than $1,100 in prizes. Here's how the final table broke down.

1. snowsharkpe (Italy) -- Sunday Majors Platinum Package
2. Platero7 (Spain) -- Sunday Majors Gold Package
3. bartekr (Poland) -- Sunday Majors Gold Package
4. BurnleyJoe (United Kingdom) -- Sunday Majors Gold Package
5. Radoom (Poland) --Sunday Majors Gold Package
6. 2T!lt4Fold (Germany) -- Sunday Majors Gold Package
7. Diffler (Finland) -- Sunday Majors Gold Package
8. blahdy (Czech Republic) -- Sunday Majors Gold Package
9. peggydee (Pakistan) -- Sunday Majors Gold Package

WBCOOP continues Tuesday at 19:00 ET with a No-Limit Hold'em contest. The top 72 players in Eevent #2 will join those from the other preliminary events this Sunday.

Congratulations to the blogger who qualified in Event #1 and good luck to everyone in Event #2.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in WBCOOP