WCOOP 2010: Player of the Series up for grabs again
Daniel Kelly walked into the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure as one of the hottest kids on the circuit. The 2009 double WCOOP bracelet winner was the hottest new thing in poker. The young man once known only as djk123 was now a celebrity in his own right.
"More people I didn't know before knew me," Kelly said. ""It's kind of cool."
After winning the WCOOP Razz event, Kelly went on to win the $10K HORSE event and final table the $5K WCOOP main event.
"I was running pretty well the whole series," he said during an interview at the PCA as tournament guru Bryan Slick handed over the two WCOOP bracelets.
Kelly may have been the king of the understatement. Not only did he win two bracelets and final table the biggest WCOOP main event in history, he also amassed enough WCOOP points to win Player of the Series. As if that wasn't enough, Kelly went on to get a live tourney sponsorship and win a WSOP bracelet in 2010.
Kelly may have come out on top in 2009, but the Player of the Series leaderboard was full of big names, including Team PokerStars Pros ElkY and George Danzer.
2009 WCOOP Player of the Series
1. djk123 (United States)
2. ElkY (United Kingdom)
3. g0lfa (United States)
4 - 6. Believer82 (United States)
4 - 6. GeorgeDanzer (Germany)
4 - 6. MUSTAFABET (United Kingdom)
7. iacog4 (United States)
8. 2FLY2TILT (Spain)
9. drkamikaze1 (United States)
10. plattsburgh (United States)
Now we're just a few days away from the beginning of the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker, and it's anybody's guess who will be fighting for the top spot again. Eighth place finisher 2FLY2TILT started a Supernova Elite campaign in April and has some catching up to do, but just can't stay away from WCOOP.
"I have no sure plans for the WCOOP yet but will be making the VPP points during September so no doubt will find some interesting events along the way," he said.
One of the three people who tied for fourth place in 2009, MUSTAFABET, has made his plans, and they begin with making a run for it as long as he can.
"If I start very well i might make another attempt to win Player of the Series," he said.
Meanwhile, Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem (who has played in WCOOP since it began nine years ago) is looking to make a splash of his own.
"Coming into the 2010 WCOOP still has the same excitement and anticipation for me," Hachem said, "except now the WCOOP has become an such an established and well-reputed series on the poker tournament calender that no serious player or amateur alike can afford to miss it."
It will be another month before we know who will take top billing in 2010. In the meantime, PokerStars will be awarding millions of dollars over dozens of events. It all kicks off Sunday, so start stocking up on Five-Hour Energy shots, because we're about to get this thing underway.
See you Sunday!