WCOOP 2011: Player of Series race coming out of turn four

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgAfter more than two weeks and 51 events of World Championship of Online Poker action, the planet's biggest online poker tournament series is turning into the home stretch. Only twelve events remain over the next four days. It's time--but precious little of it--for the contenders on the Player of the Series leaderboard to make their runs for the top.

To have a chance at the title, the top people on the board will have to knock off Joel Adam Gordon, better known on PokerStars as 2FLY2TILT. We've written a great deal about the UK-born player who now lives in Spain. He made it his goal to finish in the top ten of this year's WCOOP leaderboard players. Instead, he has spent most of the series on the very top of the list. He is far from having the race locked up, but he is the odds-on favorite at this hour.

Gordon has played 38 of the 51 events so far this year. Here is how he's fared.

  • 1st place--WCOOP-08: $215 Triple Stud
  • 16th place--WCOOP-13: $215 PL Omaha H/L
  • 6th place--WCOOP-17: $215 NL Single Draw 2-7
  • 6th place--WCOOP-25: $215 PL Omaha
  • 4th place--WCOOP-33: $320 PL Omaha
  • 51st place--WCOOP-36: $530 FL Omaha H/L
  • 58th place--WCOOP-37: $109 8-Game
  • 56th place--WCOOP-43: $320+R PL Omaha
  • You'll note, Gordon has four final table appearances in this year's WCOOP alone. That's more than any other player has made during the 2011 series.


    Though Gordon is on top with a decent lead, he is not uncatchable. Canada's Big_Nemo is sitting on 245 points. If he finishes in seventh place or better in any of the remaining events, that's all he would need to tie Gordon. There are several others with a shot, as well. Here's the top 12 players on the leaderboard with 12 events remaining.

    WCOOP Player of Series standings (9-22-11)

    1. 2FLY2TILT (Spain) 280
    2. Big_Nemo (Canada) 245
    3-4. gboro780 (Canada) 230
    3-4. ImaLuckSac (Canada) 230
    5-6. Donald (Norway) 210
    5-6. ImaLucSac (Canada) 210
    7. iwonthurtyou (Russia) 195
    8-9. jdtjpoker (Mexico) 180
    8-.9 PUCIPUCO (United Kingdom) 180
    10-12. dev209 (Germany) 170
    10-12. goleafsgoeh (Canada) 170
    10-12. KidPoker (Canada) 170

    Though the pride of winning the leaderboard will probably be enough for any of the players above, PokerStars has made sure to kick in some nice prizes for the top three. Here's what they are playing for.

  • 1st place: Champion's Trophy, EPT Season 8 Grand Final prize package, 2012 SCOOP Main Event ticket , 2012 PCA package, and a Special Edition Chip Set
  • 2nd place: 2012 SCOOP Main Event ticket, 2012 PCA prize package, and a Special Edition Chip Set
  • 2012 SCOOP Main Event ticket, and a Special Edition Chip Set
  • For more information on the WCOOP leaderboard, visit the WCOOP Player of the Series web page.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in WCOOP