WCOOP 2012: Sharks aplenty in Day 2 of WCOOP-50, $225,760 for first

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgWCOOP bracelets are not easy to come by. Big fields, talented players and deep structures make it tough to final table let alone win. Take a quick look at the 70 players that made it through to Day 2 of WCOOP-50 ($1,000 NL Hold'em). There's lots of talent chasing the $225.760.80 first place prize.

Although a Hungarian called jampiriki leads the field (328,005) there are two big guns of online poker heavily stacked with ammunition just behind. Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen sits in third (297,600) while Paul 'Paolo69' Foltyn is in fifth (280,671). It's been an impressive series for Foltyn so far with eight cashes and one big money final table that netted him $245,025.

Entrants: 1,308
Players remaining: 70
Prize pool: $1,308,000
Pay out for 70th: $3,270
Pay out for 1st: $225.760.80


Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen playing at the NAPT

Look beneath the top ten and there's plenty more sharks in shallower water. EPT Player of the Year Ondrej 'vinkyy' Vinklarek is swimming along comfortably in 13th (205,832). Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah sits on a just below average stack (135,151) which is good for 33rd. This is Leah's 12th cash of the series but so far he's fallen outside of the big money every time. Three times he's made it into the last 30 players, but he's yet to make it to the final 20. Last year it was a very different story with Leah winning one bracelet and chopping the main event for $560,000. Will the Canadian sports fan win the vital coin toss this time around?

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Ondrej Vinklarek, EPT Player of the Year

Faraz 'The-Toilet0' Jaka is one of the most colourful characters in the game (well, his shirts certainly are). Jaka has scored close to $6m in combined live and online tournament winnings and came close to winning the PCA this year, where he finished third for $775,000 having dominated the $10,000 main event for several days. He's also a man that can get into tuna without a can opener. He's resourceful, we'll give him that. Despite his 20 big blind stack, you can't rule him out.


Faraz Jaka at the PCA feature table

That's just to mention a few. Craig 'mcc3991' McCorkell, who joined PokerStars as a winner at the British Poker Awards, is another short stacked player in the mix. This could end up as one of the toughest final tables of the series.

Play resumes 19 September at 17:00 (ET) and it should be a great tournament for the railbirds. You can join them by clicking on 'Requests' on the PokerStars lobby navigation bar and then 'Find a tournament' and insert tournament code: 2012090050. Or alternatively just wait until tomorrow for our report of the final table, or watch the cards-up final table on PokerStars.tv.

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is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in WCOOP