WCOOP 2013: Ireland fly the flag, Galfond almost pops COOP cherry

It's been another busy day of WCOOP action, particularly for the Emerald Isle who bagged a first, second and fifth in WCOOP-47 for a combined $260k haul. There were also four big time players shooting for their first WCOOP title; EPT Campione champ Jannick "EDWARDHOPPER" Wrang, high stakes legend Phil "MrSweets28" Galfond, and former SCOOP winners Paul "Paolo69" Foltyn and Ami "UhhMee" Barer. All final tabled events but none were able to add WCOOP winner to their poker CV, yet.

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Phil "MrSweets28" Galfond

That, however, can't be said for Gavin "gavonater" O'Rourke who took down his first COOP title in a tricolour-coloured final table. O'Rourke beat PokerStars reg and EPT and UKIPT final tablist Mick "BIGMICKG" Graydon heads-up for the table, but not until after a chop saw both players pocket six-figure scores. Up-and-coming Irish grinder Marc "14alonso14" McDonnell took fifth.

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Gavin "gavonater" O'Rourke

Check out the events that finished yesterday below and you can read their tournament reports by clicking through each header. Fifteen events remain in the WCOOP 2013 calendar as the prize pool-ometer ticks up to $41,649,977 with satellites still running for the enormous $8m guaranteed WCOOP Main Event, which starts this Sunday.

WCOOP-47 ($320 NLHE, 3x Chance)
Entrants: 2,018 (765 re-buys)
Prize pool: $834,900
Places paid: 270

1. Gavin "gavonater" O'Rourke (Ireland) - $117,708.03*
2. Mick "BIGMICKG" Graydon (Ireland) - $105,389.19*
3. FaNjkEEE (Ukraine) - $85,816.58*
4. weygang (Australia) - $53,558.83
5. Marc "14alonso14" McDonnell (Ireland) - $37,570.50
6. bEatNicK"OG" (Canada) - $29,221.50
7. CaptainSmile (Norway) - $20,872.50
8. srxakgirona (United Kingdom) - $14,610.75
9. o23oSyD (Germany) - $8,349.00

WCOOP-48 ($215 NLH Turbo Knockout)
Entrants: 4,076
Prize pool: $827,293 ($168,135 bounty prize pool)
Places paid: 540

1. RommyTheCute (Russia) - $103,511.87 ($701.25 in bounties)
2. bootswild (Canada) - $77,137.28 ($660 in bounties)
3. Anywhat (Austia) - $54,391.67 ($206.50 in bounties)
4. GANDI(FCP) (Portugal) - $37,909.34 ($247.50 in bounties)
5. Zabaleta1 (Czech Republic) - $28,019.95 ($618.75 in bounties)
6. MaRLaCa (Andorra) - $21,427.02 ($288.75 in bounties)
7. DreDik (Belarus) - $14,834.09 ($247.50 in bounties)
8. luchitoali (Argentina) - $8,241.16 ($495 in bounties)
9. kongolainen (Finland) - $5,274.34 ($206.25 in bounties)

WCOOP-49 ($320 NLHE/PLO)
Entrants: 1,042
Prize pool: $312,600.00
Places paid: 135

1. forhelviti (Faroe Islands) - $56,268.00
2. Jannick "EDWARDHOPPER" Wrang (Denmark) - $40,106.58
3. Paul "Paolo69" Foltyn (United Kingdom) - $30,009.60
4. Miksta (Australia) - $22,507.20
5. theone93 (Germany) - $15,630.00
6. hlamberg (Latvia) - $12,504.00
7. GUZz125 (Canada) - $9,378.00
8. blueskyyM (Estonia) - $6,252.00
9. visjeatwater (Netherlands) - $3,751.20

WCOOP-50 ($530 Razz)
Entrants: 343
Prize pool: $171,500.00
Places paid: 48

1. Philych_085 (Belarus) -- $33,013.91
2. nebo_blizko (Ukraine) -- $24,438.75
3. Tygem (Finland) -- $18,436.25
4. DaliaAllin (Portugal) -- $13,291.25
5. römpsä (Finland) -- $9,003.75
6. Ami "UhhMee" Barer (Canada) -- $6,431.25
7. Phil "MrSweets28" Galfond (Canada) -- $4,716.25
8. dumBBass86 (Russia) -- $3,858.75

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Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in WCOOP