WCOOP 2013: Main Event on $10.6m tipping point, Alex "BiatchPeople" Luneau wins 8-game High Roller
The World Championship of Online Poker Main Event yesterday burst through its large $8,000,000 guarantee to take its total prize pool to $10,665,000, and the overall festival prize pool to $62,362,757. Not one dime has been paid out in the Main Event yet though: 296 players hold their stacks overnight with 243 places paying. When play resumes at 14:30 ET today some of the best players in the game will be battling it out to win an incredible $1,877,573 first-place prize. In fact, there's also a seven-figure payout for the runner-up ($1,290,465).
Total WCOOP 2013 prize pool: $62,362,757
Leading by example
Among the front runners in the $5,200 tournament are Dan "Danny98765" Smith (3rd, 536,211), Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko (7th, 440,745), Zimnan "Zimmy86" Ziyard (8th, 416,810), Ryan "king10clubs" Madsen (17th, 335,466), Mike "Timex" McDonald (24th, 298,150) and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier (31st, 273,783). All are well positioned considering the average stack currently weighs in at 144,121.
Needing some run-good
Players still in who could all too easily get involved in bubble trouble include PokerStars sponsored players Jake Cody, Humberto Brenes, Vicky Coren, Liv Boeree, Mickey "mement_mori" Petersen and Shane "shaniac" Schleger, all of whom are on or below average stacks. Former EPT London champ Coren is most at risk of that line up with around 13 big blinds at Level 21 (1,500/3,000). Log on to PokerStars through the desktop client or your tablet or smartphone to see if she gets chipped up and makes a deep run into the money.
Reigning EPT Grand Final title holder Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer is still in the running with around 20 big blinds. Dual EPT and online World Champion titles would be an absolutely incredible achievement. EPT champ Anton "AnteSvante" Wigg and WCOOP winner Luke "LukeFromB13" Staudenmaier are among some of the other players still in.
Big weekend of action
After a big weekend of action at PokerStars - key weekly tournament results can be seen here - just two WCOOP titles are yet to be claimed; the WCOOP Main Event (WCOOP-66) and the $215 8-max (WCOOP-64) which has 114 players left from an incredible starting field of 9,678.
Alex "BiatchPeople" Luneau's class shines through
French poker player Alex "BiatchPeople" Luneau, who now resides in the UK, last night claimed the much respected 8-game High Roller title and $234,350. You can read the full write-up here.
Tight at the top of the WCOOP Leader Board
For most of the last couple of weeks it was looking like Russian player -Rebus1980- was going to wun away with the Player of the Series title, but a late rally by Sykoen, which included this fifth-place finish for $18,150, has pulled the Norwegian into contention and he's currently in 22nd in WCOOP-64 with 114 players left. Watch this space.