Dan "Djk123" Kelly has four but who else makes the double WCOOP winners list?
There were various eye-catching performances in last year's World Championship of Online Poker, after all it takes something special to win a title in the most prestigious online championship in the world. But then one players stood out doubly so, managing to win not one but two WCOOP titles in the same Series.
Russian player "YOO4" won both Event #16, the PLO 6-Max, and Event #35, another PLO 6-Max (this time with re-buys), within the space of a week last year, immediately ensuring their name was listed among that exclusive group of multiple WCOOP winners. That list now totals some 22 names, each counting themselves among the best of online players.
So who are the "Tenacious 22" who have earned WCOOP silverware multiple times?
We've compiled the complete list below; a cut out and keep guide to who to look out for in terms of players with a track record that keeps on growing.
As you'll notice, only three players have won more than two WCOOP titles. Anders "Donald" Berg and Ryan "g0lfa" D'Angelo have three titles each, while at the top of the list, and perhaps the most accomplished WCOOP player right now, is Dan "Djk123" Kelly with a record four titles.
Kelly is page one of the beginners' guide to the great poker players. Still only 25 years old, Kelly, a Black Friday exile, has a record four WCOOP titles (not to mention a SCOOP).
His first came back in Event#2 of the 2009 Championship, a Razz contest worth $53,410. This was something of a coming out party for Kelly, who then went on to cash another eight times before winning a second title in Event #44, picking up another $252,350 in the $25k High Roller event. Reputation now well and truly secured.
Of course Kelly didn't stop there, although it would be two years before he won a third WCOOP title, this time in 8-Game, worth another $23,529. Finally, for now anyway, the fourth, almost a year to the day later, a $138,355 win in Event #36, a straight no-limit hold'em contest. By then the supply of superlatives had run dry.
Playing live the story is much the same, and he tends to fill in the time between WCOOP wins productively.
In the space of seven years Kelly has notched up live career earnings of nearly $3.2 million, with highlights including a first WSOP bracelet in 2010 (beating Shawn Buchanan heads-up--one of only two players with a Triple Coop), and a second bracelet this past summer in a $1,500 limit event. He is truly one of those awe-inspiring players, unless of course he's sitting immediately to your left, in which case he's just plain terrifying.
So Kelly leads the way as WCOOP 2014 appears on the horizon, and all eyes will be on him to make it five. As for the rest, it's a list containing a staggering amount of talent, as you'll notice when scrolling down. Any one of these could be moving up the list when WCOOP begins on Sunday 7 September.
Here's the full list.
Dan "Djk123" Kelly
Anders "Donald" Berg
Ryan "G0lfa" D'Angelo
Shaun "Shaundeeb" Deeb
George "GeorgeDanzer" Danzer
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe
Ankush "Piston87" Mandavia
Joel Adam "2FLY2TILT" Gordon
Bryan "Brryann" Ruiter
Dave "CrabMaki" Shallow
Darren "Darrenelias" Elias
Jason "JasonMercier" Mercier
Kyle "Kwob20" Bowker
Jamie "Xaston" Kaplan
Find out everything you need to know about the World Championship of Online Poker, including details of all the events and satellites, as well as leader board standings and a little history, on the WCOOP website.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.