Grayson Ramage headlines finale of WCOOP Challenge Series
It was a big weekend on PokerStars, so big in fact that it stretched into Monday.
The WCOOP Challenge Series was the cause of this temporary adjustment, with the Special Edition Sunday Million and the Series Main Event drawing to a close on Monday.
As you can imagine there was some pretty serious money at stake, with the Sunday Million winner mor255 taking down a first prize of $178,000 albeit after a seven-way chop.
Meanwhile over in the Main Event the first prize reached an eye-watering $502,000, eventually won by Grayson "gray31" Ramage in a tough final table line-up, earning a career best online performance to headline an already sparkling online resume.
Here's a look at the final results.
WCOOP Challenge Sunday Million Special Edition ($215 No-Limit Hold'em)
Prize pool: $2,032.800
Places paid: 1,350
1. mor255 (Israel) $139,148.81*
2. Balle254 (Denmark) $106,583.14*
3. jsizzle20 (Canada) $127,144.99*
4. cid5 (Canada) $178,378.00*
5. Hoelle1 (Germany) $137,515.80*
6. Cobra15979 (Germany) $153,199.42*
7. skill_poker1 (Germany) $97,696.50*
8. jaggaRbomb (Canada) $22,360.80
9. convoypc4860 (Hong Kong) $14,229.60
* denotes the results of a seven-way deal that left $30,000 in play for the winner
WCOOP Challenge Series Main Event, $2,100 No-Limit Hold'em [Re-Entry]
Entries: 1,243 (256 re-entries)
Prize pool: $2,998,000
Places paid: 198
1. Grayson "gray31" Ramage (Canada) $502,165
2. Andreas "Hoegh93" Høgh (Denmark) $367,255
3. guyguy12 (Israel) $277,315
4. Kyle "weekesy333" Weekes (Canada) $203,864
5. Andreas "daskalos20" Christoforou (Cyprus) $146,902
6. GR8MIND (Canada) $116,922
7. SsicK_OnE (Germany) $86,942
8. Sebastian "p0cket00" Sikorski (Canada) $56,962
9. Matias "Festivuss" Grebanja (Mexico) $30,879.40
The WCOOP Challenge Series guaranteed some $7 million in prize money, but with enormous fields beat that by more than $4 million.
Some will now be celebrating their success, others ruing what might have been. All however can now begin to look ahead to WCOOP 2014 which begins next month. Check out the WCOOP 2014 website for details of what's in store, including a $40 million total guaranteed prize pool, and a $10 million guaranteed Main Event.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.