WCOOP 2015: Close calls for Team Pros as we head into the weekend
We're into Day 13 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 36 of 70 events now completed.
--ekziter wins Event #33 (FL Badugi Championship) collecting $18,000. Jason Mercier finishes fifth.
--French pro Yorane "viirusss" Kerignard win Event #34 to deny Mike "Goleafsgoeh" Leah a second WCOOP bracelet. Johnny Lodden finishes fifth.
--In Event #35 Viebu wins $83,000 in the PLO 6-max.
--The 8-Game, Event #37, is won by TheFish77, with Eugene Katchalov missing out in second place.
Round up of latest results
This was another day in which the players finishing just behind the winners stood out as much as those collecting silverware.
In Event #33 ezkiter won his first bracelet, and a first for Belarus this year in the FL Badugi Championship. It proved to be well earned, with Adam "Adamyid" Owen finishing in second, as well as Jason Mercier in fifth and kroko-dill in seventh. Al Rash watched all of it, and you can read his report here.
In Event #34 Yorane "viirusss" Kerignard was adding a WCOOP title to his resume. The Frenchman, now playing out of Malta, has more than $1.5 million in live tournament earnings, and earned another $92,000 for this. As Martin Harris reported, it was nearly a story about Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah's second bracelet in a week, but he was stopped in second place. Johnny Lodden finished fifth.
As Jack Stanton reported, Viebu from Israel took down Event #35, a PLO 6-max, for $83,000 ahead of Valdimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy, while The Fish77, won Event #37, an 8-Game contest. Eugene Katchalov closed out a day of near misses for Team PokerStars Pro, finishing runner up. Heath Chick has the story.
Here are the scores in full:
Event #33: $700 FL Badugi Championship
Prize pool: $75,145
Places paid: 16
1. ekziter (Belarus) $18,410.55
2. Adam "Adamyid" Owen (United Kingdom) $12,774.65
3. secky0222 (Japan) $9,768.85
4. ViTaMin_F22 (China) $6,763.05
5. Jason Mercier (Canada) $4,884.42
6. Jamie Keeler (United Kingdom) $3,757.25
7. Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko (Russia) $3,005.80
8. Gambler4444 (Austria) $2,254.35
Event #34: $320 NL Hold'em (6-Max, Optional Re-Entry)
Entries: 2,016 (1,481 entries, 535 re-entries)
Prize pool: $604,800
Places paid: 252
1. Yorane "viirusss" Kerignard (Malta) $95,256.00
2. Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (Canada) $71,064.00
3. Gleb "psyhoagromor" Kovtunov (Ukraine)
4. Keep2p34Ch" (Morocco) $34,776.00
5. Team PokerStars Pro Johnny "johnnylodden" Lodden (Norway) $23,708.16
6. pellompogos (Cyprus) $13,547.52
Event #35: $320+R PL Omaha [6-Max]
Entries: 553 (649 rebuys and 433 add-ons)
Prize pool: $490,500
Places paid: 72
1. viebu (Israel) $83,040.17*
2. rmdr (Germany) $78,824.83*
3. Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovskiy (Russia) $50,276.25
4. Shhh00kem (Canada) $34,335.00
5. Konstantinos "arxigos" Nanos (Austria) $24,525.00
6. Joel "Odonkor1" Nordkvist (Sweden) $15,696.00
* indicates prize money after a heads-up deal was made
Event #37: $320 8-Game
Prize Pool: $159,900
Places Paid: 72
1. TheFish77 (Norway) $30,381.00
2. Eugene Katchalov (Ukraine) $22,386.00
3. Leon_Javur (Estonia) $16,389.75
4. Jonas Palsgård "Palsgaard1" Christensen (Denmark) $11,193.00
5. isDatLekker? (Netherlands) $7,995.00
6. Raabinator93 (Germany) $5,116.80
For all the WCOOP 2015 results so far, check out our aptly named WCOOP results page, which also has links to all final table reports.
Coming up today
Three more events are scheduled today, with two set to finish later.
Event 39: $665 Triple Draw 2-7 Championship 11.00 ET
Event 40: $500 NL Hold'em (6-max shootout) 14.00 ET
Event 41: $300 ET NL Hold'em (Ante Only) 17.00 ET
Still to conclude
Event 36: NL Hold'em (1R1A) 7 of 1,040 remaining
Event 38: NL Hold'em (Progressive Super KO) 55 of 1,748 remaining
RuiNF remains at the top going as we pass the half way mark on 295 points, with Aftret in second with 240. The only major change a the top is the emergence of Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah in fourth place, following a runner up finish in Event #34 yesterday.
Find all the leader board details right here
Quote of the day
"I was all over the place actually. I normally never drink alcohol while I play online, but I had to pour myself a glass of wine to calm my nerves. It went down rather quickly and I think I had finished almost three by the time the game was over."
-- Josefine "Trymean77" Forssberg, interviewed about her Event #23 WCOOP win on the PokerStars Blog. Read the full interview here
Dubious fact of the day
TheFish77 becomes the second player this year with "77" in their username to win a WCOOP title, after Trymena77 in Event #23.
On to the weekend
As Jamie Staples pointed out, there are only ten days of WCOOP left. But while that might be tragically true there's still plenty of action left, especially this weekend, when WCOOP and the Sunday Majors combine for some big results.
You can find out everything there is to know about the Championship on the WCOOP homepage, and good luck to everyone playing this weekend, whether in WCOOP or other events.
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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.