WCOOP 2016: All or nothing heading into final weekend

As WCOOP reaches its final weekend marcasa and prepstyle71 record wins, but so too aDrENalin710 of Russia, who records his second WCOOP win of the year. SixthSen19 has a great day to extend his lead in the Player of the Series contest. Four events start today, three finish today, and a further eight will get going over the weekend, including the WCOOP Main Event on Sunday. Three more events on Monday will mark the last of the tournaments this year, while the Main Event itself will finish on Tuesday.



The headlines from day

The great thing about WCOOP is that it doesn't take one of the higher buy-in, higher prize pool events to make a great story. Take that of aDrENalin710 yesterday, who recorded his second WCOOP title of the year just a week after winning the last.

It came in Event 64, a $320 HORSE event with a first prize of just short of $18,000. Not a lot by WCOOP standards, but one that means far more to the Russian. Read the full story here.

Measured differently the big winner of the day was prepstyle71 who earned nearly $203,000 for winning the PLO Championship six-max. How did that happen? Pauly McGuire's is report is well worth a read to find out why.


That left the third of three events to finish yesterday, Event 62, which might not have had the prize money, or the prestige, but had a tough line-up. Eventual winner marcasa had to beat the likes of Ole "wizowizo" Schemion and Mads "madsamot" Amot at the final table, but did so, picking up $91,500. Jason Kirk has the full story.

By now you're have noticed that we're entering the final weekend and the last few days of WCOOP 2016. There is however still plenty of opportunity to win a WCOOP title. Three more events start today, with a further eight taking place over the weekend. The Championship then concludes with three more events starting on Monday.

But topping the bill is the Main Event, which begins this Sunday. The buy in of $5,000 is rightly quite high, but satellites are running around the clock in the build up to the start, which you can find in the PokerStars lobby. What's more PokerStars is also running $25 three-player Spin & Go qualifiers for the ultimate last minute bid to qualify.

We'll have a full update of all the weekend results, as well as the latest from the WCOOP Main Event, on Monday morning.

What's more tonight there's an exclusive broadcast on Twitch, with the winner of the $102,000 buy-in Super High Roller bencb789. The broadcast will feature a live discussion of the key hands of that event, along with questions and answers from viewers on all topics, not to mention a general discussion about playing at the highest stakes of online poker.

Viewers will be able to send through hand histories using PokerStars' Boom! hand re-player, and receive feedback and advice from him. All of that will be available here from tonight, from 19:00 to 22:30 CEST (that's 18:00 BST or 13:00 ET).

Box scores from Day 19

WCOOP 2016: Event #62, $530+R No-Limit Hold'em results
Entries: 366 (345 re-buys, 289 add-ons)
Prize pool: $502,500
Places paid: 47

1. marcasa (Netherlands) $91,540.33
2. UncleAnte9 (Canada) $67,834.38
3. PolecatRider (Germany) $50,267.58
4. hawiwi (Lebanon) $37,250.02
5. Ole "wizowizo" Schemion (Germany) $27,603.53
6. farmjim (United Kingdom) $20,455.16
7. Mads "madsamot" Amot (Norway) $15,157.96
8. Felix "ZhipOHoy" Stephensen (United Kingdom) $11,232.63
9. Frederik "Fred_Brink" Jensen (Denmark) $8,323.76

WCOOP-63 ($2,100 PL Omaha Championship [6-Max]) results
Entries: 575 (406 entries, 169 re-entries)
Prize pool: $1,150,00
Places paid: 65

1. prepstyle71 (Canada) $202,930.71
2. Bullitos (Netherlands) $140,262.74
3. omyg0t (Netherlands) $96,947.64
4. Miltos14 (Cyprus) $67,008.89
5. Mike 'gordo16' Gorodinsky (Mexico) $46,315.56
6. Ravenswood13 (Malta) $32,012.66

WCOOP-64 ($320 HORSE) results
Entries: 356
Prize pool: $106,800.00
Places paid: 47

1. aDrENalin710 (Russia) *$17,848.89
2. LUFCBas (United Kingdom) *$15,985.01
3. nafnaf_funny (Russia) $10,849.54
4. lofty1990 (United Kingdom) $7,688.80
5. Gambler4444 (Austria) $5,635.87
6. LarryRudex (Austria) $4,131.08
7. jnsan1 (Russia) $3,208.07
8. FONBET_RULIT (Russia) $2,219.56
* denotes two-way deal

You can qualify for the WCOOP on PokerStars for as little as a few cents. What's stopping you? Start your campaign by opening a PokerStars account.

Current leader board standings

A quite excellent day for Fabrizio "SixthSen19" Gonzalez all but secures him the Player of the Series title going into the final weekend. Yesterday we reported how he was still in contention in the three events set to conclude, even leading one of them. He went on to cash in all of them, finishing 18th, 16th and 11th respectively. Each of those finishes was worth 30 points, which put him 175 points clear of Connor "blanconegro" Drinan in second place.

leader board - 23 September 2016.jpgWCOOP leader board September 23, 2016

It's by no means over. A tournament win is worth 100 points, and there are plenty of players capable of that. But they also have to contend with SixthSenSe19 current form, which is nothing short of electric. It makes for a fascinating weekend ahead.

Don't forget you can check out the leader board in full on the WCOOP homepage.

Coming up on Friday

There are three more events starting today and three more concluding. There are just five days of play left in WCOOP 2016, with 21 results left to declare.

Starting today:

WCOOP-68: $320+R PL Omaha [6-Max], $200,000 Guaranteed
WCOOP-69: $700 NL Hold'em [6-Max,5-Stack], $300,000 Guaranteed
WCOOP-70: $21,000 PL Omaha [6-Max, High-Roller], $500,000 Guaranteed
WCOOP-71: $2,100 HORSE Championship, $200,000 Guaranteed

Concluding today:

WCOOP-65: $700 NL Hold'em [Ultra-Deep]
Down to 36 in this ultra-deep event, which features a first prize of more than $162,000. Sandman201 leads when play resumes at 10:00 ET with the final table at 14:04 ET.

WCOOP-67: $1,050 7-Card Stud Championship
Play resumes at 16:00 ET in this one with the top 13 players of the 27 remaining set to finish in the money. First prize is $28,000 with Dzuba1205 currently in top spot ahead of a talented field that includes Adam "Adamyid" Owen, Calvin "cal42688" Andersen, Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah, Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara, Jason "jcarverpoker" Somerville, and zzwwzzwwzz. The final table could easily be a corker, and starts at roughly 18:12 ET.

WCOOP-66: $2,100 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO (50%), Thursday Thrill SE]
Still plenty of play in this one with 110 players back for Day 2 at 13:00 ET today. Russian player KumariOy leads a field that includes Bluf_To_Much, PearlJammer, Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah, Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen, and Felipe "Mojave" Ramos. There's a first prize of $161,000 awaiting the winner with the final set to start at around 23:40 ET.

Coming up this weekend

WCOOP-68: $320+R PL Omaha [6-Max], $200,000 Guaranteed
WCOOP-69: $700 NL Hold'em [6-Max, 5-Stack], $300,000 Guaranteed
WCOOP-70: $21,000 PL Omaha [6-Max, High-Roller], $500,000 Guaranteed
WCOOP-71: $2,100 HORSE Championship, $200,000 Guaranteed
WCOOP-73: $700 PL Omaha [Heads-Up], $100,000 Guaranteed, No Late Registration
WCOOP-74: $10,300 Eight-Game Championship, $500,000 Guaranteed
WCOOP-72: $109 NL Hold'em [Day 2], $1,000,000 Guaranteed
WCOOP-75: $700 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Progressive KO (50%)], $1,000,000 Guaranteed

You can find details of each of these events on the WCOOP homepage as well as details on how to play and/or win your seat to every WCOOP Main Event.

Something for the weekend

This week's podcast features an in-depth interview with Felix Schneiders from Team Pro Online...


"Joe is reasonably happy with some of this week's suggestions for new podcast names, but he's unhappy with James's defiant, unapologetic stance on "spoiling" 'Narcos'. Anyway, there's some Poker Hall of Fame gossip, another tale from the infamous PokerStars toilets, plus WCOOP news and a preview of the Main Event. There's also an interview with Felix Schneiders from Team PokerStars Pro Online, who's been analysing many of the WCOOP final table replays on Twitch. Plus, Freddy Cruz from Florida makes his long-awaited appearance on the podcast, aiming to out-wit Joe in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. We're still taking Superfan applications, by the way. Please volunteer via Twitter, and don't forget to include your specialist subject. #EPTNotLive"

Click here to listen to this week's podcast.

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