WCOOP 2016: Day 22 belongs to... take your pick

It proved a weekend full of big stories. There were wins for Daniel Negreanu, Mike Watson, Ludovic Geilich, Sean Winter, and a second title in about a week for bob43155. Other wins turned heads, as did good results for Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez who all but wraps up top spot on the Player of the Series leader board. The final three WCOOP 2016 events begin today while the Main Event reaches day 2.



The headlines from day

It all got a bit crazy this weekend, the last of WCOOP 2016. We probably shouldn't have been surprised. But where to start?

The most noteworthy win belonged to Daniel Negreanu, not just because he beat Isildur1 to the Event #71 HORSE title, but because, well, he's Negreanu, showing he's the same dominant player online as he is in the live game. As Heath Chick put it in his recap, it must count as one of the dream heads up clashes, two players who have revolutionised the game playing for a first prize of more than $61,000.

daniel_negreanu_wcoop.jpgDaniel Negreanu

Had Negreanu not won it would probably been Mike "SirWatts" Watson topping the list of stories from the weekend. The Canadian won Event #80, which featured one of those final tables where players are listed with real name and username - a sure fire sign that these are big players. Hardly surprising as this was an 8-Game event with a buy-in of $10,000. That meant a first prize of $280,000 to Watson who defeated countryman Ben "sauce123" Sulsky to the title.

mike_watson_wcoop.jpgMike Watson

Then there was bob43155 winning a second WCOOP title within a week, this time in Event #69. He beat Erik "Popiedejopie" van den Berg head up to collect $64,000 after a three way chop. Al Rash has the full report

There was also second WCOOP titles for pads1161 in Event #65, but also maggess88 in Event #73, who beat theNERDguy into second place.

The big winners were not done there. Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich won Event #70, the biggest win of the weekend, worth $462,000 to the Scot. He defeated Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez into second place, Gonzalez having the consolation of knowing his runner-up finish all but guarantees him the Player of the Series title (more on that below). It was an all-star line-up and Jason Kirk's report is well worth a read.

ludovic_geilich_wcoop.jpgLudovic Geilich

Then there was Sean "Nolez7" Winter, who won Event #66 and a first prize of $161,000, which came with $67,000 worth of bounties.

sean_winter_wcoop.jpgSean Winter

You can read David Aydt's account of that here. That left Michael "FreeLancer77" Dattani, who won Event #75, PAW717 who took down Event #68, and __akun333__ who won Event #67 to complete the list of weekend winners.

More on the Main Event, and how that looks after Day 1, below.

Box scores from Day 22

WCOOP-65, $700 No-Limit Hold'em (Ultra-Deep) results
Entries: 1,605 (1,061 entries, 544 re-entries)
Prize pool: $1,067,325
Places paid: 206

1. Patrick "pads1161" Leonard (Hungary) $162,054.98
2. Thomas "sandman201" Tyler (Canada) $117,602.77
3. lll_HWDP_lll (Poland) $85,344.26
4. Ken "kenny05" Smaron (Costa Rica) $61,934.30
5. C.Regando (Czech Republic) $44,945.69
6. chess87 (Germany) $32,617.02
7. dirty.brasil (Canada) $23,670.17
8. zaki74 (Hungary) $17,177.42
9. RigasDinamo (Latvia) $12,465.60

WCOOP-67 ($1,050 7-Card Stud Championship) results
Entries: 102 (25 re-entries)
Prize pool: $127,000
Places paid: 13

1. __akun333___ (Poland) $28,104.51
2. profit76 (Romania) $21,767.17
3. sonajero (Uruguay) $16,858.88
4. DerRaeuber (Austria) $13,057.35
5. Calvin "cal42688" Anderson (Mexico) $10,113.04
6. AceQuad (Mexico) $7,832.64
7. nkeynoNaoya "nkeyno" Kihara (Japan) $6,066.45
8. psyhoagromor (Ukraine) $4,698.53

WCOOP-68: $320 PL Omaha 6-Max
Entries: 257 (Rebuys: 402, Add-ons: 189)
Prize Pool: $256,308
Places Paid: 29

1. PAW717 (Mexico) $43,626.16*
2. QuantumX90 (Netherlands) $42,253.09*
3. André "Sira Al Aziz" Santos (Czech Republic) $26,684.40
4. Slavik_Krs (Poland) $19,587.10
5. eskinazi (Brazil) $14,377.49
6. Matt "plattsburgh" Vengrin (Mexico) $10,553.48
* denotes heads-up deal

WCOOP-69 ($700 NL Hold'em, 6-Max, 5-Stack) results
Entries: 764
Prize pool: $508,060
Places paid: 95

1. bob43155 (Mexico) $64,081.78*
2. Erik "Popiedejopie" van den Berg (United Kingdom) $66,511.79*
3. Raizzz (Belgium) $52,010.96*
4. Viliyan "PSMozak" Petleshkov (Bulgaria) $25,864.11
5. Godfatti (Netherlands) $17,312.60
6. KissMyAcePlz (Finland) $11,588.49
*Denotes three-way deal that left $10,161 in play for the winner

WCOOP 2016: Event #70, $21,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (6-Max, High-Roller) results
Entries: 93 (64 entries, 29 re-entries)
Prize pool: $1,906,500
Places paid: 9

1. Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich (United Kingdom) $462,182.17
2. Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez (Uruguay) $355,730.97
3. Jens "Jeans89" Kyllonen (Finland) $273,797.80
4. Dani "supernova9" Stern (Canada) $210,735.93
5. Connor "blanconegro" Drinan (Mexico) $162,198.53
6. MITS 304 (Cyprus) $124,840.47

WCOOP-71: $2,100 HORSE Championship results
Entries: 147 (34 re-entries)
Prize Pool: $294,000
Places Paid: 15

1. Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu (Canada) $61,865.47
2. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (United Kingdom) $48,112.18
3. WTFOMFGOAO (Russia) $37,416.40
4. L1TE-BR1TE (Canada) $29,098.41
5. Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (Canada) $22,629.59
6. Kashmir_uzi (United Kingdom) $17,598.81
7. Connor "blanconegro" Drinan (Mexico) $13,686.46
8. Childers (United Kingdom) $10,643.82

WCOOP-73 ($700 PL Omaha [Heads-Up]) results
Entries: 211
Prize pool: $140,315
Places paid: 32

1. maggess88 (Netherlands) $37,885.11
2. Yuri 'theNERDguy' Martins (Australia) $21,047.25
3. Ti0373 (Russia) $11,225.20
4. Rory 'Mafews' Mathews (U.K.) $11,225.20

WCOOP-74 ($10,300 Eight-Game Championship) results
Entries: 120
Prize pool: $1,200,000.00
Places paid: 11

1. Mike "SirWatts" Watson (Canada) $280,238.52
2. Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky (Canada) $212,729.16
3. Matthew "MUSTAFABET" Ashton (United Kingdom) $161,482.80
4. Calvin "cal42688" Anderson (Mexico) $122,581.68
5. Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro (Finland) $93,051.84
6. Iteopepe88 (Hungary) $70,635.72

WCOOP-75 ($700 NL [6-Max, Progressive KO (50%)]) results
Entries: 1,360
Prize pool: $1,000,000 (Regular pool: $547,800; Bounty pool: $452,200.00)
Places paid: 167

1. Michel 'FreeLancerZZ' Dattani (Czech Republic) $75,193.88* + $28,887.31 in bounties
2. leonidus1988 (Russia) $65,193.88* + $16,958.05 in bounties
3. Simon 'ministerborg' Ravnsbaek (Denmark) $36,274.22 + $8,974.81 in bounties
4. Tagomaga (Malta) $23,711.46 + $2,150.85 in bounties
5. BrightStripe (Austria) $15,499.56 + $9,395.00 in bounties
6. €urop€an (Finland) $10,131.67 + $12,493.32 in bounties
* Denotes a deal between the final two

For more results from the weekend on PokerStars click here.

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Current leader board standings

As hinted at earlier Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez looks to have this sewn up thanks to a second place finish in Event #70, which also happened to feature Connor "blanconegro" Drinan, who equally has second place almost guaranteed thanks to two final tables over the weekend. There are still events left to play, but here's how things look with only a handful of results remaining.

leader board - 26 September 2016.jpgWCOOP leader board September 26, 2016

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

Coming up on Monday

The final three events of WCOOP 2016 begin today while four more conclude. The Main Event meanwhile plays on.

Starting today:

WCOOP-80: $700 NL Hold'em [1R1A], $300,000 Guaranteed
WCOOP-81: $320 PL 5-Card Omaha [6-Max], $100,000 Guaranteed
WCOOP-82: $1,050 NL Hold'em [Wrap-Up], $500,000 Guaranteed

Concluding today:

WCOOP-79: $320 NL Hold'em
This event was won a short while ago by Noogali, who collected $144,000 for first place. A full report on this will be available on the Blog later today.

WCOOP-76: $320 PL Omaha [Mix-Max, Part 2, 6-Max]
There are 20 players remaining in this event, led by pok3rforfun. Play resumes at 08:00 ET time. The final table is due at around 11:18 ET.

WCOOP-77: $215 NL Hold'em [8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE]
There is still some way to go in the Sunday Warm-Up with 394 of the original field of 9666 still remaining. There's also a first prize of $264,000 to play for and right now ShefanHilaly leads. This one resumes at 11:00 ET with the final table die at about 21:20 ET.

The Main Event

It's the biggest online event of the year and it kicked off yesterday with a field of 2091 players. After a full day of play there are 309 remaining, led overnight by axtipitos of Austria. Needless to say they have plenty of competition, too lengthy to list here but available to browse in the PokerStars tournament lobby. Play resumes today at 14:00 ET but it will be late tomorrow when we get to a final table. We'll have more details then.

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.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley.

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