WCOOP 2016: Epilogue... all over for another year
Wins for Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan and teruliro served as a worthy precursor to the Main Event win by German player llJaYJaYll who earns more than $1.5 million. The Player of the Series comes to a close with Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez topping the leader board. All of which brings WCOOP 2016 to a close.
Looking back on the final day
With the greatest respect to Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan and teruliro, both of whom proved top class WCOOP winners yesterday (particularly Srinivasan, who fought through a scary looking final table, and past James "Andy McLEOD" Obst heads-up to win his title) there was really only one story yesterday, the WCOOP Main Event conclusion and the win for German player llJaYJaYll.
Kristin Bihr wrapped things up with typical panache, summing up what had been a great finale by recounting llJaYJaYll's dominance. It made for a great story and a great way to end the fifteenth incarnation of the world's biggest online championship.
It came after three days of intense competition, one which started with 2,091 entries and a prize pool in excess of $10 million. The Championship always manages to end in style. This year proved no different. It brings to a close WCOOP for another year. There were 80 winners (aDrENalin710 and bob43155 each won twice) and some $73.5 million was generated in prize money. Roll on 2017.
Box scores from the final day
WCOOP-78 ($5,000 NL Hold'em MAIN EVENT) results
Entries: 2,091 (1,772 entries, 319 re-entries)
Prize pool: $10,052,879.79
Places paid: 224
1. llJaYJaYll (Germany) $1,517,541.25
2. 0409479 (United Kingdom) $1,101,278.90
3. R_Scientist (United Kingdom) $799,196.90
4. Gambler4444 (Austria) $579,976.77
5. axtipitos_86 (Austria) $420,888.94
6. Olorionek (Poland) $305,439.66
7. uknowProsky* (Netherlands) $221,656.95
8. gorodski (Malta) $160,856.12
9. deadfizh (Finland) $116,733.03
WCOOP 2016: Event #80, $700 No-Limit Hold'em (1R1A) results
Entries: 474 (241 re-buys, 148 add-ons)
Prize pool: $575,621
Places paid: 55
1. Shyam "G's zee" Srinivasan (Canada) $102,747.49
2. James "Andy McLEOD" Obst (Australia) $76,000.56
3. Guntis "poker@luffyD" Aleskins (Latvia) $56,216.47
4. NEWFlat (Russia) $41,582.51
5. BillLewinsky (Netherlands) $30,757.96
6. FYYDNZAA (China) $22,751.13
7. nyc_bullets (Canada) $16,828.68
8. ManciaTheOne (Chile) $12,447.91
9. Gustavo "gremistaAK" Pinto (Brazil) $9,207.51
WCOOP-81 ($320 PL 5-Card Omaha 6-Max) results
Prize pool: $371,700.00
Places paid: 155
1. teruliro (Brazil) *$51,267.22
2. Cinguzis (Latvia) *45,000.00
3. Markbjj (Hungary) $24,873.97
4. KingVictoras (Greece) $16,259.45
5. Auca32 (Denmark) $10,628.38
6. POLY1010 (F.Y.R.O.M) $6,947.48
*Denotes a two-way deal that left $7,434 for first
Final leader board standings
As we said yesterday Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez had this contest sewn up with a few days to spare. He finished WCOOP with 23 cashes. That included four final tables, one of which he won, and another finished runner-up. In all that meant 750 points, nearly 200 points clear of second placed Connor "blanconegro" Drinan, who had topped the leader board from day one and remained close to the lead through three weeks of action. For his part he reached five final tables, and like Gonzalez won one and came second in another.
Here's how the top ten finished.
Honourable mentions go to Bluf_To_Much in third place and Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah in fourth, as well as boahgeing and Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich who finished joint fifth.
You can check out the leader board in full, detailing all the final standings, on the WCOOP homepage.
That brings our coverage of WCOOP 2016 to a close. In a way the end of WCOOP also marks the end of summer, which if not guarded against can user in whimsical philosophy.
A quote by Bartlett Giamatti always seems relevant at this time, the former MLB commissioner summing up his thoughts about the end of the season: "And then, as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall all alone."
The baseball season approaches its end round about now, leaving fans wondering how they'll ever get through the cold winter months without it. Well, while WCOOP might be over for another year poker itself goes on, and thank goodness. No need to scan results from the Dominican leagues, the next major event comes around as quickly as this Sunday.
So congratulations if you earned a WCOOP title this year. If you didn't then the winter might well prove difficult. But there is always another tournament, another festival on the horizon. Set your sights on that and plan on putting the record straight.
Thanks for following our WCOOP coverage this year. Now onto the next.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley.