WCOOP 2016: Hurry up and wait for everyone but Drinan

Weekend highlights on PokerStars

* WCOOP 2016 gets underway with one event from 82 now complete
* Connor Drinan wins Event #5
* Stein Knutzen of Norway wins the UKIPT Super Series in London

WCOOP begins, but...

If you were getting excited about WCOOP starting then so were we. So it was a bit of an anti-climax to find that there was nothing really happening, except for the conclusion on one event.

Not that Connor Drinan will care. He opened his WCOOP campaign in the same way he ended his EPT Barcelona one, with a big win, rounding off a good week for the American.

Connor Drinan_wcoop_5sept16_v2.jpgConnor Drinan brings his Barcelona form to WCOOP

Only a few days ago we were reporting on his success in the EPT Barcelona 10K High Roller event, in which he picked up a first prize of €849,200. The pay day may have been a little lower last night, but Drinan seemed pretty pleased to have turned a $300 buy in into a first prize of $26,614, as well as a WCOOP title.

If you're not familiar with Drinan's work you'd do well to start with our High Roller report from Barcelona and work backwards. Doing that will lead you to some other Drinan highlights, not least three final tables at the PCA last January (including this one), and more at EPT events in 2015 which preceded that $3.25 million third place pay-out in the Super High Roller Bowl at Aria.

Just like last year when Drinan narrowly missed out in a WCOOP title, finishing runner-up to nafnaf_funny, Martin Harris was on hand to watch Drinan's performance this time around and has a full write up of the final table which you can find here. In the meantime here's the result in full.

WCOOP-05 ($320 NL Omaha Hi/Lo, 6-Max) results
Entrants: 500
Prize pool: $150,000.00
Places paid: 65

1. Connor "blanconegro" Drinan (Mexico) $26,614.82
2. RedPh0enix (Russia) $18,306.27
3. The TJS (United Kingdom) $12,591.51
4. sleepy_seven (Germany) $8,660.76
5. Milana Jones (Russia) $5,957.08
6. Scott "Aggro Santos" Margereson (Mexico) $4,097.44

Weekend winners

So while we're still waiting for our first full on day of WCOOP results we can at least look back on some of the other winners from the weekend. There were plenty of them, with the top ten listed below.

$1,050 Sunday Grand NLHEp0cket00Canada $64,513.00
$1,050 Sunday Grand PLO [6-Max]Sasuke234Sweden $49,818.89
$700 Super-Sized Sunday [Progressive KO]olelemaikoBulgaria $44,799.49
$215 Sunday Supersonic [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo]mjw006Australia $32,248.83
$109 Sunday Cooldown [Turbo]3DTemujiNKazakhstan $25,029.81
$11 Sunday StormGrisha813Belarus $24,970.76
$22 Mini Sunday MillionDomasasasLithuania $21,670.43
$320 Saturday KODeosOnerAustralia $17,135.65
$33+R Sunday RebuyZZZZZZZZEDGeorgia $15,723.92
$55 Sunday Stackjawz34Canada $12,606.29

The full list of results is now available. Clicking this link will take you to results on PokerStars from September 3 to 4, 2016.

WCOOP leader board

Showing the WCOOP leader board after one event is as pointless as showing the football league tables on the opening day of the season, but just like them we still do it, because statistics are statistics, and we like them. So here it is.

leader board - 5 September 2016.jpgWCOOP leader board - Monday 5 September 2016

Coming up today

While it's all Drinan today, later on today more results will begin to come through in earnest. There are four events to start today, and five set to finish.

Starting today:

10:00 ET: WCOOP-06: $215+R NL Hold'em [6-Max], $250,000 Guaranteed
12:00 ET: WCOOP-01: $109 NL Hold'em [WCOOP Kickoff, Day 2], $1,000,000 Guaranteed
13:00 ET: WCOOP-07: $700 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO (50%)], $750,000 Guaranteed
16:00 ET: WCOOP-08: $700 PL Omaha [3-Max, Progressive KO (25%), Zoom], $250,000 Guaranteed

Playing to a finish:

WCOOP-08: $700 PL Omaha [3-Max, Progressive KO (25%), Zoom]
WCOOP-02: $215 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE]
WCOOP-01: $109 NL Hold'em [WCOOP Kickoff, Day 2]
WCOOP-04: $215 NL Hold'em [Sunday Million SE]
WCOOP-07: $700 NL Hold'em [Progressive KO (50%)]

Meanwhile in Central London

While the online world was getting down to business the UKIPT Super Series at the Hippodrome in London was drawing to a close.

Stian_Knutzen_5sept16.jpgUKIPT Super Series winner Stian Knutzen

As Marc Convey reported, it was a close run thing, with Norwegian player Stian Knutsen beating Dara O'Kearney heads up to take the title and a first prize of £42,500. Read all the live coverage from the event by clicking here.

That's everything from the weekend, and opening day of #WCOOP. As always send your questions and comments to us on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.

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