WCOOP 2018: All the news from Day 13

The 2018 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is approaching its final weekend, but there's still an enormous amount of action ongoing. In the latest daily round-up, we see a host of PokerStars regs claim their familiar place at the top of the podium, and witness a streamers WCOOP love story.


• Almost $5 million in prizes awarded in tournaments ending Friday
• More than $60 million across series so far
• Who's who of PokerStars regs win titles
• Second of the series for Diogo "phounderAA" Veiga
• First title for Peru!


Fifteen tournaments finished on Friday night/Saturday morning and their winners came from the vast pool of players known to many as PokerStars regs. All of Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich, "OLD TIME GIN", "WTFOMFGOAO", Seth "Soumi7" Webber, Diogo "PhounderAA" Viega and "villepn" have previously won at least one title in WCOOP, SCOOP or TCOOP and "BlackOps02" has won a Micro Millions title. Add to that Diego "Die Ventura" Ventura, who finished runner-up at the PCA, and you've got yourself a who's who of regs winning titles today.


NameBuy-inEntriesPrize poolPlacesWinnerCountryPrize
45-L: 5-Card PLO$223,378$67,560551SicTheoryCosta Rica$9,713.95
45-M: 5-Card PLO$215998$199,600143BlackOps02Netherlands$32,616.50
45-H: 5-Card PLO$2,100267$534,00035OLD TIME GINCanada$101,928.19
46-L: NLHE [PKO] $5.5031,055$152,1705,111Milo GT7Brazil$9,671.03†
46-M: NLHE [PKO] $5514,024$701,2001,961Diogo "phounderAA" VeigaPoland$61,615.02†
46-H: NLHE PKO$5303,383$1,708,920395sebasñatoMexico$202,672.75†
47-L: HORSE $113,145$30,821480WTFOMFGOAORussia$5,085.83
47-M: HORSE$109690$69,000104soumi7UK$12,937.50
47-H: HORSE $1,050158$158,00024Dzmitry "Colisea" UrbanovichLatvia$34,365.00
48-L: NLHE $117,760$76,0481,295leandroctbsbBrazil$10,719.17
48-M: NLHE $1092,033$203,300287Diego "Die Ventura" VenturaPeru$30,422.20
48-H: NLHE $1,050341$341,00044Pokerfan89GrCyprus$59,114.02*
51-L: NLO8 PKO$224,520$90,400743villepnFinland$9,190.31†
51-M: NLO8 PKO$2151,017$203,400143DsmunichlifeGermany$29,932.38†
51-H: NLO8 PKO$2,100194$388,00023onmybicycleNetherlands$89,295.90†
Daily totals 72,963$4,923,41911,339  $496,607.00

*after deal
†including bounties


Urbanovich is back: Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich won the third WCOOP title of his career when he took down the star-studded $1,050 HORSE title. Urbanovich denied Chile's "jdaz111293" a second victory of this series and marked a welcome return to the winner's circle after cutting down on his poker schedule slightly in the past year or so. Urbanovich blazed into view through 2015-16, winning numerous high profile events on the EPT (including four titles at one Malta stop, and then the EPT Dublin Main Event), and though he has continued to string together smaller scores, this is his first major cash of this series. Phil "MrSweets28" Galfond was fifth and Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov was 11th.

Dzmitry Urbanovich: Back as a WCOOP winner

PhounderAA hits double: Diogo "PhounderAA" Viega won second title of the WCOOP, adding WCOOP-46-M $55 PKO to his earlier $215 NLHE 4-Max title. The first win earned him $56,901.32. This second victory was worth $61,615.02 including bounties. He's first player to win two "medium" titles.

Double near miss for Sikorski: Sebastian "p0cket00" Sikorski came third in the $2,100 5-Card PLO for $56K and also chopped the $1,050 NLHE with "Pokerfan89Gr". That second score was worth $51K, making this a $100K night for the Canadian player.

Building from the micros: In 2013 "BlackOps02" was a Micro Millions player, who won the $3.30 PLO Six-Max for $3,507.52. Flash forward five years, and "BlackOps02" is now a WCOOP winner, earning more than 10 times that amount for victory in the $215 5-Card PLO. ($32,616.50)

Gin o'clock: "OLD TIME GIN" has previously won two SCOOP titles, the Sunday Million and the Super Tuesday, and last night won the WCOOP $2,100 5-card PLO. Jason "jcarver" Somerville was 17th.

All those regs: WTFOMFGOAO is a former WCOOP champion, most often playing mixed game tournaments at the highest buy-ins. But he won the $11 HORSE last night for $5,085.83. Meanwhile Seth "Soumi7" Webber, who won a SCOOP title in May (in $22 4-Max Hold'em), won the medium buy-in HORSE, and PokerStars reg "villepn", who has previously won the $1,050 Razz title during WCOOP, took the $22 NL08 event, for $9,190.31 inc. bounties.


Events completed: 144
Entries so far: 625,779
Prize pool so far: $60,554,045
Players in the money: 97,667

Completed tournaments only


The 2018 WCOOP is building to a huge crescendo this weekend with even the massive high roller tournaments overshadowed by the $10 million guaranteed Main Event.

There are heaps of satellites running for all the remaining tournaments, and you should get involved as soon as possible. Get yourself a PokerStars account and get depositing, and then you can take a stab at these enormous prize-pools for less than the cost of a coffee.

In the client, click the WCOOP tab and then any of the "Satellite" tabs. Some of these are free to play!


Only two NLHE events are currently under way (ie, six tournaments), with the standout performer being Orpen "OrpTheTurk" Kisacikoglu. He is leading the $2,100 NLHE Deep Stack, with 14 left, and is 26th of 64 coming back in the $1,050 event.

Phil "Grindation" McAllister, Chris "NigDawG" Brammer, Charlie "Epiphany77" Carrel, and Ole "wizowizo" Schemion also alive in the first of those.

WCOOP-49: NLHE Deep Stack - Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100
WCOOP-50: NLHE 8-Max - Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050


PokerStars streamer extraordinaire Jaime Staples is grinding WCOOP from Harrogate, Yorkshire, in the north of England. That's home to his girlfriend and fellow poker player "beccarr94".

Both have been enjoying a number of deep runs in this tournament series, most notably as "beccarr94" went all the way to fourth in the $5.50 NLHE/PLO event, and then when they both made day two of the $22 5-Card PLO. It's been a Twitter and Twitch based WCOOP romance throughout.

Good to know that they have each other for support throughout (and that's a bottle of Lilt spotted in the background too. The UK's best soft drink, not available in North America.)


Diego "Die Ventura" Ventura is Peru's No 1 ranked poker player both live and online, and his victory last night in the $109 NLHE was the first Peruvian victory of this year's WCOOP series. Not only did he put Peru on the board, winning ahead of 2,033 others, he denied Brazil their 17th title. And this endgame was extraordinarily Brazil-dominated with Brazilians finishing 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 17th and 18th. But there was only one Peruvian!

Diego Ventura: PCA runner up turns WCOOP winner

Here's the current top 10 in the countries leader board. And Peru.



Lex Veldhuis has a major announcement:

Jason "jcarver" Somerville searches for the hero inside himself. Does he find it?

And it doesn't only happen to you. It happens to Fintan "EasyWithAces" Hand too.


This is the "high" leader board, where Joao "Naza114" Vieira is now breathing down Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov's neck. Strebkov is still crushing the overall leader board, but this is getting closer. There's a $10,000 prize for the winner:

1: Denis "aDrENalin710" Strebkov Russia 615
2: Joao "Naza114" Vieira Netherlands 600
3: Phil "MrSweets28" Galfond Canada 470
4: ImluckNuts Russia 385
5: Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb Mexico 355

Click to see all the latest leader boards


Expect some crazy PLO re-buy action and some studious, serious 8-Game High Rollering going on:

WCOOP-52: PLO rebuy (Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530)
WCOOP-53: NLHE (Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100)
WCOOP-54: 8-Game High Roller (Buy-ins: $109, $1,050, $10,300)
WCOOP-55: NLHE PKO (Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,300)

Don't forget to read our guide to the weekend if you're a low buy-in player.


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Howard Swains
@howardswains in WCOOP