WCOOP 2018: All the news from Day 7

WCOOP wouldn't be WCOOP without Shaun Deeb, and in our latest daily round-up from the World Championship of Online Poker, the wafflecrusher himself comes to the party.


TODAY'S HEADLINES

• Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb wins WCOOP-22-H
• WCOOP Hall of Famer adds fifth career title in PLO8
• SCOOP Main champ Gianluca "Tankanza" Speranza among day's nine winners
• Nearly 11 thousand entries in $5.50 rebuy!
• 15 tournaments get under way on WCOOP Super Sunday


WELCOME BACK SHAUN

On his son's second birthday, Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb decided the best way to celebrate was by playing WCOOP, just as he was on the day Chance Deeb was born in 2016. And also just like on that day, Deeb won a WCOOP title.

Read our pre-WCOOP interview with Deeb.

The self-style wafflecrusher from Troy, NY, who represents Mexico when he plays online (but usually grinds in Canada), now has five WCOOP victories in addition to four WSOP bracelets. This time Deeb won the high buy-in PLO8 for $38,088.84.

Shaun Deeb: More WCOOP success

The WCOOP Hall of Famer is also into the last 18 of the 8-Game, with a second title of the weekend far from impossible. Time to catch up with our exclusive interview with Deeb on the eve of this year's WCOOP.


TODAY'S RESULTS

More than $3 million was awarded in prize money on WCOOP's first Saturday:

NameBuy-inEntriesPrize poolPlacesWinnerCountry1st place 
22-L: PLO8 [8-Max]$113,481$34,114559AACrewSweden$4,098.42*
22-M: PLO8 [8-Max]$109810$81,000111fish_sanJapan$13,744.91 
22-H: PLO8 [8-Max]$1,050192$192,00023shaundeebMexico$38,088.84 
23-L: NLHE$2211,493$229,8601,871$odomiz€rAustria$30,020.23 
23-M: NLHE$2152,278$455,600323Flow_BambowGermany$55,936.20*
23-H: NLHE$2,100288$600,00035cocojamb0Bulgaria$114,243.60 
28-L: NLHE [8-Max Turbo] $556,469$323,4501,039JBJG44Canada$43,893.28*
28-M:NLHE [8-Max Turbo] $530961$480,500143Debilne_UchoUK$78,552.94 
28-H:NLHE [8-Max Turbo High Roller] $5,200134$670,00017TankanzaAustria$140,634.59 
DAILY TOTALS: 26,106$3,066,5244,121  $519,213.01
*after deal

STAT TRACKER

Tournaments completed: 72
Entries so far: 296,636
Prize pool so far: $28,811,023
Players in the money: 45,601

Note: Completed tourneys only


BEHIND THE HEADLINES

"Tankanza" glittering again: In May, Gianluca "Tankanza" Speranza won the SCOOP High Main Event, for $1.13 million, which also earned him a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) in the Bahamas in January. Yesterday he fired up a WCOOP turbo and won another $140,634, beating "bartek901" into second.

It wasn't easy. This final table also featured Phil "Grindation" McAllister, Simon "C Darwin2" Mattson and Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro. Jason "jcarver" Somerville bubbled.

Breakthrough for "cocojamb0": He or she has won the Warm-Up, the Sunday Supersonic and has been to a couple of final tables during SCOOP, but now "cocojamb0" has closed one out and becomes the first Bulgarian champion of this year's WCOOP. The $114K victory brings "cocojamb0"'s career online winnings to nearly $2.5 million.


WHERE DO THEY ALL COME FROM?

Yesterday we saw the first wins of this year's WCOOP for players from Bulgaria and Japan. But in terms of titles, there's still a long way to go for any country to catch Brazil at the top of the leader board.

As the first week of WCOOP draws to a close, here are the country standings:

Country 
Brazil9
UK6
Russia6
Germany6
Mexico5
Canada5
Finland4
Austria4
Sweden3
Belgium3
Norway2
Netherlands2
Hungary2
Chile2
Others13

Others are Thailand, Switzerland, Romania, Poland, Malta, Lithuania, Latvia, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, China, Japan, Bulgaria with one victory each.


TWEETS OF THE DAY

Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb makes his bid for Father of the Year:

RunItUp's Ryan "RSchoonbaert" Schoonbaert makes final table of the PLO8.

But maybe things aren't going quite so well right now for @Rowniwn


ONGOING TOURNAMENTS

The best and the trickiest: With 15 new tournaments starting today, the PokerStars tables are going to be heaving--especially because the majority of events are good old hold'em tournaments. What more do you want on a Sunday?

Well, to answer that rhetorical question, how about some of the best players in the world playing some of poker's trickiest variants? If that floats your boat, then the resumption of WCOOP-25, the 8-Game event, will be a doozy. The $2,100 buy-in high tournament is down to its last 18 and features: Joao "IneedMassari" Simao, Jason "treysfull21" Mercier, "villepn", Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb, "aDrENalin710", Benny "RunGodLike" Glaser, Niki "RealAndyBeal" Jedlicka, Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah and Alexander "joiso" Kosritsyn.

Fire away! While the tricksters got tricky, the no limit hold'em action lovers will have been in heaven yesterday as WCOOP-26 was the re-buy event. And there's nothing poker players like better than a re-buy. There were a staggering 10,945 entries to the $5.50 tournament, which is (you'll not be surprised to learn) the most entries to any event of WCOOP so far.

High buy-in: 404 x $530 bullets fired
Medium buy-in: 2,811 x £55 bullets fired
Low buy-in: 10,945 x $5.50 bullets fired (Break down: 10,945 uniques, 16,787 rebuys, 5,522 add-ons)

Have we seen you before? Just a quick footnote: The $5,200 PLO High Roller has 23 players left. They include chip leader Jussi "calvin7v" Nevanlinna, with Jorryt "TheCleaner11" Van Hoof in third and Phil "MrSweets28" Galfond in fourth. Hmm. Something familiar here...


TWITCH CLIPS

Viewers tune in in their thousands to see the ebullient Jason "jcarver" Somerville stream his latest exploits from the WCOOP tables. But poker is poker, and that means it's not all fun. Yesterday, Somerville was the short stack on the bubble of the $5,000 WCOOP-28 High Roller, and, well..."How is that how it ends?"

Let's balance things up a bit, and drag you out of that gloomy bubble mood, with a classic Barry Greenstein from Fintan "EasyWithAces" Hand:


LEADER BOARD UPDATES

Shaun Deeb's victory has moved him into fourth on the overall leader board, but the familiar other names still dominate:

1 - aDrENalin710 - Russia - 635
2 - Senkel92 - Norway - 530
3 - Jussi "calvin7v" Nevanlinna - Finland - 495
4 - Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb - Mexico - 435
5 - nilsef - Germany- 410


Click for full details of the WCOOP Player of the Year race, and follow the alternative leader boards, with plenty of great prizes, on PokerStars Blog's leader board page.


STARTING TODAY

It's not all no limit Texas hold'em on this fine Sunday. But, to be honest, it mostly is. Here's what you can play today:

WCOOP-29: 8-Max NLHE PKO (Buy-ins $11, $109, $1,050)
WCOOP-30: NLHE (Buy-ins: $55, $530, $5,200)
WCOOP-31: NLHE (Buy-ins: $11, $109, $1,050)
WCOOP-32: NLO8 [8-Max] (Buy-ins: $5.50, $55, $530)
WCOOP-33: NLHE [6-Max] (Buy-ins: $22, $215, $2,100)


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Howard Swains
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