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2009 WCOOP: The way it was

Each year, we look at the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and simply say...wow. This year, we're looking for a word bigger than "wow." Since WCOOP started in 2002, PokerStars has awarded more than $156 million in WCOOP prize money. This year made up nearly 1/3 of that purse. The 2009 WCOOP guaranteed $40 million in cash. That number is now academic. In all 44,000 players from 140 countries played in this year's 45 events and built an overall prize pool of more than $51 million. We'll leave it...more

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2009 WCOOP: How Timoshenko did it

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We have never had the pleasure of trying to receive a $1.7 million wire. So, we're not entirely sure what goes into something like that. We're pretty sure it doesn't involve someone bringing an envelope stuffed full of twenty dollar bills or Ed McMahon showing up at the front door...more


2009 WCOOP: Yevgeniy "Jovial Gent" Timoshenko Claims Main Event Title & $1,715,200 ($5,200 NLHE)

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The second day of the 2009 World Championship of Online Poker brought the biggest annual online tournament to a close and a new ultimate champion to the world of online poker. After 45 events and the distribution of more than $50 million in prizes, the WCOOP was over and Yevgeniy...more


2009 WCOOP: Main Event Day 2 live blog

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The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) live blog coverage is brought to you by Martin Harris and Change100. Follow us on Twitter at @PokerStarsBlog, e-mail us at blog@pokerstars.com, and be sure to see our previous WCOOP coverage. Click REFRESH to see the latest updates. 2:46am-- Yevgeniy "Jovial Gent"...more


2009 WCOOP A night for doubles as Daniel "djk123" Kelly wins his 2nd bracelet in Event #44, $10,300 High Roller H.O.R.S.E.

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When you're hot... you're hot. Let's just pause for a moment and talk about what Daniel "djk123" Kelly has already accomplished in this year's WCOOP. He had an auspicious start, taking down Event #2, $215 Razz, then went on to cash eight more times in WCOOP events over the next...more


2009 WCOOP: Sick! ElkY scores 2nd bracelet in Event #43, $215 NLHE

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Event #43, the last of the $215 buy-in no-limit hold'em events in this year's WCOOP series, drew a whopping 9,220 entrants, making for a $1,844,000 prize pool. That was well beyond the $1 million guarantee, and the eighth time during the series we've seen a prize pool of greater than...more


2009 WCOOP: TheMasterJ33 Tops the Day 1 Leaderboard in the $5,200 NLHE Main Event

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By far, it is the pinnacle of the year in online poker. The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event is the largest online tournament of the year by virtue of its $10 million guarantee alone. The money in play and the prestige of the WCOOP title combine to...more


WCOOP Profile: The Terrence Chan assignment

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PokerStars was trying something new. After holding the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure on a cruise ship in 2004, it moved the growing event to the Atlantis Resort and Casino in 2005. PokerStars also decided it wanted to hire a blogger...just for the week...to cover the event. That blogger was me. Within...more


2009 WCOOP: Main Event Day 1 live blog

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The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) live blog coverage is brought to you by David Aydt, Martin Harris, Change100, and Brad Willis. Follow us on Twitter at @PokerStarsBlog, e-mail us at blog@pokerstars.com, and be sure to see our previous WCOOP coverage. Click REFRESH to see the latest updates....more


WCOOP Profile: ElkY, the man who wins

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When anybody wins a big tournament, there is usually a sense of excitement and surprise. When ElkY wins a tournament, people are starting to yawn. No, not literally. It's still exciting, but ElkY winning something or getting close to it has become so commonplace that people are starting to expect...more


2009 WCOOP: robert07 outlasts them all in Event #41 $530 PLO [Heads-up Matches] win

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There are hopes that the 526 players who forwarded their $530 buy-ins for tonight's WCOOP Event #41 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up Matches found plenty of things to do in between the match levels. The prize pool did surpass the $250,000 guarantee, but the near 21 hours to the tourney's completion...more


WCOOP Profile: From big rake to big money

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Every poker player has his back-in-the-day story, and most poker players who didn't have their day around a casino have a story of a game they played where they paid to play. Just about any city without a casino has a list of people willing to host poker games for...more


WCOOP Profile: Pi R a winner

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With the ranks of Team PokerStars Pro growing every day, it's pretty common for a WCOOP player to run into a member of the Team at the table. It's less common to meet a member of the Team with whom you have shared a pretty significant moment. That's exactly what...more


2009 WCOOP: David "RugDoctor" Williams sweeps up victory in Event #42, $2,100 8-Game

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Looking at the list of entrants for the WCOOP's $2,100 8-Game event was like reading a "Who's Who" of online poker. MrSmokey1. Tmay420. PearlJammer. AJKHoosier1. THE__D__RY. Boosted J. Shaundeeb. High-stakes cash gamers and tournament specialists alike came out for this event, but in the end, it was a WSOP bracelet...more


2009 WCOOP Event #39

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WCOOP Profile: The boy from Binghamton

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Take any sport. Pick one. Ready? Okay. It's guaranteed that, no matter which one you picked, there are more people in poker than any other game who can tell you where to find Binghamton. The 1998 poker classic Rounders made sure of that. That said, the extent of what most...more


2009 WCOOP Event #37

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2009 WCOOP: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Claims Event 38 Title ($530+1R1A NLHE)

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The first two weeks of the 2009 WCOOP were coming to a close, and the last weekend of tournaments, including the highly anticipated Main Event, were on the horizon. But many players realized that the opportunities that come with such a series - stellar guarantees and fields comprised of many...more


2009 WCOOP: Terrence "Unassigned" Chan pairs WCOOP bracelet with SCOOP titles in Event #39, $1,050 6-max limit hold'em

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"#WCOOP 39 has begun! Time to unify the titles," wrote Terrence "Unassigned" Chan on his Twitter account yesterday afternoon. To say the event on tap was in Chan's wheelhouse is a gross understatement, as last April he managed an almost unthinkable feat, winning two 6-max limit hold'em SCOOP championships in...more

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