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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 Event #28

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2009 WCOOP: df1986 dials up a win in $1,050 NLHE Event #33

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The nightcap of the WCOOP's tournaments today was its most expensive as the $500,000 Event #33 $1,000 + $50 NLHE overshot its guarantee by the size of small town as tonight 1,240 ponied up the entry fee. With the $1,240,000 prize pool there would be three six figures prizes on...more


2009 WCOOP: Vicky shouldn't complain

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Among the best writers--if not the best--on Team PokerStars Pro is Ms. Vicky Coren. We're very happy when we get a submission from the lady who wrote the book on poker (or, a book at least, titled For Richer, For Poorer), not to mention who wrote the book on pornography...more


2009 WCOOP: ShawnZJones scoops them all in Event #32, $530 Stud Hi/Lo

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Who said stud poker was dead? Not anyone who has been watching the WCOOP action over the last two weeks. Yesterday, 510 players chose to spend their Tuesday checking and raising, scooping and splitting in Event #32, $530 Stud Hi/Lo. 80 players earned shares of the $255,000 prize pool with...more


2009 WCOOP: KRUTHE Krushes final table Event #31 $320 PLO 6-Max (w/Rebuys)

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799 brave souls with little regards for money stepped up to the plate this afternoon to put down their first $300+$20 investment into tonight's WCOOP Event #31. If the Pot Limit Omaha game of the event wasn't enough gamble for them, add in the short handed 6-max and re-buy aspects...more


WCOOP Round Up Show 2

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2009 WCOOP Event #27

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2009 WCOOP: spencerman3 sails to victory in Event #30, $320 2x chance NLHE

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Double chance? It really is just that. It's not a freezeout, it's not a rebuy, it's not even a single rebuy. Event #30 of the 2009 WCOOP gave players a one-hour window where if they happened to get felted, they had one shot to rebuy back into the event....more


2009 WCOOP: Unsyatisfied Likely Satisfied with $513,076 Win in Two-Day $1050 NLHE

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It was a two-day event that began on Sunday, September 16. After 22 levels and a very full day of poker, only 176 out of the 3,268-starting field remained, and they were given a little over 11 hours to recuperate, rest, and return to the WCOOP tables. Event 28 began...more


2009 WCOOP: g0lfa clubs competition, lands 2nd bracelet in Event #29, $320 PLH/PLO

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The $320 buy-in Event #29 combined the two flop games -- hold'em and Omaha -- with the pot-limit betting format ensuring many flops would be seen. A total of 1,407 entrants came out for this one. That meant a total prize pool of $422,100 (thus beating the $400K guarantee), with...more


WCOOP Profile: It's Science.

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Yadin Shemmer is no dummy. The man worked on Wall Street and ran a hedge fund. He plays poker--high stakes Pot-Limit Omaha, to be exact--as a hobby. Yes, a hobby. That's a short way of saying, you don't expect him to do anything boneheaded. "Making the final table was unexpected,"...more


WCOOP: Baby needs a new pair of shoes!

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Silly us. We feel sort of bad about this. See, we like to hear from more voices than our own during WCOOP, so we always look to our friends over on Team PokerStars Pro. They're usually playing every event, winning scads of money, and even winning bracelets, (see Danzer, George)....more


2009 WCOOP: Event 26 title goes to lelijk22 for $215 NLHE win

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No frills. No complications. Event 26 simply brought no-limit hold'em action with a reasonable buy-in for the poker-playing masses. It was simple, straight-forward, and still as exciting as any WCOOP tournament can get. But that plain, ordinary NLHE tournament boasted of a $1 million guarantee. And that brought 9,795 players...more


2009 WCOOP: Day 1 of Event 28 finds padjes with chip lead ($1050 NLHE)

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In light of the 21+ hour tournament that was Event 24, let's take a moment to hail the greatness that is the two-day tournament. For players, it allows them to plan their poker tournament schedule, not to mention non-poker activities and obligations, while managing to allow them to sleep on...more


2009 WCOOP: Iftarii tops elite field in Event #27, $25,500 Heads-Up NLHE

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A staggeringly elite field of the world's best no-limit hold'em players spent their Sunday glued to their screens for the WCOOP's High Roller Heads-Up NLHE event. Carrying a buy-in larger than the WSOP Main Event and the EPT Grand Final, this event saw 36 players put up $25,500 each for...more


WCOOP Profile: Jellybeans for everybody!

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We always ask people what they are going to do with their winnings. It's a natural question to someone who has just won a ton of cash. More often than not, the answers are throwaways, because people have barely had time to consider what they're going to do with five...more


WCOOP Profile: MUSTAFABET goes from freerolls to bracelet

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When you don't have a bankroll big enough to throw money off a bridge just to see the fish nibble at the bills, you sometimes have to start a poker career with next to nothing. Or in the case of Matthew "MUSTAFABET" Ashton, actually nothing. "I learnt myself through playing...more


2009 WCOOP: todch takes down Event #25, $320 H.O.R.S.E.

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1,180 mixed-games enthusiasts saddled up for the WCOOP's $320 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event and enjoyed a bit of an overlay on the $400,000 guaranteed prize pool. 176 places were paid with first place set to earn $70,400. Flying the flag for Team PokerStars Pro in this event were Katja Thater,...more


2009 WCOOP: MyRabbiFoo Wins Marathon Event 24 ($530 NLHE Heads-Up)

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Heads-up poker is considered by many to be the rawest and purest form of poker. The pitting of two players against each other leaves no room for folding around or sitting out a few hands. Every hand matters, every chip is winnable, and knowing your opponent is everything. And it...more


WCOOP Profile: Brothers match bracelet for bracelet

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It's been just a little more than a year since a man named Max Greenwood bought into the $1,000 no-limit hold'em rebuy event at the WSOP and took it down for nearly $700,000. He walked away with a gold bracelet on his wrist and a brother who was no doubt...more

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